- Max tells Steve that he can't look after a baby on the run.
- Des tells Paul that his new job has fallen through.
Steve is off to meet his wife while Edith babysits for little Chrissie. Steve thanks both Edith and Max for their help.
Steve's wife is waiting for him. She is worried sick about her daughter, but Steve reassures her that she's fine. He says he misses her and wants to work things out.
Shane has drawn up a rota of jobs that he and Danny should do - things are tighter now that Max has left. Shane says that Danny should give Max a chance. Danny says he doesn't really want Maria and Max to get back together - another bloke might be better for Maria.
Nick comes round to see Max - he says he's sorry that Max lost his licence driving his car. Max says there's nothing to be done now. Nick asks how Maria is, but Max says Nick should know - he's always around Ramsay Street.
Nick asks Max if it's really all over between him and Maria. Max says it is. He looks at Nick suspiciously.
Later at Max's bedsit
Edith runs in in a panic and says that the baby has swallowed some of her sleeping pills. Max takes the baby and tells Edith to get the box of tablets.
The nurse commends Max for acting promptly - they'll look after the baby.
Edith cries in the waiting room, saying she only turned her back for a minute. Max can't understand how she got the bottle open. But Edith says she broke the lid - she doesn't know what she's going to say to Steve.
Steve and his wife, Kerry, are discussing their living arrangements. She says they have to live with her parents so they can save to get a deposit on a house. They agree to tackle her parents together. If they won't listen, they'll have to make their own plans. They have a bit of a pash, then head off.
Des is on the phone ringing up about jobs. Shane comes round and Des tells him that he's unemployed.
DES: Now I haven't got a creek, or a paddle.
Shane offers to help. Des tells him to pray!
Nick comes in with a large bunch of flowers for Maria. He tells her that she needs a holiday. He says he's leaving soon and thought she might like to come to Hawaii with him. Maria says she can't leave the boys, but Nick says that they can cope on their own for the week. He tells her to think about it.
The nurse brings Chrissie back - she's fine. Max cuddles the baby and says he's greatly relieved. The nurse thinks Max and Edith are the baby's grandparents(!)
Maria is telling Shane about the holiday idea. He thinks it's a good idea. He says she could go to Queensland, and maybe she could take Max. Maria says that Shane has to accept the situation between her and Max as it is.
Shane isn't pleased to hear Nick's idea about Hawaii. He thinks Nick is trying to get his hands on Maria. He says Nick has been sliming his way into the family ever since Max left.
Maria says she hasn't accepted the ticket yet. Shane tells her that it comes at a high price. Maria slaps him and tells him to get out.
Steve and his wife have arrived home, but everyone is out. Just then, Max and Edith come back and Kerry fusses over the baby. They tells Steve and Kerry that they've just been for a walk(!)
Des is still looking through the Situations Vacant when Daphne comes home for lunch. He quickly hides the paper. Des tackles Daphne about the redecorating, saying that he doesn't want to spend too much money. Daphne says she'll sub him until he's back on his feet again.
Just then, Kevin Morgan from Pacific Bank Head Office arrives. He hands Des his resignation back. He says that Mr Arnold shouldn't have accepted Des's resignation without consulting Head Office. Now, apparently, Mr Arnold is no longer with the company. They'd like Des to return as Acting Manager, and then as Assistant Manager when they have a replacement. In time, he could even have his own bank(!)
Des is very pleased, but speechless! He grabs Daphne and swings her round.
Shane goes into Danny's room to have a chat with him. He apologises for their row this morning. Danny says he knows Shane has been whinging about Nick again. Danny can't see his problem, but Shane wants Max and Maria to get back together. Danny says he doesn't hate Max, but he's enjoying him not being around. He wants him to act more like a father and less like a headmaster. He says that Max couldn't care less about him, but Shane says that Max loves Danny.
Steve and Kerry are moving back to Kerry's parents and have come to say goodbye. Apparently the talk with the parents went well. They give Max a bottle of wine as a small gift for helping them out - if it wasn't for Max they'd never have got their lives together. Stve tells him to keep the wine and drink it when Max gets back together with his own family. Kerry encourages him to make things right.
Max says goodbye to them and wishes them luck. Then he goes into his bedsit and puts the bottle of wine on the table, thoughtfully.
Garden of the Ramsays
Shane's lawn-mower is playing up, so Jim comes over to help him fix it. They have a little talk about Max and Maria's separation. Shane says he was hoping that they'd have a reconciliation, but then they came back from their dinner and told them that they'd split up.
JIM: How's Danny taking it?
SHANE: It's amazing. He seems to accept it.
JIM: Probably hasn't hit home yet. I reckon given time, he'll come to terms with the fact that Max is not his real father. Must be hard on Max too - I can understand why he needed to be on his own for a while.
SHANE:(horrified look) What are you talking about??!!