Recap / The X-Files S08 E13 "Per Manum"

Scully and Doggett investigate a number of women who apparently became pregnant after being abducted by aliens, in a case with uncomfortable parallels with Scully's own history.

In a series of flashbacks, Scully recalls a time when she attempted to get pregnant by IVF, with Mulder as the sperm donor.

Tropes

  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Mulder kisses Scully on the forehead, then she kisses his cheek when she finds out the IVF didn't take.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: Scully chooses Mulder to be her sperm donor when she realizes she can become pregnant.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: When Scully tells Mulder how to begin the sperm donation procedure...
    Scully: Um... well, I'll call Dr Parenti and... I assume that he'll want to meet you and go through the, uh... the donor procedure.
    Mulder: Oh, at that part, I'm a pro.
  • Deadly Doctor: All of them. They are killing pregnant women and stealing babies.
  • Foreign Language Title: Latin for "by hand". Umm...
  • Meaningful Look: Scully's reaction after Mulder says "The answer is 'yes'", followed by a hug.
  • Myth Arc: This focuses on Scully dealing with her own pregnancy and Scully and Doggett trying to save pregnant women getting killed for their babies.
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