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Sitting Targets

Susan tells Ben to spend more time with Michael.

Transmitted on: Friday 16th May 2003


Episode Summary

Nick has two girlfriends and is sharing out evenly a bouquet of flowers into two piles. Susan receives a postcard, which she reads out to Ben, but when he asks who Bill and Joyce are she has no idea!

Michael wants Ben to read his geography project, everyone else has read it apart from him. Ben says he hasn’t even time to read the paper. Nick cuts a box of chocolates in half to give each girl some chocolates too. Ben is jealous. Monique rings for Nick. He then has to share the flowers into three piles.

Susan suggests that Ben do some Father and son stuff together, to stop him turning like Nick. Ben goes to have a heart to heart with Michael and he informs Ben what a useless parent he is. Ben is very upset, and doesn’t understand why no one likes him. Nick, meanwhile has found the perfect present for his three girlfriends. A kitkat. One stick for each and one for himself. Ben is jealous of Nick having three girls at once and is completely depressed. He suddenly sees baby Kenzo, who they are babysitting for Janey. Ben sees him as yet another victim for Susan. Janey has left a list of instructions, which Susan puts in the bin as she doesn’t need it, she knows what to do.

Ben is still trying to become friends with Michael, he has bought him an outdated toy, and ends up agreeing to a space watch for UFO’s with him on Friday night in Michael’s bedroom. Susan can’t wake the baby even with the help of banging pans together. Finally he wakes up crying and Ben and Susan try in vain to pacify him.

Nick walks in to the screaming, can’t hear himself think, picks up baby Kenzo and he stops instantly. Ben tells him Nick can’t go out as he has to help with Kenzo. Nick finishes with his three girlfriends on the house phone and the mobile, all at the same time. Michael and Ben are sitting in the dark looking for UFO’s. All Ben finds is Nick out for an evening stroll on the roof. Susan is still trying to cope with Baby Kenzo, and they find out Janey is not coming back for the whole night. They ask Nick for help and he gets into their bed with them to cope with the baby. It’s a restless night, Nick can’t sleep and wants to give Michael to Janey and keep the baby.

The next morning Ben takes the crying baby from Susan and stops him crying. Susan orders them all out, and finally looks at Janey’s note.
Nick tries to get his three girlfriends back, and Michael makes Ben own up to the whole family that he really believes in UFO’s.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Hubert Alex Dawson


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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