Mulder believes a creature from an African folktale may be responsible for the disappearance of several black men in the Philadelphia area.

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Scully is asked by Assistant Director Skinner to assist officials from the Center for Disease Control in determining the cause of a recent number of deaths in the Philadelphia area. All of the victims were African American and had lost their pigmentation, with their corpses looking albino-like. She finds the basic reason for the loss of pigmentation - their pituitary glands were necrotic - but not the actual cause. Mulder for his part thinks there is something far more sinister at work and contacts Marita Covarrubias at the U.N. who tells him of a similar incident on flight from West Africa some months before. Written by garykmcd

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The tagline for this episode was changed from the usual "The Truth Is Out There" to "Deceive, Inveigle, Obfuscate", a phrase repeated several times throughout the episode. See more »

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As Mulder and Scully are driving toward the abandoned building, the lock on Mulder's door is, between shots, open, then closed, and finally open again. See more »

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Mulder: [seeing the corpse of an albino man] There's a Michael Jackson joke in here somewhere.
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Deceive, Inveigle And Obfuscate
27 July 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Teliko is a solid season four episode that deals with African-American males who are having their pigmentation drained from them. This isn't a spectacular episode by an means, but it's engaging enough to be entertaining. Mulder's "Michael Jackson" quote is the funniest line from the episode. Even though this episode has nothing to do with the conspiracy, the writers threw Marita Covarrubias into the episode. She seems to be out of place in Teliko. Mulder's informants don't have to be in just myth/arc episodes. But this was not the episode for her to appear in. She is inconsequential. Samuel Aboah has a similar ability to Eugene Tooms, in that he can squeeze into really tight places. Also, he needs the pituitary gland hormone to survive, just like Tooms needed livers. So, it was almost like a remake of Squeeze. There are enough differences, however, to still make it entertaining. Off camera, Pendrell must be quite obvious about his affection for Scully, since Mulder jokes about Pendrell's crush on Scully with Pendrell. Cute moment. Plus, in Teliko, you get to see Scully crawling through ventilation ducts again. Gotta love that.


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