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Special Agent Dana Scully
Special Agent Fox Mulder
Senator Richard Matheson
Dr. Takeo Ishimaru
Assistant Director Walter Skinner
About 38 minutes into the episode, Scully is watching a videotape on what appears to be a wide-screen television (16:9 ratio). In 1995 this would be a very rare (and expensive) set in the USA. The video (allegedly obtained as a off-satellite video tape recording) would have been recorded in the NTSC 5:4 format on a standard VCR, so the playback should have either had black bars on either side to maintain the aspect ratio, or the image should have been obviously stretched and distorted to fill the screen. The scenes on the tape were probably filmed with the same 35mm cameras the rest of the episode was filmed with and made to look like a video tape (i.e. tracking lines during pause mode).
Principal Settings: Knoxville, Tennessee; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Newport News, Virginia.
The alien autopsy boxcar number changes during the episode. At the beginning we see 82594. Halfway into the episode when Mulder is scoping out the railroad the number is 82517.
The uniform of the Coast Guard officer that meets with Mulder is incorrect. The Coast Guard has not worn a khaki duty uniform since the 1960s. The current Coast Guard duty uniform is blue. Nor does the Coast Guard issue a black commando sweater. Additionally, the rank insignia that the officer is wearing - two gold bars - is not a rank insignia used by the Coast Guard. In actuality, the uniform used in this episode is probably a re-use of the US Navy uniforms seen previously in the show.
The location ticker reads "Substation C, Allentown, Pennsylvania 10:02, but the letters on the building read "Los Angeles Police Department"
It seems very odd, given that X puts his life in danger every time he goes to see Mulder, that he would go to see Scully simply to get her to ring Mulder and warn him. The man seems to have access to the darkest of secrets, so presumably getting access to Mulder's cellphone number shouldn't have been too much of a problem for him and he could have phoned himself from a payphone!
Response: Scully places tape on the window in the shape of an X signaling to meet with him. This should explain his appearance.
Response to response: If Scully signaled him, why is she so surprised when he shows up?
Response: Since Scully states that Mr. X has lied to them before, maybe he approached her because it was the only way Mulder could've believed what he was about to say since he couldn't be trusted anymore.
After Mulder breaks into the ship, he leaves the door open. It is closed in a subsequent shot.
When Senator Richard Matheson tells Mulder about the four Japanese Nationals had been murdered, he says that the murders had occurred several weeks ago, but when Mulder brings Scully up to speed a scene or two later, he tells her that someone must have been able to identify the four doctors who were performing the autopsy because they were murdered YESTERDAY.
Scully: Hi. Besty Hagopian?
Lottie Holloway: No, I'm sorry. Besty's not here right now.
Scully: Is there some way that I can get in touch with her? I'm sorry, my name is Dana Scully.
Lottie Holloway: I know you.
Scully: No, I think you must be mistaken.
Lottie Holloway: We saw you. Penny? Penny come here.
Scully: I'm afraid I'm not who you think I am.
Penny Northern: Oh my God. She is one.
Scully: One what?
Lottie Holloway: One of us.
Scully: How do I know you're not mistaking me for someone else?
Woman: You have the mark, don't you?
Scully: What mark?
Woman: Here (She turns around and shows Scully the back of her neck) On the back of your neck.
Lottie Holloway: We all have them. It's where they put the implants.
Scully: But you understand I'm not a member. I'm an FBI agent.
Lottie Holloway: That's what you said.
Scully: But at the door you said I was one of you.
(The two women look at each other)
Lottie Holloway: Did you have an unexplained event in your life last year?
Penny Northern: Were you missing for a period or time that can't be accounted for?
Scully: Why did you ask me that?
Penny Northern: I think you'd better sit down, Miss Scully. I think there's some people you're going to want to meet.
Skinner: I'm afraid you're going to have to release him.
Mulder: What are you talking about?
Skinner: According to the Japanese diplomatic corp, the man you arrested is a high ranking diplomat.
Mulder: This man sitting in here?
Skinner: If that's Kasuo Sakurai.
Mulder: Well, I didn't get his name. I was too busy getting my ass kicked.
Mulder: Come on in.
Scully: What are you watching?
Mulder: Something that just came in the mail.
Scully: That's not your usual brand of entertainment... What is it?
Mulder: According to the magazine ad I answered, it's an alien autopsy. Guaranteed authentic.
Scully: You spent money for this?
Mulder: $29.95... plus shipping.
Scully: Mulder, this is even hokier than the one they aired on the Fox network, you can't even see what they're operating on!
Mulder: But it does look authentic, I mean the settings, the procedures. I mean it does look as if an actual autopsy is being prepared, doesn't it?
Scully: Well technically, I don't know why they would be wearing gas masks.
Mulder: Well maybe it's because of this green substance they seem to be extracting from the subject. Can you identify that?
Scully: Olive oil? Snake oil? I suppose you think it's alien blood?
Mulder: It's widely held that aliens don't have blood, Scully.
Scully: I guess this begs the question; if this is an alien autopsy -
Mulder: - where's the alien. But what so intriguing to me is the striking lack of detail here.
Scully: Well what do you expect for $29.95?
Scully: I don't know Mulder, it just doesn't track. What would a Japanese diplomat be doing in that house with a dead man with his head stuffed in a pillow case.
Mulder: Obviously not strengthening international relations.
Scully: Where did you get this?
Mulder: From Someone like you, who wants proof... Who's also willing to believe.
Langly: The name of the boat is the Talapus. Just gotta love them German optics.
Mulder: So you're saying that's from a German satellite?
Byers: No, the optics are German. The technology is probably ours, but the satellite is most likely Japanese.
Frohike: Launched from South America.
Mulder: Gotta love that global economy, huh?
The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.
Several locations in this episode are featured prominently in the X-Files video game for the PC and Playstation, The train yard and the shipping docks to name a few. Also, the same train car Mulder becomes trapped in, as well as the exact same boat Mulder investigates early on in the episode are places you can explore in the game.
Scully's joke about the hokey Alien Autopsy special on FOX turned out to be ironic since Fox repeated the special the following night. They even even aired some promotional spots for the special during the original telecast.
The tactical team in the opening sequence were not actors but real trained Rangers.
The storyline of this episode was originally conceived as a stand-alone episode.
The number on the boxcar in which the alien autopsy takes place is 82594. This recalls the date, August 25th 1994, when Chris Carter made his directing debut, for the episode 'Duane Barry'.
The "Red-Haired Man" is supposedly named Malcolm Gerlach, even though (to the best of my recollection) he's never called by that name onscreen.
This episode introduces the love-struck Agent Pendrell, whose hard work in the FBI Sci-Crime lab proves invaluable through the 3rd and 4th seasons. He is more than willing to put in the long hours and get the job done for his favourite agent, Dana Scully.
'Nisei' is the Japanese word for a person born in America or Canada to Japanese parents (who were born in Japan). Translated literally, it means 'second generation'.
Stephen McHattie is credited as 'Red-Haired Man' at most sources but on-screen, he noticeably does *not* have red hair, compared to Agent Scully or Agent Pendrell.
82517: This number appears on the alien autopsy boxcar halfway through the episode. While it may be pushing things, 8/25/17 was the start of the Bolshevic Revolution, which could be an allusion to the revolution that Mulder is starting.
Strangely enough, 5/17/82 is the publication date of a journal article by a doctor named Mulder regarding neonatal menegitis and testing on babies in the womb. Could this possibly be a reference to Scully?
A Nisei is a son born outside Japan to emigrant parents. In its original and more restricted meaning, the term applies only to male children born in North or South America to parents who left Japan prior to World War II, but in more casual use refers to any child of emigre Japanese couples.
The parent (emigre) generation is called Issei; the children of Nisei are called Sansei. In order to be properly considered Sansei, all four grandparents must have been born in Japan.
The words correspond and are evolved from the Japanese for the numbers one, two and three: ich, ni, san.
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