Red Dwarf is captured by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front, a group of automata out to free androids being used as slaves and who turn Kryten's crew-mates into a robotic work-force. Rimmer enjoys his new carefree life but Lister resists and only a cleaning duel between him and Kryten can determine all their fates.
The crew find themselves on the 'Enconium', a ship where criticism is illegal and all ineptitude must be tolerated. When they protest they are arrested and threatened with draining of all critical thoughts. However Rimmer's bitterness about his childhood comes in handy in beating the draining machine, his inner critic and the system, at least for a while.
After installing the latest software update the Dwarfers discover that the owners of Red Dwarf, Jupiter Mining Corporation, have been bought out by a corporation and only products made by them are visible to their employees.