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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Episode complete credited cast:
Elder #2
Don S. Williams ...
Elder #1
Elder #4
Elder #5
James Newman ...
Damon Saleem ...
Pick-up Player (as Damon P. Saleem)


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 »


The special effects operator and his fire rig are briefly visibly when the rebel alien kills the Syndicate elder while disguised as Dr. Openshaw. See more »


[after playing basketball, Mulder approaches Scully]
Fox Mulder: Hey, homegirl. Word up.
Dana Scully: Mulder, it's my distinct impression that you just cheated, and that you're not coming in again today.
Fox Mulder: Oh, Scully, I got game!
Dana Scully: Yeah, you got so much game that I'm wondering if you have any work left in you.
Fox Mulder: I'm ready to J-O-B, just not on some jagoff shoeshine tip.
Dana Scully: No jagoff shoeshine tip?
Fox Mulder: No background checkin' jagoff shoeshine tip.
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The Cigarette-Smoking Man Tells All
19 October 2006 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Part I of two. Patient X, Cassandra Spender, reappears as does "the syndicate" and the "alien rebels." C.G.B Spender, aka cancer man, explains the conspiracy to his secret agent at the FBI as the "mythology" seems to be heading to a climax. Cassandra isn't the only one convinced that she is the key to the aliens plans as Mulder and Scully scramble to protect her from those who want her dead... and those who want her alive!

After more than five seasons of developing suspense, it's a tad frustrating to have it all just laid out cold! Even as a stand-alone thriller, this is just too much explanation that should have been woven into a story whose climactic event, dealing with the rebel alien, is simply ridiculous in terms of what "the Syndicate" has been capable of before.

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