These are scenes from the December 15, 1995 first revision draft of the script for the episode As Time Goes By written by Steve Brown. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to time and story considerations.|
At the beginning is one of the "neat" missing portions of this tale. The truck that drove up to offer work to the Sliders was supposed have to license plates that read "Calexico". And later in the script at trial, we were to be informed that was a court of the fine state of Calexico.
Did you wonder why Quinn had a bandage around his leg at the beginning of Act One? That was a throwback to the original idea laid out by the script...
We open with this portion as Quinn is trying to get away from immigration...
As he runs along an eight-foot (preferably adobe) wall, Quinn looks around to see La Migra (The Driver) is not yet in sight.
He makes a quick decision, hoists himself to the top of the wall and over, into...
EXT. THE BACK YARD OF A RICH PADRONA'S HOUSE - DAY
Beautifully appointed, even in winter. Quinn doesn't have much to time to appreciate it, because...
Barely have his feet hit the closely-trimmed grass when...
alerted, growling --
Down, boy. Good dogs --
No use. The dogs are on him, snapping, slavering, growling.
Quinn manages to fend off the first dog, but the other Doberman *takes a nasty bite out of his leg*. Quinn goes down, smashes his head, hard, against a rock.
struggling under the attack. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, an apparition in a black-and-white maid's uniform races across the yard to his aid.
(wielding a broom on the
Bad dogs! Bad dogs!
Get off him.
The dogs YELP in confusion. Take off.
Quinn looks up to recognize the stunning woman bending over him now, concern on her face.
Daelin looks down at him. How did he know her name? As Quinn looks up at this angelic vision of a WOMAN, he blacks out from the bonk on his head and we --
END OF TEASER
Just after Remmy finishes complaining about Gordon Lightfoot, we were originally supposed to have a short scene back in the car with Quinn, Daelin and Kit...
INT. CAR - NIGHT - KIT, QUINN, DAELIN
study a map --
You're sure this is the route?
Usually. It's out of traffic, away
It's getting late...
What do you want me to do? Call La
Migra and tell 'em to hurry up?
Sorry, man. I'm kinda on edge.
Suddenly, there is a WHISTLE (O.S.) -- a lookout.
Okay... That's the signal.
As they get out of the car --
The next thing we see is the roadblock of the bus, and the freeing of the prisoners...
Why did Quinn feel so strongly about Daelin? He went into a bit more detail when talking to Rembrandt at the bar on the next world...
Only problem was, I was 15 and she
(sighing, taking a swig)
Sometimes your heart plays tricks
It's worse than that.
(then; takes a drink)
I can't put my finger on it... but
I feel like she needs me. That
it's destiny or something.
(pushes beer away)
I keep thinking I should have
grabbed her and gotten her out of
And then Remmy suggests that maybe Quinn should look up the Daelin of this world...
And events ran a little differently when Quinn went to visit Daelin...
My mistake. I thought you were
There is a definite tension between the two young men. Dennis ends it with a condescending sneer, then walks right past Dealin, and heads upstairs.
Julie's sleeping. If you check on
her, try not to wake her --
Check her for what? She's not
Daelin seems near tears. And deeply embarrassed on top of it. She speaks to Quinn softly, averting her eyes...
Would you like to see her?
Off Quinn's reaction, we --
INT. NURSERY - DAY - DAELIN
is holding a tiny baby girl in he arms. Quinn looks on in wonder as she gently rocks the beautiful child...
Dennis wasn't always like this.
Before we were married, he was...
kind... and gentle.
You're married?... I didn't see a
I don't wear it.
He doesn't either... It's like
... Would you like to hold her?
holds her baby in his arms. For a moment, it almost feels like this is his family.
She's beautiful, Daelin. She's
gonna look just like you.
Quinn and Daelin share a private moment, eye to eye - it's joltingly interrupted by the sound of a BLARING ELECTRIC GUITAR coming from down the hall.
starts to cry. Daelin flushes with anger and chagrin...
Damn him! Can you believe he
dropped out of med school to join a
band... the idiot?!
God, where was my brain...?
He usually doesn't play when she's
trying to sleep. He's being macho
'cause you're here.
She gently places the baby back in her crib, then exits, heading down the hall toward the source of the noise.
doesn't know what to do. Dennis and Daelin are arguing out in the hall (O.S.). He senses the dispute is heating up - goes.
INT. HALL - DENNIS AND DAELIN
locked in intense altercation.
Bitch, bitch, bitch. Ever since we
had the kid, that's all you ever
I'm so freaking sick of it. I
And we saw the rest from there...
Another small difference...the original script had the Sliders landing in Alcatraz (not San Quentin) on backwards world.
Not long after the Sliders are "freed" from incarceration, they hear police sirens again and scatter. In the final episode, we only followed Quinn and Remmy to see what happened to them...but originally, we were supposed to shortly see what was happening with Wade and Arturo as well...
On the contrary, Mr. Brown. It is
simply running backwards in
accordance with the physical laws
of this universe.
If my surmise is correct, we may be
called upon to slide at any moment.
ANGLE - THE COP CARS - COPS
looking in their direction. A man -- he might be Gomez Calhoun -- is pointing up the street, at the Sliders --
What do we do?
I dont know about you, but I'm
not taking any chances --
As they go --
rush up the street after them.
A COP CAR
patches out in pursuit as --
QUINN AND REMBRANDT
tear off down the street, past astonished onlookers --
WADE AND ARTURO
have blended in with the crowd, unseen by the pursuing officers --
What are we gonna do?
Courage, my girl --
We've gotten out of worse scrapes.
And then the scene cuts over to what we saw...Quinn and Remmy at the stairwell right as another "skip" occurs and they are saved...
Lastly, the original script had some different, rather odd side effects of changing time...
No need to have a destructive
child. Mr. Mallory is doing just
fine on his own.
The Sliders move up now, wondering what Arturo is talking about.
Have you noticed the rain?
They look up into the sky --
It's blue! And... And my clothes
aren't getting wet.
(holding out his palm)
It isn't water. Or even liquid as
we've come to know it.
In the b.g., the cops are reacting to the strange phenomena. The Sliders look around - incredulous. A little cat runs by, chasing a big dog.
What the hell is going on?
You changed the future, Mr.
Mallory! You have *ripped the
fabric of time*. God knows what
the consequences will be.
And it's like we saw from there...minus the rip in the sky and the overactive moon...