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Recap / Sliders S 01 E 08 The Weaker Sex

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Originally aired May 3, 1995

Written by Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin

Directed by Vern Gillum

On a parallel world where traditional gender roles are reversed and women hold positions of power in society, Arturo becomes the first male candidate for Mayor of San Francisco.

Tropes present in the episode:

  • All Periods Are PMS: Apparently this belief is alive and well even in a woman-dominated world, though there a woman on PMS is seen as being about as irrational as a man is all the time.
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  • Alternate History: Apparently back in the Crusades, women started taking a more active role in running society while all the men were out fighting.
  • Conflict Ball: Wade's outspoken feelings of being undervalued and dismissed due to her sex come out of nowhere and never really come up again afterwards.
  • Men Don't Cry: Implied. One of Arturo's plans for losing the election is to storm out of a debate after claiming to have had his feelings hurt, certain that that will make the voters see him as weak. However, it instead causes the voters to see him as relatable and makes him go up in the polls.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Hillary Clinton is President of the United States and Jane Pauley is the Pope.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Arturo's plan is to run for office and lose, in order to give men the confidence for next time. However, his attempts to derail his own campaign end up garnering more support and he ends up winning the election.
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  • What the Hell, Hero?: Wade repeatedly calls out Arturo on his misogyny in this episode, despite the fact that he has never shown any misogynistic tendencies up to this point in the series. note 
  • Women Are Wiser: Zigzagged. On the one hand, women in this world are every bit as selfish and arrogant as the most chauvinistic men from our own, but on the other, an all-female leadership has apparently led to world peace, and when Arturo's campaign is violently attacked it's by a man who is offended by the idea of a man getting elected.


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