The X-Files

Season 3 Episode 18

Teso Dos Bichos

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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."

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • 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.

    • Dr. Lewton is named for Val Lewton, the director of the original "Cat People".

    • As well as the name of the area where the Urn was discovered, "Teso" is Portuguese for "burial ground" and "Bichos" means "small animals".

  • Allusions

    • 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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