Mulder links a series of violent attacks at a convalescent home, including the brutal rape of a nurse, 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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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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16 December 1994 (USA)  »

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A scene that revealed the attack victim Nurse Charters was a lesbian was deleted as it added nothing to the plot. 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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Scully: Good morning.
Mulder: Whatever tape you found in that VCR, it isn't mine.
Scully: Good, because I put it back in that drawer with all those other videos that aren't yours.
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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Quite infuriating
9 September 2008 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

I just want to talk a little bit about the orderlies' characters. What a horrible bunch of people in this episode.

I have personally worked in a nursing home. It's a thankless, badly paid job where you often have to work long hours. But I'm certain that if an orderly ever behaved as horribly toward the residents as the orderlies in this episode he or she would be fired on the spot. I shudder to think that in some places it must be like that.

I've been an X-Files fan since I was 12 years old. I used to have nightmares about it. No other show has given me the creeps like that. A milestone in TV history. Excelsis Dei is a solid episode from season 2. The problem with it is probably that the buildup is much better than the denouement. The climax is a bit of a letdown, it just peters out. Solid episode, none the less.


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