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Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: May 13, 2018
 

Episode Theme song: "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" Lana Del Rey
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- At Lukas' trial, Donovan took the stand and admitted that the entire Richardson family knew where the family gun was kept. Lukas was horrified to learn that the night Frederick was shot, Donovan and Craig were in bed together
- Dawn announced to her family that she is a lesbian. Barbara didn't take the news well
- Chris resented that Helen didn't believe in his innocence when he was arrested for killing Frederick
- Max and Robin grew closer during the ordeal with Blake and Jacob. Adam and Robin, meanwhile, almost made love
- Shane and Natasha hoped that Jacob would recover following the lung transplant

Scene One - Twin Peaks Law Courts

Meggan takes a deep breath as she knows she is about to be called to testify in Lukas' murder trial. She hates that she is about to testify against her brother for killing their father, Frederick. She knows that her brother couldn't have killed Frederick; she just hopes that her testimony will help him not hurt his case. She knows that Donovan's testimony probably hurt him more than it helped him.

She faintly hears her name being called as the next witness. She slowly stands up and looks behind her, seeing Jeff sitting in the row behind her. He offers her a quick nod of approval before she turns around and slowly walks to the witness stand. As she's sworn in, she looks at Lukas and hopes that she can help her brother; that's all she really wants to do.

"You may be seated," Judge Franklin Ross tells Meggan, who sits in the chair and looks at Lois Kam, as she stands up.

"You're the defendant's sister, is that correct?" Lois asks her.

"Yes, that's correct. And, Frederick was our father."

"How long have you known that your brother is a homosexual?" Lois asks Meggan.

Meggan looks over at Lukas. "Oh, for many years. I think I always knew. Lukas never hid that from me, not at all."

"But, he did hide if from your father, is that correct?"

Meggan nods back to her. "He was worried about how my father would react. And, based on what happened, he had every right to be worried."

"Can you explain that? What happened, exactly?" Lois asks her.

Meggan sighs. "It's already been documented in this trial," Meggan tells her, looking at Lukas. "Frederick threatened to disinherit Lukas. Our father completely lost his mind over nothing."

"How did that make Lukas feel?"

Meggan shrugs her shoulders. "We were all upset. We couldn't believe Frederick was being so pigheaded"

"Was Lukas angry?"

"Yes, so was I?"

"Donovan Moretti claimed that your entire family knew where your family gun was kept in your house. Is that true? Did you know where the gun was kept?"

Meggan gulps a little. "Well, actually, no," she replies. "I knew we had a gun, but I never used it, so I don't know where it was. I knew it was locked in a security box, but I wasn't sure of the exact location of the weapon."

"I see," Lois replies to her. "But, Lukas, he knew where the gun was located?"

"You'd have to ask him."

"No further questions, your honor," Lois moves back to her seat and sits down.

Lukas looks at Josh Levitt and whispers something in his hear. Josh stands up and looks at Meggan.

"Ms. Richardson," Josh begins to say. "Would you have any reason to believe that your brother could have killed your father?"

"No," Meggan replies quickly. "He's never been violent."

"Great, no further questions."

Scene Two - The Sugarbowl

"It's nice to see you away from the hospital," Max tells his Mom as they sit across from one another at the window bar, each with a latte in front of them. Max and Cassie, both, spent so much time at the hospital recently because of Jacob and Blake's conditions, that they are glad to be out and about.

"Tell me about it," Cassie takes a sip of her latte. "Just getting away from all that heartache is nice. I don't think anyone will ever be the same."

"Yea," Max nods back to her. "I still feel bad for Kim and Tyler."

"That's why I'm so glad that I have you," she smiles back to him. "We can't take anything
for granted, because you just never know when it could be taken away from you."

"I'm not going anywhere, Mom."

"I know," she replies to him. "So, what is going on with you and this girl that you like?
And before you say nothing, I know that there is someone you like."

Max blushes a little, remembering how he thought he and Robin were growing closer at the hospital, but he did see her with Adam and they were kissing. The thought of Robin being with his father really disgusts Max; he just wishes that Robin would give him a chance, not Adam.

"I guess things are going okay," he admits to his mom. "The truth is, she is seeing someone else. I don't know how serious it is, but I wish she would pay attention to me. I wish that she would realize that I exist."

Cassie chuckles back to him. "I'm pretty sure she knows that you exist, Max," she replies to him. "But, if she's seeing someone, you should probably respect that."

Max shakes his head. "I can't," he tells her. "He doesn't deserve her."

"Just make sure you know what you're doing," Cassie advises him. "You don't want to get in over your head."

"I just want something more to happen. I want things to happen sooner rather than later."

Cassie chuckles back to him. "You certainly are a go-getter," she purses her lips together.

"Yea, I wonder where I get that from," Max laughs back to her.

Scene Three - Robin's Townhouse

"Well, why don't you tell me how you're really feeling about this?" Robin tells Adam as she passes him a glass of red wine and sits next to him on the sofa of her townhouse. The last time they were here together, they almost made love on the sofa. Now, Adam has revealed to her that Dawn has come out of the closet; Robin knows that Adam is not homophobic, but it still has to be different when it is your own child coming out.

Adam takes a sip of his wine and looks back to her. "Honestly? I'm fine with it," Adam replies to her. "I mean, I guess part of nw always suspected and it means that I won't have any grandchildren, but if this is what will make Dawn happy, then I should be happy, right?"

Robin nods back to him. "I think that's a good way of looking at it," she tells him. "I worked closely with Reese Wilkins for a few years, and for him, it wasn't a choice."

"It's not a choice for you and I being straight, so I get that."

"And, you know, there are many ways Dawn could still have children," Robin replies to him. "You never know what the future will hold."

"It's amazing," Adam smiles back to her. "You're beautiful and smart."

Robin giggles back to him before he leans in and kisses her on the lips. "I'm glad I could help you with that," she smiles back to him. "How are Helen and Barbara taking the news?"

Adam shrugs. "I think Barbara is taking it rather hard, being a woman of faith."

"She'll have to get used to it."

"I just hope she doesn't convince Helen to do anything drastic. Helen has a way of listening to her mother when it doesn't make sense."

"Sounds like you're talking from experience," Robin looks back to him.

"I am," he nods. "But you know what? Enough of this talk, I preferred when we were doing this," he leans in and kisses her again. "See, isn't that better?'

"Yea," she licks her lips, wanting more of him. "Much better."

Scene Four - The Mills House; Helen & Barbara's Home

"I'm actually pretty surprised," Chris admits to Helen, who just filled him in on Dawn's sexuality. "I never thought that Dawn as being gay."

"I know," Helen replies to him. "It was a surprise for all of us. And, thank you, by the way for coming over today. I know that you haven't been happy with me because of how I handled myself while you were arrested."

Chris shrugs his shoulders. "I like you, Helen," he admits to her. "If we are going to make a go of it, then, I have to move on. I'm not saying all is forgotten, but I'm willing to try."

"I appreciate that," she purses her lips together.

"So, how did Adam take this news about Dawn?"

Helen shrugs. "Seemingly well," she tells him. "I mean, we've both been around gay people before."

"Yea, but it's different when it's your own child."

"I know," Helen admits to him. "I want to be supportive, it's just … odd, I guess. I think it'll take some time getting used to, that's for sure."

Chris nods back to her. "I suppose that's fair," he says back to her. "And, I'd like Dawn would understand that too."

"I'm mostly worried about my mother," Helen reveals to him. "She's such a church go-er, I don't think she ever thought Dawn would come out as being a lesbian. She's not taking the news very well."

"Well, you and Adam will have to help Barbara through this. Like you just said, there'll be an adjustment period, but she'll have to understand that this is who Dawn is, right?"
Helen uneasily nods back to him. "Yea, you're right. Barbara will be fine, with some time."

***

Upstairs, Barbara sits at the desk in her bedroom, looking at her computer screen. She types slowly, as she's not used to being on a computer and then waits for the search results to come up.

Ever since she found out that Dawn is a lesbian, she has been trying to think of a way to make it go away. She couldn't possibly go back to church, or her church group, and tell them that her Granddaughter is gay; she would be the laughing stock of the congregation.

"No," she whispers to herself. "Dawn, will snap out of this. She is …she's just confused. It's that woman she's with, she's the reason that Dawn is doing this. She's planting seeds of doubt in her mind. I have to stop this."

She looks at the computer screen and clicks on a link in front of her. "This is perfect," she claps her hands together. "This could be exactly what Dawn needs."

Scene Five - The Towers; Floor Three; Shelley's Condo

"I can't tell you how proud I am of you," Shelley tells Dawn as they sit on the sofa next to one another holding hands. Shelley knew that she had been telling Dawn to come out to her family, but Dawn kept saying that she wanted the time to be right; she didn't realize until Dawn just told her that Dawn was even considering coming out. Now that she has, Shelley couldn't be happier for her lover.

"Thanks," Dawn smiles back to her. "I have to be honest with you, I couldn't have done this without you. You were very supportive."

Shelley smiles back to her as she squeezes Dawn's hand. "I've been where you are, so I know how difficult it can be. But your family, they took it well?"

"Yea, I mean as well as to be expected. I was thinking my parents would be okay, but my Grandma, I think it hit her the hardest because of her ties to the church."

"Your Mom will help her get through it, I'm sure," Shelley replies to her.

"I hope so," Dawn replies to her. "The last thing I want to do is cause them any problems."

"You being yourself isn't going to cause anyone any problems," Shelley tells her. "You're living your life the way you were meant too."

Dawn looks down and then into Shelley's eyes. "You helped me so much," Dawn tells her before she leans in and kisses her on the lips. "Thank you for that."

Shelley leans in and kisses her again. "No need to thank me, I'm always here for you."

Scene Six - Twin Peaks General Hospital

"Victoria, how is he? How is Jacob?" Natasha asks the doctor, who comes out of the ICU holding Jacob's chart. Natasha and Shane have been waiting patiently for Victoria to finish his exam on Jacob to find out how their son is doing. They know that he hasn't rejected Blake's lungs yet, but it is still a possibility. They just hope that their son is finally on the mend from this damn infection.

"He's good," Victoria nods back to the parents, who breathe a sigh of relief. "He's taking to the new lungs very well. If this trend continues, I think he'll wake up soon."

"I can't believe it," Natasha lets a tear fall down her cheek. "For a while there, I thought…"

"He's a fighter," Shane grabs her hand and squeezes it. "Our little boy is a fighter."

"That he is," Natasha wipes her eyes dry. "Thank you Victoria."

"Yea, I'll stop by later to check on him. In the meantime, if you want visit him, you can.
Just make sure you wear the protective scrubs and mask," Victoria tells them. "And, I'll fill Craig in on the latest when he gets back from court."

Shane looks at Natasha and pulls her into a hug. "He's going to make it, Nat," Shane whispers into her ear. "He's really going to make it."

They freeze when they see Kim emerge outside the ICU. Natasha has never seen her friend looks worse; her hair is messy, her clothes are wrinkled and her red eyes have large bags under them.

"Is it good news?" she manages to ask them.

Natasha nods back to Kim. "Jacob seems to be doing much better," Natasha informs her as Kim slowly nods her head to her.

"That's …. Great," she slowly replies to her. "I know I don't have the right to this, but can I ask a favor of you?"

"What is it?" Shane asks her back.

"Would you mind if I went in and saw Jacob? Could I see your son?"

Natasha looks over at Shane who nods back to her. "Sure," Natasha tells Kim. "You have to wear some protective scrubs and a mask…"

"That's fine," Kim quickly replies. "I guess I just want to see that he's breathing. I want to see my son's lungs working."

"Of course," Shane moves up to her and takes her to wear the scrubs are hanging. He helps Kim it the yellow scrubs that go over her clothing. He then passes her a face mask.

"I won't stay too long," Kim replies to him, before she opens the door to the ICU and moves inside. She slowly walks up to the cubical where Jacob is laying. Kim watches as his chest goes up and down, breathing air in and out. She gets tears in her eyes at the sight of the little boy doing what every other human being does naturally.

She slowly reaches out and puts her hand on his chest and leaves it there for a moment, feeling his chest work. "Oh Blake," she whispers to herself as a tear falls from her eye. "You did this. You saved this little boy's life."

Outside, Shane and Natasha watch Kim with great sadness. Natasha covers her mouth as a tear falls from her cheek. "I can't imagine what she's going through," she tells Shane.

"Neither can I," he replies to her. "All we can do is support her right now."

Scene Seven - Twin Peaks Law Courts

"The state calls Lukas Richardson," Lois Kam announces to everyone, as there is a slight gasp in the crown as Lukas stands up and prepares to take the stand.

Lukas looks down at Josh, who gives a slight nod of approval to him. Lukas then turns around and sees Meggan, Donovan and Craig all sitting behind him. He tries to put a smile on his face but he knows that he is actually really worried about taking the stand. He knows that the testimonies so far haven't been exactly good for his case; he just hopes that he is able to convince the Judge that he is guilty.

He sits down following being sworn in as Lois Kam stands up and prepares to question him.

"Mr. Richardson," she begins to say to him. "Based on previous testimony, it is clear that you came out to your father last fall. Is that correct?"

"It is," Lukas replies. He knows that Josh told him to try to keep his answers as short as possible so Lois couldn't use any of his words and twist them around.

"Your father didn't take the news well, did he? In fact, he threatened to disinherit you?"

"That's correct."

"How did that make you feel?"

"Not good."

"Could you explain what 'not good' means?" Lois crosses her arms.

"I was upset," he replies to her. "My father not accepting me for who I am was upsetting to me."

"Your sister, Meggan, she revealed that she did not know where the family gun was kept at the mansion," Lois tells him. "Did you know where the gun was kept?"

Lukas gulps and looks over at Josh. "Answer the question, Mr. Richardson."

"Yes," he replies to her. "I knew where it was kept."

"Did you ever use it?"

"Of course," Lukas replies to her. "Around the property only."

"We found a pair of your gloves in the bottom drawer of your desk," Lois announces to Lukas and the Judge. "Perfectly good gloves and you claimed you couldn't find, so you got new ones."

"That's the truth. I thought I had misplaced those old gloves. I forget they were in my desk."

"I'm entering the gloves in as exhibit A your Honor," Lois tells Judge Ross. "These gloves were found in Mr. Richardson's desk on the Richardson estate and they have gun residue on them. We now can connect Mr. Richardson to the gun, he has motive and he was throwing away gloves with gun residue on them."

"I didn't do this!" Lukas yells as he stands up. "I didn't shoot my father! I loved him!"

"Order in the court" Franklin smashes his mallet down furiously. "Order! Mr. Richardson, one more out-burst like that and I'll hold you in contempt! Do you understand?"

Lukas feels his blood boil as he sees Lois get a grin on her face. He knows that he just blew it, he just hopes that there is still away to save his case.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Lukas' verdict is in
- Andrew asks Paige out on a date
- Robbie shocks Victoria by his news

 
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