Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Sheriff Andy Taylor
Deputy Barney Paster
This episode marks the first time Samantha Mulder was mentioned in a context other than abduction - at one point, Fox talks about the games he and his sister used to play.
While I realize it added significantly to the plot line, in reality, Mulder and Scully would have simply called in the State Police and officers from neighboring jurisdictions to assist them in arresting the Peacock boys.
Though it's a brilliant and incredibly disturbing counterpoint, the playing of Wonderful Wonderful during the scenes where the sheriff is battered to death is not in any kind of musical timeline. The first line plays as the brothers are leaving the house, then there is a scene with the sheriff looking at his gun and being comforted by his wife, then a shot back to the brothers' car and the second line of the song. Then when the brothers arrive at the sheriff's house, both the sheriff and his wife have got ready for and are in bed, but the song is still only about half way through, and when the brothers get back in their car having killed them, it's still playing. I know I'm being picky, but the song is not Les Miserables. It doesn't last for three hours!
The actual quote in Babe is "Baaah-ram-ewe", not Naah-ram-ewe. All three elements of the magic word are related to sheep.
An editing nit-pick: during Mulder and Scully's first conversation with Sheriff Taylor at the infant-burial site, the exact same reaction shot of Scully is used twice: she makes a facial expression, looks down and to her right, and some strands of her hair blow across the top of her head.
In the teaser the Peacock mother is giving birth and is screaming in obvious pain, but we are later told that the family shares a genetic disorder caused by their inbreeding (among others) which prevents them from feeling pain.
Scully: The way I think it goes here is that Edmund is the brother and the father of the other two.
Mulder: Which means that when Edmund was a kid, he could ground the other two for playing with his things?
Scully: You still planning on making a home here?
Mulder: Not if I can't get the Knicks game.
Scully: Well, just as long as a brutal infanticide doesn't weigh into your decision. Good night, Mulder.
Sherrif: We don't have a lab or a morgue, but I do have a room down here might be a bit cleaner.. By the way, this is my deputy Barney..
Scully: But he also implied that they practice inbreeding. Now we all have a natural instinct to propagate...
Mulder: Do we?
Scully: Mulder, if you had to do without a cell phone for two minutes, you'd lapse into catatonic schizophrenia.
Mulder: Oh no! (Mulder pouts holding up a newspaper for Scully to see, the headline reads: 'Elvis Presley dead at 42')
Scully: Oh my god. Mulder, it looks like this child has been afflicted by every rare birth defect known to science.
Mulder: I guess we can rule out murder as the cause of death, huh?
Scully: I don't know about that. There is evidence of occlusion due to dirt in the nose and mouth, indicating the dirt has been inhaled.
Mulder: There's something rotten in Mayberry.
Scully: It'd be like living in Mayberry.
Sheriff Taylor: Agents Mulder and Scully... Hi, I'm Sheriff Andy Taylor.
Mulder: For real?
Mulder: ...is there a history of genetic abnormalities in your family?
Mulder: Well, just find yourself a man with a spotless genetic makeup and a really high tolerance for being second guessed and start popping out the little uber-Scullies.
Scully: What about your family?
Mulder: Well, aside from the need for corrective lenses and the tendency to be abducted by extraterrestrials involved in an international conspiracy, the Mulder family passes genetic muster.
Mulder: (while pushing the pigs) Scully, would you think any less of me as a man if I told you I'm sort of excited right now?
Mulder: (trying to push the pigs) There some secret farmer trick to get these things moving?
Scully: I don't know. Naa-ram-ewe! NAA-RAAM-EEEWE!!!!
Mulder: Yeah, that'll work.
Scully: I baby-sat my nephew this weekend. He watches Babe 15 times a day!
Mulder: And people call ME spooky.
The science advisor to the series, Anne Simon Ph.D., points out in her book The Real Science Behind The X-Files that the genetic deformities Scully observes in the dead infant (Neu-Laxova syndrome, Meckel-Gruber syndrome and extrophy of the cloaca) are quite rare, and that she would have had to have been well-versed in genetic abnormalities to have recognized all of these conditions without consulting outside experts. Dr. Simon mentions a standard reference book, Smith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, as something Scully may have had the opportunity to consult before this case, thus familiarizing herself with the information.
A scene was cut in which Mulder and Scully jostle each other suggestively in the tight confines of Sheriff Taylor's supply closet/morgue.
Glen Morgan named the Peacock family after some former neighbors of his parents.
This episode features the song "Wonderful Wonderful" by Johnny Mathis.
Having spent a year away from The X-Files to create their own show Space: Above and Beyond, writers Morgan and Wong return here for the first time since season 2's "Die Hand Die Verletzt." The title of their first episode back may also have a double meaning; aside from being the name of the town featured, it could be their way of saying that they are back "home".
Because of the sensitive and still largely taboo subject matter, this episode was banned from Fox TV after it first aired.
It's hard to even call this a reference, since Mulder and Scully are aware of the many ironies in the obvious parallels. Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Paster are clear references to The Andy Griffith Show, where Sheriff Andy Taylor and his Deputy Barney Fife watch over a small North Carolina mountain town. Though Deputy Paster wouldn't admit it, they also both resemble their namesakes: both Andies are calm, laid-back and content with their small-town ways, and both Barneys are more nervous and fond of weapons.
Scully: He watches Babe 15 times a day!
In the movie Babe, the secret phrase "Baah-ram-ewe" is a code word to sheep that they should do what the speaker says.
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