Monday, June 22, 2009

Season 2, Episode 11: Excelsis Dei


A nurse at a Massachusetts convalescent home is raped by an invisible man, and suspects one of the residents at the facility. It turns out that the resident is one of a set of people receiving an experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and it seems to be restoring mental and physical functions. Scully says that excessive use of the medication can lead to schizophrenia, but Mulder points out that it doesn't explain the invisible aspect and suspects that the nurse is simply trying to get out of her job.

Meanwhile, several residents are taking excessive doses of the drugs, and an orderly falls to his death after being pushed out a window by an invisible attacker. Mulder finds a plot of mushrooms in the basement, and another orderly admits to giving them to residents in small amounts. He says the mushrooms are used to speak to spirits, and that the mistreatment of residents has led to anger in the spirit world. Mulder and the nurse are caught in a flooding bathroom by paranormal forces, but escape after a resident experiencing seizures from the mushroom dosage is treated. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health takes over the facility, and the residents relapse into their previous states.

Frances Bay, who plays Dorothy, is probably best known as Mabel Choate (from whom Jerry Seinfeld steals a marble rye) in a classic episode of Seinfeld. Sab Shimono, who plays Gung Bituen, has done quite a bit of voice work, including Mr. Sparkle on an episode of The Simpsons. Teryl Rothery, who plays Michelle Charters, also starred as Dr. Janet Fraiser in Stargate SG-1.

Episode Body Count

Mrs. Richardson: two nursing home orderlies say she has recently died; circumstances are unclear, but they include a face plant in a bowl of pudding.

Hal Arden: chokes to death on a pill.

Jerry Tiernan: falls to his death after being pushed out of a fourth floor window by an invisible assailant.

Upshaw: found buried in the home's basement by Mulder.

Humans: 4
Creatures: 0
Aliens: 0

Cumulative Body Count (35/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)

Humans: 249
Creatures: 11
Aliens: 9

Grand Total: 269

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