Rab C. Nesbitt is a drunken, string vested lay about who lives with his long suffering wife Mary and his two sons in the working class area of Govan in Glasgow. When he's not getting drunk with his pals that include the devious, womanizing Jamesie Cotter. He's offering his philosophical outlook on life to whoever will listen.
The thought of a new Labour government and a new daughter-in-law, makes Rab start to feel his age.
The relief barman at the pub is an ex Broadmoor resident called Mad Dog, who quickly leaves Rab and Jamesie struggling with a problem involving 'fashionable drugs'.
Rab goes on a booze cruise to Millport which opens up some old wounds for him.
Mary gets mugged while out walking, and Gash decides to leave his wife and go off with her sister.
Everyone in Govan is sad at the news that Country singer Marilou Devine has tragically passed away, except for Rab who has just been sentenced to community service.