Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Cigarette Smoking Man
Special Agent Jeffrey Spender
The location stamp states that the Elder's residence is in Silver Springs, Maryland. This is incorrect. The correct name of the city is Silver Spring.
Spender: AD Skinner. I... I didn't hear the elevator. I was working here.
Skinner: Working on what, Agent Spender?
Spender: Progress report on the X-Files.
Skinner: Progress report to who?
Spender: Just to file.
Skinner: I wasn't aware that you'd made any progress. In the months since your assignment, I've received but one memorandum. Were you planning to hit me all at once?
Spender: Uh, it's been slow going.
Skinner: Truth is your purpose here is not to make any progress, isn't it? Truth is you have no interest in the X-Files. Beyond a certain... personal case. Your mother's abduction.
Spender: Alleged abduction.
Skinner: That's what I'm here about.
Spender: What did they do to you?
Cassandra: I need to talk to someone.
Spender: You can tell me.
Cassandra: I need to speak to Agent Mulder.
Spender: I don't want him talking with her.
Spender: He's forbidden from the X-Files. He's to stay out of this.
Skinner: She's asking for him.
Spender: She's my mother.
Skinner: What are you afraid of, Agent Spender?
Spender: Of Agent Mulder filling her head with alien-abduction nonsense.
Skinner: Are you afraid of the truth?
Spender: I want to know who did this to her and why. That's all I want.
Skinner: Then why not use every resource available to you?
Spender: I'll send you a progress report.
CSM: My son refused to believe that his mother had been abducted... though it had been going on for years. Even after I schemed to put him in charge of the X-Files where Fox Mulder had amassed so much evidence of our secret plans... he still couldn't bring himself to accept the possibility of alien life. When he did... come to believe... when the facts became so glaring he turned... not to me, his father, but to the man I'd ruined. The man I'd chosen for him to replace.
CSM: Cassandra was beginning to realize her role in the greatest science project that man had ever known. She was the center of 50 years of work... The key to all of our plans... something even my colleagues didn't realize yet. I killed to keep them unknowing. I killed Dr Openshaw so they wouldn't discover her. When it's Cassandra I should have killed... Cassandra who needed to die. I couldn't do it. With all the blood on my hands I couldn't kill the mother of my own son, a woman I never even loved. My colleagues never knew, focused as they were on the new threat - the faceless alien rebels who'd burned our doctors alive... But my colleagues had become old men... blind to the fact that the faceless rebels already held the upper hand... that they'd used their powers of disguise to infiltrate our group.
Spender: I've done as you've asked. Mulder's been brought up to his superiors. He and his partner will be processed out of the FBI. I've done as you've asked, now I would like you to do for me.
CSM: Do for you?
Spender: I think I'm entitled.
Spender: The truth. The truth about my mother. She won't tell me.
CSM: Because you won't believe her. Maybe you won't believe me. Maybe it's better not to know.
Spender: Look, I need to know.
CSM: You need to show me that you're capable of handling the responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Spender: Don't try me, old man.
(Smoking Man stands and slaps Spender)
CSM: I gave you responsibility. I gave you a position. I gave you the things that you couldn't get yourself and you can't do the job!
Spender: Keeping Fox Mulder down is not a job. It's your dirty work! (Smoking Man slaps him again)
CSM: You pale to Fox Mulder. (He walks out of the room)
(Mulder is shooting baskets alone at the gym court, when Scully enters with a large box under her arm)
Scully: I bet you're curious about CGB.
Mulder: What's that?
Scully: CGB Spender - his name. Cigarette-Smoking Man?
Mulder: What's it stand for?
Scully: It's an alias, as far as I can figure. One of hundreds.
Mulder: Scully, want to go one-on-one? We got nothing but time now that we're on administrative leave.
Scully: Aren't you curious what I've got in the box? Everything I could find on him.
Mulder: Nothing you could ever find would be accurate or credible.
Scully: Maybe. But there's a picture you're going to want to see.
Mulder: That's CGB Spender and my father.
Scully: It was taken in 1973. I traced the connection to something they worked on together for 25 years at the state department. A highly classified project. There's more, if you're ready. Cassandra Spender is, indeed, the mother of Agent Jeffery Spender and the ex-wife of CGB Spender. But there's something that you're going to be surprised to find out. She was first abducted in 1973 on the night of November 27.
Mulder: That's the same night as my sister.
Scully: And there are other names connected to CGB Spender and your father - PhDs, doctors... one a Nobel winner for early works in genetics. A Dr Eugene Openshaw. He was the doctor that was found amongst the burn victims clinging to life beside Cassandra Spender. He died the next day in the hospital, before he was questioned.
Mulder: The project is still going on.
CSM: If Mulder hadn't known of his father's history with me he was fueled now with names and dates and... certainties. I couldn't stop him any longer - stop him from learning our sins. His father's and my own. The truth was out there, fatally exposed. I had one last hope. One chance to preserve my legacy.
(Spender sits staring at the dead alien)
Krycek: You've never seen one before, have you? It's shocking at first. The acceptance of the idea, it's... it's something you thought only children and fools believed in. It undermines your beliefs - in yourself, in the world... but then you come to understand.
Spender: Understand what?
Krycek: Well, the responsibility that this knowledge demands by the men who have it. The great sacrifice... by great men like your father.
Spender: What sacrifice?
Krycek: The sacrifice of your mother.
Spender: What do you know about that?
Krycek: Just that she's... been the subject of an experiment for 25 years.
Spender: My father's involved in that? Is he?
Krycek: Your father directs the experiments.
Spender: So... I'm protecting her now so the experiments can continue?
Krycek: That's why he put you on the X-Files. That's why your father sent you here tonight. You're protecting the project, Jeff. Making the sacrifices. So that you can be a great man, too.
Spender: I'll be my own great man.
CSM: I've trusted no one. Treachery is the inevitable result of all affairs. Every man believes he has his own good reason. I have little doubt of my son's disloyalty to me. Certainly he led Mulder and Scully to us. His mother must know by now her central role in the grand plan... That she's as much alien as human. Do you wonder why I've chosen you? You've never betrayed me. Now I need someone to trust.
Fowley: I'll help you. It's not too late.
Cassandra: I can't believe I found you.
Scully: How did you find us? Cassandra?
Mulder: How did you get here? How did you get out of your room?
Scully: How did you get your clothes? (There's loud knocking at the door)
Cassandra: Oh, Agent Scully, Agent Mulder, you cannot let them find me.
(More loud pounding at the door) You cannot let them have me! (She frantically grabs for Mulder's gun)
Mulder: Let go!
Cassandra: You have got to kill me now! If you don't kill me, it all starts. There won't be any stopping it. I am the one. You have to shoot me... Please! (More knocking. Mulder unholsters his gun and raises it)
Scully: Mulder, what are you doing?
Mulder: Stand away, Scully.
Scully: Mulder! Mulder, we have to protect her. (The pounding at the door continues, getting louder. Mulder aims the gun at Cassandra Spender's head. It sounds like someone is breaking the door down Mulder? Mulder!
Mulder: (Dribbling basketball) Scully, you wanna go one-on-one? We got plenty of time now that we're on administrative leave.
Cassandra: Oh! Agent Mulder. I think I'm going to pee the floor.
Mulder: Don't- Don't do that.
Mulder: You looking for work, Agent Spender? Cuz if you are, I got a whole pile in that middle drawer I'd love to shove down someone's throat.
(Mulder is playing basketball, sees Scully walking into gym)
Basketball player: Hey, milk. Let's play ball. Yo homestyle, cough up the rock.
Mulder: (Sinks a 3-pointer) Game.
Baller: Oh nah, it don't work like that.
Mulder: (Walks away) Hey homegirl, word up.
Scully: Mulder, it's my distinct impression that you just cheated and that you're not coming in again today.
Mulder: Oh Scully, I got game.
Scully: Yeah, you got so much game, I'm wondering if you have any work left in you.
Mulder: No, I'm ready to J-O-B, just not on some jagoff shoeshine tip.
Scully: No jagoff shoeshine tip?
Mulder: No background checkin' jagoff shoeshine tip.
Scully: Well about your J-O-B, Mulder, somebody's been trying very hard to reach you by phone. Somebody who wants you back at the FBI ASAP.
Mulder: (Sighs) About what?
Scully: About an X-File.
Veronica Cartwright, playing Cassandra Spender, received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "Two Fathers/One Son".
The idea that the Cigarette-Smoking Man would be telling the story was a very last minute addition as production had even wrapped on this episode.
This two-parter won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series.
In this episode Cassandra wants to end her life because her existence as the first alien/human hybrid signals the beginning of alien colonization. In Greek the name Cassandra means "Prophet of Doom".
Recurring Special Guest Star Mimi Rogers (Agent Diana Fowley) is uncredited in this episode.
Krycek: Resistance was futile then, why would it be any less so now?
'Resistance is Futile' is a trademark saying of the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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