Writer:Scott Smith Miller
Director:Oscar L. Costo
Guests: Corey Feldman (Reed Michener), Julie Benz (Jenny), Tim Griffin (Jacob), Joshua Cox (Martin), Jordan Blake Warkol (Caleb), Bill Bolender (Franklin Michener).
Background: none necessary
* Corey Feldman co-starred with Jerry O'Connell in the classic 1986 film, Stand By Me.
* Joshua Cox had a recurring part on Babylon 5 as lieutentant David (?) Corwin.
* Although Wade Welles hates the film The wizard of Oz, her alter-ego Sabrina Lloyd appeared in this on the stage.
The Sliders exit the vortex riding a bobsled. The world they arrive into is a desertish place. They were part of a bobsled race on the previous world and slid part way through. The timer's going crazy. They see a boy riding a twister which appears. The boy (Caleb) gets into trouble and Quinn goes to help him. Quinn pulls him out of the twister, then the boy runs off and disappears in a puff of sand.
They discover the twisters are electrically charged and there are a lot of them. That's what's sending the timer haywire. If they can't stabalise the timer, they can't open the vortex. They find a water pool with dead animals around it. Quinn throws in a piece of metal and they find that the water is also electically charged.
They find a green area protected from the twisters by loadstone. 23 hours to slide. Come across a man killed and left in stocks.
In the town, outcasts are raiding supplies and someone has been warning them where the stake-outs are. The daughter of the town leader, Jenny, goes outsidfe and sees Arturo creeping into the barn. She comes in and says they can't stay but she won't turn them in. Outside a tornado which shouldn't be able to enter the green area does and they all run into a shelter. That has never happened before according to Jenny. The tornado stops right on top of the Sliders and Jenny. The timer seems to be attracting it. Franklin, the leader, and his men find them and confiscate the timer.
Franklin takes the timer apart. Quinn is interrogated and tortured. He tells the truth, but isn't believed. Quinn then tries to get Franklin to believe that he was the only one who broke the laws, but that isn't accepted either. Wade is to saty in the town becasue she is of child-bearing age, but the others are taken out to the desert and left. From ihs adeptness at dismantling the timer, the guys realise that he is a scientist.
Wade is working with Jenny in the fields. Jenny has to teach Wade their ways. Women aren't treated as equals here at all. Jenny tells Wade that there was an accident in a laboratory which caused the tornadoes. Jenny's brother was banished. Wade and Jenny sneak into the house, but Franklin sees them.
In a dust storm, Remmy is struck by a discharge, but is okay. The boy reappears and leads them to a secret tunnel. The tunnel leads to an ex-concord airforce base. They meet the other outcasts, including Franklin's son Reed.
Jenny and Wade go to meet Caleb, who carries information from Jenny to the outcasts. They find out that the other Sliders are already safe. Franklin and his men come and catch them, but Caleb gets away. Jenny and Wade will be punished.
The male Sliders find out for certain that Franklin used to be a scientist. They have a horrible, but nutritious, drink.
Jenny is to be shunned and is no longer to marry Jacob.
The guys are taken to the weather station where Franklin used to work. They are told that a man was trying to create electic tornadoes for the benefit of mankind, but the government turned them into weapons. Things went wrong when Franklin began to work on the project alone. Reed was banished when he found out about all this. Caleb tells them that Jenny and Wade were captured. Arturo stays behind to make a safe place to slide from while the others go to rescue Jenny and Wade.
Jenny and Wade are in a cell. Jacob comes to see them even though he's not meant to. He comes into the cell and Jenny knocks him out so she can steal his keys. Jenny goes to get the timer. Wade goes to the tunnel put is cought (again) by Franklin with a pitchfork. She is to be drowned (like a witch). Franklin makes up lies to the villagers will let her drown. The others arrive in time to see her being lowered. Quinn gets in the water to help. She is raised and lowered again. When she is raised again, she isn't in the chair. The villagers see her and Quinn swimming to shore and then escaping in a vehicle.
Arturo is working on aligning coils and to neutralise the magnetic field.
They find Jenny with the timer. Are seen, but escape through another of these miraculous tunnels. They go outside to slide. The coils will keep the twisters out of that small area. Not long to slide and the coils start moving. Franklin's un-aligning them. Quinn goes down and tries to realign. Reed tells Jacob the truth about Franklin whilst Quinn is down there. Quinn persuades Franklin to search for a way to stop twisters as his penance. The coils get realigned and they slide.
Did You Notice?
* When Quinn (Jerry O'Connell) and Franklin's son (Corey Feldman) said goodbye, they did the "skin it" shake from Stand By Me. This was an in-joke and was obviously something they wanted to do after spending time together again. However, in the film, Jerry O'Connell's character Vern never actually performed the shake on screen. Tracy Torme' said that he wouldn't have let them do that had he been on set that day because he thought it detracted from the story.