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Sue's sister Angela return from America, as their father is ill, bringing her new friend with her. Meanwhile, Ben gets cold feet about his stage debut in Spartacus and Karen wonders if her lost hamster will ever be rescued.
Pete and Sue battle with various unreliable forms of communication. Meanwhile, Karen finds that being called to see the headmistress is a revelation, Ben talks to strangers and Jake struggles to get home without any transport.
While Pete takes Ben out on a camping trip to watch meteors, Sue decides it's time for Stacey to explore the UK, or Italy, or anywhere away from her children.
The Brockman household must deal with the arrival of two temporary visitors, a 21 year-old Australian girl and a baby.
While Karen prepares for a swimming gala, the house is suddenly full of little experts, whether it's Ben on psychology or Jake on parenting. Meanwhile, Sue declares war on her printer.
Ben and Sue try to cope with Karen having a hard time at her new school, Ben wanting to be in a music (despite not being able to sing) and Jake making dubious decisions.