The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 21

The Calusari

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A balloon traveling into the face of the wind isn't much of a clue to launch an investigation into a toddler's death, but, on their arrival, a series of bizarre events convinces Scully they're dealing with a rare form of child abuse. For his part, Mulder thinks answers may be found with a pair of dead roosters and a group of elderly chanters called the Calusari.moreless

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  • The Calusari

    The Calusari was another perfect and very entertaining episode of The X-Files. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, drama, intrigue, supernatural happenings and more! There was a good amount of character and plot development as Mulder and Scully investigate some old world beliefs related to the death of a two year old. I liked how every thing played out and I certainly look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Mulder and Scully investigate the mysterious death of a little child

    For many, this might be an enjoyable enough episode of X-Files, but for me, it was just another one of the same old cases. Maybe I'm just watching the show ten years too late, but I feel as if I see these sort of cases and episodes everywhere, so it felt a little stale for me.

    Basically, a little boy is killed after chasing a balloon in front of an amusement park ride, but Mulder notices that there seemed to be a force pulling the balloon and luring the child in, a force that can't be seen on the camera. They look into the family and learn that the grandmother of the family is into some strange voodoo-type stuff, a part of the group (I believe) called the Calusari. I can't presume to know a single thing about the group, but it seemed to be more of the same strange cult stuff we've seen in other better episodes of the show.

    There were still some good jumpy moments, and the idea of the child doing this (even if it was simply the twin brother who had died) reminded me of other shows and movies that involve children who are insane. It was an effective enough episode, but nothing to write home about.moreless
  • The worst X-Files episode i've seen so far.

    T H I S - E P I S O D E - I S - A B Y S M A L !

    Any and All X-Files lovers be warned !

    First of all let me say that all the background information this episode is based upon is totally wrong. "The Calusari" are romanian dancers that have nothing to do with religious and/or paranormal rituals. It is unbelievable how many facts are wrong in this episode, beside the obvious misinterpretation of romanian folclore the actors chosen to interpret the "romanians" are awful as their language skills, accents, grammar and pronunciation are horrible (i'm romanian and i could only understand half of what they were saying).

    This is a defacing of folclore and complete ignorance regarding an entire religion.

    Secondly this episode excels only in being the worst X-Files "child episodes" and i personally feel that this is just a low budget rip-off of "The Exorcist"

    In conclusion this episode offended me as a sci-fi fan, as a X-Files fan, and as a romanian.

    In my opinion this episode does not do justice to ANY sci-fi series and should not be watched by any person that would like a good viewing experience.moreless
  • Mulder and Scully investigate when a poltergeist appears to have been involved in the death of a two-year-old boy. As the investigation continues, it is revealed that the poltergeist may be the deceased twin of the two-year-old's older brother.moreless

    Okay, there are two big problems with this episode for me: First, the lore behind it is mostly made up and manipulated, called "Romanian" but obviously little more than an amalgam of American fears and stereotypes. Second--Mulder and Scully have seen a lot of weir supernatural stuff by this time. They've seen miracles, they've seen the work of Satan, they've seen voodoo, they've seen reincarnation, they've seen ghosts, they've seen physic/spiritual connections between twins or family members (Roland, Aubrey). How is they never, ever stop to *think* about all this? About the nature of their universe? This episode was just the straw that broke the camels back for me. Another supernatural excursion, another wrinkle in the nature of their very reality revealed, and all they can do is write case files and stare off into space. You'd think it was a bigger deal. Obviously at this point in the series the producers were merely exploiting sensationalist moments from various religions, with no regard for what kind of universe they made for their show and their characters, and with no regard for the religions themselves. I hate admitting that my favorite show has an episode that deserves such a low score, but it's the truth.moreless
  • Posessed Boy, creepy episode!

    Personally i think this is one of the best episodes of the second series. Creepy children are always a plus in my opinion and they may not get much creepier than the boy in this ep! So basically an evil spirit or the devil (i'm not sure) has posessed a little boy and his twin who died at birth has come back to seek revenge and kill everyone. Well from the very beginning with the pink balloon luring the boy infront of the train this episode stood out as a very dark episode, and the exorcism scene is defietley the highlight along with Scully being thrown around a room by the spirit of the little boys dead twin!

    The x files at its creepy best, 10/10 for creep factor, 10/10 for the episode as a whole!moreless
Helene Clarkson

Helene Clarkson

Maggie Holvey

Guest Star

Joel Palmer

Joel Palmer

Charlie/Michael Holvey

Guest Star

Lilyan Chauvin

Lilyan Chauvin


Guest Star

Bill Dow

Bill Dow

Dr. Charles Burks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Scully says that the story of Jesus and the five loaves and two fish was just a parable. This story is recorded in the Bible as one of the miracles performed by Jesus, not a parable told by him.

    • 15:39 Camera reflected in car window just before dad kicks and breaks it.

    • Charlie's dad gives him an ice-cream cone, when he hands it to him Charlie grabs the single scoop leaving the double 0:31, but when the angle changes he has the double and the single is gone 0:32, then when the baby loses the balloon, dad has the double scoop in his hand again 0:34.

    • The Calusari are famous in Romania, but not as a mysterious group of ritual exorcists, rather as a group of male dancers, rather like the Morris dancers in England. Their group dances are meant to bring luck and health to the places they dance.

    • At the end of the episode as Mulder waits outside Charlie's hospital room for Scully and Mrs. Holvey, a white position marker (that is used to indicate to the actors where to stand) can be seen on the floor near Mulder's feet.

    • Revealing Mistakes: In the teaser, you can quite clearly see the string that's tugging the balloon across the tracks.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Scully: Well before we do anything I think we should get Charlie out of the house. I just put a call in to a social worker who's going to come down and make a report.
      Mulder: The courts are reluctant to intervene in these matters.
      Scully: Not when a child is in danger and not after they see two dead roosters in the old woman's bedroom.
      Mulder: Really.

    • Scully: Well I think this boy needs as much protection as he can get, but just not from ghosties and beasties. Here take a look at this. Have you ever heard of Munchausen by Proxy?
      Mulder: Yeah, my grandfather used to take that for his stomach.

    • Scully: So you're saying that a... a ghost killed Teddy Holvey. Has anyone checked the camera that took this photo? The lens or the pressure plate?
      Mulder: It all checked out, Scully. I think from the information here, this is clearly some kind of poltergeist activity.
      Scully: Mulder, this information is the same reason why I'll see a newspaper photo with Jesus' face appearing in the... the foliage of an Elm tree. It's a chance occurrence of light and shadow.
      Mulder: In order to get on those tracks Teddy Holvey had to escape this childproof halter that his mother had tied to a bathroom sink.
      Scully: I've seen some pretty slippery two year olds.
      Mulder: And so the CME took it home and put it on his own two year old and found that it was physically impossible for the child to reach around and free himself. So unless Teddy Holvey was the reincarnation of Houdini...
      Dr. Burks: And that would be an X-File in itself.

    • Head Calusari: The evil that is here has always been. It has gone by different names through history - Cain, Lucifer, Hitler. It does not care if it kills one boy or a million men. If you try to stop us, the blood will be on your hands.

    • Mulder: You see this a helium balloon here and the only thing I learned in kindergarten is when you let them go they float up, up and away. But you see, this is moving away from him. Horizontally.
      Scully: Did you learn about wind in kindergarten?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The only episode in the entire series to have an 18 rating certificate in the United Kingdom. As a result, only persons over 18 years of age can buy Season Two on DVD.

    • Joel Palmer (who plays Charlie/Michael Holvey) has previously appeared on The X-Files in the season 1 episode "Conduit." In that particular episode he played the role of Kevin Morris.

    • When Charlie stands over his grandmother before her death, he speaks in Romanian: "You are too late to stop us".


    • Dr. Burk: In 1979, I witnessed a guru named Sai Baba create an entire feast out of thin air.

      The original Sai Baba of Shirdi was an Indian guru and fakir who died in 1918. He is considered a saint by his many Hindu and Muslim followers. Today, several Indian gurus claim to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba.