Episode 1019
Down & Under Pressure
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: January 28, 2024

Episode Theme song: "About Damn Time" Lizzo

Previously on One Day at a Time
- Cassie assumed that Jacob was going to reunite with her
- Cheresa told Dawn that she hated lying to Chris
- Trenyce suggested to Daisy that she get money from Vinny's estate
- Donovan learned that the police detective in Mexico recognized Jasper as he is also gay
- Leah and Jeff did DNA tests with Ethan and Bryce to see if they were their children
- Tyler wondered if Frederick faked his and Felicia's death
- Kim went home from the hospital. Greg visited her and asked where they stood

Dominick's Townhouse

Leah pours herself a glass of water as she stands in the living room of Dominick's townhouse as Jeff comes up behind her. Jeff knows that she is anxious as they got a call from Greg letting them know that the DNA test results are back; in a short time, they are going to learn if Bryce is Noah and if Ethan is the child that Leah gave birth too while she was in Santa Barbara all those years ago. Like Leah, Jeff almost can't believe that Noah might be alive and that they have, finally, found their other child. He feels like his head is spinning at the possibilities.

"How are you holding up?" Jeff asks her as Leah takes a sip of her water.

"I…I don't know," she turns to face him. "This is all…so overwhelming. I mean…we thought Noah was dead, Jeff! All these years, we grieved him and now, he could be standing in this room with us! And we don't even know him! We've…we've been robbed of knowing our children!"

"Let's take this one step at a time, for all we know, this is a big mix up and they aren't our boys," Jeff tells her as he tries to calm her down.

"This is all Frederick's fault," Leah spits back to him. "I'm glad that son of a bitch is dead because if he was still alive, I'd kill him with my own bare hands."

Meanwhile, Paige, Victoria, Bryce, and Ethan stand together in the middle of the living room. Paige can tell that Ethan is nervous as he is biting his lower lip.

"I feel like I can cut the tension in the room with a knife," Victoria says as she breaks the silence between the group. "I think we all need to take a deep breath and realize that no matter what, it is going to be okay."

"It just feels like our futures are about to change," Ethan responds to her. "Everything Bryce and I have known might change in the next few minutes."

"He's right," Bryce nods back to him. "And to think that Frederick kept me from my family because he wanted me to be his pawn, it's really sick."

"We don't know anything yet," Paige reminds them. "Let's wait to see how this unfolds."

Before anyone can respond, Greg emerges in the living room, having been let into the house by the maid. "Good day everyone," he announces as the group turns to look at the doctor. "I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long, but I am here now."

"Greg," Leah moves up to him quickly. "Please, don't keep us waiting, we need to know what the DNA tests say. We need to know if Bryce and Ethan are my children."

Twin Peaks General Hospital

Cheresa steps off the elevator at the hospital and moves towards the nurse's station. She is at the hospital today for a very specific reason; after everything that has happened the last few years, she has decided to make a big, bold change, and that is exactly what she wants to do.

She can't help but recall how was asked by both Robertson Enterprises and Roboto to be a model; she ended up choosing to go with Robertson, which annoyed Robbie, who works for Roboto. He, then, hired Tara to scare her, only Tara ended up kidnapping her. Cheresa was saved, but the ordeal really made her realize that she didn't want to model anymore. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight in that way, and she never will be again.

"Hi," she says to a nurse behind the counter. "I'm here to drop off my resume for the job posting. Could you please give it to the hiring manger?"

"Of course," the nurse smiles back to Cheresa. "Good luck to you."

"Thanks," Cheresa replies to her, as she feels like her heart is skipping beats. She is excited by the idea of starting a new career at the hospital; she just hopes that she is the successful candidate.

Robertson Enterprises

Dawn moves out of the elevator at Robertson Enterprises and makes her way towards one of the office doors. She knows that she shouldn't be here today, but after her recent conversation with Cheresa, she realized that she had to reach out to Trenyce to try to figure out what is going on between them. She knocks on the office door and hears a faint "come in", so she opens the door and moves inside.

"Trenyce, hi," Dawn announces as she moves closer to the desk.

Trenyce looks up from her lap top and removes her reading glasses from her face. "Hello Dawn," Trenyce smiles back to her. "What a surprise! I hope nothing is wrong? Is Cheresa okay?"

"She's okay," Dawn nods back to her. "I mean, for the most part."

Trenyce arches her eyebrow back to her. "What does that mean?"

"That's why I'm here," Dawn reveals to her. "Cheresa, she's really struggling with something. She hasn't told me the full story, but she has admitted that she is lying to Chris and it's weighting on her. She told me that you want her to keep up with the lie."

Trenyce sighs back to her heavily, knowing that she convinced Cheresa to keep her affair with Andrew a secret from Chris. She is desperate to ensure that Chris doesn't learn about the affair because she doesn't want to hurt him and her and Andrew have agreed that it would not happen again.

"It is a very complicated situation," she finally replies to her Dawn. "But, yes, I have asked Cheresa not to tell Chris something."

"It's weighting on her," Dawn admits to Trenyce. "And, if you want my honest opinion, if you continue on this path, I think you might risk losing Cheresa forever."

"You think it's gotten that bad?" a rattled Trenyce asks her quickly.

"I do," Dawn nods back to her. "I think you're very close to losing your daughter forever."

The Sugarbowl

"It's nice getting out of the casino for a change, huh?" Andrew chuckles to Daisy as they sit across from one another in the back booth of the coffeehouse with some lattes in front of them. He knows that they spend most of their time at the casino because they continue to feel like they are under Antonio's thumb.

"You can say that again," Daisy replies to him before she takes a sip of her latte. "I did notice some of Antonio's goons following us, though. They are standing outside watching us."

"I hate that we can't even get a cup of coffee without him knowing," Andrew hisses.

"By the way, I had an interesting talk with Trenyce the other day."

Andrew looks back at her and hopes that Trenyce hasn't told someone else about their affair; he doesn't want Daisy to know that he slept with her, especially since he and Daisy have become lovers. "Oh? What did Trey say?"

"I was telling her that I need more money," Daisy replies to him in a whisper. "And, no, I didn't tell her about my last job."

"Good, I think we should keep that between us."

"Agreed," Daisy says back to him. "Anyways, Trenyce suggested that I look into Vinny's estate; since he and I were married, I might have been left some money after his death. In fact, you might have been left something too since you were his nephew."

Andrew arches his eyebrow. "The last I heard, his will was still in the courts but I think that's a great idea."

"It could be the way we finally can escape Antonio's hold on us and we could leave the casino," Daisy tells him, trying not to get overly excited. "And that would be the best thing for both of us."

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Donovan and Lukas sit in the small office at the police station in old town in Puerto Vallarta. They are waiting for Sergio Lopez to return to his office as they want the detective to give him an update on the next steps with finding Jasper, and hopefully, Olly. The tension between the men, however, remains very high as they have continued to blame one another for Olly's disappearance.

They sit in silence until the office door opens and Sergio appears. "Gentlemen, thanks for waiting," Sergio says as he moves to his desk.

Lukas and Donovan stand and move closer to the desk. Lukas, instantly, starts thinking that Sergio is an attractive man as he recalls how Donovan told him that he is also gay, which is how he was able to recognize Jasper.

"Anytime," Donovan replies to him quickly. "So, the Palm, when do you think we can go?"

"I'm hoping tonight," Sergio says back to him as he locks eyes with Donovan. "I have a crew that can come with me and we can see if Jasper shows up."

"I want to be with you," Donovan tells the police detective. "Please let me be there."

"It might be dangerous," Sergio says back to him, as Lukas arches his eyebrow at the sight in front of him. He can't help but notice the chemistry between the two men. "But I know Olly is your son, so yes, you can be there. We just have to be careful."

"We will do anything we can to get Olly back," Lukas finally says. "So, thank you detective."

The Calimo Mansion

"How are you feeling this morning?" Robbie asks Kim as he pours himself a cup of coffee at the bar in the living room of the Calimo mansion. He knows that his wife just got home from the hospital after her shooting; the last thing he wants is for her to overdo it in any way. After they came so close to losing Kim, he wants to ensure that she is in the best health possible.

"I am feeling great," Kim smiles back to him. "It's sweet that you're checking in on me."

"We almost lost you, Kim," Robbie reminds her. "I want to ensure that we don't ever get that close again."

"I have to tell you, last night, I had a visitor while you were getting food from the Pink Flamingo," she admits to him as he takes a sip of his coffee. "Greg came by and asked me if I wanted to end our marriage and go back to him."

Robbie chuckles back to her. "Ironically, I saw Madeline and she asked me the same thing," he reveals to him. "It looks like our former flames want us back."

"But now we are married, Robbie," Kim tells him. "So, we have to decide about what we want to do. Do you want to stay married to me? Or should we end this and go back to Madeline and Greg?"

"I don't know," he admits to her. "When I married you, I thought you were going to die, Kim. And I married you because I thought that you would want to be my wife when you passed away. But you didn't and now here we are. So, you and I, we have to decide what we want with our futures and not let anyone else tell us what we can and can't do."

The Cascade Apartments; Cassie & Max's Home

"What do you mean that what you have to tell isn't that you're coming back to me?" a startled Cassie asks Jacob as they face one another in the living room of her apartment. She had assumed that Jacob was about to tell her that he was going to reunite with her now that Natasha's scheme was exposed; she even kissed him, but he pushed her off and told her that he had something else to tell her. "I thought that's what this was all about!"

"I know," Jacob replies to her as he tries to keep his heart rate down. "But there's more to this story; you don't know everything that has happened."

"What is it now?" Cassie shrieks at him. "What has your mother done this time?"

"This has nothing to do with Natasha," Jacob tells her. "This is about me. And Isabelle."

"I'm sure that Isabelle will be fine," Cassie waves her hand in the air. "She's young and beautiful; she will be able to find another guy in no time."

"Cassie, please, just stop and listen to me," Jacob tells her quickly. "You have to listen to what I'm saying."

"Okay, okay," Cassie says as she takes a deep breath. "What is it then?"

"Isabelle is pregnant," Jacob replies to her as Cassie gasps in horror. "With my baby; Isabelle and I are going to have a child together. And, we are going to raise him or her together. I'm not leaving Isabelle, Cassie. I came to tell you that my decision is to be with Isabelle and our unborn baby."

A tear falls down Cassie's cheek as she is rattled by his news. She finds her hand raising and she slaps Jacob across the face. "You son of a bitch!" she cries to him. "How could you do this to me? How could you do this to us? How could you?"

Tyler's Townhouse

Tyler slowly opens his eyes as he starts to wake up. He sits up and realizes that he fell asleep on his sofa the night before as he was just about to look into the file that he received from the fire marshal regarding the fire at Raven's Meadow; he had requested the file because he had the idea come to him that, maybe, Frederick had faked his death again and he and Felicia are actually alive. He just hopes that he is able to find something that would steer him in the right direction.

"Alright, I guess I got about halfway through the file last night before I passed out," he says as he opens the file again and tries to find where he left off.

"There has to be something in here that I can use that could help support my theory," he says as he rifles through the paper.

He picks up the last piece of paper and sighs as he sinks back into the sofa. "Nothing; no mention of Frederick, Felicia, or anything. Well, I won't stop. I will find out of Frederick and Felicia are alive; I have to save my mother if she is with Frederick."

Dominick's Townhouse

"Please Greg, don't keep us waiting, what do the test results say?" Jeff asks the doctor as he continues to stand in the living room next to Leah, while Bryce, Ethan, Paige, and Victoria stand on the other side of the room.

Greg clears his throat. "The tests," he starts to say to everyone. "They confirm that Bryce and Ethan's DNA matches Leah and Jeff's. So, by all counts, it would appear that Leah and Jeff, you have two more children."

Leah gasps as tears flood her eyes. She looks at Jeff and hugs him tightly, while Paige looks at Ethan, realizing that she did, in fact, marry her brother and Bryce looks at Victoria, who pulls him into a hug.

Leah, then, walks up to Bryce and Ethan, who look at her. With a tear falling down her cheek, she gasps. "My boys….my beautiful boys," she cries as she pulls them into a three way hug.

Next on One Day at a Time
- How will Leah & Jeff's reunion go?
- Helen's news shocks Dawn
- Chris and Trenyce grow closer

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