Episode 577 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: November 28, 2019


Episode Theme song: "Heroin" Lana Del Rey
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Nicholas spoke to Craig about his HIV, as he was still feeling under the weather from the drugs Brandy was giving him
- Adam and Dawn were devastated when Helen died from her injuries she suffered from the car accident with Bob
- Bob woke up briefly and told Kim he loved her. Kim, meanwhile, told Simona that the Robertson's were lying about Felicia being brainwashed
- Robbie told Natasha he suspects Kim and Greg were having an affair
- Brandy secretly gave Barbara more electroshock therapy than was ordered
- Brooke told Greg they have to stick together as a family. Brad, meanwhile, wondered why Brooke clammed up about details of Cheresa's adoption

St. Joseph's Church

A large picture of Helen in a golden frame is at the front of the church, with a dozen bouquet of red roses surrounding it. A soft sunlight is coming in through the stain glassed windows, giving the golden frame a nice aura to it. The setting is set for Helen's memorial service, and Nicholas, who stands at the altar, looks into the first pew and sees Adam and Dawn, both dressed in all black, holding tissues as they are crying. He can't imagine what they are going through right now, but he hopes that he is able to give them some kind of reassurance that Helen is in a good place now.

He clears his throat a little before he starts to address the church, which is filled with family members and friends of Helen's. "Ladies and gentlemen," Nicholas begins, as the soft chatter of the crowd comes to a slow halt. "We are gathered here today to celebrate, and remember, the life of Helen Mills Black. She was a pillar in this community, often volunteering her time but more importantly was her role as a daughter, a mother and a wife. She was loved by everyone who knew her, and as I look out now and see the sad faces, I hope you believe me when I say she will be at peace now that she is with God."

Dawn buries her face into Adam's shoulder before she looks up at her Dad. He gives her a comforting nod of his head before she stands up and moves to the front of the church. She pats her damp eyes dry with her tissue before she looks into the crowd. Behind Adam, she can see Paige, Andrew, Max, Abby and Cheresa sitting there, supporting her through her day. In the very back pew of the church, Dawn can also see Shelley, who uneasily smiles to her. She takes a deep breath.

"My Mom," she begins to say, trying not to let her voice crack. "She was my best friend. I remember when I was a little girl, she taught me how to do this French braid that I was struggling with," Dawn laughs a little. "It took her three days, but finally I understood how to do it. It didn't seem like much at a time, but looking back, I realize that she was such a wonderful parent. She was so patient and understanding," Dawn says as she feels water swell under her eyes. "Now that she's gone, I'm remembering more and more times like this. I don't know how I'm going to get through life without my Mom," she says as a tear falls down her cheek. "This doesn't seem fair to me. She will never see me get married or have a child of my own!" more tears fall from Dawn's cheek. "Wherever you are Mom, I love you. Please now that I love you so much!"

Adam stands up and helps his daughter back into the pew. He holds her until she has her crying under control. He looks at her and she nods back to him, giving him the okay to move the front of the church. Max puts his hands on Dawn's shoulder and she turns to look back at him with her red eyes.

"You know," Adam starts to tell the crowd. "When you spend the majority of your adult life with someone, you get to know them pretty darn well. And, I knew Helen as well as another person could know someone. And Helen was the most caring, loving, generous woman I've ever known. We have been divorced for a while now, but we always remained very close and we had a bond that never went away," he says, as Robin gulps in the pew. "She will always be the mother of my daughter, and I will be grateful until the day I die for my time with her. Helen, wherever you are, I hope you're at peace. I love you, and I always will."


The service comes to a close, and while everyone waits to go to the cemetery, guests start to mingle in the foyer of the church. Brad moves up to Meggan, passing her a glass of water.
"How are you holding up?" Brad asks her. "I'm sure that this must be bringing up memories of your Dad."

Meggan takes a slow sip of her water and thinks about the last funeral that she was at, which was when Frederick died. The only difference is that Helen's death was a tragic accident and Frederick was murdered by Jemma Davenport. "It does bring up a lot of memories for me," she admits to him. "But I am okay. Lukas and I, we came to peace with our father's death a long time ago."

"I'm glad that you're doing okay," Brad replies to her. "If I can do anything…"

"I know, I appreciate that," Meggan smiles back to him. "I think we should focus on work. The best thing that we can do for anyone right now is to find Chris and Trenyce's child; that could bring peace to a lot of people, don't you think?"

"Yea, I agree," Brad nods back to her. "I was thinking about my Mom and how weird she got about Cheresa's adoption."

"You were going to talk to her about it, weren't you?"

"I haven't had the chance with everything going on," he tells her. "But, if we are going to look into adoption agencies maybe we should have some DNA of Chris and Trenyce on hand, just in case we have to compare to any child that was in the system, what do you think?"

"I think that's a great idea," she replies to him. "I don't want to tell Chris and Trenyce that this is what we are doing with their DNA, I don't want to get their hopes up. But I will call them to my office and collect some kind of sample."

"Okay, great," Brad says back to her. "And, in the meantime, I'll figure out what my mother is up too."


"I was just about to head back to the hospital," Natasha tells Robbie, as she approaches her brother. "I wanted to come and support Adam for the service, but I don't think I'll stay for the burial. I want to get back to Dad."

Robbie looks back at his sister and nods. "Yea, me too," he replies to her. "We can drive together?"

"Sure," Natasha says back to him. "It'll give me the chance to fill you in."

"Oh what?" Robbie asks her.

"I got a call from Simona Lopez this morning," Natasha informs him. " Dominick and Tyler have accused Dad of brainwashing Felicia Robertson into believing she started that fire at the boutique last fall. Apparently, they found a device of some kind in Dad's study that told Felicia she started the fire."

"That's insane!"

"I know," Natasha sighs. "But, this means that they will be releasing Felicia from Raven's Meadow, and Dad is in a lot of trouble."

"Ugh," Robbie groans. "You know what I think, don't you?"

"I'm afraid I do."

"This is all Kim's fault," Robbie grits his teeth together. "She has to pay for what she has done."

Raven's Meadow

Brandy looks over at the hospital bed where Barbara is strapped down and smiles to herself as she looks back at the electroshock therapy machine that is on. She is giving Barbara yet another dose of the therapy, despite it not being authorized. In Brandy's mind, however, she is doing exactly what she needs to be doing to make Barbara pay for her role in Dawn's rape.

She looks at the woman, who is unable to move, her body slightly convoluting by the shocks. "You will pay for what you did," she whispers to her as she laughs a little. "This is only the beginning, Barbara. I will continue to give you this therapy until you can utter the words, 'I'm sorry' and actually mean them."

She moves over to the machine and slowly turns it off, realizing that she can't overdo it or she will harm Barbara. She needs to ensure she stays alive long enough to hear her say those words.

"Now, let's get you back to your room so you can rest," Brandy uneasily smiles back to her. "And I, I have to get back home to take care of another project," she says cryptically. "I've already altered Craig's file to show that he does have HIV, but this new project is something I've been waiting for a while now."


In the common room of the hospital, Felicia paces back and forth as she wonders where Barbara is. She can't help but think back to hearing Victoria tell Barbara will make her pay for sending Dawn to that bible camp a few years earlier. Felicia has no idea what Victoria could do to hurt Barbara, but she is scared for her friend about what could happen.

"I have to figure out what is happening with Barbara," she whispers to herself, her face written with worry. "Barbara is my friend, I have to help her!"

Before she can say anything else, a nurse comes up to Felicia with a smile on her face. "Good news, Felicia," she says as Felicia looks back at her. "You get to leave here today. Your family will be here soon to pick you up. Isn't that great?"

"No," Felicia quickly says back to her. "I can't go! Not until I know Barbara is okay! Please, you have to listen to me! You have to help me save Barbara!"

Twin Peaks General Hospital

Donovan, Lukas and Andy all frantically pace around a waiting room as they wait to hear back from a doctor about Craig's status as they were at Craig's condo earlier, and he seemingly broke out into a fever. They rushed him to the hospital, where Andy was waiting for them as he was supporting Kim while Bob remains in a coma.

"Damn it," Donovan says out loud. "What's taking so long? We should have heard something by now?"

"We will," Lukas replies to him. " Shane said he was going to run some tests that could be what is taking so long."

Andy uneasily looks back at them. "Man, everything is such a mess right now. With Helen passing away, Bob being in a coma and Craig sick … what's going on around here?"

"I wish I knew," Lukas replies to him. "And with the holidays so close, it doesn't feel like this Christmas will be very merry."

Before anyone can reply, Shane comes into the waiting room holding Craig's file. "Hey guys," he says, causing the men to look over at him. "I have Craig on an IV drip, as he's pretty hydrated. I think this is a side effect of the medication he has been on."

"I thought the medication was supposed to make him feel better, not worse?" Donovan asks as Lukas shoots him a glare. Donovan knows that Lukas still doesn't trust Victoria as Craig's doctor, but he can't imagine his sister would do anything to hurt Craig.

"That's what I'm going to figure out by running more tests," Shane replies to them. "You guys can wait in here for an update, but I don't want you to visit Craig. He should rest right now. I'll be back as soon as I know something more."

"Okay, thanks Shane," Lukas tries to smile at him.

Shane nods back to him and then slowly leaves the waiting room. Outside, he pauses and takes a deep breath. "The first test I will run is another blood test to see if Craig has HIV or not," he whispers to himself. "His file is now showing that his blood does have the virus, but I'm sure when I reviewed it before, it said he didn't have HIV. I have to figure out what is going on here and what Victoria is up too."


Brooke turns a corner in the hospital and sees Robbie, Natasha and Kim standing outside of Bob's hospital room. She looks at Robbie for a moment and recalls how he told her that she would lose out on relationships if she didn't start to open up; of course, they've had sex a few times now but she knows that she is married so the sex shouldn't have happened in the first place. But, she also knows that her marriage isn't exactly the most stable in the world. That being said, she does recall telling Greg that they have to put their family first since Helen has passed away; it has made her realized how short life really is.

Robbie looks over from his conversation with Kim and Natasha and sees Brooke. He excuses himself and moves towards the end of the hallway to see her. "Hey, how you?" he asks her as he approaches her.

"I'm fine," she replies to him. "I should be asking you how you are. Your Dad, is he okay?"

Robbie sighs back to her, having just heard that Bob woke up for a couple of brief moments before falling back into a coma. Not only is his father fighting for his life, but now he has to deal with the rumours that he brainwashed Felicia into thinking she started the fire at the boutique last year. He doesn't know what is worse.

"I don't know," Robbie replies to her. "He's still in critical condition."

"Did you hear about Helen?"

"I did," he admits to her. "I was at her service earlier today. To be honest, it was really difficult hearing Adam and Dawn speak about her. Makes you realize how short life is."

"Yea, my thoughts exactly."

Robbie grabs her hands and squeezes them, which Greg happens to see as he walks by. He was on his way to see how Kim was doing, but now he is seeing his wife holding hands with another man. "You know we could be great together," Robbie tells her, not seeing Greg walk by.

"Robbie, I have to focus on my family," she tells him. "I've enjoyed what we've had together, but my family, it has to come first."

"Considering everything I'm going through right now, I can appreciate that," Robbie says back to her. "Just know that if you ever need anything, I'm here for you, okay?"

"And you the same."


"I can't believe my father woke up and I am just hearing about it now," Natasha spits back to Kim, having heard that Bob woke up for a couple of minutes.

"What did you want me to do?" Kim asks her friend. "Pull out my phone and call you instead of talking to my husband?"

"I think you're forgetting that your husband is my father," Natasha rolls her eyes. "Robbie and I, we should be informed of everything that happens with him right now!"

"It's not my fault you were too busy with Jacob being home instead of being here for your father."

"How dare you!" Natasha looks back at her in shock. "You have no room to talk, especially considering what you and Greg Lawson."

Kim looks back at her with intent. "What the hell is that supposed to mean?"

"Robbie told me everything," Natasha says back to her. "About you and Greg holding hands at Robin and Adam's engagement party; we shouldn't be surprised. Not after you and Tyler's affair!"

"You have no idea what you're talking about," Kim replies to her quickly.

"Like hell I don't," Natasha yells at her. "Now, get out of my way. I'm going to see my father," Natasha pushes her way past Kim. She moves into the hospital room and covers her mouth at the sight of Bob in the hospital bed. She has never seen her father look this way before; it's a very hard pill to swallow for Natasha.

"Daddy," she says reaching his beside. "Everything is such a mess right now. But you know what? Jacob came home. He's gotten so big, you'd be so proud of him. He's a young man now."
She sits in the chair next to his bed and grabs his hand. "You have to wake up, Daddy. You have to come back to us. We need you more than you know. Please, please open your eyes. Tell me you're okay. Daddy, please," Natasha says as a tear falls down her cheek.

The Tower's; Floor Eight; Victoria's Condo

Brandy takes a sip of her red wine before she walks from the kitchen of the condo into the master bedroom. She sets her wine glass down on the end table next to the bed before she moves over to the closet and opens the double doors. Inside, there is a large shrine with Craig, Barbara, Helen and Adam's faces plastered all over it. She looks at the shrine and laughs a little.

"Craig is already suffering as a result of his actions towards Donovan," she says to herself. "And, Barbara, that old hag is getting exactly what she deserves from the electroshock therapy. I'm surprised her hair hasn't started to curl yet."

She runs her finger over Helen's face. "And you," she says in a slow whisper. "You too are getting what you deserve for sending your daughter away. You allowed her to be raped by that man, and for that, you will pay."


Meanwhile, at the cemetery, Adam and Dawn stand above the fresh gravesite holding one another. Dawn looks down at the tombstone that reads her mother's name and then buries her face into Adam's shoulder.

"Don't worry Dawn," Adam whispers to her, trying to comfort her. "I'm here for you. You won't lose me too. I promise you that."


"Yes, Helen," Brandy whispers back to herself. "You are getting exactly what you deserve."
She laughs again as she thinks back to the day in the hospital when Bob and Helen were brought in from their car accident. Brandy agreed to look after an injured Helen; in the OR room, she looked at the woman who sent Dawn to the bible camp and got a wicked idea. Alone in the room, she filled a syringe full of a drug that slows the heart rate down and places someone in a cationic state. It gave the illusion that Helen was dead. That's when Brandy emerged and told Adam and Dawn the news of Helen's death. Shortly after, Brandy had the body sent to the morgue knowing that the drugs would still be in effect.

Brandy snaps back into reality and laughs out loud as she looks at her shrine again. "You'll soon be in for a rude awakening."


Back at the cemetery, Dawn exits her embrace from her father. "I'm ready to go home," she tells Adam. "But, I want you to stay with me, please?"

"Of course," Adam nods back to her his daughter. "You won't be alone. We have to get through this together, Dawn. The loss of your mother, we are both suffering right now. I won't leave you, and you, you won't leave me, deal?"

"Deal," Dawn bites her lower lip before she looks back at the fresh gravesite. "Goodbye, Mom."

Meanwhile, inside Helen's coffin, her body lays still. Suddenly, however, her eyes open and she looks around in a panic. "Where am I?" she asks herself looking around, as Brandy's evil laugh continues in her condo.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Brandy communicates with Helen
- Dominick is worried about Felicia's ramblings
- Shane gets Craig's results back

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