Red Dwarf

Stoke Me A Clipper

Season 7, Ep 2, Aired 1/24/97
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  • Episode Description
  • After travelling through countless realities, Commander 'Ace' Rimmer returns to the Red Dwarf crew to ask a favor of his alternate self. It seems that the real Ace Rimmer died years ago and has been replaced many times over by his counterpart from each reality. This Ace Rimmer will soon die and asks our Rimmer to be his successor as an inter-galactic hero. After a little push from Lister, which seems to bring the two closer together, Rimmer decides to accept the offer and begins his training. When Ace dies, Rimmer dons his outfit and says his goodbye to the crew before leaving Starbug.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Craig Charles

    Dave Lister

  • Chris Barrie

    Arnold Judas Rimmer

  • Danny John-Jules


  • Robert Llewellyn

    Kryten (season 3-)

  • Doug Naylor

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • In this episode, Rimmer has to leave to become Ace Rimmer, his dimensional counterpart, with very funny incidents and a look at Rimmer's persona, with one of the greatest sequences in red Dwarf history.

    By plumber-man, Feb 06, 2007

  • Rimmer leaves the show...for a while! He leaves the best way he can. By becoming the next ACE RIMMER

    By The_AG, May 27, 2006

  • Rimmer fulfils his destiny and becomes a legend

    By AvatarBlue, Jun 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Lister: We have lost the finest, the most dedicated vending machine repair man the Space Corps - no, no - the *universe* has ever known. No one ever pressed for a Coke, and got oxtail soup and orange juice by mistake on *his* shift - well, actually, that's not true: we all did but what the smeg, this is his eulogy.

    • Kryten: Ah, I was just wondering, sir… we've run out of bacofoil about six months ago; I don't suppose you have a spare jacket I might roast a chicken in?

    • Ace: The universe needs a chap to look up to. Someone to right wrongs, just generally be brave, handsome and all-round magnificent.

    • Lister: But Rimmer, he asked for you. He obviously feels some sort of bond. Rimmer: The only 'bonding' I want to do with him involves a tube of superglue and a rabid hamster!

    • Kryten: So, what have you been up to, sir? Ace: Nothing special. Saved a couple of universes, overthrown a few dictatorships, turned down a heapful of marriage proposals, and had my highlights done.

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    Notes (6)

    • The Ace from "Dimension Jump" was killed in a Nuclear accident. The Ace in this episode is his Hard-light hologram.

    • According to the deleted scenes featured on the Series Seven DVD, The Ace featured in "Dimension Jump" is actually a Rimmer who used the time drive to go to Renaissance era France, and who was recruited by another Ace.

    • The James Bond Scene from this episode is regarded as one of Red Dwarf's best ever.

    • This is the first episode not to have the "It's cold outside..." Red Dwarf theme song over the end credits in any form. Instead we have the "Ace Rimmer" theme playing.

    • Due to the chaotic schedule of Series VI, Chris Barrie had asked only to appear in two episodes this season, but was persuaded to film four. However, Rimmer was written out in the second episode to allow development of the new Kochanski and appeared in flashbacks or dream sequences for the other two episodes. With production of Series VII being more relaxed and not filmed before a studio audience, Chris decided to return to the show for Series VIII.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The wig that Ace Rimmer wears in this episode is a different one from the one in Dimension Jump. The producers suspect Chris Barrie kept it as it couldn't be found anywhere. (Source: series 7 documentary)

    Allusions (2)

    • Ace Rimmer: Princess Bonjella? Bonjella is a type of gum ointment, previously referenced in the season three episode Marooned.

    • Film reference: James Bond The opening sequence mimics the James Bond series of films where Bond always gets out of hopeless situations, kills all the bad guys and escapes with the captured woman whom he usually has sex with after. The exchange between Ace and Voorheese(Ace: Do you expect me to concede? Voorhese: No Mr. Rimmer, I expect you to die.) is taken from dialogue in 1964's Goldfinger between Bond (Sean Connery) and Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe).

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