Hollister was initially only a vending machine repairman as part of the McGovern Z Shift. However, Hollister gained access to the crews confidential files, and used them to impress beyond his means and/or bribe his way up the chain of command. (As mentioned in Back in the Red Part III, Series VIII.)
- Events which transpired aboard the McGovern, such as "Dennis the Doughnut Boy" using confidential files to get promoted, are mentioned on the Series VIII episode Back in the Red Part III. However, the McGovern itself was not named in the broadcast episode. The McGovern was named as the ship of Hollister's first posting in the Series VIII scripts, and also in an interview between Captain Hollister and Talkie Toaster on the official Red Dwarf website.