23 March 2007

Season 2: F. Emasculata (2X22)

Writers: Chris Carter and Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman

When Assistant Director Skinner assigns agents Mulder and Scully to assist the Federal Marshals office in a man hunt for two escaped prisoners, they are confused about the reasons for the involvement of the FBI. On their arrival at Cumberland State Correctional Facility, Scully discovers a break out of a highly contagious and deadly disease in the prison. She questions Dr Osbourne, who claims to be from the Centre for Disease Control. A flu-like condition has claimed the lives of ten inmates and the two escaped prisoners may also be infected.

As Scully enters the prison to see if she can help. Mulder joins the man hunt to track down the two fugitives before they contaminate the public. Further investigation by Scully reveals that patient zero, Bobby Terence received a package from Pinck Pharmaceutical just before the contagion broke out. Dr Osbourne, who works for Pinck Pharmaceutical not the CDC, is accidentally infected and near death explains to Scully that the company funds exploration of rain forests for potential drug application.

One of their entomologists discovered an insect Faciophagia Emasculata, which carries a parasite that attacks the human immune system. Now the company and the government are attempting to cover up the fact that the prisoners were used as guinea pigs. When Mulder and Scully discover the involvement of the Cigarette Smoking Man, they suspect the whole incident is an attempt to eliminate them and debunk the X-files.

925: the address of the prisoner's girlfriend is the birthdate of Gillian Anderson's daughter, Piper Maru.

The producers debated whether to delay the airdate because of its proximity to the release of the similarly themed movie ''Outbreak'' but ultimately decided that the episode stood on its own.

The title of this episode refers to the name of the insect carrying the infection, Faciphaga emasculata. Although this particular insect is fictitious, there are diseases with symptoms which resemble those depicted in this episode, such as myiasis, in which certain species of fly larvae grow under the skin and emerge from abcesses or boils. On the reality side of the story, scientists do hunt through rain forests for plants and insects for pharmaceutical research, like the unfortunate Dr. Torrance.

Mulder: I thought this was about escaped prisoners.
Scully: It is.
Mulder: Then who are the men in funny suits?

Skinner: You never had a chance, Agent Mulder. For every step you take, they're three steps ahead.
Mulder: Well, what about you?Where do you stand?
Skinner: I stand right on the line that you keep crossing.

Mulder: You can't protect the public by lying to them.
Cigarette-Smoking Man: It's done every day.

Episode Number: 46
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday April 28, 1995
Production Code: 2X22

Season 2: The Calusari (2X21)

Writer: Sara Charno
Director: Mike Vejar

When two year old Teddy Holvey chases a balloon in to the path of an oncoming miniature train at the Lincoln amusement park, Virginia. A picture taken moments before the tragic accident shows the balloon moving against the wind, Mulder has the picture graphically enhanced, which reveals the shadowy figure of a child pulling the balloon along. Leading Mulder to believe that poltergeist might be involved.

Mulder and Scully go to Arlington to interview the boy's family. They speak with Steve and Maggie Holvey about their son's accident. Maggie is originally from Romania and her mother has been living with them since Teddy was born. They have another son, eight year old Charlie, his Grandmother is both protective and fearful of him, leading Scully to believe that it is a case of Munchausen's-by-proxy. A rare form of child abuse when a parent or guardian brings harm to the child to get attention. When Steve Holvey is later killed in a bizarre accident, ash from the scene is identified as a substance called Vibuti, holy ash produced during the presence of spiritual beings.

The Grandmother later dies while performing a protective ritual on Charlie and when a social worker questions Charlie about the incident, he claims his still born twin brother Michael killed her. Which comes as a shock to Maggie Holvey, who claims she never told Charlie about his dead twin brother. It appears that the families only hope is a strange group of Romanian elderly chanters called The Calusari.

Joel Palmer (who plays Charlie/Michael Holvey) has previously appeared on The X-Files in the season 1 episode "Conduit''. In that particular episode he played the role of Kevin Morris.

When Charlie stands over his grandmother before her death, he speaks in Romanian: "You are too late to stop us".

Mulder: You see this a helium balloon here and the only thing I learned in kindergarten is when you let them go they float up, up and away. But you see, this is moving away from him. Horizontally.
Scully: Did you learn about wind in kindergarten?

Episode Number: 45
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday April 14, 1995
Production Code: 2X21

Season 2: Humbug (2X20)

Writer: Darin Morgan
Director: Kim Manners

When Jerald Glazebrook aka 'Alligator Man' is attacked and killed in Gibsontown, Florida a retirement community for freaks and side show performers. It matches a pattern of forty-eight similar attacks spanning twenty-eight years all across the US. Someone working in circuses travelling from place to place across the US would be a primary suspect. Mulder and Scully investigate the recent attack in an attempt to catch the killer.

They meet with Sheriff Hamilton who fills them in on the case. Mulder is intrigued by a drawing by local artist Hepcat Helm of the Fiji Mermaid, an exhibit P.T. Barnum billed as a 'genuine fake' as it was supposedly a fish's tail sown on to the body of a monkey. When Hepcat Helm is later killed in his studio and the only access is via a very small window, Mulder theorises that the Fiji Mermaid is not only real but responsible for the murders. As they later discover that Sheriff Hamilton himself used to be Jim-Jim, the dog-faced boy and encounter other town residence like Dr Blockhead who performs human feats of endurance and The Conundrum, a tattooed jigsaw man who eats live animals.

Scully finds it difficult to find a normal suspect, in a place where nothing is normal. Her suspicions fall on trailer park porter Lanny's congealed twin Leonard, as Scully theorises that Leonard is capable of extracting himself from his brother's body. Lanny later confirms this but claims that Leonard does not mean to hurt people, he is merely searching for another brother.

The situation with Lanny and his brother is known as asymmetric conjoined twins or parasitic twinning. In some cases both twins survive, in other cases the lesser twin is absorbed.by the other (inclusion twinning). In real life, there are no recorded cases of a parasitic twin able to leave the host twin. Scully's reference to Chang and Eng Bunker is evidently meant to also allude to Lanny's condition. Another parallel is the fact that both Chang and Lanny drank heavily, which was a contributing factor in both their deaths. Chang's drinking is a matter of historical record, and Lanny's is alluded to by Scully's mention of cirrhosis of the liver contributing to his death.

Gillian Anderson actually ate a live cricket during the filming of this episode, after a dare from performer Jim Rose. She was quite prepared to repeat the act on-camera, but the crew had already paid big money for a jar of edible chocolate crickets.

Michael J. Anderson (who plays Mr. Nutt) had previously starred with David Duchovny on ''Twin Peaks'' and in HBO's ''Carnivalé''.

Writer Darin Morgan remained on set during filming of this episode in order to make sure that his vision wouldn't get lost in the production process.

During the agents first meeting with Sheriff Hamilton in the restaurant, a small piece was deleted where they are served by a half man/half woman waiter played by Denis Simpson.

When Scully visits the museum and ends up paying extra to see an empty box, that was, in-fact, a real P.T. Barnum exhibit. Barnum displayed a sign that proudly pointed visitors to "The Egress", which people assumed led to another of the many oddities in the museum, but which actually led to an exit. Once outside, visitors had to pay again to re-enter the museum.

Jim Rose is a real life "stunt" performer, who is is quite legendary for this famous video "The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow" which features many famous blockhead and geek acts (many of which are very disturbing to watch).

Lanny: Occasionally, I'd say, 'ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet my brother Leonard... Excuse him - he's shy'. Big laughs, I tell you. Big laughs.

Scully: That doesn't quite explain the potato.
Sheriff: I got, uh, some warts on my hand.
Mulder: ... That doesn't quite explain the potato.
Sheriff: To get rid of warts, you rub a sliced potato on your hand and bury it under a full moon.(Scully nods)
Sheriff: The investigation isn't going too well, is it?

Mulder: You know, Scully, hypertrichosis does not connote lycanthropy.
Scully: What are you implying?
Mulder: We're being highly discriminatory here. Just because a man was once afflicted with excessive hairiness, we've no reason to suspect him of aberrant behavior.
Scully: It's like assuming guilt based solely on skin color, isn't it?
Mulder: Yeah.(Mulder sighs, shrugs, and keeps digging. Flashlight beam lands on the pair of agents and the Sheriff clears his throat)
Ahem. May I ask what you're doing?
Mulder: We're exhuming... (unfolds his handkerchief to reveal what he pulled out of the ground) Your potato.
Sheriff: May I ask why? (Mulder and Scully exchange uncomfortable looks)
Scully: (speaking very quickly) Sheriff, i-it's been documented that many serial killers possess a fascination with police work. Some of them even holding positions on their local force. Soo... surveillance of investigation team members is often utilized as a precautionary...
Mulder: (apologetically) We found out you used to be a dog-faced boy.

Episode Number: 44
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday March 31, 1995
Production Code: 2X20

22 March 2007

Season 2: Dod Kalm (2X19)

Story by: Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa
Director: Rob Bowman

When the U.S.S. Ardent disappears off the Norwegian coast just below the 65th parallel, an area Mulder refers to as the second Bermuda Triangle, where nine other vessels have disappeared since 1949. Mulder arranges for Scully with her medical background to gain access to the sole survivor Lieutenant Richard Harper at the Bethsheda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

Scully is surprised to find that the 28 year old Harper is a wrinkly grey haired old man. Mulder believes it has something to do with the Philadelphia Experiment during World War II, a government project to render ships invisible to radar, which Mulder claims used technology recovered from the infamous Roswell Incident. Mulder and Scully travel to Norway to investigate, but find it difficult to get anyone to take them out to the area. Only Henry Trondheim captain of the local trawler Zeal is willing to take them.

They find the U.S.S. Ardent dead in the water, a rust covered old ship despite the fact that is was only commissioned in 1991. As they explore the ship the trawler Zeal is hijacked and sails away leaving them stranded on board. They encounter a local pirate whaler Olafssen, who seems unaffected by premature ageing. They realise his apparent immunity holds the key to the case. As Mulder and Scully begin to age rapidly Scully theorises that if the U.S.S. Ardent was drifting towards a meteorite on the ocean floor, the resulting electromagnetic energy could be exciting free-radicals, the elements believed to cause ageing.

'Dod Kalm' is an intended foreign-sounding version of "Dead Calm".

According to an interview with David Duchovny, he and Gillian Anderson could not stop laughing during the scene where Trondheim yells at the whaling pirate. "He kept yelling B'LEAVER! and we couldn't keep a straight face."

Mulder mentions that Scully's journal is almost of pages, but she keeps writing in it for at least 14 more hours (the time shown in the onscreen caption later) without seeming to use any more pages.

Fingernails take an average of 100 days to grow 1cm (ie. 0.1mm per day) but all of the people that aged on the USS Ardent had several centimeters of nail growth, but their hair (and beards for the men) had not grown or greyed at all during the same period.

Mulder: Scully, what do you know about the Philadelphia Experiment?
Scully: It was a programme during World War II, to render battleships invisible to radar.
Mulder: On July 8, 1944, the USS Eldridge did more than just hide from radar screens. It vanished from the Philadelphia Navy Yard... Only to reappear minutes later, hundred of miles away in Norfolk, Virgina.

Scully: Mulder...When they found me, after the doctors and even my family had given up, I experienced something that I never told you about. Even now it's hard to find the words. But there's one thing I'm certain of. As certain as I am of this life, we have nothing to fear when it's over.

Episode Number: 43
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday March 10, 1995
Production Code: 2X19

Season 2: Fearful Symmetry (2X18)

Writer: Steve De Jarnatt
Director: James Whitmore Jr.

Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate after the death of a federal employee and the destruction of personal property is linked to an escaped elephant, despite the fact that no witnesses saw the creature. Mulder and Scully travel to Idaho and meet Ed Meecham, the elephant trainer at the Fairfield Zoo who shows them that the elephant's cage is still locked.

He suggests they talk to Willa Ambrose, a naturalist hired by the zoo to develop more suitable habitat for the animals. She explains that she was hired to improve conditions at the zoo after pressure from an animal activist group called the Wild Again Organization. She also tells them to talk to Kyle Lang, a member of the WAO. Their meeting leads Scully to believe that the WAO is to blame, a theory given credence when a member of the group is mauled to death by an escaped tiger while attempting to break in to the zoo. However Mulder confers with Frohike and Byers of The Lone Gunman via a satellite linkup.

They inform him that the Fairfield Zoo is renowned for never having had a successful live birth in captivity. Which leads Mulder to the conclusion that extraterrestrial are impregnating the zoo animals and harvesting the embryos as part of a conservation plan. When Mulder expresses his theory to Willa Ambrose she is incredulous until Scully's autopsy on the elephant reveals that it had been pregnant in the past. It seems the only place to find the answers is in the cage of a hand signing gorilla.

Filming the elephant necropsy scene was one of Gillian Anderson's favorite X-Files moments.

The message that Sophie signed to Mulder before she was taken: "man save man," may have many meanings, but could also be the first hint of the prophecy that Krycek alludes to throughout the series, which stated that the fate of mankind may lie in Mulder's hands.

'Fearful Symmetry' is a phrase from William Blake's poem "The Tyger": Tyger, tyger burning bright / In the forests of the night: / What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?. The novelisation of this episode is called "Tyger, Tyger".

Factual Error:
When the invisible tiger attacks activist Kyle Lang it is obvious that the victim is facing the attacker. Cats, whether domestic or wild, large or small, visible or invisible, always attack prey from the rear or the side. Their killing bite is usually applied to the back of the neck, biting into the brainstem and top of the spinal cord. People have been known to avoid a lion attack simply by staying in front of the animal and staring it down.

Scully: (about doing a necropsy on an elephant) This isn't exactly in my job description.
Mulder: And the next thing you know, they'll be doing it on MTV Sports.

Mulder: I'd be willing to admit the possibility of a tornado, but it's not really tornado season. I'd even be willing to entertain the notion of a black hole passing over the area or some cosmic anomaly but it's not really black hole season either . . . If I were a betting man, I'd say it was . . .
Scully: An invisible elephant?
Mulder: I saw David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear once.

Episode Number: 42
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday February 24, 1995
Production Code: 2X18

21 March 2007

Season 2: End Game (2X17)

Writer: Frank Spotnitz
Director: Rob Bowman

Samantha confides in her brother, telling Mulder she was returned to earth some time ago and has been living with 'visitors' to the planet. The doctors who all look alike are really alien clones living on earth, just like her adopted father. But the colony is under threat from an alien bounty hunter sent to kill them.

Meanwhile Scully is taken hostage by the mysterious alien bounty hunter who has the ability to morph himself to look like other people. He demands to know where Mulder is but Scully refuses to co-operate. The alien bounty hunter holds Scully ransom in exchange for Samantha. Mulder sets a trap for him with the help of Assistant Director Skinner, but it goes awry and the alien bounty hunter and Samantha tumble off a bridge in to the water below.

Mulder is devastated at loosing his sister again so suddenly and has to break the news to his parents. Bill Mulder gives Mulder a letter that Samantha left for him should anything happen to her. It contains a key and the address of an abortion clinic. Mulder goes there and encounters more 'Samanthas', it turns out one of them pretended to be his sister Samantha in an attempt to get him to protect them. But they are too late as the alien bounty hunter finds them and kills the last of the clones. Mulder risks his life and tracks the alien bounty hunter in a effort to find out about his sister but ends up being exposed to a toxic alien poison and is left for dead high up in the arctic. Scully tries desperately to find Mulder before it is too late.

In order to recreate the Arctic, a large soundstage had to be filled with 140 tons of ice for 5 days.

In the original script, Samantha would have survived the fall off the bridge. Once she had been rescued from the river, she would have driven with Mulder to the clinic. However, once they got there, she would have transformed into the alien bounty hunter.

Apart from setting up the excellent scene with Skinner, why did X show up at Mulder's apartment expecting to see Mulder when he knew he already left to find the ship?
The first takes of the fight between Skinner and X were rather weak as both actors were too preoccupied with not hurting the other. However, after a few takes, the director asked them to heat things up and both decided to just go for it. In the next take, the fight became so real that Mitch Pileggi threw Steven Williams against the (fake) elevator wall so hard that he went right through the back of the set piece.

After Samantha's body is pulled from the river, the body is loaded into an ambulance that carries the letters "FBI." The real FBI doesn't operate any ambulances.

The Bounty Hunter isn't sabotaging anything. It's been well documented on this site and throughout the show that the syndicate's primary mode of covering evidence is immediate termination. The need for the cover-up came when Agent Mulder received information on the alien clones that was likely leaked out by the clones themselves. And what happens when someone betrays the project? They die. The need for the bounty hunter of course was to have an experienced alien assassin.

Although these two episodes hold up pretty well when watched alone, with respect to the larger conspiracy of later seasons, they don't make much sense. If the aliens are cooperating with the Syndicate on Colonization, why would they send a bounty hunter to sabotage the project, especially since the bounty hunter is working with them?

Bounty Hunter: Is the answer to your question worth dying for? Is that what you want?
Mulder: Where is she? Just tell me where she is.
Bounty Hunter: She's alive. Can you die now?

X: You wanted to see me?
Mulder: How was the opera?
X: Wonderful. I've never slept better. I don't like these hasty public meetings, Agent Mulder.
Mulder: I'm sorry. I need your help.
X: It's over. The fat lady is singing.

Scully: Did you find what you were looking for?
Mulder: No. No, but I found something I thought I'd lost. Faith to keep looking.

Episode Number: 41
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday February 17, 1995
Production Code: 2X17

Season 2: Colony (2X16)

Story by: David Duchovny and Chris Carter
Writer: Chris Carter
Director: Nick Marck

Anonymous email postings draw the attention of Mulder and Scully to the deaths of two identical doctors, killed in arson attacks on abortion clinics up and down the north eastern states. With one outstanding feature, no bodies were recovered from the ashes. Mulder and Scully discover that someone is running newspaper adverts with a picture of the doctor, trying to find other look alikes across the country.

When they manage to track one down, a doctor living in Syracuse, they get a local FBI Agent to protect the doctor until they can get there. But when they arrive agent Weiss tells them that the doctor is gone. On his return to Washington Mulder is called to Assistant Director Skinner's office, agent Weiss has been found dead in Syracuse and Mulder is held accountable.

Taken off the case by Assistant Director Skinner, Mulder and Scully are approached by CIA agent Ambrose Chapel who makes claims that the doctors are Russian clones left over from the Cold War, planted in the US to carry out sabotage in the event of war. That the doctors are being killed off to cover the existence of the Russian's cloning program. Mulder is once again contacted by Assistant Director Skinner, who tells him he has a family emergency. When Mulder arrives home, his father Bill meets him on the porch. As they talk Mulder notices his mother, Teena talking with a young woman, when he asks his father who she is, Bill Mulder tells him that his long lost sister Samantha has been returned.

The FBI doesn't have a field office in Syracuse, New York.

The now infamous sound of the alien stiletto is co-producer Paul Rabwin making a 'pfft' sound in the microphone.

Samantha: Is it too late for a game of stratego?
Mulder: It's 22 years too late.

Scully: Well, nothing about it makes sense. We've got three deaths of identical victims, no bodies, a virtual non-suspect...
Mulder: Sounds just like an X-File.

Mulder: I have lived with a fragile faith built on the ether of vague memories from an experience that I can neither prove nor explain.When I was twelve, my sister was taken from me, taken from our home by a force that I came to believe was extraterrestrial. What happened to me out on the ice has justified every belief. If I should die now, it would be with the certainty that my faith has been righteous. And if, through death, larger mysteries are revealed, I will have already learned the answer to the question that has driven me here... that there is intelligent life in the universe other than our own... that they are here among us... and that they have begun to colonize.

Mulder: Who is Mum talking to?
Bill Mulder: Your sister.

Episode Number: 40
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday February 10, 1995
Production Code: 2X16

20 March 2007

Season 2: Fresh Bones (2X15)

Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: Rob Bowman

Mulder and Scully respond to a request by Robin McAlpin to investigate the events surrounding the death of her marine husband Private Jack McAlpin in North Carolina. He is the second marine stationed at the Folkstone government processing camp for Hatian refugees to die in mysterious circumstances. The Marine Corp officially classified the deaths as suicides, but another marine stationed at the camp, Harry Durham attributes the deaths to a voodoo curse.

Mulder and Scully travel to the camp and interview the base commander Colonel Wharton. He tells them that tension has been high in the camp since a young Haitian boy was killed during a riot. He blames the whole situation on a Haitian revolutionary, Pierre Bauvais who is being held in a camp cell. Scully is given permission to carry out an autopsy but McAlpin's body is missing. However as she and Mulder drive away from the camp, she narrowly avoids running down McAlpin walking in the middle of the road.

Tests on McAlpin reveal trace amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in his blood stream, leading Mulder to conclude that someone injected McAlpin so that he would appear to be dead. When Durham makes a claim that Commander Wharton has sanctioned the beating of the refugees in retaliation for the men he lost during the invasion of Haiti, the situation is further muddled. In the charged world of voodoo curses and zombie soldiers Mulder and Scully search for the truth behind the deaths.

When Colonel Wharton peforms his voodoo ritual at the end he says in French: "To the spirits of the stars. The spirit of the moon".

Near the beginning of the episode as Mulder and Scully are walking into the refugee camp, one of the refugee actors breaks character by trying to suppress a smirk right as he's about to go out of the camera's view.

Doesn't Private Dunham seem a bit short for a marine? He's just a bit taller than Scully.

The X-Files sometimes uses the same establishing shot in two different episodes. In "Fresh Bones", just after the opening credits, the shot of the road that Mulder and Scully are driving down is stamped as "Highway 10, Folkstone, North Carolina". In "Aubrey", three episodes earlier, the same shot is used the first time Mulder and Scully go to visit Cokely, and the stamp says "Highway 377, Missouri/Nebraska border".

Mulder: What do you know about zombies?
Scully: Well I hope you don't intend to tell Robin McAlpin that she married one.

Mulder: I was surprised to get your card. I had assumed our last contact... would be our last. Why are you here?
X: Your investigation is faltering, Agent Mulder.
Mulder: I've got a renegade Marine who may be violating every human rights provision...
X: These people have no rights. In 24 hours all access to Folkstone will be restricted to military personnel. No press, no third-party monitoring.
Mulder: What about Scully and me?
X: You'll be called back to Washington on a priority matter.
Mulder: They're making the camp invisible. Why?
X: In case you haven't noticed, Agent Mulder, the Statue of Liberty is on vacation. The new mandate says if you're not a citizen you'd better keep out.

Episode Number: 39
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday February 3, 1995
Production Code: 2X15

Season 2: Die Hand Die Verletzt (2X14)

Writers: Glen Morgan and James Wong
Director: Kim Manners

After a group of teenagers fake an occult ritual at a woodland alter, inadvertently causing the death of one of their group, something evil is unleashed in the local community. Mulder and Scully are called in by the local police who fear the involvement of witchcraft. They travel to New Hampshire to investigate, combing the scene where teenager Jerry Stevens' body was discovered, they are caught in a down pour of toads!

Later in Crowley High School Mulder notices the water running backwards down the drains, indicating that something powerful is affecting the area. When local teenager Shannon Ausbury, one of the group present at the occult ritual where Jerry died, comes forward with claims of repressed memories of occult rituals, sexual molestation, that she was made pregnant and then the baby sacrificed.

Mulder and Scully are stunned and question Jim and Barbara Ausbury about their daughters claims. The Ausburys are incredulous and dispute their daughter story, Shannon has never been pregnant. Before they can question Shannon further she slits her wrists during a lesson with Mrs Paddock, a substitute teacher that no one can remember hiring. Jim Ausbury meets with a group of parents in secret, they discuss how they have let their religion slip, how they feel the presence of something evil in town. They attempt to re-affirm their beliefs before it is too late. But it would appear it will take much more to appease the evil presence among them.

The snake scene proved to be the most difficult sequence for the production crew of this episode as Dan Butler (who plays Jim Ausbury) was immensly terrified of snakes. In the original script, Jim had some lines right before he notices the snake, but those had to be cut because Butler just couldn't bring himself to deliver them. In addition, the snake kept falling down instead of gently sliding down the staircase.

The high school, Crowley High, is named for Alistair Crowley; whose theories laid much of the groundwork for early- to mid- 20th century occult practices.

'Die Hand die Verletzt' is German for "The Hand that Wounds", which is part of the satanic prayer spoken in the teaser by the members of the PTA.

Writers Glen Morgan and James Wong left the show to create the sci-fi series ''Space: Above and Beyond''. The message left behind by Mrs Paddock, "It's been nice working with you." served also as their goodbye to the cast and crew. The pair returned to co-write several season 4 episodes starting with ''Home''.

Mulder: Even the Devil can quote scripture to fit his needs.

Mulder: The water...
Scully: What's wrong with it?
Mulder: It's going down the drain counter-clockwise! Coriolis force in the Northern Hemisphere dictates that it should go down clockwise.
Scully: That isn't possible.
Mulder: Something's here, Scully. Something is making these things possible.

Episode Number: 38
Season Number: 2
First Aired: Friday January 27, 1995
Production Code: 2X14