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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the Dec 24, 1991 flashback, CSM wants to make sure the Bills never win a Super Bowl. In the early 1990s the Bills had lost four straight Super Bowls (a record), and as of 2018 have never won a Super Bowl. 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

The Cigarette Smoking Man: Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure, once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee. But they're gone too fast and the taste is... fleeting. So, you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and ...
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.40 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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Written by Edward Pola and George Wyle
Performed by Andy Williams
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Care fo a cigarette.
21 May 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man' is one of the most interesting episodes, as it opens up the packground of one of the most sinister and enigmatic (recurring) characters of the series. The episoode is fun and sad at the same time. as we learn how lonely is the man in that sort of profession. This episode also gives the viewers another takes on some conspiracy theories (assasinations of JFK and Martin Luther King), and humorous take about how Academy Awards are rigged. We get to see how CSM got his start, and how he evolved to become such seemingly cold and calculating man who has much more real power than one can expect from such grey mouse looking official. We also learn the more human side of CSM when it is revealed that he had aspirations to become a science fiction author, and how cruel the publishing world is to new writers. By the end of the episode I even felt sorry for the guy.

The episode gave much more human dimension to CSM so it is much easier to understand (and feel) the character and what drives him. Great episode and great character study.


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