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Recap / Red Dwarf Season I Me 2

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Lister looks as ecstatic as you'd expect with the idea of Rimmer in stereo.

At the end of the last episode, Lister—with the help of his Confidence made manifest—figures out where Rimmer is hiding the holodisks and attempts to swap Rimmer with Kochanski... only to discover that Rimmer has already replaced the disk in her envelope with a duplicate of his own.

The two Rimmers proceed to be utterly insufferable, spouting their usual catchphrases, fussiness, zealous devotion to promotion, and unwarranted arrogance. Lister enjoys having the whole quarters to himself when they move to the empty room next door. Despite every initial appearance of domestic bliss, however, Rimmer proves himself to be his own worst enemy... as usual.

  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Rimmer has a videocassette of his death. Admittedly, Holly recorded the deaths of everyone on the ship, but Rimmer is the one who went and created a long ode glorifying himself as the foreword.
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  • Batman Gambit: Lister decides to switch off "Prime" Rimmer and treats him to a few final holo-whiskeys before the end. Drunk and about to be erased, Rimmer finally explains the meaning of gazpacho soup... whereupon Lister informs him that he's already deleted the second Rimmer.
  • Better Than Sex: Rimmer describes his new life of discipline as "better than sex". Of course, he's soon proven wrong when it turns out even he doesn't like himself.
  • Blatant Lies: When Hollister reprimanded Rimmer for doing a rank job of fixing the drive plate, Rimmer told him that he would take full responsibility for the consequences. Considering that one of the first things he does when meeting Lister as a hologram, is to blame him for the catastrophe, it becomes obvious that Rimmer was just trying to save face.
    • To "man-up" and accept the blame for a disaster that will kill everybody is a meaningless gesture anyway. Which makes it perfectly in keeping with Rimmer's symbolism-over-substance attitude.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Lister brings a picture to Arnold and Arnold's quarters and reads the nameplate. 'Second Technician, Arnold J. Rimmer, and Second Technician, Arnold J. Rimmer?!' and looks at the camera in a smirking fashion before shaking his head.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange when Lister is berating Rimmer for his chronic Never My Fault syndrome:
    Lister: It's always something! My charts were misplaced! My dividers don't stretch long enough!
    Rimmer: Well they don't!
    Lister: SEE?!
  • Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit: It is revealed that Lister left £17.50 in his bank account on Earth. Three million years have passed, and he now owns 98% of the world's wealth. He also left a sausage out on his table which went mouldy; now the mould covers seven-eights of the surface of the Earth. Furthermore, he left the lightbulb in his bathroom, racking up a gigantic debt to the local utility company, which has now become the ruling faction on Earth and whose battle fleet is rapidly approaching in an Attempt To Collect. It turns out to be a joke by Holly.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lister recounts one time when Rimmer tied his locks to the bunk post and then turned on the fire alarm in retaliation for Lister's pranks. Lister nearly needed brain surgery for that. Jokes and pranks are meant to be harmless or something you can both laugh over later, not something that almost kills someone.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Rimmer Prime, after moving back in with Lister, chats to him in a calm if somewhat listless tone. When the second Rimmer incites the skutters to bang on the wall and yells at him through it, Prime Rimmer gives Lister a calm "excuse me," walks over, and screams "SHUT YOUR FOUL WHINING YOU PIECE OF DISTENDED RECTUM" at the top of his lungs, and returns to his bunk as though nothing's happened.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Rimmer believes he's going to be turned off, he shows up in full uniform, complete with medals.
  • Famous Last Words: Rimmer's were "Gazpacho soup!" This mystifies Lister so much that he manipulates Rimmer into revealing it: when invited to dine with the officers, Rimmer sent some gazpacho back to be heated up, unaware that it's supposed to be served cold. He imputes the failure of his career to this rather trivial mistake.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Rimmer's last words were "Gazpacho soup", which Lister eventually discovers is because, when he'd been with the Space Corps for 14 years, he got invited to have dinner with the Captain and, being arrogant and ignorant, he had no idea that the Gazpacho soup starter was meant to be served cold and so he demanded it be taken away and heated. He considers this perhaps the biggest reason why he never went anywhere in the ranks, going on an anguished rant about how he could have been somebody if it had ever been mentioned to him that Gazpacho soup is drunk cold while he was in training. Lister kindly refrains from pointing out that it is more likely that Rimmer never got anywhere because he is an unlikeable incompetent with more ego than skill.
  • Implausible Deniability: Played for laugh. Lister breaks into the Rimmers' room to steal Rimmer's diary, whereupon the Cat emerges from a closet, wearing a suitably gaudy and over-the-top outfit, and turning towards the camera and shielding his face from Lister, says:
    Cat: Did you see him clearly? Could you spot him in a parade? I don't think so. I could've been anybody.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Without Rimmer around to snark at anymore Lister has to come up with his own ways to fill all his time, and the best he can come up with is blowing gum bubbles and acting like he's hosting an Olympic event. When Holly interrupts him, Lister's attempt to maintain the facade that he isn't pathetically wasting his time doesn't last long, he's so starved for something to occupy his attention.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Holly plays a prank on Lister claiming that spaceships from NORWEB are coming after him for his "crimes against humanity" (leaving a light on for three million years).note 
  • Jerkass: Rimmer, obvious, but more specifically, the officers at the Captain's table. Upon hearing that Rimmer asked for heated Gazpacho soup, none of them chose to clarify that Gazpacho is meant to be served cold if he didn't know that. Instead, they just laughed as he ate it hot.
  • Never My Fault: Rimmer's tribute video for his own death includes a lengthy monologue in which he blames everything and everyone in the universe except himself for falling just short of greatness. He dedicates a significant portion of the runtime to complaining about having Lister as a bunkmate. It's later revealed that he does actually blame himself, but it's for a minor faux pas and not his zealous brown-nosing, jobsworth behavior, or complete inability to pass an engineer's exam.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: It goes far beyond annoyance. This episode makes it clear just how powerful Rimmer's sense of self-loathing is—the duplicate quickly begins to say all the cruel and ugly things Rimmer believes of himself.
    • The part of the novel based on this episode states that the major part reason for Rimmer's annoyance is because the duplicate is a version of him from when he had initially been switched on. The duplicate has none of the character development that Rimmer went through while online, and the slight differences are tearing them apart.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Not only does Rimmer believe that a cartoon is Citizen Kane, but in a deleted scene, he thinks Orson Welles was in Carry On Camping.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Rimmer asks Lister what the film playing in the cinema is, which is clearly a cartoon, Lister replies Citizen Kane. Rimmer believes it.
  • Second Face Smoke: In the cinema, Rimmer insists that Lister, who is smoking, move three seats over to be in the smoking section. Lister blows smoke right through Rimmer's face.
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  • Sleep Learning: Rimmer has attempted to use the self-hypnosis tapes "Learn Esperanto While You Sleep" and "Learn Quantum Theory While You Sleep". The only results we're told of are that neither he nor his bunkmate got any sleep.
  • Understatement: After he and his duplicate scream at each other through the bulkhead, Rimmer Prime admits to Lister that "me and Rimmer... we've had a bit of a tiff."
  • You Didn't See That: Lister catches the Cat up to no good:
    Cat: "Did you see him clearly? Could you spot him in a parade? I don't think so. I could've been anybody."
  • Zero-G Spot: Implied by Lister's "Pop-up Kama Sutra, Zero-Gravity Version", if not seen.


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