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The Art of Being Susan

With Ben away, Susan is invited to dinner by a wealthy art collector.

Transmitted on: Friday 28th April 2006


Episode Summary

Grace is staying while Ben is away on a training course. Susan has a job at an Art gallery. There is a private viewing at the gallery and Susan has one ticket which Grace decides she will go to when she knows there are cocktails.

Michael has been dumped by his girlfriend and Roger comes to collect Abi who is his new dental receptionist. It is the night of the viewing, Gracey meets a man. Lionel, and Susan mistakes a wealthy art dealer, James Garrett, for a courier! Susan is told by the gallery owner she has to give James anything he wants, absolutely anything.

Roger is trying to find a way of asking Abi to marry him and even asks Alfie what he thinks. James rings Susan and asks her out to dinner, she accepts.
Roger tells Michael he is going to propose, and asks Alfie again for any ideas on how to do it. Janey has a plan and suggests Roger practice on her. Abi comes downstairs and overhears, and unbeknownst to them rushes back upstairs.

Susan is choosing a dress to wear to the dinner date, Janey and Grace give her advice on how to tell if James wants to sleep with her. In the middle of the restaurant, Susan tells James, and the entire restaurant, that she will not sleep with him. They end up having a good time, and realise they have been set up by Simone. James comes back to have coffee and they find a huge mess, it is Grace and her new man, James’ father.

Susan and James are very disappointed in their parents and give them a good telling off. Abi is very upset with Roger and he has no idea why . He is still determined to propose. Grace has another ‘friend’ Martin in the house when Lionel arrives with flowers for her, closely followed by James. There is a bit of an upset and James and his father storm out. Susan goes to the gallery and hands in her notice, before she is fired, telling Simone where she can stick her job! It turns out that James has been in and spent a fortune in the gallery!

Susan has asked her mother to leave but relents, and Michael’s girlfriend makes a date with Alfie!

Janey, Grace and Susan are having a drink when Abi bursts in and tells Janey just what she thinks of her. Roger arrives in the nick of time, and finally manages to propose to Abi.


Character Played by
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
Grace Rosemary Leach
James Robert Bathurst
Simone Lesley Vickerage
Lionel Trevor Baxter
Gerald Hugh Lloyd


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Paul Minett
Writer Brian Leveson
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer Tom Anderson

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