Obviously, this is a very Scully centered episode, focusing on her journey of self-discovery after the somewhat alarming idea that was put forth to her in the previous episode. There are some masterful parts with Mulder, however, that delve into his character as well. He doesn\'t seem to understand, or even be aware of the fact, that he is overshadowing Scully. His innocent disbelief at what she has just gone through shows very readily on his face; his work is his life and he just can't grasp that it isn't the same for her.
This is the first time that we really get the chance to see Scully push back against the flow that seems to have been forced upon her life. She struggles to break the unending ring formed from her relationships with father-figures and when she does so, it results in one of the most astoundingly erotic scenes on television. Frankly, my mouth dropped at the "inking" and was really drawn to the characters reactions. Simply fabulous.