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Special Agent Fox Mulder
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Although Scully says that Paula's brain tissue shows Creutzfeldt-Jakob, and that is what both she and Mulder look at in the microscope, there is no evidence that Paula's skull was opened during the autopsy.
When Mr. Chaco is placed in the head strap device prior to his decapitation, it is clear that the strap is placed around his neck, thus holding his head in place and immobilizing him. When Scully is placed in the same device, however, the strap is placed around the top of her head. This makes no sense given that all she would have to do is pull her head out to get out of the device.
Just as the truck is being pulled out of the water, from one angle the hood is broken off and to the side of the truck 21:00, but when angle changes to Mulder the hood is gone 21:06.
I'm assuming that, since it's the only new body available, the group having their human soup towards the end are drinking the unfortunate Mrs Kearns. What kind of microwaveable cauldron do they have to make the soup that quickly?
Just after Chako loses his head, Mulder is shown driving down a long straight road. However the position of the car's steering wheel indicates that it is turned to the left as one of the wheel's spokes can be seen over the dashboard.
Mulder says that the events occur near I-10, however, I-10 is nearly 200 miles south of Arkansas's border in southern Louisiana.
Up until the scene where Mulder and Scully visit the courthouse at night, they always drive in the same car together, but after this scene they suddenly appear to have two cars at their disposal, enabling Scully to drive to the Kearns' house, while Mulder goes to the Chaco mansion and then later drives by the field where the bonfire is.
The townspeople contracted Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) from the bodies they consumed and it showed up in the brain tissue within a matter of weeks. However, this extremely rare disease takes several years to even be detectable.
Addition: It also usually takes up to a year to be fatal, and symptoms would have occurred earlier on. Dementia and the other degenerative diseases associated with CJD would have presented themselves for a while. Paula Gray's descent and her actions are not consistent with CJD's progression.
Skully: I just came up with a sick theory, Mulder.
Mulder: Oh. I'm listening.
Mulder: ... I remembered this, a documentary I saw in college about an insane asylum. It gave me nightmares.
Scully: I didn't think anything gave you nightmares.
Mulder: Eh, I was young.
Mulder: I think the good people of Dudley have been eating more than just chickens.
Mulder: (upon disovering that the file cabinets in the Birth Registry office are burned) Someone's been playing with matches.
Mulder: From vampirism to Catholicism, whether literally or metaphorically, the reward for eating human flesh has been immortality.
Scully: All of these bodies share one strange detail, Mulder.
Mulder: Well, they seem to have lost their heads.
Guest star Gabrielle Miller also appears in Season 3 episode "Syzygy" as Brenda J. Summerfield, whom the teen girl killers murder with flying glass from a mirror.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a fatal human form of mad cow's disease (BSE).
Almost every character in this episode was named after a real-life cannibal.
Chaco Chicken was named for Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, where the Anasazi tribe lived and where boiled bones such as those depicted in the episode were uncovered.
Mulder: If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.
This text is from William Blake's Proverbs of Hell.
Episode Title: Our Town
This episode was named after the play by Thornton Wilder, although the towns in question certainly are different.
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