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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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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