- Mrs Brown says she's going to drop the charges against Danny - she was drunk at the time and may have been mistaken.
- Danny and Scott decide to run away.
Jim and Helen are having a quiet evening. Jim tells Helen that Scott deserved him yelling at him. He'll talk to him in the morning. Helen says that Jim has had a dream run with Scott so far - he has to expect a few bumps. Jim says he's never had any trouble with Scott before.
HELEN: He's a teenager, Jim! You should be grateful he doesn't sniff glue.
Paul rushes in saying he's got the best news ever - Mrs Brown is dropping the charges. Scott is in the clear. Jim is very relieved. Paul says that Scott hasn't had much moral support around the house - Jim could have done more. He goes off to tell Scott.
Scott and Paul's room
Paul goes to tell Scott the good news, but he's gone. There's a note saying he and Danny have run away.
JIM: Scott. Danny. God knows how Max is going to take this.
MAX: Damn fool kid! I don't know why I bother with him half the time!
Jim says that he and Max have given the boys a pretty hard time. Max says he'll break every bone in Danny's body when he gets home!
Ramsays - Kitchen
Helen and Maria are having a glass of wine. They are both worried about the boys, but Helen says after a few nights they'll come home to their own beds. Maria says that at least the boys are together.
Max is ranting that Danny has taken Shane's sleeping bag with him. Maria tells Max that Danny was very upset when Max wouldn't believe he didn't mug Mrs Brown.
Helen and Jim excuse themselves.
Max tells Maria that he feels like giving up on Danny. Shane comes out and Maria tells him that Danny and Scott have run away.
The Countryside, the following morning
Danny and Scott and cycling down a country road, having slept in a ditch. Scott says that Jim wouldn't even talk to him.
Julie is worried about Scott. Paul is reading the paper rejectedly and ignoring Jim. He tells Jim that it's Jim's fault Scott has run away - because he didn't trust him. Julie tells Paul to stop going on at Jim. He tells her to belt up.
Julie fusses over Jim and he rolls his eyes.
Max is just heading out to install a central heating system. They chat about Danny. Max is unrepentant about his part in Danny running away. Maria rants at him for always being down on Danny. She starts to cry and says that Danny is her son and she wants him home safe and well - Max is behaving like he's glad to be rid of Danny. She says he never tells or shows Danny that he loves him. If Danny doesn't come back, it's Max's fault.
Danny and Scott are still cycling when Danny gets a puncture and falls off his bike. It's a really big puncture and they don't have a patch big enough. Scott says they'll have to hitch and see if they can get a ute, so they can put the bikes in the back.
Later in the Countryside
Scott and Danny are not having much luck hitchhiking. They still have 20kms before the next town.
Scott eventually manages to wave down a red car. The blokes inside put their bikes on the top of their car and give them a lift into town.
Maria is telling Helen that Max really doesn't like Danny.
MARIA: He doesn't like Danny, he never has.
HELEN: Does he suspect?
MARIA: No, not on the surface. But I'm sure part of him knows.
Maria thinks that's why Max shuts him out. Helen is confident that Scott will come back once he's rung and they can tell him he's in the clear.
Paul is off to meet Shane to look for the boys. He's hoping they might be in a squat somewhere. Maria tells him that if he does find Danny, he should tell him that both she and his father love him.
But Maria is not sure this last part is true. Helen doesn't think the Paul's chances of finding the boys are very good - they'll just have to wait until the boys want to come back.
Scott and Danny are in the back of the car having a lift into town. They explain why they're running away.
Shane and Paul are just going out - Shane is going to miss his coaching tonight. Max thinks Shane is out of his mind, he might lose his job. Shane says tha Danny is more important.
Julie is round getting some stuff for Helen. Max says that Danny is probably having the time of his life!
When Julie has gone, Max says he can't understand why everyone is so worried about Danny.
Scott asks the blokes to drop them off at the garage. They thanks the blokes for the lift. They pull in and Scott and Danny get out. They go to get their bikes off the top, but the blokes drive off taking their bikes and their bags with them.
Later at the garage
Danny and Scott are trying to work out what to do. They only have $15 between them. They see an advert in the garage window about farm work and decide to follow it up. They ask the owner about it. He says that it's for the Forbes' farm - but they're real battle-axes. It's Scott and Danny's only option though.
Helen thinks that Scott and Danny will call once they run out of money. Jim is feeling bad about not trusting Scott. Julie says that Max is much worse - this afternoon it was almost like he was glad Danny was gone. Jim says it's just tension talking.
Maria tells Max that they have to talk. She wants to know why Max doesn't love Danny like he loves Shane. Max says he doesn't know - he wants to, but he doesn't seem to be able to get close to him. It's been that way ever since he was a baby.
MARIA:(nervously) Have you ever wondered why?
MAX: Course I have. I'm not a monster, you know. I mean, he's just difficult, that's all.
Max pauses and says that that's not the only reason. Right from the start, he was never really sure that Danny was his. He was only born nine months after Maria came back to him.
MARIA: I knew that was the reason.
There is a long pause.
MAX: Well? Is Danny my son? ...Is he?
MARIA: ... No.
Max looks horrified.