Victor attends a fitness class; he clashes with a plumber who enjoys morbid practical jokes; and he is plagued by a swarm of escaped bees.
Victor returns from a holiday to find his home has been demolished; agrees to pet-sit a tortoise; and starts penning a sitcom script.
Victor returns from a trip to the supermarket to find his house has been burgled; Margaret is haunted by a nightmare in which she plans to murder her husband; and Victor's brother (Richard Pearson) pays a visit.
Victor flies into a rage when a hole appears at the bottom of his garden; Margaret collapses with exhaustion; and the Meldrews, Mrs Warboys and Nick Swainey spend a day boating.
The Meldrews invite Mrs Warboys to stay at their house until her flooded flat dries out; a sultry widow (Barbara Windsor) sets her sights on Victor; and Margaret comes into money.
Patrick's plans for a quiet birthday are ruined; Victor buys a car with an obscene number plate; and a power cut on a sweltering summer night gives the Meldrews time to reflect on their lives together.