Regardless of my gig as a writer for Sprocket Ink, I try not to get into other people’s personal business. But when rumors abound that two nerd icons, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the heroes of the 1990s television show, The X-Files, are dating, I made all kinds of exceptions.
The rogue FBI agents alter egos; actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, have issued replies to whispers that the two have moved in together, by saying “they’re just good friends.” We all know when two single people say that it that means they’re totally doing it.
Mulder, errr, Duchovny has been treated for sex addiction while ruining his marriage to actress Tea Leoni. Of course, he’s currently playing the lead Hank Moody, a writer who suffers from sex addiction on the Showtime nudity fest, Californication. We, well, those of us who idolized Fox Mulder’s weird commitment to UFOs, monsters, aliens, and porn on The X-Files know how passionate he is in everything. The last ten years of his life are no surprise. But Scully, she’s been a real mystery.
Like Duchovny, Anderson’s gone through a divorce. But hasn’t done much else, outside of a few movies her friends and family saw.
None of this comes as a surprise. In the fall of 1993, physician wannabe turned FBI agent Dana Scully introduced herself to Fox Mulder’s closet of an office and said these words;
It seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
The little redhead with a mole and a gun called her shot. Nineteen-years later, with a few kids, and two X-Files movies, one good, one bad, and Mulder and Scully have found each other.
The truth was always out there. It just wasn’t aliens. It was nerd nirvana. Mulder and Scully are together.
I hope The Smoking Man sends a congratulations card.