Trapped in an asteroid belt by bloodthirsty simulants, the Dwarfers' only chance for survival is if Arnold Rimmer can come up with a brilliant strategy to defeat them.
This episode contains examples of:
- Dumbass Has a Point: The Cat actually plays a significant role in helping Rimmer get over his issues by pointing out that Rimmer's father is the demon that is destroying him and Rimmer should accept that he will never receive his praise (and that the approval of such a cruel man isn't worth having anyway).
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The simulants inadvertently blow themselves up.
- Hypocrite: Rimmer tries to surrender to the Simulant General, citing several treaties and agreements including the Geneva Convention, to be taken as prisoners of war. The simulants reply with several missiles. When the Dwarf crew is redirecting these towards the Simulants, the Simulant General realizes he's royally screwed, and tries to surrender, citing the same treaties and agreements including the Geneva one.
- Mythology Gag: Rimmer's meticulous, colour-coded and completely useless battleplan timetable is a reference to the first novel, which explains that part of the reason he consistently fails the officer exam is because he spends so long designing his revision schedule, he never actually revises.
- Noodle Incident: Rimmer managed to save Red Dwarf from the microscopic corrosive organism, somehow. Whenever he tries to claim credit for it, the others insist that it was a total fluke, whatever he did.
- The Reveal: Arnold Rimmer is actually the illegitimate son of his mother and the family's gardener, making him no relation to his psychotic, abusive father. This actually is hugely uplifting for Rimmer.
- Screw the Rules, They Broke Them First!: Rimmer's reaction to the Simulant's attempt to surrender. Truth in Television, as it is a general acceptance that once you are in violation of the Geneva Convention, no one will trust you with upholding them anymore.
- Seppuku: Subverted. For letting the Dwarfers get away one simulant has his captain shove a sword down the table toward him and assumes this is his punishment. After he's started disemboweling himself the captain tells him that as punishment for his failure he will have to polish the sword and write a letter of apology. Not stab himself to death.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Rimmer actually manages to come up with a brilliant plan that saves the Dwarfers from the simulant fleet, seemingly having had a huge upsurge in confidence after learning he doesn't have to give a damn about what Mr. Rimmer might think of him.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Hogey, the rogue droid comes to challenge Lister to a challenge across time and space for killing his brother. Cat barely bothers to wake up to send him to Lister's quarters, Kryten doesn't look up from mopping the floor giving him directions, Rimmer thinks it's "fine by me!", and Lister just finds it tedious because all of Hogey's droid brethren always challenge them to duels across time and space and it was alright the first time, but it's been several hundreds of years doing it now.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Hogey speaks with ... some kind of an accent. It helps he is a rogue (and defective) droid.
- Yes-Man: All of the Simulant General's war council are these. When he challenges them to be more assertive, to debate him, and disagree with him, because it'd be better for them. One of them disagrees with this because the last simulant who did got killed. The Simulant General promptly has him killed.Council member: SEE!?