Strolling through the Abbey Newsroom one recent afternoon, Sister La..Dee..Da.. is all smiles. She hasn't been around the light table much lately, and is delighted by surprise encounters with several News for the OBSSEsed staff members. "I can't stay away, quips the graphic artist, "It's like I've graduated from college and have come back to see everybody!" Reducing her duties by almost half in Season 8, La.. refutes the notion that she is abandoning her position and says the time has simply come to add more help. She contrasts her attitude with that of graphic arts newcomer Aderyn. "She (Aderyn) is really excited to be here, and I think it's good to have someone come in and smack everyone around and say, 'Wake up! This is a great job.' "
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C O N T R I B U T O R S t o No. 36
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Well, the time we thought would never happen is here. It's time to gear up in the Abbey for Season 8 of the X-Files. Who knew? I guess the good news is that for the first time in the history of the series it will be obvious to more than just us who the real star of the show is. While I think I speak for most of the Abbey when I say that if we had our druthers Mulder would be around for more than a handful of the episodes, the powers that be don't leave these decisions up to us. So. Mulder is missing. Scully is pregnant. And the season of Scully is upon us. Strap yourself in friends, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Abbey "Family" Announcements
You'll find the results of this year's voting for the lineup of the Scully Marathon 2001 (coming May 2001) on the next page but for now, enjoy a bit of pre-vote pandering . . .
by Sister Autumn
"We wanted somebody who was blue-collar,
This summer and fall, in advance of some big changes to the show for season 8, 1013 launched a campaign. Let's call it the "John Manly Mannish Blue-Collar Guyness Doggett Campaign." For some reason they have become oddly fixated on the perceived masculinity of this new character. And they want to tell us about it. Over and over and over. Just so we know without question that this guy is exceedingly manly. Apparently Scully was paired with David Duchovny's character Denise from Twin Peaks the past seven years since to hear them talk Mulder was, I don't know, a girlie man? A squirrel's guy? A white-collar slacker wussy?
"He's a masculine presence.
This all got me to thinking. What if Scully had been paired with His Manliness since the beginning of the series? Just what could such a masculine presence bring to some of the classic exchanges between the agents? Would there be Doggettisms? If so I think they may have gone a little like this...
"Robert's got a very masculine quality."
"Doggett is really a guy's guy."
"He is a man's man, an ex-cop,
"He's like one of the "guys,"
"Doggett's a male." -- Robert Patrick, New York Times
The Manly Cop Song
INT. An FBI office. Enter DOGGETT, backed by a chorus of Manly Men in Manly suits, incl. SKINNER, KRYCEK, X, and KERSH, but not SPENDER JR.