Danger UXD

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"Danger UXD"
Only Fools and Horses episode
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Episode no. Series 6
Episode 2
Directed by Tony Dow
Written by John Sullivan
Produced by Gareth Gwenlan
Original air date 15 January 1989
(16.1 million viewers)
Running time

50 minutes

  • 48:12 (DVD)
  • 48:16 (iTunes)
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"Danger UXD" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. It was the second episode of series 6 and first broadcast on 15 January 1989. In the episode, Del acquires a batch of faulty sex dolls, which have inadvertently been filled with an explosive gas.

The episode title is a reference to the 1979 TV series Danger UXB, where UXB stood for "unexploded bomb"; "UXD" thus suggests "unexploded dolls." On 21 December 2006, a scene from this episode was voted number 4 in the UKTV Gold Top 40 Greatest Only Fools Moments. The scene in question was that when one of the blow up dolls blows up by itself, which lead Del Boy, Rodney, and Uncle Albert to leave the room in a panic.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

While continuing to follow the yuppy lifestyle, Del Boy encourages Rodney to join in the fun. Also, Del's latest items to flog are VCRs from Ronnie Nelson and fresh tomatoes from Jersey.

At the Nag's Head, Denzil tells Mike and the Trotters that he took his wife, Corrine out for the evening to celebrate their anniversary, despite picking up a faulty stock of 50 dolls from a shop in High Wycombe and having to take them back to the factory, intending to take them in Monday. However, there was a fire at the factory so Denzil cannot take them in, and has to hand in a form to show he returned the dolls. Del forges a signature from the factory and buys the dolls off Denzil.

Back at the flat, the Trotters discover that the dolls are uninflated sex dolls called Lusty Linda and Erotic Estelle. Del suggests that they take the dolls down to a man named Dirty Barry, who owns a sex shop.

At a Chinese takeaway, Denzil watches London Plus and finds out that the dolls are filled with propane gas, which will explode if exposed to heat, and is suspected to have caused the destruction of the factory. Denzil zooms out of the takeaway after paying, but not claiming his meal.

That night, back at the flat, after Del find that the VCR has recorded the wrong programme, Rodney informs Del that the VCRs are made only for use in mainland Europe and cannot be used in the United Kingdom. Del admits that he has already sold most of them! At that moment, the two sex dolls from behind the cocktail bar inflate. The Trotters proceed to deflate the dolls, but cannot due to their faulty valves. Rodney suggests they burst them but is told not to by Del. When Rodney gets dressed for a date with Cassandra, Del gets an idea on how to get the dolls to Dirty Barry's.

Back at the Nag's Head, Trigger complains about the "fresh Jersey" tomatoes, and Boycie turns out to be the one who bought the faulty video recorders. Denzil comes bursting in and tells them about the dolls and how he has to get in touch with Del. Boycie and Mike cackle nastily on hearing that Del has fifty time bombs on his hands.

Outside Nelson Mandela House, Rodney and Del come out with the two dolls dressed in their late mother Joan's clothes. An old man mistakes them for real women and Del imitates a female voice. The Trotters throw the dolls in their van, and Rodney heads off to meet up with Cassandra, leaving Del and Albert to drive down to Dirty Barry's. Del and Albert arrive at Dirty Barry's place, only to find out that he has had his licence revoked by the council. With nowhere else to drop them off, Del and Albert head back to the van to think of another way to get rid of the dolls. Del thinks they should hold them until the market picks up again.

At a restaurant, Cassandra warns Rodney of the unexploded sex dolls that she has heard about on the news. Eventually, Del and Rodney quickly take the two inflated dolls and dump them in a derelict area. The dolls explode after the Trotter brothers have got clear. The Trotter brothers head back to their van, only to find out that another two dolls are inflating. Del and Rodney bail out of the van and run off into the night.

Episode cast[edit]

Actor Role
David Jason Del Boy
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney
Buster Merryfield Uncle Albert
Roger Lloyd-Pack Trigger
Gwyneth Strong Cassandra
Kenneth MacDonald Mike
John Challis Boycie
Paul Barber Denzil
Walter Sparrow Dirty Barry
Paul Cooper Waiter
Michael Shallard Adrian
Takashi Kawahara Chinese takeaway owner
David Warwick TV Presenter
Tommy Buson Clayton Cooper

Story arc[edit]

  • In this episode it is revealed that Denzil has established a new company, Transworld Express. This company is mentioned in a number of later episodes, such as "Mother Nature's Son" and marks a permanent career change for the character.
  • The minor character Clayton Cooper would appear again in the 2010 prequel Rock & Chips as the boyfriend of Reenie Turpin. He does not appear in "Five Gold Rings" or "The Frog and the Pussycat", although it is unknown if he was to return in any of the four unproduced episodes.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 Only Fools Moments". UK Gold. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2006. 

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