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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Susannah Hoffmann ...
Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ...
Jack Bonsaint
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Deputy Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ...
Polly Turner
Henry Beckman ...
Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Jane Froelich
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Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ...
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Ian Robison ...
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Clerk
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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 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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Original name of this episode was Chinga - but it was rejected by Fox as it may have been an objectionable word in some Spanish speaking areas. The name 'Bunghoney' was substituted - a rude sounding but nonsensical term. See more »

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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 »

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Scully: No... I don't think it's witchcraft or sorcery. I've looked around and I don't see any evidence of anything that warrants that kind of suspicion.
Mulder: Well, maybe you don't know what you're looking for.
Scully: Like evidence of conjury or the black arts? Or shamanism, divination, Wicca, or any kind of pagan or neo-pagan practice? Charms, cards, familiars, blood-stones, or hex signs, or any kind of the ritual tableau associated with the occult; Santeria, Voudom, Macumba or any high or low magic...
Mulder: Scully?
Scully: ...
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References Child's Play (1988) See more »

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The Hokey Pokey
Performed by Ray Anthony & The Ray Anthony Orchestra (as His Orchestra)
With vocals by Jo Ann Greer (as JoAnn Greer) and The Skyliners
Written by Taft Baker, Larry LaPrise and Charles P. Macak
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Or Bunghoney, if you will.
9 November 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

With Chinga, you know you have something evil going on at the very beginning, when you have a little girl that frowns that much. Freaky! Stephen King, the well-known horror novelist co-wrote this episode with Chris Carter. Thankfully, Chris Carter's contributions save this episode from middle of the road mediocrity. Chris Carter's contributions are apparent with the witty Mulder/Scully dialogue that add some humor to the episode. Chinga isn't a bad story at all, you just expect something a little more original than a killing doll from the King of Horror. Also, I felt that the story was inconsistent with whom the doll chose to kill. It also left unexplained if the doll influenced the daughter to be sullen, or if she was like that before the doll arrived. Unfortunately, the best parts of this episode were the Mulder/Scully moments on the phone. Mulder has no idea what to do when Scully is not around. It was also nice to see Larry Musser return as a guest actor in the roll of Chief Bonsaint. It was slightly reminiscent of his role as Detective Manners in "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", just not as humorous. Chinga is a good episode, but it wasted its potential to be something more.


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