Max has a row with his neighbour about some dogs barking. He's still got toothache.
Daphne asks Shane if they can move in together.
Max rants at his neighbour.
Richard asks Maria to come away for the weekend to a cabin with him.
Danny is waiting impatiently for Maria to come home. Shane comes in and asks Danny what's the matter with him. He tells him he's upset about Maria falling for the insurance salesman guy. Danny says Max feels the same. Shane says that Maria likes him, but Danny points out that Shane thought Nick Berman was Jack the Ripper! Shane says that Maria can't spend the rest of their lives making them happy. He tells Danny to grow up.
Maria tells Helen that she had a nice date with Richard. She tells Helen that she's agreed to go away to the beach with Richard for the weekend. Helen's pleased, but Maria says that Danny won't approve. Helen suggests not telling him, but Maria says that would just cause more problems. Helen says Maria has sacrificed enough - it's her life.
Maria comes in and finds Danny skulking about. He asks why she's so late and Maria says she had a coffee after the lecture. She is evasive though and sends Danny to bed. Danny says that Shane was over to say hello. Maria tells Danny that Max has terrible toothache but he's terrified of dentists. Danny says he doesn't like dentists either.
Maria tells Danny that she's thinking of going to the beach for the weekend. Danny assumes he'll be coming too, so Maria tells him that she's going on her own. Danny says he's going to a party on Saturday night anyway. He wants to know who Maria will be staying with, so she tells him it's Richard. He tells Maria she's pathetic and then stalks off to bed.
Max's bedsit, the following morning
Danny is trying to instruct Max in using the tape recorder. Terry comes round and Max congratulates her on her engagement. He says he's managing to get by without his licence. Terry offers Max some help - at least until the wedding. He gratefully agrees.
Terry tells Max to go to the dentist!
Max tells Terry that Shane will be moving out soon - Daphne has asked Shane to move in with him. Terry is shocked.
Just then, Shane come in and says it's not definite yet that he's moving in with Daphne. Terry makes a sharp exit.
Outside Max's bedsit
Max and Danny are lurking by a fence, trying to tape the barking dogs. Max makes cat noises to stir the dogs up - they are asleep after barking all night(!) Danny is quite amused at Max's noises, but doesn't say anything. Eventually the dogs start to bark and Danny tapes them.
Maria has come to see Max. Danny heads off to school.
Maria tells Max that Danny is angry with her at the moment. She asks Max what the speakers are for.
Max tells Maria that Shane is going to move out soon - to move in with Daphne.
Terry tells Paul that she's got her job with Max back. Then he asks her if she doesn't want Shane to be best man. Apparently Shane told Paul that Terry is giving him the cold shoulder.
Before she can answer, Shane comes in. Terry tells him that she hasn't deliberately been giving him the cold shoulder.
Shane wants to talk to Paul about the buck's party, so Terry heads off.
Max is playing the tape of the dogs barking through the huge speakers which are positioned on his windowsill(!) Shane thinks Max is losing it - it's nearly midnight - they'll put him in jail. The neighbours start to shout!
Danny is listening to loud music. Maria comes out and tells him off. She also tells him off about his attitude. She says that she and Richard are just friends. Danny says he doesn't care - he's going to a party while she's away. He says he can look after himself. He says the family is breaking apart.
There's a knock at Max's door. It's the middle-aged man from next door. He accuses Max of being crazy. He says Max will hear from his lawyer. Shane despairs.
Ramsays, the following morning
Helen comes round. Maria tells her that she can't go away with Richard - Danny is frightened and confused. Helen says that all kids Danny's age are frightened and confused! Maria has to make a life for herself. Helen thinks Maria's needs are more important than Danny's - she should just go.
When Helen has gone, Maria picks up the phone.
Max is making breakfast for himself and Shane. But he still has terrible toothache. Shane says he's taking Max to the dentist if he has to chain him to the chair(!)
Helen sees Danny on the street. She tells him that he's really upsetting Maria. Danny says he's just trying to protect Maria - he's the only one left. Helen says Danny should be encouraging Maria, not behaving like a spoilt brat. She tells him to think it over.
Max is in the waiting room in a state of great agitation. Shane says everything will be fine. Max shudders at the smell and the sound of the drilling(!)
The nurse shows Max into the room. The dentist is holding a big needle. Suddenly, he recognises Max. It's the bloke who owns the dogs!