Originally aired April 26, 1995
Teleplay by Scott Smith Miller
Story by Jacob Epstein & Scott Smith Miller
Directed by Timothy Bond
On a parallel Earth where intelligence is prized over athletics, Quinn replaces his missing double and competes in a sport dubbed "Mindgame," while Arturo tries to mend fences with the double of his ex-wife.
Tropes present in the episode:
- Broken Pedestal: The FBI agents say that all the kids will be heartbroken when they see that Quinn, one of the best science-athletes in the world, is a crooked player who owes money to the mob.
- Classical Music Is Boring: Averted. Upon arriving, the group walks past a guy who's listening to "Trepak/Russian Dance" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet. On a boombox. Arturo is impressed when Rembrandt names the composer.Rembrandt: Hey, I know all the long hairs, man. You wanna play the game, you gotta appreciate the greats.
- Everyone Has Standards: The FBI agents are openly disgusted by the corrupt dealings Quinn's double was involved in.
- Gratuitous Latin: So much of it is spoken in this episode.
- Hidden Depths:
- Rembrandt's aforementioned knowledge of classical music.
- Wade admits surprise over Arturo being such a romantic.
- Hope Spot: Upon hearing that they have doubles who have apparently invented a sliding machine, Quinn says they can resync the timer and return home. However, they find that Quinn and Arturo's doubles are such unscrupulous individuals that it may have been a hoax and they've just disappeared themselves.
- Kick the Dog: Christina thinks she's telling off her adulterous husband, but it's really our Arturo on the receiving end.
- The Mafia: Seems Quinn's double owed them a million dollars. The guy in charge is a Mr. Fountain.
- Manipulative Bastard: Christina describes her Arturo as such.
- Not So Above It All: Arturo notes how the team made the mistake of thinking that a world that reveres intellectuals so much would be a far more honest place. Instead, they realize this world is as corrupt and crime-filled as any other.Arturo: Intellectual refinement is one thing. Moral refinement is something else.
- Properly Paranoid: Rembrandt notes how odd it is that Quinn's double is strapped for cash despite numerous endorsements and popularity. We later learn the guy has a gambling problems and big debts to pay.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Coach Almquist, so much so that Quinn feels bad for trying to leave him in the lurch.
- Sadistic Choice: Fountain wants MIT to win the finals, so he tells Quinn his debt will be absolved if he either deliberately throws the game or just doesn't show up to play.Quinn: What if I say no?
Fountain: I would be very disappointed. [punches him in the gut]
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- After being threatened by Joey, Quinn is prepared to leave and hide out somewhere. Subverted in that he's approached by the FBI before he can get anywhere and then works out a more useful plan.
- Arturo suspects that this is exactly what the doubles did and successfully, too. He believes his double is off somewhere with a mistress, while Quinn's is in hiding after being told by the Mob to not play in the championships competition.
- So Long, Suckers!: Before sliding out, Quinn says this in Latin to the assembled mobsters and FBI agents.
- Too Dumb to Live:Wade: [to Rembrandt] You bet on a game that you don't understand? You're an idiot.
- Token Evil Teammate: Wilson, one of Quinn's Mindgame teammates, is a dirty player working for Fountain.
- Video Will: Arturo leaves a video recording for his double, telling him to not take his wife for granted.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: When approached by the FBI, Quinn thinks up a way to take down Fountain, help Almquist win a championship, and make it for the slide.
- Your Cheating Heart: Arturo's double cheated on his wife, who, in their own universe, had long since died of an aneurysm. Arturo makes a video of himself calling out his double for throwing away his marriage.