Only Fools and Horses Cuts – Part 4 – Updated Video Below
by Ronnie English
Last week Ronnie English looked at Series Five of Only Fools and Horses. Particularly the way episodes have lost original scenes when released on DVD in the UK.
Today we turn our attention to Series 6 where another couple of episode gets a cut and one actually gets some extras added!
UPDATE – The missing scenes below from Yuppy Love – over 5 minutes of Fools and horses lost!
In series six, the first episode “Yuppie Love” has been cut twice. Both of these are video cuts and are due to music rights. Both cuts occur in the nightclub scene. In the DVD version, the nightclub scene starts with the line “And tonight’s lucky winner is, that chick sitting at the corner table”. In the original version, the scene is much longer and starts with the lines below with a zoom shot across the dance floor:
Mickey: “Jevon! Jevon!”
Mickey: “See the blonde bird? I’ve had her! And ‘er mate. See the black sort at the back there!” Jevon: “Phones me all the time”.
Jevon: “You’re a hell of a man, Mickey”.
Rodney: “Mickey, are you doing this for charity?”
Mickey: “What d’you mean?”
Rodney: “Well, I just wondered whether it was sponsored bullshit”.
Mickey: “I’m telling you the truth, Rodney!”
(Jevon begins to speak to two girls who pass him)
Girl in Disco: “Hi, Jevon”.
Jevon: “Watcher, darling”.
Girl in Disco: “Not dancing tonight?”
Jevon: “Not at this precise moment in time. But being a creature of impulse, I am coiled like a spring, ready to move with sinuous grace when the music takes me. If either of you should be in the vicinity when this occurs, then who knows, it could be your lucky night”.
Jevon: “OK – I’ve given you two losers an audience, and now it’s time to do what I was put on this earth to do – to bring pleasure and excitement into the lives of attractive young women”.
The next cut to occur is later in this scene. After Rodney approaches Cassandra and says hello, the scene has been cut, again because of music. The DVD version just shows a shot of Rodney’s back. The following lines are lost:
Cassandra: “Erm, was there something?”
Rodney: “What? Oh yes. Would you like to dance with me?”
Cassandra: “Thank you”.
At the end of the scene, After Rodney and Cassandra go to dance, two lines are cut. This is again because of music.
Mickey: “He’s paid her, that’s what he’s done! He’s offered her half the winnings!”
Jevon: “Mickey – shut up!”
Sickness and Wealth
The fifth episode of series six “Sickness and wealth” has had its audio cut due to music rights. This cut occurs when Rodney, Cassandra and Uncle Albert are discussing Del’s health at The Nags Head in the latter half of the episode. The track removed is called “Its only love” by simply red. The DVD version has no music what so ever.
Strangely enough “‘Sickness & Wealth” has an extra scene, which hasn’t been broadcast. Hooky Street, issue 27 covers this question in depth.
Next week we will look at Only Fools and Horses Cuts for Series Seven