Red Dwarf

Season 2 Episode 6

Parallel Universe

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 1988 on BBC Two



  • Trivia

    • In the Female Dwarfers' quarters the newspaper clippings still include the name "Arnold" and anything signed has the signature of "Arnold Rimmer"

  • Quotes

    • Cat: (to the camera, about Dog) I don't know what that is, but I'm sure he wants to eat me.

    • Dave: Yo, I'm going down the bar. You want anything?
      Cat: Yeah, I'll have a grenade, thank you.
      Dave: A grenade?
      Cat: Yeah. [looks over at Dog] I'm gonna play fetch with the Dog.

    • Arnold: You're disgusting! You're only after me for one thing!
      Arlene: [Looks him up and down] Why? How many have you got?

    • Holly: It takes time, this. One slight error in any of my thirteen billion calculations and we'll be blasted to smithereens. Here we go, then: 10, 9, 8, 6, 5...
      Rimmer: You missed out the seven!
      Holly: Did I? I've always had a bit of a blind spot with sevens.
      Rimmer: We're going to die...

    • Rimmer: You know -- cats have a very strange attitude toward women if you ask me.
      Cat: Say what, Goalpost Head?
      Rimmer: It's all sex, and no sense of settling down and having a long term relationship.
      Cat: Hey, I want to settle down. And as soon as I find the right small group of girls, the seven or eight women who are right for me, my wandering days are over, buddy.

    • Arlene Rimmer: It's great for picking up bits of tottie.
      Arnold Rimmer: Tottie? I'd hardly describe myself as a bit of tottie.
      Arlene Rimmer: Oh yes. Tottie... tottie..... tottie.

    • Lister: What are you, a man or a munchkin?
      Rimmer: I'm off to see the wizard . . .

    • Holly: No, no, it has gone. The entire Solar System is missing!
      Rimmer: Well, what is actually out there?
      Holly: Nothing. Just space.
      Rimmer: Holly, the thought occurs that we haven't actually reached Earth....The further thought occurs that we haven't actually budged a smegging inch!

  • Notes

    • On the DVD boxset release Just The Shows -Volume 1, the title "Parallel Universe" is missing.

    • It also marks the final appearence of the original Red Dwarf/JMC uniforms. For Season 3, new costumes were designed for Rimmer and Lister. The Red Dwarf crew do wear similar (though not identical) uniforms to the original Season 1/2 uniforms in Season 8.

    • This marks the final appearence of Norman Lovett, until season 7's "Nanarchy"; and also the first appearence of Hattie Hayridge, who will replace Lovett as Holly in seasons 3-6.

    • When Cat says "Lister - Female opposite; Rimmer - Female opposite; where's mine?", it is one of only two times Cat ever says the name 'Lister' on the show. The next time he says it is in Series V's 'The Inquisitor'. Whenever he refers to Lister he calls him "buddy", "dormouse cheeks" or just "Hey, you".

    • The "Tongue Tied" musical number evolved from a brief gag, to a full-blown song and dance sequence, to Danny John-Jules releasing his own version of the song in 1995

    • The opening number 'Tongue Tied' is choreographed by Charles Augins, who played Queeg in the previous episode.

    • The title of this episode "Parallel Universe" doesn't appear at the start as in others. Instead, we open with a musical number with Cat singing 'Tongue Tied'. The Remastered version has the title appear after the song finishes.

  • Allusions

    • Holly: Somehow, don't ask me how, we've jumped to a parallel universe. We've entered the fifth dimension.
      Rimmer: What's the fifth dimension?
      Lister: Didn't they get to number four with "Baby, I Want Your Love Thing"?

      The Fifth Dimension was an American pop vocal group, formed in the mid-sixties. However, they never had a song titled "Baby, I Want Your Love Thing".

    • This episode is a parody of many sci-fi shows which invoke parallel universes, such as Star Trek.