The X-Files: Three of a Kind   Rewatch 
July 13, 2020 8:18 PM - Season 6, Episode 20 - Subscribe

In a sequel to "Unusual Suspects", the Lone Gunmen once again encounter Susanne Modeski while infiltrating a defense contractors' conference in Las Vegas.
posted by orange swan (7 comments total)
A lot of the plotting was really loosey goosey.

Some cute callbacks; TLG knowing Mulder's penchant for waking up people in the dead of night, Frohike being a gentleman (albeit, in response to being jealous at the attention Scully is getting), the Morris Fletcher cameo and the butt slap.

Though that was pretty icky at the men (intending to) taking advantage of Scully while obviously in a state where she can't give consent.

Some cute jokes; Scully being goofy, Scully vowing to murder TLG, playing a game of D&D in mourning.

Some inexplicables; Langley not recognizing that Scully was dosed (c'mon, he's got to have some experience with psychadelics), Modeski going on the run - what's she going to do, work a retail job?, how'd Scully decide to change and go hang out at the bar, the histamine garbage again.

I'm not counting TLG having a blood squib and blanks on hand because TLG - of course they could get their hands on that stuff on short notice.

I thought we'd seen Timmy the Geek before, but apparently just this one-off. I appreciate how they wrote him as a good operator, dislikes that particular cover, and that his downfall was underestimating Byers.
posted by porpoise at 9:22 PM on July 13, 2020

Man, those Lone Gunmen have some great presence. Someone should give them their own show!
posted by Servo5678 at 6:23 AM on July 14, 2020

My theory: The writers were saying that Scully with only an id would be Gillian Anderson, smoking and laughing like a hyena.
posted by acrasis at 3:07 PM on July 14, 2020 [1 favorite]

Season 8, Servo5678, Season 8.
posted by porpoise at 6:30 PM on July 14, 2020

I find the notion that Byers is still so obsessed with Susanne ten years after seeing her just once, and that so briefly, and fantasizing about being married to her, to be painfully sad. I'm surprised she even remembered who he was.

The cluelessness and ineptness of the Lone Gunmen was also cringeworthy. They haven't had training in fieldwork as Mulder and Scully have, but even so sometimes I sat there thinking *I* would have known better than to handle things the way they did. They're like a trio of little boys who think they can take on the world with secret decoder rings ordered from the back pages of their comic books.

Byers trying to kill himself by sticking his head in the ice bucket is hilarious.

And yes, they are in big trouble with Scully.

Why on earth would Timothy Landau confess to the murder of Susanne? He knows perfectly well she isn't dead.

Knowing the eventual fate of the Lone Gunmen, I can't help wishing Byers had gone with Susanne, even if it wouldn't have been a good idea long-term.
posted by orange swan at 10:54 AM on July 15, 2020

Timothy Landau confess to the murder

Byers dosed him already, they just needed to suggest (or go through whatever mind control protocol) that he confess.
posted by porpoise at 1:28 PM on July 15, 2020

"I like 'Hickie!"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:21 PM on August 17, 2020

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