I feel that I should mention that Pendrell isn't dead. Well, of course he's not! Look - we never saw him die, we haven't seen a body or a funeral...all we have to go on is Scully's word. I'm of the opinion that she didn't see him die either - for all we know, she didn't even go to the hospital with him. Someone else probably claimed that he was dead - it's all part of the conspiracy! Pendrell might have seemed unimportant, but clearly he was of great use to Mulder and Scully so they had to take him out of the picture and make the agents think they were left to their own devices again. But Pendrell's smart - he'll escape them and come back in the sixth season, or something.
Oh, and if they do decide to show us Pendrell's body...it's a fake. Don't believe them. You can't trust these cigarette-smoking types.
Yes, I'm in very deep denial... (But my predictions are true! You just watch!)
After viewing "Gethsemane," I noticed a few interesting parallels between the "death" of Mulder and the "death" of Pendrell. Observe:
So - if Scully can identify Mulder's body but he's going to come back mysteriously from the dead, then how much easier will it be for Pendy to come back from the "dead" when Scully may not even have seen the body?
(1 December 1997) Now that "Redux" has aired, can we discover anything new and interesting? Yes! You better believe it! As it turns out, Scully was lying about Mulder's death the whole time (also see 9 June 1997 #3), and if she was willing to lie about her partner's death, why not also about the "death" of the one other FBI agent she trusted? (see Wetwired)
Now, let's examine the import given to Pendrell's "death." Granted, there hasn't been a mention of him since Max, but I think that the fateful two-parter can impart to us some clues...and I'm thinking particularly of the cliffhanger.
Consider this. Of all the major characters on The X-Files who have suffered an untimely death (or appeared to), how many of them had a cliffhanger devoted to their peril?
Am I the only one who has spotted yet another important parallel? Mulder and Pendrell, along with Melissa Scully, are the only major X-Files characters whose "deaths" have been important enough to warrant a cliffhanger. Of course, we know that Melissa is dead, but I find all this Pendrell-Mulder stuff very suspicious.
(1 December 1997) We also know that Cancer Man isn't really going to die, because he's got to be in the movie too. Bwahahahahaha! I see more parallels coming!
In parts two and three, I'm going to contemplate some situations that are really unlikely...just for fun.
First - notice that during the bar scene in Max, Scully mentions that there must have been an informant who told Jeff Foxworthy - erm, Garrett - where they were. Cut to Pendrell, who is being innocently carried out the door. Then Skinner enters. This has at least two possible interpretations. It seems to me that either Pendrell is the informant or Skinner is.
Skinner would be the most likely suspect. We know that he's struck up a deal with Cancer Man to save Scully from her cancer, and we see in Zero Sum that he's being forced to do things that he'd rather not. Skinner obviously knows where Scully and Louis Frish went, so he's in a prime position to pass on that information.
Although it's rather unlikely that Pendrell would turn traitor, if he is the informant, there are two intriguing possibilities:
Another unlikely, but fun, thing to ponder. In Quagmire, Scully's excitable Pomeranian, Queequeg, passed on. Throughout at least the following scene, and to a degree, the rest of the episode, Scully was depressed and sorrowful. In Max, Scully's excitable friend, Pendrell, "passed on." Throughout three lines of the following scene, Scully held back her emotions (as usual) and barely let on how upset she was.
Of course, Scully isn't one to get all weepy at every possible opportunity. She usually bears her losses stoically and goes on throughout life. But isn't it a bit strange that she would shed more tears over Queequeg than Pendrell? Here's my thought - Scully's in on it! No-one but a select few members of the hospital staff would have had to know that Pendrell was still alive, and Scully could easily cover for him by lying to her friends and co-workers about his fate. Unless you're a good actor, it's difficult to get upset about someone dying when they haven't. Why would Scully want people to think he was dead? Maybe Pendrell had been investigating the conspiracy, and maybe he was waiting at the bar to impart some vital information. Yeah, it's a stupid place to wait, but who would suspect him of being up to anything? I think this requires careful thought...
(1 December 1997) In light of "Redux", this theory needs amending. Clearly Scully is a good actress, even when she's trying to deceive people about someone's death. Perhaps she was just trying a more emotional tactic to persuade the stoic FBI investigators of the validity of her statement?
When I first saw Max, I was immensely relieved by the prompt arrival of medical help for Pendrell. But later, when I thought about it more, I realized that the ambulance shouldn't have arrived that quickly. I mean, was there a hospital just down the street or something? Even if there had been, someone would have had to call them to report the shooting, and I doubt an ambulance would have been ready immediately. To check this, I got a stopwatch and reviewed the opening scenes of Max. From the moment that Pendrell is shot, it takes 40 seconds for the police to arrive. They call the paramedics, who enter the bar one minute and 22 seconds after the fateful gunshot, or 42 seconds later. The police and, presumably, the paramedics' sirens are audible before they arrive. Is such a speedy arrival plausible? Maybe so...but highly unlikely, I think.
So how did they get there so quickly? The most likely answer is that someone knew there was going to be a murder attempt. See the "informant" theory above - perhaps this lends further credence to the possibility that someone was aware of the situation?
The editors had a bit of trouble with the reprise of Pendrell's situation at the beginning of Max, resulting in numerous continuity errors between it and its predecessor, Tempus Fugit. Annoying ordinarily, they lend themselves very well to denial. If what you see first is contradicted later, how do you know that it isn't all fake? Here's what I noticed:
I've also heard that while in Tempus Fugit Pendrell was carrying three beer bottles, by Max the bottles had turned to mugs. I couldn't tell, though; the one time I could see what he was carrying, as he walked across the room, they were still bottles, but they might have been different by the time he fell. Another controversial topic is where exactly the bullet hit - it appeared to have moved a bit to the left by Max, but it was really hard to tell.
Possibilities for this one - some kind of reality warp? And if we've had one reality warp, why not another one offscreen, which brought Pendrell back to life? (That's assuming that he died, which he didn't. *grin*) Actually, that's the only thing I can think of, but I like it!
"Are you thinking about Pendrell?" asks Mulder as he steps out of Max Fenig's ex-home. Scully, staring at the stars, replies, "I realized I didn't even know his first name." With that, she abruptly changes the subject and starts talking about the keychain Mulder gave her for her birthday. Insensitivity, or what!
I think not. I think that Mulder just caught Scully off-guard. There are two ridiculous things about this exchange - that Scully didn't know Pendrell's first name, and that she was so stoic that she didn't want to discuss her feelings about his "death" with Mulder. Explanations?
As I've said before, Scully was well aware that Pendrell was quite alive. When she left the trailer, after Sharon reminded her of Pendrell's "death", it was probably to make them think that she needed some time alone to think over her painful loss. She didn't count on Mulder coming out after her so quickly; she probably assumed that he would want to talk further with Sharon. Therefore, when he followed her to ask about Pendrell, she had to think fast. She probably hadn't been thinking about him at all, or if she had been, it was about how she was going to keep his continued existence a secret. The first thing that came to her mind (which is admittedly bizarre) was to tell Mulder that she didn't know his first name.
Well, of course she knew his first name, she'd have had to see it at some point. But when Mulder was present, she probably never called him anything but "Agent Pendrell", so he wouldn't necessarily know that she knew his first name.
After this little white lie, Scully was understandably shaken, and rather than discuss Pendrell any further and dig herself into a deeper hole (much less give Mulder any time to think about her illogical statement), she forged on ahead and changed the subject to one that would interest him and divert his attention - a discussion on his birthday gift for her.
Not insensitive. Sneaky. And somewhat desperate. But then, Scully dearly loves her lab friend...