Theme song: "Drove Me Wild" Tegan & Sara
Previously on One Day
at a Time
Scene One - The Victors
Mansion; Vinny & Daisy's Home
"What you said was lovely," Trenyce moves up to Daisy and pulls her into a hug, since Daisy just finished giving a small, but emotional, speech about Jemma at her memorial service. The service isn't very large; Vinny, Meggan, Lukas, Trenyce, Chris, Andrew and Daisy are the only ones that are in attendance because Daisy wanted it to be small, private service. Trenyce knows how difficult Jemma's death has been for her Aunt, so for her to keep her composure while she was speaking about her, says a lot about Daisy's character.
"Thanks," Daisy replies to her as they exit their embrace. "I didn't want to ramble on too long. I know that there are some people here who aren't exactly upset with Jemma's passing."
"You dont mean Lukas, do you?"
"I do," Daisy tells her. "He is still upset with Jemma because he didn't confess to Frederick's murder before he went to jail. To be fair, Jemma really didn't have any time to confess, though. The night Lukas was arrested was the same night of her accident."
"She did have time though, Daisy," Trenyce tells her. "Chris went to jail first."
"I can't do this today," Daisy replies with tears in her eyes. "I just want to remember Jemma for who she was, not all of her mistakes that she made. We have all made mistakes."
Trenyce pulls her into a hug as a tear falls down her cheek. "I'm sorry for your lost, Daisy."
"Well, this is a joke," Lukas tells Meggan as they stand at the table that has some h'orderves on it. "I shouldn't have come today."
"Come on," Meggan replies to him, wishing he would be more understanding. "You just got out of jail and we have to support Daisy today. You saw how upset she is; she just found her mother and now she is dead."
"Her mother sent me to jail where I was almost raped," Lukas spits at her, still not able to forgive Jemma for what she did. He was beaten and almost raped because of the woman, he thinks to himself. "If Daisy thinks that I'm going to just forget that, she has another thing coming."
"Can we please just try to get along? She is our sister, after all."
"Then she should be just as pissed off as I am," Lukas replies to her.
"It was nice of you to show up today," Chris tells Andrew, as he grabs a glass of white wine and looks at the young man who he thought he was his son for so many years. That seems like a very long time ago, now, however as he knows Andrew is still upset with him because of how he treated Savannah and Frederick. He just hopes that with everything that has happened they can start to put all of that behind them and move forward.
"Jemma was good to me," Andrew replies to him. "And, Trenyce and Daisy, they are still good to me."
"I'm glad that you're realizing that," Chris nods back to him. "Family is the most important thing."
"Let's get one thing straight," Andrew snaps at him. "Just because I consider Daisy and Trenyce family, it doesn't mean that you are. You will never be my family, got it?"
Before Chris can reply, Andrew walks away from him. Chris sighs hoping that one day, Andrew will come around and they can be civil again."
"How are you holding up?" Vinny asks his wife as he approaches her, as Daisy wipes her eyes dry following her conversation with Trenyce. "You gave a beautiful eulogy."
"Thanks," Daisy manages to reply to him. "I just wanted to day to be about Jemma, and I sense that it's not."
"Why would you think that?"
"Because, I know how upset Lukas is with Jemma still."
"She's gone," Vinny tells her. "We all just have to move on."
"I wish I knew how," Daisy admits to him. "I'm just feeling so incredibly lost right now."
"I'm here for you, I hope you know that."
Before Daisy can reply, Lukas emerges and looks at Daisy. "Thanks for the invite today, but I'm going to take off."
"I appreciate you coming," Daisy tries to smile at him. "I know it wasn't easy for you."
Lukas shakes his head. "It wasn't," he admits to her. "And, I can't pretend that I am not upset by what has happened."
"Lukas, that's a bit extreme," Vinny tells him.
Lukas shrugs back to him. "It is what it is," he spits back to Vinny. "See you around, Daisy."
Lukas turns and quickly walks away from Daisy, who feels more water swelling in her eyes. She realizes that she has lost her father, her mother and now, maybe her brother, all in such a short span. Vinny moves over to embrace her, but Daisy pushes him away, knowing that he set part of his in motion since he went into Jemma's hotel room and uncovered the truth about her killing Frederick.
"Daisy?" Vinny asks, upset that she is rejecting him.
"I need to be alone," she tells Vinny, before she slowly walks off into the another room of the mansion. Vinny watches his wife walk away and wonders if he will ever be able to get through to her again.
Scene Two - The Claus
House; Leah, Jeff & Paige's Home
"Tyler, please, I know that you're struggling right now, but please call me," Leah says into her cell phone, as she is trying to reach her brother to no avail. She knows that he is grieving the loss of Blake, but she wishes that he wouldn't shut everyone out. She recalls how she got a phone call from Felicia earlier in the evening telling her that she hadn't been able to get a hold of Tyler, so Leah decided to try to reach out to him herself, thinking that maybe he would answer to her instead of their mother. Like Felicia's phone call, it went straight to voicemail. Leah just hopes that her brother is taking care of himself, because she is all too familiar with losing a child. "I am here for you, even if it's just to sit in the same room together in silence. Please, call me soon. I love you."
She hangs up the phone and runs her hand through her long hair, trying not to worry about him. "Tyler still didn't answer his phone?" Jeff asks his wife as he comes into the living room, having heard that tail end of her voicemail to him. He knows how worried Leah is about Tyler.
She turns to face him as she shakes her head no. "I got a call from my Mom and she told me he hasn't been answering her phone calls either," she reveals to him. "I am concerned for him. I know how destructive someone can be when they are going through this kind of pain."
"Of course," Jeff moves closer to her, as he looks into her eyes. They, more than anyone else in the family, can relate to what Tyler is going through because they lost Noah years ago. Neither one of them have ever been the same since that day that Noah was hit by the car. "We lost Noah; we know exactly what Tyler is going through right now. You and I, probably more than anyone else, can relate."
Leah fights the tears in her eyes as she thinks about Noah's death. While she has been able to move on with her life, the pain is still so raw when she does think about her son. "You know what I don't understand?" she asks him in a whisper. "Why do these horrible events keep happening to our family? Didn't we all lose enough when we lost Noah? To have to go through this again, it doesn't seem fair."
Jeff moves up to her and pulls her into a hug. "This family is strong, Leah," he whispers into her ear. "It might seem like bad things keep happening, but there is good in this life too. Look at us, we are trying to make our marriage work. And, think of Paige. She's so happy that we are trying to make this work."
"I know she is," Leah says as they exit their embrace. "We still have issues, like your feelings for Meggan and my feelings for Robbie. But, I know that Paige is happy that we are at least making an effort."
"But, we are here, we are all alive, we are healthy," he tells her. "And, maybe by being strong together we can show Tyler that things can and will get better. That's what we should be doing right now, don't you think?"
"You always know the right things to say to me," she purses her lips together, as they lean in closer to one another. They are about to kiss when Leah's cell phone starts to chime. She quickly pulls back and looks at her phone. "That might be Tyler."
She leaves Jeff's arms and grabs her phone before looking back at him. "He says, 'Thanks for the call. Doing okay, just need some alone time'. That's a good sign, right?'
Jeff nods back to her, thinking about their near kiss. "Yea, a very good sign."
Scene Three - The Pampa
Robbie moves into the restaurant looking to grab a quick bite since he was working late at the police station. He has been working longer hours lately, since Leah has decided to try to make her marriage work and Victoria, well, she dumped him telling him that she wouldn't be his second fiddle after he revealed that he had feelings for both women. He wishes he could make her realize that she is not his second choice; this entire situation is just very complicated. If only she would listen, he could make her understand, he thinks to himself.
He is about to be seated at a table when he happens to see Victoria sitting in the back of the restaurant by herself. He excuses himself from the hostess and quickly moves over to her table. "Hey," he says to her, causing Victoria to look up from her phone. "I hope I'm not interrupting anything?"
"I'm supposed to be meeting Donovan," she replies to him, thinking about how Donovan texted her telling her that he needed to see her. She was surprised to get the message from him considering she knew that Lukas was coming home from jail; she assumed they would be spending time together. "He just hasn't arrived yet."
"Do you mind if I sit with you? I won't take up much of your time, I just I need you to hear me out."
Victoria gestures with her hand for him to sit down across from her. "I have to tell you, Robbie," she says as he sits. "I don't think there's anything you can say or do that will change my mind about what is happening. I refuse to be your second choice. Frankly, I'm exhausted from this entire situation."
"I know," Robbie replies to her quickly. "We all are, but some of the decisions that have been made have been out of our control. Look, I know I upset you when I told you that I was in love with you and Leah, but the truth is, I'm in love with you. I have been for so long. The love I feel for Leah, is very different. I love her because we spent so many years together; I'll always care for her. But the woman I want to be with is you."
Victoria chuckles back to him, thinking she has heard this song and dance before. "That's so easy for you to say right now when Leah is spending the next six months with Jeff trying to make their marriage work," she tells him. "In six months, if Leah tells you she wants a divorce from Jeff and she wants you back, you would run back to her with open arms."
"I don't think that will happen," he admits to her. "I think after the six months is up, Leah will stay with Jeff."
"Forgive me if I don't believe that," she snaps at him. "And, like I said, if Leah told you she wanted you back, you would go. We've gone in circles over this a million times. My answer to you is what I've been telling you: I am no one's second choice. Now, if you don't mind, I want to be alone when Donovan arrives."
Robbie uneasily nods back to her, as she turns her attention back to her phone as she fights tears in her eyes. The truth is, she is tired of crying over this. She just wants to move on. "Sorry I disturbed you," he says, standing up from his table, wondering if he will ever have a chance with the woman he loves again. "Have a good night."
Scene Four - Monument
Lake Bible Camp
"Is it always so hot and muggy here in September?" Dawn asks Jonah, as they work together in the kitchen of the main cabin, but she can feel the heat getting to her. She is only in a white tank top and she is sweating bullets. It doesn't help that the main cabin doesn't have the best circulation, but it is still a dry heat. They are in the kitchen together as it's their night to prepare the main course for the rest of the attendees of the bible camp. Of course, Jonah is using this another time for him to have a life lesson with Dawn.
"Only the years God wants us to enjoy an Indian summer," he winks back over to her. "How are you doing with that salad?"
"Pretty good," Dawn replies to him, trying not to think of the heat. "I think I'm almost done."
"Perfect," Jonah tells her. "See, this is what God likes to see: A man and a woman working together to achieve common goals."
Dawn chuckles back to him, thinking that he is a little bit ridiculous. "You're sweet, Jonah. But, I could have made this salad with anyone. You, just happen to be a man."
"That I am," Jonah laughs back to her. "Come on, you have to admit that this place is growing on you? Maybe even a little?"
Dawn nods back to him. "It's been a nice distraction from the hustle of every day in the city," she tells him. "That, I can give you."
Jonah comes up to her and leans up against the counter as he flashes her his smile, while wiping his brow, which is lightly covered in sweat. "See, God is working his magic on you, Dawn."
She chuckles back to him. "I don't know if I would go that far," she smiles back to him. "But, this place isn't so bad."
"Good," he replies to her quickly. "Look, this heat is only going to get worse as the night goes on. There's a heatwave coming. How about tonight, you drop by my cabin and we have some ice cream before bed together. You think you're game for that?"
"Ice cream before bed in the heat?" Dawn asks him as he nods back to her. "Yea, that sounds nice. I'll be there."
"God is working!" Jonah yells back to her, as she moves the salad out of the kitchen as she slightly rolls her eyes at him.
Scene Five - The Black
House; Helen & Barbara's Home
"Adam, this is a surprise," Helen tells her ex-husband as she opens the front door and he moves inside the house they shared together when they were married. "What brings you by?"
"I hope it's not too late to drop in," he says back to her, as she shakes her head no.
"I was just about to have a glass of red wine," she replies to him. "Care you have one with me?"
"Sure, that would be nice," he moves into the living room behind her. "Is Barbara home?"
"No," Helen tells him. "She's still at her church group. She has been bragging to everyone how Dawn is at a bible camp."
"Ha," Adam cackles back to her. "I bet she left out the fact that Dawn is gay."
"Yup," Helen smiles as she passes him a glass of red wine, knowing that her mother is selective about the information that she shares with her friends. "But, did you really come over here tonight to talk about my mother?"
Adam takes a sip of his wine. "Not exactly," he admits to her, as he looks at his ex-wife and hopes she will take his news well. "You know that Robin and I have been growing closer, right?"
"Of course," Helen tells him. "I'm happy that after our marriage ended you've been able to find happiness again. Just because we didn't work out, doesn't mean that I don't want you to be happy."
"I'm glad you are thinking that way," Adam replies to her quickly. "Because, I've decided to ask Robin to marry me. I don't want to live without her and "
"You don't need my permission Adam," Helen stops him, thinking that he wants to make sure she is okay with his future plans.
"I know," Adam tells her. "I just wanted to make sure that you were okay with this. Despite everything, your opinion still matters to me. And, we both have Dawn to think about it."
"I appreciate that," Helen takes a sip of her wine. "Together, we can deal with our daughter. I actually think she'll be pleased for you. She likes Robin. And as for me, well, I'm very happy with Chris. So, there's nothing in your way from asking Robin to marry you. I'm happy for you, Adam."
"Thanks Helen," Adam smiles back to her. "I'm happy too. I just hope she says yes."
"She'd be a fool not too," Helen chuckles back to him.
"I'll drink to that," Adam laughs with her.
Scene Six - Chris' Townhouse
"You were quiet on the drive over," Trenyce tells Chris as they open the front door to Chris' place and they move inside. Trenyce recalls how they were at Lukas' welcome home party and Trenyce finally admitted to Chris that she has feelings for him. Before Chris could reply, however, Lukas arrived home and Chris never did get to finish his thoughts. She did agree to come back to his place to have a nightcap after Jemma's memorial service, even though she is wondering what he is going to tell her; either he does have feelings for her or he's setting up her up with alcohol to let her down easily.
"Was I?" Chris asks her as he pours two brandies. "It's been a long day, I guess. Daisy was pretty emotional today. Here you go," he passes her a brandy.
"Thank you," she nervously takes the drink and then a quick sip. "You're right, Daisy was upset. I just hope she's finally able to put this nightmare to rest. So, are we going to talk about what I told you at the party?"
Chris flashes her his smile. "That you are in love with me?" he asks her before he takes a sip of his brandy. "Yea, I'd love to talk about it."
"Are you teasing me?" she asks him, putting her glass down and moving closer to him. "Because, it took me a lot of courage to tell you how I feel."
"I know," he waves his hand in the air. "I'm sorry, I just never thought that you would admit that to me."
He shrugs back to her. "It seems like we always have had something in the way of us being honest with each other," he tells her. "For a while it was Tyler, lately it has been Helen."
"I don't want to break up you and Helen," she tells him. "That isn't my intention at all. I don't want to be a home wrecker."
"But if I did break up with Helen," he replies to her quickly. "You wouldn't be upset?"
She shakes her head as she takes another sip of her brandy. "Not at all," she admits to him.
"Then consider it done."
Trenyce's eyes open wider in surprise by what Chris just told her. "What are you saying?"
"I'm saying," he looks into her eyes. "I've had feelings for you for a long time too. I just haven't acted on them."
"But you're ready to now?"
"If you are."
"I am," she nods back to him as he moves dangerously closer to her. "I so am."
He kisses her passionately and she kisses him back. They part ways and look at one another, their eyes full of lust. He moves back up to her and tears open her blouse, exposing her bra underneath. "I want you so badly," she purrs to him as she starts to unbutton his shirt and his mouth finds her neck.
"Then you'll have me," he whispers to her in between kisses. "All night long."
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