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My Family

Season 6 Episode 3

Dentally Unstable

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Mar 31, 2006 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Dentally Unstable
Ben is away at a conference, so smooth-talking locum Tony covers. Janey immediately falls under his charm, but her and Susan very shortly discover that he is married. However, despite both of them knowing that Janey must end this relationship, getting rid of Tony isn't as easy as they think. Meanwhile, Michael gets involved in another money-making scheme; two parents are trying to get their son into their local school and seek his help in doing so. Things go accordingly to plan, until the school's headmistress comes and visits.moreless

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  • Series Six limps to a conclusion...

    Series Six concludes its run of pretty poor episodes with another weakly plotted, uninspiring story.

    This series as a whole is probably the worst, and I laughed about once an episode. The appearance of Susan's mother is welcome however, but does not make up for the absence of Ben (Robert Lindsay) - an essential ingredient of the show. Especially as this could be the last episode ever, you would have thought Ben would be in it.

    Does My Family deserve another series? Based on this one, probably not. However, if the writing, particularly the comedy was improved, and the (irritating) canned laughter was toned down a bit, maybe yes.moreless
  • With Ben away the womens heads float away.

    I know that Ben is suppose to be the level headed one of the family but this episode makes the entire family (sans Ben) into complete lunatics. The whole Michael/Godfather routine was silly, along with the sharade they put on for the head of the school.

    The subing dentist storyline was just as bad. All three Harper women acting like bafoons over a semi attractive man, who happense to be married. I don't understand why they can't let Janie progress past this irresponsible child phase. However i enjoy Susans mother being around. Shes a nice change to the requist Nick character Alfie seems to be. We dont need a new Nick, we just need better storylines.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Michael: Alfie, my old buddy, old pal. Great to see you.
      Alfie: I sense I'm about to be embroiled in one of your imaginative capers.

    • Susan: Do what your father would do in this position.
      Janey: What?
      Susan: Absolutely nothing.

    • Janey: (about her filling) I just hope dad can fit me in.
      Susan: Janey, he's been away nearly two weeks.
      Janey: He has?
      Susan: You mean you didn't notice?
      Janey: Well, I noticed there was a gap on the sofa.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Person: Nigel Havers
      Movie: Fatal Attraction

      Alfie: Well Janey, I've no formal psychiatric training, but it's my view that the icy cold blast of rejection has turned him from an urbane charmer in the Nigel Havers mold into a bunny boiling nutter.

      Nigel Havers is an English actor renown for playing charming and debonair characters in sitcoms and dramas.

      Alfie's bunny boiling reference is an allusion to the scene in Fatal Attraction where Glenn Close's character, enraged by the rejection of Michael Douglas' character, boils the family bunny in an act of revenge.