Red Dwarf

Season 1 Episode 5

Confidence and Paranoia

5
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 1988 on BBC Two
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After foolishly visiting the officer's living quarters aboard the ship before the area has been properly decontaminated, Lister wakes up with a case of pneumonia and begins to hallucinate in his sleep.
This is no ordinary flu, however. Lister's hallucinations manifest as real events when it begins to rain fish in their bunk room, and the Mayor of Warsaw appears and then spontaneously combusts in front of Rimmer. Lister wakes feeling better but he finds that, strangely, two men have appeared on the ship -- one is a living manifestation of his inner Confidence, the other of his abject Paranoia. While Lister's Confidence gives him the strength to face Rimmer to demand Kochanski's hologram disk, he is unaware that Confidence would do anything to be with him, including inducing the destruction of the Medicomp and the murder of Paranoia. Lister belatedly discovers this -- too late to stop Confidence from foolishly trying to convince, by demonstration to Lister, that he (Confidence) can breathe in space, with the end result of Confidence exploding into a billion pieces. Lister retrieves the hologram disk and loads it, but what follows is far worse than being alone in space.moreless

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Lee Cornes

Lee Cornes

Paranoia

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Craig Ferguson (I)

Craig Ferguson (I)

Confidence

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Risa Hall

Risa Hall

Woman in movie (Uncredited)(Voice Only)

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