Episode 621 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: July 12 2020

 

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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Kim brought up Natasha and Robbie's sorted past in court as they battled over Bob's will. Cory pleaded with Natasha to end this before it got worse
- Max and Paige agreed to date one another. Jeff and Leah refused to allow Paige to see him, so Paige moved out after Robbie agreed to let her stay in the guesthouse on the Calimo mansion grounds
- Donovan planned a romantic night for Lukas as he planned to propose. Lukas and Craig, meanwhile, almost kissed
- Victoria was sent away to get help with her multiple personalities

Twin Peaks Courthouse

Judge Franklin Ross looks into his office where on one side of the room Robbie and Natasha are seated with Lois Kam and on the other side of the room Kim is next to Josh Levitt as they continue to contest Bob's will. So far, the Judge has heard testimony from Kim where she has mentioned both of her step children's sorted past. The Judge realizes that Robbie and Natasha will likely return the favor now. He wishes this trial wasn't turning so ugly but it is too late for that.

Kim quickly looks at her cell phone and types a message to Greg. "About to racked over the coals by the wicked step children. Wish me luck." She then puts her phone away and looks over at Josh, who tries to nod back to her to give her reassurance. She braces herself for what is about to happen, she just hopes that the Judge doesn't see her in a different light after the testimony.

"You'll be fine," he whispers to her. "Just stay calm, okay?"

"Thanks, I just want this part over."

"Ms. Kam," the Judge finally speaks to everyone in the room. "You may start questioning your clients. I would like to remind you both, Mr. and Ms. Calimo, that you're under oath."

"Of course," Natasha nods back to him. "My brother and I, we have nothing to hide your honor."

Lois stands up and looks over at Robbie and Natasha. "First of all, I'd like to send my deepest condolences to you both on the loss of your father."

"Thank you," Robbie replies to her. "We appreciate that."

"We've heard from your stepmother, Kim, about your past misdeeds," Lois explains to them. "It's your turn to share your side of things. You both must have very strong reasons as to why you are contesting your father's will; do you want to explain to the Judge why you feel Kim isn't deserving of the family estate?"

"I don't know where we would begin," Robbie shakes his head back to her as he thinks about all of the horrible things that Kim has done to their family.

"I think it started with how and when my father and Kim got into a relationship," Natasha replies to her. "You see, our mother, Sofia, was killed in an explosion. My father was distraught and alone. Kim comforted him and, only a few months after Sofia passed away, they were in a relationship."

"It was very fast," Robbie agrees with his sister. "She didn't even let my father grieve properly. Then, within a few months, she was sleeping with the pool boy behind our Dad's back."

"We discovered the affair because she ended up pregnant," Natasha continues to tell the court. "Only, my father had a vasectomy, so the child couldn't have been his. We all discovered that it was Tyler Robertson's, who is the son of our father's rival."

"The truth about Kim's child caused our father to suffer a stroke," Robbie tells everyone. "Kim's affair almost cost our father his life!"

"It doesn't stop there," Natasha says to Lois. "A few years later, my father was working on a new facial cream for his company, Roboto."

"At the same time, Robertson Enterprises was also working on a similar product," Robbie tells Lois. "Kim and Bob had a fight and she sent Tyler the formula for the facial cream. Robertson ended up using Roboto's facial cream formula and it cost my father millions of dollars!"

"It doesn't end there," Robbie continues to look at Lois and then Judge Ross. "We have very good reason to believe that she was cheating on our father again. We suspect that our father left the night of his car accident because he learned about her new affair."

"We also suspect that Kim, not our father, started the fire at the Robertson boutique. It's far too convenient that Bob woke up and 'confessed' to only Kim," Natasha sneers.

"Objection!" Josh stands up in protest. "There is no evidence that my client started any fire. Ms. Calimo is slandering her step mother and it must stop!"

"Watch what you say going forward," The Judge agrees with Josh.

Natasha rolls her eyes. "The fact that she was helping my father brainwash Felicia into believing she started the fire is just as a bad!" Natasha continues to say.

"Okay," the Judge waves his hand in the air. "I've heard enough. Thank you Ms. Kam," he tells her. "I'm going to recess while I'll deliberate."

The Judge stands up and walks out of the room. Lois smiles at Robbie and Natasha while Kim sits in silence, rattled by everything they said about her. No amount of words of wisdom from Josh could have prepared her for that.

"Hey, are you okay?" Josh asks her as she sits still

She shakes her head back to him. "No, I'm not okay," she manages to say back to him. "If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go get some fresh air."

Kim stands up and quickly rushes out of the court room. Cory looks at her and then looks over at Natasha, wondering if there's any way this could be solved without having to get so ugly.

The Pampa Grill

"Thanks for meeting me," Eva tells Shane as they sit across from each other at a table in the restaurant.

"Of course," Shane takes a sip of his beer. "I was surprised to hear from you; I thought you would have been at the courthouse supporting Natasha today."

Eva sighs heavily back to him thinking about how her daughter is contesting Bob's will today. "I asked her about going but she said it wasn't necessary. I don't think she wanted the entire family to witness how ugly things were going to get."

"I had a similar thought," Shane admits to her. "Jacob wasn't invited to attend either."

"I just hope that whatever happens today, it settles everything once and for all. We all just need to put Bob's passing behind us so we can try to move on with our lives. Anyways, the reason I wanted to see you has to do with Victoria."

Shane nods back to her wondering if Eva has heard from Victoria since she arrived at the hospital in Pittsburgh that specializes in multiple personality disorders. "What has happened now?"

"Nothing bad," Eva replies to him quickly. "I just heard that she has arrived and her treatment has started. I wanted to let you know."

"Thanks," he nods back to her. "I just hope that she does get better."

"You and I both," Eva uneasily nods back to him. "You and I both."

The Sugarbowl

"I really can't believe that you moved out of your parent's house," Dawn tells Paige as they sit across from one another in the back booth of the coffeehouse. Paige just finished telling Dawn and Cheresa that she left her parent's house because they refused to allow her to see Max, whom she has started dating. Paige refuses to let her parents dictate whom she can and can't see, so she left after Robbie agreed to let her move into the guest house on the Calimo property.

"Yea, that is a big step," Cheresa echoes Dawn's statement to her friend.

"I just couldn't take it," Paige admits to them. "I mean, who are they to tell me who I can and can't see? I don't even get why they are so opposed to me dating Max, it's like it came out of nowhere."

"It sucks when your parents don't like who you are seeing," Cheresa replies to her quickly. "Did they feel this way when you were dating Andrew?"

"No, that's what's weird," Paige tells them. "I don't know what Max ever did to them but it's so random and not cool."

"So, when did you and Max become official?" Dawn asks her friend. "Last I heard you two were just friends."

Paige chuckles back to her. "Just the other day," she admits to her friends. "I don't know, maybe it's soon since Andrew but Max has really helped me in a lot of ways to get over everything that happened."

"We are happy for you," Cheresa smiles as she happens to look over her shoulder and sees Andrew walk into the coffeehouse. "Speaking of which…"

Paige turns around and sees Andrew standing there. She turns back to her friends and sighs a little. "Do you guys mind if I go talk to him for a minute? I'd rather have him hear from me that I'm dating Max then from someone else."

"Of course, good luck," Dawn tells her friend back.

Paige scoots out of the booth and quickly walks over to Andrew, who is grabbing his coffee from the barista. "Hey Andrew, do you have a minute?"

"Uh, just a minute," he replies to her quickly. "I have to get to class."

"Okay," Paige nervously tells him. "I have some news that I wanted you to hear from me."

Andrew puts a lid on his coffee and looks back at her. "What's up? Are you finally going to tell me why you dumped me?"

Paige uneasily chuckles back to him. "I wanted you to know that I'm dating Max now. We became official recently."

Andrew feels the blood drain from his face. He still has no idea why Paige ended their relationship; from his stand point, things were going really well. Then, out of nowhere, she ended things with him. Now, she's already moving on with Max? Andrew can't help but wonder if she was seeing Max the entire time they were together. Now, more than ever before, he is glad to be at school, which has many attractive looking girls at it, including his world history teacher, Albertinah, whom he hasn't been able to stop thinking about.

"You're not saying anything," Paige finally says something else breaking the awkward silence between them.

"What do you want me to say?" Andrew asks her. "You dump me without warning and now a few weeks later you're hooking up with Max? It's fucking weird, but whatever. You do whatever you want that makes you happy Paige. Now, if you don't mind, I have to get to school."

Instead of trying to explain to Andrew, Paige lets him walk away. She sighs realizing that the conversation as never going to go that well. Still, she hates that she has hurt him. Suddenly, she feels her phone vibrate in her pocket. She pulls it out and sees the incoming text from her father.

"Oh my God," she whispers in shock as she reads the message. "You've got to be kidding me!"

Bruno's Gym

Max steps off the treadmill and grabs his water bottle and his towel. He immediately takes a swig of water before he wipes his sweaty forehead down. He takes another drink of water while he tries to calm his racing heart rate down. He looks over and sees Jacob lifting some weights. He hasn't seen much of his mother's fiancé, which is still weird for him to say, lately so he finds himself walking over to him.

"Jacob, hey," Max says as he arrives at the weight bench. "It's been awhile. How are you?"

"Hi Max," Jacob puts the weights in down and leans up to face him. "My family is having a stressful time, so I came here to blow off some steam."

"My Mom told me about Natasha contesting your grandfather's will," Max admits to him. "I hope everything works itself out."

"Me too," Jacob replies to him. "It'd be nice to have some grieving time, you know?"

"I'm sorry for your loss, by the way."

"Thanks man, I appreciate that. I know you were put off when it was revealed that I was engaged to your Mom, but I'd like to think we could be friends?"

"I'd like that a lot," Max admits to him.

"Cool," Jacob smiles back to him. "So, who are you dating? You know who my woman is."

Max chuckles back to him. "Paige Claus," he reveals to her. "She's amazing and she's all mine. I can't tell you how lucky I am."

"That's awesome," Jacob tells him. "Make sure you don't do anything to upset her. Keep her happy and you will always have her."

"Don't worry," Max nods back to him. "I'll never do anything that will hurt Paige."

The Claus House; Leah & Jeff's Home

"Are you sure that was the right thing to do?" Leah paces back and forth in the living room of her house that she shares with Jeff. After Paige left earlier, Leah and Jeff started racking their brains about what they could do to make Paige realize that she was overreacting by moving out of the house; all they wanted to do was make her realize that Max isn't the best guy for her to have in her life. Instead, she moved out of the house.

"I don't know what else we can do?" Jeff replies to her quickly. "We had to take action to let her know that we mean business."

Leah uneasily nods back to him. "But, we basically told her she was cut off from her trust fund until she's back under our roof."

"Exactly," Jeff tells her. "If she wants to move out and live like an adult, then she can find out what it's like to manage money without her trust fund."

"I hope we did the right thing," Leah admits to him. "I'm worried that this will push her further away."

Jeff comes up to her and pulls Leah into a hug. "We have to be in this together. We have to be united," Jeff whispers into her ear. "Sometimes tough love is the way to go."

Leah nods back to him as she bites her lower lip. "I guess you're right," she tells her husband. "I just hate fighting with Paige; it is the worst feeling in the world."

"She will come around," Jeff replies to her. "She will realize that we are right and she will come home and everything will be fine again."

"I'm praying for that," Leah tells him.

The Richardson Estate; Meggan & Lukas' Home

Donovan sits at the dining room table of the lavish Richardson estate still waiting for Lukas< to get home. He looks at the candles burning in front of him and realizes that they have burnt about half way down the candle stick already; he has no idea where Lukas is, but his special night is slowly going to waste. He had hoped to have a romantic meal with his boyfriend and then propose to him.

He takes a sip of the red wine in front of him and then quickly puts the glass down when he hears the front door open. He moves out of the dining room and into the foyer of the mansion.

"Lukas, you're home," Donovan gets a smile on his face. "I've been waiting here for you."

"Did we have plans tonight?" Lukas asks him as he puts his jacket in the closet. "I would have come home a lot sooner I had known."

"Its fine, I wanted to surprise you," Donovan admits to him as he moves up and pulls him into a hug.

As they hug, Lukas can't help but think about how he and Craig almost kissed when he was at the hospital earlier in the day. "Well, thanks. I do like surprises."

"Come into the dining room," Donovan grabs his hand and walks with him. "I had the chef make all your favorites. I hope you're hungry."

"I am famished, this is so sweet of you," Lukas looks around in awe at the romantic setting that Donovan has arranged. "I'm so sorry that it took me so long to get home."

"You're here now," Donovan looks into his eyes. "That's all that matters; we have to take each moment as they come, that's what I want to do with you now, and forever."

Lukas smiles back to him. "You're in a loving mood tonight. What has gotten into you?"

"I love you Lukas," Donovan replies to him. "Can't I be in love?"

"Of course you can," Lukas says back to him. "I love you too, for what it's worth."

Donovan slowly falls down to one knee and pulls a ring box out of his pocket. "Lukas, we have been through a lot this year and we've come out the other side stronger than ever before. I can't express to you how much you mean to me … will you be my partner in life? Will you marry me?"

Lukas is shocked at the sight in front of him. Donovan is kneeling on one knee with a ring in front of him. Suddenly, Lukas shuts his eyes and recalls looking into Craig's eyes at the hospital right before they almost kissed. Lukas opens his eyes and looks at Donovan.

"I'm sorry," he tells his boyfriend. "I can't marry you, Donovan."

Donovan feels his heart sink as Lukas rushes out of the room. Donovan stands up just as he hears the front door slam behind Lukas, who left. Donovan picks up his glass of wine and takes a big sip of it, wondering if he just made the biggest mistake of his life.

Twin Peaks Courthouse

Outside the Judge's office, Lois, Robbie and Natasha stand huddled together discussing everything that just happened. Lois is very pleased with the testimony that Robbie and Natasha provided as they rehashed all of the sorted deeds from Kim's past.

Cory slowly opens the door from the Judge's office and walks out. He looks over and sees his wife and can't help but feel disgusted. He realizes that she and Robbie are mourning the loss of their father, but in his eyes, their treatment towards Kim is appalling. Instead of coming together, they are dividing the family further apart.

"I hope you three are pleased with yourselves," Cory announces as he interrupts their conversation. "Kim ran out of that room so fast; she's devastated by what you said."

"You didn't hear what she said about us," Robbie replies to him. "She was just as ruthless."

"You guys don't get it," Cory snaps back at them. "None of this would be happening if you didn't contest the will! This family is being torn apart and it's all on you!"

"Cory…"

"Save it Natasha," Cory cuts his wife off from saying anything. "You're the last person I want to hear from right now."

Cory storms off leaving Robbie and Natasha looking at one another in shock. They knew that Cory was upset with what was happening, but his attitude is not what they were expecting.

***

Outside, Kim rushes down the stairs of the courthouse. She is reeling from the testimony of her step children; she can't believe how cold and cruel they were. She knew that it was going to happen but it still didn't prepare her for the actual words that they spoke about her. They really hate her, she realizes.

"Kim, hey slow down," Greg rushes up to her as he sees her rushing away from the building.

"What are you doing here?" Kim asks him as she stops and looks at her friend.

"After I got your text, I came right now. I thought you'd need a friend."

"My God, you have no idea," Kim replies to him. "They were so cruel. I…I feel so alone."

"You're not alone," Greg tells her as he looks into her eyes. "I'm right here, Kim."

Kim looks back into his eyes and then leans up and kisses him passionately on the lips. Greg wraps his arms around as he pulls her deeper into the kiss.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Craig gives Lukas some advice
- Robbie finds comfort
- Cory and Natasha continue to clash

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