- Scott and Danny are in the clear.
- Shane is helping Max with his work, but Max is impatient.
- Jim apologises to Scott for not believing him. They hug.
Mrs Forbes's kitchen
Danny is peeling potatoes when Scott and Jim come back laughing together. Danny is upset that Welfare are going to take Mrs Forbes to an old people's home. Danny says they can't let them do it. Scott agrees. Mrs Forbes comes in and says she doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do. Anyway, it's her business.
Shane has come round for a beer with Paul after work. He tells him it isn't easy working with Max. He heads off home, so Paul puts his music on loudly and dances about(!)
Shane arrives home to find Maria dressed up. He isn't pleased to hear that Maria is going out with Nick. He says it's a bit soon for Maria to be seeing another man, but Maria says it's just dinner with an old friend. She tells Shane not to worry.
Nick is visiting. He's telling them his lifestory and Paul is hanging off his every word. Nick has lived in places like Rome and Singapore and Paul is impressed. Julie tells Paul not to take Nick too seriously.
Nick has come to pick Maria up. He compliments her on her appearance. They head off.
When Maria has gone, Shane minces about the house with a can of beer.
Maria and Nick are reminiscing about old times and old friends over dinner. Maria says Nick is the only one of their gang who never settled down. Nick says he was the only one with any sense!
Max is sitting despondently on the windowsill eating out of a plastic pot.
Maria tells Nick that Max doesn't show his emotions very easily. Nick says it's in the upbringing of their generation. He says Maria should have married Nick when she had the chance. Maria says that Nick was as drunk as a lord when he proposed to her, but says he wasn't kidding at the time. Maria says that she's just separated from her husband and she's hurting a lot - now is not the time for Nick to be coming on to her. Nick apologises. Maria asks if they can give the dancing a miss - she'd like to go home.
Hotel somewhere near Mrs Forbes's house
Jim and Helen are having a cup of tea. Jim says he'll see what he can get for Mrs Forbes's machinery - more than Fletcher, for sure. Jim says they'll head off tomorrow. Helen wishes that they could bring Danny back too, but he never will while he thinks that Max is waiting for him.
Maria and Nick come in. Shane asks them sulkily if they enjoyed their evening. Nick tells Maria that he'd better be going. Maria apologises for Shane's lack of manners.
When Nick has gone, Maria tells Shane off. She herself has never been rude to Shane's friends or told him who he can go out with. She'd like the same courtesy in return.
Julie is doing housework and shouts at Paul for getting in her way. He hasn't gone into Uni today - he didn't feel like it. Julie berates him for missing lectures. Paul says taking sickies is an Australian institution(!) Julie threatens to tell Jim. Paul shouts at her to mind her own business.
Mrs Forbes's kitchen
Nearly everything is packed up. Helen is out doing a drawing of the house so that Mrs Forbes can put it on the wall in her new face. Jim thinks he can get $2000 for the machinery - not the $400 that Fletcher offered. He says he'll sort Fletcher out.
Danny comes in. He's very despondent because Scott has decided to go home. Danny wants to stay, but Mrs Forbes says that he can't, he knows that. Danny admits that he loves his mother, but doesn't like his father. Mrs Forbes tells him sternly that he has a family - mother, father, brother and he shouldn't knock it. Danny suggests that he and Mrs Forbes get a place in town, but Mrs Forbes says it's best that Danny goes home.
Shane is having trouble with the plumbing and Max is ranting at him.
Paul is telling Daphne that he feels like he's missing out on something. Daphne advises him to be patient at university, but Paul says he could be dead in two years and not have seen anything. Paul says he's seriously thinking of leaving Uni and getting a job, saving some money, travelling, etc. He wants freedom and new experiences. Daphne advises Paul to complete his degree first and then go travelling - it's best to finish something that you started.
Paul tells Daphne he feels like a hamster in a treadmill - not getting anywhere and not enjoying it. He wants to get out.
Max is welding with one hand. He and Shane are arguing again. Shane tells Max to get on the phone and find himself another assistant. He storms out, telling Max to walk home!
Mrs Forbes's kitchen
Mrs Forbes thanks Helen for the sketches of the house. She gives her a nice vase in return.
Danny has taken Mrs Forbes's advice and is going home with Jim, Helen and Scott. Mrs Forbes thanks Jim for getting the money for her. Mrs Forbes's says goodbye to Scott and Danny fondly. She invites them to drop in to see her whenever they like. They hug goodbye, a bit emotionally.
When they've gone, Mrs Forbes starts to cry. She runs out to wave them off. They wave back out of the car window. Then she turns sadly and goes back into the house.