Episode 171
This Crumbling Fool
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: May 22, 2012

Episode Theme song: "Take It All" Adele

Previously on One Day at a Time
- Andy recommitted himself to JC after he realized there was no chance for him and Reese to get back together
- Chris summoned Victoria and Vinny together and asked her which one of the men she wanted to be with
- Daisy was apprehensive when Trenyce took a job with Dominick at Robertson Enterprises
- Robbie urged Cory to talk to Robin about their relationship
- Adam rejected Mallory’s attempted at seducing him. He went home and was shocked to discover that Helen had bought a gun. A distraught Mallory kidnapped Dawn thinking having Adam’s baby would make her more attractive to him
- Leah told Liam to keep her secret, or else

Scene One - Twin Peaks General Hospital; Victoria’s Office

Victoria looks at Chris unsure of how to reply, still stunned that he has called her and Vinny to her office so she can choose between the two of them. While she has always realized that she was in somewhat of a love triangle with them, she never really believed she ever had to chose between them. She has always believed that Chris was still in love with Daisy, probably through out their entire relationship and when she and Vinny accidentally got married last year, she always intended to end the marriage. She’s been so focused on her family because Donovan is back in town that she hasn’t even put much thought into Chris or Vinny lately. And she’s enjoyed the break from the petty dramas that they seem to bring into her life with their feud.

“I can’t believe you’re asking me this,” Victoria tells Chris as she turns around from the men and walks towards the other side of the office.

“Why not?” Chris asks her, defending himself. “You know that I want to be with you. I have for the longest time. Every time I bring up the divorce with Vinny, you freeze up. You can’t have it both ways Victoria! You can’t be married to Vinny and have be on the string waiting around for when you’re ready.”

Chris didn’t mean to go off like that exactly, but getting it off his chest sure felt good. He has felt like Victoria has been honest with him about her true feelings or Vinny since their marriage.

Vinny looks at Victoria and realizes that she’s truly upset. He walks up to her and puts his arms around her. “Look, I know it’s a tough way to hear this, but I actually agree with Chris,” he whispers to her. “It would be nice to know if we actually have a marriage.”

Victoria turns around and glares at him. “Now dare you! Both of you!” she yells at them. “You both act like I’m some kind of fucking trophy!”

“Victoria, calm down,” Chris tells her not wanting her to get upset.

“You calm down!” she spits back at them. “I am so tired of this garbage!”

“What are you saying?” Vinny asks her, taken a back the same way Chris is. He has never seen Victoria this upset before and he had not realized that she was feeling this upset before.

Victoria walks to her desk and opens a draw. She pulls out a large envelope and hands it to Vinny. “What’s this?” he asks her taking the envelope from her.

“Divorce papers,” she replies to him, feeling calmer now. “The annulment papers had expired, so I had Natasha draw up divorce papers. I’ve signed them. Please do the same. I don’t want to be married to you anymore.”

Vinny feels his heart break inside his chest. He really wanted his marriage to Victoria to work; he pushed Meggan away, to the point that she fell back off the wagon and left town to attend a rehab center in Switzerland. All because he thought his marriage to Victoria would work. He gulps and looks at her; he can tell by the look on her face that she has made up her mind. He looks at her and gives her half a smile, “I won’t contest the divorce if I know this is really want you want.”

“It is Vinny,” she replies looking at him as tears swell in her eyes. “I don’t want to hurt you, but I’m not in love with you. I want to marry the man that I love more than anything else in the world.”

“I understand that,” he nods. “I guess I’ll go so you and Chris can be together.”

“Wait Vinny,” Victoria stops him from leaving. “I want you to hear what I have to say to Chris as well.”

Vinny arches his eye brow and looks over at Chris, who has a smug look on his face, believing that he has won Victoria’s heart in his battle. “Okay,” Vinny stops himself from leaving.

Victoria walks up to Chris, who is smiling. “I’m so glad you realize we can make this work baby,” he tells her as she comes up to him.

“Don’t call me baby,” Victoria replies to him. “I’m choosing neither of you. If I could hand you some kind of official document like I did with Vinny, I would Chris.”

Chris’ mouth falls open in shock, “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

“I’m dumping you. I’m tired of you treating me like a trophy,” she replies to him. “And let’s be honest Chris, you’ve never gotten over your ex-wife. Until you do that, you’re no good to any other woman.”

Chris doesn’t know how to reply. He knows that he hasn’t treated Victoria the best in the last few months, but he certainly wasn’t expecting her to dump both him and Vinny when he called them together today.

“Now, both of you can leave,” she replies as she slowly walks back to her desk. She doesn’t turn around until the door has closed. Once she does, she realizes that she’s alone in her office. But she’s okay with that. She’d rather be alone, then unhappy with Vinny or Chris.

Scene Two - The Cascade Apartments, Apartment 202; Andy & JC’s Home

“Hey, what are you working on?” Andy asks JC as he comes out of the shower and finds his boyfriend at the computer looking at various photos on the screen in front of him.

JC turns around and for a moment admires his slightly chiselled boyfriend’s bare, still damp, chest. He gets a slight grin on his face, knowing that he has a hot guy in Andy. “Just looking at some pictures for an upcoming article in the Sun,” he replies to Andy. “Did I tell you? I got a call from Instyle, they want to use some of my pictures in an upcoming issue!”

“What?” Andy says excited that a major magazine wants to use JC’s pictures in a story. “That’s amazing news! What a great opportunity.”

“Yea, I’m so excited by it. We haven’t finalized all the details, but it would be huge exposure for me,” JC replies to his boyfriend.

“I’m proud of you,” Andy tells him. “And once the deal is finalized, I want to take you to the Pampa Grill for a nice dinner to celebrate.”

“That would be nice,” JC smiles, loving this side of his boyfriend. “What are you up to today?”

“Well,” Andy replies to him, getting a little distant. “I actually have to meet with Reese at the Sugarbowl in a hour or so.” Andy can see JC freeze. He did recommit to his boyfriend, but he knows that JC is still sensitive to his past relationship with Reese, which is why he tells JC everything now. “Apparently he got a job with Robertson Enterprises and I have to do a small interview with him for the next edition of the Sun.”

JC nods, “Well that’s good for him. I do appreciate you telling me this Andy.”

Andy comes up the chair that JC is sitting on and puts his hand on his shoulder, “When I told you I would always be honest with you JC, I meant it. I want us to work, and that means always telling you where I’m going and who I will be with. This is how we can build on this trust.”

JC stands up and kisses Andy, “Thank you,” he says afterwards. “Now go get dressed. I don’t want you to be late for your interview.”

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

“So honestly, how is it going at Robertson?” Daisy asks Trenyce, who is sitting at the table working on some designs. At first, Daisy was very apprehensive about Trenyce taking a position at Dominick’s new company so quickly after she was released from the hospital, but she has been doing so very well.

Trenyce continues to shade in part of her dress on the paper with a pencil crayon, “It’s amazing Daisy. I never thought I would be able to have such a huge impact so quickly.”

“How is therapy going?” Daisy questions her next, hoping that Trenyce isn’t putting off going to therapy because she is too busy with her new corporate lifestyle. Nothing else matters besides her health.

“It’s good,” Trenyce replies to her, putting her pencil crayon down and looking at her Aunt. “I had another session today. The group stuff is getting easier every time. It’s just nice to hear that other people are going through similar experiences, you know?”

“I do know that,” Daisy tells her as she comes up to her and sits next to her. She wipes a tear in her eye as she grabs Trencye’s hand. “I’m so proud of you Trenyce.”

Trenyce smiles back at her, “Oh, don’t cry. I can’t handle any tears right now Daisy,” she laughs, knowing she has to focus on her work. “I know you love me, and honestly, I couldn’t have done any of this without you. I look up to you.”

“Just remember that I’m always here for you, okay? No matter what,” Daisy replies to her niece, trying not to get any more tears in her eyes. “I’ll go check on Andrew while you keep working.”

“Thanks,” Trenyce smiles as she returns to her drawings for the upcoming fashion show.

Scene Four - The Sugarbowl

Leah places some sugar in her coffee at the coffee bar and then quickly takes a drink from her cup. She desperately needed some caffeine today as she is under a lot of pressure at Roboto to ensure that they come up with something that will rival what Dominick is launching at Robertson Enterprises. Part of her still thinks it is odd going up against her father, but she realizes that it’s business and nothing personal. If it was, she probably would have quit Roboto and went to work for her father, but she knows that Bob, her husband’s father, needs her there. She doesn’t want to put him through anything else, not this soon after he has lost Sofia.

When she turns around to leave the coffee house, she sees Liam enter. She freezes at the sight of the doctor and quickly remembers going to visit him a few days earlier to remind him that he is a professional and he can not reveal her secrets to Robin, whom he has started to see. At the time, she believed him when he said that he wouldn’t reveal the truth about Paige’s paternity. She walks up to him, knowing that she can’t avoid him if she wants to leave.

“Good day Liam,” she smiles as she approaches him, hoping that their conversation will be short and sweet.

“Leah,” he says in surprise that she’s communicating with him. After the last conversation that they had, he was under the impression that she really didn’t want anything to do with him. “This is a surprise.”

“I was just on my way out when you came in,” she explains to him. “I thought it would be rude if I didn’t at least say hello.”

“You’ve done that now,” he quickly replies to her, keeping his edge. “You can be on your way now.”

Leah rolls her eyes and walks away from the doctor, leaving him in the line up. In the back booth of the coffee house, Madeline sets her glass down on the table after taking a drink of the table, having just witnessed the interaction between Leah and Liam. “That’s the doctor fellow that Robin has started to date,” she tells herself as the wheels in her head start to turn. “But it sure looks like he doesn’t get along with Robin’s sister. I wonder why.”

Scene Five - The Tower’s, The Penthouse; Cory’s Home

Cory looks out of the large window that over looks the city skyline as he waits for the knock on the front door. He didn’t tell Madeline what his plans were for the day because he knew that she would probably be upset, but he hasn’t been able to get what Robbie told him out of his mind; that the only way for him and Robin to get past the last year of their lives and everything Melissa put them through is to talk about it. So, he has invited his wife over for the morning to talk and see if they have a relationship left. While he has been seeing Madeline, and he realizes that Robin has been seeing Liam, he knows that deep down he is still love with his wife. He always has been; he just needs to find a way to get over the fact that she didn’t believe him all those months that Melissa was claiming he was the one responsible for her attack.

Finally, he hears the door knock drawing him out of his thoughts. He walks over to the door and sees Robin standing on the other side. “Hi, come in,” he says as she comes into the house.

“Thank you,” she replies. “I must admit, I was a bit surprised that you invited me over. We haven’t exactly gotten along lately.”

Cory smiles, “That’s an understatement,” he tells her, noticing how beautiful she looks. “I got some advice from a good friend. I’m just following it.”

“What advice would that be?” she asks him as she walks over to the sofa and sits down.

“He told me that if we don’t try to make our relationship work then we are letting Melissa win,” Cory recalls what Robbie told him when they spoke. “I guess it’s not really about winning or losing at this point, but I thought if there was ever a chance for us to save our relationship, we should at least talk about it.”

Robin tries to hide her excitement. For so long, all she has really wanted was a chance to prove to Cory that she still loves him and that they could make their marriage work. Since Cory was never willing to give her a chance, she thought it was a lost cause, so hearing him say these words gives her real hope. “Come sit with me then. Let’s talk.”

Cory slowly moves to the sofa and sits next to her. She grabs his hand and looks into his eyes, “I still love you. I always have,” she tells him quickly.

“I know, and it’s not that I don’t love you Robin. After everything we’ve been through, you know I love you still.”

She feels her eyes swell with water. “But, I do need you to know that you not believing me for the last year, really hurt me. And it will take time for me to get over that,” he continues to be honest with her.

“What can I do to make it up to you? Just tell me, and I’ll do it,” she tells him squeezing his hand a little tighter.

Cory looks back at her, “That’s just it Robin. I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t know if there is anything you can do that will make it okay. How do we go back to a time that may never have really existed?”

Robin shakes her head, not understanding. “What do you mean it never existed? We had a great relationship.”

“It appeared that we did, I agree,” he tells her. “I guess what I’m saying is that the first chance someone questioned what I was telling you, you believed them over me. Did you ever believe in me? Do you believe in me now?”

“Of course I do! I know you had nothing to do with the attack!” Robin replies, still trying to stay calm.

“But you know that because the truth came out. Madeline uncovered the truth and that’s when you came around.”

“Do not bring Madeline Wilkins into this conversation!” she yells at him. “I still can’t believe you’re sleeping with her!”

“She never once stopped believing in me Robin,” he quickly replies to her defending Madeline. “The first time I went to see her to hire her, she told me she believed I was innocent. That’s a hell lot more than you ever did!”

“So this is payback?”

“I don’t know what it is,” Cory admits as he stands up from the sofa. “I’m just trying to be honest with you about the situation. I was attracted to Madeline because of her belief in me when it was clear you had none. Maybe you still don’t for all I know!”

“I believe in you Cory,” she tells him as she comes up to him.

“Until when? The next time your mother fills your head with some more ideas?” he lashes out at her, still angry about the situation.

“This is getting us no where! You’re clearly not ready to forgive me for believing my mother! You have no idea how conflicted I was! All you care about is you and no one else,” Robin spits at him, tired of having all the blame placed on her. “Talking about our relationship clearly isn’t getting us any where.”

Cory turns and watches as Robin rushes out of the penthouse, slamming the door behind her. He turns and walks back to the window and suddenly wonders if too much has happened to save his marriage to Robin. “Maybe it really is over,” he says to himself realizing that his marriage may be over

Scene Six - City Hall; Daisy’s Office

Daisy looks at some reports on her desk and sighs not really wanting to look at them. She knows that she has to though because they are part of the promises she made to the citizens during her re-election. She has to make sure she stays in the positive lime light this go around since her last term she had many personal drama’s that were aired for everyone to see and read about. She looks over at a picture of her family on her desk and picks it up quickly. She smiles as her finger rolls over Trenyce’s face; she is so proud that she is picking herself up after her eating disorder and has gotten a good job with Dominick at Robertson Enterprises. At first, Daisy was worried that perhaps Trenyce was moving too quickly with the position, but she has excelled so quickly, Daisy knows that it was the right move for her to make.

She places the picture back in it’s rightful location as she looks at Chris in the picture. She can’t help but wonder what is really going on with him and Victoria. She wishes that he would just be able to leave her alone until she has gotten her divorce from Vinny, but Chris is so stubborn to really listen to anyone. She shuts her eyes and remembers the kiss they shared over Christmas. She shakes her head and realizes that she has to forget Chris; he is always complicating his romantic relationships and she can’t get back into that. Not again, not after his affairs with Danielle and Trenyce when they were married.

“You have to forget that,” she whispers to herself.

“Talking to yourself?” a voice says from the doorway of her office. Daisy quickly turns and sees Vinny standing in the doorway with his hands in his pockets. “Can I come in?”

“Vinny,” Daisy replies to him, standing up. “Yes, of course. I was just going over some files and could use the break. What’s up?”

“I just wanted to see a friendly face I suppose,” he admits to her as he comes up to her. “I know things got tense last fall when we were competing for the mayor position, but I hope that’s water under the bridge.”

“Of course,” Daisy smiles at him as she hugs him, realizing that something is upsetting her friend. “What’s wrong? You look like you’ve lost your best friend.”

They exit their embrace and he looks back at her, “In some ways maybe I did.” They move to the sofa and sit together as he continues, “Meggan left town.”

“What? How did that happen?”

“It’s a long story, but she went to Switzerland to a rehab centre,” Vinny explains to her.

“Maybe that’s for the best? She always did turn back to the bottle when things got difficult Vinny,” Daisy tells him, trying to be reassuring. “Is that really what’s bugging you though? You and Meggan hadn’t been close in some time.”

“No, there’s more,” he admits to her, as their eyes lock together. “Victoria handed me divorce papers earlier today.”

Daisy’s eyes widen realizing that this means that Victoria must have decided to go back to Chris, meaning any chance she may have had with her ex are officially over. “Wow, I can’t believe it.”

“It gets better,” he says, finally showing a slight grin. “She dumped Chris too. She said she was tired of the games we were playing.”

Daisy’s mouth falls open stunned to hear what has transpired. “I don’t know what to say,” she admits to him as she grabs his hand. “Are you okay?”

“As well as to be expected,” he shrugs to her. “It’s not like Victoria and I ever had a real marriage, you know? It was a drunken mistake.”

“Still, I know you care about her Vinny. It’s okay to be upset about this.”

Vinny looks at her again. “I don’t know how I am Daisy. I just feel … numb, I guess. It’ll take some time getting used too.”

Daisy nods and looks at him. “I’m always here for you if you need anything,” she says as she hugs him again, although her mind is back on the possibility of her and Chris getting back together again now.

Scene Seven - The Park

“Chris, is that you?” Greta calls out to Chris, who is walking on the trail, his mind still back at Victoria’s office where she ended her relationships with both him and Vinny. He never believed that Victoria would dump both of them when he called them together earlier today.

He stops and turns around and sees Greta rushing towards him. “Hi Greta. Day off today?” he asks, realizing that she should probably be at City Hall with Daisy working today.

“No, actually, I was just on a coffee run for Daisy and I and I saw you walking. What’s up? You seem down.”

“Victoria ended things with me today,” he quickly replies to her looking down.

“She did what?” Greta asks shocked, stunned that a woman would end things with Chris. While she is Daisy’s best friend, she has always found Chris extremely attracted. “What is she smoking?”

Chris laughs, “Meh, things haven’t been going good for awhile. I guess it was inevitable.”

“Do not put your head down Chris, you know you will bounce back from this,” she tells him as he looks at her and smiles, knowing that she’s right.

“Thanks Greta, that’s just what I needed to hear right now.”

Scene Eight - The Sugarbowl

Andy enters the coffee house and sees Reese already sitting in one of the booths up against the far wall. He quickly walks over to his exboyfriend and smiles as he approaches the table, “Hey, thanks for meeting me here. I don’t think this should take too long.”

Reese smiles back at Andy as he grabs some things from his bag. “No worries, I have all the time in the world. I want this to be a good article.”

Andy looks over at him and they lock eyes for a moment. “I will do my best to make it an amazing article.”

“I have faith in you,” Reese replies to him, knowing that Andy really always has done a wonderful job at the Sun with his work.

As they continue to talk about the article and parts that will be included and excluded, JC enters the coffeehouse and sees the two together. He leaves again, knowing that Andy told him that they were meeting to talk about the Sun article. Still seeing them together still makes JC feel uneasy. He can’t place it, but he suspects something is going on between the two ex’s. If only he could find out what it was.

Scene Nine - The Black House; Adam, Helen & Dawn’s Home

Adam and Helen sit in silence as they look away from each other in the living room of the house. Adam still can’t believe that Helen has bought a gun and brought into their home because she feels unsafe when he’s not around. He thinks it’s completely uncalled for because Cassie is dead and there is nothing to worry about where Dawn is concerned.

Helen, meanwhile, can’t even look over at her husband. She knows that he doesn’t understand her and she doesn’t expect him too. She does know that she refuses to let anything happen to her daughter again. She will not let anyone hurt Dawn again.

“I’m going to check on Dawn,” she finally says something to him as she stands up and walks out of the living room.

Adam doesn’t move from his spot on the sofa. He doesn’t know how to try to make Helen realize that something needs to happen between them where they can just live normal lives again. If that’s even possible.

“Oh my God!” he hears Helen scream from the bedroom. “Adam! Adam!!!”

Adam gets up and rushes down the hallway into Dawn’s bedroom, where she sees Helen standing at the opened window. “What’s wrong? Where’s Dawn?”

Helen turns around with tears streaming down her face, “She’s gone! She’s gone!”

Next on One Day at a Time
- Robbie is called in for the kidnapping of Dawn
- JC corners Reese and grills him about his relationship with Andy
- Victoria and Donovan have a heart to heart

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