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Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man 

The Lone Gunmen reveal the (possibly fake) secret history of the Smoking Man to Mulder with focus on three episodes from his life - the assassination of JFK, his attempts at becoming a novelist and one of his UFO cover ups.

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James Wong

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Glen Morgan
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder (voice)
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully (voice)
William B. Davis ... Cigarette Smoking Man
Morgan Weisser ... Lee Harvey Oswald
Chris Owens ... Young Cigarette Smoking Man
Donnelly Rhodes ... General Francis
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers (voice)
Jerry Hardin ... Deep Throat
Dan Zukovic ... Agent
Peter Hanlon ... Aide
Dean Aylesworth ... Young Bill Mulder
Paul Jarrett ... James Earl Ray
David Fredericks ... Director
Laurie Murdoch ... Lydon
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Storyline

While the Cigarette Smoking Man listens in on a conversation Scully and Mulder are having with Frohike, 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 approached. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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4:3
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Trivia

In the episode the killing of Dallas police JD Tippit by Lee Harvey Oswald is shown. In the movie Ruby (1992), David Duchovny plays Officer Tippit. See more »

Goofs

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: What I don't want to see is the Bills winning a Super Bowl. As long as I'm alive that doesn't happen.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates
8 August 2006 | by MuldernscullySee 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.


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