Maria finds Nick, an old friend, on her doorstep. She tells him about Max and starts to cry. Shane comes in and is shocked to find her hugging another man.
Lucy hasn't finished her homework and is late for school. Julie gossips to Lucy that Nick used to be in love with Maria years ago.
Helen tells the family that she's going to the theatre with Maria tonight, so they'll have to fend for themselves.
Nick comes in. He sits down with Jim. He asks why Jim didn't tell him about Max and Maria. Jim says it's best to keep out of other people's business. Jim heads off to work, leaving Nick with Helen.
Helen offers Nick a cup of tea and some breakfast. He accepts.
Shane has fixed the tap. Maria says Shane embarrassed her the night before in front of an old friend. She tells Shane off for assuming she was having an affair. Maria says that it was Max's decision to leave - she's lonely and she needs friends. She won't cut herself off because Max walked out on her. She tells Shane she's going to the theatre with Helen tonight and he'll have to fend for himself. He doesn't look very pleased.
Helen and Nick are chatting about the Robinsons family setup. Nick says Danny and Scott being missing must be a worry to them. Helen heads off to do some shopping. Nick offers to give her a lift.
Daphne is mending Des's shirt. He is agitated because he's late for work. Daphne tells him to relax. Daphne says she'll have to change her job to something more respectable so she can get a loan from the bank(!)
DES: A bank needs security on a loan like that. A stable income.
DAPHNE: There's no recession in the stripping business, believe me!
Daphne says she could probably afford the repayments better than Des's other customers!
Finally, Des's shirt is ready and Daphne helps him put it on. Des heads off to the bank. (They seem like husband and wife already in this scene!)
Later at the Robinsons
Helen and Nick are back from shopping. He is chatting to Paul. They chat about the future. Paul doesn't seem too thrilled about going into engineering - it's a bit boring sometimes, he says. Paul says he fancies something else, but he doesn't really know what. Nick says there's a big world outside. He says that lots of people Paul's age work on the airlines as stewards. Paul looks thoughtful.
Julie is bickering with Des again. She says that Daphne is ruining Des's reputation. Des tells her to stop stirring and get back to work.
Nick is telling stories about him, Jim and Max when they were in school. Apparently they were something of tearaways.
Shane calls round. He's not very pleased to see Nick there. Nick heads off to see Max. Shane is very frosty with Nick.
When Nick has gone, Shane tells Paul that he thinks Nick is bad news. But Paul thinks he's a good bloke - he's seriously thinking about his future thanks to Nick. Paul is now thinking of going out and seeing the world.
Nick calls round to see Max. He's chuffed to see him. He offers Nick a beer. They have a laugh about old times over a beer and talk about people they were at school with. Nick suggests that they get together with Jim at the pub - the "terrible trio" back in option. He goes off to ring Jim.
Jim is testing Lucy on capital cities. Nick rings up for Jim. He invites him out with him and Max, but Jim says he doesn't feel like it tonight. Nick tells him off for being boring(!)
Nick and Max head off to the pub.
Des tells Daphne that they might be able to get a joint mortgage. Daphne asks Des if he's trying to tell her something(!) Des says it might be possible.
Julie comes round and gives Des some papers from the bank solicitor. Des says the papers are for Greg, but apparently Greg left early.
DES: Oh well. There goes a relaxing evening(!)
When Des has left the room, Julie tells Daphne that she is taking wonderful care of Des. She says that Des was late for work though. Julie goes on to say that Des has been blamed for everything recently and intimates that it's Daphne's fault. Daphne tells her to get lost. (not in so many words!)
Max and Nick are having a drink.
Des is working on the solicitor's papers. Paul brings him round a calculator Des has asked to borrow. Paul tells Des that he's thinking of becoming an airline steward - it's one way to see the word. Des tells him to have a good think before making any decisions. Paul doesn't think Jim will be too pleased.
Des tells Paul that he's fed up of covering for the boss's son. Paul tells Des to stop covering and let his boss see his son as he is. Des says it's not that simple - he delgates the work and any mistake Greg makes becomes his fault(!)
Max and Nick (especially Nick) are quite drunk. Max stops Nick from driving, but then gets in the car himself(!) They drive off.
Paul tells Julie that the boss's son at work sounds like a right drongo. Julie says that Des is the problem and Daphne is affecting his work(!) Paul says Julie will only believe what she wants to believe! Paul says that Julie should give Daphne a chance. He thinks Julie is jealous of Daphne! Julie stalks off.
The phone rings and Shane answers it. It's Max. He tells Shane he's been in an accident - he's hurt his arm. Nick is OK though. They're at the police station - Max has been done for drunk driving.