A curse befalls members of an archeological team after a sacred urn is excavated in South America and transported to a museum in Boston.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Vic Trevino ...
Dr. Alonso Bilac
Janne Mortil ...
Mona Wustner
Dr. Lewton
Ron Sauvé ...
Mr. Decker (as Ron Sauve)
Alan Robertson ...
Dr. Carl Roosevelt
Garrison Christiohn ...
Dr. Winters (as Garrison Chrisjohn)


At a South American dig, archaeologists unearth the grave of an ancient shaman. Transported to the Boston Museum of Natural History against the wishes of the locals, strange occurrences bring Scully and Mulder onto the case of a murdered anthropologist, seemingly killed by a large cat. Central to the case is Dr. Bilac who seems to have some connection to what is happening. As the FBI agents continue their investigation - a profusion of rats in the museum is only one of the things they have to put up with - the State department in Washington is considering whether to return of relics. Written by garykmcd

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8 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Originally the script called for hordes of common house cats to attack Mulder and Scully. Unfortunately, the cats refused to attack under direction and did pretty much nothing. All felines, from little kitten to big tigers, are absolutely lazy when having well fed and not in danger. See more »


When they investigate the museum toilet, Mulder opens all stalls on the far side of the room, then he walks to the near side to open one of the stalls there. Then it cuts to a view from inside that stall and all the doors on the far side are closed again. Mulder then opens three of the doors again, and when it cuts to a close-up of the three talking, the doors are closed again. See more »


Dana Scully: Have you been drinking yaje, Mulder?
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Piano Sonata 8 Op 13
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Go with it Scully
18 July 2007 | by (Sandy, UT, United States) – See all my reviews

Teso dos Bichos:

Kitty cats aren't all that nice

Sometimes they eat more than just mice

They dug up a curse

Now left off for worse

For a professor he's sure not too wise

This is definitely one of my least favorite episodes. First of all I hate cats. I won't go into details about how much I hate cats though I assure you I could. OK the teaser for this episode wasn't all that great. I think maybe the first time I saw it I may have been interested just because there's nothing obvious in it that makes you think the monster is just a really ugly pissy cat. One thing that kind of gets on my nerves is how whenever there is any Spanish in an English movie or TV show the lines they are saying seem so fake just because they are 100% perfect in their grammar. Nobody talks like that! Anwyay that's not that big a deal.

The only possible thing I could say other than that is that the character (possibly just the actor) of Mona also drove me crazy throughout the episode. Especially the scene where she goes to Bilac's house and they argue and she leaves crying. I don't know why but she just bother's me so much in this scene. Anyway, I think that if they had made the evil spirit an actual jaguar like creature rather than just being a bunch of stupid house cats or even some other type of animal then I might have liked this episode a little better. Then again I love dogs but I still hated Alpha as well. I think the animal episodes are just typically bad all together. 3/10

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