The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Episode 2 (Summary)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Opening Credits)First Aired: 12-01-1981

Episode 2 of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy begins with the Vogon captain capturing Arthur and Ford and carrying out his threat of reading them some of his poetry. Shakespeare he ain’t. He doesn’t sound like Shakespeare and he doesn’t look like Shakespeare.

Actually (if you are interested), the Vogon captain looks like a huge, green blob of snot with bushy pink eyebrows.

According to the entry in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Vogon poetry is the third worst in the universe. It’s certainly bad enough to have Arthur and Ford screaming with tortured voices. Shortly after the Vogon poetry reading, the two hitchhker’s are thrown out of the airlock and, if it wasn’t for their impending death in the vacuums of space it may have been a welcome relief.

Ford tries his best to talk the Vogon guard out of throwing them out of the airlock, but the guard is having none of it and out they go.

The Vogan Captain Reading His Terrible Poetry (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Episode 2The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s entry about dying of asphyxiation thirty seconds after being thrown out of a spaceship says the chances of being picked up by another ship are 2, 260 199 to 1 against.

It is improbable to say the least but the two friends are rescued by a passing ship that uses the new infinite improbability drive. So thank god for that.

The captain of the ship is a two-headed dude with three arms. He’s called Zaphod Beeblebrox and Arthur soon learns Zaphod and Ford are related. They share three of the same mothers. How improbable is that? Very I would say, but that what happens when you use an improbability drive, I suppose.

Even more improbable, Arthur and Zaphod are also acquainted and Arthur a big grudge against his saviour.

Arthur and Zaphod met at a party in Islington six months ago, where Arthur was talking to a very nice girl. Then Zaphod, who was calling himself Phil and only had one head and two arms at the time, waltzed on over and said to her, “Hey doll, is this guy boring you? Why don’t you come and talk to me, I’m from another planet.”

Talk a bout a silver tongue!

Mere seconds after Arthur tackles Zaphod on the subject, the young lady in question walks into the room with some drinks. She is no longer calling herself Tricia Macmillan, but Trillian, instead. She is still sexy as hell, though, and it seems unlikely that Arthur is going to wow her with his red dressing gown.

The other member of Zaphod’s crew is Marvin the Paranoid android, who has a brain the size of a planet and is always terribly depressed, but if he saw what just happened to the Earth it’s not surprising.


Voice of the Hitch Hikers Guide ~~~ Peter Jones
Arthur Dent ~~~ Simon Jones
Ford Prefect ~~~ David Dixon
Zaphod Beelebrox ~~~ Mark Wing-Davey
Trillian ~~~ Sandra Dickinson
Marvin the Paranoid Android ~~~ David Learner
Voice of Marvin ~~~ Stephen Moore
Voice of Eddie (the computer) ~~~ David Tate
The Vogon Captain ~~~ Martin Benson
Vogon Guard ~~~ Michael Cule
Newscaster ~~~ Rayner Bourton
Gag Halfrunt ~~~ Gil Morris

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