The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Episode 2

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 1/12/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Arthur and Ford have been discovered. Vogon Captain Jeltz tortures them by reading his poetry. He then has Arthur and Ford thrown off his ship, to what must be certain death - except for one improbable miracle. At the last second, an infinite-improbability prototype ship (which can pass through every point in the Universe) rescues them. What is rather surprising is that Zaphod Beeblebrox, the hip cat who stole the spaceship, is vaguely familiar to Arthur. And so is Zaphod's companion, Trillian.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Moore (I)

    Voices of Marvin/The Whale; Frankie Mouse (eps 2,3,5,6)

  • Peter Jones

    Voice of the Book

  • Simon Jones

    Arthur Dent

  • Mark Wing-Davey

    Zaphod Beeblebrox (eps 2-6)

  • David Dixon

    Ford Prefect

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • The Book The Worst Poem in the Universe: The dead swans lay in the stagnant pool. They lay. They rotted. They turned around occasionally. Bits of flesh dropped off them from time to time And sank into the pool's mire. They also smelt a great deal. By Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, Greenbridge, Essex, England.

    • Vogon Captain: O Frettled Gruntbuggly, thy micturations are to me As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee. Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes, And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles, Lest I rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurgle-cruncheon. See if I don't.

    • Arthur Dent: What the hell's that? Ford Prefect: Well, if we're lucky, it's the Vogon Guard come to throw us into space. Arthur Dent: And if we're unlucky? Ford Prefect: The Vogon Captain might want to read us some of his poetry first.

    • The Book: Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly 92 million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a really neat idea. And lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. Many were increasingly of the opinion that they all made a big mistake in coming out of the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move and that no one should ever have left the oceans.

    • Vogon Guard: Resistance is useless. Ford Prefect: So, the hours are good, are they? Vogon Guard: Yeah. Though now that you come to mention it, most of the actual minutes are pretty lousy. Except some of the shouting. I quite like "Resistance is..." Ford Prefect: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You're good at that.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The Vogon Constructor Fleet makes a six light-year jump from the rubble of the Earth to a point somewhere near Barnard's Star. In the book, Arthur Dent complains about being "thrown out of an alien space ship six light years from the smoking remains of the Earth", but in this episode, Arthur says "five light years", thus showing his inexperience as a galactic hitch-hiker.

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