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Much Ado About Ben

Susan finds Ben's viagra in Nick's pockets. Ben becomes worried about his health and blames the medicine. Susan lets her yoga instructer hold classes in the house.

Transmitted on: Tuesday 7th November 2000


Episode Summary

Brigitte is her usual self in the surgery. Janey is trying to win a competition and Susan wants help with the housework.Susan finds Viagra and wonders why Nick has it. Susan is doing Yoga in the bedroom when Nick comes in and starts to take the tv to his room but when told he can’t decides to watch it in their room. He is ordered out. Susan tells Ben about the Viagra. After much discussion about Bens sexual prowess, Susan goes to the bathroom and we see Ben take the Viagra. Susan comes out of the bathroom and Ben is not well.

Susan and Ben are in casualty with a doctor. Ben has a classic case of hypertension and although he finally admits to taking the Viagra, it wasn’t that at all. Ben is now at home, Susan has put him on a low salt, low fat diet much to Bens disgust. He becomes very agitated about everyone going on about him being sick, so they all agree to leave him alone.

He tells Brigitte he is feeling very upset because the family don’t care about him, she suggests he reads a book by her guru, Dave, who has written a book ‘Live for today, because tomorrow you might fall off a roof’. Ben says he thinks not.
We see Susan in the yoga class and her teacher Doreen has a row with her ex husband.

Susan is preparing either Souffle or bouillabaise! Time will tell. Nick tells her she has a phone call, its from Doreen and as her husband has locked her out of the studio, she has offered to let the yoga class come the their house.

Ben does a singing routine, to prove he’s happy and fine. The family is very concerned because he’s singing, and Susan is still insisting he eats a low fat etc. diet. Susan suggests Ben takes Michael camping as the yoga group are coming over. Then she suggests he should join in the yoga class. He gets very fed up. They all feel better because he is back to being his normal grumpy self.

Ben goes to the pub and has one too many, when he arrives home and falls over, Nick who was sleeping on the sofa, thinks he has had a heart attack and gives him the kiss of life, much to Bens horror. The next morning, Ben is in need of aspirin, Susan tells him all the children saw him and Michael even made a video. Janey has aspirin in exchange for concert tickets and Ben tells Susan he has seen the error of his ways. No more drink, junk food and he’ll give yoga a try.

Ben joins in with the yoga ladies, it is a disaster and he storms out to his surgery.Susan goes to the surgery later that evening to bring him home. She tells him Doreen has slumped on the sofa, after polishing off the cooking sherry. We end with them on the densitst chair together.


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
Doreen Pippa Haywood
Doctor Kelly Martina Laird
Bartender Ronnie Fox
Patient Phillip Manikum
Man in Pub Baz Taylor


Role Name
Director Baz Taylor
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Steve Armogida
Writer Jim Armogida
Executive Producer Fred Barron
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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