Red Dwarf

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 1988 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Holly shows the first signs of computer senility and endangers Lister's life, which activates the back up computer. After an exposure to how much more effective the new computer, Queeg, is, the team rally around the new computer Queeg, but soon realise that he is aptly named. Like the original Queeg, he is a maniacal beast who demands order and demands that the ship's regulations be followed to the letter. After forcing Lister and Cat to work for their food and taking control of Rimmer's body for a regimen of exercises, the gang begin to appreciate Holly once more and set about devising a way to rid the ship of Queeg.moreless

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  • When the crew gets tired of all of the mistakes made by the senile ship's computer Holly a backup program named Queeg takes over control of Red Dwarf. The crew quickly learn that they had it really good under Holly's easy going control.moreless

    This is my favorite male Holly centered episode. Holly states that he is a computer with an IQ of 6,000 but the crew is told by Queeg that his IQ is now 6. The crew is also told that Holly gets all of his information out of a book. The crew, thinking they are getting the better end of the deal, start having to live by space core regulations. - Cat learns what it means to work. - Rimmer is forced to Exercise while unconscious after fainting after the first couple of minutes. - Lister snaps when all he gets for a meal is 1 pea and a dry piece of toast. - Holly is demoted to night watchman, a monitor on wheels.

    It all comes down to a chess battle for control of the Red Dwarf. There is a moral to the story, but I won't ruin it for you.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lister: Look what he's given me for dinner, a pea on toast. One Pea! I tell ya I'm that far from crackin'. (Lister accidentally ficks the pea away with a knife) I've lost me pea. That's it I've cracked!
      Rimmer: He's just doing this to destroy your morale.
      Lister: Is he? Well I want me pea back. It's my pea, I earned that pea. Where is it? I don't care if its on the floor, if its covered with fluff. If its under the bed with my toenail clippings. I don't care where it is, its my pea, I earned it, I'm gonna eat it no matter what!
      Rimmer: It flew off into your dirty sock basket.
      Lister: ...I'll just have the toast.

    • Lister: [If Holly's so stupid] How come he can guide us back to Earth?
      Queeg: He can't. We've been going around in circles for the past fourteen months.
      Lister: [stunned] What?!
      Holly: A load of Tottenham, that is. A steaming pile of Hotspur.

    • Rimmer: You are a total, total...a word has yet to be invented to describe how totally...whatever it is you are, but you are one, and a total, total one at that!
      Holly: Alright, keep your hair on.
      Rimmer: I'm lucky if I can keep my legs on with you in charge.

    • Holly: Our biggest enemy is going space crazy through loneliness. The only thing that helps me maintain my slender grip on reality is the friendship I share with my collection of singing potatoes.

    • Holly: Queen to rook eight. Checkmate!
      Queeg: That's an illegal move!
      Holly: Oh sorry! Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.

    • Holly: And the moral of the story is appreciate what you've got, because basically, I'm fantastic.

    • Queeg: An IQ of six thousand? Is THAT what he told you? It has a six in it, but it's NOT six thousand.
      Lister: Well what is it then?
      Queeg: Six.
      Holly: Do me a lemon, thats a poor IQ for a glass of water.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Craig Charles performed his own stunts in this episode where Lister is thrown from his bunk and then when he flies over the console in the explosion.

    • Red Dwarf music composer Howard Goodall sings the theme from High Noon as Holly approaches his confrontation with Queeg.

    • An early draft of the script for 'Queeg' included the Wilma Flintstone exchange between Lister and Cat, which will be later seen in 'Backwards'.


    • Holly: (sings) I'll say goodbye to love....

      In Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the homicidal computer Hal 9000 sings "A Bicycle Built For Two" before he is deactivated.

    • Holly: This is mutiny Mr. Queeg. I'll see you swing from the highest yardarm in Titan Docking Port for this day's work.

      Holly's line is attributed to Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty; said to the master's mate Fletcher Christian, when Christian led the mutiny in 1789. A couple versions of the lines exist:

      From the book "Mutiny On The Bounty" (1932) by Charles Nordhoff and James Hall - Bligh: "You mutinous dog! I'll see you hung / I'll see you swinging from a yardarm before two years have passed!"

      From the film "Mutiny On The Bounty" (1935) starring Charles Laughton as Bligh and Clark Gable as Christian - Bligh: "I'll live to see you - all of you - hanging from the highest yardarm in the British Fleet."

    • Plot reference: The Caine Mutiny

      Queeg's name and the general plot of this episode is a homage to the novel The Caine Mutiny (1951) by Herman Wouk. The book tells the story of an incompetent sea-captain, Phillip Queeg, whose crew eventually mutinies and takes command from him. It was made into a film in 1954, starring Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Queeg.