Episode 359

Paint the Sky Black
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: September 18, 2016

Episode Theme song: "Black Beauty" Lana Del Rey

Previously on One Day at a Time
- Robbie finally confronted Dominick about his role in Bob's stroke
- Andy learned that Savannah died while they were together at the cabin
- Paige and Jeff shared a close moment only for her to see him with Meggan. She told her father their family would never move forward if he was with Meggan
- Helen learned about Adam and Natasha's affair. Shane, meanwhile, learned that Natasha was pregnant when she fell down the stairs. He went to confront her and was in a car accident
- Cory vowed to get Robin out of the mental institution

Scene One - Twin Peaks General Hospital

Robbie looks back at Dominick and feels his blood start to boil. He knows that Dominick must have done something to help cause Bob's stroke, but he doesn't know what it could have been. While Robbie was eager to help Dominick get revenge on his father, the last thing he wanted to do was for his father to potentially die.

"YES!" Robbie yells at Dominick. "I need to know everything that you did to my father. And, I want to know right now."

"You're getting all worked up," Dominick replies to him with a slight grin on his face. He is loving the fact that he was finally able to get some kind of revenge on Bob for causing Leah's death last summer. In his mind, this is perfect karma. "I thought you wanted to help get revenge on your father."

"I did," Robbie grits his teeth back to him. "But I didn't want him to die. He is still my father."

"Stop being dramatic," Dominick tells him. "From what I hear, Bob will make a full recovery."

"He hasn't opened his eyes yet! We have no idea the extent of damage this stroke has caused my father. Now, again, tell me what did you do to my father that caused him to have a stroke?"

Unbeknownst to both men, Victoria is listening to their conversation in an adjacent hallway. She didn't mean to stumble upon their conversation but now that she has heard everything they are saying, she can't stop herself from listening in. She finds herself wondering if Dominick did do something to cause the stroke and what role Robbie played in it exactly.

Scene Two - The Tower's, Floor One; Andy's Condo

"I wanted to thank you guys for everything you've done for me the last couple of months," Andy tells Kim, Trenyce and Donovan as they sit on the sofa in Andy's condo. He had invited his friends over to let them know that he appreciates everything they have been doing for him in the last few months as his drinking got more and more out of control. For so long, he refused to listen to them. But now, he thinks that everything has changed.

"We haven't really done much," Trenyce tells him. "We just kept hounding you about how much you have been drinking."

"I know," Andy says back to her. "And I kept telling you over and over that I don't have a drinking problem."

"I get the feeling that there is a but in here somewhere," Donovan tells his friend.

Andy turns away from his friends as he feels some water grow in his eyes. Kim stands up and puts her hand on her brother's shoulder. "What is it Andy? Tell us what you have to say," she says to him.

Andy turns and looks at them. "Savannah died," he whispers back to them as he covers his mouth with his hand. "I know it was an accident but I didn't even know that she had an accident. I keep replaying the night over and over again in my mind, when the lights flickered on and off. I could have saved her!"

"No, Andy," Donovan replies to him as he stands up to look his friend in the eyes. "No one could have saved Savannah. It was just an accident. A horrible accident."

"I just wish I could have been….sober," Andy reveals to them.

"What are you saying Andy? What are you trying to tell us?" Trenyce asks him as she also comes up to him as they all hope that Andy has finally seen the light.

Scene Three - The Sugarbowl

"I can't believe you actually said that to your Dad," Dawn tells Paige as they sit in the back booth of the coffeehouse sharing a coffee together so they can catch up with each other. Paige just finished telling her friend that she told Jeff that their family would not be able to move forward if he is seeing Meggan. Dawn can't believe that her friend has become so bold with her parents, not that she is upset about that. She has long wanted Paige to stick up for herself a little bit more.

Paige takes a sip of her coffee before she smiles back to her friend. "I know that he is trying with me," she tells Dawn. "But I don't think I can actually forgive my Dad if he is sleeping with Meggan Richardson. She killed my brother!"

"Right?" Dawn agrees with her. "I can't believe that your Dad would even want to sleep with her after everything she did to your family."

"It just proves to me that I can't forgive him. I can't let this go until he proves to me that he wants our family to be normal again."

"What about Shane?" Dawn asks her friend, knowing that Paige has gotten a job working for her doctor crush. "Any progress?"

Before Paige can reply, she hears Dawn's cell phone ring. She opens her large Michael Kors bag and pulls out her phone. "Hello," she says as she looks at Paige and rolls her eyes when she hears her Mother on the other end. "What is it Mom? I'm with Paige right now… Wait, what did you just say?" she asks as she blood drains from her face. "Yes, I'll be right home."

She hangs up the phone as Paige arches her eyebrow. "What is it? What happened?"

Dawn looks back at her friend with worry on her face. "My Mom learned something," she whispers. "She learned that my Dad cheated on her. I have to go make sure she's okay."

"Of course you do," a shocked Paige replies to her, wondering about more of the details. "I can't believe this. Keep me posted, okay?"

Dawn rushes out wondering how Helen found out about the affair and what this exactly means for her, knowing she pushed Natasha down the stairs months earlier.

Scene Four - Raven's Meadow Mental Institution

"What are we going to do?" Robin asks Cory, as they stand in her room in the mental institution. She looks at her husband, who is looking out the door to make sure that no one is coming to Robin's room. He closes the door and looks back at her, knowing that he has to get her out of the hospital before she gets another dose of the medication. He still can't believe that Melissa is drugging Robin to keep her in the hospital, all so they won't be together.

"We need to leave before the nurse comes to give you more medication," he whispers to her as he comes up to her. "You have to trust me though, Robin. Do you?"

Robin nods back to him. "Of course I do," she replies to him. "Once you explained to me what was happening, it all made sense. Why my moods suddenly changed after I was given my medication. I can't believe my mother would do this to me. I'm sorry I signed over my power of attorney."

"Don't apologize, they were drugging you," Cory tells her. "The good news is that I'm here now and I won't let anything bad happen to you."

"So, what are we going to do? How are we going to escape?"


"Are you sure that no one knows where you are today?" Melissa asks Rebecca as they stand in Caroline's office at the mental institution. Melissa had long warned her daughter about actually going to the institution out of fear that their plan will be exposed.

Rebecca subtlety rolls her eyes at her mother. "I needed to see you since you weren't returning my phone calls."

"In case you haven't noticed, I've been very busy here," Melissa scolds her. "I'm doing my damnest to keep your sister away from that no good for nothing excuse of a husband."

"Please don't talk about Cory that way!" Rebecca snaps at her, unable to listen to her mom bad mouth the man that she loves. "Anyways, I told you, this is important."

"Well, you're here now so tell me, what is this big news that you had to share?" Melissa asks her as she folds her arms across her chest.

"It's Dominick," Rebecca reveals to her mother. "He saw us together on the pier in Twin Peaks. He knows that something is going on between us."

Melissa tries to remain calm but this is the worst news that she could have heard. She knows that Dominick won't stop until he learns what they are up too. And, Melissa knows her ex-husband very well, he won't be pleased with what she has been up too.

"How can you be so sure?" she asks her daughter.

"He confronted me," Rebecca continues to tell her mother. "He told me that he saw us and he would get to the bottom of whatever we are up too."

"I can't believe this!" Melissa says raising her voice. "We were so damn careful! This can't be happening! Not now, not since we've come so far."

"Am I interrupting something?" Caroline asks as she opens the door to her office and sees the two women talking. She moves behind her desk and drops some files down.

"Caroline, this is my other daughter Rebecca. Rebecca, this is Caroline, Robin's doctor," Melissa explains quickly. "And, no, this isn't anything you have to worry about Caroline. In fact, it's almost time for Robin's medication."

Caroline gets a sly grin on her face as her telephone starts to ring. She picks it up. "This is Dr. Fitzpatrick," she says. "What do you mean? How the hell did this happen? Nevermind, set the alarms off, she couldn't have gone far!"

"Caroline? What is it?" Melissa asks as the doctor hangs up the phone.

Caroline uneasily looks back at Melissa. "It's Robin," she says slowly. "She's not in her room. She's gone."

"Gone? What do you mean she's gone?" Melissa asks her as panic starts to set in.


In a heating vent, Cory looks down into Robin's room where the nurse called and notified Caroline that Robin is missing. He waits until the nurse has left the room before he puts the vent cover back and tightens the bolts around it.

He turns back to Robin, who is further in the large heating vent. "Now what?" she asks him, somewhat nervous.

"Now we wait until we can get out of here," he says back to her as he reaches over and grabs her hand. "Still with me?"

"Til the very end, Cory," she says back to him, as she reaches over and grabs his hand to squeeze it.

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

Adam opens the front door to his house and looks around trying to see if he can locate Helen. He has been staying at the Twin Peaks Executive Hotel for a couple of nights as he tries to give his wife space from the fall out of her learning that he slept with Natasha last November. He still wishes that Barbara wouldn't have revealed the truth; the fact that Helen is so devastated by his actions really do make him feel horrible. The last thing he ever wanted to do was to hurt his wife.

He steps foot into the living room and still doesn't see any sign of life. "Helen?" he calls out. He doesn't hear anything so he leaves the room and slowly makes his way to the staircase to go up to the second level. As he walks up the stairs, he looks at the wall with pictures of his family. His heart quietly breaks inside his chest as he looks at happier times with Helen and Dawn.

He reaches the second level and sees a light on in the master bedroom. He moves to the room he has shared with his wife and sees Helen in the room. "There you are," he whispers to her as he opens the door fully. "I know I'm probably the last person you want to see but…"

"But what?" she asks him, not turning to look at him. "Your sentence was perfectly fine until you added the but at the end."

"Helen," he says as he comes up to her. "We have to talk about this at some time, don't we? We can't let our marriage fall apart because of this."

She turns to face him, her eyes red from crying. "Don't you dare tell me if we can or can not make our marriage work. You're the one that abandoned our marriage when you slept with Natasha! Not me!"

"I'm so sorry," he says as he puts his head down. "I wish I could take it all back, Helen. If I could go back in time you know that I would, right?"

"You can't take it back Adam. You can't go back and pretend that this didn't happen!"

"I know."

"And you know what's the worst part of this?" she asks him as a tear falls down her cheek. "That you've been lying to me for months. You couldn't even be honest with me about this!"

"What can I do to make this up to you?"

Helen shakes her head before she wipes her eye dry. "I want you to move out. I don't want you to live with me right now. I don't know if I can ever get over this, Adam."

"Helen, please," Adam starts to protest.

"NO! You don't get to have any more pleases, Adam. I need you to leave."

Scene Six - Twin Peaks General Hospital

Natasha opens the door to the hospital room and sees Shane laying in his hospital bed unconscious. She still can't believe that her husband was in an auto accident the night of the summer storm. She wishes she understood how both her husband and her father ended up in the hospital; she feels like her life is slowly falling apart. Of course, Barbara also revealed her affair with Adam last fall to Helen which means it's only a matter of time before her husband will learn the truth too.

She moves closer to Shane and she feels her eyes swell with water as she looks at him. "How am I going to tell you when you wake up that I slept with another man?" she asks herself, knowing that he has to hear it from her and not someone else. "We have been through so much together, I don't know if you will ever forgive me."

She takes a seat next to Shane and grabs his hand. "But you have to know how much I love you and you have to know how much I want to make our marriage work, Shane. Please wake up Shane. I need to make you understand what happened. I need you to know how sorry I am for everything."

Natasha looks at her husband as his eyes start to flicker a little. She gasps. "Shane?" she asks him as his eyes slowly start to open. "My God, you're awake. Thank goodness, you're awake Shane," she says as she flings her arms around her husband as Shane stares up at the ceiling and blinks his eyes.


Victoria continues to listen as Dominick and Robbie's conversation continues to be rather heated in the hallway.

"Fine, I will tell you what happened the night of the storm," Dominick tells Robbie as he moves closer to his former son in law. "I went to see your father at his office and I showed him a picture that I took."

"A picture?" Robbie asks him in confusion.

"Of Kim and Tyler sharing a kiss," Dominick informs him. "I knew that he would be crushed to see his precious wife sharing a kiss with my son. Especially after Sofia slept with me years ago."

"Jesus that was cold of you," Robbie says as he runs his hands over his face.

"But I didn't stop there," Dominick continues. "I then told him how you and I were working together to get revenge on Bob. Hearing the news that you and I were working together, that's when Bob had his stroke."

Victoria covers her mouth in shock and slowly walks away from the scene, not being seen by Robbie or Dominick. She can't believe that Robbie and Dominick were working together. She scurries away, shocked by what she has learned.

"I can't believe it," a gutted Robbie replies to him. "I can't believe that I could have done this to my father. I never wanted to hurt him like this."

"You can't undo anything Robbie," Dominick tells him. "And for the record, I'm not sorry about what has happened. After what your father did to Leah, he is getting everything he deserves."

Scene Seven - The Tower's, Floor One; Andy's Condo

"Andy? Please finish and tell us what you are trying to say," Trenyce continues to tell her friend, wanting to hear what he has to say.

Andy takes a deep breath and looks back at his friends. "I just want Reese to be proud of me," he says as a tear forms in the corner of his eye. "And I realize now that my actions this past year, he wouldn't be proud of me. I just…I haven't known how to deal with him dying. I never expected him to go so soon. But, being so close to Savannah when she died and not even knowing it. It's like, I don't even know myself anymore."

"Oh Andy," Kim says as she hugs her brother. "None of us can imagine how this year has been with losing Reese."

"Thank you," he says as they exit their embrace. "But I haven't coped well. I have turned to drinking too much. I …" he begins to say as a tear falls down his cheek. "I can finally see the truth."

"What truth?" Donovan asks him.

Andy lets a tear fall from his eye and he gasps for air, trying to find the words to say what he has to say. "I…" he begins to say to his friends. "I do have a drinking problem. I'm an alcoholic."

Next on One Day at a Time
- Shane confronts Natasha
- Tyler and Kim are together when Bob awakes
- Donovan and Lukas see each other for the first time since their near kiss

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