Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Klass County, Washington
The fictional characters "Diana Lesky" and "Reynard Muldrake" are incredibly thinly veiled potrayals of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. In fact,"renard" is the French word for "fox" (pronounced similar to "Reynard").
Schaefer: I'm absolutely positive that me, my co-pilot, and those kids were abducted. But I can't be absolutely sure it happened. I can't be sure of anything anymore.
Mulder: What do you mean?
Schaefer: I'm not sure we're even having this conversation. I don't know if these mashed potatoes are really here. I don't know if you even exist.
Mulder: I can only assure you that I do.
Schaefer: Well, thanks, buddy. Unfortunately, I can't give you the same assurance about me.
Schaefer: The Germans used to project the image of the Virgin Mary over the French trenches in World War I. The enemy is always willing to fire on an invading force, but on a holy miracle?
Mulder: Or on visitors from outer space?
Schaefer: Yeah, the enemy sees an American recon plane, they start shooting. They see a flying saucer from another galaxy... they hesitate.
Scully: In short, Roky showed signs of being what is known as a fantasy-prone personality.
Jose Chung: Agent Scully, you are so kind-hearted. He's a nut!
(Mulder screams a very high-pitched scream)
Detective Manners: That's a bleepin' dead alien body if I ever bleepin' saw one.
Jose Chung: Evidence of extraterrestrial existence remains as elusive as ever, but the skies will continue to be searched by the likes of Blaine Faulkner, hoping to someday find not only proof of alien life, but also contentment on a new world. Until then, he must be content with his new job. Others search for answers from within. Roky relocated to El Cajon, California, preaching to the lost and desperate. Seeking the truth about aliens means a perfunctory nine-to-five job to some. For although Agent Diana Lesky is noble spirit and pure of heart, she remains, nevertheless, a federal employee. As for her partner, Reynard Muldrake... that ticking timebomb of insanity... his quest into the unknown has so warped his psyche, one shudders to think how he receives pleasures from life. Chrissy Giorgio has come to believe her alien visitation was a message to improve her own world, and she has devoted herself to this goal wholeheartedly. Then there are those who care not about extraterrestrials, searching for meaning in other human beings. Rare or lucky are those who find it. For although we may not be alone in the universe, in our own separate ways on this planet, we are all...alone.
Mulder: Don't write this book. You'll perform a disservice through a field of inquiry that has always struggled for respectability. You're a gifted writer, but no amount of talent could describe the events that occurred in any realistic vein because they deal with alternative realities that we're yet to comprehend. And when presented in the wrong way, in the wrong context, the incidents and the people involved in them can appear foolish, if not downright psychotic. I also know that your publishing house is owned by Warden White, Incorporated ... a subsidiary of MacDougall-Kesler, which makes me suspect a covert agenda for your book on the part of the military-industrial-entertainment complex.
Jose Chung: Agent Mulder, this book will be written. But it can only benefit if you can explain something to me.
Mulder: What's that?
Jose Chung: What really happened to those kids on that night?
Mulder: How the hell should I know?
Scully: How did you get a copy?
Jose Chung: One was sent to my publishers. I don't know what was more disturbing - (Roky's) description of the inner core reincarnated souls' sex orgy...or the fact that the whole thing is written in screenplay format.
Man in Black: Even the former leader of your United States of America, James Earl Carter Jr., thought he saw a UFO once, but it's been proven he only saw the planet Venus.
Roky: I'm a Republican.
Man in Black: Venus was at its peak brilliance last night. You probably thought you saw something up in the sky other than Venus, but I assure you, it was Venus.
Roky: I know what I saw.
Man in Black: Your scientists have yet to discover how neural networks create self-consciousness, let alone how the human brain processes two-dimensional retinal images into the three-dimensional phenomenon known as perception. Yet you somehow brazenly declare seeing is believing? Mr. Crikenson, your scientific illiteracy makes me shudder, and I wouldn't flaunt your ignorance by telling anyone that you saw anything last night other than the planet Venus, because if you do, you're a dead man.
Roky: You...can't threaten me.
Man in Black: I just did.
Schaefer: Y'ever flown a flying saucer? Afterwards, sex seems trite.
Scully: She was suffering from what my partner calls "missing time". She recalled nothing of the previous night, nor how she had arrived at her present whereabouts. Her body exhibited signs of physical abuse, and all of her clothes were on inside out and backwards.
Jose Chung: Hm. Have I had my share of mornings like that.
Blaine: (to Jose Chung) Well, hey... I didn't spend all those years playing Dungeons And Dragons and not learn a little something about courage.
Chrissy: Oh, it's you. What do you want?
Harold: I just wanted to tell you... I still love you.
Chrissy: Love... is that all you men think about?
Mulder: WHERE'S SCULLY?!
Man In Black: Oh, uh... she went to get some ice.
(Scully walks in carrying a bucket of ice.)
Jose Chung: Alex Trebek? The game show host?
Scully: Mulder didn't say that it was Alex Trebek. It was just someone that looked incredibly like him.
Jose Chung: Did he? I mean, you were there.
Scully: Well, not exactly. I don't have any recollection of this. I was surprised to wake up the next morning to find Mulder asleep in my room.
Jose Chung: Oh!
Blaine Faulkner: The proper authorities showed up with a couple of men in black. One of them was disguised as a woman, but wasn't pulling it off. Like, her hair was red... but it was a little too red, you know. And the other one, the tall lanky one, his face was so blank and expressionless. He didn't seem human. I think he was a mandroid. The only time he reacted was when he saw the dead alien.
(Mulder screams like a woman)
Scully: (Hanging up the phone) That was Detective Manners. He said they just found your bleepin' UFO.
Actor Alex Diakun, who plays Dr. Fingers the hypnotist, makes his third and final appearance in the series. His first was in episode #44, 2-20, Humbug , in which he played the museum curator, and episode #53, 3-4, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose , in which he played the tarot card reader.
A video in this episode is called 'Dead Alien! Truth or Humbug?'. Humbug is the title of Darin Morgan's first episode on The X-Files.
The character of Jose Chung is named after an aspiring writer who kept phoning the office inquiring about an unsolicited script he had submitted.
The videotape of Scully's alleged alien autopsy is hosted by none other than The Stupendous Yappi (Japp Broeker). Yappi is the famous paranormal investigation "expert" from episode #53, 3-4, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose.
The gray alien in this episode says, "This is not happening!" over and over. In season 8, 'This Is Not Happening' is the name of an episode in which this phrase is said more than once as well.
Charles Nelson Reilly later reprized his role as Jose Chung in the Millennium second season episode "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense."
Detective Manners is named after Director Kim Manners, who is well known on the set for his 'colourful phrasing'. Manners was even offered the chance to play the part, but he declined.
The small role of Alex Trebek as the 2nd Man-In-Black is an in-joke poking fun at David Duchovny's appearance on Celebrity Jeopardy.
The opening sequence to this episode, where what appears to be the underside of a huge spaceship moves slowly across the scene, is an obvious reference to the opening of the original Star Wars film. The fact that it turns out not to be a spaceship is very fitting with the rest of this episode.
Mulder sitting in the diner eating sweet potato pie seems to be a nod to Duchovny's previous TV role as an FBI agent on Twin Peaks, although the writer, Darin Morgan, has claimed that it was not so intended.
Jose Chung: "In my book 'The Caligarian Candidate'..."
The title of Jose Chung's novel "The Caligarian Candidate" (which Scully says is "one of the greatest thrillers ever written") combines two famous film titles: "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".
References: Place/Character names
The names of several famous UFO researchers and skeptics show up in this episode:
Klass County is named for Philip Klass, who writes books debunking UFO sightings. In his book "UFOs Explained" he says: 'No single object has been misinterpreted as a flying saucer more often than the planet Venus'. This line sounds very close to the one spoken by one of the Men in Black played by Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
The fake alien pilots, Robert Vallee and Jack Schaffer, take their names from UFO authors Robert Schaffer and Jacques Vallee.
The MP who arrests Schaffer, Sergeant Kynek, is named for J. Allen Kynek, a researcher who once worked for the US Air Force and who wrote "The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on UFOs".
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