Sliders: The Dimension of Continuity
TGTBATW Script Outtakes
 
Sliders DoC   Lost and Found   S2

These are scenes from the December 7, 1995 second revision draft of the script for the episode The Good, The Bad and The Wealthy written by Scott Smith Miller. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to time and story considerations.



Right out of the gate, this script offers something extra...

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEALTHY

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. LAMPLIGHTER - DAY - PRISCILLA HARDAWAY

an attractive thirtyish business woman exits the double doors. Her 11 year old son, JAMIE (dressed like a cowboy), is with her --

JAMIE Aw, Mom -- I wanna watch the poker game! PRISCILLA No back-talk, Jamie. (then) Go on up to the hotel and play.
Jamie sulks off toward the Dominion Hotel. Priscilla sighs -- What's a woman to do on this world?

EXT. MARKET STREET - JAMIE

dawdling, reacts at the sight of --

A POSTER

on a bus shelter: a blow-up of a Forbes type magazine cover. It features a near life-size portrait of a Mike Milken-type businessman, complete with ten gallon hat and holding six shooters. The logo: Capitalist Tool.

JAMIE

draws a pair of toy revolvers out of his toy holster and BANG! BANG! outdraws the Junk Bond King. Suddenly --

A SOUND (O.S.)

an eerie HOWLING, like you'd get from a windstorm. He moves closer --

JAMIE Jeezil Pete!
And from there, Jamie runs to see the Sliders arrive...



And a missing Arturo line...

Quinn tousles the kid's hair and as they head out, toward Market Street --

ARTURO (of the kid's cap guns) It's barbaric -- small children's fascination with guns. WADE *Boy* children. ARTURO Miss Welles, must you interject feminist claptrap into every conversation you engage in?
As they've reached the street --

REMBRANDT What's the deal with this place?
And from the Western scene that Remmy sees, we move on to the next lost scene...



And after Quinn guns down the man? He was originally supposed to get an offer for some business...

ACT ONE

FADE IN:

INT. LAMPLIGHTER - DAY - CONTINUOUS - QUINN

aghast at what he's done.

HANK A legend is born.
As if this was a signal, the locals start to WHOOP and HOLLER. Priscilla helps a shaky Cliff to his feet as a mob of locals crowd Quinn, congratulating him.

WADE (to Quinn) Are you all right? TEXAS YUPPIE #1 You do matrimonial? I need someone to handle my divorce. REMBRANDT What do we do now? WADE Let's get out of here!
But too late...the Sheriff has arrived...



Bullock's company also originally had a more familiar title...

Quinn can't believe this turn of events.

QUINN You... want me to work for you? HANK Texan Instruments is a wonderful company, Mallory. Progressive, people-friendly, environmentally conscious. (then) The kind of company a man could grow with.
Off Quinn --



Also, we were supposed to see a different take on a familiar song at the karaoke bar...

INT. COUNTRY WESTERN BAR - NIGHT

is full swing. A watering hole form Texan Instruments employees. A young guy in a country and western shirt lip-syncs the words to "I Shot The Sheriff" in front of a karaoke machine. The words here, however, go... "I shot the Sheriff, but I *also* shot the Deputy..."



Did you wonder why Remmythought TV was so violent on Western world? This hilarious missing scene tells all...

ACT TWO

FADE IN:

INT. DOMINION HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT - ON TV - RUGGED MEN

sitting at a restuarant counter.

DINER (horrified; off a jar of salsa) This salsa ain't made in San Antonio. (pause) Says right here, it's imported... from the U.S. of A.! DINERS THE U.S.A.???!!
The diners all turn to glare at the COOK. Suddenly --

BANG!

Everybody's shooting at Cookie -- The camera flinches from this carnage and we find --

REMBRANDT AND WADE

watching dumbfounded --

REMBRANDT I thought TV was violent on our world.


And here's a missing line from the conversation Priscilla had with her broker...

CLIFF A broker's only as good as the cards he's dealt -- PRISCILLA I'm not losing this company to Jack Bullock, Cliff. (then) I'd rather die than do that. CLIFF You want my opinion, I'd take what money's left on the table and find somebody to defend you against a takeover. PRISCILLA No. No more lawyers. (then) The future of this company's riding on you, Cliff.
Off Cliff --

But as we know, it didn't ride on Cliff for long...



Also, Arturo was originally supposed to be present when Priscilla came to ask for someone to take Cliff's place at the Poker game...

PRISCILLA Excuse me -- do either of you play poker? ARTURO I'm afraid my skills in that department are a little rusty. (then) I play a more than adequate hand of bridge, however.
Priscilla turns to her last hope.

REMBRANDT Don't sweat it, darlin'. They used to call me Crying Man Slim on the Topps tour bus. I know every form of poker known to man.


We were also originally privy to more of Wade's attempts to get the help of local law enforcement...

INT. SHERIFF'S STATION - DAY - DEPUTY JOE BOB

cleaning the small bore of his revolver, looks up as --

WADE

enters --

WADE Is the Sheriff here? DEPUTY Won't I do? WADE I'm here to report a murder. (then) I called half an hour ago; I was told the Sheriff was on his way over -- DEPUTY Big city. Lotta crimes to investigate. (then) Can't just drop everything every time there's a hanging --
As now --

THE SHERIFF

enters --

WADE Thank God -- DEPUTY Lady here's all worked up over the Sutter suicide, Sheriff. WADE It was no suicide -- Go see for yourself. (then) What kind of lawman are you? SHERIFF All right, Missy -- Come on in.
As she follows him in --

DEPUTY (picks up a phone) Hi, sweetheart. It's Deputy Joe Bob. (then) I need to talk to Jack Bullock.
Off which --

CUT TO:

INT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - DAY - WADE'S

not getting anywhere --

WADE What do you mean you're not gonna investigate?
And that's where we came in...



When Quinn was confronted as being Priscilla's lawyer by Bullock, there was originally an extra look at this world's law...

BULLOCK Industrial espionage is still a hanging crime in these parts. (then) And I intend to prosecute you -- and Hardaway computers with all due diligence. You understand me? QUINN (firmly) I understand. (the myth is larger than the man) And if any of you think you're faster than Dalton was, let's settle this right now.


Directly following that was a missing Wade and Arturo scene at a gun store...

INT. GUN SHOP - DAY - ARTURO

enters. Wade follows him in.

WADE Have you heard one thing I've said? ARTURO Every blessed, tiresome word. You're against the proliferation of violence... (waving his hand out at the world) But I have news for you, Miss Welles. It's already proliferated.
The place is elegant. The equivalent of a Dunhill's tailor shop. Dark paneling. Guns of every conceivable shape and caliber in various disconcertingly upscale displays.

SALESMAN 'I help you, folks? ARTURO Yes. I'm interested in purchasing a handgun. SALESMAN Excellent. We have a large selection... Something for the little lady as well? WADE Thank you. No.
The Salesman slides the case open and pulls out a pistol.

SALESMAN ... This is part of our Roy Cohn collection -- The thirty eight happens to be on sale right now.
The Salesman hands Arturo the gun.

ARTURO (as he assesses its heft) I am a man of reason and responsibility, as you know, Miss Welles. If we were back home, I'd never be doing this. But on this world... (looking around) ... a man can't be too careful. SALESMAN (of the gun) What do you think? Real sexy feel, don't you think?
Arturo straps on the holster and slides the gun into it. He preens a little before a mirror, enjoying the look it gives him. Notices Wade looking at him. Feels busted.

WADE At least promise me you won't slide with it. ARTURO Don't be absurd. The guns stays here.
The scene then cuts over to Rembrandt who is now winning at the poker game...



And while that same game is going on...

POKER PLAYER #1 Son of a bitch! [to his second) Go on up to the Bank of Texas, Jim Bob -- Tell 'em I'm under-capitalized.
Rembrandt's loving it --

ANGLE - WADE AND ARTURO

perched on barstools --

ARTURO Where in the world is he? We slide out of here in three-and-a-half hours. WADE (of Rembrandt) Rembrandt just won another hand. ARTURO A useful thing to keep in mind if we need cash on another world. WADE Yeah, providing they have poker. ARTURO Of that you can be sure. If there's one thing sliding has proven, it's that vice is universal.
QUINN

bursts in, headed for them --

WADE Quinn --! QUINN Tell Rembrandt to cash out. We've got to get out of here. WADE Cliff Sutter is dead. QUINN I heard. (then) If Jack Bullock had any guts, I'd've been next. WADE We've got to get out of here.
Arturo rises, downs the last of his drink --

ARTURO Another thing I've learned from sliding -- Don't let yourself get too comfortable. QUINN I'll meet you guys outside -- I left some stuff in the room. ARTURO I'm coming with you.
Then we follow Wade and she ruins Rembrandt's hand to speed him along...



Some more alternate history magazine mentions...

PRISCILLA The company's in play. (then) Bullock's going for a hostile takeover. QUINN What? I thought he couldn't do that! PRISCILLA He's been biding his time until I was too weak to defend myself. (then) He's hired a takeover specialist from the East. (then) It was in Texas Business Day this morning -- ARTURO Let me see that.
He takes a copy of the newspaper -- the headline announces "Texan Instruments In Hostile Bid for Hardaway -- Microchip Supplier In Perilous Play."

JAMIE Don't worry, Mom. Quinn'll save the company. PRISCILLA Jamie: go upstairs.
But Jamie didn't go upstairs...he decided to make a side trip after stealing Arturo's gun from the coat our Professor had laid down...



Another small change - the name of the professional Bullock hires is "Slim" Symms in the original script...not Billy.



Did you ever wonder how Jamie got to the top floor of Bullock's building with a gun? This scene tells the tale...

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

EXT. TEXAN INSTRUMENTS BUILDING - DAY - JAMIE

Arturo's gun hidden in the pocket of his windbreaker, hovers by the door, watching for an opportunity to get inside.

A FED-TEX DELIVERY MAN

approaches, wheeling a hand-cart piled too high with packages. As he opens the lobby door, several fall to the pavement.

FED-TEX DRIVER Dang --! JAMIE I'll get it. FED-TEX DRIVER Thanks, kid.
Jamie picks up a fallen parcel using the hand-cart as a cover and follows the delivery man into the building. The doors close just as --

A TAXI

pulls to the curb in front of the building. Priscilla and Quinn step out --

QUINN -- It wasn't so much his words, but how he said it. I hope I'm wrong.
INT. TEXAN INSTRUMENTS LOBBY - DAY - THE ELEVATOR DOORS

as they close on the Fed-Tex guy and Jamie.

QUINN AND PRISCILLA

rushing into the lobby up to the guard desk.

PRISCILLA Have you seen a boy... about this tall...? LOBBY GUARD A boy just went inside wiht the Fed-Tex man.
He suddenly recognizes Quinn.

LOBBY GUARD You're Quinn Mallory, aren't you?
Quinn barges past him.

LOBBY GUARD You can't go back there. Hey!
Quinn's headed for the elevator doors --

ELEVATOR DOORS

open.

HANK BARNETT

exiting --

HANK Well, well. Mallory. I figured you'd be on a train to Mexico by now.
Quinn rears back and delivers a right to Barnett's jaw that flattens the surprised Vice President. Jumps into the empty elevator just as the doors close.

CUT TO:

INT. JACK BULLOCK'S OFFICE - DAY - BULLOCK

pours himself a whiskey from his office bar. A man is with him -- compact, a little nerdy. Extremely well-tailored, this is none other than SLIM SYMMS, a notorious takeover specialist.

SYMMS So there I am. Testifying before the Senate Subcommittee in Austin, thinking -- "You people never heard of synergy?" BULLOCK Information superhighway's coming, boys. Lead, follow or get out of the way --
And about that time, Jamie comes in...just as we did around this point on the final version.




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