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Shit Happens is an episode from the series of TV films Novellen, for which young directors and scriptwriters form partnerships. The life of the forty-year-old bachelor Richard is boring and predictable. Day in day out, this drab man analyses crap in a laboratory and after work rides his bike over the dykes back to his parental home, where he is still living. Richard does not have a girlfriend, to his mother's sorrow and his father's fury. One beautiful day, the new employee Maria becomes his assistant. She immediately takes a liking to him and Richard, too, thinks that Maria could definitely make a good match for him. Because the two are unable to make contact in a normal way, they do not get any further than to spy on each other and each other's houses. This leads to a hilarious situation with a happy end.