Charlene is jealous that Jane got into the cheerleading team and she didn't.
Peter Smith asks Paul if he's sure that the two remaining house owners in Ramsay Street (Jim and Des) will sell. Paul thinks they will. Peter said he's never met anyone who's gone up against his own family before.
Shane comes in looking for Helen and is introduced to Peter Smith. Shane refuses to shake hands with him and asks Paul coldly about landscaping work. Paul admits that Helen has left the office and Shane isn't at all impressed. He says that Madge, Clive, Susan, Charlene, Sam and Shane too are being chucked out on to the street. Paul says it's just business, but Shane says it's only about the money!
SHANE: I hope you enjoy every cent of it, because you're going to be so lonely up in that mansion on your own, mate.
Shane walks out, tipping Peter's coffee over him in the process. Peter tells Paul not to let it get to him.
Lucy is doing her homework. She asks Ruth if she'll come with them if they move away, but Ruth doesn't think so. Lucy suggests that Ruth and Jim get married(!) so Ruth can stay with them all the time!
Jim comes in and tells Ruth that he appreciates the time she's spending with Lucy. The phone goes and it's Lucy's friend inviting her to the cinema. Jim has already gone, so it's up to Ruth to give her permission. She says Lucy can go as long as Ruth can come and meet the girl's mother first.
Scott and Mike tell Daphne that Jane did well in the cheerleading audition. Scott goes home to hit the books and Daphne sees Shane coming over the bridge and offers him a coffee. He's depressed about the house sale, but Daphne says they'll all fight it. Shane says you can't trust anyone, but Daphne says that not all friends are like Paul.
Paul and Peter Smith are waiting for Des to come in to see them. Des arrives and tells Paul that he's not going to sell - Daphne wants to raise her kids in Ramsay Street. Paul isn't at all pleased, but Des says they just don't want to sell - they don't want to see Ramsay Street bulldozed. He tells Paul and Peter that they're all going to fight the development and they'll stop him if they possibly can. Des says that what Daphne wants is important to him, and making her happy is more important than any amount of money. Paul tells Des angrily that if he wants a fight, he's got one.
Scott is fed up - Charlene is blaming him for her not making it as a cheerleader(!)
Helen comes in. She's seen the council and the plans for the supermarket have already been approved. Helen wants to take Lucy to the dentist, but she's gone to the pictures. Helen isn't very pleased as she's been trying to get Lucy an appointment for ages.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Mike is looking a bit fed up - he tells Daphne he doesn't know what he'll do if they sell the house. Daphne assures him that he can come with her and Des.
Des comes over the bridge looking very grave. He pretends that he's sold the house briefly, but then tells them, "Who needs money, anyway!" Daphne and Mike are delighted and they all have a group hug.
Paul and Peter Smith are frustrated over the Ramsay Street deal. Jim comes in having received an even higher offer for his house, but he still doesn't want to sell. Jim shouts at Paul that he can't believe his son is involved in this. He calls Peter and Paul bullies and storms out, slamming the door hard.
Helen tells Shane that she'll lie down in front of the bulldozers if needs be!
Ruth apologises for the confusion with Lucy, but Helen tells her not to worry about it. She asks Ruth to help her to distract the family - she might throw a frying pan at Paul if he walked through the door!
Des and Daphne are talking about having parents. Des says he'll let them know who the boss is straightaway.
DES: As soon as they're old enough to understand I'll be saying, 'See that lady over there? She's our boss!'
Jim is telling Helen what happened at the office. Helen tells Jim to be careful - he shouldn't take Paul's actions too personally. But Helen's still going to run Home James from the house from now on.
They talk about the dental appointment - there isn't another one for three weeks. Ruth overhears from the kitchen as Helen says she's had control for so long, it's strange to have Ruth in the house now.
Scott comes in and interrupts Ruth at that moment but she looks very thoughtful.
Peter tells Paul that he's being too soft with the Ramsay Street residents, but Paul can't see what else they can do at this stage. Peter says you don't get anywhere by being nice to old friends - they'll have to make up their minds for them. Peter wants Paul to get Jim to change his mind and hands him the phone.
Jim answers the phone and says he has no intention of changing his mind - Paul is wasting his breath and the subject is closed.
Ruth asks Jim is they can discuss her place in the house - whether she's treading on any toes. But Jim says that she's a welcome addition to the family and kisses her on the cheek.
Helen comes in - she has been listening from the kitchen. She asks Jim if he has feelings for Ruth - she thinks he and Ruth are very compatible, but haven't had a chance to explore a relationship further. She wants Jim to find happiness again and she'll do anything she can to help him - even moving out if necessary. Jim says that Helen's place is with them. Helen tells him not to let an opportunity slip through his fingers.
Peter is ranting at Paul about his family's failure to sell. Paul says maybe they should look at putting the access road somewhere else, but Peter says there are further avenues of persuasion - the price of a family outing and a box of matches! He says when the family get home the whole house would have burnt to the ground!