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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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The episode references "The Day the Music Died", which is one of the most harrowing and tragic events in the history of rock 'n' roll. On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash. This episode shows brilliant intertextuality by referencing the events that took place in the final hours of those rock 'n' roll legends, namely the coin toss that would decide the fate of Valens. 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. See more »


[Mr. Bruckman is looking down at the carpet]
Fox Mulder: What is it? What do you see?
Clyde Bruckman: He's having sex with her. There.
Dana Scully: Is he raping her?
Clyde Bruckman: Oh no, no no, not at all, in fact she's instigating the whole thing.
Fox Mulder: Then what's wrong?
Clyde Bruckman: [wistfully] Oh, sometimes it just seems that everyone's having sex except for me.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


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Performed by John Beal
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This is one of my favorite X-Files episodes...
19 May 2013 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

... along with "Home" from Season 4, and I guess that's strange because it does nothing to advance any of the story arcs on X-Files, it is just a very smartly done episode.

In this episode Scully and Mulder run across Clyde Bruckman (Peter Boyle) who can see how everyone dies, but can't seem to do anything about it. He has no where and when and how details that will stop things. Even Mulder mentions that Bruckman's gift is a rather useless one when he and Scully are alone.

One particular poignant moment is when Scully is alone with Bruckman and he tells her of one premonition that involve the two of them. He says the two are in bed together and she is gently wiping a tear from his eye. Scully smiles, and tries to diplomatically tell him that's just not going to happen. But you know it does happen, but not the way that you think and not the way that Scully thinks. Check it out, I think you'll like this standalone episode of X-Files. When the X-Files came up with inventive episodes, nobody could beat them.

Just a note, and maybe somebody else mentioned it - Clyde Bruckman was an actual person. In his prime he was a writer for Buster Keaton and spent many a night making hamburgers in Keaton's mansion in the 20's coming up with ideas for his films when Keaton was still an independent artist. After Keaton went to MGM, Bruckman wrote for Harold Lloyd and then other comedy teams including the Three Stooges. Problem is, Bruckman's ideas began to dry up and he began to recycle material. No problem until he recycled Lloyd's material who sued Bruckman and his studio ... every...single...time. The end result? In 1955 Bruckman had a bad rep in Hollywood for being a lawsuit magnet, he was 60 years old, and nobody would hire him. He borrowed his old friend Buster Keaton's gun saying he was going on a hunting trip to Montana, went to his favorite restaurant down the street, ate his last meal for which he could not pay - he was that broke, and shot himself in the men's room, leaving a note apologizing for the mess. So to me, just say the name "Clyde Bruckman" in an episode title and I know you are not going to have a happy ending.

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