- Death Row
- Faux Affably Evil: The Warden seems both friendly and reasonable until he starts beating inmates about halfway through the episode.
- Flies Equals Evil
- Pinball Protagonist: This episode was a deliberate effort to have a story in which Mulder's and Scully's presence does nothing to change the end result. They don't even manage to solve the entirely unsupernatural murder of Roque.
- Scary Black Man: Neech, the inmates, guard Parmelly.
- Your Cheating Heart: Neech's wife has promised to stay loyal to him forever, but she doesn't. She feels guilty about it and fears Neech's revenge.