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Recap / Sliders S 04 E 10 Asylum

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Originally aired August 17, 1998

Written by Bill Dial

Directed by Michael Miller

When Quinn is seriously injured, Rembrandt falls for a doctor who may hold the key to saving Quinn, but Maggie discovers that the woman is a Kromagg collaborator on the run from the British Secret Service.

Tropes present in the episode:

  • Dating Catwoman: Rembrandt's relationship with Grace Venable, who's a Kromagg collaborator.
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  • Divided States of America: California seceded from the United States after the Kromaggs left.
  • Healing Hands: Grace Venable has been trained in Kromagg psychic healing.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Combined with Historical Villain Upgrade. Margaret Thatcher collaborated with the Kromaggs when they invaded her Earth. She agreed to give them access to the oil reserves in the North Sea in exchange for leaving the United Kingdom alone. After the end of the Kromagg War, collaborators (such as Grace Venable, whose real name is Helen Donovan) came to be known as "Thatchers."
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Although Grace Venable is British, Valarie Pettiford plays her with her natural American accent.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In this parallel universe, Charlton Heston is the President of California, which became an independent country after the Kromagg invasion, and is an advocate of gun control. (In reality, Heston supported the Gun Control Act 1968 before he became a gun advocate and President of the NRA so this version of him seemingly never changed his mind on the issue.)


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