These are scenes from the production draft script of Scott Smith Miller's Slide Like an Egyptian dated 11-14-96. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to time concerns and story considerations.|
Well, first of all, the beginning was decidedly different...
EXT. HOLLYWOOD SIGN - DAY
The familiar symbol of L.A. Only here, the letters are in Arabic.
EXT BEVERLY BLVD. SIDEWALK - DAY
A few Ankh symbols and a Djed pillar or two alter only slightly the othewise familiar area between Beverly Center and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. WE TRACK --
from behind as they walk along the sidewalk, against the pedestrian traffic. The locals wear black arm bands, the universal symbol of mourning. Some of them sport Egyptian collars, but none of them has on traditional pharonic make-up.
(off a glaring local)
Bad call, Professor. Everyone's
staring at you.
ANGLE TO REVEAL
the Egyptian Eye of Re Symbol around Arturo's right eye. He's already wiped off the mascara from the left one with a handkerchief, and now Wade helps him remove the rest.
I was misled by that athlete
(patting Arturo's back)
Little advice...No matter what
world we're on, never use a Dennis
Rodman as your fashion barometer.
Admittedly, my exuberance has
gotten the best of me here. I can't
help it...as a child, I'd read about
ancient Egypt, and get goose pimples.
You were probably a Pharoah
in a past life.
Rembrandt looks around the surroundings.
The Egyptians may rule here, but
they haven't done much with the place.
If we were in Cairo, I'm sure we'd
see the real result of those extra three
Wades stops in front of a U.S. Postal mail box. She doesn't realize the guys have moved on ahead as she points to a series of Hieroglyphic symbols on it, and playfully translates...
The scene then plays out as we saw it.
Originally, Quinn was supposed to reveal he was a Slider to the Dr. not long after waking up. In fact, here is the original scene in which Quinn and Dr. Tuya make their way out of the hospital in order to go to the Chancellor...
INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY
Quinn and Tuya make their way out of the hospital.
I can't believe you're a Slider.
You've heard of sliding?
Of course. But on our world, only
the Pharoahs slide. It must be a
It is. Except our timer has been corrupted and
we can't find our home earth. Our only hope
now is to land on it by chance.
(glances at watch)
Come on. I don't have much time.
As they rush out the main doors...
For this scene, it is just before the missed slide in the pyramid and the captured girl (Sheliah) has just revealed Quinn is likely still alive before running off. Our Sliders debate what they must do now...but with much different words from what we saw.
If anyone could come back,
We've got to go back and find out.
If we go, we miss the slide.
Professor, we can't leave. Not
if there's a chance Quinn's alive!
But what if he isn't? If we go back there,
we give up all hope of ever returning home.
We'll spend twenty-nine years here because
we gambled on a miraculous breakthrough.
You were the one thinking this culture
was so advanced, Professor.
The timer hits zero and the Vortex opens. It scares the hell out of Sheliah. She runs for the exit. But nobody else moves.
If they can make that scarab...
maybe they can bring people back
from the dead.
(pressing his point)
Then why is this funeral happening?
If they could bring back anyone, it would
be their leader.
Immortality's different. We're takling
about someone coming back who
wasn't supposed to be dead yet.
Look, I've lived my life. But you.
You have too much to lose.
(handing over the timer)
If you two go...I'll stay.
(refuses the timer)
I couldn't live with myself.
Wade puts her hand to both men, and they stand resolute. And then, the sight they've only seen in their nightmares becomes a horrible reality...the Vortex closes.
For a moment, things are deathly silent as they continue staring at the spot where the Vortex disappeared. Then, from across the large floor, they horrifying scream of the scarab, behind the barricade, draws their attention...
This scene has Quinn returning to the hotel room to find the Sliders gone and Dr. Tuya gives the same speech about how Quinn is terminally ill. In the original scene though, Quinn was to leave Tuya behind in disgust, leaving the hotel room to retreat to the bar...
INT. LAST CHANCE BAR - EVENING
TIGHT ON A TELEVISION MONITOR
A Reporter looks into the camera...
It's not known as yet what precipitated the
premature sealing of the pyramid, but the new
Pharoah has scheduled a press conference for
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at the bar. Lots of palmetto decorations all around him, and he wears an Egypt style wig under a baseball cap that features a Crocodile logo. His fake Egyptian style beard -- the long tubular kind -- is wrapped by a metal braclet. Quinn sits alone, morose, an empty glass in front of him.
Just my luck. This place would have been
packed the night of the funeral.
(puts another beer in front of Quinn)
Scarab's not happy either. His big meal's
Quinn sips his beer.
Attempts to reach the pyramid's architect,
Seyn Jebid, have been unsuccessful...
You know, I don't get what the big thrill
is about being the pyramid's architect.
I mean, I know it's supposed to be an
honor and everything, but let's get real,
is it worth making the supreme sacrifice for?
What are you talking about?
The architect gets sealed inside the
pyramid as scarab food. You know,
so they can go to the great beyond
as their reward for designing the thing.
He takes a rag, wipes the bar.
Of course, it's not happening for him
And I bet he couldn't be happier.
He laughs as Quinn takes all this in and we...
INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - NIGHT - TUYA
is faced off with Dr. Achtbit. She holds some files.
You told me Quinn Mallory had a tumor.
How would you know that when we
never took an X-Ray of him?
Achtbit knows he's caught, tries to reason with her.
I know it wasn't standard procedure.
But all we've had with the terminal
patients is failure.
Then we fail. We don't kill people
who still have life expectancy.
(whispers through clenched teeth)
Doctor, we have a window of
opportunity...Someone in temporary
power is on our side, and in these two
cases, he's given me more than his
You're talking about Kheri-Heb.
He mandated these experiments?
He wants results. That's all he
cares about. And pleasing him is
all we should care about.
Do you really want to risk all three
thousand years of research into
the afterlife because of a...a...
Research is one thing, doctor.
Kidnapping is another.
INT. HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOM - NIGHT - MOMENTS LATER
Sheliah is on the operating table. She's not intubated yet, but the equipment is there. Tuya enters.
Shelia? What are you doing here?
The Kheri-Heb commanded it. Please,
Dr. Mubaric, don't let them do this to
Don't worry. Nothing's going to happen
Tuya starts undoing Shelia's restraints.
Is Quinn alive?
How do you know him?
He saved me. And his friends got
me out of the pyramid. But their magic
made the scarab go on that rampage.
What happened to his friends?
I'm not sure. All I know is the girl
said she wouldn't leave.
Directly after that scene, we flash back to the pyramid just as the Sliders hear footsteps. Then we are given more insight on the timer mystery...
Arturo raises his hand for silence. Faint footsteps approach from the other side of the wall...
The Sliders take cover as a sliding door opens, but then freeze as Seyn Jebid (25) steps out, looking down at some paperwork. He looks up surprised to see them.
What are you people doing here?
The Sliders exchange a look, then...
We were locked in.
Locked in? What are you talking about?
The scarab broke loose of its restraints.
I believe they sealed the door to keep it
Oh my God...
Does anyone know you're in here?
Will anyone come looking for you?
Of course not.
Don't you people know who I am?
I'm the architect. I'm supposed to
die in here. It's considered an honor
to be entombed with the mummy.
A beat as the Sliders react.
What? So you built this place just so
you could die in it?
I had a way to beat the system. I
stole something that a friend of mine
was going to leave in here during
the funeral tomorrow. It would've
given me a way out. But now...
Wait a minute. Are you saying the
front door is the only way in and out
of the place?
There is another way. The computer
room. It was supposed to be walled up
today but they're behind schedule. you
know how construction crews are.
Suddenly, chilling, guttural Scratching sounds behind them. They turn to see --
A scarab claw reach out from around a corner and grab Jebid. He screams in agony as it yanks him back and he vanishes to the shadow.
Quinn and Tuya break into the architect's office to find the blueprints and a new timer. But, Eyptian FBI agents soon discover them and Quinn quickly hides to escape their notice. Tuya tries to talk her way out of it, but in this scene uses a different approach which leads to long sought answers about the Egyptian timer's true origins...
I know this looks bad, but my friend
Seyn was supposed to meet me for
dinner. When he didn't show, I got
ANGLE - QUINN
looking out at the timer, still lying on the floor from when he discovered it. He sticks his foot out to try and push it out of sight...
You always break into someone's
office when they're late for dinner,
moves around, and Quinn's leg pulls back behind the desk just in time thru...
The Agent sees the timer. He moves over to pick it up.
I thought something might have
happened to him. I'm also his
physician, and he's been under alot
of stress recently.
Pending entombment has that
effect on architects.
The scene then plays out as we saw it with Quinn jumping in to save the day and both of them leaping to safety 3 stories down in a garbage dumpster...
Especially ones who are trying to
shirk their duty.
I...I don't know what you're
This timer. We knew he stole
it from the Pharoah's belongings.
We knew he planned to slide.
What we didn't know was he had
(pulls out his cuffs)
Lastly is the final scene which finally sheds light on what happened to the now defunct original timer...The Sliders are corned in the tunnel. On one end they have the police, on the other they have the scarab...there is no apparent way out...
Quinn pulls out the architect's timer.
Then we'll slide from here.
Where did you get that?
It was the architect's escape plan.
Can that thing get us out of there?
We're about to find out.
But it's already counting down.
That doesn't make any sense.
All I can think of is that the
architect set an initial countdown
in case he couldn't activate the timer
manually. Otherwise, it should be just
The sound of voices draws near.
The police are getting closer.
That thing's right on top of us.
Tuya, if you really want to see the
unknown...come with us.
I can't. I have to stop the experiments.
Innocent lives are at stake.
He hugs her...
Thank you. For everything.
Good luck. I'll try to delay them.
She turns and hurries out of frame.
Who's got our timer?
Keep it. I'm going to need the spectrum
stabilizer when we get to the next world.
(Eyeing the architect's timer)
We gonna make it to the next world?
That thing still has thirteen hours left on
We're going now.
Activating it early means I've corrupted
it. Just like I did to mine on our world.
Which means we're right back to random
I don't care. Just so we can get out
Quinn activates the timer. The Vortex appears.
Suddenly a scarab claw reaches down from the opening and grabs Wade. She screams. Arturo snataches up a board, swats at the claw as Remmy pries Wade free.
Wade slides. Remmy follows as Arturo keeps the claw at bay with the board.
Quinn slides. Arturo tosses the board at the claw, then leaps into the vortex.
I'm right behind you!
The rest of the episode is written exactly as it was aired.
On one last note, a good view of the new Egyptian timer is not given in "Slide Like an Egyptian". In fact, few full shots of the new timer are ever given. On those rare occasions that you can clearly see the bottom section however (like in this closer look at the timer prop), you will notice that there is a metal engraved carving of a scarab (an ancient Egyptian religious symbol) on the handle's metal covering. This subtle clue is a constant reminder of the new timer's Egyptian origins and can still be seen from time to time on the timer in all later episodes.
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