Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
You can see the stunt driver twice in the scene where the warden is forced off of the road and into a tree. The warden is seen in the car, wearing a sports coat. The stunt driver is wearing a short sleeved shirt.
Principal Setting: Leon Country, Florida
Mulder and Scully at Mr. Simon's house. As Mulder knocks on the door a man's face is visibly reflected 27:16, but when Mulder looks around no one is in the room 27:26.
Response: If he was reborn once, why not several times, as several different flies until he was done? And all the victims were at the jail at some point, so that's easy access.
If Manly was reincarnated as a fly (as is suggested), wouldn't his killing spree have been limited to his new lifespan? Also, exactly how could the fly travel some of the distances involved here?
Scully: Woman gets lonely, sometimes she can't wait around for a man to be reincarnated.
Mulder: The man was obsessed with reincarnation.
Scully: Being obsessed with it doesn't mean you can do it.
Mulder: Well, unless he knew something we don't.
Scully: Like what? The secret password?
Warden: John. Did you hear about your friend Parmelly tonight?
Speranza: He's not my friend.
Warden: Oh, he's not your friend. Well, it doesn't matter any more anyway, does it, huh?
Speranza: You promised me a deal.
Warden: Yeah, well, that was when there was a deal to be made.
(The Warden punches Speranza in the stomach, doubling him over to the ground.)
Warden: Who else was in on it, John?
Speranza: (groaning) I can tell you.
Warden: Tell me.
Speranza: (groaning) I can tell you, what I know.
Warden: Tell me.
Speranza: Neech's list, ain't but got one man left to die.
(The Warden starts beating Speranza to death.)
Speranza: Hey! Where are we going.
Guard: The warden wants to see you.
Speranza: Well, the warden's office is that way.
Guard: We're going down here.
Speranza: Uh-uh. No.
Guard: Why not?
Speranza: Man, this is bull! I ain't going for it! What the hell is this, man? Why do you want to talk to me in the shower for anyway, huh? What the...
(The guard shoves Speranza in the shower area where the warden eagerly awaits for him.)
Warden: Hello, John.
Speranza: What do you want?
Warden: Oh, no, sit down, sit. I'm here to do you good.
Speranza: What you talking about?
Warden: I want to be your advocate. I'm gonna get them to look at your case again, pull a few strings in Tallahassee.
Speranza: And what do you want from me?
Warden: Just call off the dogs. That's all. What do you say? Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
Speranza: All right.
Warden: (sarcastically) I'll have somebody from the Governor's office down here to see you by this weekend.
Mulder: Why Roque?
Warden: Neech hated Roque. In fact, they nearly killed each other one day.
Neech & Parmelly: Gotta go now.
Warden: I can't do it. I can't make that deal.
Mulder: You don't have the authority?
Warden: No, it's not that. If I make that deal I might as well go into the deal-making business. Every con with half a brain would come up with a scheme like that.
Mulder: I hear you have a list.
Roque: I prefer not to talk about it here. Not on the block.
Speranza: You's a dead man, Roque! You hear me?! I'm gonna peel that head like an onion! I'm gonna to break you off a big chunk! You hear me?! He ain't gonna tell you nothing but a bunch of lies! You talk, punk, I will make you my Maytag! He's alive!
Brodeur: Am I on the list Roque? Is my name on that list?!
Roque: You're number five. How's it feel to be on death row, Warden?
Mulder: Imagine if you could come back and take out five people who had caused you to suffer. Who would they be?
Scully: I only get five?
Mulder: I remembered your birthday this year, didn't I, Scully?
Speranza: 'Cause everybody's afraid of what they say can't be true. Neech is back.
Speranza: Well, he would have called it "transmigration of the soul."
Mulder: Into what form?
Speranza: You, me, this mattress - I don't know. He didn't specify, but he's back. I can feel it. The man was electric, you know what I'm saying? Pure energy.
Speranza: Hey, look around, we ain't got budding opportunity to itchy-scratchy outside our cell.
J.T. Walsh (the warden) went on to play Frank Bach, head of Majestic-12, on another alien-themed T.V. show, the short-lived "Dark Skies", which ran from 1996-1997.
A deleted scene from the beginning of this episode shows Neech Manly's journey to the electric chair, and Danny Charez appealing to the Governor for a last-minute stay of execution.
Joseph Patrick Finn, the line producer at the time, made a cameo as prison chaplain.
This episode went over budget in building the prison set from scratch. The set was recycled in other episodes (Teso dos Bichos, Talita Cumi, ...) and rented to other productions in Vancouver. This way the set paid for itself and then some.
Chris Carter received a Directors Guild of America nomination for this episode.
Movie Connection: Shocker
The plot of this episode is very similar to the 1989 film directed by Wes Craven. To continue the connection, it starred Mitch Pileggi (who later played FBI director Walter Skinner) as a foulmouthed death-row con who dies in the electric chair and comes back as a vengeful, murderous electric ghost.
Character's Name: Neech
The main character's name is very similar to the pronunciation of the name of the Prussian philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (said Neechj-uh), an extremely influential 19th-century theorist on concepts such as religion, morality, ethics, and society. As Neech (in the X-Files episode) is a jailhouse philosopher who expounds on morality and judgment, this is likely an allusion to Nietzsche.
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