Episode number: 36
Murder Most Foul
First Aired: 01/03/97
Production number: SL-313
Previous Episode: Season's Greedings
Following Episode: Slide Like An Egyptian
SummariesThe Sliders visit a world where people are over-worked and stressed out. To get them back to full working capacity, they are sent to fantasy camps. -Fox
Arturo is kidnapped and brainwashed into thinking he's a great 19th-century detective investigating real murders in a world where assuming different identities is the norm. -TV Guide
77. Sherlock Holmes' EarthWhen the stress of one hundred hour work weeks causes a person to have a mental breakdown on this Earth, they are refered to as "fractures." Important individuals who become fractures are sent to theme parks where their minds are temporarily wiped and they play out roles while their minds rest up. Arturo, with his "tramp" clothing and tales of alternate worlds, is mistaken for a fracture and is sent to a park where he plays out the part of Reginald Doyle, this Earth's equivalent of Sherlock Holmes.
Trevor, a young boy genius who is in the park as part of his annual playtime, steals the Sliders' timer for a while and is able to figure out it is a sliding device. He tells Quinn he may try to constuct his own such device. Quinn cautions him to be sure of his home coordinates before sliding.
- Early drafts of this episode were called "The Game's Afoot."
- It sounds like Universal and/or Fox had trouble licensing the Sherlock Holmes name from the Doyle estate for this episode. A late draft of the script has the following note:Please Note:
Inspector Lestrade is now Inspector Reed
Sherlock Holmes is now Reginald Doyle
Mrs. Hudson is now Mrs. Taylor
CreditsWritten by: David Peckinpah Directed by: Jeff Woolnough Music by: Stephen Graziano Guest Stars: Brian McNamara as Inspector Reed Brigid Brannagh as Erin David Purdham as Dr. Bolivar Adam Wylie as Trevor Lester Barrie as Diggs Suzanne Mara as Dr. Punch Co-Starring: Taylor Leigh as Mrs. Taylor Holly R. Claman as Anne Frank Castina as Wonk Derik Van Derbeken as Security Man Carmen Nogales as Young Woman Brandon Michael as Boy