This is the episode in which Karin Konoval returns.
Konoval is one of the most well-known actresses from The X-Files universe having played the mother under the bed on "Home."
On The X-Files Season 11 Episode 3, she plays a dual role as telepathic twins who have made a life for themselves playing hangman. Their game rules are a bit more unconventional than most other boys and girls.
This was a tough one to figure out. Was it serious, goofy, somewhere in the middle?
Who doesn't love a doppelganger theory? When Mulder proposed they needed to check that out, it never would have dawned on me we were on our way to telepathic twins who dabbled in the oddest game of hangman I've ever seen.
Scully's scientific skepticism was on full power as she determined immediately the entire town was undergoing a mass phenomena, even after the doctor they visited admitted that while it was her final conclusion, she only went there for lack of any other diagnosis.
In a mental facility, they came upon Little Judy who may or may not have been a former actress. She could have been a former hangman champion for all I knew, but she damn well was telepathic and a mass murderer -- both of people and the game of hangman.
Yes, people! It got on my last nerve Chucky and Judy didn't know how to play hangman. Who is still drawing arms and legs on a game when all the slots under the hung man are already taken? What kind of mad world were they living in????
Surely, I just. I know, don't call you Shirley.
Konoval made a much greater impression as the kooky telepathic twins than she did under the bed on "Home," but something tells me she'll still always be remembered for her earlier role.
At least she had roles into which she could sink her teeth with Judy and Chucky. And she even got to have crushes on those enigmatic agents, Scully and Mulder! What a great chance to do it all over again, right?
Konoval's coup de grace was angrily switching up the game as the twins fought over the agents and then each other. When a monster of the week can be one person as two, you know you're watching magic!
Scientific Scully was full of laughs as she determined it was possible that it was in the realm of possibilities that Dean the Attorney could have swung around like a skilled ninja and lopped off his own head spraying blood all over the walls.
For Scully, anything is possible as long as she doesn't have to admit there is something supernatural going on.
Judy: What are you, 40s? You're all dried up. Not even half a woman.
Scully: You can't hurt me, Judy.
Judy: Nothin' hurts like the truth.
Scully was feelin' the pain of Judy, her sexual adversary's jabs, too.
There is no time like the middle of a murder investigation to consider you might be right reaching the end of your sexual peak. Maybe the men don't think too much of you anymore and you're all washed up.
Why Judy, of all people, would be the person who brought those feelings out in Scully is a conundrum in itself, but a bigger question is why Scully and Mulder are still slinking around who they are to each other.
It was just on The X-Files Season 11 Episode 2 they were thick as thieves, snuggling on the couch and so in sync it appeared they couldn't get any closer.
Suddenly, Scully can't imagine sleeping in the same bed with Mulder and is asking questions like "what happens when we're older?" She was asking without being straight about it if they would be in their lives for the foreseeable future and long after.
Even odder, their talk about meeting others and Scully not having more children because she wasn't able and didn't have anyone to have them with if she could (huh?) was strangely misplaced, as if perhaps this episode should have aired before the other.
Now that I think about it, isn't that a given since they're out of the X-Files after the stuff that went down with Skinner? Are they even allowed in the office at this point or aren't the black ops people after them anymore?
No. They are not. On "This" they were bemusing the fact they no longer had access to the X-Files and had to get them secretly from Skinner. The episodes are out order. Le friggin' sigh.
Oh well, Scully and Mulder wound up in bed and from the lack of clothing, we can assume they got frisky and not overly warm. Scully later used her phrase about the realm of possibilities and wanting to spend a few more hours in the sack with Mulder, so this must have been our re-introduction to their romance.
It's a bit confusing, to be sure, but if you watch The X-Files online, you know there is rarely a time these things don't come off as at least a little confusing, right?
The hangman killers were a fun twist on the usual cases of the week, and despite the fact I wondered why nobody in the hospital noticed the names of the town's dead hanging all over Judy's walls, they must have gotten away with a lot of murders starting out with their mom and dad who knows when.
Even seeing Scully's and Mulder's doppelgangers gave the Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny something a little different to do rather than playing their usual characters.
If only it wasn't out of order, it would have been a lot less confusing overall. Because going from "This" to "Plus One" was a dramatic difference in the couple's relationship and yes, I noticed.
What did you think? Did you enjoy Karin Konoval's performance as the twins? What about the goofy take on the small town murders?
Drop me a line in the comments and let's chat.
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