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The Unkindest Cut

Ben is unpleasantly surprised when Susan tells him that she's pregnant.

Transmitted on: Friday 7th September 2001


Episode Summary

Ben is trying to watch a football game between United and Liverpool and Susan comes in to bother him in his silent time.

Susan announces she may be pregnant, from their weekend in Paris. They decide to think about what they should do as neither of them can sleep. Susan asks for Bens opinion. Ben doesn't like the children they already have, Susan suggests they think about it. Ben has a new assistan called trudy who speaks baby language on the phone to her boyfriend. A pregnant patient come (Mrs. Ford) and Ben tells them how awful babies, children, teenagers etc. are and upsets everyone.

Susan visits the art gallery with her tourgroup and gets broody over the Madonna and Child. Ben and Susan are still supposed to be thinking about it and Susan appears to have made up her mind to have the baby, and do up the loft. Ben is worried they will be a little old. Ben feels he is getting 20 years in prison sentence for 10 minutes of bad behaviour. Ben goes into Michael's bedroom, Michael on his new computer (apple) checking his shares. Michael thinks Ben should be in bed. He then goes to Janey's bedroom where she is asleep, she wakes and screams and punches him. At 2:00 a.m Nick is boning a haddock, when Ben comes down for a drink. Nick is cooking in the middle of the night so that Susan can't interfere. They chat, Nick says everything he learned about being a man he learned from Ben. Ben is delighted when Nick says he is a terrible father.

Susan is cooking breakfast, Ben tries to tell her he wants the baby, but because the children arrive, they talk in code about eggs. Nick is waiting for special shiitake mushrooms, he notices a pregnancy kit and thinks it for Ben's mistress. Ben tell him not to tell the others. Nick tells the others. He tells Michael he was a mistake. Janey says, the cost will come from their allowance. Nick decides the baby will keep the attention off them. Janey lets Susan know she is upset about the baby and Susan tells her she is not pregnant. Janey mentions carrying condoms.

Susan tells Ben she is not pregnant and he is elated. As they have decided they don't want any more children, Susan suggests he has a vasectomy. They go to see Dr. Charles in the vasectomy clinic and he is terrified. Susan is still trying to persuade Ben to have the surgery. Nick is cooking duck a l'orange. Ben goes into the pub and gets drunk, Susan comes in and tells him he doesn't have to have the op, but if he doesn't, he may never get lucky again. We see Ben on the Operating table. Ben is recuperating, Susan is so appreciative of him because she thinks he has had the op.

Nick fusses over him. The phone rings and Nick discovers his father hasn't had the op. Ben has a nightmare where he and Susan are both old, and he is still saying he won't make love. Ben tries to find a way to tell Susan he hasn't had the vasectomy.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Dr. Charles Moray Treadwell
Mrs. Ford Esther Coles
Bartender Ronnie Fox
Dental Assistant Daisy Haggard
Tour Guide Christopher Wittingham
Man in Bar Tim Gallagher


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Steve Armogida
Writer Jim Armogida
Executive Producer Fred Barron
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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