Premiere month is in gear and already there were attempts to Zonk! 'The X-Files' in two new series.
Luckily, I can splain them away!
On 'Bones', Dr. Temperance Brennan demanded to be kept in the loop and to be allowed to join in the field work for any of the cases she helped the FBI on. Seely Booth, the FBI agent who was trying as best he could to make sure she was happy with the working relationship said:
"What, you want me to spit in my hand? We're Scully and Mulder."
[This may be para-phrased.]
Yes, it could be considered a reference to the TV show which should exist as reality in the same universe as 'Bones'... especially when Agent Booth was so specific as to refer to something that actually happened on the show.
But Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were FBI agents working out of Washington, D.C. just as Seely Booth was. Over the last decade there were countless opportunities for the two agents from 'The X-Files' to have socialized and/or conferred with Booth out of sight from the prying eyes of the audience viewing at home. It's quite possible that at some point, either Mulder or Scully could have related that anecdote to him.
No points scored for that Zonk! attempt.
Just an hour later, switching networks from FOX to The WB and its new show 'Supernatural', Dean greeted two FBI agents with:
"Agent Mulder. Agent Scully."
Dean and his brother Sam are traveling across the country doing the "Brothers Kolchak" routine - investigating incidents of the supernatural as they go in search of their missing father who also followed a similar line of work.
The brothers would not be going off half-cocked on such a mission. They would have studied their father's work as well as done their homework on the types of cases that might have been checked out in the past. And I'm sure that in the course of their studies, the names of FBI Agents Mulder and Scully occurred quite frequently.
So even though this was an apparent riff on the characters from the FOX show that is the main influence on all these types of shows that have come out the last few years, within the reality of 'Supernatural' it was a riff on the actual people known as Agent Mulder, Agent Scully.
No Zonk! for you!