Zaphod had been bored. He'd turned on the Improbability Drive again, "to see what would happen".
What had happened had been the scattering of the crew all over the universe, apparently. Arthur had ended up aboard a dismal-looking mining vessel, being propositioned by a scruffy man in a filthy T-shirt.
"So, how about it? The Cat wouldn’t go near either of us, Rimmer can't touch anything, and apart from Kryten, we're the only ones on board. All we have is each other, man."
Lister attempted to look alluring. Arthur just stared in horror. But the man did have a point…