“Squeeze” – 1×02
Agent Tom Colton, an old friend of Scully’s, asks her and Mulder for help on a serial murder case where the victims have had their livers removed, manually. Mulder’s reputation, and his theories, fuel a clash with Colton’s team, including a disagreement over the culpability of suspect Eugene Tooms, a 100-year-old mutant capable of squeezing into small places.
There’s a man with a suitcase!
And now an elevator door opens — but there’s no car! Just…cables! And scary music! This scene has kind of a classic modern horror movie look to it.
Cut to: suitcase guy at his desk, leaving his wife a message and playing with a snowglobe.
We see a closeup of an airvent. A screw is being loosened — from the inside!
Fingers coming out of the vent! Then: suitcase man heading back to his office with some coffee. Then: totally screaming and dead! Blood dripping on carpet! No, wait, that’s coffee.
Blood-spattered paperwork! And the vent closes itself back up, and THE SCREW RESCREWS ITSELF!
And there is HEAVY BREATHING!
Lunchtime with Donal “Grounded For Life” Logue
Scully catches up with an old FBI pal named Tom Colton. He’s climbing the ladder; she’s “working with Spooky Mulder”. His words. He asks her for help with a strange case.
Scully fills Mulder in on the details, and admits that there’s some anti-Spooky sentiment from the folks working the case.
Vocabulary word from Mulder:
So there’s a real dick-measuring thing going on between Mulder and this Colton guy. And then Mulder picks up an inch or two by finding some metal scrapings on the ground and checking out the air vent — THE SAME VENT WE SAW EARLIER!
And there’s…a ridiculously stretched out fingerprint! Consistent (according to Mulder’s encyclopedic knowledge of the X-Files) with some old unsolved murders from thirty and sixty years ago!
Five murders, every thirty years! Two more to go this year!
Scully’s theory: the liver is symbolic. It’s an obsessive-compulsive thing from some nut. She presents this theory to Colton’s group; they invite her along for a stakeout, and totally make evil chuckle ha ha fun of Mulder and the X-Files in the process.
Stakeouts and sunflower seeds
Scully checks in over the radio from her car in the basement parking lot. Then she hears a noise, gets out, pulls her gun! And nearly shoots Mulder in the chest! Mulder makes a joke about this.
A guy comes out of a ventilation shaft! Mulder grudgingly notes that Scully seems to have been right about this whole perp-returning-to-the-scene theory.
His name is Eugene Victor Tooms. He’s taking an expository polygraph! He says he didn’t do it.
Also: Scully has switched to a French Twist, now:
Also, his alibi sort of, kind of checks out, except for the part where he lied about not being 100 years old or being at Powhatten Mill. Which nobody cares about except Mulder, of course.
Scully and Mulder wander through the FBI hallways. Near the stairs, Scully confronts Mulder on his interactions with Colton’s team.
[physically grabs Scully's necklace]
Of course I was.
Even though his theories are insane and also always correct.
Later, in suburbia…
Crazy yellow-eyed Eugene stalks some middle-aged dude. (Yellow Eyes = liver huntin’.) He scales the brick exterior of the house!
And then he GOES DOWN THE CHIMNEY!
And then a murder is implied.
Later, at the scene
Scully has been just plowing through the suits this episode: teal at the beginning, then sort of a light greyish/bluish thing, then black, then a super-dark green? And then I guess that greyish one again and now, completely out of left field, uh, russet?
And now, an exciting microfilm montage. And then…
A visit with Grampa Sheriff
The cop who found the old Powhatten Mill crime scene tells the agents what he saw back then. Compares it to nazi death camps. Kind of starts blabbering about evil.
The old guy busts out a picture of Tooms from thirty years ago. HE LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME. And then there’s a nice fade from a black and white picture of his old apartment to a live color shot of it in present day. Good job, production guys.
Mulder and Scully drive up and explore. They find a bunch of knicknacks stolen from de-livered victims…AND A CREEPY HOLE IN THE WALL.
Mulder is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to stick his fingers in gross substances and then regret it immediately.
Mulder’s crazy (i.e. ‘correct’) theory is that Tooms hibernates thirty years at a stretch in his bile nest.
And then, on the way out, Tooms (who was there THE WHOLE TIME) reaches down from the ceiling (!) and steals Scully’s necklace!
Cut to: random jackass FBI surveilance guys who call Mulder “Spooky” and chuckle.
Now we’re at Scully’s house. Tooms, staring! Oh no!
Scully leaves Mulder a message — not realizing he doesn’t know the stakeout was called off and so is out looking for HER — and runs herself a bath.
But just as she’s opening some bubble bath bubble stuff, bile–
–drips on her hand! Tooms is in the house! She’s got her gun out! He jumps her! She clocks him in the face! He overpowers her anyway, and gets ready to to RIP HER LIVER OUT OF HER BARED MIDRIFF!
And then MULDER SAVES HER!
Cut to: old man sheriff reading about Tooms’ arrest.
Tears of…relief? Aww.
And then, Tooms in a cell, starting to build a new bile-and-newspaper nest. After some closing chatter from our agents, we finish up on a lingering shot of a grinning Tooms staring at the too-small-for-an-ordinary-man-to-fit-through food-delivery slit on his cell door.