The King Is Back
Sliders s01e09
Rembrandt performing on stage
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 9
Written by Tracy Tormé
Directed by Vern Gillum
Guest stars Will Sasso
Michelle T. Carter
Elena del Rubio
Milly del Rubio
Peter Hanlon
Nicholas Harrison
Judith Maxie
Chuck McCann
Tom Pickett
Tyler Van Blackenstein
Sheri D. Wilson
Janet Kent
Richard Ihara
Greg Berg
Clinton Derricks-Carroll
Eadie del Rubio
Production no. 70408
Original airdate 1995-05-10
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"The King Is Back" is the ninth episode of the science fiction television show Sliders. It originally aired on May 10, 1995. In the episode, Rembrandt is mistaken for his double on an alternate Earth where his solo singing career attained the status of Elvis Presley's.


With the others, Quinn narrowly escapes from being sentenced to death for a crime his double committed. Upon arrival on another parallel Earth, Rembrandt is recognized by almost everyone the group meets. A film taken of Arturo, Quinn, Rembrandt, and Wade arouses suspicions that the "Cryin' Man" has returned after his supposed death eight years ago. Autograph seekers and other rabid fans clamor outside the hotel where the Sliders are staying, and Captain Jack Brim, the man who started Rembrandt's solo career on this world, wants to stage a concert the following night to celebrate his return. As they sneak out of the hotel, Rembrandt is knocked out by Maurice Fish, one of the Spinning Topps Rembrandt used to sing with.

Maurice threatens to kill Rembrandt because his "return" devalues his own musical career as himself and as a Rembrandt impersonator. Captain Jack refuses to call the police for fear of bad publicity, and this world's Rembrandt (played by Cleavant Derricks' twin brother, Clinton Derricks-Carroll) returns to help the other Sliders free him. They free Rembrandt just before Maurice tries to kill him, and the Sliders' Rembrandt agrees to stay and take over the singing career of his double so the double can return the quiet life he has enjoyed for the past eight years. Farewells are said, and this world's Rembandt looks on from backstage just before the concert begins (and seven minutes before the next slide). When Wade commends this world's Rembrandt for giving up a million dollars a song, he goes on stage and, upon the duo's finish of Rembrandt's signature "Tears In My 'Fro", Rembrandt's double congratulates him on being "the best Rembrandt impersonator of them all". Rembrandt slides with his friends, and at the end of the episode he and Quinn are working as ice cream vendors.


  • This was the first episode since the pilot to be shown in the correct order by FOX, as indicated by the production number.


  • Professor: I am not Mr. Pavarotti. Mr. Pavarotti is an Italian.
    (Italian accent) He speak-a like-a this.
    (Back to normal) Do I speak-a like-a this? NO, Why?

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