Episode 596 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: March 16, 2020

 

Episode Theme song: "Buddha" Macy Gray
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Robin and Adam finished planning their wedding after they asked Dawn & Max to stand up for them. They agreed, but Dawn still had mixed feelings about her father moving on so quickly after Helen's "death"
- Lukas and Donovan remained at odds over Victoria and her misdiagnosis of Craig
- Shane admitted to Eva & Donovan he was worried about how many other people Brandy may have hurt while being in control of Victoria
- Andy and Nicholas continued to grow closer but Nicholas told him that they could only be friends
- Abby and Max arranged for Paige to witness a kiss between Abby and Andrew

St. Joseph's Church

Despite a light snow fall sprinkling from the sky, the sun is shining down on the church which is the setting for Adam and Robin's wedding. Inside the church, light pink roses in gold vases surround the foyer and alter, which are the couples theme colours. Some of the sunlight comes through the stained glass windows and sparkles against the vases, which creates a magical atmosphere for the upcoming wedding.

Inside the bridal room, Robin sits in front of the large mirror and finished applying a light pink shade of lip stick. She looks at herself and almost can't believe that the day is here. After everything she and Adam have been through, it seems surreal; especially during the last few months with Helen and Barbara passing away.

"Can I get you anything at all?" Leah asks her sister, who is already in her bridesmaid dress. She is helping Robin get ready for the big day.

"I think I'm good," Robin replies to her as she turns and looks at her sister. "I wish Dawn was in here getting ready with us, but I understand why she needs some space still."

"It was commendable that she agreed to stand up for you," Leah tells her. "She just lost her Mom and Grandma, she must still be grieving."

"I know," Robin nods back to her. "I was apprehensive about asking her, but Adam really wanted both of his children standing up there with him. I just hope I haven't pushed Dawn into doing something she didn't want to do."

"I think Dawn would have said no if she wasn't feeling up to it," Leah tells her. "But it is nice that you care. I'm sure both she and Adam appreciate that a lot."

"I hope so," Robin replies to her. "I just want this day to be perfect. I don't want anything to ruin my wedding day."

"Nothing will ruin your day," Leah grabs her hand. "You and Adam love each other, what could go wrong, right?"

***


In the other room, Adam looks into the mirror as he prepares to put his black bowtie on. He takes a deep breath before he turns to see who is joining him in the room. Max appears to his father, already wearing his tuxedo.

"Don't you clean up well?" Adam grins to his son, thrilled that Max has agreed to stand up for him. Adam wasn't sure that he'd ever be close with his son, after all the trouble they had when it was first revealed that they were father and son, and Max's past infatuation with Robin.

Max chuckles back to him. "Thanks Dad," he tells him. "Do you need help with that bowtie?"

"I think I can manage," Adam replies to him. "In case I haven't said it, I really appreciate you being here with me today."

Max nods back to him. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Max tells him. "I meant it when I said that I was happy we were able to get to this place in our relationship. I'm proud of what you and Robin have accomplished together."

Adam looks to Max and pulls him into a hug. "Thanks kid," he tells him. "For what it's worth, I'm pretty proud of you as well."

They exit their embrace when they hear the door open. Adam looks over Max's shoulder and sees Dawn walk into the room.

"Dawn, wow, you look great," Adam smiles to his daughter.

"Thanks Dad," she replies to him.

"I'm surprised that you're not with Robin helping her get ready," Max tells his sister. "What brings you here?"

"I need to talk to Dad," Dawn replies to him. "Do you mind if we have a conversation alone?"

Adam uneasily looks at Max and then back to Dawn. "Of course. What's going on?"

"It's about the wedding," Dawn tells him as Max leaves the room. "We have to talk about you marrying Robin."

***

"I'm glad that you were able to tear yourself away from the hospital to come with me to the wedding," Lukas tells Donovan as they walk through the church until they find the pew that they want to sit in. Lukas knows that his lover has been at the hospital almost non-stop since Victoria's alter ego accidently shot herself and has now fallen into a coma following her surgery.

"Me too," Donovan replies to him. "To be honest, getting away from the chaos is nice. There's nothing better than seeing two people in love with one another vow to spend the rest of their lives together."

"Isn't that the truth?" Lukas sits next to Donovan. "Is there any word on Victoria, by the way?"

Donovan shakes his head back to him. "She's still in a coma," Donovan tells him. "Shane doesn't know if or when she will wake up. My Mom is a mess because of this."

"I am sorry that this is happening to you and your family."

"Thank you," Donovan replies to him. "But why do I get the feeling you have more to say on the subject?"

Lukas sighs back to him. "This isn't the time or place to discuss this, Donovan."

"Why not? We have some time before the ceremony begins. Why not just tell me what you're thinking? I already know that you want my sister to pay for what she's done."

"I do want her to pay for the damage that she has caused," Lukas admits to him. "She's caused so much pain, it's unforgivable. I guess a part of me thinks that this shooting and coma is karma."

Donovan looks back at him in shock. "I told you we shouldn't talk about this now," Lukas sees how appalled Donovan is. "We should just agree to disagree?"

"Yea," Donovan spits back to him. "That's one way to look at it."

***

"Darling, I am glad that you agreed to leave the hospital and join me today," Dominick tells his wife as they slowly walk through the garden as they still have time before the ceremony to begin. Despite the light snow fall, Eva is enjoying having some fresh air as she has been at the hospital for far too long dealing with Victoria.

"I needed the break from everything that is going on there," she admits to him as she stops and looks into his eyes. "I'm just praying that by the time I get back, Victoria has come out of her coma."

"I can't tell you how sorry I am that all of this has happened," Dominick tells her. "If I can help with anything at all, you know I'm here for you."

"Unless you can make a miracle happen, I'm afraid I just need your prayers."

"Do you want me to call in some favors to get some specialists to come see her?"

Eva shakes her head no. "Shane is one of the best doctors in the country," she tells him. "I trust him that he has done everything possible to save Victoria. How is Felicia taking all of this news?"

"She seemed to handle the news of Bob's death well," he admits to her. "But, when I told her about Victoria, she still maintained that she thought Victoria had something to do with Barbara's death."

Eva covers her mouth as tears fill her eyes. "Now that I know that Brandy was in control of Victoria's mind and body, anything is possible. Donovan and I are actually worried about who else Brandy could have hurt."

Dominick arches his eyebrow. "That's why we have to make sure Victoria wakes up," he pulls her into a hug. "We have to know what else she has done, before it's too late."

"Shane is looking into just that," Eva nods back to him. "I'm just scared about what he will find."

***

Andrew scans the foyer of the church hoping to see Paige. He hasn't heard from his girlfriend in a couple of days, which is not like her. He has left her a couple of voicemails and countless text messages but she hasn't replied to any of them. He knows that she is busy with the wedding preparation but it isn't like her to at least not reach out to him. He isn't sure what the deal is, but he is worried about her.

He looks over to the bridal room and sees Paige emerge. He quickly walks up to her, unaware that Abby has spotted him and she moves over so she can hear their conversation.

"Paige, hey," Andrew puts his hands his pockets. "I've been trying to get a hold of you. What's up?"

Paige looks back at him and feels her eyes swell with water. She can't help but recall when Max took her to Andrew's the other day and when they opened the door, he was kissing Abby, who was only in her bra. Paige can't believe that she has been played for a fool from Andrew; it was the last thing she expected, but the only conclusion that she has come up with is that Andrew has wanted to have his cake and eat it too.

"Yea, sorry, I've been busy helping with wedding planning," she can't even look him in the eye.

"So busy you couldn't text me? That isn't like you? What's going on?"

"You have to ask?" she replies to him coldly. "Whatever, I don't think we should see each other anymore, Andrew. It's over."

Abby gets a huge grin on her face at the conversation she is hearing. "Wait, what? I don't get it? Why are you dumping me?"

"If you have to ask about that then you are the fool here, not me," Paige snaps back to him. At first she was devastated by what she saw, but the more time that has passed the angrier she has become. How dare he use her this way, she thinks to herself.

"You're not a fool? I've never said that to you."

"You didn't have too," Paige replies to him quickly. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to grab something for my Aunt Robin."

Andrew remains dumbfounded when Paige moves away from quickly. He runs his hand through his hair as he sighs. "What the hell just happened?" he asks himself, as Abby bites her tongue so she doesn't squeal in delight.

***

"Are you nervous at all?" Andy asks Nicholas as they stand at the front of the church. Nicholas looks out and sees more and more guests coming into the church as they get closer to starting the ceremony.

Nicholas looks back at him and shakes his head. "Nervous no," he tells his friend. "I've done this so many times, it's like second nature. But, I do tend to feel apprehension around making sure I do the ceremony justice. The couple has gone through so much to get to this point; I just want to make their day as special as possible."

Andy moves closer to him. "You have such a way with your words, Nicholas," Andy tells him. "There's no way that you won't make this special, especially because Robin is your sister."

"And one of my best friends," Nicholas admits to him. "That's why this has to go well. Nothing can go wrong."

"I love your dedication," Andy replies to him. "It just shows the kind of guy you are."

Nicholas blushes back to him. "You're sweet, thank you."

"I'm honest," Andy looks him in the eye and feels his attraction building to him, even though he knows that nothing can happen between them.

***

"Okay Dawn, you have my attention," Adam tells his daughter as they sit next to one another on a sofa in his room where he is getting ready for the wedding. "What do you have to say about the wedding?"

Dawn sighs as she looks down and notices her hands are trembling a little. "It's not really about the wedding, I guess," she admits to him. "It's about Mom."

Adam puts his arm around his daughter. "I hope that losing your Mom and Barbara is still raw, Dawn. It's like I told you weeks ago, I thought this wedding would be a good thing for the family. A way to bring some happiness back into our lives."

Dawn uneasily nods back to him. "Yea, I know that's what you said. It's just that it's so soon after Mom and Grandma died. I wish we had more time, you know? I just, I just missed them so much."

"I know you do kiddo," Adam pulls her into a hug. "And, you're allowed to miss them. It's only natural, Dawn. But, I love Robin. I want to marry her. Can you understand that?"

Dawn nods as a tear falls down her cheek. "I understand that," she admits to him. "This just feels like a betrayal to Mom, and I don't know how I can get over that."

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

Shane slowly unlocks the front door to Victoria's condo and moves inside. After he discussed with Eva and Donovan that he is scared that Brandy may have hurt other people, they agreed to give him a key to her condo so he could look around and see if he could uncover anything that would indicate such. He is glad that Eva and Donovan agreed to this, but at the same time, he has no idea what he is looking for. He just hopes that he can find something, anything, that will let him know if Brandy has hurt someone else.

He turns the lights on and looks around the living room. He sees nothing out of the ordinary at first glance.

"What am I even looking for?" he asks himself as he drops the key on the coffee table. He turns around and walks down the short hallway into her bedroom, where he again turns on the light.

He looks around and still doesn't see anything that catches his eye. The large bed, two end tables; everything is seemingly intact.

He slowly walks over to the closet and puts his hand to the handles. "Okay Brandy, let's see what's behind the closed the doors," he whispers as he opens the closet doors. He sees clothing on hangers and some folded on the shelves. He bends down and sees a shoe rack; again nothing out of the ordinary.

That's when he sees it; something in the far corner behind the shelving unit. He reaches for it and grabs it. It appears to be a partial board; he lifts it out of the closet and lays it on the bed to investigate what he has found.

He gasps when he gets a proper look at it: it is a shrine of people who have hurt Victoria or her loved ones. Shane sees a picture of Craig, Barbara, Shane, Dave and Helen.

"Helen?" Shane asks out loud startled at the shrine. "What did Victoria do to Helen?"

Next on One Day at a Time
- Nicholas has words for Dawn
- Vinny sees red by Daisy arriving to the wedding with Tyler
- Dominick and Robin share a close moment

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