Red Dwarf

Season 1 Episode 6

Me ²

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 21, 1988 on BBC Two
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Lister gets more than he bargained for when the disk supposedly containing Kochanski's hologram is actually a copy of Rimmer's. The two Rimmers decide to move in together leaving Lister who is all too happy to be rid of them.

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  • We have enough food to last for 30 thousand years, but we only have one after 8 mint left, and every one is to polite to take it! If you had a duplicate of yourself, what would you do? Me² is about the hell of living, with yourself!moreless

    Me² is started by the end of 'Confidence and paranoia'. Rimmer is clearing out his stuff out of the quarters when Lister finds a video of Rimmers death. Me2 is called it’s self because in the previous episode, Confidence and Paranoia, Arnold was duplicated. (FLAWED - Holly can only sustain one hologram yet there is two Rimmers) The story is about Rimmer 1 (Original) who gets tiered of Rimmer 2 (Duplicate) and want him to be turned off. Within three days, Rimmer 1 is back with Lister who has, by now, watched Rimmer’s death. Lister now wants to know what ‘Gazpacho soup’ day is. And he will stop at nothing to get the answer out of him. Later in the episode, the two Rimmers get so sick of one another, they decide one must die (Again). Lister tricks Rimmer 1 into telling him, and it works, very well!!!moreless
  • I'm not really a fan of this episode, but it isn't all has it's moments.

    The idea of sharing ones room with an exact duplicate of themselves is truly a unique and interesting one, especially if the person who does it is Arnold J. Rimmer.

    The concept is great, but I think it was it's execution that didn't work for me. I suppose after reading the book, and seeing how much further they took the concept there, this episode doesn't look as good. Also, 2 Rimmers can be quite annoying, especially when they yell, which is quite often in this episode.

    Still, there are some great moments. The final scene with Rimmer satisfying Lister's curiosity is well written and acted, and allows for some last-minute characterisation of Rimmer. The Cat's reaction to Rimmer's tragedy is priceless.

    Despite some great moments and concepts, this episode isn't really one that I like to watch again.moreless
Mac McDonald

Mac McDonald

Captain Hollister

Recurring Role

Tony Hawks

Tony Hawks

Cinema Announcer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Lister notices Rimmer's cut-out headlines supposedly referring to himself with great mirth - yet they can be seen around their dorm throughout earlier episodes, clearly meaning Lister has one hell of a bad memory.

    • Rimmer says Lister constantly annoyed him for 2 years, but in 'Waiting for God' Lister said he had only been on the Red Dwarf for eight months.

    • The second time Lister enters the Rimmers' new room, the door opens before he touches the panel.

    • When Lister reads Rimmer's diary, the entry for November (Gazpatcho Soup Day) is at the front of the book.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lister: Yo, I didn't know you had any medals. What are they?
      Rimmer: Three Years' Long Service, Six Years' Long Service, Nine Years' Long Service, Twelve Years' Long Service.

    • Rimmer: If you put Napoleon in quarters with Lister, he'd still be in Corsica peeling spuds.

    • Rimmer: I don't believe it. I've been ippy dippied to death.

    • [Lister stands there, blowing bubbles from bubble gum]
      Holly: Busy, Dave?
      Lister: Well, yeah, I am, actually!
      Holly: Oh. Then you won't want to know about the supralightspeed fighters that are tracking us.
      Lister: What?!?
      Holly: I'll leave you to your bubble blowing, mate.
      Lister: No, Holly. Hol! Come on!
      Holly: They're from Earth.
      Lister: That's three million years away!
      Holly: They're from the NorWEB Federation.
      Lister: What's that?
      Holly: NorthWestern Electricity Board. They want you, Dave.
      Lister: Me? Why? What for?!?
      Holly: For your crimes against humanity.
      Lister: They what?!
      Holly: Seems when you left Earth, three million years ago, you left two half-eaten German sausages on a plate in your kitchen.
      Lister: Did I?!?
      Holly: Do you know what happens to sausages left unattended for three million years?
      Lister: Yeah, they go moldy.
      Holly: Your sausages, Dave, now cover 7/8ths of the Earth's surface. Also, you left seventeen pounds, fifty pence in your bank account. Thanks to compound interest you now own 98% of all the world's wealth. And because you hoarded it for three million years, nobody's got any money except for you and NorWEB.
      Lister: Why NorWEB?
      Holly: You left a light on in the bathroom. I've got a final demand here
      for one hundred and eighty billion pounds.
      Lister: A hundred and eighty billion pounds?!! You're kidding!
      Holly: [Now wearing a Groucho Marx nose, glasses, and mustache] April Fools!

    • (Cat slides out of the wardrobe in the Rimmer Twins' room)
      Cat: He won't find *that* one. Not until he changes his boots. Heh... Heh... (Looks up and sees Lister) OH! (hides his face with his raised hand) Did you see him clearly? Could you spot him in a parade? I don't think so. I could've been anybody. (slips out of the room)

    • Lister: But why are they painting the corridor the same color it was before?
      Rimmer: They're changing it from Ocean Grey to Military Grey. Something that should've been done a long time ago.
      Lister: Looks exactly the same to me.
      Rimmer: No. No, no, no. (pointing at one section of the wall) That's the new Military Grey bit there, and that's the dowdy, old, nasty Ocean Grey bit there. (The two parts are indistinguishable) Or is it the other way around?

    • Lister: Holly, give 'im a whiskey.
      Holly: How would you like it?
      Rimmer: Straight. With ice and lemonade, a cherry and a slice of lemon.

    • Lister: I swear absolutely that I promise that I will never mention Gazpatcho Soup again.
      Rimmer: All right. You're a bit of a slob, Lister, you know, but, when it comes down to it, you keep your word. This time I'm gonna believe you. Let's go for another drink.
      Lister: Souper!

    • Rimmer: Stop your foul whining, you filthy piece of distended rectum!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Holly's April fools' joke about the NORWEB federation, and sausages that cover 7/8ths of the earth surface, was adapted from an episode of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's earlier work "Dave Hollins: Space Cadet", a sketch show from the BBC Radio 4 series Son of Cliche.

    • The crew was apparently killed in early-mid January. In Rimmer's diary, it refers to Gazpacho Soup day as November the twenty-fifth. Then Lister verbally notes that that was six weeks before the crew got wiped out.

    • The whole "Cold Soup" business was actually based in a similar incident for the writers: Doug Naylor was served a bowl of cold soup once and was about to complain, but luckly Rob Grant was there to explain that some soups ARE served cold.

    • The vision of Rimmer's death video with Captain Hollister was filmed at the same time as 'The End' to save Mac McDonald the trouble of returning to the set.

    • The Series I DVD deleted scenes contains the full uncut version of the Rimmers' last argument in the cinema in which a small section was originally removed due to running time. Viewing the entire scene explains why, in the aired version, Lister appears to select the wrong Rimmer for deletion.


    • Rimmer: I could've been an admiral by now, I really could! Instead of a nothing, which is what I am, let's face it.

      Rimmer's speech echoes lines from the movie On The Waterfront (1954) with Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as Terry Molloy, a thuggish dockside worker who bemoans to his brother (Rod Steiger) his lost opportunity of making something of himself (in this case, in the boxing world):

      Terry: I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.

    • Visual reference: Citizen Kane Rimmer's death flashback is an homage to the classic 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen Kane. The close-up of Rimmer's mouth as he utters his dying words, "Gazpacho Soup!", his outstretched hand, and the breaking of the globe containing Red Dwarf mimics the opening scene of the movie in which Kane (Welles) in close-up utters his dying words, "Rosebud", then drops from his outstretched hand a snow-globe which shatters on the stairs. While much of the film's techniques are unimpressive today by being standards, it was truly the first movie to use many of them, and is one of several revolutionary developments the nature of films.