Red Dwarf

Season 6 Episode 4

Emohawk - Polymorph II

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1993 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

A Space Corps Law Enforcement Vessel chases Starbug and the crew make a crash landing on a GELF planet. They go in search of a vital ship part and come across a village who have the part but the price is for Lister to marry the chief's daughter. Lister reluctantly does so but, on his wedding night, sneaks back to Starbug. The chief takes this as an insult and sets his pet Emohawk, a smaller polymorph (see ep 3x3 - Polymorph) on them. The Emohawk hides on Starbug and attacks Rimmer and Cat, taking Rimmer's bitterness and the Cat's coolness, turning them into Ace Rimmer (see ep 4x5 - Dimension Jump) and Dwayne Dibbley (see ep 5x6 - Back to Reality).
Ace decides to save the day and locks Kryten and Lister in the hold, where they will be safe, while he and Dwayne go after the Emohawk. They eventually track it down, capture it and return themselves to normal.moreless

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  • Red Dwarf at its best.

    This is an awesome episode. When I found out that two of my favourite characters from Red Dwarf, Dwayne Dibley and Ace Rimmer, would be back, I just had to get the DVD for series 6. And this was the first episode I watched, and it is classic Red Dwarf.

    This episode starts off with Red Dwarf's OG unit getting broken, thereby giving the Cat and Lister limited oxygen. They are forced to get a new one, but unfortunately, the crew must land in GELF territory. The GELFS are a Hostile lifeform, but they try to bargain with them anyway. Kryten talks to the GELFS, and one of them takes a shine to Lister. Lister must then get married to one of the ugly, hairy creatures. The GELFS give the Crew their OG unit, and after an uncomfortable time with his new bride, Lister sprints off with the crew, who make a run for it. Unfortunately for them, the GELFS plant an Emohawk, a smaller version of the Polymorph from a few seasons earlier.

    The Emohawk tracks down the Cat and removes his cool, leaving him as the dorky Dwayne Dibley from the season 5 episode "Back to Reality", something which scares The Cat. Afterwards, it finds Rimmer, and removes his neurosis, leaving him as his parallel universe counterpart, Ace Rimmer, space hero. In order to get their emotions back, the crew must freeze the Emohawk and blast it. Eventually, they do so, with the Cat being returned to his old self, and Ace going back to being his neurotic old self.

    Overall, this is an awesome episode, with two plots, pretty much. It has a lot of memorable lines, and has plenty of character development. It's also intersting to know that if Rimmer wasn't such a neurotic prat, he'd be a hero! It's an ambitious episode, and just shows why season 6 is so popular among fans. But you still can't help but feel sorry for ol' Listy as he is violated by an ugly, hairy beast!moreless
Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules

Dwayne Dibley

Guest Star

Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott

GELF Chief

Guest Star

Steven Wickham

Steven Wickham

GELF Bride

Guest Star

Chris Barrie

Chris Barrie

'Ace' Rimmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The Emohawk becomes a tin of Baked Beans when it is in the Bug, but when Cat finds the beans the Emohawk comes out of the tin, How can it come out of *its self*? Response: The tin had an opening that would be the Emohawk's mouth.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Dwayne: Oop. Dropped my thermos. (Realises he now has two thermoses) Um, excuse me. Sirs! Gentlemen! I think we have a suspect.

    • Lister: There is no way I'm going down to Moss Bros for anyone who is less attractive than my own armpit after twenty games of table tennis!

    • Kryten: (about the Emohawk) According to the Psi-scan, it's somewhere in this location.
      Lister: It's the barrel! (fires Bazookoid) Sorry, false alarm. That's moving! (fires again) Sorry, sorry...
      Kryten: Sir, calm down. You're experiencing a classic knee-jerk paranoid reaction to a terror situation. It's essential at these times that's the wall! (fires laser) Shame overload. I, I, I...sorry.

    • Cat: Suck my Thermos!!

    • Kryten: But sir, we've got to save them from themselves, their minds are totally distorted, the Cat's a complete yutz and Mr Rimmer's ... well... nice.

    • Dwayne: Just let me check: thermos, sandwiches, corn plasters, telephone money, dandruff brush, animal footprint chart, and one triple thick condom... you never know!

    • Dwayne: I can't throw! I throw like a geek!

    • Rimmer: Don't you wish you had hair like mine?
      Cat: I do have hair like yours. Just not on my head.

    • Lister: Hey wait a minute. Gelf moon bearing 356 by 121. It's got an ocean. Can you get us there?
      Cat: Does mouse shit roll? I'll get you there, bud.

    • Lister: Change of plan! LEG IIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!

    • Rimmer: Perhaps you'd like to explain to me why it is that every major battle in history has been won by the side with the shortest haircuts?
      Kryten: Oh, surely not, sir.
      Rimmer: Think about it, why did the US Cavalry beat the Indian Nation? Short back and sides versus girly hippy locks. The cavaliers and the roundheads... one-nil to the pudding basins. Vietnam, crew cuts both sides... no score draw.
      Kryten: (Shakes head despairingly.) Oh, for a really world class psychiatrist.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Objects the Emohawk turns into- a rabbit, lamp, stick, hat, chicken, tin of beans, paper airplane, microphone, slinkie, RC car, thermos, and grenade.

    • After being inundated with requests from fans to bring back the three most popular characters, The Polymorph, Ace Rimmer and Dwayne Dibley; Rob Grant and Doug Naylor decided to merge them into one story, making this the ultimate sequel episode.

    • Danny John Jules had such a problem remembering his list of things to bring, they had to write them down and stick the list to the lunchbox he carries as Dwayne.


    • Ace: Only one way to guarantee victory for the home eleven...

      A common cricketing term: there are eleven players on a cricket team, and 'Home Eleven' refers to the home side.