Me and My Girl

Season 4 Episode 4

Poor Uncle Derek

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 1987 on ITV
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Poor Uncle Derek
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Samantha acquires a pet hamster, which she calls Uncle Derek because in some ways it resembles Derek; in the circumstances, Derek is not told of his namesake. Simon is busy drawing up insurance documents so that, in the event of either himself or Derek dying, the other partner would be enabled to take over their joint Eye-catchers business. Derek is quite agreeable to this arrangement, but his friend Fergus overhears Simon and Samantha that Uncle Derek is very ill and will not live long. Fergus, who presumes it is the real Derek, rushes to commiserate Derek. Derek, who is suffering from back pain and having several tests, hears Fergus's news and believes that Simon is trying to take over his side of the business. Derek believes he will soon die and decides, because of Simon's cheerful mood considering the fatal death that his partner will soon face, to sign over his side of the business to Fergus knowing that Simon will hate Fergus being his partner. He then discovers that Samantha's hamster is the Derek that is dying, and that his back pain is just imaginary probably sympathy pains with his wife being pregnant. Overjoyed by the discovery that he is not facing imminent death, Derek then remembers that he has signed the insurance papers in Fergus's favour.moreless

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