The X-Files: Season 5, Episode 10

Chinga (8 Feb. 1998)
"The X Files" Chinga (original title)

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While on a weekend off in the small New England town of Ammab Beach, Scully comes across a grocery store full of people who tried to gouge out their own eyes. The people have no idea why ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Susannah Hoffmann ...
Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ...
Jack Bonsaint
Deputy Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ...
Polly Turner
Henry Beckman ...
Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Jane Froelich
Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ...
Assistant Manager
Dave the Butcher (as Harrison R. Coe)
Ian Robison ...
Elizabeth McCarthy Meek ...
The Shopper (as Elizabeth McCarthy)
Tracy Lively ...
Sean Benbow ...


While on a weekend off in the small New England town of Ammab Beach, Scully comes across a grocery store full of people who tried to gouge out their own eyes. The people have no idea why they did this to themselves. On the telephone, Mulder tells her it all sounds like witchcraft but she isn't so sure. One woman in the store, Melissa Turner, seemed unaffected by it all but her reputation of being a witch works against her. She was widowed the year before and her boyfriend Dave stabbed himself in the eye and died in the grocery store incident. Scully focuses on Melissa's daughter and in particular, the young girl's doll. Written by garykmcd

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When Scully mentions the possibility of a possessed doll being involved in the killings, Mulder jokingly mentions the famous horror character Chucky. Brad Dourif, who provides Chucky's voice in the films, appeared in the twelfth episode of Season One as the psychic convict Luther Lee Boggs. See more »


At 23:46 into the episode after Scully has finished taking her bath, she walks past a mirror and a crew person wearing a blue shirt is briefly but clearly visible. See more »


[opens eyes]
The Doll: Let's have fun!
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References It (1990) See more »


First movement 'Allegro moderato' from Piano Concerto No. 3 in B minor Op. 89
Composed by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Heard during Scully's drive to the gas station
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"do the hokey pokey..."
9 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chinga isn't one of the very best episodes from the X-Files, but as a piece co-written as the only one by Stephen King, it gives more than few obvious but quite entertaining moments. It's all predicated on something that has been in other King works- the girl who is more than a little 'off'. This time, however, her anger and hatred gets channeled- or just put into place- through a doll that was discovered by her (viciously made dead) father. It's also another in the crop of about 85-90% of King's work taking place in Maine, where Scully gets involved while- as she repeats to many- on vacation. The episode is basically for King fans like a short story not made into some overlong movie but a 45 minute film with lots of style trying to mingle with the very (not always necessarily) sly dialog and, of course, lots of violence.

In fact this might be one of the more violent ones in nature, as the special doll sometimes goes on cue based on the girl, or through a song "Do the hokey pokey", which in and of itself is kind of hokey too. Lots of harsh deaths involving clawing eyes out and ends met by witchcraft of some sort. While there aren't any scenes ala Child's Play with the doll running around doing the murders, there's still something sort of missing from other episodes that Chris Carter as co-writer doesn't quite get into it. If not for King's involvement it might've fared even less. But as it is I was glad I saw it, even out of order from watching all of the episodes now season to season, and there's some dry funny moments involving Mulder back at FBI headquarters with his theories and endless time to kill (I loved the little pencil gag at the end). Worth it for fans of the author, if only for the tongue-in-cheek bits, though X-Files fans thinking his name might mean brilliance might be disappointed.

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