Red Dwarf

Demons & Angels

Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 3/19/92
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  • Episode Description
  • Lister and Kryten have invented a triplicator: a device which can make three objects from one object -- two are copies. They demonstrate it on the last strawberry in the universe and receive two apparently exact copies. Lister samples one and is astounded by the taste, saying that it is brilliant, so succulent and divine. He tries the other and scrunches his face in disgust as we see that there are maggots crawling around in it. Kryten realizes that the triplicator has put all the best qualities in one copy and the worst in the other. Lister attempts to reverse the process but causes an overload and Red Dwarf blows up. After the blast, they realise that they accidentally triplicated Red Dwarf and there are two copies left behind. The crew board the "Good" ship to find their counterparts are monks and are all focused on the better side of things: spiritual happiness etc. Kryten finds the half of the triplicator he needs to merge the ships in order to get the original back. They board the "Bad" ship and it is horrible, the crew are monsters and have let the ship go into abject decay. The "Good" crew are killed by various things (mostly by their own stupidity when they walk toward someone firing at them) but eventually the original crew locates the other half of the triplicator. The "Bad" team captures Lister and implant him with a mind-controlling device and program him to kill the others. Lister tries to kill the rest of the gang but Kryten successfully removes the implant, only to stick it into Cat, who gets revenge on Lister for trying to kill him. Kryten throws the implant away and they leave the "Bad" ship and regenerate the original Red Dwarf. Before they return, Lister accidentally sits on the implant but the crew cannot figure out who is controlling him until Cat shoots at a cupboard which emits a faint giggle, as Lister's "Bad" counterpart falls out. The Cat then decides to have a little fun with Lister and the implant...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Danny John-Jules


  • Hattie Hayridge

    Holly (season 3-5)

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The crew triplicate the ship and meet sides of themselves they never would have met.

    By The_AG, May 27, 2006

  • 3 times the charm

    By AvatarBlue, May 30, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • High Kryten: Welcome, brothers! We bring you food and medical supplies! (Low Lister blasts him) Poor devil! His gun must have gone off accidently. Welcome, my children, we bring you balms and teachures! (Low Lister blasts him twice) We wish to sing you healing hymns! (Another two blasts, and High Kryten falls) Lister: Is he dead? Rimmer: We can only hope. High Kryten: Oh, the poor wretch! It's a faulty gun; He's accidently shot me five times. Oh, how I love him! High Cat: Brother, there is a grievious fault with thy weapon. It keepeth shooting people. (Low Lister blasts him) you see? There it goes again!

    • Lister: What do you want with me? Low Rimmer: I want to hurt you. Lister: Why? Low Rimmer: Because I'm not a very nice person.

    • Kryten: These are our Higher selves. They're the people we could have become if all the negative aspects of our personalities were removed. Rimmer: You mean hippies? Kryten With respect sir, you think Jesus was a hippy. Rimmer Well he was. He had long hair, and he didn't have a job. What more do you want?

    • Low Rimmer: (to Lister) I'm going to lash you to within an inch of your life, and then... I'm going to have you!

    • Cat: Hey guys, I think they're playing our tune, the Ahwooga Waltz! Anyone care to join me in a quickstep?

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    Notes (5)

    • The working title for this episode was "High & Low."

    • Kryten mentions that the Triplicator has been adapted from the Matter Paddle, seen in the season 4 episode "Meltdown"

    • The "Lister" that gets shot out of the cupboard is not Craig Charles. It is a double played by Jake Abraham, the same actor who played the "New" Lister in "The Inquisitor".

    • This was the first episode, in production sequence, directed by newcomer Juliet May. Due to her inexperience and the demands of a sitcom heavy in FX and confusing sci-fi concepts (epsecially this one which is chock full of split screen takes), the producers and May mutually agreed that it would be better if she was relieved of the duty. May directed the first four recorded episodes and the Esperanto scenes in 'Back to Reality' and Rob Grant and Doug Naylor stepped in to direct the bulk of the remaining two episodes of the season.

    • BBC Visual Effects destroyed their last model of Red Dwarf (the first having been wrecked after falling off a shelf at the BBC) for the sequence where Kryten's triplicator destroys the ship. The production made sure that all model sequences involving Red Dwarf had been completed. Another model was never built, as the ship is never seen in Season 6 (the running plot has it having been stolen), the shots of Red Dwarf from the end of Season 7 were archive footage, and a computer generated Red Dwarf was used from Season 8.

    Trivia (14)

    • As Starbug takes off from the cargo bay, the TARDIS from Doctor Who can briefly be seen.

    • During Cat's "Pursuit of Clothes" line Lister changes the position of his head without moving!

    • When the Remote-Lister is moved to the supply cabinet Low Rimmer (A Hologram) Has his hand on the cabinet!

    • Low Cat tells Lister "Nothing Works here man!" So how is Low Holly up and running? Response: He doesn't mean that literally. They just work poorly (like Holly and Red Dwarf itself).

    • While on the Low Dwarf Rimmer hits his foot on something when he tries to do some stunt...How does a HOLOGRAM do this? Response: He grasps his leg more like someone pulling a muscle.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Visual Reference: Low Rimmer Low Rimmer's costume is reminiescient of Dr. Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    • Visual reference: Stabbing scene The scene and jarring chords when normal Lister is stabbing High Lister is a direct parody of the famed shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho.

    • Rimmer: I don't think the Nobel Prize people have a fruit section, but if they do, I'm sure you're this year's hot tip. Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was a swedish engineer and chemist who made the discovery of dynamite in 1867. After his death the fortune he made from his invention went toward an annual prize for achievement in science and the arts starting from 1901. The Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Chemistry, Physics, Literature, Medicine, Economics and Peace.

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