Red Dwarf

Season 7 Episode 7

Epideme

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 1997 on BBC Two
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The crew come across another Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel. Everyone on it is dead except for one person who is preserved in a block of ice. They take her aboard Starbug but the ice doesn't melt, even in very warm temperatures. They decide to leave it till morning to decide what to do. During the night, the woman inside breaks out, covered in rotting skin and dead flesh and climbs into bed with Lister, who believes it's Kochanski. One thing leads to another, but when she kisses Lister, she falls dead, and Lister realises he's just taken about half her face with that kiss. It turns out it was a virus inside the woman, known as Epideme, who infects its victims, takes their knowledge, kills them and then preserves the body and waits for another victim. Epideme has now entered Lister. After hours of trying to reason with it, they try to get rid of it by forcing it into Lister's arm and then cutting the arm off. Unfortunately, it doesn't work and Epideme begins to regenerate itself. Lister gets up and decides to sacrifice his life, because otherwise when it finishes with him, it'll move on to Kochanski and the Cat. Seconds before detonation, Epideme reveals a clue to a possible cure and they head to a planet. Unfortunately the planet was destroyed, and the cure did not lie there. Kochanski gets an idea from Epideme and temporarily kills Lister, allowing the virus to enter her, but she uses a fake arm, thus killing Epideme. They revive Lister and all is well... except that Lister only has one arm, that is.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the opening moments of the episode, the Cat reveals that he educated himself because there was no-one else around, yet in 'The End' the Cat tells Lister that he learnt about Frankenstein (Lister's cat) and the Virgin Birth whilst he was at 'kitty-school'.Response: It's likely that Cat's education, at the hands of the elderly priest seen in 'Waiting for God' was rudimentary and he meant that he taught himself the important stuff like fashion.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Kryten: I take it we're speaking with the Epideme virus?
        Epideme: Give that man an eyebrow! Hey, I'm feeling generous: Give him two!

      • (The gang are walking among the corpses of the Leviathan's crew)
        Kochanski: I've never seen anything like this!
        Lister: You weren't around for my last party, were you?

      • Lister: What? You absorb knowledge from every person you kill?
        Epideme: So, as you can appreciate, killing you ain't exactly a career highlight... No offence, but when you're a virus there's not much call for knowing how to open a lager bottle with your anus.

      • Lister: I've just been molested by Tutankhamen's horny grandma! Of course I'm not allright!

      • Lister: My left arm. My left arm I said. That's my right. What kind of Navigation Officer can't tell left from right!?

    • NOTES (1)

      • Writer Paul Alexander had written this episode before knowing Chris Barrie was leaving the show. If Barrie had stayed on, Rimmer would have been the hero, having Kochanski's plan of letting the virus infect him, but then he would have deactivated himself, leaving the Epideme suspended in the air for Cat to destroy with a bazookoid. As Rimmer's role was lessened, the arm-chopping scene was put in instead.

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