It is freezing weather made worse by the miners strike and a cold and hungry Alf Garnett explodes in rage when his wife Else tells him she has no food in the larder. Else, the miners, Harold Wilson, and his lazy son-in-law, Mike feel his wrath.
In line with his Tory leader Heath's declaration Alf is now working a three day week but is appalled to find Else is doing the same and she has not cooked him a dinner. This leads to her commenting on his selfishness over their years of marriage and tricking him into buying her a new coat.
Gran is very ill and Else is very concerned, while Alf is uncaring, they both visit the sick old lady. Alf believing Gran is not long for this world takes her dead husbands pocket-watch for himself, but he is in for a shock.
While boozing in the pub racist Alf makes Gran laugh by ridiculing the Pakistani, 'Paki-Paddy' who is drinking at the bar, but the laughter ceases when she tells him the strangely half-Irish, half-Pakistani, gentleman will be his new neighbor!