Episode Summary

Deadly rain in a migrant workers camp sends Agent Mulder and Scully on the trail of a mythical beast — El Chupacabra.

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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.