Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Wilson "Pinker" Rawls
When Pinker is shot by Bo, he empties the magazine of his pistol, but then you hear the click, click, click of him pull the trigger several times. This would not happen as the pistol slide would have locked open upon the firing of the last round.
Interestingly, when they find Bo's body the next morning, Scully mentions that the "slide is locked open".
Major Goof - When Jackie throws the soup at Pinker, it passes through his clothes as well as his body; but Pinker can only make his body pass through objects, nothing else. This is illustrated by the way his clothes slid down the wall as he passed through it later in the episode.
When Scully and Trevor are locked in the telephone booth, Scully whispers "shit" when Pinker grabs the rock. Guess it missed the censors.
When June drives the car through Pinker, he gets cut in half with the windshield and Pinker's body goes through the engine block. Mulder comes and turns off the car's engine a minute later. But since Pinker has passed through the engine, the material would've changed, and the engine would have crumbled under the combustion or inertia forces.
Note to the above: Inertia would have kept the car going fast enough the kill Pinker. Also they never show us the engine so we can assume it did break down under the hood.
Why did Scully wonder why Pinker was still looking for the money he stole when it seemed from her next sentence like she had already figured out that he was really looking for his child?
(Mulder finds a weak spot in the wall and breaks through it)
Pinker Rawls: Oh...There's something so nice about putting on a brand-new pair of socks. I don't know what it is.
June: I remember this one time where this guy cut Pinker off the road. You know, the kind of thing that happens to everyone everyday. He followed this guy for 62 miles right over the state line, with pleading. Pleading with him the whole 62 miles to stop. But no, he follows the guy right up to his house. The guy gets out of his car, smiling. He has no idea in the world what's coming to him. Pinker pulls a picket off a white picket fence and cracks that guy's skull open with it.
(In a storage area of the prison farm Mulder and Scully look through Pinker Rawls' belongings.)
Guard: This is all he had in his bunk area.
Scully: Wilson Pinker Rawls, age 34. Eight years into 30 for robbing a wire office in Bay Saint Louis. The $90,000 he stole was never recovered.
Mulder: Well, it's not in here. Hey, look at this.
(Mulder holds up a long package of what look like very large condoms.)
Scully: Should we arrest David Copperfield?
Mulder: Yes... but not for this.
Scully: Spontaneous Human Combustion.
Mulder: (In disbelief) Scully.
Scully: Well isn't that where you're going with this?
Mulder: "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when Agent Scully suggested Spontaneous Human Combustion!"
Scully: Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.
(Mulder simply nods thoughtfully)
Scully: Mulder, shut up.
Originally this episode included an effects-laden action sequence in which Mulder pursues Rawls from one end of a motel to the other. Rawls would have taken a shortcut by passing through the motel's interior walls. This scene was never shot both to save money and shift the emphasis of the episode from the supernatural to the emotional.
Ken Hawryliw, the co-writer of this episode, was the property master on The X-Files when the show was still shot in Vancouver.
Guest-stars John Diehl and Catherine Dent later go on to appear in the FX series "The Shield."
"Trevor" is named after Trevor Marquiss, a young nephew of Producer John Shiban.
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