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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

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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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10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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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 story opens in Kansas, part of the MidWest, a region that would at least be cold, if not wet, during February in the winter. No one is wearing coats, hats, or gloves in Krohner, Kansas. See more »


Scully: So now you're saying that...
Mulder: Holdman Hardt is manufacturing the weather. Did you see how relieved he was when he learned that Daryl was drunk? I've been doing some checking. Holdman Hardt has been hospitalized 5 times with nervous exhaustion, each time coinciding with a major meteorological event.
Scully: Mulder, it is still a huge leap to say that he's manufacturing the weather.
Mulder: Most people will admit that the weather plays a significant role in the way they feel, right? There's even that disorder...
Scully: ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Garland
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True Love changes the world around you... (Barf)
19 October 2006 | by andyetrisSee all my reviews

Although this has to be the nadir of season six, this schmaltzy episode isn't badly written or acted. It's just that most of us looked to the X-Files for taut, gripping horror/thrillers ending without easy answers and moving toward dark but fathomable conspiracies. Season 6 gave us a stream of tongue-in-cheek comedies that undermined the show's continuity and, frankly, made Simpsons' Halloween Specials look like great thriller TV.

In this episode Victoria Jackson of SNL fame plays the long-suffering girlfriend of a man who sets himself up as a rainmaker. However her weatherman boss is the one who truly loves her and Mulder winds up having to provide him dating advice in order to get out of town.

There's some playful fun with the chemistry between the agents and some amusing but none-too-sophisticated characterization of Midwestern hicks. It's nothing you'd want to see more than once!

It's hard to figure out Season 6. X-Files creator Chris Carter seems bored by the whole 'Syndicate conspiracy' story arc and abandons responsibility to the black comedy writers.

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