The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 24

Talitha Cumi (1)

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 17, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Principal Settings:
      Washington, D.C.; Quonochontaug, Rhode Island; Arlington, Virginia

    • During the fight scene between Mulder and X, a crew person's hand is clearly visible moving upward on the far right hand side of the frame.

    • At the beginning, when the healer heals the shooter, he mysteriously repairs the damage to the shirt of the man. The man Scully talks to still has the hole in the shirt. Why didn't the man repair that too?

  • Quotes

    • Mulder: I want his name. I want to know everything about him.
      Skinner: Excuse me?
      Mulder: I want the Smoking Man smoked out. I want him exposed to be the murdering son of a bitch that he is.

    • Mr. X: He wants something from her, something she may have kept in this house. Unless you know another reason they would have chosen to meet here.
      Mulder: On the day my parents divorced, my mother vowed never to set foot in the summer house again. I know my mother, she kept her word.
      Mr. X: It could be something very old. Certainly something very important.
      Mulder: I have no idea what that could be.
      Mr. X: No idea at all?
      Mulder: No.

    • Mulder: Will you talk to me, Mr Muntz? Can you tell me what happen?
      Galen Muntz: God... spared my life today. He took pity on my soul and he washed away my sins.
      Mulder: How do you mean?
      Galen Muntz: He reached down and he healed me with his hand... with the palm of his hand.
      Mulder: Who did?
      Galen Muntz: A man. A holy man. All I can think is... must have been the good lord himself.

    • Cigarette Smoking Man: You presume to dictate duty to me? Have you any idea what the cost of your action is? What the affect might be? Who are you to give them hope?
      Smith: What do you give them?
      Cigarette Smoking Man: We give them happiness, and they give us authority.
      Smith: The authority to take away their freedom under the guise of democracy.
      Cigarette Smoking Man: Men can never be free, because they're weak, corrupt, worthless and restless. The people believe in authority, they've grown tired of waiting for miracle or mystery. Science is their religion now, and no greater explanation exists for them. They must never believe any differently if the project is to go forward.

    • Mrs. Mulder: I have nothing to say to you.
      CSM: Really? We used to have so much to say to each other, so many good times at the Mulder's summer place. Your kids.. young and energetic. I remember water-skiing down there with Bill. He was a good water-skier your husband, not as good as I was but then that could be said about so many things...couldn't it?
      Mrs. Mulder: I've repressed it all.

  • Notes

    • It was originally envisioned that Melinda McGraw, playing Melissa Scully, would make a cameo in this episode as one of the people Jeremiah Smith would transform into during the interrogation scene with the Cigarette-Smoking Man. It turned out that Melinda McGraw wasn't available the day of the shoot.

    • The reference to the Cigarette-Smoking Man water-skiing is an inside joke based on William B. Davis's real-life skills as a championship-level water-skiier.

    • The fight between Mulder and X was longer in the first cut. The producers had to tone to violence down to comply with the Fox Broadcasting standards.

    • Steven Williams, playing X, wrenched his shoulder in filming the fight between his character and Mulder.

    • Roy Thinnes is of course quite familiar with aliens, even shape-changing ones, having played David Vincent in Quinn Martin´s classic SF/paranoia series, The Invaders (1967-1969) which exerts as much an influence on The X-Files as Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the Darren McGavin series Chris Carter always quotes as The X-Files granddaddy show.

    • Extras that appear in the restaurant scenes include cinematographer John Bartlet's daughter, first assistant director Tom Braidwood's daughter, key grip Al Campbell's daughter, and three of stunt coordinator Tony Morelli's children.

    • 'Talitha Cumi' is Aramaic for "Little Girl Arise", used in the Bible when Jesus raises the young daughter of a Jewish leader from the dead.

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Talitha Cumi
      The phrase "Talitha Cumi" is Aramaic and a biblical reference. It refers to a girl Jesus Christ resurrects in Mark 5:41 - "And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise."

    • Visual Film reference: The Brothers Karamazov
      The scene between Jeremiah and Cancer Man was in homage to a classic scene from novel by Dostoyevsky called "The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor". In the legend, Jesus returns and is arrested by church leaders. The Grand Inquisitor tells Jesus that he shouldn't have returned and that he burdened man with too much freedom. The Grand Inquisitor explains that the church took that freedom away because man wants to be led by others. Also, the name of the restaurant where this episode begins is 'Brothers K' - another reference to The Brothers Karamazov.

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