The Meldrews find a man living in their shed; he turns out to be a drug-dealer. Victor takes a gardening job, working for Patrick's new boss and dealing with very effective herbicide.


Susan Belbin, Gareth Gwenlan (uncredited)


David Renwick, David Renwick (by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Wilson ... Victor Meldrew
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Meldrew
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs Warboys
Angus Deayton ... Patrick
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ... Pippa
Owen Brenman ... Nick Swainey
Ray Winstone ... Vagrant & Millichope
Lucy Davis ... Mrs. Blanchard
Roli Okorodudu Roli Okorodudu ... Primary School Teacher
Elizabeth Chambers Elizabeth Chambers ... Dog Owner
Rula Lenska ... Fenella Fortune


Victor throws up on a trip to the country and some schoolchildren draw it. Later he gets a job as a gardener for high-flying Fenella Fortune, who is also Patrick's new boss. The "weed-killer" Victor finds in the shed is a drug stash and he becomes happy inhaling the fumes. Unfortunately, he also demolishes Mrs. Fortune's greenhouse when his motor-mower goes out of control. Patrick, up whose shorts-leg a crab has crawled, is sacked with him; and Mrs. Warboys is carjacked by a drug dealer, leading to a traumatic experience with a dog, which the children also draw.

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26 December 1996 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Last episode directed by Susan Belbin, who had to retired due to ill health. Gareth Gwenlan directed the remainder of the episode without credit. Christine Gernon took over as the show's director for the following Christmas special and subsequent final season. See more »


When Victor tells Mrs. Warboys to pull the car over because he's going to be sick, they are on a two lane street, with several cars behind them. She pulls over immediately, but now they are on a one lane road with no cars behind them. See more »


Margaret Meldrew: Victor's been acting a very... odd way.
Nick Swainey: How do you mean odd?
Margaret Meldrew: Well I don't know how to explain it. Cheerful.
Nick Swainey: Oh crikey!
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