The X-Files: Season 6, Episode 8

The Rain King (10 Jan. 1999)
"The X Files" The Rain King (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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A mayor of a small town asks Mulder and Scully to investigate Daryl Mootz, a man who apparently can make it rain at will. The mayor believes Mootz is responsible for causing a local drought... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mayor Gilmore
TV anchor
Cindy Culpepper (as Francesca Ingrassia)
Victoria Jackson ...
Man (as Brian D. Johnson)
Sharon Madden ...
Hotel Manager
Holman Hardt
Tom McFadden ...
The Doctor (as Thom McFadden)
Daryl Mootz
Radio Singer


A mayor of a small town asks Mulder and Scully to investigate Daryl Mootz, a man who apparently can make it rain at will. The mayor believes Mootz is responsible for causing a local drought so that he can charge individuals for rain on their farms. Written by Muldernscully

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Did You Know?


The character Holman Hardt says he accidentally stumbled upon Sheila and her boyfriend "in flagrante delicto." This phrase is Latin for "in blazing offence." See more »


When the car crashes into the pole you can see in the external scene that the fractured windscreen is gone but on the next internal shot it is back. See more »


Mulder: He just wants some dating advice.
Scully: From whom?
Mulder: Yours truly.
Scully: [long silence]
Mulder: Hello? Scully?
Scully: Mulder, when was the last time you went on a date?
Mulder: I will talk to you later.
Mulder: [hangs up]
Scully: The blind leading the blind.
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References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »


Rainy Days and Mondays
Written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols
Performed by Sally Stevens
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Cute and funny
28 February 2008 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

I don't agree with the common opinion about this episode. It's not sugary and trite, it's just different, and cute, and what's more - made with style! Who says that the most and only important things that define "The X Files" are their seriousness, darkness, scariness?...One of the greatest things about this show is that it can do anything, it can be frightening or action-like, or Gothic, or religious, or highly metaphorical, or funny, or ironic, or romantic, or nicely simple, or yes, even cheerfully light. I respect the fact that the crew were capable enough to play with genres and to create an unexpected episode, yet a quality one. Many TV-shows keep a strict line in what's expected of them, and all their episodes are very much similar. "The X Files" had the courage to try new things, not to follow regulations of what it "should be", and to risk and explore various territories. I would appreciate this courage even when it fails, but it doesn't fail in this episode.

I like everything in "The Rain King", it's full of nice moments and funny stuff in a kind, soft way. I like the clouds which laugh, Mulder's painted lips, Scully's speech about love and friendship, the rainbow with blue birds at the end. It is a must-see episode for shippers. And for anyone who can appreciate the style in a light, but honest episode and who is not ashamed to like cute things.

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