Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
The cult leader in this episode that is set in 1994 speaks of a final judgment eighteen years in the future. This would set the cult's apocalypse in 2012, the year given in "The Truth" for the the final alien colonization of Earth.
When Mulder walks out the restaurant, he pulls off his bib and tosses it aside. The camera cuts to the ruffian and then back to Mulder who tosses the bib aside a second time.
Mulder: (about the doctor who crashed in a plane holding a briefcase with millions of dollars) Well, wherever he was coming from, I'd say that was one hell of a house call.
Mulder: You know, for a holy man, you've got quite a knack for pissing people off.
Scully: File number XWC060361. The identity of the man shot in the slaughterhouse has yet to be determined. His name, any record or artifact of his past, present or immigration status have yet to be found. His fingerprints are not on file in either the F.B.I. or National System of Records. At this time, it remains doubtful that anyone will come forward to I.D. or claim the body... Under further analysis, the inoculant found in the broken vials was isolated and determined to be an unstable antibody of no known biological origin. After three weeks of study, the components of the serum, probably synthetic, have broken down structurally and, in this retrograde state, cannot be analyzed further. This coincides with the development of a severe and undiagnosed flu-like ailment affecting the children who were believed to be inoculated and some of the local families.... To date, none of the congregants or members of the Church of the Red Museum have contracted this illness. I suspect whoever was doing this may have been using them as a control group. The F.B.I. investigation into this case is currently at a standstill. The case remains open and unsolved.
Scully: I just got the toxicology report back on the broken vial. The residual substance couldn't be analyzed because it contained synthetic corticosteroids with unidentified amino acids. That's "Purity Control," Mulder.
Mulder: Do you know what you're saying, Scully?
Scully: The man who died in that plane crash was inoculating those kids with antibodies derived from what may have been an extraterrestrial source.
Mulder: He's been injecting those kids with alien DNA.
Scully: No, Mulder, that was never proven conclusively.
Mulder: But it's the same substance we found in the Erlenmeyer flask, isn't it? The same material my Deep Throat contact died for.
Mulder: It all makes sense. The money in the briefcase, they've been conducting an experiment here. Somebody's been paying to have those kids injected with alien DNA to see how they'd react. It's been going on for years.
Old Man: Business changed. People changed too.
Mulder: In what way?
Old Man: Competition. Used to get by with fifty milk cows. Now, you got to have five hundred. Used to turn them out to pasture, now you keep them in pens and grain feed them.
Scully: You said you wanted to show us something.
Old Man: You're looking at it. See those men over there? Well, they're injecting the cattle with something called B.S.T. Bovine somatotrophin.
Scully: A genetically-engineered growth hormone.
Old Man: Yeah, shoot them up and the cow will produce ten percent more milk. Feed it to beef cattle, more meat on the hoof. Changed the business. Changed a whole lot of things.
Scully: How do you mean?
Old Man: Well, that, uh, fracas in town this afternoon. Ten, even five years ago, never would have happened. People around here have changed... gotten mean... spiteful... dog-eat-dog. We had seven rapes here last year by high school boys. Well, that, um... this, this business of the kids being found in the woods... well, I think that you're going to find it all comes from the same root source.
Mulder: The growth hormone.
Scully: So, you started to tell me about walk-ins but I'm not sure if I grasped the finer points.
Mulder: Well, it, it's kind of a new age religion based on an old idea. That if you, uh, lose hope or despair and want to leave this mortal coil, you become open and vulnerable.
Scully: To inhabitation by a new spirit.
Mulder: A new enlightened spirit. According to the literature, Abe Lincoln was a walk-in. And Mikhail Gorbachev and Charles Colson, Nixon's advisor.
Scully: But not Nixon?
Mulder: No. Not even they want to claim Nixon.
Mazeroski: There's something I think you ought to see first. They call themselves the Church of the Red Museum. They're followers of a guy named Odin that moved out here from California three years ago and bought a ranch.
Scully: What's the significance of the name "Red Museum?"
Mazeroski: Well, Odin and the rest of them are a bunch of vegetarians. They drove the ranch right into the ground, turned 500 head of beef cattle into pets. Calls it a monument to barbarism.
Mulder: Probably went over big with the local ranchers.
Mazeroski: Well, you gotta admit, it takes some big ones to set down in the middle of cow country and start a church like his.
This episode was originally supposed to take place in Rome, Wisconsin, when Chris Carter and David Kelley flirted with the notion of an X-Files/Picket Fences crossover. Although the networks (FOX and CBS) did not allow the crossover to go ahead, the corresponding episode of Picket Fences did feature two FBI agents conducting an investigation.
Mulder: I think the Spur Posse just rode into town.
The Spur Posse were a group of high school boys from Lakewood, California who kept a score system to compare their sexual conquests.
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