Red Dwarf

Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 1992 on BBC Two
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The crew are on a snowbound planet, when they come across an abandoned research center. Rimmer objects to Kryten being in charge but is ignored by the others and goes off to sulk.
They send a scouter which reports that there is a scientist named Dr. Lanstrom inside the facility. Unfortunately she is a hologram -- Kryten forces Rimmer to go back to Red Dwarf so that they can rescue her, and invokes another Space Corp Directive against him to force him to comply. Rimmer questions the validity of the Directives that Kryten used so Holly gives Rimmer a hologram-copy of the directives manual, whereupon Rimmer again goes off to sulk.
Going into the research center, they find the Doctor in stasis only to discover that she has contracted a holovirus that has driven her insane, but has given her extraordinary powers like hex vision and telekinesis. They escape when her life force is drained and she disappears, but the holodisease infects Rimmer.
When the rest of the crew get back on Red Dwarf, Rimmer forces them to stay in quarantine (to prevent his getting the disease off them) but he is already infected, and so goes insane, locking them in without oxygen. The crew escape thanks to a 'luck' virus which Kryten got from the facility.
Rimmer chases them down the corridor with his hex vision and, thanks to the luck virus injected into Lister, Kryten manages to turn Rimmer off and restore him to his previous, uninfected and sane (if dull) self.....

Rimmer wakes up in quarantine, only to discover that the other three have now contracted the virus and gone insane...moreless

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  • Boyz from the Dwarf

    Never stopped laughing from the first encounter with the crazed hologram to the end when they turn the tables on Rimmer.

    Locations are different enough to provide a change of scene. Dialgoue its its usual high quality full of gags most of which are above medium on the laugh-factor.

    Plot is sufficiently engaging to make you stay tuned. There are some real moments in this episode. Kryton doing a schmeee. Lister's "Boys from the Dwarf". Rimmer though takes the plaudits with his virtual insanity episode and his sock puppet.

    The introduction of the luck virus just takes the action to a different level.moreless
  • Best Episode Ever

    This is for sure my favorite episode of this show. I just rewatched every episode of Red Dwarf, and it has been since I was eight or so when I barely understood it, and I found it brilliant. Great sitcom. Quarantine is so far my favorite episode. Penguins, dresses, illnesses, craziness, and army boots. Everything that could be good about this episode was good about it. Chris Barrie is an amazing actor and portrays his character's ailment in this episode marvelously. I give it a ten out of ten. I plan to buy series five, mainly just to have this episode of DVD.moreless
  • After the crew visits an abandoned research lab, Rimmer places them in quarantine. Unknowingly, Rimmer has contracted a holovirus.

    This is one of my favorite Red Dwarf episodes. There is not a lot of action, but there is plenty of comedy, the dialogue is witty, and the situation is incredibly quirky.

    Rimmer's face as he explains the guidelines of quarantine to the rest of the crew is hilarious. I laugh at it every time. He is so smug. I love it.

    I also love the scene with Kryten, the Cat, and Lister in quarantine. They bicker at each other, and Lister tries to make crocheted hats.

    The scene with Lister testing out the luck virus is funny as well as interesting. The idea of things such as luck, charisma, and sexual magnetism being positive viruses is neat. I laugh everytime Kryten gets that dart stuck in the back of his head.

    Dr. Langstrom is kind of a scary character. An insane hologram is a little freaky. I thought her dialogue was silly: "Twinkle, twinkle little eye. Now it's time for you to die." shivers.

    This is a must see episode. This is Red Dwarf at its funniest.moreless
  • Fantastic episode - still makes me laugh.

    This was one of the first episodes of Red Dwarf i ever watched, due to my parents being big fans of the show. I decided to give this episode a go and i was hooked straight away.

    It follows the Cat, Lister and Kryten's attempts to survive in Quarantine, under the watchful eye of Rimmer. However, when they're are in Quarantine, Rimmer is exposed to the rays of a crazy doctor, making him crazy. The craziness of Rimmer leads to some classic Red Dwarf scenes, including Rimmer in a gingham dress and his consulations with Mr Flibble.

    I would recommend this episode to everyone, it might get them hooked the way i did.moreless
  • Red Dwarf's best episode.

    Quarantine is one of Red Dwarf's best offerings. It's filled with some great set-pieces (Rimmer's selfish childishness while the rest of the crew are in serious danger, the tensions in the quarantine bay, Mr. Flibble), while maintaining the quieter character moments and clever writing that define Dwarf.

    As so often happens on Red Dwarf, Chris Barrie completely steals the show, doing well to be so frightening while wearing the iconic red and white gingham dress (and army boots). Chris Barrie has said in interviews that he felt he was "almost menacing", but I think he's brilliantly creepy without going over the top.

    Truly, a classic episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Dr. Lanstrom quote Schopenhauer, Kryten clearly mouths a line, but nothing is heard.

    • When Rimmer is telling the crew about 'Sprout Soup', there is clearly two Bazookoids on a rack in the quarantine cell. Why don't they just blast their way out? Response: Those aren't bazukoids, but some sort of medical equipment.

    • During a scene in Starbug the cat and Kryten bump heads and some of the cats makeup goes onto Krytens head. However in the next cut the mark disappears.

    • When demonstrating the luck virus with the deck of cards, Lister only shuffles the top few cards, then clearly draws the four aces from the bottom of the deck.

    • Rimmer says Red Dwarf can only sustain one hologram but in 'Me2' he had a duplicate hologram of himself by cutting off unneccesary power systems.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Rimmer: Mr. Flibble says..
      Mr. Flibble: Game over, boys.

    • Rimmer uses his power to burn a hole in a door
      Rimmer: Mr Flibble's very cross. You shouldn't have run away from him. What should we do to them, Mr Flibble?he holds the puppet up to his ear and then gasps We can't possibly do that! Mr Flibble nods Who'd clear up the mess?

    • Kryten: I have a medium-sized fire axe buried in my spinal column. That sort of thing can really put a crimp on your day.

    • Lister: Rimmer was right about you. You have changed. You're getting tetchy!
      Kryten: Don't call me tetchy. You know what happens when you call me tetchy.
      Lister: Well I'm calling you it now, that's exactly what I'm calling you. Tetchy! Tetchy! Tetchy!
      Kryten: (Fingers in ears) Just as well I can't hear you. It's just as well I can't hear you calling me tetchy. Lister has written 'TETCHY' on the whiteboard, and has shown it to Kryten Right. Kryten goes and gets the video of Wallpapering and Stipling, a DIY guide
      Lister: No!
      Kryten: I'm putting it on!

    • Lister: No one's got any virus and no one's smeggin' nuts!
      Rimmer: Well, that's good.
      The observation window depolarises, revealing Rimmer. He is NOT in uniform.
      Rimmer: Is something amiss?
      Lister: Amiss? God no, what could possibly be amiss?
      Rimmer: You don't think there's anything amiss? I'm sitting here wearing a red and white checked gingham dress and army boots and you think that's un-amiss?
      Cat: No, of course not. It's just that we thought you had gone nuts! We were tryin' to humour you.
      Rimmer: I was just doing a little test -- a little test to see if you had gone crazy.
      He tenses and lets out a horrible yell.
      Rimmer: CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! If there is one thing I can't stand it's crazy people.
      Lister: Well we've passed the test, Rimmer. You can let us out.
      Rimmer: I can't let you out.
      Lister: Why not?
      Rimmer: Because the King of the Potato People won't let me. I begged him. I got down on my knees and wept. He wants to keep you here. Keep you here for ten years.
      Cat: Could we see him?
      Rimmer: See who?
      Cat: The King.
      Rimmer: Do you have a magic carpet?
      Lister: Yeah, a little three-seater.
      Rimmer: So, let me get this straight. You want to fly on a magic carpet to see the King of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you're telling me you are completely sane?!

    • Lister: Why can't we ever meet anyone nice?
      Cat: Why can't we ever meet anyone who can shoot straight?

    • Cat: So what's the news?
      Kryten: Well, if I could just beg your indulgence for a few seconds more, sir, the old 345 takes a little time to warm up. Still, it out-performs the 346 in 8 out of 9 bench tests. A small wonder, then, that it secured "Psi-scan of the Year, Best Budget Model" three years running. Now here are the results. And we're going to... live.
      Lister: (Sighs) We're a real Mickey Mouse operation aren't we?
      Cat: Mickey Mouse? We ain't even Betty Boop!

    • Rimmer: And as usual it is left to me to point out the fatal flaw in your logic.
      Kryten: Flaw?
      Rimmer: This vessel, gentlemen and khazi droids, the crimson short one up there, can only sustain one hologram, or had you forgotten?
      Lister, Cat and Kryten simply look at him.
      Rimmer: You hadn't forgotten?
      Lister: Look, we could work something out. Some kind of "timeshare" thing.
      Rimmer: What d'you mean? What do you think I am, a holiday villa in the Algarve?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The "character" of Mr. Flibble became a firm favorite among fans, to the point where he regulary conducts interviews on the official Red Dwarf website.

    • There were several concepts that were divulged from the script before coming to production stage; most of them revolving around the psi-powers the crew members gain when they are inflicted with the holo virus.

    • The Luck Virus and Sexual Magnetism Virus will return in the first episode of Series 8 "Back in the Red". Apparently it turns out that they will remain aboard Starbug for the next 2-and-a-bit seasons, even though the crew bring them onto Red Dwarf here.