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* CorruptHick: The Sheriff.

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* CorruptHick: The Sheriff.Sheriff Miles.


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* DecompositeCharacter: The early drafts of the script had a character named Lake Drazen serving as the primary catspaw for TheConspiracy. The character was eventually split into the Third Man and the Cigarette Smoking Man (a consolation role for the "runner-up" of the Drazen auditions).


* EvilCripple

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* EvilCrippleEvilCripple: Subverted. [[spoiler:Billy has no control over his actions when he takes his fellow students to the forest for abduction.]]

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* LingerieScene: Scully is just in bra and underwear when she takes off her robe in front of Mulder, asking him to inspect the marks on her back.


* SecretGovernmentWarehouse: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is seen depositing Scully's report in one at the end of the episode.

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* SecretGovernmentWarehouse: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is seen depositing Scully's report the metal nasal implant in one at the end of the episode.


* GraveRobbing: The local sheriff accuses them of doing this, despite the fact that they have a permit to exhume the graves of the victims.

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* GraveRobbing: The local sheriff medical examiner accuses them of doing this, despite the fact that they have a permit to exhume the graves of the victims.

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* CandlelitBath: Scully gets ready for one when the power goes out.

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* CorruptHick: The Sheriff.


* NaiiveNewcomer: Scully, to the world of paranormal investigation.

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* NaiiveNewcomer: NaiveNewcomer: Scully, to the world of paranormal investigation.

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* NoThemeTune: The show's iconic theme song is notably absent from this episode.

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* NaiiveNewcomer: Scully, to the world of paranormal investigation.

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** Though not Scully's first scene, her scene with Mulder right after the above ECM firmly establishes her character as a skeptic and the dynamic that would follow Mulder and Scully for the run of the series.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mulder's first line of offscreen dialogue: [[DeadpanSnarker "Sorry, nobody here but FBI's most unwanted"]]. Then the first shot of him, sitting alone at his desk in his basement office, [[TheDeterminator obsessing over photographs of [=UFOs=]]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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Mulder's first line of offscreen dialogue: [[DeadpanSnarker "Sorry, nobody here but FBI's most unwanted"]]. Then the first shot of him, sitting alone at his desk in his basement office, [[TheDeterminator obsessing over photographs of [=UFOs=]]].[=UFOs=]]].
** He wasn't intended to be anything more than a background extra and doesn't say a word, but the Cigarette Smoking Man's scenes also pretty much tell you everything you need to know about him -- his stance and dress during Scully's interview with her FBI superiors clearly signpost him as an ageing-but-powerful shadowy government type with a lot of connections, and the final scene where he deposits the alien implant in a secret government archive directly establishes his link to government and alien conspiracies.


* LaughingMad: Scully does this when Mulder tells her who he thinks is the killer.
* LightIsNotGood: As the number of unexplained deaths suggests.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: When the exhumed coffin containing Ray Soames' body falls down and reveals a ridiculously short corpse:
--> '''Mulder''': It's probably a safe bet Ray Soames never made the varsity basketball team.


* AlienAutopsy - Scully is going to perform an autopsy on what looks like an alien corpse, but it's taken by the government before she can discover what exactly it is.
* ChillyReception - Scully initially gets this from Mulder.
* DeadlyBath - Subverted. Scully draws one when the power goes out, but notices some unsettling marks on her back before she actually gets in it.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mulder sitting alone at his desk in his basement office, obsessing over photographs of [=UFOs=].

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* AlienAutopsy - AlienAutopsy: Scully is going to perform an autopsy on what looks like an alien corpse, but it's taken by the government before she can discover what exactly it is.
* ChillyReception - BunnyEarsLawyer: Mulder is established as one.
--> '''Scully''': ''[reporting what she has heard about Mulder]'' Generally thought of as the best analyst in the violent crimes section. He had a nickname at the academy..."Spooky Mulder".
* ChillyReception:
Scully initially gets this from Mulder.
* DeadlyBath - DeadlyBath: Subverted. Scully draws one when the power goes out, but notices some unsettling marks on her back before she actually gets in it.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mulder Mulder's first line of offscreen dialogue: [[DeadpanSnarker "Sorry, nobody here but FBI's most unwanted"]]. Then the first shot of him, sitting alone at his desk in his basement office, [[TheDeterminator obsessing over photographs of [=UFOs=].[=UFOs=]]].



* FanService: Only one episode in, and we already get Gillian Anderson in a bra!
* FieryCoverup - The hotel where Mulder and Scully are staying gets torched while they're out, conveniently destroying all their evidence.
* GraveRobbing - The local sheriff accuses them of doing this, despite the fact that they have a permit to exhume the graves of the victims.
* MissingTime - They experience this more than once.

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* FanService: Only one episode in, and we already get Gillian Anderson in a bra!
LingerieScene! Preparing for a CandlelitBath, no less. But that pales in comparison to the next scene, in which Mulder gets to inspect her waist while she is still in the same garb.
* FieryCoverup - FieryCoverup: The hotel where Mulder and Scully are staying gets torched while they're out, conveniently destroying all their evidence.
* GraveRobbing - FriendshipMoment: In Mulder's room, right after their SecurityCling of relief, when Mulder tells Scully for the first time about his sister's disappearance.
* GraveRobbing:
The local sheriff accuses them of doing this, despite the fact that they have a permit to exhume the graves of the victims.
* MissingTime - LaughingMad: Scully does this when Mulder tells her who he thinks is the killer.
* LightIsNotGood: As the number of unexplained deaths suggests.
* MissingTime:
They experience this more than once.once.
--> '''Mulder''': ''[capering]'' Oh-ho, yes! Abductees...people that have made UFO sightings, they've reported unexplained loss of time!



* SecretGovernmentWarehouse - The Cigarette-Smoking Man is seen depositing Scully's report in one at the end of the episode.

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* SecretGovernmentWarehouse - SecretGovernmentWarehouse: The Cigarette-Smoking Man is seen depositing Scully's report in one at the end of the episode.episode.
* SecurityCling: Scully hugs Mulder in relief when he tells her that those dreaded marks on her waist are [[spoiler: nothing worse than mosquito bites]].

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