The crew crash a wedding, but walk away in one piece thanks to the fame of Rembrandt’s double in a Vegas-styled San Francisco. Believing he’s being paid for the appearance, Rembrandt takes payment from one of the guests. Quinn discovers it was a mob wedding and that the money was a bribe. Here, Rembrandt’s double is a crusading FBI agent and now it looks like he’s on the take. Quinn attempts to return the money, but gets his pocket picked by a busty con artist. He tracks her down after she’s blown through most of it at a blackjack table and Quinn puts his knowledge of advanced number theory to the test. As this is going on, the bride of the wedding seeks Rembrandt out looking for protection. Wade and Arturo track down the real Rembrandt only to find him completely disinterested in anything they have to say. Disgusted, they turn over the bride’s info to the district attorney — and promptly find themselves tied up in a warehouse with Quinn and Rembrandt as the mob exacts retribution. Only Rembrandt is FBI Rembrandt, and this was an elaborate sting to smoke the crooked district attorney out.
A suit-happy populace has driven law school attendance up to 84%.
Organized crime rules the west coast in a world where Prohibition was never repealed.
As the Sliders set to enter the vortex, our Rembrandt (in the black jacket) is actually being played by Clinton-Derricks Carroll who runs toward the vortex for the slide. Then, the camera angle changes and it’s Cleavant Derricks who turns to give the okay sign back to his double.
The 17th Amendment was probably one of the dumbest ideas in America. Unfortunately for this world, politicians didn’t listen to their constituents and the ban on alcohol continues to this day.
The result? Organized crime. Yes, Earth Prime has the Mafia, too, but nothing quite like this. With figures like Al Capone and Meyer Lansky smuggling booze in and amassing outrageous fortunes from the sale, crime empires sprang up all across the country. Northern California is the territory of the Greenfeld syndicate, and Nevada is owned by the DeBellos.
The layers of organized crime have seeped into everyday life. San Francisco has become a gambling Mecca much like Las Vegas — the Transamerica building is coated in pulsing neon.
Unfortunately, as crime and its influences grew, the federal government became a Libertarian’s dream — no power. Without the power, the FBI, headed by deputy director Rembrandt Brown, has no jurisdiction and the aforementioned crime families are looking to secede California and Nevada from the United States.
Who’s governor of California? Well, San Francisco district attorney Joe Biacchi was running against former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and with mounting corruption charges against Biacchi, it’s a safe bet the Gip is up in Sacramento right now.
The Disney channel shows Goodfellas, Casino, The Return of Goodfellas and other wholesome family fare.
One of the joys of Tracy Tormé’s second season of Sliders, in which he had the opportunity to cast his famous father, Mel Tormé, as a Bible-thumping, whiskey-swilling, country-music-singing government informant. “Everything he’s not,” Tormé says, “in this life. This show was special to me obviously, because my dad was in it, and my wife also has a cameo in it. She’s one of the bridesmaids at the beginning of the show. I was there for the whole shoot, and I wrote the song for my dad. Writing a country music song for my dad was definitely a trip.”
The appearance of Mel Tormé in this episode began its genesis on the Internet, according to an article inUSA Today on June 13, 1996. Mel was in a chat session on America Online when someone asked if he would consider appearing in an episode of Sliders. Mel told Tracy about the cyber encounter later and the seed was planted for a cameo.
“It was great to work with my dad, and I wrote some music for him, a little country and western song,” Tormé explains. “The whole concept of casting him as everything he hates — country and western music, drinking, Bible thumping — and to turn him into a character who keeps wanting to get back to his ranch in Nashville; I got a great kick out of that.”
For a long time, Tracy had toyed with ways to work his father into his show before settling on this anti-icon in an alternate Vegas-styled universe. “He was originally going to be the Prime Oracle in Obsession. He was going to do the Isaac Hayes part. And then I thought that was kind of dull. I thought, ‘if we’re going to use him, let’s really use him.’ He enjoyed it, and the cast really liked him. But he kept trying to change my song. I kept saying, ‘Will you do the song? Will you do the damned song like I wrote it?'”
Tracy was particularly happy to have had this experience with his father, because shortly after he was greeted with the bittersweet promise of a third season, his dad got dangerously ill. “I wanted to spend the time I needed to with my family,” he says. “It took me away from the show also. So with all those things happening at once, I made a very conscious decision that not only was I going to leave the show, but I could not be simply half-involved with what was going on, because that would be too frustrating, especially since I didn’t agree with a lot of the decisions that were going to be made.”
Ultimately, “that show was very close to me,” says Tormé.
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There was also more to the song than the viewer saw. “[It was] a very long song which was shot in, like, a four-minute version of him doing it … It ends up that by the time the show was [edited] it was 30-45 seconds of it but … somewhere there’s a long version of that song.”
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Why is Hrothgar Matthews in this episode? If you remember, a double of his follows the Sliders through the three worlds in Into the Mystic. Initially, the beginning of this episode was supposed to be the beginning of Into the Mystic when FOX refused to let Tracy Tormé wrap up the season one cliffhanger. That’s why the season 2 premiere jumps from a world in the middle of the day to a night world. When FOX announced Into the Mystic would be the season premiere, this bookend world was moved back to “Greatfellas” and a new wrap-up world was commissioned. Same guy.
|Teleplay by||Scott Smith Miller|
|Story by||Sean Clark and Scott Smith Miller|
|Directed by||Allan Eastman|
|Music by||Stephen Graziano|
|Edited by||Casey Brown|
|Previously:||In Dino Veritas|
|Next:||The Young and the Relentless|
Mel Tormé steals the show as a hard drinkin’, country singin’, government informant. I’ve never been a big fan of guest stars on television shows, but Mel’s presence elevates an otherwise OK episode to a thoroughly enjoyable one.
In a U.S. where Prohibition was never repealed, the Sliders find themselves embroiled in a vicious struggle among warring organized-crime families, corrupt government officials, and dedicated G-men — one of whom looks exactly like Rembrandt.