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"There was a time where I was was a teensy tiny teeny weeny bit... MAD! But not anymore. Look. This is my all clear!"
-Asclepius (Give & Take)

Asclepius is a medi-bot created in the late 23rd century programmed to perform all procedures, both physical and mental, on all living organisms. The crew encounter him after boarding a space station in search of new technology, only to discover that he has become mad over the years, although he himself denies it, having already given himself the all clear. He sedates Lister and the Cat with tranquilizer darts, thinking them to be two of his old patients, and begins an operation.

Rimmer and Kryten meanwhile encounter another robot on board, Snacky, and confuse him for Asclepius. They eventually find and save Lister and the Cat, rushing both them and Snacky safely on board Starbug. Asclepius, who was subdued by bazookoid fire, gets up and starts to chase them, but is unable to catch up before the station is destroyed by a meteor storm. The crew continue to assume that Asclepius was in fact Snacky, with Rimmer even attempting to use his psychiatric skills, before discovering the truth.

Trivia Edit

  • Because Lister had already had his kidneys removed by Kryten before he boarded the space station, it is unknown what operation Asclepius was actually attempting to perform on him and the Cat and it is unknown where the kidneys in the jar were from. It is possible that he was actually trying to help, discovering that Lister had no kidneys, and was going to give him one of the Cats or insert the ones Rimmer destroyed. It is also possible the kidneys in the jar were from a previous patient of Asclepius.
  • Not long after this episode was aired Propstore sold the complete Asclepius costume for £2000, and it is now owned by Emily Gadd.
  • The boots that Asclepius worn are the same ones as kryten worn in Krysis just painted white instead of red.

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