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Written by: Dallas Walsh
 

Episode Theme song: "Tidal Wave" Karmin


Previously on One Day at a Time
- Leah regained her memory, but realized that she still loved Robbie. She asked Jeff for a divorce, whom agreed. Leah, then, told Robbie that this was their chance to be together despite him telling her that he loved Victoria
- Andrew and Paige went out on a date, but it didn't go as planned. Chris and Trenyce, meanwhile, went to Meggan to try to find their biological child
- Dawn was livid with her parents for agreeing to send her to a bible camp as Barbara believed going would "reform" her from being a lesbian. Shelley and Dawn made love before she went away

Scene One - The Black House; Helen & Barbara's Home

"You know this isn't going to be for very long, don't you?" Barbara asks Dawn, as she comes into the living room and sees her Granddaughter looking at some pictures on the fireplace mantel. Barbara stops and watches her for a moment; Dawn looks so peaceful right now, complete opposite of the last time they saw one another. Barbara hates that Dawn was so upset with her for suggesting that Adam and Helen send her to a bible camp because she is a lesbian, but Barbara maintains that some time away from everything and everyone, including Shelley, will be good for Dawn. In her mind, it will clear the fog that has gotten into her mind about being a lesbian. Barbara even hopes that, maybe, Dawn will meet a nice young man at the bible camp and will come home with a boyfriend.

Dawn sets the framed picture of herself, Adam and Helen back on the mantel before she turns around to face her Grandmother. She has been dreading this day because the last thing she wants to do is go to a camp in hopes of being reformed. It took her a long time to accept that she is gay; the last thing she needs is to be told she is confused by her sexuality. If anything, it is insulting to her.

"Too long, if you ask me," Dawn is unable to make eye contact with Barbara. "I shouldn't have to go anywhere to prove who I am to anyone."

"Darling, please," Barbara comes up to her and tries to reach out to Dawn. "If you could just give this a chance."

"Don't touch me," Dawn revokes herself away from Barbara. "I have no choice but to go to this stupid camp, but I promise you something Barbara, I will come home a lesbian. And you will have to deal with that. Because, I'm not changing who I am. And no time at a camp will change that."

"What's going on in here?" Helen asks as she comes into the living room and senses tension between her daughter and mother. "I hope you two are getting along better today?'

"When is this stupid van arriving?" Dawn looks past Barbara and over to her mother. "I don't really want to be here longer than I have to be."

"You'll be gone for a while," Helen reminds her. "I thought it would be nice for everyone to see you off."

Dawn rolls her eyes at her mother's comments. "Forgive me if I don't want to hang out with the people who are sending me to this fucking bible camp!"

"Dawn, please," Helen pleads with her, but Dawn rushes past her. "Don't go like this."

"I'm going because you are forcing me to go," Dawn turns and snaps at her mother. "Don't forget that, Mother."

***

Outside, Adam sees Andy's car pull up to the curb. Adam called Andy, in hopes of having some calming effect to occur to his family before Dawn leaves for camp later that day. He doesn't know if it will help, but he had to try something.

"Thanks for coming again," Adam says as Andy comes up to him and they shake hands.

"Yea, of course," Andy nods back to him. "So, you and Helen, you decided to send Dawn away?"

"We did," Adam replies to him. "And, before you say anything, you should know that the reason we decided to do this is because we didn't see any harm in sending her to the camp. Helen and I, we know that she will come home a lesbian still, but we thought it would help Barbara accept this truth."

Andy uneasily smiles back to him. "I'm not going to judge your decision making skills as a parent," Andy informs him. "But, I'm glad that you realize that Dawn will still be gay when she comes home. She has finally learned who she is, no camp will change that."

"I certainly hope you're wrong," Barbara announces to Andy as she opens the front door and steps on the porch. "I have faith that this camp, and God, will turn my Granddaughter around."

Andy uneasily looks back at Adam, who looks up at Barbara with a nervous look on his face.

Scene Two - The Sugarbowl

Meggan grabs her coffee from the barista and puts a lid on the cup before she takes a sip of the hot beverage. As she does this, she continues to talk into her cell phone.

"Any help would be greatly appreciated," she says into her mobile. "You see, there was a baby switch a number of years ago, and I'm trying to locate the other child."

There's a moment of silence before Meggan nods to herself as she listens to the response from the party on the other end of the call. "That's great, thank you," she smiles into the phone. "Yes, I can stop by the hospital later today. Thank you so much."

She leaves the coffeehouse, unaware that Andrew was sitting in the booth closest to the coffee bar, so he overheard the tail end of her conversation. Andrew is unable to stop his hand from clutching into a fist. He knows exactly the baby switch Meggan was talking about: it was him and Trenyce's biological child; The day that really changed his life forever. He doesn't know why the idea of Chris and Trenyce trying to find their biological child makes him so upset, but it does. He recalls how he and Trenyce seemingly made amends turning the ice storm, but he hasn't been able to forgive Chris yet. Mostly because of how Chris has treated him, and Frederick, since Andrew has been back in town. Andrew still thinks Chris is a cocky son of a bitch.

His train of thought is ruined when he hears someone calling his name. As he unclenches his fist, he looks up and sees Paige standing above him.

"Earth to Andrew," she purses her lips together as she sits across the table from him. "You look a million miles away. Where were you just now?"

Andrew shrugs. "Sorry, I guess I was just in a deep train of thought."

"I could tell," Paige giggles back to him. "Are you okay?"

"I'll be fine," he lies to her. He doesn't really want to get into it with her because he doesn't understand fully himself why the news is so upsetting to him. "I just found out some news and I guess it is bothering more than it should."

"Do you want to talk about it?"

Andrew shakes his head no. "Nah, I don't want to be a downer."

"You're never a downer," she replies to him quickly. "And besides, you helped me so much after Blake died. It's the least I could do?"

"Thanks," Andrew smiles back to her. "But I'm okay. How are you? I heard that Dawn is leaving today?"

Paige sighs a little. "Yea, she is," she tells him. "She's furious at her parents for sending her away, and I don't blame her."

"I get it," Andrew nods back to her. "The good news is that the camp is only for a couple of weeks. Hopefully she can get a good tan and come back somewhat refreshed?"

Paige smiles back to him. "When did you become a ray of positivity?"

"I have no idea," he laughs back to her. "I guess hanging out with you?"

Paige purses her lips together. "That's sweet of you to say," she tells him. "For the record, I like hanging out with you. Only, not when soup is being poured on you."

Andrew laughs back to her. "Yea, that was annoying. We need to do that again though. Soon?"

"What? Pouring soup on you?"

Andrew continues to laugh. "Not that part; The date part."

Paige winks back to him. "That, I can live with."

Scene Three - The Tower's; Floor Eight; Victoria's Condo

"I was wondering when I'd see you again," Victoria tells Robbie, as she lets him into the condo. She closes the door behind him and then moves into the living room, where he presents her with a bottle of wine. "It's a bit early for a drink, isn't it?"

Robbie laughs a little back to her. "You don't have to open it now, only if you want too."

Victoria takes the bottle and moves into the kitchen, where she starts to open it, knowing that the wine will help with the conversation they are about to have. "So, like I said, I've been wondering when I'd see you." She waits for him to respond because the last time she saw Robbie, he didn't realize she was in the same room as her. She saw him with Leah, and Leah was professing her love to Robbie; hearing the words devastated Victoria, and she has no idea what Robbie is going to do now. Victoria knows that she needs the truth from him, but she is also scared about what it will mean for her future.

"Yea, things have been crazy," he replies to her.

Victoria moves back into the living room and passes him a glass of the wine. "Thanks," he tells her before she takes a sip of the liquid.

"So, Leah has her memory back?" she asks him, not wanting to beat around the bush about the conversation that they have to have with one another.

"She does," Robbie nods back to her. "But, it's complicated."

"I know Robbie," Victoria doesn't waste time. "I heard her tell you that she loves you at the Pampa Grill. She wants to divorce Jeff and she wants you two to be together."

Robbie looks back at her and feels his heart break in his chest. He had hoped to be the one to tell Victoria the latest developments; the fact that she has known all this time and she hasn't said anything doesn't seem fair to her. Now, he has to tell her that Leah is asking him to give them a chance at happiness. Good thing I brought the wine, he thinks to himself.

"That is true," he finally replies to her. "She has asked Jeff for a divorce. And, Jeff is agreeing to the divorce. He wants to put all of this behind him too."

"Lucky him. Lucky Meggan," Victoria quips back to him. "And Leah, she wants you back. I guess the only question I have for you is: what do you want? Do you want to give Leah another chance? Or are you going to have our future together, like we've been planning?"

Robbie sighs and takes a sip of his wine. "This isn't easy," he admits to her. "Because, I love you, Victoria. I really, really love you."

"But?" she asks him, knowing that there is more coming.

"But," he continues as he looks into her eyes. "A part of me will always love Leah too. It's not her fault that this happened to her."

"It's not my fault this is happening either!" she tries to raise her voice. "But it is! And you, you're in love with two women!"

"Vic…"

"No, Robbie!" she cuts him off. "This entire situation isn't fair, it hasn't been fair since the day Leah supposedly died in Lake Tahoe. And you know what? I'm really getting tired of being the second fiddle here."

"You're not the second fiddle…"

"If I wasn't, then your decision would be a no brainer," she tells him. "But, you are torn. And that tells me everything I need to know."

"What are you saying?"

"I think you should go," she whispers back to him. "I need to be alone."

"Vic…," he starts to plead with her, as he can see how upset she actually is by this. The last thing he wanted to do was break her heart but that is exactly what he is doing.

"Please go," she tells him as she turns around so her back is to him now.

"Okay," he replies to her, setting his wine down. "I'm sorry, for what it's worth."

Victoria doesn't respond to him. She stands still in the room waiting until she hears the front door close. As soon as it does, she gasps for air as tears fall down her face and she covers her mouth her with her hand, unable to hold her composure any longer.

Scene Four - Twin Peaks Law Courts

In a private Judge's quarters, Leah sits next Josh Levitt and Jeff as they wait for the Judge to arrive. Together, Leah and Jeff have arrived so they can begin the divorce proceedings. Neither one wanted to drag this process out, which is why they have the same lawyer and requested that Judge Ross see them together.

"Does this usually work?" Jeff as Josh, before he looks over at Leah. A part of him still can't believe that they are about to get a divorce; after everything that has happened, this is the last thing he expected to occur. He and Leah were barely married before Leah's "death" occurred; when it was revealed she was alive, she had amnesia. He just assumed that they would get back together once her memory returned, but he isn't devastated that she wants a divorce because he is still in love with Meggan.

"Yea, it usually goes," Josh replies to him, before looking at Leah. "The fact of the matter is, you both want the divorce and you don't want to hold up the procedure. I've never seen the Judge not grant the divorce this way."

"That's good to hear," Leah says back to him. "We both just want to move on. We've missed so much our lives already."

Jeff uneasily nods back to her, as the Judge's chambers door opens and Franklin Ross appears. "Sorry for the wait," he says coming up to his desk and sitting down. "But, thank you for seeing me today."

"Your honour," Josh replies to him quickly. "We are expecting this to go pretty smoothly. Both parties want to expedite the process."

"I appreciate that," Franklin smiles back to the parties. "However, I was reviewing the file and I have some concerns."

"What concerns?" Josh asks back, as Leah and Jeff look at each other.

"Well, from what I read, these two were married and less than 48 hours later, Mrs. Claus was presumed dead. Is that correct?"

"It is," Leah tells the Judge. "There was an explosion and Jeff believed I had died. In fact, I had amnesia and was recuperating in Santa Barbara. I only recently got my memory back."

"I see," Franklin nods back to her, as he writes a couple of notes down. "So, you turn up alive and well. Why aren't you with your husband now? Especially if your memory has returned? Like I said, it seemed you were only married for less than two days before this accident."

"It's a long story," Leah replies to him quickly. "But…"

"No but's," Franklin interrupts her. "I want you two to know that the State takes marriage very seriously," he tells them. "You two never really had a chance at a marriage because of this explosion. So, I hear by ordering you to at least attempt to make the union work. I refuse to dissolve a union that you two created that only was in effect, for all purposes, 48 hours. Come back in 6 months if the marriage is not working and we can revisit. One day, not too long ago, you pledged your love to one another for the rest of our lives. Circumstances got in the way of this union, this could be your chance at real happiness."

"Wait, what are you saying?" Jeff asks him, startled by what Franklin is telling them.

"Divorce petition is denied, for 6 months," Franklin smiles back to him. "Now, go get to know your wife, Mr. Claus. From where I am sitting, she's a beautiful woman."

Leah and Jeff look back at one another in surprise as Franklin gets up and leaves his room. "I wasn't expecting that," Josh replies to them, as Leah and Jeff continue to look at one another, dumbfounded by what just took place.

Scene Five - The Black House; Helen & Barbara's Home

"Hey, you think you'll be okay?" Andy asks Dawn, as they sit on the front porch of the Black house together.

Dawn looks back at him. "Yea, I'll be fine," she replies to him quickly. "I got some good advice that I need to try to think of the positives out of the situation. I still hate that my parents are doing this to me, but I can't control them."

"You're a good kid, Dawn," Andy says back to her. "And, for the record, I told your Dad earlier that he was making a mistake. But, it's moot now."

"Thanks Andy," Dawn smiles back to him. "I appreciate your friendship."

"Always, let me know when you're back and we'll talk, okay?"

Suddenly, a grey van pulls up and honks at Dawn, altering her that her ride is here. On the side of the van, it reads "Monument Lake Bible Camp". Dawn slowly stands up and looks at her ride and gulps.

"This is it," she whispers to herself. "You will be fine. You'll be fine."

"Hey, the van is here," Andy opens the door and calls into the house, alerting Adam, Helen and Barbara that Dawn is about to leave.

They scurry out on to the porch and look at Dawn, who grabs her duffle bag.

"Have a great time, okay?" Helen smiles to her daughter.

"Yea, try to enjoy your summer," Adam agrees with Helen.

"Don't try to sugar coat this," Dawn spits at them. "I'm going because I have too. Stop trying to make it seem like this was a great idea. I will never forgive any of you for doing this to me. And Grandma, prepare yourself, because I will still be who I am right now. So, take this time to get used to it."

Before any of them can reply, Dawn rushes down the steps and moves up to the van. As the van starts to drive away, Barbara puts her hands on Helen's shoulders hoping to calm her down.

"Don't worry my dear," she whispers to her daughter. "We are doing the right thing. I am sure of it."

"I hope you're right," Adam tells her. "Because from where I stand, we just made a huge mistake."

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