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El Mundo Gira 

Desperate illegal immigrant dubbed El Chupacabra who can't speak any English becomes patient zero for a possibly alien infection and goes on the run from INS, the FBI and his own brother who blames him for the death of his girlfriend.


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Chris Carter (created by), John Shiban

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Rubén Blades ... Conrad Lozano
Raymond Cruz ... Eladio Buente
Jose Yenque ... Soledad Buente (as José Yenque)
Simi Mehta ... Gabrielle Buente (as Simi)
Lillian Hurst ... Flakita
Susan Bain Susan Bain ... County Coroner
Robert Thurston ... Dr. Larry Steen
Michael Kopsa ... Rick Culver
Marcus Hondro ... Barber (as Markus Hondro)
Janeth Muniz Janeth Muniz ... Village Woman (as Janeth Munoz)
Pamela Diaz ... Maria Dorantes
Fabricio Santin Fabricio Santin ... Migrant Worker


Scully and Mulder investigate the death of Maria Dorantes, a migrant farm worker who was found in a field near the shanty town in which she lived. There were reports of a very bright flash of light followed by a yellow rain just as she was killed. Scully's examination of the body reveals that she died as a result of a massive fungal infection. The locals however are certain that the culprit is El Chupacabra, a mythical beast from Mexican folklore. They're also sure the beast is to be found in Eladio Buente, Maria's brother-in-law who was with her when she died. While Scully looks for a scientific explanation, Mulder believes the fungus may be alien in origin. Regardless, they must find Eladio before the fungus spreads. Written by garykmcd

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English | Spanish

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12 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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Raymond Cruz plays "Eladio". In Breaking Bad, Don Eladio is Tuco's uncle partner; Tuco is played by Cruz. See more »


Around 00:30:05, Flakita takes the police car's door in the nose, then rubs it, but she continue the scene. See more »


Fox Mulder: Then a hot, yellow rain fell from a cloudless sky. Fortean researchers call these liquid falls. Black and red rains are the most common, but there have also been reported cases of blue, purple, and green rains.
Dana Scully: Purple rain?
Fox Mulder: Yeah. Great album. Deeply flawed movie, though.
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Referenced in The X-Files: Vienen (2001) See more »


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Possibly based on real event
11 February 2014 | by jvans3777See all my reviews

This was a weird episode, though it wasn't the greatest involving story line or acting the events of the "yellow rain" is an actual mystery that has been happening for some time now though it will normally change from yellow to red and does not have any document cases of causing illness.

the first publicly documented case was in 2001 in Karla, India and this episode was made in 1997, listen carefully and read between the lines, Moulder seem to drop little hints and the explanation of the event seem to be right on par with actual scientific evaluation of the red rain of Karla.

this might be the most important x-files in the inter show.

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