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.
Tropes present in this episode include:
- All Just a Dream: Played with in the fact that Crichton is all too aware of this fact.
- This is less clear when Aeryn destroys the projector, except for the fact Crichton is still out of it.
- Ate His Gun: Crichton forces the Scarran to do this, as it's his only accessible vulnerable point.
- Bizarro Episode: Even for Farscape, this one was surreal. Granted, that was the villain's plan.
- But You Were There, and You, and You: Only the neural clone of Scorpius has any connection to the "real" person.
- 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.
- The Cast Show Off: That really disturbing thing fake!Aeryn does with her tongue to reveal that she's part of the Scarran scheme? That did not involve any special effects, but was Claudia Black's actual party piece that they finally got the chance to put into an episode.
- The Scorpius in the fantasy plays the drums—something Wayne Pygram can do in real life.
- Comic Sutra/Sexy Whatever Outfit: At one point, John is Strapped to an Operating Table, whereupon the three main female characters (and Rygel in a gimp suit) appear and offer to fulfill his sexual fantasies.Aeryn: (dressed in a Naughty Nurse Outfit) I'll find new places to take your temperature.Chiana: (dressed as a Sexy Schoolwoman) I can teach you... the left-handed Latvian Rodeo Torture!
- Cowboy Cop: Crais the cop.
- Da Chief: Rygel/Douglas Logan
- The End... Or Is It?: Harvey erases Crichton's knowledge of him and promises to always be there to keep him safe.
- 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 in a Naughty Nurse Outfit, and Chiana as a fetish schoolgirl, is disrupted by the entrance of Rygel in bondage gear.
- The disservice gets ratcheted Up to Eleven in a scene when Crichton's dead mother starts to seduce him.
- Gaslighting: Crichton believes that this is what's happening and even namedrops this trope.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: In that scene with D'Argo. "[Chiana] wants to watch."
- 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...
- Hospital Hottie: Aeryn/Bettina. Even before things get really weird, she's quite the kinky minx.
- Ho Yay: with D'Argo and, rather squickily, Rygel.
- Identical Stranger: Harvey and the band's drummer, the latter 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".
- Mood Whiplash: Even by Farscape standards, this episode has an extreme case, shifting from kinky sex jokes and slash fic parodies to Crichton being reduced to tears after being confronted with his memories of his dying mother.
- Not Me This Time: Crichton figures out very early that he's not on Earth and instead tries to deduce who's doing this to him. He quickly finds Scorpius, who isn't claiming to be someone else, and figures he's the one doing it. It isn't.
- Oedipus Complex: Crichton's mother appears in lingerie asking him to define it for her.
- Psycho Psychologist: Zhaan/Kaminsky
- Reading Your Rights: A screwy version from Crais in a cop's uniform (known as Officer Muldoon in this fantasy).Muldoon: FREEZE! You're under arrest! You have the right to the remains of a silent attorney! If you cannot afford one, TOUGH NOOGIES! You can make ONE phone call! I recommend Trixie, 976-Triple 5-LOVE. Do you understand these rights as I have explained them to you? Well, do you, PUNK?
Muldoon: THEN I CAN'T ARREST YOU!
- 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.
- When Crichton decides between calling the mental clone Clarence or Harvey.
- 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!"
- Lots of 'em to The Wizard of Oz.
- The notorious scene with Crichton, the girls, and Rygel has an odd resemblance to the famously homoerotic scene in Dracula where Dracula "rescues" Harker from his vampire babes.
- Villainous Rescue: Harvey ends up allowing Crichton to break out of it, but not for altruistic reasons, as the wormhole knowledge Scorpius wants can't be retrieved if Crichton's mind turns to mush. He also, of course, doesn't want the Scarrans to learn about and acquire the wormhole knowledge.
- 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 compliance.