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The Rain King 

When Mulder and Scully investigate a man who claims he can control the rain in a small, drought-stricken Kansas town, they encounter a force more powerful than the weather.


Kim Manners


Chris Carter (created by), Jeffrey Bell




Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
Victoria Jackson ... Sheila Fontaine
Clayton Rohner ... Daryl Mootz
David Manis ... Holman Hardt
Dirk Blocker ... Mayor Gilmore
Frankie Ingrassia ... Cindy Culpepper (as Francesca Ingrassia)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Doctor (as Thom McFadden)
Dan Gifford ... Local News Anchor
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Hotel Manager
Brian Johnson ... Man (as Brian D. Johnson)
Sally Stevens ... Radio Singer


The mayor of a small Kansas 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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With the setting in Kansas and the school reunion Oz theme, this is the second episode this season referencing The Wizard of Oz. See the trivia about "Triangle", e.g. the name of Mulder's wrecked boat - the "Judy Garland". See more »


Around 00:03:22, Daryl puts his left hand out of the car window. In the next shot, his left hand is holding the steering wheel. In the next shot, his left hand is out the window again. See more »


Mulder: It's like looking in a mirror.
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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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A delightful love story, as only The X Files can do
29 May 2017 | by jezfernandezSee all my reviews

One of the most intriguing aspects of Season 6 is how on earth Mulder is able to keep investigating X Files, when AD Kirsch has forbidden them from going near these cases. Yet here's our dynamic duo on another road trip to the back end of nowhere.

I've always loved this episode, right from the start where Daryl Mootz is pelted with heart-shaped hailstones. It's a testament to writer Jeffrey Bell that every last dim-witted character is infused with innocent charm. Especially Sheila, who still believes Daryl loved her once.

Of course, in the background - largely playing the role of observers - are Mulder and Scully, both with an opportunity to consider their feelings for each other. Scully, with her speech about realising there's no one else you'd rather be with, and Mulder's tendency to "gaze at Scully". It serves as a nice companion piece to How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (episode 6), with Scully once again suckered in for the ride.

All in all, this is a wonderful fantasy episode - think Roxanne meets Twister. It's highly illogical in places, but charming nonetheless.

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10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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