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As part of their eternal drifting through space, Starbug encounters yet another dimensional anomaly. Flying into it for safety reasons, they discover a link has formed to a parallel universe — one in which Lister's heartthrob Kristine Kochanski is the last human alive! As great as this discovery is, it's what it will reveal about Lister's parentage that truly becomes important.

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  • Always Someone Better: To Lister's dismay, it's quite obvious that Kochanski views him as inferior in almost every way to her own universe's version of Lister, whom she has "tamed" into a cultured, well-mannered "metrosexual" instead of leaving him a coarse, lowbrow, slobby "real man. All she needs from "Lister Prime" is the sperm sample her own holographic Lister can no longer provide.
  • Buffy Speak: The Cat and his "wibbly things" and "swirly things". Parodied, when Lister asks him to be more specific.
    The Cat: At this point, I'd hate to commit myself and wind up looking a fool if I'm wrong.
    Lister: A wibbly thing or a swirly thing, and he refuses to commit. He's loosing it, man, he really is.
  • Call-Back:
    • Lister begins the episode plucking out nostril hairs with cooking tongs, something he mentioned he did during "Out of Time". Here, it turns out it's not just Lister trying to be disgusting, he legitimately doesn't realize there's an easier way to do this.
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    • The gang are attacked by Lister's vengeful Kinatawowi bride from way back in "Emohawk".
    • In the flashback, Alternate Lister grumbles about Kochanski going back to her ex, a catering office, as Kryten established during "Psirens".
  • Dressed All in Rubber: Kochanski's rubber trousers. These were quickly ditched due to the inevitable problems of rubber clothing and warm studio lightning (and a primarily male cast getting Distracted by the Sexy).
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The Cat and Lister of Kochanski's timeline are more intelligent and sophisticated, with the alternate Cat's voice being deeper.
    • The alternate Red Dwarf wore blue uniforms instead of "our" Dwarf's grey / beige numbers.
    • The extended version has Kochanski stop on realizing the boys are operating out of Starbug and asks what happened to their Red Dwarf.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: For the rest of the season, Kryten remains ragingly childish toward Kristine for fear she'll try and steal Lister from him.
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  • Hypocritical Humor: Lister grumbling about the Cat "losing it" occurs while he's got a piece of floss stuck to his teeth with glue, thanks to an accident involving his tooth cap and some superglue.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Lister manages to save Kochanski from being sucked into the vacuum of space by (unintentionally) shooting her through the thigh with a rescuing line.
  • My Own Grampa: With Kryten's help, Lister realizes that this is where he comes from; he was abandoned in that pub because he brought the newborn son of himself and Kochanski back in time and left him there to become Lister himself, a Stable Time Loop tied into one eternal paradox.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Kochanski's obscene phone call to Lister, which we don't hear.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The "disintegrator" that Kochanski almost disposes of Frankenstein in during the flashback is very clearly a microwave oven, and the control panel on the front is a Tiger Electronics' "Lights Out" game with the front panel painted black.
  • Precision F-Strike: Or, B Strike, in this case. On getting a harpoon in the leg, Kochanski gets out an annoyed "bastard".
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Thanks to the gang's screw-ups, and some angry GELFs, Kochanski's stuck on the 'bug.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Kochanski's reaction to Rimmer asking if she'll support his salute.
    Kochanski: Rimmer?
    Rimmer: Yes, ma'am?
    Kochanski: Have sex with someone, and that's an order.
    Rimmer: Yes, ma'am.
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