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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 

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



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Episode complete credited cast:
Stuart Charno ...
The Puppet (as Stu Charno)
Detective Cline
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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When the killer is at the tarot reader he proclaims the last card isn't meant for him but for the reader. The card is death which is meant to signify that he is about to be killed. However, in actual tarot reading the card death does not signify actual death at all, but rather new beginnings. See more »


Mulder: [Clyde is in the bathroom throwing up after having a vision of the murder] Pinch me.
Dana Scully: This guy's performing the same routine as the Stupendous Yappi. He's just doing it in a different style.
Mulder: No. Something told me, Scully, something *is* telling me this guy's for real.
Dana Scully: Oh, so now you're psychic?
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"Maybe he's just lucky"
21 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this episode great. In some ways it was similar to the Twilight Zone episode, "One for the Angels" where a great salesmen talks death into giving him more time so he can make one great sale before he dies. It's really involving emotionally and the mystery builds and pulls you into more and more which builds the plot well. And of course, it is really that Mr. Bruckman is a life insurance salesman.

The character development is great, the opening with the killer is very creepy and plausible and concise; his lack of vision and frustration contrasts brightly with Mr. Bruckman's reluctant use of his gift.

Some great examples of the subtle character details: - how happy Mr. Bruckman is to conclude that the pie he senses in his vision is banana cream instead of coconut cream or lemon meringue -how the killer compliments the tarot card reader and lets him know he's going to kill him in the same sentence -how Mr. Jappy quickly seizes on Mulder and harasses him 'til he's out of the room -and, as always, Scully's slight reactions. I think it's the eyes or her mouth, but yeah... too cool.

There are great lines in this episode for sure, but there is also quite a bit of talking, which hurts the re-watch value.

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