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Teso dos Bichos 

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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Did You Know?


In Colombia and Venezuela, the word "bichos" is a euphemism for testicles, something writer John Shiban was unaware of when writing the script. Shiban later joked that this "controversy" would be good for ratings. See more »


The indigenous group shown is identified as the Secoya, who are wearing knitted chullos typical of the cold highlands. However, the Secoya inhabit the tropical Amazon region of Ecuador. See more »


Fox Mulder: Follow that rat!
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References Ben (1972) See more »


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This episode is under rated...
23 July 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was surprised to see so much disdain for this episode.

While it is typically a bit OTT, I found it genuinely funny as well as interesting.

The acting is fine actually, and the script is not all that confusing either. I think it becomes clear what's what by the climax. There's some really funny dialogue between Mulder and Scully, and the story is not particularly predictable either.

Yes - some of the visual effects are lame, but nonetheless, don't be put off - give it a go. It's a lot better than some other X files episodes I could mention!

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