Theme song: "Pit of Vipers" Simon Curtis
Previously on One Day at a Time
- Frederick turned friends and family against him as all of his schemes
came to light and they all seemingly had a grudge against him
Frederick looks out of the window of his office and thinks that the weather
is rather calm for a November morning. It's not uncommon for Twin Peaks
to have snow storms this time of the year; he won't complain that the
weather is rather mild on this day. He hopes to enjoy the sunshine later
in the morning or the afternoon.
He turns around and looks at the mountain of paper work that is on his
desk and he knows that he has to get started at it because it won't do
itself. He can't help, however, but think about how his life is a mess
right now; everyone seems to be upset with him. He runs his hands through
his hair before he walks over to the bar and pours himself a coffee.
"I'm just doing what I think is right," he whispers to himself
before he hears a knock on his door, thinking that he can't allow anyone
to tell him what to do. He turns and sees Lukas come into the office.
"Hello," Frederick manages to say to him, thinking about the
last time he saw his son, Lukas came out to him as being gay. Frederick
won't stand for his son to be a homosexual. He has to do something to
ensure that Lukas gets the help he needs because he knows that he threated
to disinherit his son if he doesn't get help.
"I'm glad you're here," Lukas tells him as he shuts the door
behind himself. "We need to get a few things straight."
Frederick takes another sip of his coffee. "I have nothing more to
say to you Lukas, unless you're here to tell me that you've come to your
senses about this homosexual situation. What utter nonsense!"
"I'm not a situation," Lukas replies to him, his voice stern.
"I'm your son, how can you treat me like this?"
"How can you dishonour our family this way?" Frederick asks
him back. "I'm not the bad guy here, Lukas. You and your disgusting
lifestyle is the problem. And, that problem needs to have a solution."
Lukas shakes his head back to him. "Why did you come here this morning?"
Frederick asks him. "Did you want to go through all of this again?"
"I came to tell you that I hate you," Lukas yells at him. "You
can threat me all you want about cutting me off from your money, I don't
fucking care! This is who I am!"
Frederick laughs back at him. "We'll see how you feel when you have
nothing left," Frederick tells him, knowing Lukas was born with a
"I will have everything I need," Lukas replies to him. "Because,
Dad, you're not going to get away with treating me like this. I will make
sure you treat me with some respect."
"Oh Lukas," Frederick says back to him. "You're not man
enough to do anything to me. You're a sissy boy. Now, get out of my office."
"With pleasure," Lukas tells him. "But I'll be back. And
when I do come back, I'll show you how much of a man I am."
Frederick tries to shake off the fight he just had with his son as he
walks to his desk. He has to make Lukas realize that his lifestyle won't
make him anymore of a man. In fact, it will make him less of a man. "He's
all talk right now," Frederick whispers to himself. "He won't
do anything to me. There's nothing he can do. Once he realizes how much
he needs me and my support, he will change his tune with me."
"Talking to yourself?" a voice calls out from the office doorway.
Frederick turns around and sees Donovan standing there, with his arms
folded across his chest.
"I'm sorry, can I help you?" Frederick asks him. "I have
a lot of work to do."
"I won't take much of your time," Donovan replies to him. "I'm
here because I am friends with Lukas."
"Ah," Frederick nods back to him, realizing that it is making
sense now. "So, Lukas sends you to do his dirty work? You're going
to make me show him some respect?"
Donovan shakes his head at him. "I'm not going to make you do anything.
I'm here because I can't believe a father would treat his son in the way
that you are. Actually, I can. You see, my father never accepted me either
for being gay."
"I have no problems with you being gay, Donovan. I just don't want
my son to be a homosexual," Frederick tells him. "That's the
problem for me."
"You should come around," Donovan replies to him. "It's
2017, for crying out loud! Why would you throw away your relationship
with Lukas because of some ancient beliefs, that don't make sense anymore?"
"How dare you come into my office and tell me how I should think
"I'm not trying to upset you," Donovan replies to him. "But
you need to realize what a mistake you're making. Your son is worth a
lot more than what you are giving him. You need to be taught a lesson,
Frederick chuckles to him. "Let me guess, you're the one who will
teach me a lesson?"
Donovan gives him a sly grin back. "Wouldn't that be ironic? A gay
man teaching the ever so powerful Frederick Richardson a lesson? Yea,
I kinda like the sound of that. I'll see myself out."
"Okay, no more distractions," Frederick tells himself as he
sits at his desk and starts to look over some of the paperwork that is
still waiting for him. "I have to get this work done."
He can't believe it when he hears another knock on his door. He looks
up and sees Andy come into his office. "Oh, for the love of God,"
Frederick groans. "Let me guess, you're here to talk to me about
my treatment of Lukas as well?"
Andy arches his eyebrow, wondering who else has come by to see Frederick
about Lukas coming out as gay to him. He closes the door and turns around
to face the doctor. "How did you know?"
"Lucky guess," Frederick quips back to him quickly. "Make
it quick, Mr. Spinnes. I have a lot of work to do today."
"You just don't care about anything or anyone, do you?" Andy
asks him. "How could you threaten to disown your own son? How could
you treat him with such little respect?"
"I don't have to answer to you or anyone at all about my treatment
of Lukas," Frederick tells him. "Frankly, that is none of your
business or anyone else's!"
"That's where you're wrong," Andy replies to him quickly. "When
I see my friends hurting the way Lukas was hurting yesterday because of
what you said to him, I am going to say something. You need to realize
that you only have one shot at this. Lukas can only come out to you once,
the way you handle it is how he will remember it forever."
"What is your point?"
"My point is, you need to change your attitude before it's too late,"
Andy advises him. "You don't want to lose your son forever, do you?"
Frederick doesn't respond to Andy's question. He stands up and walks over
to the bar to pour himself a scotch. "And, before you say anything,"
Andy continues to lay into him. "I know what you did to Trenyce and
Chris. How could you possibly send them on a wild chase when they are
looking for their child? How cruel can you be? Do you ever stop hurting
"My motives with Chris Michaels and Trenyce Davenport are none of
your concern," Frederick tells him. "You are treading on very
thin ice here."
"I don't understand how you think you can go around and dictate everyone's
life!" Andy yells at him. "You know what, you won't get away
with this. You need to come off this pedestal that you're on Frederick.
And, so help me God, if I have to be the one that brings you back down,
I will be."
"Are you drinking again Mr. Spinnes? Because you're making zero sense!"
"Watch yourself Frederick," Andy warns him. "Because, you
never know what'll happen when you turn around."
Frederick turns a page in the stack of paper work on his desk, thrilled
to finally be getting some work done after his slew of visitors this morning.
He wonders why, today, of all days, he is getting bombarded with different
people coming to see him. Moreover, they all seem to be angry and upset
with him. He wishes someone would understand his point of view.
"Well, they can all go straight to hell," he whispers to himself.
"Talking to yourself?" a voice calls out from the doorway as
Frederick looks up and sees Craig standing there. "I hope you don't
mind that I came by. I think we need to get somethings straight."
Frederick rolls his eyes, thinking how another one of Lukas' friends are
here to challenge him. "By all means, doctor."
"I'm just confused by something," Craig admits to Frederick.
"I was in your home in Santa Barbara for the double wedding,"
Craig reminds him as Frederick nods his head back to him. "I was
with Donovan, my boyfriend. You never said a word about it to either one
of us. You seemed fine with the fact that we are gay."
"I have no problems with you or Donovan," Frederick informs
"Then why are you being so hard on Lukas for being gay?" Craig
asks him. "All he has ever wanted was to be accepted by you. Lukas
has pushed away people he cared deeply for because he was scared of your
reaction. And, you played right into his fears."
"I only spoke the truth," Frederick tells him. "Can a father
not be honest with his son?"
"That's not the point!" Craig yells at him. "You are supposed
to love him no matter what! What's wrong with you?"
"I think it's time you leave," Frederick replies to him. "I
have a lot of work to do and you being here is not helping me achieve
"Fine," Craig snaps back at him. "I can't stomach to be
in the same room as you anymore anyways. Just know this: you better accept
Lukas or else."
"Or else what?"
"You'll pay," Craig whispers to him. "Somehow, someway,
you'll pay for this."
Frederick walks over to the bar and pours himself a scotch and quickly
takes a sip of it. He sighs once he is done as his mind is racing about
everyone coming to his office to talk about Lukas and his reaction to
his son being gay.
"I have to stop dwelling on this," he whispers to himself. "I
have to get this work done."
He puts his glass down and is about to turn around to walk back to his
desk when he sees Andrew coming into his office. For the first time all
day, he is actually happy to be seeing someone pay him a visit.
"Andrew," Frederick smiles to the young man. "What brings
you by? Not that I'm complaining, I'm very happy to see you today. I've
had quite the morning."
"I bet you have," Andrew replies to him, with a cold tone in
his voice. "We need to talk about something."
"Anything you'd like," Frederick says back to him. "What's
on your mind?"
"My mother," Andrew tells him as their eyes lock, recalling
how he heard Frederick and Chris talking the other day about Savannah.
"How did she die, exactly?"
"Where is this coming from?"
Andrew shrugs his shoulders. "Just be honest with me," Andrew
pleads with him.
"You know how your mother died," Frederick informs him. "We've
been over this before."
"And I believed you," Andrew replies to him.
"Believed me? As in past tense?"
Andrew nods back to him. "I was there the other day when Chris Michaels
was visiting you," Andrew reveals to him. "I heard what you
said, that I will never know the truth about what happened. So, I want
you tell me the truth. Have you been lying to me this entire time?"
"Andrew, you misheard what I was saying," Frederick tries to
retract his statements.
"You know Frederick," Andrew cuts him off. "I can find
out the truth on my own. There's a little thing called the internet, you
know. I'm choosing to come to you because you've always been kind to me
and you've raised me since I was a little boy. All I'm asking for is the
truth. But, I will learn the truth one way or another."
Frederick nods back to him. "Fine, fine," he waves his hand
to him. "The truth is, it was a terrible accident. Your mother was
electrocuted while taking a bubble bath."
Andrew shakes his head in confusion. "Why would you tell me that
it was Chris and Trenyce's fault? Why would you lie to me about my mother's
"In my mind, they are to blame," Frederick admits to him. "They
had conducted this grand scheme to get you back, Andrew. Chris pretended
to be in love with your mom and almost married her. You know why he wanted
to marry your mother? He wanted to make it look like she was an unfit
mother so he and Trenyce could get custody of you again! They are deplorable
people! I was protecting you. I will always protect you."
Andrew feels the blood inside him start to boil. "How dare you lie
to me about something so important like my mother's death! I had a right
to know how she died," Andrew yells at him, unable to hide his anger.
"You're right," Frederick admits to him. "I should have
told you the truth."
"I have been such an ass to Chris and Trenyce because I believed
"You shouldn't be kind to them," Frederick informs him, trying
to calm him down. "That plan I just told you about, that was real.
They wanted you for themselves! They didn't care about Savannah's feelings.
They are not good people, Andrew."
"I don't know what to believe anymore," Andrew admits to him.
"I just have all this anger built up inside now. And I have to do
something to get it out."
Frederick looks back at the young man and gets chills down his spine.
Something in Andrew's eyes is cold, dark and evil. "What are you
Andrew picks up a small paperweight and throws it against the wall. "Something
like that," he says with a sly grin on his face. "Just on a