A man with psychic powers assists the agents with the hunt for a killer.



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Episode cast overview:
Stuart Charno ...
Puppet (as Stu Charno)
Detective Cline
Dwight McFee ...
Detective Havez
Tarot Dealer
Madame Zelma
Ken Roberts ...
Jaap Broeker ...
David MacKay ...
Young Husband
Greg Anderson ...


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 a 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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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

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The victim found in the mud was named Claude Dukenfield, which is the middle and original last name of 'W. C. Fields'. See more »


Bruckman begins describing his own death and he says he sees himself lying naked in a field of red tulips. The shot then fades into a scene of Bruckman's body. However, he's not naked; he's wearing a white T-shirt. See more »


Clyde Bruckman: This is real cream, not the phony stuff. I know the difference, and the chocolate! Very rich. Look at these cute little doilies they put everything on. You sure you don't want to join me?
[Scully shakes her head "no"]
Clyde Bruckman: So what are you doing?
Dana Scully: Studying background checks. This is what detective work is really like. We can't come up with suspects by having visions.
Clyde Bruckman: Jealous?
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Everybody Loves Bruckman
27 May 2006 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

It's amazing how you can feel differently toward an episode by viewing it at a different time in your life. Upon viewing this episode again, I remembered liking this less than Jose Chung's "From Outer Space", another Darin Morgan written episode from later in this season. However, after seeing Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose and the other mentioned episode, I can say I like this one more, both of them being great episodes. What makes this episode a 10 is Peter Boyle's guest performance. This is the best guest star performance I have seen in the x-files. Peter Boyle plays the reluctant seer. There is just such a believability to his character that makes you feel sorry for him. And now to other parts that I like about the episode. At the beginning, the police talking about a man helping them. You think they are describing Mulder, when it turns out to be the Stupendous Yappi, whom they are describing. Yappi is a hilarious character. I love how he uses his eyebrows in his expressions. I like how the killer is seen in the background of all the crime scenes. There is a cheesy deleted scene towards the beginning. You'll understand why it was deleted. They throw in a 'Beyond the Sea' inside joke when Clyde Bruckman says a blue piece of cloth is from Mulder's New York Knicks t-shirt. If, for anything, just watch this episode for Peter Boyle's excellent portrayal of Clyde Bruckman. It's a "can't miss" performance.

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