4X11 El Mundo Gira
Writer: John Shiban
Director: Tucker Gates
Original Broadcast: AU: 23.04.1997 US: 12.01.1997
Episode Availability: DVD: AU CA UK US
Special Agent Dana Scully · Gillian Anderson
Special Agent Fox Mulder · David Duchovny
County Coroner · Susan Bain
INS Agent Conrad Lozano · Ruben Blades
Eladio Buente · Raymond Cruz
Maria Dorantes · Pamela Diaz
Barber · Markus Hondro
Rick Culver · Mike Kopsa
Village Woman · Janeth Muzoz
Assistant Director Walter Skinner · Mitch Pileggi
Migrant Worker · Fabricio Santin
Gabrielle Buente · Simi
Store Clerk · Tony Dean Smith
Dr Larry Steen · Robert Thurston
INS Worker · José Vargas
Soledad Buente · Jose Yenque
Deadly rain in a migrant workers camp sends Agent Mulder and Scully on the trail of a mythical beast — El Chupacabra.
Village Woman: "Two brothers. One woman. Trouble."
Scully: "Mulder, this happened how long ago?"
Mulder: "Tres diaz. Mue incredible, no?"
Scully: "Only the smell... Mulder, you brought me out under the pretence of investigating an unexplained death. Can you tell me why we're standing out here in the middle of a field looking at a dead goat?"
Mulder: "Well, according to eyewitnesses, the death we're investigating was preceded by a 'Fortean' event. That's a highly unusual or infrequent meteorological phenomenon — also known as a transient."
Scully: "A transient?"
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 she die in a similar fashion?"
Mulder: "I would assume so."
Scully: "You assume? Nobody's examined the body?"
Mulder: "Nobody cares, Scully. The victim and many of the witnesses are illegal immigrants; migrant farm workers. I thought it might be important to talk to them before they migrated."
Mulder: "How do you explain the yellow rain then, and the dead goat over the hill?"
Soledad Buente: "It's a trick. For fools who believe in fool superstitions."
Scully: "Thank you, Mr Buente. You've been very helpful."
Scully: "Maria. Maria. I just met a girl named Maria."
Mulder: "Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, Scully."
Scully: "It makes perfect sense, Mulder. Admit it, you fell for it. Your Fortean event turned out to be nothing more than the oldest story in the world; two men, one woman, trouble."
Agent Lozano: "Let's see... Okay. We have a Jose Feliciano. We have Juan Valdez. We have Caesar Chavez. We have Placido Domingo here. But I don't see any Eladio Buente."
Agent Lozano: "Call it anything you want, but this is an age-old story."
Mulder: "You know, I've heard that."
Mulder: "They think he's the Chupacabra."
Agent Lozano: "That may be. But I will tell you with a tremendous degree of certainty this guy is not Erik Estrada..." [Showing Mulder the claimed name on the paperwork]
[Agent Lozano finishes translating Eladio Buente's statement for Mulder]
Agent Lozano: "This guy is better than Erik Estrada."
Scully: "Did he tell you what happened?"
Mulder: "A flash of light, yellow rain, Maria! MARIA!" [Scully looks at Mulder strangely]
Scully: "Mulder, I know you don't want to hear this but I think the only aliens in this story are not the villains. They're the victims."
Mulder: [on mobile phone] "Scully, I've been thinking. I know that's dangerous, but just bear with me. These Fortean transients, what the women described, they could have been caused by an object falling at a high rate of speed through the atmosphere, creating a sonic boom and a flash of light. What astronomers call a bolide."
Scully: "A bolide?"
Mulder: "Created by a meteorite or a piece of extraplanetary material — of which 2000 tons fall to the earth every day. Now this yellow rain, he space debris could have fallen in a nearby lake, superheating the water and sending it skyward. Which would mean that this is alien."
Scully: "Mulder, I think his is beside the point right now."
Mulder: "Oh and the fungus —"
Scully: "Mulder, let me work on the fungus, okay. What you need to do right now is to find the man who is spreading it."
Mulder: "Okay." [Hangs up]
Agent Lozano: "So, you got your own stories too, huh." [Mulder smiles]
Scully: "More goats..." [Opening the back of a truck full of dead goats]
Skinner: "You would think that with the resources we have, we'd be able to find these men. I'm not hearing a good explanation why this hasn't happened."
Scully: "Well, Sir, they have a way of being almost invisible."
Mulder: "The truth is... nobody cares."