Captain Hollister sentences Lister and Rimmer to play basketball against the prison guards to punish them for playing a practical joke on Ackerman. However, impishly improvising once again, Lister and his friends make a surprise comeback and win the game, landing them in trouble yet again. Meanwhile, on a mission with the Canaries, Kryten and Kochanski discover a time wand, capable of slowing down, speeding up, or suspending time in small pockets – and smuggle it back aboard Red Dwarf so they can speed up time for the rest of the ship and be released from their prison sentences. Lister and Rimmer escape from the grimmest part of the ship’s prison, along with a nut case who prizes his sole possession, a sparrow named Pete. But the shock of freedom kills Pete. Lister convinces Kryten to use the time wand to revert Pete to his youth, but a slight miscalculation sends Pete millions of year backward on the evolutionary scale, transforming him into a rather hungry dinosaur.
Guest Cast: Mac MacDonald (Captain Hollister), Graham McTavish (Ackerman), Andrew Alston (Max), Holly Earl (young Kochanski), Perri Nichael (young Cat), Ricky Glover (Baxter), Ian Masters (Birdman), Shend (Warden Knot)
LogBook entry by Earl Green