Season 1 Episode 6

Summer of Love

Aired Unknown Apr 19, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When the sliders are forced to depart from a world early, the timer is damaged and the group becomes separated. They arrive on a world where the "Free Love" movement of the 1960s is still alive, and the Hippies are protesting the American troops in Australia. While Wade and Rembrandt fall into the company of a commune who mistake them for extraterrestrial prophets, Quinn and Arturo try to repair the broken timer.moreless

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  • Although filmed first after the pilot, it aired later, creating some continuity problems. Lots of great set up, nicely acted, well written, yet basically nothing happens.


    This episode was the first filmed after the pilot. While it had a strong beginning, establishing the sliders were missing from their version of earth, a concept I don't believe we ever returned to, there just wasn't a lot to the episode - no doubt leading to Fox's decision to not air it as the first post-pilot episode.

    After we establish our protagonists are missing when the FBI raid's Bennish's home, we move to the first earth the group slides to: a world about to be devastated by a parody of killer bees: spider wasps! Wade and Rembrandt's exchange: "These are more of a wasp than a spider." "That's supposed to make me feel better girl that the spiders can fly and sting my head off?" was a nice use of the humor that was a staple of the series.

    The following leap away from the wasps establishes a couple of concepts that are not adhered to throughout the series: 1) They can slide before the timer is ready. (Which they could have used when the world was coming to an end three episodes later [in production - although it aired two episodes before.]) 2) Others can follow them through the slide - as some of the spider wasps do. (We have to presume that a queen didn't follow them and thus explains why they weren't worried about creating a plague on this new earth.)

    Having Rembrandt and Wade arrive in view of some hippies following this slide is a great beginning. Quinn and Arturo, however, slide through a separate tunnel, but arrive in the same world - although in a different location. Considering the premise of the show, it seems highly unlikely they would end up on the same parallel world.

    Rembrandt gets a showcase side story in this episode that explores what could have been for him; but once again sending him off on his own shows that the producers just could not seem to find a way to integrate him into the main story lines. Instead, he was often sent off solely for comic relief.

    Arturuo and Quinn spend the episode just trying to find the other sliders. And once again they rent from a landlady that rats them out to the authorities (just like in Fever). Considering these episodes were filmed just a couple apart, and I believe the same actress is used in both episodes, you would think they would wise up to having anything to do with this woman. (Also cast in dual worlds: the same FBI agents bust Arturo and Quinn that bust Bennish in the teaser.)

    All in all, though, nothing much happens in this episode. The killer bee (I mean spider wasp) premise had more promise - but then the special effects costs would have been astronomical in these days.moreless
  • The sliders are separated when they arrive on a world where the summer of love is still going strong.

    The sliders arrive on a deserted world where a swarm of giant spiderwasps is headed straight for them. Opening the wormhole earlier they jump through to safety but find themselves separated.

    Rembrant and Wade arrive in a commune where they are mistaken for extraterrestrial prophets. Quinn and Arturo land elsewhere in the city with a few of the spiderwasps for company. Incidentally since they have brought these creatures with them - anyone know if this world can expect a plague of them at some point in the future? I was surprised to see they were not even remotely concerned about the possibility.

    Rembrant does not want to give up on the others and leaves Wade at the commune as he sets out in search of Quinn and Arturo. Wade takes her place in the commune and becomes a guru for the people, living a pampered lifestyle as she awaits the return of the others.

    On this world America is at war with Australia and Quinn and Arturo find themselves coming to the attention of the government when the landlady at the apartment they rent phones the authorities with her far-fetched theory that they are plotting to kill the president.

    For some reason I cannot figure out, this woman is apparently held credible by the FBI who arrive to take Arturo and Quinn into custody. They escape in the nick of time with the help of Rembrant, who coincidentally was passing by their apartment singing in one of the commune cars.

    Although this is another political division episode it was saved from being too repetitive by a number of points. The first of which is that in this episode there was no revolution or fight that the sliders felt compelled to join. There was also a great deal of humour courtesy of Arturo and his unique take on the 60s.

    I also enjoyed seeing what was happening on Earth Prime despite the fact that the scenes made it very clear that the episodes were being shown out of order.

    But the highlight of the episode has to be Rembrant's return home to the wife he never had, a girl who he had had a crush on at school but never found the courage to ask out. An amusing look on what might have been.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

Arthur Reggie III

Arthur Reggie III

Rembrandt Jr.

Guest Star

Obba Babatundé

Obba Babatundé

Cezanne Brown

Guest Star

Joy Coghill

Joy Coghill

Mrs. Ezra Tweak

Guest Star

Jason Gaffney

Jason Gaffney

Conrad Bennish Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This episode was aired out of order, Chronologically the end of the episode where the group witnesses a tidal wave coming in on San Francisco happened before the opening scene in Prince of Wails where they slid from a sky scraper of a flooded San Francisco. In that scene they are wearing the same outfits including Rembrandt's night shirt he was chased out of his alternate's wife's house with.

    • Nitpick: At the end of this episode, the sliders arrive on "Sunken world" wearing the clothes they left "60s world" in. In the episode "Prince of Wails", they land in "Britain world" wearing the same clothes. These two episodes were originally aired out of order, and are out of order on the DVD too.

    • Trivia: A cut scene from this episode explains why the timer functions as a countdown device and the danger of missing the slide. The scene was cut after "Fever" was moved ahead in the order by FOX and therefore no longer made sense.

    • Nitpick: When working on the equation, Quinn says he will finish the equation after getting some coffee. However, in "The Weaker Sex", Quinn says he doesn't like coffee.

    • Nitpick: When Bennish is working on the Rubik's "pyramid", it is far from complete. However, when he throws it to go answer the door, it is complete.

    • Nitpick: When sliding into the Spiderwasp world, the timer is on the ground, and is broken in half. In a close up a few seconds later, the two halves are once again a single unit.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bennish: Oh, you got to love it, dude. A chick with a poetic lick.

    • Quinn: (sees Arturo is in pain after the slide) What's the matter professor?
      Arturo: You kicked me in the ribs, that's the matter. Next time we slide, watch where you flail!

    • Rembrandt: I hate spiders! I'd rather face a vampire after I cut myself shaving than deal with a spider.

    • Police Officer: Quit tripping, Grandpa. And button your lip before I haul your psychedelic ass back to the station. (Police officers walk out the door)
      Arturo: Impudent yahoos.

    • Rembrandt: (While the FBI agents are chasing them) It seems like you two make friends wherever you go! Why am I not surprised?!

    • Reporter: Given the massive devastation in Southern California, it's hard to imagine anyone would be foolish enough to venture within 100 miles of this place.
      Arturo: Of course! Who else could possibly be here but us, the happy wanderers?

    • Male FBI Agent: These three individuals have been missing since Tuesday, Mr. Bennish. We have reason to believe a fourth individual may also have disappeared. Rembrandt Brown, also known as "The Cooking Man".
      Female FBI Agent: "Crying Man".
      Male FBI Agent: Whatever.

    • Bennish: Whoa, what are you guys doing here? Oh hey, if it's about that bong I just bought, I thought it was a plant holder.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Wade: All you need is love
      Hippies: Love is all you need.

      They are lyrics from the song, "All You Need Is Love," written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The Beatles decided that the song should be their next single. Released in the UK on 7 July 1967, it went straight to number one and remained there for three weeks.

    • Cezanne: Fight the Power!

      "Fight the Power" (1989) is a song by the hip-hop group Public Enemy. It was released in 1990 on Public Enemy's album, Fear of a Black Planet. The song has since become a political statement, and is the group's biggest single.