- Max making a fuss in the Japanese restaurant causing Danny to storm out
Number 24 - Next Morning
Madge wishes the boys a happy Easter, but Danny is still surly with his dad after last night. Shane tries to keep things normal by announcing that he's going to make amends with Des.
Des is packing up the camping gear in the lounge room while Andrea tells him what a fabulous job he's doing with Bradley. She mildly panics when Des queries her on something Bradley said (he claimed he had a pony back in Perth when Andrea already told Des they used to be poor), but she brushes it off as fanciful thinking on Bradley's behalf.
Zoe, wearing quite possibly the gaudiest fluro orange/red overalls on earth, delivers Daphne an Easter egg. Daphne can't help dredging up the Jim saga and wonders if Zoe's making the right choice dating her boss's father. But Zoe maintains that she knows how to keep her personal and professional lives separate.
ZOE: I've grown up a lot lately, Daph. I think I can handle it.
(Daphne raises her eyebrows in disbelief)
ZOE: Well I reckon I'm entitled to the chance to find out anyway!
Des is flicking through a 'Where Did I Come From?' book, but promptly shoves it under a couch cushion when Shane pops in. Des is impressed that Shane's calling a truce and invites him to stay for a beer. Embarrassment soon washes over Des' face when Shane finds the book, and he unconvincingly passes it off as Andrea's.
Max and Danny bicker some more about how different their cultural tastes are until Madge intervenes and tells them to stop fighting. But the boys defiantly tell her that they're merely having a discussion and go outside to continue it!
Number 24 Backyard
Max challenges Daphne and Shane on whether they'd rather eat raw food or "Aussie tucker", but you can barely hear them for the bird squawking in the background. How about you put that on the BBQ instead? Madge asks Daphne how her wedding plans are coming along, and Daphne admits that she's hit some money struggles. Max does his good deed for the year by announcing he's going to pay for everything. Daphne's delighted until Max unthinkingly puts his foot in it by saying that Daph can wear her old dress (from her non-wedding with Des) to save some cash!
Number 28 Backyard
Andrea scowls when Zoe invites herself to have lunch with her and Des. Zoe can't wait to stick around to find out how Andrea manages to blackmail Des so well - to which Andrea darkly mutters "You're a bitch" under her breath! Seriously! Walking outside, exasperated Des realizes the women are arguing (for a change) and wonders why they can't be civil to one another. Over it, Zoe leaves them to it and heads out for lunch. Des is probably wishing Zoe stayed, however, when he correctly guesses that Andrea wants to talk about marriage. Standing his ground, Des states that he won't be pressured into anything and that he'll make up his mind about it in his own time.
Number 24 Garage
Max is searching around for the BBQ tongs when Shane joins him and berates him for bringing up bad memories for Daphne. He doesn't think his dad *should* pay for the wedding after all, and wants him to go back out and apologize. Max duly complies, "Anything for a quiet life."
Des is tinkering away in his car, angrily muttering into the engine when he catches Daphne smirking at him. They share some polite chit chat before Des confesses that he's just trying to escape Andrea and her marriage talk. Des grimly admits that he probably does owe it to Bradley, but Daphne wonders what Des owes to himself. Des replies that he doesn't really love Andrea, and Daphne thinks that he should tell her that... not that it's any of her business of course.
Number 24 Garage
Danny and Shane bond over their dysfunctional dad. Shane hates the way Max speaks to Daphne, but Danny reckons that she's a cluey lady and would know not to take him seriously. Grateful, Shane tells him it's good to see him smiling again and that he can come to him for a chat anytime he needs to. Danny's a bit put out that Madge has been discussing his problems, but Shane says it's only because she cares about him.
Zoe is helping Des fix the spark plug in his car, much to Des' wounded male ego. As everyone is prone to do these days, Des puts his 2c worth in about the 'Jim thing' because he wants to look out for Zoe. Zoe slyly says that she wants to do the same for him and wonders why he just doesn't ask Andrea to leave! But it looks like Des can dish the advice but can't take it as he growls at Zoe to leave him alone.
Andrea leaps up from spying out the front window and lays into Des for talking to Zoe. She then spits further vitriol by saying that Zoe's "immoral" relationship with Jim could have a bad effect on Bradley!
DES: (angry) Don't push it, Andrea, there's a limit.
ANDREA: I just want what's best.
DES: Yeah, best for who?
Zoe and Madge are gossiping about Andrea over a cuppa when Max barges in and is his usual insensitive self re: Jim and Zoe's relationship. Upset, Zoe asks Madge why everyone is making it out to be sordid when it's not. Madge sympathises and says that in a relationship where there's a considerable age difference, people are bound to talk. Zoe wishes Jim's family could see how happy she makes him, but Madge wisely concurs that they might feel as though she's taking him away from them.
Daphne tells Shane she's not worried about Max... but thinks they should hold off the wedding for a little while. She's just concerned about money (or lack thereof at the moment), and wants them to get on their feet a little to ensure they're going to last the distance.
SHANE: (quietly) Are you sure that's all it is behind it?
DAPHNE: 'course I am.
SHANE: (smiling) That's all that matters then. Don't look so worried, we'll work it out.
Andrea frets because Bradley isn't back from his picnic with the neighbours and it's getting late. She then tries to blackmail Des into feeling guilty by saying junk like, "At least *one* of us should be worried about him". Des says that she isn't being fair but Andrea snits that Bradley will never regard him as a father until they're married.
DES: Sorry Andrea, I can't make that commitment.
ANDREA: Then I'll just have to find someone who will.
ANDREA: I owe it to Bradley. Either you marry me and accept Bradley as your legal son, or I walk out of here and you'll never see him again.