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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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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A stinker
12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love the X Files but I really hated Teso Dos Bichos. It was contrived and just plain pitiful. Those cats were sad and crazy. I'm supposed to believe a federal agent packing heat can get mauled by a few rabid house cats? I dusted off some tapes from years ago and started watching the old episodes and the only thing I had remembered about this one was that it was forgettable. I cringed when I watched it again, and I did not finish it. This was laughably bad, although I am sure there were good intentions behind it. The only reason I give it a 3 is because the mere presence of Mulder and Scully saved it from the gutter. I'm sorry but I just have to say I absolutely hated it. I could live without sitting through this embarrassment ever again and be fine.

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