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Fox Mulder and Dana Scully with Sheila Fontaine and Holman Hardt
Series: The X-Files
Original Airdate: January 10, 1999
Production Number: 6ABX07
Date(s): Unknown
Written by: Jeffrey Bell
Directed by: Kim Manners
Episode chronology



"Terms of Endearment"

"S.R. 819"
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"The Rain King" is the eighth episode of the sixth season of The X-Files.


A man in Kansas claims to be able to command the weather and appears to be the real deal.


A couple argues over the lack of rain and its effect on the couple's livelihood. After the argument, the boyfriend/secret fiancé goes for a drive but crashes after a hailstorm wrecks his car. A man, Daryl Mootz, is taking credit for the rain storms, calling himself the "rain king."

Mulder and Scully arrive in town and ask about the rain king. They find that Daryl enjoys the support of the townsfolk without exception, even the meteorologist, Holman Hardt. Mulder and Scully witness the arrival of the rain king amid mild fanfare. The rain man does a dance and the town experiences a small rain storm amid the drought. Scully remains unconvinced, despite this proof.


Mulder barely avoids death by flying cow.

Overnight, a cow lands in Mulder's motel room. Through a complicated love-octagon, it is revealed that Holman Hardt is controlling the weather; Mulder unintentionally attracting Hardt's promiscuous co-worker, Sheila Fontaine, results in a massive thunderstorm that came out of the meteorologist's brain, as Holman Hardt fancies Sheila Fontaine. With Mulder's help, the pair end up living happily ever after.
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Background InformationEdit


There were a lot of mountains surrounding the airport Mulder and Scully landed at considering they were in northeast Kansas.

This episode's title may be a reference to Saul Bellow's novel "Henderson The Rain King".


The whole episode takes place six months after Valentine's Day (August) when the episode aired in January. Another thing wrong is that Mulder and Scully are on the case when they're currently off the X-Files. The Mayor even said that the FBI gave the case to them. (Though they may have simply had orders to investigate the legitimacy of Daryls business, with Mulder taking into regards the strange weather phenomena)

Although Sheila stated every single weird weather accident that happened in her life, she never mentioned anything about the sky raining Ice Hearts on the Valentine's Day, it's not even mentioned in the newspapers like they mentioned the Flower Showers.


Movie Allusion: Wizard of Oz During the reunion scene at the end of the movie there is a statue of a scarecrow.

Someone out there loves their Wizard of Oz. Not only did we have Triangle that had numerous references to the film, we now have an episode set in Kansas that has tornadoes and even Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow (could be a soundalike I suppose but it's meant to be her). And the final scene with the baby looks out on a farm that has a suspiciously similar looking barn and set up to the black and white opening of the film.

I'll build the ark, you gather the animals. Said to Scully as the heavens have opened and rain and storms are threatening the reunion guests. An obvious, but very funny, reference to the biblical story of Noah, who was told by God to build an ark and take two of every animal with him as the floods rose.



Guest Starring



Kroner, Kansas

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