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The plot In an epic search for curry re­sup­plies, the boys from the Dwarf time travel to 20th cen­tury Earth and ac­ci­den­tally pre­vent the as­sas­si­na­tion of John F Kennedy.

Why it’s great There comes a time in ev­ery SF show’s life when it gives its own spin on the Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion. Only

Red Dwarf ever de­cided that it’s Kennedy who shot Kennedy. Sur­pris­ingly, while this is the main hook of the episode it’s a full 15 min­utes be­fore there’s any time travel. Be­fore that the episode has an ex­tended hymn in praise of curry cul­ture. “I’ve only got two taste buds that work!” wails Lis­ter. “I NEED curry.” And his anec­dote about a vin­daloo-hi­jacked date is a beaut: “So you didn’t get off with her?” asks Cat. “The only thing I got off was the loo about six hours later,” ex­plains Lis­ter.

Best mo­ment JFK: “You mean… as­sas­si­nate my­self?” Lis­ter: “Yeah, it’ll drive the con­spir­acy nuts crazy.”

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