The reappearance of Cassandra Spender and the return of the faceless alien rebels threatens to expose The Syndicate. Cigarette Smoking Man reveals all about the alien conspiracy to a new protege he trusts to help his work continue.



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Elder #2
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Elder #1
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Elder #5
James Newman ...
Damon Saleem ...
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After being gone for almost a year following her abduction, Cassandra Spender reappears, in perfect physical condition as the first successful alien/human hybrid. The consortium scrambles as the faceless alien rebels seek to expose their conspiracy with the colonizing aliens. Mulder and Scully try to discover the identity of the Cigarette Smoking Man and protect Cassandra from the consortium who want her dead. Written by Muldernscully

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7 February 1999 (USA)  »

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It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series. See more »


In every other episode, the ice pick to the nape of an alien's neck releases toxic fumes, along with the ichor, but in this episode, when Agent Spender and Krycek kill the rebel alien, they are unaffected by the exposure of the ichor to air, which should have been toxic for them to inhale. See more »


FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I've done as you asked, now I would like you to do for me.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: ...Do for you?
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I think I'm entitled.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: To?
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: The truth. The truth about my mother. She won't tell me.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: 'Cause you won't believe her. Maybe you won't believe me. Maybe it's better not to know.
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I need to know!
The Cigarette Smoking Man: You need to show me that you're capable of handling the responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: Don't try me, old man!
[CSM smacks him]
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Confessions Of A Smoking Man
9 February 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

For the fans that had been waiting patiently or impatiently for 5 1/2 years for answers, they received a lot of them in Two Fathers. Two Fathers does a unique approach to this episode in that it is framed throughout with the Cigarette Smoking Man(CSM) unraveling the details of the alien conspiracy to an unknown person. I like the different approach. Using this storytelling style, the episode is interspersed with several flashback scenes detailing how the syndicate came to be. It's odd but refreshing to finally have all these answers given to us about the plans for colonization, especially since it comes from CSM's mouth. Before he dies, Dr. Openshaw tells CSM that a man shouldn't live long enough to see his children or his work destroyed. It's interesting because it foreshadows future events. Krycek appears as CSM's right-hand man in this episode. Krycek talks about CSM needing a successor to continue the work of the syndicate when he passes on. CSM tells Krycek that he's already chosen a successor. You can tell this disappoints Krycek, since he wanted to be the one. An interesting deleted scene shows Krycek expounding to CSM how great he thinks he is, doing a huge kiss-up job. Two Fathers lacks a little bit in the action department, but what makes it so good is all the answers we finally get. It holds your attention from beginning to end, not wanting to miss a word of all the information that is being dispensed, by none other than the Cigarette Smoking Man.

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