Marriage guidance, the words that have the ability to strike fear into the hearts of married couples, everywhere! Not least that of Lee (Lee Mack) when Lucy (Sally Bretton) decides that a few counselling sessions are in order to get past, amongst other things, Lee’s dislike of Lucy’s parents (Deborah Grant and Geoffrey Whitehead).
A conversation with Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) paves the way for the latest hair-brain scheme that Lucy thinks that she and Lee need to pursue. Anna’s admission that she and Toby (Hugh Dennis) have been engaging in marriage guidance sets the cogs whirring. Lee’s relationship with his in-laws has always been hit and miss, mostly miss – and Lucy has her parents’ marriage on a pedestal, especially as they have just celebrated 50 years of wedded ‘bliss’.
Lee is unconvinced that this latest ‘thing’ will be for them, but upon Tony’s admission that he has moved into the spare room from the Premier Inn (good reference to Lenny Henry!), Lee wonders if there might be something in it. Not least when the couple undergo their first session and Lee announces that he wouldn’t have come if he’d thought it would be worthwhile. Needless to say the session itself makes for hilarious viewing and it is obvious that the counsellor (Harvey Virdi) is trying not to giggle, at times.
The fly in the ointment comes with the unexpected news that Lucy’s parents don’t have the perfect marriage, that many years ago (pre-Lucy) they had encountered problems that had required therapeutic input and Lucy’s mum is clearly not over it after all these years. Lee enjoys the revelation immensely, much to Lucy’s annouyance, however it certainly appears that she is no longer insistent on continuing with the costly counselling.
Another well-crafted script which the tight-knit and talented cast pulled off to great effect. Friday nights won’t be the same when the series ends!
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