Germs of Endearment
Having forgotten Ben and Susan’s wedding anniversary, Janey and Michael pretend to have bought them a holiday to Spain knowing that they will be reticent about spending a fortnight together.
However they are caught out when Ben and Susan accept the holiday and have some quick thinking to do! Michael reveals that he charged the holiday to Ben’s credit card but has a cunning plan to recoup the money by raiding the house of anything potentially valuable and going on “Cash In The Attic”.
True to form, the outgoing flight to Spain does not go that smoothly when Ben is irritated by his fellow passengers, but on moving to different seats he and Susan sit next to a most nervous passenger whom Ben fails to reassure.
Ben’s vexation is heightened when the Captain announces over the tannoy that a suspected outbreak of H7N1 virus in the UK means everyone on board the plane must be quarantined. His bad mood is compounded when his makeshift camp bed collapses and he’s wound up sleeping next to the nervous passenger again. Arguments about the food ensue and Susan is at the end of her tether with Ben’s obnoxious attitude.
Back at home, an antiques expert can find nothing of value to sell until he espies the clock on the mantelpiece which he states would fetch £3,000 at auction. Janey and Michael hesitate but can’t resist and agree to sell.
With hunger on his mind, Ben steals a nun’s banana – as he bites into it an Official enters with good news of their release, but Ben starts to choke on his mouthful causing the Official to believe he has suspicious symptoms - and despite Ben’s protestations the quarantine is extended.
Despite berating Ben for his intolerance, time in quarantine has taken its toll on Susan’s patience and she snaps at her fellow passengers, which heightens Ben’s attractiveness to her. Upon their return after the holiday, all bodes well… until the replacement clock whirrs into action stopping Ben and Susan in their tracks.
|Ben Harper||Robert Lindsay|
|Susan Harper||Zoe Wanamaker|
|Janey Harper||Daniela Denby-Ashe|
|Michael Harper||Gabriel Thompson|
|Anecdote Passenger||Daniel Hill|
|Nervous passenger||Clive Rowe|
|Sister Brenda||Cicely Giddings|
|Laura, Young couple||Elizabeth Bower|
|Lawrence, Young couple||Tom Price|
|Flight Attendent||Karina Fernandez|
|Isolation Controller||Vidal Sancho|
|Capitain Voice (V.O)||Jeff Rawle|