The X-Files: Season 3, Episode 4

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (13 Oct. 1995)
"The X Files" Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose (original title)

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Scully and Mulder are called into the investigation of a series of murders where the victims were all psychics of some sort. A tea leaf reader, tarot card reader and palm reader are all the... See full summary »

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Scully and Mulder are called into the investigation of a series of murders where the victims were all psychics of some sort. A tea leaf reader, tarot card reader and palm reader are all the apparent victims of a serial killer. The local police have brought in a well-known TV psychic that Mulder finds laughable. He does come across Clyde Bruckman, an insurance salesman who may be ca genuine psychic. While Scully is appropriately skeptical, Mulder realizes that Bruckman can only see one thing - how people will die. Written by garykmcd

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The name of the character Clyde Bruckman (played by Peter Boyle) is the same as that of the co-writer/co-director of the Buster Keaton silent classic, The General (1926). According to his IMDb filmography, the original Clyde Bruckman (1894-1955) was a prolific screen writer and director whose career spanned over 3 decades from 1919 onwards. See more »

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At about 22:20, Mr. Bruckman says that Mulder and Scully won't be able to get ahold of Claude Dukenfield. Mulder is then seen asking "why not;" his lips move but no sound comes out. See more »

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Mulder: Do you remember the first time you foresaw someone's death?
Clyde Bruckman: 1959.
Mulder: What happened in 1959?
Clyde Bruckman: Buddy Holly's plane crashed.
Scully: You prognosticated Buddy Holly's death?
Clyde Bruckman: Oh god no. Why would I want to do that? But I did have a ticket to see him perform the next night. Actually I was a bigger fan of the Big Bopper than Buddy Holly. Chantilly Lace, that was the song.
Mulder: I'm not following.
Clyde Bruckman: The Big Bopper was not supposed to be on the plane with Buddy Holly. He won the seat from somebody else by flipping a coin ...
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3 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Peter Boyle is a strangely funny guy. I saw him in Everybody Loves Raymond a couple of times, but that wasn't funny or particularly interesting, perhaps because the laughter is enforced in true American sitcom way. But here, in X-Files where he plays a psychic, he makes a great contrast against the serious fabric of the show.

This episode is another black comedy, similar to "Humbug" (though not as good). The story centers around a murderer of fortune tellers and involves several characters who pose as one. The episode manages to be both funny and intense and comes highly recommended from my side. It is mostly a Peter Boyle's episode and the guy doesn't disappoint. He makes the situation comical without having to tell any jokes.


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