When Rodney helps a drunken woman on the street, he is stunned when she looks petrified, accuses him of man-handling her, and promptly cries "rape!" Without thinking straight, and fearing ... See full summary »

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When Rodney helps a drunken woman on the street, he is stunned when she looks petrified, accuses him of man-handling her, and promptly cries "rape!" Without thinking straight, and fearing the consequences, Rodders decides to leg it. Del hears about the escapade and realises his naïve Little Bruv must have encountered Blossom, a psychologically unhinged woman who is allowed out in public on weekend breaks. Not wanting to prey on Rodney's nervous disposition, Del naturally does the humane thing and concocts a story about the police conducting a search for 'The Peckham Pouncer'. It's not long before Rodney disappears, believing he's a fugitive wanted for the worst of reasons. Regretting what he's done, Del Boy goes in search of his brother, and it's not long before the scent of 'funny fags' from the air vents of Mandela House leads him to Rodney's hiding place - in the water tank room of the same building. Written by Rune Thandy

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The idea for the script was based on a true story that happened to a friend of John Sullivan. Even the name of the woman in real life was Blossom. See more »

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Rodney the Peckham Pouncer
3 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After quite possibly Only Fools best episode last time we get another top one where Rodney gets accused of rape from Blossom and might be then known as the Peckham Pouncer.

After a night out with mate Mickey Pierce Rodders whilst walking home from The Nags Head meets Blossom who accuses him of rape despite Rodney only trying to steady her from falling over,after worrying he will be arrested Del Boy says he believes him that he did nothing even though the police are looking for The Peckham Pouncer but is it one of Del's wind ups,whatever it is Rodders goes on the run but not too far away.

This episode does a tricky subject of accused rape well and as we learn from Del Blossom might not be all there but winds Rodney up thinking police are looking for him,its a terrific episode and the first where Nicolas Lyndhurst gets to really act the finest and there are some real laughs too even if Del realises he has gone too far with the wind up.

Funniest moments include Rodney and Mickey trying to chat up two women in the pub which Del ruins for them 'who are you two after oh not the gruesome twosome,their alright,alright their so ugly they even look alike' before he hears they are sisters 'alright girls you seen much of Cinderella since the wedding'.Other funny bits are Del winding Rodney up about the Peckham Pouncer,Granddad cooking Del a so called traditional British breakfast and Del laughing his head about the time he wound Granddad up about winning the pools 'I was in a nightclub with a bird called Camilla and I realised I didn't even do the damn pools. It ends with Del finding Rodney before Rodders learning of Del's wind up tells him he isn't having showers in the flat anymore not after what he's been doing to the water.

This is a top episode with laughs a plenty,a lot of Peckham's characters in one episode and some sublime acting from Lyndhurst and David Jason and carefully does a tricky subject without going too far.


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