Shane tells Max he's going away for while. He tells Max emotionally that he hopes everything works out for him.
Daphne tells Des she's giving up stripping and going back to secretarial work. Des is very pleased.
Max tells Nick that Danny isn't his real son. Nick tells him to put the past behind him.
Nick points out that Max's bedsit is awful. He thinks Max is crazy for not going back to Maria. Nick tells Max not to hang about - Maria may have said no to Nick, but may not be alone forever.
Des is on the phone to his mother. She is moaning at him as usual. Daphne gets up and starts making breakfast. Des asks for fried bread because he used to have it when he was in the Scouts! Des finally gets rid of Eileen, saying they'll go out for dinner on Wednesday and he won't ask Daphne(!)
DAPHNE: (innocently) Was that your mother?
DES: Very funny!
Des says his mother winds him up. The phone rings again and Des begs Daphne to answer it.
DAPHNE: Oh, no, I always upset her.
Eventually Des makes her answer it. But it isn't Eileen - it's about a secretarial job for Daphne! She's going to start straight away. She tells Des he'll have to make his own breakfast. Des can't even crack an egg!!
Edith comes round to find out what's burning. Max tells her, very irritably, that his toaster has broken. Now his toast is burnt. He tells her to get another one.
EDITH: Oooh! We did get out of the wrong side of the bed didn't we!
MAX: WE did nothing of the sort!
EDITH: And you can rest assured we never will!
(I knew she fancied him!)
When she's gone, Max puts a burned black piece of toast on his plate.
Quite a contrast from Max's bedsit as Maria pours tea for Helen out of a nice china teapot.
MARIA: It's so quiet without him here. That's the trouble.
HELEN: It's quiet without him next-door too!
Maria never thought Max would actually leave her. Helen advises her to find new hobbies to keep herself busy. Helen herself is just off to sort out some fighting Neighbours down at the Community Justice Centre.
An office in the city
Daphne comes in to her new job, and realises to her horror that her boss, Mr Evans, is a former client of hers. After a while he recognises her, but can't quite place her.
A phone box
Max is shouting at his work colleague who is driving the plumbing van recklessly. He storms into the phone box. He rings Maria up to see if any jobs have come in. But really he just wants to talk to Maria. They make polite small talk and then ring off.
Helen rings Maria from the Community Justice Centre. She tells her she has a problem that Maria can help her with. Maria reluctantly agrees to come over.
Community Justice Centre
Helen talks with her colleague Tom about the Czech couple who are coming in - apparently they don't speak English. Just then, Maria arrives. They tell her what they do - basically mediate between warring Neighbours (and Helen is an expert at that!) They explain to Maria that they have a warring Czech couple and their interpreter is ill. Apparently it's a fight over hosing down a car when the doors were open!
Maria is very apprehensive, but she goes into the next room and talks to the Czech couple in Czech. They chat away for a few minutes in Czech and the couple get quite animated. Maria can't get much of a word in. Eventually she gives up and comes back into Helen's office. She says she can't interpret for the couple - she doesn't like the Novaks. Apparently they hate their neighbours, the country and everything in it.
When Tom goes to look, the Novaks have gone. Helen drags Maria with her to chase after the Novaks.
Max comes round and shouts at Danny who is floating on an airbed in the pool. He says that noone is manning the phone in case a business call comes in. Max's mate Jason is very lazy. They row and Jason storms off, saying he'd rather work for a wild bull than work for Max. Max reluctantly gives him his money and then sends him on his way.
MAX: Damn! Should have got him to help me load the van before I paid him!
DANNY: Don't worry Dad. I'll help you.
Max looks a bit surprised but is pleased. Danny says if he had a licence he'd drive the van for Max. Max looks even more surprised!
An office in the city
Daphne is typing on an old-fashioned typewriter! (Awww!) Mr Evans asks Daphne to take her glasses off - now he recognises her. He remembers the last time he saw her, she was jumping out of a cake.
Daphne doesn't like Mr Evans sleazing at her, so she says she's going to leave. But he says if she leaves, he'll complain to the agency about her. Daphne says she'll stay as long as it's strictly boss and secretary.
Danny is helping Max to load his van. Max thanks him for his help. They are getting on very well, and Danny even reckons that he could work with Max. They chat about Shane, but neither of them can fathom why he's gone away. They go in to have a beer.
In the kitchen, they continue to discuss the Shane situation.
Maria comes in and is surprised to see Max there with Danny. She tells them about her afternoon with the Czech people. Maria asks Max awkwardly if he'd like to stay and have dinner with them. But he says he'd better be heading off.
Scott is playing football in the park with a mate, when Kim comes up. She tells him that she needs a favour - she needs some more money. She can't tell him why, but insists she isn't in to drugs. She tells Scott that she needs $200. Scott advises her to go home to her parents. Kim says she can't.
KIM: I'm pregnant!