Mulder investigates a series of abductions of little girls, and is reminded of his own sister's still-unresolved disappearance.
- Adult Fear: A little girl gets abducted from her bed, and her parents end up being suspected themselves because there are no clues. The kidnapper torments them and the police with notes about what he's done, which all end with "NOBODY SHOOTS AT SANTA CLAUS!"
- Cry into Chest: Mulder to Scully, this time.
- Fat Bastard: The killer, Ed Truelove, is a fat, unpleasant man. Justified as he portrays Santa Claus for children.
- Foreign Language Title: "Sein und Zeit" is German for "Being and Time".
- Ironic Name: A Serial Killer who targets children has the last name "Truelove".
- Manly Tears: Mulder after learning his mother killed herself, in one of his most emotionally raw moments of the series.
- Meaningful Name: Sein und Zeit is the title of a book by the philosopher Martin Heidegger dealing with the theme that many people live a life of illusions while running away from the truth of their existence. To cure this retreat from reality, most people need a confrontation with death, according to Heidegger. This strongly parallels Mulder's arc in this episode.
- Myth Arc: Mulder finds himself looking into his sister's disappearance while trying to find Amber Lynn and other disappeared children.
- Percussive Therapy: In a non-humorous example, Mulder reacts by attacking his desk when Scully tells him that his mother committed suicide.
- Serial Killer: The child kidnapper is unfortunately also a deranged serial killer.