The X-Files (1993– )
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Two Fathers 

The alien rebels return to kill abductees including Scully and Cassandra Spender. With the Syndicate in shambles, the Cigarette Smoking Man reveals the truth to Agent Spender hoping that he will continue his work.


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
William B. Davis ... CGB Spender
Chris Owens ... Jeffrey Spender
Nicholas Lea ... Alex Krycek
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Veronica Cartwright ... Cassandra Spender
Nick Tate ... Dr. Eugene Openshaw
George Murdock ... Elder #2
Don S. Williams ... Elder #1
Al Ruscio ... Elder #4
Frank Ertl ... Elder #5
James Newman James Newman ... Doctor
Damon Saleem Damon Saleem ... Pick-up Player (as Damon P. Saleem)
Valarie Pettiford ... FBI Agent


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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Release Date:

7 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I've done as you asked, now I would like you to do for me.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: ...Do for you?
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I think I'm entitled.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: To?
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: The truth. The truth about my mother. She won't tell me.
The Cigarette Smoking Man: 'Cause you won't believe her. Maybe you won't believe me. Maybe it's better not to know.
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: I need to know!
The Cigarette Smoking Man: You need to show me that you're capable of handling the responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Spender: Don't try me, old man!
[CSM smacks him]
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Performed by John Beal
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7 March 2019 | by jodi-44528See all my reviews

This was an okay episode. But I am not impressed with the pace and action. We found out a lot but nothing earth shattering.

What I don't understand about the premise of this show is why a group of Americans would volunteer themselves and everyone else on the planet to a hostile group of aliens. It doesn't make sense.

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