"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man"
Series The X-Files
Season 4, Episode 7
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Air date November 17th, 1996
Writers Glen Morgan
Director James Wong
Producers Rob Bowman; Chris Carter; Joseph Patrick Finn; Vince Gilligan; R.W. Goodwin; Howard Gordon; Ken Horton; Kim Manners; Glen Morgan; Lori Jo Nemhauser; Paul Rabwin; Frank Spotnitz; James Wong
Starring David Duchovny; Gillian Anderson
Episode guide

"Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man" is the seventh episode of season four of the science fiction mystery series The X-Files and the eightieth episode of the series overall. It was directed by James Wong with a script written by Glen Morgan. It first aired on the FOX Network on Sunday, November 17th, 1996.

Cast Edit

Starring Edit

Actor Role
David Duchovny Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson Dana Scully

Guest Starring Edit

Actor Role
William B. Davis C.G.B. Spender
Morgan Weisser Lee Harvey Oswald
Chris Owen Young CSM
Donnelly Rhodes General Francis
Tom Braidwood Melvin Frohike
Bruce Harwood John Fitzgerald Byers
Jerry Hardin Deep Throat

Co-Starring Edit

Actor Role
Dan Zukovic Agent
Peter Hanlon Aide
Dean Aylesworth Young Bill Mulder
Paul Jarrett James Earl Ray
David Fredericks Director
Laurie Murdoch Lydon

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-14

Allusions Edit

  • President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza on November 22nd, 1963. It is largely believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was the primary assassin, though there is evidence to support the possibility of multiple shooters. The conflicting details surrounding the assassination has turned it into one of the most intriguing mysteries of the twentieth century, giving rise to numerous conspiracy theories implicating those at the highest levels of power. The X-Files posits that it was actually C.G.B. Spender and not Lee Harvey Oswald who was the shooter at the school book depository.

Quotes Edit

  • 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. 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, the taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits, filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts, and if you're desperate enough to eat those, all you've got left is a... is an empty box... filled with useless, brown paper wrappers.

See also Edit


The World of the X-Files

The X-Files miscellaneous

External Links Edit