Wolfie plans to sabotage a South African rugby tour match but after he fails to crash the tour bus resorts to kidnapping dogs belonging to Ronnie Lynch, who is hosting the tourists - though... See full summary »

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Wolfie plans to sabotage a South African rugby tour match but after he fails to crash the tour bus resorts to kidnapping dogs belonging to Ronnie Lynch, who is hosting the tourists - though all this achieves is his getting knocked out by the rock bearing the ransom note. The dogs return home thanks to Ken but when he hears that the match is to be stopped for another reason Wolfie's victory dance proves to be rather premature. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A case of dog-napping
4 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A South African rugby team visits Britain, and the T.P.F. registers its disapproval of the apartheid system by organising a protest. Ronnie Lynch is head of the Tooting Rugby Club and plans on throwing a party for the players. Rather foolishly, he asks Wolfie and Tucker to help out. Wolfie turns him down at first, but then sees an opportunity to help his cause. He has Mandy's dogs kidnapped, and tries to ransom them in exchange for the team being sent home...

Once again, the T.P.F. enters the kidnapping game, only to have the scheme go badly wrong. What is interesting is that in 'Ronnie' and 'Mandy' you can clearly see the prototypes for 'Boycie' and 'Marlene' from 'Only Fools & Horses'. Like Boycie, Ronnie smokes cigars and is rich, while Mandy dotes on her pets as Marlene did with 'Duke'.

This was made five years after 'The Goodies' launched its infamous attack on apartheid with the 'South Africa' episode. This handles the subject with a bit more delicacy, however.

Ronald Leigh-Hunt, cast as 'Van Botha', was 'Colonel Buchan', in the children's adventure serial 'Freewheelers'.

Funniest moment - Wolfie and the others try to hide the dogs from the Johnsons. On learning that the police called earlier, they panic. Ken is the first to notice they called before the crime happened. "Haven't you heard?", says Speed. "They've got computers now!".

Second funniest moment - Van Botha tells Wolfie that the team is multi-racial, but that the black players are celebrating in another room. Wolfie then asks him if he wants olives in his drink. He says yes. "Green or black?", asks Wolfie. "Black!", comes the reply. "I'll go and get them. They're in another bowl!". Nice one, Wolfie!


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