An inept cardiologist and a mortician deal with their sexual chemistry over a dead body.
HOW IT RATES
When he staves off the unwelcome advances of his secretary, Peter finds himself in deep trouble with a sexual harassment charge. Ordered to take gardening leave pending the investigation into his conduct, a desperate Peter turns to his high-maintenance, low-on-sympathy lover, FIONA, for help. Fiona reluctantly takes Peter under her wing and takes him with her to a business conference. At a romantic dinner on their first night away they bump into Peter’s son, TOM, who waits tables whilst studying at university. An uncomfortable evening ensues. To make things worse, Fiona flirts with Tom, an act of folly that will backfire with spectacular consequences. With Fiona conferencing during the day and attending drinks receptions at night, an unhappy Peter is left to his own devices and rapidly begins to question the wisdom of his involvement with women other than his wife, CAROL. Meanwhile, Fiona comes to the attention of the dashing RUSSELL BLADE, a conference delegate, and quickly becomes the object of his desires. Peter is suddenly called back home when his mother-in-law dies. With no Peter around, Fiona is left vulnerable to the charms of Russell. On the day of her mother’s funeral, Carol receives flowers from former love, TIM. This unexpected contact, after many years, reawakens old passions. Carol begins to secretly meet Tim as Peter reconnects with his younger children. Fiona, meanwhile, has taken Russell as her second lover and is blackmailed by Tom into sleeping with him, otherwise he’ll tell Carol about Fiona’s affair with Peter. Fiona tells Peter that Tom knows about them. They agree to stop their affair, but Fiona asks that they have one last hurrah in Paris as a special treat for her birthday. Tom attempts to extort money from Peter. Peter threatens Tom physically and tells him he’s ended his affair with Fiona. Tom tells Peter he’s had the privilege of Fiona’s favours too. Fiona sees Tim and Carol in a café and immediately recognises the resemblance between Tim and Tom. She takes a photograph of Tim and sends it to Peter. Peter realises he’s not Tom’s real father and discovers a Solicitor’s letter to Carol informing her that her mother left her £500,000 in her will. When Peter asks Carol about her legacy she tells him it’s only a few thousand. Peter goes to see a sex therapist. But knowing that Carol is seeing Tim, Peter begs Fiona to take him back if Carol leaves him for Tom’s father. Peter is cleared of the sexual harassment charge and goes back to work. Tom tries to blackmail Peter again and turns up unannounced at Fiona’s work. Fiona tells Peter and Peter resolves to have it out with Tom. After a struggle, Peter accidentally kills Tom. Peter calls Fiona for help, but she’s in Paris with Russell, celebrating her birthday. Carol, meanwhile, tells Tim that she can’t leave Peter for him. Tim accepts the decision and walks away. Peter buries Tom in the back garden. He’s discovered mid-dig by his two younger children.