Red Dwarf

Season 7 Episode 1

Tikka To Ride

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 1997 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

With Starbug was destroyed, the future crew no longer existed and thus were unable to go back in time and kill the crew in the present crew. Nonethless, disaster has struck. Starbug is completely devoid of curries. Lister attempts to go back in time to obtain curries from an Indian restaurant. Complications ensue as they become involved in the JFK Assassination.moreless

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  • The crew interfere with one of America's most devistating tragedies! The Murder of JFK

    This was a great episode. I think I liked it so much, because I GOT it, I am from America so that was something I learned about a lot when I was little! Though I was a little icked by how they felt things would have turned out if JFK was not murdered.

    I loved the idea to have JFK kill himself. Though that brings up a mistake that I noticed. Just the beginning of this episode Lister explains the paradox of being killed but yet not being killed because of the future version of them would never have lived. So how could AU JFK kill himself and not have the same thing happen? I ask myself that question everytime I watch this episode.

    Despite that it was a great episode and I love to watch it.moreless
  • I guess it should be expected of this show to try its hand at conspiracy theories

    This show clearly isn't afraid to take on any challenge and this episode shows this best of all. This is my favorite plotted episode of all I think. After all no series of mismatched travellers doing everything would be complete without getting involved with some major conspiracy theories, and they don't get bigger then the assassination of Kennedy, and thats just a Brit talking. It may be fantasy but you have to admire their own take on the theory of the grassy knoll and it is the only show in the history of TV who could get away with showing Kennedy being assasinated by a future version of itself. How very Red Dwarf. Whoever thought of this episode should be knighted.moreless
  • The Red Dwarf crew take on one of the greatest conspiracies, the assassination of JFK!

    This has got to be my all time favorite Red Dwarf episode! Lister is so desperate for some curry that they end up going back in time to order some, but come across some pretty crazy situations in the mean time. They cause Lee Harvey Oswald to fall out of the window of the Texas book depository, then they try numerous times to fix their mistakes, once they find out what the world \'could\' have been like, had JFK lived. And along the way they get some good eatin\'s(aka the dead guy) from Kryten, it\'s so funny seeing the look on their faces when they find out what it is! And they convince the future JFK to shoot his past self to save \'humanity\'. And in the end, after all this, they forget about the reason why they went to the past in the first place, CURRY! This is why this episode is a Red Dwarf classic.moreless
  • Now we know who assassinated JFK

    The Boyz from the Dwarf meet and kill JFK. Well, JFK kills himself and there are two shots from two Oswalds. This episode takes the best of Red Dwarf and puts them into a highly entertaining, multi-timelined plot-filled episode. Each act makes following the convoluted plot easy to follows as the following acts just build ontop of each other making a very absorbing plot arc!

    What makes this episode exceptional is its setting - using the assassination of JFK as a platform to reduce us to tears and fits of laughter. Dialgoue is filled with the best type of RD gags.

    Add to that a purpose filled ending and this episode should not be missed!moreless
Michael J. Shannon

Michael J. Shannon

John F. Kennedy

Guest Star

Toby Aspin

Toby Aspin

Lee Harvey Oswald

Guest Star

Peter Gaitens

Peter Gaitens

FBI Agent

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Before he shoots himself JFK drops a GLASS bottle but it doesn't make a sound!

    • When escaping from the cops, they take only one helmet, but when we see them again Lister and Cat each have a helmet.

    • Lister says (about the events of Out of Time) that killing your past self will cause you to die thus making it impossible to go back in time to kill your past self so the "timelines" will go back to normal. So how did JFK manage to kill his past self without this happening?Response: The critical difference is that the first attack destroyed the time drive itself.

    • Lister screws Spare Head 2 onto Kryten's body in the same direction that he unscrewed Kryten's head.

    • Apparently here the time drive on the Gemini 12 is capable of moving people through space as the Dwarfers are able to go back to Earth, whereas in Out of Time they could not.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lister: What' going on down there? What's everyone doing gathered round that giant pizza?
      Kryten: That is not a giant pizza, sir.
      Lister: It's eight foot across, man! You don't think that's giant? What kind of pizza houses have you been going to - "The Fat Bastarderria"?

    • Lister: Since turning twenty-eight I feel a new maturity about myself. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I tried to urinate on Rimmer from the top of D deck! Oh, wait... Friday. But apart from that one lapse, maturity-wise, I'm practically up there with Abe Lincoln and Moses.

    • Kryten: It seemed to me that if humanoids eat chicken then obviously they'd eat their own species; otherwise they'd just be picking on the chicken.

    • Rimmer: We can't afford to take any more chances. I say the Time Drive stays where it is.
      Cat: You know I'd rather wear sideways-pressed flares and a clip-on polyester tie than agree with goalpost head, but this time he's right.

    • Lister: Yeah, but surely we can use the Time Drive if we're careful? You know, if we don't abuse it the way our future selves did? You know, if we're sensible and mature.
      Rimmer: And do what?
      Lister: Go back in time to an Indian take-away and order 500 curries.
      Kryten: Sir, the scheme is irresponsible, moronic, and preposterous!
      Cat: All your hallmarks, bud!

    • Kryten: Permission to offline for the next twelve hours while I discard some of my cache files.
      Cat: How come you need more memory? Over the past few years you've had more RAM than a field of sheep!

    • Cat: We've been copied more times than that poster of the tennis girl scratching her butt!

    • Lister: Y'know... just standing here and waiting for the president to get shot... it's kinda sick.
      Cat: Not if you're Eric White it ain't.
      Rimmer: Imagine, Eric's out there somewhere right now, not knowing that in a few short years, he'll become a between-meal snack that DOES ruin your appetite!

    • Kryten: Garbled, confusing, and quite frankly duller than an in-flight magazine produced by Air Belgium!

  • NOTES (5)

    • ****** Spoiler Warning!!!! ******
      In the Xtended version, the new ending is as follows:

      The crew have returned to Starbug, and Rimmer is punishing Kryten for the whole mess by using him as a volt-meter. Lister comes onto the scene with the time drive and an important realisation; there were no bits of Indian food in the debris. He must have been supposed to use the time drive to go back to the past and transport all the curries to the present, which he then procedes to do. He complains that they still can't use the time drive to go back to Earth, whereupon Kryten points out the chaos they caused in Dallas is an ample indication of why they can't. As the trio leave the hold, Rimmer tricks Lister into activating a switch that seals off Starbug's rear segment -with Lister still inside- and then detaches it, before it goes rocketing bakwards from the foresection. Realising he is now essentially marooned on his own with noting but 3 1/2 tons of curry, Lister comments "fan-smegging-tastic" and begins to eat.

      ****** Spoiler Warning!!!! ******

      (not that it should matter that much but, hey... if you don't want to know, you don't want to know...)

    • For this series only a filmic picture effect had been added to the show.

    • The name of the time-travelling ship encountered in "Out of Time" is stated for the first time here by Cat as the Gemini 12.

    • This is the only series of Red Dwarf not to be filmed before a studio audience, allowing greater freedom of camera positions and set design. Due to this, the Starbug sets were modified so we could see more areas of the ship.

    • After four long years the seventh season of Red Dwarf finally appears, but without co-creator Rob Grant. Grant had decided he wanted to do other projects and didn't want to be remembered only for one show.


    • Title: Tikka to Ride

      The name of this episode is a curry-based parody of the Beatles' song Ticket to Ride which was popular around the time to which the crew travels.

    • Kryten: Every man has his weak spot - his "Achilles heel".

      Achilles was a Greek hero whose mother Thetis attempted to make immortal by dipping him in the River Styx. She held him by his heel which was not exposed to the water and thus remained his vulnerable spot (he died when shot in the heel with an arrow) - thus the phrase for a person's vulnerability is their "Achilles heel".

    • Kryten: President Kennedy was impeached in 1964 for sharing a mistress with Mafia boss, Sam Giancana.

      Sam Giancana (1905/8?-1975) was a notorious Chicago Mafia boss who was suspected of swinging votes for JFK in the 1960 US presidential election, then alleged to have had a hand in Kennedy's assassination when the Kennedy administration declared war on organised crime.