Red Dwarf

Season 2 Episode 3

Thanks For The Memory

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 1988 on BBC Two
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After partying away to the anniversary of Rimmer's death, Lister and Cat wake up with broken legs, Lister's jigsaw has been completed, four pages have been torn from his diary, the clock is four days ahead and the ship's black box has gone missing. The crew, determined to put the pieces together to find out what happened, go after the black box and discover it in a shallow grave with a gravestone that reads 'To the memory, of the memory of Lisa Yates'. Lister comments that he once dated a girl named Lisa Yates. They view the black box recording and watch as Lister, after hearing Rimmer cry and wail because he has never been loved, pities Rimmer's plight and implants a memory of his own into Rimmer's memory -- the eight months that he dated Lisa Yates. Rimmer wakes with this new memory and believes it to be his. He ponders why he and Lisa broke up, prompting Lister to realize that he was foolish to ever let her go. Rimmer finds out that Lister also dated Lisa and the quandary created forces Lister to tell Rimmer what he did. Rimmer asks that the last four days be erased from everyone's memory and that they bury the black box so none of them will know his . Lister and Cat receive the broken legs when they drop the headstone on themselves. When they get back to the ship, Lister tears the pages from his diary and puts the last piece of the jigsaw into place, closing the cycle of events.moreless

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