Trotters Independent Trading is causing mayhem with their faulty RAJAH computers. Rodders gets a new job at a funeral directors, while Albert and Del hit the health market with their miracle cure body massagers. At the wedding of Trigger's niece, the Trotters hear the tale of Freddy the Frog, a bank robber and close friend of the boys' mother. He left everything in his will to their mum, including missing gold bullion. While Del hunts for treasure, Rodney puzzles over Freddy and his mother's 'friendship' - and a son who would by now be his own age.
Did You Know?
This special marked the end of an era for the show, both in front of and behind the cameras. Ray Butt
, who had been the show's producer since it started in 1981, decided to leave the BBC shortly after filming was complete. The day before he left, Butt told John Sullivan
that he should seriously consider letting the show end with this episode; Butt felt that the show had run its course, and pointed to the disastrous reception of the previous year's Christmas special, "Only Fools and Horses: A Royal Flush
(1986)", as proof of his point. Sullivan gave thought to Butt's words, but after this special received a much more positive reception than the previous one had done, he decided to continue Only Fools and Horses. However, Sullivan shared Butt's concerns that the show's format was starting to become stale, and so starting with the next Christmas special, "Only Fools and Horses: Dates
(1988)", the show would maintain a balance between Del's get-rich-quick schemes and the personal lives of the Trotter Family. See more
Trigger's Aunt Renee tells Del and Rodney about Freddie the Frog Robdal. Del doesn't know who she is talking about and yet in later episodes it is clear that Del knew him well. See more
[talking about the gold stolen by "Freddy the Frog"
And what would they have done with it, eh? They either push it through a fence, in which case it becomes public knowledge, or they smelt it down. Now, that amount of gold coming onto the market causes ripples, the sort of ripples that would be remembered for a long time.
What if the police found it?
I'm talking about the police!
Written by Mike Stock
, Matt Aitken
and Pete Waterman
Performed by Mel & Kim See more