20 Responses to “A Royal Flush episode review”

  1. scott Barber says:

    I agree totally with this review. The original uncut version is just awful. Del does come across as evil and nasty throughout. I remember watching it as a kid when it came on at Christmas, and couldn’t believe what I was watching.

    From beginning to end, it doesn’t let up once, making Del one of the nastiest TV sitcom characters ever, and not in a good way like Blackadder or Basil Fawlty.

    The opera scene is very embarrassing, but the dinner table scene just turns Del into a downright pig, and at the end of the episode he doesn’t redeem himself, but instead tries to physically hurt Rodney, after destroying him throughout the entire episode. It just doesn’t make any sense, because Del at his worst in other episodes usually had good intent underneath, and usually redeems himself. Here he doesn’t.

    I can see why Sullivan wanted to edit this, and why he tried to disown it. The faults are glaringly obvious, even the edited version.

    I prefer to think this didn’t exist at all, and really wished it had never been made in the first place.

    • Griff says:

      It’s quite an exaggeration to call Del evil and nasty throughout.

      He was nothing more than a drunken fool at the dinner table.

  2. Sam says:

    The whole Del trying to mix with the wealthy and out-stay his welcome scenario reminded me too much of ‘A Touch of Glass.’

    The only thing I like about the episode are the scenes at the beginning with Rodney & Vicky in the market & café. I turn it off after that for the usual reasons.

  3. Rmatton14@aol.com says:

    Yeah – the uncut version is available on the number discs, those weekly only fools and horses magazines that came with a DVD every fortnight – that version of ‘a royal flush’ is uncut.

    the BBC offical DVD release in the shops is the horrible chopped version with a laughter track.

    on a side note, the uncut version is also available on VHS home video, the official video tape release of ‘a royal flush’ – all the scenes are intact.

  4. Kevin Healey says:

    I have both versions and I prefer the uncut original. I don’t think you should over analyse this episode, at the end of the day Del had way to much to drink, got totally pissed and as a result acted completely out of character.

  5. Wayne Barrett says:

    A good article, Nathan,but, I think you are analysing too much about the characterization of Del. There are many other “Evil Del” moments in Only Fools roughly around this period- “Strained Relations”- Del says to Rodney, “I wish I’d had you put in care, then I could have been someone” (which is far nastier then anything in “A royal flush” and also just before this in “Tea for three” both the brothers are quite spiteful to each other. I always thought that a “Royal Flush” was one of the best Only Fools episodes-full of classic one liners and a great although unlikely plot. It is in my opinion, far better than some of the post ’91 fools- too many lacklustre efforts for such a high standard (never particually liked “Fatal Extraction”)but it’s all down to personal choice. Thw bottom line is that underneath it all, Del and Rodney care deeply for each other as shown in the thread running through the entire show’s history. The no.1 sitcom in history of course!

  6. Rob says:

    I prefer the full uncut version of ‘a royal flush’ I wasn’t keen on the 2004 edited version with a laughter track/laughing audience.

    If anybody is thinking about getting ‘a royal flush’ on DVD/Video whatever – I would strongly suggest getting the uncut version, the 2004 hacked version was brutally chopped by about 20 mins of footage.

    the uncut version is a little harder to find than the common cut one – but it’s worth it.

  7. Paul says:

    Hi anyone know whos in the line up for this years convention? Come on Perry let us know ?

  8. danboy says:

    Sorry but i just can’t watch the edited version, it’s awful. Granted the original cut isn’t the best episode in the world either, one of my least favourites. To think this is sandwiched between To Hull and back and The frog’s legacy in terms of Xmas specials (2 of my all time favourite episodes) doesn’t really help.

    The episode does have some good lines though….

    “…..I see, and what is sirs pleasure?

    Well birds and curry I suppose but I haven’t come here to chit chat”

    As said, I always look back on this episode with a touch of regret about what might have been, but to pretend it doesn’t exist would be wrong

  9. Griff says:

    I enjoyed this write-up, until the author started to refer to Sir David Jason’s character as ‘Evil Del’. That is a ridiculous and over-the-top comment/nickname to make for Del Boy in this one special.

    If we can just step away from what happened in the show, Del Boy, at the end of the day was basically like an excited kid at Christmas when he found out Rodney was seeing a lady of upper class. And yes, like every OFAH episode, Del also had the sight of money in his mind. SHOCK HORROR!

    I agree that Del’s behaviour at the dinner table was a little out of order, but this was solely down to him being pissed. When you’re pissed, you tend to say silly things and behave in a way you normally wouldn’t. AND, I happen to believe it’s perfectly feasible that Del wanted Vicky’s family to be aware of Rodney’s dodgy past (Dope smoking at college) as I believe special branch WOULD find this out and potentially ‘get rid’ of Rodney. After all, Vicky herself advised Rodney that special branch keep an eye out for her if she is out late or doesn’t return to her home after a certain while.

    It annoys me when fans slate this episode. It had many, many funny one-liners and in my opinion was well written. Yes, it was a little sad at the end but for Christ sakes – the one compliment that all fans and critics have paid tribute to, is Sullivan’s ability to make you laugh and cry. This episode was a prime example that comedy and doom could mix. It was a good episode and funnier and more enjoyable than the final trilogy in my opinion.

    • Rob says:

      Which was your favourite episode out of the final 3 episodes? Just wondered

      I must admit I liked royal flush I thought it was good episode. But I personally preferred frogs legacy dates and jolly boys outing their my favourite episodes. Classics

      • Griff says:

        I guess I really enjoyed ‘If They Could See Us Now’ purely because it was the first episode out of the 3 and one that you kind of go ‘ahhh, I’m glad the show is back and alive’. But I guess for the actual all round funny story-line and jokes, then it’s ‘Strangers on the Shore’.

        Overall, The Jolly Boys Outing is the greatest special they produced.

        • Rob says:

          Yes jolly boys outing was just perfect wasn’t it! What a fantastic episode. Such a shame they never made the final episode about dels 65th birthday that they were planning on doing.
          I still would like to see del boy rodders and trigger visit Boycie down at the farm just as a one off green green grass xmas special, think it would be so funny and nice to see them again. Jim John Sullivans son could come up with a great script I am sure.

  10. Rob says:

    I must admit – Del does indeed come across a bit nastier than usual in this episode, especially the comment towards the customer in the market at the beginning of the episode:

    ‘well you can run your wrist gently down the blade and find out’

  11. Oliver says:

    Agreed Rob. “If they could see us now” Was a decent episode and I loved the one liners it had in it. It was not the best, but it was certainly up there. In my opinion though the perfect ending to this series was when they went off into the sunset as millionaires as the triple after it was “as not as good as” I don’t know weather it was because Albert had died or not, but it just didn’t feel right. The problem with royal flush though, it was a good story, they just mucked about with it too much, not having laughter, releasing it uncut, then the severally cut it an released that. John Sullivan not being there really notices as it feels like a rush job.

  12. richard says:

    This episode came just under 3 months after Del had had his chance of a lifetime ruined by Rodney’s behaviour in ‘who wants to be a millionaire’.
    Maybe Del had every right to still be a little bit bitter towards Rodney in this episode.
    I know episodes stood alone in those days but maybe John Sullivan still had this in mind.
    As for the final 3 episodes, this was a typical case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’.

  13. John says:

    Who is this idiot who wrote this, clearly not a true OFAH fan and as far as I know the only one fan who “Hates” it, he should hang his head hating any episode and whats all this “evil del” rubbish, he was just drunk at a meal and as for the handshake, its clear he doesnt realize he shaking the broken hand.

    I personally love this ep as I do all except the last 3 though I dont “hate” them, you have look far to much into what isnt there.

    To quote del, Nathan you are a total wally

    • Pete says:

      That’s not a nice thing to say at all – personally the episode is by far the worse that was ever shown – in fact it is the only one I personally do not own, why? because I don’t like it either and therefore have never bothered to purchase it.

      Does that make me a “idiot” – should I “hang my head in shame” – …you are the only idiot that should “hang his head in shame”.

  14. Rob says:

    I notice your negative comment about ‘if they could see us now’ i watched that again the other night and thought after seeing it again it was a funny episode. Some classic moments! Trig arriving at flat ‘you put a bit of music on dave’ ? and the karaoke version ! lol how can you say this is a bad episode? Rodney as Russel crow hilarious. del boy saying this time next year we will be millionaires, Rodney response “this time last week we were millionaires”! I couldn’t stop laughing and think it isn’t as bad as people make out. I thought it was very funny, like when Rodney tells john ross to piss off thinking it mickey pearce, again had me in tears of laughter.
    Just my opinion don’t know what everybody else thinks? I admit initially I agree time on our hands the best ending, but I think there are bits out of the new final 3 episodes which were superb, and I am glad that the 2001, 02 and 03 episodes were made.

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