The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 7

Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (17 Nov. 1996)
"The X Files" Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (original title)

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A Lone Gunmen member is targeted for extermination after he uncovers information linking the Cancer Man to several assassinations.

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While the Cigarette Smoking Man listens in on a conversation Scully and Mulder are having with Froehike, he recalls his own past and how he got to be where he is today. As a young army officer, working alongside Mulder's father, he was recruited by a General and an intelligence operative. His past was effectively erased and from that point working only in the shadow world. He was implicated in the assassination of presidents and civil rights leaders. He was also a frustrated mystery writer but his bizarre tales of assassinations and alien conspiracies are seen as too outlandish by the publishers he's approached. Written by garykmcd

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The story was originally intended to end with CSM killing Melvin Frohike, but the show's executive staff vetoed the idea. See more »

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CSM has some letter head with an address in Pasadena California. La Cienega is not a street in Pasadena and the zip code is not a Pasadena zip code. Rather, the Zip Code is in nearby South Pasadena and La Cienega is in Los Angeles. See more »

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The Cigarette Smoking Man: [looking through a rifle sight at Frohike] I can kill you whenever I damn well please. But not today.
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1 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode - a nice view of the hollow nature of CSM's life

  • which was also shown in a previous show when Mulder tracks down CSM's


apartment. "Look at me. No family, no life, a little power." he says then, and looked pathetic saying it.

My issue with this is that it contradicts a previous ep. (forget which, sorry) when we see a flashback to Roswell, 1947. CSM and Papa Mulder are already FBI agents then. It's clear from this ep. that CSM was still very young in the early 60s - so these two narratives are at odds.

Nitpicky, I know - but writers should try to keep the story internally consistent if possible.


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