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Written by: Dallas Walsh Originally Released: December 26, 2012
 

Episode Theme song: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Michael Buble
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Someone began to follow Victoria and Donovan around
- Helen agreed to be Natasha's maid of honour after acting oddly about it. Adam, meanwhile, was frustrated that he was missing much of Dawn's life while he was in the rehabilitation center.
- Bob stunned Kim by proposing to her but she still said yes
- Daisy told Chris that he had to move out of the house and she fired Greta as she learned of their affair. Trenyce told Chris she was going to sue him for full custody of Andrew

Scene One - The Towers, Floor Eight; Victoria's Condo


"Merry Christmas," Donovan smiles at the doorway of Victoria's condo as she opens the door to see him on the other side.

"Merry Christmas Donovan," Victoria smiles to him as she hugs him and welcomes him into her condo.

He enters and notices a small Christmas tree in the corner of her living room. He looks around and notices that there's not much else in terms of Christmas decorations. He turns back to his sister, who is bringing him a glass of eggnog. "Here you go, I hope I remember how you liked it," she tells him.

He takes a small drink of the eggnog and then grins, "Fresh cinnamon on top, you did remember."

"It's so good to have you back in my life Donovan," she tells him. "I was thinking we could exchange our gifts then head over to the Calimo mansion? Robbie was nice enough to invite both of us over for dinner."

Donovan grins and arches his eyebrow over at Victoria. He knows that she has been crushing over her personal security guard for some time now, so he thinks that it's fitting that he invited them over to his families for dinner. "Is that a good idea?"

"Why not?" Victoria shrugs back at him. "I know you think we have this huge scandalous affair going on, but he really is just my security guard." She doesn't want to tell her brother about the evening when she awoke from a nightmare and Robbie came into her bedroom and held her tightly all night long to comfort her. This would only add to Donovan's concern, which is fair because Robbie is a married man. Victoria knows in her head that nothing will happen between her and Robbie, but she can't help but be attractive to him. Very attracted, that is. "He didn't want us spending our entire Christmas alone. It'll be fun Donovan, you'll see!"

Donovan chuckles a little, "Okay, we'll go! I can't wait to see that mansion anyways. I'm sure it's absolutely stunning."

"It is a bit surreal to see all of their lavish belongings," Victoria admits to him, knowing she's been to the mansion a few times. "Oh, excuse me," she says quickly as she hears her telephone ring. She walks over and picks it up. "Hello? … Oh Vinny! Hi … Merry Christmas to you too … Yes, we will have to get together soon …" she trails off as she talks to her ex-husband, whom she has always remained friendly with.

Donovan turns his head as he thinks he hears a noise at the front door. He is startled to see a white envelope be placed under the door. He rushes over and opens the door quickly, but sees no one. Victoria, meanwhile, sees all of this happening and quickly hangs up the phone from Vinny.

"What's going on?" she asks her brother as she puts her phone down.

Donovan closes the door having not seen anyone in the hallway and turns to his sister, "This was placed under your door. I wanted to see who it was to finally catch this creep," Donovan tells her back. "But when I opened the door, they were already gone."

Victoria arches her eyebrow and suddenly feels scared about what could possibly be in the envelope. "Do you think it's from the same guy? The stalker … our father?" she asks hoping that he will tell her no and wondering if the stalker really is their father.

"I don't know who else would secretly place an envelope under your door," Donovan replies to her. "Do you?"

Victoria shakes her head no quickly as she feels water swell in her eyes. She bends down and picks up the envelope. She turns it over and is surprised by what she reads. "It has your name on it, not mine," she says as she passes it over to Donovan.

Donovan breathes a sigh of relief, "Well I'm sure it has something to do with me having just moved then. Maybe I forgot to update my address with someone," he quickly says as he tears open the envelope. Inside, there's a Christmas card. He opens it and quickly looks back at Victoria. "My God," he whispers.

"What is it?" Victoria asks rushing to be next to him and read the card.

"It's a Christmas card," he reveals to her. "From our Father."

Scene Two - The Black House; Adam, Helen & Dawn's Home


Helen opens the door and gets a huge smile on her face when she sees Adam in a wheel chair at the door with a young nurse pushing him into the living room. Helen recalls that she got a few strings pulled to ensure that Adam could come home for the holiday and be with her, Casey and Dawn. The last thing she wanted to do was spend the holiday in the rehabilitation center, especially since it is their first year of having Dawn back in their lives. So much has happened to the family in the last year, Helen really wanted to have a day where everyone could be together under one roof.

She walks into the living room and can't help but keep the smile on her face at the sight she sees. She looks over and sees Casey sitting on the sofa holding a glass of eggnog as Dawn rushes up to Adam and he picks her up. Her family is back together and she couldn't be happier about it. "I'm so glad they agreed to let you out of the center today Adam," she tells him as she comes up behind him and puts her hand on his shoulder.

Adam briefly takes his eyes off Dawn and looks at his wife, "Me too baby, Merry Christmas."

"Merry Christmas," she smiles back to him.

"Okay, let's open presents!" Casey yells from the sofa as he hopes down and rushes to the tree. "Let's see, we have one for you Dawn!" he says as he passes his niece a present.

"Present?" she asks as she picks up the box while still sitting on Adam's lap.

"You can open it," Adam tells her as he starts to help her open the present. Soon, her hands are ripping the wrapping paper fast and furiously. Adam is rather confused by the present from Casey, which is a key. "What is this for?"

"Oh," Casey tells him as he picks up Dawn and carries her into the kitchen. Adam soon hears his daughter giggle in delight. Within a few moments, Dawn is driving a power-wheels jeep into the living room. "This was my present to Dawn!"

"Oh my goodness," Helen replies looking at the large wheel. "Isn't she a bit young for this?"

"She's never to young to learn how to drive!" Casey laughs back, thrilled that he was able to get her such a nice gift.

"I can't believe you did this Casey," Helen replies to him as she stands up and hugs him. "She loves it! She absolutely loves it."

Adam watches the siblings interact and suddenly feels like he's missing out on so much of his families life. He still doesn't know Casey very well at all and he had no idea that Dawn wanted or enjoyed driving, which clearly she does.

"Adam are you okay?" Casey asks, noticing his brother in law seems quiet and distant.

"I'm fine," Adam fakes a smile over to them. "I'm just realizing that I'm missing out on a lot with my daughter."

Helen can't help but roll her eyes a little. While she know that Adam is going through a rough time dealing with his paralysis, she wishes he would stop dwelling on it and focus on getting better. "Excuse me, I'm going to check on the potatoes," Helen says coldly as she storms out of the living room.

Adam sighs heavily as he watches her leave the room. He looks back at Casey, "Was it something I said?" he asks, dumbfounded by Helen's sudden mood change.

Casey shrugs, "She's just going through a lot. She's trying to be positive, I think she gets upset when we aren't all positive," he tells Adam directly.

"Forgive me, but she's not the one that is sitting in this wheel chair," Adam spits back quickly. "It's not like she's going through that much."

Casey is about to respond when the front door bell rings. Helen rushes over to the door from the kitchen, "Oh Shane!" she says excited to see him. She jumps into his arms and gives him a hug. "Come in, please," she says as they exit from their hug.

Adam notices how happy and excited Helen is to see the doctor and again starts to feel like maybe his family is moving on with out him. He knows that Shane is happily engaged to Natasha so nothing would ever happen between him and Helen, but Shane could easily be replaced by any other man for Helen. A man that can walk and be with Helen in every way possible.

"I thought I'd stop by with some presents for Dawn," Shane announces as he enters the living room. Dawn quickly rushes over to Shane and they hug. "Merry Christmas Dawn."

Adam looks at the happy setting and suddenly realizes he can't take it. He excuses himself and wheels out of the living room as Helen, Shane and Dawn look like the picture perfect family. Casey looks up and notices the image and then looks back and notices Adam leaving the living room. He looks up at Helen and nods quickly to her, thinking that things are going as they are supposed to.

Scene Three - The Calimo Mansion


"Merry Christmas to you too Daddy. I will pass my love on to Robbie," Leah smiles into her phone as she wishes Dominick a happy holiday. She normally likes to switch the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays between the two families, but seeming that this it the first year without Sofia, she and Robbie decided that they would like to spend the day with Bob at the Calimo mansion. "Daddy says Merry Christmas," she tells Robbie, who is standing beside her.

"That's great," Robbie replies to her. "Maybe on the way home, we can stop by there. I'm sure Paige would love to see her other grand father today."

"Dad would love that," Leah tells him as she squeezes his hand. "I love you so," she tells him as she leans in and gives him a quick kiss on the lips. "Merry Christmas Robbie."

"Merry Christmas to you too," he smiles back at her.

"Okay, enough mushy stuff you two," Natasha announces as she comes out of the kitchen holding a glass of red wine.

"What, no eggnog this year Nat?" Robbie teases her sister.

"I'm trying to watch my figure! I am getting married this upcoming year you know," she laughs back at him.

"Speaking of, where is Shane? Isn't he joining us today?" Leah asks her back noticing that Shane isn't at the mansion yet.

Natasha nods and takes another drink of her wine. "He'll be here shortly. He had some presents he wanted to drop off for Dawn. I think the day may be a bit harder on him than he will let on."

"I can't imagine what that would be like," Robbie admits to everyone. "Raising a baby only to find out she's not yours."

The words make Leah freeze as she knows that Jeff is really Paige's father. She smiles and nods as she takes a drink of her eggnog. "Does this have enough rum in it?" she quickly as she walks over to the bar and pours some more rum into her eggnog. She wants to feel a little bit number because she hates lying to her husband. Still, she knows that she has to keep up the charade.

"Where's Dad?" Natasha asks her brother, realizing that Bob isn't in the room yet. She also realizes that Kim isn't there yet either, which she isn't complaining about so much because their relationship has been extremely strained the last few months due to Kim and Bob's relationship.

"I think he and Kim were going into town to see Andy before coming here," Robbie explains to her.

"Why don't they just invite Andy out here?" Natasha quickly replies. "Lord knows Rosario makes enough food."

Robbie shrugs as they all hear the front door open. He looks at Natasha and smiles at her, "Be on your best behaviour?" he asks her with a slight grin.

Natasha rolls her eyes, "I'll try."

"Merry Christmas everyone!" Bob announces as he walks into the living room and starts hugging everyone as Kim walks slowly behind him.

"Merry Christmas Daddy," Natasha replies as she hugs him.

"I don't see Shane?" Bob asks her, following the pervious observations.

Natasha finishes swallowing another sip of wine, "He's on his way."

"Well that's good, I don't want to wait," Bob explains to everyone, as they all wonder what's going on. "Kimberly and I, we have some news to share with you all. We were going to wait, but I just don't want to."

"What kind of news?" Leah asks them, knowing that Robbie and Natasha hate talking about their relationship.

"We got engaged," Kim finally says something to everyone as she reveals a huge diamond on her left hand.

"You've got to be kidding me," Natasha quickly yells at them. "Is this some kind of sick joke?"

Kim quickly pulls her hand back in as no one is even looking at her ring. "No, Natasha, it's not. Your father and I have fallen in love."

"Oh god, I'm going to be sick," Natasha replies as she rushes out of the room.

"Natasha …" Bob calls out.

"Let her go Dad," Robbie intercepts. "I can't believe you would do this, on today of all days. I'll go see if she's okay," Robbie continues as he rushes back his father.

Bob and Kim both look over at Leah, who takes a sip of her rum-filled eggnog. "The ring is lovely," Leah fakes a grin over at them as she tries to ease the tension.

Scene Four - The Michael's House; Chris, Daisy & Andrew's Home


"Do you think we spoiled him enough?" Trenyce asks Daisy as they sit on the floor with Andrew and his new mountain of toys. Usually on Christmas Day, the house is full of people and laughter. Today, however, it's just the three of them as Daisy didn't want to have a big production for the holiday. She is still shock about Chris' recent betrayal with Greta and trying to get over that devastation. Trenyce was understanding as she just wanted to ensure her Aunt was okay.

"I think he did pretty well, yea," she smiles over at her niece. "Thank you for letting today be just the three of us. It's been really nice."

"It has been," Trenyce replies to her. "Of course it can just be the three of Daisy. This is our real family. It always will be."

Daisy feels her eyes swell with water as she grabs Trenyce's hand, "I'm so proud of the young woman you've become Trenyce. Your mother would be proud too."

Trenyce smiles and hugs Daisy, "Thanks Daisy. You will get through this, and I'll be right here beside you the entire time. I learned that from you."

They exit their embrace as they hear the front door bell ring. "I'll get it," Daisy says as she stands up and walks to the door. She opens it and sees Chris standing on the other side. She is about to shut the door in his face, but he blocks it and holds the door open.

"Daisy, please," he pleads with her. "I just want to drop off a present for Andrew. He's still my son."

Trenyce comes behind Daisy and glares at him. "You have a lot of nerve showing up here," she growls at him.

"I get it ladies," he sighs. "You're pissed off and you have every right to be. Don't punish Andrew for my mistakes though."

Daisy rolls her eyes, "He's right," she replies as she opens the door to her ex-husband, not wanting to punish Andrew for Chris' errors. "Come in."

"Thank you," Chris replies as he enters the house. "I won't stay long, I came to say good bye."

Daisy's eyes open wider and she looks back at Chris in surprise. "Good bye?"

"I don't want to hurt you anymore Daisy," he reveals to her. "I've decided to leave town. Bob has a division of Roboto in Chicago and he got me a transfer there. Greta is coming with me. We're leaving later today."

"I can't believe this," Daisy whispers back to him, stunned that she won't have to see Chris anymore.

"The other day when I told you I was sorry, I meant it. I don't want to keep hurting you. I don't want to keep hurting my son. I'm hoping the change of scenery will do me good, do all us all good."

"What does this mean for Andrew?" Trenyce asks him, knowing she was thinking of suing him for full custody of their son.

"Can we share custody Trenyce?" Chris asks her, hoping she'll say yes. "Once I get settled, maybe I can have him once a month or so? You know he needs me in his life."

Trenyce nods her head and looks at Daisy, who nods in approval. "I think we can arrange that."

"Good. Merry Christmas to both of you," he replies to them. "I'll just go give Andrew his presents and be on my way."

Trenyce and Daisy watch as Chris enters the living room and sits with Andrew for moment. They've both been through so much with Chris, it'll be odd not having him around anymore. They both know, however, that he has created a lot hurt and heartache for them so maybe now they'll both be able to truly heal.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Shane and Natasha's masquerade engagement party takes place
- Victoria and Donovan are cornered by the figure stalking them
- A shocking secret is revealed

 
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