Episode number: 35
First Aired: 12/20/96
Production number: SL-312
Previous Episode: State of the A.R.T.
Following Episode: Murder Most Foul
SummariesThe Sliders land on a world where people shop, work, and live in a huge mall. -Fox
All is not calm for the Sliders, whose Christmas is spent in a giant mall whose customers run up outlandish bills, then become virtual prisoners while trying to pay them off. -TV Guide
75. Pygmies' EarthThis world is inhabiated by tribes of pygmies. One of the pygmies took great interest in Wade when she smiled at him; it seems that a smile is the local equivalent of "I do." Be careful who you smile at on this Earth, unless you feel you can outrun blowgun darts.
Quinn refers to this world as "Jungle World."
76. Shop Until You Drop EarthHuge shopping malls, built in such a way as to give the illusion they are floating in the clouds, are self contained cities which the inhabitants never have to leave. As a matter of fact, if you are in debt (and who isn't on this Earth?) bracelets prevent you from leaving the mall by administering electric shocks.
Subliminal advertising in television commercials is used by at least one mall to increase sales. In addition, shoppers are encouraged to shop more by friendly voices coming over speakers in the mall with sayings like: "If you thing you're finished shopping for Christmas, why not start on next year?"
Alternates of Wade's father Don and sister Kelly live in a mall on this Earth. Wade's mother died on this earth during childbirth, as did the baby; it's implied the baby would have been this world's Wade.
- Early drafts of this episode were called "Slider's Night."
- I wonder if anyone at Universal found it ironic when this episode, with its "overcommercialization is bad" moral, was filmed at the Universal Studios' shopping mall? Probably not.
CreditsWritten by: Eleah Horwitz Directed by: Richard Compton Music by: Danny Lux Guest Stars: Chase Masterson as Kelly Welles Neil Roberts as Ted Bernsen Allen Williams as Don Welles Stuart Fratkin as Instructor Jacqueline Obradors as Carol Co-Starring: Paul Messinger as Priest Jody Curtis as Ginny Sean Flynn Amir as Jason Nikolaus Keelaghan as Kid #2