Clearcut is the sixth and final episode of the Alan Wake prequel live action mini-series, Bright Falls. This episode was released on the Bright Falls Website on 14 May 2010 since Alan Wake was released in the UK on that day.
Jake is cleaning the mess in his cabin, when Mulligan, a Bright Falls deputy, knocks on Jake's door and asks about Sam, the owner of the motel, who went missing. As Jake shrugs off the question, the Deputy comes inside and sees the room's state. Jake lies and claims that he had accidentally left his door open that night, to which an animal had entered and supposedly trashed the room. The Deputy recognizes the evidence of what appears to be a "14-point stag" in the room, as he soon finishes his business with Jake and walks out the door. Jake realizes that he needs to get out of the town immediately.
Jake, dazed and confused, drives to Ellen and asks her to "drive". When in the car, she questions Jake about where he wants her to drive him. After Jake doesn't respond she asks again, angrier this time. Jake simply turns to her with his eyes widened. Suddenly, Jake is driving, and listing to a Brazilian song on the radio. He looks over his shoulder onto the back seat. Tucked underneath it is Ellen's blood-stained shoe, implying that Jake did something to her. He looks up to see the tunnel (in episode 2: Time Flies) and does a sharp turn. The reflection in the windscreen shows trees twisting and turning. The camera slowly fades to the car seat, empty. Jake had got out of the car and left at nightfall, leaving his car behind. Later some cops are seen lighting flares, warning drivers to be careful around the crash. Alan Wake drives up in a car with his wife Alice and asks the cop what happened.
- Christopher Forsyth as Jake Fischer
- Robert Peters as Deputy Mulligan
- Allison Lange as Ellen Adams
- Ilkka Villi and Matthew Porreta as Alan Wake
1:02 - 3:20
Jake: Can I help you?
Mulligan: Have you been in contact with the, uh, owner of this motel?
Jake: No I haven't seen him in a couple of days.
Mulligan: He's gone missing. Found his boy in the woods, looking for him. Do you mind?
Jake: Uhm. Sure.
Mulligan: Well isn't this particular?
Jake: Well, I'm from the city, you know, and, uh, it's gonna sound kind of stupid but I, uh, I left the door open last night and, uh, some kind of wild animal must've came in here.
Mulligan: No squirrel animal did this. These are the markings of what I'd say is a...14 point stag. Yeahp. See the pattern? Cut and buck. Horned rimmed entry points. You had a trophy deer here, you know that? Would've fetched ol' Sam a hell of a prize. Too bad he flew the coup. Probably on some bender. He's got a baaad habit.
Mulligan: Boys are gonna love this.
3:34 - 3:48
Phone: So, he has no idea. Hello, are you there?
Ellen: What's wrong?
Jake: I need help. Come with me.
Ellen: You have to tell me what's happening.
Jake: Just drive.
3:56 - 4:20
Ellen: Are you gonna say anything? Where am I even headed?
Jake: Just get me out.
Ellen: That's it? You just needed a ride out of the town? Why'd you even come looking for me? You could've just driven it yourself!
Jake: No I couldn't have. I'm not in control.
Ellen: What does that mean? Jake?
5:57 - 6:06
Alan: What happened officer?
Officer: Some guy missed the turn here, probably a deer or something. Just be careful through this next section of road.
Alan: Okay, thanks.
- In the episode Alan is seen driving the car at night, as he enters Bright Falls. At the start of the game Alice is driving and awakes Alan during the day, and exclaims they've entered the city even though that was said in Clearcut. A simple mistake by the producers, or a foreshadow of his dream becoming a reality?
- It is possible that when Alan and Alice get to the crash scene it is close to dawn and at some point before they get to the ferry dock they switch seats so Alan could get sleep (or in this case begin Episode 1 of Alan Wake the game)
- During Deputy Mulligan's investigation of Jake's ravaged motel room, he immediately identifies antler piercings in various pieces of debris scattered around the room. If this assumption is true, how did such markings get into the room during Jake's dark venture captured on the camera in the previous episode? (Apparently some people believe that Jake became a Taken-possessed deer after running over one in Episode One: Oh Deer.
- Does Deputy Mulligan really think a deer was responsible and that Ama vanished on a bender, or does he suspect Jake and is merely playing along to lull him into a sense of security? His last words to Jake give credence either way