Red Dwarf

Bodyswap

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 12/5/89
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  • Episode Description
  • A scutter has gone mad and rerouted the entire ships circuitry and Rimmer and Kryten can't find the self-destruct mechanism but Lister accidentally activates it when he orders a milkshake and chocolate bar from a vending machine. Needing one of the senior officers to deactivate it, Kryten introduces them to a mind-swap, which involves implanting another crew-members brain (via a disc on which all of their brain patterns were kept) into Lister's body. Even though the technique works it does not fool the computer into deactivating the auto-destruct. The count-down finishes, and Lister receives his milkshake and choc bar from the vending machine as there is no bomb on board the ship. Rimmer decides that the brain-switching idea is a good one and he persuades Lister to loan him his body, promising to get him fit. Lister finally agrees and they swap, but Rimmer is too busy being able to eat and drink to care about what he does to Lister's body. Lister forces him to swap back, but with Kryten's unwilling help, Rimmer steals Lister's body during the night and does a runner with Starbug. Lister, Cat and Kryten give chase in Blue Midget, but as they catch up, Rimmer crashes. Back in his own body Lister gives Kryten the third degree, whose guilt chip is in overload. Rimmer walks in with a stunned look and speaks in the Cat's voice. Cat walks in and in Rimmer's voice, promises to give his body back in a few days and starts to gorge himself on a pile of food.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Danny John-Jules

    Cat

  • Hattie Hayridge

    Holly (season 3-5)

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Holly: ...there are 3 realistic alternatives: (1) Sit here and get blown up, (2) Stand here and get blown up, (3) Jump up and down, shout at me for not being able to think of anything, then get blown up.

    • Lister: And take that girdle off. It doesn't suit me.

    • Rimmer: And here's a tip : Urine should be green only if you're Mr. Spock.

    • Cat: What happened? Kryten: It must have set off the warning system but, not the bomb! Rimmer: So where's the bomb? Holly: We haven't got a bomb. I got rid of it ages ago. Cat: Why didn't you say?! Holly: You never asked!

    • Lister: (To Kryten) Oh look it's Captain Chloroform.

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the only episode to involve characters changing roles into other Red Dwarf characters

    • Due to the heavy amount of redubbing involved, this episode was the first not filmed before a studio audience

    • Lister tells Cat they are going to chase after Rimmer in White Midget, but we then see them flying in Blue Midget. In the Remastered version, Lister's voice is dubbed over so he says "The Midget" instead of "White Midget". The actual mistake came from the writing and preparation of the series. Originally the new smaller ship that would be used was a White Midget, a similar version of the Blue Midget, but the producers then invented the Starbug which would be bigger and allow for more room to film inside. Unfortunately the line wasn't changed in this episode.

    • A scene deleted from this episode involved Kryten lighting Rimmer-as-Lister's cigar with his finger while they are in a sauna. During filming, Robert Llewellyn became so hot and sweaty in the Kryten costume that his sweat short-circuited the wires used for the lighter and was mildly electrocuted. This scene didn't appear on the deleted scenes of the Series III DVD, but was recovered for the Red Dwarf: The Bodysnatcher Collection set.

    Trivia (3)

    • Why do the crew bother with a mindswap? Why not just bring back executive officer Carol Brown as a hologram? [Response]: It's possible a physical presence is needed for the required voice print and brain scan.

    • When Kryten takes the syringe out of Lister's head, the needle doesn't come out the syringe properly, so Robert has to put his hand in front of the needle to try and hide this.

    • When Cat drops the tape of Lister's mind into his coffee, Lister can briefly be seen starting to grin (even though he is supposed to have no mind) before Kryten moves across to block him from the camera.

    Allusions (2)

    • Arnold Rimmer: And here's a tip : Urine should only be green if you're Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock was a character on Star Trek who was established to have green blood.

    • Lister: Paint "Goodyear" down me side and you can float me over the Super Bowl!

      A reference to the Goodyear Blimp, a well-known airship sponsored by tire company Goodyear which can usually be seen hovering over the stadium at American sporting events such as the NFL Super Bowl and the MLB World Series.

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