These are scenes from the November 5, 1996 production draft of the script for the episode Murder Most Foul written by David Peckinpah. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to time, story considerations, and a need to throw away most references to Sherlock Holmes.|
First is the major change which swept this entire script. Originally, there was no Reginald Doyle. Arturo was Sherlock Holmes, and all characters were appropriately matched - Quinn was Watson, the head inspector was Lestrade, etc. Since Sherlock Holmes was still mentioned in the final version, we can assume it wasn't a copyright problem. Likely the change was made to give it more of an "alternate earth" feel (since it's mentioned that that world's verion of Sherlock Holmes must be Reginald Doyle).
Originally, the Sliders were immediately supposed to go to their suite after arriving...
INT. CHANCELLOR HOTEL - DAY
The Sliders are relaxing in the suite. Remmy's at the window, watching the street below.
This is the first world we've been
in with a dress code. You see the
way people looked at us when we
(comes in from the
A man covered in garbage would draw
stares in any world, Mr. Brown.
(re: his suit)
That looks alot better.
Now it looks like a badly stained
suit. I'm going out to get a
Want some company?
Quinn moves to intercept him, speaks quietly, concerned.
Are you okay?
No, Mr. Mallory. I am not "okay."
Look, about the disagreement on
the last world, if it makes you
feel any better, you were right and
I was wrong.
Cold comfort. I am trapped in a
game I no longer wish to play.
Arturo slams out.
He continues out into the public as we saw in the final version...with the exception that he is splashed by mud thrown up by a speeding bicycle instead of being hit by spilled coffee. Also, the people who capture Arturo are referred to as the "thought police".
There was also to be some interesting alternate history given to us by the female doctor who believed Arturo's history to be electronically cloaked by the government...
EXT. EVALUATION (E-VAL) CENTER - DAY - ESTABLISHING
this could futuristic-looking government building. OVER THIS:
Professor Maximillian Arturo doesn't
appear in any national data bases,
nor do his fingerprints, biothermal
scans or dental records. The man
literally doesn't exist.
At least in this dimension. Maybe
he's a bigshot on some parallel
world, like he claims.
INT. E-VAL CENTER - EXAMINATION AREA - DAY
A pretty young woman EVALUATOR named DR. PUNCH gazes through observation windows at ARTURO lying on an exam table in the next room, wired up to all kinds of scanning monitors, EKG's, etc. He's conscious, but sedated. An eager young government WONK has just given her the news.
He's a bigshot here. His identity
has been electronically cloaked,
and that happens only by executive
So what do we do, just put him back
in the park and wait for the
goverment agents to find him?
(a dry laugh)
You weren't here for the Gates
fiasco. Same situation. Gates was
picked up swinging naked from a
sailboat mast in the marina. There
were no records of his existence,
either. The E-vals in charge
shipped him to country unit,
where he hanged himself with piano
wire. His wasn't the only head
Who was he?
The First Lady's psychic medium.
Now she's the *only* one he
(scans a file folder)
Arturo's a Sherlock Holmes
aficionado. He'll be happy in Park
21 until they come looking for him,
and we can be damn sure they will.
Get me a video link with Dr.
Then we cut to Quinn and co. walking in with their black outfits on...ready to impersonate government agents...
The script also gave us a bit more insight on the hiring process for "The Park"...
EXT. PARK 21 - ENTRY LEVEL/CORPORATE OFFICES - DAY
A staging area of sorts, outside the park proper. Still more an industrial look here, hi tech and cold. Lots of people -- all in "business uniform" -- mill about, being organized by officious young PARK GUIDES in distinctive uniform barking orders on BULLHORNS, separating the people into small groups: "TT's to the right, Civvies to the left."
CAMERA FINDS the SLIDERS alighting from a cab. They pay the driver, move toward the entrance, checking out the action. One of the GUIDES with an electronic bullhorn calls to them on horn.
You three...TT's or civvies?
(how stupid *are* you)
Training Therapists or civilian
To the left. Board the trams.
The Sliders move to join a group waiting in line at a tram stop.
What's going on here, look at all
A pretty, harried looking young WOMAN hurries up on them, collides with Quinn. Her name is ERIN.
Oops, excuse me. I can't *believe*
I'm here, I submit an application
every year and I finally got
picked! Have you worked before?
It's the first time for all of us,
pretty exciting. What kind of job
did you apply for?
Oh no, am I in the wrong line? I'm
going to be a theme character,
Quinn looks around; they have no idea where this is going.
Sure, absolutely, what else is
For dedicated actors, there's
nothing else. I haven't had much
experience, I'll probably get a
small part, but I'll be inside!
I'll be a park player!
There are no small parts, only
small actors, right?
The TRAM PULLS UP; people start filing aboard. Erin moves away.
I think we just got jobs. I hope
we don't have to wear stupid
Still steamed about the elf suit on
mall world, huh Remmy?
They board the bus as we cut to Arturo waking up in the study of Sherlock Holmes...
This next lost scene offers an explanation of what a PERCOM is. This was actually mentioned in the final version, but never explained until now...
INT. PARK 21 INDOC HALL - DAY
A large, nondescript room lined with rows of chairs filled with new "civvies" and "TT's". All are in period costume now. CAMERA FINDS the SLIDERS in one of the rows up front. QUINN is dressed as a young gentlemen-of-the-period, REMBRANDT looks the proper British Bobby (Policeman), and WADE wears the frills and lace of a music hall performer. Their new friend ERIN wears a similar costume.
We're burning time, Q-Ball. We
should be out there looking for
Personnel AIDES move amoung the crowd, handing out laminated ID cards and small personal communication devices (PERCOMS). During this, a young WOMAN addresses them from a raised platform at the front of the hall. We'll call her ANNE.
Each of you is responsible for your
PERCOM. You lose it, you buy it.
Carry your PERCOM with you at all
times. Dr. Dunhill... People,
please welcome Dr. Dunhill, park
Applause as a handsome YOUNG MAN in period dress -- a suit and bowler hat -- makes his way to the mic, acknowledges the applause.
Good afternoon, and welcome.
Outside this room, I am Inspector
Lestrade, Scotland Yard. You must
remain in character at *all* times
while in restoration areas.
Breaking character will result in
immediate discharge. The illusion
of a different time, a different
*world* must be maintained in order
for our therapy to be effective.
I think we can handle the different
Arturo reading the paper's reports on The Ripper back in study...just as we saw....
There is also some missing dialogue that was meant to be shown at the beginning of Act Two...just after the Sliders have seen the first murder and the timer has been stolen...
INT. PARK 21, EMPLOYEE LOUNGE - NIGHT
A spacious, comfortable area for the park employees to relax and socialize. Tables, couches, video games, etc. REMMY AND WADE sit together at a table with coffee, deeply troubled by what's transpired.
It can't be as bad as it looks.
The Professor's rock solid, no way
he's jumped the track.
Maybe they've got him drugged or
If we can just get him out of
here...once we slide, maybe he'll
*If* we slide. We'll grow old here
if we can't find the kid that
swiped the timer.
This place is too weird for my
blood, a girl gets murdered and
it's business as usual. Nobody's
even called the cops.
Scattered APPLAUSE pulls their attention toward the front of the room, where:
and a young WOMAN still in "tart" costume has just come in. The woman's costume is blood-soaked, but she's smiling and waving as the other employees applaud. Lestrade holds her hand up like a winning boxer.
Ladies and gentlemen, our D.V. for
tonight, Jack the Ripper's latest
Then as the applause erupts again, Wade turns to ask what a D.V. is and the scene plays on...
Also, directly following...there was originally some more dialogue when the Park manager walked over to talk...
(as he gets there; he's
got eyes for Wade)
Good evening. Are you enjoying
your time in the park?
But Lestrade is watching Wade, and she's aware of it.
Yes, it's really incredible.
Civvie or TT?
We're all civvies. That murder was
very real, you even got Sherlock
Holmes on the case to help you.
He must be someone really famous,
that's a starring role.
Yes, but policy prohibits even
speculating about patient
(back to Wade)
Enjoy yourselves. I hope we'll see
more of each other.
He moves off.
Something tells me you'll be moving
up to a featured role.
Uh-huh, remember us peons when you
get to the top.
You guys, he's just being friendly.
Who's that he's talking to?
They look to SEE Lestrade talking to DR. BOLIVAR across the room.
That's Dr. Bolivar, the Senior
Director, he runs this whole park.
And the rest is as we saw it...
The next part is some missing dialogue attached to the end of the scene where Arturo reads the second letter from Jack the morning after the murder. This explains how Quinn just walk in and snatch the important role of Watson even though he was a rookie...
Can you give us *nothing* to go on,
Arturo moves to the hansom as Lestrade moves Quinn a short distance away.
Who assigned you to Professor -- to
He glommed into me last night in
the alley where the girl was
killed, started calling me Watson.
I'm supposed to play along, not
break the illusion, right?
The override's been maintained,
Holmes remains dominant. The
murder was real to him, and he's
trying to solve it.
Quinn reacts, pieces it together.
Absolutely, he's on the case. This
therapy is fascinating. He really
believes he's Sherlock Holmes. His
*real* personality's still there,
but somehow you override it, then
restore it. Do you use drugs,
-- You're a *Civvie*, not even a
T.T.! Look, how or what we do
isn't your concern. Just stay in
character, there's a bonus in it
Whatever you say.
Lestrade, let's not keep Mr. Holmes
from his work.
Quinn rejoins the Professor as Lestrade climbs back into the hansom. We should note a distinctive Scotland Yark crest on the hansom door. The hansom pulls away.
Blundering fools. It's no wonder
they can't get along without me.
They continue up the street.
The next scene is then Quinn, Wade and Remmy at the street cafe discussing how Arturo was brainwashed...just as we saw in the final version...
There is also a missing quip by Wade when Erin is running off to do what she thinks is act like a victim...
Congratuations. I'd say break a
leg, but in your case I guess it's
more knock 'em stiff.
(gives her the note;
touches up her makeup)
Hang onto that for me, wouldja? I
want to put it in my scrapbook. I
better get out there, I don't want
to keep Jack the Ripper waiting.
Do I look okay?
You'll make a beautiful corpse.
Thanks, Wade. See you in the
Erin hugs her, grabs her shawl and goes OUT as Wade looks at the note, shakes her head; It's a little creepy.
And then poor Erin meets her fate in the same manner as the final broadcast...
There was also originally an extra line for Lestrade at the murder scene...
Good heavens man, you act as if
you've never seen a dead body.
These wounds are clean, decisive, a
skilled surgeon, our Jack. The
weapon was undoubtedly a scalpel.
Watch where you step!
I need some air...
He makes his way out to the street, passing Quinn, Rembrandt and Wade. He gets out his PERCOM unit, punches in a code.
There's been a murder...one of the
civvies, a young girl...a *real*
murder, damn it!
And then we are made privy to the Quinn/Wade/Remmy conversation that we saw in the final version...
And there was a little more to Dr. Bolivar and Lestrade's private conversation about the murder soon after...
(there's no political way
to say this)
Our patients are some of this
country's most greatest minds! To
put their recoveries at risk over
this civvie worker would be reckless
Careers are at stake here.
Dr. Bolivar stares at him a long moment, mulling it; self-interest elbows conscience aside.
How do we handle it?
No one knows what goes on inside
this park. We keep it under wraps
until the killer's caught. We have
ample security forces at our
disposal. I'll impose a curfew,
double foot patrols...
(a wry smile)
...We've even got Sherlock Holmes
on the case. He always gets his
Then the scene cuts to Quinn and Arturo back at the lab making the discovery about the shoe fibers matching...
There was also originally a bit more when Arturo makes his surprise visit to Scotland Yard...
A hansom pulls up in front of a building ID'd by signage as "Scotland Yard" -- in fact, this is the rear of the office complex housing Dr. Bolivar and staff, dummied up to look turn of the century. Arturo climbs out, goes into:
INT. SCOTLAND YARD - DAY
It looks like the Yark might at the turn of the century, on a much smaller scale. Arturo approaches the Sergeant on duty.
Please inform Inspector Lestrade
Sherlock Holmes is here to see him.
INT. BOLIVAR'S OFFICE - DAY
Bolivar is at his desk, going over some reports with Lestrade; they've turned their attention to the video monitors and Arturo.
You better get in there.
(Lestrade starts for the
You're out of costume!
He hurries out.
INT. SCOTLAND YARD - RECEPTION AREA
Arturo is waiting when LESTRADE hurries IN, buttoning his period suit coat.
Mr. Holmes. What brings you out so
Then the rest carries on as we saw it...with one exception. At the end of the Arturo/Lestrade conversation, Arturo was supposed to get a smile on his face after Lestrade answers that his shoe size was 11...
Yet another missing segment...after the Quinn stops the park plain clothes security guy from catching the kid, there was supposed to be a little bit more...
He's a fracture, some kind of boy
genius that's gone psychotic. He's
dangerous. I oughta run you in for
EXT. ANOTHER ALLEY - DAY - WADE AND REMBRANDT
walk through the quiet alley, both winded and breathing hard from the chase. No sign of Trevor [the kid].
He's gotta be here somewhere.
Listen up, kid. I know you can hear
me. You have something of ours and
we need it. We'll pay you a nice
piece of change.
Now QUINN comes into the alley.
That guy's a security man. The
boy's in trouble. Every cop in the
park's after him.
We helped you out back there, that
should mean something to you.
Maybe we can help. You've got
nothing to lose trusting us. So
how about it.
And then we cut to the cafe scene we saw directly after Quinn was stopped by plain clothes security in the final version...
Then there is a lost line from WADE when they find the other kid on the street...
Where's your friend?
I got no friends. Won't give me
nothin', huh? Well hose you then.
He throws a balled up piece of paper at Quinn and takes off.
Nice manners, makes you want to
settle down and have a few.
Then Quinn spreads out the wad of paper to find the message from Trevor as we saw...
In explaing fractures, Trevor originally gave a bit more description...and also told a bit more about the other parks...
Man, you guys are so yesterday.
This stuff is neuroscience 101.
Humor me, all right?
The brain reaches stress thresh,
fractures. Useless, right? So the
manipulating the hypothalamus,
cingulate gyrus, all that stuff
that affects cortisol secretion,
looking for a way to manage stress.
(taps his head)
Long story short, they figured out
a way to erase the hard drive up
here, override it with a new
personality so the brain can rest
and recharge. Then they restore the
original, good as new.
You're a fracture?
I'm a *kid*. I still work a
hundred hour week like everybody
else, but kids get to come to the
park for a month every year to
play. We don't stress as easy as
adults. Play restores us. Last
year I went to Sherwood Forest ---
Then Remmy comes walking up causing Trevor to run off...and Remmy grins and screams "All right!" when he sees the timer back.
Another interesting twist comes when Arturo figures out Dr. Bolivar is the real murderer...
Lestrade...I can't believe it.
Nor can I sir, no matter the great
lengths you went to to be sure I
did. Lestrade wrote the first two
Ripper notes, but the note card
from the single rose and Lestrade's
crime reports delivered to my rooms
this evening were written by a
different hand -- *yours*, Chief
Inspector. Or shall I call you Dr.
The scene then carries out as we saw it with only one addition on the end...
Professor...I'm..Holmes. And you,
you are the fiend...
Hardly a fiend, Professor. Just
another player in the game. The
villain is always the best part.
And the rest of the episode plays as we saw it from there...