Episode 497 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: September 23, 2018


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Previously on One Day at a Time
- During a heatwave at the camp, Jonah invited Dawn to have ice cream and she accepted. While at Jonah's cabin, he kissed her and she told him never to do it again. She became scared when he forced her to stay
- Barbara had a nightmare that Dawn was in danger
- Lukas was released from jail
- Daisy told Vinny she hated everything, including him finding evidence that proved Jemma killed Frederick, that has happened
- Cory and Natasha planned their wedding
- Tyler remained livid at Dominick for his role in Blake's death

Scene One - The State Penitentiary

Lukas sits in his wheel chair in the visitor's room of the prison, where up until recently, he had been calling home. He closes his eyes for a moment as he recalls his the last time he was at the jail; he was in the gym locker room when Tony, another inmate almost raped him. At the last moment, two guards burst into the locker room and stopped Tony, and they revealed to Lukas that he was free since new evidence revealed that Jemma killed Frederick. While he is relieved that the nightmare is over, he still can't believe everything that has happened to him. And, all the feelings of fear from Tony are rushing back to him since he is back at the prison. He turns his head when he hears the side door open and Will appears, feeling relieved to see a friendly face.

"Lukas," Will gets a smile on his face as he comes up to his friend and they shake hands. "I must admit, this is a surprise. I wasn't expecting any visitors."

Lukas shrugs back to him as Will sits down next to him. "I had to come see you," Lukas admits to him. "I might have gotten out of jail, but I wouldn't have made it one day in here without you. I owe you a lot."

"I only did what I thought was right."

"Well, I appreciate it," Lukas replies to him quickly. "Without you, Tony would have hurt me far worse than he did."

"How are you holding up? You're looking better," Will tells him.

"Thanks?" Lukas smirks back to him. "Physically I'm fine. I should be out of this chair today or tomorrow. The head blow to the mirror in the locker room left me with a pretty bad concussion."

"I still can't believe that Tony tried to …"

"Let's not talk about that," Lukas stops him, not wanting to relive the moment again. "It's in the past. I just want to move on."

"You're a good guy Lukas," Will tells him. "The truth came out and you are free."

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you upset by coming to see you. I know that you won't be so lucky."

"Nah," Will waves his hand back to him. "I'm glad you came. I'm glad we can be friends. Lord knows, I am guilty of my crime, so I have to stay in here. But, having good people on the outside that care, that means something."

"After everything you did for me, I will always be grateful, Will. Always."

Scene Two - Robertson Enterprises; Dominick's Office

"I haven't been able to get ahold of Felicia just yet," Dominick tells Eva as he speaks to his wife on his office phone. He recalls how Eva told him about her visit with Felicia, where she had shaking hands and her mood changed quickly leaving Eva worried that Felicia was off her medication. Dominick knows that with the entire family still grieving the death of Blake, it is very possible that Felicia could have gone off her medication, but he knows that if that is the case, he has to do something to help her because she will be become a loose cannon. "But, trust me, I will make sure that she goes back on her pills. This family has been through enough to have to deal with Felicia losing control right now…Yes, I'll see you later at home. Okay, bye."

He hangs up the phone and runs his hands through his hair wondering how he can get his family back on track. He finds it amazing how one night, the night of the ice storm, has changed everything for his entire family, and not for the better. He stands up and moves over to the bar where he pours himself a scotch before he takes a quick sip of it.

"At least," he whispers to himself. "I have Robin and Max working on the next Christmas ad-campaign for the facial cream. They are the best in the business right now; they'll come up with something great and I won't have to worry about my business; instead, I can focus on putting my family back together."

"Did I just hear you correctly?" a voice calls out from the doorway of Dominick's office, as he turns around quickly and sees Tyler standing there. "You are ordering another print ad for the facial cream? The same God damn cream that killed my son?"

Dominick looks back at his son and is relieved to see him; Felicia and Leah have expressed concern that they hadn't been able to contact him the last couple days because Tyler claimed he wanted to be alone. "I'm glad you're here," Dominick ignores Tyler's concerns about the facial cream. "Your mother and sister have been worried about you. Where have you been?"

"I've been alone," Tyler sneers back to him. "I needed time for me; to mourn my son."

"Well, I'm glad you're here now. We have to come together as a family…"

"A family?" Tyler laughs at him. "You just ordered another campaign on the product that killed my son and you want us to be a family?"


"No, Dad!" Tyler yells at him, furious with Dominick's decision making. "Why is it always that business comes first with you? You could care fucking less what happens to the rest of us, as long as this company is a success."

"You know that's not true," Dominick protests with him.

"Like hell it's not," Tyler replies to him quickly. "This is perfect actually. The entire drive over here, I was wondering if I was about to do the right thing but you just gave me the confidence to know that I am doing the right thing."

"The right thing? What are you talking about?"

"I came here today to tell you that I quit," Tyler informs him. "I never want to work for this company, or you, ever again. So, good luck with that ad campaign, because I don't care anymore."

"You don't mean that," Dominick moves closer to his son. "Robertson Enterprises is your legacy! I was grooming you to take over for when I retire."

"Keep your disgusting legacy," Tyler sneers back to him. "I want nothing to do with it. Or with you."

Scene Three - Monument Lake Bible Camp

Dawn gulps as she looks over at Jonah, who is holding her wrist so she can't leave the sofa in his cabin at the lake. They were having ice cream when Dawn told Jonah that he didn't have to say God is responsible for everything and he seemingly lost it on her.

"You're hurting me," she tells him again, as some of ice cream starts to melt on the floor below her. "Please, let me go. Jonah, you're hurting me!"

Jonah shakes his head no. "You have been refusing to accept God's will since you got here," he tells her, his voice slightly raised. "I'm not letting you go until you tell me that you can feel God's will in you. That you can accept that God is around you and he is doing amazing things for you."

"Fine," Dawn bites her lower lip, telling him what he wants to hear. "God's will is amazing! He's all around me!"

Jonah smiles back to her and lets her wrist go, and she quickly grabs it with her other hand to caress it. "So, if you're being honest about that," he looks at her with an intensity that still scares Dawn. "This insane idea that you're a lesbian is out of your head? Because, God's will is about a man and a woman being together."

Dawn feels her head start to drip with sweat, although she's not sure if it's from the heatwave or because of how nervous she is with Jonah. "Say something!" he yells at her when she doesn't respond. "My word, you lied to me, didn't you? You haven't seen God's will, you just wanted me to let you go."

"I'm…I'm sorry," Dawn's lower lip quivers. "I…I think I should go…"

She starts to stand up, but Jonah grabs her and pushes her into the sofa. Her ice cream falls to the ground, quickly creating a pool on the floor. "No! You're not going anywhere," he yells as he climbs on top of her. "If this is how I have to show that God wants us a man and woman to be together, then so be it."

Dawn starts to scream as Jonah gets on top of her. He covers her mouth with his hand. "Stay quiet," he warns her, as his other hand starts to unzip his pants. "Let me show you God's will," he says, as he removes her panties from her under skirt and Dawn tries to wiggle free as her eyes look into his and she sees something she has never seen before in a person. She shuts her eyes and tries to scream again when she feels him enter for the first time. "No," she screams but all her sounds are muffled by his hand covering her mouth.

Scene Four - The Pampa Grill

"You're quiet," Helen observes to Barbara before she picks up her tea and takes a sip of it. Helen looks over at her mother and wonders what is troubling her; usually Barbara always has something to say, but this morning she hasn't been her chipper self, which is alarming to Helen.

Barbara picks up her tea and takes a long sip of it. Once again the previous night, she had a nightmare about Dawn being in danger. She doesn't know, exactly, what the dreams mean because she knows that Dawn couldn't be in danger while she's at the bible camp, but it has rocked her to her very core.

"I had a nightmare last night," Barbara reveals to her as she sets her tea down. "And, I can't shake the feeling the dream left me with."

"You didn't tell me that you've been having nightmares," Helen looks back at her with concern. "Do you remember what the dreams entail? Maybe I can help with something."

"No, no," Barbara waves her hand. "You can't do anything."

"Well, tell me what the dreams are about Mom."

Barbara sighs before she looks back at her. "I don't know, exactly," she admits to her. "It's just that…I have this feeling that Dawn is in terrible danger and I can't do anything to prevent it."

Helen looks back at her with concern. "But, Dawn is at the bible camp. What kind of danger could she possibly be in?"

Barbara shakes her head in confusion. "I wish I knew," she gasps, as she clutches her cross necklace. "It's just a dreadful feeling. I know that she is safe at Monument Lake, but I don't know why I'm having these nightmares."

Helen reaches over and grabs her hand to squeeze it. "Dawn will be home in the next couple of days," Helen tells her. "Then, you'll see Dawn and maybe you'll feel better?"

Barbara uneasily nods back to her. "I hope you're right. I pray that you are."


At another table in the back corner, Cory and Natasha sit across from one another enjoying breakfast together.

"So, you're absolutely sure that you are okay with a small wedding at the mansion?" Natasha asks her fiancé. "Because, my Dad said that we can use his house."

"I'm totally okay with it," he replies to her quickly. "The bigger question is, are you okay with a small wedding?"

Natasha chuckles before she takes a sip of her coffee. "I am," she admits to him. "It's not my first trip down the aisle, and to be honest, after the year we've had, something small seems like the better idea right now."

"That's exactly how I feel," Cory tells her as he looks at her. "So, in a couple of weeks at the mansion, you'll be my wife?"

"I'd love to," Natasha smiles back to him.

"Good, because I've been thinking about something," Cory reveals to her, causing her to arch her eyebrow. "And, I want you to hear me out."

"I'm all ears," she tells him. "You have piqued my curiosity!"

"Well," Cory tells her. "We have been to hell and back this year. From you falling on the ice to the entire transplant," he continues to tell her. "This wedding will finally be something good for us."

"I couldn't agree more, it will be something good for us."

"But, Nat," he continues to tell her. "I don't want it to stop there. I want good things to keep happening to us. For us."

"What are you saying, Cory?"

"I'm saying, after we get married, let's have a baby together. I want to a parent with you."

Natasha puts her coffee cup down and looks back at him, trying to hide her broken heart. "How can you ask that of me? You know that after I fell on the ice, I learned that I can't have more children."

"I know," Cory replies to her quickly. "And, that's fine. There are other ways to have a child. Like, adoption. There are so many children that don't have homes. What if we look into adopting a baby and giving it the best home possible?"

Natasha gets a smile on her face. "You're something else, you know that? Just when I think I can't love you anymore, you go and surprise me."

"Is that a yes?"

"Yes," Natasha nods back to him. "I'd love to adopt a baby with you."


"Sorry I am late," Lukas announces to Daisy and Meggan as he arrives at their large table in the center of the restaurant. "I went to the jail to see Will."

"The guy who you befriended in jail?" Meggan asks him as she stands up and gives him a quick hug and he nods back to her. "It's nice to see you. And, that was nice of you going to see Will."

"Yea, it's really great seeing you out and about again," Daisy forces a smile on her face. She knows that Meggan organized this family breakfast, but it is still difficult for her because she is having a hard time grasping that Jemma killed Frederick. And, that Jemma is dead. She just found her mother and now she is gone.

"Thanks," Lukas uneasily smiles back to them. "I thought Vinny< and Trenyce were coming too?"

"Vinny's just parking," Daisy replies to him. "It gives us family some alone time. Do you have any plans now that you're free?"

Lukas shrugs. "I don't know, to be honest," he admits to them. "Everything has happened so quickly."

"There's no rush for anything," Meggan replies to him.

"I agree though," Daisy chimes into them. "Everything has happened so quickly, I feel like my head is still spinning."

"I can't believe that Jemma was the one responsible and all this time we had no idea because of her coma," Meggan says, not realizing how upsetting it is to Daisy. "I guess she must have just snapped last fall."

"Yea," Lukas replies to them. "But, she was at the party when I was arrested. She saw me go to jail and she didn't say anything! She could have said something before her accident. I'll never understand why she didn't say something! This entire thing could have been prevented if she hadn't been so selfish!"

"You do realize that you're talking about my mother, right?" Daisy tries to keep her cool with them. "She was a victim in all of this too."

"A victim?" Lukas gasps back to her. "She sent two men to jail when she knew she killed our father! That's not exactly a victim."

"I can't do this," Daisy stands up and quickly runs away from the table. She can't all the discussion about how bad of a person Jemma was because that's not how she views her mother.

Lukas looks over at Meggan. "I think we are all still adjusting to the events that have transpired," she tells him. "Maybe in time, we can be a normal family."

Lukas picks up his bloody mary. "I highly doubt we'll ever be a normal family," he quips before he takes a sip of his drink.


At the front door, Vinny and Trenyce walk inside the restaurant together. "How is Daisy holding up?" she asks him as they scan the restaurant to find their table.

"Honestly?" Vinny asks her back, stopping her from walking to the table so they can finish their conversation. "I think she blames me for Jemma's death."

"What?" Trenyce gaps in shock. "It was an accident. A horrible, tragic, accident."

"I know that," Vinny replies to her quickly. "But, I'm the one who gave Simona the clothing I found in Jemma's hotel room."

"And, because of that Lukas is a free man. Daisy can't be upset with you."

"But, she is," Vinny tells her. "And, I don't know how I can get her to forgive me."

"Just give her time," Trenyce replies to him. "She's grieving right now. In time, she'll come to see that you did the only thing you could."

"I hope you're right," he says back to her, as he gestures for her to move to their table.


Daisy rushes up to the bar and puts her hands on it to hold herself up. She can't believe that Lukas and Meggan were making light of the fact that her mother is dead. She feels her eyes swell with water as she tries to catch her breath.

"Hey, are you okay?" Tyler asks Daisy, as he sets his scotch down on the bar moves over to her. "Come, have a seat. You look like you're going to pass out."

"Thanks," Daisy manages to say once she is seating. "Sorry, I'm just having a bad morning. Bad couple months, actually."

"You two, huh?" he asks her, as she looks at him and suddenly realizes who he is.

"Tyler Richardson?" she gasps as she covers her mouth in shock. "Your son…the ice storm…I'm so sorry…"

"Thanks," Tyler quickly says back to her.

"My mother was the pedestrian that was lodged between Kim's car and the restaurant," she reveals to him. "She passed away recently."

"I didn't hear about her passing," he tells her. "I'm sorry too." He looks over her shoulder and can see Vinny and Trenyce looking around for Daisy. "It looks like your family is about to send out an SOS for you."

She shakes her head quickly. "I can't go back there," she replies to him. "I can't deal with them today."

Tyler grabs her hand. "You wanna come with me?" he asks her. "We can go drown our sorrows together?"

Daisy finds herself accepting his proposition as she scoots off the stool. "Lead the way," she tells him, following him out of the restaurant.

Scene Five - Monument Lake Bible Camp

Dawn looks over at Jonah, who is only wearing his boxer shorts but asleep on the sofa. She is curdled up into a small ball on the floor next to the sofa, her eyes red from all the tears she has just shed. She is still in shock about what just happened; she kept saying no, but he didn't listen to her. He kept forcing himself inside of her until he finished. She shuts her eyes, but she opens them immediately, since she sees Jonah hovering over her every time she closes her eyes.

Another tear falls down her cheek, as she tries to stay quiet and silent as she is scared that if she moves, he will wake up and rape her again. Instead, she sits curled in her ball position silently crying on the floor, praying that she can leave Jonah's cabin soon.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Dawn leaves the bible camp
- Trenyce is upset with Chris
- Paige grills Andrew

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