Alan and Celia are seven years into their marriage, and, having moved into a desirable bungalow with stunning views across the Calder Valley, they aren't seeing eye to eye. Celia is baffled when Alan applies for a job in a local supermarket, and Alan can't understand why they need an expensive new kitchen. Alan's brother, Ted, has booked a last-minute trip from New Zealand, which means more spending to kit out the spare bedroom, and Gillian, already stretched with bank repayments, discovers she has woodworm nibbling at her roof timbers. Having transformed her difficult new school with phenomenal success, a guest appearance by megastar author Judith Tyzack threatens to bring a fresh challenge to Caroline's headship. A phone call from New Zealand gives Alan and Celia pause for thought, and tempers get frayed at Caroline and Gillian's joint birthday celebration, when money becomes the topic of conversation. Meanwhile, Judith presents John with an awkward proposition.