(South American natives working at archeological dig site. One of them finds something and gets very excited.)
MAN: Ven aqui! Ven aqui! Ven! Aver.
OTHER MEN: (running to him) Nos debemos irnos y dejarlo en paz. Debemos decirle al anciano. El sabra que hacer. Esto es malo, muy malo. Nos va a traer problemas para todos nosotros.
(LONNIE BILAC, a dig supervisor, looks at the find in awe.)
BILAC: Le tenemos que decir al Doctor Roosevelt. Inmediatamente.
(BILAC runs to the tent of DR. ROOSEVELT, an American, in charge of the dig.)
BILAC: Dr. Roosevelt.
DR. ROOSEVELT: What is it?
BILAC: We found something I think you should see.
(DR. ROOSEVELT follows BILAC back to where the MEN are all standing around upset, shaking their heads. DR. ROOSEVELT kneels down reverently beside a large broken urn with a small skeleton inside it.)
DR. ROOSEVELT: It's an Amaru.
BILAC: I know.
DR. ROOSEVELT: It's fantastic. It's nearly intact.
BILAC: We canít take it.
DR. ROOSEVELT: What do you mean?
BILAC: They're saying the body of a female shaman is sacred to the tribe. They won't allow us to disturb her.
DR. ROOSEVELT: (insistent) Weíre not disturbing her. Weíre saving her. You know the situation here. I thought you could handle these people. (starts back to his tent)
BILAC: (pause) Dr. Roosevelt, I think this is dangerous. I don't think this is right.
DR. ROOSEVELT: Have the piece cleared and packed. It's going with us.
(MEN chanting and singing "Guybidae" BILAC looks up to see a SHAMAN looking down at the dig disapprovingly.)
(Later that night, DR. ROSENFELD is listening to classical music in his tent. He turns down the music for a moment to listen to what sounds like very loud crickets, then shrugs and turns the music back up.)
(CUT TO: MEN are circled around a fire playing drums and maraca-like things that make the weird cricket sound. Elders of the tribe performing a ritual around a cauldron with a yellow liquid which they ceremonially drink as they chant. BILAC sits with them and also drinks the yellow liquid. He winces, then we see his perspective is now blurred and yellowish.)
(CUT TO: Blurred, yellowish, animalistic perspective fast approaching DR. ROOSEVELTís tent. We see the shadow cat-like figure as it attacks DR. ROOSEVELT. He screams. For a long time.)
(SECURITY GUARD walks through the exhibits. Passes a stuffed jaguar.)
GUARD: Mr. Horning, you still here? Mr. Horning? (steps in a puddle of red liquid) What the hell ...?
(Shines flashlight over worktable and sees more blood. Terrified, he runs out of the room. Camera closes in on the urn that was taken from the dig site.)
(Museum. Next morning. Crime scene. MULDER is looking around. SCULLY interviews DR. LEWTON, a member of the museum staff.)
SCULLY: How did you learn about what happened here last night?
DR.LEWTON: Tim Decker, one of our security guards, called me when he first discovered the blood.
SCULLY: According to the police, you felt this murder may have been an act of political terrorism.
DR.LEWTON: I think Craig Horning was killed because of the project he was working on.
SCULLY: Is that the survey and excavation of the uh Ö (reads) "highland burial grounds of the Secona Indians?" (he seems surprised, doesnít answer) This is from a letter that was sent to the State Department on behalf of the Secona demanding the return of a certain artifact.
DR.LEWTON: The Amaru Urn. It was among the antiquities we rescued last month.
DR.LEWTON: When Petroecuadot announced plans to build a gas pipeline through the burial grounds Carl Roosevelt and I organized the dig.
SCULLY: As I understand it, Roosevelt disappeared under circumstances not dissimilar to the ones here.
DR.LEWTON: The Ecuadorean government claimed he was carried off in some kind of wild animal attack.
(MULDER is listening.)
SCULLY: But thatís not what you believe.
DR.LEWTON: Not after last night.
SCULLY: Have there ever been any death threats?
MULDER: Well, what about the curse? The Secona believe great evil would befall anyone that disturbed the remains of an Amaru, a woman shaman Ė that they would be devoured by the Jaguar Spirit.
DR.LEWTON: A myth that gained some currency among the Secona when Dr. Roosevelt disappeared.
MULDER: (very dry) Iím sure.
DR.LEWTON: The unfortunate thing is somebody exploiting it to promote fear, to pressure us into returning the bones which I have absolutely no intention of doing.
MULDER: Can we see it?
DR.LEWTON: Yes, of course. (calls to young woman across the room, MONA WUSTNER) Uh, Mona.
(MONA, MULDER, and SCULLY wheel the Urn into a back room.)
MULDER: (to SCULLY) Personally, if someone digs me up in 1,000 years I hope there's a curse on them too.
MONA: They should have left it buried. None of this would have happened.
MULDER: Do you believe the bones are cursed?
MONA: Might as well be.
SCULLY: Did you know Craig Horning?
MONA: Yeah, I've been helping Craig sort and catalog the Ecuadorean artifacts. I'm a PHd. candidate at BU.
SCULLY: Did he have any warning that this could happen?
MONA: Craig? No. He was so dedicated. He was just doing the work that Dr. Lewton asked him to.
MULDER: He had no political feelings about the piece being brought here?
MONA: No, not Craig.
SCULLY: Are you aware that a letter of protest was sent to the State Department concerning this urn?
MONA: Iím aware of several letters of protest.
SCULLY: This one was written by a man named Alonzo Bilac.
MONA: Dr. Bilac. He was the liaison with the Secona Indians.
SCULLY: Is he still with the project?
MONA: No, he either resigned or was forced out by Dr. Lewton depending on who you talk to.
SCULLY: Why is that?
MONA: Dr. Bilac feels the Secona have the right to determine the fate of their ancestral remains.
MULDER: Do you know where we might find him?
(MONA looks reluctant.)
(MULDER and SCULLY knock at BILACís front door. BILAC slowly opens it.)
SCULLY: Dr. Bilac?
BILAC: (he is speaking very slowly, dreamlike) Yes.
SCULLY: (showing badge) Weíre with the FBI. Weíre investigating the disappearance of an associate of yours --- Craig Horning.
SCULLY: May we ask you some questions?
BILAC: Come in then.
(MULDER and SCULLY follow him inside. SCULLY interviews BILAC while MULDER looks at the many pictures and artifacts on the walls. He still listens very closely to everything BILAC says.)
SCULLY: Dr. Bilac, you were part of the expedition that brought back the Amaru urn.
BILAC: Who told you that?
SCULLY: Mona Wustner.
BILAC: I objected from the beginning.
SCULLY: But you were Dr. Roosevelt's liaison in Ecuador. At what point did you part company with him on the taking of artifacts?
BILAC: When I felt like he had gone too far. Against the wishes of the Secona.
SCULLY: Did you express that to him?
BILAC: Yes. He wouldnít listen.
SCULLY: Were you speaking for yourself or for the Indians?
BILAC: I spent the last six months living with the Secona, learning from them, coming to understand the nature and the depth of their culture.
SCULLY: Well, apparently, theyíve learned something from you too.
BILAC: Yes, I've been teaching them the joys of American bureaucracy.
(MULDER and SCULLY look at each other.)
SCULLY: Dr. Lewton believes that the protest over the Amaru urn has something to do with Craig Horning's disappearance.
BILAC: You say disappearance as if you expect to see him alive again.
SCULLY: What do you think happened to him?
BILAC: You don't want to know what I think.
MULDER: Yes, we would like to know. We'd be very interested in what you think. (sits beside him)
BILAC: I think whatever happened to Craig Horning will continue to happen until the bones are returned to their rightful place.
SCULLY: Let me ask you, Dr. Bilac. How far would you go to defend the rights of the Seconas? Farther than writing a letter to the state department?
BILAC: If you think I did this, then youíre a fool.
SCULLY: Can you account for your whereabouts last night?
BILAC: I was here.
BILAC: Yes. Your investigation is a waste of time and that's something I can assure you of.
(MULDER and SCULLY share a look. SCULLY raises eyebrows.)
(MULDER and SCULLY exiting the house, alone.)
MULDER: It's nice to meet people who really believe in something, isn't it?
SCULLY: You mean the kind who would kill for their cause?
MULDER: Do you think Bilac's a suspect?
SCULLY: No. I think he's *the* suspect.
MULDER: Based on what?
SCULLY: Based on the arrogance of his politics, on his rift with Dr. Lewton, on his sympathies towards the Indians. And the lack of any other suspect.
MULDER: He did look a little squirrely back there.
SCULLY: Maybe because he was up late murdering Craig Horning.
MULDER: Well, let me remind you we don't have a body and not much more forensic detail than a lot of spilled blood.
SCULLY: Craig Horning's blood. What do you think he did with him?
MULDER: I'm not sure he did anything.
SCULLY: You think Bilac's innocent? That the victim wasn't even murdered at all? That he was devoured by a mythological jaguar spirit?
MULDER: Go with it, Scully.
(MULDER gets in car. After, pausing to roll her eyes, SCULLY joins him.)
(MONA on phone alone at night in the museum.)
MONA: (on phone) Why did you lie to them? Ö You're only drawing suspicion to yourself by lying, Lonnie. Ö You should have told them the truth. Ö.I'm worried about you. Ö. Let me come over. Why? Why not?
(She is startled by the sound of the door creaking. DR. LEWTON enters.)
MONA: (on phone) Dr. Lewton's here. I got to go. I'll call you later. (hangs up)
DR. LEWTON: Thought you'd already left.
MONA: (nervous) I have, uh...I really need to keep working right now.
DR. LEWTON: I'd feel better if you weren't alone here.
MONA: The guard knows I'm here.
DR. LEWTON: Was that Dr. Bilac on the phone?
DR. LEWTON: We have a responsibility, Mona, to history and posterity. Dr. Roosevelt was only doing what any good conservationist would have done in bringing the Amaru urn back. Otherwise, it would certainly have been destroyed.
MONA: I know.
LEWTON: You know, if we get caught up in the politics we lose sight of that. (starts to leave) Mona, let me give you a little free advice. You have a bright future here. Be careful where you plant your flag.
(He exits. MONA starts as she hears a door creak, then relaxes as she sees her Golden Retriever, SUGAR, Vancouverís Worst Canine Actor, come into the room.)
MONA: Oh, Sugar.
(DR. LUTEN goes out to his car and tries to start it. It sounds like thereís a problem with the battery. We hear heavy breathing, and see distorted view of DR. LUTEN as if through something elseís eyes. He opens the hood and leans over to look in the engine. He reaches in and touches something small and furry covered in blood. Looks at blood now on his fingers. Heavy breathing intensifies, then suddenly DR. LUTEN is attacked and screams for a long time as his body is mauled and dragged away. Lots of chewing and slurping sounds.)
(Next morning. SCULLY is leaning over the engine of the car from last night. She is assisted by an OFFICER holding an evidence bag. From the engine, she pulls out half a dead rat and holds it out to the OFFICER who is clearly not pleased to have to take it.)
SCULLY: Label that.
OFFICER: As what?
SCULLY: (as if the answer is obvious) Partial rat body part.
(SCULLY crosses to MONA who is standing with a POLICEMAN.)
SCULLY: Excuse me Can I have a word with you? You were working here last night when Dr. Lewton was killed.
MONA: (not willing to give any information) He stopped by my office on his way out.
SCULLY: Did you notice anything out of the ordinary? Was he behaving strange or did he seem nervous about anything?
MONA: No, not at all.
SCULLY: Did he say anything to you about Dr. Bilac?
MONA: No, he didn't.
SCULLY: Do you have any idea when the two of them last spoke to each other?
MONA: I really don't know.
SCULLY: (giving up) I'm going to give you my card. Call me if anything comes to mind.
(SCULLY joins MULDER who is searching in the woods. There is an aerial shot of MULDER through the blurred yellow perspective.)
MULDER: They turn up a body?
SCULLY: No. They've been over the entire museum grounds. Have you found anything at all out here?
MULDER: If Dr. Lewton was brought through here, it's going to be hard to determine. It looks like it rained pretty hard last night.
SCULLY: Well, they determined that the hood release had been pulled. They found a small flashlight near the car. Looks to me like he was checking the engine when attacked.
MULDER: Maybe somebody didn't want that car started.
SCULLY: I donít think so, Mulder.
MULDER: Why not?
SCULLY: We found evidence of at least two mutilated rat bodies down in the engine compartment.
SCULLY: Apparently, the museum has always had a rat problem. They must have crawled into the engine to keep warm.
(They walk farther into the woods.)
SCULLY: You know, Mulder, there's hardly a thing about these deaths that adds up.
MULDER: Whatís he estimate on the time of death?
SCULLY: Somewhere between 9:30 and midnight when the guard discovered the blood.
MULDER: That's about the same time as Craig Horning.
SCULLY: Whatís the connection?
MULDER: I donít know.
SCULLY: I think Mona Wustner might know something.
SCULLY: Well, she seemed to get nervous when I asked her about Bilac. Maybe sheís trying to protect him.
(Red liquid drips down onto MULDERís face.)
MULDER: I think itís starting to rain again.
SCULLY: I donít think so, Mulder.
(SCULLY wipes a drop of blood off MULDERís temple. They look up and see, 20 feet off the ground, about four feet of something that looks like bloody small intestine hanging from a tree.)
MULDER: What the hell is that? (wipes at his temple in disgust)
(MONA knocks at BILACís door. No answer. She opens the door and enters.)
(No one answers.)
MONA: Lonnie? (she reaches for the light)
MONA: Lonnie? I came to tell you... Dr. Lewton is dead. Did you hear what I said? Say something, Lonnie, please. You're scaring me.
BILAC: I told you not to come here.
MONA: Why not? What's happened to you? Ever since you came back you're acting like some stranger. Like someone else.
BILAC: The blood has to stop.
MONA: You know something, donít you?
BILAC: You wouldnít understand.
MONA: Then help me to understand! (sees bowl of yellow liquid in front of BILAC) You can tell me. You know that, don't you? What is that?
BILAC: Vine of the soul.
MONA: (shocked and angry) Yahe?! Youíre drinking Yahe?!!! (pushes bowl off table, he grabs it) You're sick, Lonnie! You need help. Don't you see what's happening here? Can't you see what you're doing to yourself?
MONA: Let me help you.
BILAC: I said GET OUT!!!!!
(Crying, MONA leaves.)
(Autopsy bay. SCULLY performing autopsy with MULDER observing.)
SCULLY: Well, it's human. Small intestine. There's about four feet of jejunum and another foot of ileum.
MULDER: Do we know for sure it's Lewton?
SCULLY: Yeah, by what he had for lunch. Corn chowder. It looks like he'd been snacking on sunflower seeds all afternoon.
MULDER: A man of taste.
SCULLY: What I can't determine how the body was eviscerated. There are no knife marks on the epithelium. I imagine they could have been torn or pulled from the body cavity.
MULDER: Torn or pulled?
SCULLY: But I can't determine that, either, because there was considerable postmortem predation.
MULDER: By what?
SCULLY: Well, by the size of the bite marks, a small animal, most probably a rat.
MULDER: More rats.
(SCULLYís cell phone rings.)
SCULLY: (on phone) Scully? Ö. Slow down, Mona.
MONA: (on phone in museum with SUGAR the dog) I Ö I was with Dr. Bilac. He frightened me. I Ö I thought he was going to hurt me.
SCULLY: (on phone) What happened, Mona?
MONA: (on phone) Heís sick. He doesnít know what heís doing.
SCULLY: (on phone, voice) Where is he now?
MONA: (on phone) At his house. I left him there and I came back to the museum. But Ö I feel like someoneís here. Like someoneís watching me.
(Beside her, the dog SUGAR barks.)
SCULLY: (on phone) I want you to stay exactly where you are. Iím going to send Agent Mulder over to get you, right away, okay? Heís on his way.
(MONA hangs up and begin working again on the urn. SUGAR keeps barking at the door and cameraman.)
MONA: What is it Sugar?
(Slowly, MONA walks toward the bathroom. She hears a faint clattering sound.. MONA goes into the bathroom. SUGAR stays outside the bathroom. Loud banging sound. She opens one of the stalls and sees the closed toilet lid bouncing and clattering as if it is being pushed from beneath. The sound is coming from all the stalls. She reaches out and lifts the lid. Rats begin swarming out of the toilet. MONA screams.)
(SCULLY arrives at BILACís house.)
SCULLY: Dr. Bilac?
(No one is home. Door is open. She enters uses flashlight, no light switch to find the Yahe, and his journals and a stuffed jaguar.)
(MULDER walking through museum. Runs into the GUARD.)
GUARD: Oh! What are you doing here?
MULDER: Looking for Mona Wustner. I got a panicked call from her.
GUARD: From Mona?
MULDER: Yeah, where is she?
GUARD: I'll show you.
(They go to the room with the Urn. No MONA. MULDERís cell phone rings.)
MULDER: (on phone) Mulder.
SCULLY: (on phone) Mulder, itís me. Did you find Mona?
MULDER: (on phone) No, but her car is parked outside. Sheís not here. Did you find Bilac?
SCULLY: (on phone) No. Heís not here either. But I found his journals. "I've seen the Amaru coming out of the jungle with the eyes of a scorpion, the claws of a jaguar. She leaps down from the trees. She tears at my flesh, then holds my head in her hands, and eats out my eyes."
MULDER: (on phone) Is there a date of entry on that?
SCULLY: (on phone) These are all recent.
MULDER: (on phone) Read about the jaguar coming down from the trees again.
SCULLY: (on phone) Why?
MULDER: (on phone) Maybe thatís how the intestines got up there.
SCULLY: (on phone) Mulder, I think Bilacís been tripping. I found something strange in a ceremonial bowl and - and from his writings it says that itís .. itís a hallucinogen called "Yaje." "The Vine of the Soul."
MULDER: (on phone) What the hellís that supposed to mean?
SCULLY: (on phone) I think he's been praying to the Amaru through some kind of a ceremony.
MULDER: (on phone) What's he want from her?
SCULLY: (on phone) It looks like he's invoking the curse, Mulder.
(MULDER sees bloody water coming from under the closed bathroom door.)
MULDER: (on phone) Scully, I'm going to have to call you back.
SCULLY: (on phone) Did you find Mona?
MULDER: (on phone) I hope not. (hangs up)
(MULDER draws his gun and walks cautiously into bathroom which is covered with water. The walls are covered with blood. MULDER finds BILAC huddled in a stall, shaking.)
MULDER: What are you doing here? (no answer) I said, what are you doing here?
BILAC: She's dead.
(Interrogation of BILAC. SCULLY questions. MULDER listens.)
SCULLY: Where is she?
BILAC: I don't know.
SCULLY: You told Agent Mulder that she was dead. You must know where she is.
BILAC: I didn't kill her.
SCULLY: Then why do you have blood on your clothes?
BILAC: I told you. I came here because the Amaru would not be appeased. I was afraid for Mona. I tried to keep her away from all this... She was an innocent.
SCULLY: She said she was scared. She said that you became violent.
BILAC: She wouldnít listen.
SCULLY: Maybe you were too high to know the difference. There is no curse, is there, Dr. Bilac? You are the curse.
BILAC: No. This is more powerful than any man. This is a spirit you're dealing with-- the spirit of the Amaru. This is not something you can put in handcuffs.
(MULDER quickly exits the room. SCULLY watches him go, then turns back to BILAC.)
SCULLY: Iím going to ask you one more time, Dr, Bilac, where is Monaís body?
BILAC: I don't know.
(SCULLY stares at him, then goes out of the room.)
SCULLY: (to OFFICER and GUARD at door) That man stays in that room until there's a full search of the museum, okay?
OFFICER: Yes, ma'am.
MULDER: (from the bathroom) Hey, Scully! Come here for a second. (she joins him) Just dawned on me. Why do you think there's so much water in here?
SCULLY: I just assumed that one of the toilets had overflowed.
MULDER: There's water on every seat. It's more like every toilet overflowed. Now, why would that happen?
SCULLY: There's only one way to find out.
MULDER: (not thrilled) I hate this.
(Looks in toilet. Dead rats floating.)
(Looks in the other toilets. More rats.)
MULDER: In every toilet.
SCULLY: How did they get in there.
GUARD: (entering) Agent Mulder.
GUARD: The police found something outside.
SCULLY: Mona Wustner?
GUARD: No. Sugar Ė her dog. Heís dead.
MULDER: (to SCULLY) Finally a body.
(MULDER and SCULLY enter examination room where VETERINARIAN is finishing autopsy on SUGAR.)
SCULLY: What did you find?
VETERINARIAN: I have to run a full toxicological to be sure but it looks like warfarin poisoning.
VETERINARIAN: Rat poison.
MULDER: Someone fed this dog rat poison?
VETERINARIAN: No. When I dissected the dog's stomach I found an undigested fragment of intestine which appears to be feline.
SCULLY: The dog ate a cat.
VETERINARIAN: I also found what appears to be bits of rat fur. I think the rat ate the poison.
SCULLY: The cat ate a rat.
MULDER: And the dog ate the cat. (SCULLY gives him a small smile.) More rats, Scully.
(MULDER puts his hand on her shoulder and pulls her to the side.)
MULDER: Don't you think that's significant?
SCULLY: Significant of what?
MULDER: There were rats in Dr. Lewton's car engine. There were rats in the bathroom where it looks like Mona might have been killed and now here.
SCULLY: Itís an old building, Mulder. They have a rat problem. A lot of old buildings have rats.
MULDER: No, no. I think itís more than that. What is it that the Secona believe? That the jaguar spirit will devour anybody that desecrates the burial place of a holy woman. Essentially, theyíre talking about transmigration of the soul into animal form achieved through a ceremony where they drink, the uh...
MULDER: Yeah. To summon the spirits.
SCULLY: So, what are we talking here, Mulder, a possessed rat? The return of Ben?
MULDER: No, I think those rats were killed trying to escape from something.
SCULLY: From something that sent them diving into the toilet.
MULDER: No, the lids were down. They werenít trying to get into the toilets, they were trying to get out. They were coming from within the sewer lines trying to get away from something.
SCULLY: Have *you* been drinking Yaje, Mulder?
MULDER: Go with it, Scully.
(SCULLY, looks skeptical, but follows MULDER out.)
(MULDER and SCULLY get back to the room where they left BILAC.)
OFFICER: Agent Scully? Bilacís gone.
SCULLY: What? Howís that possible?
OFFICER: I donít know. I went to check on him and he just Ö wasnít there.
(They enter room. It is empty.)
SCULLY: Did you step away from this door at any time?
SCULLY: And no one entered this room?
OFFICER: Absolutely not.
MULDER: What about a rat?
MULDER: You ever see any rats in this room?
GUARD: All the time. Why?
MULDER: How do you think they get in here?
GUARD: Through the old heating system. There are vents all over this place.
(MULDER looks around the room.)
SCULLY: Are there any other doors or windows in this room?
OFFICER: I checked. Thereís only one way out.
SCULLY: You didnít hear anything?
OFFICER: Nothing. I heard nothing.
SCULLY: I want you to search the entire building beginning with every room on this floor.
OFFICER: Yes, Maíam.
(MULDER finds a HUGE heating vent in a wall near a corner of the room and scrape marks in front of it.)
MULDER: Hey, Scully, take a look at this.
(MULDER pulls desk out of the way.)
SCULLY: Where does it lead to?
GUARD: The old steam tunnels.
MULDER: (feeling the floor just inside the vent) How do you get down there?
GUARD: Theyíre pretty much sealed up. Havenít been used for 50 years.
SCULLY: You think Bilac crawled down there?
MULDER: (holds up his hand with blood on it) Unless he was dragged.
(MULDER exits, SCULLY follows. OFFICER who is SUPPOSED to be searching every room stands there with the GUARD looking at the vent.)
(Later, still night. MULDER lift the lid off of a manhole outside the museum. The hole is filled with cobwebs.)
SCULLY: (looking at blueprints) The system looks like it branches off into three directions. There must be miles of tunneling down there.
MULDER: And only one way in.
SCULLY: And one way out.
MULDER: (looking hopefully at SCULLY) Ladies first?
(SCULLY smiles and shakes her head. MULDER sighs and climbs down into the hole. SCULLY follows. They walk into the blue lit tunnels.)
MULDER: Which way?
SCULLY: (looking at blueprints) To the left, it looks like.
(They walk further. Shot of blurred yellow perspective of MULDER and SCULLY, then shot of cat eye watching them. There is a clanking sound, then they see a rat run across the tunnel.)
MULDER: Follow that rat.
SCULLY: We should be directly under the museum here.
(MULDER shines light on a door. He goes one direction. SCULLY looks in a little room. MULDER finds the rat which has stopped. He shines his light up near the ceiling.)
MULDER: (urgent) Scully? Scully?!
SCULLY: (in another tunnel) What is it?
(SCULLY joins MULDER and looks at the body he has found, now on the floor.)
SCULLY: Oh, my God. Itís Dr. Lewton. It looks like his eyes were eaten right out of his sockets.
MULDER: We still donít know by what.
(Blurred Yellow Perspective of MULDER and SCULLY. They hear a sound and turn the flash light on the cat, who promptly runs away.)
SCULLY: What is it?
MULDER: I think itís a cat.
(As they walk through the tunnel, we see the cat watching them and it makes a growl that a lion would be proud to make. Blurred yellow perspective again.))
SCULLY: You think that cat killed those people?
(They walk over a large grate under which swarm a group of cats meowing. Anyone who has opened a can of catfood for more than 3 cats knows the swirling furry image presented here.)
MULDER: No, *these* cats. Which way is out?
(SCULLY gasps as a cat leaps from the wall at her face. GA is allergic to cats, so they used a stuffed one. Did they film it in shadow? NOOOO!!!! We get full face shot of the Stuffed Killer Pussy Cat on SCULLYís shoulder scratching her face, then lots of nice close ups as MULDER battles the SKPC and flings it off SCULLY.)
MULDER: Come on, Scully!
(They run down a tunnel pursued by a horde of meowing kitties. MULDER starts down one tunnel, but SCULLY urges him into another.)
SCULLY: No, Mulder, this way. Thereís a room here with a vent. Up there.
(MULDER closes the door and watches the meowing army out in the tunnel. SCULLY opens the vent and gasps as she sees a body in the vent.)
SCULLY: Itís Bilac.
(They turn to see the cats scratching through the door.)
MULDER: Can you reach up in there?
MULDER: Letís pull him down.
(They pull BILACís body onto the floor, then MULDER boosts SCULLY into the vent, turns to see cats gnawing on BILAC, then crawls in himself. They emerge into the room where they had originally left BILAC, slam and lock the vent, then run out of the room. Meowing continues behind the metal door.)
(Next morning. Big Crime scene.)
MULDER: (on phone) Okay, I will call you back later.
SCULLY: Well, the search team's on their way back up. They've recovered all the bodies including Mona's and Bilac's.
MULDER: What about the cats?
SCULLY: Animal control is still looking. So far, they haven't found any sign of them.
MULDER: Well, we both saw them down there, Scully. We know theyíre down there.
SCULLY: No oneís denying that, Mulder, itís just that there are miles of tunnels down there. And theyíre saying itís gonna take weeks to search them all.
MULDER: Well, by then it wonít even matter.
SCULLY: What are you talking about?
MULDER: I just got off the phone with the Assistant Secretary of Stateís office. Theyíve called in the Ecuadorean Ambassador.
SCULLY: What for?
MULDER: Five people had to die but they're finally taking it seriously.
SCULLY: The curse?
MULDER: (short laugh) No. Bilac's letter of protest. The State Department has asked that the museum remain closed until they can act officially on it.
SCULLY: Are they going to send back the bones?
MULDER: The urn will be back in Ecuador by the end of the week.
MULDER: (voiceover as camera pans over artifacts in the museum) The Suffolk county coroner ruled the deaths at the museum were the result of animal attacks. What motivated these attacks and why no more have occurred since has not been explained. To the museum, the urn was an artifact from a dying culture-- its curse merely a primitive superstition. Dr. Bilac learned there is a world beyond our own, unseen but powerful, and as real as the urn itself.
(CUT TO: South America, MEN reburying the urn.)
MULDER: (voiceover) The icons from that world represent forces that cannot be tamed or collected in a museum. 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.
(SHAMAN watches as the urn is covered.)