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Agent Scully lets sympathy cloud her better judgment when she accompanies the Cigarette Smoking Man on a road trip and wonders if he's as evil as she always thought.


Rob Bowman


Chris Carter (created by), William B. Davis




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
William B. Davis ... CGB Spender
Mitch Pileggi ... Walter Skinner
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Black-Haired Man
Louise Latham ... Marjorie Butters
Tom Braidwood ... Melvin Frohike
Dean Haglund ... Richard 'Ringo' Langly
Bruce Harwood ... John Fitzgerald Byers
Timothy Landfield ... Scientist / Cobra
Cory Parravano Cory Parravano ... Jason McPeck
Michael Canavan ... Cameron McPeck
Jacqueline Schultz ... Irene McPeck
Thomas Roe Thomas Roe ... Guard
Tom Bailey Tom Bailey ... Apartment Manager


A boy is miraculously cured of his cancer, without medical treatment. After Scully visits the boy and his family, she is met by the Cigarette Smoking Man. He offers Scully the chance to obtain the cure for all cancer in exchange for going on a trip with him to get the cure and keeping the trip a secret from Mulder. Written by Muldernscully

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Written by the actor who plays the CSM, William B Davis. See more »


The email Mulder received from DARPA is shown with a source of "ftp server 19784.10693@Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency". FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, it's not an email server. Also, there is no email address with that form of address after the "@" symbol (no .com/.net/.gov extension). See more »


Scully: [to Mulder] You may be right... but for a moment, I saw something else in him. A longing for something more than power. Maybe for something he could never have.
[Cigarette Smoking Man stands outside on the dock. He looks at the disk, then sighs and tosses it into the water. He takes a cigarette out and lights it]
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Mass of a Mass Murderer
26 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

Dana Scully, FBI agent, physician, cancer survivor, and practicing Catholic, is drawn to the case of a Christian Science child who has had a miraculous remission from cancer. Upon investigation she discovers two things: an 'alien' implant in the back of the boy's neck and C.G.B. Spender, super assassin for the government's secret inner circle. When Spender, "the cigarette-smoking man" tells Scully that he means to share the secret cure for cancer with her she suspects him of blowing smoke, but accompanies him to a mysterious assignation at a lakeside hotel. Meanwhile her FBI partner, Fox Mulder, has discovered that someone has hacked into Scully's computer and impersonated Scully in an exchange of emails with someone at the Department of Defense's research facility. While Spender tries to convince Scully of his benign intentions, Mulder fears that she is merely a disposable bit of bait in a plan to draw a federal fugitive into the secret assassin's deadly sights.

This is another season 7 old-plot-device-elimination episode, and as this often meant the elimination of characters we have good reason to fear for Scully's survival! Unfortunately the ending of the episode really doesn't make much sense.

William B. Davis, who plays "the cigarette-smoking man," once suggested in an interview that his character was the real star of the show! Ironically this and certain other episodes show that in a way, Chris Carter has become the cigarette-smoking man, terminating stray characters and plot lines - with extreme prejudice!

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