Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: November 09, 2018
Theme song: "Ocean" Goldfrapp
Previously on One Day at a Time
Scene One - The Sugarbowl
"Tonight is the night," Chris looks over at Trenyce as they sit together in the back booth of the coffeehouse. "I am going to call Helen and ask her to come over to my place, and when she gets there, I will tell her that we can't see one another anymore."
Trenyce smiles back to him as she feels her heart flutter a little. She can't believe that it is finally going to happen: Chris is going to end his relationship with Helen so they can be together. She knows that she has waited a long time for this to happen, so part of her feels like it is a dream. On the other hand, she is thrilled that Chris is finally going to end things with Helen. It has been a long time coming, in her mind. And then, together, they can have a relationship and move forward in their quest to try to find their biological child.
"You're not saying anything," Chris observes back to her, sensing that she is apprehensive about something. "Are you having second thoughts?"
"Of course not," Trenyce replies to him quickly. "It just feels surreal I guess. We have waited for so long; I mean, I guess I've waited for so long for this to happen."
Chris smirks back to her, glad that he is making her happy. "Hold on," he winks back to her, as he pulls out his cell phone. He dials a number quickly and then puts the phone to his ear. "Helen, hey it's me I'm good, I was hoping to see you tonight yea, I know it's late, but I really need to talk to you. Can you meet me at place in say, 30 minutes or so? Great see you then."
He hangs up the phone and looks over at Trenyce with a grin on his face. "See, it's happening. This will all be settled by the end of the night."
Trenyce nods back to him. "Good luck with Helen," she replies to him, knowing that she doesn't Helen to be hurt by what is about to happen to her.
At the bar, Andrew looks up from stirring his coffee after hearing Chris and Trenyce's conversation. He quickly leaves through the side door of the coffeehouse, having not been seen by Chris or Trenyce. Once he's outside, he takes a deep breath.
"This could be my way to create a way for them to postpone looking for their child," he whispers to himself, as the wheels in his head start to turn. "This will get Chris in some hot water, which is exactly why I have to do this," he continues to tell himself, as he starts walking towards Chris' townhouse, having a plan set in motion, knowing that he still wants to get revenge on Chris for how he treated Savannah and Frederick when they were still alive.
Scene Two - The Glubbs House; Shane's
"Have I told you how beautiful you are?" Shane asks Cassie as they sit closely next to one another on the sofa, with some wine on the coffee table in front of them. As he looks at her, he recalls how she invited him to the Pampa Grill to apologize for her behavior when she walked on him because she felt like he was defending Natasha to her. He can understand Cassie's point of view because since Cassie has been back in Twin Peaks, Natasha has been seemingly out to get her. Shane can also understand Natasha's point, because of everything that has happened in the past between the two women in the past. That being said, he has really grown to enjoy Cassie's company again because she has proven herself to changed; she is still a beautiful woman, and he is very single.
Cassie chuckles back to him. "Once or twice tonight," she purses her lips together. "Not that a girl minds hearing that; I really appreciate that."
"Well, good," Shane licks his lips, as he eyes her up and down. "Cause, I appreciate you reaching out to me to make everything between us better. In case you haven't noticed, I really have been enjoying spending time with you again."
"I've noticed," she giggles back to him. "It's why I reached out to you, Shane. I have been enjoying it as well."
Shane leans in and kisses her passionately on the lips and she responds. She finally pulls back and he looks at her, his eyes filled with lust.
"I want you," he whispers to her. "Stay the night?"
She pushes him away softly. "I wish I could," she looks back at him. "But, I want to take this slow. I don't want to rush into anything. And, I have an early appointment at work. But, I'll definitely take a rain cheque."
"Cold shower for me, huh?"
She laughs back to him. "I'm afraid so," she stands up from the sofa. "Like I said, I don't want to get in over our heads just yet."
"I can appreciate that," he nods back to her. "As long as it happens sooner rather than later."
Scene Three - The Tower's; Floor Three;
Dawn quickly washes her tea cup and places it in the drying rack, as she thinks about how her family showed up at Shelley's condo a little earlier in the evening to try to convince her to move back home in the aftermath of her rape. They claimed that they wanted to support her during this time, which she thinks is a joke. The last thing she wants, however, is to be living under the same roof as the people who sent her to the bible camp in the first place. She wants to try to move on with her life, but seeing the people that forced her to the place where Jonah attacked her is too much for her, and she knows that.
She feels her eyes swell with water but she shakes her head in disgust. "I have to stop thinking about what happened at that bible camp," she scolds herself, even though she knows the only thing she can think about it is the attack. "I have to think of a way to move on with my life."
She pauses when she hears a knock on the door. She dreads moving to the door to see who it is because she is alone in the condo as Shelley went out to grab some late night snacks for the two of them. She just hopes that it's not Adam or Helen coming back to try to convince her to leave again, because she has to stay with Shelley until she feels better again. She can't live with her family, and she doesn't know if she will ever be ready to live with them again.
She slowly moves the door and opens it and is startled to see Barbara standing on the other side of the door. "I know you asked us to leave," Barbara tells her, as she pushes her way inside the condo. "But, I had to see you. I need you hear me out."
"I don't have anything to say to you," Dawn whispers back to her. "You have no idea what I am going through right now."
"No, I don't," Barbara replies to her quickly. "But, darling, I am here for you. You have no idea how terrible I feel about what happened to you at the camp."
Dawn lets a tear fall down her cheek. "You want to be here for me? You want me to tell you how disgusting I feel? You want me to tell you how dirty I feel? You want me to tell you that I'm straight now? Is that what you want to hear?"
Barbara shakes her head back to her quickly. "No, Dawn, I just want too "
"I'm still a lesbian, Grandma," Dawn yells at her as a tear falls down her cheek. "Only, now I have been violated in the most horrible of ways and it's your fault! Don't you understand that? I need you to leave me alone! Get out of here! Seeing you only makes it worse!"
Barbara lets some tears fall down her face, as she is finally realizing how damaged her Granddaughter is from her attack. "I'm so sorry," Barbara whimpers to her. "I'm so sorry."
Scene Four - The Tower's; Floor Seven;
Adam looks around his condo that he bought after his divorce from Helen was finalized the previous year. He has enjoyed being back in the Tower's condo's, since he lived there before he was married to Helen. In some ways, he feels weird, still, that he is not living in the house with Helen and Barbara since he spent so many years there with his family.
His heart is breaking as he thinks about how Dawn threw him, Helen and Barbara out of Shelley's condo earlier because she blames them for her rape. He wishes he could get through to his daughter and help her in her time of need, but he knows that she is going through the darkest period of her life and he has to give her space.
"Hopefully, she will come around one day," he whispers to himself as he moves over to the bar and pours himself a scotch. As he takes a sip of it, he looks down and sees a small ring box sitting next to his decanter. He slowly picks up the box and opens it, looking at the large Rockwell diamond ring that he was planning on giving Robin as an engagement ring. He takes another sip of his drink, wondering what he will do now.
He recalls how Craig told him that as a result of the accident, he has become impotent. He doesn't know if he can ask Robin to marry him now because he doesn't know if or when he will be able to make love to her again, and she doesn't deserve that in her life. A beautiful woman like her should be treated like a woman, he thinks to himself.
"I guess," he whispers to himself. "I have to end my relationship with her. I can't marry her now. She deserves a man, and I'm not that right now. And, I don't know if I ever will be again."
He takes another drink of his scotch, hoping that soon he will start to forget all the problems he is facing in his life right now.
Scene Five - The Sugarbowl
"Thanks for meeting me, I know it's late," Robin looks over at Max as they sit at a table in the center of the coffeehouse. Robin couldn't sleep because her mind is racing about Adam's accident, the surgery and his release from the hospital. She can't believe everything that has happened in such a short amount of time, but what is most baffling for her, is that Adam didn't even tell her that he was getting discharged. She wishes she understood why he is suddenly being so distant. She can worry about that soon enough, she thinks. She still has lingering questions about the accident at the boutique.
"No worries," Max replies to her, glad that she reached out to him when she was in time of need. He just hopes that this means that, finally, she is starting to see him in a new light. "You know that I'm always here for you."
"Yea, my mind has just been racing about everything that has happened," she admits to him. "I still find it very odd that Adam was at the boutique in the first place. We had agreed to meet at the Pampa Grill; why was he even at the boutique?"
"I wish I had the answers," Max says back to her, wondering if she will let this go so they could move on and possibly be together.
"Can you tell me again when you left the boutique?"
"Uh, yea," Max nods back to her. "The photo shoot ended, I was cleaning up and a model brought me your phone. I finished cleaning up and then I left. So, maybe 30 minutes after the shoot?"
Robin looks back at him, remembering that he previously told her that he left right after the shoot was over. Now, he claimed that he was there for an additional 30 minutes. It's not a huge change, but why would his story change now? Robin uneasily nods back to him, wondering if something more is going on.
"So, you never saw Adam arrive?"
"No," Max lies to her. "I left and I saw you at the restaurant shortly after. I gave you back your phone, remember?"
Robin nods back to him. "I remember," she tells him.
He reaches over and grabs her hand. "I think you're over thinking things," he whispers back to her, as she looks down at his hand touching hers. "The good news is that my Dad survived. Everything is fine we just have to move on now."
"Yea, I guess we do," Robin replies
to him quickly, wondering if Max actually knows more than what he is saying
about the accident at the boutique.
Cassie opens the door to the coffeehouse and quickly sets inside. She was heading home from Shane's when she decided to grab a quick hot chocolate as something sweet before she goes to bed. She orders her drink and then waits for the barista to pass it to her. Before she can get her drink, she sees Natasha emerging from the back booth and approaching her.
"A little late for a coffee, isn't it?" Natasha asks her as she arrives at Cassie.
"I could ask you the same thing," Cassie replies to her quickly. "I'm actually trying to enjoy the rest of my night, so if you don't mind "
"Yea, I don't know why I came over," Natasha admits to her before she turns to leave.
"I know why you did," Cassie snaps at her, causing Natasha to stop walking away from her rival. "Because, you're obsessed with me! All you want is to make my life a living hell, well guess what? You don't have the kind of power over me. Shane and I are closer than ever and there's not a damn thing you can do about it!"
Natasha freezes at the words that Cassie just told her. "Really? You and Shane are closer than ever?"
"Not that it's any of your business," Cassie quickly replies to her. "But yea, we are. We practically made love tonight; we would have if I didn't have an early meeting tomorrow."
Natasha shakes her head in disgust, thinking that there is no way Shane would get involved sexually with Cassie again; not after everything she put them through all those years ago. "You're a liar."
Cassie giggles as she puts a lid on her hot chocolate. "And you're delusional. Get over it, Nat. Shane and I are the real deal and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. Ta-ta!"
Natasha feels her blood boil as she watches Cassie walk away from her. She shakes her head knowing that she has to get Cassie away from Shane. "We'll see about that," she whispers to herself.
Scene Six - The Pampa Grill
"Vic, I'm surprised to see you out so late," Shane calls her over from his seat at the bar, having seen his friend come into the restaurant. After Cassie left his house, he decided to come to the restaurant to have a night cap. He watches Victoria walk up to him. "I'm having a night cap, want to join me?"
"Yes please," she sits next to him. "I had a long shift at the hospital, I could use a drink."
"Rough day?" he asks her, as she orders a drink.
"Yea," she admits to him. "I won't get into the details, but I dealt with a rape victim," Victoria reveals to him, as she recalls seeing Dawn at the hospital as her friend brought her in after she had been assaulted and she wanted to make sure Dawn was okay. "She is a pretty young girl and " Victoria stops as she gets tears in her eyes.
"It made you think of your past?" Shane finishes her train of thought, as he can tell that she is getting emotional about it. "Oh Vic," he puts his arm around her. "You know that you've come a long way since then, don't you?"
"I do," she nods back to him before looks at him. "It's just when your own father does those types of things to you, you never really get over it, you know?"
"I get it," he tells her. "Just know that you are loved, and you have so many people around you now that want nothing but the best for you. And, you know that I am one of those people."
Victoria leans her head on his shoulder as a tear falls down her cheek. "Thanks Shane," she whispers back to him.
At another table near the back of the restaurant, Leah and Paige sit across from one another, enjoying a late night plate of nachos together.
"I had no idea that this place made nachos," Paige tells her mother before she takes a bit of one of the chips she is holding.
"I made a special request," Leah replies to her quickly. "I thought it would be fun for us to do something like this. It's not often we get to eat this badly and get away with it."
"Good thing it's winter and not bikini weather," Paige laughs back to her.
"That's so true!" Leah laughs with her. "I'm really glad that we are reconnecting, Paige. All those months that I didn't have my memory, I feel so bad that I could remember you. It must have been so difficult on you."
"Thankfully, it is water under the bridge," Paige waves her hand in the air. "You are truly back with us now and that's all that matters. Can you be honest with me about something?"
"Of course I can," Leah replies to her daughter.
"How is Grandma really doing? Will she be okay?"
Leah uneasily smiles back to Paige as she thinks about how Felicia is in the hospital after being trapped in the boutique while it was on fire. Now, the police are thinking that she caused the fire as she was off her medication. "The doctors say she will be fine," Leah tells Paige. "That is the good news. The troubling news is that she was off her medication, and we don't know what that means."
"But, she will go back on her meds now?"
"Yes," Leah nods back to her. "After everything that has happened, I'm sure she was just forgetting to take her pills. In some ways this is good for her."
"I just want her to be okay," Paige replies to her Mom.
"So, what is going on with you? Are there any boys in your life?" Leah asks her daughter before she takes a sip of her iced tea, changing the topic of conversation.
Paige feels her face blush a little, as she thinks about how Andrew kissed her recently. She thinks that it is so odd how she and Andrew started out by not being able to stand each other, but since the ice storm, they have been growing closer and closer. Still, she isn't sure what she is to call their relationship or how to define it.
"I can tell by the look on your face that there is a guy," Leah tells her daughter. "Is it anyone special? Or is it too early to tell?"
"It's too early," Paige admits to her. "We are taking it slowly. I don't want to rush into anything. I've had enough drama with guys already that I want to take my time."
"That's a very smart decision,"
Leah replies to her. "You're so young, you have all the time in the
"Just do me a favor?" Leah asks her as Paige locks eyes with her mother. "Enjoy the process, okay? First loves are very special. And, if it doesn't get to love, that's okay too."
"Thanks Mom," Paige smiles back to her. "He is a really great guy. One day, when I'm ready, I'll tell you all about him."
"And, I'll be here to listen. Now, have another nacho, I can't finish these myself!"
At another table, Trenyce picks up her glass of wine and looks over at Donovan, who sips on his beer. "Thanks for coming to meet me," Trenyce tells her friend as she sets her wine glass back down on the table. "I know it's late, I just couldn't go home and try to sleep."
"Your text indicated that Chris was going to talk to Helen tonight, is that still the plan?" Donovan asks her, as Trenyce nods back to her.
"He should be with her right now," she replies to him unable to get the smile off her face. "You know, Donovan. It just feels like I am about to get everything I've always wanted."
Donovan smiles back to her, thrilled that she is finally in a good place. After so much pain was caused during the ice storm and then with Lukas going to jail, Donovan is happy that something good is happening. "I'm happy for you, Trenyce," he tells her. "You really deserve to be happy. And if Chris makes you happy, then I am happy for you."
"Cheers," Trenyce picks up her wine glass to toast her friend.
Scene Seven - Chris' Townhouse
Andrew hides in the kitchen of Chris' townhouse when Chris walks in and quickly opens a cupboard to grab two glasses and he pours two glasses of wine. He leaves the glasses there when he hears the doorbell ring. He takes a deep breath and leaves the kitchen.
As soon as Chris is out of the room, Andrew moves over to the glasses and dumps some liquid in each glass. He quickly swirls them around before he hides again.
Chris, meanwhile, opens the door and sees Helen standing there. "Thanks for coming, I know it's late," he welcomes her into the town house.
"Yea, it sounded important," she replies to him. "It's been a long day though, I have to admit."
"I poured some wine, can I get you some?"
"I'd love that," she admits to him as she sits on the sofa in his living room.
Chris enters the kitchen and grabs the two glasses as Andrew gets a wicked grin on his face, as Chris returns to Helen in the living room.
"He won't even get the chance to break up with her," Andrew whispers to himself. "The drug I put in their drinks should knock them out pretty quickly. And, that's when I'll have my real fun."
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