The X-Files: Season 2, Episode 11

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

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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, 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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Innovative and creepy episode
18 October 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is a refreshing chapter from the series. Since "Shadows" (1x05), any "invisible" monster has appeared.

In this chapter, Mulder and Scully have to investigate a nurse's rape, apparently made by an invisible being. Their investigations will lead to some deeply-saved secrets, involving some of the residents, and workers, too.

Apart from the main tagline, we can see Scully fully recovered from Duane Barry's series. In fact, she is leading the investigation, while Mulder is more reticent to do so.

It has great moments, panic scenes, and scary plot. Also, the typical paper exchange makes this chapter really a "almost" must see. Not the best one, but sure a great, worth watching episode.


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