As One Door Closes

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"As One Door Closes"
Only Fools and Horses episode
Only Fools As One Door Closes.jpg
Episode no. Series 4
Episode 7
Directed by Susan Belbin
Written by John Sullivan
Produced by Ray Butt
Original air date 4 April 1985
(14.2 million viewers)
Running time 29:48 (DVD) / 29:00 (iTunes)
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"As One Door Closes" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. It was the final episode of series 4 and first broadcast on 4 April 1985. In the episode, Del and Rodney hunt for a rare butterfly.


Del Boy's latest get-rich-quick scheme involves super-sharp combs and louvre doors funded by Denzil's £2,000 redundancy money, which was forcibly attained by Del. But unfortunately, Brendan O' Shaughnessy and Teddy Cummings do not want the louvre doors, which lands Del in hot water with Denzil, who's demanding his money back.

Rodney reads an article about a rare butterfly, and a butterfly collector's desire to catch it and pay a large sum of money to whoever brings it to him. Later, while on the run from Denzil's angry brothers, they see the butterfly in the local cemetery. Rodney eventually captures it in the lake of the nearby park.

He hands it to Del, but Denzil, after hearing that Del has got him his money back, skates by and gives Del a high five, crushing the butterfly - much to the annoyance of Rodney.

Episode cast[edit]

Actor Role
David Jason Derek Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney Trotter
Buster Merryfield Uncle Albert Trotter
Paul Barber Denzil
Doug Rowe Man in crowd
Patrick Wright Walk on ( in the market scene )

Episode concept[edit]

  • The idea for the script was based on a true story of a rare butterfly that John Sullivan had read about.[1]


  • This episode contains a rare instance of the series using video rather than film for location scenes. This came about because the location sequences in some of the earlier episodes this series (most notably "Hole in One") had been pre-filmed with Lennard Pearce prior to his death. When Buster Merryfield joined the series, the earlier episodes had to be refilmed, which left them with only enough money to film half of the location sequences in this episode. The BBC agreed to cover the budget shortfall, but on the condition that video be used instead of film, due to its lower cost.


  1. ^ Did You Know?

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