Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses (1981)

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Corrected entry: Del first met Raquel in 1988 in the Christmas episode 'Dates'. At that time, Rodney had not yet met Cassandra (episode was made before series 6 and Rodney was seeing another girl). Del met Raquel again exactly a year later in the 1989 Christmas Special "The Jolly Boys Outing". In this episode Rodney and Cassandra are celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

Correction: The episodes concerned were indeed Christmas specials one year apart but they certainly do not take place at Christmas and the time frame between each of the episodes could certainly have been more than one year apart. Just because they were first shown one year apart does not mean that the action of the plot has the same time difference.

In the episode where Rodney and Cassandra get married it shows them signing the wedding register in January 1989. When they go on the jolly boys outing it's still the same year as it's stated on the poster sticking up on the couch.

The Second Time Around - S1-E4

Corrected entry: In the previous episode (Cash and Curry) Del boy sells all of his gold jewellery and one of Grandad's two TVs in a bid to make £2000 to buy a statue as part of the con. In this episode Del has all if his jewellery back and Grandad has his two TVs again.

Correction: And there is no way to know how long has passed between the two episodes and Del showed he can make £2000 in afternoon, so getting the money to buy them back might not be an issue.

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The Jolly Boys' Outing - S99-E8

Corrected entry: At the railway station/bus stop scene, Alan Parry states that they will all have to look for somewhere to stay the night, as the replacement coach will be coming at 9.00am the next morning. If that arrangement had already been made, why were they looking for transport back to London that evening?


Correction: Most, if not all reasonable coach companies will pay for your travel back if you decide you don't want to stay the night, just as they would offer to pay for your accommodation. This is more than likely the reason they were looking for transport back to Peckham.

Correction: It was explained in the episode, Mike had a pub to open, Jevon was meeting a bird etc etc.

Plus, they had nothing for an overnight stay.

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Danger UXD - S6-E2

Corrected entry: When Del comes into the pub and sits with Denzil at a table, Mike brings Del a cocktail drink and a bowl of soup (or stew). However Del only asked for the cocktail and not once does he ask for anything to eat.

Correction: Del asks Mike to give Denzil the same again and since Denzil had firstly ordered a stew, Mike gives him another one.

Sleeping Dogs Lie - S4-E5

Corrected entry: Duke never ate the pork, rendering the whole episode pointless. All he'd been eating was tins of dog food, as Rodney was about to tell the Vet when Del interrupted him.


Correction: Del lies about what Duke was eating to the vet in case it got back to Boycie. And later in the episode it's revealed that Rodney had given Duke Albert's sleeping pills.

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Correction: Earlier in the vets while they were watching the receptionist, Del and Rodney mentioned Duke still had the 'warmed up leftovers' of the pork, so he did eat it.

The Longest Night - S5-E3

Corrected entry: During exchanges between Mr Peterson and Lennox, we find out that there is 60 grand in the safe as Friday is the store's busiest day. When Lennox is taken into the office, the store is still open, so how did the 60 grand make its way from the tills to the office safe? Tender pickups are done after the store has closed. The time when they do attempt to open the safe is quarter past six (after the store has closed) but still there would have needed to be a member of the office staff to bring the money to the safe while the Trotters, Lennox and the other two were in the office. Also a safe would not be located in the manager's office, it would more likely be in the general office or cash office.

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Correction: When I worked in a supermarket in my student days, cash was taken from the checkouts every couple of hours. And that was a small supermarket in a small town, not a large supermarket in a busy London suburb. Cash would probably be taken throughout the day to be locked away.


Big Brother - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Del is on the phone to Dougie Sadler, he says, "How's your luck pal? Terrific. Family? Super". There is no way that Dougie could have replied to those questions given the speed Del was speaking. (00:13:20)

Joe Mc

Correction: That is kind of the point. Del is just going through his usual repartee on the phone, pretending he actually cares and not even listening.


Correction: Would it have been better if he had said 'Seventeen years, eight months, two days, eight hours and forty-four minutes'? He is making an approximation, and may be a few months out either way. There is no mistake here.

Modern Men - S8-E2

Corrected entry: When Rodney phones up about the job interview, and reaches Del Boy, why didn't he recognise the phone number as his own?

Correction: Because the phone number was Del's *new* mobile not their home phone, so Rodney didn't know Del's new mobile number.

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From Prussia with Love - S5-E1

Corrected entry: When Del Boy is telling Marlene and Boycie about the baby they were going to adopt being a girl rather than a boy, which they'd thought, he says "I know I told you it was gonna be a girl, but it ain't", when he should have said, "I know I told you it was gonna be a BOY, but it ain't".


Correction: Del is in a very stressful situation. People often make little mistakes like that when under a lot of stress.

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Correction: Not sure what you mean. Grandad is in this episode.

Mother Nature's Son - S99-E12

Corrected entry: When Boycie and Mike are talking in the Nag's head about Peckham Spring being shoddy, a long haired guy is sitting behind Boycie having a pint. He turns around to reveal himself - it's Robbie Williams. Take That is playing in the background as well.

Joe Mc

Correction: It's not Robbie Williams. This has been debunked several times.

Correction: Before now I've dropped a £5 note without noticing.

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Thicker Than Water - S99-E3

Corrected entry: When Del is looking at his letter with his blood group on it in the pub, there is a bit above it that says "positive", even though it was revealed earlier that he was negative.

Joe Mc

Correction: He was negative for the blood disorder. His blood group is positive.

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Corrected entry: In early episodes, the front door of the flat leads out into the side of a coridor but, in later episodes, it leads directly into a small room.

Correction: If you watch episode 1 from series 1 you will see when Rodney walks out the flat, that it goes to a small room the same as those in later seasons.

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Correction: Watched this over and over and never saw what was described.

Correction: This is not a mistake. It's an intentional joke that the door hits Del in the face.

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Corrected entry: In "Thicker Than Water", when Del and Rodney's dad returns claiming he has an illness, he persuades them both to have a blood test to reveal if they have the same illness. When they get the result, it's revealed that the blood groups of Del and Rodney are different (Rodney being "A" and Del being "AB"). Not long after the reveal, Dad tells them that Del is the one with the different blood group and is the one with a different dad. This gets forgotten, as at the end the dad was just dismissed as Del tells Rodney that he went for another blood test but got told there was no point. As the programme goes on, we have the episode "The Frog's Legacy", which is the first inkling that Rodney has a different dad, but they just dismiss it -- until the final episode, "Sleepless in Peckham", when they blow the photo up and it is revealed that Rodney would have in fact had a different dad. If that is the case, how was it Del had the different blood group to the rest of the family in "Thicker Than Water" rather than Rodney?

David Hutchinson

Correction: It's revealed at the end of Thicker Than Water that Del's blood group (having visited the doctor again) is actually A, and that Reg had opened the results and edited Del's blood group from A to AB. It's also explained that siblings can have the same parents, but different blood groups.

Correction: It's amazing how you typed all this when it was all explained in that episode. Del does have the same blood group, but it didn't matter anyway as everyone in the family can still have a different blood group. Rodney's blood group could quite easily have been the same as Del's despite having a different father and vice versa.

The Frog's Legacy - S99-E6

Corrected entry: When Del is first told about the gold bullion (and the character Freddy the Frog) by Trigger's Aunty, Del says he has never heard of him or his reputation. Yet in the final episode, "If They Could See Us Now," Del is seen on a photograph with Freddy the frog and the rest of the gang on a jolly boys' outing, so he surely would have known him. Also after Rodney finds out that Freddy is his real father, he asks Del if he was anything like him and Del goes on to explain what kind of person Freddy was, but how did he know if he never knew him?

Correction: This plot hole is explained in "Rock And Chips", the 2010 prequel to "Only Fools And Horses" set in 1960. Freddy "The Frog" Robdal and Del Boy were indeed both on the first Jolly Boy's Outing to Margate but throughout the entire pilot episode, Del is unaware of who Freddy is and they are never introduced to each other. Even on the bus, Del is happy to lark around with his mates whilst Freddy and "Jelly" Kelly sit at the front looking distinctly unimpressed and not interacting with anyone. It is reasonable to assume that Del would not be interested in knowing Freddy because of their significant cultural (and age) differences as portrayed in "Rock And Chips". After the events of "The Frog's Legacy", Del would have been aware of Freddy's reputation (and may even have recognised him from Rodney's photo despite not knowing his name when it would've been taken) because Renee explained who he was in depth during "The Frog's Legacy".

Time on Our Hands - S8-E3

Corrected entry: The antiques dealer reads a date from the watch, something in the late 1700s. He then says that this watch and several like it were made in the 17th century. Well considering the 17th century is the 1600s either the date on the watch should be in the 1600s or the antiques dealer doesn't know his centuries.

Correction: Listen carefully, he says, "Back in the early 1700s," not 17th century.

The Long Legs of the Law - S2-E1

Revealing mistake: At the very beginning of the episode, Leonard Pearce is waiting for the cue for his character to start looking for his teeth. He's standing in the living room, between his room and Del and Rodney's room. (00:00:25)

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily a mistake. If someone is looking for something they often try to think where it could be before they start searching.

Clearly not seen the episode. Leonard is stood not moving a muscle and then starts actively looking.

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Trigger: Problems, Dave?
Rodney: I don't want to talk about it Trig. You ever been wrongly accused of something?
Trigger: Yeah once.
Rodney: Yeah, How did you get out of it?
Trigger: Well I didn't - I was guilty.

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Trivia: The story behind why Trigger calls Rodney Dave is that apparently Roger Lloyd Pack kept getting names mixed up during rehearsals early on in the show's history. "Dave" came from David Jason when he was actually with Nicholas Lyndhurst [Rodney]. It stuck and quickly became part of the show's immense appeal.

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Chosen answer: An apparent long string of illnesses.

Answer: Joan Mavis Trotter (Nee Hollins) was an unseen character in Only Fools And Horses, having died in 1964, 17 years before the series began. She died of an alcohol related illness due to both her sham marriage to Reg Trotter and being hit hard by the death of her secret lover Freddie "The Frog" Robdal.

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Answer: Short of breath.

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