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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10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Property master Tom Day and costume designer Christine Peters constructed a fake prosthetic leg and a harness that pulled Rohner's actual leg out of the camera's sight. Rohner described the harness as "painful". See more »


Commonly considered mistake: The bulk of this episode takes place 6 months after the first scene, as indicated by an on-screen caption after the opening credits, which would make it August. It would be warm, flowers would bloom, and people would not require coats, hats, or gloves. See more »


Mulder: It's like looking in a mirror.
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References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »


Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Garland
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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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