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Recap / Sliders S 01 E 06 Summer Of Love

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Originally aired April 19, 1995

Written by Tracy Tormé

Directed by Mario Azzopardi

A malfunctioning timer leaves the Sliders separated on a world where the hippie movement of the 1960s is alive and well. Wade and Rembrandt get mistaken for extraterrestrial prophets at a commune, while Quinn and Arturo work to repair the timer and end up being suspected of plotting to assassinate the President.


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  • Aborted Arc: Bennish and the FBI investigating what became of the Sliders is set up here but not followed up on, due to executive meddling and the season's abrupt hiatus.
  • Alternate History: According to Quinn, the US Navy lost the Battle of the Coral Sea and so Japan invaded Australia. Once the Nazis surrendered, the Russians entered the Pacific War and liberated North Australia, but never gave it back. Because of that, the 60s never metaphorically ended.
  • As You Know: The news reports on the Spiderwasps to an empty city that would already be aware of the threat.
  • Bad Liar: Quinn and Arturo are very bad at coming up with a cover story, so it should be no surprise that their landlord calls the FBI on them.
  • Berserk Button: It's his brother claiming to have more musical talent that causes Rembrandt to step out from hiding and start talking.
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  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends with the Sliders landing on an empty world and investigating a low rumbling noise...coming face-to-face with a massive tidal wave heading towards them.
    Rembrandt: ...there's something ya'll should know. I can't swim.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: After revealing himself at the wake, Rembrandt decides to live his double's life. As he struggles with his new circumstances, though, he learns his double isn't actually dead.
  • Face Palm: Quinn, when the Professor tells the FBI that what they're working on "makes a pipe bomb look like child's play." Very poor choice of words.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Spiderwasps were genetically engineered as a form of pest control, but the scientists responsible didn't expect a queen of the new species to escape, resulting in Spiderwasps spreading all over the world.
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  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Every single person attending that wake when Rembrandt reveals himself.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Spiderwasps. It's in the name.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The old landlady that Quinn and Arturo rent from pulls out a revolver when a hippie begins to impatiently knock on her telephone booth.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Rembrandt, when he sees that his double has been rescued in Australia and that Sharon is about to shoot him.
    • Quinn and Arturo's reaction when the vortex suddenly closes on them just before Spiderwasps.
    • Played for laughs when Arturo learns that Quinn effortlessly solved an equation he spent hours struggling with.
  • Party Scattering: Wade and Rembrandt get separated from Quinn and Arturo, with neither pairing realizing they both made it to Hippie World until the final at.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Oliver North is the US President in the hippie world in 1995.
  • Sibling Rivalry: It's strongly implied that Rembrandt had this with his brother. The eulogy suggests the same was true on the featured world.
  • The '60s: The theme of this world. From the hippie movement to a Vietnam-esque war, the 60s effectively never ended.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Upon hearing how deadly the swarm is, the Professor suggests they get indoors. As if on cue, the news says that the Spiderwasps can eat through walls.
    • Earlier than that, Quinn remarked that this San Francisco can't be so bad because it's nice and quiet. Then the alert about the approaching swarm comes in.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Three of the Spiderwasps come through the portal with Quinn and Arturo and fly off. Whatever sort of havoc they may have wrecked in 60s world is never followed up on.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Rembrandt is terrified of spiders, so he understandably panics over the approaching swarm. Being told they're not completely spiders doesn't make him feel any better since they can fly.

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