At the Clarke's:
Eileen asks Des what "he" is doing in his house - Malcolm says he was just leaving. Eileen is distraught and reminds Des that Malcolm left them both to years of humiliation. Malcolm leaves and Eileen tells him "Don't come back!". Des tries to explain to Eileen - "For crying out loud he's my father! He came looking for me not the other way round!". Eileen is too upset to even speak. She eventually says Des has broken his promise to her - "but what faith can a mother have in her son's word?" - and leaves to go home.
At the Ramsay's:
Henry is preparing his footwear for the jazz club in an annoyingly, hyperactive way. Charlene says she prefers him when he's miserable - he's been singing in the shower, humming in the hallway...
Henry: What can I say? I'm just a wild and crazy guy!
Charlene: Sounds about half right.
Madge says Henry should be putting his efforts into his work rather than chasing girls but Henry doesn't listen - Paul has given him the morning off to wait for Sally at the bus station. Charlene says she could take the whole week off, the work shop's been that slow since Greg left. The door goes and Henry leaps across the floor to answer it to a sobbing Mrs Clarke. The others drift into the living room to nosy what's going on. Madge tries to get rid of them:
Madge: Henry out the back, Scott go and study in your room and Charlene, erm, have a bath
Charlene: I've had a bath
Madge: Well have another one!
At the Clarke's:
Mike tries to console Des. Des can't believe she was on her way to apologise - it must look like he didn't mean a word of his promise to her. He's even more upset that now he's met his dad he quite liked him. Henry comes to join the happy scene and blurts out that Des's mum is next door in a right state. He is concerned to hear that Malcolm has shot through again - what about Sally? Des shouts that right now his only concern is for his mum, she's a damn site more important than Henry, Sally or anyone else.
At the Ramsay's:
Eileen and Madge have had a heart to heart and Eileen is slightly calmed down. She insists Malcolm will not worm his way back in again. Des comes to the door and Madge invites him in, even though Eileen is not keen to talk. Des repeats that his dad came looking for him. Eileen is not convinced. If that man stays in Erinsborough she will take the first plane back to Perth, leaving Des, Daphne and Jamie behind. She cries lots and Des agrees not to see him again. Eileen reminds him there'll be no more second chances and he crosses his heart that he's telling the truth.
At the Clarke's:
Des tells Mike and Henry his mum has calmed down but he's promised her he won't see Malcolm again. Henry pushes for him to see him but he insists - he's not getting involved. Pushing his luck further Henry asks if he has any idea where he's staying. Des, patience worn thin, yells that even if he knew he wouldn't be telling Henry and warns him to lay off.
At the Ramsay's:
Charlene is fussing over Scott who's preparing to go off to school for his last exam ever (hopefully!). He tells Charlene he'll meet her at the workshop at lunch time so he can shout her lunch because he loves her (Aw bless). They have a snog until Madge chases them out, don't want Scott to be late for another exam. Henry comes in from waiting for Sally at the bus station, she wasn't there so he'll go back later. He tells Madge that all he can think about is Sally, helping himself to an apple from the stacked fruit bowl. Madge replies that it's just a healthy crush but Henry is offended. She tells him he's caused chaos in that family already (the Clarke's).
At the workshop:
Charlene is opening up when a strange man appears and tells her she's Charlene, and she has a husband called Scott and a brother called Harry, no Henry! She gives him ten seconds to clear off before she calls the cops. He follows her inside and says he wants to speak to Jim. She tells him he isn't there, so stranger says he will catch up with him at the engineering works. Now intrigued, Charlene asks for his name (just so she can pass it on to Jim, of course). He tells her it's Penn. Sean Penn. Charlene writes it down and twigs that he's not Sean Penn. Very funnily he replies that she's not exactly Madonna (Ha! No, she's Kylie Minogue!) He tells her his real name is Romeo. Thinking he's still joking she answers that she hasn't got all day pal. He protests that that really is his name and it's pronounced Ro-may-o. She puts her pad away and says "okay Mr Romeo (as in Juliet), I'll let Mr Robinson know you called." He gets stroppy and says it kinda bugs him when people pronounce his name wrong. Charlene - "Funny that, kinda bugs me when people waste my time." He says he'll leave her to her work, and goes.
On a street somewhere:
Henry is driving along and spots Sally walking down the road. Her bus was early. Henry grabs her bags to put them in the car, but she wants to go and see her dad. Henry tells her there's been a bit of a hiccup. Sally is not amused.
At Jim's office:
Tony (the Romeo) tells Jim that he's a mate of Greg's, who sent him to see if he could take over the job at the workshop. He sweet talks Jim, saying Greg is more settled now - thanks to Jim. Jim wrote to him explaining the situation with the murderer storyline. Jim is a bit concerned that Tony isn't settled - he's admitted he's a drifter, and they've had enough of those. Looks like the job's not for Tony.
At the workshop:
Charlene is cleaning something in a bucket when Scott walks in looking all dejected. She nervously asks how he went and he throws his book in the air shouting that he's finished! He picks her up and says the exam was so-so but he knows he did well enough to get through (don't say that, it's bad luck!). Charlene is thrilled and says they need to celebrate. Scott is more practical and says he needs to get a job. He asks if they've had people in there already asking for jobs. Charlene tells him about the jerk who was in earlier and Scott protectively tells her to let him know if he comes back. Charlene has a better answer - she'll hit him with a spanner. Anyway, he won't be back. Famous last words! Up pulls Jim, with a passenger. Tony Romeo - her new boss!
At the coffee shop:
Charlene has changed her tune about Tony - if he's her new boss she'll have to get along with him. They go to order and Madge asks how Scott got on with his exam. He acts modestly, but Charlene says he did brilliantly because he's her husband (?) Mike tries to bring him back down to earth by saying the real work starts at Uni, but Scott tells him he's not going. He's going to get a cadetship as soon as his exam results are through so he can keep his little lady in the manner she deserves (on a cadet's wage?). Mike drags him off to look at something in the kitchen (I think he says the fridge???) and Madge asks Charlene why she had such a sour face when she walked in. Charlene says she'll tell her about it later - "every parade has to have a little rain cloud somewhere."
At the bank:
Sally asks Des what happened with their dad. He explains about Eileen. She presses him for an address or contact but he insists he can't help. Henry suggests that they can still look for him, Des doesn't need to help. Des is sad that he can't get to know him himself. He tells Sally he doesn't mind her staying in Erinsborough for a bit - "Family's family". As Henry and Sally are leaving he accidentally on purpose lets slip that "Dad's only over in Stansfield"...
Outside the coffee shop:
Mike brings out Scott and Charlene's dinner as they're eating outside despite the fact it looks about to rain any second, and there was hardly anyone eating inside. They spot Henry and Sally and call them over. Sally goes off across the bridge to see Paul to see if she can arrange a cheap room at Lassiters but her way is blocked by Tony, who does that weird shuffle dance you do in the street when someone is blocking your way. He tries to chat her up, much to Henry's disgust. Charlene tells him he's "that Romeo creep, the guy I have to work with!" Henry cottons on that he's chatting Sally up and runs over shouting "Oi Romeo, go and find yourself someone else to play with!" Tony is annoyed at the mispronunciation of his name but Henry tells him to nick off. Tony apologises to Sally and walks over to Henry.
Tony: I think there must be some kind of misunderstanding
Henry: And you made it. Romeo.
Tony stretches his arm out and pushes him into the lake.