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Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
The illuminated milk scene is taken from Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.
Bruce Campbell guest stars in this episode. According to his autobiography "Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way" he was considered for the role of Agent Doggett, which of course eventually went to Robert Patrick.
When Wayne is trading his essence to Laura he's starts shaking violently and his heartbeat starts to go into flat line we can see nurses are just casually standing at the other end of the room. How could they not notice the shaking or the two in distress. Some hospital!
The song playing when Wayne (and later Betsy) is driving the red sports car is "Only Happy When It Rains" by the alt-rock band Garbage.
The film that is playing on the television when Mulder and Scully enter Wayne's home near the end of the episode is "The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit" from 1956 and starring Gregory Peck.
When Mulder is sharing case information in the Weinsider's house Wayne is spying on the conversation via baby intercom. We hear Scully's voice coming out of the speaker despite the fact that Mulder is on the phone.
Mulder: He's done this to other women here, Scully, just like in Czechoslovakia. My guess is that baby we just dug up belonged to one of Wayne's other wives.
Scully: What are you saying, that he's trying to propagate? He's trying to breed?
Mulder: He's exercising his biological imperative and he'll do anything or say anything he has to to succeed.
Scully: But it doesn't make sense, Mulder. If he's trying to breed then why would he be snatching his own babies and burying them in his backyard?
Mulder: Because they're demons and he wants a normal child.
Deputy Stevens: It's not the kind of case where I quite know where to turn, you understand. Down in Hollins we do get our share of the oddball. On the whole, though, we're pretty much like any other little town. You got your home break-ins, your smash and grabs... nothing too wild. But given the victim's statement, the unusually vivid detail... Well, I just had to take Laura's word about her baby being abducted. I hear you specialize in these kind of cases.
Spender: You've come to the right place, Deputy, uh... Stevens. Now this woman making these claims she's your sister?
Deputy Stevens: Yes, sir. Laura Weinsider.
Deputy Stevens: I've heard about the things people been saying about her, not to my face, of course, but... real mean and awful things about what Laura's part is in all this.
Spender: Now it says here, a doctor's report the day before revealed to her ah... abnormalities in the ultrasound.
Deputy Stevens: Yes, sir, that is true, but nothing conclusive, mind you.
Spender: I see. Okay, Deputy. We're going to put this right into our priority caseload.
Deputy Stevens: Boy... I really want to thank you. I know Laura's really itching to talk to somebody who will really listen to her.
(Deputy Stevens leaves the room. Spender glances at the report again, reaches behind him and feeds it into the paper shredder)
Deputy Stevens: I know this went right into your caseload but I never imagined you would get here so soon, Agent, uh...
Mulder: Oh, Mulder. Fox Mulder. Though I ask you not to make that known to anybody. The FBI likes to keep our work on these cases very hush-hush. (Mulder is holding a report that has been taped back together)
Deputy Stevens: Sure, of course but I would like to thank Agent Spender.
Mulder: Oh. No, no, no. I'll thank him for you because I have to call in my, uh, progress report.
Deputy Stevens: I hope you have something to call in.
Mulder: Oh, me, too. All right.
Wayne Weinsider: Sweetness?
Laura Weinsider: It might be nothing. I'm serious. Dr Couvillion really just wants to wait and see.
Wayne Weinsider: I just... want it to be normal.
(Mulder comes out of the kitchen with a large jar of fiber dietary supplement)
Mulder: Whatever else we find, I know everybody in this house is regular.
Although it was the 6th show filmed of the 6th season, "Terms of Endearment" was the 7th aired. The reason: an elaborate shuffling of the post-production schedule to get Chris Carter's "How the Ghost Stole Christmas" on the air on December 13, 1998, the final original episode air date before the end of the holiday season.
In an early draft of the script, Laura Weinsider gave birth to a serpent and not a humanoid.
The baby that had to play the demon child of Wayne and Laura Weinsider was replaced at the very last moment (literally when all cameras and lights were already set-up). The mother of the child was a devout Catholic and just couldn't let her baby get involved into anything that had to do with the devil. After 45 minutes, and several frantic calls, another baby arrived on set.
Title: Terms of Endearment
An allusion to the book by Larry McMurtry and the 1984 film with Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson and Debra Winger, that won tons of awards and is considered a classic by some and a manipulative schmaltzfest by others. Much of the story concerns the difficult relationships between mothers and children, and this episode takes it to very dark levels. It could also be seen as a play on the word 'Terms', as Wayne Weinseider has specific rules for loving the women he does. If his terms aren't met and there are no 'normal' foetuses he goes to a very nasty place.
Mulder: Ok, Speed Racers, that's enough driver's education for today.
Speed Racer was a Japanese anime series that was popular in the U.S. during the 1960s. It has also been recently made into a new Disney movie.
Rosemary's Baby: Scully references this infamous novel and film. The film concerns a husband getting his wife impregnated with the Devil's child. More subtle references include the use of "herbal sleep aids" to help nurture the demon seed.
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