This Life: Happy Families (1996)

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In this episode of This Life, Anna (Daniela Nardini) gets used to her new job dealing with the dregs of the legal system as she prepares to defend Truelove (Keith-Lee Castle), an out-of-work graphic designer accused of cheating the Housing Authority. His girlfriend, Delilah (Charlotte Bicknell), claims she'll testify on his behalf, but the devious young model is too busy seducing Miles (Jack Davenport) in the courtroom toilets. Meanwhile, Egg (Andrew Lincoln) experiences his own troubles settling into his new job, especially because fellow trainee Warren (Jason Hughes) seems so sorted. Warren's constant therapy-speak gets on Egg's nerves -- until Warren explains the working-class origins of his eagerness to please and helps Egg sort out some of his own issues. Meanwhile, Anna, keen to reduce her share of the rent, places an ad for the final room in the flat she shares with Miles, Egg, and Milly (Amita Dhiri). Warren confides to his therapist (Gillian McCutcheon) that he feels slighted by the close friendship the others share; finally, he plucks up his courage and asks if he can take the extra room. The others agree, but Warren's troubles are just beginning; Kira (Luisa Bradshaw-White), his carefree young cousin, shows up looking for Warren to set her up with a job. Worried that she'll find out he's gay and blab to the family, he gives her the cold shoulder. Meanwhile, Delilah moves in on Miles -- and into the house. Season one, episode two of the cult-favorite British soap, This Life: Happy Families first aired on BBC 2 on March 25, 1996.