It is Jake's first day at secondary school. However, Ben makes the family late because he wants to take an electric drill to school and eventually Pete has to pay him £5 to leave the house. Meanwhile, Karen has nits and wants to keep one as a pet.
Comedy series about the daily rollercoaster of life with three young children. Dad has strayed into a job-threatening controversy at school, Mum is starting a turf war with her sister and young Ben is further developing his extraordinary talent for lying.
Dad finds himself being quizzed about his friendship with Gordon Brown and his SAS training when seven-year old Ben takes his talent for lying to a whole new level. Mum makes plans for a romantic night in, but first she has to get rid of Karen's little friend and Karen's friend's overwrought mother.
Ben's got a mystery illness and claims to be far too ill to go to school. Auntie Angela's boyfriend dumps her, so the family rally round to cheer her up in the best way they know how. Dad worries that he could be out of a job when his little problem at the school becomes public knowledge, but is Mum's job any safer?
Five-year-old Karen decides to leave home for Spain, or possibly Greenland. Mum and Dad prepare for a dinner party, which leads to Ben being allowed to crack some eggs and getting his first taste of gin. The drink loosens tongues all round, and the dinner party becomes a disaster zone, but this time the parents can't blame any of it on the kids.