When Simon brings his teaching assistant, Lance, to the bar, he decides to encourage Maddy and Lance's obvious spontaneous attraction. The O'Neills feel that an academic is out of her league -Bobby recognizes the 'look'. Philip remembers Simon's matchmaking invariably ends in disaster. Philip turns up in class where Simon asked the pair to help his kids with their artistic expression, while his perfectionism antagonizes all except Nathan. Meanwhile in the pub Mace's rivalry with Dan escalates and they get to the punching root of the problem.