With only two minutes before the slide, Quinn, Maggie, Rembrandt and Colin are stuck being airlifted out of Southern California. When the plane is struck by gunfire, Quinn goes to grab parachutes but is severely injured in the explosion. Rembrandt also receives a concussion. Using rush judgment, Maggie tells Colin to grab his brother while she grabs Rembrandt. Maggie then opens the vortex outside the plane and the four skydive into the wormhole.
Arriving on the next world, Maggie checks Quinn’s vitals and tells Colin to go get help, or he could die. Colin runs down the hillside and enlists the aid of a man in a buggy. In town, Colin finds a beautiful doctor, Grace Venable, in a clinic, and she agrees to help bring Quinn and Rembrandt into town for treatment. When the ambulance returns and unloads Quinn and Rembrandt into the hospital, a series of photographs of the Sliders are taken by a mysterious man.
Inside the hospital, the team learns that California has become its own country after the Kromagg invasion and that the president is Charlton Heston. They also learn that Rembrandt’s wounds are not serious and will only be held for observation. Quinn’s status, however, is not so positive: hemorrhaging in his skull could kill him if he isn’t skillfully attended to. Maggie and Colin visit Rembrandt and tell him they have three days until they slide, and visit Quinn to see his status for themselves.
At the Chandler, Maggie and Colin are discussing the politics of this earth when the man who took photos of them earlier introduces himself as Ralph Hackett, an investor. When Colin reveals the seriousness of his brother’s injuries to Hackett, he cheerfully tells them that he knows of some clinics up by San Francisco that could help Quinn in his recovery. Maggie thanks him and she and Colin head to their room to rest.
The next day, Rembrandt is about to be released when Dr. Venable comes in to check on him. Rembrandt charms himself into a dinner with the doctor. Maggie calls from the Chandler and Rembrandt tells her that he’s being released. Colin decides to go to the library to try and figure out what has happened on this world with the Kromaggs.
Hackett is seen in his room briefing some British intelligence operatives about apprehending a suspect.
Rembrandt and Grace have dinner at her beach house. Rembrandt performs a song for Grace while they discuss the culinary delights of this particular earth. At the same time, Maggie and Hackett dine at Miguel San, a Japanese-Mexican hybrid restaurant. Maggie lies about her involvement in the Kromagg war and Hackett talks about some clinics in Palo Alto that would be beneficial to Quinn.
Colin finds out that when the Kromaggs entered this dimension, they were here not on a conquest, but to resupply their dwindling natural resources. Great Britain, under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, signed a non-aggression pact with the Kromaggs to prevent an invasion of England. Now that the Kromaggs have left, the British government wants to hunt down any Kromagg sympathizers from the UK, many of whom have fled to the nation of California for sanctuary.
Walking down the beach, Rembrandt admits to Grace that they are Sliders, a fact that surprises Grace, as she thought that only Kromaggs had such sophisticated technology. Rembrandt talks about his frustrations with sliding and how he doesn’t even know why he’s sliding anymore. He also tells Grace that if Quinn can’t leave when they need to slide, he’s going to stay behind and help his friend, and that Grace was a factor in that decision. She asks if she can accompany them to the next world if she can heal Quinn. Apparently, Grace learned a Kromagg healing technique that she could use on Quinn. Rembrandt cheerfully agrees.
In the Chandler, Maggie and Hackett go back to his room so that he can get the addresses of the clinics in Northern California. Maggie rummages through some of his stuff and discovers four passports and the photographs he told. Confronted with the evidence, Hackett admits he is from British secret service and that he is trying to extradite a Helen Donovan, who served the Kromagg High Commander during the occupation, and who is currently under the alias of Grace Venable. Hackett asks Maggie to aid him in confirming her identity and in giving her whereabouts.
The next day, Rembrandt and Grace are enjoying brunch while overlooking the ocean when Hackett and his operatives attack them, capturing Grace and leaving Rembrandt on the patio. Rembrandt rushes to purchases some weapons and returns to the Chandler, telling Maggie and Colin what has happened. Maggie tells Rembrandt that she knows, since she helped Hackett capture her. Rembrandt, understandably upset, demands to know why. Colin presents Rembrandt with the evidence that Grace is a Kromagg sympathizer, and Rembrandt tells them they need to get her to use the Kromagg healing technique on Quinn before she is flown to London for trial. They travel to the airport and Rembrandt convinces Grace to heal Quinn.
At the hospital, Grace heals Quinn, and pleads with Rembrandt to help her escape. Rembrandt asks her if she was forced to help the Kromaggs. She tearfully says no. They hug, and she is taken by Hackett. Quinn and Rembrandt walk outside for the slide while Rembrandt and Maggie console each other over the decisions they made.
Southern California is seceding from Northern California. Commence obligatory aerial bombardment.
Former Kromagg Outpost 112
A Kromagg supply raid has decimated this earth, leaving its citizenry intact but without natural resources. California has formed its own nation in the aftermath.
“Where Ranchero Cooking meets the Pacific Rim”
The restaurant itself is a hybrid of Japanese and Mexican cultures. After the Kromagg invasion, many multicultural restaurants as this popped up. There is a fajita bar that closely resemble a wok style cooking setting, and hosts wear kimonos and sombreros.
Items for sale include:
Each dish comes with complimentary nachos and agave tea. Miguel San is also stocked with the finest in sake or tequila.
In 1992, the Kromaggs began an invasion of this earth. At the time, its politics and relative history were very similar to that of Earth Prime.
As the Kromaggs invaded, they made it clear that their reason for invasion was not to conquer, but to replenish dwindling supplies in their natural resources. At this, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom signed a non-aggression pact with the Kromaggs that gave the Kromaggs the rights to the North Sea oil fields. Thatcher herself celebrated the agreement with Kromagg commander Kamvax.
There were many attempts by the humans to overthrow the Kromaggs, including a United Nations Expeditionary Force to try and reclaim the North Baltic region. A Kromagg Evacuation Center was led by Doctor Helen Donovan, who served as assistant to the Kromagg High Commander and was his consort.
In 1995, the Kromaggs pulled out of Outpost 112 and allowed the citizens to try and return to their lives. Kromagg sympathizers such as Margaret Thatcher and Helen Donovan were labeled “Thatchers” and were outcast from society. The United Kingdom government has dispatched agents around the globe to try and recover these sympathizers.
In the aftermath of the war, California broke away from the United States and emerged as a viable nation of its own. The nation of California is governed by President Charlton Heston and has secret bank accounts much like Switzerland, making it an ideal haven for refugees from the war. All citizens of California are member of the militia and have the right to carry guns in public to protect the border in case of invasion.
Helen Donovan made her way to California after the war and established a new identity. Her whereabouts are unknown.
The working title for this episode in pre-production was “Rembrandt’s Romance.”
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Some of the little touches that made it into the final product were part of writer Bill Dial’s concerted effort to bring some of the show’s roots back to life.
“We’re going back to [broad social satire], because this show provides a great opportunity for satire,” says Dial. “We’re going into one world, for example, where California is an independent nation. Its President is Charlton Heston, who goes out on a political limb by saying the people in Santa Monica don’t have to carry firearms if they don’t want to, strange as it may seem to those of us who wouldn’t think of leaving the house without a gun.”
Charlton Heston is the president of the National Rifle Association in reality, but little touches like that, as well as “Miguel San,” show that the current staff is capable of infusing humor into the show.
|Written by||Bill Dial|
|Directed by||Michael Miller|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Casey Brown|
“Asylum” began life as “Rembrandt’s Romance,” a title too simple for what lay in store. What we received is much more apt. In a series about never-ending danger and adventure, the Sliders are probably all looking for a safe harbor in the storm.
Rembrandt falls for a doctor who may hold the key to saving Quinn's life. Trouble is, Maggie discovers the woman is a Kromagg collaborator on the run from the British secret service.