- Andrea giving Des an ultimatum about marrying her.
The Robinson/Daniels clan (plus Nikki) return home from their Easter picnic and bicker good-naturedly about their 3-legged races. Jim slips out for some "alone time" causing Paul to become Mr. Bitter when he realizes where Jim must have gone.
Des and Andrea seem to be ignoring 'the ultimatum' for now, with Andrea more concerned about directing catty comments Zoe's way (who is dressed up for a date). Jim arrives to escort her away, but not before Andrea manages to sink her claws into Des by suggesting that Jim is a better father than him. Subtle as a sledgehammer that woman.
Mike and Clive (dressed in a bedraggled bunny costume) arrive home and bag out Bratley to Daphne.
CLIVE: (holds up the bunny head) You see this? Bradley. And this (hold up a torn off tail), you will never guess.
DAPHNE: (wry) Not sweet little Bradley?
CLIVE: No, not sweet little Bradley. Monstrous, obnoxious, willful little Bradley.
DAPHNE: Sit down and I'll get you a carrot!
CLIVE: Daphne, no more rabbit jokes okay?
DAPHNE: Sorry I'll stop rabbiting on.
Daphne actually gets a carrot out the fridge for Clive (!), and asks Mike if Nikki spoke to him today. Mike reveals that she avoided him all day - not that he's bothered at all of course. But things soon turn around when Nikki calls in to apologize for acting like such a cowbag. She extends the hand of friendship to Mike, which Mike reluctantly accepts (wanting oh so much more than just 'friendship' from her).
Des has stopped in to see Helen for tea and sympathy, and confesses to her that Bradley is his son. Helen isn't at all surprised; she guessed as much. Des glumly fills her in about Andrea's marriage plans, but Helen can tell that he doesn't love her. He's still too hung up on Daphne. Des asks what he should tell Andrea, but Helen is sure that he'll think of something when the time comes.
And basically that something is, "I don't want to marry you, Andrea." Well thought out there, Des. Andrea is annoyed and harps on about doing it for Bradley's sake. But Des quite rightly concurs that he'd just be creating a loveless marriage and he'll just end up leaving them like his own father did. Andrea still doesn't back down so Des blurts out that he's still in love with Daphne.
DES: I know it's too late but I still love her.
Zoe is kidding around, acting like a 10-year-old, and Jim tells her that he admires her sense of fun. He seems to think he's lost his, but when Zoe challenges him to a race back to the car he laughs and chases after her.
Everyone has sat down for dinner but Lucy wants to wait for her dad to get home before she eats. Paul crankily says that Jim should be home already and that he's too old to be "running around like some love struck kid". Oh, if only you knew the half of it, Paul! Helen tries to shush Paul and tells everyone to just eat their dinner, but Lucy stubbornly sticks to her guns.
Daphne has come by to see Zoe, but she hasn't returned home from her date yet. Andrea coldly invites her in to see Des instead, but informs her she'll have to wait in the kitchen till he's finished his game of cricket with Bradley. Daphne reveals that she knows Bradley is Des' son, and Andrea snidely replies that she must feel smug about keeping Bradley from having Des as his legal father. Confused, Daphne says that Des runs his own life, but then Andrea drops the clanger that Des is still in love with her. Daphne's stunned and Andrea lays on the guilt about Bradley never having a secure and loving home because of her.
Des walks in from the backyard and is immediately concerned to see Daphne so rattled. Andrea leaves them alone and Des asks what's wrong.
DAPHNE: (upset) Don't use me against Andrea. We can't go back, that's all in the past. You do whatever you think is best and forget about me.
Jim brings Zoe in to stay for dinner and makes Lucy (and Paul) annoyed when he announces that he'll be going out again later that night. Nikki tries to keep the peace by chirpily chatting with Zoe, but Paul keeps on dragging it down with his grumpy 'tude.
Andrea announces that she's taking Bradley back to Perth in the morning. While the rest of Ramsay Street rejoices, Des looks quite sad and wonders if they can stay for a bit longer. Andrea shakes her head; there's no security for them here. Des then asks if she'll stay if he offered to take on all the legal responsibilities for Bradley until he's old enough. "Ker-CHING!" goes the cash register in Andrea's head. Des adds that they'll live together but have separate romantic lives - what does she say. Andrea breaks out into a huge grin whilst singing 'I'm in the money' in her head.
Zoe tries to make friends with Lucy by complimenting her on her pet egg, Eggward. But all she manages to do is accidentally smash it, causing Lucy to have a meltdown. Lucy yells that she hates Zoe and Paul snits at her, "See what you get for interfering?" Feeling awful, Zoe runs home and Jim says he'll follow her soon. Paul and Jim glare at one another.
Des is concerned when Zoe bursts in all upset, but takes Andrea to check on Bradley when Jim arrives to give them some privacy. Zoe sobs that his family hates her. Jim is sympathetic but gently says that it's a hard adjustment for them too. Calming down a bit, Zoe tells him to go back and check on Lucy.
Paul comforts Lucy and gripes that Jim just walked off to find Zoe instead of staying with his daughter. He then tries to get Scott onside by saying how much he'll probably get teased at school because his dad is running around with a younger woman. Jim walks back inside and everyone scatters bar Paul (oh, and Lucy who peeks out from the hallway). Jim wants Paul to apologize to Zoe for his behaviour but Paul says no.
PAUL: You're a stupid old fool!
(Jim slaps him across the face)
LUCY: (shocked) Daddy, no!