The X-Files

Season 7 Episode 10

Sein und Zeit (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2000 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • When speaking to Skinner and the task force, Mulder cites the discrepancy between the facts and what Mr. LaPierre said - that he was going to bed, but when cops got there the TV was still on. However, in the beginning of the episode we see that Mr. LaPierre does indeed turn off the TV before getting up to check on his wife and daughter.

  • Quotes

    • Scully: (To Mulder) Skinner is royally pissed --- at you.

    • (Talking to Mulder in his apartment)
      Scully: Your mother killed herself, Mulder. I conducted the autopsy. She was dying of an incurable disease---an untreatable and horribly disfiguring disease called Paget's Carcinoma. She knew it. There were doctors' records. She didn't wanna live.

    • (Scully walks into Skinner's office)
      Scully: Sir.
      Skinner: What? What is it, Agent Scully?
      Scully: I need to have a word with Agent Mulder.
      Skinner: It can wait?
      Scully: No, it can't sir.
      Mulder: What is it, Scully?
      Scully: Mulder, your mom's dead.

    • (Mulder plays the answering machine message from his mother for Scully)
      Teena Mulder: So much that I've left unsaid for reasons I hope one day you'll understand.
      Mulder: She knew what I'd find with this case out in California.
      Scully: How could she know that, Mulder?
      Mulder: A child disappearing without a trace — without evidence — in defiance of all logical explanation? She knew because of what's driven me — what I've always believed.

    • Mulder: Some of these tapes go back to the 60s. (Scully puts a tape in the VCR) I think I know what we're going to find here. It's what my mother was afraid of. My sister.

    • Mulder: (on answering machine) This is Fox Mulder. Leave a message. I'll try to get back to you.
      Teena Mulder: (on phone) Fox, it's your mother. I'd hoped you'd call upon your return but I haven't heard from you. I'm sure you're busy. There are so many emotions in me I wouldn't know where to start. So much that I've left unsaid for reasons I hope one day you'll understand.

    • Scully: Don't go looking for something you don't wanna find.

    • Skinner: You begged on to this case as part of the solution, all you've done is hand our only suspect the Twinkie Defense!

  • Notes

    • The LaPierres' lawyer, Harry Bring, is named after Harry V. Bring, the X-Files unit production manager. If you watch the gag reel for Season 7, you can see him playing the character in a spoof.

    • Amber Lynn LaPierre is named for Amber Woodward, Chris Carter's assistant on Harsh Realm.

    • Tencate and LaPierre are both last names of two of Chris Carter's former girlfriends.

    • In the episode's teaser, Bud LaPierre is watching Harsh Realm (Chris Carter's short-lived and grossly un-promoted drama series) on television. Mr. LaPierre commented to Mulder that he didn't know what it was called (probably since it wasn't well promoted by Fox), but that it was good. On a related note, the actor playing Mr. LaPierre was in the 2nd episode of Harsh Realm as a bounty hunter.

    • 'Sein Und Zeit' means "Being and Time" and is the title of a rather famous 1927 philosophy book by world renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger. It deals with our existence - being.

  • Allusions

    • Skinner: all you've done is hand our only suspect the Twinkie Defense!

      Twinkie defense a claim by a criminal defendant that at the time of the crime he/she was of diminished mental capacity due to intake of too much sugar, as from eating "Twinkies," sugar-rich snacks. The defense was argued successfully by a defense psychiatrist in the notorious case of former San Francisco County Supervisor Dan White, who shot and killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and County Supervisor Harvey Milk, resulting in White's conviction for only manslaughter instead of murder.