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Recap / Red Dwarf Season VIII Only The Good

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Rimmer's attempts to get ahead in life are inconvenienced when Red Dwarf becomes taken over by a chameleonic metal & plastic-eating microbe.

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  • Brick Joke: Rimmer's interactions with the vending machine.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends on one, with Rimmer the only remaining crewmember on board a disintegrating Red Dwarf.
  • Coin-on-a-String Trick: Rimmer comes to regret using this on a sentient vending machine.
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  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did Rimmer actually successfully kick Death in the groin?
  • The End... Or Is It?: "The Smeg It Is!".
  • Escape Pod: Talia comes aboard the ship in one.
  • Frame-Up: Kryten does this to Lister and Rimmer after getting some very unhelpful "advice" from the former.
  • Gargle Blaster: Baxter's illicit hooch. One sip gets Lister and Rimmer plastered.
  • Groin Attack:
    Death: That's never happened before.
  • Mirror Universe: A device is created to allow visits to one. In the end, the entire crew except Rimmer flees to it when the microbe begins destroying Red Dwarf.
  • A Mythology Is True: The Grim Reaper mentions taking Rimmer to the River Styx, implying that Greek Mythology is true in the Red Dwarf universe provided the whole thing wasn't a Dying Dream.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lister and Rimmer when they learn their cell is about to be searched and they've got gallons of illegal hooch on site.
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  • Tempting Fate: Rimmer's comment to the hostile vending machine "And on that day, I will be the Captain of this ship."
  • Uncertain Doom: The episode ends with Rimmer kicking the Grim Reaper in the balls and running away and the microbes destroying the ship. As of Back To Earth, Rimmer's a hologram again and the ship is apparently fine with no explanation how the microbes were stopped.

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