Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Day Care Operator
El Camino Owner
Assistant Director Walter Skinner
Young Samantha Mulder
If the bodies had decayed down to clean skeleton the fabric would certainly not be in such good condition.
When Mulder shoots Roche there is no visible wound on his forehead, or his face, or his neck. Where did Mulder shoot him to create the splatter on the window?
Mulder comes to believe that his sister may have met a more mundane end, at the hands of a serial killer, rather than being abducted by aliens. However, he doesn't stop to think about the alien clones from "Colony/Endgame" and "Herrenvolk", which prove that his sister was, in fact, abducted and experimented on by aliens.
Also, in "End Game" (Season 2, Ep. 17), the Alien Bounty Hunter answers Mulder's question as to where his sister is: "She's alive. Can you die now?"
Mulder is able to follow up on his dreams by reading messages and signs posted within them. However, dreams are controlled entirely by the left side of the brain, thus rendering it impossible for human beings to read anything while having them.
Response: This is not true according to much research. Dreams are widely though of as a function of the fore brain, which encompasses both hemispheres. The left hemisphere mostly controls language anyway, so it should be perfectly possible for people to 'see' signs and words in dreams. It may not be possible to 'read' in the normal way, though I'd disagree with this as well, as, as a writer, I often dream about reading manuscripts and they seem perfectly legible, even if they sometimes don't make sense!
Scully: Tell me about this dream.
Mulder: I've had flashes of it three nights in a row. Last night it went on long enough to lead me to her.
John Roche: This man... this man hit me. (indicates Mulder)
Guard: I didn't see it.
Scully: (entering room) I did.
John Roche: Mulder. Long time no see. Got a new partner.
Mulder: Scully, do you belive that my sister Samantha was abducted by aliens? Have you ever believed that? No. So What do you think what happened to her?
Scully: What are you saying you believe now?
Mulder: I don't know. I don't know what happened. I don't know what to believe. I just know that I have to find out now.
Scully: Don't you think the car might have been searched at least once already?
Mulder: Not by me.
Scully: A dream is an answer to a question we haven't yet figured out how to ask.
Roche: It's your sister.
Mulder: If that's true, tell me where.
Roche: But you'll want to now everything, right? The big mystery revealed. The...
Scully: Drop the mind games.
Roche: I can't just tell you. You need me to show you.
Mulder: [sighs] You just want to get out of here.
Roche: You're damn right I do. You know, just for a day or two. I'm being honest about that. And most of all, I can't wait to see your face.
Scully: [as if she's ill] Oh, God. [now spitting] You're going to see the inside of your cell and that's where you're going to rot. [Turns to Mulder defensively] Come on, Mulder. Let's get out of here!
[They quickly do. While waiting to get out of the guard area, we see Roche holding sadly his head with his hands like he's just blown it.]
Roche: Her name was Karen Ann Philiponte. She lived in a green rancher in East Amherst, New York. Mint grew outside her window. I stood outside her window atop sprigs of mint. It smelled wonderful.
Scully: [tired and stressed] What year?
Roche: July 1974. I had her mother on the hook for an Electrovac Argosy, but at the last minute, she said "thanks but no thanks."
Roche: Pick one.
Roche: You guess the one that's your sister's and I tell you the location. Come on, it's a 50-50 chance. Either way, I'm giving you a victim.
)Mulder chooses one of the two hearts)
Roche: (kind of egging on) That one. Are you sure you want that one?
(Mulder and Scully give a sigh of stress.)
Roche: (still grinning) Just kidding. (now rather honest) That's a good pick.
Skinner: You make sure that he treads. And that he treads very lightly.
[Mulder starts digging for one of Roche's victim's]
Scully: Mulder, let's get a team out here. Let somebody else do this.
Mulder: [desperate] Help me, Scully.
Roche: [sees two of his hearts, each one in a plastic sandwich bag] I'm not talking to you if you're going to hit me again.
[A moment of silence passes. The guard and Scully are now there to make sure Mulder stays under control.Roche reaches for one of the bagged hearts, but Mulder grabs his wrist, and stops him.]
Mulder: [boldy] No. You don't get to touch them. They stay in the bag.
Mulder: Sir? I need to know why I've been denied further access to John Lee Roche. I was told that order comes down from you.
Skinner: Could you tell me why you saw fit to strike a prisoner in federal custody?
[Mulder looks back at Scully.]
Skinner: [calmly at first easy, but gets angrier as he says] Now, Agent Scully didn't report that to me but she should have. The whole thing was videotaped as per prison policy. I saw it. You're lucky I don't have your ass in a sling!
Roche: Did you bring me back my hearts?
Mulder: Yesterday, you said something about me taking it personally. Why did you say that to me?
Mulder: Where were you in 1973?
Roche: When exactly? The whole year?
Mulder: November 1973. November 27th, 1973. Do you know what I'm getting at?
Roche: I was selling vacuum cleaners in 1973. I made a sales trip to Martha's Vineyard that time of year and...I uh, sold a vacuum cleaner to your dad. He bought it for your mom. I believe it was a Electrovac Duchess or the Princess model. Uh, your dad and I talked about it at great length. He, uh had a really hard time choosing.
Mulder: What do you know about my sister?
Roche: You bring me back my hearts, and maybe I'll tell you more.
[Furious, Mulder punches the smirking Roche in the face. He goes down to the ground, and shakes himself to get his bearings back together. As he stands up the door buzzes open and the guard comes in.]
Roche: [points at Mulder] This man, uh this man hit me.
Guard: I didn't see it.
[The door again buzzes open and Scully walks in.]
Scully: I did.
[Mulder lets his fist go guilty as he's been cuaght.]
Mulder: That's exactly how it happened? Right here in this room?
Mulder: Wrong house.
Mulder: Sixteen victims John. Why did you say there were only thirteen?
John Lee Roche: Thirteen sounds so much more magical.
Bosher's Run Park is a reference to Bosher's Dam in James River Park, a favorite haunt of Vince Gilligan in his native Virginia.
When Scully says to Mulder: "A dream is an answer to a question we haven't yet learned how to ask," she is quoting Mulder back at himself. He originally said this line in the season 2 episode "Aubrey".
Mulder finds Roche's trophy cloth hearts inside a copy of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Later we learn that Roche lived on Alice Street. The veiled reference here is to Carroll's alleged fascination with prepubescent girls.
Roche's El Camino was sold to a man living in Hollyville, Delaware; named for writer Vince Gilligan's girlfriend, Holly Rice.
Episode Title: Paper Hearts
"Paper Hearts" was the nickname given to the case by agents because of the cloth hearts that John Lee Roche removed from his victims clothing.
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