Maggie receives a letter from the government suggesting reasons why she hasn't been cashing her pension cheques. She is worried that if the government finds out how much money she has, they'll stop sending her the cheques.
Maggie is openly upset that Arthur and Deirdre are getting divorced tomorrow. Why couldn't they have a good marriage like Robert and Liz? Robert's marriage is obviously less than wonderful, but Maggie refuses to see it.
Even Uncle Andrew's funeral isn't enough to affect Maggie's good humour. After a little mix-up with the cars and an unscheduled shopping stop along the way, the procession finally reaches the cemetery. And that's when the fun really starts.
Arthur plans to give himself a break from Maggie by asking her sister, Lorna, to stay. This will give him time to spend with his new girlfriend. He discovers that trying to out-manipulate Maggie causes more trouble than it is worth.
Arthur asks some friends around for cards. Maggie can't play cards, so suggests snakes and ladders instead. It isn't always a good idea to bring friends around to meet your mother, especially when she thinks one of them is a Russian spy.
Arthur has begun asserting himself far too strongly since he met his new girlfriend. Maggie considers his morality in question, and decides to leave home and live with Robert, much to Robert's consternation.