A big meaty haggis for the neighbours and a tiny vegetarian one for Gordon are on the menu for Burns Night. Cathy and Colin, Ian and Gordon arrive to celebrate with Eric and Beth. To Eric's surprise, Christine turns up. She is back early from visiting her daughter Sophie, and is full of complaints about the journey. Sophie's partner has clearly failed to impress.
To celebrate Beth's birthday, Ian and Gordon are taking her and Eric for a pub meal. Learning that it is not the birthday day itself, Christine invites herself along and they pile into Gordon's car. At the pub, Ian suggests Beth choose the table, but Christine has her own ideas. Two courses for seven ninety-five leads to a lively discussion with Beth, Christine and Eric finally deciding on the haddock. Ian is disappointed when Eric insists on paying, but he takes consolation in knowing he has got a surprise cake for his mum in the car.