Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
In this episode of This Life, Anna (Daniela Nardini) experiences an emotional meltdown after Graham (Cyril Nri) catches her snorting cocaine in the ladies' restroom at work, takes her off the big rape case she's been working on, and tries to have her fired. When Jo (Steve John Shepherd) tries to lend a sympathetic ear, she hits on him shamelessly. Despite the fact that Kira (Luisa Bradshaw-White) is still blowing him off, he refuses, and Anna makes a fool of herself hitting on random men at the pub. Meanwhile, Francesca returns from her business trip and spends a romantic evening with Miles (Jack Davenport). When Anna arrives home, bombed out of her head, he goes to comfort her. They end up confessing their true feelings for each other -- and having passionate sex on the living-room couch with Francesca still upstairs. Ferdy accidentally witnesses their lovemaking but keeps his mouth shut; unaware, Miles continues to be an absolute jerk to Ferdy. At work the next day, Miles helps convince Hooperman (Geoffrey Bateman) not to fire Anna; the boss asks Miles to take over Anna's work on the rape case. Hooperman reveals to Anna that he's a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and he forces her to join if she wants to keep her job. Milly (Amita Dhiri), still engaging in her affair with O'Donnell (David Mallinson), makes an appointment to talk to Warren's old therapist; all she wants to discuss is her hatred of Rachel (Natasha Little), which reaches epic proportions when Rachel shows her up at work. Meanwhile, Egg (Andrew Lincoln) busily prepares for the opening of his café. Ferdy (Ramon Tikaram) continues to date Lenny (Tony Curran). And a postcard arrives from Warren. Series two, Episode 17 of the cult-favorite British soap This Life: The Secret of My Excess first aired on BBC 2 on July 10, 1997.