X-Files Easter Egg - Death of Mulder

In the episode where they solve a murder with the help of a phsycic insurance salesman who can predict how everyone will die (played by the same actor who plays the father of Raymond on Everybody loves Raymond), Mulder asks how he will die. The responce to his question is, "Auto Erotica" which is the title of softcore adult movie that David Duchovny starred in at the beginning of his carrer.

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wroth_2340 writes:
Firstly I wish to rectify the actual quote (referenced from"The X-files: Book Of The Unexplained- Volume 2")as the following quote from "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose":- Clyde Bruckman- "You Know, I'm sure there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified one than autoerotic asphyxiation." Mulder- "Why are you telling me this?" Clyde Bruckman- "Look, forget I mentioned it. It's none of my business." This shows that the actual reference to this death was directed to Mulder. Clyde Bruckman dies from an overdose of whatever pills happened to be in that container. I would also like to make a point on autoerotic asphyxiation. Auto- Self Erotic- nature of erotica (in this case masturbation) Asphyxiation- suffocation Although relatives and friends of Michael Hutchins may not feel empathetic towards Darin Morgan's (the writer of the episode) sense of humor, the comment was meant as a joke. This comment was not intended to be taken seriously or to have any lasting affect in the X-files mythology.
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Palin writes:
This isn't quite what happened. When Mulder asked what his death would be like, the psychic only told him "you don't want to know". Even in the seen where he sees Mulder getting his throat cut after stepping in a pie, the psychic never told Mulder that he was going to die. He said that he saw the killer comming up behind Mulder, then went off on a tangent about what kind of pie Mulder had stepped in. The auto erotic was in a line mentioned by the psychic almost in passing. I'm not quite sure what brought this statement up, but the psychic said something like "and some people would find death by auto erotic asphyxiation(sp?) a little strange too." This refers to people who like to strangle themselves while masterbating. Taking this into consideration, we assume that the psychic was talking about his own death, since Mulder and Scully find him dead in his bed with a plastic bag over his face. Now seeing as how they also found a note and a bottle of pills, I'm not to sure this is correct either. In any case, the film "Auto Erotica" that you said was actually the name of an episode of "The Red Shoe Diaries." A series on Showtime movie channel that Duchovny stared in. He played the "host" of the show as a man who read the sex stories that were sent in to him, and was also one of the main characters in the movie that started the series.
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Bacca-Ikkin writes:
Mulder was supposed to die by auto-erotic asphyxiation, which is how Clyde Bruckman (the insurance salesman) died at the end of the episode.
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Griffworks writes:
Actually, I believe that the comment made by Bruckmann was about his own death when Mulder asked Bruckmann if he'd foreseen his own demise. I could be wrong, but that was one of my favorite episodes and that scene just stuck in my mind...
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Indignigo writes:
When Bruckman tells Mulder that he considers autoerotic asphyxiation to be a particularly undignified way to die, the implication is that this is how Mulder will die. Earlier, Bruckman asked if Mulder wanted to know how he (Mulder) would die, but instead of telling him, Bruckman just sort of laughed. Bruckman himself does not die of autoerotic asphyxiation. Yes, they find him dead, in bed, with a plastic bag over his head, but he is on top of the covers, clothed, and clutching an empty prescription bottle.
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ithilrien writes:
In a fairly obscure movie called Full Frontal, a character played by David Duchovny dies by auto-erotic asphyxiation.
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