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Written by: Dallas Walsh Originally Released: October 13, 2010
 

Episode Theme song: "I Wouldn't Need You" by Norah Jones
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Cassie saw Shane and Natasha together and realized she has to get eliminate Natasha in order to have Shane for herself
- Olivia felt guilty for her role in stealing Helen’s baby and giving the child to Cassie
- Adam and Helen grieved the death of their child
- Will and Olivia slept together again
- Meggan disappeared at the fundraiser and awoke in a cell. She realized someone was in the cage with her

Scene One -- The Towers, The Penthouse; Cory & Robin’s Home

Cory stands in the kitchen putting some finishing touches on some eggs benedict that he has prepared for Robin and their new surprise house guest, Melissa, Robin’s mother. Cory gives himself half a smile as he recalls Melissa showing up unannounced the previous evening. While he is not against Robin’s mother showing up at their home, he does wonder why she came unannounced and when there is a few weeks before the wedding. He walks over and grabs his cup of coffee and takes a drink.

Robin enters the kitchen in her black silk robe and smiles at Cory. “Morning,” she says with half a yawn coming out of her mouth at the same time. “Can I have a cup of that coffee?”

“Of course babe, cream is in the fridge.”

“I think I’ll drink it black today,” she replies. “What do you think my mother is really doing here?”

Cory sighs, “Well she said she came to help with the wedding. You don’t believe her?”

“I don’t know what to believe. I haven’t seen her in such a long time. Not since I went to visit her a few years ago. It just seems…out of the blue,” Robin tells Cory as she takes a drink of the coffee. “Gosh that’s strong today. Just what I needed,” she smiles at him as she comes in and gives him a quick kiss.

Melissa enters the kitchen and interrupts the kiss, “Good morning you too. Breakfast smells delicious!”

“I hope you’re hungry Melissa!” Cory replies as he moves the eggs to the dinning room table. “How did you sleep? Would you like some coffee?”

Melissa sits at the table as Cory sets her plate in front of her. “I would love some coffee, thank you. I slept great. You have a great place here Cory.”

“Thank you.”

“Where is Phil, mother?” Robin asks interrupting, wanting to know where her step father is.

“He had to stay back in Boston. He does plan on coming to the wedding though,” Melissa replies to her daughter as she starts to eat her breakfast.

“And you decided to come here so early because…?”

“You sound like you’re not happy to see me! I thought you’d like having your mother around to help you with the biggest day of your life!” Melissa says getting upset with Robin’s attitude.

“It’s not that, I guess I’m just surprised. I haven’t heard or seen you in years, and then suddenly out of no where you show up on my doorstep. I’m sorry if I’m being rude. Of course I’m happy that you’re here Mom,” Robin replies as she walks over to her and embraces Melissa.

“Okay, so can we have a discussion then?” Melissa says as she watches Cory head back into the kitchen to get more coffee. Once he is out of the dinning room, she looks at Robin. “He’s not right for you. I don’t think you should marry Cory.”

Scene Two -- The Black House; Adam & Helen’s Home

Helen looks out the large bay window in her living room. Outside, the window blows more leafs off the tree and swirls them around. The brightly coloured leaves in the air leave the tree looking dead and bare. Another sign that winter is just around the corner, but Helen also notes that it’s a good way of she is feeling inside. Empty and bare. She has never been able to feel normal again since the night at the cabin when she lost the baby. What’s worse is that she seemingly has no memory of what really happened, something that she hates and that Adam hates even more. He has been blaming her for what has happened and nothing she can say can even begin to make it better. Not that she blames him, if the shoe was on the other foot, she too, would probably feel that way. Still it pains her to know that she is grieving for her child alone, without Adam.

Her thought process is interrupted by the telephone ringing. She walks over and picks it up. “Hello? Oh, hi … that’s great news, thank you. Yes, I’ll be sure to tell my husband as well… Okay, thanks. Take care, bye.”

Helen hangs up the phone and turns around to see Adam standing in the living room. He looks at her for a moment before looking away. While he has tried to get over the fact that Helen can not remember the night of the baby’s death, he can not forgive her for going to the cabin with Olivia and still not being able to have memories.

“Who was the on the phone?” he asks coldly.

“The insurance company. It looks like our condo at the Tower’s is done. The renovations from the fire, I mean. It’s finally complete.” Helen replies, trying to engage Adam in some kind of conversation that doesn’t end with them talking about the baby.

“That’s good, it’s about time, really,” he replies still distant from her.

“Yea, I guess we should put it on the market now. I mean, we don’t need to have two places to live.”

“I was thinking about that actually. Maybe I should move back to the condo. At least for a little while.”

The words hit Helen hard and she immediately gets tears in her eyes. “What? Why? You want to move out?”

“I just think some space would be good. For both of us.”

“Adam,” she says as she comes up behind him and puts her hand on his shoulder. “Please don’t do this.”

“Don’t do what Helen? Stop blaming you for our daughter’s death? I’ve tried. I don’t know what else to do? I know it hurts you to hear it, but I do blame you. I blame you for being friends with Olivia when I told you numerous times that I didn’t trust her. I blame you for going to the cabin that night instead of going to the fundraiser with me. I blame you for not having any goddamn memories of that night! I … I just think we need some time apart,” he says trying not to raise his voice, which was a huge failure.

Helen turns around and lets tears escape her eyes. “Fine. You’re right. Some time apart will be good for us,” she says in a whisper. “But you can stay here. I’ll move to the condo for a little while.”

“Fine,” Adam says walking out of the living room.

Helen watches Adam leave the house and slam the front door shut. “Great,” she says to herself as she tries to composure herself.

Scene Three -- An Undisclosed Location

Meggan awakes on the small cot in the corner of the room where she is staying. She opens her eyes and blinks a few times. She isn’t sure how long she slept for, especially since she had the large bump on her head. She tries to open her mouth, but she knows she is dehydrated badly. She slowly sits up and tries to look around, but the darkness that surrounds her makes it hard for her to see anything. She does remember when she was looking around before she passed out she thought she saw someone else in the cell with her.

She puts her feet on the ground and she feels a water bottle next to her feet. She bends down and brings the water to her mouth. She drinks the entire bottle and feels better afterwards. “Hello,” she calls out to the dark cell that surrounds her. “Who’s there? Where are we?”

Nothing comes back to her. No noise, no shadow, no movement. Just the darkness. Meggan feels herself get scared. She was so sure that she saw someone else in the cell with her. Could she have been imagining things?

She slowly stands up and walks around, trying not to run into anything else. She takes a few steps before she finally hears something else. Something in a near corner back a quick movement.

“What was that? Who is there?” she calls out.

“Meggan is that you?” a raspy voice is heard.

“Yes, this is Meggan! Who are you? Where are you?” she asks as she stands still trying to locate where the voice is coming from. Suddenly a match is struck and it lights on fire. A lantern is light and brought closer to her. Before her stands a man that has a full beard. Meggan gasps. “Vinny?”

The man smiles and looks at her, “Yes, it’s me Vinny!”

Scene Four -- Madeline’s Condo

Madeline sits her phone down on the coffee table after she checks her new text messages. She is slightly relieved that there is nothing from her father on the phone as she has been worried that Dave was going to expose her past to Preston, since the last time she saw him she, once again, refused to help him with his plan. He had warned her that he was going to expose her to Preston. She takes a deep breath and wonders if she should tell the truth. She shakes her head at herself, not knowing how Preston, Olivia and Reese would handle the fact that she was a prostitute in New York City. She doesn’t want her family to know her dirtiest secret, she doesn’t want to bring them shame and embarrassment.

“I’ll just call Dave’s bluff,” she tells herself as she hears the doorbell ring. “That better not be Dave again.”

She walks over to the front door and opens it, and then gets a smile on her face. “Will! This is a surprise, come in,” she says as he enters her condo. After having a quick hug, they go into the living room. “What’s up?”

Will turns and looks at Madeline with a long face. He knows what he has to do, but he knows that it’s not an easy situation at all. He recently fell back into bed with Olivia, Madeline’s mother, and he realized then that he actually does have feelings for Olivia. He can’t continue to be with Madeline and sleep with her mother behind her back. And if he ends things with Madeline, he knows that he may be able to control Ryan a little bit better.

“We need to talk,” he says with a stern voice.

“This sounds serious, what’s going on?” she replies to him.

“I don’t think I can do this anymore.”

“Do…what?”

“Us. I don’t think we’re working Maddie,” Will says still staying strong because he knows that he will be hurting Madeline.

Madeline’s eyes get watery quickly and she turns around. “I don’t understand. You don’t want to see me anymore? Where is this coming from?”

Will sighs and takes a deep breath, “It’s not you Maddie. Not at all. You’re…amazing. It’s me, I just … I can’t explain it, I just don’t think this is right for me right now. You know? I’m finishing up my nursing and …”

“You told me you loved me!” Madeline interrupts as she turns and faces Will so he can see her start to cry.

“I’m sorry Madeline. I really, really am,” he says as he goes up to her to give her a hug, knowing that the real reason is because he cares for Olivia; and while he has tried to let it go he can not let that go anymore.

“No! Don’t touch me! Get out Will! Just get out of my house!”

Will turns back and watches Madeline glare at him as she wipes her tears from her eyes. He leaves the house, as soon as the door closes, Madeline falls on to the sofa and cries. “I can’t believe this,” she says into her hands.

Scene Five -- The Park

Cassie pushes the baby stroller through the park quickly. She thought it may be a good idea to get out of the house and take Dawn for a walk, to try to get her to stop crying. However, the baby continues to cry in the stroller and the wind is now picking up, so she is walking quickly. She knows that she’s close to the Sugarbowl so she’ll pop in and grab a cup of coffee. Maybe at the coffee house, Dawn will stop crying too.

She doesn’t know how or why Dawn keeps crying, but the baby is always fussy. She didn’t think that having a baby would be this exhausting. She doesn’t mind getting up at all hours to feed her and be with her, but the constant crying is really taking it’s toll on Cassie. She feels mentally fragile and overly sensitive. The fact that Natasha is still in the picture doesn’t help matters. She knows that in order to have Shane completely to herself, she has to get rid of Natasha. She remembers the last time she was at the coffee house, and she saw Natasha and Shane talking again. She doesn’t know what it’ll take to get rid of Natasha, but she knows she has to do something.

As she approaches the back alley of main street, she sees Natasha park her car and rush away. Cassie spots Natasha rush across the street and enter the legal office. Cassie stops pushing the stroller for a second. Suddenly, she gets a wicked idea. She walks down into the alley. She looks around and sees no one, so she keeps walking up to Natasha’s car. Without hesitation, Cassie bends down and looks under Natasha’s car. She positions herself so she’s under the car and little bit. She looks up and sees wires and parts of the car. She looks for something that looks important. Not knowing what something is, she reaches up and rips it out of the bottom of the car. She quickly stands up them and looks around. Still, no one is in the alley. She throws the car part in the near by dumpster and pushes the stroller out of the alley quickly.

Scene Six -- The Wilkins Estate; Preston, Olivia & Reese’s Home

Olivia emerges from the shower in the on-suite attached to the master bedroom and starts to dry herself off. The last few weeks have been trying on her, so she’s decided to take the day off work and have a day of relaxation. From having a secret affair with Will, which she knows will devastate her daughter and husband to stealing Helen’s baby and giving her to Cassie, she has been very stressed out.

Preston enters the on-suite only wearing his boxer shorts and he looks at his wife. She looks beautiful as her body still glistens from the wet glow. The tiny water drops make her looks even more appealing. He knows that his marriage has been shaky for months, but he is so very proud of Olivia for her role in the baby switch. He knows that it was a very bold move to make, but he knows that his family is safe again. Cassie can not blackmail them so their secret about being bank robbers is safe once again.

“You look so beautiful,” he says to her, as she turns to him and finally notes that he is in the room with her.

“Thank you. You’re not at the office today?” she asks continuing to dry her hair.

“I thought I would stay home today. I guess we had the same idea, huh?”

“I guess so,” she replies to him.

He walks up to her and kisses her passionately. She responds and drops her towel to the ground. Her hand moves behind his head as the kiss intensifies. As he lips start to work their way to her neck, Olivia shuts her eyes and imagines Will’s hot, young, firm, body in front of her, not Preston’s. She bites her lip and is about to call his name when she opens her eyes and catches herself.

“I can’t do this,” she says quickly pushing Preston away.

Preston arches his eyebrow, as he’s clearly aroused and wanting his wife. “We haven’t made love in months, why wouldn’t you want this?”

“Why does everything have to be on your schedule? When you want me, you get to have sex with me? When you don’t want me, I’m the one left out waiting for you? I’m not in the mood, okay Preston? Maybe now you’ll know what it’s like to be in my shoes,” she coldly responds as she walks past him and out of the on-suite.

Preston doesn’t stop her as she leaves the washroom. He puts his hand over his face and takes a deep breath. He quickly shakes off any thoughts he has and starts the shower, a very cold shower.

Meanwhile in the bedroom, Olivia sits on the bed and fights off tears. What am I doing? She asks herself. I can’t even have sex with my husband because I’m thinking about him … my daughter’s boyfriend.

Scene Seven -- An Undisclosed Location

Meggan moves back over the cot and sits down. “This doesn’t make any sense to me, where are we? How did you get in here with me?”

“I’ve been in here for years Meggan. It’s so good to see you! You’ve…you’ve changed so much since high school. You’re a beautiful woman now!”

“High school?” Meggan arches her eyebrow, confused by the statement. “But you just saw me …”

“No, I didn’t,” Vinny tells her. “I never got the chance to tell you in High School, but I have two brothers. We are triplets. They have been posing as me for … I don’t even know how long it’s been,” he confesses to her as they sit side by side. Meggan’s eye’s feel heavy for a moment as she realizes that her entire marriage to Vinny has been a lie because she has never actually been married to Vinny, but one of these brother’s he is telling her of.

“I…I don’t know what to say. Is this some kind of sick joke?” she says covering her mouth.

“I wish it was. You must have caught on to their plan and that’s why they put you in here!”

Meggan shuts her eyes and remembers her time at the fundraiser. She did see two men that looked like Vinny outside the party room. She thinks back even further and realizes that she first saw the two men in the hospital after she donated her kidney to save Leah’s life. She was starting to uncover the truth and now she is locked in the cell with Vinny.

“I can’t believe this,” she says opening her eyes. “Oh my god Vinny!” she says as she touches his face.

Scene Eight -- The Tower’s, The Penthouse; Robin & Cory’s Home

Robin’s mouth opens in shock. She was not expecting her mother to tell her that she shouldn’t marry Cory, especially since Cory has been the man she has loved for years. After everything she and Cory have been through to get to this point, she doesn’t want her mother to not approve of her choice.

“What do you mean? I love Cory, and he loves me …” Robin starts to plead with her mother.

“Does he? How do you know? What about Natasha? How long did he jerk you around with his first wife? No Robin, Cory is not going to treat you the way you deserve to be treated.” While Melissa knows she hasn’t always been the best mother to Robin, she does love her daughter and she does not want to see her get hurt again by Cory.

“I’m sorry you feel that way Melissa,” Cory states as he comes back into the dinning room. “Maybe since you’re staying in my home, I can prove to you that I love Robin and that we are a strong couple. The past is the past and we’ve grown very strong because of what we’ve been through.”

Melissa arches her eyebrow and stands up and looks at Cory. “You have a few weeks to prove it to me Cory, but here’s a warning for you: I’m watching you! I will not let you hurt my daughter again!”

“Please stop this!” Robin says yelling and standing between the two. “I love Cory. And I love you Mom. I don’t want there to be fighting.”

“I’m sorry darling,” Melissa smiles at Robin as she hugs her. The minute her face can not be seen by Robin, Melissa glares at Cory, positive that she is right and that he is not right for her daughter. “Everything will be fine, you’ll see. I’ll make sure everything is fine.”

Scene Nine -- An Undisclosed Location

After the initial shock of learning that Vinny has been held hostage for years by his wicked brothers, Meggan is starting to come to realize that she can put some of the pieces together. Slowly more and more things make sense, including her times of seeing Dave and Brett together and why she has now been locked up with Vinny as she learned the truth at the fundraiser. Now, she realizes that they must come up with an escape plan of some kind.

“What are we going to do?” she asks, still not able to take her eyes off the real Vinny, her husband. Vinny keeps looking at Meggan, just thrilled to see another human being. For years, the only interaction he has had has been with Dave who came to give him food and water. He had forgotten what it was like to see someone that didn’t look like him. He has forgotten how beautiful Meggan is, how beautiful a woman is. He smiles back at her, knowing that together they could come up with an escape plan.

“I have an idea,” he says as he get a smile on his face.

Scene Ten -- Main Street

Cassie finally enters the coffeehouse and sees Helen at the bar. Cassie is about to turn around and leave knowing that she can’t be around Helen, when Helen turns and sees her.

“Cassie, hi,” Helen says coming up to her. “I heard that you had your baby. How are you? How is the baby?”

“We’re both fine. Dawn’s just a little fussy today,” Cassie replies quickly, almost urgently, not wanting Helen and Dawn to interact as she knows that Dawn is really Helen’s baby girl.

“Would you mind if I held her?” Helen asks as she sits down at a table. “I know we talked about our babies being friends in Lamaze class. I’m sorry I didn’t live up to my end of the deal.”

“It’s not your fault. I’m so sorry for your loss,” Cassie says through a fake smile. “Are you sure holding another baby is a good idea?” Helen nods to Cassie’s dismay. “Sure you can hold her. Just a minute though, she’s very fussy today.”

“Of course,” Helen replies as Cassie passes her the crying baby. As soon as Dawn enters Helen’s arms, the baby stops crying. “Oh, look at that, you stopped crying. Did you just want to be held?” Helen asks the baby as she bounds her on her knee, as she gets water in her eyes. For some reason, holding Dawn makes Helen feel so complete. She can’t place her finger on it though.

Cassie gives another fake smile, worried that Helen and Dawn are too close to comfort. “I should get going,” Cassie quickly says grabbing the baby from Helen. The calm baby starts to cry again as soon as Helen’s hands leave her.

“Are you sure? I don’t mind…” Helen begins to respond.

“Yes, I’m sure. It was nice seeing you again Helen,” Cassie says as she quickly pushes the stroller of the coffeehouse.

“You too,” Helen says as she watches them leave. Helen can’t place it but she knows she felt something when she held the baby. She shuts her eyes and takes a deep breathe. “It just wasn’t meant to be,” she tells herself.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Helen has a nightmare
- Robbie’s birthday has a few surprises
- Kim and Ryan try to support Madeline

 
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