Theme song: "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Mary J Blige feat. Jesse
Previously on One Day
at a Time
Scene One - The Calimo
"Darling, welcome home," Bob hugs Natasha as they stand in the living room of the Calimo mansion, as Christmas carols play softly in the back ground. "How as New York?"
"It was cold," Natasha chuckles back to him, Kim, Robbie and Cory. "But, Jacob is doing so well. He loved the presents you all got him."
"We are just glad that he is doing better," Robbie tells his sister. "After the year we've had, seeing our loved ones happy and healthy, that's all that really matters."
"I'll drink to that," Kim raises her glass, realizing that today has been really hard on her because it is the first Christmas without Blake. She is trying not to think about it too much, but hearing about Jacob in New York is a painful reminder that he is alive and her son is not. "If you'll excuse me."
Natasha watches as Kim walks away and puts her head down. "I can't believe I went on and on about Jacob in front of her," she says slowly, as Cory grabs her hand, realizing how upset Kim is over the situation. "I was so insensitive."
"Not at all," Cory tells her. "You can't be upset for the choices that Kim made all those months ago. Jacob is doing better, and that should be celebrated."
"You're always right, how is that possible? Merry Christmas, Cory," Natasha smiles back to him before they share a quick kiss.
"Merry Christmas, baby."
"Who wants another glass of wine?" Robbie asks the family, as he holds up a bottle. "It's Christmas, after all, we can all be merry."
"What's gotten into you?" Bob comes up to his son, curious as to Robbie's mood. "It's not Leah, is it?"
"What do you mean?" Robbie asks him back.
"Has she finally made up her mind about who she wants to be with? That might the best the Christmas present yet," Bob smirks back to him, wishing that Leah would make up her mind already.
"She hasn't," Robbie replies to him. "But, she told me that she is coming to a decision. I would assume by the new year, I'll know where I stand with her."
"Something else to drink too," Bob raises his glass to him.
"We have some good news as well," Cory reveals to the family, as they all turn around and look at him. Natasha comes up next to him and puts her hands on his shoulder. "Natasha and I have decided to try to adopt a baby. We are the waiting list as we speak."
"That's fantastic news," Bob comes up and hugs his daughter. "Oh my beauty, this is exactly the news we needed to hear today."
"Thanks Daddy," Natasha smiles through some tears. "It's a very Merry Christmas, indeed."
"I need to go and get some air," Kim suddenly announces to the family, feeling like she can't breathe. "Don't worry about waiting for me with dinner, I'm not sure how long I will be."
Bob rushes after Kim as she heads into the foyer, as Robbie and Natasha look back at one another in concern. "Kimberly, wait," Bob calls out to her, as he grabs her and stops her from leaving the mansion.
"No, Bob, please," she pleads with him as a tear falls down her cheek. "Today, this has been too much for me. I need some space, please understand that."
"I understand completely," Bob nods back to her. "Let me drive you into the city," he tells her as he pulls out a small bug from his pocket. "This is the device I want to plant to Felicia's hospital room; while you're getting your air, I'll put this into her room and before we know it, she will believe she started that fire. What do you say? Let's do this together?"
Kim nods as she wipes her eyes. "I love you," she tells him. "I don't know what I'd do without you."
"I love you too," he leans in and kisses her. "Come on, let's try to be back before dinner is served."
Scene Two - The Black
House; Helen & Barbara's Home
"Would you like another glass of eggnog?" Helen comes up to Adam, who is sitting on the sofa in the living room of the house he spent so many years. It feels a little odd for him this year not being married to Helen, but he is glad that he is there; especially after everything that has happened with Dawn and Barbara the last few weeks.
"No, I think I should pace myself this year," he replies to her. "I'm not sure how much I should be drinking while I'm still on my medication."
"Right, I didn't even think about that," Helen tells him. "Have we told you how grateful we are that you're okay from that accident?"
Adam smiles back to her and to Dawn, who looks up to him. "I feel that all the time," he says back to his family. "I don't know what I did to get off with so little injuries from that accident," he tells them. "But, I am so grateful that I am here with you two today. After everything this family has been through this year, we deserve to have a nice quiet holiday."
"I do wish Grandma was here," Dawn admits to them. "It doesn't seem fair that she is in jail because she saved me from Jonah. God knows what would have happened if she wasn't here."
"Let's not think about that today," Helen tells her daughter. "The point is, you're safe and we can all start to move on from this nightmare."
Dawn puts her head down as she fights tears in her eyes, as she recalls being at the hospital when she learned that she pregnant with Jonah's baby. Hearing her mother and father say they are eager to move on from everything that has happened is a hard pill to swallow, because she knows that she will be living with it for, at least, 9 more months.
"Dawn are you okay?" Adam asks his daughter, noticing she is upset.
"I'm fine," she replies to him as she stands up from the floor. "I'm going to call Shelley and Paige and wish them a Merry Christmas."
Helen nods back to her. "Okay, we'll be here when you get back," she says as Dawn leaves the room. "We have a pretty good kid, huh?"
"She's the best. I just hope she's able to rebound from all of this. It's been a hell of a year," Adam looks into Helen's eyes. "Have I wished you a Merry Christmas yet?"
"Once or twice," she smiles back to him, glad that they are talking about something less painful now. "Merry Christmas Adam."
Scene Three - The Graveyard
Kim rushes through the graveyard as a light snow fall sprinkles down from the sky. As she approaches Blake's tombstone, she sees Tyler standing there. She gets an uneasy smile on her face as she reaches the father of her son.
"Merry Christmas," she says as she comes up behind him.
Tyler turns around and sees Kim and immediately pulls her into a hug. "Merry Christmas," he says through a sniffle.
"It's a difficult day, hey?" she says as they exit their embrace and he nods back to her. "I was at the mansion and Natasha just got back from seeing Jacob."
"How is he doing?"
"Better than fine," Kim replies to him. "Hearing her go on and on about how well he's doing and how much he loved his presents God, I had to get out of there."
"I understand," Tyler admits to her. "I was with my family and I felt like I was being suffocated as well. I'm glad that you're here though. It's nice to see you today."
Kim nods through some tears in her eyes. "We will never forget Blake, Tyler," she replies to him. "Promise me that we will never forget him."
"We never could," he tells her as he pulls her into another hug. "He'll always be our baby, Kim. And, I hope he's having a Merry Christmas, where ever he is."
"Me too," she agrees with him. "Merry Christmas Tyler."
Scene Four - Dominick's
"I hope Tyler is okay," Eva tells Dominick as she takes a sip of her champagne as they stand by the fire place, having just finished opening presents. She recalls how Tyler was seemingly emotional about the day, which is understandable since it is the first Christmas without Blake.
"I think he just needed some air," Dominick replies to her. "It is understandable that he is upset considering it is the first Christmas without Blake."
"I agree," she purses her lips together. "I hope you're having a Merry Christmas, Dominick."
"I am worried about my son and about Felicia," he admits to her. "But, it is nice that the rest of the family is all together."
"It is," she uneasily says back to him. "I hope I haven't done anything to upset you."
"It's not you," Dominick replies to her quickly. "It's just, I've been reflecting on this year and it has been hell for the family. I'm trying to put it all behind me today, but I can't help but think about what we have been through."
"The key is that we have been through it, Dominick and we survived," she tells him. "We are survivors. This year could have ruined any other family, but not ours. We are stronger than ever before, and we will get through this Felicia ordeal too. I know we will."
Dominick smiles at his wife and leans in and gives her a quick kiss on the lips. "Merry Christmas, Eva."
"Merry Christmas my love."
"Thank you so much for the new IPhone X, Mom," Paige smiles to Leah, as she is excited about her gift that she got. "It's awesome."
"I'm glad that you like it," Leah nods back to her. "Today is about showing everyone that we care about how much we love them. We can't take anyone for granted. This year has proved that to all of us."
"I happen to agree," Jeff chimes in, as he sits next to Leah and puts his arm around her. "Merry Christmas," he says as he leans in and gives her a quick kiss on the lips, which Paige notices. She can't help but wonder if her Mom has decided to make her marriage to Jeff work after all.
"Thank you," Leah smiles back to him. "Merry Christmas to you too."
Suddenly, Eva comes back into the living room with an apron on. "Jeff, could I get you to help me with the turkey?"
"Of course," Jeff stands up and quickly rushes out with Eva following him.
"That was nice," Paige looks down at Leah, who is still sitting on the sofa.
"Yea, your father is a good man."
"Does that mean you've made your decision?"
Leah sighs and smiles back to her quickly. "I think I have," she replies to her. "But, I'm going to tell Robbie and Jeff at the same time. They deserve to hear it from me first."
"I trust you're making the best decision for you," Paige tells her.
"Thanks baby," Leah smiles back to her. "Merry Christmas."
"I'll get the door," Robin calls out as she moves towards the front door, having heard the doorbell ring. She opens the door and is surprised to see Max standing on the other side. "Max, what are you doing here?"
he smiles back to her as he passes her a small gift bag. "Sorry,
it's nothing more. I just wanted to get you something small."
"Don't worry about it," Max shrugs his shoulders. "You've been under a lot of stress. I just hope that with the New Year coming, you can put it all behind you and start fresh."
Robin nods back to him and agrees with him. "That would be nice. Thank you for the present. You're a sweet guy."
Max leans in and gives her a quick kiss on the lips. "Max," she pushes him away. "I told you before, we can't."
"I know," he tells her. "I just hope in the New Year you realize that I could be more than just a guy to you. I could be so much more. Anyways, I have to go. Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas, Max," Robin puts her hands to her lips as Max leaves, wondering why he continues to pursue her when she has made it clear that she isn't interested in him. She shakes her head and returns her focus to her family, who is about to have Christmas dinner.
Scene Five - Twin Peaks
Bob slowly opens the door
to Felicia's hospital room and moves inside. He watches her sleep for
a moment as he moves up to her bed. She looks so peaceful, he realizes
as he reaches the base of her bed.
He steps back to the door of the room and then pulls out a small remote control. He presses the "on" button and then he can hear "I started the fire" whisper through the air.
He gets a devilish grin on his face as he realizes that soon Felicia will be thinking that she started the fire at the boutique. "Merry Christmas indeed," he laughs before he leaves the hospital room, unseen by anyone.
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