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Strangers on the Shore
Series 07, Episode 17
Strangers on the Shore
Air Date December 25, 2002
Written by John Sullivan
Director Tony Dow
Length 75 minutes
Previous episode "If They Could See Us Now"
Next episode "Sleepless in Peckham"
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Del and Rodney go to France to honour the memory of their late Uncle Albert. However, Del sees it as a business opportunity...

Synopsis

Because the Trotters lost their fortune due to investing in an embezzling Central American market, Del Boy has been driving for Boycie. As he and Marlene prepare to head to a relative's wedding, Boycie boasts to Del (for the millionth time) about how he's going be a multi-millionaire when he goes to France to sign a deal with an Iranian associate (although Boycie thinks he is Lebanese). Del gets his own back at Boycie for teasing him by putting onion puree in Boycie's hair gel. Meanwhile, at Nelson Mandela House, Rodney is trying not to look at Damien. Then, as Del returns home, there's a letter for their late Uncle Albert, requesting his presence at a small village in France.

Sometime later at The Nag's Head, Raquel and a pregnant Cassandra join Del and Rodney in a conversation about how Albert's life journey and love life are similar to the story Captain Corelli's Mandolin, although Del doesn't have a clue about it. The Trotter Brothers suggest that they will go to France and respresent their late great-uncle. But Del has other things in mind: such as asking Denzil and Trigger to head to a wine warehouse when they all get there, in order to procure a large volume of alcohol which they will then sell to Sid for a handsome profit.

A few days later, Del and Rodney scatter Albert's ashes to the sea before arriving in port. They set off in their Trotter Van to the village of St. Claire a la Chappelle and meet another World War II soldier named George Parker. In a bar, as George tells them about how much of a ladies' man Albert was, the Trotter Brothers notice that all the old men in the village have the same beard as Albert. Meanwhile, at the wine warehouse, Denzil and Trigger wait patiently for Del while talking about their love lives.

Later, as the Trotter Brothers leave the village and prepare to drive back to the ship, Rodney wonders if Albert was really that popular with the ladies because of the many Albert lookalikes they saw in that village. Del just says, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin? More like Captain Birdseye's Banjo!" They then arrive at the warehouse and quickly help Denzil and Trigger stock up on Saint-Omer beer to take back to Britain and the Nag's Head with them.

That night, back at Nelson Mandela House, Denzil and Trigger find an illegal immigrant in the back of Denzil's lorry. The Trotter Brothers head down to the garage and investigate. The immigrant's name is unknown to them, and he doesn't even speak English. Del and Rodney bring him up to the flat and introduce him to Raquel, Damien, and Cassandra as Gary, a friend who Rodney met at evening school, although Raquel realizes that "Gary" is an illegal immigrant almost immediately. Boycie also shows up because a gas leak from Del's Slovak log-effect gas fires caused his house to be filled with gas causing an evacuation by order of the fire brigade. There were no injuries, and Marlene had taken Tyler and gone to stay at her mother's place, but Boycie is unable to sleep there, as he had a massive argument with his mother-in-law at the wedding, partly due to the onion puree Del put in his hair. The Trotters reluctantly agree to let him stay. A great deal of the comedy is derived from the unfortunate man repeating the name "Gary" in a heavily accented voice, as a reply to absolutely everything that is directed at him as long as it has the word "Gary" in it.

A few days later, Boycie is allowed to go back into his mansion, and that he's heading to France right now. But unfortunately, Gary disappeared when he was playing football with Damien and his friends. As Boycie and the Trotters head to France in a white van (Del having hired it in place of an expensive car, intending to buy more alcohol on this trip), there is a news report featuring Gary, in which his real name is revealed as "Rashid Mamoon" and that he has told the authorities he was being "kidnapped and held hostage by the Gary Gang" (he was helping to load the beer in the back of Denzil's van when Del unknowingly trapped him underneath a huge stack of beer boxes). When Del, Rodney, and Boycie arrive in France, they meet with Boycie's Iranian business partner, Mr. Mamoon, who introduces them to his son, who they see is actually Rashid. Rashid panics and claims Boycie and the Trotter Brothers are the kidnappers. Mr. Mamoon calls the police, and Del, Rodney, and Boycie are arrested on suspicion for kidnapping.

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Continuity errors

  • When Boycie comes to the flat after his mansion is set on fire, he claims that all he has are the clothes he's wearing. But at the market a few days later, Raquel tells Del that she is sick of Boycie putting on the hair gel that smells of onion (because of Del). It is completely unknown how Boycie could use the hair gel if it was still in his house. However given his character, he probably carried it around everywhere or that Del had one spare.
  • While in The Nag's Head with Del and Rodney, Raquel and Cassandra claim that Albert met Elsie Partridge before the war, but in "The Unlucky Winner Is...", Rodney tells Cassandra that Albert met Elsie at bingo.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Perry Agajenoffa, president of the OFAH Appreciation Society and founder of the OFAH Museum, appears in the background of The Nag's Head.
  • The pyjamas that Gary wears are the same ones that Del wore in "Sickness and Wealth" (the red pyjamas) and "Modern Men" (the lime green pyjamas).

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