The X-Files (1993– )
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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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Release Date:

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 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 »


Scully: It seems to me that the best relationships, the ones that last, are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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The Blind Leading The Blind
26 January 2007 | by MuldernscullySee all my reviews

The Rain King is a cheesy, poor excuse for an x-file. However, it has enough highlights in it to make it recommendable. This episode was written by newcomer Jeffrey Bell, an average writer. He doesn't appear to know that Mulder and Scully are off of the x-files and that Kersh will have their heads if he catches them investigating the x-files. No explanation is given why they are investigating this case and no indication that they'll catch you-know-what from Kersh. The story of a man controlling the weather out of love is ultra-cheesy, including the cheesiest moment, a cow falling from the sky and crashing onto Mulder's bead. Bell, however, seems to have a good feel for Mulder and Scully's relationship, and they share some good dialogue. The best moment is when Mulder informs Scully that Holman is seeking dating advice from him. Scully asks Mulder when was the last time he went on a date. Mulder then tells Scully, "I will talk to you later" and hangs the phone up on her. Besides the story being cheesy, Mark Snow's soundtrack is the oddest I've ever heard it and doesn't really fit. Like I said, the story is cheesy and weak, but seeing Mulder and Scully being confused for a couple and acting as relationship counselors is worth the price of admission in itself. So enjoy The Rain King for what it is, just don't expect a good x-files in it.

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