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Red Dwarf: Justice

Lister is in bed with the space mumps when he hears the news that the gang has brought aboard a cryo-pod from a prison ship which possibly contains a guard named Barbara Bellini.
Lister inspects the pod and begins the thawing process which Rimmer objects to saying that there were two survivors aboard the ship: Ms Bellini and a Simulant prisoner (droids who are noted to be murderous and insane). Since they cannot stop the thaw process they decide to travel to the prison colony that the ship was heading for.
They arrive on the space station and walk through a white light which Kryten says is a mind probe to seek out any unpunished criminal activity. Lister gets very edgy and confesses that he had committed some minor crimes as a teenager.
The justice computer passes his verdict on them: Kryten and Cat get off, Lister does barely and Rimmer is sentenced to 9000 years in prison for the second degree murder of the Red Dwarf's complement of 1167 personnel (not counting himself or Lister).
<br>Kryten believes that he can defend Rimmer on the verdict and he fronts up to the justice computer telling it about Rimmer's inadequacy and hopelessness. The computer eventually concedes that Rimmer could not have been held accountable for the deaths and releases him.
Meanwhile the pod has thawed and the occupant has escaped. Naturally it is the simulant who was inside and he chases them through the colony. Lister finally beats him by using the justice field's power (whatever crime you commit against someone else, the consequences happen to you). When the simulant fires at Lister, the bullets hit him instead of Lister, when he throws a knife, it comes back and hits him and so forth.
The gang head back to Red Dwarf with Lister droning on about justice and freedom until he falls down a manhole. "Thank God for that" remarks Cat.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x3
Production Number: 4x3
Airdate: Thursday February 28th, 1991

Director: Ed Bye


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Guest Stars
James SmillieJames Smillie
voiced Justice Computer
Nicholas BallNicholas Ball
As The Simulant
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