Arnold "Ace" Rimmer is a daredevil test pilot for the space corps, and he has been assigned to test-pilot a ship that can travel through dimensions, so he can meet many different versions of himself. He enters our dimension to meet our Rimmer, who has gone on a fishing holiday with the crew. Written by
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Scenes cut from the episode:
- Extended model shots of Rimmer's childhood home on Io, including the Rimmer house which was not seen in the episode. Only a wider shot of the whole colony, and the gardens of the Rimmer family home, are seen in the episode. However in the model shots on the DVD the house can be seen - which was seemingly very modular, and resembling grain silos.
- Ace Rimmer's scene with Padre was originally longer, talking about how Ace had helped little orphan boy Tommy pull through after an operation. The extended dialogue also says that Ace donated all his money to helping the boy.
- Mellie also had an extended scene, asking Ace to bring cherries as well as maple syrup to their tryst, and breaking the fourth wall to say "what a guy".
- Blue-screen work was not completed on Ace's farewell scene on Mimas, which continued a running gag as Padre smells maple syrup on Mellie, and also includes Bongo and Spanners musing on how Ace will encounter another Arnold Rimmer and become fantastic friends and an exceptional team with his counterpart.
- A half dozen additional lines of dialogue and jokes, cut for time.
Ace should have appeared at the time Rimmer was either 2nd Technician on Red Dwarf or dead owing to the accident (their ages appear comparable). The Dimension Jump ship is not a time machine so could not have sent Ace 3 million years into the future. See more
Why didn't you just say: "Dear Rimmer, we're going on a fishing holiday and we don't want you to come"?
See, that's what I said we should say!
The end credits have the Red Dwarf theme as an instrumental played on a Hammond Organ in reference to Rimmer's liking of Hammond Organ music. See more
Spoofs Top Gun