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.
Did You Know?
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
What is it? What do you see?
He's having sex with her. There.
Is he raping her?
Oh no, no no, not at all, in fact she's instigating the whole thing.
Then what's wrong?
Oh, sometimes it just seems that everyone's having sex except for me.
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more