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.
Did You Know?
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
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
[looking through a rifle sight at Frohike
I can kill you whenever I please... but not today.
References Forrest Gump
Written by Mark Snow
Performed by John Beal See more