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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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 ... See full summary »

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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 inspired by a Superman comic book story called Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography. 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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22 April 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" is one of my very favorite X-Files episodes. I find it a beautiful, exciting, funny, and even sad episode that stands in my opinion as one of the finest scripts put into production for the series, and just maybe my favorite effort from Glen Morgan.

I think a lot of the criticism that does exist for this episode exists because fans are taking it too seriously. If you don't want to believe that he killed both JFK and Martin Luther King, don't. This episode isn't intended to be strict canon. If taken in from this perspective, I find that this episode is one of the most affecting of the entire series, and surely somewhere in my top 20 episodes.

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