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I'll come right out and say it. Despite its glaring flaws, I love this episode. Everyone has their own list of essential episodes, and "E.B.E." would have to be on mine, for one reason, and one reason only: This is the episode that changes everything.

After the UFO teaser, we find Mulder and Scully in Tennessee investigating multiple, reported UFO sightings, including an alleged close encounter by Ranheim, a long-haul trucker. Scully proposes several theories, all of which fall under the general category of "Science, Mulder." He doesn't immediately say "Aliens, Scully." He takes a few radiation readings and clicks his stop-watches on and off first before coming to the inevitable conclusion.

After their investigation stalls, Mulder takes Scully to meet the Lone Gunmen to get the straight dope on UFOs and Gulf War Syndrome, although I think he wants to show off his "skeptical partner." To their credit, the Gunmen laugh in his face.

"Yeah, UFOs caused Gulf War Syndrome, that's a good one," Langly says.

"That's what we like about you Mulder, your ideas are weirder than ours," Byers agrees. Mulder laughs uncomfortably. You said it, I didn't, Scully thinks to herself. I love the Lone Gunmen.

Back in basement, Scully scoffs at the Gunmen. "They probably think that every call that they get is monitored and they're followed everywhere they go. It's a form of self-delusion," she says smugly. While changing the ink cartridge in her pen, she finds a listening device. She and Mulder are shocked, although I don't know why they would be. I guess I'm as paranoid as the Gunmen.

Mulder contacts Deep Throat who hands off an envelope of Top Secret documents about the UFO crash from the teaser. Meanwhile, Scully researches Ranheim. His truck wasn't carrying auto parts, his real name is Frank Druce, and he is a Gulf War Vet.

Mulder has a new theory. "Four days ago, an Iraqi pilot shot down an unidentified flying object. The wreckage, and possibly the occupants, were recovered by the army. Ranheim, the truck driver, would be the perfect escort for the wreckage and/or bodies out of Iraq and into a laboratory in the United States."

Except. You can't transport anything by truck from Iraq to the United States because Iraq is on a different continent, with an ocean in between. Since the cargo would have to be flown out, there would no reason to transport whatever it is by truck at all. Naturally, all Scully wants to talk about is Mulder's source which he won't give up. "He's never lied to me. I won't break that confidence. I trust him."

"Mulder, you're the only one that I trust." This is a huge admission for Scully to make, not that it matters. Mulder heads back to his apartment to pack. When he arrives, he finds the electricity is off and Deep Throat is waiting in the shadows. This time, he hands Mulder a photograph of a UFO he claims was taken by an officer at Fort Benning. One photo of questionable provenance plus what turns out to be a whopper from the man who never lies, and Mulder is ready to head to Georgia. Scully says the photo is a fake. They argue. Mulder picks up his toys and heads for the door.

To her credit, Scully tries to stop him. "I have never met anyone so passionate and dedicated to a belief as you. It’s so intense that sometimes it’s blinding. But there are others who are watching you, who know what I know and whereas I can respect and admire your passion, they will use it against you. Mulder, the truth is out there but so are lies." Mulder thanks her and leaves, presumably to go UFO hunting.

The next morning, Scully is already at work, when Mulder shows up. He listened to her (!), and had the photograph analyzed. "You were right, Scully. It’s a fake. He tried to deceive us. Now we’re alone on this. There’s no one we can trust. They went to a lot of trouble to put us on the wrong track. There’s something here that no one’s supposed to find."

And that's it, that's the moment where he stops thinking he's alone in his quest. "We're alone," he says, which is an oxymoron, and also wrong. Because Mulder and Scully are together in this, and that makes all the difference.

FANFICTION RECS (because that's why you're here):

I have two very different, but equally charming post-eps for "E.B.E." Both capture that season one, early partnership vibe. Conveniently, both are at AO3 so I don't have to do the coding omigod.

This story is sweet and sly. Mulder is drowning his disappointment about the E.B.E. with expensive scotch, while trying to make nice with Scully and explain what went down at the power plant.

A Break in Security (879 words) by estella_c
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder & Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Summary:

So they ended up in a bar. Post-ep for "E.B.E."



This is still the best post-ep for "E.B.E." that I've ever read. It probably helps that the writer is as obsessed with the episode as I am. This time it's Scully who is sorting through her feelings, about Mulder and about the work. The author has changed names (and fandoms) since this was posted on LJ, where I first read it. And they've probably changed names again on Tumblr. People come and go so quickly here.

where the text ends we begin (2231 words) by daxsymbiont
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Pre-Relationship, Unresolved Romantic Tension
Summary:

"Mulder, I enjoyed chasing after that truck with you, and we should do it again sometime." Post-ep for 1x17 "E.B.E."

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