Cash and Curry

This article is about an episode of the television series Only Fools and Horses. For the film, see Cash and Curry (film).
"Cash and Curry"
Only Fools and Horses episode
Episode no. Series 1
Episode 3
Directed by Martin Shardlow
Written by John Sullivan
Produced by Ray Butt
Original air date 22 September 1981
(7.3 million viewers)
Running time 29:51 (DVD/iTunes)

"Cash and Curry" is the third episode of series 1 of the BBC sit-com, Only Fools and Horses. It was first screened on 22 September 1981. In the episode, Del Boy sees a chance to profit from a dispute between two Indian businessmen.


Rodney arrives to pick Del Boy up from a Dinner and Dance. While there, Rodney is introduced by Del to Vimmal Malik, an Indian man who is looking for business opportunities, much to Del's interest. Outside, the brothers become involved in a dispute between Vimmal and Mr Raam, a man who seems to have a grudge against Vimmal. During the exchange, Raam's colleague, a very large Indian gentleman, tries to intimidate Del with faked Karate moves, but Del distracts him and hits him in the groin. Del, however, agrees to talk with Rham while Rodney drives Vimmal home.

At an Indian restaurant which Raam claims to be one of eighteen he owns, Raam explains to Del and Rodney (who comes looking for Del) that he and Malik are from rival families, each of whom makes claim to an ancient statue, of the Hindu God Kubera (who Del originally believed to be "one of India's premier wicketkeepers"), of great sentimental and financial value. Malik has the statue, but Raam wants it and informs Del that he is prepared to pay £4,000 for it. He is unable to make such an offer directly however, due to the caste system preventing him from speaking to Malik directly. Sensing an opportunity to profit, Del agrees to act as a messenger for Raam and Vimmal.

Del speaks to Malik, informing him that Raam is prepared to pay £2,000, with his intention being to keep the other £2,000 for himself. Malik eventually accepts the offer, but is unwilling to hand over the statue before receiving the cash. A problem emerges when it becomes clear that Raam is equally unwilling to handover the money before receiving the statue. Rodney at this point attempts to convince Del to let the deal go, but Del is unrelenting and decides to raise the £2,000 himself by selling off unwanted or unneeded items from the flat. Eventually he succeeds in convincing Rodney to go along with the plan.

The money is duly raised and paid to Malik, and the statue handed over. When Del Boy and Rodney go to the restaurant Raam supposedly owns, however, they find that he is gone - and that he does not own the restaurant and never did. The waiter there, who is the real owner of the restaurant, informs him that the cheque provided by Raam bounced, and that enquiries as to his accommodation revealed Rham had left there as well, leaving three weeks rent unpaid. Adding to the Trotter's woes, the owner examines the statue and reveals that they cost just £17 in Portobello Road. Del and Rodney rush to Malik's home to inform him that Raam has left, but find that Malik has also disappeared.

Meanwhile, on the motorway, Malik and Raam joke to each other about the stupidity of the Trotter Brothers in falling for the scam, and it emerges that they are professional con artists who have successfully carried this out in various other cities (Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton, and North and South London), as they travel to their next destination to try it again.

Outside Malik's home, Rodney tries to cheer Del up by jokingly suggesting head to a curry house, and Del angrily throws the statue at Rodney. The camera comically freezes as the statue is still in the air.[1] [2]

Episode cast

Actor Role
David Jason Derek Trotter
Nicholas Lyndhurst Rodney Trotter
Renu Setna Mr. Raam
Ahmed Khalil Vimmal Malik
Babar Bhatti Restaurant manager

Episode concept

The idea for the script was based purely on the name of the episode "Cash and Curry", from that the script was devised.[3]


This episode, along with "Who's A Pretty Boy" and "The Longest Night" are the only three episodes of the whole Only Fools And Horses run to not feature the Trotters' flat. It is also the first episode not to feature Lennard Pearce as Grandad.

The Trotters sell their Vauxhall Velox to help raise the £2,000. They remain without a second car until "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Uncle", where Del buys the "Prattmobile", a 1977 Ford Capri Ghia.

David Jason and Renu Setna previously co-starred in an episode of Open All Hours, "Laundry Blues", which aired a few months before this episode. "Laundry Blues" also featured Nick Stringer, who appeared in the previous episode.


Pink Floyd : "Money"

Note: In the VHS/DVD versions, Pink Floyd's "Money" is replaced by another piece of music.


  1. "Episode Summary". Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  2. "Full Episode Script". Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  3. Did You Know? Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
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