Almost all of the guest characters in this episode were named for executive producers or top writers of The X-Files. Chris Gordon is an amalgamation of Chris Carter and Howard Gordon. Darin Spotnitz combines Darin Morgan and Frank Spotnitz. The four petty officers are (Rob) Bowman, (Glen) Morgan, (Chris) Carter, and (James) Wong. The master chief is (David) Nutter. Antwane Mann may also be a reference to Kim Manners. Also, Brian Thompson, who plays Master Chief P.O. Vince Nutter, also plays The Bounty Hunter in The X-Files. The Bounty Hunter is an important role in the X-Files mythology.