George Kearns is led into the woods
by a woman, Paula. Suddenly he is surrounded by lights and sees a man in a tribal mask
. He screams as an ax
comes flashing down.
It turns out that Kearns, a federal inspector
, was about to suggest closing down Chaco Chicken
, a local processing plant
at the heart of the community
investigates his disappearance.
Mulder and Scully
talk to the sheriff
who says that it wouldn’t be weird if Kearns just ran away with some girl. Kearns’s wife
agrees. Later Paula starts to hallucinate
on the assembly line
in Chaco Chicken and takes the plant manager hostage
but the sheriff shoots her.
Scully gets permission from Paula’s grandfather, Mr. Chaco, to perform an autopsy
. Her birth records show that she is actually 47 years old and that she is suffering from the same extremely rare fatal disease
, Creutzfeldt-Jaccob, that Kearns had.
Mulder decides to drag the nearby river
and they find nine headless skeletons
, one of them is Kearns’s. The bones seem to have been boiled. Mulder notes that 87 people have disappeared in the area over 59 years and that the polished
bones suggest cannibalism
and that many tribes believe that cannibalism results in eternal life
Mulder visits Chaco’s house and finds a display case filled with human heads
. Scully goes to Kearns’s wife who fears Mr. Chaco.
Chaco captures Scully when she arrives at Kearns’s house. She is bound and gagged
and leads her to a bonfire ceremony
attended by numerous townsfolk
. They behead Chaco and plan to do the same to Scully.
Mulder rushes to the scene and shoots the executioner
who turns out to be the sheriff.
27 people have become infected with the fatal disease
which shows the cannibalism to be prevalent in the community
Scully -- "They're sending us on some kind of a wild goose chase
Mulder -- "Chicken chase."
Mulder -- "...It gave me nightmares
Scully -- "I didn't think anything gave you nightmares."
Mulder -- "Well, I was young."
Scully -- "I just came up with a sick theory
Mulder -- "Oooo, I'm listening
Back to The X-files: Season 2