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Aging actress June Buckridge portrays nurse Sister George on a popular British soap opera. Although "George" has a lovable image on the BBC, she is actually a hard-drinking, acid-tongued lesbian who constantly quarrels with her dependent roommate and lover, 32-year-old Alice "Childie" McNaught. Fearful that her part might be written out of the series, George leaves a rehearsal, gets drunk, and terrorizes two nuns in a taxi. Acting on a complaint from the church, network executive Mercy Croft visits George's flat, insists on an apology, and hints at cast changes in the show due to a slip in the ratings. Dejected, George tells her troubles to Betty Thaxter, a sympathetic prostitute who lives next door. When she discovers that the new script only calls for her to get the flu and recover, George celebrates with Childie at a lesbian bar and flippantly invites Mrs. Croft to join them. Ignoring the club's atmosphere, the executive announces that Sister George is to be killed in a highway accident the following week. Devastated by the news, George rushes from the bar as Mrs. Croft offers Childie her protection. Once Sister George's death scene has been filmed, George is given a studio party and asked if she would like to be the voice of Clarabelle Cow on a new television series. Enraged, she storms out of the studio, returns to her flat, and discovers Mrs. Croft making love to Childie in the bedroom. After a bitter confrontation, Childie decides to move in with Mrs. Croft, and George returns to the now deserted studio, where she wrecks the sets before collapsing on a bench. Accepting her fate as Clarabelle Cow, George sits alone bellowing a pathetic "moooo."