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Red Dwarf: The End

A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor - chicken soup machine repair man, Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday February 15th, 1988

Director: Ed Bye
Writer: Rob Grant (2), Doug Naylor


  • Currently 6.5/10
6.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Paul Bradley
As Chen
Recurring
David Gillespie (1)
As Selby
Recurring
Mac McDonald
As Captain Hollister (Frank Hollister)
Recurring
Mark Williams (3)
As Peterson (Olaf Peterson)
Recurring
Clare Grogan
As Kochanski (Kristine Kochanski)
Recurring
Robert Bathurst
As Todhunter (Frank Todhunter)
Robert McCulley
As McIntyre (George McIntyre)
Main Cast
Chris Barrie
As Rimmer
Craig Charles
As Lister

Recap

Aboard the Jupiter mining ship Red Dwarf, crewmen Dave Lister is conducting ship's repairs under the supervision of Senior Technician Arnold J. Rimmer. Dave keeps making annoying noises until Rimmer orders him to stop, and then Dave refuses to talk and Rimmer writes him up. He insists that they're conducting vital routine maintenance as they unclog the chicken soup dispenser nozzle. Once Rimmer finishes clearing the nozzle, they move onto the botanical gardens and Rimmer insists that he'll soon be promoted. Dave points out that he has to pass his engineering exam and panicked the last time, saying he was a fish. He lights up a cigarette and Rimmer puts him on report...

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Episode Quotes
Rimmer: Right, that's it! "Lister, D -- third technician. Offense: obstructing a superior technician by humming, clicking and being quiet." When the captain sees this, you're dead.

Dave: Not until you pass your engineer's exam. And you won't do that because you'll just go in there and flunk again.
Rimmer: Lister, last time I only failed by the narrowest of narrow margins.
Dave: You what? You walked in there, wrote, "I am a fish" four hundred times, did a funny little dance, and fainted.

Rimmer: Is that a cigarette you're smoking, Lister?
Dave: No, it's a chicken.

Dave: You see, I try, sir. I'm not an insubordinate man by nature. I try and respect Rimmer and everything, but it's not easy, 'cause he's such a smeghead.
Rimmer: Did you hear that, sir? Lister, do you have any conception of the penalty for describing a superior technician as a smeghead?
Todhunter: Oh, Rimmer... you are a smeghead!

Rimmer: You touch that guitar, Lister, I'll remove the E string and garrotte you with it.

Rimmer: What are you going to do? Breed sheep and dolphins and invent wet-look knitwear?

Dave: Where is everybody, Hol?
Holly: They're dead, Dave.
Dave: Who is?
Holly: Everybody, Dave.
Dave: What, Captain Hollister?
Holly: Everybody's dead, Dave.
Dave: What, Todhunter?
Holly: Everybody's dead, Dave.
Dave: What, Selby?
Holly: They're all dead. Everybody's dead, Dave.
Dave: Peterson isn't, is he?
Holly: Everybody is dead, Dave.
Lister: Not Chen?
Holly: Gordon Bennett! Yes! Chen, everybody. Everybody's dead, Dave.
Dave: Rimmer?
Holly: He's dead, Dave. Everybody is dead. Everybody is dead, Dave!
Dave: Wait. Are you trying to tell me everybody's dead?
Holly: I should've never let him out in the first place...

Dave: (sampling some powder lying around) And why is it so dirty around here, Hol? What is this stuff?
Holly: That is catering officer Olaf Petersen.
Dave: Aggh! I've been eating half the crew!

Dave: What's it feel like?
Rimmer: Death? It's like being on holiday with a group of Germans.

Rimmer: Being a hologram is fine, Lister. I still have the same drives, the same feelings, the same emotions, but I can't *touch* anything. Never again will I be able to brush a rose against my cheek, cradle a laughing child, or interfere with a woman sexually.
Dave: Rimmer, you never used to do any of those things anyway.

Rimmer: I've got to pull myself together, but you've got to help me. You got to be my hands and my touch.
Dave: I know the things you like to touch. No way Rimmer! Forget it!

Dave: Holly, plot a course for Fiji. Look out, Earth--the slime's coming home!



Episode Goofs
When Rimmer leaves for his exam, Dave tells the door to close and look.



Something that looks like the edge of an arm hovers into the edge of the viewport in the background in the middle left corner and then moves out of sight.


When Dave goes into the teaching room after emerging from stasis, there are piles of dust on the tables.



When he and Rimmer come back a few minutes later, the dust is gone and a table has disappeared.




Other Episode Crew

CreatorRob Grant (2)  |  Doug Naylor
Executive ProducerPaul Jackson (2)
ProducerEd Bye
MusicHoward Goodall
Costume DesignerJacki Pinks
Production AssistantAlison Thornber
Production ManagerGeorge R. Clarke
Vision MixerJill Dornan
Sound SupervisorTony Worthington
Lighting DirectorJohn Pomphrey
Graphic DesignerMark Allen (3)
Unit ManagerMario Dubois
Visual Effects DesignerPeter Wragg
Videotape EditorEd Wooden
DesignerPaul Montague
Make-up DesignerSuzanne Jansen
Technical Co-ordinatorRon Clare
Camera SupervisorMelvyn Cross
Assistant Floor ManagerDona Di Stefano
Properties BuyerDuncan Wheeler
 
Warning: Red Dwarf season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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