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Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose 

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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.


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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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This episode won two Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Boyle), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. See more »


Clyde says that the death of The Big Bopper made him psychic because The Big Bopper had won a coin toss to get a seat on Buddy Holly's ill-fated plane. However, it was Ritchie Valens who won the toss. The Big Bopper was on Buddy Holly's plane because he had the flu and didn't feel comfortable on the bus. See more »


Clyde Bruckman: The killer's going to kill more people before you catch him.
Dana Scully: Can you see him physically yet?
Clyde Bruckman: No, no. Just more insight into his character which I know you hate. He thinks he's psychic.
Fox Mulder: Is he?
Clyde Bruckman: I hope not! I've seen some of the things he's seen.
Fox Mulder: Like what, what does he see?
[cut to shot of Mulder chasing after someone]
Clyde Bruckman: You. He sees you. Trying to catch him.
Fox Mulder: Where does this take place?
Clyde Bruckman: In a kitchen.
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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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