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Recap / Sliders S 02 E 08 Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome

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Originally aired May 3, 1996

Written by Nan Hagan

Directed by Adam Nimoy

When the Sliders finally make it back to Earth Prime, Quinn becomes skeptical, and everything starts to unravel when Arturo claims sliding as his invention.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Ambiguous Clone Ending: The ending makes it ambiguous whether the Arturo who slid with Quinn, Wade, and Rembrandt was their Arturo or his duplicate from this episode's parallel world.
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  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Despite being sworn to secrecy, Rembrandt told his agent the whole story some time before the Arturo double revealed sliding on live TV.
  • Close-Enough Timeline: Barring the Azure Gate Bridge and a few minor differences, this world is identical to Earth Prime. When the truth comes out, none of the Sliders want to stay there because it's not their home (to say nothing of the fact that there's another group of Sliders out there trying to get back to this world).
  • Cooldown Hug: Quinn gives one to Wade when she begins to have a tantrum after finding out the harsh truth.
  • Failed a Spot Check: It takes a while for the Sliders to realize they are not home, despite the very obvious clue of the Azure Gate Bridge.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: Convinced that they are back home, the Sliders go their separate ways.
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  • No One Left Behind: When stealing the timer from the museum, Quinn and Wade see they have less than a minute. They are against sliding without Rembrandt and Arturo. Fortunately, it turns out they only have a replica with an automatic countdown.
  • Oh, Crap!: When faced with the two Arturos, all Wade can say is, "Uh-oh."
  • Other Me Annoys Me:
    Arturo: (to his double) It is a disgrace, sir, to think we share a common genetic structure!
  • The Power of Friendship: Rembrandt says he got a wake-up call from hearing about how Quinn and Wade were willing to miss the slide for him and Arturo.
  • Spot the Imposter: The others really can't tell which Arturo is which. After the vortex is opening, Quinn's preferred solution was to take both and sort it out later.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Subverted. It looks like Arturo has done this, but it's actually his double.
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  • Wham Shot: Wade seeing the Azure Gate Bridge.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The framing device is Rembrandt in a therapy session.

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