The X-Files

Season 1 Episode 5

The Jersey Devil

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 1993 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Principal setting: New Jersey.

    • When Mulder finds the NJ Park Service number in the phone book, you can see a seasonal number listed through "Labour Day".

      Since this episode was filmed in Canada, this prop was clearly made by someone who did not know that in the United States, Labor Day is spelled with an OR and not OUR.

    • Factual Error: When Mulder looks in the phone book, he finds the listing Parks Service - State of New Jersey. In the white pages, such a listing would normally appear as New Jersey, State of - Parks Service. This made it easier to find government offices arranged by administrative unit.

      By the 1990's, most white pages directories separated government listings into a color-coded special section (usually with blue pages) arranged by federal, state, county and municipal divisions.

    • Factual Error: Dr. Diamond, Scully's professor of anthropology, claims that since the beast-woman is a primate, she should have a natural fear of heights. This seems pretty unlikely, since monkeys and many other primates are constantly climbing through trees.

    • Revealing Mistake: According to the tag on the body of Roger Crockett, the date for this episode takes place on August 29, 1993. This was a Sunday. However, Mulder and Scully seem to be under the impression that it's Friday. If the toe tag refers to the date of Crockett's death or discovery, and the agents simply arrive four or five days afterward, why is Mulder wandering around the other homeless people claiming that Crockett died "two days ago?" It seems that the writers got their time and dates confused.

    • Revealing Mistakes: After the police kill the beast-woman, Mulder approaches, kneels down and use his hands to close her eyes. Mulder never touches her left eyelid but it closes nonetheless.

    • Factual Errors: The Jersey Devil was never said to live somewhere in Atlantic City. Actually, since it is said to live in a woodland area, this would be impossible, because Atlantic City is surrounded by highways and marshes (the episode was obviously not shot on location). The Jersey Devil is actually said to inhabit a place known as the Pine Barrens, a large and dense forest a lot further inland than Atlantic City. They probably only set the city as the episode's location because it is a well-known tourist attraction.

  • Quotes

    • Scully: Yeah well, I have got to get back to Washington by 7:30, so er..
      Mulder: Another birthday party?
      Scully: No. I have a date.
      Mulder: Can you cancel?
      Scully: Unlike you Mulder, I would like to have a life.
      Mulder: I have a life!

    • Scully: Oooh, you're amazing.
      Ellen: What?
      Scully: You're just such a natural at all this, I don't know how you keep it all together.
      Ellen: Mommy radar.
      Scully: Mmmm, I don't think I'm cut out for this El.
      Ellen: Dana, you went through the FBI academy, what better training could there be for motherhood.

    • Scully: He was perfectly in his rights. The FBI has no overriding jurisdiction in a murder case. Anyway, you'd feel the same way if someone was horning in on your work.
      Mulder: Yeah, chances are he's without a clue. He'll probably be scratching his head when they bring the next body in.
      Scully: You missed your opening Mulder, you could've really humiliated him and er, told him who the perpetrator was, The Jersey Devil.
      Mulder: Hey whatta you say, we grab a hotel, take in a floor show, drop a few quarters in the slots, do a little digging on this case.
      Scully: You're kidding, right?
      Mulder: Ok, we can skip the floor show.

    • Mulder: You feeling lucky, Scully?
      Scully: Relative to whom?

    • Scully: This thing chewed somebody's arm off! That's not exactly a defensive posture!

    • Mulder: How much time will that dart give us?
      Ranger Broullet: It'll put down a 500 pound bear for an hour, if I hit it.

    • Mulder: Who was that on the phone?
      Scully: A guy.
      Mulder: A guy. Same guy as the guy you had dinner with the other night?
      Scully: Same guy.
      Mulder: You going to have dinner with him again?
      Scully: I don't think so.
      Mulder: No interest?
      Scully: Not at this time.

    • Mulder: You should have seen her. She was beautiful.
      Scully: Yeah? Well she just about ripped your lungs out.

    • Detective Thompson: What the hell do you think you're doing?
      Mulder: Enjoying the night life here in beautiful Atlantic City.

    • Mulder: Hey, what do you say we grab a hotel, take in a floor show, drop a few quarters in the slot, do a little digging on this case.
      Scully: You're kidding right?
      Mulder: Okay, we can skip the floor show.
      Scully: Mulder I have to be back in DC.
      Mulder: You got a date?
      Scully: No. I have my godson's birthday party at 6:30.

    • Scully: You missed your opening, Mulder. You could have really humiliated him and told him who the perpetrator was. The Jersey Devil.

    • (A police car stops near Mulder whose looking for the Jersey Devil.)
      Police Officer: (getting out of car) Sir?
      Mulder: You got a man up on that roof.
      Police Officer: (like Mulder's crazy) Don't worry. We'll give you a nice warm place to sleep tonight.

    • Ellen: And, of course, it helps if you can find a man.
      Scully: Know of any?
      Ellen: Yeah, they're disappearing faster than the Brazilian rain forest. What about that guy you work with?
      Scully: Mulder?
      Ellen: Yeah, I thought you said he was cute.
      Scully: He's a jerk. He's not a jerk, he's erm, he's obsessed with his work.

    • Scully: I'm going with you to the Smithsonian.
      Mulder: Don't you have a life, Scully?
      Scully: Keep that up, Mulder, and I'll hurt you like that beast-woman.
      (Scully stops at the door, her hand on the handle)
      Mulder: Eight million years out of Africa.
      (Scully opens the door)
      Scully: Look who's holding the door.

    • Scully: (on the phone) Mulder, where are you?.... The drunk tank?

    • Mulder: (indicating the centerfold) This woman claims to have been taken aboard a space ship and held in an anti-gravity chamber without food and water for three days.
      Scully: Antigravity's right.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Det. Thompson: Whether it's Hannibal the Cannibal or Elmer Fudd, I've got a job, to protect people.

      Hannibal the Cannibal is a reference to the fictional character of Hannibal Lector created by author Thomas Harris. Lector is a very intellectual serial killer who likes to eat certain parts of his victims. Elmer Fudd is a fictional Looney Tunes cartoon character. In most cartoons he is seen hunting down Bugs Bunny.

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