Recap: The X Files S 05 E 12 Bad Blood
- Adventure Towns: The X-File proper takes place in Chaney, a small town in Texas.
- Affectionate Parody: Of vampire myths, of Mulder and Scully dynamics, of The X-Files.
- Autopsy Snack Time: Half-digested pizza found in the stomach sounds appetizing to Agent Scully. She later orders one for dinner.
- Badass Longcoat: Mulder and Scully as usual, and Sheriff Hartwell as well.
- Beat It By Compulsion: Mulder notices that all the victims' shoes have been untied and later distracts Ronnie by throwing sunflower seeds. Ronnie gets a "Come on, that's not funny, man!" look before getting down to counting.
- The Big Board: Mulder's slide show is back! Somehow, photographs are not good enough for him.
- Blah Blah Blah: Scully's yada yada yada while she's performing the first autopsy.
Scully: Heart weighs 370 grams, tissue appears healthy. Left lung weighs 345 grams, tissue appears healthy. Large intestine, 890 grams, yada yada yada.
- Brick Joke: When Mulder and Scully are arguing about their differing memories of Sheriff Hartwell; Scully remembers him as flawlessly gorgeous, Mulder recalls an imbecilic buck-toothed hick. When Scully calls Mulder on this, Mulder sheepishly claims that he "had a slight overbite". Later, when the audience finally meets Hartwell for real, he does in fact have a slight overbite, but does not have buckteeth. When they first see him after returning to Texas, Scully gives Mulder an immensely snarky look and taps her own front teeth.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mulder's sunflower seeds and his knowledge that vampires are obsessive-compulsive.
- Cold Open: A great teaser!
- The Coroner: That poor guy, his neck was gnawed on. On the other hand, better than exsanguination.
- Creepy Cemetery: Lampshaded by Mulder who asks Sheriff to take him to an old town cemetery, off the beaten path, the creepier the better. Needless to say, it's not super creepy or anything by daylight, but it gets better at night.
Mulder: Historically, cemeteries were thought to be a haven for vampires as are castles, catacombs and swamps, but unfortunately, you don't have any of those.
Hartwell: We used to have swamps, only the EPA made us take to calling them wetlands.
- Curse Cut Short: "Oh sh—!" [cut to the opening credits]
- Distracted by the Sexy: Scully is distracted by the sexy representative of the local law enforcement when the agents first meet him. At least according to Mulder.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Female Gaze is clearly manifested In-Universe. Scully is completely charmed by Sheriff Hartwell's cowboy looks, somewhat tough, yet also boyish and cute. She keeps watching him dreamily and is practically swooning over him.
- Facepalm: Twice.
- Right after the teaser, Mulder sits behind his desk and writes something in his office and then just facepalms, which says it all.
- Scully has a rather long, epic facepalm when Mulder wants to compare their respective stories. See it here◊.
- Female Gaze: Scully's view of the Sheriff, especially when they first meet, but also in their later scenes.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: They really are, honestly. Except for Ronnie.
- Glowing Eyes: When the vampires attack, their eyes glow bright green. Or they can make their eyes glow at will.
- Gut Feeling: Mulder's gut instinct tells him that the killer will visit the cemetery. And he's right, Ronnie did come, only he did not stop there to eat his own death shroud or do anything vampiresque.
- Headdesk: Downplayed. Mulder has his head on the desk, but he's not banging with it.
- Hemo Erotic: Discussed when Sheriff Hartwell asks whether there is some kind of disease that makes a person think that they're a vampire. Scully knows her stuff and answers that there is a psychological fixation called hematodipsia which causes the sufferer to gain erotic satisfaction from consuming human blood.
- Hot Scientist: Sheriff Hartwell fancied Dana...
- Intoxication Ensues:
- Ronnie doped his victims so that he could exsanguinate them more easily.
- Oh boy, and where to start on Mulder? When he realizes he's been drugged, he calls Scully to help him, but he only manages to breathe very loudly and thus creeps her out; then hilariously outwits Ronnie by throwing seeds at him; then sings off-key a theme from Shaft to Scully, and finally, he sticks a wooden stake through Ronnie's chest instead of arresting him.
- Scully gets drugged as well. But apart from being scared and having to go through a walk of shame in Sheriff's jacket after it wore off, she's fine.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Sheriff Hartwell has a chiselled jaw-line.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Played for Laughs, but very cute. When Mulder and Scully are sitting on a couch and waiting for a meeting with AD Skinner, Scully leans over to straighten Mulder's tie. He angrily pushes her hands away.
Kimberly the secretary
: Assistant Director Skinner's office. Oh, I'm sorry, he's about to go into a meeting. Yes, it may last several hours. [Scully hears it and her face goes into a downplayed Oh Crap
.] You're welcome. [The following argument is whispered intensely and impatiently.]
Scully: Please just keep reminding him you were drugged.
Mulder: Would you stop that?
Scully: It couldn't hurt.
Mulder: Stop it!
- Man Bites Man: Vampire (without his fake teeth) Bites Man. When the coroner kindly put the stake out off Ronnie's chest, he attacked him and gnawed on his neck.
- Miranda Rights: Mulder reads them to Ronnie riding atop of his coffin. Ronnie desperately tries to open the coffin cover and escape. The cover rocks up and down.
Mulder: Ronnie Strickland, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Come on, cut it out, Ronnie.
- Monster of the Week: Vampire style!
- Motor Mouth: According to Scully, Mulder when he presents the case.
- Mr. Fanservice: Mulder is getting undressed and is seen in his undershirt.
- Oh Crap:
- Mulder's face has an epic Oh Crap expression when he realizes that he's just stuck a wooden stake through a chest of a teenager who has fake fangs and therefore he might not be a real vampire.
- Scully has a downplayed Oh Crap face when she overhears that their meeting with Skinner may take several hours.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Played With a lot.
- Lampshaded by Scully who suspects the killer might be someone who's been watching Bela Lugosi's films way too much and might be re-enacting them. And of course, being the Agent Scully, she thinks this will be Averted.
- Discussed by Mulder who has extensive knowledge on various kinds of vampires and specifically states which cultures hold which traditions. He claims that the stories differ exceedingly and rarely share the same motifs or are based on the same facts.
- Mulder ends up suggesting that he and Scully are both equally right; their killer is indeed just a kid who's watched too many vampire movies. However, he also happens to be an actual vampire.
- Played Straight with the local people. It turns out the entire population is made of vampires. Importantly, they all have OCD, they apparently enjoy sleeping in coffins and their eyes can gain a bright green glow at will. They are able to go out in daylight and they eat normal food. They are very neighbourly, they live in trailers and motor homes, which comes handy when they need to disappear. They even pay taxes and like keeping things a low profile. Ronnie is the black sheep who doesn't grasp it, but he is still one of their own and they stick together.
- Percussive Therapy: Mulder kicks the hell out of the trash can in his office.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: "We used to have swamps; only the EPA made us take to calling them wetlands."
- Pop The Tires: Mulder originally says that he does this to an RV which was stuck going around in circles. However, after Scully notices how dirty his coat is (and how late he was), Mulder sheepishly admits that shooting out the tires was more difficult than he thought it would be. After he ran out of bullets in the attempt, and after trying to grab onto the RV (subsequently getting dragged around, explaining the dirt) he finally just had to wait for it to run out of gas.
Mulder: Okay, here's something that you may not know: shooting out the tires on a runaway RV is a LOT harder than it looks.
- Precision F-Strike: Mulder's "Oh sh—" when he sees the teenage vampire is wearing fake fangs.
- Prison Rape: Implied when Mulder threatens Scully with a cell mate nicknamed Large Marge. This seems to be a somewhat favourite technique of his as he did it to the abducted boy in "Jose Chungs: ''From Outer Space''".
- Rashomon Style: Mulder's and Scully's account of what really happened differ. Played for Laughs. One difference is that Scully presents the Sheriff as a charming Southern Gentleman type, while Mulder remembers him as a buck-toothed hick.
- Running Gag: Mulder is a mean tipper.
- Serial Killer: He has two known victims, targeting tourists who were outside his community and well, not vampires. Scully ordered pizza from him as well, and Mulder ate it. Fortunately, he was able to escape.
- Slipping a Mickey:
- Ronnie the teenage vampire's MO. He spiced the pizzas he was delivering with chloral hydrate, known as knock-out drops, so that he could extract the blood from his victims.
- At the end of the episode, Sheriff drugs coffee which Scully drinks.
- Bela Lugosi: Scully has a theory that the killer is a fan.
- Gertrude Stein: Mulder thinks this might be favourite reading of Scully's hypothetical prison mate.
- Rain Man: When Mulder explains his theory on vampires being obsessive, having to untie knots and collect seeds, Sheriff Hartwell compares that to Raymond's counting sticks.
Hartwell: Yeah, obsessive... Like Rain Man! It's like when that old boy dropped them matchsticks, he had to pick them all up. Same thing, right?
Mulder: Well, he didn't actually pick them up. He counted them.
Hartwell: Oh, yeah. 247. Right off the top of your head.
Mulder: Well, if he had picked them up, he would have been a vampire.
Hartwell: Yeah. I'll tell you what. I know I'm in law enforcement, but I'd like to take him to Vegas myself. Am I right?
Mulder: Well, that would be illegal, right?
Hartwell: He's like a little calculator.
- Shaft: Drugged Mulder did or did not sing its theme song.
- The Stake Out: Mulder and Sheriff stake out a local cemetery.
- Super OCD: According to Mulder, all vampires must untie knots and collect seeds.
- There Is No Rule Six: Scully doesn't even have "second of all".
- Unreliable Narrator: Played for Laughs.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Lampshaded by Agent Scully (the original Agent Scully, no less) who admits that vampires are supposed to be charming and seductive creatures. And her "hoo boy" crush of a sheriff surely was charming and seductive, and he was also a vampire!
- Wastebasket Ball: Mulder apparently tries to start writing the report, but it is very hard. he tossed several pieces of paper into the bin.
- Your Vampires Suck: The clichés about vampires suck so very much. For what do we know, they might have created Ronnie's delusion and desire to role-play them.