Jim agrees to look after Wanda's budgie whilst she is in hospital but, after telling his father that the bird is his, discovers that Dad, having forgotten Jim's mother's birthday, has given it to her as a surprise present. Jim bemoans its loss in the pub but fortunately Mum hates budgies and returns it to him. Less fortunately Wanda refuses to have it back since it gave her the allergy that put her in hospital and Councillor Allnutt has bought Jim another bird.
Jim wakes up after a drink-fuelled party to find he is being burgled by the well-spoken, middle-aged Rupert, who is depressed after being made redundant. Both are surprised when Rupert's daughter Sarah, who attended the party and has been sleeping in the bath, comes into the room. Tosh arrives and Rupert decides to give himself up but as the video Rupert was about to steal was actually stolen by Tosh, everybody closes ranks when the police arrive. With Rupert and Sarah gone Jim puts the blame for everything on his troublesome sitting tenant.