Aboard the Red Dwarf, Dave Lister smuggles aboard a cat and is consequently confined to suspended animation for the crime. During his time in stasis his bunkmate Arnold Rimmer is forced to perform the maintenence duties alone and inefficiently repairs the drive plate, causing it to blow and subjecing the entire crew to deadly radiation.
Lister and Cat prepare to go into stasis while Red Dwarf goes to light speed until they get back to Earth. Rimmer does not want to be turned off, so he demands to be left on for the journey, even though he will be by himself. Unfortunately they reach light speed 22 hours before they expected and don`t get to go into stasis after all.