Red Dwarf


Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 3/12/92
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  • Episode Description
  • The crew are on a snowbound planet, when they come across an abandoned research center. Rimmer objects to Kryten being in charge but is ignored by the others and goes off to sulk. They send a scouter which reports that there is a scientist named Dr. Lanstrom inside the facility. Unfortunately she is a hologram -- Kryten forces Rimmer to go back to Red Dwarf so that they can rescue her, and invokes another Space Corp Directive against him to force him to comply. Rimmer questions the validity of the Directives that Kryten used so Holly gives Rimmer a hologram-copy of the directives manual, whereupon Rimmer again goes off to sulk. Going into the research center, they find the Doctor in stasis only to discover that she has contracted a holovirus that has driven her insane, but has given her extraordinary powers like hex vision and telekinesis. They escape when her life force is drained and she disappears, but the holodisease infects Rimmer. When the rest of the crew get back on Red Dwarf, Rimmer forces them to stay in quarantine (to prevent his getting the disease off them) but he is already infected, and so goes insane, locking them in without oxygen. The crew escape thanks to a 'luck' virus which Kryten got from the facility. Rimmer chases them down the corridor with his hex vision and, thanks to the luck virus injected into Lister, Kryten manages to turn Rimmer off and restore him to his previous, uninfected and sane (if dull) self.....Rimmer wakes up in quarantine, only to discover that the other three have now contracted the virus and gone insane...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 (7)
  • Boyz from the Dwarf

    By AvatarBlue, May 12, 2008

  • Best Episode Ever

    By lalaloand, Nov 29, 2007

  • After the crew visits an abandoned research lab, Rimmer places them in quarantine. Unknowingly, Rimmer has contracted a holovirus.

    By mellotron12, Nov 20, 2007

  • Fantastic episode - still makes me laugh.

    By StEpHaNiE2007, Jun 01, 2007

  • This is an episode I watch over and over again and still laugh hard.

    By sh811a, Sep 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Rimmer: Mr. Flibble says.. Mr. Flibble: Game over, boys.

    • Rimmer uses his power to burn a hole in a door Rimmer: Mr Flibble's very cross. You shouldn't have run away from him. What should we do to them, Mr Flibble?he holds the puppet up to his ear and then gasps We can't possibly do that! Mr Flibble nods Who'd clear up the mess?

    • Kryten: I have a medium-sized fire axe buried in my spinal column. That sort of thing can really put a crimp on your day.

    • Lister: Rimmer was right about you. You have changed. You're getting tetchy! Kryten: Don't call me tetchy. You know what happens when you call me tetchy. Lister: Well I'm calling you it now, that's exactly what I'm calling you. Tetchy! Tetchy! Tetchy! Kryten: (Fingers in ears) Just as well I can't hear you. It's just as well I can't hear you calling me tetchy. Lister has written 'TETCHY' on the whiteboard, and has shown it to Kryten Right. Kryten goes and gets the video of Wallpapering and Stipling, a DIY guide Lister: No! Kryten: I'm putting it on!

    • Lister: No one's got any virus and no one's smeggin' nuts! Rimmer: Well, that's good. The observation window depolarises, revealing Rimmer. He is NOT in uniform. Rimmer: Is something amiss? Lister: Amiss? God no, what could possibly be amiss? Rimmer: You don't think there's anything amiss? I'm sitting here wearing a red and white checked gingham dress and army boots and you think that's un-amiss? Cat: No, of course not. It's just that we thought you had gone nuts! We were tryin' to humour you. Rimmer: I was just doing a little test -- a little test to see if you had gone crazy. He tenses and lets out a horrible yell. Rimmer: CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! If there is one thing I can't stand it's crazy people. Lister: Well we've passed the test, Rimmer. You can let us out. Rimmer: I can't let you out. Lister: Why not? Rimmer: Because the King of the Potato People won't let me. I begged him. I got down on my knees and wept. He wants to keep you here. Keep you here for ten years. Cat: Could we see him? Rimmer: See who? Cat: The King. Rimmer: Do you have a magic carpet? Lister: Yeah, a little three-seater. Rimmer: So, let me get this straight. You want to fly on a magic carpet to see the King of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you're telling me you are completely sane?!

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    Notes (3)

    • The "character" of Mr. Flibble became a firm favorite among fans, to the point where he regulary conducts interviews on the official Red Dwarf website.

    • There were several concepts that were divulged from the script before coming to production stage; most of them revolving around the psi-powers the crew members gain when they are inflicted with the holo virus.

    • The Luck Virus and Sexual Magnetism Virus will return in the first episode of Series 8 "Back in the Red". Apparently it turns out that they will remain aboard Starbug for the next 2-and-a-bit seasons, even though the crew bring them onto Red Dwarf here.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Dr. Lanstrom quote Schopenhauer, Kryten clearly mouths a line, but nothing is heard.

    • When Rimmer is telling the crew about 'Sprout Soup', there is clearly two Bazookoids on a rack in the quarantine cell. Why don't they just blast their way out? Response: Those aren't bazukoids, but some sort of medical equipment.

    • During a scene in Starbug the cat and Kryten bump heads and some of the cats makeup goes onto Krytens head. However in the next cut the mark disappears.

    • When demonstrating the luck virus with the deck of cards, Lister only shuffles the top few cards, then clearly draws the four aces from the bottom of the deck.

    • Rimmer says Red Dwarf can only sustain one hologram but in 'Me2' he had a duplicate hologram of himself by cutting off unneccesary power systems.

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