Rembrandt and Quinn’s vacation to lovely drug country goes awry when their plane is overbooked. Seeking a way back to San Francisco, they help an attractive young researcher load her snakes onto a plane in exchange for a ride back. The snakes have other ideas, and decide they will not be experimented on. One escapes, kills the pilot, and crashes the plane in the jungle. Back in San Fran, the women are worried the men are going to miss the slide and fly out to find them. They team up with the researcher’s partner Carlos, who we quickly learn is a killer. Back in the jungle, Rembrandt pleads with Quinn to forget about the snakes and just make haste north, but he refuses to abandon the girl. They hole up in an abandoned mansion while snakes continue their advances. Wade and Maggie finally figure Carlos out and tie him up, but he escapes and leads them to the mansion. There, the Sliders are saved by the angry snakes who take Carlos out.
No Smoking World
The climate of Southern California here is humid and tropical — the perfect place to grow acres and acres of tobacco, an illegal narcotic on this world. It is also part of a country called Delgado, not the United States.
On No Smoking World, the climate and filthy third-world charm of South America spreads all the way north to Delgado, a country that lays in the area of Southern California.
Tobacco, like marijuana and cocaine on Earth Prime, is considered a narcotic and is therefore illegal. As such, the drug cartels that control places like Colombia on Earth Prime have risen up and taken advantage of the jungle-like humidity and temperatures of Delgado to cultivate and export illegal tobacco. The Tobacco Enforcement Agency attempts to restrict import of the drug, but they’re probably as successful as the DEA is on our world. In other words, not very.
The drug cartels have prospered in these parts and as one result, the San Francisco International Airport, while still in existence, looks like a back-water landing strip.
One major port of trade is Zamora, a place southeast of Delgado (likely in what we know as Mexico). When Quinn and Rembrandt’s plane crash, it is about 10 miles east of a place called Santa Marta in Delgado.
Kyra works freelance for a biotech firm called Selvatech. She is bringing her company a mated pair of Python-like Triadder snakes, which she’s been chasing for five months, because it’s believed that their venom may help fight Parkinson’s disease. (Note that this is pure conjecture as it may be part of her cover story.)
“Not one of my proudest moments, and only added to the schedule at the last second when Universal decided we could do a tie in to Kari’s release of Anaconda,” reveals Paul Jackson. “There was no reason for that story to exist other than as a marketing tie to the movie.
“We tried to make something out of the idea. I actually thought the scenes between Quinn and Remmy re: their evolving relationship (now that the Professor was gone) were interesting. However, the rest of it was not much above dreck. Eh…”
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So how do snakes knock down a door? According to producers, with ‘the Force.’
During script read-through, Cleavant Derricks asked production how the snakes would enter the room.
“Well,” one of the producers said, “there’s all these snakes together, and together they push the door down.”
“Right,” he replied, “but see, the door is vertical. Snakes are on the ground! How are snakes supposed to knock a door off its hinges?”
The producer went on to explain that the snakes had this powerful Force that allowed them to, as seen in the televised version, attach themselves to a door and knock it over with their weight. Fortunately for the producers, that Force wasn’t gravity.
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Capitalizing on the fact that this episode’s content and airdate coincided with the Kari Wuhrer film Anaconda, Fox sent out this release on April 24, 1997 at 9:45 am (EST):
KARI WUHRER BATTLES KILLER SNAKES ON TWO FRONTS — IN ‘ANACONDA’ AND ON ‘Sliders’ APRIL 25 ON FOX
Kari Wuhrer, who currently is starring in the box office hit Anaconda,” also stars in “Slither,” the Slidersepisode airing Friday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). In the episode, the Sliders land on a new world and are separated from one another. When Quinn (Jerry O’Connell) and Rembrandt (Cleavant Derricks) hitch a flight in South America, they find themselves involved in a rare snake trade gone awry. Maggie (Wuhrer) and Wade (Sabrina Lloyd) rush to their aid and find themselves menaced by the deadly snakes.
Anaconda is an action-adventure about a documentary film crew that strays into dangerous territory when it takes on a passenger obsessed with exploring the habitat of the world’s largest snake — the anaconda. Wuhrer plays a production assistant on the film crew that embarks on what starts as an innocent journey down the Amazon River, but becomes a primal fight for survival as the anaconda becomes a vicious predator.
Obviously, Fox had no shame in capitalizing on the fact that the episodes were movie rip-offs at that point.
|Written by||Tony Blake & Paul Jackson|
|Directed by||Jim Johnston|
|Music by||Stephen Graziano|
|Edited by||Edward Salier, A.C.E.|
“This has turned into the vacation from hell!” Rembrandt screams as snakes surround him in the mansion. You mean ‘episode,’ don’t you, Rembrandt?
Quinn and Rembrandt must race to reunite with Maggie and Wade after a vacation from hell separates them in tropical Southern California with a crooked researcher and a pair of psychic snakes.