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Oh my God, Mulder, it’s me!

- August 16th, 2012
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Yeah, that's right, I'm a medical doctor.

When I was a kid I wore a makeshift lab coat, played with a science kit and wrote pretend FBI case reports on my grandmother’s typewriter. I wanted to be Special Agent Dana Scully so hard.

For years, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d say FBI agent. Then, some big dream-crushing jerk* came along and told me that actually, you have to be American to join the FBI.

“Certainly, there’s some awesome Canadian equivalent?” I implored, probably in different words.

Apparently unaware of CSIS, this person told me the closest to an FBI agent I could ever aspire to be was a Mountie. This was problematic because I really wanted to be able to yell “Freeze, FBI!” at least once a day. Also, in my child’s mind, being a Mountie meant riding a horse and wearing the whole Due South red get-up with the hat and everything.

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I'm sorry Due South fans and Canada's finest, but this outfit is just not flattering.

I tried to get behind this for awhile. The horse part helped. But telling people I wanted to be a Mountie when I grew up just never felt quite right. Eventually, I let the dream die.

While I’ve moved on with my life, I still want to be Agent Dana Scully. I can’t hold a gun, or run in heels, or hold a gun while running in heels,  or even remotely pull off a power suit. But I’d like to think I learned from her that women can be powerful, pragmatic and feminine all at once.

So, in light of Gillian Anderson’s upcoming appearance at Fan Expo in Toronto — where I will be awkwardly asking her for an autograph while bumbling the above story –  I present you with two videos of Special Agent Dana Scully saying the only two phrases she utters more often than, “I’m a medical doctor.”

 

Via Kotaku and Jezebel

* I don’t remember who that person was. If it was my mother, I apologize for calling her a jerk.