Special Agent Dana Scully
Special Agent Fox Mulder
Emily Sim (cut scenes)
Bill Scully Jr.
Look closely at the logo that appears on the back of the photograph shown to Scully by Bill to prove that Melissa could not have been pregnant in 1994. It's reassuring to know that Melissa trusted the "ETAP" brand for her photo paper needs. "ETAP" is the fictional brand of film first used in "Unruhe" and later in "Small Potatoes."
There is no way that Scully could have filed an adoption petition AND completed an adoption services investigation in the two days between the murder (Dec 22) and her meeting with the adoption services worker (Dec 24). In California, where the episode takes place, an adoption investigation takes weeks, if not months, before it is completed, and it also requires a home study, which could not have been done as Scully was visiting her mother for Christmas.
The date of this episode, as shown onscreen in the opening scene, is December 21. However, the toxicology report into Roberta Sim's death states that it occurred on August 9.
The toxicology report lists the birthdate of Mrs. Sim as 6/6/67 which would make her 30, but Detective Kresge says that she is 40 years of age.
Scully's FBI badge number that she gives to the phone company is different to the one she gives in season 4's 'Teliko'.
In Scully's dream we learn that she and Melissa received their cross necklaces for Christmas one year (young Dana looks about 13 or 14), but in season 2's 'Ascension', Margaret says that she gave Scully the necklace for her 15th birthday.
Scully: Says here that your precinct visited the Sim's before, two weeks ago. A domestic disturbance.
Detective Kresge: We sent a unit cause the neighbors were complaining. They were screaming at each other. Wasn't a happy household. Happy people don't kill themselves.
Tara Scully: Oh! Oh, that was a good one!
Bill Scully Jr: What? Is he kicking?
Tara Scully: Oh, he's kicking! He's kick-boxing! Well you had boys and girls, so which one kicked more?
Margaret Scully: Oh I had some pretty tough little girls.
Bill Scully Jr: What's going on? They're... they're joking about you getting a call from a dead woman.
Scully: I thought it was a dead woman, just not the one in there.
Bill Scully Jr: What are you talking about?
Scully: I know it's not possible, Bill. But it sounded just like her.
Bill Scully Jr: Who?
Scully: Our sister. Melissa.
(Scully enters the crime scene at the Sim residence and Detective Kresge ushers her out)
Detective Kresge: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Who are you?
Scully: Scully. FBI. (flashing badge) Can you tell me what's going on here?
Detective Kresge: Well, no offence Scully FBI, what's it to you?
Scully: I received a phone call... from this address. It was a woman's voice. She said that somebody here needed help.
Detective Kresge: When was this?
Scully: About 20 minutes ago.
Detective Kresge: I've been here 30 minutes. I guarantee you no one's called out, to you or anyone else. The phone's off the hook.
Scully: Please can you tell me what happened here?
(Detective Kresge takes Scully through to the bathroom)
Detective Kresge: This is Mrs Roberta Sim. Age 40. Suicide. She's been dead at least three hours. If you got a call from her, she must have dialed 1-800-The-Great-Beyond.
Margaret: What is it?
Scully: It's the DNA test on Emily Sim's blood.
Bill: What does it say?
Scully: It says, definitely, that Melissa is not Emily's mother, but that they found striking genetic similarities between Emily and Melissa, so many that they ran a test against another sample that they already had.
Margaret: What sample?
Bill: What are you trying to say?
Scully: According to this... I am Emily's mother.
There is a wonderful subtle moment between Margaret and Melissa Scully, during the flashback scene when the girls receive their cross necklaces. While teenage Dana is enchanted, teenage Melissa seems to be quickly covering up her disappointment. Makes a nice link to the moment in 'One Breath' when Margaret greets Melissa, crystal-dowsing over a comatose Scully, with a tension-laden "I'm glad you could come".
The person who ran the DNA analysis at the end of the episode was named John Gillnitz. This is yet another reference to the names of the three writers John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz.
The young girl playing the teenage Dana is Gillian Anderson's real life 14-year-old sister Zoe, in her first acting role.
Mulder's absence in this episode was due to David Duchovny being in LA promoting his movie Playing God.
Name reference: The Sim Family
Emily's adoptive family name of Sim is taken from actor Alastair Sim, who played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1951 British movie version of A Christmas Carol.
Title: Christmas Carol
The title of this episode is reminiscent of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Instead of Scrooge being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future; Scully is "visited" by her deceased sister Melissa, and several earlier versions of herself.
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