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The Guardian
Season 3, Episode 4
Airdate October 11, 1996
Production Number K1803
Written by Tracy Tormé
Directed by Adam Nimoy
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The Guardian is the fourth episode of the third season of Sliders, and the twenty-seventh episode overall.

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

and John Rhys-Davies (Arturo)

Guest Stars: Phillip Van Dyke (Young Quinn Mallory), Linda Henning (Mrs. Mallory), Leslie Horan (Heather Hanley), Meadow Sisto (Ambrosia)

Co-Starring: Marty York (Brady Oaks), Timothy Wiley (Rex Crandell), Robert Winley (Bull), John Kendall (Bartender), John C. Colton (Priest)


Plot Overview

The group comes to a world where time is moving at a different rate and essentially arrive in the past, coinciding with just after the death of Quinn's father. As Quinn helps his younger double from repeating an ugly part of his childhood, Arturo lives life to its fullest after discovering that he has an incurable illness.


Arc Advancement



  • Arturo discovers he has an incurable illness, but only tells Quinn.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Tormé wrote in Arturo's illness, as he knew Davies was unhappy with the direction of the show and could thus be used to write his character out if he wanted to leave, noting that they would find a means of curing it if Davies's situation changed. While the character was indeed written out, the illness story arc, despite being carried for several episodes, never came to fruition.

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Memorable Moments