Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Agent Peyton Ritter
Assistant Director Kersh
Right after the young kid is killed for his tennis shoes, Fellig is confronted by the murderer and you can clearly hear the sound of a switchblade knife opening. When the knife is shown in Fellig's back and later in the evidence bag, however, it is a butterfly knife and not a switchblade.
Louis Brady had a 'Felon wanted by the FBI' file in 1929, but the FBI wasn't called the FBI until 1935; until then it was just the 'Bureau of Investigation'.
During the interview with Fellig, Agent Ritter gives the date as January 4th. Since the episode started the day before, it seems harsh for the FBI to be forcing Mulder and Scully (and several other agents) to be doing background checks on the Sunday after New Years.
Scully: Mr. Fellig, I know that you know more about photography than I do, but this is just a lens flare.
Fellig: You're right, I do know more about photography than you do.
Ritter: You know, Kersh warned me about you.
Scully: He did?
Ritter: Yeah - you and your partner. God knows his reputation precedes him so I guess I should have seen this coming. You muck up my case, and Kersh'll hear about it. Are we clear, Dana?
Scully: (coldly) Scully. (Cell phone rings) And we're done with this conversation. (Answering) Yeah?
Mulder: Hey, Scully, uh, how's that X-File coming? And before you tell me that it's not an X-File-
Scully: It is.
Mulder: What happened?
Scully: Alfred Fellig seems to know an awful lot about death.
Mulder: Oh, yeah? Well, that's not surprising, given that he's reached the ripe old age of 149.
Scully: Excuse me?
Criminal: Look, that gun ain't mine, Red!
Scully: Yeah. (Slaps guy lightly on cheek to shut him up)
Fellig: Am I under arrest. Again?
Scully: Are you a murderer?
Mulder: But you still think Fellig's a murderer, huh?
Scully: I don't know what to think. He's, uh... unusual.
Mulder: As in he plugs up like a cork when you stab him?
Scully: Mulder, where are you getting this stuff?!
Mulder: Well, young man Ritter has been sending progress reports to Kersh. My computer may have inadvertently intercepted a few of those. He's got nice things to say about you, though.... mostly. Why don't you let me do a little background check on Fellig for you?
Mulder: Come on. It's, you know, it's what I do now. I'm getting good at it.
(On the phone)
Mulder: (Weird voice with slight accent) Hi. My name is Fox Mulder. We used to sit next to each other at the FBI?
(Scully smiles. Mulder resumes normal voice)
Mulder: How's your X-File coming?
Scully: Mulder, it's not- ... We haven't made much headway. We arrested Alfred Fellig and just released him.
Mulder: You can't hold him? What about the stabbing?
Scully: How did you know about that?
Mulder: Ahhh told you, I'm nosy.
Scully: Peyton Ritter, this is Fox Mulder.
Ritter: Pleasure to meet you, Fox.
Mulder: (Gives Ritter a quick once-over) Pleasure to meet you. Peyton.
(Scully and Ritter walk out, leaving Mulder looking forlorn)
Mulder: (Sad face) So they're splitting us up, huh?
Scully: No. This is a one-time thing.
Mulder: Who told you that? Obviously, if you do a good job, they're not going to stick you back here.
(Scully doesn't answer. She looks up and sees Ritter approaching, walks up to Mulder's computer and closes the file)
Mulder: .. Right?
Mulder: (Looking at pictures on the computer that look a lot like the pictures Scully has in her folder) Mm.
Scully: What are you doing?
Mulder: Being nosy. Eating my heart out. They're sending you on an X-File.
Scully: It's not an X-File.
Mulder: That's not what I'm reading. I'm thinking murder by telekinesis, I'm thinking maybe a shamanistic death touch, I'm thinking about the Muslim superstition that to photograph someone is to steal their soul.
Scully: Thank you. All very helpful.
(Conducting background checks. Mulder puts a hand over his phone)
Mulder: Hey Scully, maybe if we get really lucky, next time they'll let us clean toilet bowls.
Scully: You ready to quit?
Mulder: No. That would make way too many people way too happy.
(Scully's phone rings, she says "I'll be right there," hangs up and stands.)
Scully: I've been called into Kersh's office. (Mulder moves as if to get up) Just me.
Mulder: Just you? (Watches Scully walk away) Don't forget your toilet brush!! (Into the phone receiver) No. No, ma'am, not you.
Fellig: Love lasts... seventy-five years, if you're lucky. You don't want to be around when it's gone.
Some of the New York scenes were filmed on sets borrowed from "NYPD Blue", located on the other side of the Fox lot from the X-Files sound stages.
In this episode we get a sort of explanation why Clyde Bruckman in the season 3 episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" told Scully that she wouldn't die.
L.H. Rice's birth date is April 4th, which also holds true for the real L.H. Rice.
One of Fellig's alter-egos is L.H. Rice, named after writer Vince Gilligan's girlfriend, Lucy 'Holly' Hartwell Rice.
Some might recognise guest star Richard Ruccolo from his starring role as Pete Dunville in Two Guys and A Girl.
Television Reference: he's a regular Dick Clark
Dick Clark being a US TV presenter renowned for his youthful looks which earned him the nickname America's Oldest Teenager.
Mulder: I'm thinking of the Muslim superstition that taking someone's picture is stealing their soul.
This is also a well-documented belief in societies which practice animist religions. In the Muslim world, an aversion to being photographed may have more to do with a general artistic prohibition on depicting the human form.
Names: Alfred Fellig's personas
Other than the "L.H. Rice" reference to Holly, all of Fellig's other pseudonyms were references to real-life photographers.
Alfred Fellig was named for Arthur 'WeeGee' Fellig. WeeGee was a New York City photographer in the 30's, 40's, and 50's who covered the police murder beat. He took graphic photos of the victims, which the newspapers usually printed along with their stories.
Alfred Fellig's first name came from Alfred Stieglitz, another famous photographer much admired by writer Vince Gilligan.
Henry Strand is named for Paul Strand. Paul Strand was a New York City photographer in the early 1900's. He went through a period of photographing his subjects without their knowledge in attempt to extract a "quality of being" from them. At the time this act was quite controversial.
Louis Brady may have been named for Mathew Brady, a photographer who covered the Civil War era when photography was still relatively new. He was an accomplished portrait photographer in his time. His subjects included Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglas, and Susan B. Anthony. He was most famous as a war correspondent who collected images on the Civil War battlefields.
Tithonus is a character from Greek Mythology. He was a mortal man who fell in love with a goddess and begged Zeus to grant him immortality to be with her.
Zeus did as was asked but neglected to give him eternal youth, so Tithonus continued to shrivel and grow feeble as the years went by.
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