The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Episode 5

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 2/2/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Arthur, Ford and their friends arrive on Magrathea at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, which is built on the ruins of a planet-building complex, transported there by the exploding computers. Here, thanks to compound interest, customers can enjoy a vast five-course meal and cabaret at no cost whatever while the universe collapses and dies. Arthur and Ford are surprised to find Marvin still waiting for them in the star-ship park of the restaurant. He has been there for rather a long time. To escape, they decide to steal a space-ship, but unfortunately this turns out to be the stunt ship of Disaster Area, the loudest rock band of all time, and they find it has been programmed to plunge directly into the sun. So what next?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 (12)

    • Zaphod: Listen, Ford, everything's cool and froody. Arthur:You mean, everything's under control? Zaphod: No, I do not mean everything's under control. That would not be cool and froody. If you want to know what happened, let's just say I had the whole situation in my pocket. Okay?

    • Dish of the Day: Good evening, madame and gentlemen. I am the main dish of the day. May I interest you in parts of my body? May I urge you, sir, to consider my liver? It must be very rich and tender by now. I have been force feeding myself for months. Arthur Dent: Green salad, please. Dish of the Day: A Green salad?

    • Max Quordlepleen: Believe me, ladies and gentlemen, there is nothing penultimate about this one. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the proverbial it. After this, there is void... emptiness... oblivion... absolute nothing. (dramatic pause) Except, of course, for the sweets trolley and our fine selection of Aldebaran liqueurs. And for once, ladies and gentlemen, there is no need to worry about having a hangover in the morning, for there will be no more mornings.

    • Max Quordlepleen: And lastly, a party of devout believers from the Church of the Second Coming of the Great Prophet Zarquon. Still waiting for the Second Coming? Well, fellows, let's hope he hurries. He's got eight minutes left. (Laughter) No, but seriously, no offense meant. I know one shouldn't make fun of deeply-held beliefs. So, I think, a great big hand for the Great Prophet Zarquon (applause) - wherever he's got to.

    • Marvin: The first ten million years were the worst. And the second ten million: they were the worst, too. The third ten million I didn't enjoy at all. After that, I went into a bit of a decline.

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    Notes (2)

    • Douglas Adams himself scrawled the various number 42s on the wall of the Atomic Fallout Shelter on Jikthroom Beta.

    • Peter Davison, the voice of the Dish of the Day, was married at the time to Sandra Dickinson, who plays Trillian.

    Trivia (2)

    • Peter Davison, who provides the voice of the Dish of the Day in this episode, was about to take up the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who. He remained as the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984.

    • When our heroes are standing in Milliways early in the episode, a stagehand who provides Zaphod's third arm can be clearly seen crouching behind Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod).

    Allusions (1)

    • Book: If you've done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milleways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? In Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking Glass, Alice says "One can't believe impossible things", and the White Queen replies - "I dare say you haven't had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

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