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Season 3, Episode 18:

Teso Dos Bichos

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Written by John Shiban
Directed by Kim Manners

"What is it that the Secona believe? That the jaguar spirit will devour anybody that desecrates the burial place of a holy woman."
Fox Mulder
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Bodies start piling up after archaeologists remove an ancient burial urn from a site in the Ecuadorian highlands.


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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Mulder and Scully can walk comfortably in the sewer.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: A hoard of killer pussy cats were filling the sewer with dead bodies but the cats were not seen triumphantly sitting atop of them.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Attack of the killer kitties. They're quite deadly.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sewer killer pussy cats. Mewing and hissing very loudly, killing people and attacking Mulder and Scully.
  • Cat Scare:
    • There's a Dog Scare.
    • Rat(s) Scare, which follows the Cat Scare formula.
    • 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.
  • Curse: There is a 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.
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  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Death by a thousand cats. One killer kitty — not so dangerous. Many killer kitties — deadly.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Sugar the dog, barking at the MacGuffin of an 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.
  • Hellish Pupils: A shaman that appears at the end of the episode has cat-like evil eyes.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sewer cats that kill people.
  • Panthera Awesome: The X-File is connected to a mythological jaguar spirit.
  • Shout-Out: One of the archaeologists is named Dr. Lewton.
  • Swarm of Rats: Many, many rats appear in the museum swarming out of the toilets.
  • Zerg Rush: The cats again. Very large number of cats. There is strength in numbers. And it's adorable.
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"The true curse that struck the museum was the failure to understand that there are powers that should not be disturbed... that some things are better left buried."
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