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A Pain In The Class

Ben and Susan have an unsuccessful meeting with the Hodders, the parents of Michael's bully. Susan forbids Janey from getting a tattoo, while Nick schemes to make money over the internet

Transmitted on: Tuesday 26th September 2000


Episode Summary

Ben wakes to hear birds singing. He storms to the window and shouts to them to shut up. When a dog starts to bark Ben throws his shoe. We hear a window break and Ben jumps back into bed just as Susan’s alarm goes off.

In the Surgery Ben tells his patient about his weekend. He apologises to Brigitte for saying she had the memory of a retarded glove puppet her. She remembers that Ben has had a call saying there’s trouble at home.

Susan tells Janey to call the boys for dinner. Janey announces she wants a tattoo. Ben arrives saying he’s sorry he’s late but he didn’t get her message. Susan tells him Michael is being bullied by Jason Hodder but Ben tries to play it down. Nick arrives saying he’s going to become a dot com millionaire. Janey asks Ben for a tattoo but he also says no. Michael explains why he didn’t tell Ben or Susan about the bullying earlier. Later in bed Susan accuses Ben of not caring. Michael agrees to teach Nick about computers when Ben arrives and tells Nick to leave - Ben tells Michael to try and put him down - Michael says the only reason he’s a dentist is because he failed to get into medical school. Ben returns to his bedroom and starts looking for his tax receipts. Susan says if he’d been more organised he could have been a doctor.

The next morning Janey continues in her attempt to persuade Susan to agree to a tattoo. Susan tells Michael to go straight to the headteacher if he has any trouble at school. Susan rings Ben at the surgery to tell him that Michael has come home covered in custard. Jason’s parents come over for a drink to sort things out. They say they don’t believe in discipline. As they leave Ben hits Mr Hodder with a newspaper.

Two days later Michael arrives late saying Janey beat Jason up. She shows them her tattoo. That evening, watching tv, Nick is working on his website. Ben gives Michael advice to help him throughout his life ‘None of it gets any better but the more it happens the less it hurts’.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Brigitte Daisy Donovan
Mr. Hodder Brian Pettifer
Mrs. Hodder Janine Duvitski


Role Name
Director Baz Taylor
Producer John Bartlett
Writer James Hendrie
Writer Ian Brown
Executive Producer Fred Barron
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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