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The Yellow Peril
Series 02, Episode 05
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Air Date November 18, 1982
Written by John Sullivan
Director Ray Butt
Length 30 minutes
Previous episode "No Greater Love"
Next episode "It Never Rains..."
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The Trotters get a job painting a Chinese restaurant, which doesn't quite go according to plan...


Del Boy is at a Chinese restaurant called The Golden Lotus, and promises the owner Mr. Chin that he will paint his kitchen before the health inspector arrives. But Del can't do it today, because it is the anniversary of the death of his and Rodney's mother Joan.

At the cemetery, as they look at the fibreglass grave of their mother, Del tells Rodney that he remembers the words their mother said to him on her deathbed: "Look after Rodney for me, Del Boy. Share everything you've got with him, try to make him feel normal..." Also, Del asks Rodney to help him paint the kitchen at the Golden Lotus tomorrow. Rodney refuses at first, but Del promises him a box of pornographic magazines in return for the painting.

The next day, the Trotter Brothers and Grandad show up at the Golden Lotus and find unlabeled tins of paint to use. Rodney opens one to see that it is yellow paint. Rodney and Grandad then get to work, while Del disappears for unknown reasons. Before they begin painting, Mr. Chin explains that he received a telephone call from a man who didn't give his name (although unknown to him, the caller is later revealed that the caller was Del) and said that the health-inspector was coming to see him, and he better get his kitchen painted as soon as possible.

A few days later, back at Nelson Mandela House, Trigger arrives with another load of paint for Del, and upon being questioned by Rodney as to where the paint came from, reveals that he and Monkey Harris stole it from a storage shed down in Clapham Junction, and that the paint is used for painting signs inside railway tunnels. Rodney is infuriated that they have been using stolen paint, which leads to an argument between himself and Del about the ethics of doing so. This is interrupted by Grandad, who asks how anyone is supposed to read a painted sign inside a railway tunnel, since the tunnel would be pitch black. Trigger explains that the paint is luminous, much to Del's horror. The telephone rings, with Mr. Chin complaining about his kitchen glowing very brightly from the paint. Del explains that the luminous paint is designed to save money on electricity. With that said, Mr Chin asks them to paint his living room tomorrow. It suddenly dawns on Del about what else he has used the paint for.

The Trotters quickly drive to the cemetery and find out where Del had been for the last couple of days: painting his mother's monument with the luminous paint, so it now looks radioactive. Del says that he will not bow his head to any town hall officials, but shall look them straight in the face and say "I am the man that's responsible - and I'm proud of it." But after looking at the monument for a few moments, Del says that he, Rodney, and Grandad will put the blame on vandals with Del saying, "Let's get out of here before we get our collars felt!" before the credits roll.

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Story arc

  • Joan Mavis Trotter's date of death is revealed to be March 12, 1964.

Production goofs

  • In the scene where Del and Rodney visit their mother's grave, the bench they're sitting on is one step away from the elaborate gravestone, and also directly behind the bench are other gravestones, whereas in "As One Door Closes" at the scene when they and Uncle Albert visit Joan's gravestone while on the run from Denzil and his brothers, the bench is several footsteps away and the ground directly behind the bench is clear, clearly a different cemetery.