Nick takes Maria out for dinner and tells her she should have married him while she had a chance.
Paul tells Daphne that he's fed up and is thinking of leaving Uni.
Shane is mad that Maria has been out with Nick.
Shane and Max argue over the plumbing job. Shane storms off, telling Max to walk home.
Scott and Danny arrive back and Paul greets them. Danny heads off home and Jim says he'll go with him. Paul hugs Scott. Scott says that Jim was great.
Julie comes in at that moment and starts going off on one at Scott for running away.
SCOTT: Pleased to see you, too!
Paul tells Julie not to be insensitive. Helen shows Julie Mrs Forbes's vase.
Maria hugs Danny tightly and thanks Jim for going to fetch him. When Jim has gone home, Maria hugs Danny again. She offers him a nice cup of coffee. Danny asks after Shane and Maria tells him that Shane is working with Max. She explains about the drunk-driving conviction and the broken ribs. Danny is very surprised. He's not looking forward to Max coming home. Maria explains that she and Max have decided to "spend some time apart". Max has gone to live somewhere else. Danny is surprised. He says that Max doesn't care that he's come home.
DANNY: So. The great Max Ramsay. Moved out of his own street.
Maria explains that she and Max had a few problems. Danny says that they can manage without Max.
Paul is doing some mowing. Daphne comes up and talks to Paul about the leaving Uni decision. Paul insists that he doesn't want to go on with engineering anymore.
Just then, Nick drives up. Apparently Paul has invited him round. He tells Nick he's made up his mind - he wants to leave Uni, it's not the life for him. Nick asks if Paul has talked to Jim. Paul says he will, but Jim won't be impressed. Paul tells Nick he wants to take him up on his offer of being an airline steward. Nick is worried about crossing Jim, but Paul says it's his decision.
Danny is grilling Shane about Max and Maria's separation. But Shane doesn't know anything - he tells Danny that there was no shouting and screaming, so he doesn't know the reason.
Shane wants to go over and apologise to Max for their altercation that morning. Shane asks if Danny wants to come with him. Danny doesn't want to - he's sick of Max yelling. But he might come next time.
Scott comes over to see Danny. He is quite missing the farm. Danny explains that Max and Maria have split up and noone really seems to know why. Scott is very surprised. Danny says that it certainly is going to be peaceful around the house. He doesn't know whether it's going to be for good or not. Scott observes that Danny doesn't seem too upset. Danny says that maybe it's for the best. He admits that Maria seems very upset about it all though.
Ramsays - Kitchen
Nick is visiting again and Shane is not pleased to see him there. He tells Maria pointedly that he's going out - to see Max.
Nick tells Maria that he wants to ask her out to dinner again, but Maria says that she can't because Danny has only just come home. He says he'll call her later and kisses her on the cheek.
Max is trying unsuccessfully to hang a blind when Shane comes round. He apologises to Max for walking out on him that morning. They make up and Max offers Shane a beer. He tells Max that Danny has come home. He asks if Danny is alright and then says that it was a stupid thing for Danny to do. Shane says that the news of the separation hasn't really hit Danny yet. Shane says that he can't work with Max anymore because they fight too much. Max doesn't really mind and says he'll get someone else. They clink their tins.
The Bank, the following morning
Julie asks Greg what to do with the letters marked "For The Manager" because Mr Arnold isn't around today. Des comes to pick up his own mail - it's letter from Canberra. The letter says that Des has missed out on the promotion. Des isn't pleased at all.
Paul comes out to talk to Jim. He tells him that he wants to drop out of University. Jim is shocked. Paul says he was happy enough to go into engineering straight after school, but he hadn't really thought things through then. Now Nick can get him a job as an airline steward. Jim is appalled that Paul wants to give up Uni to become an air steward! Paul says he's given it a great deal of thought and he's deadly serious. Jim says angrily that the whole thing is irresponsible and ridiculous. Paul says he'll do it anyway. Then he storms off to his room and slams the door(!)
Des is telling Daphne about the lost promotion. She's sad for Des, but pleased that he is staying in Erinsborough. They chat about Paul's plans. Daphne thinks Nick is over-glamourising the airline industry a bit. She thinks Nick is as lonely as hell underneath it all.
PAUL:(knocking back door) Can I come in?
DES: No, go away, we're having an orgy!
Paul comes in and tells Des he's heard about the Canberra job. Also that Julie has got a date with Greg coming up. Daphne offers Paul a drink. She asks if Julie knows why Des didn't get the job. Paul says she does, but Daphne shouldn't take any notice of Julie. Daphne says that Julie could be right - maybe Des did lose the job because he lives with a stripper. She muses that maybe she should give it up.
Nick comes round for a visit. Jim isn't pleased to see him and Nick guesses that Paul has talked to Jim. Nick says he just answered Paul's questions about the airline. Jim rants that as of today, Paul has dropped out of University. He tells Nick off for filling Paul's head with rubbish.
JULIE: Can I say something?
Nick says Paul might like to experience life outside Ramsay Street.
JIM: How dare you. Just because we haven't seen Niagara Falls or eaten at Raffles, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with us! There are other things to life you know, like a decent family. And that's something you don't know about.
Nick gets up and says he'd better go. Jim agrees with him. Helen shows Nick out, telling Nick to give Jim time to calm down.
When Nick has gone, Helen tells Jim off for the way he is handling the situation. Julie says she agrees with Jim(!) Helen says Nick does have a point - there is a whole world beyond Ramsay Street. Jim has been so busy being a good father, he hasn't had time to see it for himself. She tells Jim that he has to learn to let go. The only way for Paul to find his way is for Jim to let him take off. He might even find engineering again in the end.
JIM: Yes, well. There won't be a job waiting with me if he does.
Danny thinks that he and Shane should try their hardest to stick by Maria at the moment. But Danny thinks she's probably enjoying the break from Max(!) Shane takes offence at this and says that Maria has got the better deal out of the two of them. Danny says that if Max wants to live on his own, good luck to him.
Ramsays - living room
Nick drops by to see Maria. She introduces him to Danni and they shake hands.