The X-Files (1993–2018)
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Rumors of witchcraft and sorcery surrounding a bizarre murder at a supermarket in a small New England fishing town lead Scully, who's on vacation, to a little girl and a cursed doll that may be hiding a murderous presence.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Stephen King | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ... Melissa Turner
Larry Musser ... Jack Bonsaint
William MacDonald ... Buddy Riggs
Jenny-Lynn Hutcheson ... Polly Turner
Henry Beckman ... Old Man
Carolyn Tweedle Carolyn Tweedle ... Jane Froelich
Dean Wray ... Rich Turner
Gordon Tipple ... Assistant Manager
Harrison Coe Harrison Coe ... Dave the Butcher (as Harrison R. Coe)
Ian Robison Ian Robison ... Ranger
Elizabeth McCarthy Meek ... Shopper (as Elizabeth McCarthy)
Tracy Lively Tracy Lively ... Clerk
Sean Benbow Sean Benbow ... Customer




While on a weekend off in the small New England town of Ammas Beach, Maine, Scully comes across a grocery store full of people who tried to gouge out their own eyes. The people have no idea why they did this to themselves. On the telephone, Mulder tells her it all sounds like witchcraft but she isn't so sure. One woman in the store, Melissa Turner, seemed unaffected by it all but her reputation for being a witch works against her. She was widowed the year before and her boyfriend Dave stabbed himself in the eye and died in the grocery store incident. Scully focuses on Melissa's daughter and in particular, the young girl's doll. Written by garykmcd

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While Mulder is speaking to Scully on the phone in his kitchen and opens up his fridge, it only contains one expired juice. It gives us a clue about his culinary talent, probably absent. See more »


At approximately 9:30, when Scully first talks to the sheriff after reviewing the security footage, she refers to him as "Captain Bonsaint", but his name badge shows his position is "Chief" and this is how he is later addressed at several other times, including by Scully. See more »


[repeated lines]
The Doll: I want to play!
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References American Bandstand (1952) See more »


The Hokey Pokey
Written by Taft Baker, Larry LaPrise and Charles P. Macak
Performed by Ray Anthony & The Ray Anthony Orchestra (as His Orchestra)
With vocals by Jo Ann Greer (as JoAnn Greer) and The Skyliners
[the doll plays it several times on the record player]
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"do the hokey pokey..."
9 August 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Chinga isn't one of the very best episodes from the X-Files, but as a piece co-written as the only one by Stephen King, it gives more than few obvious but quite entertaining moments. It's all predicated on something that has been in other King works- the girl who is more than a little 'off'. This time, however, her anger and hatred gets channeled- or just put into place- through a doll that was discovered by her (viciously made dead) father. It's also another in the crop of about 85-90% of King's work taking place in Maine, where Scully gets involved while- as she repeats to many- on vacation. The episode is basically for King fans like a short story not made into some overlong movie but a 45 minute film with lots of style trying to mingle with the very (not always necessarily) sly dialog and, of course, lots of violence.

In fact this might be one of the more violent ones in nature, as the special doll sometimes goes on cue based on the girl, or through a song "Do the hokey pokey", which in and of itself is kind of hokey too. Lots of harsh deaths involving clawing eyes out and ends met by witchcraft of some sort. While there aren't any scenes ala Child's Play with the doll running around doing the murders, there's still something sort of missing from other episodes that Chris Carter as co-writer doesn't quite get into it. If not for King's involvement it might've fared even less. But as it is I was glad I saw it, even out of order from watching all of the episodes now season to season, and there's some dry funny moments involving Mulder back at FBI headquarters with his theories and endless time to kill (I loved the little pencil gag at the end). Worth it for fans of the author, if only for the tongue-in-cheek bits, though X-Files fans thinking his name might mean brilliance might be disappointed.

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