|Emohawk: Polymorph II|
|Written By||Rob Grant & Doug Naylor|
|Director||Andy de Emmony|
|Guest Star(s)|| Steven Wickham as GELF Bride|
Ainsley Harriot as Gelf Chief
|Previous Episode: Gunmen of the Apocalypse|
|Next Episode: Rimmerworld|
Rimmer tries to get the others to take emergency drills seriously enough to scramble in a red alert situation and, despite the threat of declaring them legally dead, they take their time to get to the cockpit setting a slow time, yet it's a new record as far as Rimmer is concerned. They are then stopped by a Space Corps External Enforcement Probe (the "space filth" as Lister puts it), where it communicates with the words spoken forwards, but in reverse order, that they have been charged with breaking into and looting Space Corps derelicts. The penalty for this is execution (extreme sentencing being the only way to maintain order). They decide to head to GELF space and, after a few hits, a flight into a warning beacon moon and crashing into an ocean on a planet sized moon, much of their possessions and valuables are destroyed (due to fire, flood and impact damage). Auto-repair is capable of repairing everything except the Oxy-Generation Unit, which is a blackened charred mess, so they decide to trade with the GELFs.
They find out that the GELFs on the moon they crashed onto are the Kinotawawi and discover that Kryten knows their language and they are one of the more friendly GELF tribes (where as opposed to some, who skin humans alive and turn them into beanbags on sight, they send the Starbug crew one of their warmest greetings - an arrow on the chest they are carrying with them, away from their bodies). The chest and the items within it are used to enter the chief's hut and, much to Lister's horror, the price of the OG unit is him marrying the chief's daughter (the "looker" of his three daughters called Ech-ech-ech-ach-ech-ech-ech-ech). Lister goes through with it when he is told that the others will rescue him when everyone is asleep, but after his wife attempts to consumate their marriage, he runs out telling the others to "LEG IT!", the chief sends his Emohawk (a partly domesticated polymorph spayed at birth) which is able to get on board by changing into Lister's hat which he drops when it surprises the crew. They leave the moon and Lister and Kryten fit the OG unit.
The Cat picks up the Emohawk's scent and surprises him as a can of baked beans, draining him of all his cool, turning him into Duane Dibbley. The Emohawk then surprises Rimmer as a non-responsive microphone, draining him of his bitterness, turning him into a version of Ace Rimmer. He decides to take out the Emohawk by sucking it into space, killing himself and Duane (by then changed into the outfit he wore in "Back to Reality"). He tells Lister and Kryten what happened and of his plan (he intends to snap Duane's head before he is sucked into space so he won't suffer). He considers Kryten's plan to capture the Emohawk too risky and he doesn't want to become "him" again, but Lister and Kryten break in to stop them carrying it out and they hunt down the Emohawk with a sprayer full of liquid dilinium (which will freeze it in whatever shape it's in). Duane finds it in the form of his thermos, which then turns into a grenade, which he throws upwards. Ace takes the blast for him (not knowing that it would not damage his hard light drive) and they then freeze it in place. Ace requests that he remain in his current form for 24 hours before returning as the "ghastly maggot". Duane is more eager to be the Cat again and accidently sprays the others with the liquid dilinium.
- This episode brought back three of the most popular Red Dwarf Characters: Ace Rimmer, Duane Dibbley, and the Polymorph. It was probably one of the best in the series. It should also be noted that this time we don't actually see the polymorph as it was shown in season III, we just see it's tongue used for changing the emotions. This was referred to as a "triple-sequel" in the Series VI DVD booklet.
- Ainsley Harriot, who played the GELF Chief in this episode, hosted the Red Dwarf cooking special, "Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg", where reference was given to his character. Steven Wickham, who played Ech-ech-ech-ech-ech-ech-ech-ech, also reappears in the Series X episode "Entangled" playing the BEGG Chief.
- The Cat utters the word "shit" in one scene - one of the only times this level of language is heard in Red Dwarf (it is cut from some broadcasts).
- Kryten mentions the famous John Kennedy assassination theory involving the man shooting from the grassy knoll, foreshadowing the Series VII opener Tikka to Ride.
- The Series VII episode "Ouroboros" is a sequel to this episode.
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Ainsley Harriott as GELF Chief, Steven Wickham as GELF Bride
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