Recap / The X-Files S03 E18 "Teso dos Bichos"

Bodies start piling up after archaeologists remove an ancient burial urn from a site in the Ecuadorian highlands.


  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Mulder and Scully can walk comfortably in it.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Played with. A hoard of killer pussy cats were filling the sewer with dead bodies but the cats were not seen triumphantly sitting atop of them.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sewer killer pussy cats. Mewing and hissing very loudly, killing people and attacking Mulder and Scully.
  • Cat Scare: Cat jumping to scare the characters and the viewers. Subverted, in that for once the cats are violent, numerous, and actually worth being scared of.
    • And before that, there's a Dog Scare and a Rat(s) Scare, which follow the Cat Scare formula better than the one with the actual cat.
  • Curse: Put on those who disturbed the skeleton of a female shaman sacred to the tribe and on those who obstruct the urn to be returned.
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: Probably death by a thousand cat bites.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Sugar, barking at the urn.
  • Foreign Language Title: "Teso Dos Bichos" translates from archaic Portuguese into English as "Burial Mound of Small Animals," although other translations have been proposed.
  • Gratuitous Spanish
  • Hellish Pupils: A shaman that appears at the end of the episode has cat-like evil eyes.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with Mona's dog who did not make it.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sewer cats.
  • Panthera Awesome: Mythological jaguar spirit.
  • Swarm of Rats: They appear in the museum swarming out of the toilets.
  • Zerg Rush: The cats again. And it's adorable.