The X-Files

Season 6 Episode 8

The Rain King

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 1999 on FOX



  • Trivia

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

    • Maybe they didn't think it was an X-File because the Mayor said the Rain King was scamming the people of the town.

    • This episode makes absolutely no sense in the order that it aired. First of all, 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.

  • Quotes

    • Holman: I've been envious of men like you my whole life. Based on your physical bearing, I'd assumed you were... More experienced. I mean... You spend every day with agent Scully a beautiful, enchanting woman. And you two never, uh...? I... confess I find that shocking. I... I've seen how you two gaze at one another.
      Mulder: This is about you, Holman. I'm here to help you. I'm perfectly happy with my friendship with Agent Scully.
      Holman: So according to your theory I walk in there, tell her I love her and the drought will end?
      Mulder: (straightens Holman's tie) Just tell her how you feel.
      Mulder: And Holman. I do not gaze at Scully.

    • Sheila: You love him, don't you?
      Scully: (softly) What?
      Sheila: You're jealous because Agent Mulder and I have a special connection and you're trying to divert me to Holman.
      Scully: What?

    • Scully: Holman?
      Mulder: Yeah... he wants advice. Dating advice.
      Scully: Dating advice? From whom?
      Mulder: Yours truly. Hello? Hey, Scully. Scully, you there?
      Scully: I heard you. Mulder, when was the last time you went on a date?
      Mulder: I will talk to you later (He hangs up)
      Scully: The blind leading the blind.

    • Hotel Manager: Oh, Miss, we moved your boyfriend's things into your room.
      Scully: He's my partner, and we prefer separate rooms.
      Hotel Manager: Oh, old-fashioned are you, huh? Well, we're booked solid with the high school reunion. You can take it or leave it.

    • Mayor: Agent Mulder, welcome to Kroner. I'm Jim Gilmore, the Mayor. We spoke on the phone.
      Mulder: Nice to meet you, sir.
      Mayor: If I'd have known you was bringing the missus, I would've arranged for fancier accommodations.
      (Mulder purses his lips, smiles, and looks away as if to say "I'm staying away from that one)
      Scully: I'm Agent Scully, Agent Mulder's partner. I'm... sure the accommodations will be just fine.
      Mayor: My apologies, ma'am. We appreciate your flying clear out here to help solve our crisis. I'd hoped for a bigger welcome, but, well... Okay, Rhonda that's enough. Go find your mama!

    • Scully: I think the most rewarding relationships, the ones that last, are born from friendship. One day you look at the person and see more than you did the night before, like a switch was flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is suddenly the only person you can imagine yourself with.

    • Mulder: I'll build the ark, you gather the animals.

  • Notes

    • 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

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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Mulder: 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.