Episode 597 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: March 17, 2020

 

Episode Theme song: "Over You" Macy Gray
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Lukas and Donovan remained at odds over Victoria. Shane, meanwhile, went to Victoria's condo and found a shrine Brandy created of all the people who had hurt her, including Helen
- On the day of his wedding to Robin, Adam comforted Dawn as she was still grieving Helen & Barbara
- Vinny continued to want to get revenge on Daisy & Tyler or their affair while telling Brett that he would never forgive him. Daisy & Tyler, meanwhile, shared a couple of kisses
- Paige dumped Andrew after seeing him kiss Paige. Andrew was dumbfounded as he didn't know why Paige ended things

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

Shane looks at the shrine that he pulled out of Victoria's closet in complete and utter shock. On the poster board, there are pictures of, seemingly, everyone who has hurt Brandy, or Victoria, in some capacity. Pictures of Craig, Dave, Barbara, Shane and Helen are on the board. Shane immediately knows why he, Craig, and Dave's pictures are there, but Barbara and Helen?

"Does this mean that Brandy did kill you, Barbara?" he whispers in horror as he runs his finger over Helen's face. "And Helen? I don't understand what this means? Why did Brandy hate you?"

He pulls out his phone and quickly snaps a couple of pictures of the shrine. He then checks his messages; he doesn't see any update from the hospital about Victoria's condition. He had hoped that Victoria would have come out of her coma so he could ask her about the shrine. He has a sinking feeling in the bottom of his stomach that this means that Brandy did something horrible to both Barbara and Helen.

"My God," he whispers to himself as the blood drains from his face. "Victoria was on duty when Helen was brought in from the car accident. Did she kill Helen? Did Victoria take Dawn's mother and grandmother away from her?"

St. Joseph's Church

"Vinny, hey, I'm glad I ran into you," Trenyce says as she comes up to her Aunt's ex-husband. Vinny turns to face her.

"Well, don't you look lovely for the wedding," Vinny tells her as Trenyce smiles back to him.

"Thank you, that's nice of you to say."

"Just being honest. Is Chris with you?"

"He is," Trenyce nods back to him. "He's just parking. The lot is getting pretty full out there."

"You know Twin Peaks, everyone shows up to everyone's weddings," Vinny chuckles back to her. "Hopefully this one takes place."

"I was wondering if you've seen Brett again?" Trenyce asks him as she recalls how Vinny told her that Brett was out of jail and was in Twin Peaks. "I only ask because I heard from Donovan that he was involved in a situation at the Calimo Cabin with Victoria."

"I heard," Vinny admits to her. "And, I went to see him in the hospital. He got checked out by a doctor; he's fine, but I asked him what he did to Victoria to make her snap."

Trenyce arches her eyebrow knowing that Brett wasn't responsible for what happened. "Donovan told me it was Victoria's fault…"

"I heard that as well," Vinny says back to her. "He's off the hook for this one, but I still don't trust him."

Before Trenyce can reply, she notices Vinny look over her shoulder and he immediately turns bright red. Trenyce looks back and sees Daisy and Tyler enter the church together holding hands. Trenyce looks back at Vinny. "Are you okay?"

"I'm fine," he lies to her. "They slept together behind my back, why should I be surprised that they are arriving to the church together for a wedding?"

"Vinny…"

"Excuse me," he tells her. "I'm going to get some air before the ceremony begins."

Vinny rushes away from her quickly and moves outside the church. Once he's outside, he takes a deep breath of the cold air and feels some of the snow falling onto his head.

He opens his eyes when he hears someone calling his name. He can't believe that Brett is walking up to him. This is the very last thing he expected or wanted to have happen after seeing Daisy and Tyler together. "Sorry that I tracked you down at the church, but this is important."

"What do you want?" Vinny sighs heavily as he asks his brother.

"I just wanted you to know that I'm leaving town," Brett tells him. "I realized after everything that happened at the cabin that I don't belong here. There are too many bad memories of my past, so I'm leaving."

"And you're telling me this because….?"

"Because you're still my brother," Brett looks back at him. "And no matter what happens, that will never change. I also didn't want you going to the mansion and being surprised that I'm not there."

"Okay."

"Well, I guess this is goodbye then," Brett looks at him for a moment longer. "Take care Vinny."

Vinny doesn't say anything as his twin brother turns around and walks away from him. "Good riddance," Vinny mumbles to himself before he turns around and braces to re-enter the church.

***

"I hope I'm not interrupting," Max announces as he walks back into the room where Adam is getting ready for the wedding. He immediately sees his father hugging Dawn on the small sofa in the room and hopes that he's not ruining a moment between them; he knows that Dawn has been struggling emotionally since both Helen and Barbara have died in the last few months. He just hopes his half-sister is taking care of herself.

"Not at all," Dawn stands up from the sofa and wipes her eyes dry. "Dad and I were just finishing, right Dad?"

"Only if you're sure you'll be okay," Adam looks at his daughter. "I want you to know that you're my priority Dawn. Nothing else matters."

"Your wedding matters," Dawn tells him. "I will be okay. I just feel overwhelmed."

"You know that we are both here to talk or whatever, whenever you want, right?" Max asks her as he grabs her hand. "You don't have to go through this alone."

Dawn slowly nods back to him. "I know that," she replies. "Thank you."

"The truth is," Adam tells his children. "A part of me will always love Helen. We spent so many years together, it is impossible for me not to have some sort of feelings for her. But, she is gone and never coming back. And Robin, she is a wonderful woman. I'm just trying to move on and give us some happiness."

"You deserve to be happy Dad," Max says back to him. "I think this wedding will do just that."

"That's what I'm counting on," Adam uneasily smiles back to them, before he focuses on Dawn who is still misty.

***

"Don't you look beautiful?" Dominick says as he moves into the bridal room and sees Robin standing in front of the mirror with her hair and makeup done. She's still in her silk robe as she hasn't put her wedding dress on yet as she still has some time before the ceremony begins.

Robin turns and smiles at the sight of her father. "Oh Daddy," she rushes up and gives him a hug. "I can't believe this day is here."

"Neither can I," Dominick tells her. "You and Adam, you've been through a hell of a lot to get to this point."

"We have, haven't we? You don't think we rushed this wedding? There seems to be so much more going on," Robin admits to him as she looks at her ring for a moment.

"I don't think there is such a thing as rushing a wedding," he replies to his daughter. "I think you and Adam getting married is exactly what everyone needs right now; something to cheer for and be happy about. We've had far too much despair lately."

"That's what Adam and I were thinking," she admits to him. "I'm just hope everything goes off without a hitch."

"Don't you worry about that," Dominick grabs her hands. "Nothing will stop you from marrying Adam today. You will have the happiest day of your life today Robin, and no one deserves it more than you."

Robin lets a single tear fall down her cheek as she pulls him into another hug. "I love you so much Dad."

"I love you too," Dominick holds her for a moment longer.

***

"Wait, so she just dumped you?" Cheresa asks Andrew as they sit next to one another in the one of the back pews of the church as they wait for the wedding to begin. Andrew just revealed to his friend that Paige dumped him; Andrew has no idea why his girlfriend ended this with him but he is just as dumbfounded as Cheresa is now.

"Yea, just a short time ago. I had been texting her and I left her a couple of voicemails and she never got back to me," Andrew reveals to Cheresa. "I saw her and she told me that it was over. She was pretty cold about it."

"And you have no idea what could have happened to make her change her mind about seeing you?"

Andrew shrugs his shoulders having no idea what happened with Paige. He thought that everything was going well between them. This has really come out of left field. "The last time we were together, we were really together, if you know what I mean."

Cheresa waves her hand in the air. "I get it, I don't need any other details," she chuckles back to him. "That's so weird, I'm sorry Andrew."

"Thanks," Andrew looks back at her. "But, I want to know what the hell happened. We really seemed to click. I want to know why she changed her mind on the drop of a dime cause right now, something isn't adding up."

***

Paige takes a drink of water from the water fountain and then looks up, trying to compose herself. She knew that Andrew would be here today, but seeing him was still more difficult than she had thought it would be. After seeing Andrew kiss Abby the other night, Paige knew that she couldn't carry on in a relationship with him. There is no way that she was going to accept him cheating on her behind her back; if anything, she's glad that Max took her to Andrew's apartment and that she saw what she did; at least now, she can move on with her life and try to find a guy that won't two time her.

"Paige, are you alright?" Abby asks her friend as she comes up behind Paige. Abby secretly knows that Paige is probably reeling from ending her relationship with Andrew, as she overheard the conversation earlier.

Paige turns around and sees the woman that was kissing Andrew. She's about to lash out at her, when Max approaches them. "Hey guys, how are things?"

"Fine," Paige manages to say back to him. "Is your Dad almost ready?"

"Yea, I think so," Max nods back to her. "Hey, are you okay? You look pale."

"I was just asking her the same thing," Abby notes before she looks back at Paige.

"I'll be fine," Paige replies to them. "But, I guess you guys should hear this from me…I dumped Andrew. We are over."

Max and Abby look at one another as their eyes dance together when they lock. They look back at Paige and try to put on a sympatric look on their face.

"I can't believe it, you two seemed tight," Max begins to tell her. "But, if there's anything I can do for you, you know I'm here for you."

"There's not," Paige quickly tells him. "At least not right now. If you'll excuse me, I should go see if Robin needs anymore help."

As soon as Paige has left, Abby turns to Max with a huge grin on her face. "We did it Max," she can't hide her excitement. "We broke them up!"

***

"I'm sorry to hear about Bob, how is Kim doing?" Donovan asks Andy as they walk near the front of the church together. Donovan has heard that Bob passed away following his injuries he obtained in the car accident last fall.

Andy sighs a little back to him. "She's struggling, which makes sense," he tells his friend. "Just when things were seemingly getting back to normal, this happens. I just hope she can handle it. She's been through so much already. How is Victoria? Any change on her condition?"

Donovan shakes his head no. "She's still in a coma," he reveals to him. "And, we don't know if or when she will wake up. And, if she does, we have no idea if it will be Victoria or Brandy in control."

"What a mess," Andy tells his friend. "If I can do anything…"

"Just having your support means the world to me," Donovan admits to him. "It's more than I'm getting from my own boyfriend."

"I did run into Lukas the other day at the hospital," Andy reveals to Donovan. "He really seems to want Victoria to pay for what she did to Craig and the others."

"Yea, he does," Donovan nods back to him. "He doesn't seem to care that she's my sister or that she was suffering from a mental illness."

"I'm sorry," Andy hugs him. "I hope that Lukas comes around."

"So do I," Donovan tells him. "I also know how stubborn he is."

"I guess that begs the question," Andy looks him in the eye. "Will his quest to get revenge on your sister come between the two of you?"

***

"Dawn, what are you doing back here?" Nicholas asks the younger woman who has come into Nicholas' private room, where he is getting ready to complete the ceremony for Adam and Robin. Nicholas looks at her for a moment and can see that her eyes are red from crying. "Are you okay?"

"I don't know," she admits to him. "Do you mind if we talk for a moment?"

"Of course not, come in," Nicholas stands up and closes the door behind Dawn as she comes into the office. "Have a seat."

"Thanks," Dawn sits on the sofa. "I don't know why I came here, I guess just to talk to you. You always seem to know the right thing to say."

"I'm guessing today is more difficult for you because of your Mom?" Nicholas asks her as Dawn nods back to him. "You're allowed to feel that way. You loved your Mom more than anything in the world."

"It just seems like this is all so soon since she died," Dawn tells him. "I wish my Dad would wait a little while, you know?"

"I get that," Nicholas replies to her. "But you know what? Your Mom's passing also makes people realize how precious life and time are. If your Dad can be happy today, he shouldn't put that off for another day. You never know when your last day will be. Your Mom is proof of that."

Dawn nods back to him. "I know you're right, it still just hurts."

"Yes, it does," Nicholas continues to tell her. "But for every day that you hurt, you will have another day where it gets a little easier. Look, no one is asking you not to hurt or not to grieve. No one is saying they don't remember Helen or that they want to forget her. Everyone is slowly just trying to put the pieces of their lives back together, one day at a time. Do you think you can try to do that today too?"

Dawn lets a tear fall down her cheek. "I can try," she looks back at him. "I will try."

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

Shane moves back into the living room of Victoria's condo as his mind races about what Brandy could have done to hurt Barbara and Helen. He knows that Barbara was found dead in her hospital bed at Raven's Meadow; his mind is now wondering if they should have completed an autopsy on the body to find out what really happened to her.

"It could give us the answers we need," he tells himself. "If we know what happened to Barbara, it might tell us what happened to Helen."

Again, his mind recalls that Victoria was on duty the night of Helen and Bob's car crash. "God, with Brandy being in control of Victoria the night of the car crash, anything could have happened in that ER. Brandy could have easily have killed Helen and no one would have ever questioned it because of the car accident."

He sits down for a moment and runs his hand through his hair before he pounds his fist on the coffee table. "Dammit! Why didn't we do an autopsy on Helen?"

His eyes then look over under the TV. He sees something that he has never seen before. "What the hell is that?" he asks as he stands up and moves to the TV stand. He picks up Brandy's walkie talkie and investigates. He sees the on button and presses it.

Static can be heard but Shane still puts it up to his ear. "Hello?" he says as soon as he hears faint breathing on the other side. "Hello, is anyone there? Hello?"

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- Cheresa overhears a conversation

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