Tom rings from Queensland to say he's accepted Paul's offer to buy the Ramsay house. Madge and Charlene will be homeless.
Madge explains that the deeds are in Tom's name - she's got no say in it. Charlene says she can help if necessary by getting a job but Madge says that she must finish her exams first.
Jim has read the letter and tells Paul that he can't believe it. He's shocked that Ramsay Street means so little to Paul. Helen says that money can't buy memories. Lucy starts to get upset.
Des is working out some sums to see if it's practical to sell their house and move elsewhere. Daphne tells him that they first met and fell in love in their house - Des even proposed there! Des explains that Paul is offering an extremely generous price and if they sell now, they can pay off the mortgage entirely. Daphne says she's been on the move all her life until now - Ramsay Street is the first home she's ever had. She wants the friends they have there to be around when they have kids. Des says that he is going to make the decision but Daphne gets really annoyed - some people who don't own their own houses are going to be out on the streets, and they should stand by them in solidarity.
Mrs Mangel shows Clive her letter. She says she'd like to know how much Paul paid for Clive's house! Mrs Mangel is rude to Susan saying that not everyone will rent to an unmarried mother(!) Mrs Mangel says that she won't accept the offer for her own house - she's going to demand a better price!
Ray Murphy is on the phone for Madge. She explains that she can't come out tonight, but she'll explain things to him later.
Charlene and Shane want to know about Madge's "new man". They are both pleased that Madge has met someone new.
Shane says he's going next-door for "a word" with Paul about the house situation.
Jim is asking Paul if a supermarket is really worth disrupting a whole street of families for. Lucy is very upset and runs off to her room. Shane comes round and tells Paul off for putting him, Madge and Charlene out on the street. Helen says she just doesn't know what has happened to friendship. Paul says the deal is going ahead whether the residents like it or not. Shane goes to punch Paul, but Jim holds him back. When Shane has gone, Helen comments that Shane used to be Paul's best friend.
Clive is looking through the paper for somewhere for them to rent. Susan says maybe she and Sam should find somewhere on their own - if the three of them move in together, people might talk. Susan moans that noone ever complains about the man - only the woman is vilified.
Daphne is still annoyed at Des wanting to sell the house - she's worried about the effect on Mike. She starts to cry and begs Des not to rush his decision on selling. He promises to weigh things up carefully before making a decision.
Lucy is still very upset about the house being sold. Ruth asks Jim what he's going to do. He says the place means so much to him. He picks up a picture of Anne and looks at it sadly.
Paul comes in and is greeted coldly. Jim tells him that he hasn't made any decisions yet. Paul says Jim can't put the decision off, but Jim tells Paul to back off. Helen comes in and Jim asks her opinion. Helen says Jim owns the house so it's his decision. Jim tells Paul that he won't be selling, much to the delight of Helen and Lucy.
Des bumps into Paul outside Lassiters. He says he likes living in Ramsay Street, but he has his marriage to think about. He tells Paul he needs more time. Paul says the deal's only open for seven days. If Des is the only one not to sell, he'll be pretty isolated, surrounded by access roads.
Helen is making an apointment for Lucy to go to the dentist. Susan is very depressed at Clive's house being sold - things were going so well for her up to now. Helen tells her that she should stick with Clive and not worry about what people say. She insists that she's not ready for a relationship with Clive, but Helen tells her not to be too hasty.
Mrs Mangel comes in haranguing Paul for a better price on their houses. Paul tells her that enough people in the street are going to sell - her house will be surrounded by access roads if she doesn't sell.
Clive and Madge are talking about their housing situation. Madge is appalled with Paul's behaviour. She's says it'll break Charlene's heart to leave Ramsay Street. Clive suggests that everyone in the street unites against Paul.
Paul is dictating a memo to Susan for Peter Smith. He says that Clive's house and the Ramsay House are secured. He thinks the Clarkes will sell. Also he thinks that the Mangel property will be acquired. Robinson won't sell, but he thinks Jim won't hold out once everyone else has sold. Susan goes off to type the memo.
Paul tells Helen that business is all about results. Helen tells Paul that she's vacating her desk.