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"Tooms" is a good episode, notable for several firsts. It's the first time a Monster of the Week gets a sequel. It's also the first time that the character of Assistant Director Skinner makes an appearance. And last but not least, it's the first time the mysterious and omnipresent Cigarette Smoking Man gets a line of dialogue.

Mulder behaves true to form during Toom's parole hearing. "I don't care how it sounded as long as it was the truth." Even if his testimony had been more conventional, this bad bunch had already made up their mind to release Tooms. Mulder's plan is to keep Tooms under (illegal) surveillance, at least until Scully can link Tooms to the deaths from 30 years ago, and make an arrest. I loved watching Scully investigate this case. I loved watching Mulder foil Tooms's first attempts at getting his fifth liver. "Could you help me find my dog?" he taunts Tooms. "I use him to hunt moose."

The Iced tea vs. Root Beer scene was sweet. Mulder tells a white lie to Scully. He wants to shield her from further involvement with the X-Files, and him. Come on. Everyone on the planet calls him Fox, except Scully. Mulder is trying to protect her career, and protect her.

First season Scully is so emotionally open. "Mulder, I wouldn’t put myself on the line for anybody but you." The fib she tells in Skinner's office a few scenes later might be taking things a bit too far, but she's trying to protect Mulder, too.

The scene in the mall where Scully saves Mulder from Tooms neatly balances the scene in "Squeeze" where he rushes to her rescue." As Mulder tells Scully before he heads down into the escalator shaft after their fugitive, "You can get the next mutant." He saves her; she saves him. This is The X-Files. That's how it works.

Fanfic recs:

Technically, this would be a post-ep for "All Things," but since the story is set in season one right before "Tooms," that's where my brain has it classified. OneMillionandNine's versions of Mulder and Scully aren't exactly mine, but they are smart, sexy, funny and neurotic. If you are looking for a hearts and flowers ending for M&S, this isn't the place to find one (although if you want one for Sherlock Holmes and Molly Hooper, this fic is what convinced me to watch Sherlock BBC. Season Two is what made me stop watching.) But if you're looking for challenging characterizations and hot sex scenes, OMaN is your writer.

Premature Ejaculation by OneMillionandNine
Spoilers: Tooms, All Things
Category: MSR, V, Angst
Rating: big fat NC-17
Summary: an exercise in possibilities; exactly what has kept M and S apart all these years?

This fic is told from Tooms's POV and it's just as creepy as that would suggest. Elanor G is better known for her casefiles, which are excellent too, but this story is darkly original. The author rates it R but I would give it no more than a Teen for violence.

Undying by Elanor G
RATING: R for blood and guts
CATEGORY/SPOILERS: Uh...Story, inspired by Tooms
SUMMARY: none provided

Technically, this fic takes place in a later season, but if you choose to read it, you'll see why I am placing it here instead. I love everything Alelou has written. "Practice" is as delightful a post-post-post-post-ep for "Tooms" as anyone could desire.

Practice by Alelou
Rating: PG-13 for language
Keywords: MSR, Humor, Vignette
Spoilers: Tooms
Summary: Scully decides she needs practice before she can tell Mulder something important.


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