Hole in One (Only Fools and Horses)
|Only Fools and Horses episode|
|"Hole in One"|
|Duration||29:37 (DVD) / 29:27 (iTunes)|
|Airdate||7 March 1985|
"Hole in One" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, Only Fools and Horses. It was the third episode of series 4, and was first broadcast on 7 March 1985. In the episode, Del decides to sue the brewery after Uncle Albert falls down the Nag's Head cellar.
Four weeks have passed since Albert first moved in with Del Boy and Rodney, and things are not good for them financially. It is the worst winter in over "two million years", and Rodney has foolishly made an investment in £500 worth of sun tan lotion.
At the Nag's Head, as the Trotters pass by the open door into its cellar, Mike wants a word with Del about the deep-fat fryer he sold him. Inside, Del and Rodney once again start to argue, prompting Albert to leave.
Suddenly, a loud crash is heard, and the Trotter Brothers run into the cellar to find that Albert has fallen down through the cellar's open door. Del hatches a plan when Albert says "I've got a right mind to sue the brewery!" He also tells Rodney to phone Solly Attwell, the Trotter Family's solicitor.
Back at Nelson Mandela House, Solly tells Del and Rodney that there's nothing physically wrong with Albert after his accidental fall, but suggests that it may have hurt him mentally. Furthermore, he tells them that the brewery has agreed to settle out of court for two thousand pounds, an amount which will solve their financial troubles and still leave them with a substantial number, but Del still decides to take the case to court, hoping to gain more compensation.
At the courthouse, Del and Rodney tell their sides of the story, hoping that they get their money from this, but when a wheelchair-using Albert comes up to tell his side of the story, the Brewery's Barrister reminds Albert about a lot of cases similar to this one, all involving Albert Gladstone Trotter and they all took place after the war. Not only that, but Albert underwent basic parachute training on the Isle of Wight, where he learned how to fall off things without injuring himself. The judge consequently throws the case out.
Later, outside the courthouse, the Trotter Brothers berate Albert for what he did, but Albert explains that whenever he and Grandad were short of money, Albert would fall down a hole. The reason why Albert fell down the cellar at the Nag's Head to gain compensation was to repay his nephews for the kindness they'd shown him, and most of all, to pay for Grandad's headstone. Because when they were children, Grandad used to look after Albert, and Albert never got the chance to pay his older brother back. Del Boy and Rodney, touched by this, forgive Albert and wheel him home in his wheelchair, shortly before Del furiously reminds Albert that he can still walk.
- The Trotter family's address is revealed to be 368 Nelson Mandela House, Dockside Estate, Peckham.
- Albert's middle name is revealed to be "Gladstone".
- The idea for the script was based on a true story about John Sullivan's grandfather, a coal-man named Dickie, who claimed compensation by falling down holes.
Actor Lennard Pearce died from a heart attack soon after filming of the fourth series got underway and had already filmed several scenes for "Hole in One". John Sullivan wrote two new episodes, "Happy Returns" and "Strained Relations", the latter of which featured Grandad's funeral. Once Buster Merryfield joined the cast, the "Hole in One" scenes already filmed by Pearce were re-shot (an original shot of Mike looking up [at Grandad] from the Nag's Head cellar was retained). The rest of the original footage has never been transmitted, and is not available on DVD.
- During the court case, the judge says that the Trotters live at 368 Nelson Mandela House, yet in "Time On Our Hands" while Del and Rodney are stuck in the lift, as Denzil and Mickey Pearce take furniture out of the Trotters' flat, the door number is clearly 127.
- After the court case, Albert tells Rodney and Del that every time himself and Grandad were short of some money, Albert would just fall down a hole. In the court case, it was revealed that the incidents occurred after the war. In "Tea for Three", Albert said that he and Grandad didn't speak to each other after they met and rowed over Ada. In "Miami Twice", Albert revealed that he left Ada behind when he went to war, so Albert clearly met Ada before the war and therefore couldn't be speaking to Grandad after the war when they allegedly worked together falling down holes.
- The replacement in the storyline of the character of Grandad with that of Uncle Albert creates plot ambiguities; the exact reasons why a Royal Navy ships engineer would be learning parachute jumping in the war was never explained adequately.
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