The X-Files

Season 4 Episode 1

Herrenvolk (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Principal Settings:
      Rural Alberta, Canada; rural Maryland; Providence, Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; United Nations Headquarters; New Yok City, New York.

    • In this episode, X becomes the second of Mulder's informants to be shot and killed. Like Deep Throat, he too leaves a dying message for Mulder, scrawling 'SRSG' in his own blood. We later learn that this stands for 'Special Representative to the Secretary General' of the United Nations. This information leads Mulder to his third informant Marita Covarrubias.

    • When the Bounty Hunter is trapped in the barn and stung all over by the bees, how come their piercing his skin doesn't release any toxic vapours? Bees can draw blood, especially in those numbers and if a person is fighting and disloging the stings violently, but none is evident.

      For that matter, how come when he gets back and attacks Mulder again his skin is covered in RED spots, which would be a normal human's reaction to a sting? And why, given these guys' ability to repair themselves so quickly from gun shots, would a few pesky stings be particularly bothersome?

    • The shape of the X that Scully makes with masking tape on the window changes from scene to scene - from the X she actually makes to one that is presumably what the prop team did. Hers has a much longer left to right top to bottom diagonal.

    • After Mulder realizes that the children are clones, Jeremiah says he's going to look for gas. However, that wouldn't do them much good as they'd left their car 10 miles back. It's doubtful that the children would have had a car and walking all the way back to their own car would have wasted a lot of time.

  • Quotes

    • Power Line Worker: Bee just stung me eh?... Well, Don't you all just take the cake. Your mum ever mix you up?

    • Scully: Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.

    • Bounty Hunter: I need to know the reasons why this should be.
      CSM: So that the work may continue. So that the project may proceed unabated by removing an unnecessary obstacle.
      Bounty Hunter: What obstacle?
      CSM: Agent Mulder, actually. If his mother were to die, he would...
      Bounty Hunter: He what?
      CSM: You see... the fiercest enemy is the man who has nothing left to lose. And we both know how valuable Agent Mulder is to the equation.

    • Bounty Hunter: He shows you pieces, but tells you nothing of the whole... because he's inconsequential... a traitor to the project.
      Mulder: Kill me, let them go.
      Bounty Hunter: You'd trade your life for his?
      Mulder: For my mother's.
      Bounty Hunter: Everything dies.

    • X: Don't unlock doors you're not prepared to go through, Agent Scully.

  • Notes

    • When Mulder encounters the dead body on the road he pulls a work order from the dead man's pocket. The work order is for a company named Telus. Telus is an actual phone company in Canada where the show was often filmed.

    • Vanessa Morley, playing Samantha Mulder, got stung by one of the bees during the scene where Samantha, Mulder and Jeremiah Smith enter the bunker. After the shoot Gillian Anderson presented her an award for 'bravery beyond the call of duty' that had been made up by the props department.

    • William B. Davis is now billed under the "Also Starring" heading along with Mitch Pileggi.

    • The season's premiere begins with yet another altered tagline: 'Everything Dies', spoken by the Bounty Hunter and then followed up by Marita Covarrubias who informs Mulder that "Not Everything Dies".

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Herrenvolk
      The word "Herrenvolk" is German and roughly translates to "master race", a term coined by the Nazis to refer to the projected end result of their genocide, the creation of a "superior", "pure" human being.