Sliders/Last Days

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Last Days
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Season 1, Episode 4
Airdate April 5, 1995
Production Number 70404
Written by Dan Lane
Directed by Michael Keusch
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Last Days is the fourth episode of the first season of Sliders.

Starring: Jerry O'Connell (Quinn Mallory), Sabrina Lloyd (Wade Wells), Cleavant Derricks (Rembrandt Brown)

and John Rhys-Davies (Arturo)

Guest Stars: Jennifer Hetrick (Caroline Fontaine), Jason Gaffney (Conrad Bennish, Jr.), George Touliatos (Dr. Lee Antonovich)

Co-Starring: Gerry Nairn (Mace Moon), Malcolm Stewart (Allan Fontaine)

Featuring: Carlton Watson (Reverend), Robyn Palmer (Nurse Pamela), Patrick Stevenson (Jimmy), Hidalgo Rubin (Driver), Jacqueline Dandeneau (Metermaid), Norma Wick (News Anchor), Brian Arnold (Science Correspondent), Mike Dobson (Policeman)

Contents

Plot Overview

The Sliders arrive on a world where an asteroid is due to impact and end all life before they are due to leave. Professor Arturo teams up with his least favourite student, Conrad Bennish, to develop the atom bomb that was never realised on this Earth, whilst Rembrandt goes out to party and Quinn and Wade discuss their feelings for each other.

Notes

Brave New Worlds

  • In addition to being in the path of an extinction-level asteroid, Albert Einstein lied about his findings during the development of the atomic bomb, apparently morally burdened by the potential consequences, and rigged the bomb not to explode during testing. This led to World War II lasting another five years.

Doubles

  • Conrad Bennish, Jr.
  • Quinn (mentioned only)

Timer

  • 72 hours

Arc Advancement

Happenings

Characters

  • Quinn and Wade spend some time alone and kiss, finally capitalising on their feels for one another.

Referbacks

  • Wade recalls her exact words about wanting to take a "spin around the universe" from the pilot.

Trivia

The Show

  • Mike Dobson also played a police officer in "Summer of Love". It's debatable that this is a double and is more likely just a coincidence in casting.

Behind the Scenes

  • This was the sixth episode filmed.
  • The photo of Quinn as a child was furbished by Jerry O'Connell's mother after the art department called and asked for pictures of him when he was younger. Jerry points out that the one used was the slimmest one of him they could find.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • The final scene in which Bennish, now with the schematics for the nuclear bomb and having expressed an authoritarian will about it, spins a globe and miming guns at it before the camera pans to a poster of Albert Einstein with his quote "God does not place dice with the universe."

Goofs

  • The news anchor mentions the Union of Concerned Scientists. Later, Arturo refers to as the Union of Distinguished Scientists.
  • Quinn gives Arturo his address despite Arturo having already been to Quinn's home twice before in the pilot.

Quotes

  • Arturo: The first casualty of sliding is dignity.
  • Arturo: No matter how far I travel, Mister Bennish, you are always a thorn in my flesh.
  • Bennish: I've even got the prototype.
Arturo: You've got the prototype of the b-- Here? In San Francisco?
Bennish: Ready, willing, and able. Fat Boy.
Arturo: I beg your pardon?
Bennish: Fat Boy. The name of the bomb is "Fat Boy".
Arturo: The name of the bomb was "Fat Man", you blistering idiot!
  • Arturo: Mister Bennish, appalling as this thought may be, you and I are going to be spending a lot of time together.
Bennish: No way, chief. I got a girlfriend.
Arturo: Don't be an idiot! You and I are going to make an atom bomb.
  • Arturo: Mister Bennish, if we survive, I promise you this: I will dedicate my life to isolating the gene that makes you so obnoxious and I will destroy it.