The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 13


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Mulder came to Minnesota for the sole purpose to see the Redskins and Vikings play. The episode takes place 1994. But at no point in the 1994 NFL Season did these two teams play each other.

    • In "Firewalker," Mulder reports that the day is November 11 and that he and Scully ended up in a 30-day quarantine. Scully reports that the date for the autopsy in "Irresistible" is November 14, which conflicts with the quarantine.

    • At the beginning, Mulder, Scully and Bocks are looking over an unearthed grave in the rain. Wouldn't they have needed to have the grave covered to keep any evidence from washing away?

    • Why would Mulder and Bocks immediately assume that Donnie had run Scully off the road? Minneapolis is a pretty big place.

    • Scully pushes Donnie into the bathtub and he gets soaked from the waist down, but in the next shot he is dry.

    • When Donnie is cruising the streets looking for a prostitute, a bus can be seen going down the street with UBC on the front as its destination. UBC is the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

  • Quotes

    • Donnie Pfaster: (to Scully) There's no way out, girlie-girl... I know this house, girlie-girl, there's nowhere to hide.

    • Mulder: Are you staying on there, Scully?
      Scully: No. I'm coming back tonight.
      Mulder: Look, I know this is a pretty horrific case, but if …
      Scully: I'm okay with it, Mulder. Anyway you could use my help.
      Mulder: Always.

    • Mulder: (voiceover) The conquest of fear lies in the moment of its acceptance. And understanding what scares us most is that which is most familiar, most common place... It's been said that the fear of the unknown is an irrational response to the excesses of the imagination. But our fear of the everyday, of the lurking stranger, and the sound of foot-falls on the stairs, the fear of violent death and the primitive impulse to survive, are as frightening as any X-file, as real as the acceptance that it could happen to you.

    • Scully: I know these things. I'm conscious of them. I know the world is full of predators, just as it has always been. And I know it's my job to protect people from them. And I've counted on that fact to give me faith in my ability to do what I do... I want that faith back... I need it back.

    • Scully: You think you find a way to deal with these things. In med school, you develop a clinical detachment to death. In your FBI training, you are confronted with cases, the most terrible and violent cases. You think you can look into the face of pure evil. And then you find yourself paralysed by it.

    • Teacher: The necessity of the story, the myth or the legend in a culture is almost universal. We think of myths as things that entertain or instruct, but their deeper purpose is often to explain, or make fanciful, wishes, desires or behavior that society would otherwise deem unacceptable. Myths often disguise thoughts that are simply too terrible to think about, but because they are conveyed in a wrapping of untruth - the story - these thoughts become harmless fiction... Take, for example, stories that we recite for children, such as Snow White or Alice in Wonderland. The subtextural themes where the Queen orders "off with her head", or the prince wakens Sleeping Beauty with a kiss, are what Freud would describe as death/wish imagining.

    • Bocks: I read your profile. Sounds like a guy who can't make it with women. Which would explain the hooker.
      Mulder: The hooker was just convenient. This guy's not after sex. He's after trophies. His victim was a young attractive woman. The corpses he dug up were those of young women. Yet there's no evidence of any sexual activity. What fuels his need? What is important about the hair and fingernails to him? It's as if it's not enough that they're dead. He has to defile them. There's a deeper psychosis at work here. And anger toward women, possibly his mother.

    • Scully (voiceover): Death is a recorded event. For reasons natural or unnatural, when a body ceases to function, the cause of the effect can be clearly reconstructed. A body has a story to tell... If the victim was strangled, an examination of the veins in the eyes will reveal this. If the victim was shot, entry wounds and gunpowder residue can be used to reconstruct the events leading to death and help to establish a possible motive. Body temperature, preferably the temperature of the spleen, is an accurate indicator of the time of death. As are rigor, livor and levels of sodium in the blood. If the body was moved, sand, small rocks, vegetable debris, even pollen can be removed and analysed to determine the location of the original crime scene and place the position of the body at the time of death. Extracutenous stains and residues can indicate the use of poison or toxins. Hair and fibres, slivers of glass, plastic, even insect casings can serve to recreate the circumstances under which death occurred... It may be an irony only understood by those of us who conduct these examinations, who use these pieces to rebuild a narrative, that death, like life itself, is a drama with a beginning, middle and end.

    • Scully (voiceover): A complete model or psychological profile of the death fetishist does not exist. Extrapolating from material on file at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, the compulsion is the result of a complex misplacement of values and a deviation from cultural norms and societal mores - often accompanied by extreme alienation from normal social interaction and traditional avenues for interaction with others. He is more likely to be white, male and of average to above average intelligence. Cases of fetishists with IQs over 150 have been documented. The progression of the pathology can be traced from the fantasy stage to the eventual acting out of fetishistic impulses, including opportunistic homicide.... Agent Mulder believes strongly that the suspect in this case is escalating toward this action. It is my opinion from reading these case files that death fetishism may play a stronger role than suspected in cases of serial murder. That once he begins to murder, it is the killing that draws attention away from a deeper motive. A motive which most people, including law enforcement professionals, dare not imagine. It is somehow easier to believe, as Agent Bocks does, in aliens and UFOs, than in the kind of cold blooded inhuman monster who could prey on the living to scavenge from the dead.

    • Scully: You knew it wasn't UFO-related from the start?
      Mulder: I had suspected as much.
      Scully: Mulder, we flew three hours to get here. Our plane doesn't leave until tomorrow night. If you suspected, why -
      Mulder: Vikings versus Redskins, in the Metrodome. Forty yard line, Scully. You and me.

    • Mulder: You think this grave was unearthed by aliens, Agent Bocks?
      Bocks: It has all the telltale markings, don't you think? I mean, according to the literature.
      Mulder: The literature?
      Bocks: Y'know. The way the hair and nails have been cut away. Sort of like they do in cattle mutilations.
      Mulder: I hate to disappoint you, Agent Bocks, but this doesn't look like the work of aliens to me.

    • Scully: (about Mulder) I trust him as much as anyone. I'd trust him with my life.

    • Mulder: (to prostitute) Might be a nice week to take that paid vacation the boss owes you.

    • (at the desecrated gravesite)
      Agent Bocks: You're saying some human's been doing this.
      Mulder: If you want to call him that.

    • Scully: I've read about cases of desecrating the dead, but this is the first time I've seen one.
      Mulder: Nothing can prepare you for it. It's almost impossible to imagine.
      Scully: Why do they do it?
      Mulder: Some people collect salt and pepper shakers. The fetishist collects dead things. Hair, fingernails... no one quite knows why. Though I've never quite understood salt and pepper shakers myself.
      Scully: Sometimes you surprise me, Mulder.

    • Mulder: People videotape police beatings on darkened streets. They manage to spot Elvis in three cities across America every day. But no one saw a pretty woman being run off the road in her rental car.

  • Notes

    • This episode, "Irresistible" inspired the spin-off TV show from The X-Files, called Millennium, which was also created by Chris Carter.

    • Karen Kossoff mentions that Scully had lost her father the previous year. This happened in the episode "Beyond The Sea."

    • The original title of this episode was "Fascination."

    • This is the first appearance of Karen Kossoff. She would later return in the season 2 episode "The Calusari" and the season 4 episode "Elegy".

    • Chris Carter originally wrote Donnie Pfaster as a necrophiliac but due to pressure from Fox Television he was forced to alter the character to the less offensive, but still very creepy death fetishist.

    • Nick Chinlund as Donnie Pfaster later returns in Season 7's "Orison."

    • When Donnie is talking to the other suspect in jail, the suspect recalls Scully's name because it was like "that baseball announcer". The baseball announcer in question is Vin Scully, the man Chris Carter named Dana Scully after.

    • Mulder and Scully were supposed to attend a football game between Washington and Minnesota. At the time, both of these teams had a player named Carter. Later we see the game on television, just in time to catch a play made by 'Cris Carter'.

    • The name Soames can be seen on a tombstone at the beginning of the episode - Ray Soames is the name of the person Mulder and Scully had exhumed in the "Pilot" episode.

  • Allusions

    • Agent Bocks: People wondered why it took them so long to catch this kid in Milwaukee. Thought someone should have noticed he was killing all those young boys. The truth is, no one ever believed it could happen.

      He's most likely referring to cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

    • Mulder: They manage to spot Elvis in three cities across America every day.

      Elvis sightings are a common subject of articles in tabloids like the Weekly World News. Mulder also has a personal interest in Elvis.

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