Sliders Season 1 Episode 3: Fever
The second episode to air was written by Ann Powell & Rose Schacht and show have taken place 4th. But again, blame Fox!
The sliders land in a world where oil is coming from everywhere. Everyone is rich. People are just handing out money and in Arturo's case, kisses. The Sliders are having the time of their lives. Turns out that Quinn's double just hit a ton of oil. His family are now millionaires. And so of course it is time to slide out of there. Easy come, easy go.
On the new world Wade shoots out of the vortex and into the street where she is almost hit by a truck. A man saves her and she gives him a kiss. He asks how she could do that after he tried to save her. We quickly learn they are stuck here for 2 days and we see that the place has people dying left and right.
They go for food and have to pass through scanners that make sure they are healthy. One guy is coughing and everyone is watching him like he slapped their mother. They are stuck with food that makes airport food look good. The waitress seems to know Quinn. Remy throws up the food, it must be bad and sees a wanted poster for Quinn. They need to get out of there fast. He is patient zero. They try to leave just as people show up for the guy coughing. He tries to escape but they don't let him. The waitress recognizes Quinn and yells for them to get him. The sliders make it away. For now.
Wade starts to get sick. It seems this world doesn't have any meds. At least not what we would call. It seems that penicillin was never invented here. We also meet the hotel clerk that we meet on a great many worlds. Remy tells him that Wade just has a hangover.
A fan of the Quinn from this world calls in the cops and they take Quinn. Arturo makes it back to Remy and tells him about the Quinn of this world who made a plague to take out the world. It seems that Arturo is also coming down with the Q. It might be Remy sliding out alone, foreshadowing like nothing else.
Two scientists keep running tests on Quinn and find that the Q virus isn't in him at all. It seems that this world's Quinn escaped on the female scientists watch. She hurries to go and examine her himself. Wade is getting worse and worse as Arturo starts to catch up. Wade takes off and Remy and Arturo track her down. She doesn't seem to recognize them. Other people with the Q show up and she seems to know them. This virus is weird. The sliders go with them. The sliders meet this world's Quinn. Arturo tells the infected Quinn who seems to believe them.
It seems that Quinn wasn't the one who invented the Q, he was given it and sent into the world. They did it to control people. Arturo starts looking for mold to create some penicillin. He tells Remy that while he works on this he needs to find a way to save their Quinn. This world's Quinn helps Remy get into the CDC to save Quinn. He tells him that the female scientist is his friend and will help him. Right after that scene we see her helping our Quinn get out of there. The cab driver from the other worlds is back and once again helping Remy get around. He gets there just as Quinn is escaping and the female scientist is shot. She dies in his arms and he runs towards Remy and they head back to camp. Why would the camp driver wait for them when people are shooting? I would have sped away.
This world's Quinn is amazed at what Arturo is doing. He would never have thought of that. Wade is getting worse and worse. She is seeing things and if Arturo doesn't hurry than all hope is lost. Our Quinn shows up and the two meet face to face before he goes to comfort Wade. Remy tells this world's Quinn that his friend didn't make it. He is heart broken.
Arturo finished his penicillin. He tells them how to get it into people to help them. He tests it on himself first, this world's Quinn is mad that he tries it on himself first. He points out that he is trying it out on himself in case it goes wrong. Remy now has the Q as well. If the cure doesn't work they miss the slide. The CDC closes in on their location. Everything is coming down to the wire. Arturo wakes up and proves that it works. They start giving it to people as the CDC comes in.
The sliders run, helped by this world's Quinn. The people jump to this world's Quinn's help and he tells the CDC that everyone knows how to make it now. The Q is over once and for all. The Sliders slide, leaving this world behind and hoping for the best. The Sliders are in danger as cannibals move in on them. That's how the episode ends. I love it!
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The show that got me into TV, Sliders!!!