- Thursday 10th April 2014, 4:30pm [Edited]
- United Kingdom
- 1,172 posts
It's always confused me about Del and Rodney losing the money in the 2001 Christmas special 'If They Could See Us Now'. I get that they invested in the Central American Market, but a few things have puzzled me since I saw it (I appreciate these may be boring questions, though!):
1. Raquel says that Del's financial adviser tried to warn him that the stock market was going to crash but Del was too busy to speak to him (he was water-skiing). How can you have warning about something like that? Surely a stock market crash is spontaneous, otherwise everybody would take their money out before it crashes.
2. What does Rodney mean when he says that when the crash hit the U.K. they were "cast into financial wilderness"? Does that mean they didn't know if they were still rich or not? Like in limbo or something?
3. I think this is right, but: post-crash, they owed £53,000 to the Inland Revenue because with taxes you always pay tax this year on what you made last year. Alternatively, Del simply 'forgot' to pay them.
4. Why would they need character witnesses when they went to court?
5. Considering - as Del said - they were "making more money than the Royal Mint" - why didn't they just pull out? Greed?
6. Why was the money and such in the name of their company? (The court says, "The Inland Revenue Vs Trotters Independent Traders"). In the final scene of the 1996 episode, Del said that "Trotters Independent Traders has ceased trading." They discovery of the watch was not due to them selling a product or some other get-rich-quick scheme, it was an outside-work thing (aside from the fact it was in their garage, where they kept their stock).