From: (David K Fraser)
Subject: script: Stasis Leak

I've taken a few liberties with this script, and I didn't manage to catch
some of the lines. As a result, it neeeds some correcting. Incorrect or
missing bits are enclosed by angled brackets, i.e. < these things >.

-- David F.


                RED DWARF Series II Episode 4, "Stasis Leak"

1 Ext. View of space.

HOLLY: (in space) Three million years from Earth, the mining ship Red
  Dwarf.  Its crew:  Dave Lister, the last human being alive; Arnold
  Rimmer, a hologram of his dead bunkmate; and a creature who evolved
  from the ship's cat.  Message ends.

  (Reappearing) Additional:  On our journey back to Earth, we have
  encountered many strange and bizarre things.  Only last month we came
  across a moon which was shapedexactly like Felicity Kendall's bottom.
  We flew around that one a couple of times.

Caption:  3 million years ago.

2 Int. CAPTAIN's office. Past.

talking on the phone.  He looks tired.  LISTER is lounging, feet up, in
the office's other chair.  RIMMER is standing to one side, at stiff

CAPTAIN: Okay.  (puts phone down) Rimmer, make this quick.
RIMMER: Sir, I wish to place on record that third technician Lister,
CAPTAIN: <Get on with it>, Rimmer.
RIMMER: --smuggled aboard the mining vessel Red Dwarf a consignment of a
  hallucinogenic fungi "Titan Mushrooms," more popularly known to the
  Space Beatnik community as "Freaky Fungus."
CAPTAIN: Is this true?
LISTER: Erm, sort of.
RIMMER: And on the morning of Febuary the 26th, at 0800 hrs, did engage
  in conversation with second technician Rimmer, Arnold J.--
CAPTAIN: For crying out loud, Rimmer!
RIMMER: --the outcome of which was a proposal by the aforementioned
  Lister to the aforementioned Rimmer to cook him breakfast.
CAPTAIN: Okay, I'm getting the picture.
RIMMER: Breakfast comprised of two eggs, three rashers of bacon, a
  grilled tomato, two sausages, a small portion of fried potatoes... and
  a large quantity of _mushrooms_.  Having consumed this repast, second
  technician Rimmer, Arnold J.  experienced what can only be described as
  a voyage to trip-out city.  To whit, a major hallucinogenic fit.
CAPTAIN: Lister, is this true?
LISTER: No, sir.  I'm sure it was only one egg.
RIMMER: The aforementioned Rimmer, to whit, me, then attended inspection
  parade.  He was totally naked except for a pair of mock-leather driving
  gloves and some blue swimming goggles.  Under the influence of this
  psychadelic breakfast he went on to attack two senior officers,
  believing them to be giraffes who were armed and dangerous.
CAPTAIN: You'd better have a good reason for this, Lister.
LISTER: I have, sir.
CAPTAIN: Why'd you do it?
LISTER: I thought it'd be a laugh.
CAPTAIN: Right.  Two weeks PD, Lister.  Dismissed.
RIMMER: With respect, sir, the penalty for a crime of this nature is
  fifteen years imprisonment.
CAPTAIN: Rimmer, <I sentenced this man.>
RIMMER: Two weeks?
CAPTAIN: That's enough.
RIMMER: Two smegging weeks?
CAPTAIN: I said, that is enough!
RIMMER: With repect, sir, you've got your head right up your big fat

3 Int. Corridor.

People going to and fro, all looking busy.

RIMMER: Eight weeks PD!  How come I get eight weeks and you get only two?
  What did I do to deserve that?  What did I do?
LISTER: You shouldn't have stuck your pencil up his nose!
RIMMER: It was the rubber end!  Plus, the doctor will get it out in no
LISTER: You ripped up and ate his wife's photograph.
RIMMER: I didn't know it was his wife.  I thought it was a publicity shot
  for "Planet Of The Apes."

They stop at a vending machine.  LISTER presses a button.

LISTER: Two teas.
PASSER-BY: Excuse me.
LISTER: (to RIMMER) Listen, man, I'm sorry about those mushrooms, you
  know.  I mean, I didn't know... I'm not totally reckless and
  irresponsible, for God's sake.  I mean, when it comes down to it, I'm a
  pretty straight and honest geezer.
RIMMER: Where did you get them?
LISTER: I nicked them.  They were in a locker.  They must have belonged
  to Headbanger Harris.

They enter their quarters.

RIMMER: Why didn't you tell the Captain this?
LISTER: What?  And get someone into trouble?
RIMMER: Oh, no.  Eight weeks painting the smegging ship?
LISTER: I'm sorry.
RIMMER: Get the space-suits.

LISTER leaves.  Suddenly a voice speaks from nowhere.

VOICE: I don't want you to panic, Arnold.  I want you to stay absolutely
  calm.  I'm coming out in a moment, and I want you to keep your cool.
  Are you ready?  Here I come.

A hologrammatic head rises out of the floor -- RIMMER's, with a silver
"H" on the forehead.  ARNOLD, understandably, jumps.

HEAD: There, that wasn't too bad, was it?  Look, I found a stasis leak on
  floor sixteen.  I'm dead now, and you're not, but if I save you, you
  won't die, so I won't die, and you won't be dead either, and neither
  will I.

ARNOLD peers suspiciously at his coffee, wondering if LISTER has doped
him again.

4 Int. Sleeping quarters. Present.

LISTER is sitting at the table, reading.  CAT is on the top bunk, sewing.
RIMMER enters.

RIMMER: Good book?
LISTER: Yeah, it's alright.
RIMMER: I didn't think you read.
LISTER: Not much, but this is good.
RIMMER: What is it?
LISTER: It's your diary.
LISTER: I didn't know you sent secret love letters to Carol McCauley.
RIMMER: Lister, that is my private, personal, private diary; full of my
  personal, private, personal things.
CAT: It's gone public.
RIMMER: I don't believe it!  You've been reading that to the Cat?
CAT: Only the best bits!
LISTER: (reading) "Carol McCauley, your eyes are like two limpid pools in
  the mornings."
RIMMER: Shut up.
LISTER: "Your hair is like a golden waterfall."
RIMMER: Shut up.
LISTER: "Plus, those tight skirts you wear make me really horny."
RIMMER: Lister, I order you to shut your face.
LISTER: It's no big deal, you know.  You can read my diary.
RIMMER: Who'd want to read your diary?  It's full of puerile nonsense
  about Kristine Kochanski.
LISTER: Ah, So you've read my diary.
RIMMER: Yes, but at least I have the common decency to do it sneakily
  behind your back.
CAT: He's right.  That is definitely the decent thing to do!
LISTER: I'm doing it for a reason anyway.  Look what I found in
  Kochanski's quarters this morning.
LISTER: Look at it!
RIMMER: It's a wedding photograph.
LISTER: Yeah, And who is the incredibly gorgeous hunky beefcake she is
RIMMER: It's you!  But you didn't marry Kochanski!
LISTER: Exactly!  So how is this possible, unless somehow we go back in
RIMMER: What's this got to do with my diary?
LISTER: It's this bit here about the mushrooms, isn't it.  You see, when
  you saw your head coming through the table, I don't think it was an
  hallucination.  I think you were seeing you, now, arriving back in the
CAT: There's a wise old Cat saying which I think applies in this
  situation.  It goes:  "What are you talking about, dog-breath?"
LISTER: Listen to what it said.  It says; "The head came through the
  table and said, `I'm from the future.  I've come to save your life.  We
  found a stasis leak on floor sixteen.'" You see, I don't think it was
  an hallucination.
CAT: What's a stasis leak?

Just then HOLLY appears on one of the monitors.

HOLLY: Alright, dudes.  What's going down in groove town then?
LISTER: Alright, Hol.  Listen, what's a stasis leak?
HOLLY: Um, well, very, very basically, putting it as simply as I can for
  your average layman to comprehend, a stasis leak is a leak, right, _in
  stasis_, hence the name "a stasis leak."
LISTER: You don't know, do you, Hol?
HOLLY: No, I don't.
LISTER: Well, I suggest we go down to floor sixteen and see what's there.
RIMMER: How come he never, ever knows anything?  He's supposed to have an
  I.Q.  of six thousand!
HOLLY: Six thousand's not that much.  It's only the same IQ as twelve
  thousand car park attendants.
RIMMER: But you don't know anything.
HOLLY: Listen, I happen to be one of the sleekest, most sophisticated
  computers ever devised by man.  I'm the nearest thing you can get to
LISTER: Infallible.
HOLLY: Exactly.

5 Int. Xpress lift.

A large, comfortable place, more like the interior of a plane than a
lift.  On the walls, in English and Esperanto, is written "XPRESS LIFTS."
As they strap themselves in, LISTER gives their destination.

LISTER: Floor sixteen.
RIMMER: This is going to take ages.

A TV screen switches on to show the in-lift instructional video.

HOSTESS: (on video) Welcome to Xpress Lifts, descent to floor sixteen.
  You will be going down two thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven
  floors and, for a small extra charge, you can enjoy the in-lift movie
  "Gone With the Wind." If you look to your right and to your left, you
  will notice there are no exits.  In the highly unlikely event of the
  lift having to make a crash-landing, death is certain.  Under your
  seats you will find a cassette for recording your last-minute
  testament, and from above your head a bag will drop containing
  sedatives and cyanide capsules.
LISTER: I hate this stuff.  It really freaks me out.

The video smiley holds up a cyanide capsule.

HOSTESS: To take the cyanide capsule, simply break open, like so,
  (breaking it open) and place under the tongue.

The hostess places the cyanide capsule under her tongue then, with smile
fixed firmly in place, drops backwards out of shot, dead.  The
instructional video ends, showing the XPRESS LIFTS logo.

6 Int. Xpress lift. 3 hours later.

The doors open at floor sixteen.  LISTER emerges, followed by RIMMER and
CAT.  They all appear to be suffering from extreme lift-lag.  CAT looks
the worst:  he reels out of the lift, clutching his stomach.

LIFT: Thank you for travelling Xpress Lifts.  We apologise for the delay.
CAT: You should apologise for the chicken!  First meal I ever had where
  the container tasted better than the food!

7 Int. Level 16 corridor.

LISTER: This must be the stasis leak.

It's a blue, glowing hole in the wall, wreathed in cheap BBC special
effects white smoke.  Cautiously, LISTER sticks his hand into it.  His
hand vanishes.  He pulls it back -- it emerges intact.  He looks at the

LISTER: Okay.  Here we go.

He steps through the hole.

8 Int. Shower. Past.

He emerges in the men's shower room on the other side of the wall, but
three million years in the past.  A digital clock above the wall mirrors
gives the date as being 22nd March 2077.  He steps back through the hole
before any of the men shaving at the mirror can see him.

9 Int. Level 16 corridor. Present.

He beckons to RIMMER and CAT.

LISTER: It's safe.  Come through.

10 Int. Shower. Past.

He steps back through the leak.  RIMMER and CAT follow him.  They all
emerge in the same shower cubicle.

CAT: (to RIMMER) What IS it?
RIMMER: It's a rent in the space-time continuum.
CAT: (to LISTER) What IS it?
LISTER: The stasis room freezes time, you know, makes time stand still.
  So whenever you have a leak, it must preserve whatever it's leaked
  into, and it's leaked into this room.
CAT: (to RIMMER) What IS it?
RIMMER: It's singularity, a point in the universe where the normal laws
  of space and time don't apply.
CAT: (to LISTER) What IS it?
LISTER: It's a hole back into the past.
CAT: Oh, a magic door!  Well, why didn't you say?
LISTER: March the twenty-second.  That's what -- three weeks before the
  crew got wiped out.

A man, wanting to use the shower, finds three fully-clothed strangers
inside it.

MAN: Hi.
CAT: Hi.
LISTER: Do you mind?  This is the Annual General Meeting of the
  Agrophobics' Society!

LISTER draws the shower curtains shut.

RIMMER: I wonder if we can bring anybody back?

LISTER looks around, then picks up a bar of soap.  They step back through
the hole.  LISTER opens his hand, to reveal a handful of three-million-
year-old dust.

LISTER: Not unless we want them to be turned into powder.
CAT: Who were you thinking of bringing back?

CAT looks at the handful of dust and smiles wickedly.

CAT: Let's do it!

11 Int. Sleeping quarters. Present.

RIMMER: What's the point in going, if you can't bring anybody back?
LISTER: You've seen the photograph.  I'm going to marry her.
RIMMER: But what's the point?  In three weeks you'll be radioactive dust!
  You might as well marry a box of Daz.
LISTER: I'm gonna stay with her.
RIMMER: You're going to stay with her?  For the sake of three weeks
  together you're going to give up your life?
RIMMER: (jumps out of his bunk) I don't believe it.  Lister, selfish or
RIMMER: What about me?  I've given you the best years of my death!  Is
  that it, then?  Three years, thanks a lot, pal, I'm off.  No sort of
  regrets?  Not so much as a lump in your throat?  No, you're thinking of
  Kochanski.  The only lump you've got is up the front of your trousers.
LISTER: I'm going for it, Rimmer.  If there's one thing I've learned,
  it's that you don't get many shots at happiness.  So when you do, go
  for them all.
RIMMER: (sits on the edge of his bunk) I'm sharing a bunk with a
  character out of a Barbara Cartland novel.
LISTER: What would you do in my place?
RIMMER: I don't know, I... oh, do what you like.
LISTER: Where are you coming from, Rimmer?  You don't even like me.
RIMMER: Don't I?
LISTER: You don't though, do you?  You don't even like me.
RIMMER: That's what you think, is it?
RIMMER: I will tell you something that will probably stun you rigid.
RIMMER: You're right.  I don't like you.  I don't like what you _stand_
  for.  But, for some weird reason... I don't know.  What's the point?
  (lies down on his bunk) Everything always goes wrong for me.  I'm
  probably the only person in the world to buy a Topic Bar without a
  single hazelnut in it.
LISTER: It happens, you know, Rimmer.  You meet people, then you move on,
  man.  When I was ten, I had a friend called Duncan.  Me best mate ever.
  He taught me everything.  He was the one who showed me how to put
  mirrors on me toecaps so I could look up girl's skirts.  Then his
  father had to move to Spain because of a job.  It was a bank job he
  pulled in Perlie.  Never saw him again.  I still think of him,
  though... every time I look at me shoes.
RIMMER: Don't try and explain it, Lister.  I don't know why I'm even
  surprised.  Everyone always leaves me in the end.  Girls, parents... I
  had a pet lemming once.  I loved that little lemming.  I built him a
  little wall so he could hurl himself over it.  He didn't want for
  anything.  I'll never forget one Christmas I put my finger in his cage
  to give him some mince pie.  He bit me!  He sunk his teeth right into
  my fingers and wouldn't let go.  In the end I had to smash his brains
  out against the wall.  That little lemming broke my heart.  The little
  git completely ruined my helicopter wallpaper.
LISTER: You know, maybe there is a way to bring people back from the
RIMMER: Oh, how?
LISTER: Well, there's a spare stasis booth, isn't there?  We could bring
  one person back if we could persuade them to go into suspended
RIMMER: They'd survive the accident.
LISTER: Yeah.  And when we got back to now, we could bring them out and
RIMMER: Brilliant!  I could save my own life!  I wouldn't be dead!
LISTER: Just think -- I could bring her back!
RIMMER: I could bring me back!  There'd be two me's -- a dead me and a
  living me -- one for the week and one for Sunday best.
LISTER: Hey!  There's only room for one and that's Krissie!
RIMMER: Rimmsie!

12 Int. Sleeping quarters. Later.

LISTER is getting ready for the trip back in time.  He has dug out his
old gear and packed a rucksack.  CAT enters, looking as garish as ever in
a glittering silver tuxedo and silver shirt.  He puts his hand over the
eyes on a Marilyn Monroe poster on the wall.

CAT: Aaaoooow!  Don't look, baby, It'll drive you crazy!  (to LISTER)
  Hey, what do you think?  You said "look inconspicuous."

LISTER tosses him a stained yellow pair of coveralls.

LISTER: Put this on.
CAT: What?
LISTER: You'll stand out a mile like that.
CAT: I wouldn't use this to buff my shoes!
LISTER: Look, you can't walk round a mining ship looking like a finalist
  from "Come Jiving."
CAT: But then everyone will think I'm just an ordinary person!
LISTER: That's the point.
CAT: They won't look at me and say "Who's that guy?  He's gorgeous!"
LISTER: Put it on.
CAT: Ugh.  Well, maybe if I widen the lapels a bit, put in a couple of
  spangels and sequins and shoulder-pads...
LISTER: Put it on!
CAT: Where's Alphabet-Head?
LISTER: Rimmer?  He sneaked off last night.  He's already back in the
  past, trying to save his own worthless life.

LISTER breathes on the face of his watch and buffs it on his sleeve.

LISTER: (to his watch) You reading me, Hol?

On the face of LISTER's watch, instead of a dial or a digital display, is
a monitor screen on which HOLLY's face is displayed.

HOLLY: Eugh.  I could see right down your gob.
LISTER: Let's go.
HOLLY: I don't like being a watch, dangling about all sideways and upside
  down.  And give me fair warning before you put your hand in your
  pocket.  Gave me such a fright last time, that huge liquorice allsort
  covered in fluff.
LISTER: Oh, cheers, Hol.

LISTER pulls the aforementioned dirt-covered foodstuff from his pocket...

HOLLY: Oh, here we go again.

...and flips it in the air, catching it in his mouth.

LISTER: (to CAT) Put that on!

13 Int. Level 16 corridor.

Enter LISTER, followed by CAT, who is laughing with happy anticipation.

LISTER: Here it is, man.  Just stick with me, okay?  Okay.

They step through the leak.

14 Int. Shower. Past.

LISTER arrives first.  There is a man in the shower, who looks rather
surprised at being interrupted.

LISTER: (improvising) Excuse me, did you order a kiss-o-gram?

The man shakes his head in mute astonishment, and LISTER slips away.  A
few second later the man's shower is yet again interrupted, this time by
a prime example of Felis Sapiens.

CAT: Excuse me, did you see a short human with pigtails coming through
LISTER: (Voice-Over, distant) Yo, Cat!

CAT, grateful, turns to go.  As he does so, he glances downwards.  He
looks back up at the hapless showerer.

CAT: Never mind.  It's the personality that counts.

15 Int. Docking port corridor.

Two ladies with haavy suitcases have just been targeted by Olaf PETERSEN,
LISTER's long-time drinking buddy and Arnie Shwarzenegger look-alike.  He
approaches them from behind.

PETERSEN: Felicitations, beautiful ladies.  Back from planet-leave?  Let
  me take those heavy cases.  My name is Olaf Petersen.  I am very good
  in bed.

As Olaf picks up the suitcases, LISTER and CAT emerge from a nearby lift.

PETERSEN: It is always an honour to carry the personal luggages of such
  beautiful ladies.

Just then LISTER spots PETERSEN -- whom he hasn't seen for two years --
and rushes to greet him.

LISTER: Petersen!
LISTER: Petersen, how are you, mate?  I don't believe it, it's you!  I've
  missed you, you know.  Give us a kiss, you smelly-arsed smegger.

He kisses PETERSEN.

PETERSEN: (horrified) He's just a friend!
LISTER: (ecstatic) I don't believe it -- it's really you!
PETERSEN: He hasn't seen me since breakfast!
LISTER: I'll see you later!
PETERSEN: (trying to salvage some cool) Sure.
LISTER: No, I promise.  I'll come to your _room_ and see you.
PETERSEN: Lister, you DIE for this!

LISTER and CAT head off down the corridor.

LISTER: That was Petersen, an old mate o' mine.  We were like _that_.  I
  never thought... I mean, just think, I'm gonna be able to see everybody

He crosses his arms, sticking one hand in an armpit.

HOLLY: Oy, give us a break, Dave.  It's like a tropical rain forest in
LISTER: Sorry, Hol.

Just then two pretty girls pass by.  CAT's reaction is predictable.

CAT: Waaaooow!  I've never been this close to women before!  It makes me
  wanna do something.  I don't know what it is, but I want to do a lot of

They pass a vending machine.  Two men are standing there, talking about a
recent meeting thet have had with CAPTAIN HOLLISTER.

PAST RIMMER: I didn't know it was his wife.  I thought it was a publicity
  shot for "Planet Of The Apes."
PAST LISTER: Two teas.
RIMMER: (covering his hologram mark with one hand as he squeezes past)
  Excuse me.
PAST LISTER: (to PAST RIMMER) Listen, man, I'm sorry about those
  mushrooms, you know.  I mean, I didn't know... I'm not totally reckless
  and irresponsible, for God's sake.  I mean, when it comes down to it,
  I'm a pretty straight and honest geezer.

16 Int. Sleeping quarters. Past.

RIMMER enters the bunk-room and hides under the table -- by sinking
through it.  A few seconds later, LISTER and RIMMER, the past versions,
enter the room.

PAST RIMMER: Why didn't you tell the Captain this?
PAST LISTER: What?  And get someone into trouble?
PAST RIMMER: Oh no?  Eight weeks painting the smegging ship?
PAST LISTER: I'm sorry.
PAST RIMMER: Get the space-suits.

The past LISTER leaves.  RIMMER decides to make his move.

RIMMER: I don't want you to panic, Arnold.  I want you to stay absolutely
  calm.  I'm coming out in a moment, and I want you to keep your cool.
  Are you ready?  Here I come.

He rises his head above the table.  His past self jumps.

RIMMER: I found a stasis leak on floor sixteen.  I'm dead now, and you're
  not, but if I save you, you won't die, so I won't die, and you won't be
  dead either, and neither will I.

The RIMMER from the past peers suspiciously at his coffee, wondering if
LISTER has doped him again.

PAST RIMMER: I may as well tell you right away, I know what you are.
RIMMER: You do?
PAST RIMMER: You're a mushroom, arent you?
PAST RIMMER: A hallucination.  Go away.
RIMMER: No, look.  I'm you from the future.  I've come to warn you, in
  three million years you'll be dead.
PAST RIMMER: Will I really?
RIMMER: Yes.  unless you do something about it now.
PAST RIMMER: Well, what do you suggest, give up white bread?  More
RIMMER: You're not listening!  You've got to go into stasis.
RIMMER: I'll be back soon.

RIMMER sinks through the table, off to contemplate further ways to
persuade his past self of his danger.

PAST RIMMER: Stay calm.  It's gone now.

He crosses to the sink and peers into the mirror, checking his eyes and
tongue for signs of illness.  The captain enters, dressed as a chicken.
RIMMER stares at him incredulously, unsure of what he is seeing.

CAPTAIN: Rimmer.
PAST RIMMER: Now you've turned into a chicken!
CAPTAIN: Listen, I just want to apologise.  We both got a little carried
  away... I've been under a lot of pressure.

RIMMER, deciding to play this one fast and loose, turns around and
addresses what he thinks is a rampant mushroom-bogie.

CAPTAIN: Obviously, I shouldn't have given you PD, I just got a little
PAST RIMMER: Did you indeed?  How sad for you, Captain Paxo!
CAPTAIN: What?  Oh, oh this.  (indicating chicken-suit) No, I've... this
  is for the party tonight.
PAST RIMMER: Half man, half chicken... You don't scare me, because I know
  what you are.  (makes chicken noises) Buck buck buck buck!

RIMMER gives the CAPTAIN an eye-watering kick in the nuts.  The CAPTAIN
doubles over with a groan of pain.

PAST RIMMER: Now kindly cluck off before I extract your giblets and shove
  a large seasoned onion between the lips you never kissed with.
CAPTAIN: (apoplectic) Forget everything I've just said!  You have got
  eight months PD!
PAST RIMMER: Well, we have a bit of a problem here, don't we?  'Cos I
  don't take orders from poultry.
CAPTAIN: No, Rimmer -- make that eight years!
PAST RIMMER: Fine.  I'll make a note of that, shall I?

He picks up a brush and a bucketfull of paint, and writes on the chest of
the CAPTAIN's chickensuit, saying the words out loud as he does so:

PAST RIMMER: Eight ... years.  There we go.

He then dashes the green paint in the captain's face.

17 Int. KOCHANSKI'S quarters.

Her room-mate opens the door, to find LISTER and CAT outside.

LISTER: Hi.  Is Kristine in?
ROOMMATE: No, she's still on planet-leave.
LISTER: Smeg.  Did she say where she was staying?
ROOMMATE: She said something about The Ganymede Holiday Inn.
LISTER: Cheers.

He dashes off.  CAT grins at Krissie's room-mate, trying to think of a
decent chat-up line -- this, after all, is the first woman he has ever
come face to face with.  LISTER interrupts his ruminations, first with a
come-hither gesture then, when that doesn't work, by yanking CAT out of
the doorway after him.

18 Int. Foyer of Ganymede Holiday Inn.

Plush, sumptuous and elegant.  Apart from the robot at the reception
desk, it would appear to be an exact reproduction of the Manchester
Holiday Inn, circa 1988.  LISTER and CAT approach the main desk.  As
LISTER makes enquiries, CAT wanders off, staring at the sights in this
strange building.  A suitcase on wheels approaches him from behind.

SUITCASE: Excuse me.

CAT looks around, bewildered.

SUITCASE: No, no.  Down here.

CAT looks down.

SUITCASE: Have you seen a man who's lost his luggage, about 5 foot 10,
  mousy hair?
CAT: No, I haven't.
SUITCASE: Oh, no.  I bet they've sent him to the wrong bloody airport

CAT stares as the suitcase rolls away.  So distracted is he, he bumps
into a lady wearing a fox fur.  CAT, seeing the fur, reacts instantly!

CAT: Aaargh!  Dog!  And he's trying to strangle that woman!

CAT grabs the a spray-bottle of mineral water from a passing robot
waiter, and starts attacking the fox fur.  The flabbergasted woman,
believing herself to be under attack by a (tastefully dressed) madman,
flees.  CAT shakes the piece of fur by the throat, then jumps up and down
on it.

CAT: Don't worry, madam -- his strangling days are over!

Just then LISTER arrives, holding a piece of paper with KOCHANSKI's room
number on it.

LISTER: Cat, I've got it.  C'mon.  Room 008.  This way!

19 Int. Outside KOCHANSKI'S hotel room.

LISTER stops, stunned, staring at the flowers, the "Do Not Disturb" sign,
the plaque on the door -- "Honeymoon Suite," the two pairs ofp shoes
outside the door.  The evidence is incontrivertible.  A sad tune starts
playing in the background.

LISTER: She's already married.

He turns away, sickened and stunned.  Then, a thought occurs to him.

LISTER: What about the photograph?

He pulls it out and examines it again.

LISTER: I'm not the groom.  (pointing to another figure in the picture)
  He is the groom!
CAT: Hey -- she's not as stupid as we thought!
LISTER: Why do women always leave me for total smegheads?  Why do they
  dump me for men who wear turtleneck sweaters and smoke a pipe?  I mean,
  natural yoghurt eaters!  Reliable, sensible, dependable, and lots of
  other words that end in "-ible." He's obsessed with house-prices, and
  spends half his life in antique fairs looking for bargains and drinking
  wine.  It's never beer, is it, it's always wine!  "What do you want on
  your cornflakes, darling?" "Oh, I'll have some wine, please!" Smeg!

He leans against a wall, bitter and angry.  CAT taps him on one shoulder.

CAT: You can tell all that, just from a photograph?
HOLLY: Oy, not your pockets!  Dear oh dear, It's horrible down there.
  There's a big hole.  It's an unbelievable view.  Reminds me of that
  film -- "Attack Of The Killer Gooseberries."
LISTER: Come on, Hol.  I'm broken up, man.
HOLLY: I was in love once -- a Sinclair ZX-81.  People said, "No, Holly,
  she's not for you." She was cheap, she was stupid and she wouldn't load
  -- well, not for me, anyway.
LISTER: What are you trying to say, Hol?
HOLLY: What I'm saying, Dave, is that it's better to have loved and to
  have lost than to listen to an album by Olivia Newton-John.
CAT: Why's that?
HOLLY: Anything's better than listening to an album by Olivia Newton-

Just then, the door to the Honeymoon Suite opens and KOCHANSKI steps out.

KOCHANSKI: Oh, hi.  It's you.
LISTER: (depressed) Oh.  Hi.
LISTER: (panicky) No, no, we were just passin'.
KOCHANSKI: (amused) Come in.
LISTER: No, no, really, it's okay.

CAT decides to go in anyway.

LISTER: Cat!  Come on, We've got to go!

20 Int. Honeymoon suite.

They enter the sumptuous suite.  CAT is awed by all this luxury.

CAT: Aooooowww!
KOCHANSKI: I just got married.  (showing off her wedding ring)
LISTER: Oh, great.
KOCHANSKI: He's in the shower.
KOCHANSKI: I think you'll really like him.
LISTER: Oh, I bet.
KOCHANSKI: (pouring cocktails) Do you want a screwdriver?
LISTER: I'd rather have a hammer.

Just then, the door to the shower opens and out steps... LISTER.  Older,
bearded as in the photo, wearing a bathrobe, he greets his younger self
with a grin.

FUTURE LISTER: So how ya doin', kid?
CAT: (popping up behind FUTURE LISTER and KOCHANSKI) What is this, a
  meeting of the ugly convention?
LISTER: Where did you come from?
FUTURE LISTER: The bathroom.  (he laughs) Well, you don't look very
  pleased to see me.
LISTER: Well, quite frankly, I'm not.  I mean, I came here today 'cos I
  thought I was going to get married.
KOCHANSKI: And you did.
LISTER: No, he did!
KOCHANSKI: But he's you!
LISTER: No, I'm me.
KOCHANSKI: Well, who's he then?
LISTER: He's him...
CAT: (gesturing with a purloined leg of chicken) He's you and you're him,
  and you're him and he's him -- am I still me?  Who's eatin' this
  chicken?  What the hell is going on??
FUTURE LISTER: Look look look, listen:  In five years time, you find
  another way to come back in time.
LISTER: So it does work out?
KOCHANSKI: Eventually.
LISTER: So how about a frenchie from me future bride?
FUTURE LISTER: No way.  On your space-bike.

He grabs LISTER and CAT and herds them towards the door.  LISTER stops
him at the door and leans on the door jamb.

LISTER: So, listen.  What do I do now?
FUTURE LISTER: Go back to where you came from and wait for five years.
LISTER: Have I always been such a smeg-head?  Or did I change?
FUTURE LISTER: You've always been like that.  Out.
LISTER: So, listen, man.  You've lived my life for the last five years.
  So, what's the single most important piece of advice that you can give
FUTURE LISTER: (thinks hard) Erm.  Oh, yeah.  Three years from now,
  you'll go through a cosmic storm and end up in a parallel universe.
  You'll materialise on an exact replica of Earth in the year 1989.
  You'll want to go to the theatre.  Whatever you do, don't go and see
  "Run For Your Wife."

He half shoves LISTER and CAT out the door, then leans on it and grins at
his bride.

LISTER: Smeg head.
FUTURE LISTER: (through the door) And you.

CAT holds up a pilferred bottle of wine.  They both grin soundlessly.

21 Int. Sleeping quarters. Past.

An orderly wheels in RIMMER, who is strapped into a wheelchair and
dressed in hospital clothing -- a thin gown, socks and a plastic cap.
LISTER, still dressed in his space-suit, is fast asleep on his bunk.

PAST RIMMER: So, they won't come back again?
ORDERLY: Just stay calm, keep cool, and get some sleep.
PAST RIMMER: (seeing LISTER) There he is.  Sleeping like a baby.  I'm
  going to get better, then I'm going to kill him.

The orderly unstraps RIMMER from the chair, then helps him over to his

ORDERLY: If you need anything, Call Holly.

The orderly leaves.  RIMMER sits on the edge of his bunk, thoroughly
depressed.  What's about to happen will not alleviate this state.

RIMMER: (VO, muffled) I don't want you to panic, Arnold, but I've had a
  jolly good think, and I think I know how to explain this to you.

He sticks his head above the table.  His past self stares at him with a
mixture of fear, shock and abject horror.

PAST RIMMER: Hi.  I'm staying calm this time.

He is not, although fighting valiantly for control.


Just then CAT and LISTER enter.  The past RIMMER does a double take,
looking from the LISTER on the bunk to the one in the doorway.

LISTER: Yo, Rimmer, there you are.  I've been looking everywhere.
RIMMER: Not now, Lister.
PAST RIMMER: (very tense) TWO Listers?  And a strange man with large
CAT: Hey, I'm a cat!
PAST RIMMER: (not a well man) Oh, of course you're a cat!  Come in, sit
  down, there's plenty of room.

Just then who should drop by but the just-married couple, LISTER and

PAST RIMMER: (losing it fast) THREE Listers!! Splendid!!! Perhaps Lister
  here would like to go over to the fridge and open a bottle of wine for
  Lister and Lister!!!! Rimmer here doesn't drink, because he's dead, but
  I wouldn't mind a glass!!!!!
VOICE: (RIMMER's voice) I don't want anyone to get into a flap here, but
  I'm the RIMMER who's from the double-double future.

He rises from the dresser in the corner and steps forward.  He is dressed
in a tux (He has, after all, just been to a wedding), and has a thin

FUTURE RIMMER: I'm the Rimmer who's with the Lister who married
  Kochanski.  Now, from this point on, things get a little bit
PAST RIMMER: (the calm before the storm) Please!  Before anyone says
  anything else, I'd just like to make a little speech.  (flipping out
  completely) GO AWAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Close-up on RIMMER's mouth as he screams, and fade out.

                                  The End

David K Fraser                |"It will be happened; it shall be going to be
Computing Science Student     |happening; it will be was an event that could
Glasgow University            |will have been taken place in the future."
e-mail:|--time travel explained by Rimmer (Red Dwarf)