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)

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 9.2/10 from 2,134 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 3 critic

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



(created by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

« Previous Episode | 80 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode credited cast:
Fox Mulder (voice)
Dana Scully (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Beale ...
Newstand Operator
Agent Cook
David Fredericks ...
Peter Hanlon ...
The Aide
James Earl Ray
General Francis


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Curiously, neither young Bill Mulder and young CSM are interpreted by the same actors that in Apocrypha. Even the events happenned there were only a few years before. See more »


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 »


The Cigarette Smoking Man: Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee. But they're gone too fast and the taste is... fleeting. So, you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and ...
See more »


References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates
8 August 2006 | by (Washington Terrace, Utah) – See all my reviews

Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man is a fun, interesting episode. For not having Mulder or Scully in it, the episode is pulled off surprisingly well. I like how his cigarette lighter says 'Trust No one'. Each of the segments opens with a quote, the first a Shakespearean quote. Nice touch. I think it's interesting that just one of the two "past" sequences was in black & white. Why? When CSM is on the assignment to assassinate President Kennedy, he tells Oswald he likes movies, although he told Mulder earlier that he hates movies. So the lying begins. I also like how instead of music, real Martin Luther King Jr. speeches were played in the background. It gave the episode a cool feel. I like how the book CSM is writing is called 'Second Chance', paralleling CSM's desire for a second chance in life to not be so evil. It's cool to see CSM in a different light, aspiring to be a writer, trying to quit smoking through the use of a nicotine patch. Even though he is still evil, you garner a little bit of sympathy for him. Although we know that Frohike was fed misinformation, I think it would've been better not to have the army part at the beginning. I think they still could've introduced CSM but kept it with what we knew from Piper Maru and Apocrypha. Another problem I have with the PE is when CSM is with Ronald "Deep Throat". They talk a little bit about Bill Mulder and then Deep Throat kills the alien because that's what the international agreement was. If they automatically have to kill the recovered alien, why was the alien on life support in the first place? Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man is a fun episode that should be taken with a grain of salt and not as gospel truth of CSM's real life.

23 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Episode Elimination Game Season 8 lowriders95s10
Does it have any LGTB content? prinsmars_91
Do you think Gillian Anderson was too young to play Scully? SmokeMeAClipper
A new viewer... Where to start and what to watch!!?? stephenmillerisme
Does this show get better? outlookaccount2
Episode Elimination Game Season 7 lowriders95s10

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: