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The Serpents Tooth

Ben finds out that Janey and Susan are seeing another dentist. Nick has an e-mail affair with a supermodel…from Ben's computer.

Transmitted on: Tuesday 19th September 2000


Episode Summary

Breakfast time. Nick asks Ben if he can borrow his laptop. Ben has forgotten that he is supposed to go out with Susan tonight - he has arranged to see a patient. Ben agrees to let Nick use his laptop to have an e-mail relationship with a girl. Janey tells Ben she has an appointment with another dentist. At he surgery Brigitte says it is a disgrace Ben can't make time for his children.

Later Janey is admiring her teeth in the mirror while Nick makes e-mail contact with Isabelle. Janey is sceptical when Nick tells her that Isabelle is a model. Michael arrives home with a new pet rabbit. When the family sit down to eat Janey tells them about Mel, her dentist.

That night in bed Ben tells Susan he's worried about Janey's crush on another dentist. When he kisses Susan he notices that she has had a filling repaired. He is furious that she has also been seeing Mel. Ben goes downstairs and pours his heart out to the rabbit.

The next morning at breakfast Nick brings in a photo of Isabelle - she is also in last month's copy of Vogue. They do not believe that Nick's email friend is really the girl in the photo. Nick says he thinks the rabbit is evil. Michael tells Ben that Surfing Mel has his own website. When Susan's filling falls out Ben says Surfng Mel can fix it. At the Surgery Brigitte says Ben is the last to know that his wife is seeing another dentist.

That night Ben comes down and tells Nick to get off the laptop. Nick bets Ben fifty quid she’s the girl from the magazine. Nick says she is coming over. Ben gets Nick to help him to find Surfing Mel’s website. Susan enters to find them looking at the ‘Oral Contacts’ website. Ben confesses to Susan that he was looking for Surfing Mel’s website. He insults Susan by saying that Australians will have ‘anything in a dress’. Ben tries to blame the rabbit for all his problems.

The next day Susan and Ben explain to Michael that all parents argue and they are not getting a divorce. Janey arrives home from a visit to Surfing Mel. She is distraught that Mel thinks she is a child. Ben says he can probably fit her in on Monday. Isabelle arrives. She is shocked to see that Nick is not a girl. She slaps him and storms away shouting in French. Nick says Ben still owes him fifty quid.


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
Isabelle Karine Adrover


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

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