Season 2 Episode 5

El Sid

Aired Unknown Mar 29, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Quinn rescues a woman from her criminal boyfriend, who follows the sliders through the vortex and onto a world where San Francisco has been turned into a maximum security prison.

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  • Jail House Slide

    The Sliders, and two stoaways land on a parallel earth where California is a huge, hi-tech, maximum security prison.

    The fact that the Sliders have not been convicted of any crime, does not really seem to matter. It's time for our heroes to help stage a serious prison break out.

  • The Sliders, and two people from the world they are travelling from, arrive in San Francisco, the whole city of which, is a prison.

    This episode starts with the sliders on a world of violence and war. They are hiding in an old derelict building waiting for the timer to reach zero when a man enters the building looking for a woman who was also laying low in the building.

    When things turn violent Quinn, and Rembrant, step in to help the woman, Michelle, from being beaten by her boyfriend Sid.

    They make a spur of the moment decision, not approved by Arturo, to take Michelle with them to the next world and when the timer goes down to zero that is what they do. They do not know at first that Sid has witnessed their departure and follows them through the vortex.

    They arrive in a new San Francisco and explain the situation to their new companions. They are soon joined by L.J., someone Sid and Michelle knew on the previous world, but obviously not on this one, who quickly offers to help them out, having witnessed their arrival.

    To the sliders the world seems to have a lot of good points, no litter, clean air, electric vehicles...a world that functions under harsh laws but with the benefits of the same.

    They are each given wrist bands to wear and are signed up to the compulsory "buddy system", where the buddy is punished if the other one commits a crime. Quinn finds himself with, the temporarily absent, Sid for a buddy.

    Knowing that he is probably going to commit a crime they set out to find him before Quinn is killed for whatever crime it is that Sid will no doubt commit.

    Wade meanwhile is buddied with Michelle and tries to convince her that she does not have to stay with Sid now that she has left her world. But Michelle is not keen to give him up, despite the way that he treats her.

    The sliders are oblivious for some time as to the truth of their situation but eventually they do discover that they are in a prison that comprises of the whole of the city. Even worse the city is being ravaged by earthquakes and the big one that will destroy the city will be hitting at any time.

    Quinn finds Sid but too late to stop him for committing a crime that sets off their wrist bands. Quinn has no option but to run for it.

    Still assisted by L.J. the sliders find themselves the victim of a doublecross and their timer is the device that everyone hopes will save them from the upcoming earthquake.

    Captured by the custodians the sliders are offered a choice to co-operate or be executed one by one and with the timer counting down and the earthquakes getting more violent they have to make tough choices about how to get out of the situation, which they of course do, just in the nick of time...exiting the world just before the final destructive earthquake hits.

    An excellent episode and another of my favourites from the second series.moreless
Cleavant Derricks

Cleavant Derricks

Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Quinn Mallory

Sabrina Lloyd

Sabrina Lloyd

Wade Wells

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Professor Maximillian P. Arturo

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Rosie states that the therapy session for the ladies starts at 3:00. However, when the session begins, it is pitch black outside.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Arturo: (to inmate) First of all, my name is not fish. Secondly, I am not your slave. And thirdly, you should know that though I am a man of peace, I am prepared to make an exception in your case.

    • Arturo: Considering the nature of the sociopath we've launched on this unsuspecting society, we should be grateful we met [L.J.].

    • Arturo: You must understand Mister Brown, our timer was originally set for three people. Now, it seems to be handling the four of us quite well, but every time we add an extra body, we increase - exponentially - the chances of catastrophic failure.
      Rembrandt: Whoa, whoa... what are you saying?
      Arturo: What I'm saying is... we increase the risk that you and I will be spread like very fine jam across an infinite number of universes.
      Rembrandt: ... Oh, that is an ugly picture.

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