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The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 16

Chimera

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 02, 2000 on FOX

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  • Trivia

    • When the sheriff goes to visit Jenny in the hotel room, he gets up in the middle of the night. In spite of the room being murky you can see daylight coming in through the windows, the same daylight that is coming through the next morning when Jenny is being attacked by the chimera.

    • Even with Easter Sunday at its latest, you would not see blooming roses, fully green trees, and other blooming flowers in Vermont at that time of year. In most cases, foliage would just be budding out and in some cases there might even still be significant snow on the ground.

    • There is much made of ravens in the episode, but from the look of it, the birds used weren't actually ravens. The common raven is a very large bird - up to almost 30 inches in length at maturity. They also have little 'beards' of feathers. These look more like crows, which belong to the same family.

  • Quotes

    • (On the phone)
      Mulder: Mulder.
      (Scully is still on the stakeout. She looks miserable, huddled in a coat.)
      Scully: Mulder, please tell me I can go home.
      Mulder: (Cheerfully) Oh, hey, Scully. How's the stakeout?
      Scully: Well, the furnace broke and I can just about see my breath in here.
      Mulder: Ouch. I'm sorry to hear that.
      Scully: That... and I've witnessed a couple hundred things I'd like to erase from my brain. Eww.
      (Scully looks through the telescope again. The Jesus Saves van pulls up outside the club again.)
      Scully: But as of yet, no mystery woman.
      Mulder: Well, she'll come, you know? It's just a matter of time. She'll show up-- I'm sure of that.
      Scully: Yeah, well not before I die of malnutrition.
      (She picks up a slice of cold pizza, then drops it again, disgusted.)
      Mulder: Hey, Scully, tough it out. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Right?
      (At the table, Ellen Adderley filling Mulder's plate with assorted side dishes.)
      Mulder: (to Ellen) No, no, no, no. No capers, thank you.
      Scully: I'm sorry. What?
      Mulder: I said, "What a... what a crazy caper." I'll talk to you later... and, uh, keep warm. Bye.

    • Skinner: Two weeks ago a woman named Martha Crittendon disappeared from her home in Bethany, Vermont. Local police haven't turned up any sign of her. I'm hoping you may be able to.
      Mulder: I'm already on a case.
      Skinner: You're on a stakeout. I'm confident Agent Scully can continue in your absence.
      (Mulder looks at Skinner suspiciously.)
      Mulder: Why? What did I do?
      Skinner: There may be aspects to this that... speak to your strengths as an investigator.
      Mulder: Specifically?
      Skinner: Ravens. What do you know about 'em-- their mythological or... paranormal significance?
      Mulder: Well, the, uh... th-the raven is considered a-a very powerful symbol in certain Norse, Celtic and Native American cultures uh, mostly, a negative one. Indians view it as a deceiving spirit, Christianity mostly associates it with evil and, then, of course, there's Poe's Raven and, "Nevermore" and all that stuff.
      Skinner: Martha Crittendon's seven-year-old daughter claimed that she was attacked by a raven earlier the day her mother disappeared. Later, she heard one inside the house before she discovered her mother was missing.
      Mulder: No, really, what did I do?

    • Mulder: What happens to her, she disappears? Turns invisible?
      Scully: Well I hope we catch her so we can find out. Before we have to spend another night here. You know Mulder, I don't know about you but I find this all very depressing.
      (Mulder continues chewing bubble gum irreverently)
      Scully: This round-the-clock exposure to the seamy underbelly.
      Mulder: It's a job, Scully. Vigilance in the face of privation. The sheer will that it takes to sit in this crappy room spying on the dregs of society until our suspect surfaces. (Scully nods, unconvinced. Mulder grins.) There's something ennobling in that.
      (Mulder's phone rings, he picks up.)
      Mulder: Mulder. Now? All right. (Hangs up) Gotta go. (Grabs his jacket and walks out)
      Scully: Mulder!

    • (Mulder is awkwardly allowing Ellen to serve him breakfast and coffee.)
      Ellen: I get the feeling you're not used to someone taking care of you.
      Mulder: Well, that has a-- a vaguely pathetic ring to it.
      Ellen: No, I just mean that I didn't notice a wedding band.
      Mulder: Oh.
      Ellen: Do you have a significant other?
      Mulder: (Considers for a moment, smiling almost impercetibly) Um... not in the widely understood defintion of the term.
      Ellen: Oh. Well the right woman will come along and change all that.
      (Mulder opens his mouth like he should explain further but seems to think it's too complicated to launch into. Instead, he contents himself with a skeptical nod and a bite of bacon.)

    • Mulder: Are you sure Martha's last name isn't Stewart?
      Sheriff: Tell me about it, last year this place made the cover of "New England Home"

    • Scully: Mulder, when you find me dead, my desiccated corpse propped up staring lifelessly through the telescope at drunken frat-boys peeing and vomiting into the gutter, just know that my last thoughts were of you... on how I'd like to kill you.
      Mulder: I'm sorry, who is this?
      Scully: It's a freak show, Mulder! It's a... it's a nonstop parade of every single low-life imaginable.
      Mulder: Well, the view may not be too different here. It's dressed a little nicer, but underneath the surface it's the same seamy underbelly.
      Scully: It's not the same, trust me!

    • Scully: Yeah, well I hope you realize there's no evidence whatsoever that this mystery woman of yours has even committed a crime... although her wardrobe comes close.

  • Notes

    • Scully appears only in brief cameos in this episode. She is in the usual Mulder/Scully 1st scene of act 1, and then all her conversations with Mulder are short, by phone, and spread throughout the episode

    • Writer David Amann's wife Michelle Deschamps is mentioned in this episode. The little girl in the teaser is named Michelle, and the psychiatric hospital featured is the Deschamps County Hospital.

  • Allusions

    • Title: Chimera
      This is a reference to the fabled monster from Greek mythology, said to be made up of different parts - usually a lion's head (or three heads, one of which is a lion) a goat's body and a dragon's tail - and breathing fire. Descriptions have changed from story to story, and it's even a description of a particular medical condition when two twins fuse in the womb to become one and have traces of DNA from each. Though the monster in this episode is not really a chimera in the distinct sense of the word, it works on the idea of one person with two separate personalities, one of whom carries out the atrocities the other couldn't countenance.

    • Mulder: Are you sure her last name wasn't Stewart.

      Given the impeccable housekeeping and the character's first name of Martha, this is an obvious reference to the queen of house and home, Martha Stewart, whose advice on cookery, centrepieces, decor and all kinds of things have been followed by people everywhere for quite a few years.

    • Mulder: ...and, then, of course, there's Poe's raven and, "nevermore", an-and all that stuff.

      This is in reference to the writer Edgar Allen poe who wrote a poem called "The Raven". In the poem the word "Nevermore" is repeatedly used.

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