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well, that sucked.
I forgot how bad Season Six was in places. I'm rewatching during workouts and I just stumbled through "Ghosts Who Stole Christmas","Terms of Endearment", and "Rain King."  The latter has its moments, and I think it may the absolute pinnacle of Pointlessly!Bitchy!Scully (my wife suggests asking your doctor about Aleve, Dana.)

But altogether, it's a real trifecta of shit, redeemed pretty much only by the gift scene in "Ghosts" (and Lily Tomlin and Ed Asner.)

Sure, there are worse episodes (any episode with a Spanish name is worse--think about it), but these three stinkers in a row are a real low point.

The only thing that bugged me about the writing on the show was that they tended to make one-shot characters into these really disposable cartoons; there's little or no sympathy at all in the portrayal of anyone besides Mulder and Scully. You never get the sense that there's any backstory, that Mulder and Scully have stepped into a place and a set of lives that existed before them and will exist after they've left. I think it's really on display here, especially in the nasty cornpone sentimentality of "Rain King." If I was from Kansas (and I'm not far, actually) I'd be pissed about that one.

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I tried researching that for fic continuity's sake and the various possible issues associated with getting estrogen or estrogen-progestin treatments when you're 32, or conversely not getting them at all, were just too big to deal with narratively.

The problems are multiple. It's easier just to hand wave it all. I am an RN, who worked in gynecology for fourteen years, so that is hard for me to do.

I decided to operate on the assumption that they stuck a permanent follicle replacement in there that does its thing to some extent or another, because there's obviously some hormone magic involved in getting elderly women to act as incubators. As well, otherwise we're to assume it took Scully until, oh, sometime in S4 to notice she wasn't menstruating and that might be an issue.

Post-menopausal women can carry a pregnancy to term, with hormone support, as for example, one woman did for her daughter, who had had to have a hysterectomy, but still had functioning ovaries.

My understanding about Scully's knowledge of her infertility is that she knew of it well before season five(?), she just didn't know why or how her ovaries were damaged. In "Christmas Carol," she says as much to her mother, before she even finds out about Emily. It was that her ova were all extracted and then used to create genetically manipulated children that caused so much of the high drama in "Emily." Well, and that Mulder had kept that from her for years, not that the show ever dealt with the emotional fallout of that little peccadillo. He didn't tell her about the vial of ova he took either until whenever Per Manum took place, another great WTF moment. As you can tell, I have thought about this way too much.

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