Episode 162
Strings that Dangle Me
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: February 29, 2012

Episode Theme song: "8Bit Heart" - Simon Curtis

Previously on One Day at a Time
- After exposing all of Cassie’s lies, Adam and Helen were reunited with baby Dawn. Cassie was arrested and took control of the police car and drove it into the river
- Trenyce started to force herself to throw up after numerous insults from Mallory
- Chris learned that Victoria still hadn’t signed the annulment papers from Vinny and told her that the papers had probably expired. Victoria meanwhile struggled with whether she should press charges against Meggan or not
- Shane wished he had realized the type of woman Cassie was

Scene One - Twin Peaks Police Department

“What do you mean the car went into the river? How did that happen?” Shane asks Robbie, who is sitting his desk while on the phone with another police officer. After Natasha exposed all of Cassie’s horrible lies and she was arrested, the remaining guests decided to go back to the Calimo mansion to regroup. Everyone needed a drink and some down town to realize what had taken place; that was until Robbie got a call that the police car that had Cassie in it had driven off the road into the river. At that point, everyone went to the police station and is now standing in Robbie’s office trying to get more information.

Robbie hangs up his phone and looks everyone. He can’t believe the day that he has had, starting with trying to say goodbye to his mother only to find out that Cassie was the one responsible for her death, but so many other heartaches in the town the last year. “They are pulling the car from the river now. We don’t know what happened. I’m assuming somehow Cassie got free and over took the officer driving. He was a good, young cop, he wouldn’t have done this on his own.”

“Of course not,” Natasha replies to him. “Cassie was crazy. She must have found a way to get out of those handcuffs. We just have to see what they find.”

“Cassie may be a lot of things, but I don’t think she would try to kill herself,” Shane replies to everyone, thinking back to the woman he has been married to for close to two years. “She never showed any indication that she would go down that path.”

Bob stands up from the chair he was sitting in. “That being said Shane, Cassie had never been cornered in this way before. For years she lied to everyone, including you, about the real person she was. She killed Olivia, Preston and my beloved Sofia. She had gotten away with everything for so long. The thought of jail may have really alarmed her,” he tells Shane trying to justice how and why Cassie may have driven the car into the river. “Plus, she had lost it all, mostly importantly you.”

“Plus, she was so obsessed with you Shane, the thought of losing you forever may have really spun her further into her madness,” Robbie adds into his father’s theory. “Unless they survived the accident though, we may never truly know.”

Shane sighs heavily and then looks at Natasha. Despite everything that has happened he hopes that Cassie isn’t dead. He needs more answers from her; he needs to understand how and why she became so obsessed with him and why. He feels like he needs to know anything and everything about this woman that he was so close to, or at least he thought he was so close too. “I just can’t express how sorry I am for everything. If only I had realized the kind of woman that Cassie was. I may have prevent some of the pain that she caused everyone.”

“It wasn’t your fault Shane,” Natasha tells him grabbing his hand and looking at him in the eyes. “There’s just no way you could have known what she was capable of.”

“She’s right Shane, you can’t beat yourself up over this,” Robbie adds in. “If anything, do you need anything from us? I can’t imagine raising a child for as long as you have raise Dawn only to find out she isn’t yours.”

Shane looks at Robbie with an empty stare. With everything else that has gone down he had sort of forgotten that Dawn is with Adam and Helen right now. Maybe he didn’t want to believe that she stole their child and passed it off as theirs for a year and half. He feels himself get weak and he moves back to an empty chair.

“Are you okay?” Natasha asks him, noticing that he was drifting.

“I don’t know,” he says feeling weak. “I just need time to adjust, I guess. I … I can’t believe that Cassie would steal someone else’s child and say she was mine. And that I had absolutely no idea.”

Before anyone can respond, Robbie’s telephone rings again. He picks it up, “Calimo here,” he says into the receiver. “The car was pulled from the river? That’s great news. Were there any survivors?” he asks as his eyes meet Natasha’s, then Shane’s. “Okay, right. And you’re sure? … Yes, I understand. Thanks for all your work. Stay safe out there.”

He hangs up the phone and looks at everyone in the room with a concerned look on his face.

“What did they find?” Bob asks, finally breaking the small moment of silence.

“The car was pulled from the river,” Robbie explains to everyone. “They found a body and it was identified as the police officer driving the car.”

“And about Cassie?” Natasha asks the question everyone wants the answer too.

“They haven’t found her yet, but according to the reports, the car is in such bad shape. There’s now way anyone would have survived. Cassie’s dead,” he informs them all as all eyes fall on Shane to see how he reacts.

Scene Two - The Park

Chris sits on the bench looking at the river on the chilly afternoon. He and Daisy had been walking together, just to clear their heads after the abrupt ending to the funeral earlier in the day as Trenyce went home to check on Andrew. Daisy, however, quickly got cold and ran back to the Sugarbowl to get some hot chocolates for the two of them. He is glad that he is able to have such a civil relationship with his ex-wife since that wasn’t always the case because of his past affairs during their marriage. It helps since they live in the same house and are raising Andrew together. He can’t help but think back to Christmas Day and the kiss the two of them shared after he revealed he released the article to the Sun, helping Daisy win the election. He smiles at the thought then shakes his head.

Currently, though, his mind is on Victoria and the fact that she still hasn’t signed the annulment papers to Vinny. Since they’ve been since last May, he believes that the annulment papers have probably expired and he is upset. He always thought that Victoria only married Vinny on a drunk trip to Vegas, but the longer the marriage lasts he wonders if Victoria actually wants to stay married to Vinny; a thought that makes Chris’ blood boil. He had hoped that by leaking the story to the Sun on the day of the election last November that he would solve the Vinny problem, but hit only seems to have fuelled their rivalry as Vinny punched him when he uncovered the truth. Chris can’t wait to wipe the smug smile off Vinny’s face when Victoria does decide to come back to him, but until then he realizes that he should stay clear of Vinny.

“Fancy meeting you here,” Vinny smiles as he approaches the bench where Chris is sitting. Vinny, at first, thought that he should just ignore Chris and walk by him, but he thought he could always rub Chris’ face in something or other. While he did try to like the man at first, the last few months have been the final nail in that coffin, more over Chris’ leaking the story was the last straw. He will never forgive him for ruining his political career.

Chris turns and sees Vinny standing there with his hands in his pockets, “What do you want?”

“Can’t I say just say hi?”

“No,” Chris quickly snaps back. “Daisy will be back any moment with our hot chocolates and we are enjoying a quiet afternoon together.”

Vinny arches his eyebrow, “Let me get this straight, you walk around this town claiming you love Victoria and want to be with her, but you’re spending a quiet afternoon in the park drinking hot chocolate with your ex-wife? That’s rich Chris, even for you!”

Chris rolls his eyes, “Daisy and I live together because my son is being raised in our home. It’s perfectly innocent that we are together today.”

“Right. I’ll be sure to tell Victoria that when I see her at home,” Vinny grins at his enemy, knowing that Victoria has always had security issues where Daisy is concerned.

“Of course you will, because you still haven’t gotten her to sign those damn annulment papers!”

Vinny laughs, “Have you ever thought Chris, that maybe, just maybe, Victoria hasn’t signed those papers yet because she doesn’t want to divorce me? Of course you haven’t, your head is so far up you’re a…” he spits back at Chris as Daisy approaches them holding to hot chocolates.

“What’s going on here? Am I interrupting something?” she asks as she passes Chris his hot chocolate, picking up on the tension between the two of them.

“No, not at all,” Chris quickly replies looking at her. “Vinny was just leaving.”

“Really?” Daisy replies arching her eyebrow getting the feeling that she was walking in on something and she knows she heard Vinny tell Chris that Victoria may want to stay married to him. “Well if you insist. Have a good day Vinny.”

“You too,” he replies as he quickly walks away, not wanting to fight in front of Daisy.

Daisy sits next to Chris and looks at him as she takes a drink of her hot chocolate, “Do you want to tell me what that was all about?”

Chris smiles back to her and grabs her hand, “It was Vinny just being his usual annoying self, always reminding me that Victoria is still married to him.”

“Does that bother you?” she asks him in the most sincere way she can. She has never really understood Chris’ relationship with Victoria, other than it was probably very sexual.

Chris looks back at her, “Let’s not talk about it okay? Let’s just enjoy our time together.”

Daisy smiles back at him, “Okay. I’d like that.”

Scene Three - The Michael’s House; Chris, Daisy, Trenyce & Andrew’s Home

“Yes, I do see your cell phone here JC,” Trenyce says into her phone while chatting with JC on the other end. “Yea, I guess you dropped it at the funeral earlier in my bag or something? Anyways, I’m home for awhile if you want to stop by and get it. Okay, see you soon,” she says as she hangs up her phone.

She looks at JC’s cell phone and places it on the table near the front door. She looks at Andrew, who is playing in the living room on the floor with some of his blocks. One block is always firmly in his mouth and he is always holding another block with his other hand; Trenyce smiles as she sees her son playing. She can’t believe how big he has gotten and that is he is almost two years old. He stands up and rushes over to “Blocks Mommy!” he squeals in delight.

“Yes, blocks! You should build Mommy a castle! Can you build Mommy a castle?” she asks him with a huge grin on her face.

He turns around walks back to his other toys. Trenyce stands up as she hears her tummy growl. She closes her eyes knowing that she hasn’t been eating well lately because she has been trying to lose weight; every time she has to go to school she secretly dreads running into Mallory because she is so thin and she is so seemingly perfect. Since school started last September, Mallory has continuously called her fat and other mean names pertaining to her weight; Trencye has gotten so fed up that she has started to force herself to throw up when she does eat.

She came right home after the funeral because she knew that most people would be going some where to get some food and the last thing she wanted to do was be in a situation where she would have to pretend to want something to eat. She still doesn’t think she looks as good as she should. Still, she feels almost faint now because she hasn’t ate in so long.

She stands up when she sees Andrew going to put a block in one of the large plants the family has in the corner. “Andrew, don’t play in there, that’s not for your toys,” Trenyce says standing up, but as soon as she’s completely standing, she feels her head get weak. Before she knows what happening, she falls on to the ground, leaving Andrew running around the house playing with his blocks.

Scene Four - Twin Peaks Police Department; The Visitor’s Room

Victoria slowly enters the room and flashes her visitor’s badge to the officer at the door. She scans the room and sees Meggan sitting at a table by herself. Victoria takes a deep breath and slowly walks towards her table. For the last few weeks Victoria has been struggling with the decision of whether or not to press charges against Meggan; if she does she knows that Meggan will go to jail for some time, if she doesn’t Meggan will likely go free and thus have the chance to hurt someone else with her drinking. Victoria knows that she can’t allow Meggan to hurt anyone else but she also realizes that jail may not be the best solution for her either.

Meggan turns her head as Victoria arrives at the table, a small smile emerges on her face. “Victoria, thanks for coming.”

Victoria gives her half a smile back and sits down across from her. She moves a piece of her hair behind her ear. “I don’t know what I’m doing here if I’m honest with you.”

Meggan nods her head, “Vinny told me that Robbie has left you with a decision about pressing charges on me or not.” There’s nothing more that Meggan wants then to shout at the top of her lungs to Victoria to let her go free, but she recognizes that she has to play this properly if she has any hope at all of getting out of jail.

“He did, yes,” Victoria replies continuing to stay very calm and almost uneasy by the setting and the surroundings. “I guess that’s why I came today.”

“Oh?” Meggan asks her trying to prompt her to give her some kind of information.

“Without me saying anything to you about where my mind is, what do you think I should do?” Immediately Victoria almost regrets asking the question as she knows that Meggan will ask her to be set free.

Meggan laughs a little, “Do you really have to ask? Of course I want to be free. I hate being in jail,” she grins before she turns serious. “I want to get the help I need Victoria. I went to a rehab after the accident, but every day is still such a struggle in here. I need to be around family and friends. People that care for me.”

Victoria looks at her, “Do you really think you have that here Meggan? After you killed Noah you lost most of your friends. Vinny has moved on with his life … what’s left for you in Twin Peaks?”

The words hit Meggan hard and she quickly feels like water is swelling in her eyes. She shakes her head and looks away from Victoria. She hates that Vinny may have actually have moved on with his life. But where does that leave her?

“Look I’m sorry, I don’t mean to make you feel bad. I’m just wondering what you will really do if I let you out of jail. I think staying in Twin Peaks would just lead to more destruction for you.”

“So what are you saying?” Meggan asks her, wiping her eyes.

“I’ll agree to let you out, if you agree to my conditions,” Victoria informs her. “I’ve done some research and there is this great rehabilitation centre in Switzerland. If I let you out, I want you to go there and really turn your life around. I would be giving you a second chance. I don’t want you ruin it. Not again.”

Meggan looks at her in shock. She can’t believe what Victoria is suggesting; she never has imagined her life outside of Twin Peaks. She has spent so many years there and she still longs to get back together with Vinny … could she possibly leave town because Victoria is asking her too?

“So what do you say Meggan? Will you accept my offer?” Victoria asks her as the two women’s eyes lock.

Scene Five - The Michael’s House; Chris, Daisy, Trenyce & Andrew’s Home

JC knocks on the door a few times and when he hears nothing inside he knocks again. He just spoke to Trenyce not too long ago about coming over to pick up his cell phone, so he knows that she must be home. Plus her car is in the driveway. He knocks on the door again then he hears Andrew inside. “Trenyce?” he calls out from outside.

Finally getting tired of waiting, he opens the door and finds it unlocked. He enters the house and looks around. “Trenyce?” he calls again as he turns his head around the corner of the foyer into the living room. That’s when he sees Trenyce laying on the ground in the living room. “Trenyce? My goodness!” he says rushing over to her and rolling her over. He slaps her cheeks a few times, “Trenyce! Can you hear me? Trenyce!”

He breathes a sigh of relief when she starts to move a little. Finally she opens her eyes and looks around. “What … what happened?” she asks sitting up a little.

“Don’t move,” he instructs her. “I’ll get you a glass of water.”

She looks around and sees Andrew still playing with his blocks in living room and then it hits her: she must have fainted. “My god,” she whispers to herself. “What if something had happened to Andrew?”

“Here drink this,” JC tells her as he passes her a glass of water. He watches as Trenyce drinks the glass of water.

“Thank you.”

“Sure. What happened?” he asks looking at her.

“I must have fainted,” she tells him looking at him in the eyes. “I’m fine JC, really. I just got too hot or something. I’m fine.”

JC arches his eyebrow, “Are you sure? I think we should take you to the doctor or something. What if something had happened to Andrew?”

“No, no doctors! I’m fine. It was just a freak accident. Andrew is fine, I’m fine,” she insists, knowing that she can’t go to the doctor. “Thank you for your concern, but I promise you I’m fine.”

JC looks at his friend and grabs her hand. He doesn’t like what she is saying but he doesn’t want to pressure her into going to the doctor if she doesn’t want too. “Okay, but I’m going to keep a close eye on you.”

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

Adam looks at Helen as she sits on the sofa holding Dawn in her arms, a big smile is across her face. As he looks at her, he can’t believe that the scene is actually taking place. For so long they believed their child was dead thanks to Olivia and Cassie but they always suspected that something else was going on with that night Helen gave birth. He never imagined that Cassie had stolen their baby. Now that he has had some time to reflect about it, however, he realizes that there was some warning signs all along, like the bond that Helen always felt with Dawn.

“She looks beautiful in your arms,” he finally tells Helen causing her to look up at her husband. “It’s a sight I never thought I would actually get to see.”

She lets a tear fall from her eye, “I just can’t believe this Adam. I mean, we have our daughter. She didn’t die. She’s here with us. I never want to be apart from her again.”

Adam moves around the coffee table and sits next to his wife, grabbing her other hand. “We never have to be. She’s our and no one will ever take her from us again.”

Helen looks at him and smiles and then looks back at Dawn. She, much like Adam, is just floored by the exact of deceit Cassie had planned for them. Making her believe her baby was dead was so cruel, and now she feels like she has so much time to make up for. Her child is a year and half … she’s missed so much, she can’t bear the thought of missing anymore. She turns back around quickly when she hears the doorbell ring. “Who could that be?” she asks him.

“You stay here with Dawn, I’ll get the door,” Adam says to his as he stands up and walks over to the door. He opens the door and sees Shane standing on the other side. “Shane, this is a surprise.”

Shane looks at Adam, “I thought we should talk. About Dawn.”

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