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Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
3rd Senior Agent (uncredited)
Kenneth Soona (The Thinker)
Senior FBI Agent
2nd Senior Agent
Albert Hosteen's statements about the "Anasazi" are inaccurate. The name "Anasazi" is Navajo for "ancient enemies" -- it could loosely be interpreted as "aliens", in the sense of "not-like-us", but not in the X-Files sense. As to his assertion that "No evidence of their fate exists", the Hopis, who are Pueblo Indians, have a different name for the Anasazi. They call them "ancestral Puebloans".
As Scully stands up to leave at the Offices of the Navajo Nation, the reflection of a boom mike moving in one of the picture frames on the wall can be seen.
After Mulder wakes up in New Mexico, Scully says that they have just driven for two days and he has been unconscious for 36 hours, but he looked pretty clean shaven for a guy who had been out for that long. I doubt Scully or anyone else would have had the opportunity or inclination to do it.
After Mulder has his tantrum and goes to see Skinner he does not have or reach for his suit coat, but when he walks up to Skinner he has it on.
In Mulder's apartment building when the woman shoots her husband it takes exactly 10 seconds for the police to show up. Talk about service.
Scully: They called me in today.
Mulder: What did you tell them?
Scully: That nothing was wrong.
Mulder: Well, you told them the truth then.
Scully: Mulder, you opened the door for them, they're just looking for a good reason now.
Mulder: Okay, I'll say I'm sorry.
Scully: Mulder, these files. Who knows you have them?
Scully: Because I had to lie today. And I put my job in jeopardy in order to do so. If they find out about those files -
Mulder: How would they find out?
Scully: Maybe they already know. The question is, is it worth it? Is this cassette worth risking everything?
Mulder: I'll tell you when I find out what's on it. Now just tell me who I can talk to about breaking that code!
Scully: I'm meeting with someone in an hour. I might know something later tonight... I just need some kind of assurance that they're not going to let us hang ourselves with this! That I'm doing the right thing.
Mulder: I'll try to find out. (He tapes an 'X' to the window)
Scully: I need to know one more thing Mulder. Why did you attack Skinner?
Mulder: I've thought about that Scully. I honestly can't say.
Cigarette Smoking Man: (about Mulder not being in the boxcar) Nothing vanishes without a trace. Burn it.
Mulder: I'm in a boxcar buried inside a quarry. There are bodies everywhere.
Mulder: Stacked floor to ceiling.
Scully: What happened to them?
Mulder: I don't know.
Scully: Mulder, in these files I found references to experiments that were conducted here in the US by Axis Power scientists who were given amnesty after the war.
Mulder: What kind of experiments?
Scully: Some kind of tests, on humans. What they referred to as merchandise.
Mulder: But these aren't human, Scully. From the look of it I'd say they were alien.
Bill Mulder: You're going to learn of things, Fox. You're going to hear the words and they'll come to make sense to you.
Scully: Where did you get this?
Mulder: Your friendly neighborhood anarchist.
The Thinker: I don't want you to know my real name. I just don't think it's that important that you know.
Mulder: Sounds like a line I used in a bar once.
Mulder: Who would follow you.?
Byers: Multinational black ops unit. Code name Garnett.
Langly: Trained killers. School of the American Alumni.
Mulder: Have you boys been defacing library books again.?
Cigarette Smoking Man: (hangs up) Gentlemen, that was the phone call I never wanted to get.
(Mulder's cell phone rings, and he answers it.)
Cigarette Smoking Man: You're a hard man to reach.
Mulder: Obviously, not hard enough apparently.
Cigarette Smoking Man: Where are you?
Mulder: I'm at the Betty Ford center, where are you?
Skinner: Agent Mulder. I need to speak with you.
Skinner: In my office.
Mulder: Why? Is this another jerk off assignment where I end up doing the government's dirty work?
Skinner: It's about a rumor that you may be in reciept of some sensitive files.
Mulder: I don't know anything about that.
Skinner: Agent Mulder.. list... (Mulder walks away faster, irrating Skinner even more causing him to grab Mulder's shoulder) I'm talking to you...
(Mulder spins around and pops Skinner around his eye, causing his glasses to fall off. Some co-workers run to break up the fight. But one grabs Mulder and throws him into the arms of Skinner, who applies the choke hold on Mulder)
Skinner: Are we finished Agent Mulder? Are we done? (he lets Mulder go. The two stare at each other a moment) We're done!
Albert: There was a tribe of indians who lived here more than 600 years ago. Their name was Anasazi, it means ancient aliens. No evidence of their fate exists. Historians say they disappeared without a trace. They say that because they will not sacrifice themselves to the truth.
Mulder: And what is the truth?
Albert: Nothing disappears without a trace.
Scully: Mulder, I'm being called into Skinner's office this afternoon, they're gonna want answers and I'd like some good ones to give them.
Mulder: So you can clear your conscience and your name?! You've been making reports on me since the beginning, Scully, taking your little notes!
Scully: Mulder, you're sick, you're not thinking straight, I'm on your side. You know that.
Mulder: Look, you have my files and you have my gun. Don't ask me for my trust.
Mulder: Are you familiar with the ten commandments, Scully?
Scully: You want me to recite them?
Mulder: No. Just number four, the one about obeying the sabbath, the part about where God made Heaven and Earth but didn't bother to tell anybody about his side projects.
Scully: What are you talking about?
Mulder: The biggest lie of all.
The Anasazi tribe is mentioned in the previous episode, Our Town, for their suspected cannibalistic practices.
Renae Morriseau previously appeared in Season 1 'Shapes' as Gwen.
In order to recreate the distinct New Mexico landscape, a rock quarry was painted with over 1,600 gallons of red paint.
A scene in which The Thinker is kidnapped by Men In Black was cut from the final version of the episode.
In the shots of the encrypted MJ Documents on Mulder's computer, you can clearly make out the line "do-ray-me-fa-so-la-todo".
Director and Executive Producer R.W. Goodwin also had a cameo in this episode, as a gardener. Unfortunately his scene ended up on the cutting-room floor.
The tagline for the season's finale is "EL 'AANIGOO 'AHOOT'E", which is Navajo for "The Truth is out There."
Chris Carter makes his first acting appearance as the FBI Agent who asks Scully if she would lie to protect Mulder.
Visual: Majestic 12
The Majestic 12 files supposedly document the existence of a secret organization dedicated to the concealment of extraterrestrial contacts, that purport to have been compiled for Harry Truman soon after the 1947 Roswell crash.
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