The X-Files

Season 9 Episode 3


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Agent Doggett ignores the incident where Kobold projectile vomited a large amount of ectoplasm over him when trying to explain why there was nothing supernatural about the case.

    • At the end, when Agent Doggett is illustrating how Kobold chose his victims from the word Dæmonicus, they seem to forget about the guard who "helped" his neighboring cellmate escape.

    • Just an observation if the agents and the police were hell-bent for leather in getting to Dr. Sampson's house because of a threat to her life, why didn't they pursue the truck that was obviously leaving her house just as they were pulling up?

    • In the scene where Reyes is explaining how the Mountjoys were killed, she states that one of the assailants held Mr. Mountjoy in his seat while the other one shot him. In the little flashback scene, the one "demon" is behind Mr. Mountjoy holding his shoulders to keep him in the chair while the other "demon" shoots him in the forehead. If this were the case, the "demon" holding him would have been hit by the round as it exited the rear of Mr. Mountjoy's head.

    • In the end of the episode, John Doggett is writing the word Daemonicus on the blackboard. We can see, that he's left-handed.

    • Fake phone guide: At the end of the episode, when Scully is looking at the phone guide page, looking for "Darren and Evelyn", you can see it's actually a fake page.
      Pause it and check, the names, addresses and phone numbers repeat to the bottom of the page.

  • Quotes

    • Scully: Agent Mulder used to refer to it as psychic plasma - a residual by-product of telepathic communication. In theory it would have inorganic properties that couldn't be explained otherwise.
      Doggett: So what are we talking now? The Ghostbusters?
      Reyes: If I'm right an analysis of this sample could prove whether he's telling the truth or faking it.
      Doggett: Well, you can throw that crap away because I can tell you right now that this guy's liar. He's playing a game.
      Scully: Well, then let's just see how well he plays that game.
      Doggett: Why? So you can get suckered in even more? Listen to you two!
      Scully: Agent Doggett.
      Doggett: Listen, I'm telling ya. This guy threw this up for our benefit. He knew exactly what you'd say, he knew exactly what I'd say. He even knew that the two of you would be so blinded by this hocus pocus that you wouldn't see what's in front of your faces.
      Scully: Agent Reyes is just trying to get to the truth, okay? What are you doing?
      Reyes: Maybe this is a hoax. Maybe you're right. But now you're saying we should turn away from evidence? It's not like you, John. I don't understand why.
      Doggett: I already told you why.

    • Doggett: You planned this whole thing. I want to know why.
      Kobold: I've been thinking a lot about you, Agent Doggett.
      Doggett: You're not answering my question, Professor.
      Kobold: About why someone so ill-suited would draw this duty. Clearly, you have feelings for her.
      Doggett: You ordered Dr. Richmond to kill these people, didn't you?
      Kobold: But you can't compete with the long-lost Agent Mulder. With his easy good looks, his Oxford education.
      Doggett: This is about you, Professor.
      Kobold: Mulder has what you can't have. What you stumble for. The flat-footed cop, thinking he could put handcuffs on a demon.
      Doggett: Answer the question!
      Kobold: You want her, but she feels sorry for you. They both do.

    • Reyes: Did Dr. Richmond display any knowledge of Satanic lure, or speak of demonic possession?
      Dr. Sampson: No, he was perfectly cogent. He didn't suffer from those kinds of delusions.
      Reyes: I'm not really asking about delusions. When you last spoke to him did he seem himself?
      Dr. Sampson: Seem himself?
      Reyes: I mean did he display personality other than his own? Speaking tongues or in any language which he didn't know?
      Dr. Sampson: You're asking me if he was possessed? This is the 21st century, Miss Reyes. We stopped looking a long time ago to demons to explain mental illness.
      Reyes: I'm not really talking about mental illness.

    • Reyes: Agent Scully, have you ever sensed what I'm talking about?
      Scully: I've felt things that I couldn't understand. Things that I was afraid to admit even to myself.
      Reyes: And what did you do?
      Scully: I learned not to ignore it... to trust my instincts.

  • Notes

    • Agent Doggett: A snake swallowing it's own tail.

      Yet another reference to the Ouroboros tattoo Scully had on her back in the season 4 episode Never Again.

    • A dog in this episode is named 'Happy' after Gillian Anderson's dog.

    • Custer (the guard assigned to watch Cobalt's cell) at one point is seen reading a magazine during a thunderstorm. The magazine he is reading is 'American Ronin,' which is the magazine that Modell, the psychic murderer, placed ads in on the episode 'Pusher' from Season 3.

    • Mitch Pileggi did not appear in this episode and was not featured in the opening credits.

    • One of the students in Scully's class at Quantico is Frank Spotnitz's wife, Melissa.

    • The title of this episode is Latin for Satan.

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