Max is asking Jim, “If you knew you son wasn't yours, how would you feel?"
Maria and Helen are chatting in the kitchen and Maria is visibly upset. She says that Max finally asked her and she couldn't just lie anymore.
A van pulls out and Danny and Scott get out. They are going to get their stuff out of the back and the van drives off leaving the boys unsuccessfully pursuing it on foot.
Max explains to Maria that he can't go on living with her anymore, he wants out, and the marriage is over.
Maria says she understands how Max is feeling but asks if it what he really wants. It's all he can cope with at the moment. He says he'll move out. Maria thinks it's unfair that he move out, but he insists. When will they tell the boys? Max wants to tell Shane tonight, and they can tell Danny when he gets back. Max is sure he'll be happy about it anyway.
The boys turn up at the gate of an old farmhouse after been told at the local shop that the old lady who owns the farm, Mrs Forbes needs labourers. They've been told she is an old hag. She approaches them and asks them if they've worked the land before. Of course they have. They're hired. They introduce themselves as Scott and Danny Jones.
Shane is home and tells his mum about how his coaching business is taking off. Maria is happy for him; he deserves to be a success after all he work he's put in. Helen arrives and Maria asks Shane to put the ironing away for her, but it's really an excuse to get him out of the room. Helen asks if the war is over. Oh yes, says Maria. Helen is pleased until Maria explains it's over because Max is moving out. Helen hugs her and tells her to fight, but she says she has no weapons. Will Helen keep the news to herself until Shane is told? Of course she will.
Mrs Forbes shows the boys the barn where they will be living. She tells them the pay is $40 per day each and they get paid only when the job is completed. They are going to be digging a manure pit and it's hard graft.
The boys are digging away but not making much of an impression on the dry hard land. Mrs Forbes arrives and explains she is going out. Danny says she's definitely an alcoholic and will be off to the pub.
Maria tells Max that a client called about her central heating. She gives him the details and he thanks her. He can't expect her to keep taking messages for him, he'll hire an answering service, but Maria insists he should save the money and she will continue to take his messages. Max is very calm and very polite. Maria says it's not too late to change his mind.
The boys are still digging when Mrs Forbes returns. She gives them more instructions, the hole needs to be wider. She picks up Scotts watch which is on the ground with the boys shirts and reads the inscription on the reverse, it's his name and telephone no.
Daphne tells Shane and Des that she has a job later on in the evening. Shane doesn't seem too interested and Des asks him what is wrong. Daphne tells Des to leave off, Shane is worried about Danny. Des says that at least Max isn't on his back whilst he's away. Daphne says that Des shouldn`t say that, but Shane says its ok and everyone knows what his dad is like. He makes his excuses and goes home.
The boys are wrecked, but still plan the evening ahead. They'll go to the local pub, they look 18, no they look 19, 20, they'll definitely get served. Mrs Forbes brings dinner and asks questions about the boys. Danny is gutted to find the dinner is corned beef, which he hates but he's so hungry he'd eat a boiled horse,
Des enjoyed the tea Daphne cooked them, and compliments her. Daphne explains there's more to a woman than cooking, which he agrees with. She doesn't fancy working tonight but needs must and she needs the rent money. Des offers to drive her, but she won't hear of it. He insists.
Outside the party house
Des doesn't like the look of the house, he doesn't want her to go in, but she does anyway. He sits in the car for a few minutes then walks towards the house.
The boys are still planning their evening and Danny reckons they will definitely get some girls as they are cool city boys. Scott doesn't reply and when Danny checks he is fast asleep.
At the farmhouse Mrs Forbes is looking at the phone number from Scotts watch. Her thoughts are interrupted by a call from the sister at the hospital Her hubby Ned has had a turn. She's really upset and will be in to see him tomorrow.
Maria and Max wait for Shane. Max isn't happy that he has been over at that tart Daphnes house. Maria wants to know what they will tell him. Max says they'll say they grew apart and need some time away from each other. Shane arrives and senses an atmosphere. Is everything alright. No answer. Shane goes to bed. Maria asks why Max didn't say anything and he blows up at her saying that it isn't easy, it's all her fault and he'll never forgive her for this.
Daphne wants her fee for the party, but the birthday boy wants more first. Daphne says no and then Capt Courageous bounds in and the guy is punched. Daphne's is none too pleased with Desmond…………