El Mundo Gira
A very good episode about El Chupacabra.
In a migrant workers' shantytown
in California's San Joaquin Valley, Eladio Buente flirts
with pretty Maria
Dorantes while his brother Soledad watches jealously
. Flakita, a nosy
neighbor, bemoans the age-old story: "Two brothers. One woman. Trouble." Suddenly,
three ear-splitting booms come from the sky, followed by a painfully bright flash
, and a
brief but torrential downpour of hot yellow rain
. In its aftermath, Flakita discovers the
mutilated corpses of Maria and one of her goats, their faces partially eaten away. Eladio
investigate the deaths. According to Mulder, the strange occurrences
preceding Maria's death are called Fortean events
, "An unusual or highly infrequent
...Fortean events have been linked to alien encounters
and cattle mutilations
..." Scully greets Mulder's information with her usual skepticism
She can't tell much from the goat's corpse, and Maria's body is at the morgue.
According to Flakita, Maria was killed by El Chupacabra
hairless creature out of Puerto Rican folk tales
with a small body, large head and
bulging black eyes. Scully notes the amazing similarity between the descriptions of El
Chupacabra and a gray alien
. Soledad angrily refutes Flakita's story. He accuses his
brother, Eladio, of killing Maria out of jealousy. This lover's triangle
that Eladio is the killer, until she examines Maria's remains. The state of Maria's corpse
shocks even Scully. It's hardly visible beneath mounds of greenish fungal growth
Meanwhile, Mulder locates Eladio with the help of Conrad
Lozano, a cynical
. Eladio is in INS
custody, segregated from fearful prisoners who think
he's El Chupacabra. Eladio denies killing Maria, claiming something or someone
unknown mutilated Maria during the yellow rain. Mulder believes Eladio did not kill
Maria, and Scully must agree.
of the body revealed that Maria
succumbed to a massive fungal infection
--no one, she says, could deliberately do such a
thing. <>Eladio escapes from INS custody, and the agents discover the driver of the INS
deportation bus dead from a different
fungal infection. Mulder thinks there may be a
connection between the fungi and the missing immigrant
. Lozano and Mulder track
Eladio to a construction site where he has found work, but the vengeful Soledad is also
on Eladio's trail. Both brothers escape before Lozano and Mulder can take them into
custody. The site's foreman
is dead, his body ravaged by a myriad of fungi
. Scully calls
Mulder and warns him against touching or inhaling the lethal lichen. A mycology
has isolated an enzyme that acts as a catalyst
, accelerating fungal growth. If it
escapes into the environment, there could be a biological hazard
Scully believes that Eladio is inadvertently responsible for deaths by spreading the
which he somehow is carrying. Mulder now thinks the Fortean events could
have been caused by something falling from space
...which would mean the enzyme is
alien. Scully,on the verge of losing patience
with Mulder's theories, just wants to find
the man who seems to be spreading it.
Now quite ill, Eladio begs his cousin Gabrielle
for help. She reluctantly agrees to lend
him money. Flakita, the village gossip, warns the agents that Soledad is planning to kill
Eladio. Eladio eludes them again, but Lozano arrests Soledad.
When Eladio sees his own face for the first time, he can't believe the horror of it. He no
longer looks human
--Eladio has indeed transformed into El Chupacabra. Gabrielle tells
Scully and Mulder that Eladio has run away to Mexico
. But Mulder realizes it's a lie.
Speeding on their way, he alerts a hazmat
team to meet them at the
shantytown...where it all began. Where the two brothers will finally settle their dispute
According to Flakita, Lozano brings Soledad to the
camp, and orders Eladio to face his brother like a man. But Eladio is no longer a
man...he is El Chupacabra. Flakita hides as gray aliens
--whom she calls
Chupacabras--descend on the village. They kill Lozano, and take Soledad up in the sky
Gabrielle weaves another tale. Lozano orders Eladio to face Soledad. In the horror of
realizing his brother is El Chupacabra, Soledad can't shoot. He and Lozano struggle
over the gun
, and Lozano takes a bullet
. The two brothers, now both Chupacabras, run
away to Mexico.
The story Mulder and Scully report to Skinner
isn't much clearer. All they know is that by
the time they got to the camp, both the brothers were gone. Lozano was dead...brought
down by two bullets
and the fungus. And Los Chupacabras? The Buente brothers, their
faces luridly disfigured, may have hitchhiked
off into the Mexican night.
Scully -- "Mulder, this happened how long ago?"
Mulder -- "Tres dias. Muy incredible
Mulder -- "Yeah. 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."
Scully -- "Did he tell you what happened?"
Mulder -- "Flash of light ... yellow rain
.. Maria! (yells) Maria!!!"
ulder -- "The truth is, nobody cares
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