Red Dwarf

Season 5 Episode 4

Quarantine

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 1992 on BBC Two
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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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