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Derek stops a young boy, Jason, from running into the road, and strikes up a friendship with the lad. It's not long before Del discovers that Jason's mother, June, is an old flame who he ... See full summary »

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Derek stops a young boy, Jason, from running into the road, and strikes up a friendship with the lad. It's not long before Del discovers that Jason's mother, June, is an old flame who he last saw around nineteen years ago. While Del and June rekindle their romance, Rodders is dating a lovely girl from the newsagent called Debby - a fact that is seriously curtailing his dirty magazine fetish. It soon transpires that Debby is June's daughter, and it's almost her 19th birthday. Del and Rodney soon put two and two together, and decide that Debby may well be Del's daughter. It gets worse when Rodney realises that he has fallen for a girl who could be his niece. Everything comes to a head when Del finally confronts June to find out whether Debby is his daughter or not. It turns out that Debby was actually fathered by his friend Albie Littlewood, who tragically died in a cycling accident whilst he was seeing June behind Del's back. Written by Rune Thandy

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Grandad didn't appear in this episode, as Lennard Pearce was in hospital at the time and the cast and crew had to begin filming without him. Shortly after, someone arrived on the set to inform them that Lennard had sadly passed away. See more »

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Del Boy: [Rodney realises that Del is behind him] You little plonker!
Rodney: What are you doing 'ere?
Del Boy: What Am I doing 'ere? What are you doing 'ere?
Rodney: Well this where Debbie lives, innit! I mean... oi... you're not to pull her?
Del Boy: No Am I not! I'm a friend of 'ere mums, that's all.
Rodney: Yeah? When 'da meet 'er then?
Del Boy: Lets see it was... 1964
Rodney: [puzzled] Wha'? You only just came 'round to see 'er?
Del Boy: No! No, I was engaged to 'er, soppy!
Rodney: [suprised] Another one? Stone me Del, you've been engaged more times than a switchboard .
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Only Fools And Horses
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Written by John Sullivan
Performed by John Sullivan
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A classic episode with a bit of everything but sad without Granddad.
14 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the first Only Fools episode not to feature Granddad played by the great Lennard Pearce and though he was mentioned as being in hospital in the story sadly during filming he passed away and that leaves us with a strange feeling of sadness whilst watching this episode,luckily its a truly wonderful episode showing not only the top acting of David Jason and Nicolas Lyndhurst but has very emotional scenes too which makes it stronger because of Pearce's death.

Rodney takes a fancy to pretty Debby from the newsagents but things get complicated when it turns out that Debby is the daughter of Del's old flame June who last seen each other 19 years ago and it just happens to be Debby's 19th birthday soon and that's when things get really confusing for the brothers.

This episode has a bit of everything with of course the laugh out loud moments mixed with genuine scenes of emotion and supreme acting by the two lead stars.It also has a beginning,middle and end which is very well done considering its only half an hour long.We see Rodders falling for Debby followed by Del and June rekindling their relationship before he finds out something staggering which is followed by the final scenes when everything comes out and secrets are revealed and this of all the Only Fools episodes may stand out as not the finest but the best made with acting and emotion rarely seen in sitcoms.

Of course there are top lines to make you laugh like when Rodney wants a 'dirty' magazine and asks Del Boy to get it for him as Debby is serving to which Del says 'which one do you want Rodney'.Del telling a old lady about Granddad moaning in hospital and saying how he went mad when they tried to remove his hat.June's son letting the tyres down on the van.June's son trying to run away from home but comes unstuck when 'my mum said I mustn't cross the road'.Del and June's son discussing the bogeyman 'I've seen the bogeyman,have ya what's he look like,he wears a funny old hat and wears pyjamas under his mack,that ain't the bogeyman that's my granddad'.June saying how Rodney has grown up 'the last time I saw you you were about that high,how old was he then Del,then about three and half' and lastly Del saying that if he is Debby's father Rodney must stop seeing her 'this sort of thing it ain't aloud well its incense' typical of Del getting things wrong.

Not my favourite Only Fools but its strong as it includes so much emotion as well as the usual laugh out load moments as well as hidden secrets that all come spilling out plus the closest Del Boy came to having a daughter even though he went on to have his son Damien in the future.

Carries a tinge of sadness because of Pearce's passing.


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