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Cards On The Table

Ben's poker school is costing him a fortune while Susan visits a fortune teller.

Transmitted on: Friday 25th April 2008


Episode Summary

Cards are causing trouble this week as Ben discovers from the bank statements that Susan is visiting Zelda Nobbs, a fortune teller, and Susan similarly discovers that Ben is regularly losing money playing poker.

Abi and Roger seek advice from Susan because Roger thinks Abi is seeing too much of her friends. It appears that Roger has no friends, so Susan suggests that Michael should take him to the pub with his friends.

Susan agrees to stop seeing Zelda if Ben stops playing poker. It’s a deal which neither of them sticks to. Ben tries to borrow money from both Janey and Michael for his game, while Susan is disturbed by Zelda’s reluctant revelation that Ben is to die on Thursday at 9.04pm. When she tells Ben, they both laugh it off as preposterous, but another of Zelda’s predictions comes true when Michael announces that he has been invited to Tuscany in the summer.

Roger’s night out with Michael is not a success, so Susan suggests that he join Ben at his poker game. Ben is appalled - until he learns that Roger has never played before. Ben triumphs at poker this time but is worried when Susan tells him that Zelda predicted it, so he goes to see her. She just tells him there are no guarantees.

On Thursday, at 8.50, Susan and Ben are sitting waiting wondering what to do to while away the remaining 15 minutes. They decide there is one thing they could do, so Ben rushes off to get some champagne and while he opens it, Susan tries to remove his trousers. The zip gets stuck and they try various things to unstuck it. Eventually, they collapse on the sofa and Susan realises she is lying on Ben’s watch – it reads 9.30! The living room clock has stopped and Ben is safe.
They visit Zelda to give her the good news and to tell her that they are going to Venice for a weekend. She warns them not to fly!


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Zelda Nobbs Anna Chancellor
Giles Albert Bentall


Role Name
Director Baz Taylor
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Paul Minett
Writer Brian Leveson
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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