- Des is offered the position of Acting Manager at the Bank.
- Jim lets slip to Shane that Max isn't Danny's real father.
Garden of the Ramsays
Jim tries to backtrack, saying he thinks they were talking about two different things. But it's too late. Shane twigs that it was when Maria went away when he was young. Just then Danny comes up. Shane looks at him and walks away.
Paul, Julie and Helen are playing Scrabble. Jim comes in and answers the phone - it's a bloke calling for Helen. He won't say who it is though.
Helen comes to the phone - he wants to know if she recognises his voice. It's Victor Armstrong. Victor laughs - they haven't seen each other in forty years!
Shane comes round. Jim tells him in the kitchen that only him and Helen know about Danny. Shane is very angry with Maria about Danny's paternity and says it's no wonder his father left home. He asks Jim not to tell anyone that he knows - not even Helen. Jim says that parents have to know, but Shane wants a week or so to get his head around it.
Helen is still on the phone, inviting Victor over to see her and to meet the family.
Paul and Julie tease Helen, wondering if Victor might be an ex-lover of hers!
Shane is getting his camping gear together - he's going away for a while. Danny says he'll come with him, but Shane wants to be on his own for a while. Danny thinks it's because of the situation with Nick. Shane assures him that he's not going away because of Danny.
SHANE: You don't have to blame yourself for anything.
Jim is opening a bottle of wine. Helen answers the door to Victor. He gives her a bunch of flowers. Helen introduces him to the family.
They sit down to catch up on forty years! Victor is a widower, and he also heard about Bill.
Maria is cooking dinner. Nick is there, badgering her about going to Hawaii again.
Shane comes out and says he wants to talk to Maria. He sends Nick away.
Shane tells Maria frostily that he's going away, and he doesn't know when he's coming back. Maria tells him to tell her what this anger is all about. Shane tells her to live her life and he'll live his.
Victor and the Robinsons are just finishing their evening meal. Victor tells them that he's in investments, but he keeps changing the subject when it comes to his work.
Helen tells them that Victor was a bit of a hero during the war.
Maria tells Nick that she can't go to Hawaii - she has responsibilities here. Nick tries to persuade her. He asks Maria why she and Max really split up, but she doesn't want to say. Nick says he's leaving tomorrow - he's going to Hawaii, but he'll have a word with Shane before he goes.
Nick says of course he wants more from Maria than friendship - if he had his way, she'd be his wife. But some things aren't meant to be.
Victor and Helen are having a quiet chat. He says that he doesn't see a lot of his daughter - they don't get on very well. He heads off, but before he goes, he asks if he could pop over in the morning. Helen agrees. She kisses him on the cheek.
Robinsons, the following morning
Paul and Scott are teasing Helen about Victor. Helen tells Paul that Victor is an old flame of hers - if he hadn't been posted overseas, he could have been Paul's grandfather.
Paul asks Helen if she's thought of getting married again, but Helen says she hasn't really. He thinks she should give Victor a chance.
HELEN: Paul, if you don't stop, I'm going to hit you, OK!
Victor bumps into Julie at the bank. When he's gone, her colleague tells her that his account is very low.
Helen and Victor are taking Basil for a walk. She says thinking about the old days has made her think of her own daughter, Anne. But she's glad that when Anne died, they loved each other.
Victor gives Helen a necklace that he's bought her. She thanks him, but tells him that she has to head off, because she's judging an art exhibition at Lucy's school.
Helen shows Julie and Jim the necklace that Victor bought for her. Julie is wondering to herself whether to tell Helen about the business at the bank.
A phone box
Victor is booking a cheap hotel room.
Danny is skiving off school to try to persuade Shane not to leave. Nick comes in to have a word with Shane. He says he knows why Shane is going - because he's been hanging around Maria. Shane tells him to butt out - he's not leaving because of Nick.
Maria comes in and says that Danny is very upset. Shane says he's going anyway, and storms out.