The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 19

Hell Money (29 Mar. 1996)
"The X Files" Hell Money (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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The agents investigate a deadly game in San Francisco's Chinatown district.



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Episode cast overview:
Det. Glen Chao
Kim Hsin (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Hard-Faced Man
Doug Abrahams ...
Lt. Neary
OPO Staffer
Johnny Lo
Donald Fong ...
The Vase Man
Diana Ha ...
Dr. Wu
The Large Man (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
Paul Wong ...
The Wiry Man


Scully and Mulder investigate the murder of someone who was burned alive in a funeral parlor crematorium. The autopsy reveals that he was missing several vital organs - an eye, a kidney - and Scully immediately suspects that the man was selling his organs, any of which would fetch a very high price. Working with a local Chinese-speaking detective, Glen Chao, Mulder gets a lead when they find pieces of hell money, fake currency that is used as a symbolic offering. It all leads them to a deadly game among newly arrived immigrants in need of real money. Written by garykmcd

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The scene where a frog bursts out of a cadaver's chest was created by using molds to create a fake human torso that was then placed over an actor. See more »


Dana Scully: Do you know how much the human body is worth, Mulder?
Fox Mulder: Depends on the body. I don't know, a few bucks?
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Referenced in The X Files Game (1998) See more »

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A rather disappointing episode...
16 March 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Bought the whole set from amazon as I missed some episodes/some series!

To me, this episode is quite annoying...for 2 main reasons:

1. I am Chinese & speak Cantonese which was the language the Chinatown characters spoke...I found all those Chinese ppl spoke rather slow, seems Cantonese is a foreign language to them...I am not sure if this's the real case for immigrants...but Lucy's Liu's father claimed he lived there for several years I supposed he won't lose his mother- tongue??

2. The gangster called Lucy's Liu's father's name wrong! His surname written on the plate for "lucky draw" was "Suen", but the gangster called him "Sum", this was a HUGE mistake!! The two names in Chinese is very different!

XD this made me wonder if the research for other x-files relate to other nations would have errors as well...

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