Des tells Mr Arnold that he's grateful for his apology, but he's too late. Des hands in his resignation.
Max is surprised to find a baby sitting on his bed.
Max comes over all soppy but covers it up. Edith comes in and fusses over the baby. It seems the baby belongs to Steve. Edith tells Max that the police want to see him about the missing tenants.
Des and Daphne are having a romantic candlelight meal to celebrate Des's change of career. Daphne tells Des that she's having a change of career too - she's getting out of stripping and has joined a secretarial temping agency. Des is very pleased indeed. Daphne explains that she was freaked out by the party - she's tired of the hassle that comes with stripping. Des says that now he can hold his head up in public again(!)
Des makes a toast to "Number 28, Ramsay Street - Long may we reign!"
Julie comes in from a inner with the girls, but she doesn't look very happy. Apparently everyone was buzzing about Des quitting his job at the bank. Paul says Des needed a bit more excitement and is going to sell real estate instead. Julie laments that they'll really miss Des at the bank. Paul is very pleased - he says Des was in a rut, but Jim thinks it was job security, not a rut.
Des is thinking about redecorating to be inkeeping with his new image(!) Daphne tells him to be cautious - he hasn't sold any real estate yet. Des gives Daphne a bit of a hug and says he wouldn't kick her out - if he moved, she could come with him. Daphne says Des couldn't cope without her. He starts tickling her until Daphne is lying laughing on his lap. Then, slowly, they kiss.
Their kiss is broken by the sound of Shane coming through the door and they jump apart quickly. Shane has come to congratulate Des on his new job.
Julie and her mate are discussing Des leaving. Her mate wants to know if she's apologised to Des yet and Julie admits she hasn't. She says she'll do it at lunchtime.
A man called Kevin Morgan comes in from Pacific Bank looking for Mr Arnold.
Max is asking Steve why he is on his own with a baby. He tells them he and his wife were talking about divorce and he was afraid he wouldn't get any custody of the baby. So he shot through instead, taking the baby with him. He says his wife's parents don't think he's good enough for his wife anyway. Max says it's always rough when you start out and are so young, but Steve doesn't think his marriage will survive.
(It seems that Des and Daphne have not talked about their pash on the sofa the night before!!)
Des opens the door to Julie. She has come to apologise for how she was sucked in by Greg. She tells Des mournfully that she'll really miss him at work. Des says he'll miss all the staff at the bank too, but he was sick of feeling under-valued.
Daphne is just off to work. She tells Julie she's going back to secretarial work.
DES: I can't see why myself. The money's not has good, and she'll have to buy more clothes!
Des tells Daphne that he's doing the cooking tonight. She says she'll expect beans on toast!
When Julie and Daphne have gone, the phone rings and it's the bloke about the real estate job. It seems that there isn't a job for Des after all. Oh dear.
DES: Well Des, old mate. You've really blown it this time.
Max tells Steve that he's been thinking about Steve's situation. Both he and Edith thinks he has to get in touch with his wife - she should have some say in what happens to her daughter. He agrees to go and phone his wife.
Paul comes in through the back door to find Des looking in the vacancies section of the newspaper. Des says that his position "wasn't viable anymore". He doesn't want to tell Daphne as she'll just blame herself.
Steve has rung his wife and they're going to meet up in the morning. Max tells him to swallow his pride and patch things up with her.
Max throws them out then, telling them that he's going out. Edith tells Max that he's a very sensitive man under all his bluster(!) She tells him she can see he's hurting about the whole Maria situation. He admits that he is. Edith says it all comes back to pride, just like he told Steve.
Kevin Morgan is interviewing the staff one by one. Julie comes in for her interview. It seems Kevin Morgan has been sent from Head Office to investigate a number of dodgy transactions. Julie says that there was an irregularity that Des was blamed for, but that a lot of others think that Mr Arnold's son was involved. Julie says that Des only resigned because he was offered another job, and hasn't done anything wrong. Mr Morgan isn't interested in Julie's opinion of Des - it's a serious situation and he needs to find out the relevant facts.
Julie has come to tell Des about her interview with the Kevin Morgan. Daphne comes in and asks Des when his job starts. He is evasive and says "soon".
Daphne looks in some horror at the stew Des has made(!)
When Julie has gone, Daphne says she quite enjoyed her secretarial work today. She asks again about Des's job and he is evasive again.
Daphne tells Des that instead of moving, they could do up No.28 instead. She's brought some brochures home to show him(!) Des tries to put her off saying he doesn't want to splurge until he's got a proper pay cheque coming in.
Daphne looks again at what Des is cooking and he explains it's bacon and cheese curry - his own recipe.
Max and Maria are having dinner. They are getting on well. Maria comments that Max looks tired. She tells him that she misses him. Max tells her that he wants to talk to her about the boys - apparently Shane has been round asking why they have split up. Maria says they can't tell Danny the truth, it would destroy him to know that Max isn't his real father. Max says he's probably be glad(!) Maria says Max will always be Danny's father - it's not too late to change his behaviour. Maria tells Max they'll tell the kids that they aren't in love anymore. Max isn't sure that will work.
Shane and Danny are waiting for Max and Maria to come back. There is a bit of an awkward silence. Finally Maria says there's something that they have to tell both of them. Maria takes a deep breath and tells them that she and Max aren't in love anymore. Shane can't believe it.