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"The Unlucky Winner Is..." was the 4th episode in the
Ofah the unlucky winner is....

Del and Rodney win the lottery...or do they?

6th series of Only Fools And Horses. This episode was one of the funniest episodes ever as Rodney won a competition to win a holiday in Mallorca and then when they got there he was told he had to pretend to be 14 all week. Rodney's holiday is spoiled until they buy some lottery tickets and win £1000,000, but as Rodney's name is also on the ticket, no one under 18 is allowed to gamble and could this scupper their millionaire dream?

SynopsisEdit

Rodney Trotter has invited Cassandra Parry back to the Trotter's flat. Derek "Del Boy" Trotter and Albert Trotter are said to both have dates tonight and are both out. As Rodney and Cass are kissing, Albert comes from the kitchen, all dressed up. Rodney thought he was going out. Albert has invited Elsie Partridge (who he met at a bingo game) round the flat. Rodney says to Cass that they can be alone if he slips Albert a few quid to take Elsie out. But then Del comes in. Del's date is also coming round. He persuades Rodney to take Cassandra out for the evening. Del is entering for every competition going. Rodney has shown Cassandra a painting of The Marble Arch At Dawn which he drew at school aged 14 and wrote his name on it. Del has entered the painting for the competition in Rodney;s name, and Rodney is not aware of this.

A day or 2 later, Rodney gets a letter which Del opens and it says he has won the competition and a holiday for 3 people to Mallorca. Rodney is meanwhile worried about intimacy with Cassandra and that 2 may become 3. Del is happy and tells Rodney and Rodney is pleased. Del says he entered him for the competition. A holiday for 3, which means Del, Rodney and Cassandra can go. When she is in the ladies, Rodney chats to Del about contraception and buying condoms. He worries about the stigma when buying them in a shop. Del thinks that is a piece of silver foil.

3 weeks later Del, Rodney and Cassandra arrive for their 7 day holiday in Mallorca. At the arrivals depot at the airport, Del says that Rodney has to pretend to be 14 all week. He is 6 foot tall, and aged 26, he knows they will soon realise he is not 14. Del has doctored his passport. Cassandra laughs but then soon changes when she has to pretend to be his stepmother. Del says he was Rodney's dad. Rodney has been entered for The Groovy Gang. They then enter for the Spanish lottery, Del has bought himself, Rodney and Cass a ticket. Rodney gets increasingly moody during the holiday, seeing as he has to go skateboarding in the Groovy Gang and has a 13 year old Bros fan called Trudy who fancies him. Del enjoys winding Rodney up over it. Rodney says he will get Del Boy for this.

One afternoon, Carmen and Alan Perkins the holiday organisers are suspicious of Rodney's age and have to check the passports. Even though Rodney's is doctored, they think it is a error and then leave. Del goes off for a walk to leave Rodney and Cass alone for a while, and says they are in his flight bag. This embarrasses Rodney and Cassandra.

A day or two later, down in the bar, Rodney has to attend the Groovy Gang disco and dance with Trudy. Both Rodney and Cassandra are soon miserable (since they can't spend any time together) and are ready to blow the whistle on the lie, but Del, who is having a great time, pretends to each of them (separately) that the other is enjoying it. Del then takes two girls out to a nightclub. The following morning, Del comes back with a massive hangover. Rodney and Cass say the numbers called out for the lottery match the tickets they bought and have won. Del and Rodney dance around. Alan Perkins arrives and says that they have won £1000'0000. But then he reads further and as the tickets have Rodney's name on it, no one under 18 in Spain is allowed to gamble. Del and Rodney then admit the truth so they can win the money by saying Rodney is over 18. Alan says he saw his passport which says he was born in 1974. Rodney says he has his student card which has his date of birth on it.

He reads it out thinking it says 2nd November 1960 but it says 2nd November 1974, as it was also modified by Del, who ruefully says "It's only money, bruv..." Rodney is angry and chases Del out of the bar.

CastEdit

Main cast

Guest cast

Previous Episode Chain Gang (22nd January 1989)Edit

Next Episode Sickness And Wealth (5th February 1989)Edit

ObservationsEdit

BlundersEdit

When Cassandra goes to get Rodney a drink, Del comes to the balcony and speaks to Rodney. The reflection of actress Gwyneth Strong stood waiting for her cue can be seen in the glass panels of the door.

Locations seenEdit

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