Jim tells Helen that he's going away for work for the weekend. Helen asks if he's going on his own(!)
Max has made pancakes, but everyone has decided to go out because they don't want to face eating one(!)
MAX: Ungrateful little mongrels!
Max turns on Madge and says it's all her fault for making a nice breakfast for the boys. He accuses Madge of undermining him with his own kids. Madge stands her ground and tells him not to be rude.
MAX: I'm not rude, I speak me mind.
MADGE: You can't, you haven't got one!
Madge tells Max that he has no talent for cooking, but he vows to win the competition! He bites into one of his pancakes and then quietly spits it out when Madge isn't looking(!)
Eileen comes to see Helen. She moans about Mrs Armitage and says she is spreading rumours about Madge and Max.
EILEEN: Not surprising how nasty, malicious rumours start, is it!
HELEN:(dryly) No, it isn't.
Eileen goes on to gossip about Bradley and Andrea, much to Helen's despair. Eileen rants on that Andrea is a bad influence on Des, and Helen points out that Des is old enough to look after himself. Eileen then starts on Jim running around with a woman young enough to be his daughter.
HELEN:(blankly) Would you like a cup of tea? I'll put the kettle on.
Eileen comes in with a present for Bradley and Andrea is not at all pleased to see her. Eileen says she doesn't condone what Andrea has done, but she understands it. Andrea says she has to go out and Eileen offers to babysit Bradley. Andrea reluctantly agrees.
Jim has come to bring Zoe a sandwich, and she invites him to go to a movie. Jim says he can't - he has to go to the country for work. Zoe is disappointed that she isn't invited and accuses Jim of bending to the demands of his family.
JIM: It's got nothing to do with my family, it's a business trip, honestly - I can't expect you to sit around while I'm pulling machinery apart!
ZOE: Are you kidding? I love tinkering around with machines(!)
JIM: Nice try!
Zoe begs to come along and Jim agrees.
Bradley comes in and isn't pleased that Andrea has left him with Eileen. Eileen gives him his present and he opens it sulkily. They chat about Des and Bradley says that he likes Des. Eileen tells Bradley that Des is always bringing home stays like Bradley and Andrea(!) and starts listing the animals that Des saved as a child.
Eileen says it's sad that Andrea has to beg Des for help, but she only does it because she loves Bradley.
Andrea comes in and sees Jack at the bar. He offers her a drink and Andrea starts chatting to him about his mining history. Then suddenly he accuses Andrea of being put up to this by Paul.
Zoe comes in with a load of shopping. She tells Paul that she's put the dresses on her credit card. Paul offers her some overtime on Saturday, but Zoe says she is going away, so she can't.
Just then, Helen comes in. She thanks Paul for the business contacts - they're quite promising. Also, she invites Paul to dinner tonight. Paul says it's a bit inconvenient, but Helen says he'll have to face Jim sometime. Paul suggests tomorrow night, but of course, Jim will be away then. Zoe awkwardly goes to put the coffee on.
Max is practising cooking pancakes while Madge watches him. He tosses them badly and the pancakes end up on the floor, much to Madge's delight. The phone rings and Max turns down a plumbing job saying he's too busy at the moment(!)
Max and Madge bicker over petty family histories while in the background, Max's pancake pan almost catches fire(!)
Eileen is trying to persuade Bradley that his real father, Gavin, loves him very much. Bradley isn't having any of this though and says that Gavin doesn't care about him. Eileen tells him that Andrea could be in trouble for taking Bradley away from Gavin - she might even be arrested. Bradley sighs and says he'll talk to Gavin.
EILEEN: Good boy!
Eileen has brought Bradley to meet Gavin.
Andrea and Jack are chatting outside the Coffee Shop and Andrea explains that she helped Paul because she needed the money. Jack says Paul needs to be taught a lesson - and he's just the man to do it.
Eileen and Bradley have arrived to see Gavin. Bradley looks scared stiff. When Eileen is out of the room, Gavin tells Bradley that everyone is missing him at home - all his friends, the dog and the horse too. He invites Bradley to go back home, but Bradley doesn't want to. Gavin shows Bradley the legal papers that state that he has custody of Bradley - Andrea could be arrested if he doesn't come back home.
GAVIN: I think it's best that you come back and live with me in Perth, don't you?
BRADLEY: (nods silently)
Eileen comes back from the bathroom and is pleased to hear that Bradley is going back to Perth. Bradley runs into the bathroom and locks the door.
Paul is teasing Zoe about her trip to the country. Jack Lassiter comes in and asks Paul if he's still interested in buying Lassiter's - he's thinking of going back to the Bush. Paul says he'll get the purchase papers drawn up immediately. He is chuffed to bits.
Paul gives Zoe a cheque for Andrea. Zoe isn't impressed at Paul's lack of conscience.
Gavin is packing his things already. Eileen knocks on the bathroom door and Bradley eventually emerges looking upset.
Andrea comes in and asks Zoe where Bradley is. She's surprised to find that Eileen and Bradley aren't there.
Gavin is putting his luggage and Bradley into his car. Eileen tries to get into the passenger side, but Gavin drives off, taking Bradley with him. Eileen is horrified.