Sara, now 18, is the reason the family volunteered for shrinkage in the first place - she was "friendless, depressed and childish". Now she's well on the road to recovery - when she fails her driving test for the third time, she stoically resolves to pop some trankies before the next one. The parents' difficulties have been probed and somewhat ironed, and Rachel, the elder daughter, has - to her evident relief - left home.
Naturally, the most compelling enigma left at the end of the programme is the therapist himself, Eia Kasan. Is there something weird going on between him and the female colleague with whom he watches videotapes of the family sessions, in a darkened room at that? Kasan admits that therapists make mistakes in their own lives too: cue an outrageously wry smile from the woman in the background. Physician, heal thyself? Well, you can imagine a surgeon doing an adequate job on his own ingrowing toenail, but therapists are clearly all as mad as hatters.Reuse content