Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Assistant Director Walter Skinner
At 25:34 when Scully and the scientist are in the lab analyzing the biological agent, the location stamp indicates Level 4 Hot Lab, Center for Disease Control. This is incorrect. The correct name is the Centers for Disease Control or CDC.
The "Pepsi Challenge" line was improvised by David Duchovny. According to John Shiban, David Duchovny has been responsible for a lot of "mulderisms" through similar improvisation.
The original script called for Mulder to wear a "Wolfman" mask during the bank robbery scene. However, David Duchovny called the writers and requested a Dracula mask because that was his favorite childhood monster character.
When the biological agent produces such extreme pain (as seen in the episode teaser), why would (nearly) all of the patrons of the movie theatre be sitting calmly in their seats as they died, as indicated by the placement of their bodies?
Why did the projectionist die? He didn't have a reason to touch or handle the money that August Bremer sprayed in the movie theater.
When Haley goes to the cinema (which is playing Die Hard - With A Vengeance) the usherette says that "the show's almost over", but when the two boys break in we can see that it is up to the scene on the train; less than half an hour into the film.
Analysis of above: when the two boys break into the theatre, it is at night, when Haley went inside it was day.
Bremer: (Gun at Mulder's head) On your feet.
Mulder: I don't need a car. You can just call me a cab. That'd be fine.
Bremer: Let's go.
Mulder: Go where? (Grunts as "Gimp" grabs him roughly and pulls him up)
Bremer: Witnessing the murder of a federal agent would make these men accessories to the crime.
Mulder: Do you hear that?
"Gimp": I wouldn't miss it for the world.
(Mulder nods ruefully)
(Mulder walks into his darkened apartment, wincing at his bruised and broken pinky finger)
Scully: Don't be alarmed.
Mulder: Scully, get out of here.
Mulder: Get outta here!
Scully: I know what you're doing. Skinner told me everything.
Mulder: I don't know what you're talking about.
Scully: What happened to your hand.
Mulder: .. Nothing. (Winces as Scully reaches for his hand, poking at his pinky finger)
Scully: Oh Mulder, what did they do to you? This needs to be set. You're in pain.
Mulder: Yeah, if you keep pulling it around like that.
Mulder: If you don't hear from me about midnight...feed my fish!
Mulder: So, is this the Pepsi Challenge?
Haley: This is just a little method that we use... to learn the truth.
(Thug grabs Mulder's little finger)
Mulder: Well, you... you might want to put that hood back on, man, unless you want to see a grown man cry.
Scully: The toxin was transmitted directly... and not contagious.
Field Agent: How do you know that ?
Mulder: We're not all dead.
In the blooper reel for this season, there are several clips from this episode. One of them shows Gillian Anderson unable to stop giggling as she walks into the theater with Skinner. Someone off screen says, "Serious. Dead bodies." And she sets off laughing again. In another scene, Mulder is given the black hood to put over his head and David Duchovny stares seriously at the man and asks, "Do you have the yellow one?"
When Scully asks for Mr. Kaplan at the Aaron Burr Motor Court, it is the writer's sly homage to Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. In the film, George Kaplan is the CIA-assigned pseudonym to an imaginary secret agent registered at hotels all around the country.
Kate Braidwood, who played the movie theater usherette, is the daughter of X-Files first assistant director Tom "Frohike" Braidwood.
The title refers to the fact that a U.S. biological warfare compound existed in Pine Bluff, AR, during the Cold War.
*Should be Pine Bluff, AR, as in Pine Bluff Arkansas.
Skinner says that August Bremar took an interest in Mulder when he heard him speak about the government hoax at an alien abductee conference. This is most likely the conference that Mulder was at in the beginning of 'Patient X'.
Mulder: Is this the Pepsi challenge?
This alludes to the Pepsi blindfolded advertising scheme. It refers to the blindfolded test that Pepsi company ran where they were served both Pepsi and Coke and asked which the customer preferred.
In the torture scene, Mulder refers to Haley's skinhead strongman as "The Gimp." This is a reference to a similarly clothed character in a torture scene from the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."
Further to the last comment, Aaron Burr was accused of treason in 1807 but was acquitted. Therefore his story parallels that of Mulder even more closely in that both were accused of being traitors but both were later exonerated.
Visual: Aaron Burr Hotel
A suspicious Scully follows Mulder to the Aaron Burr hotel. Aaron Burr (known as Thomas Jefferson's Vice President and for the dueling-death of Alexander Hamilton) was convicted of treason and has gone down in history as a traitor. A suitable name for a hotel where Scully suspects Mulder of becoming a traitor himself.
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