Thanks for the Memory is the third episode of Series II of Red Dwarf, and ninth episode overall.


Lister gives Rimmer an unusual present for his first year Deathday. Four days then go missing from everyone's memory, and the boys from the Dwarf have to hunt for the ship's Black Box, mysteriously placed in a grave on a moon, to unravel the mystery.



Rimmer's reaction to the Chilli Chutney Sandwich


"To the memory of the memory of Lise Yates"

After partying away on a planetoid with a breathable atmosphere to the anniversary of Rimmer's death (Rimmer's "Deathday"), Lister plays his guitar, and the crew get extremely intoxicated - even the Holly Robot and the Skutters. They then drunkenly fly Blue Midget back to their mothership.

Lister and the Cat wake up on Red Dwarf with broken legs, Lister's jigsaw has been completed, someone has been messing with Holly's star-charts, four pages have been torn from his diary, the clock is four days ahead and the Black Box is missing. The crew go after the black box's homing beacon, and discover it on an airless moon in a shallow grave, with a gravestone that reads "To the memory, of the memory of Lise Yates". Lister comments that he once dated a girl named Lise Yates.

They view the black box recording, against Holly's advice, and watch the recording from a few days earlier that they are missing. After hearing Rimmer drunkenly cry and wail because he has never been loved (except a single brief liaison with the ship's female boxing champion whilst she was concuss and calling him "Norman"), Lister goes down to the Holographic Projection Suite and implants a memory of his into Rimmer's; the eight months that he dated Lise Yates.

Rimmer wakes with this new memory, and believes it to be his, experiencing love himself for the first time. Rimmer ponders why he and Lise broke up and Lister realises that he was stupid to ever let her go. Rimmer finds out that Lister also dated Lise at the same time, and Lister is forced to tell him what he did. Rimmer goes up to the Observation Dome to be alone, for the first time experiencing heartbreak.

Rimmer asks that the last four days be erased from everyone's memory and that they bury the black box, since it can't be destroyed. Lister and Cat receive the broken legs when they drop the headstone on themselves. When they get back to the ship, Lister tears the pages from his diary and puts the last piece of the jigsaw into place.

Deleted scenesEdit

As available for viewing on the Series II DVD:

  • Extended dialogue from Rimmer's Deathday party. The Cat mocks Rimmer's dancing, and Rimmer tells the others that he is trained in classical ballroom dancing. Rimmer also tells them that he attended an officer's party once where he was stripped naked and had horse chestnuts forced up his bottom, amongst other humiliations. The promotion-obsessed Rimmer proudly went through this since he mistakenly believed it was an initiation into the 'Space Masons Guild', many of whom his family were members of, but Rimmer had never managed to join.
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  • A scene was cut where, after drink-driving it back to Red Dwarf in Blue Midget, the staggering boys are escorted back to their bunks by the skutters. Holly has simulated extreme drunkenness for Rimmer, causing him to crawl.
  • Extended dialogue from the scene where Rimmer drunkenly expands on just how few times he has made love (see Yvonne McGruder)
  • Additional dialogue showing Rimmer remembering Lister's past was cut for time. This dialogue reveals that Lister once pawned his Gran's false teeth for money to take Lise Yates out on a date. He justified this to himself by saying that Gran didn't use them, except to open bottle tops and chew tobacco. Three months later, he got Gran some more, only they didn't fit and she looked like Ed the Talking Horse.


  • Fans have drawn parallels between this episode and an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called 'Clues'. Both involved crew members finding parts of their memories missing and set about trying to find out what happened, only to learn they were better off not knowing. It should be noted that the Trek episode aired three years after the Red Dwarf episode.
  • During the Lise Yates video, she first says, "I love you Dave" referring to Lister. She thus should have said, "I love you Arnold" when referring to Rimmer, but instead she said, "I love you Rimmer".
  • On the Moon, we see Rimmer inside a cage intended to project his hologram, allowing him to exist outside Red Dwarf. This somewhat contradicts the episode "Kryten" in which Rimmer is able to exit Red Dwarf and board another vessel, the Nova V, without difficulty, although it could be argued that it was easier to project a hologram on a vessel than on a moon or a planet and the Light Bee that allowed Rimmer to walk more freely on a planet was most likely not installed yet (that or there could be conditions that made it more difficult to project a stable image).
  • During the section when Rimmer is telling Lister about Lisa his tie is undone and shirt is pulled out when it cuts back to the screen on Blue Midget he is smarter dressed.

Noteworthy DialogueEdit

  • Lister: What time is it?
    Rimmer: (obviously hung over, crawls to the clock) Saturday...
    Lister: Is that the best you can do?
    Rimmer: There are some numbers next to it but they could be anything...
  • Lister uncovers Rimmers Deathday cake
    Holly: What's that then?
    Lister: It's in the shape of a spanner, Holly, cos he was a technician.
    Holly: Well that's very apt that is. If he'd been a postman you'd have baked it in the shape of an envelope I suppose?
    Lister: Yeah!
    Holly: Gordon Bennett! It's lucky he's not a gynaecologist.
  • Rimmer: Holly, I want a triple fried egg sandwich with ...
    Lister: With chilli sauce and chutney.
    Holly: You what?
    Lister: It's a state of the art sarny.
    Holly: It's the state of the floor I'm worried about.
  • Rimmer: That time she stuck her tongue down my ear. It wasn't my ear at all -- it was your ear. The woman I loved most in the whole world had her tongue down your ear. The most romantic thing I've ever had down my ear is a Johnson's baby bud.

Background InformationEdit

  • During the filming of this episode, Craig Charles had to leave to attend the birth of his son, Jack. Production Manager Mike Agnew wears Lister's spacesuit in the black-box scene, causing some continuity issues regarding the leg cast. According to the insert notes with the Series II DVD set, the moon scenes were shot at the same location where the beach sequences in "Better Than Life" were taped, and the scenes involving Charles were filmed quickly while they awaited the arrival of a vehicle to take Charles to the birth. Someone discovered the scene and said to the director Ed Bye at a Red Dwarf convention that it could have been a flashback being watched in a mirror. Bye then said: "Yes, that's right. Well done for noticing."

Guest Stars Edit


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