In St. Paul, Minnesota, several psychics have been murdered, with their eyes and intestines torn out. The cops bring in Mulder, Scully, and a flamboyant psychic and publicity hound known as The Stupendous Yappi. An insurance salesman named Clyde Bruckman finds a body in his Dumpster, and Mulder soon deduces that he has actual psychic abilities. Bruckman describes the killer as a sort of "Puppet" who doesn't believe he's in control of his own actions.
Bruckman seems to have somewhat random powers, being able to tell when and how people will die but not win the lottery. He helps the agents find the body of the owner of an investment firm that makes market forecasts based on astrology. Bruckman also foresees Mulder's death in pursuit of the killer, but doesn't let him know. Puppet sends Bruckman a letter, saying he's going to kill him.
As the agents investigate another murder, Bruckman ends up in the same hotel where Puppet works as a bellhop. Scully realizes that the bellhop is the killer, and manages to rescue Mulder and kill Puppet in pursuit, foiling Bruckman's earlier vision. Bruckman commits suicide, in a way that manages to fulfill at least part of an earlier prophecy.
First appearance of Queequeg, Scully's adopted dog...don't get too attached. Peter Boyle, who plays Clyde Bruckman and died in 2006, is probably best known for his role as The Monster in Young Frankenstein and Frank Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond.
Episode Body Count
Madame Zelma: murdered by Puppet, and her body is found in a Dumpster by Bruckman.
Another woman: found in Glenview Lake on a tip from Bruckman.
Two other murders: Mulder says Puppet has committed four homicides, including Zelma and the woman.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and their pilot: Bruckman recalls "The Day The Music Died," where three famous musicians were killed in a plane crash, and how many different series of events had to add up to lead to The Big Bopper's fate being determined by the flip of a coin.
Claude Dukenfield: owner of an astrology-based investment firm, is apparently murdered by Puppet.
Tarot card dealer: killed by Puppet.
Havez: killed after trying to pull his gun on Puppet.
Puppet: shot and killed by Scully.
Mrs. Lowe: Bruckman's neighbor, Bruckman says she has passed away.
Clyde Bruckman: commits suicide with pills and a plastic bag.
Cumulative Body Count (53/202 episodes, 0/2 movies)
Grand Total: 605
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