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Recap / Sliders S 03 E 20 The Last Of Eden

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Originally aired March 28, 1997

Written by Josef Anderson

Directed by Allan Eastman

The Sliders arrive on a world plagued by earthquakes and populated by primitive people as well a race of subterranean, humanoid monsters. Wade falls into a deep chasm and Quinn goes to rescue her, while Rembrandt learns of Arturo's illness.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Brick Joke: Talking about babysitting, Quinn quips that he'd give parents a discount if he dropped a kid. Just before the slide, Wade asks him if he ever did actually drop a kid. Quinn assures her he didn't, but after she slides, he remarks, "It's a good thing they bounce."
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  • Continuity Nod: Rembrandt references "The Guardian" and "Desert Storm" when noting Arturo's unusual behavior.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Quinn suggests the subterranean monsters were like the tribe at one point, only to get caught underground.
  • Freudian Excuse: Quinn says he'd like to have a bunch of kids some day because he regretted growing up without any siblings.
  • Friendship Moment: Rembrandt and Arturo in what ends up being the latter's final scene ever.
    Arturo: Mr. Brown, I want you to know that I count myself very fortunate having you as a friend.
    Rembrandt: Aw, man. See, now I'm gonna have to be nice to you. [smirks]
    Arturo: [laughs] Oh, we don't have to create a precedent.
  • Hidden Depths: Quinn handles the baby very well, saying he used to babysit while in high school.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Arturo struggles with intense itching. He doesn't have the willpower to not scratch and restraining him doesn't help, so he tells Rembrandt to hit him.
    Arturo: Hit me, man! Knock me out!
    Rembrandt: Hit you with what?
    Arturo: WITH YOUR FIST, YOU BONEHEAD!
    [Rembrandt obliges]
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  • Homeschooled Kids: When Wade asks how he'd pay for college for multiple kids, Quinn suggests the Slider variation of this idea: after they graduate high school, just give the kids the timer and tell them to go sliding for four years.
    Quinn: They'd learn a lot more.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Arturo tries to play coy about his health, Rembrandt notes the times he noticed something was wrong with him.
  • Red Shirt: During the earthquake, Wade and another woman both fall into the chasm. Guess which one dies and which survives.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rembrandt is deeply insulted that Arturo kept his illness a secret.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The episode was produced before John Rhys-Davies was fired, but aired after. For it to make sense, an additional scene was shot where Wade and Rembrandt reminisce about the events of this episode.
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  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Time Machine.

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