Recap / The X-Files S07 E17 "All Things"

tropes provided by this episode:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Mulder brushes Scully's hair behind her ear after she falls asleep on his couch.
  • all lowercase letters: it was gillian anderson's stylistic choice when she named the episode "all things".
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Mulder gazes at Scully after she falls asleep on his couch.
  • Call-Back: There's a reference to the scene from "Tooms" where Mulder jokes to Scully "if there's iced tea in that bag, could be love," but that scene ends with her revealing she got him a root beer. This episode, Scully has a subtle Love Epiphany here, and makes Mulder tea.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Scully, after her dream.
  • Comforting Comforter: Scully falls asleep on the couch while talking to Mulder. He pauses to brush a lock of hair from her face and gaze at her before covering her with a blanket to be warm. A romantic example of the trope, since it's heavily implied they slept together for the first time later that night.
  • Crop Circles: Agent Mulder plans a trip to England to investigate a case of highly complex formations of Crop Circles that keep appearing in a pattern. Agent Scully is of course not interested in tracking down some sneaky farmers who happened to ace geometry in high school.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: This episode seems to imply that Mulder and Scully did, with Scully dressing in Mulder's bathroom and then leaving, while Mulder nakedly slumbers in a rumpled bed.
  • Female Gaze / Male Gaze: An interesting example, as the opening shot of the episode starts with the Male Gaze (camera just below armpit level, directed past Scully's bosom) and turns into Female Gaze (Mulder asleep in bed).
  • Love Epiphany: For Scully, though not exactly explicit (as usual for the show). She also makes him tea this time, which is a Call-Back to Mulder's joke from "Tooms", when she brings him root beer instead of iced tea.
  • The Mistress: What Scully was revealed to be, in her past with Dr. Waterston. Their affair went far enough to tear apart Dr. Waterston's family after Scully left.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Mulder to Scully who is preoccupied with her salad.
    Mulder: And I'm not wearing any pants right now.
  • Old Flame Fizzle: Scully and Daniel Waterston, though it wasn't mutual. He remained very much in love with her through the end of the episode, while she realized that over a decade had passed since she was a medical student seduced by her (very married) professor, and that she likes her life and who she is now. This realization also led to the start of Mulder and Scully's romantic/sexual relationship.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Scully's previous relationship with Dr. Waterston.