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I Second That Emulsion

Susan cannot decide what color to paint the living room. Stupid Brian stays in Janey's room.

Transmitted on: Friday 12th October 2001

Episode Summary

Morning-Ben enters in a foul mood, to find Janey and Michael enjoying breakfast, when he asks what it is to Susan, Nick replies Tuscan Omlettes. After ridiculing Nick, Ben asks him one. Nick then starts to strip saying he's following the recipe from the Naked Chef.

Janey's boyfriend Brian is fixing a shelf. Susan offers to pay him but he just wants to help. Nick has a new job, tuning Bens piano. Ben is upset that Brian has fixed the shelf for Susan, and even more upset when he realises he has done a good job. Susan asks Brian to re-decorate the house. Michael has bought a nifty nabber and grabs the toast from Ben's breakfast. Ben realises that Brian has been sleeping in Janey's bedroom. Ben tells Susan and they agree to talk to Janey together as they are so unhappy with the turn of events. Ben and Susan talk to Janey, Janey can't see the problem, Susan backs down completely and Michael isn't bothered by what Janey does in the slightest.

Susan still can't decide on colours but does decide she doesn't want beige. Nick is still tuning the piano. Brian has prepared the sitting room, covering both Nick and Michae; with dust sheets but he can't start until Susan makes her mind up. Susan is hovering outside Janey's room the next morning as she is trying to make Janey and Brian come out. Both she and Ben are caught on the landing listening at the door by Janey and Brian.

Ben goes in to a paint shop to buy paint and discovers Nick working there. Nick persuades him to buy the paint from him. When Ben gets it home, it is the wrong colour! Brian still can't start decorating and Janey asks him to stay for the day, night and whatever. Ben and Susan are mortified. Susan talks with Janey buts gets nowhere.

Ben returns to the paint shop to get his money back, only to be told Nick has left, and he owes for all Nick's mistakes. He returns with the right paint but Susan still is unsure. Janey comes downstairs to take Brian up to bed. Brian confesses to Ben he doesn't know what to do about staying over. Ben says he doesn't want to know but suggests he pretends to leave and then climbs through Janey's window. Meanwhile, Ben takes the credit for Brian going home, and Susan is impressed until Brian comes back down the stairs for a glass of water.

Susan decides she may not redecorate after all.

The next morning, Ben discovers that Nick has tuned every note to middle C.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Brian Kevin Bishop
Mr. Travis Eddie Osei


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

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