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Prophets and Loss
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 2
Written by Bill Dial
Directed by Mark Sobel
Guest stars David Birney (Cadmus)
Maurice Chasse (Prisoner)
Tim Quill (Gareth)
Katy Boyer (Jane)
Connor Trinneer (Samson)
Production no. K2805
Original airdate 6/8/1998
Episode chronology
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"Genesis" "Common Ground"
List of Sliders episodes


Quinn, Rembrandt and Maggie land on a world where the United States is run by the Oracle, a blend of fundamental beliefs and right-wing conservatism. Followers trade their wealth and possessions in return for passage to a nirvana world, but the sliders discover the Oracle's portal is a deadly sham. It turns out to be an incinerator and part of a plot to rob people of everything. The Sliders are captured and the timer taken away, but escape with the help of the Rad Rat rebels led by Samson. An attempt to retrieve the timer fails and the Sliders and Samson are captured. At the suggestion of Cadmus, his chief councolor who also witnessed the arrival of the Sliders, the Chief Oracle Gareth decides to use the fake portal device on the Sliders and Samson. As they are locked in the machine, Cadmus secretly returns the timer to Quinn, revealing that he is secretly a rebel himself. As the machine is activated, the timer reaches zero and the group manages to slide away to saftey. Realizing that someone returning from "the other side" would be listened to by the people of the previous world due to their beliefs, the Sliders and Samson decide to return there. The Rad Rats invade the Assembly Hall and Cadmus makes a speech denouncing the actions of Gareth and the Oracles before the Sliders and Samson return. The people listen to Samson's ideas of change and the Sliders, who only have a few minutes on that world this time, leave the hall to slide.

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