The Sliders drop into an open desert. Rembrandt (Cleavant Derricks) gives them the bad news that they're stuck here for three days, so they trudge off in search of civilization. On a two-lane highway, they flag down a bus with the name Kincaid Petroleum, Inc., painted on its side. It stops, and the driver lets them board. Inside, all the passengers appear to be workers for the company. Mallory (Robert Floyd) sits next to Sam (Lisa Akey), an attractive woman who says they're on their way to their work site. When they arrive, two officers with the Air Quality Management District show up with the body of a man, known as a Smoker, in their truck. Clearly wanting to make an example of him before the eyes of the workers, they strap the body to a fence for all to see.