Theme song: "Jingle Bells" Michael Buble
Previously on One Day
at a Time
- Shelley Hamilton found a runaway Dawn and offered her a place to live.
Dawn accepted and the two got to know each other. Shelley revealed to
Dawn that she is gay
- Adam tried to make inroads to get to know Max
- Robin and Cory agreed to a divorce
- Robbie, Leah and Paige agreed to have family time together in hopes
of jarring Leah's memory. Leah suggested they get new family photos
Scene One - - The Tower's; Floor Three; Shelley's Condo
"Merry Christmas Dawn," Shelley tells the young woman as she
comes into the living room. Dawn sees Shelley sitting by a small Christmas
tree as a Bing Crosby record spins on the record player. " I know
this tree isn't anything special, but they had an extra one at Barcode
and I brought it home. Since I'm alone, I usually don't bother with a
tree but I thought you may like it."
"Merry Christmas to you too, Shelley," Dawn replies to her with
a grin on her face. "I think this tree is perfect. Who needs a big
tree, anyways? Are you going to be seeing your family today?"
Shelley shakes her head as she stands up and moves over to pour Dawn a
cup of eggnog. "Nope, they are in Indiana and I'm here," she
smiles as she passes her the cup. "But that means we can spend the
day together, if that's cool with you?"
"Yea, of course," Dawn says back to her. "Whoa, this is
strong!" she laughs after she takes a sip of her eggnog.
"Too much?" Shelley shrugs her shoulders. "Ya know, kiddo?
I'm a bartender, I tend to have a heavy hand outside of work, when I don't
have to measure everything."
"It'll be a sipping drink for me," Dawn winks back to her, knowing
that she doesn't drink that often.
"What about you? Are you going to talk to your family today?"
Dawn turns around and closes her eyes for a moment, as she thinks about
Adam, Helen and Barbara today. She wonders what they are doing today and
if they are thinking about her. Her mind, however, quickly flashes back
to Helen going up the stairs of the house with Chris, moving him towards
the bedroom and then realizes that she can't go back to that house today.
"No," she finally replies to Shelley. "I don't want to
speak to them. I'm
I'm not ready."
"That's fine," Shelley tells her as she comes up behind her.
"Only you will know when you're ready. I'm not here to pressure you."
Dawn turns around and smiles at her new friend. "Thank you,"
Dawn says back to her as she hugs Shelley. "For everything, Shelley.
I really mean that. You've been such a good friend, I don't know how I
will ever repay you."
"There's no need to repay me," Shelley tells her. "I just
want you to come into your own and be happy with who you are. If I am
helping you get to that point in any way, then I'm the lucky one."
They exit their embrace as Dawn hears the record stop. "I'll flip
the record if you open a box of chocolates," Dawn winks back to her.
"I love eating sweets on Christmas."
"Ha!" Shelley lets out a cackle. "You are and I are cut
from the same cloth," she grins. "And, it just happens that
I have chocolate covered cherries."
"Oooh, those are my favorite!" Dawn laughs back to her as she
flips the record over.
Scene Two - The Black House; Helen & Barbara's Home
"It seems so quiet in the house without Dawn here," Barbara
tells Helen as she comes into the living room holding a cup of tea, before
she looks at the large Christmas Tree with many presents underneath it.
She realizes, however, that Dawn would have to be home to open the presents
that are for her; the fact that her Granddaughter is missing makes her
heart break because families should be together at Christmas time.
"It is," Helen agrees with her as she walks up to her Mom and
pulls her into a hug. "Merry Christmas, Mom."
"Merry Christmas baby," Barbara replies to her. "Do you
have any plans for the day?"
Helen shakes her head realizing that this is the first year that her family
isn't together at Christmas. She's so use to having Adam and Dawn at home
with her; the house feels so different this year. Nothing in her life
is the same as it was last Christmas, Helen realizes.
"No," she admits to her Barbara. "With Adam and Dawn not
here, I guess it's just the two of us."
"And, there hasn't been any word about Dawn?"
"Nothing," Helen says as she puts her head down. "I thought
I'd hear from her today because of the holiday, but I haven't. I just
hope she's okay."
"I do believe we would have heard if she wasn't okay," Barbara
tells her. "I'm choosing to have faith in Dawn and God. I know that
she's okay. I know she is. God wouldn't hurt that child of yours."
Helen bites her lip. "I have to learn how to have faith like you,"
Helen admits to her.
"Why don't we do something to get into the Christmas spirit?"
Barbara asks her. "Let's go to St. Joseph's and sing some carols?
It beats sitting around here waiting for something to happen that may
Helen smiles back to her Mom, appreciating her gesture. "I'd love
that Mom, let's go."
Scene Three - Cassie & Max's Apartment
"Merry Christmas Mom," Max tells Cassie as he passes her a present
from under the tree. He hopes that Cassie likes the present that he got
her; he just started his job so he doesn't have a ton of money to spend
on his Mom, but he knew that he had to get her something special, since
she does so much for him on a regular basis.
"Oh," Cassie replies in surprise as she accepts the present.
"You know you didn't have to get me anything, Max."
"I know," he nods to her. "But you do so much for me all
year around, I wanted to get you something to show you how much I love
you and appreciate you."
Cassie gets tears in her eyes as she starts to open the present. "You're
just the sweetest son I could have asked for," she says as she finishes
opening the present. She opens the box and gasps at the necklace with
a heart shaped locket on the end of it. She opens the locket and sees
a picture of her and Max inside. "Oh Max, it's beautiful. Thank you,
so much, I love it, I absolutely love it."
She stands up and hugs her son. "I love you Mom, Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas Max."
Before he can say anything else, there is a knock on the front door of
the apartment. "Who could that be?" he asks her as she puts
the necklace on.
"I'm not sure," she admits to him as he walks over to the door
and she looks at the locket around her neck. "I am not expecting
Max opens the door and is surprised to see Adam standing on the other
side of the door. "Max, Merry Christmas," he tells his son,
hoping that he's not intruding.
"Merry Christmas Adam," Cassie replies for Max as she comes
up to the door and stands behind Max. "Do you want to come in?"
"Thank you," Adam says coming inside the apartment. "I
won't stay long, but with Dawn missing, I guess I just wanted to see some
family today since it is a holiday."
Max rolls his eyes a little, knowing that he still isn't sure that he
considers Adam family yet. In his mind, he doesn't understand why Adam
didn't try to reach him while he was growing up with Cassie. Max doesn't
like the fact that Adam just wants to pretend that they are a happy family
now that they have found each other again. He does wonder, though, if
he should mention that he saw Dawn on the streets recently.
"We have no plans, you're welcome to stay for dinner," Cassie
tells Adam, which surprises Max. "It will be nice to have someone
else here, hey Max?"
"Uh, yea, of course," Max replies to them. "No one should
be alone for the holiday."
"I appreciate that, thank you," Adam says back to them. "It's
weird going through a divorce and realizing that your family isn't the
same when a holiday comes around, you know? But, I guess the positive
is that I'll get to spend my first Christmas with my son, and I'm really
happy about that."
"Yea, do you want an eggnog or something?" Max asks his father.
"Sure, but how about a Christmas hug first?"
Cassie smiles as she watches Max and Adam embrace. "Merry Christmas,
guys," she says, thrilled that Max and Adam are seemingly growing
closer because she has always wanted Max to have a relationship with his
Scene Four - Dominick's Townhouse
"What a wonderful Christmas this is," Felicia announces to Dominick,
Eva, Tyler, Robin, Leah and Paige as they as they sit around the Christmas
tree opening presents together as a family. "We have our beautiful
Leah back, and that is why this is such a wonderful day."
"Oh Mom," Leah smiles back to her as she grabs her hand. "For
me, this is my first Christmas having you back too, so you're right, this
is a special day indeed. And Tyler, you're home. It really feels like
this family is complete again."
"That's why this family is so special," Dominick tells everyone.
"Because, no one or nothing will ever knock us down. We are Robertson's,
and that means we are the strongest family alive. We will always come
out as the survivors. Merry Christmas everyone!"
The crowd replies in unison with a "Merry Christmas" back to
Dominick before they leave the tree and start to get some eggnog. Leah
walks over to her telephone and looks at the screen. She sees a text message
from Jeff that reads, "Merry Christmas".
Paige comes up behind her Mom, sensing her nervousness. "Mom? Are
you okay?" she asks her, seeing that she's looking at her phone with
"I am fine," Leah replies to her. "I was just hoping that
I'd hear from Robbie today. I know he's with his family, but I was thinking
he'd reach out today. Jeff sent me a message, though."
"Dad will," Paige tells her, knowing that she has to call Robbie
"Dad". "Once he is done opening presents with Aunt Natasha
and Grandpa Bob, I wouldn't be surprised if he showed up here."
"I'd love that!" Leah smiles back to her as they pull each other
into a hug. "Merry Christmas, Paige."
"Merry Christmas, Mom."
Across the room, Robin looks at her phone and sees a message from Cory
on her screen wishing her a Merry Christmas. She shuts her phone off as
Tyler comes up to her, knowing that she can't give Cory a reply because
they have to move forward. "Everything okay?"
"It's fine," she forces a smile on her face. "Going through
a divorce during the holidays is never fun," she winks back to him.
"What about you? Are you going to see Blake today?"
"Yea, in a little while, I'll head to the Calimo's to see my son."
"That's nice," Robin tells him. "I'm really proud of the
way you and Kim come together for your son's sake."
"I wouldn't have it any other way," he replies to her. "Regardless
of what is happening with us adults, we have to put the kids first."
Robin smiles back to him. "That's why you're such a good father,"
she tells him.
Over on the sofa, Felicia sits looking at the picture of Leah, Paige and
Robbie that she got as a present from Leah. She can't deny that the family
photo looks beautiful, but she can't help but wonder how Jeff would feel
if he saw the new photos that were taken the other day.
"What are you thinking?" Dominick asks her as he sits next to
her with a cup of eggnog in his hand. "Or do I even have to ask?"
Felicia looks up at him and then over a Leah for a moment. "I'm just
wondering how many people will get hurt until Leah gets her memory back,"
she whispers to Dominick. "Look at this picture, if Jeff saw this,
he would be devastated."
"Then maybe he shouldn't see the picture," Dominick tells her.
"I agree with the doctors in that we can't tell Leah the truth until
she's ready. It's sort of like you when you couldn't remember the details
about Lake Tahoe."
Felicia nods back to him agreement. "I just don't want any more pain,"
she tells him. "This family has been through enough."
"That's not in our control, but you know what is?" he asks with
a grin on his face. "Having a Merry Christmas! Come on, let's not
worry about that now, let's enjoy the with our beautiful family."
Felicia smiles back to him. "You're right," she nods to him.
"We do have a beautiful family, Dominick. You and I, we did this
together. Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas," he replies to her, unaware Eva is watching
their every move and feeling uneasy about how close Dominick is to his
ex-wife. Eva can't stake the uneasy feeling in the pit of her stomach
watching the two of them together.
Scene Five - The Calimo Mansion
Natasha stands next to Kim as they watch Blake and Jacob play together
with some of their new toys that the children got from Santa Claus as
presents earlier in the morning.
"They look so happy," Natasha tells her best friend and step
Mom. "I wish they could stay this way forever."
Kim nods back to her. "I know. Blake is growing up so fast, I don't
know where the time has gone."
"Before you know it, he's going to be coming home with a girlfriend,"
Natasha laughs back to her.
"Hey, Jacob is practically the same age, so they'll be doing that
Natasha pulls Kim into a hug. "I'm so glad our children are growing
up together," Natasha tells her. "It's like we always dreamt
it would happen."
"Merry Christmas, Natasha," Kim tells her as they exit their
"Merry Christmas Kim."
"What are you ladies talking about?" Robbie asks as he and Bob
come up to them, each holding a cup of eggnog.
"Just the kids," Natasha tells her brother. "Are you going
to see Leah and Paige today?"
"Yea," Robbie replies quickly. "I was thinking of heading
over to Dominick's later."
"Good luck with that," Bob quips to him.
"Dad, it's Christmas, let's not have any jabs, okay? Like it or not,
our families do have ties," Robbie tells him, knowing that Bob hates
Dominick but despite that, they are bonded together.
"I know, I know," Bob waves his hand. "I'm just glad I'm
here with my wife. I love you, Kimberly."
"I love you too, Bob," Kim smiles back to him. "How about
a toast to this family?"
"To the Calimo's, Merry Christmas and I know that the best is still
to come for this family, 2018 will be our best and strongest year yet!"
Bob says as everyone raises their glasses together.
"Merry Christmas," they all say together before taking a sip
of the respective drinks.
Scene Six - The Graveyard
A light snow fall sprinkles down from the sky as Andrew slowly walks through
the graveyard, getting closer to Savannah's tombstone. As he walks, he
can't help but wish that his mother was still with him; he misses her
the most on holidays like this. He was so young when she passed away but
that doesn't mean that he doesn't think of her often.
He sees the large tree that Savannah's grave is near and then freezes
in his tracks when he sees two people standing at her grave already. He
can't believe it when he realizes that it's Trenyce and Andy.
"What are they doing here?" he whispers to himself as he moves
up to the gravesite.
"Andrew," Andy says out loud as Trenyce turns around and sees
the young man approaching them. "Merry Christmas."
"What are you two doing here?" Andrew asks them, confused by
Trenyce looks at him and feels her heartbreak because he is still so cold
to her. "Despite what you think," she begins to tell him. "I
cared for your Mom very much. I just thought I'd pay my respects to her
and wish her a Merry Christmas."
Andrew doesn't know what to say back to her because Trenyce's reply caught
him off guard. "And, I was the last person to see your Mom alive,"
Andy informs him. "So, I thought it would be nice to come here today
Andrew nods back to them. "Well, that was nice of you," he manages
to say. "If you don't mind, though, I'd like to be alone with my
Mom for awhile."
"Of course not," Trenyce tells him. "But Andrew,"
she says as he looks at her. "I hope you have Merry Christmas. And,
don't stay out here too long, it's cold."
"Thanks," Andrew replies to them as Trenyce and Andy start to
walk away. Andrew looks down at Savannah's tombstone before he looks back
at Trenyce and Andy. "Hey, Trenyce?" he calls to her causing
her to stop walking and look back at Andrew. "Merry Christmas."
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