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The Abi Habit

It looks like Janey is having abstinence thrust upon her.

Transmitted on: Friday 23rd May 2008


Episode Summary

After reading a magazine article, Susan decides that she and Ben should abstain from any physical contact for three weeks to spice up their love life. Be points out that, as it’s already been four weeks, they should get cracking, but Susan is insistent.

The next morning, Michael shows Ben a note from Abi that was on the kitchen table. Roger enters, Ben reads the note behind him. Abi has left to become a nun and wants Ben and Susan to tell Roger.

Meanwhile Janey gets Michael to dig up the dirt on her new boyfriend, Ron, as she thinks he’s married.

Susan sets up a meeting with Roger in a restaurant to tell him about Abi. Ben thinks she’s mad and bets her £20 that Roger will go ballistic. Susan expects a few tears at most. Ben and Susan tell Roger, he cries at first, and Ben pays up. Then he goes berserk and the money passes back.

That night, Michael tells Janey what he’s found out about Danny. Turns out, he’s not married; he just lives with his mother. Ben and Susan enter with Roger. He’s been sedated by the medic at the police station. Susan makes them go on “Roger watch.”

At five in the morning, Susan wakes Ben. She wants out of the agreement they made. Ben wakes up immediately. They are just about to kiss when Roger bursts in the room. He wants to go see Abi. He talks Ben into going with him.

Roger and Ben are asked to leave the convent and Roger pleads with Ben for help in talking to Abi. Ben has an idea.

Ben and Roger enter the convent chapel – Ben dressed as a priest and Roger as a nun. They hide out until Roger has a chance to talk to Abi alone.

Back at Ron’s place, his mother is away and he and Janey have just returned, tipsily from the pub. The lights are off and curtains pulled as Janey and Ron enter, giggling and making out. She flips the light switch to reveal it is the bedroom has been untouched since Ron was about twelve.

Roger has managed to get Abi on her own and he makes her think again, but Susan appears on the scene. It becomes apparent that Abi has a true vocation and will be staying at the convent.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Alfie Butts Rhodri Meilir
Ron, Janey's Boyfriend Ben Jones
Reverand Jones Jenny Howe
Young Nun In Confessional Chereen Buckley


Role Name
Director Nic Phillips
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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