On seeing Susan’s purchases are largely dog food, Alfie questions her culinary prowess – she announces they are getting a puppy! Returning from work, Ben overhears Susan talking about adoption and is relieved when he realises Susan and Alfie are talking about a dog not a child – but he is absolutely not on board!
That night, Susan tells him it’s easier if he just goes along with her and the next day they visit a dogs’ home where Susan spots the one she wants and is anxious to take him away with them but is thwarted by Mrs Philbin who insists their home has to be vetted first.
Susan prepares for the visit of Mrs.Philbin - however, Mrs.Philbin does not get a good impression and speaks her fears that too much pampering would be unsuitable. Susan is heartbroken – but Mrs.Philbin softens under Ben’s persuasive tongue and agrees he can have the dog.
In the meantime however, Susan has taken matters into her own hands and has handcuffed herself inside a kennel in protest at the conditions - so Mrs.Philbin changes her mind about letting them have the dog again. Susan refuses to leave the kennels without the dog but a phone call about Michael sends her scurrying home, leaving Ben to face the local media… and a large Rottweiler.
|Ben Harper||Robert Lindsay|
|Susan Harper||Zoe Wanamaker|
|Janey Harper||Daniela Denby-Ashe|
|Michael Harper||Gabriel Thompson|
|Roger Bailey||Keiron Self|
|Alfie Butts||Rhodri Meilir|
|Mrs. Philbin||Maggie Steed|