Rimmer's stress levels reach a dangerous high when it seems he has come face to face with his presumed eons-dead brother, Howard.
This episode contains examples of:
- Can't Catch Up: Rimmer has always felt this way towards his brothers as they served in the Space Corps aboard top-of-the-line ships while he was on the Red Dwarf. As such, he was very resentful against them by comparing his unsuccessful life to their quite successful lives.
- Miles Gloriosus: Lister doesn't have a high opinion of the Space Corps jockeys, calling them a "bunch of over-priced party boys." Rimmer disagrees because he's always wanted to join them and become an officer there.
- Not So Different: Turns out that Howard isn't what Rimmer heard he was. Howard is in the Space Corps, but he's more a vending machine repairman. In short, the two brothers have had the same job all this time, just in separate space ventures.