The X-files

3X19 Hell Money

After a young Chinese immigrant is burned alive in a crematorium, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate a series of murders in San Francisco's Chinatown. Aided by a Chinese-American police detective Chao, they delve in to a culture alien to their own, with its own myths and rituals and where outsiders are treated with suspicion. Mulder notices a Chinese character scrawled inside the crematorium oven which Chao translates as the word 'ghost', he also identifies a fragment of a note found in the oven as 'hell money', ceremonial currency burnt during the Chinese festival of the Hungry Ghosts as an offering to the dead. The victim is identified as Johnny Lo and the threesome visit his apartment looking for clues. Chinese characters mark his apartment as a 'haunted house' and they find a freshly laid carpet and traces of blood underneath. The investigation deepens when Scully finds a frog living in the body of another dead Chinese man who has had all of his organs harvested. Mulder and Scully visit an organ procurement organisation and discover that a number of Chinese men have visited requesting typing and antigen work-ups for organ donation only to not be heard from again. Mulder and Scully sense that Chao is being protective of the what is going on within the Chinese community. Given a lead from a father's desperate sacrifice for his dying daughter, Mulder and Scully find a secret room, a surgeon, and a lottery game where the price of a ticket is the player's life.

Noteworthy Quote

Chinese Cigarette Smoking Man: "You have to keep playing, you know the rules...
No one talks about the game...No one leaves the game."

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Writer: Jeff Vlaming
Director: Tucker Gates

David Duchovny Special Agent Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Special Agent Dana Scully

Guest Cast:
B D Wong Detective Chao
Michael Yama Hsin
Graham Shiels Night Watchman
Doug Abrahams Lieutenant Neary
Lucy Liu Kim
Stephen Chang Large Man
Donald Fong Vase Man
Paul Wong Wiry Man
Dina Ha Dr Wu
James Hong Hard Faced Man
Ed Hong-Louie Money Man

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