Only Fools and Horses, the sublime comic that follows the adventures of the Trotter Brothers, Del Boy and Rodney, as they duck and dive through the streets of South London, making out a living, has become one of the very best British sitcoms of all time. Derek Trotter is a streetwise chancer, always looking to make a fast buck; with a never-ending supply of get-rich-quick schemes and an inner belief in his ability to sell anything to anyone, Derek - or "Del Boy", as he is known to one and all - embroils Trotters Independent Traders (the family business) in all sorts of improbable situations. His brother is different: a tall, thin, worried individual, Rodney - or "Rodders" as Del calls him - looks upon all of Derek's dealings with an air of pessimism, usually well-founded, yet he is always cajoled into the capers.
The third member of the team is their Grandad, an indolent, scruffy man constantly moaning about his lot in life. However, Grandad is family, and in Del's philosophy that’s that; he stays. When Grandad dies however, they soon find that his younger brother Uncle Albert, a shifty, boastful ex-sea-dog has inveigled his way into their lives, and has managed to move in. Ultimately, Albert is accepted as part of the family, again because of Del's unfailing sense of family loyalty and duty. The show doesn’t just rely on these characters however, there are some marvellous support characters, including Del Boy and Rodney's love interests Raquel (an aspiring actress) and Cassandra (a spolied rich girl); the suave villain Boycie and his vacuous wife Marlene; the glum Denzil; the pub landlord, Mike; the young spiv Mickey Pearce; and, most memorably, Trigger, a long-faced, mentally-challenged individual who, throughout the entire run of the show, thinks that Rodney's name is "Dave". As Del would say; “it’s lovely jubbly”.
After 22 years in Nelson Mandela House, the Trotters face eviction by the Official Receiver. They're in desperate need of some dosh and it's certainly not going to come from expectant-father Rodney's Oscar-winning screenplay or Trigger's new invention - portable chopsticks!
Meanwhile, down the Nag's Head, previously flat-chested Marlene appears with a pneumatic bosom ("Call up Twickenham and see if they've got a couple of balls missing") and Del and Rodney turn up an amusing old 1960's Jolly Boys' Outing photograph including a chap (Freddie the Frog, the Raffles of Peckham) who looks uncannily like Rodney...
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Recaps6x7: The Jolly Boys' Outing recap
: Nearly a year has passed since Rodney married his sweetheart Cassandra. He is now working for her father's printing firm, while Uncle Albert has to act as "Executive Lookout" for Trotters' Independent Traders
, i.e: watching out for the police. Whilst Albert and Del Boy flog car radios "as recommended by Nigel Mansell" down at the market, Cassandra visits them both and narrowly avoids one of Albert's war-stories. She also tries to put them off from coming to dinner at her and Rodney's flat the following evening, but Del is naively slow on the uptake and proclaims he and Albert will be there. Soon Marlene, with her newborn son named Tyler, pops by and chats with Del, who talks about how he, Rodney, Albert, Boycie, and numerous Nag's Head
regulars are going off on their traditional once-a-year annual "Beano" (day-trip) called the Jolly Boys' Outing
to the seaside resort of Margate on Saturday... read more.9x1: If They Could See Us Now.....! recap
: In 1996, Del Boy and Rodney, the Trotter brothers, finally realized their dream of becoming millionaires when they found a Harrison watch, auctioned it, and got £6,200,000... read more.