In North Carolina, Mulder and Scully investigate when two Marines stationed at the
Folkstone government processing center for Haitian refugees die in mysterious accidents.
The Marines officially classify the deaths as suicides, but Robin McAlpin, the wife of one
victim, believes otherwise. Private Jack McAlpin died after he lost control of his car and
skidded into a tree. The agents comb the accident scene and discover a strange image
painted on the tree. Mrs. McAlpin tells the agents that a Marine named Harry Dunham
suspects that the murders were caused by a voodoo curse.
Mulder and Scully visit the encampment hoping to find answers. As they survey the
deplorable conditions, a young Haitian boy, Chester, sells the agents a charm to help ward
off evil. Later, the agents speak with Colonel Jacob Wharton, who runs the camp. He
confirms that ever since a young Haitian boy was killed in the camp, things have been
chaotic. Wharton blames the trouble on Pierre Bauvais, a revolutionary held in an isolation
cell. Bauvais cryptically blames the deaths on loco-miroir, the voodoo crossroads between
Scully obtains permission to examine McAlpin's corpse. In the temporary camp morgue,
Scully and a marine physician are horrified when they discover the body of a dead dog in
place of McAlpin. Later that night, as Scully drives Mulder through the rain, a bedraggled
man hobbles in front of the car. Scully slams on the brakes. The agents are shocked when
they get a good look at the man and realize it is Jack McAlpin.
A blood test reveals trace levels of a poison called tetrodotoxin in McAlpin's system.
Mulder speculates that someone injected the Marine with the poison, thereby making him
appear dead. This leads the agents to the grave of Manuel Guttierez, the second Marine who
allegedly committed suicide. The body, however, is missing. A gravekeeper explains how
grave robbers regularly snatch the dead from their resting grounds. Mulder spots Chester in
the cemetery. The boy explains that he collects and sells frogs that Bauvais uses for his
magic. This piques Scully's interest, as certain frog species secrete a substance
chemically similar to the toxin found in McAlpin's blood.
Mulder questions Dunham. He insists that Bauvais threatened to take the souls of all the
Marines, one by one, unless his people were released. Mulder confronts Wharton with
allegations of prisoner mistreatment, but the Colonel insists there is no official policy of
harassment. Wharton is convinced that Bauvais told the agents about his illegal
mistreatment of the Haitians. In response, he has Bauvais severely beaten.
The agents discover Dunham's corpse floating in a bathtub, blood oozing from a stab
wound. They also discover McAlpin nearby holding a knife. Suspecting Bauvais is somehow
responsible, the agents ask Wharton for permission to speak with him. Wharton, however,
claims that Bauvais killed himself by slashing his wrists with a bedspring. The case turns
more bizarre when Robin McAlpin gives the agents a photo that Dunham wanted released in
the event of his death. The picture reveals Wharton engaged in a voodoo ceremony with
Mulder and Scully rush to the cemetery after learning that Wharton intends to steal
Bauvais' soul. As Mulder falls victim to Wharton's magic, Bauvais rises from the dead. He
avenges his murder by killing Wharton. Scully, meanwhile, battle hallucinations after she is scratched by a poisoned thorn.
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THE X-FILES "FRESH BONES"
Original Air Date: 02/03/95
DAVID DUCHOVNY as Special Agent Fox Mulder
GILLIAN ANDERSON as Special Agent Dana Scully
KEVIN CONWAY as Private McAlpin
DANIEL BENZALI as Commander Wharton
KATYA GARDNER as Robin McAlpin
MATT HILL as Private Harry Dunham
JAMIL WALKER SMITH as Chester Bonaparte
BRUCE YOUNG as Pierre Bauvais
ROGER CROSS as Private Kittel
STEVEN WILLIAMS as X
CALLUM KEITH RENNIE as the Groundskeeper
PETER KELAMIS as Lt. Foyle
ADRIEN MALEBRANCHE as the skinny man