9 of the most memorable moments from the television series Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses: The Musical is currently entertaining audiences at Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2019. Take a trip down memory lane as we take a look at some unmissable moments from the smash-hit 1980s series: Only Fools and Horses.
Best bits of Only Fools and Horses
“Trig, why do you call me Dave?”
In this classic scene, Rodney is waiting for the Local Tenants Association meeting to get going. While waiting, his friend Trigger walks in and they strike up a conversation, but Trigger keeps calling Rodney Dave! Rodney has enough with Trigger calling him Dave, telling him “I’ve looked it up on my passport and everything. It’s definitely Rodney”.
Trigger finally calls him Rodney, but when it’s time to nominate a new vice-chairman of the association, Trigger knows when to call him Rodney and not Dave!
“Look after your broom”
Trigger is very proud of his broom, and he’s not the only one. In a café, Trigger is telling Del Boy and Rodney about his road sweeper broom that he’s had for 20 years and how he received a medal for saving the council money. Talking about what it takes to keep a broom pristine, he later mentions that the broom’s had 17 new heads and 14 new handles. Cue the looks of despair from the gang, and the inevitable question: “How the hell can it be the same broom then?”
“Batman and Robin”
Only Fools and Horses will remember the first time they saw the well-known duo run onto their screens in fancy dress. In the same episode as the broom antics, Rodney and Del dress up as Batman and Robin for a fancy dress party, which turns out to be a funeral wake. When their Reliant Robin packs up in the middle of town, the lads decide to run to the party. Running through the back alleys, they find their local councillor being mugged, but the guys’ presence makes the criminals run away. Batman and Robin appearing from the shadows is a moment of TV gold.
“I am not naturally bald”
When Del Boy meets old friend Jumbo, he realises the fake Australian doesn’t have hair. In fact, he’s actually bald and wears a wig to cover it! Jumbo tries to convince the Trotters that he isn’t bald and that his hair will grow back, but taking the mickey is what the Trotters do best. This scene is a rib-tickler for all things hair, with comments made about Jumbo’s suspiciously wide parting.
“Kitchen, kettle and bird”
Giving viewers a perfect example of how not to be in the kitchen, Rodney leaving the kettle on is the least of their worries. Keeping the kettle on the gas, the kitchen fills up with steam and leaving the kitchen with a giant hole in the wall. Condensed walls and alarms going off build up to the big moment when Grandad realises they’ve killed their pet canary. Arguments fly between the trio in a kitchen that’s clearly seen better days.
In a classic scene from 1989, strange noises keep getting louder and louder in the living room. Is it Uncle Albert? Is it Del Boy or Rodney? The squeaking sound from behind the sofa is an inflatable doll that Del had received. Poking out from the back of the sofa like a ghost, hearing the sounds of the self-inflating plastic lady will stay in the mind of Only Fools and Horses fans forever.
In the 1996 Only Fools and Horses Christmas special, audiences joined the Trotters in the middle of an auction. After discovering an antique watch in their garage, Del Boy and Rodney can’t believe their luck when it goes for over £6 million! Causing Rodney to faint, it takes the boys a while to fully appreciate just how much money they’ve landed in. Sitting in their Reliant Robin outside Sotheby’s, the Trotter’s life changes with this remarkable sum.
The chandelier scene is one of the most famous moments in the series. In 1982, Only Fools and Horses audiences watched Del, Rodney and Grandad enter the chandelier cleaning business. On their first appointment, they get everything ready to dispose of the expensive ornament, but it’s never straightforward in the Trotters. Seeing a chandelier smash has had audiences laughing ever since it was first aired. The scene could only be filmed once as the chandelier cost £6,000, so the entire episode was riding on this one take!
“Falling through the bar”
A priceless Only Fools and Horses moment comes from 1989. Here, Trigger and Del try to catch the ladies attention in a trendy wine bar. Talking to each other and building up their confidence, the boys don’t go un-noticed by the woman. They’re noticed even more when Del falls through the bar! Falling to the floor, his chances of going home with any woman also end up on the floor and Del just wants to leave.