Red Dwarf

Season 2 Episode 4

Stasis Leak

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 1988 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

While going through Kochanski's personal things, Lister finds a photograph of the two of them getting married, an event which clearly never happened, Lister gets to thinking about how this picture could exist. Recalling something, he reads Rimmer's diary entries and there finds one describing a time when Rimmer thought he saw his own head pop up through the table and say that (the head) came from the future to save his (Rimmer's) life, which Rimmer himself (in the diary entry) took to be a hallucination.
Following directions in the diary, the gang head down to deck 16 and, there, find an unnoticed stasis leak, which can be used to transport them back to the past, a short while before the crew all died.
Because they can't bring anybody back to their time, Lister and Rimmer fight over who they should convince to go into the other stasis booth (Lister himself being sent into the other). Lister wants to save Kochanski and Rimmer obviously wants himself.
While Rimmer goes back to convince himself, Lister and Cat find Kochanski at a hotel, but she is already married. Kochanski invites them in and Lister discovers.....Himself! A future version from 5 years in the future, who has found another way to go back in time.
After the meeting, they all return to the past-Rimmer and past-Lister's quarters where the past-Rimmer promptly tells them all to go away.moreless

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    Clare Grogan

    Clare Grogan


    Guest Star

    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams

    Olaf Peterson

    Guest Star

    Morwenna Banks

    Morwenna Banks

    Lift Hostess

    Guest Star

    Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald

    Captain Hollister

    Recurring Role

    Tony Hawks

    Tony Hawks


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • Its a bit odd that when the guys go back in time, they don't attempt to save the ship and the crew, they could warn the Captain not to use Rimmer to fix the driveplate, they could tell them to evacuate the ship, they are plenty of things they could do, then again, that may mean that Cat would cease to exist, but Rimmer has never shown any fondness of Cat and could still do it.

      • Apparently, five years later, Lister is supposed to work out another way of travelling back in time and is supposed to get married to Kochanski, but later seasons (such as season six, which takes place over 200 years later) show no signs of such an occurance.

      • Upon coming face to face with a real woman, Cat says he wants to do something but he don't know what. He of course means to have sex, but he has made numerous references to sex before this episode so shouldn't he already know what sex is?

      • Rimmer says that if he brought the Past Rimmer back, He'd make 2 Rimmers, However he DID make 2 Rimmers in "ME2" and it was hell, So why would he sugest that idea?

      • When we first see the photograph of Lister and Kochanski married, Lister is smiling in the photo. The second time we see it Lister is clearly not smiling.

      • Because of a bigger budget, the crew were able to jazz up Lister and Rimmer's quarters for series 2. As such, the scenes set 3 million years ago should have L & R's quarters seen as they were in the first series not the second.

      • The crew routinely wander between levels 100-something (The End, Floor 159) and 500-something (Queeg, Floor 592). Yet they have to travel down 2567 levels to get to Floor 16 in this episode.

      • The date the crew go back to is Wednesday, 2nd March, 2077, which Lister comments on being three weeks before the crew died. This contradicts with 'Me2' where Rimmer's diary has November 25th as being six weeks before the crew died.

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Rimmer: How come he never, ever, knows anything? He's supposed to have an IQ of 6,000!
        Holly: 6,000's not that much. It's only the same IQ as 12,000 car park attendants.

      • Rimmer:(Impatient) Look... In three million years, you'll be dead.
        Past Rimmer: (Mock Surprise) Oh will I really?
        Rimmer: Yes, unless you do something about it now.
        Past Rimmer: (Mock thought) Oh, and what do you suggest I do then? Eat less white bread? More roughage?

      • Cat: (to Rimmer) What is it?
        Rimmer: It's a rent in the space-time continuum.
        Cat: (to Lister) What is it?
        Lister: The stasis room freezes time, you know, makes time stand still. So whenever you have a leak, it must preserve whatever it's leaked into, and it's leaked into this room.
        Cat: (to Rimmer) What is it?
        Rimmer: It's singularity, a point in the universe where the normal laws of space and time don't apply.
        Cat: (to Lister) What is it?
        Lister: It's a hole back into the past.
        Cat: Oh, a magic door! Well, why didn't you say?

      • Voice of Lift: Thank you for travelling Xpress Lifts. We apologise for the delay.
        Cat: You should apologise for the chicken! First meal I ever had where the container tasted better than the food!!!

      • Lister: ...I mean I came here today because I thought I was gonna get married.
        Kochanski: But you did.
        Lister: (points to future Lister): Naaah he did.
        Kochanski: But he's you.
        Lister: No I'm me!
        Kochanski: Well who's he then?
        Lister: He's him.
        Cat: If he's you and you're him, and you're him and he's him, am I still me? Who's eating this chicken? What the hell is going on!?

      • Rimmer: Just think, I could bring me back! There'd be two me's, a dead me and a living me. One for the week and one for Sunday best!

      • Holly: I'm saying, Dave, is that it's better to have loved and to have lost, than to have listened to an album by Olivia Newton-John.
        Cat: Why's that?
        Holly: Anything's better than listening to an album by Olivia Newton-John.

      • Xpress Lift lady: Welcome to Xpress Lifts, descent to floor sixteen. You will be going down two thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven floors and, for a small extra charge, you can enjoy the in-lift movie "Gone With the Wind." If you look to your right and to your left, you will notice there are no exits. In the highly unlikely event of the lift having to make a crash-landing, death is certain. Under your seats you will find a cassette for recording your last-minute testament, and from above your head a bag will drop containing sedatives and cyanide capsules.

      • Holly: I'm as close to infullable as you can get.
        Lister: Infallible.
        Holly: (nodding)Exactly.

      • Lister: Why do women always leave me for total smegheads? Why do they dump me for men who wear turtleneck sweaters and smoke a pipe? I mean, natural yoghurt eaters! Reliable, sensible, dependable, and lots of other words that end in "ible". He's obsessed with house-prices, and spends half his life in antique fairs looking for bargains and drinking wine. It's never beer is it, its always wine! "What do you want on your cornflakes, darling?" "Oh, I'll have some wine, please!" Smeg!
        Cat: You can tell all that just from a photograph?

    • NOTES (3)

      • The scenes in the Ganymede Holiday Inn were filmed at the real-life Midland Holiday Inn, with actual hotel guests shown in the foyer, and the confrontation scene being filmed in the real Room 008.

      • Before the final scene was filmed, Clare Grogan was accidentally told she had finished her scenes and left the studio, so the Kochanski who walks in with the future Lister is actually Dona DiStefano, an Assistant Floor Manager and Clare's lines were excised from the final shooting.

      • In the original version of this episode, during Holly's opening spiel he says "we saw a moon shaped exactly like Felicity Kendall's bottom". In the Remastered version it is changed to "Marilyn Monroe's bottom".

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Rimmer: I'm probably the only person in the world to buy a Topic bar without a single hazelnut in it.

        A Topic bar is a confectionary created by the Mars company. At the time of this episode's airing, the Mars company was running an advertising slogan for this bar, claiming there was "a hazelnut in every bite", which inspired Rimmer's line.

      • Lister: (to The Cat) You can't walk around a mining ship looking like a finalist from Come Jiving!

        "Come Jiving" is a play on the ballroom dancing competition show Come Dancing, a BBC show that ran from 1949 to 1998, making it one of the longest running shows in TV history.