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Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Captain Jack Bonsaint
Stephen King first expressed interest when he was on an episode of Jeopardy! with David Duchovny. He told Duchovny that he loved the show and he'd like to write an episode.
The phone conversation is a reversal of the season 3 episode "War of the Coprophages". This time Scully is on the case and is consulting Mulder for his opinion.
Even though Mulder tells Scully he was watching "The World's Deadliest Swarms", the cassette holder says "Alien Probe", most likely one of Mulder's porns.
The book on Scully's night-stand in her motel room is titled, "Affirmation, For Women Who Do Too Much" by Adrianna Carrillo. There appears to be no such book or author and presumably the book is an in-joke meant to poke fun at Scully's work ethic and her inability to simply enjoy her vacation. Also, it is noteworthy that the cover of this book appears to depict a witch in a forest beneath a full moon, a sly reference to the storyline.
Continuity Goof: In the first scene after the opening credits, Scully pulls into a gas station in a convertible with its top down, despite the fact that it clearly had just rained. There are storm clouds in the sky and the street and pavement are soaked. Scully even tells Mulder on the telephone that "The weather is clear."
The map of Kentucky that is in Mulder's office is upside down.
Plot Hole: Why would Scully destroy the doll using fire when she knew the kitchen floor was drenched in gasoline?
Why did Scully pump her own gas? It was a 'We Serve' station and she drove over a bell cable as she came in.
Scully: (to Chief Bonsaint) Wow, I wish I could help you out.. I'm just... on vacation.
Mulder: (In the office, swinging on the back of a chair) Hey Scully, it's me!
Scully: Mulder, I thought we had an agreement. We were both going to take the weekend off.
Mulder: Right, right, right. I know. But-but I, uh I just received some information about a case. A classic X-File. Classic. Wanted to share it with you.
Scully: Mulder, I'm on vacation. The weather is clear, I'm looking forward to hitting the road and breathing in some of this fine New England air.
Mulder: You didn't rent a convertible, did you?
Mulder: Are you aware of the statistics of decapitation?
Scully: Mulder, I'm hanging up. I'm turning off my cellphone, I'm back in the office on Monday.
Mulder: You shouldn't uh... talk and drive at the same time either. Are you aware of the statistics-- Hello?
Mulder: It sounds to me like that's witchcraft or maybe sorcery that you're looking for there.
Scully: No, I don't think it's witchcraft, Mulder, or sorcery. I've had a look around and I don't see any evidence of anything that warrants that kind of suspicion.
Mulder: Maybe you don't know what you're looking for.
Scully: Like evidence of conjury or the black arts, or shamanism, divination, wicca or any kind of pagan or neo-pagan practices. Charms, cards, familiars, bloodstones, or hex signs or any kind of ritual tableaux associated with the occult, santeria, voudoun, macumba, or any high or low magic.
Mulder: Marry me.
Scully: Mulder, are there any references in occult literature to... objects that have the power to... direct human behavior?
Mulder: What . . . types of objects?
Scully: Uhm, like a doll for instance?
Mulder: You mean like Chucky?
Scully: (embarrassed) Yeah, kinda like that.
Mulder: You didn't find a talking doll, did you Scully?
Scully: No, no... course not, uh...
Mulder: I would suggest that you should check the back of the doll for a... a plastic ring with a string on it. That would be my first... Hello?
The Hokey Pokey that plays through-out the episode is performed by Jo Ann Greer & The Skyliners.
Chris Carter and Stephen King never met during the writing of this episode.
Stephen King churned out several drafts of this episode, but due to Mulder and Scully being slightly out of character, Chris Carter delivered the final draft.
The classical music selection playing as Scully drives into town and when she is taking a bath is Hummel's Piano Concerto No.3, Opus 89.
'Chinga' is the name of Polly's evil doll, as well as the title. Unbeknownst to writer Stephen King at the time, Chinga is also an offensive Spanish slang term (apparently the equivalent of the F-word). When Chris Carter realized this, the episode name was changed to "Bunghoney" when it aired outside of the US.
The coastal Maine town as the setting for this episode is typical for a Stephen King story. Maine is his home state and is the principal setting for almost all of his novels.
The name of the boat in this episode is "Working Girl", a reference to the movie of the same name in which David Duchovny had a small part.
Mulder: You mean like Chucky?
"Chucky" is the name of the Good Guy doll possessed by killer Charles Lee Ray in the 1988 horror movie Child's Play and it's sequels. Chucky is voiced by Brad Dourif who played psychic killer Luther Lee Boggs in season 1's 'Beyond the Sea'.
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