Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Dr Robert Wieder
Goof: When Peattie is in the break room he's having a lot of trouble operating the vending machine and failing to realize his poppin' corn needs to be microwaved. A med student just tells him to use the microwave to get his popcorn. Peattie then rants on like he's heard of it but has never used one before. But then he simply presses the correct POWER and TIME buttons, without any further instructions.
Scully: Oh yeah, Mulder. Win him over.
Dr Wieder: Get back. Get back! Don't make me hurt you!
Oral Peattie: Can't hurt the man who ain't got nothing left. You know who I be now? Maybe you can recollect my daughter.
Dr Wieder: I remember! I never forgot! I'm... I'm sorry for your loss but I did everything humanly possible to save her.
Oral Peattie: You arrogant little man.
Dr Wieder: I did everything I could! And when I couldn't do any more I eased her suffering!
Oral Peattie: By killing her. If I be there... I save her!
Dr Wieder: YOU WEREN'T THERE!
Mulder: Dirt. It's a very powerful component of hexcraft. As well as the pattern in which it was originally arranged. Check this out. Looks like a human form.
Scully: Hexcraft, as in, uh, putting a curse on someone? Murdering them magically?
Mulder: Yeah, that's what it looks like to me. Now, I know what you're
going to say, Scully.
Scully: No, hexcraft. I mean, I'll buy that as the intent here. It certainly jibes with the evidence. I say we talk to the family. I'll always keep you guessing.
Mulder: You mean the disease that New Guinea tribesmen get?
Scully: From eating their relatives brains.
Mulder: And I thought my grandpa slurping his soup was bad.
Mulder: You think Peattie could have saved her life?
[Scully gives Mulder a long look, then walks out of the room.]
Mulder: You do keep me guessing.
Scully: T-H-E-E-F, I assume it's supposed to be T-H-I-E-F. Thief.
Mulder: Insert your own Dan Quayle joke here. Lousy spelling aside, what do you think it refers to? Who's the thief?
Scully: Well, that's certainly one question. I've got many.
Mulder: "Mulder, why are we here?"
Scully: Well, to be fair, I might have used the words "Mulder, how is this an X-File?"
Mulder: You see that, Scully? You always keep me guessing.
The woman who owns the shop which Mulder and Scully go to for information descibes Billy Drago's character (Orel Peattie) as 'charmed.'
Billy Drago is a semi-regular guest star in the television series 'Charmed.' (1999-2004)
This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Make-up in a Series.
Dedication: In Memoriam, Rick Jacobson 1951-2000. Rick Jacobson was president of Twentieth Television (the syndication arm of Fox) who died of cancer in March of 2000.
The name of the reporter covering the flesh-eating disease story is John Gillnitz, marking the 5th appearance of the name in an X-Files episode. This long-running in-joke is a combination of the names of the writers John Shiban, Vince Gilligan, and Frank Spotnitz.
Dr. Wieder: Folk Magic, you mean like Baba Yaga.
Baba Yaga was a witch from Eastern European folklore who supposedly kidnapped and ate children. She reputedly lived in a house that stood on chicken legs.
Mulder: Insert Dan Quayle joke here.
This is an allusion to the embarrassing incident when Dan Quayle informed a young spelling bee contestant that the word "potato" had a dangling "e" at the end of it. Commonly referred to as the Dan Quayle "potatoe" incident.
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