At Home with the Braithwaites

Season 1 Episode 3

Episode 03

0
Aired Unknown Mar 05, 2000 on ITV
8.8
out of 10
User Rating
2 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Episode 03
AIRED:
Alison makes progress with her charitable trust plans. David plans to spend a night with Elaine, but ends up in more trouble than he expected when he finds it hard juggling the lies he is telling. Sarah is a success in her school play, however, when she reveals her true feelings for her drama teacher, she gets a nasty surprise when he turns out not to be gay, but to have a girlfriend and a new baby. Virginia gets mugged but reveals to her mother that she is a lesbian. Alison, on impulse, reveals her secret regarding her lottery win to Virginia, with dire consequences.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
Saturday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Secrets all around are revealed in the most extraordinary circumstances, but how many will come back to haunt the confessors?!

    8.5
    What this episode brings to the season is the sense of reality that the series always maintained, no matter how outrageous the subject material and circumstances may have been.



    Under all the drama that the family experiences, what always strikes me is how average they all are underneath. Alison, although living in the most unusual situation, deep down simply wants to be a good mother to her daughters, and a good daughter to her elderly mother, whom she adores. The lengths she goes to in order to ensure that her mother can have a share of her winnings are quite extraordinary, and her obvious pleasure at seeing her mother happy is really touching.



    David, despite the utterly ridiculous mess he has gotten himself into due to his affair with his secretary, ultimately just wants to be a good guy and a good father. You can see how much it tears at his heart to be missing Sarah's play, and it is not just the guilt that eats away at him, it is his feeling that he is failing as a father.



    Sarah, under the facade, is incredibly insecure, and is still a young girl, despite the act. Her foolishness in giving her explicit poem to her drama teacher is obvious, and while you are angry at her for being so naive, at the same time you feel so sorry for her. Also, her obvious disappointment in her parents' apparent lack of interest in her play reveals how, deep down, she is desperate for their praise and approval. Many of us have been there, and almost everyone knows how she must feel.



    Finally, Virginia, although remaining as impossible as ever, reveals a different side of her to her mother, when she reveals the fact that she is a lesbian. 'Coming out', whether to family, friends, or the world in general is a pivotal moment in the life of somebody who is gay and the moment she tells her mother has that sense of importance and emotion. She feels like a failure, yet to know that somebody believes in her gives her a sense of hope.



    The Braithwaite's balance of comedy and realism is an interesting mix, which gives the series the unusual pacing and feel. After this episode you are desperate to see where the next episode leads: what does Virginia do with her mother's secret, what happens with Sarah (and Phil), and how does David get out of the mess he is in, especially now that his next-door neighbour knows his secret??



    Overall, another solid episode, however, more based on character development than comedy.moreless
Peter Davison

Peter Davison

David Braithwaite

Julie Graham

Julie Graham

Meghan Hartnoll

Sarah Smart

Sarah Smart

Virgina Braithwaite

Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman

Alison Braithwaite

Damian Zuk

Damian Zuk

Phil Skidmore

Sarah Churm

Sarah Churm

Sarah Braithwait

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less