Recap / The X-Files S07 E18 "Brand X"

Skinner leads an investigation of a cigarette company who are covering up a product infested with tobacco beetles whose eggs hatch inside the people who smoke the cigarettes.

Tropes used in this episode:

  • Brand X: Morley tobacco is a Captain Ersatz of Marlboro.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Skinner. Mulder and Scully are heavily involved in the investigation, but Skinner is actively leading it for once.
  • Written-In Absence: Mulder and Scully's relatively small part in proceedings, with Mulder in particular spending most of the episode bedbound, was to give Duchovny and Anderson time to direct other episodes (Anderson the one before this; Duchovny the one after).