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Special Agent John Doggett
Special Agent Dana Scully
Mr. Alastair Milsap
At the beginning of the episode, Scully tells Doggett that they have found the remains of a missing hiker and had contacted his family. Later, she states that the corpse had been beaten to such a degree that even identification via dental records was impossible. So which is it?
It seems like Scully underwent a lot more physical strain than a pregnant woman should... as in the previous episode. HOW did she not miscarry?
Given that the previous 'owners' of the slug thing became quite quickly unable to walk properly, and Scully's current pregnancy, how come having had a foot long slug up her spine, being pregnant and having an unplanned and not exactly hygienic surgical procedure involving a large and very bloody incision into the back of her neck (which in itself, given Doggett's lack of medical knowledge, could have paralyzed her at the very least) she's up and about in just a week, with nothing but a fairly small surgical dressing to show that she was ever attacked.
In the Season 4 episode 'Never Again', we see Scully getting a tattoo of a snake etched onto her back. However, when the townspeople lift up the back of Scully's shirt to put the parasite into her back the tattoo is not there.
Scully identifies Gulatarski's convulsions as a grand mal seizure; that term is obsolete. The current preferred term is tonic-clonic seizure, which is more descriptive of the sequence of convulsive events and more properly places it among a spectrum of seizure behavior.
Scully: Can you hot-wire it?
Doggett: Can I hot-wire it? Gone in 60 seconds, Jack. I'm going to strand these lunatics.
Scully: I'm a Federal Agent! At this moment, the FBI is searching for me!
Bus Driver: They won't find you.
Milsap: Talk to her.
Hank: Your life... is about to take a wonderful turn. You're going to become a part of something much, much greater than you are. You're going to be... so loved.
Scully: I assume that your phone's still not working.
Scully: Well, do you or one of your "friendly" neighbors happen to have a car?
Bus Driver: No one here has a car.
Scully: No cars?
Milsap: We could send someone to the state road on foot. All right? We could get them to bring back help.
Scully: What the hell is going on here?
Scully: I get the distinct impression that somebody doesn't want me to leave.
Milsap: I don't know anything about that.
Scully: A bus came through here about an hour ago. Where did it go?
Milsap: A bus?
Scully: Don't tell me you didn't see it.
Milsap: Oh, I think I'd have known if a big bus came through. Are you sure I can't help you out with a room?
Scully: Hey. Excuse me. You put something in my tank that killed my engine.
Gas Station Man: What?
Scully: Where's that gas can? I'd like to see it, please.
Scully: That's water. I barely even smell any gasoline.
Gas Station Man: Oh, God, you're right. I'm sorry. I... I left it out. It must have gotten rain in it.
Scully: Oh, and it rains a lot here, does it? Seeing as how it's basically the desert.
Gas Station Man: I'm really sorry.
Scully: Him? That thing in my spine is a him?
Scully: Look, I, uh... I wanted to apologize. I … I left you out of this case, and that was a mistake on my part. It was almost a fatal mistake.
Doggett: It was. You screwed up.
Scully: And I won't do it again.
Doggett: I appreciate it.
(Scully discovers big wound on the "hitch hikers" back)
Scully: How did this happen?
Bus Driver: (puts hand to mouth pretending to be shocked) Oh my God, I don't know.
Mr. Milsap: (barely able to control his sick excitement) Glory, Amen. Glory, Amen. Glory, Amen.
Doggett: The guy had a gun in his pocket and I don't mean he was happy to see me.
This episode is one of the most violent and bloody ever of the series. Critics said that in the absence of Mulder, the show was taking on a more gore-filled appearance.
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is a short story which describes a town that annually chooses one person from the community at random (in a lottery) for the entire town to stone to death. The first scene of this episode is reminiscent of The Lottery in concept, if not in detail (the reason given for the tradition in the story is guaranteeing a good harvest, while in the episode, it seems to be for the sake of secrecy)
The reason for the deaths in both the episode and the short story are vaguely presented, seeming to leave room for the wider interpretation that man is primal, essentially built to follow social or biological imperatives without consideration for what seems to be the obvious right and wrong.
Doggett: Gone in 60 Seconds
Said as he's hotwiring - a reference to the 2000 film, whereby a former car thief is forced to steal 50 cars in 24 hours to prevent his brother being harmed.
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