Recap / The X-Files S04 E11 "El Mundo Gira"

Mulder and Scully investigate a strange death in a community of Mexican migrant workers.


  • Asshole Victim: Lozano, at least as far as the migrant workers are concerned. Gabrielle actually sticks up for him to some extent, though.
  • Character Name Alias: Commonplace among the aliases used by illegal immigrants at the INS processing center. Examples given are Jose Feliciano, Juan Valdez, Cesar Chavez, Placido Domingo, and Erik Estrada.
  • Chupacabra: What the Monster of the Week is thought to be. It isn't.
  • Foreign Language Title: Means "the world turns" in Spanish.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To West Side Story.
      Scully: Maria ... Maria ... I just met a girl named Maria.
    • And a simultaneous Shout-Out and Take That!:
      Mulder: Witnesses described a bright flash about 30 degrees off the horizon, 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.
      Scully: Purple rain?
      Mulder: Yeah. Great album. Deeply flawed movie, though.
    • The episode's title is a rough Spanish translation of As the World Turns. Since Scully comments that the case resembles a Mexican soap opera, it doubles as a Justified Title.
  • Sibling Triangle: The two brothers are rivals for the same woman's affections; she only loves the older brother.
    Scully: Your "Fortean event" turned out to be nothing more than the oldest story in the world. Two men. One woman. Trouble.
  • Take That!: to Erik Estrada of CHiPs, which is the alias Eladio gives the INS. After hearing Eladio's dramatic testimony, Lozano says "This guy's better than Erik Estrada".
  • Typhoid Mary: While he eventually shows symptoms (but never succumbs to them), Eladio Buente has no idea he carries a deadly virus with him with which he infects and kills everyone.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Story is narrated by Flakita who is shown to be a little bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander with her absurd conclusion to the story. Then it shifts to Gabriella who narrates an equally weird version of the same conclusion.