Rodney falls for Irene Mackay - a woman twice his age - and Del Boy isn't happy about it. Not only is Irene a lot older than Rodders, but she's married to a hard nut who's doing time in ... See full summary »

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Raj Patel ...
Ahmed
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Marcus
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Rodney falls for Irene Mackay - a woman twice his age - and Del Boy isn't happy about it. Not only is Irene a lot older than Rodders, but she's married to a hard nut who's doing time in Parkhurst prison - and is about to be released. Concerned for his brother's welfare, Del convinces Irene to ditch Rodney. But when Rodney realises Del has been interfering with his personal life again, he goes loopy. Soon after, Tommy Mackay gets out of prison - he soon finds out his missus has been cheating on him with a Trotter, and goes looking for revenge. Luckily for Rodney, Tommy finds Del Boy first, and the elder Trotter takes the punishment for him. When a bruised and battered Del returns to the flat, he's over the moon to find out that Rodney has moved onto someone new anyway, so there wasn't really anything to worry about! Written by Rune Thandy

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11 November 1982 (UK)  »

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The idea for the script was to demonstrate the brotherly love that Del Boy and Rodney have for each other, even willing to take a beating for his brother. The concept of Del getting beat up in order to protect Rodney would occur again in "Little Problems" when Del, much to Rodney's ignorance, chooses to take a beating from the Driscoll Brothers after making a promise to him, having forgotten that the money he would use for his gift was also the money which he owed to them. See more »

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Rodney Trotter: What's wrong with going out with a woman of 40?
Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter: Nothing. Nothing at all, if you happen to be 50! Blimey, she's even too old for me!
Grandad: Well I'D have to think twice!
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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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Only Fools And Horses
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Written by John Sullivan
Performed by John Sullivan
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Raincoats and beatings
25 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those lovely 'Only Fools' episodes where we see how much Del loves Rodney, taking a beating for him after Rodders gets involved with an ex-con's wife.

It's a bit of a slow paced episode as others have said, but it more than makes up for it with some funny lines throughout. I loved Grandad's line "well even I'd have to think twice".

What's great about 'Only Fools' is that the laughs come from the characters, and this episode is full of lovely moments.


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