Des telling Daphne that Bradley is his son.
Daphne's stunned, but can't help wondering if Andrea is lying. Des shakes his head: all the facts fit. Bradley's the result of a brief fling he and Andrea had in Perth many moons ago. Daphne gets more upset than she probably should about the whole ordeal and decides to leave. But before she goes, she takes Des' hand and tells him that he'll be a great father, giving him a soft kiss on the cheek and a hug goodbye. As Daphne practically sprints out the door, Des touches his face where she kissed him.
Daphne wipes away a stray tear while she forlornly looks back at Des' house. Noticing Mike and Scott approaching, she composes herself long enough to make some polite chit chat with them before scampering away. Cluey Scott reckons that Daphne was just at Des' and that the two of them are still in lurrrv. The boys then banter about some Nikki chick that Mike's keen on.
Jim's swung by to ask Zoe out for a coffee, but Paul can't spare his best worker. Zoe lays into Paul after Jim leaves, reminding him that he doesn't have to ‘look out for her'. But Paul thinks that she should find someone more her own age to go out with, and y'know, someone who isn't his dad! Then he comes out with this gem: “I do not want you mixing business with pleasure in this office, got it?” If only Past Paul knew about Future Paul…
Time lapse to a bit later. Paul's still got the cranky pants on as he snaps at both Zoe and Daphne on his way to a business meeting. Daphne wonders what the deal is as Zoe explains the coffee debacle. They get to talking about Des (of course) and Daphne ‘subtly' asks Zoe how Des gets along with Bradley. Zoe hilariously thinks that Bradley is a “little insect”, but is clueless as to why Des puts up with all of the kid's nonsense. Daphne feigns ignorance.
Andrea wants to have a serious chat with Des (who appears to be trying to drink his blues away). She wants Bradley to have a stable home and lays the flirty eyes on Des, “Surely we can make a go of it?” But Des is adamant not to put himself through another relationship so soon. He'll father Bradley as best he can, but he won't be Andrea's sugar daddy, no siree…
Zoe and Daphne finish up their cuppas. Zoe can tell that Des is still in love with Daph, and thinks that the most important thing is to keep him from making any impulsive decisions – especially when it comes to Andrea. Daph leaves and Zoe casually plonks herself on the desk to answer the phone – immediately leaping off when she realises it's Rosemary on the other end (like Rosemary has secret ninja powers and can see her!). Zoe's alarmed to learn that Paul hasn't signed some important papers that have to be filed by tonight. Oh the dilemma!
I love the background music, it sounds like it's off an Atari game. Meanwhile, Des has stopped by for a chat with Daphne. As they walk into the kitchen for some privacy, Des admits that Bradley is pretty bratty and wonders if he would've turned out better if he'd had a more stable upbringing. Daphne can tell that Andrea has been niggling in Des' ear and Des admits that she's trying to coax him into a relationship. Daphne warns Des that he can't just marry Andrea based on convenience.
DES: Yeah well, maybe I need more time to establish a bond with him. You always were good at giving advice. I don't know what I'm going to do without you.
DAPHNE: If you want to talk I'm always here.
Des thanks her and asks if she can keep the Bradley news a secret. Daphne thinks it's easier said than done.
DAPHNE: Shane's already suspicious.
SHANE: (conveniently walking in) I've got every right to be, haven't I.
Hee. Gotta love the timing. The scene resumes after an absent ad break, and Shane is no happy camper. He thinks that Des is trying to steal Daphne away. Daph's annoyed but can't tell him what they were really talking about or else she'll betray Des' secret. Sick of the drama, Des departs as Daphne angrily tells Shane that she's allowed to talk to anyone she wants.
SHANE: I'm the man you're going to marry, how about telling me the truth?
DAPHNE: I can trust you, but I can't betray a confidence.
SHANE: Yeah fine, well as long as I know where we stand.
He then bursts out of the kitchen like an angry little mullet man…
… but quickly catches up to Des, puffs up his chest, and does the whole ‘stay away from my girl' act. Des pretty much tells him to get over himself. They all live in the same neighbourhood and are bound to run into one another, “it's a fact of life”.
SHANE: You've never given up on her, have you?
DES: (warningly) Shane…
SHANE: You want her back, don't you, Des?
DES: Forget about it, mate. Just forget it!
Des glowers at him before walking off.
Zoe is telling Jim about the papers, but it seems that Paul is too far away to contact on his little business jaunt. It's too late in the day for Zoe to find a courier, and she has no car to get herself there – whatever shall she do? Luckily, Jim offers to drive her to Paul himself. What an outstanding idea. Meanwhile, Scott's on the phone to some unnamed person, letting them know that his dad will be out for a while.
Mike sees Jim and Zoe get into the car. Jim tells Mike not to let Scott stay on the phone all night. Mike says okay. Yes, it's as riveting as it sounds…
Mike delivers Scott the oh so exciting order from Jim, and also picks up the cricket gear he was after. Apparently, Clive had a wild idea to play a winter season, the wacky funster. Scott's desperate for a homework break and suggests they head down to the “rave” at Lassiter's tonight. Oh yeah, I'll bet it'll go right off. Mike isn't so keen and suggests an alternative.
MIKE: We could go down to the Coffee Shop for a while?
SCOTT: (dry) Oh yeah, that sounds really exciting.'
*insert overly dramatic eye-roll from Scott here*
Zoe's a bit worried about how Paul's going to react when he sees the two of them together. Jim takes a pregnant pause so long it has to be induced – “It's none of his business”. Zoe tells Jim that Paul thinks Jim's too old for her and that she's only after his money. Jim just thinks that Paul's still acting out because of what happened with Terri; Zoe shouldn't worry too much.
ZOE: (smiling) Thanks.
JIM: What did I say?
ZOE: Every time I'm in trouble you seem to be there when I need you.
Looks like Mike twisted Scott's arm, as they're both having a drink at the counter. Mike takes Daphne into the kitchen for a quick chat – it seems he's worried about going out tonight when he's got no money. He'd much prefer to use any cash he had on taking Nikki out. Daphne thinks that Nikki's nice and has to chuckle about Mike's angst over everything.
DAPHNE: It's not easy being in love, is it?
Mike queries her odd mood earlier when they bumped into one another on the street, and jokingly tells her about Scott's theory that she's still in love with Des. Daphne stroppily throws down her tea towel and shouts that she's not, dammit! Yeah, way to go convincing him there, Daph. Scott comes to collect Mike for the rave (it's gonna go off, man!) and unwittingly saves her from further embarrassment. Shane stops by and tells Daphne that he's been an idiot. Ready to forgive, Daphne wraps him in a hug.
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Zoe and Jim arrive and deliver the papers to Paul (who is the only person there). Jim tells him that he should inform Zoe of his plans more carefully next time to save her from anymore unplanned road trips. Jim asks if Zoe is going to ride back with Paul, but she'd prefer the Jim-Mobile. “At least the company would be more pleasant.” Paul gives them one last look before driving off, as Jim and Zoe prepare to leave themselves… but Jim's car won't start. What are the odds, eh?