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Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Assistant Director Walter Skinner
When Mulder signs his letter of resignation he signs with his right hand. David Duchovny is LEFT-handed.
Continuity: When the man steals Scully's blood it does not have a label on it, when Mulder takes it back it does. The man was too busy being chased by Mulder to add one.
In this episode, Agent Mulder nicknames the Cigarette Smoking Man as "Cancer Man".
Scully's father makes an appearance as a ghost; he last appeared in the season one episode "Beyond the Sea".
Continuity: When Mulder gets CSM's address, he opens an empty pack of cigarettes (beside the lone address note). We see him, breaking off the plastic casing. If the pack was already empty, why does it have a plastic wrapper on it?
The pack was not empty (hence the plastic wrapper). The note was just tucked in front of the foil-wrapped cigarettes. How the note got into the packet without breaking the plastic wrapper is the real question.
Continuity: If Skinner has a "No Smoking" sign in his office, why does he have ashtrays placed around the desk and tables?
He has them in his office because the Cigarette Smoking Man is a frequent guest of his, and he smokes relentlessly, hence the placement of the ashtrays. Since CSM is not likely to yield to any requests, I do not believe a "No Smoking" sign is something he concerns himself with. This is yet another indication that Skinner only deals with him because he has to.
Continuity: When Mulder signs Scully's hospital admission form and then his resignation letter, the signatures are different from the signature on his FBI badge in the opening titles.
Continuity: Scully says in "Beyond the Sea" that her father was a Captain in the Navy, but when he appears in her dream-like state, he is wearing the stars of an Admiral.
(Optimistic Melissa confronts a brooding Mulder in his apartment; she wants him to visit Scully again in the hospital before Scully dies.)
Mulder: Oh, enough with the harmonic convergence crap, ok? You're not saying anything to me.
Melissa: Why don't you just drop your cynicism and your paranoia and your defeat? You know, just because it's positive doesn't make it silly or trite. Why is it so much easier for you to run around trying to get even than just expressing to her how you feel? I expect more from you. Dana expects more.
Nurse Wilkins: Nurse Who?
Scully: Owens. Short, with straight, light brown hair? She watched over me in intensive care. And I'd like to thank her.
Nurse Wilkins: Dana, I've worked here for 10 years, and there's no Nurse Owens at this hospital.
Nurse Owens: Dana, honey... I'm here to take care of you sweetheart. To watch over you. To help you find the way home. I know you are far from home tonight. And that where you are is peaceful. It would be nice to stay... but your time is not over.
Melissa: Why is it so dark in here?
Mulder: Cuz the lights aren't on.
Margaret Scully: Hello, Fox.
Scully: Not Fox. Mulder.
Mulder: How you feeling?
Scully: I really don't remember anything. After Duane Barry...
Mulder: It doesn't matter. I brought you a present. Superstars of the Super Bowls.
Scully: I knew there was a reason to live.
Byers: Good work, sneaking out those charts.
Frohike: Tucked 'em in my pants.
Mulder: Plenty of room down there.
Skinner: When I was eighteen, I, uh... I went to Vietnam. I wasn't drafted, Mulder, I... I enlisted in the Marine Corps the day of my eighteenth birthday. I did it on blind faith. I did it because I believed it was the right thing to do. I don't know, maybe I still do. Three month into my tour, a ten-year-old North Vietnamese boy walked into camp covered with grenades and I, uh... I blew his head off from a distance of ten yards.... I lost my faith. Not in my country or in myself, but in everything. There was just no point to anything anymore. One night on patrol, we were, uh... caught... and everyone... everyone fell. I mean, everyone. I looked down... at my body... from outside of it. I didn't recognize it at first. I watched the V.C. strip my uniform, take my weapon and I remained... in this thick jungle... peaceful... unafraid... watching my... my dead friends. Watching myself. In the morning, the corpsmen arrived and put me in a bodybag until... I guess they found a pulse. I woke in a Saigon hospital two weeks later.... I'm afraid to look any further beyond that experience. You? You are not. Your resignation is unacceptable.
X: I didn't expect you here til after visiting hours.
Mulder: There was a man. He took Scully's blood.
X: Forget him.
Mulder: Get that gun out of my face.
X: This high capacity compact Sig Sauer 40 calibre weapon is pointed at your head to stress my insistence that your search for who put your partner on that respirator desist immediately.
Mulder: You ignore my call for help and then you expect me to do what you say. You can go to hell.
X: You got him killed. You got her killed. That is not going to happen to me. You're my tool, you understand? I come to you when I need you.
Skinner: There's rumor you were involved in an incident last night at the hospital.
Mulder: Is this about the tooth that was found in the cafeteria jello?
Skinner: A man was executed, Mulder!
Skinner: Knock it off!
Mulder: How does it feel? Constant denial of everything , questions answered with a question?
Scully: Mulder, I had the strength of your beliefs.
Mulder: (Hands Scully her golden cross necklace) I was holding this for you.
Mulder: Him! That's what happened. Cancer Man! He's responsible for what's happened to Scully.
Skinner: How do you know that?
Mulder: It's a rumor... Who is he?
Skinner: It's not your-
Mulder: Oh, you can have it all, my badge, you can have the X-Files. Just tell me where he is.
Skinner: And then what? He sleeps with the fishes? We're not the Mafia, Agent Mulder. I know it's easy to forget it, but we work for the Department of Justice.
Mulder: THAT'S what I want.
X: You're nothing but a damn schoolboy, Mulder!
Mulder: I feel Scully . . . you believe . . . you're not ready to go. And you've always had the strength of your beliefs. I don't know if my being here will help bring you back . . . But I'm *here*.
Mulder: Sit down!
CSM: How'd you find me?
Mulder: Shut up! Tonight, I ask the questions! You're going to answer me, you son of a bitch!
CSM: Don't try and threaten me, Mulder. I've watched presidents die.
Mulder: Why her? Why her and not me? . . . Answer me!
CSM: I like you. I like her too. That's why she was returned to you.
Mulder: You should be the one to die.
CSM: Why? Look at me. No wife, no family, some power. I'm in the game because I believe what I'm doing is right.
Mulder: Right? Who are you to decide what's right?
CSM: Who are you? If people were to know the things I know, they would all fall apart. I told Skinner you shot the man in the hospital, but I didn't really believe it. And here you are with a gun to my head. I have more respect for you, Mulder. You're becoming a player. You can kill me now, but you'll never know the truth. (Mulder wants to shoot, but doesn't) . . . and that's why I'll win. Don't worry. This'll be our secret. We wouldn't want others to . . . start rumors.
William Scully: Hello Starbuck. It's Ahab. People would say to me. 'Life is short. Kids, they grow up fast. Before you know it, it's over.' I never listened. To me, life went at a proper pace of many rewards. Until the moment that I knew, I understood, I would never see you again, my little girl. Then my life felt as if it had been the length of one breath, one heartbeat. I never knew how much I loved my daughter until I could never tell her. In that moment I would have traded every medal, every commendation, every promotion, for one more second with you. We'll be together again, Starbuck. But not now. Soon.
The Thinker, the newest member of The Lone Gunman, was named after the online handle of X-Phile Yung Yun Kim also known as "Duh Thinker."
Originally Melissa, Scully's sister, was considered to be a romantic interest for Mulder, however the idea was later nixed.
The comment made by Langly about "hopping onto the internet to nit-pick the scientific inaccuracies of Earth 2" was a nod to the internet X-Philes who work tirelessly to nitpick the facts of the show.
The character 'Nurse Owens' was named after writer Glen Morgan's grandmother.
Literary Reference: Moby Dick
In her dream, Scully's father calls her Starbuck, and himself Ahab. These are characters (seamen) from the novel by Herman Melville.
Langly: We're all hopping on the internet to nitpick the scientific inaccuracies of Earth 2.
Earth 2 was a sci-fi series that ran during the season 1994-1995 on NBC. The series focussed on the Eden Advance team who were supposed to set up a colony on a distant planet after Earth had become uninhabitable.
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