Agent Scully lets sympathy cloud her better judgment when she accompanies the Cigarette Smoking Man on a road trip and wonders if he's as evil as she always thought.



(created by),

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Episode complete credited cast:
Louise Latham ...
Marjorie Butters
Timothy Landfield ...
Scientist / Cobra
Cory Parravano ...
Jason McPeck
Cameron McPeck
Jacqueline Schultz ...
Irene McPeck
Thomas Roe ...
Tom Bailey ...
Apartment Manager


A boy is miraculously cured of his cancer, without medical treatment. After Scully visits the boy and his family, she is met by the Cigarette Smoking Man. He offers Scully the chance to obtain the cure for all cancer in exchange for going on a trip with him to get the cure and keeping the trip a secret from Mulder. Written by Muldernscully

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-14 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 March 2000 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The script went through many revisions; several scenes were cut, including one that featured The Cigarette-Smoking Man teaching Scully how to water-ski. See more »


The email Mulder received from DARPA is shown with a source of "ftp server 19784.10693@Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency". FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, it's not an email server. Also, there is no email address with that form of address after the "@" symbol (no .com/.net/.gov extension). See more »


The Cigarette Smoking Man: It's the cure for all human disease.
Scully: [shocked] How?
The Cigarette Smoking Man: It's from that final frontier. It's largely extraterrestrial.
Scully: Then you would be cured...
The Cigarette Smoking Man: That which makes miracles can also make great evil. There are those who would use this power for their own purposes: To choose who will live and who will die. Theoretically, I can be cured... Everything I've told you about wanting to make right?
The Cigarette Smoking Man: I'm a lonely man, Dana.
See more »


References Touched by an Angel (1994) See more »


The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mass of a Mass Murderer
26 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Dana Scully, FBI agent, physician, cancer survivor, and practicing Catholic, is drawn to the case of a Christian Science child who has had a miraculous remission from cancer. Upon investigation she discovers two things: an 'alien' implant in the back of the boy's neck and C.G.B. Spender, super assassin for the government's secret inner circle. When Spender, "the cigarette-smoking man" tells Scully that he means to share the secret cure for cancer with her she suspects him of blowing smoke, but accompanies him to a mysterious assignation at a lakeside hotel. Meanwhile her FBI partner, Fox Mulder, has discovered that someone has hacked into Scully's computer and impersonated Scully in an exchange of emails with someone at the Department of Defense's research facility. While Spender tries to convince Scully of his benign intentions, Mulder fears that she is merely a disposable bit of bait in a plan to draw a federal fugitive into the secret assassin's deadly sights.

This is another season 7 old-plot-device-elimination episode, and as this often meant the elimination of characters we have good reason to fear for Scully's survival! Unfortunately the ending of the episode really doesn't make much sense.

William B. Davis, who plays "the cigarette-smoking man," once suggested in an interview that his character was the real star of the show! Ironically this and certain other episodes show that in a way, Chris Carter has become the cigarette-smoking man, terminating stray characters and plot lines - with extreme prejudice!

19 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: