My Family

Season 3 Episode 5

Imperfect Strangers

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Oct 03, 2002 on BBC
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Imperfect Strangers
After Susan becomes paranoid about the tone of a phone call from her daughter she gets Ben to drive her all the way to Manchester to see if she's okay. Satisfied Janey is doing more than okay Ben and Susan decide to make the best of their failed rescue attempt and turn it into a chance to re-enact their youth. They book into a local hotel under fake names and pretend to meet each other again as strangers. However, will Susan end up taking too much advantage of the idea and will a mix up with room keys land Ben in a very embarrassing situation? Meanwhile, back at home, Abi's having difficulty stopping Michael competing with her new boyfriend.moreless

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    Matthew Ashforde

    Matthew Ashforde

    Big Michael

    Guest Star

    Louise Dumayne

    Louise Dumayne

    Female Receptionist

    Guest Star

    Terry Bird

    Terry Bird

    Big Tatooed Man

    Guest Star

    Andy Taylor

    Andy Taylor

    Male Receptionist

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Ben: If we leave now, we can be home by midnight.
        Susan: Ben, are you serious? This is the weekend; we're free, away from home in an exotic, vibrant metropolis.
        Ben: It's Manchester.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Familiar face: Start of a subliminal running joke with the casting of Andy Taylor as a hotel receptionist - a role he has already performed once in the Series 2 episode 'Death and Ben Take a Holiday'. He reprises the role in Series 5's 'A Wife Less Ordinary' and 'Going Dental'. The hotels in question are completely different and in some cases hundreds of miles apart. Although obviously not the same character, Andy plays each receptionist in the same way, reacting to the Harpers' bizarre behaviour with casual indifference and an air of unsymathetic cynisism.

      • Missing main star: Although he is pictured in the opening credits, Kris Marshall doesn't appear in this episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Movie: "Perfect Stranger"

        The episode title is a play on the 1945 Alexander Korda film starring Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr as a married couple separated for three years by WWII.