Aired: Wednesday, March 22, 1995: 8:00-10:00 pm
Production #: 83534
Network #: SL-101 / SL-102
Story By: Tracy Torme & Robert K. Weiss
Teleplay: Tracy Torme
Directed By: Andy Tennant
Music By: Dennis McCarthy
Edited By: Ron Spang
Viewers: 14.1 ABC: 9:00 "Roseanne" (22.1/8)
Rating: 9.5 ABC: 9:30 "Ellen" (20.8/11)
Share: 15 ABC: 8:30 "All American Girl"(r)(14.5/42)
Rank: 51/99 NBC: 9:00 "Dateline NBC" (13.5/44)
ABC: 8:00 "Sister, Sister" (14.1/50)
Fox: 8:00 "Sliders" (14.1/51)
NBC: 8:00 "The Cosby Mysteries" (12.4/54)
CBS: 8:00 "George Wendt Show" (9.8/71)
CBS: 9:00 Movie: "Single White Female"(9.1/76)
CBS: 8:30 "Double Rush" (8.5/85)
WB: 8:30 "The Parent 'Hood" (3.5/94)
WB: 8:00 "Wayans Bros." (3.2/97)
WB: 9:00 "Unhappily Ever After"(2.7/98)
WB: 9:30 "Muscle"(r) (1.8/99)
Repeated: Part 1: Sunday, June 25, 1995 at 7 pm
Repeat Ratings: Viewers: 5.1 million; Rating; 3.3; Share: 7; Rank: 89/96.
Repeated: Part 2: Sunday, July 2, 1995 at 7 pm
Repeat Ratings: Viewers: 4.1 million; Rating: 2.8; Share: 6.8; Rank: 91/101.
Logline:In a San Francisco basement, genius physics student Quinn Mallory creates an interdimensional wormhole that opens up onto an infinite number of alternates Earths, but while testing the invention he, his girlfriend, his professor, and a soul singer accidentally lose their way and are unable to get home.
Home World : Basically, this is our world. Everything that we know of life on Earth also exists on this world -- its history, pop culture and laws are all the same. Some fans argue that this really isn't our world, in that on our world Quinn Mallory, Prof. Maximillian P. Arturo, Wade Kathleen Welles and Rembrandt Lee Brown would be actors on a television show, but for the sake of clarity, let's assume that we're watching a show about true events. This world is also called Earth Prime by fans, and by Quinn in the episode "The Exodus, Part II."
World Into:Elvis World : close enough to Home World that Quinn doesn't immediately notice any anomalies. However, on this world Elvis is still alive and playing in Vegas, President Kennedy is still alive and married to Marilyn Monroe, a green traffic light means stop while a red one means go, Quinn's mother is pregnant, and the world is experiencing "global cooling."
Duration: Quinn set the timer for 15 minutes.
World Into:Tundra World : Some sort of freak of nature has turned the climate on this world into a frigid ice land. Snow is everywhere, the sky is black even in the daytime and storm tornadoes spring up without warning. According to the photo on the Mallory fridge, Quinn has (or had) a sister on this world and his dog Bopper never ran away.
Duration: Quinn sets the timer for five hours but they slide early to escape the tornado and land on Russia World at 7:25 pm.
Timer Status:he timer is corrupted when Quinn activates the vortex early.
World Into:Russia World : The Russians have taken over this America although a few freedom fighter groups remain to battle communistic oppression. The Wade if this world is a commander of a rebel force in San Francisco and has been jailed for her activities. The Arturo of this world signed on with the Russians and is Citizen General of the Western Sector of the People's Army. The Rembrandt of this world was killed in the Detroit Uprising of 1982.
Duration: About two days.
Timer Status: As a result of its early use, the timer's preset controls are shorted out, the sliders' home coordinates erased and the drop off location control has been compromised. Arturo and Quinn fix the timer near the end of the episode and Arturo voices his belief that they will increase their chances of getting home by sliding out in the same location where they slid in -- Golden Gate Park.
World Into:Father World :Virtually identical to Home World except for one small fact, Quinn's father is alive and well on this world.
Quinn's sweatshirt in the establishing video diary shot is of the San Jose Sharks hockey team.
A bumper sticker on Quinn's telescope reads: "I break for asteroids."
Quinn's alarm wakes him up at 6:59 am.
Sign at the entrance reads "Keep Golden Gate Park Clean."
Arturo's class is in Lecture Hall A.
Quinn began working on the mathematical sliding equation sometime in July of 1994.
Quinn drives across Pacific with the 1400 addresses to his right.
The billboard of Elvis advertizes that he's now appearing live at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
Attorney Ross J. Kelley's phone number is 1-800-555-1948.
The answer to Quinn's black board equation is Xr12 Å over *.
Pavel Kurlienko's Golden Bay Cab Company driver's number is 20394M3, issued by the police department's board of taxicab companies. His cab's licence plate number is 3D866U4 and the cab number is 43.
While Quinn and Wade are walking down a burned-out city street, a campaign poster in the background reads: "Let A Winner Lead The Way."
Rembrandt is being kept in cell #10.
Video Diary Timeline:
•Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1994: Quinn accidentally invents the timer prototype which first opens the vortex.
•Thursday, Sept. 21, 1994: After days of study, Quinn concludes that the mouth of the vortex is some sort of portal to "another existence."
•Sunday, Sept. 24, 1994: Not on the video though Quinn says that he perfected the timer on this night.
•Monday, Sept. 25, 1994: Quinn has spent the last three days sending objects into the vortex including a paper airplane, a Rubix Cube, a model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a basketball.
•Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1994: Quinn announces that he himself will try entering the gate.
•Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1994: Quinn and his companions take the quantum leap into the vortex. (Though this is a Wednesday in real life, FBI Agent Harold Yenn in "Summer of Love" says that the four have been missing since "Tuesday. Also, in "Prince of Wails," Wade says that her job gives her Mondays and Wednesdays off, however she must have been covering a shift for someone because she's working on the Wednesday that Quinn tries out the vortex.)
Items in Quinn's bedroom include a San Jose hockey jersey, a basketball net, a telescope (later established in "The Guardian" as being given to Quinn by his father), a surfboard (Jerry O'Connell is a surfing enthusiast in real life), model dinosaurs (Quinn later says in "Last Days" that paleontology is a hobby of his), a San Francisco 49s hat, an Oakland A's hat, Quinn's cat Schrodinger, a hardcover copy of "Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension" by theoretical physics professor Michio Kaku, and a poster of Albert Einstein.
Quinn's father died when he was hit by a car while on his way to work.
Quinn has two semesters of school left before he graduates.
The licence plate of Quinn's blue BMW 2002 is 3PCE295.
Quinn is right-handed, as is Arturo.
Professor Arturo has authored a thesis on "Chiral Field Anomalies" and a paper concerning "Coset Wormholes and Keller Orbifolds."
At the Doppler Computer Superstore, Quinn works as a technician while Wade works in sales.
Wade has at least one ex-boyfriend.
Rembrandt recorded "Cry Like a Man" with his group The Spinning Topps and left them to go solo shortly thereafter. While Remmy's career has floundered, the Topps went on to chart 13 No. 1 hits.
Rembrandt's first solo album, "Toppless," reached sales of 100,000 copies in September of 1973. Rembrandt himself has appeared on at least two magazine covers.
The licence plate on Rembrandt's red Cadillac convertible reads "CRYN MAN."
Quinn had a black lab named Bopper that ran away as a puppy.
Arturo enjoys saki.
Arturo and Quinn both enjoy watching Jeopardy.
Quinn's front gate has been squeaking since he was 12 years old.
In the early 1970s, Rembrandt tried singing gospel music. (Which he demonstrates later in this episode with "Amazing Grace" and in "Exodus -- Part II" with "Way Down Yonder."
"My stomach has no political preferences." -- before he buys a sausage.
"You blithering Idiot." -- to Wilkins.
"Hey, don't get smart with me. This computer store pays your rent, mister. If it weren't for my mistakes you'd be out of a job." -- Arrogant boss Michael Hurley demonstrating that it is usually better to think about what you're going to say before you say it.
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I think I've just seen God and I could've sworn he was driving a Cadillac." -- Arturo referring to Rembrandt's unexpected drive through the vortex.
"Well I wouldn't go that far." -- Arturo to Wade who announces that sliding is better than sex.
"Wait a minute, that don't sound right. Must be playin' a Canadian team." -- Rembrandt's response to Russian national anthem.
"Don't you mean fifteen dollars?" -- Rembrandt to Judge Wapner in response to the sentence of 15 years in an Alaskan gulag.
"Rewind That!": While fleeing down the alley, Arturo looks at his recently purchased kilbasa, groans and then throws it up into the air, angry that he won't get to eat it.
Remmy Sings: On a tape of a music video (established in the script) Remmy belts out "Cry Like a Man," a song he will sing again later in other episodes. He also sings "The Star Spangled Banner" in preparation for his big comeback at the San Francisco Giants game at Candlestick Park and later "Amazing Grace" while standing over the bodies of the dead revolutionaries. (See Inside Slide)
Money Matters: Many of the sliders problems start when Arturo hands a vendor an American dollar bill and Remmy does the same to Pavel the cab driver. At the end of the episode, Quinn unloads a big chunk of cash by quietly giving it to Crazy Kenny the homeless man. The money in that wad doesn't really resemble American money so it's possible that Quinn gave Kenny the last of the Soviet currency he had on Russia World. Later, on Father World, Arturo casually requests that Rembrandt pay the cab driver, which he does.
Despite the frigidness of Tundra World, the sliders' breath isn't visible.
On Russia World, America lost the Korean War in the 1950s which opened the door for the Sino/Soviet Empire to make a bid for world domination. First, the empire conquered Indochina, then Europe, and then South America. Eventually, in what's called the domino theory, the United States became politically and economically cut off from the rest of the world. In the end, there weren't any allies for the Americans to call upon and Russia finally had it's way with the U.S.A.
As a result, many of the Soviet Union's societal traits came over to America.
In this America, there is only one communications company called the People's Telephone and Telegraph which branches off into two services, PT&T and PT&T 2. These government-controlled firms don't allow direct calls so callers must first identify themselves to the operator with a telephone permit number then the call will be made through that operator. Failure to provide the identification number violates section 33956 of the California Penal Code and prompts and investigation from a communication security team.
Anyone even suspected of being a facist sympathizer is forced to stand trial in the "People's Court." On Home World, the "People's Court" is a televised small claims court but on Russia World, it's a televised criminal court.
The Russian one dollar (or ruble) bill is similar to the American dollar except that the ink is red instead of green, the saying reads "in the state we trust" and the picture replacing George Washington is that of 1960s Russian Prime Minister Nikita Kruschev.
Political prisoners are sent to the NoCal Federal Penitentiary which is run by Maximillian Arturo.
Linda Henning 1 Mrs. Mallory
Joseph A. Wapner 2 Commissar Wapner
Doug Llewelyn 2 Comrade Llewelyn
Garwin Sanford 3 Doc
Roger R. Cross Wilkins
Yee Jee Tso 4 Wing
Frank C. Turner 5 Crazy Kenny
Gary Jones Michael Hurley
John Novak Ross J. Kelley/Interrogator
Don MacKay 6 Artie Feld
Alex Bruhanski 7 Pavel Kurlienko
Jay Brazeau 8 Shadowy [KGB] Colonel*
Andrew Kavadas Vendor
Sook Yin Lee Pat
Wayne Cox PBS Spokesman
Raoul Ganee 9 Sentry [Lt. Karpov]
Tom Butler 10 Michael Mallory
Larry Musser Jake
Sara Walker Nan [Zachery]
Jim Byrnes the Announcer [for baseball games]
Harry Shearer Day Tripper [Dee Jay]
Jason Gaffney 11 [Conrad] Bennish [Jr.]**
Rusty Burrell "People's Court" Bailiff
Also uncredited are Montague, the two executives in the computer store,
the dim-witted construction worker in the Ross J. Kelley commercial, the angry
driver who chastizes Quinn, Remmy's back-up singers on the music video,
Rembrandt's prison guard and the man in the trenchcoat who demands to see the
Filmed scenes but do not appear:
Judith Maxie City Official
Lillian Carlson Old Lady
Melanie Pearson Stephanie
1. Linda (Kaye) Henning is probably best known for her role as Betty Jo Bradley Elliott on Petticoat Junction (1963-1970).
2. Judge Wapner and Doug Llewelyn were both staples of afternoon television during the '80s on the wildly successful real-drama court show The Peoples Court. In this episode they turn up as the communist incarnations of themselves. Llewelyn has also appeared on the UPN sitcom "Homeboys in Outer Space."
3. Garwin Sanford also appeared as Capt. Taylor Shields on the year-long (1994-1995) syndicated adventure Hawkeye starring Lee Horsley and Lynda Carter. His character name in this episode, Doc because he was a surgeon, is never mentioned on-screen.
4. Yee Jee Tso later went on to become a regular on the Canadian teen drama Madison. He has also appeared in Fox's Dr. Who movie.
5. Frank C. Turner can be seen on two X-Files episodes: as a doctor in "Tooms" and again as a doctor in "Duane Barry."
6. Don Mackay appeared in the X-Files episodes "Beyond the Sea" and "The Host."
7. Alex Bruhanski starred as Detective Irv Wallerstein during the first season of Vancouver-filmed, ABC police drama The Commish (1991-1995). He also played C.C. Dechardon on the syndicated Canadian drama Neon Rider (1990-1991), which only lated 26 episodes.
8. Jay Brazeau starred alongside Jerry O'Connell in the TV movie "The Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky" which aired on ABC only three months after this episode. He also guest starred as Professor Barnes in the X-Files episode "Lazarus" and in the show's second season, he returned to portray Dr. Daly in the episode "One Breath."
9. Raoul Ganee guest starred in the X-Files episode "The Host."
10. Veteran Canadian actor Tom Butler also appeared in "The Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky"; he guest starred as Drake in the X-Files episode "Ghost in the Machine" and again as Agent Chapel in the episode "Colony." Butler has also had roles on The Commish and Highlander: The Series.
11. Jason Gaffney would return as Bennish in "Last Days," "Summer of Love," and in "Invasion." Gaffney is, surprisingly, not listed among the guest cast members but he is clearly seen, and mentioned by name, in Arturo's classroom.
* The shadowy colonel is so named because only his silhouette appears when he is discussing Rembrandt's interrogation with Ross J. Kelley.
The Inside Slide:
In science circles, there is some confusion as to the origin of Einstein-Rosen-Pudalski Bridge because the bridge is more commonly known as the Einstein-Rosen Bridge.
"[The Pudalski part] was something that [co-creator and executive producer] Bob Weiss insisted on and we later found out that he was kind of confused," Tracy Torme says with a chuckle. "There were actually some arguments at the time and the director [Andy Tennant] was convinced that it was Einstein-Rosen and Bob was convinced it was Einstein-Rosen-Pudalski and Bob, being the executive producer, won the argument.
"I think it was actually a mistake," Torme admits, "and then we sort of stuck with it so it's almost like a running joke."
Torme says he came up with the idea of Quinn's video diary to serve as a kind of prologue to give the audience some insight as to what has been happening in the Mallory basement for the last few months.
"The video diary was really a device that I created to try to get the technical back story into the viewers' head as quickly, and hopefully, as visual as possible."
According to the September video diary, Quinn created the bulky timer prototype on September 13 -- which also happens to be the birthday of Tracy Torme's father, singer Mel Torme.
"I tend to do that in a lot of my scripts," Torme admits. "I always put little things, names, characters, whatever, into them that have some meaning for me."
Other inside character names include Bennish, named after Torme's friend since the second grade who has a lot of the same hippie-like characteristics.
"He's not a physicist, but he's a smart guy," he says. "And that was funny because his mother saw the show and called up and said 'Oh my God, my son's a drug addict!' and freaked out. It was great."
Reportedly, the character of Michael Hurley is based on former Star Trek: The Next Generation producer-writer Maurice Hurley whom Torme worked with during ST: TNG's first and second seasons. When asked about the connection, Torme chuckled and said only "you'll have to use your imagination with that one."
Also, the name [Ross J.] Kelley pays homage the popular Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly who helped Torme write the song "Cry Like a Man."
Two classic out-takes that regularly makes an appearance in the office blooper tape have to do with John Rhys-Davies trying to perform his own stunt work.
"John decided in the pilot that he was going to do his own stunts," Torme says. "One [blooper occurred] when we were running, you know that shot that we use a lot where they're coming across the bridge and they're silhouette and we use it [in the opening credits] of the show and there's a lot of smoke and stuff. They ended up diving into the wormhole near the statue of Lincoln in the park and John just landed ... I mean, John dove into this flower bed [beside the statue] like an anvil ... and, uh, we were like 'Oh no!' and he dusted himself off. He was a total trooper.
"Then there was a scene where they're escaping the Soviet prison and John has to roll underneath a truck and come up on the other side. And I was watching on the monitor. This was like [at] three in the morning in Vancouver on like a freezing night and there's John, he's dressed as a KGB general, and he starts to roll under the truck and I hear this horrible clang. Then he comes up on the other side with a gash, and [he was] bleeding. He hit a pipe or something when he was rolling."
Torme gives some insight into the genesis of the classic scene in which Remmy, getting ready for his big comeback, comes out of the bathroom sporting numerous 'cause' ribbons on his lapel.
"I saw the character ... as a guy who was really out of touch with the world," Torme says. "He had been a big star [but] as soon as he left his group they had 13 number one singles and now he's like playing bar mitzvahs on the side and [the anthem] is going to be his big comeback, you know? So, originally, when he stepped around the corner and he was wearing a red ribbon ... and the deal was that he didn't know what the red ribbon meant. He had just seen all these people wearing at thought 'Oh, this is cool,' you know 'I'm back!' Well that, of course, caused a big problem [with the network]. That was one battle we could never win because they thought we were going to offend the gay audience or offend people woo were into the AIDS issue and all that. So then we put eight ribbons on him. That was the solution to that."
At a Fox press conference on Jan. 14, 1995, Robert K. Weiss told television reporters that he might like to bring the Judge Wapner and Doug Llewelyn back for another cameo in the future. "I mean, we've even talked about situations where we might return to the "People's Court" and this time Rusty the bailiff is the judge and Judge Wapner is the interviewer outside and Doug Llewelyn is the bailiff," he said.
Torme, however, adds that the network really didn't understand the subtle humor in the "People's Court" segment.
"... [it] really horrified them because they thought, you know, 'You're going to do this sort of comedy thing right in the middle of a sci-fi show. You're going to lose the audience, and everyone in Cincinnati is going to turn the set off the second this happens.' [But] I really fought them for this ... and just said 'It's gonna work, trust me.' So we got to shoot the Judge Wapner stuff with the attitude basically they had that they'll probably cut it out and it's probably not going to work, but they'll at least let us shoot it. And so we shot it and it was one of the most popular things that we did."
One scene that didn't make it to the final cut, was a scene where Remmy dreams he's singing the national anthem at Candlestick Park.
"We did shoot [that scene]," Torme says. "We went up to Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and in fact, the Atlanta Braves were playing here, and 40,000 people were attending and Cleavant went out to the pitcher's mound, we all stood out next to him. It was really exciting. He sang his version of the national anthem before the game and with the cameras on him and his version is hilarious, it's like an eight minute version. And the people in the stands had no idea what we were doing but they loved it. They just gave him a huge ovation afterwards. And we had planned to use that in a scene where he's in jail in communist America and he's daydreaming [about] singing the national anthem in Candlestick Park. And that was not in the [episode] because that was an editorial decision. That kind of slowed the story down a little bit at that point."
Tracy Torme made an appearance in this, one of his favorite episodes. Didn't see him? Don't worry, you're not alone.
"I had a cameo ... as one of the American underground revolutionaries but it ended up on the cutting room floor," he says.
Fox had originally planned to rebroadcast the entire two-hour pilot on December 27, 1996 but changed its mind at the last minute and decided to re-air "Invasion" and a repeat of Millennium instead.
"Cry Like a Man"
By Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown
Written By: Tracy Torme & Paul Kelly
Arranged By: Hummie Mann
My friends ask me why I cry
It's cause I feel like I wanna die
These tears fall from my eye
Ever since you said goodbye
I'm gonna cry like a man
Hard as I can
And if you had a heart
Maybe you'd start
See me walking down the street
And everybody I meet
They say hello, goodbye
And tears spring from my other eye
"The Comrade Rap"
Written by: Tracy Torme
Comrade, comrade, get on down
Get that grain right into town
Serve the state and feed your people
'Cause the in-div-id-u-al is evil.
Comrades, comrades, get on down
Get that grain right into town
I gotta serve the state and feed the people
'Cause the in-div-id-u-al is evil.
Comrade, comrade, get on down
Get that grain right into town
Serve your state and feed your people
'Cause the in-di-vid-u-al is evil.
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