The X-Files

Teso Dos Bichos

Season 3, Ep 18, Aired 3/8/96
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  • Episode Description
  • When a series of deaths occur immediately after an ancient artefact is brought to Boston from an excavation site in South America, Scully believes the deaths appear to be the result of political terrorism, but Mulder suspects something more improbable. He thinks that the deaths are linked to a shaman spirit released by the Ecuadorian Amaru urn.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • John Shiban

  • Kim Manners

  • Vic Trevino

    Dr Alonso Bilac

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Just go with it

    By gooseysoucy, 11 hours ago

  • Teso Dos Bichos

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 15, 2012

  • Absolutely the worst X=Files Episode I've Seen So Far.

    By AgentMuIder, Nov 01, 2008

  • The person below me who said "Lame" = right on the money

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Dec 30, 2010

  • Well, it is the X-files, so I want to say I was marginally entertained. But when I say marginally I mean, I would like to disown this episode on behalf of the series.

    By ilovemulder, Jan 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • (Pulls out a rat's body from the engine of the car) Scully: Label that. Officer: As what? Scully: Partial rat body part. (smirks)

    • Scully: Cat ate a rat. Mulder: And the dog ate the cat!

    • Mulder: There are forces in this world we can't begin to comprehend.

    • Mulder: Personally, if someone digs me up a thousand years from now, I hope there's a curse on them, too.

    • Scully: So, what are we talking here, Mulder, a possessed rat? The return of Ben? Mulder: No, I think those rats were killed trying to escape from something. Scully: From something that sent them diving into the toilet. Mulder: No, the lids were down. They weren’t trying to get into the toilets, they were trying to get out. They were coming from within the sewer lines trying to get away from something. Scully: Have you been drinking Yaje, Mulder? Mulder: Go with it, Scully.

    Notes (7)

    • Gillian Anderson is very allergic to cats, so makeup effects artist Toby Lindala had to create a cat puppet with rabbit fur that attacks Scully.

    • Mona Wustner is named after writer John Shiban's mother.

    • After the episode aired, the network found out that 'bichos' also means 'balls' in Colombia and Venezuela. John Shiban, the writer, didn't know that when he wrote the episode.

    • Director Kim Manners awarded the crew with 'Teso Dos Bichos Survivor' t-shirts with the words 'Second Salmon' after production was completed. 'Second Salmon' refers to the script, which changes color with each revision. In this case, the script underwent so many changes that they ended up with a salmon-colored version twice.

    • When Mulder and Scully begin to crawl into the tunnel under the museum, Mulder's line to Scully 'Ladies first' was included in the original script and then it was deleted, but David Duchovny decided to put it back because he thought it was funny.

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    Trivia (4)

    • When Scully is talking to Mulder about Dr. Lewton's autopsy she says that she found sunflower seeds in his intestine. Mulder then says 'A man of taste', referring to his own fondness for that snack.

    • Principal Setting: Boston, Massachusetts

    • If this episode is observed closely, the words 'One Second of Music Goes Here' appears between scenes.

    • The title, "Teso Dos Bichos", translates into English from Portuguese as "Stiff of the Animals", and roughly into English from Spanish as "Two tiny beasts."

    Allusions (4)

    • Character Name: Dr. Lewton The doctor's name is a nod to Val Lewton, probably the greatest low-budget producer of horror in the 1940's including Cat People and The Leopard Man. Lewton suffered from ailurophobia, an irrational fear of cats.

    • Scully: Have you been drinking Yaje, Mulder? Yaje (also called ayahuasca) is a kind of drink made from a psychoactive jungle vine and is used in shamanic healing rituals, where people have 'visions', supposedly in order to be able to diagnose diseases etc. The drink, which is mixed with other herbs, is an hallucinogen.

    • "Teso Dos Bichos" is a site of archaeological interest in the Southern Amazon, in Brazil, and the writers apparently used the name because its translation is somewhat appropriate for this episode ("animal burial ground"). This explains why the episode's title is in Portuguese, even though Spanish and indigenous languages are spoken in Ecuador, where the episode takes place.

    • Scully: So what're we talking here, Mulder? The possessed rat.. the return of Ben
      "Ben" is a 1972 movie which was considered a sequel to "Willard". A lonely boy, played by Lee H. Montgomery, becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people. The authorities succeed in destroying the rats, leaving the boy in desperate tears ... until he discovers his friend Ben to be still alive!

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