The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 11

Excelsis Dei (16 Dec. 1994)
"The X Files" Excelsis Dei (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A series of violent attacks at a convalescent home are linked to angry spirits beyond the grave.

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Hal Arden
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Mulder and Scully investigate the case of a woman, a nurse in an elder care facility, who claims she was raped at the facility by an invisible spirit. Nurse Michelle Charters has the bruises to prove the attack but not surprisingly, no one will take her seriously given the nature of her claim. The elder care home is primarily for Alzheimer's patients and the doctor there is experimenting with a known drug, one that has not been very successful in the past. He is getting positive results however, even if he can't quite explain them. Incidents continue to occur making believers of the agents who believe that the residents are getting drugs from someone else in the institution. Written by garykmcd

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In order to film the scene featuring the bathroom door bursting with water, special effects supervisor Dave Gauthier built a tank and flooded the set hallway with 3,300 gallons of water. See more »

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Scully puts two fingers on the neck of a deceased man, presumably to check his pulse. However, she places her fingers on the back of his neck, right behind the ear, nowhere near where a neck pulse should be taken. See more »

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Mulder: So you think that Michelle Charters was raped by a 74-year-old schizophrenic?
Scully: It's possible.
Mulder: An invisible 74-year-old schizophrenic.
Scully: Well, maybe it's not the medication. Maybe it's the place itself.
Mulder: Are you saying that the building's haunted? Because if you are, you've been working with me for too long, Scully.
Scully: I'm talking about an environmental reason behind what's happening. Even the disinfectant couldn't mask that smell. Who knows what's breeding behind the walls or in the substructure. Some...
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Hot nurses and sex-starved wheezing geezers
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A nurse is raped, she claims, my an invisible horny old dude. Right off the bat, it's funny and disturbing. The X-files team investigates the old folks homes which kicks off a series of geezers kicking the bucket. Dark tones crammed into a claustrophobic, spooky setting reminded me of John Carpenter and Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Warriors.

The story nicely develops the traditional "haunted house" story by combining elements of alternative medicine and shamanism. Excelsis Dei seems to continue on the last episode's concern of using experimental substances on people; though, whereas the last episode is more science- fiction, this episode takes the paranormal route.

I'd mark this one as a "good episode." The only problem was that by trying to include the science fiction, while this was obviously a supernatural tale, the plot was spread a little thin. They should have concentrated on the fear brought on by the break down of logical reality and science. Luckily, the episode holds strong by interesting guest actors who were quite disturbing. (Wheelchair bound little old ladies talking to empty hallways will creep anyone out.)


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