Rembrandt is in a psychiatrist’s office, explaining how after 18 long months of sliding they finally made it home to a hero’s welcome. His musical career is resurrected overnight, Wade is fending off multiple media offers, and Quinn and Arturo plan to solve sliding once and for all. Only Arturo jumps the gun and claims sliding as solely his own invention. The remaining three meet to discuss the situation and Quinn makes a startling discovery — a Super Bowl outcome is wrong. Rembrandt and Wade don’t believe him, increasingly thinking Quinn has gone crazy as he digs for more discrepancies while Arturo is hogging all the glory. They’re finally convinced of the truth when the Golden Gate Bridge is undeniably the wrong color, and they confront an Arturo who claims to have known all along. Infuriated, they rob his house to reclaim the timer and discover Arturo chained up in the basement. It’s not him who betrayed them, but his double. The other Arturo arrives and claims to be the real one as well, leading to a climactic Arturo vs. Arturo brawl on Quinn’s front lawn in front of the vortex. Only one makes the slide, but which one?
Earth Double Prime
It’d be home if only the Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t such an eye-pleasing blue…
The stress of the last slide forces Rembrandt to seek psychiatric evaluation.
Thus far, Earth Double Prime is the closest thing the Sliders have found to Earth Prime. So close, in fact, that everyone except Quinn is convinced that they’ve finally made it home. But they were wrong.
Though the differences are subtle, close inspection proves that this is not Earth Prime. Quinn postulates that the Sliders’ doubles also slid off of this world 18 months ago. Arturo’s double backed out of the first slide at the last minute and stayed behind. The double then took off to Grass Valley to study the experiment further, perfect it and steal the invention for himself.
Other notable differences on this world include:
The working title for this episode in pre-production was “Our So Called Lives.”
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“‘Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome’ was one of our best shows,” says Tracy Tormé. “It didn’t necessarily have that much tension in it, but I liked all the stuff with, is Quinn crazy? Are they really home? What happened to the Professor? Why has he turned evil? I also liked the ending, where the two professors battle it out and we don’t know which one comes with us, and then framing it all with Rembrandt and the shrink, which I always thought was a fun idea.”
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“The idea of Rembrandt and the psychiatrist was an old idea of mine that I wanted to do for a long time, and the idea of them being home but not really being home,” Tormé says. “I was almost finished with the outline when I suddenly got permission to do Invasion, so I jumped off that story and started Invasion. I later did a rewrite on [this episode] as well as working very hard in the editing room on it, so even though I’m uncredited, it feels like my show. It’s definitely one of our best.” And it became another of Tormé’s favorites.
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This marks the first time that Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard “Spock” Nimoy, directs an episode of Sliders. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a major in political science, Nimoy later attended Loyola University where he received a law degree and he soon went on to become an entertainment lawyer. The directing bug hit Nimoy when he became an apprentice under Nicholas Meyer on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and he went on to helm episodes for Star Trek: The Next Generation, NYPD Blue, The Outer Limits and Deadly Games. Nimoy has become a Sliders fan favorite for directing two more of the series’ most memorable episodes, Slide Like An Egyptian and The Guardian.
“Sliders was a great opportunity because it allowed me to work with a very talented ensemble cast,” Nimoy said in a Fox press release. “The show offers the youth excitement of Jerry O’Connell and Sabrina Lloyd playing off the seasoned veterans like John Rhys-Davies and Cleavant Derricks. That combination created limitless dramatic opportunities for me to explore.”
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As a result of Tormé’s input, many of his trademark in-jokes are evident. For example, in the episode Quinn says the old, blue Pontiac belongs to one Bernie Massey, named after a person Tormé has grown up with since the second grade.
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So, which Arturo slid with the others? “Only I know for sure,” Tormé says. “And I hope to clear this up in a future episode, but if I told you now it would spoil all the fun.”
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Fox had originally slated this episode to air on April 26, 1996 but decided in early May to show it on May 3 instead.
|Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.
|In Dino Veritas
“Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome” proved that a weird or wacky alt-world is not necessary for Sliders to succeed. The characters themselves have become compelling enough to watch them just for them. This episode changed the nature of the game and re-ignited excitement in the show’s possibilities. Truly, they don’t get much better than this.
The Sliders finally land in the one place that none of them wants to leave — home — but Quinn is the only one that has doubts about their good fortune. Meanwhile, Arturo hatches a plan to use Quinn's discoveries to win a Nobel prize, regardless of the cost to the rest of his traveling companions.