The Nichols family are preparing for the funeral of Laurie, a much loved father, brother, husband and the celebrated landlord of the John Barleycorn Pub. Uncle Geoff insists that Stephen should say one last goodbye to his dad at the funeral home, but Stephen is scared he won't know what to say and pretends he's too busy. As the day of the funeral arrives there's an unexpected mourner at the graveside: the charismatic and charming Andrew. He was one of the many children fostered by Stephen's family in the 80s - his parents' favourite. Just about everyone is thrilled to see Andrew, except Stephen who can't seem to remember him at all. Is Andrew who he says he is? And why has he turned up now after 30 years?
The Nichols family gather together as Alison, Stephen's ex and the family lawyer, reveal what's in Laurie's will. A horrified Stephen finds out that Andrew has been left a five per cent share of the family business, the John Barleycorn pub. With the business in debt, Stephen and Andrew go head-to-head to find the best way to make some extra cash. Ellen decides that joining the church is the next logical step in her spiritual journey and she and Julian the vicar get into some casual baptism. Maureen the dog continues to send Stephen reaching for the antihistamine as well as the red wine, but there's another even more irritating presence in Stephen's bedroom.
Now he has a stake in the family business, Andrew decides to make drastic changes to the John Barleycorn pub in order to try and bring in a younger crowd. But Stephen is furious with Andrew's meddling, and insists that the pub does not need improvements. However, as the five-star reviews for the newly refurbished Barleycorn start rolling in, Stephen begins to feel suspicious of Andrew's actions.
Stephen and Andrew are on a road trip to visit the pub's suppliers and spread the news of Laurie's death.
Having discovered that the fire insurance policy is out of date, Andrew buys Cass's shares so he can renovate the pub after the fire.