Paul knocks on the door and Des lets him in. Paul asks if Andrea's ready to go. Des, however, tells her that she had a migraine; he thinks she's still asleep. At that moment, though, Andrea emerges from her room and says she's fine now. She tells Bradley to be good and she and Paul head out. Des closes the door and joins Bradley at the table, helping him with his model.
Zoe heads into No. 22, where Daphne tells her that it's perfect timing - she's got news. Zoe starts to say that so has she. Daphne, however, tells her that she'll have to wait. She goes on:
DAPHNE: I've set the date with Shane!
Zoe hugs her excitedly and exclaims that that's fabulous! Daphne asks her if she's ready to do the old bridesmaid bit again. Zoe beams that she's still got the dress! Daphne, however, says she's superstitious; Zoe will have to buy a new one. Zoe's face drops and she tells Daphne that she can't afford it. Daphne points out that she's been buying dresses all *week*. Zoe replies:
ZOE: Yeah, with that card. Now they won't let me use it again until I pay some of it back.
DAPHNE: So? You've got a job.
ZOE: Yeah, sure, but my salary only covers my bills. *Now*, with the card thing...
She then sighs that she'll work it out. Daphne asks her warily if there's some problem with her job. Zoe murmurs:
ZOE: In a way...
Daphne tells her to hang on to it; she knows things are a bit difficult with Paul, but they both know how hard it is to get a job out there; what would *she* do if the Coffee Shop closed down? Zoe starts trying to tell her again about Paul, but there's suddenly a knock on the front door and Jim comes in, smiling at Daphne that she's monopolising his dinner date. He and Zoe head out.
Helen has turned up at No. 24, where the Ramsays are having dinner. She tells Danny that Jim remembered, and she hands him a putter and two balls, adding that if he pops round, Jim will give him some tips. Max asks what all this is, and Danny explains that it's business: say there's a promotion at work, he goes for a round of golf with Des, Des thrashes him and who gets the promotion?! Max says:
MAX: You's all missing the flamin' point: I mean, why ask Jim Robinson when you've got *me*?
DANNY: I thought you'd given golf up, dad.
SHANE: Yeah, you did, too - just after you threw your clubs in the lake, remember!
However, Danny grins at his father that anything he can pass on... He hands Max the putter and everyone heads into the lounge room, where Shane puts a china cup on the floor and Max lines up to putt a ball into it. Everyone pretends to run and hide! Max, however, putts the ball straight into the cup and lets out a cheer of delight!
Des admires the model car that Bradley is making and comments that the boy's really got a thing about cars; he might take him to the motor show next week; and a couple of years down the track, he might even teach him how to drive. The front door opens suddenly and Lucy comes in. She says hi to Bradley, but Bradley mutters that he's busy. Lucy asks if she can help, but Bradley retorts that it's not for girls. Des suggests that she could put the tyres on the wheels. Lucy asks when they expect the model to be finished and Des shrugs that it'll probably be the day after tomorrow. Lucy groans:
LUCY: I'll be at school for the mother- and- daughter talk.
BRADLEY (pointedly): You haven't *got* a mother.
LUCY: My grandmother's taking me.
DES: Well, Bradley's going the next time.
LUCY: *He* hasn't got a *father*.
BRADLEY (retorts): I *have* got a father.
LUCY: Not *here*, anyway.
Bradley looks at Des, who says:
DES: Yes he has - he's got *me*.
Lucy sits there open- mouthed and exclaims:
LUCY: Are you *really*?
She then gets up and dashes out to tell everyone!
A short time later, Lucy is at No. 24, where Helen asks her sternly where she heard a story like *that*. Lucy beams that Des told her; he wants everyone to know. She dashes off again. Helen puts her fingers to her temples, and Madge realises:
MADGE: It *is*, true, isn't it?
Helen explains that Des told her in confidence - but he chose an odd way to make it public. Max chips in gleefully that *he's* known for quite a while - it looks like Madge is the *last* one to know for once! Madge remarks that it explains why that woman's living there. Max says he thinks Des is doing the right thing.
Zoe is sitting at a table with Jim, staring into space. Jim tells her that if she doesn't like the place, they can always find somewhere else. Zoe, however, murmurs that she's fine. Jim then goes on that she was asking his advice last night, but she wasn't giving him all the facts; you get pretty bad advice that way. He adds that if Paul's giving her a hard time, he really would like to know about it. At that moment, the two of them spot Paul and Andrea coming into the restaurant. Jim calls over to them and Paul joins them. He looks at Zoe and asks her coolly if she's seen Daphne. Zoe just replies:
ZOE: I changed my mind.
Paul rejoins Andrea. Jim tells Zoe:
JIM: It's up to you.
Shane and Max are searching for one of the golf balls, which has disappeared. Madge warns her brother:
MADGE: If I slip and fall on that golf ball, Max, I'll sue you, brother or no brother.
MAX (rants): Look, if I want to play golf - if I want to play flamin' *polo* - I will. A man's home's his castle.
Danny finds the ball and suggests they set up a driving range in the garage. Madge, however, tells him that they're going to need the garage for Max's furniture. Max glares at her as she goes on that *her* furniture is much more elegant, and heaven knows the place could use it. Danny comments:
DANNY: *Fred's* still got your furniture.
MADGE: Not for long.
MAX: Now look, you're being a bit rough, aren't you, just because Susan's in the family way?
MADGE (coolly): I don't want to hear that woman's name.
Shane says he likes the furniture they've *got*. Danny insists that Madge's is more elegant. Max yells:
MAX: My furniture stays.
Madge just says she's not going to argue - she's made her position quite clear. With that, she heads out with Helen. Max glares at his sons!
Helen and Madge have turned up at No. 28 and Des tells Bradley and Lucy to take the model car into the bedroom. When they've gone, Helen says to Des that if Lucy found out by overhearing something she shouldn't... Des, however, says he guesses he's been wanting to say it for a long time. Madge asks what Andrea will think about it. Des replies that she'll be glad - they both share Bradley, but they also both have their separate lives. Helen tells him that she thinks he's done the right thing. Madge asks if Andrea isn't home tonight. Des replies that she's at Lassiter's - she's having dinner with Paul. Helen remarks that that's where Jim and Zoe have gone.
Jim exclaims to Zoe:
JIM: You mean he actually *said* that to you: that he'd fire you if you spoke to Daphne.
ZOE (murmurs): He said he'd have no choice.
Over at his table with Andrea, Paul asks Andrea - who's just picking at her food - if she doesn't like her fish. Andrea murmurs that she's sorry - she was miles away. She perks up and asks what the great attraction is to Lassiter's. Paul smiles:
PAUL: I don't know... I suppose I like it's 'cos it's a little like *me*.
ANDREA: Quiet... relaxed...
PAUL (smiles): Well, no, I was thinking more the opposite. They've got a disco that doesn't even *begin* to happen until after midnight here.
PAUL: I suppose it's a little bit offbeat, too. In fact, you should meet the guy who *built* this place.
At that moment, Jack Lassiter walks over and smiles:
JACK: Oh? Why's that?!
Paul introduces him to Andrea and tells her that Jack's lived in the outback most of his life. Andrea smiles that she loves the set- up he's got here; he must be raking in a fortune. Jack grins:
JACK: I am. Like my old man used to say, you know you're rich when you don't have to count it.
He offers a guided tour and Paul and Andrea stand up. At that moment, Jim gets up from *his* table and heads over to ask Paul for a word. He tells him quietly and coolly:
JIM: I don't like arguments in public, especially where the family's concerned. I'll be waiting for you at home tonight. I want to talk to you.
Sometime later, Helen is sitting with Jim on the couch, saying she can't believe Rosemary would order something like that. Jim suggests that maybe Paul's acting on his own, but Helen says she can't believe that either. Jim admits that, theoretically, it's possible that Zoe's lying, but he doesn't believe it. Helen starts to say unhappily that she thought he and Paul had all this settled and that in a few days Paul would be *home*... At that moment, there's a knock on the front door and Paul comes in. Helen heads off to bed, leaving Paul to say to Jim sharply:
PAUL: Well, I'm here.
JIM: Zoe tells me you're behind the pressure to have Daphne evicted.
PAUL: Rosemary ordered that takeover and I agree with it. I happen to think it's a sound business move.
JIM: Like blackmailing your secretary into keeping her mouth shut?
PAUL: Like reminding her of where her loyalty lies.
JIM: Well, tonight she was loyal to her friend. What are you going to do about it?
PAUL: I'm going to fire her first thing in the morning. Dad, she knew what to expect.
Jim exclaims that Paul is his *son*; he can't believe he can hurt other human beings and remain so indifferent to it. Paul just retorts that he's sorry for Daphne and he's sorry for Zoe, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. He asks Jim coolly what he's going to do about it. Jim just retorts:
JIM: Paul, the sight of what you're becoming ought to be enough to terrify you to *death*.
Andrea gasps at Des:
ANDREA: You did *what*?
DES (surprised): I thought you'd be *pleased*.
Andrea snaps that she doesn't want her son to be the subject of every loose tongue in Ramsay Street. Des, however, insists that it'll only be a seven- day wonder. Andrea retorts that he should have talked to her about it first - and what's Eileen going to say? Des asks what *she's* got to do with it. Andrea calms down suddenly and says her headache never really left her; can they talk about this in the morning? With that, she heads off to bed, leaving Des looking puzzled.
Daphne lets Paul in and he apologises for turning up so late. Daphne smiles that it's no problem: she's planning the future over a cup of coffee. She shows him the poster she's made and asks:
DAPHNE: What do you think?
PAUL: I don't think it's got much of a future, Daphne.
DAPHNE (laughs): I thought you were on *my* side.
PAUL: Just the opposite. My company's the one that's driving you out. We can't afford to let you in.
DAPHNE (astonished): Well, why are you telling *me*? 'Cos you think it's too late for me to do anything about it?
PAUL: I wasn't going to tell you at all, but when Zoe opened her big mouth—
Daphne snaps that that's great: her best friend and the boy next door; she hopes they can sleep at night. Paul insists that this isn't personal; it's only business. Daphne just snaps at him to get out. Paul doesn't move. Daphne goes on angrily:
DAPHNE: I pay my share of the rent. I can throw creeps out if I want to. I hope that office of yours is comfortable, because after this you're not going to be welcome anywhere else.
The next morning, Des emerges from his bedroom and Andrea smiles that he's wearing his good suit! Des explains that he's got a seminar at Head Office over the next couple of days. Bradley asks him if he'll be home in time for the sex education lecture. Des muses that he'll be home; he can't wait for question time... Bradley then asks him if he can have a look at his model car, as he thinks something's come unstuck. The two of them head into the bedroom area just as there's a rapid knocking on the front door. Andrea opens it to Daphne and invites her in. Daphne marches in and heads over to the kitchen counter, where she says to Zoe angrily:
DAPHNE: I just came over to say thanks - thanks for stabbing me in the back.
ZOE: Daphne, I—
DAPHNE: Hold your breath. It seems I can't trust *anyone* anymore.
Zoe insists that she was going to tell her last night. Daphne, however, cries that if she'd known a week ago who she was fighting, then maybe she could have done something about it; but not now - it's too late. She goes on coldly:
DAPHNE: I hope Paul gives you a bonus - you've really earned it. You can buy yourself something nice, 'cos you certainly won't have to worry about a bridesmaid's dress.
With that, she storms out, leaving Andrea to give an upset Zoe a hug.
Removal men are lifting Madge's furniture out of a lorry as she tells them tersely that she'll show them where it goes and she doesn't want to see one scratch. Max yells at her that it's going in the garage. Madge, however, tells him not to argue. Max snaps that it's still his house. Madge retorts:
MADGE: Let's not start that again.
Max glares at her for several seconds before giving in reluctantly. He suddenly spots a taxi pull up outside No. 28. Watching who climbs out, Madge remarks:
MADGE: Well, well, Eileen's back.
MAX: Yeah. Reckon she knows about young Bradley?
MADGE: I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised.
Eileen knocks on the door and then heads into No. 28, calling:
EILEEN: Woohoo... Desmond.
Andrea tells her coolly that Des isn't home. Eileen smiles that she'll catch him at the bank, then. Andrea tells her that he's at a seminar. She then goes on:
ANDREA: You might be interested to know that he acknowledged Bradley publicly as his son last night.
EILEEN (smiles): That must make you very happy, Andrea.
ANDREA: Well, I just hope that you can accept the situation the way *Des* has.
EILEEN: When Desmond comes home, would you tell him I'd like to see him as soon as possible, please?
ANDREA: What's it about?
EILEEN (smiles): Well, I *could* tell you - but then it wouldn't be a surprise... [Coldly] *Would* it?