Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
US Marshal Daddo
Singer John Hiatt recorded a cover version of the song "Don't Look Any Further" specifically for "Orison."
The song that plays often through out the episode is "Don't Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett.
When Pfaster tips off the police as to where to find Orison's body, Mulder remarks that the case is over - he's dead in a grave he dug himself. How would Mulder know who dug the grave?
He was speaking figuratively. It was Mulder and Scully's theory that Orison brought the convicts out there to pass judgment on them and dig their own graves. Thus, in a way, Orison brought this upon himself and he "dug his own grave".
Continuity: As Scully puts on her pajamas, daylight streams in from the window. After the fight, the scene switches to Mulder, who holds up a clock that reads 10:00. Switch back to Scully's apartment, and Pfaster is preparing the bath and daylight is once again streaming in through the window.
Reguarding the comment about Donnie Pfaster being killed. He said to the Orison, "You can't kill me." He never said that to Scully.
Reply to goof referencing Orison digging the grave; Orison was caught off guard and when Pfaster transformed, he broke the restraints on his hands, grabbed the gun and killed him - you just didn't see that part - but that's what happened.
When the priest was digging Pfaster's grave, asking him to repent, Pfaster says he can't be killed because he is the Devil (in turn killing the priest without a gun and hands tied), but later on Scully's bullets seem to work perfectly well on him...
How does Mulder know that Donnie Pfaster escaped at exactly 6:06AM when no-one can remember him walking out of the prison?
Mulder: It's a cerebral edema.
Scully: Swelling of the brain - a trauma not uncommon with this kind of head injury or accident.
Mulder: Except this isn't accidental. The cause, in fact, as it was stated to me is self-inflicted. There's a small hole here in the skull which allows oxygen into the brain cavity, the result of which is the Reverend Orison has three times the normal blood volume pumping through his brain.
Scully: And he did this himself?
Mulder: Yeah. My guess is he probably did it when he first got into prison - when he first learned how to use its powers.
Scully: Its powers?
Mulder: There's a theory that at this point in human evolution our mental capabilities are limited only by inadequate blood supply. In fact, centuries ago, in the Peruvian Andes, Holy Men used to physically remove parts of their skulls in order to increase blood volume or drill small holes.
Scully: So this hole in his head enables Reverend Orison to help these prisoners escape?
Mulder: The practitioners of this found that they could perform certain mental tricks one of which they called "stopping the world."
Scully: Well, nobody can stop the world, Mulder. I don't care how many holes they have in their head.
Mulder: Yeah, but maybe they can alter perception of it creating a disparate version of reality which they can then project through hypnosis.
Scully: But why? I mean, even if he could, why?
Mulder: Donnie Pfaster is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. That's the final judgement as far as society is concerned but not in the eyes of God or in the eyes of a man who thinks he's God's tool.
Scully: Well, then, if Reverend Orison meant to kill Donnie Pfaster then why is he still alive?
Mulder: I don't know. Maybe he unleashed something that he couldn't control. Maybe he thought he was opening the door of perception but then unwittingly he... opened the gates of Hell.
Blueberry: Looking for something to eat?
Donald Pfaster: Me?
Blueberry: How about today's special? (She shows off her body, but Donald Pfaster is more interested in her nails) You aren't a narc, are you?
Donald Pfaster: No.
Blueberry: You're looking at my hands.
Donald Pfaster: You need a buff and polish.
Blueberry: What are you? A freak?
Donald Pfaster: I... I just got out of prison.
Waitress: Hey, Missy. Leave the customers alone!
Donald Pfaster: I'll do it for free.
Blueberry: You just got out of prison and you want to give me a manicure?
Donald Pfaster: I'll even do your cuticles.
Reverend Orison: You receive the Lord's grace and this is your thanks?
Donald Pfaster: What? (Reverend Orison is standing beside the booth)
Reverend Orison: Who do you think got you out of prison?
Donald Pfaster: I don't care. I'm busy right now.
Reverend Orison: The grace of god got you out and it's the only thing that will keep you out.
Blueberry: I thought you were kidding.
Reverend Orison: He's chosen you, Donnie. (Several police cars pull up outside)
Donald Pfaster: You called them on me.
Reverend Orison: No.
Donald Pfaster: Then do something.
Reverend Orison: I have a car.
Donald Pfaster: We aren't going to make it to the car.
Reverend Orison: It's within His power. Glory, amen. Glory, amen.
Scully: Go back to hell!
Donald Pfaster: Who does your nails, girly girl?
Scully: Let me go! The only reason why you're alive is because I asked the judge for life! The only reason why you're alive is because we didn't kill you when we could!
Donald Pfaster: You're the one that got away. You're all I think about.
Scully: I'm a federal agent. You do anything to me and they will not give you a break this time.
Donald Pfaster: I'm going to run you a bath.
Reverend Orison: Whosoever shedeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
Donald Pfaster: What are you doing?
Reverend Orison: Taking you home. The wicked... will be punished.
Detective: You two people put this man away.
Mulder: Yeah. Someone forgot to throw away the key.
The definition of 'Orison' is "A Prayer".
Mulder is alluding to William Blake's work when he speaks about the "Doors of Perception" in relation to the gates of Hell. Blake says in his "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" that "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite."
Musical Reference: "Sheep go to Heaven, Goats go to Hell"
This phrase is amongst the words scrawled on the prison chapel's walls. This is the chorus line of the song "Sheep go to Heaven" by the band Cake - one of Gillian Anderson's favorite bands.
Biblical Reference 666
Scully's clock malfunctions, showing the time as 6.66. Of course 666, as most people who've seen The Omen will know, is generally taken to be the number of the Beast, i.e. the Devil.
Interestingly, in 2005, technological advances allowed scholars to read illegible portions of the earliest known record of The Book of Revelations and found the Number of the Beast stated there to be 616 rather than 666.
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