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Recap / The X-Files S02 E11 "Excelsis Dei"

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Season 2, Episode 11:

Excelsis Dei
Written by Paul Brown
Directed by Stephen Surjik

Scully: find not just the treatment but a cure for Alzheimer’s. Do you realise how important that would be?
Mulder: If it would keep anybody out of a place like that it would be important enough. I wouldn’t say those people were exactly cured.

When an orderly at the Excelsis Dei Nursing Home claims to have been raped by an elderly (and, what's more, invisible) in-patient, Scully insists on an investigation. Once there, they find that the patients seem unusually spry and lucid - until the accused rapist unexpectedly drops dead from a rare poison that he could not conceivably have access to. Could a revolutionary new treatment for Alzheimer's be responsible? Or are the spirits of the dead exacting horrible revenge for the abuses they suffered? And what is the role of Gung, the one orderly everyone seems to like?



  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The first time Scully is fully onboard investigating a paranormal case from the get go, and Mulder is the one who questions whether anything supernatural is going on. Even worse, Mulder is skeptical of the testimony of a rape survivor with facial bruising.
  • Orderlies are Creeps: Played with; most of the orderlies are fairly callous, but Gung is attempting to be as considerate and respectful as he can, with deadly results.
  • Poltergeist: The perpetrators of the episode's weirdness.
  • Porn Stash:
    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.

"In response to the series of unexplained incidents at the Excelsis Dei convalescent home, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has assumed all administrative authority at the facility."