Episode 434 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: October 29, 2017


Episode Theme song: "Fools" Troye Sivan
Click here to listen

Previously on One Day at a Time
- Lukas finally came out to Frederick, who threatened to disinherit him if Lukas didn't agree to get help
- Frederick got Meggan to agree to send Trenyce and Chris on a wild goose chase on their quest to find their biological child
- Dawn saw Helen and Chris about to have sex again
- Robin and Cory learned the truth about Melissa, Rebeca and Caroline's scheme. Robin, meanwhile, also hired Max to be a photographer at Robertson Enterprises unaware he had a crush on her
- Natasha signed her divorce papers as Cassie told Shane to look to his future in therapy

Scene One - - The Pampa Grill

"I can't believe that Dad threatened to disinherit you," Meggan tells Lukas as they sit at a table with Andy, Craig and Donovan listening to Lukas recount his encounter with Frederick where Lukas finally revealed to his father that he is gay. Meggan can't believe that her father took it so badly that he threatened to cut Lukas from his will and from his current living arrangements. She always believed that Frederick would have known that Lukas is gay and would support him. In her mind, her father has crossed a line this time and she doesn't know think she can stand for it. It also makes her feel awful for letting him convince her to send Trenyce and Chris on a wild goose chase to find their biological child.

"Yea, it seems really harsh of your Dad," Andy agrees with her, hurting for his friend. He was one of the friends that encouraged Lukas to come out because he thought that Frederick would have handled the news better. "But, I'm glad that you told the truth."

Lukas shakes his head and puts it down, almost ashamed of how things went down. "I should have known that this is how he would have reacted," he tells them. "It's how I envisioned it. It's exactly why I haven't said anything before."

"And now your worst fears are coming true," Donovan finishes his thought, reaching over and grabbing Lukas' hand, which Craig notices. "I'm so sorry that this happened to you."

"Thanks," Lukas tries to smile back to him. "Surprisingly, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't feel trapped anymore."

"Of course do," Meggan smiles back to her brother. "You're free to be you, now."

"Except, I'm going to have nothing," he says back to her. "Dad made that perfectly clear."

"Pay no attention to him," Donovan tells him. "You can live your life the way you want to now."

"Sorry to interrupt," Craig says standing up and looking at Lukas. "Lukas, I'm sorry this happened to you, especially since I pressed you to come clean. If you need anything, please, call me. I have to get going to the hospital though."

Lukas smiles back to Craig. "Thanks Craig."

"Donovan, walk me out?" Craig asks as Donovan stands up and they move away from the table. "I can't believe this has happened."

"Me either," Donovan replies to him. "I can't believe Frederick would do this to Lukas."

"This is all my fault," Craig tells him. "If I hadn't pressed him…"

"Don't blame yourself," Donovan says back to him. "If anyone is to blame, it's Frederick."

Craig nods back to him. "You're right," Craig agrees with him. "This is all Frederick's fault."


Back at the table, Lukas looks back at Meggan and then his friends. "I don't know," he whispers back to them. "I don't know how free I will be. My Dad, he's a controlling man."

"Well, he has to be stopped," Meggan replies to him. "He has to learn that he can't go around ruining peoples lives anymore! He's done enough of that to last a life time."

"He does have to pay," Lukas agrees with her. "He has to be stopped. I just don't know how to stop him."

Scene Two - The Claus House; Jeff & Leah's Home

"Are you sure you're doing okay to be here?" Dominick asks Robin as they sit on the sofa in the living room. Dominick heard from Cory about all of the drama involving Caroline, Melissa and Rebecca and their plan to keep Robin and Cory apart. Dominick wishes that he could have done more to stop Melissa in her tracks; he long suspected that she and Rebecca were up to something but she had no idea what it was. Now that he learned that Rebecca was faking her pregnancy to keep Cory and Robin apart, he is glad that both women left town because he has no idea what he would do to them if he saw them. He now has to focus on ensuring Robin is okay and strong enough to get through it.

Robin nods back to him, trying to be brave. "I'm fine," she whispers back to him. "I mean, I can't believe that my own mother and sister would be so cruel to me. I'm just trying to put it all behind me, which is why I'm here. I have to see Leah. I can't believe that she's alive."

"It's the most wonderful thing that could have happened to this family," Dominick replies to her as he pulls her into a hug. "We needed some good news in this family."

"I couldn't agree more," she tells him as they exit their embrace. "Did I tell you that I've hired a new photographer and Robertson Enterprises?"

"No, but I think I saw an email about it," Dominick replies to her. "I hope he's as good as you think he is."

"He starts today," Robin informs him. "I'll keep you posted. Worse case, he's only on a three month probationary period."

Before Dominick can say anything else, Leah emerges in the living room, and immediately gets a smile on her face. "Robin?" she asks as she sees her sister sitting on the sofa.

Robin stands up and immediately rushes into her arms. "I can't believe this is happening," Robin says as she hugs Leah. "You're really alive! You're really here."

"I am here," Leah smiles back at her. "And, you've gotten more beautiful since I saw you last."

Robin blushes. "I've missed you so much Leah," Robin tells her. "Come on, sit with me. We have so much to talk to about."

Scene Three - The Black House; Helen, Barbara & Dawn's Home

"I got here as soon as I could," Adam tells Helen as he comes into the living room and sees his ex-wife pacing back and forth. He received a text message from her telling him to get over to the house as soon as he could because something had happened. He has no idea what it could be but he did race right over. "What's going on?"

Helen stops walking and looks back at Adam, worry written all over her face. "It's Dawn," she tells him, knowing he's about to be just as concerned as she is. "She's runaway again."

Adam feels the blood drain from his face hearing that his daughter has left her house again. He wonders what could have set Dawn off this time since she was doing so well and going to therapy. "What do mean, she's run away? She can't be gone! The court ordered her back here."

"I know," Helen replies to him quickly. "This is all my fault."

"Should I call Robbie?" Adam asks her, knowing the last time Robbie found Dawn at the Calimo mansion.

Helen shakes her head no. "If the police find out, she could get in trouble because she violated the court's request. We … we have to find her."

"Wait a minute," Adam says, realizing what Helen said earlier. "How is this any of your fault?" he asks her and then watches her turn her back to him. "Helen, answer me! Why would this be your fault?"

"Because," she whispers back to him as she covers her mouth, recalling the previous day when Dawn confronted her. "She knows about Chris and I."

Adam shrugs his shoulders. "Why would she care that you're seeing Chris Michaels?"

"Because I'm not just seeing him," Helen reveals to him. "Dawn knows that I'm sleeping with him."

Adam shakes his head in disbelief at what she just told him. "Great," he spits back to her. "And look where that has gotten us."

Scene Four - Frederick's Office

"How could you?" Meggan asks her father as she opens the door to his office and barges inside. She can't believe that Lukas told her how Frederick treated him after he finally revealed that he is gay. She is definitely seeing him in a new light now and it's not pretty.

"Meggan," Frederick says looking up from his paperwork. "I'm guessing you spoke to Lukas?"

Meggan nods back to him. "Do you know how long he has waited to tell you the truth about him?"

"Ah, so you know that your brother is a faggot?" Frederick harshly asks her back. He refuses to accept this, he knows he never will.

"Don't you dare call him that!" Meggan defends him. "Lukas is your son, regardless of his sexuality."

"No son of mine will be a homosexual, you understand me?" Frederick replies as he stands up and moves over to the bar to pour himself a scotch.

"Why can't you just be happy that he's in a good place? Why can't you, just for once, not create more issues with this family?"

"I'm not the one ruining this family," Frederick spits to her. "If everyone else knew about Lukas, what would happen to this family's name?"

Meggan chuckles back to him. "Oh Dad," she says. "Everyone already knows about Lukas. You're the only one who didn't know. And guess what? No one said anything about you or this family's name!"

"I don't believe you," he replies to her quickly.

"You know what? I'm so tired of all your lies and games!" she yells back at him. "You've gone too far this time, Dad! You won't get away with talking to Lukas like that! And, I refuse to keep telling your lies!"

Scene Five - Cassie's Office

"You seem to be in better spirits today," Cassie observes to Shane as he sits on the sofa in her office, having another therapy session together. She can tell that something has happened because he seems far more calm than he has been than their other sessions.

Shane looks back at her and nods. "Something has happened," he reveals to her, wanting to be honest with her in therapy.

Cassie arches her eyebrow. "What's happened, Shane? Only if you want to share, of course."

"I signed my divorce papers," he reveals to Cassie, whose eyes light up. "I gave them to Natasha to sign and…"

"And?" she asks him, almost unable to wait to hear his response. "What happened?"

"I got word from my lawyer today that Natasha also signed the divorce papers," Shane tells her, as Cassie tries to hide her excitement.

"How are you feeling about this? Your marriage is over; that's a big step and a big change."

Shane sighs and reflects on the question at hand. He knows that he and Natasha have been through a lot together, more than most couples endure. But, he also knows that after Natasha's affair with Adam, everything changed between the two of them.

"I'm ready to start the next phase of my life," he reveals to her. "I'm sad that it's ending but I'm excited for the next chapter."

Cassie nods back to him. "You should be excited," she replies to him. "You're still a young, vibrant, successful, attractive man; there's no reason why you can't have another great chapter now."

Shane smiles back to her. "Thanks Cassie, I appreciate that."

She nods back to him. "I'm only being honest," she purses her lips together and their eyes lock.

Scene Six - Robertson Enterprises

"How do you think I did?" Max asks Robin as he finishes his first photo shoot a the model. Robin waned to oversee the shoot to ensure it all went okay. It's Max's first day at work and while he is nervous, he's mostly excited that he is able to do something that he loves and that he gets to work with Robin; she has caught his eye and he can't seem to shake her.

"Well, once the prints come out, we'll know for sure. You certainly had a good connection with Candy," Robin tells him, knowing that Candy can be a difficult model at times to work with, but she thought Max handled it very well. "The proof will be in the pictures, however."

"Yea, I liked Candy," he admits to her. "I mean, she didn't hold back and treat me with white gloves, which I appreciated."

"That's good Max," Robin smiles back to him. "So far, I think you're doing a great job. You were very good at giving Candy directions from behind the camera."

"Thanks Robin," he smiles back to her. "You wanna go into the black room and develop these with me?"

"Oh, I'd love to, but I have a meeting upstairs. Call me when they're ready though, okay?"

"I will," Max replies to her. "I'm more excited that I got your phone number."

Robin chuckles back to him, thinking he's cute for playfully flirting with her. "You're sweet," she smiles back to him. "See ya later."

"See ya, Robin," he can't erase the grin off his face at the fact that he's actually working with Robin and flirting a little with her and that she called him sweet.

Scene Seven - MW Investigations

Trenyce and Chris sit in the waiting room as they have another appointment with Meggan to try to track down their biological child. Before they went to Santa Barbara, they went to Houston to try to find their child but the lead turned out to not be their child. After Trenyce saw Andrew again, she realized that she still wants to find her child. She can't handle how cold he is to her now. She just has to get emotions in check because all of the false leads have really taken a toll on her.

"Are you ready?" Chris asks her, knowing how much not finding their child has upset Trenyce thus far.

Trenyce nods back to him. "As ready as I'll ever," she tells him with a sly grin on her face. "I couldn't do this without you next to me."

"I know, I feel the same," he tells her as he stands up and moves over to Meggan's door. He opens it and lets Trenyce enter before he follows. "Hi Meggan."

Meggan fixes her hair quickly, as she still feels flustered from her meeting with Frederick. "Hi guys, thanks for coming."

"We wanted to hear what you had to say about tracking down our child," Trenyce admits to her. "Do you have any updates?"

Meggan shakes her head no. "Unfortunately not," she replies to them quickly. "I wanted to talk to you about something, however. Something that I'm very ashamed to admit to you both."

Chris arches his eyebrow. "Meggan? What is it? What's going on?"

"These last few leads that I've had on your child," she begins to reveal to them. "I've known them to not be real leads."

Trenyce looks at her in shock. "I don't understand," she tells Meggan. "Why would you tell us about a lead that you know isn't really our child?"

Meggan feels her cheeks flush with embarrassment. "This is the part I'm not proud of," she reveals to them. "My father got to me. He asked me to send you both on a wild goose chase with this search for your biological child."

"And you went along with him?" an outraged Chris asks her. "That son of a bitch!"

"I'm not proud that I did this," Meggan says as she stands up and moves over to Chris. "I'm so sorry. I don't know why I let him talk me into this. But I've seen the light and I won't let him do this anymore."

"He has a way with his words," Trenyce tells her. "I appreciate you being honest with us. I just can't believe that Frederick would do this! What won't that man stop at doing?"

"I've warned him" Chris grits his teeth. "I've told him to stop hurting my family, and since he hasn't, he's going to have to pay. Frederick Richardson will regret the day he met me."

Next on One Day at a Time
- Frederick gets many visitors paying him a visit

Discuss your thoughts here, in the ODaaT Forum!

Contact - odaatseries@gmail.com | © 2002-2020 One Day At A Time