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Episodes from the second season



Summaries from this series are from Sam Cook's Red Dwarf TVTome page with courtesy

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7 - Kryten

Original title : Kryten
First Aired : 06.09.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : David Ross (Kryten), Tony Slattery (Android actor), Johanna Hargreaves (Esperanto Teacher)

The Story : The second season begins with the gang coming across a crashed space shuttle where the service mechanoid, Kryten, is still attending to the officers, even though they have long since passed away. The crew take Kryten back aboard Red Dwarf where Rimmer puts him to work cleaning, cooking, ironing etc. Lister tries to convince him that he doesn't have to do any of his service duties anymore and can do his own thing. He fails until Kryten is painting a portrait of Rimmer and his rebellious side opens up, painting Rimmer sitting on the toilet, and then insulting him before jumping on a space bike wearing a leather jacket, a-la Marlon Brando.

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8 - Better Than Life

Original title : Better Than Life
First Aired : 13.09.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : John Abineri (Rimmer's Dad), Judy Hawkins (Yvonne McGruder), Ron Pember (The Tax Man), Tony Hawks (Game Guide), Nigel Carrivick (Captain), Jeremy Austin (Rathbone), Debbie Ash (Marilyn Monroe), Tina Jenkins (Newsreader), Gordon Salkilld (Gordon)

The Story : A mail pod arrives in space and Rimmer recieves the belated news that his father has passed away and is devastated, even though he hated him. To alleviate his sadness of the news (and the fact that he has a $8,500 tax bill), the crew try out a new Virtual Reality game where all your desires and fantasies can come true, but even Rimmer's mind has its own way of stabbing him in the back.

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9 - Thanks For The Memory

Original title : Thanks For The Memory
First Aired : 20.09.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : Sabra Williams (Lisa Yates)

The Story : 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 black box is missing. The crew 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, implants a memory of his into Rimmer's; 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 and Lister realises that he was stupid to ever let her go. Rimmer finds out that Lister also dated Lisa and Lister is forced to tell him what he did. Rimmer asks that the last four days be erased from everyones memory and that they bury the black box. Lister and Cat recieve 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.

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10 - Stasis Leak

Original title : Stasis Leak
First Aired : 27.09.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : C.P. Grogan (Kochanski), Mark Williams (Petersen), Morwenna Banks (Lift Hostess), Glynis Barber (Woman Returning from Leave), Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister), Sophie Doherty (Kochanski's Roommate), Richard Hainsworth (Medical Orderly), Tony Hawks (Suitcase)

The Story : While going through Kochanski's personal things, Lister finds a photograph of him and her getting married. Remembering something from the past, he reads Rimmer's diary and finds a piece where Rimmer thought he saw his own head pop up through the table and say that he came from the future to save his life which Rimmer believed to be an hallucination. Following directions from the diary, the gang head down to floor 16 and find a stasis leak which transports them back to the past, a little 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 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 Lister's quarters where the past Rimmer promptly tells them all to go away.

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11 - Queeg

Original title : Queeg
First Aired : 04.10.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : Charles Augins (Queeg)

The Story : Holly shows the first signs of his computer senility and endangers Lister's life which activates the back up computer. The team rally around the new computer Queeg, but soon realise that he is a maniacal beast who demands order and proper ship regulations. After forcing Lister and Cat to work for their food and taking control of Rimmer's body for exercises, the gang begin to appreciate Holly a little more and set about devising a way to rid the ship of Queeg.

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12 - Parallel Universe

Original title : Parallel Universe
First Aired : 11.10.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : Suzanne Bertish (Arlene Rimmer), Angela Bruce (Deb Lister), Matthew Devitt (Dog), Hattie Hayridge (Hilly)

The Story : Holly claims to have invented a matter transport device called the "Holly Hop Drive" (A red box with a stop and start button on it), and the crew try and use it, but it doesn't bring them to earth, it brings them to a parallel universe where women are the dominant sex. While Rimmer is trying to avoid his opposite's sexual demands, Lister seems to be getting on very well with his. The Cat's opposite (unfortunately for him), is a dog, and even Holly has an opposite, Hilly. After partying all night long while Holly and Hilly fix the Hop Drive they wake up to find Lister has accidentally slept with his opposite, who tells him that in their universe, the men give birth to the babies. After returning to their own world, Lister uses a pregnancy test, and much to Rimmer's delight, they learn that Lister is pregnant!

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