Pete and Sue go to Ben's parents' evening.
As the family tries to get rid of Auntie Angela, another guest comes to stay. Meanwhile, Mum has to decide what to do about Jake's girlfriend, and Ben and Karen discuss dreams, the mafia and trampolining bears.
Mum discovers Jakes secret. Ben decided to enter the school talent show. Then a couple of surprise callers make life more difficult than usual for the family.
The family want to go away for Christmas, but can they go with Grandad in hospital? And should they go when Jane is their house-sitter? And was it really wise to give Ben a metal detector as a present?
Ben’s on the case again – this time he’s got a mystery illness and is far too ill to go to school, he says. Auntie Angela’s been dumped by her boyfriend, so the family rally round to cheer her up in the best way they know how, sparking off a jolly discussion about Nazis and rat bags… Meanwhile, Dad’s little problem at the school is becoming public knowledge and he begins to wonder if he might be out of a job. But Mom of course, is safe in her job. Or is she?moreless
Ben’s fibbing goes to a whole new level as parents at a school soccer match begin to compliment Dad on his friendship with Gordon Brown and his SAS training. A romantic night in for Mom and Dad doesn’t quite go to plan, as Karen has a little friend round – whose mom is over an hour late picking her up. When she does finally arrive, she insists on pouring her heart out over a very long cup of tea. As their romantic evening recedes into the distance, Jake raises fears about his friend’s parents’ divorce and calls from his form teacher bring more alarming news.moreless
Stuck on the A3 highway, Mom tries to keep the peace in a car containing a new-age Auntie, a bewildered Grandfather, three fractious kids and several full bladders. Meanwhile, Dad is waiting outside the Headmaster’s office, after an ill-judged joke involving obesity and Ramadan. Later at the urban Farm, discussions about death, heaven, racism, bird flu and granddad lead to raised tempers, which boil over in the living hell that is a gift shop. As a hectic day draws to an end, Mom and Dad look fondly at their sleeping kids in the back of the car and have a brief moment of contentment – until they notice that Ben’s acquired a new friend.moreless
The celebration of parental incompetence continues, with the problems piling up for Mom and Dad. Their little girl is outwitting them in the endless negotiations about what she will condescend to eat, and seven-year-old Ben is further developing his extraordinary talent for lying. In addition, Dad has strayed into a job-threatening controversy at school, while Mom is starting a turf war with her sister.moreless
It's a typically unpredictable day in the rollercoaster of life with small children. Three small children in fact - a regal five-year-old girl with a talent for interrogation and an interest in nits, a seven-year-old boy who could out-fib Jeffrey Archer, and an eleven-year-old who is gearing up for his scary first day at secondary school. Mom and Dad go on as they always do - attempting to raise their kids with the minimum amount of emotional damage for all concernedmoreless
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.
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 have money worries. Sue stands up to a friend who uses them as a free babysitting service. The mother next door shows up with a perfect family to make Sue feel inadequate and Jake makes a new friend.
Pete and Sue face lots of problems when the family attend a wedding.
The family have fun on their Wii ™ console, but not so much fun at a family funeral.
The family have a restless night after Ben has a visit to casualty. Karen is writing a letter to the Prime Minister asking for her teacher to be fired. Jake tries to think of some alibis to avoid seeing his girlfriend. As the night goes on, Sue gets some upsetting news concerning her dream boss, annoying noises come from next door and there is a visit from the police.moreless
Sue and Pete hold a dinner Party, during which Angela makes her plans known. Jake has managed to stop the bullying, but not in a way that Sue approves. Ben is concerned that a bat from Doctor Who (2005) might come after him.
Ben falls foul of a hardline football referee, while Karen becomes worried about the exact whereabouts of Satan. Sue continues to battle against the supermum next door, Pete is asked to write some propaganda, and Grandad is alarmed about shows which look down people's toilets.
Sue and Karen have a Mother and Daughter day out, while the boys are left to sort out the domestics.
Sue finds a picture of a half naked woman on the family PC. She discovers that it's Jake's picture of a teacher at school. Sue buys a software programme to stop such things happening again, although she has to ask Jake to install it.
Sandra admits that she wants to give money to Sue and Pete, as she hopes it will help cure her apparent gambling problem.
Ben's school is banned from a chess tournament, after he and his opponent are rather noisy during their game,
Pete's Mother (Sandra) treats the family to a sightseeing visit to London. Jake is not very happy, especially as he forgot to charge his 'phone and is not able to send text messages. Sandra tries to give Sue £3000, to "help" with the children's education and explains how her marriage is "dead".moreless
Karen decides that she wants to be an astronaut; Ben advises her that women can't be astronauts because they can't throw.
Jake worries about Pete's forthcoming operation.
Pete and Sue clash over their social diaries. In the end Pete plays tennis but has to look after the children who cause chaos.
Sue worries that Jake is looking at women as objects.
Angela pays the family a visit, with Brick, her new American Partner, and one of his children. Sue is irritated that Angela seems to have discovered the delights of being a parent.
Sue discovers that Pete has kissed one of the mums from the children's school, when he was drunk. Brick, who is a sex therapist, tries to analyse his behaviour at dinner.
Sue is trying to tidy the house, ready for a prospective buyer, which is made harder by the bird which becomes trapped in the kitchen.
Karen is reluctant to go to school as it's Friday 13th, which she has been led to believe is bad luck.
Pete is shocked that everyone has been talking about his forthcoming colonoscopy; Karen has even put the event on facebook.
Sue is still upset with Pete, after his indiscretion. When Sue agues with another parent, on the way to school, Karen is hit by a car.
Pete and Sue have a night on their own, as the children are all out doing their own thing.
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.
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.