Oh yay! I love when you do Scripted or Duchovny! Can I ask you to do it for these scenes (1) "I don't wanna wrestle" in detour (2) "inheriting your father's sea legs" in Dod Kalm (3) the whole wine emptying scene in Small Potatoes (4) the lean down during the "we'll talk later" in Soft Light when Sully's classmate says she's heard so much about him (5) "Funky Poaching". Thank you!!!
1. I don’t wanna wrestle: I SWEAR I read once that someone from the show said that this in fact WAS scripted, in response to someone’s query as to whether it was an ad-lib. But, it seems so Duchovny that I have a hard time believing that, especially as I can’t remember where I read it anymore. It CERTAINLY looks to me like she was just kind of trying to awkwardly move him as the scene required and wasn’t doing very well and he blurts that out and she laughs. How can that not be Duchovny? Verdict: Duchovny.
2. Sea legs: She does make kind of a Gillian face when he says that. OK, I just watched it and I feel like it’s just too long of a thing – with the whole setup and punchline, and then she looks away smiling for kind of a long while so it’s not like she broke and they quickly cut but then left it in – to have just been a spontaneous ad-lib/reaction. So even though it does seem rather Duchovny, I’m going with scripted.
3. The wine thing like where he like burps the bottom of it to get the drops out and she interrupts herself to be like “thank you very much”? Hmm. I never thought about that before, really – I love Gillian’s little touches as Tipsy!Scully and that is one of them – but…hm. With the qualification that I think it could have been something that was worked out over a couple of takes, not just done spontaneously at that moment by David, I’m going with Duchovny. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was wrong though.
4. We’ll talk later from Soft Light: That reads as a classic XF scripted line to me (and it’s Vince Gilligan so having a bit more than average snap in the dialogue is not too surprising). I’m sure the lean-down was a little Duchovny, but no more than like, I mean, they are in their bodies and walking and moving and whatnot. So I’m going to award this one to the scripted side.
5. Funky poaching: That feels VERY written to me. Scripted.
THIS IS FUN. Thanks, anon! Agree/disagree?