History YMMV / OnlyFoolsAndHorses

22nd Jan '17 1:49:57 AM Aurelian
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** Vas Blackwood, who plays Lennox (the one who unsuccessfully tries to rob the supermarket), later appeared in ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'' as Rory.
13th Jan '17 3:05:10 PM Aurelian
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* RetroactiveRecognition: When Rodney joins an aspiring rock band in an early episode, one of the band members is played by DavidThewlis.

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When Rodney joins an aspiring rock band in an early episode, one of the band members is played by DavidThewlis.DavidThewlis.
** Creator/JimBroadbent was a relative unknown when he first portrayed Roy Slater in the 1983 episode "May The Force Be With You", but has since become a well-known film actor, winning an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] along the way.
13th Jan '17 2:27:49 PM Aurelian
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* RetroactiveRecognition: When Rodney joins an aspiring rock band in an early episode, one of the band members is played by DavidThewlis.
29th Dec '16 8:07:36 AM OlfinBedwere
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* SophomoreSlump:
** A ''very'' mild case with the second entry in the 1996 trilogy, "Modern Men," which is regarded as a fine episode, but lacks anything as memorable as the Batman and Robin scene in "Heroes and Villains," or the intended wrap-up to the series as a whole from "Time on Our Hands" (although the aftermath of Cassandra's miscarriage is considered to be quite touching).
** Inverted with the second entry in the 2001-2003 trilogy, "Strangers on the Shore," which is widely considered the highlight of that trilogy due to essentially being a traditional ''Only Fools and Horses'' story, as compared to the more exposition-heavy nature of the other two episodes. The jokes also tend to come across more as well-executed satire instead of WereStillRelevantDammit.
28th Dec '16 3:12:38 AM Xtifr
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* TheScrappy: Damien in the 2001-2003 trilogy. An extremely obnoxious SpoiledBrat who speaks almost exclusively in AliG-style gangster phrases. At one point he freely admits that he wants his own father ''to go to prison'' just so he could fit in with the fatherless yobs on the council estate. As James Buckley (Young Del) in ''Rock and chips'' proved; you can pull off a rebellious teenager and make him endearing if you try.

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* TheScrappy: Damien in the 2001-2003 trilogy. An extremely obnoxious SpoiledBrat who speaks almost exclusively in AliG-style [[Series/DaAliGShow Ali G]]-style gangster phrases. At one point he freely admits that he wants his own father ''to go to prison'' just so he could fit in with the fatherless yobs on the council estate. As James Buckley (Young Del) in ''Rock and chips'' proved; you can pull off a rebellious teenager and make him endearing if you try.
27th Dec '16 4:09:49 AM Aurelian
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** In the 1983 Christmas special "Thicker Than Water", Reg Trotter returns, and comes close to convincing his sons that he isn't really Del's father. Much later, the 1987 and 2003 Christmas specials "The Frog's Legacy" and "Sleepless in Peckham" would suggest that ''Rodney'' wasn't Reg's son (although "Thicker Than Water" already had a pretty strong implication of that itself - or at least that Del had reason to have always thought it was a possibility, yet he didn't know the truth until a drunk Albert told him).

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** In the 1983 Christmas special "Thicker Than Water", Reg Trotter returns, and comes close to convincing his sons that he isn't really Del's father. Much later, the 1987 and 2003 Christmas specials special "The Frog's Legacy" and "Sleepless in Peckham" would suggest suggested that ''Rodney'' wasn't was not Reg's son and the 2003 episode "Sleepless in Peckham" finally confirmed it (although "Thicker Than Water" showed that both Del and Grandad already had a pretty strong implication of that itself - or at least that Del had reason to have always thought it was a possibility, yet he didn't know the truth until a drunk Albert told him).some doubts about Rodney's paternity).


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** The episode "Wanted", in which as a joke Del convinces Rodney that a woman has accused him of sexual assault (she actually uses the word "rape") doesn't sit well in today's climate of politcal correctness and the serious consequences that such an accusation can have for a man. As in "A Royal Flush" later on, Del veers from JerkWithAHeartOfGold into plain {{Jerkass}} territory, continuing to taunt Rodney about it when Rodney is clearly upset by the whole affair.
26th Dec '16 5:48:06 PM Aurelian
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* [[WhatAnIdiot What a Plonker]]: Trigger, [[TooDumbToLive obviously]], but he's not the only one.
** At the end of "To Hull and Back", Del throws £15,000 out of the window, thinking it is counterfeit. It isn't.
** Despite having a double headed coin, Del keeps losing coin tosses against Boycie (as Boycie gets to call first and keeps opting for heads). The next time Del makes sure Rodney calls first. Rodney calls tails.
** Rodney foolishly [[IdiotBall brings his policewoman girlfriend back to their flat]] (which is full of stolen goods). As if that wasn't bad enough, when Del mentions that they have run out of gin, Rodney then reveals another crate of gin marked 'export only' that Del had hidden behind a curtain.
** At Christmas Uncle Albert mixes up the coffee and the gravy, meaning the others end up pouring coffee over their dinner.
8th Nov '16 1:53:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** In "It Never Rains...", Grandad mentions a friend called Nobby Clarke. Kenneth [=MacDonald=], who played Mike from "Who's a Pretty Boy?" to "Time On Our Hands", played a character by that name in Series/ItAintHalfHotMum.

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** In "It Never Rains...", Grandad Granddad mentions a friend called Nobby Clarke. Kenneth [=MacDonald=], who played Mike from "Who's a Pretty Boy?" to "Time On Our Hands", played a character by that name in Series/ItAintHalfHotMum.''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum''.
*** In that same episode, Granddad says that the Trotters have never made good sailors. This was before Uncle Albert showed up.
4th Nov '16 9:21:21 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CastingGag: Douglas Hodge, the then-husband of Tessa Peake-Jones, who plays Raquel, was cast as the grown-up Damien in Rodney's dream in "Heroes and Villains".



** In the episode with the seance, Trigger says that the figure being described by the spirit medium 'sounds like Jimmy Savile', when it was in fact Del and Rodney's mum. They were not impressed by the comparison even then, and this was long before the truth about Jimmy Savile became known.
** In an earlier episode, Del tells Albert that some of his ex-girlfriends are married, while a couple are dead. David Jason's long-term partner Myfanwy Talog died in 1995, and the line is sometimes excised from repeats, possibly for reasons of sensitivity.

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** In the episode with the seance, Trigger says that the figure being described by the spirit medium 'sounds like Jimmy Savile', Creator/JimmySavile', when it was in fact Del and Rodney's mum. They were not impressed by the comparison even then, and this was long before the truth about Jimmy Savile became known.
** In an earlier episode, Del tells Albert that some of his ex-girlfriends are married, while a couple are dead. David Jason's Creator/DavidJason's long-term partner Myfanwy Talog died in 1995, and the line is sometimes excised from repeats, possibly for reasons of sensitivity.



** In her initial appearance, Raquel mentions that until that point her career highlight had been a small role in an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- which was intended to show how spectacularly ''un''successful she had been as an actress, since the show's ratings and reputation were a complete joke by that point, and it would be cancelled just under a year later. Exactly 25 years later the actress who played Raquel, Tessa-Peake Jones appeared in Matt Smith's final episode as the Doctor, with the show's reputation pretty much the opposite of what it was when Raquel first appeared.
* MoralEventHorizon: When Slater is first introduced, it becomes clear that he is incredibly [[EvilIsPetty petty]] and a bully even to his fellow police officers. When Del, Rodney and Granddad refuse to grass on whoever gave them a stolen microwave, he threatens Del, with planting drugs on Rodney, and promises that while they do their time in prison, Granddad will be left alone on the estate. This is when you realise just how loathsomely corrupt this man is.

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** In her initial appearance, Raquel mentions that until that point her career highlight had been a small role in an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- which was intended to show how spectacularly ''un''successful she had been as an actress, since the show's ratings and reputation were a complete joke by that point, and it would be cancelled just under a year later. Exactly 25 years later the actress who played Raquel, Tessa-Peake Jones appeared in Matt Smith's Creator/MattSmith's final episode as the Doctor, with the show's reputation pretty much the opposite of what it was when Raquel first appeared.
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When Slater is first introduced, it becomes clear that he is incredibly [[EvilIsPetty petty]] and a bully even to his fellow police officers. When Del, Rodney and Granddad refuse to grass on whoever gave them a stolen microwave, he threatens Del, with planting drugs on Rodney, and promises that while they do their time in prison, Granddad will be left alone on the estate. This is when you realise just how loathsomely corrupt this man is.
17th May '16 1:05:07 PM OlfinBedwere
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The ending of "The Sky's the Limit", where an aircraft is heading for Trotter Towers.

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The ending of "The Sky's the Limit", where an aircraft is heading for Trotter Towers.


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** The show's first Christmas special, "Christmas Crackers" has Del telling a friend whose father is dying of cancer to demand antibiotics, claiming that they're like a miracle cure. Rodney later tells him how stupid that suggestion is, but Del admits that he knows perfectly well that it won't achieve anything, beyond giving said friend some small amount of hope. Today, with frivolous prescriptions for antibiotics having given rise to extremely deadly drug-resistant forms of bacteria, the scene takes on a somewhat darker feel.
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