First Aired: Dec. 05, 1989 on BBC TWO
Summary: Rimmer suggests that the perfect way to help Lister get "healthy" is swapping bodies, by implanting his mind into Lister's and vice versa, so that Rimmer can undergo a hefty exercise regime in Lister's body. However, Rimmer is overtaken with excitement at the prospect of having a physical…
Main Characters in this Episode
Lister: Oh, smeg. What the smegging smeg's he smegging done? He's smegging killed me.
Holly: We have three realistic alternatives - one, sit here and get blown up, two, stand here and get blown up, three, jump up and down, shout at me for not being able to think of anything, then get blown up.
Rimmer: Go ahead, punks. Make my day.
- Goof (boom mic visible): The shadow of a boom microphone can be seen when Rimmer (in Lister's body) pretends to have lost an arm.
- Goof (revealing mistake): When Kryten takes the syringe out of Lister's head, the needle does not come out the syringe properly, so Robert Llewellyn puts his hand in front of the needle to try hide it.
- Goof (revealing mistake): When the Cat drops the tape into the mug, Craig Charles can be seen trying not to laugh.
- "Bodyswap" was the first entire episode of Red Dwarf not to be filmed in front of a studio audience. This was because of the fact that Craig Charles and Chris Barrie had to dub much of their dialogue because their characters switched bodies. The final edit was played to a small audience to provide the laughter track.
- A scene was taped in which Kryten lights Rimmer-as-Lister's cigar with his finger while they are in a sauna. During filming, Robert Llewellyn became so sweaty in his costume that his sweat short-circuited the wires used for the lighter and he was mildly electrocuted. This scene was featured in "Red Dwarf: The Bodysnatcher Collection" box set.