These are scenes from the March 20, 1997 first revision of the script for the episode This Slide of Paradise written by Nan Hagan. These scenes did not make it into the final episode due to time and story considerations.|
Well, no place to begin like the beginning. The original beginning for "This Slide of Paradise" was radically different...
EXT. MEXICAN STREET - DAY (D1)
A tumbleweed blows across the asphalt, passing a raised hang-man's platform. We find QUINN and MAGGIE, hands tied behind, led up the steps by a grizzled, smelly man, KYLE.
I couldn't fold. I figured him for
a bad loser, but this?
(a look; then)
They call him Hanging Harry. Did
you maybe think there was a reason
Of course. I just didn't think it
was because he actually hung
pepole. Who does that these days?
Kyle places nooses around their necks.
The town clock RINGS OUT FIVE BELLS. Maggie and Quinn exchange a look. She's afraid. His eyes search the street. Where are they?
You know I never got a chance to
say some things to Steve. I don't
want that to happen again, with us.
It's not over yet. Remmy and Wade
We have no idea where Remmy and
HANGING HARRY comes up the steps.
They say anticipation is the worst
part. That true?
The worst part is having your ugly
face be the last thing we'll ever
Kyle laughs. Harry burns a look that way.
Just pull the lever, Kyle.
Kyle crosses to the lever. Maggie takes a deep breath.
I really care about you. I just
thought you should know that.
A look between them. A moment locked in time.
I feel the same.
Kyle jerks the lever. The floor drops out from beneath Maggie and Quinn. Their bodies drop like stones, the ropes swing tautly. The crowd GASPS. Harry LAUGHS.
A WHIRLING NOISE is heard. He looks into the hole.
INT. HANGMAN'S WELL - SAME TIME
The VORTEX of course. Quinn and Maggie are gone. The ropes have been cut by WADE and REMBRANDT, who each hold a knife. Wade leaps into the vortex. Remmy turns, winks at Harry.
Remmy laughs as he jumps into the hole.
EXT. HANGMAN'S PLATFORM
Kyle comes up next to Harry, starts to laugh again. Harry pulls him up by the lapel.
Far as I'm concerned, one hanging's
as good as another.
Kyle panics and pushes Harry away with the butt of his rifle, knocking Harry into the vortex...
EXT. ISLAND PARADISE - BEACH DAY
Paradise. The VORTEX is OPEN over the water. Quinn and Maggie are struggling to pull themselves out of the water, on the sand, hands still tied, cut nooses still on...Quinn smiles at Maggie.
Told you they'd make it.
Wade flies out of the VORTEX, landing in the shallow water beyond. She moves out of the water, cuts them both loose with her knife. The vortex is far enough away that it doesn't sound too loud.
A little close, wasn't it?
Sorry. Only way to get to you
without getting us all shot, was to
We hear Remmy land in the water.
I hate water landings!
(he exits the water)
We are now, thanks to you guys.
Our pleasure. It's why we're here.
He and Quinn do a high-five. Wade gets a look around. They start up the beach.
This slide looks too good to be
Harry comes flying out of the VORTEX.
I knew it.
So what're we going to do with him?
He's not our responsibility. We
didn't ask him to come along.
What just happened? Where am I?
The rifle floats up with Harry. Remmy grabs it.
Forget him. We've got other things
to worry about.
(off the timer)
We've got twenty-two hours here to
Quinn crosses, taking the timer from her. He smiles.
I'm getting him, his timer. We're
going home. He's not getting away
Wade eyes the edge of beach. Thick brush just beyond. Quinn leads them up the beach. Remmy moves up next to Quinn.
I'm curious. When you thought you
were gonna swing, what were your
last thoughts? Guys must've said
something to each other, right?
Maggie and Quinn exchange a glance.
Yeah. We totally confessed our
love for each other.
She moves forward... Remmy comes up next to her.
You're getting a weird feeling
aren't you? I hate it when that
Because, she's got good instincts.
A NOISE. They all heard it.
C'mon, better find cover.
(looks down the beach)
They start down the beach, headed for an overlook area. The noise follows them. They all start to run.
He turns as two huge man/panther BEASTS roar out of the bush. Quinn fires at them. One is hit and goes down dead. The other ROARS viciously and attacks Harry, dragging him off into the bushes. Off this horror, we --
END OF TEASER
EXT. BEACH - MOMENTS LATER
Wade stares out into the jungle.
We should go after him, shouldn't
we? He could still be alive.
I don't see how. Even if he was,
we don't know what that was, or if
they're more of them in there.
Remmy leads Wade over to where Quinn and Maggie are over the dead panther's body.
I'll bite, what is it?
Hard to say.
Smells bad though, whatever it is.
That looks like a human hand.
Check out the face. Definite human
Could that thing be one of us?
I don't know, but it's definitely
got some of us in its genetic code.
There is a HOWLING in the distance. It unnerves them.
Whatever they are, they know we got
one of them.
Might be wise if we weren't here
when they came back.
Quinn checks the rifle.
Anybody happen to have a few extra
shells on them?
Better get to higher ground.
QUINN slips the rifle over his shoulder and they walk.
EXT. ANIMAL LAIR - SAME TIME
At a small pond, a furry man/beast splashes water on his face. He looks up as the man/panther, CERES (SEER-IES) enters the area with Harry in tow.
Is that Doctor Paul?
No, Colonel. He's a stranger.
It's what you need, right?
He drops Harry by the man beast who is -- RICKMAN. His face, teeth and hands ever more animalistic. Ceres is a huge beast, the James Earl Jones of the hybrids. His voice is frightening in its depth and tone. Harry is in bad shape, but not dead.
Fresh brain food. Where did you
On the beach. There were others.
Four. Men and women. They fell
out of the sky.
Sliders. And I thought they'd
given up on me.
Rickman HOWLS. The other pack animals joining in.
They killed Jared.
Maybe it's better, Ceres. He was
dying, wasn't he?
At least this way, he didn't
Please, help me.
Rickman looks down on the suffering Harry. Smiles as he pulls his needle out.
Let me put you out of your misery.
He needles Harry and then injects himself. He MORPHS temporarily into HARRY. The animals recoil at the sight.
What are you?
A little this, a little that.
Rickman shakes off a morph chill.
Now. Show me where the people are.
EXT. BEACH - CLIFF SIDE - LATER
Sun is starting to set. A tough climb, but they make it. Quinn is first.
EXT. BEACH OVERLOOK - CONTINUOUS
Quinn helps the others to get up. At the top, they have a view of the ocean waters beyond.
We're on an island.
Beyond them, in the waters, are dozens of other islands (STOCK) closely chained. They stretch on for miles.
Does the Pacific look like this on
your world? Doesn't on mine.
No. We've got a few islands off
the coast, but nothing like this.
This has got to be California,
right? So, what happened to it?
(off their looks)
We've been hearing for years that
the big one would come and
California would break off. Maybe
here, it actually happened.
An island should make finding
Rickman all the easier.
The Sliders then venture off into the jungle as night sets in...and while they're walking, they become encircled by the man beasts and Alisandra comes to rescue just as we saw...
Maggie originally had a little more to say about going off with Alisandra...
EXT. HIDDEN PATH - NIGHT
A narrow path between rocky cliffs. You can hear the BEASTS howling in the distance. They're near, but not too close. Maggie comes up to Quinn.
How do we know we can trust her?
She could be taking us right into a
Quinn nods, but keeps moving. Maggie pulls him to a stop.
Hey. We don't even know what these
things are and we're just blindly
following her. Maybe we should be
a little smarter about this.
We are! Okay? For the moment,
we're ahead of the others. We
weren't dragged off like Harry.
That seems pretty smart to me.
He gives her a look. They move to catch up with the others. Alisandra stops at the edge of the path.
The compound where I live is just
beyond the clearing. We'll be safe
once we're inside the fence.
The rest is as we saw it...
And Dr. Paul originally had different things to say...
He hands Maggie her [tranq] gun and starts to load one for Wade, who's over by some pictures of Dr. Paul with his hybrids.
You look awfully chummy with the
Hybrids. And I should be. I
(off their looks)
It's not hard, really, two parts my
DNA, one part theirs, stir in a
little nuclear transfer technology
and voila. Almost anybody with an
easy bake oven could do it.
That's your idea of a good time?
Making genetic mutations for fun?
It's not fun. It's necessary. The
hybrids are experiments in
controlling genetic markers. Genes
that cause cancers, Parkinson's --
that kind of thing.
You having any luck identifying the
Some. There are some side effects
though. Aging and genetic
dominance factors. Once I get them
mastered, I'll get the other stuff.
Kind of odd you're working all
alone on an island. Not exactly
your standard set up for major
Couldn't be helped. The boys on
the mainland wouldn't let me play
in their sandbox. So I packed up
my experiments and moved out of
their court of jurisdiction.
How many of them are out there?
Hard to say. Some of them have
died. I don't keep track.
The Sliders exchange a look.
Before you get all judgemental on
me, let me show you something.
He hands Wade her gun, then crosses to a cabinet...
Science is an adventure into the
unknown. There's no room for
caution, only for those who want to
venture into the brave, new world.
He opens it, REVEALING a large aquarium and inside that is a well-developed baby (about 7 human months), gestating in a warm, yellow liquid.
Is that thing alive?
That 'thing' is nine-tenths human
and one tenth feline, bred for
gentleness and humor.
And yes, she's very much alive.
The eyes open. The fetus smiles. It's truly grotesque and yet, fascinating.
INT. COMPOUND - MAIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SAME TIME
Rembrandt watches as Alisandra swallows some pills.
You okay now?
I think so. Thanks.
I should find my friends.
They're probably in the lab.
Remmy nods and heads out, with one last glance her way, Alisandra MOANS in a pain.
Alisandra looks to him, a finality in her eyes.
She begins to tremble, then starts to shake violently. She falls, seizing. Remmy rushes back in.
What's happening to you?
She writhes in pain, shaking as an epileptic would.
EXT. MAIN HOUSE - VERANDA - SAME TIME
Quinn, Wade and Maggie heading for the house when they hear:
Hey! I need help here!
INT. MAIN HOUSE - DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
They race in, horrified by what's going on. Wade rushes to Alisandra's side, holding her down while we she seizes.
She's having a seizure.
Find something she can bite down
Maggie searches, finding a wood ruler --
Will this do?
(at the same time)
Wade take the ruler, tries to put it in Alisandra's mouth.
(struggles to say)
The med, medi...
Daniel enters, cowering in a corner.
Daniel, what's she trying to say?
Alisandra's seizures become rhythmically horrific.
She needs the medicine.
Then get it!
It's in the cabinet. I don't have
Quinn eyes the cabinet. He tries to pull it open. Can't. He pulls the cabinet over. It CRASHES -- Quinn pulls the thing backing off the cabinet, digs through the debris and finds a needle and a vial of medicine.
Is this it?
Yes. Let me.
He grabs the needle and crosses to Alisandra. Remmy gets out of the way. Dr. Paul holds her as her seizure decreases.
What are you waiting for, inject
It's too late.
Remmy grabs the needle from him.
Get out of the way. I'll do it.
She shakes her head. He knows what it means. Alisandra is completely still. Daniel sobs.
What's going on here?
It was her time. It happens.
(touches her tenderly)
Daniel, take her to her room.
Daniel gently picks her up and carries her out. Paivon sipes his brow. his hand trembles. He goes to fix himself a drink. He's completely distraught --
This is your brave, new world?
Hey, nice going.
(a look; then)
I'll let you out of the compound.
Don't bother, we'll let ourselves
I'll have Daniel turn the gate on
after you've gone.
EXT. COMPOUND - MAIN GATE - NIGHT
The Sliders, each with gun, move out. Daniel comes up after them, closing the gate. The electricity HUMS.
"It happens." What kind of man is
okay with that?
It's no wonder the animals hate
Look, I feel bad about her too,
but we need to focus on finding the
timer without becoming somebody's
lunch. Heads up, okay?
You see any of them?
No. But they could just be waiting
until we hit a good spot to jump
Wade, Remmy... hang back some.
We'll be harder to attack if we're
spread out a bit.
Wade and Remmy nod and allow Maggie and Quinn to move ahead. REVEAL we see this from an animal's POV as he (MAX) watches, then turns and lopes away.
The next scene is back at the Hybrid lair where Ceres is asking Rickman why he needs another timer just like the one he already has...
After the Sliders get caught...there is another difference. In the original version, Quinn escapes to go back to the compound...and Dr. Paul asks for Quinn's DNA - not Remmy's. Why?
I need your DNA.
(off Quinn's look)
My genes are programmed for me at
this stage. I think that's why my
hybrids are rapidly aging and why
they live in pain. You're young.
Your DNA is healthy.
There is also a difference in Rickman's opening conversation with Maggie in her cage...
INT. ANIMAL LAIR - DAY
CLOSE ON RICKMAN'S ANIMAL FACE
sideways, smiling strangely.
Can you hear me, Maggie?
Maggie, Remmy and Wade are caged. Rickman peers in on the sleeping Sliders. Several hybrids surround him. The Sliders' timer is near him (his is in his pocket). He puts his hand through the cage and pets Maggie. She stirs.
Get your stinking paw off of me.
You always were beautiful when you
Your downfall's always been when
She's disgusted. Rickman looks to Wade, strokes her hair.
Why couldn't you be like this one?
She has a certain charm you lack.
Go to hell.
Sorry, luv, already there.
And it plays out as we saw it from there...including the affair revelation.
Once Rickman tells Maggie her true mistake was marrying Steven, things take a different turn...
Maggie slaps Rickman, hard. The animals break out in anger at her. Rickman reaches in and grabs Maggie by the hair.
For that, darlin, you will be
first to feed my need.
Wade tries to pull Maggie back into the cell. Rembrandt reaches out too. Ceres swipes his paw through the bars.
Rickman pulls his needle, but stops when Max begins to seize. Rickman crosses and cradles Max gently.
It hurts... hurts bad.
Max seizes. His pain seems ten times worse than what Alisandra went through.
EXT. ANIMAL LAIR - BACK ENTRANCE - DAY
Dr. Paul, Quinn and Daniel quietly creep up. They're on an overlook that hangs above the pond area.
That's the front way in. Daniel
and I'll go down. I've got pain
pills. They'll come out for that.
Where's the back entrance?
He indicates. There's a hole leading down.
Give us five minutes. Then go.
Meet you back at the compound.
INT. ANIMAL LAIR - SAME TIME
Rickman has laid Max's dead body on an area across from the cage. He turns to the Sliders, pained.
They live in pain and die in agony.
Thanks to that freak, Doctor Paul.
(to the hybrids)
He must pay for this, for Max!
Leave them alone, Rickman. You're
not helping them by any of this.
You're wrong. They know the truth
now. He never cared for them. He
(to the animals)
Doctor Paul's not your friend.
He's your enemy.
Now, we HEAR a MURMUR or "Doctor Paul, he's here."
EXT. ANIMAL LAIR - A MINUTE LATER
A badly timed visit. Dr. Paul and Daniel approach. Paivon tosses out pills, kind of like chicken feed. The animals rush to get the catch.
Daniel hangs back, holding his dart gun in fear. Ceres GROWLS and swipes at Paivon.
Is that any way to welcome me,
You are not welcome here.
Do you all feel that way? Because
if you do, I'll leave.
The animals give him a look. One comes over and allows Paivon to pet him.
Hey, Davey. How are you?
He's rather sad right now, Max
Rickman steps out of the lair. Daniel raises his gun. Paivon waves the gun off.
You must be Colonel Rickman.
You must be the pathetic Doctor
From what I hear, that's a little
like calling the kettle black.
Poor fellow. Have I insulted you?
Because I hope I have.
INT. ANIMAL LAIR - BACK ENTRANCE
Quinn watches what's going on below, checks his watch and then slips into the lair.
EXT. ANIMAL LAIR - SAME TIME
It's good to finally meet you...
Gives me the chance to ask you some
Not interested in talking. I just
came for a quick visit.
The animals stir restlessly... Ceres circles Dr. Paivon.
See what I mean? If he really
cared about you, wouldn't he want
to stay, see how you're all doing?
Shut your mouth, Colonel. They
know I care for them.
Then why do you discard them like
The hybrids make noise about this... Dr. Paul is starting to feel the heat a bit.
Perhaps we should go, Doctor Paul.
From there, it is as we saw...
And there was originally a little more insight when the Sliders were freed from Rickman's cage...not to mention the much smarter Rickman we see portrayed...
INT. ANIMAL LAIR - SAME TIME
Maggie, Wade and Remmy try to open the cage, but can't. Tensions are rising.
We could've gotten Quinn and made
it out of there, but oh no, you
just had to shoot at Rickman,
I'm not in the mood to hear it.
I'm not in the mood to spend the
rest of my life as brain food for
him either, but thank to you --
Can you help me here, instead of
using all your energy ripping at
Quinn appears from the back entrance...
How'd you get in here?
Back way. Paivon's out front,
keeping Rickman and the animals
(undoes the latch)
Where're the timers?
Rickman has them on him.
We'll never get to him now. We'll
have to figure something out later.
They head out the way he entered.
EXT. ANIMAL LAIR - BACK ENTRANCE
Quinn, Remmy and Wade are topside as Maggie crawls out an opening in the rocks. There is a HELLACIOUS ROAR from below. Wade moves to the edge. Remmy steps up next to her.
THEIR POV - LOOKING DOWN ON THE ANIMAL LAIR ENTRANCE
The hybrids have killed Daniel.
Is that Daniel?
All four Sliders react to the horrible scene.
They were just supposed to decoy
them. This wasn't supposed to
When you mess with things you're
not supposed to, things that
shouldn't happen *do*.
A beat. A look.
I don't see Paivon down there.
He might have made it out. If he
did, he'll head to the compound.
We should, too.
EXT. JUNGLE - CLEARING - LATER
The Sliders walk back, tense, expecting to be jumped at any minute. Quinn has the only weapon. He's ever ready.
He and Remmy are a few feet behind the girls.
Q-ball, about me barking at you
back at the clearing. I'm sorry.
I didn't take it personally. I
know it's just the pressure. We
need to keep a lid on it. We're
doing a lot of fighting these days.
I guess in a way, that's a good
thing. Sure sign we've become
ON THE GIRLS
Wade is ahead of Maggie, who moves faster to fall in step.
Don't tell Quinn about me and
Rickman, okay. I'd like to explain
it to him myself.
That's an explanation I'd like to
You want to hear it, fine. The
Colonel wasn't always like he is
now. He was an amazing man before.
I almost married him.
All of this might've been different
if I had.
Oh, that's so perfect, Maggie.
It's all about you, isn't it?
Maggie pulls Wade to a stop. Lets a little anger loose --
When I left him and married Steven,
he S.U'ed for the Gulf Mission.
That's where he got the brain
fungus. So, yeah, when I look at
him, I feel a little guilty for the
way things turned out.
And maybe I'm a little angry
because I know he killed Steven
just to get back at me.
It may not be *all* about me, but
I'm a big part of it.
I'm sorry. I didn't know.
Yeah, well -- now you do.
Maggie walks off. A beat later, Remmy and Quinn catch up.
What was that?
She'll tell you.
Shh... Hear that?
Something is running through the forest.
EXT. COMPOUND - MAIN GATE
The Sliders run for the gate, which is open. Remmy trips, just as whatever is chasing them emerges. Quinn turns, gun ready. It's Paivon, dazed and bloodied.
Don't. Just me.
But they're on my tail...
He helps Rembrandt up and the Sliders rush into the compound, closing the gate and switching on the electricity. The Sliders move hurriedly towards the house.
Rickman, Ceres and two others rush out of the jungle, right up to the front gate. Ceres GROWLS viciously, swipes at the gate and gets electrocuted. His paw is jolted back. Quinn stops, turns, watching Rickman and Ceres...
We can destroy the fence.
No need, Ceres. In twelve minutes
and nine seconds, they'll be
opening the gate for us...
Because I want to see their vortex
close without them and see the
look on their faces when they
realize they're stuck here for the
next twenty-nine years!
He looks at the Sliders and laughs... he then turns and heads back into the jungle. Remmy comes up next to Quinn.
What'd he just say?
Twelve minutes and we miss our
Off which --
END OF ACT THREE
And now for the grand conclusion...as you can guess, all of Act Four was completely different. Including the original ending...which *wasn't* a cliffhanger.
INT. COMPOUND - LAB
Wade sits Dr. Paivon down, tends to his wounds. Quinn and Maggie cross to the cabinet and pull out containers. Remmy stands by the door, watching the gate.
Where would he go?
I don't know. Maybe the lair.
No way. He knows that's the first
place we'd go to find him.
There's a tension to the scene, a sense of urgency as --
What was that thing he had? And
what was the talk about leaving
you here for twenty-nine years?
It's a timer. It opens a porthole
to parallel earths. We use it to
slide between dimensions.
If we don't get it back from
Rickman, we're not sliding
You've got to be kidding.
Do we look like we're kidding?
What's happening out there?
Two of the hybrids are sticking by
the gate. Getting by them might be
We fire a few darts and they're
out. Problem solved.
Not so fast, Beckett.
Quinn uses the last of the tranquilizer solution.
We're out of this.
Anymore in the house?
That's the last of it.
You don't keep extra bottles of
something that important?
I usually only use a few darts a
month. I had no idea I'd ever need
it to defend my life.
How many darts do we have?
Beat. Looks between them.
Okay, so unless we can hit like
five of them with that one dart,
we're pretty much in trouble here.
How much time?
(off his watch)
Ten minutes, fifty-four seconds.
Wade crosses to the cabinet and begins to pull things out...
There must be something else in
here that'll work. This place is
full of chemicals. Something must
act like that tranquilizer stuff.
Those're all bio-solutions for the
experiments. No sedatives...
What about the medicine? What's in
that, some kind of morphine, right?
Yeah. Epinephrine, they're closely
INT. MAIN HOUSE - DINING ROOM - A MOMENT LATER
Quinn is filling a dart with the medicine.
It works differently on everybody.
Too little and it's ineffective.
Too much and they'll have a heart
attack and die within seconds.
What will half a dart do?
That should work on a man the
Good. We can get three shots then.
Wouldn't it be better to have one
full dart, just to be sure?
That much will kill him.
I can live with that.
A beat. A look between her and Quinn.
We don't need to kill him. We just
need to get the timers.
Let's not lose sight of that
He hands them each a dart gun.
One shot each.
The Sliders head out. Quinn looks back at Paivon.
You're not gonna help, are you?
Hey, not my problem.
EXT. COMPOUND - A MOMENT LATER
The Sliders come down the veranda. Two hybrids pace at the gate, eagerly awaiting them.
Four to two. Good odds for once.
I think we can take them without
wasting the darts.
Yeah. Better to save them for
Quinn eyes the lab.
No time, Quinn.
I gotta make time for this.
He head into the lab.
Let's find something to deal with
The three move into the compound to find a clever way to get rid of the immediate threat.
Behind them, Paivon exits the house. He realizes Quinn is missing and looks to the lab, alarmed.
INT. LAB - SAME TIME
Quinn has put his gun on the counter and is searching. Paivon enters.
I can't let you take it.
You don't have a choice. I
should've never given it to you in
the first place.
I see. You're suddenly feeling a
pang of conscience. You disapprove
of what I'm doing.
I disapprove of what you're putting
those animals through.
Dr. Paul makes a grab for the gun. Points it at Quinn.
Advancement always comes with a
Quinn eyes the gun, but moves to the refrigerator, reaches, opening it. Paivon slams the door shut. Dr. Paul nudges the dart gun at Quinn.
We made a deal. Now go, get your
timer back and slide out of here.
You'll never have to worry about
what you've left behind.
It doesn't work that way.
I shoot and you miss your slide.
You really want to spend the next
twenty-years on this island with
You're right. What do I care?
Quinn turns to go, then turns back, knocking the gun from Dr. Paul. They struggle, fighting, breaking up the lab. Glass CRASHES all around.
EXT. COMPOUND - SAME TIME
Remmy carries a wooden bat (NOTE: By bat, I don't mean "baseball bat," I mean a stout, solid stick of some kind). Wade holds a gob of netting. They turn as they hear the CRASHING NOISE and run for the lab.
INT. LAB - SAME TIME
Dr. Paul reaches for the gun. Quinn punches him, sending him flying. Dr. Paul's hand FINDS a knife. He picks it up, coming towards Quin, who rolls, finding his dart gun and THWACCK. He shoots Dr. Paul, who goes down, woozy.
You want advancement, *you* pay for
it. Not the animals.
Dr. Paul heads for dreamworld.
Rembrand, Wade and Maggie enter as Quinn crosses to the refrigerator and takes out the DNA samples, destroying them by pouring them down a sink...
You okay, Q-ball?
Yeah. Had to use a dart though.
Don't be. It was a dart well used.
The Sliders step over Dr. Paul's pathetic body.
EXT. COMPOUND - MAIN GATE - A MOMENT LATER
The Sliders move to the gate. Remmy hands Quinn his gun.
Take mine. I'll be okay with this.
He indicates the wooden bat. The Sliders take a minute to size up the two hybrids on the other side of the gate. The hybrids look savagely hungry.
One of them ROARS. Wade has moved to the on/off lever.
Wade turns off the electricity. Maggie opens the gate. Quinn and Remmy are immediately attacked by a hybrid. Remmy puts the bat into the hybrid's jaw, then rolls it over, knocking it out with a punch or two.
Quinn does a hand-to-hand with his animal. Wade and Maggie spread the netting and pull Quinn's hybrid away, captured. They blanket the second hybrid with the netting and tie them up. So much for them.
Maggie kneels down next to the one awake animal.
Where did Rickman go?
The animal GROWLS, but doesn't answer. Maggie aims the dart gun, but the animal doesn't fear.
He's not going to tell us.
Quinn pulls a few of Paivon's pain pills and kneels next to the beast.
I'll trade you these for where he
The animal looks at the pills, reaches for them through the netting. Quinn pulls his hand.
Tell us first.
The beach. He likes the cliffs.
Quinn hands the beast the pills.
Remmy looks at his watch, shakes his head.
Seven minutes and loose change.
Looks between them.
We'll make it.
They take off running.
INT. JUNGLE - DAY - MINUTES LATER
The Sliders run through the jungle, trying to make it to the beach in time.
They turn a corner and a man/panther beast is there (perhaps the one from the opening who died?), ROARING viciously. The Sliders come to a stop.
They turn and run... The beast is on their heels.
INT. JUNGLE - VARIOUS
Being chased... The beast leaps onto Wade. They tumble onto the ground. Maggie returns to fight the beast off. As he turns to leap onto Maggie, Wade uses her dart gun. THWAACK... This beast goes down too. The girls share a look.
They move on...
EXT. BEACH - DAY
They arrive at the place where they landed yesterday. They look up at the cliff, hurrying down the beach.
I can't see him.
Maybe he's not there.
Maybe it doesn't matter.
(off their looks)
He's got a timer too. If we miss
ours, we can grab his.
Quinn checks his watch, looks worried.
We don't know that he hasn't
missed his slide. We can't miss
ours on a gamble.
EXT. BEACH - CLIFF SIDE - CONTINUOUS
They arrive and make their way up the cliff.
EXT. BEACH OVERLOOK - A MOMENT LATER
As Quinn makes it over the top. He sees Rickman by the edge. Ceres is with him. Rickman turns, smiles. Quinn helps up the others through --
Too late, Sliders. Time's up.
Slide, if you can make it past us!
Rickman opens their vortex over the cliff. WINDS WHIRL. PIZZA PANS SPIN.
Not without the timer!
He laughs and holds up the second timer. The Sliders flank out, ready for attack. Quinn moves close to Rickman, who tucks the timers into his pockets.
You lose, Mallory, you'll be my
Rickman kicks the gun from Quinn. They dust it up. Maggie moves to Quinn. Rickman pushes her back, sending her flying. Ceres launches himself at Rembrandt, who uses his bat to protect himself. Wade rushes to help Remmy. Maggie gets up, midway between two fights. In Quinn's fight, a timer falls to the ground. Wade turns to Maggie!
(at the same time)
Grab the timer!
Maggie hesitates. She crosses to help instead of darting. They gus roll away from the timer and Wade grabs it.
(off the vortex)
We're running out of time.
Remmy manages to WHACK Ceres with the bat. He goes down. Maggie and Remmy stand, sigh. That was rough. Quinn punches Rickman and rolls, grabbing his gun, turning to Rickman, who's got a small rock. He advances on Quinn. Quinn FIRES. Rickman staggers back. Quinn reaches up to Rickman, his hand just about to grab the other timer when --
From where Maggie is, it looks like Rickman is about to bash Quinn's head with the rock. She turns quickly and FIRES.
Too late. Rickman is struck. The double dose of Epinephrine works immediately. Rickman looks to Maggie, begins to shake violently and steps back and over the cliff.
The Sliders rush to the cliff's edge and look down.
A hundred feet down to a rocky cliff. Rickman's gone.
BACK TO SCENE
Quinn takes their timer from Wade. They'll have to leap into the void to catch the waning vortex.
His timer. Our home coordinates.
Quinn looks to Maggie. She's hurt by his anger. He moves to where he'll need to leap from. Wade comes up.
She was trying to help you, Quinn.
Was she? Or was she doing what she
wanted to do -- like always.
He got what he deserved.
This isn't about him. What about
us? What're we gonna do now?
We'll get home, just going to be a
longer ride than we thought.
A look. Heads nod. Quinn leads them all into the VORTEX.
INT. VORTEX - STOCK
And so, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride continues...