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
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When Glen Morgan wrote the episode it ended with him putting a bullet in the brain of Frohike, thus showing him to be a killer. However, a new ending was shot, with the Cigarette Smoking Man lining him up in his sights and saying, "I can kill you whenever I please, but not today." ... Morgan would write only one more episode of The X-Files, and why the Cigarette Smoking Man even says at one point, "This isn't the ending that I wrote; it's all wrong!". 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 ...
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Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more