Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
In this episode of This Life, dishes pile up in the kitchen sink and conflicts proliferate. Miles (Jack Davenport) and Anna (Daniela Nardini) commiserate about their problems: his issues with the Sharingham case and her issues with having no cases at all. Later, when Montgomery (Michael Elwyn) shows up at the house looking for his son, Anna tells him to stay away and let Miles prove himself. When Montgomery suddenly decides to testify on Sharingham's behalf, Hooperman (Geoffrey Bateman) takes Miles off the case. Egg (Andrew Lincoln) continues his aimless unemployment and dabbles in writing a novel. When Milly (Amita Dhiri) learns that he's been less than forthright about his job search, or lack thereof, she opens up emotionally to O'Donnell (David Mallinson) about her emotional -- and financial -- frustration. Kira (Luisa Bradshaw-White) tries to get Warren (Jason Hughes) to open up to Dale (Mark Lewis Jones), but he refuses to do anything but share a few polite drinks with his brother. Meanwhile, at work, Warren outs himself to a client (Nicholas Palliser) who is divorcing his wife for having a lesbian affair. Legal clerk Jo (Steve John Shepherd) takes the penniless Anna out for a cocktail and they end up engaging in torrid sex in Miles' office. Jo feels hurt and bewildered when she writes the encounter off as a one-night thing. Season one, episode seven of the cult-favorite British soap This Life: Brief Encounter first aired on BBC 2 on April 29, 1996.