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[[caption-width-right:350:Ten minutes with Rimmer's warped mind is all it took to reduce the greatest video game ever to ''Torture Simulator VR''.]]

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** As it turns out, the tax department never does catch up with him, although later in the episode he has a nightmare vision of a taxman who threatens to smash his thumbs with a hammer if he doesn't pay up immediately.


* IntimidatingRevenueService: Outland Revenue.

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* IntimidatingRevenueService: Outland Revenue.Rimmer discovers that he owed several thousand (unspecified futuristic currency units) in tax when he left Earth, and is horrified.


* CannotTellAJoke: The newly-titled "Admiral" Rimmer is attempting to tell an anecdote, but can't remember exactly what happened. It was so bad that even ''the fictional officers from his ideal dream'' went through a couple of seconds of embarrassed, uncertain silence before bursting into sycophantic laughter.



* WellDoneSonGuy: Rimmer almost gets to hear his father say "Well done", which is Rimmer's biggest desire in life. Instead, thanks to the Cat, Rimmer's father calls him a "total smeghead", leading Rimmer into a SanitySlippage.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: Rimmer almost gets to hear his father say "Well done", which is Rimmer's biggest desire in life. Instead, thanks to the Cat, Rimmer's father calls him a "total smeghead", leading Rimmer into a SanitySlippage.SanitySlippage.
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* BaitAndSwitch: The post pod also contains copies of the latest movies (as of the time it was dispatched), including a remake of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. This sets Lister off on a rant about the philistines who would remake ''Casablanca''... again. "The version with Myra Dinglebat and Peter Beardsley was definitive!"


* LethalChef: Rimmer's cooking goes about as well as you'd expect. When we fist see Lister, he's taking medicine for indigestion.

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* LethalChef: Rimmer's cooking goes about as well as you'd expect. When we fist first see Lister, he's taking medicine for indigestion.

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* TalentDouble: During filming, Creator/CraigCharles kept stalling the motorcycle he and Cat ride away on, so Charles is not the person riding the bike as it moves away from the camera.


* Ridiculous FutureSequelisation: There is a passing mention of ''Friday the 13th: Part 1,649''.

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* Ridiculous FutureSequelisation: RidiculousFutureSequelisation: There is a passing mention of ''Friday the 13th: Part 1,649''.

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* CallBack: Rimmer watches Channel 27 news, which has a hologram newsreader. Lister previously mentioned this in "Future Echoes".

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* Ridiculous FutureSequelisation: There is a passing mention of ''Friday the 13th: Part 1,649''.


-->'''Rimmer''': What do you mean? Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct? That means nothing to these people. They'll find us.

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-->'''Rimmer''': What do you mean? mean? Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct? That means nothing to these people. people. They'll find us.



-->'''Rimmer''': Well, a highly enjoyable meal all round. Obviously you can't expect perfection first time but I was quite delighted with the way my dumplings went down.

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-->'''Rimmer''': Well, a highly enjoyable meal all round. Obviously you can't expect perfection first time but I was quite delighted with the way my dumplings went down.



-->'''Rimmer''': He's just sleeping off the stomach pump. He'll be alright. The lamb was a bit of a flop though.
-->'''Lister''': The lamb? Everybody thought the lamb was the cheese and that lemon meringue pie, man, what was in that?

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-->'''Rimmer''': He's just sleeping off the stomach pump. He'll be alright. alright. The lamb was a bit of a flop though.
-->'''Lister''': The lamb? lamb? Everybody thought the lamb was the cheese and that lemon meringue pie, man, what was in that?



* NotDisabledInTheVR: A subtle one with Rimmer, who is intangible due to being dead, being able to have physical form and interact physically while in "Better Than Life".

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* NotDisabledInTheVR: NotDisabledInVR: A subtle one with Rimmer, who is intangible due to being dead, being able to have physical form and interact physically while in "Better Than Life".


* ComicallMissingThePoint: The Cat interrupts Lister and Rimmer's moment demanding food. When Lister tells him that Rimmer's dad's died, he replies, "Well, I'd prefer chicken".

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* ComicallMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint: The Cat interrupts Lister and Rimmer's moment demanding food. When Lister tells him that Rimmer's dad's died, he replies, "Well, I'd prefer chicken".



-->'''Rimmer''': What do you mean? Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct? That means nothing to these people. They'll find us.

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-->'''Rimmer''': What do you mean? mean? Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct? That means nothing to these people. people. They'll find us.



-->'''Rimmer''': Well, a highly enjoyable meal all round. Obviously you can't expect perfection first time but I was quite delighted with the way my dumplings went down.

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-->'''Rimmer''': Well, a highly enjoyable meal all round. Obviously you can't expect perfection first time but I was quite delighted with the way my dumplings went down.



-->'''Rimmer''': True, but compared to what I thought they were going to be like
they were quite superb.

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-->'''Rimmer''': True, but compared to what I thought they were going to be like
like, they were quite superb.



-->'''Rimmer''': He's just sleeping off the stomach pump. He'll be alright. The lamb was a bit of a flop though.
-->'''Lister''': The lamb? Everybody thought the lamb was the cheese and that lemon meringue pie, man, what was in that?

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-->'''Rimmer''': He's just sleeping off the stomach pump. He'll be alright. alright. The lamb was a bit of a flop though.
-->'''Lister''': The lamb? lamb? Everybody thought the lamb was the cheese and that lemon meringue pie, man, what was in that?


Later, while watching the news, Rimmer gets reminded of the TIV that the gang received, "Better Than Life", which allows the user to live out his/her deepest fantasies. He decides to join alongside Lister and the Cat. The game initially starts off with wonderful results. Rimmer gets to meet Napoleon, become the admiral of the fleet, gains a Jaguar F-Type, and a chance to sleep with Yvonne [=McGruder=]. Lister gets a chance to golf and eat caviar vindaloo and a lager, and the Cat gets to sleep with Marylin Monroe (who he constantly rejects) and a [[MermaidProblem reverse-mermaid]], and also eat a tank of fish. ("I like my food to MOVE!") Rimmer gets the chance to meet his father, and is seemingly about to meet his goal of his father saying "Well done". However, thanks to the Cat, Rimmer instead hears this.

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Later, while watching the news, Rimmer gets reminded of the TIV that the gang received, "Better Than Life", which allows the user to live out his/her deepest fantasies. He decides to join alongside Lister and the Cat. The game initially starts off with wonderful results. Rimmer gets to meet Napoleon, become the admiral of the fleet, gains a Jaguar F-Type, and a chance to sleep with Yvonne [=McGruder=]. Lister gets a chance to golf and eat caviar vindaloo and a lager, and the Cat gets to sleep with Marylin Monroe Creator/MarilynMonroe (who he constantly rejects) and a [[MermaidProblem reverse-mermaid]], and also eat a tank of fish. ("I like my food to MOVE!") Rimmer gets the chance to meet his father, and is seemingly about to meet his goal of his father saying "Well done". However, thanks to the Cat, Rimmer instead hears this.



* AndThenISaid: Rimmer pulls this out, but can't come up with something he might have said and is forced to admit he "doesn't remember". Since it's his fantasy, his dinnermates laugh anyway.



* CelebrityResemblance: On the DVD commentary, Norman Lovett notes that the actor playing the Outland Revenue Agent looks like Creator/LeeVanCleef.
* ComicallMissingThePoint: The Cat interrupts Lister and Rimmer's moment demanding food. When Lister tells him that Rimmer's dad's died, he replies, "Well, I'd prefer chicken".



* IntimidatingRevenueService: Outland Revenue.
-->'''Lister''': They're not going to catch you now are they?
-->'''Rimmer''': What do you mean? Just because we're three million years into deep space and the human species is extinct? That means nothing to these people. They'll find us.



* JerkAss: The Outland Revenue Agent is merciless in his hunt for taxes. When Rimmer can't pay, the agent threatens him with bodily harm. He actually takes borderline glee in crushing Rimmer's thumbs.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: The Outland Revenue Agent is merciless in his hunt for taxes. When Rimmer can't pay, the agent threatens him with bodily harm. He actually takes borderline glee in crushing Rimmer's thumbs.


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* LethalChef: Rimmer's cooking goes about as well as you'd expect. When we fist see Lister, he's taking medicine for indigestion.
-->'''Rimmer''': Well, a highly enjoyable meal all round. Obviously you can't expect perfection first time but I was quite delighted with the way my dumplings went down.
-->'''Lister'''': Rimmer, real dumplings, proper dumplings when they're properly cooked to perfection, proper dumplings, should not ''bounce''.
-->'''Rimmer''': True, but compared to what I thought they were going to be like
they were quite superb.
-->'''Lister''': So how's the Cat?
-->'''Rimmer''': He's just sleeping off the stomach pump. He'll be alright. The lamb was a bit of a flop though.
-->'''Lister''': The lamb? Everybody thought the lamb was the cheese and that lemon meringue pie, man, what was in that?
-->'''Rimmer''': I thought you liked that, you brought some back.
-->'''Lister''': Yeah, I wanted to try some on my athlete's foot.
* LotusEaterMachine: "Better Than Life" can make all your deepest fantasies come true. In the end, though, Rimmer's deep self-loathing results in the destruction of everybody's perfect worlds.
* MaintainTheLie: Rimmer told his mother that he passed every exam he ever took, and had therefore reached the rank of "Rear Admiral Lieutenant General". As opposed to the man who cleaned the chicken soup machine.


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* NotDisabledInTheVR: A subtle one with Rimmer, who is intangible due to being dead, being able to have physical form and interact physically while in "Better Than Life".
* OhCrap: Rimmer's reaction to getting a bill from Outland Revenue.
* PassedInTheirSleep: Rimmer finds a letter saying that his father (who of course died thousands of years ago) died peacefully in his jeep...er...sleep.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The script called for a beach in paradise. British weather made this impossible, so Lister and Cat play golf instead of sunbathing.


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* TakeThat: In his opening gag, Holly says that the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that they're sixty billion miles away from the nearest Berni Inn.

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