A series of violent attacks at a convalescent home are linked to angry spirits beyond the grave.

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Michelle Charters
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Gung Bituen
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Dorothy
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Stan Phillips
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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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Paul Brown's script came in two days before filming was due to start and was found to be too ambitious and too unwieldy. Chris Carter set about rewriting it and continued doing so while filming took place. See more »

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In the scene where Nurse Michelle Charters is in the room of deceased patient "Mrs. T. Richardson" and the door slams closed, the pillow on the bed is at the top of the bed. In the next scene where Nurse Charters looks at the bed, the pillow is at the bottom of the bed. In the third scene where Nurse Charters grabs the bed rail and tries to pull it away from the door, the pillow is again at the top of the bed. 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, I think you've been working with me for too long, Scully.
Scully: I'm talking about an environmental reason behind what's happening there. Even the disinfectant couldn't mask that smell. Who knows what's breeding behind the walls or in the ...
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The X-Files
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Hot nurses and sex-starved wheezing geezers
10 August 2014 | by (Okinawa, Japan) – See all my reviews

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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