Thanks Devin. That does not seem to do the trick, but I am still looking. It would actually be ideal if I could make this happen and then use another plugin to pull the first image in the post and use that as featured (plenty of plugins for this out there already), but I would be so happy to figure out the first step.
Do you know which function pulls the first image from the slideshow? Where I might be able to find that? and maybe I can work something from there.