- Danny getting angry because Paul implied he was a kid
Madge attempts some gardening with Max, but he's more interested in telling Danny off for stuffing up the hose. Danny (fresh from his rage with Paul) snots that it wasn't his fault, and angrily tells his dad that he's sick of him taking the blame out on other people (I.e. him).
Shane passes Danny as he does another storm off and asks Max and Madge what's up – but they have no idea either. Shane heads off to see Daphne and Madge vents her concern about Danny's attitude. She thinks that Max could show him a bit more compassion.
Clive lets Shane in and is excited about the idea of re-starting their gardening business together. But Shane is more interested in snogging Daphne than talking. Carrying on regardless, Clive tries to get Shane's attention but only manages to get an enthusiastic response from Mike, eager to help them out. Clive and Mike then continue to chat and stare at Shane and Daphne pashing, like, hello? Stare bears much?
We play the same old tune – Helen and Paul clash heads over Jim and Zoe, then Shane walks in (after surgically removing himself from Daphne's lips) and they chat about what a sad sack Danny has been.
It turns out, though, that Shane *was* listening to Clive because he asks Helen if it's be alright to take up the gardening offer while still continuing with their chauffeur business. Helen thinks that's fine and Shane's relieved because he needs all the cash he can to speed up this wedding with Daphne. Paul puts a pin in Shane's happy bubble by relaying how difficult it is to save up, which Helen tells him off for later on.
Daphne warns Clive that he'd better pull his weight with Shane, just as Shane returns to tell them the good news. Giving Daph a kiss, Shane says that everything will be alright between them and Daph agrees. Oh and here comes another kiss – a kiss of death.
Madge gets straight to the point and asks Danny what's eating away at him. He looks set to talk when Max bursts in the front door and he clams up again. Desperate for company, Danny asks if they want to spend time together this weekend.
DANNY: We could go to an art gallery, there's a modernist exhibition on.
MAX: (scoffing) Aww, what? I'd rather watch Madge cut her toenails.
MADGE: Oh, charming.
DANNY: (exasperated) There could be some interesting ones.
MAX: Streuth, half of them could have been done by a chimp with a spray gun!
DANNY: Ugh! You're such a philistine!
Madge asks them if they do anything but fight, and Max reasons that it's better than not talking at all. I don't think Danny quite agrees with that somehow.
Clive, Shane and Mike drive up and greet Jack – the owner of the land they're about to garden. Clive tells him that “the guys” will get the job done. Shane quietly bails him up about excluding himself from the working side of things, but Clive explains that they should at least pretend there's a boss so they look more professional.
Jack talks the boys through what he wants done to the property and Clive pretends to know what he's talking about. Jack invites them to chat over some tea, but Clive cheekily hands the reigns over to Shane and Mike to they can get started – leaving Clive to enjoy the tea all to himself.
Daphne's dressed in a snazzy leotard whilst she does her aerobics, but is soon interrupted by Paul who's looking for Clive. Daphne explains where the boys are and invites Paul in to wait for them. Daph immediately brings up Zoe and Jim (of course) and Paul answers in his usual bitter way. This time though he brings up Terri and how he couldn't see how wrong she was for him because he loved her too much. “If only I hadn't rushed into anything…” Daph asks Paul if he thinks her and Shane are rushing things, but Paul says they'll be okay.
Madge tries to cheer Danny up and suggests he invite Nikki and Scott over, but Danny says that he doesn't fit in with them anymore. Madge assures him he's just in a transition phase and he'll soon feel right and hopes that his family aren't making him feel excluded. Danny admits that he misses his mum and feels he can't click with his dad because he isn't his *real* father.
Daphne and Paul enjoy and coffee and Daph asks Paul if he's been acting funny because he has feelings for Zoe. But Paul lies and says that he doesn't – he's just worried about the impact it will have on his family.
The boys arrive home and Clive happily states that the “Ramsay and Gibbons” partnership is set to thrive. But Shane tells him to forget the Ramsay part – it was supposed to be a 50/50 deal but Clive didn't keep up his end of the bargain. He sarcastically wishes Clive all the best on his (now solo) venture.
MIKE: You've still got me, Clive!
CLIVE'S FACE: … yay?
Number 26 Backyard
Madge is over for tea and advice with Helen to discuss her Danny dramas. Madge feels terrible for not realizing that Danny was feeling so distant. Helen wonders if Madge should talk to Max about it, but Madge doesn't want to betray Danny's confidence. Helen then has a brainwave and says that Madge should organize a family get together. Madge likes her thinking – and knows that food will be the key.
Clive tries to say sorry to Shane, but isn't doing a very good job of it. Shane eventually caves and tell Clive that he'll try the partnership one more time. Sucker.
Clive leaves and Madge calls Shane and Max together for a family meeting. She explains she's cracked the Danny mystery – he's just feeling lonely and needs some company. Madge reckons they should all go out for dinner. Max isn't too keen but when Danny walks out they all tell him that Max has offered to shout them a meal. Cracking his first genuine smile in ages, Danny says that he knows just the place to go…
It's one of those places where you sit on cushions at a small table and raw food is the delicacy – right up Max's alley. Not. Daphne has joined them, and they all try and cajole Max into keeping his complaints to himself for Danny's sake. Danny offers his dad some squid and Max practically chokes it down with a forced grin.
Helen sees Paul all scowly (just for a change) and tells him that he's just going to have to deal with the Jim and Zoe thing. Paul sneakily says that Lucy feels threatened because their dad is off behaving like a teenager when he should be with his family.
PAUL: You mark my words. This little affair of his is going to rip this family apart… if it hasn't already.
The family has finished up their dinner and the night looks to be a success – until Max gets the bill. All $160 worth of it. He kicks up a massive stink, much to the embarrassment of everyone else. Shane stokes the fire by slyly telling his dad not to forget the tip.
MAX: (begrudgingly paying the waiter) No way! There you go, 160 bucks exactly. And the only tip you'll get from me is lower your prices or go out of business!
Danny takes huge offence with his dad's rude behavior and walks out. Daphne and Shane give Max the stare of shame while Madge yells at him for being an oaf.