1×12 Beyond the sea
Scully’s dad dies; a serial killer nabs some kids; Brad Dourif overacts in exactly the way we love to see him overact; Scully has visions of dead dad; Mulder gets shot pretty good; and you end up with the song “Beyond the Sea” stuck in your head for about five million years.
It’s Major Garland Briggs! What’s he doing in Scully’s house?
MEANWHILE, AT 1:47 AM
Ron Popeil is on the television. He wants you to buy hair replacement spray. Oh and:
Scully’s dad is sitting in a chair in her living room, being incredibly creepy. Or lip-syncing. And then the phone rings- but when she turns, Pa’s not there. It’s Mrs. Scully on the phone.
Scully’s dad? Dead of a heart attack. An hour ago.
Jackson University, North Carolina
The sound of young people makin’ out in a car. And then a cop busts ‘em! But the cop is wearing jeans and work boots! That’s not very coplike, I guess, and the guy in the letterman’s jacket asks to see his ID but then there’s some violence and a quick cut to:
FOX MULDER’S MAIL
No, he’s reading a criminal profile. Look:
Also, Mulder calls Scully “Dana”, which is apparently his way of saying “I’m sorry that your Dad croaked”.
Anyway, those kids? Missing. And the same thing happened a year ago, except the kids in that case showed up tortured to death after a week. THE CLOCK IS TICKIN’.
And a crazy death row dude named Luther Lee Boggs thinks he can help save the kids. Via:
Mulder thinks Boggs is scamming the system with his psychic power claims. He’s going to Raleigh to talk to him anyway — at Boggs’ request.
Also, he has a NICAP cap.
Putting the ‘fun’ in funeral
Dad Scully’s ashes get scattered into the sea while the family watches in the rain. “Beyond the Sea” is playing on a radio in the background.
And now, Luther gives a nice dramatic reading of Crazy Guy. Ranty and loony and talking about himself in the third person.
Mulder hands over a piece of blue cloth; Luther begins breathing heavily and making alarming noises and tossing out details about what’s happening to the kids. Coat-hangers, cold place, angels, waterfalls, yadda yadda yadda. Which, okay, but:
But when the agents are strolling away from sham-seemin’ Boggs, he starts singing “Beyond the Sea” and Scully sees her dad in Boggs’ prison uniform and then he looks like Boggs again but then calls her “Starbuck” just like her dad did and OMG. Scully kind of wigs out and bails.
But then! She sees some things that actually match up with Boggs’ crazy description, which leads her to an abandoned warehouse where there’s a bunch of damn candles burning. She finds a necklace — and some coat-hangers!
Back at the hotel
Now we’ve got Scully staring at (an empty chair) (her dead dad), in what is like another very Kubricky shot:
Mulder breaks the news that the necklace Scully found belongs to the missing girl.
And Mulder’s all giving her shit now for lying about how she found that warehouse on her police report. Way to be sensitive, jerk. Here’s how it supposed to work:
Here’s what you did:
And now you’ve upset her so much that she says:
Mulder has a cunning plan: fake Boggs out with a mocked up newspaper article that says the kidnapped kids have been found.
Test subject: Dana Scully.
Boggs is a lot quicker on the uptake than Scully, apparently, and rather than using his next break to call an accomplice, responds to the planted article by calling Mulder. Oops! So they interrogate Boggs some more, who gets all prophecy-y again about Mulder and blood and a white cross and stuff. Also, there’s cutaways to the kidnapper and the girl this time, so the episode is pretty much screaming BOGGS IS RIGHT ABOUT THIS STUFF in a fairly unambiguous kind of way.
Houseboat of dooooom
So they find the girl, but then Mulder goes searching the boathouse area and somebody SHOOTS HIM and races away in a boat.
IDing the perp
The rescued girl identifies her kidnapper as Lucas Henry, who is maybe serial killing people to celebrate the anniversary of the traumatic killing of his loved ones. And Lucas and Boggs go way back in a killing-spree sort of way? Anyway, the important thing is that Scully visits Boggs and totally screams at him:
But then Boggs looks like Mulder for a second and that kind of takes the wind out of her sails. And then he starts telling a story from Scully’s childhood in the first person.
And then there’s some more Dad Scully impersonating and an impassioned plea for survival, yadda yadda. Plus, a nice story about him seeing the ghost of everyone he killed staring at him on the way to the gas chamber and getting bumrushed by thousands of souls, which is pretty cool.
Boggs won’t help Scully with the crime without a pardon, the Governor won’t give Boggs a pardon, Hospital Mulder doesn’t want Scully to deal with Boggs. Basically nobody is happy about anything, and Mulder has a tube up his nose.
So Scully bluffs Boggs about a pardon; Boggs prophecies up a location; Scully calls him on not being psychic because he would have know that there was no pardon but then BOGGS is all like YEAH I KNOW THERE WAS NO PARDON, STUFF IT.
So here’s Lucas in the abandoned factory, getting ready for some killin’, when the FBI bursts in at the last possible moment:
And Lucas fails to drop his weapon and Scully shoots him. But not well enough to stop a fleeing Lucas from whapping another agent with a bucket.
And then some more fleeing, and Scully chases Lucas to a room with a big blue devil painted on the wall, which Boggs all warned her about and shit and Lucas falls through some crappy old rotten wood to his death.
Scully drops by Boggs’s cell one more time to thank him for saving her life and the kid’s, and he tells her that he’ll give her a message from dead old Ahab if she comes to his execution to watch. And then: a final meal of chicken and biscuits and potatoes and peas.
And then Boggs gets executed — and Scully ISN’T THERE! She’s hanging out with Mulder and offering a rationalization for how Boggs could in fact have been duping her rather than being all psychic, and Mulder says: