Episode 453 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: January 14, 2018


Episode Theme song: "Lover Come Back" City & Colour
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Frederick was smothered on New Year's Eve. Simona Lopez questioned all the suspects in the murder case
- Victoria saw Leah and Robbie share a kiss on New Year's Eve
- Worried that he would tell the truth about how Robertson got the facial cream formula, Kim slept with Tyler on New Year's Eve
- Natasha learned that Cassie and Shane shared a kiss and fumed
- Adam & Helen got a call from Dawn on New Year's Eve

Scene One - St. Joseph's Church

The air is crisp on the January morning, but the sun is still out and some birds are chirping away. A long limousine pulls into the parking lot of St. Joseph's church, and once it comes to a complete stop, Meggan emerges from the back door, dressed in all black. She pauses as she looks at the church and hears the door open on the opposite side of the car. Lukas walks around the back of the car and grabs his sister's hand. They look at each other and quickly embrace.

"Are you ready?" he asks her as they exit their hug.

Meggan shrugs. "As I'll ever be," she whispers back to him. "It still feels surreal that Dad is dead. Not just dead, but that he was killed."

"I know," Lukas admits to her as they start to walk towards the church. "I know that he and I weren't seeing eye to eye, but I can't believe that someone would do this to him."

"I was questioned by the police," Meggan reveals to him, thinking back to being in Simona Lopez's office. "I agreed to have the mansion searched."

"You did?" Lukas asks surprised. "I guess I would have learned that had I stuck around the questioning period Simona Lopez had with me."

"What do you mean, you didn't stick around?" Meggan stops walking and looks at her brother, worried that he has done something he may regret.

"She was practically saying that I was the one who shot Dad. I wasn't going to listen to it, so I left."

"Lukas, you have to co-operate!"

"Whatever," he waves his hand in the air. "If she wants to ask me questions, I want a lawyer present. I'm not going to let her bully me around," he tells her. "Let's talk about this later? We should go inside and prepare to say goodbye to our father."

"I don't know to do this."

"With me," he tells her as he grabs her hand. "Together, we'll get through this."


Inside the church, Leah walks up to Felicia, who is looking at a bouquet of red roses that she had delivered for the service. The room doesn't have many flowers from people offering their condolences, a sign, Felicia thinks, of how Frederick treated people the last few years.

"Those are beautiful," Leah tells her Mom, who turns around to see her daughter. "He would have loved them."

"I can't believe he's gone," Felicia gasps a little. "I know he had done some terrible things, including keeping you away from us, but that doesn't mean that I didn't care for him. He treated me so well while he was my doctor."

"I know he did, Mom," Leah agrees with her. "This can't be easy for you. Just promise me you'll tell me if you need anything, okay?"

"I'll be okay," she tries to tell Leah. "I was questioned by the police, though. That wasn't very pleasant."

"I was too," Leah admits to her. "I was just honest, that's all you can do as well."

Felicia nods back to her as she thinks about how she lied to Lopez about always taking her medication. She has missed taking it a few times but she feels like she is under control and that's all that matters.

"Thank you for being here," Felicia tells her. "I see Meggan and Lukas, I'm going to go and say hello."

Leah nods back to her Mom and watches her walk over to the front door, where the Richardson's have appeared. Leah stops in her tracks, however, when she sees Jeff move up to Meggan and pull her into a loving embrace. For some odd reason, Leah feels something in the pit of her stomach seeing them hug.

"Why does seeing Jeff hug Meggan bother me?" she asks herself.


"Thanks for being here today," Meggan tells Jeff as they exit their embrace. "I didn't think you'd show up, if I am honest."

"I know that things are complicated right now," Jeff replies to her. "But that doesn't mean that I want you to go through this alone. I've lost people in my life, so I know how difficult it can be."

Meggan feels her eyes swell with water. "It is complicated," she agrees with him. "And, I know that it's not your fault, so thank you for being here."

"I wouldn't be anywhere Meggan," he tries to smile at her.

"I'd like to think that this is a sign that good things can still happen for us?"

He shrugs his shoulders. "I have no idea what it means," he admits to her. "I know that Leah is back and, like I said, it complicates everything. Let's just focus on getting through today, then we can worry about what we will do, okay?"

Meggan uneasily nods back to him, happy that he is there for her today but unsure about what their future holds because Leah is alive and well.

Scene Two - The Sugarbowl

"You're not going to the church today?" Victoria asks Robbie as they sit across from each other at the back booth in the coffeehouse, each having a latte. Victoria knows that Robbie would likely have gone to Frederick's service to support Leah, who only went because of Felicia. She still hates that Robbie has to pretend that she is Leah's husband so she can, hopefully, recover all of her memories.

Robbie shakes his head back to her. "Nah, I can't pretend that I was a Frederick supporter," he admits to her. "Plus, I should be getting the results of my work gun from the lab today. I want to ensure Simona Lopez strikes me from her suspect list. The fact that I was even on the suspect list is insane!"

Victoria uneasily nods back to him. "Yea, I can't believe she suggested that I was still suffering from D.I.D. I mean, I know she's doing her job, but it was pretty insensitive. I have been healthy for a very long time."

"I imagine everyone that got questioned by her had to go through some pretty painful stuff in their pasts."

"It's not just the past that is painful," she cryptically says, thinking about how she saw Leah and Robbie share a kiss on New Year's Eve. The image is one that she hasn't been able to get out of her mind.

"What does that mean?" he asks her, as he takes a sip of his drink. "Have I done something to upset you?"

"Other than the fact that you have to pretend to be Leah's husband?" she mocks him. "I saw you, Robbie," she continues to tell him. "I saw you and Leah kiss on New Year's."

Robbie shakes his head quickly. "It didn't mean anything, Victoria."

"How can you say that?" she asks him, surprised that he would say it didn't mean anything. "You're pretending to be her husband! Maybe you're not even pretending anymore."

"Leah, she just caught up in the moment. You can understand how that would happen? I am still in love with you, Victoria. You have to believe me. As soon as Leah remembers, we'll be together again."

"Honestly Robbie? I don't know what to believe anymore."


At the window bar, Helen and Barbara sit beside each other. They had wanted to get out of the house, so they came to grab some hot chocolates together.

"This is nice," Barbara smiles back to her daughter. "We don't do this often enough."

"I agree," Helen smiles back to her. "I don't think I've told you; I heard from Dawn on New Year's."

Barbara's eyes light up with excitement, as she knows how worried the entire family has been since Dawn ran away from home. "I can't believe it. How is she? Where is she? When is she coming home?"

"Easy Mom," Helen tries to calm Barbara down. "She isn't coming home, at least not yet. She said she was fine, but she was still going through some personal issues. The good news is that she has reached out to us. I have faith that this will be getting better from here on out."

Barbara reaches around her neck and clutches her cross necklace. "I'm praying to God that you're right. But you know what this means, don't you?"

"What?" Helen asks her.

"You need to end this affair with Chris Michaels," Barbara scolds her. "You need to focus on Dawn, something you always should have been doing."

"Mom," Helen begins to say back to her.

"No, Helen," Barbara cuts her off. "It's time to put Dawn first. End this damn affair with Chris Michaels and focus on your daughter. She needs you right now."

Scene Three - Cassie's Office

"I'm glad you could make it today," Cassie tells Dawn, as she comes into the office of the therapist. Cassie watches Dawn to see if she can read any of her body language.

"I wasn't sure I was going to make it," Dawn admits to her as she sits on the sofa. "But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I needed to come. It's good for me to have someone to talk to."

Cassie nods back to her. "It is," she agrees with her. "Where do you want to be begin? Are you back at home yet?"

Dawn shakes her head no. "I don't want to go back there. Not yet, I'm not ready."

"That's fine," Cassie replies to her. "I'm not here to pressure you. Where are you staying? Do you feel comfortable answering that?"

"I do," Dawn tells her. "I'm staying with a friend. She's become a wonderful person in my life."

"That's good," Cassie tells her. "You need to surround yourself by good people, Dawn."

Dawn nods back to her. "I know. And, that's why I can't go home. I don't think the environment is right for me yet."

"Why not? Just because of the tension?"

"Yea," Dawn admits to her. "And, I am struggling with something. I can't tell you what it is exactly, but I will be able to when I'm ready. I need to be sure I am okay before I left my family know. We've been through so much these last few years."

Cassie arches her eyebrow, wondering what Dawn is struggling with. "I hope you know you can trust me. I'm not pressuring you into telling me what it is you're struggling with, but just know when you're ready to tell me, you can."

"I appreciate that."

"And Dawn," Cassie continues to tell her. "Whatever this is, the truth is always the way to go. If you're honest with yourself, everything will fall into place."

Scene Four - The Pampa Grill

"I ordered you a glass of merlot, I hope that's okay," Cory tells Natasha as she approaches his table. She leans over and gives him a quick kiss on the lips before she sits down.

"Yea, that's perfect, thank you," she smiles back to him. "I feel like I haven't seen you lately. How are you?"

"I'm good," he smiles back to her. "I'm glad that you could sneak away and meet me."

"I am too. I'm sorry that work has been so crazy lately."

"No need to apologize," he tells her. "Like I said, I'm just glad that we are together now."

The waiter brings Natasha her glass of wine and the couple quickly toast before they take a sip of their beverages. "You won't believe what happened to me the other day," she tells him. "I ran into Cassie Nova at the hospital and she told me that Shane kissed her on New Year's Eve. Can you believe that? I have no idea what he is thinking."

Cory arches his eyebrow listening to Natasha's story. "Well, I don't think we should concern ourselves with Shane's love life. I mean, you are divorced from him, right?"

"I know I am," Natasha tells him. "But of all women for him to get involved with, Cassie? I don't know how he could do that after everything she has put me through. She's a monster!"

"Just stay calm," Cory replies to her. "Getting worked up over this won't help anyone."

"You're right, I'm sorry."

"Don't be sorry," he tells her. "Just know that you have to let Shane make his own decisions. If he wants to be with Cassie, there's nothing you can do to stop him."

"I know," Natasha says before taking another sip of her wine. "But that doesn't mean that I have to like it."


At another table, Bob approaches Kim and gets a smile on his face at the sight of his wife. He knows that on New Years Eve, Kim left the Pampa Grill early because she claimed she wasn't feeling well. She felt so under the weather that she slept in the guest room. Bob didn't see her until midday the following day.

"Darling," he says as he arrives at the table. "I'm glad you're here. I've been worried about you."

"Worried about me?" Kim asks him as he sits across from her. "Why are you worried about me?"

"Because you were sick on New Year's Eve," he tells her, as she tries to hide the fact that she had forgotten her own lie. "You left the party early and slept in a different room that night."

Kim gulps and looks back at him. She knows that she can't tell him where she really was: in Tyler's bed, making sure that he doesn't reveal that she is the one who sent him the facial cream formula.

"Are you feeling any better?" he asks her, causing her to snap out of her train of thought.

"Much, yes," she covers with him. "I'm sorry that I worried you. I just didn't want you to catch whatever bug I had. It's passed, and everything is back to normal now. I'm perfectly fine and so are we."

He reaches over and grabs her hand. "I'm so happy to hear you say that," he winks to her. "Because, I'd love to take you home and make love to you. What do you say?"

Kim gulps still feeling uneasy about everything that has happened. "Yea, of course," she nods to him. "Let's go home."


"Are you sure you don't want to go to the church today?" Vinny asks Daisy as they sit across from one another at a table. Vinny looks at his wife, who is about to take a sip of her red wine and knows that today is Frederick's memorial service and he thought that Daisy, being his daughter, would want to be there. Of course, he also realizes the circumstances in which Daisy learned about her parents are not ideal.

"No, I don't want to be there," Daisy finishes her red wine. "Frederick was a monster and I never really believed him to be my father."

"I can appreciate that," Vinny nods back to her.

"Why do I get the feeling that you want to say something else to me on this subject?"

"Because," Vinny begins to tell her. "This is more than just about you and Frederick, Daisy. This also impacts Lukas and Meggan, they are your siblings, you know?"

Daisy uneasily swallows more wine. "I sent a dozen red roses over to the church," she reveals to him. "That's all I can do. I can't go there. I can't go say goodbye to a man that raped my mother. I just can't!"

"Okay, okay," Vinny reaches over and grabs her hand. "I just wanted to be sure."

"I am," Daisy looks back at him. "I am very sure."

Scene Five - St. Joseph's Church

"I'm glad that you're here today," Leah tells Paige as they stand in the corridor. "Your Grandmother can use all the support she can today."

"That's what I was thinking," Paige replies to her. "How are you, Mom? Have you had anymore memories?"

"I'm afraid not," Leah admits to her, still thinking about the feeling she had when she saw Jeff and Meggan embracing. "But that doesn't mean that I will stop trying. I won't stop until I have my memory back."

"I'm so glad to hear you say that," Paige forces a smile on her face. "Have you heard from Detective Lopez again?"

"No, have you?"

Paige shakes her head. "Not a word, but I'm glad. I hated being asked all those questions."

"You and me both," Leah smiles back to her.


"How are you holding up?" Donovan asks Lukas as he comes up to him. The last time Donovan saw Lukas, they shared a kiss Lukas asked him to get back together with him. Donovan only hopes that Lukas realizes today Is not the or place to have that conversation again.

Lukas manages a smile on his face at the sight of Donovan. "As well as to be expected," he manages to say. "I know my father and I weren't getting along, but I would never have wished this upon him. I still can't believe he's gone."

"If there's anything I can do," Donovan begins to say to him.

"Just being here is everything I need," Lukas replies to him as he grabs his hand. "Thank you Donovan."

"I wouldn't be anywhere else," Donovan smiles back to him.


Lukas and Meggan enter the corridor after the service ends. It was brief because not many people showed up, and not many people spoke about Frederick. Both Meggan and Lukas realize this is because Frederick had made a lot of enemies in last few years in Twin Peaks. Still, it hurts that he is gone forever.

The siblings stop and look at each other. "Today was hard, hey?" Lukas asks her back.

She nods as a tear falls down her cheek. "Yea, I can't believe he's gone. I don't know that it will ever feel real. Despite everything, I loved him so much."

"I know, me too," Lukas admits to her. "I wish we hadn't ended things the way we had."

"We can't change that," Meggan tells him. "We can only think about the good times. And, there were a lot of good times."

"There was," Lukas admits to her. "And, you know what? We have each other. Dad may be gone, but we still have one another."

"That we do, baby brother, that we do."

Next on One Day at a Time
- Kim confronts Tyler
- Jemma gives Andrew some advice
- Adam interrupts a moment between Robin and Max

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