Episode 652 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: December 20, 2020

 

Episode Theme song: "All I Want For Christimas Is You" Michael Buble
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- To help try to break Craig's fever while trapped in the cave, Lukas stripped down and crawled into the blankets with him hoping that his body heat would help. Craig ended up kissing Lukas
- Paige learned that Jeff was really Logan's father and was devastated by Leah's lies for over a year
- Albertinah to continue to Andrew that they could not have a relationship. Andrew, meanwhile, realized that Abby and Max plotted to break him and Paige up
- Cheresa awoke and learned that Trenyce and Chris are her biological parents
- Cory told Natasha he wanted a divorce
- Robin told Adam she was tired of playing second fiddle in his life. Dawn, meanwhile, told Helen she wanted her parents to get back together

Empress Mountain; The Cave

Lukas finishes digging out an opening through the many layers of snow that covered the entrance to the cave where he and Craig have been trapped since the avalanche occurred. He looks around and sees no sign of life outside, but he does take a deep breath of the fresh, crisp air. After being trapped in the cave for a few days, he is thrilled that he and Craig, hopefully, are going to escape today. As he gets ready to shoot one of the flares that he found inside the cave, he recalls how the previous night he crawled into the bed he made for Craig in hopes that his body heat would break Craig's fever. With their bodies pressed against one another, Craig ended up kissing Lukas and they ended up having sex. A part of Lukas feels bad for having sex with Craig when he was so out of it, but in his mind, Craig started it by kissing him. And despite being out of it, Craig knew exactly what he was doing. And, by the middle of the night, his fever had broken. Lukas woke up before Craig this morning and is now trying to save them, but he believes that he and Craig being together saved Craig's life. And, he knows that their attraction has been building for months.

He gets ready to shoot a flare and braces himself as he doesn't know what the impact will be to his own arms. The flare is shot and explodes in the sky. He waits for a moment and realizes he should save the next flare in case no one see the first one. He turns and crawls back into the cave, where he sees Craig sitting up in the bed.

"You're awake," Lukas says as he reaches the base of the cave again. "Thank God."

"I am awake," Craig looks back at his friend. "What happened? How did we end up in this place?"

"You don't remember?" Lukas asks him as he moves closer to his friend.

Craig quickly shakes his head back to him. "The last thing I remember is the Gravity launch at the resort. Everything after that is a blur."

Lukas gulps realizing that Craig doesn't remember their night of passion the night before. He also realizes that now isn't the time to mention it to him. "We went skiing; while we were out, there was an avalanche. I happened to see the cave and pulled us in here. You had been caught in some of it and had a really bad fever."

"I guess I should thank you for saving my life," Craig looks back at him. "But, can you explain to me why I woke up with no clothes on?"

"The ski wear you had on was soaking wet," Lukas explains to him. "I got you out of the clothes and then got into bed with you, hoping that my body heat would break your fever. Sometime last night, it broke."

"I don't know what to say. Thank you, Lukas."

Before Lukas can reply, he hears something from outside. He looks back at Craig and gets a smile on his face. "My God! I think the flare worked! I think someone is here to save us!"

"You mean we can get out of here?"

"You stay here," Lukas tells him. "I'll crawl back out and see what is happening. Get dressed while I'm gone."

Craig nods back to him and starts to gather his clothing as Lukas crawls back outside to the side of the mountain. He looks up in the air and sees a helicopter hovering over the side of the mountain.

"Down here!" Lukas calls as he waves his hands in the air. "We are down here!"

Twin Peaks General Hospital

"This truly is a Christmas miracle," Brooke smiles over to Greg, Chris and Trenyce as they just learned that Cheresa is going to be discharged from the hospital. There was a time, not long ago, that they were worried that Cheresa might not make it, now she is getting to go home, and on Christmas Day no less.

"You can say that again," Chris replies to her before he looks over at Greg. "I hope you guys don't mind that we'd like Cheresa to come back to my place and spend Christmas with us. We have already lost a lot of time with her."

Brooke and Greg uneasily look back at one another. They both had hoped that Cheresa would return to the Lawson estate and spend Christmas with their family, as they have done since they got Cheresa. Greg sighs heavily and realizes that everything is different now.

"I think we should let Cheresa make that decision, don't you?" he looks back at Chris with intent. "I know that you guys are eager to have this relationship with Cheresa but she doesn't even know you. Brooke and I, we've made mistakes, but we are still Cheresa's family; the only family she knows."

"You've made mistakes?" Trenyce hisses back to them. "You bought a stolen child from the black market!"

"I'm not getting into that today," Brooke sternly replies to her. "It is Christmas after all!"

Before Chris or Trenyce can reply, the door to Cheresa's hospital room opens and the younger woman emerges with a bag on her arm. She looks at the four adults; all four of which are her parents and uneasily smiles. "Looks like I'm getting out of here in time to celebrate Christmas," she says as Trenyce comes up to hug her. Brooke follows by hugging her daughter.

"We are so glad that you're going to be okay," Brooke tells her. "I have the chef making all your favorites; Abby and Brad are at home waiting for you."

"Does this mean we are going to spend Christmas as a family?" Cheresa asks her back, knowing that the family was imploding before her accident because of Brooke's affair with Robbie.

"If that's what you want," Greg tells his daughter, willing to put his current relationship with Brooke on hold for the holiday. "Today is a day to celebrate the fact that you are still with us."

"Or, you could come back to our place," Trenyce excitedly tells her. "We don't have a chef making any food, but I could make some of your favorites. I'm not that bad in the kitchen. We could spend our first Christmas together!"

"We've already lost so many holidays together," Chris echoes Trenyce's words.

Cheresa gulps heavily as she looks at her two sets of parents, all four wanting her to desperately say that she will go home with them. She looks at Chris and Trenyce. "I know you guys mean well, I really do," she begins to tell them. "But Brooke and Greg and Abby and Brad, they are my family. I want to spend Christmas with them."

"Of course," Trenyce uneasily replies to her as she tries to fight her tears. "Just know that we love you and we want to get to know you."

"Come on sweetheart," Greg puts his arm around his daughter. "Let's go celebrate the holiday as a family."

The Lawson's state to walk away but Cheresa stops and looks back at Chris and Trenyce, who are holding hands to support one another. "Merry Christmas," Cheresa tells them.

"Merry Christmas Cheresa," Chris and Trenyce say together before they turn and hug one another, devastated that they aren't getting to spend Christmas with their daughter that they longed to find.

The Cemetery

Andrew slowly stands up from Savannah's tombstone. He looks at the roses he brought his mother had slowly smiles at her. Every Christmas he has started to come see his mother; it helps give him peace of mind and remind him that nothing is as bad as what it seems. He still wishes that he could spend the holiday with his mother; every year visiting her is another reminder of what he has lost.

"Merry Christmas Mom," he whispers to the tombstone. "I love you. I will always love you."

He turns to leave and starts to walk down the pathway in the center of the graveyard. He finds himself looking in surprise as he sees someone else walking on the path. As he gets closer to the person, he is even more stunned to see Albertinah.

"Hey, Merry Christmas," he says as he comes up to her. "What are you doing here?"

Albertinah looks back at her younger lover, also surprised to see him. "I know this will sound silly, but I find walking here very comforting. Chris and Trenyce are with Cheresa, so I thought I'd come here before I went to his place. It's oddly calming walking through the cemetery, you know?"

"I get that," Andrew nods back to her.

"What are you doing here?"

Andrew points to the nearby tombstone with the red roses. "My Mom is buried over there," he admits to her. "I come visit her every Christmas."

"Oh Andrew, I'm so sorry. I had no idea," Albertinah tells him, learning something new about her student.

"Thanks," Andrew uneasily smiles back to her. "It happened when I was pretty young. It doesn't make it any easier though, you know, especially on holidays."

"I can't imagine," Albertinah nods back to him. "I guess I'll see you later? Trenyce told me she invited you over for Christmas dinner."

"You will see me later, yea," he admits to her.

"What's wrong? You don't seem yourself? Is it just seeing your Mom? Or is something else going on with you?"

Andrew sighs back to her as he recalls thinking that he realized that Abby and Max teamed up to break him and Paige up all those months ago. He has no proof, but he has to get to the truth somehow, someway. In his mind, he's just going to tell Paige what he suspects and they can go from there.

"Before I met you," he begins to tell her. "I was dating a girl. She dumped me pretty randomly and now I think that it was because two people worked together to make it happen."

"Wow, that seems intense," Albertinah admits to him. "Do you think you and this girl have a future together now that you know the truth?"

"Honestly?" Andrew asks her as they lock eyes. "I don't know. So much has happened and I've…"

"We can't be together, Andrew. We have been over this," she stops him from going down that path.

"I know," Andrew tells her. "That doesn't mean that I can just stop having these feelings for you, Albertinah. We might not be able to be together, but I think about you all the time."

Albertinah looks back at him. "I know you do."

"You do too, don't you?"

"We should get over to Chris and Trenyce's," she changes the subject, but knows that she does think about him often. "Come on, I'll drive. Let's go have a Merry Christmas."

Dominick's Townhouse

"Merry Christmas," Leah sits next to Paige on the sofa in her father's house while Eva, Dominick, Felicia, Jeff and Tyler are talking near the Christmas tree. Leah knows that Paige has recently discovered that she had lied to Jeff about baby Logan's paternity for over a year; since then, Paige has been avoiding both her and Jeff. Leah can only imagine what Paige is going through right now, but she knows that she has to make it right. "I'm glad that you're here today."

"Where else would I be?" Paige coldly replies to her mother.

"I don't know but you haven't exactly tried to call me back," Leah tells her daughter. "I've left you countless messages since that day at the Pampa Grill."

"I guess I haven't wanted to hear your excuses, Mom," Paige continues to be cold to her mother. "I can't believe that you would lie to Dad about having another child. And, I don't think today is the day to get into it."

"You're right, today isn't the day," Leah nods back to her. "I just want you to know that I am truly very sorry and I never meant to cause you, or your Dad any pain."

"Are you really bringing this up today?" Jeff asks as he hovers over his daughter and wife. "Today is not the day Leah; can we please just have a nice Christmas?"

"God, this is why this sucks! You two are fighting again! Just when I thought this family was coming together, you have to go to this, Mom," Paige says before she stands up and rushes off, not wanting to hear her family fight on Christmas Day.

"Are you happy now?" Leah asks her husband as she stands up and glares at him. "I was just trying to have a conversation with Paige but you have to turn it ugly."

"You turned it ugly," Jeff sneers back to her. "When you chose to lie to me. Merry Christmas, Leah. It'll be our last one together."

"What does that mean?"

"It means I want a divorce," he reveals to her as their eyes lock. "I can't be with you anymore."

The Calimo Mansion

"It doesn't feel like Christmas today, does it?" Kim walks into the living room of the mansion and sees Robbie, Jacob and Natasha sitting on the sofa preparing to open some Christmas presents. Kim can't help but think about Bob today; it is the first Christmas without her husband. The fact that Bob isn't with them today is still so surreal for her; she can't believe that he has been gone for as long as he has been. Today, it just makes it all feel very real.

"I was out to see Granddad earlier," Jacob looks back at Kim, thinking about his visit to Bob's memorial. "It's hard to believe that it is the first Christmas without him."

"No thanks to you," Robbie rolls his eyes as he looks at Kim, still believing that she caused his father's death.

"Really Robbie? You wanna go there today?" Kim groans at him. "Here I thought we'd actually get along on Christmas. After all, I was nice enough to let you all be in my house today."

"Don't start with the 'my house' crap," Natasha tells Kim. "You know that Bob would want us all here today!"

"He would also want us to get along!" Jacob tries to keep the peace. "Let's try to have a Merry Christmas, okay?"

"I'm going to check on Sophie," Natasha announces as she stands up from the sofa. "I'm sure she's had a nice visit with Cory today."

"Cory is welcome to stay for dinner," Kim looks over at Natasha, knowing that their marriage is barely hanging on. "Rosario is making a feast."

"I don't think he wants to stay," Natasha admits to everyone. "But I will put the offer out for him."

Natasha slowly moves to the entry way and peers into the foyer, where she sees Cory sitting on the large grand staircase with Sophie next to him. She can't help but feel her heart warm at the sight of her husband sitting with their little girl; immediately, her mind races back to how they didn't even think that they would be able to have more children, then after Barbara shot her, they discovered that she was with child. Sophie is, in many ways, a miracle child and she brought her and Cory together. She moves closer to them, so she can hear what they are saying.

"I hope you have a great rest of your day," Cory looks at his daughter as they sit next to each other. "Are you excited to see what Santa brought you?"

"Yes Daddy," Sophie looks up into her father's eyes. "Why don't you stay with us? You and Mommy and I can open my presents together?"

"I know that's what you'd like sweetie, but I'm going to go back to the penthouse now."

"Why Daddy? Don't you love Mommy anymore?"

"Of course I do," Cory tells Sophia, as Natasha slowly grins to herself. "I will always love your Mommy, just like I will always love you. But right now, this is for the best."

"Ugh," Sophie groans back to him. "If Mommy was bad and that is making you leave, do you think she got a lump of coal in her stocking?"

Cory chuckles back to her. "You'll have to let me know. I love you Soph."

"I love you too Daddy."

"You don't have to take off," Natasha slowly comes up to her husband and daughter. "There will be so much food here, you're welcome to stay."

"I appreciate the offer, but I think this is for the best," Cory looks back at Natasha. "Merry Christmas, Natasha."

"Merry Christmas, Cory," Natasha beams back to him, slowly remembering why she fell in love with Cory in the first place.

The Black House; Helen & Dawn's Home

"I got a text from Cheresa, she's going home," Dawn smiles over to Adam and Helen as they sit on the sofa about to open some Christmas presents. Dawn has been so worried about her best friend since she fell in the river; the fact that she gets to go home on Christmas Day makes it a true miracle. "I can't believe this is happening!"

"That is a sign that it is going to be a very Merry Christmas after all," Helen looks at her daughter and then over at Adam. "We have had one hell of a year, haven't we?"

"You can say that again," Adam chuckles back to his family. "But you know what? We all came through it; it shows how strong we really are."

"I really want to take a moment to thank you two," Dawn looks at her parents. "You two have supported me these past few months without judgement or giving me hell when I probably could have used both."

"We love you, Dawn. We are always in your corner, never forget that," Helen tells her daughter. "We are just happy that you're getting healthy again."

"Me too," Dawn nods back to them.

Before Adam can reply, the doorbell rings. "I'll get it," he stands up and moves out of the living room and into the foyer.

"I hope Dad being here means that you two are growing closer," Dawn tells Helen while Adam is out of the room.

"Dawn Marie," Helen sternly tells her daughter. "Your father is still engaged to Robin. We have to remember that."

"You can't blame me for wanting my parents to be together," Dawn uneasily chuckles back to her.

Meanwhile, Adam opens the door and is surprised to see Robin standing on the other side of the door. "Robin, hi, Merry Christmas."

"Merry Christmas," she smiles as she leans in and gives him a kiss. "I know the last time we spoke I said I was tired of being your second fiddle, but I couldn't let the holiday pass without seeing you. I still love you, Adam."

"I love you too, Robin. I just need…"

"I know what you need and I can give you that," Robin nods back to him. "As long as we are in this together, nothing else matters."

"I love you," Adam smiles as he leans in and kisses her again, unaware that Dawn and Helen are watching them. Dawn looks uneasily at her mother before she turns and walks back into the living room, upset that Adam is still pursing Robin instead of Helen.

The Richardson Estate; Meggan & Lukas' Home

"This has to be the worst Christmas of my life," Donovan admits to Meggan as they sit in the living room of the house that Meggan has shared with her brother for years. Donovan knows that he left Caldwell's Mountain Ski Resort because everyone was telling him that he should be at home for the holidays but it doesn't feel like Christmas at all with Lukas' death lingering over his head. "Thank you, by the way, for letting me be here today."

"Of course," Meggan nods back to him. "We are in this together, Donovan. I still can't believe that my brother is gone. It doesn't seem fair, or right."

"I should have stayed at Caldwell's," Donovan sits up, which causes Victoria to look at her brother with concern. "What if something happens?"

"Then someone will call you," Victoria tells him. "I know its tough Donovan, but being here is the right thing to do. Lukas would have wanted us to still have a Christmas."

"She is right," Meggan forces a smile on her face. "He loved Christmas. He would have wanted us to celebrate somehow."

Before Donovan can say anything back to her, Meggan's cell phone rings. "Excuse me for a moment," she says as she picks up her phone. "Meggan Richardson," she says into her telephone. Immediately, Meggan gets tears in her eyes as she listens to what is being said to her. "Are you sure? Oh my God…yes, thank you! Thank you so much."

"What is it?" Victoria asks Meggan as she hangs up the telephone.

"They found Lukas and Craig," Meggan gasps as a tear falls down her cheek and her eyes lock with Donovan's. "They're alive! They're really alive!"

"Oh my God," Donovan rushes into her arms and hugs her. "It's a miracle! My husband is alive! Oh thank you God!"

Next on One Day at a Time
- Helen drops a bomb on Robin
- Greg finally gets his wish
- Donovan & Meggan are reunited with Lukas

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