The X-Files

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/13/95
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  • Episode Description
  • In the midst of a psychic sideshow while on a murder case, Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a man who may have a true psychic ability to foresee how people will die to help the agents catch a man killing fortune tellers.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Duchovny

    Special Agent Fox Mulder

  • Gillian Anderson (I)

    Special Agent Dana Scully

  • Darin Morgan

  • David Nutter

  • Peter Boyle (I)

    Clyde Bruckman

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • First-time X-Files viewer

    By gpph, Feb 27, 2014

  • Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jun 10, 2012

  • A quality episode, but not, in this reviewer's opinion, deserving of the amount of praise it has received.

    By AmeliaCaine, Dec 06, 2011

  • There are hits, and there are misses, and then there are hits. This one is destined for immortality.

    By MattMTRUSTNO1, Aug 13, 2011

  • The Best Episode Period.

    By PaulMcDrizzle, Aug 12, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • 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 a -(checks notebook) white male, aged 17 - 34 with or without a beard and maybe a tattoo, who's impotent. Scully: Might as well go home Mulder. This case is as good as solved.

    • Clyde: I'd like to see both of your badges again. Right now? (Mulder and Scully take out their badges) Scully: I don't blame you, Mr. Bruckman. Clyde: (scoffs at Mulder's badge): I'm supposed to believe that's a real name? ... What is this all about? I found a dead body in my dumpster and I reported it to the police. Now suddenly I'm accused of doing things or being able to do things I couldn't possibly-- (Breaks off and walks slowly over to table, which is spattered with blood. Runs for the bathroom and vomits.) Mulder: (To Scully) Pinch me.

    • Clyde: What is this? Mulder: The only evidence recovered from Claude Duckenfield's body. That fiber may have come from something the killer was wearing at the time of the crime. Clyde: Don't you have crime labs that could analyze these things for you? Scully: (meaningful look at Mulder) Yes! Yes, we do. Clyde: Look, I've got my own work to do. I'm not a crime fighter by trade. Mulder: Mr. Bruckman. I can't speak for my partner. But I'm desperate. For some insurance. Clyde: General Mutual has some very comprehensive coverage... (Mulder waves the evidence bag in front of Clyde's face) Clyde: Oh I can't tell you where this is from, but the killer is going to kill more people before you catch him. Scully: Can you see him physically yet? Clyde: No. No, just more insight into his character which I know you hate.

    • Clyde: We're almost there. Mulder: Now how are you receiving this information about the body's location? Clyde: How should I know? Mulder: I mean are you seeing it in a vision or is it a sensation? How do you know where to go? Clyde: I just know. Mulder: But how do you know? Clyde: I don't know!! (Mulder leans into the back seat and sulks) Look it's just up ahead. There are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified one than autoerotic asphyxiation. Mulder: (Leans forward) And why are you telling me that? Clyde: Look, forget I mentioned it. It's none of my business.

    • Scully: The company is owned by a man named... Clyde: Claude Duckenfield. Age 43. 316 Roundview Lane. Divorced with two children. Makes about 87,000 a year. Nonsmoker. Mulder: Is that a hit or a miss? Scully: As far as I know, that's correct. Mulder: You get all that information just by handling that keychain? Clyde: Oh no, I sold him a policy a couple of years ago. Just a coincidence.

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    Notes (10)

    • A common misconception when it comes to tarot-readings is that Death in fact means death, when the card Death actually means change. When it comes to fatalities the card The Tower is more of a harbinger of death than the card Death. This could be applied to almost every show ever involving tarot cards.

    • In this episode, Clyde Bruckman says to Scully that she won't die, and gives no further explanations. In a later episode of the show, Scully sees the Reaper in the eyes of a dying person, so this could mean that she is actually immortal.

    • The actor who plays 'The Stupendous Yappi' is actually Jaap (pronounced Yapp) Broeker - David Duchovny's stand-in. Apparently, Darin Morgan saw Broeker on the set waggling his eyebrows and wrote a scene for him.

    • Alex Diakun (the Tarot reader) also appeared in different roles in two other X-Files episodes: The Curator in episode 44 (2-20), Humbug and Dr. Fingers in episode 69 (3-20), Jose Chung's From Outer Space.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Scully's dog Queequeg.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Principal Setting: St. Paul, Minnesota

    • Goof: Clyde Bruckman tells Fox that the death of The Big Bopper was what caused him to become a psychic. He claimed that the Big Bopper had won a coin toss to get a seat on Buddy Holly's plane. This is not factually correct as it was Ritchie Valens who won a coin toss, and subsequently died with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper in the crash.

    • Place Name: Le Damfino Hotel The hotel where Scully and Mulder put Clyde Bruckman up is Le Damfino. This is a one-word spelling of the phrase damn if I know.

    • When Bruckman guesses that the scrap of cloth is part of Mulder's New York Knick's t-shirt, it refers directly back to Beyond The Sea, another episode with supposed psychics.

    • If you look at Clyde Bruckman's lotto card it clearly says "Oct 9/95 Mon" but a few scenes later the text on the screen reads "September 21".

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