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Recap / Sliders S 03 E 02 Double Cross

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Originally aired September 27, 1996

Written by Tony Blake & Paul Jackson

Directed by Richard Compton

On a world with limited natural resources, Rembrandt meets his number-one fan, while Quinn, Wade, and Arturo meet Logan St. Claire, a young scientist who is trying to perfect sliding...and has an ulterior motive.

Tropes present in the episode:

  • Aborted Arc: Logan St. Clair was originally intended to be a recurring villain on the series. However, Fox banned the producers from using the character as they did not think that Zoe McLellan was attractive enough.
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  • All Men Are Perverts: Learning about how Monique approached him, Arturo advises Rembrandt to "seize the day."
    Wade: How very male of you.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Quinn demands Logan let Wade go.
    Adrian: That's not her decision anymore.
    Arturo: [appearing with a gun] No, it's mine!
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Arturo's double died from entering an experimental vortex. We never see the body, but we do see what it does to probes.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Averted. The plan is master control of sliding, use it to raze other worlds of their resources, and sell the spoils to this resource-deprived world.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Arturo impersonates his deceased double in order to gain access to his lab at Prototronics.
  • Evil Twin: Logan is revealed to be Quinn's female double, and she shows herself to be one rotten apple. Their different last names are attributed to Logan's mother remarrying and taking the stepfather's name.
    Quinn: What dark corner of our soul did you crawl out of?
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  • Extinct in the Future: On Logan's World, Congress has recently placed horses on the endangered species list.
  • I Have Your Friend: Logan and her boss refuse to release Wade unless Quinn helps them. Quinn turns the tables on them by sabotaging the data and refusing to reconstruct it until she's released.
  • Imposter Forgot One Detail: Wade's double wrongly assumed that Arturo invented sliding, which leads to her deception being found out.
  • Irony: Arturo says this when he learns his double invented sliding on this world.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: invoked During the final scene, Logan threatens to shoot Wade if Quinn doesn't import the coordinates she needs.
    Arturo: Don't do it, Mr. Mallory. She won't dare shoot. Without those return coordinates, she's stuck here. And Heaven knows what they do to killers on this world.
    Logan: Don't test me. I'll take my chance with a good lawyer.
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  • Properly Paranoid: Arturo is immediately suspicious of Logan and what she said about his double's death. He is also against sharing their secrets with people they barely know.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Rembrandt already wanted to leave Monique's house, but the appearance of her now ex-boyfriend makes him run like hell.
  • Screw Yourself: Quinn and Logan share a kiss well-after she and viewers learn they're doubles. We're not told if anything further happened.
  • Spot the Imposter: When Wade is caught sneaking around at Prototronics, Logan's boss detains her and hires her double to fill in as a replacement. The deception only lasts a couple of scenes before Arturo learns the truth.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Monique has it bad for Rembrandt to the point of a mock wedding. It turns out Rembrandt's double was aware of her and took sufficient legal action.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Quinn and Logan are in perfect sync because they're doubles.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted. Elston Diggs fills a slot normally belonging to Gomez Calhoun (i.e. offering insight into the given world), but the character's temperament, attitude, and job are different.
  • Take Over the World: The ultimate plan is to use sliding to raze other worlds of their resources.
  • The End... Or Is It?: After Quinn admits he programmed Logan's timer for a different dimension:
    Arturo: So, she's out there somewhere lost like us.
    Rembrandt: Yeah, but she said something about tracking wormholes. We gonna run into her again?
  • The Reveal: Logan seeing her and Quinn's identical heat imprints.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    Quinn: That's impossible. How can my double be a woman?
    Arturo: It is the difference between an X- and Y-chromosome, Mr. Mallory.
  • Villain of the Week: Logan St. Claire, Quinn's Evil Twin.
  • We Will Meet Again: Logan vows to make Quinn pay one day. Of course, she never does, but blame Executive Meddling for that.
  • Wham Episode: Logan swapped material with the Sliders' timer, which expands their radius to 400 miles.
  • Wham Line: Technically, viewers learn the truth early on, but this applies to Quinn:
    Logan: Haven't you figured it out yet? You're my double.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Subverted. When Arturo openly doubts what Logan said his double did, Quinn says they should've learned by now that their doubles don't always behave like they would. However, this time, Arturo is right to be suspicious.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Arturo's double was married. When Arturo goes to speak with her about what's going on, she initially believes her husband is still alive. Arturo feels quite guilty having to tell her the truth.


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