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US situation comedy about modern relationships, as seen through the eyes of two very different couples and their single friends

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US situation comedy about modern relationships, as seen through the eyes of two very different couples and their single friends

Series 5 Summary

The fifth series of the US comedy sees Jeff and Audrey come to terms with some unsettling news about their surrogate mother, and Russell and Timmy go on a double date.

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    Episode 1 - Surro-gate

    Jeff and Audrey come to terms with some unsettling news about their surrogate mother.

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    Episode 2 - The Bank

    Jeff reveals that he keeps a list of mistakes that Audrey has made - which he calls 'the bank'. Russell sends a suggestive email to a colleague.

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    Episode 3 - Rug-of-War

    Jeff is annoyed when Audrey gives Adam and Jen their old rug and tries to discourage them from accepting it.

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    Episode 4 - Handy Man

    Audrey tries to be more spontaneous in the bedroom. Russell invites Timmy to join him on a business trip to distract him from his fear of flying.

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    Episode 5 - Play Ball

    Audrey considers leaving her job when she realises how miserable it's making her. Meanwhile, Allison tells Timmy she wants to slow things down.

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    Episode 6 - Baked

    Audrey hopes to start her own cookie business after leaving her previous job, and Timmy tries to fit in with the guys.

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    Episode 7 - Mannequin Head Ball

    When Jeff can't escape from the lease for a retail space he once rented for Audrey's fleeting cookie business, he and Adam take the opportunity to invent a new game involving the heads of mannequins.

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    Episode 8 - Les-bro

    Audrey is upset when Jeff is too distracted to focus on the issue of finding a surrogate, but a conversation with one of his softball team-mates leads to an unexpected resolution.

    Meanwhile, Russell's mother Bunny (guest star Joan Collins) comes to town for a visit, but Timmy is not impressed by the way that she lavishes expensive gifts on him as a substitute for genuine love and affection.

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    Episode 9 - The Big Picture

    Russell's mother cuts off his trust fund and he has to move in with Timmy, where he makes a down-to-earth group of friends in the apartment block.

    Audrey volunteers to help Jeff impress his boss in order to get a year-end bonus, but things go awry at the office when she spots an unflattering photograph of herself on a company outing.

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    Episode 10 - Fun Run

    Feeling financially stretched because Audrey is not working, Jeff tells his colleagues that he doesn't intend to donate any more money to their various charity fundraising efforts.

    However, he finds himself in a difficult position when Audrey announces that she is going to do a 10km race for charity and she wants him to collect sponsorship donations at his office.

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    Episode 11 - Refusing to Budget

    When the utilities are turned off in Russell's apartment, Timmy convinces his friend that he needs to adjust to life without his trust fund, budget sensibly and pay his bills on time.

    Audrey takes a waitressing job but runs into an old friend at the restaurant, and is too embarrassed to admit that she has left her high-profile position at the magazine. Adam tries to get Jen to stop cracking her knuckles.

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    Episode 12 - Little Bummer Boy

    Audrey and Jeff compete for popularity at Jeff's company Christmas party, with Audrey getting the most laughs by making fun of Jeff behind his back.

    Timmy thinks it's a bummer that he and Alison have split up at Christmas, but he cheers himself up by dressing as an elf to greet party guests.

    Russell gets up to mischief when he finds a coupon book full of romantic favours that Adam has made for Jen.

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    Episode 13 - The Home Stretch

    Audrey starts to have private Pilates sessions at home and Jeff is thrilled when the workouts increase her sex drive. However, he is much less pleased when he finds out that the instructor is a good-looking young man.

    Jen is embarrassed when she discovers that Adam was the captain of his college cheerleading squad, not the football team as she'd always assumed.

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    Episode 14 - Uh-Oh It's Magic

    Audrey tries to bond with Jeff's softball buddy Brenda, who has agreed to be their surrogate, but puts her foot in it by revealing the surrogacy plans to Brenda's new girlfriend Becky, who wasn't aware of them.

    Russell takes his date Jessica to a magic show, only to see the magician make her disappear and not return. Illusionist Criss Angel guest stars.

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    Episode 15 - Singing and Dancing

    When Timmy joins an a cappella group, he is keen to keep his new hobby a secret from Russell.

    Jeff and Audrey discover that they have an annoying new neighbour.

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    Episode 16 - Jeff Day

    When Jeff proclaims that it's 'Jeff Day', everything goes swimmingly until the cleaning lady arrives.

    Meanwhile, Adam has to figure out why his eye keeps twitching.

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    Episode 17 - Zygote

    Jeff and Audrey go to a surrogacy seminar with their surrogate, Brenda, but Jeff is sceptical about the new age advice that is given to help the process.

    Russell and Timmy date professional women's basketball players and are soon enjoying the benefits of no-strings-attached relationships when they realise the girls have boyfriends in every city where they play matches.

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    Episode 18 - Anniversary Chicken

    Jeff is sure he has remembered his wedding anniversary and that Audrey has forgotten. He orders flowers and makes a reservation at Audrey's favourite restaurant, but cancels when Jen and Adam invite them to go bowling.

    Russell pays Timmy to be his translator on a date with a beautiful Italian girl who does not speak English, but Timmy finds the experience a chore.

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    Episode 19 - The Set Up

    When Russell hears Timmy has a sister, he does everything in his power to impress her and ends up giving an inaccurate impression of himself.

    Jeff and Audrey set their neighbour Liz up on a date with Jeff's recently divorced colleague Todd, but the evening doesn't run smoothly.

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    Episode 20 - Beating the System

    When Jeff and Audrey learn their surrogate is pregnant, Jeff is unprepared for the changes to their lives and struggles to be supportive.

    Timmy takes on the responsibility of planning Adam and Jennifer's wedding, but although his preparations are impressive, the happy couple are unable to cope with the potential cost.

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    Episode 21 - The Jeff Photo

    While at a gallery exhibit, Audrey finds an old photo of Jeff looking very fit, which motivates him to try to get fit again. Adam is impressed by Jeff's photo and is inspired to get a professional photograph of himself with Jen.

    Audrey encourages Liz to have a good time on the dating scene rather than looking obsessively for a husband, and Russell is having no luck with women, until he runs into a familiar face at the diner.

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    Episode 22 - Double Down

    Jeff and Audrey are thrown into a panic when their surrogate, Brenda, has an ultrasound scan that reveals they might be having twins.

    Meanwhile, Russell throws a citizenship party in order to help Timmy impress a girl.

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    Episode 23 - The Power Couple

    Jeff feels threatened when Audrey gets a pay rise, and stubbornly refuses to accept the new TV she buys for their home with her disposable income.

    Having dumped Liz, Russell is distraught to discover that she is now dating Todd and enlists Timmy to find out what's so special about her new man.

    Meanwhile, Adam and Jen get a free meal after the waiter mistakenly thinks they've just got engaged.

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    Episode 24 - The Last of the Red Hat Lovers

    Russell takes a holiday cruise that he believes will have 'red hot ladies' on board, only to discover that his fellow passengers are a social organisation for mature women known as the Red Hat Ladies.

    While he is away, Jeff and Audrey stay in his new flat because their place is being painted. They soon get into a huge argument and refuse to speak to one another, until Timmy offers to help resolve their disagreement by using footage from Russell's surveillance camera.

Rules of Engagement synopsis

US situation comedy about modern relationships, as seen through the eyes of two very different couples and their single friends

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