Gillian Anderson delivers an aching and troubled Scully. The episode takes place
not long after her abduction and return, and even though she's handling it with her
usual "I'm fine, Mulder", it's obvious she's far from it. Scully has seen her fair share
of disturbing images, she's a pathologist after all, but this particular fetishism case
has shaken her usually stable composure. Two particular scenes, that we, the viewers
had the privilege to see, and Mulder didn't, show us how frightened Scully really is:
As much as "Irresistible" is a Scully-episode, one cannot ignore Mulder's part in it. There
are, oh, so many episodes, in which Mulder is being his insensitive, flippant self, especially
towards Scully. But in this one, David Duchovny gave us a caring Mulder, who was
sensitive to his partner's feelings. In that context, I especially liked the scene in the jail-house,
where Scully declares she's taking the next flight to Washington DC, and he knows better
than to get into the reasons why.
He just says: "I think it's a good idea. But I don't want you to
think you have to hide anything from me, Scully".
I'd like to point out another thing, which was written to me by a fellow Phile. Mulder's previous experience with the Violent Crimes section kicks in here. He jumps into high gear when he realises the desecration is the work of an escalating fetishist. This is his area, and he knows it, and with a quick dangerous assessment (which turns out to be 100% accurate - remember, he's no slouch at profiling), Mulder assumes control of the investigation. This was an excellent way of keeping both characters involved in what was, essentially, an episode that revolved around Scully.
[Thank you, Yomper, for letting me use this].
That very moving crying scene at the end was like a catharsis, and I could feel Scully's relief
flowing through the TV screen. And even though it was Mulder who came to the rescue (which
is a tendency of Chris Carter and Co. I don't usually like), I sure was glad he was there for her.
The final monologue, delivered by Mulder this time (as if saying -'Scully is still recuperating, so I'm filling in for her'), was very well put, and I'm transcribing it here: