Top 5: Funniest Episodes

Sliders was initially intended to be part scifi/satire. I’ll outline the top 5 episodes that’ll give you the most laughs.

Honorable Mention: S4 | “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
“Can I buy you something with an umbrella in it?” – Colin. The naive brother Colin Mallory, has just left his Amish-like world and has been introduced to a modern parallel world. The poor boy has never seen a toilet in his life and he’s just like a little child that wants to take everything apart to examine it. Seeing Colin discover new things is the funniest gist of the episode. He gets to talk on a phone that “has no cord” and thinks the purpose of an “umbrella” in a glass is to protect the drink from the elements.

5. S1 | “Pilot”
(mocking) “Ross J. Kelly got me a million bucks.” – Rembrandt. Quinn Mallory just opened the gateway to parallel worlds bringing with him three other individuals and a bundle of laughs. This episode is one that’s full of adventure but mixed with comedy to tame the drama. You can’t help but laugh at the numerous things in this episode including Rembrandt’s outrageously hilarious “People’s Court” scene and the obsurdity of a world where a guy waves you off where a red street light means “go”. Words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it to believe it.

4. S1 | “The Weaker Sex”
“Maybe now we can move to a bigger motel room and I won’t have to sleep in the bathtub.” – Quinn. The Sliders have just landed on a world where women hold the dominate position of power. Arturo puts on a false show of weeping in front of a crowd while “opposing the bad things and supporting the good things”. To top it all off, Wade and Arturo keep arguing about equal rights in his quest for mayor. In the end Arturo becomes Wade’s slave on the next world.

3. S1 | “Summer of Love”
“Well we can’t have that. Boomerangs and kangaroos everywhere, what a nightmare!” – Quinn. This episode starts off with a humorus Conrad Bennish, Jr. which is bound to give everyone a laugh. There’s everything from Quinn knocking Arturo unconcious with a large rock to hippies carrying on about the Sliders being prophets. Rembrandt nearly becomes a slave to his double’s wife, while Mrs. Tweak calls the FBI thinking Quinn and Arturo are planning to assassinate president Oliver North!

2. S4 | “Lipschitz Live”
“See, that’s the trouble with you kids today, you know that? You read too damn much, you don’t watch enough television.” – Hal. Quinn and his team have just slid into a world where everyone habitually watches a program called “Lipschitz Live”. This whole episode is steered toward comedy. We have Colin and his double in two bizzare situations while Quinn is on a talk show with another “alien” from a different world. Quinn gets royally ticked at the guy and even gets into a fight with him.

1. S1| “The King Is Back”
“Gentlemen, check your flies.” – Arturo. Rembrandt has found his dream world where everyone mistakes him for his double, who is as famous as the King of rock and roll. What really makes this episode the funniest of them all is the “Pavarotti scene” that many of us like to call. Arturo is mistaken as the Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. He finally loses it and wreaks verbal havoc on the man at the front desk. Even Jerry O’Connell (Quinn Mallory) almost destroys the take, after he nearly bursts out laughing while John Rhys-Davies (Professor Arturo), verbally chews out the clerk.

S4 | “Asylum” | Remmy Date

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Episode Review: “Eggheads”
Season 1
Original Airdate: 4/26/95

The Sliders travel to a world where academic achievement is equivalent to being a sports superstar.

I like the fact that we start out on this world with a sign displaying “longer library hours”? and a guy with his boom box playing opera, if you can believe it. We get two instant contrasts between this world and our own. The Sliders also discover Einstein on a fashion ad and the most shocking, Quinn’s double on an athletic billboard.

Before the Sliders can compose themselves they’re swarmed by fans. Arturo soon discovers he’s famous as well. Wade and Rembrandt’s meddling soon brings them to discover Quinn and Arturo are the “Sliders”?. This episode starts out nicely and gets us to imagine how on earth Quinn could be a famous athlete, and yet at the same time a slider.

Since their doubles are Sliders, they rush to Quinn’s basement in search of the sliding machine to auto set the system, i.e. to go home. They turn up empty, with a basement full of old trophies and sports magazines. Everyone agrees to assume the identities of their doubles in order to find the sliding machine, but it’s not gonna be easy. Quinn immediately throws a teammate named Wilson off the team’s starting lineup since he was a benchman. However, Wilson and his mob has much more in store for Quinn. It turns out that Quinn’s double skipped out on some gambling debts, and therefore our Quinn is in some deep trouble.

One thing that really sticks out in this episode is the amusing hip-hop “Library Rap” music video. It so well done that it looks like it came straight from the MTV channel. This episode frequently shows us how much knowledge has influenced this world through music, sports, and even the society within.

Quinn is awestruck by the complex game he has to play in order to assume his double’s role. “Mindgame” blends games with the likeness of Othello, Family Feud, Jeopardy, and tag. The team who captures the most squares wins the game. Strangely enough, this is a university led academic sports game. You think our own educational systems would adopt such a sport. Not only would this game bring some starlight to the eggheads, but it would also make our society more intelligent and educated about the world.

The sliding machine seems as if it will never turn up and Arturo beings to question if their doubles have just fled overseas given their troubles. Professor Arturo soon gets caught up with a subpoena from his wife. Back on earthprime, Arturo’s early wife died of a brain aneurism at a young age. Here, he’s trying to reconnect with her and hopefully give his double a better chance at being forgiven. I’m really surprised by the lack of support Wade and Rembrandt give to Quinn and Arturo. They seem to just sit back, drink some beer, and watch television. Not to mention Rembrandt’s stupidity by betting on the games.

A championship game is on the line and Quinn is forced by the mob to either throw the game or quit, otherwise his life is at stake. This is an enjoyable episode, given the stark contrast between the flashy sports on our world and the academic maturity on this one. This is a favorite of co-creator Robert K. Weiss and the thought put into the episode makes it work, and work well. Only eggheads could have come up with such a clever sports episode.

Arturo: “Come on, hurry up! Over here. 30 seconds!
Jimmy: “Hold it! (shoots gun) This is sweet. This is gonna be worth the million bucks.”
FBI Agent O’Brian: “Drop the gun. FBI.”
FBI Agent Cannon: “Drop the guns.”
Jimmy: “What is this? You set me up?”
Quinn: “Professor…?
Arturo: “Three, two, one.”
Jimmy: “What’s he doing?”
Quinn: “Slide for your lives!”
Rembrandt: “Geronimo!”
Quinn: “Vie carenis, ennundum.”
Man: Where’d he go? They disappeared!
FBI Agent O’Brian: “Vie carenis, ennundum. What is that?”
Jimmy: “Latin.”
FBI Agent Cannon: “What’s that mean?”
Jimmy: “So long suckers.”

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