The X-Files

Season 2 Episode 21

The Calusari

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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".

  • Allusions

    • 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.