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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 

A grumpy old man with psychic powers that show him how someone will die assists the agents with the hunt for a crazed killer who targets psychics. He also cryptically reveals to Mulder and Scully their own ultimate fates.


David Nutter


Chris Carter (created by), Darin Morgan

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Peter Boyle ... Clyde Bruckman
Stuart Charno ... The Puppet (as Stu Charno)
Frank Cassini ... Detective Cline
Dwight McFee ... Detective Havez
Alex Diakun ... Tarot Dealer
Karin Konoval ... Madame Zelma
Ken Roberts Ken Roberts ... Clerk
Jaap Broeker ... The Stupendous Yappi
David MacKay ... Young Husband
Greg Anderson ... Photographer


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) See more »

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Series regular David Duchovny previously played husband to Patricia Heaton in the movie Beethoven (1992) and guest star Peter Boyle later played father-in-law to Heaton on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). 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 and briefs. This is due to having to comply with network television's standards and practices regarding nudity as he would not be allowed to be shown fully naked on an FCC-approved television series. See more »


Detective Cline: Look, all I know is that so far Yappi has provided more solid concrete leads on this case than you have. Now, if you don't mind, I have to get an APB out on...
[checks notebook]
Detective Cline: A white male, 17 to 34, with or without a beard, maybe a tattoo, who's impotent. Let's go.
Dana Scully: Might as well go home, Mulder. This case is as good as solved.
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What a GREAT episode!
29 December 2006 | by bksutherlandSee all my reviews

This is a tremendous story and absolutely one of if not the BEST X-Files episode ever made. Witty wordplay, macabre plot twists, complex threads in a non-linear time sequence that challenges the idea of cause and effect, yet somehow rendered in a simple story which is easy to follow. There are many, many humorous and ironic moments, more than in a 'normal' X-Files episode. Particularly: Mulder stepping in the banana creme pie while pursuing the killer through a kitchen. In my opinion, this is also the best role/performance of Peter Boyle's career: he plays the principal character Clyde Bruckman. Don't miss it! X-Files Season Three, Disk One, fourth item.

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