During her eight years chasing flying saucers on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson's G-Woman Dana Scully has been paired with a believer (David Duchovny's Mulder), a skeptic (Robert Patrick's Doggett) and a lackey (Mitch Pileggi's Skinner). Well, if Internet buzz is any indication, the addition of Annabeth Gish's Agent Monica Reyes as a regular next season gives the former abductee an altogether different type with whom she can butt heads: a lesbian.

Here's the lowdown: Although it was heavily implied during Reyes's introduction last February that the sexy sleuth shared a romantic history with Doggett, the show's May cliffhanger — specifically a scene in which she gushed to an in-labor Scully that she looked "amazingly beautiful" — hinted that she may have switched teams in the interim.

In fact, according to executive producer John Shiban, she nearly did. After viewing the titillating sequence again — and reading all of the online chatter — he and fellow producers Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz considered taking the character in that very direction.

"We talked about it," he reveals to TV Guide Online. "But we [ultimately decided] that it's the kind of baggage that we didn't want to deal with with this kind of character right now. We had other ideas that we were more excited about."

Regarding Reyes's much-scrutinized declaration, Shiban admits that he certainly understands why viewers' gay-dar went off. "I can see where they got that idea," he says, adding that Reyes "does have an affection for Scully that is deep and real, but our intention was that it is non-sexual."

"Most women look beautiful when they're giving birth," reasons Gish. "And it was a very authentic birth experience, so I think it was very harmless."

Still, Shiban isn't completely closing the door on the possibility of Reyes coming out of the closet. "On The X-Files, anything can happen," he winks. "So, I don't want to discount anything. Life is complicated."