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Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
While trying to get a fire started, Scully manages to pry apart a bullet with her bare hands in an attempt to use the gunpowder inside the casing. In the real world this would be quite impossible as the brass of the casing is crimped around the bullet, forming a seal so tight that it would require the use of cutting tools to actually remove the bullet.
Scully's hair goes from being rather straight to curly and back between scenes. The production crew was aware of the problem when they were shooting the episode, but couldn't do anything about it as the heavy rain brought out the natural curl in Anderson's hair.
Scully: Mulder, we're in Western Florida. The closest thing to primitive down here is living in a beachfront retirement condo.
(Scully walks into the motel room with wine and cheese)
Mulder: (Grinning) Who cut the cheese?
Scully: Where are you going?
Mulder: I'm gonna check something out.
Scully: You know Mulder, sometimes I think some work on your communication skills wouldn't be such a bad idea.
Mulder: I'll be back soon, and we can build a tower of furniture. Okay?
(Cheeky grin, and exits)
Agent Kinsley: You're making this up.
Mulder: Why do you say that?
Agent Kinsley: 'cause you work on the X-Files.. and you just want to write off your motel. (Mulder mouths, "Oh..." and nods)
(Stacking bodies into a pile)
Mulder: Too bad we don't have any office furniture.
Scully: If they could see us now.
Mulder: Go, team.
(Lugging a body to the pile, they lay it down gently on top)
Mulder: A hundred more bodies and we'll win the honeybaked ham.
(Mulder falls into hole, startling Scully)
Scully: Jesus! Mulder, are you okay?
Mulder: (Singsong voice) Don't mind me.
(Scully sits close to Mulder and puts her arms around him, pulling his head into her lap. Mulder resists and then whines, playfully)
Mulder: I don't wanna wrestle.
Scully: Get over here. I'm gonna try and keep you warm.
(Mulder settles into her)
Mulder: One of us has got to stay awake, Scully.
Scully: You sleep Mulder.
Mulder: If you get tired, you wake me.
Scully: I'm not gonna get tired.
Mulder: Why don't you sing something?
Scully: No, Mulder.
Mulder: If you sing something, I'll know you're awake.
Scully: Mulder, you don't want me to sing - I can't carry a tune.
Mulder: It doesn't matter, just sing anything.
Scully: "Jeremiah was a bullfrog.."
Scully: If I can separate the shell from the casing, maybe I can get the powder to ignite.
Mulder: And maybe it'll start raining weenies and marshmallows.
Scully: Do I detect a hint of negativity?
Mulder: NO! Yes, actually. Yeah.
Scully: Have you ever thought seriously about dying?
Mulder: Yeah, once when I was at the Ice Capades.
Mulder: Hey, Scully, who did you identify with - Betty or Wilma?
Scully: I dunno; I certainly identified with Betty's bustline.
Mulder: Yes. I identified with that.
Mulder: Kill me now, Scully.
Agent Kingsley: I couldn't believe how hard it was not to use the word "but."
Mulder: I'm having the same problem right now
Mulder: They became known as the Mothmen. There's an X-file dating back to 1952 on them.
Scully: What would that be filed next to, the Cockroach That ate Cincinnati?
Mulder: No, that would be in the Cs. Mothmen is over in the Ms.
Agent Stonecypher: Have you ever been to one of these conferences, Agent Mulder?
Mulder: No, unfortunately, I usually develop a severe haemorrhoidal condition around this time of year.
Scully: (trying to start a fire) You were an Indian guide, help me out.
Mulder: Indian guide says maybe you should run to the store and get some matches.
Scully: I must point out that we are violating FBI policy regarding fraternization in hotel rooms.
Mulder: Try any of that Tailhook crap with me Scully, and I'll kick your ass.
Scully: There has to be a scientific explanation for this.
Scully: What do you think killed those men?
Jeff: Nature is populated by creatures either trying to kill something they need to survive, or trying to avoid being killed by something that needs them to survive. If we become blinded by the beauty of nature, we may fail to see its cruelty and violence.
Scully: Walt Whitman?
Jeff: No. "When Animals Attack" on the Fox Network.
Scully: It sure is beautiful, though.
Jeff: That's what happens. People get to looking around. Next thing they know, something eats them.
Mulder: How do I say this without using any negative words, Scully?
Scully: You want me to tell them you're not going to make it to this year's teamwork seminar.
Mulder: You see that? We don't need that conference. We have communication like that -- unspoken. You know what I'm thinking.
Mulder: I was told once that the best way to regenerate body heat is to crawl naked into a sleeping bag with somebody else who was already naked.
Scully: Maybe if it rains sleeping bags you'll get lucky.
The actor who plays Jeff Glaser is Anthony Rapp, of Rent fame. He was in the Original Broadway Cast of Rent, as well as reprising his role of Mark in the movie version.
Singing "Joy to the World" to Mulder was one of Gillian Anderson's favorite X-Files moments.
The actress that plays Michele in this episode can also be seen in the seventh season episode "All Things."
In the original script Scully would sing Hank Williams' "I'm so Lonesome I could Cry". Chris Carter asked for something off the wall and strange though, so the crew opted for "Joy to the World".
There were some serious production problems with this episode. It rained almost every day during filming bringing the shooting time up to 19 days. In comparison, a normal episode only takes 8 days to shoot.
Search and Rescue leader Michele Fazekas is named after writer/Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz's assistant, Michael Fazekas.
TV reference: The Flintstones
Mulder: Who did you identify with as a kid, Wilma or Betty?
Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble being Fred and Barney's wives in the cartoon show The Flintstones.
Cultural Reference: Mothman
A being with piercing red eyes that menaced an area around Point Pleasant, West Virginia 30 years previously. Between 1966 & 1967 a strange winged creature was apparently seen in that area. The creature has come to be known as the Mothman. Its appearance is said to foretell disasters. There is even a statue of the creature in Point Pleasant.
Musical Reference: Joy To The World
Scully sings the song to Mulder in the woods. This song was originally performed by Three Dog Night, and ironically, the expression 'Three Dog Night' supposedly means a night so cold that one needs to sleep while embracing three dogs. Mulder had been telling Scully how cold he was just before she started singing - was this song chosen for the band's name or was it totally coincidental?
Political Reference: Tailhook
When Mulder mentions this he is referencing the 1991 "Tailhook Scandal." At the 35th Annual Tailhook Symposium (September 5 to 7, 1991) at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, 83 women and 7 men claimed to be sexually assaulted during the three-day aviators' convention, according to a report by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense (DOD). There was much controversy about the ensuing investigation and allegations that the Bush administration (H.W. Bush) was conducting a witchhunt.
Scully: The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati
This is the title of a song by the band Rose & The Arrangement. It has been a frequent item on the playlists of novelty disc jockey Dr. Demento.
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