Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
In this episode of This Life, nothing goes according to plan. Anna (Daniela Nardini) despises the self-help therapy-speak of Alcoholics Anonymous, leaving Miles (Jack Davenport) to worry that she'll stop going and Hooperman (Geoffrey Bateman) will fire her. At work, Miles impresses Graham (Cyril Nri) with his quick work on the big rape case; Miles sends all of his small cases Anna's way, but she chafes at her return to such unglamorous work. Kira (Luisa Bradshaw-White) gets on with her life post-Jo (Steve John Shepherd) by inviting Kelly (Sacha Craise) to go on holiday with her. However, the zaftig Kelly can't stick to the diet Kira demands she follow. Ferdy (Ramon Tikaram) freaks out about his growing intimacy with Lenny (Tony Curran); after accompanying Lenny to visit his sister and her newborn son, Ferdy totally bails on his might-be boyfriend and picks up a vixen at the local pub. The next morning, when Miles blabs about Ferdy's bisexuality to the woman, she hoofs it -- and Ferdy gives Miles the comeuppance he deserves. Meanwhile, Milly (Amita Dhiri) continues both her affair with O'Donnell (David Mallinson) and her visits to Warren's shrink. During the opening-night festivities at Egg's café, Nicki (Juliet Cowan) tells Milly that half the reason Egg (Andrew Lincoln) wants to open the business in the first place is to make Milly realize that he's not a total loser. Nevertheless, only three customers show up for the opening. Series two, Episode 18 of the cult-favorite British soap This Life: Diet Hard first aired on BBC 2 on July 17, 1997.