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Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: January 10, 2018
 

Episode Theme song: "I've Commited Murder" Macy Gray
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Simona began questioning the suspects in Frederick's murder case. She found a note in Frederick's office that read "Eva knows." Dominick claimed to know nothing about it.
- Simona ruled Paige out of the list of suspects after she spoke to her

Scene One - Twin Peaks Police Department; Simona's Office

"Schedule the search of the Richardson mansion soon," Simona Lopez says into her phone, as she recalls Meggan agreeing to have the mansion searched for potential clues into Frederick's death. Simona isn't sure what she'll find there, but she has to keep on the trail of any sort of evidence that will help her track down Frederick's killer. His house is as good place as any to look for another clue that may assist her.

She puts the phone down and looks over her notes, trying to see if anything else Meggan said could give her a clue if she is the one who offed Frederick. Part of her knows that with Meggan's history when she has been drinking that it is possible that she killed Frederick, but the way in which she reacted when Lopez asked her about it makes Lopez think that Meggan is still sober.

"Searching the house may give me more insight as to what is really going on with that family," she whispers to herself. "Especially if Lukas was as upset about Frederick's reaction to his sexuality as Meggan seemed to be."

Before she can say anything further to herself, she hears a knock on her door. The office door opens and Jeff appears. "Oh, Mr. Claus, right on time, thanks for coming today," Lopez says to him as she stands up to close the door behind him. Jeff takes a seat at a chair in front of her desk. "May I offer you some water or coffee?"

"No, thank you, I'm fine," Jeff replies to her. "Is it safe to assume that this has something to do with Frederick Richardson's death?"

"So, you've heard?"

"Frederick is my father in law, of course I have heard," Jeff tells her. "Well, he might not be legally, but yes, I've heard that he was killed on New Year's Eve. I'm not sure what I have to do with that though."

Lopez arches her eyebrow at his response. "Well, to be frank, I know that you visited Frederick last November on the day he was shot. I wanted to go over that day with you," she tells him. "Everyone that went to see him that day is being questioned by me."

"My daughter told me that she was earlier," Jeff admits to her. "I hope you weren't too hard on Paige. She's been through a lot."

"I only asked her a few questions," Lopez tells him. "Why did you go see Frederick last November?"

Jeff shrugs a little. "For the same reason Paige did, I'm assuming," he reveals to her. "I wanted to ask him how he could have kept Leah away from us for so long. He saw us mourn her knowing the entire time she was alive and well. He saw me grow closer to Meggan, his daughter, and even marry her, despite knowing that my wife was still alive. Who does that? I wanted to get some answers from him."

Lopez nods back to him. "And, did you get the answers that you were looking for?"

"Of course not," Jeff tells her. "He didn't take any responsibility for anything."

"How did that make you feel?"

"I was livid," Jeff admits to her.

"Livid enough to get a gun and shoot him three times?"

Jeff can't help but chuckle back to her. "I didn't shoot Frederick," he replies to her. "Nor did I smother him on New Year's Eve. I would never take away Meggan's father from her, despite the problems that they may have been having."

Lopez looks at him and tries to get a read on him. For everything Jeff has said, she gets the feeling that he is telling the truth.

"Thanks for your time, Mr. Claus," she tells him. "If I have any other questions, you'll be free to come back?"

"Of course," Jeff nods back to her. "Should I get a lawyer?"

"I don't think that'll be necessary," she admits to him.

***

After Jeff has left, Lopez looks at her list of suspects and crosses Jeff's name off the list. Like Paige, she felt like he was being honest with her. While he was clearly upset that Frederick kept Leah at the estate in Santa Barbara, she doesn't feel like he was the one who shot Frederick.

"It doesn't mean that I can't re-question him later if I need to," she tells herself before she looks up at her doorway and sees Victoria standing there.

"Dr. Franky, please come in," Simona tells Victoria.

"Thank you," Victoria says back to her as she comes in and sits down in the chair. "I trust this won't take long, I have to get to the hospital for a shift."

"It shouldn't take too long," Lopez replies to her. "It's about Frederick Richardson, he was killed on New Years Eve."

Victoria nods back to her. "I know."

"How do you know? We've been keeping it out of the news."

Victoria arches her eyebrow. "I'm a doctor," she tells Lopez. "I almost always know whenever a patient dies at the hospital."

"Fair enough," Lopez notes. "I know that you went to see him last November, on the day he was shot. Care to tell me about your visit with him that day?"

Victoria sighs as she tries to remember that day. "It was so long ago, I don't know if I remember all the details."

"Try to remember, it's important," Lopez winks back to her. "What did you go to see Frederick about?"

"I wanted to know how he could have done some of the things that he had done to people he claims to have loved," Victoria admits to the officer. "I mean, keeping Leah away from everyone really impacted a lot of us, myself included."

"Because you were engaged to Robbie, Leah's ex-husband?"

Victoria nods back to her. "And now with Leah not having her full memory back, Robbie is by her side pretending to be a family with Paige. I lost the man I love because of it."

"So you were upset with Frederick, then?"

"Yes, I suppose I was."

"Your father was Ernesto Moretti, correct?"

"Yes, but I'm not sure what that has to do with anything?" Victoria asks her back.

"I'm just drawing back to your childhood and that it wasn't always the most ideal up-bringing. You must feel angry about it somethings?"

Victoria shakes her head. "No, I let that go along time ago."

"You suffered from dissociative identity disorder, is that correct?"

"Yes, but that was a long time ago, like I just told you," Victoria starts to get more frustrated with Lopez. "I'm completely healthy now."

"Okay," Lopez tells her as she puts her hands up. "You won't mind if I get a court order to look at your medical files, just to be sure?"

Victoria throws her hands in the air. "Do what you want, I have nothing to hide. But, if we are done here, I really do have to get to work."

"We are done, for now," Lopez forces a smile on her face. "Have a great day."

Victoria rolls her eyes and quickly leaves the office, as Lopez starts writing more notes down on her pad of paper.

***

Lopez writes furiously on her pad of paper, thinking that if Victoria's medical files show that she has been suffering, again, from DID that maybe she is the one who killed Frederick, but she may not even realize it. It could answer a lot of unanswered questions.

"I need to get her medical file to see if she has been seeing a doctor or therapist to help deal with this," she whispers to herself. "It would make a lot of sense."

"Hey," Robbie announces as he opens the door to Lopez's office. "I heard that you wanted to see me, what's up?"

"Robbie, hi," Simona replies to him. "Thanks for coming, please have a seat."

"What is this about? Do you need help with a case or something?"

Lopez shakes her head as Robbie sits down. "I'm afraid not," she tells him. "I need to ask you questions about Frederick Richardson."

Robbie arches his eyebrow. "You mean, as a suspect? You think I had something to do with his death?"

"I know that you're a cop but I have to do my job. I know that you went to see Frederick the day he was shot last November," Lopez tells him. "I get that we know each other on a professional level, but you understand why I have to ask you these questions, right?"

"Yea, sure," Robbie uneasily says back to her. "I mean, you know me so you should know that I would never shoot someone three times."

"People sometimes make bad decisions, you know that all too well," she tells him. "And, you have access to a gun, so I have to ask you, what did you and Frederick talk about that day?"

Robbie sighs. "I asked him about holding Leah hostage in Santa Barbara," he reveals to her. "He kept her away from friends and family for two years. Poor Paige thought she lost her mother! I asked him how he could do that. I didn't get any answers, however."

"He didn't take any responsibility?"

Robbie shakes his head no. "I should have known better, huh? We see it all the time, the bad guys always have an excuse."

"You won't mind if I ask for your gun to be tested to see if it was shot recently?"

Robbie gulps. "Of course not," he tells her. "I have nothing to hide. I didn't shoot anyone."

"And, you have an alibi for New Year's Eve?"

"I do, you can check it out, if you'd like," he winks back to her. "Look, I need to get back to my desk. Donuts later?"

Lopez chuckles back to him. "Yea, sure, but only if you're buying."

***

After Robbie has left, Lopez orders a test on his weapon to see if he had been used lately. Once she gets that result back, she is pretty sure that she will be able to remove him from the suspect list. She has worked with him for so long, she has never seen him lose his temper completely.

"But I still have to make sure his weapon wasn't used," she tells herself. "I can't let any stone be left unturned because I need a conviction when I do find out who the killer is."

Before she can say any other thoughts to herself, she hears another knock on her door. She looks up and sees Tyler standing there. "I heard you wanted to see me," he says as he comes into her office and closes the door behind himself.

"I did, thanks for coming."

"Sure, what's up?" he asks as he sits in the chair in front of her. "I don't need my lawyer, do I?"

"I don't think so," she tells him. "I just wanted to ask you about Frederick Richardson. I know that you went to see him last November on the day he was shot."

"I did," Tyler nods back to her. "But that was awhile ago. Why are you asking me about it now?"

"He was killed on New Year's Eve," Lopez reveals to him. "I suspect that whomever shot him knew he was waking up and wanted to shut him up for good."

"And you think I know something about that?"

Lopez shrugs her shoulders. "I have to question everyone that went to see him the day he was shot. If you have nothing to hide, you won't mind me asking."

Tyler uneasily nods back to her. "Fine, ask away."

"What did you speak to Frederick about that day?"

"It was a few months ago now," Tyler tells her. "But I asked him about my mother. You know, he brainwashed her, right?"

"I know, yes," Lopez admits to him. "How did that make you feel, Tyler?"

"How do you think it made me feel? He basically used my mother as a puppet."

"Do you have access to a gun?"

Tyler's eyes open wider in shock. "Excuse me?"

"You heard me. Do you have access to a gun?"

"No," Tyler quickly tells her. "And, I resent that."

"This wouldn't be the first time you've lied though, would it Mr. Robertson? When you first came to town, you told everyone your name was Johnny Cash and not Tyler Robertson, isn't that right?"

Tyler groans. "That was a completely different circumstance."

"Really? Because I heard that you used your alias to sleep with a married woman," Lopez tells him. "In my mind, that shows that you have a history of lying to get what you want. You wouldn't be lying to me right now about having access to a gun or what happened with Frederick, would you?"

"No," Tyler stands up in a huff. "And, we are officially done here. I you have any more questions, Detective, I will want my lawyer present."

***

Lopez quickly writes more notes down on her pad of paper, thinking that Tyler got very defensive when she started questioning him about his past. She doesn't know what it was about his reactions but she thinks that something is up with the young man. "The question is, does he have access to a gun? I mean, he's a part of the one of the richest families in the city, I'm sure he could get his hands on a weapon if he needed one."

"Am I too early?" a voice calls out from the doorway of the office.

Lopez looks up and sees Eva standing there. "Not at all, please come in. I've been expecting you."

"I'm not sure what I could bring to your investigation, Detective, but I'll answer your questions for you," Eva says as she sits across from Lopez. "My husband told me about Frederick dying."

"Yes, and I know you went to see him the day he was shot last November."

"I did, yes. As you can imagine, that man had caused a lot of problems for my family."

"Like brainwashing Felicia and holding Leah hostage?"

Eva nods back to her. "Yes. My husband and his family were devastated by what Frederick did. I had to say something to him. Of course, he never really acknowledged what he did."

"Your husband said that the same thing to me," Lopez tells her of the conversation she had with Dominick.

"It's because Frederick never took ownership for his actions. That's just the kind of man he was."

"How close were you to Frederick?" Lopez asks her.

Eva shakes her head in confusion. "I'm not sure I understand the question."

Lopez holds up the plastic bag with the piece of paper that she found in Frederick's office that reads, "Eva knows".

"This," Lopez tells her. "What do you know?"

"Where did you get that?"

"I found it in Frederick's office," Lopez explains to her. "So, I'll ask you again, what do you know?"

Eva gulps as she knows that she and Frederick were keeping the secret that she knew that Frederick was brainwashing Felicia. No one else can ever find out because her marriage to Dominick would be over if it got out. "I have no idea," she manages to tell Lopez. "I don't know anything more about Frederick that I haven't already shared."

"Is that so?"

Eva uneasily nods back to her. "I swear. I know nothing else."

"That's interesting," Lopez notes back to her. "Your husband said the same thing."

"Wait," Eva gasps in surprise. "You told Dominick about this note? Why would you do that?"

"Because I wanted to see if he knew what you were hiding. In case you have forgotten, I'm investigating a murder!"

"You had no business showing that to my husband! My marriage is not being investigated, detective!" Eva snaps at her as she stands up, worried about what Dominick must be thinking now.

"Calm down, Eva," Lopez tries to tell her.

"Don't you dare tell me to calm down," Eva yells as she grabs her purse. "This conversation is over!" she moves quickly to the office door but looks back at Simona one more time. "You better stay out of my marriage, because I won't let you and your theories ruin my relationship with Dominick!"

Next on One Day at a Time
- Simona continues to question suspects
- Jemma admits something to Simona
- Chris lies to cover his tracks

 
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