Recap: The X Files S 03 E 04 Clyde Bruckmans Final Repose
- Blessed with Suck: To see how people died and will die might seem awesome and very useful for an insurance sales man. However, it must be painful to live with it, and the creepyness factor is extremely high.
Clyde Bruckman: Now, if you'll excuse me... I think I've seen enough death for one night.
- Call Back:
- Creepy Doll: One very creepy doll appears in one of Mr Bruckman's vision.
- Dead Man's Hand: Clyde Bruckman plays poker with Agent Scully and holds a full house of aces and eights with the ace of hearts as the fifth card. He dies.
- Deadpan Snarker: Apart from Mulder and Scully — Clyde Bruckman.
- Driven to Suicide: Clyde Bruckman.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: The Stupendous Yappi is a master.
- Finger in the Mail: Puppet leaves victims' eyeballs and entrails at the crime scene.
- Forgot About The Mind Reader: Played With, and deliberately in an ambiguous way. After being shooed out of a room by a TV psychic for his "negative energy", Mulder meets the psychic in the hallway and shows him what negative energy really is with three words: "Read this thought." He replies: "So's your old man!" Can be Invoked by Mulder (from Yappi's point of view), Subverted (from Mulder's point of view because he doesn't believe that Yappi is a real psychic) or Double-Subverted (if you think Yappi was legit — some evidence suggested he might be).
- For the Evulz: Puppet spends the episode insisting he has no idea why he's driven to kill people. Then we get this.
Bruckman: Haven't you figured it out yet? You kill people because you're a homicidal maniac.
Puppet: That does make a lot of sense!
- Fortune Teller: Madame Zelda the palm reader, complete with a fake Russian accent and a crystal ball.
- Not-So-Phony Psychic: The Stupendous Yappi is so over the top that not even Mulder believes in his abilities. On the other hand, other agents and detectives do, and they in fact follow his super vague leads. Importantly, some of his visions bore similarities with Mr Bruckman's ones, who we know is a real deal psychic, which makes Yappi fit the trope.
- Phony Psychic: It's very probable that several of the psychics (Puppet's victims) did not possess any psychic powers. The Stupendous Yappi depends on your interpretation.
- Psychic Powers: Mr Bruckman can see how people died/will die. Other psychics may or may not have various degrees of real psychic powers. Including Puppet the serial killer.
- Seers: Mr Bruckman is a genuine psychic who gained his ability to see and foresee people's death by thinking very intensely about the death of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper and the role a flipping coin had in it.
- Serial Killer/Poetic Serial Killer: Puppet. He kills psychics and justifies it by thinking that they should have seen it coming.
- Suspect Is Hatless:
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 to 34 with or without a beard and maybe a tattoo ... who's impotent.
- Undignified Death: Discussed. When Mulder asks how he's going to die, Mr. Brockman won't give a straight answer, but comments, "You know, there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation."
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Clyde Bruckman runs out of the room and throws up after seeing a vision of the murder. A sign that his visions are a bit more authentic than those of his predecessor, the Stupendous Yappi. However, Scully thinks it's the same routine but in a different style.
- Your Mom: The Spear Counterpart "So's your old man!" variant:
Yappi: [to Mulder] Skeptics like you make me sick.
Mulder: Mister Yappi, read this thought.
[Yappi stares at him, then suddenly leans back as if he was hit and raises his eyebrow]
Yappi: So's your old man!