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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.

Director:

James Wong

Writers:

Chris Carter (created by), Glen Morgan
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Cast

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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In the scene set in December 1991, one of the Smoking Man's subordinates asks him if he has any preferences for the upcoming Oscar nominations, to which he replies that he "couldn't care less". This may be an inside joke, as one of the movies nominated for the 1991 Best Picture Academy Award was Oliver Stone's JFK, which like this episode, is centered around a conspiracy behind the John F. Kennedy assassination. It lost the Best Picture Academy Award to The Silence of the Lambs, which Chris Carter has acknowledged as a major influence on The X-Files. 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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
The Cigarette Smoking Man: [looking through a rifle sight at Frohike] I can kill you whenever I please... but not today.
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Connections

References Forrest Gump (1994) See more »

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The X-Files
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal
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One of the best X-Files episodes ever made!
27 May 2006 | by Danny-RodriguezSee all my reviews

Mainly because it tells us the background story of the cancer man and his story.

It tells us all of what he did in the past and where he came from and even some of his emotions surface in this episode.

We see that he wants out of the agency and wants to stop smoking but can't somehow.

And it even had a reference to my favorite writer! Tom Clancy! Apparently me and the cancer man share love for the same books!

The part about the Kennedy assassination was perfect and done very well by the director!

Great episode! It's worth it for the Forest Gump reference alone!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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