Season 2 Episode 3

Gillian Of The Spirits

Aired Unknown Mar 15, 1996 on FOX
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When a lightning bolt strikes the vortex during a slide, the timer becomes damaged and Quinn is trapped on the Astral Plane. Meanwhile, the rest of the sliders arrive on a world where technology is feared.

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  • As the result of lightning striking the entrance to the vortex just after he'd entered it, Quinn is thrown to the astral plane, unable to interact with his fellow Sliders. There's one person who CAN see him though and he has to convince her to help him.moreless

    This was one of the series better episodes, although there were some minor technical glitches with it, such as how could Quinn cast a shadow on the beach if he wasn't a substantial being in that dimension? Also, how could he stay sitting in a chair without sinking through it, or sinking through the floor of a room for that matter?

    Where this story worked, however, was on the emotional level. Quinn's one chance to let his friends know he needs help is Gillian (played very convincingly by Deanna Milligan), a young woman with a history of hearing voices, a very good reason for her not to get involved in his problem. It's never established whether or not the voices she'd heard previously were other people stuck on the same plane that Quinn is now on, but that isn't really relevant. All that matters is that she can see and hear him, and he has to convince her somehow to give a message to his friends or he'll be stuck.

    Ironically, his friends face a different problem, though one not any less immediate. Their timer has been fried by the same lightning strike that sent Quinn to the astral plane and the three sliders now find themselves in a society where anything more advanced than vacuum tubes is prohibited, making it highly unlikely they'll be able to repair the timer in time. In fact, they aren't even aware how much time they have on this world so they may have already missed their slide.

    To me, one of the best scenes of the episode, and possibly one of my top favorites of the whole series, is a quiet little discussion Quinn has with Gillian in the coffee shop she works at. She tells him how ironic it is that he's the first real friend she's ever had and she can't even hug him. Knowing how much a hug can help, that scene never fails to hit very hard.

    The other sliders also have their individual chances to shine, the professor especially. His anxiety at being not up to the task of rescuing Quinn shows beautifully in his impatience with the others. I won't reveal all of the show, so there'll be some surprises left for you when you watch it. And you definitely should watch it. It's well worth it.moreless
  • When lightning hits the vortex Quinn is trapped on the astral plane, unable to communicate with the other sliders who believe he could have missed the slide. Quinn turns to Gillian for help as she is the only person who can see or hear him.moreless

    The sliders arrive on a new world after travelling from a world where a storm was raging around them. But for Quinn the storm had a more unusual effect. As the last person to enter the vortex, shortly before the lightning hit it, he is parted from the other sliders and stuck on the astral plane, unable to tell them where he is or help ease their minds.

    The sliders also have another problem - the timer is burnt out and they are stuck on a world that has limited technology and those who do have the expertise to help are wanted by the authorities.

    Rembrant turns to a priest for help and he sends them to Michael, a man who might be able to help fix their timer.

    It is in the church that Quinn meets Gillian, who he quickly realises can see him and hear him. He persuades the reluctant girl to pass a message to his friends. She agrees on the condition that he leaves her alone. She has had problems in the past with hearing voices and does not want to risk being institutionalised.

    The sliders are relieved to find that Quinn is still with them but don't know how to help him. They decided to visit Michael and sort out the problem with the timer first. However they are shocked to see that Michael is in fact Michael Mallory, Quinn's father. On this world Quinn died from a preventable disease but his father reluctantly agrees to help them.

    But a raid on Michael's home prevents them from finishing their work when Michael is arrested.

    But the "invisible" Quinn is able to find out what has happened, in that his father has double-crossed them.

    The sliders therefore form a plan to find a way to get their timer back, fix it and slide out of this world. But they will need Quinn's help, and Gillian's to pull off their plan and manage to make their slide.

    A great episode, even if Quinn does seem to interact with objects on the regular world when he needs to. Just a pet peeve of mine though it tends to happen a lot in these sorts of episodes.

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

Gillian Barber

Gillian Barber


Guest Star

Tom Butler

Tom Butler

Michael Mallory

Guest Star

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

Cab Driver

Guest Star

Will Sasso

Will Sasso

Gomez Calhoun

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Quinn entered the vortex in a yellow raincoat, and is still wearing it on the other side, when he is in the astral plane. Once he realizes what has happened, however, the rest of the episode shows him wearing a dark jacket.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Arturo: How am I expected to work like this? I'm a theoretical physicist, I work with universes, not piddling little stuff like this.

    • Arturo: I would give my eyeteeth for a long-nosed, electrical plier.
      (Wade gives him a crude, heavy object)
      Arturo: That is not an electrical plier! That is a plumber's wrench!

    • Gillian: And Quinn says that they've got all sorts of modern technology hidden there, and if you can get in, he thinks that you might be able to find what you need.
      Arturo: And how does he suggest we do that, then, hmm? Hey, my boy? Transform ourselves into a crack commando unit and raid the power company?
      Quinn: (to Gillian) Ask him if he's got a better idea.

    • Rembrandt: There are only two people that you can trust with a secret - that's a lawyer and a priest, and a priest doesn't charge you anything.

    • Arturo: Anyone feel that jolt as we entered the vortex?
      Rembrandt: Yeah. I thought one of you guys kicked me in the butt.

    • Rembrandt: It's locked.
      Arturo: Hmmmm. I love a well made barrel lock, Mister Brown. All those sensitive tumblers awaiting the intimate caress of a precision-made key...
      Rembrandt: Can you pick it?
      Arturo: (Picks up large wrench and busts window on door) In a manner of speaking.

    • Wade: Damnit Quinn, why'd you have to kiss and tell?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Taxi Driver: Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me? There's nobody else here so you must be talking to me.

      This is a direct quote from Robert De Niro's seminal movie Taxi Driver, which is spoken, appropriately enough, by the taxi driver in this episode.