Red Dwarf

Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 1991 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Lister tries in vain to teach Kryten how to lie, insult, cheat and disobey orders. Lister gives up when Rimmer calls Kryten on a trip "moon-hopping". On the trip they receive a distress call and Kryten goes to investigate against Rimmer's orders (The planet is about to explode).
Kryten rescues a "female" droid called Camille who he falls in love with, even though droids aren't supposed to have feelings like that. Kryten takes Camille back to Starbug, but when Rimmer sees her, she appears to him as a hologram who is quite taken with him. They bring her back to Red Dwarf and Lister sees a human female with lowbrow tastes and manners particularly well suited to him.
Lister notices how everyone reacts to Camille and she confesses to Lister that she is a Pleasure GELF (Genetically Engineered Life Form) programmed to be everyone's perfect companion. The Cat goes to see how he perceives her, with amusing results. The GELF turns into her true form at Kryten's request which is a huge green gelatinous blob.
Despite her revolting appearance, Kryten still decides to ask her to dinner, then takes her to a movie (Casablanca). A pod arrives containing Hector (Camille's "Husband") who wants to find a cure for their condition.
Kryten (to his own disappointment) convinces her to go.moreless

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    Judy Pascoe

    Judy Pascoe

    Mechanoid Camille

    Guest Star

    Francesca Folan

    Francesca Folan

    Hologram Camille

    Guest Star

    Suzanne Rhatigan

    Suzanne Rhatigan

    Human Camille

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Re: ASCII code. Kryten's ASCII spiel is "E5 A9 08 B7." While, if interpreted as ASCII, this -would- come out to be four characters, these characters would be (in order):

        * lower-case sigma
        * the upper-left corner of a single-line box
        * backspace
        * the upper-right corner of a box with one horizontal line and two vertical lines

        If he wanted to say the word "love", the appropriate quote would be "6C 6F 76 65." I guess the directors didn't think that sounded catchy enough.

      • In this episode Kryten learns to lie but doesn't he lie in the previous episode to the Hudson 10 about no silicon heaven? Response: He may not be able to lie to humans, but can lie to androids.

      • When expressing his love to Camille, Kryten mentions converting hex to ASCII characters. This is, of course, possible, save for the fact that he pronounced it Ay-Es-Cee-Two (believing that the final two Is formed the Roman Numeral Two). Unfortunately, ASCII stands for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange", not "American Standard Code for Two".
        Additional : The common human pronunciation is as spelt: "Askee". Tech weenies usually force even unpronounceable acronyms to a pronouncable form (but usually rig the acronyms for it).

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Camille: Kryten, do you believe in advanced mutual compatibility on the basis of a primary initial ident?
        Kryten: You mean what humans call "love at first sight?"
        Camille: That would be an adequate synonym, yes.
        Kryten: Well, up until a few moments ago, I would have said it had a probability of zero squared.

      • Kryten: Oh, what IS that fragrance? It smells divine!
        Camille: WD-40.
        Kryten: I knew it! That's what I use on MY neck hinges, too!

      • Kryten: ...Has anyone ever told you that the configuration and juxtaposition of your features is extraordinarily apposite?
        Camille: (Slapping him on the shoulder) You really know all the lines, don't you?
        Kryten: No, I really mean it! The way the light catches the angles in your head: it's enchanting!

      • Rimmer: I'll tell you something. She's so like my sister-in-law Janine, it's untrue.
        Kryten: (amazed) Camille looks like your sister-in-law? What happened? Was she involved in some kind of horrific car accident?
        Rimmer: Who, Janine? No, of course not; she was a model.
        Kryten: And she looked like Camille?
        Rimmer: Absolutely; the resemblance is uncanny.
        Kryten: What did she model? Spark plugs?
        Rimmer: I happen to think she's very attractive.
        Kryten: You do?
        Rimmer: Certainly.
        Kryten: Do you think I'm attractive?
        Rimmer: You? Of course not. I think you look like a giant half-chewed rubber-tipped pencil.
        Kryten: (offended) Well, you can think what the heck you like. Because there are some people in this big ol' wide cosmos who happen to think I'm pretty amazing-looking. Especially in the eye department, I thank you so very much!

      • Lister: You were lying, Kryten.
        Kryten: Yes; it hurt to do it, but it was her best shot at happiness. It's the old, old story. Droid meets droid. Droid becomes chameleon. Droid loses chameleon, chameleon turns into blob, droid gets blob back again, blob meets blob, blob goes off with blob, and droid loses blob, chameleon and droid. How many times have we seen that story?
        Lister: I suppose you're gonna blame me for all of this, aren't you?
        Kryten: Yes, I am. Without your lessons - without your bananas and your movies and your aardvarks - none of this could have happened. You're a complete and total smeghead.

      • Kryten: We'll always have "Parrots".

      • Lister: We all react differently, don't we? When Steve McQueen met the Blob he tried to kill it. It probably never crossed his mind to try and take it out to a restaurant!

    • NOTES (7)

      • This Series introduces the 3rd Version of the Red dwarf theme. It is basically the same as the Second version (the one used in Series 3) but with the engine roar at the beginning removed.

      • Lister's attempts to teach Kryten to lie will not have been in vain, since by the the sixth series, Kryten would have a built-in lie mode.

      • Camille's name is a play on the word 'Chameleon', as she can change her body in a similar way to one.

      • With the fourth season, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor took the liberty of altering the show's history. After writing the Red Dwarf novels Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better Than Life, they decided to correct some of their early 'mistakes'. Things that are changed are: The crew was expanded from 169 to 1,169 (sensible given the size of the ship); the time period changed from the 21st century to the 23rd; and the big one that Lister actually did date Kochanski (which will be important for the set up of series 7)

      • Judy Pascoe and Suzanne Rhatigan (Kryten and Lister's Camilles) are actually the real-life partners of Robert Llewellyn and (at the time) Craig Charles.

      • The break between series 3 and 4 saw the release of the first issue of "Better Than Life", the fan magazine by The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club. Edited by Nic Farey, the founder of the Fan Club, it contained a series 1 episode guide with reviews of the episodes, news of the coming 4th series and interviews with the creators; along with the usual magazine fare: competitions, RD merchandise, trivia and funny articles.

      • The first episode of the season was originally going to be 'Meltdown', but it was decided to postpone it due to the fact the Gulf War was in progress and the 'anti-war message' wouldn't be welcome. Luckily the conflict ended and 'Meltdown' was shown last. It was felt that this episode should show first, as the date was Valentine's Day and it seemed more appropriate.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Lister: We all react differently, don't we? When Steve McQueen met the Blob he tried to kill it. It probably never crossed his mind to try and take it out to a restaurant!

        The Blob was a 1950s horror movie featuring a giant pink blob that devour innocent people. The film was the debut appearance of move legend steve Mcqueen.

      • Cat's comment "You two should go on 'What's My Fruit?'" is a reference to the TV panel show What's My Line?, which enjoyed successful runs in the 50s and 60s both in the states and in the UK. In both countries' version of the programme, a panel of four people tried to name the unusual occupation of a contestant using 'yes' or 'no' answered questions, just as Lister is getting Kryten to name the fruit.

      • Film References: Casablanca

        Obviously, much of this episode is an homage to the classic 1942 Humphrey Bogart film Casablanca where Rick (Bogart) has to choose between holding on to the woman he loves (Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman) or sending her back to her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henried).

        Lister mentions the climax of the film in the opening scene which Kryten and Camille then act out almost word-for-word at the end.

      • Lister: Tales of the Riverbank: The Next Generation.

        Tales of the Riverbank was a Canadian children's show about a community of animals living by a riverbank, the star of which was Hammy Hamster. The show lister watches is most likely a follow up series with a nod to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

        Ironically, there was actually a new series of Tales created in 1996 with an all new Hammy Hamster.