Season 2, Episode 15
Won't Get Fooled Again
Crichton finds himself in a strange copy of Earth, populated by the various people and races he's met in his travels living out ordinary lives — and not acting remotely like themselves — without anyone seeming to notice. As things get stranger and stranger, it becomes apparent that the only familiar face within this fantasy who might be able to help him is Scorpius.
When Crichton finally breaks free, he discovers that a Scarran is attempting to extract knowledge using a machine designed to Mind Rape
the victim until their consciousness collapses and their memories can be examined at leisure. He defeats the Scarran with help from the imaginary Scorpius, who he is able to see in the real world too. In the end, it is revealed that the imaginary Scorpius is a neural clone of the original, who resides within Crichton's mind thanks to a neural chip that Scorpius placed in Crichton's brain during the Aurora Chair interrogations, and it has spent the past year attempting to copy the wormhole knowledge. Once the threat of the Scarran is neutralised, the neural clone deletes Crichton's memory of their encounter in order to keep his presence secret.
- Ate His Gun: Crichton forces the Scarran to do this, as it's his only accessible vulnerable point.
- But You Were There, and You, and You: only the neural clone of Scorpius has any connection to the "real" person.
- Debatable. Zhaan is a healer who deals with people's mental problems, Aeryn is a dedicated professional, Rigel is a pompous authoritarian, D'Argo is a jock, Crais takes pleasure is exercising his power and authority, Chiana is a wild girl. The characters are different, but they stick to the same archetypes. Well, to begin with anyway.
- Call Back: especially to Crichton's first encounter with the Ancients, although he also references Maldis and the Delvians. Additionally, Crichton remembers what happens when you let a Peacekeeper gun overcharge.
- Camp Gay: D'Argo, for one disturbing scene
- Cowboy Cop: Crais the cop
- Da Chief: Rygel / Douglas Logan
- Enemy Mine: With Scorpius' mental clone, here named Harvey.
- Fanservice / Fan Disservice: a scene where Crichton is being sexually propositioned by Zhaan as a dominatrix, Aeryn as a Hello, Nurse!, and Chiana as a fetish schoolgirl, is disrupted by the entrance of Rygel in bondage gear
- Gaslighting: Crichton believes that this is what's happening.
- Guy on Guy Is Hot: In that scene with D'Argo. "Chiana wants to watch."
- Hello, Nurse!: Aeryn / Bettina
- Hope Spot: when Aeryn busts into the club and shoots the disco ball, seemingly freeing Crichton. But then she insists that it was Scorpius instead of the Scarrans that was holding John, and wants to know what Scorpius wanted him for...
- Ho Yay: with D'Argo, and, rather squickily, with Rygel.
- Identical Stranger: Harvey and the band's drummer, distinguished by wearing a button-up shirt. Crichton gets them mixed up once, and is later warned by Harvey not to do so again.
- Mind Screw: a Mind Screw used as a torture device to make the contents of the mind easier to read.
- Mistaken for Racist: When Crichton snarks that psychologists on Earth aren't ever blue, Kaminsky asks if he has a problem with "People of Color".
- Oedipus Complex: Crichton's mother appears in lingerie asking him to define it for her.
- Psycho Psychologist: Zhaan / Kaminsky
- Sanity Slippage: The end goal of the Mind Rape, to leave Crichton's mind such a smashed mess that he can't withhold the information his interrogator wants.
- Shout-Out: when Crichton decides between calling the mental clone Clarence or Harvey. Also the title, to the Who song.
- The song gets a Shout-Out during the episode as well, when Crichton meets Douglas Logan, he quips "Meet the new boss! Not the same as the old boss!"
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Crichton thinks that the fake return to Earth is a trick to make him unthinkingly spill secrets. It's really just to Mind Rape him into quiescence.