Being a legend can be hard to live up to. Sadly, this turns out to be the case for John's wartime buddy, Tip - y'know, the one whose tales the whole family knows by heart but have somehow never been mentioned before today.
In fairness, I thought Tip was good value and I really enjoyed the singing scene. It's about time they all had a bit of fun. Champagne too! Worth it for the look on Esther's face alone. I did think the 'chirpy-on-the-outside-but-lonely-within' clich was laid on rather too thick though. The instant Tip shuts the bedroom door he goes from party beast to depressed alcoholic. Still, it makes for a good storyline.
Huge credit to John for not blabbing to the whole family that Tip shot the dog. An example to us all that pointing the finger is not always right. Seriously though: how fake did that blood on the dog look? You could see it had been smeared on with fingers. Made me chuckle.
For me, Ralph is the star of the show. It's great to see John so carefree. He should have his mates round more often.