Episode 656 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: January 10, 2021


Episode Theme song: "Doin' Time" Lana Del Rey
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- After the truth about Max and Abby's plot to split Andrew and Paige was revealed, Chris suggested to Andrew that he reach out to Paige to see where things stand with the former lovers. Leah, meanwhile, told Paige that she will get over the heartbreak
- Jeff sued Meggan for full custody of Logan
- Cory and Natasha remained estranged in their marriage
- Victoria and Shane made love again
- Kim and Greg had sex on New Year's Eve
- Melissa vowed to keep Nicholas and Andy apart
- Chris & Trenyce gave Cheresa space over the Christmas holidays

The Park

A crisp winter chill is in the air and since it is still mid-January, it doesn't feel like there will be any reprieve in the weather in the near future. Despite the cool air, Andrew slowly walks through the park with a toque on his head to keep himself warm. He has two hot chocolates in his hands as he moves swiftly towards one of the benches in the park, where he can see Paige waiting for him. After he spoke to Chris about Max and Abby working together to break up him and Paige, Andrew reached out to Paige as Chris suggested that he reach out to his ex-girlfriend to discuss what happened. At first Andrew was skeptical, but he soon realized that any future that he and Paige might have had was ripped away from them, thanks for Abby and Max's scheming.

"Hey, I brought you a hot chocolate," Andrew tells Paige as he reaches the bench and passes her the heated beverage. "And, thanks for meeting me. I know that it's not exactly warm out here."

"Thanks for the hot chocolate," Paige replies to him as he sits next to her. "Honestly, if I hadn't heard from you, I was going to reach out. I mean, I wanted to see how you've been doing since this whole plan of Abby and Max's game to light."

Andrew uneasily chuckles back to her. "How am I doing? I feel like my mind has been racing a million miles per minute," he admits to her. "I have so many questions and I don't think I'll ever get the answers."

"I get that," Paige nods back to him. "Max came up to me the other day and tried to plead his case but honestly I couldn't even stomach the sight of him. I told him I never wanted to see him again."

"You know what's funny?" Andrew looks over at her. "I told Abby the same thing. The only problem with not speaking to them is that we likely will never get any answers."

"I think I have all the answers that I need," she admits to him. "They lied and worked together to break us up. God, it all makes sense now, doesn't it?"

"Yea, I guess so. I also know that a lot has happened since we ended things."

"I'm so sorry Andrew," Paige tells him as she grabs his hand. "If I had just talked to you about seeing you and Abby kiss, maybe this could have been avoided."

"You don't have to apologize," he replies to her. "Abby and Max did this, not you."

Paige feels her eyes swell with water. "I guess I couldn't talk to you because of how hurt I was. You were the first guy I was ever with. To think that you were also seeing Abby at that time, it devastated me."

"And now you know that I wasn't cheating on you," Andrew looks into her eyes. "Does that change anything for you?"

"What are you asking me?"

Andrew leans in and softly kisses her on the lips. They part ways for a moment and look into each other's eyes before their lips meet again.

The Sugarbowl

Meggan opens the door to the coffeehouse and scurries inside as she is looking for a strong coffee to help her get through her morning. She is about to meet with her lawyer to go over strategies for the pending custody case that was instigated by Jeff. While Meggan orders her drink, she can't help but wonder what it would take for Jeff to drop the charges. The last thing that she wants to do is head to court to fight over her son; the thought of losing Logan scares her to her very core.

As she puts a lid on her coffee, she turns her head and notices Jeff sitting at the window bar with a coffee of his own. She takes a deep breath and wonders what he is thinking about; does he have a lawyer? If so, is the lawyer telling him that he has a good chance at getting custody? Before she can stop herself, Meggan finds herself walks over to Jeff.

"We need to talk," she says as she sits next to Jeff, who puts his phone down and looks over at Meggan. "And before you tell me to go away, I'm not going anywhere; not until we get some things straight."

"By all means Meggan, I'm not busy or anything. Say what you have to say so I can carry on with my day," Jeff sneers back at her. He doesn't want to get into another fight with her but he refuses to back down on the custody case. In his mind, he has lost enough time with Logan as it is.

"See, this is half of the problem: this attitude that you have with me. I know what I did was wrong, but Jeff, come on, we can work though this together. There has never been a problem we haven't been able to solve together, right?"

"How in the hell do you expect me to a solve a problem that is missing over a year of my son's life because you lied to me about it?" Jeff asks her back. "There's absolutely nothing you can say or do that can give me that time back, Meggan. So yea, if I'm pissed off it's because you robbed me of so much time with Logan."

"I know and I get that," Meggan tries to calm him down. "But Jeff, please, let's work this out together? I will let you see Logan whenever you want…I just don't want to go to court over this."

"Then you should have thought about that before you lied to me for over a year," he spits back to her. "No Meg, you and Leah, you won't keep me from my son any longer. I'll see you in court, and there's not a damn thing you can do to change my mind about that."

The Tower's; The Penthouse; Cory's Home

"Okay, okay, I'm coming, you don't have to break the door down," Cory rushes to the front door as he only wears a pair of grey sweat pants. He had been having a lazy morning until he heard someone knocking non-stop on his front door. He opens the door and is startled to see Natasha standing on the other side. She immediately eyes him up and down admiring the toned chest of her estranged husband. "Nat, what are you doing here?"

"I haven't heard from you since Christmas Day so I thought I'd come see you," she purses her lips together as she moves into the penthouse and Cory closes the door behind her. "Sophie has been asking when she will see her father again."

"I'll make time to see my daughter," Cory moves into the living room behind her. "You could have called or texted. This discussion really didn't need you to come all the way into town."

Natasha turns back to face him. "I missed you too, okay?" she admits to him. "Is it so wrong that I wanted to see my husband?"

Cory uneasily chuckles back to her. "I'm surprised you still consider me your husband after everything that has happened."

"Of course I do," Natasha quickly tells him. "Cory, I know we have been at odds for a while now but this marriage means more to me than anything else. You have to believe me. I want our marriage to work. Don't you?"

Cory shrugs his shoulders back to her. "I don't know anymore Nat. I don't think you realize how much changed for me when you hit me that day. Everything changed for me."

Natasha bites her lower lip as she feels her eyes swell with water. "I've apologized so many times to you about that. It will never happen again."

"I'm trying to believe you when you say that but the truth is, I don't trust you."

"So if you don't trust me and you can't get over me slapping you, where does that leave us? Do we have a marriage anymore?"

"Honestly?" Cory looks back at her. "I don't think we do."


On the 8th floor of the condo tower, Shane and Victoria lay in the king bed in Victoria's bedroom, fresh from another round of hot, passionate sex. After they first made love on New Year's Eve, neither one knew what would come next from their relationship. A few days earlier, they were having dinner and realized they both wanted more sex and so it has become a regular occurrence.

"I am starting to get used to this," Victoria lays her head on his muscular, sweaty, chest. "And, that's not a bad thing."

Shane chuckles back to her. "You're so beautiful Vic, I don't think I will ever want to not be with you."

Victoria looks up into his eyes. "Do you mean that?"

"Of course I do," he replies to her. "Any man would be lucky to be in this position that I am in."

"You're sweet for saying so," Victoria tells him. "And for the record, I'm pretty lucky too."

Shane grins and leans down and kisses her again. "Why don't we show each other how lucky we both are?"

"You have so much energy!" she giggles as he starts to kiss her again and she rolls over on to her back.

The Pampa Grill

"Darling, thank you so much for meeting me today," Melissa smiles before she takes a sip of her champagne cocktail as Nicholas sits across from his mother in the busy restaurant.

Nicholas looks over at her and wonders what type of bombshell she is going to drop on him. He knows that she hasn't been very supportive of his relationship with Andy and the last thing he wants is to have another disagreement with her about it. He just assumed that this is what the meeting was about; it's not like he and Melissa discuss much else these days.

"It sounded important so here I am," Nicholas replies to her. "I'm not sure what this is about though?"

"Do I need a reason to see my son?" Melissa purses her lips together before she chuckles back to him. "I'm only teasing you, sweetheart. The fact of the matter is, Philip and I, we have to leave town. We have urgent matters that require our attention in Boston."

"You're leaving?" Nicholas asks back in surprise. "I certainly wasn't expecting this when I got your call."

"I like to keep my children on their toes," she winks back to him. "I'd love for you to come home with us though. You, Philip and I back together in Boston, doesn't that sound wonderful?"

"You know that I can't leave town," Nicholas waves his hand back to her. "I'm just starting my relationship with Andy. He means too much to me to just walk away from."

"I was afraid you'd say that," she replies to him. "You know damn well how I feel about your relationship with Andy Spinnes."

"Mom, I'm not going to get into this with you again," Nicholas warns her. "We can agree to disagree, okay?"

"If you're not going to leave that man, can I at least offer you my mansion to stay at while I'm away? Certainly it would be better than staying at the Twin Peaks Executive Hotel," Melissa suggests to him.

"You want me to stay at the mansion?" Nicholas asks back in surprise. "You know that I'd invite Andy over, right?"

"Of course, let's just say that it's my peace offering."

The Twin Peaks Executive Hotel; Greg's Suite

Kim collapses on top of Greg in the bed in the suite that he is renting. They just finished making love, again, since they took their relationship to that level on New Year's Eve. At first, Kim was skeptical of moving into this place with Greg since she was still trying to get over Bob's death, but she hadn't realized how much she had missed being with a man. Greg is a skilled lover and he has been treating her very right.

"That was incredible," Kim gasps as she rolls over to lay next to him.

Greg chuckles back to her. "We do make a great team, don't we?"

"I didn't realize how much I needed this until it actually happened," Kim admits to him. "For so long, I was so focused on my grief of losing Bob and then fighting for what is rightfully mine, you know?"

"I get it," Greg nods back to her. "We both had a lot of pent up frustrations that feel good to release."

"I'm sorry," she immediately says back to him. "Here I am going on about myself when I know what you went through with Cheresa and Brooke."

"You don't need to apologize," Greg looks back at her. "But yes, this family has been through the ringer lately."

"Do you know anything more about Brooke? Will she actually stand trial?"

"I am not sure," Greg admits to her. "But, I have to tell you Kim, as much as I've liked this, it can't be any more than this casual sex for right now. My family doesn't need any more complications right now. They have to be my top priority."

Kim uneasily nods back to him and forces a smile on her face. "Of course," she tells him. "We can keep this very casual."

The Sugarbowl

"I can't believe how cold it is out there," Trenyce tells Chris as they scurry into the coffeehouse desperate to escape the chilly winter air. Chris rubs his hands together hoping to warm them as he looks to the back corner of the coffeehouse and sees Cheresa sitting alone in the back booth. "Let's grab coffees and head back to my place?"

"Nah," Chris replies to her as he draws her attention to Cheresa. "Let's get them to stay and let's chat with our daughter?"

Trenyce nods back to him with an excitement in her eyes. They haven't seen Cheresa since before the Christmas holiday's; Trenyce hopes that by giving Cheresa the space she needed over the holidays that she is now ready to embrace the fact that she and Chris are her biological parents.

"Cheresa, hey," Chris announces to his daughter as he and Trenyce slide into the other side of the booth across from her. "How have you been?"

"Yea, how was your Christmas?"

Cheresa uneasily looks back at her new found parents sort of taken aback that they sat down without being asked. She knows that they are trying but she doesn't know if she wants to have a conversation with them. "It was okay. It was an adjustment period, I guess. Since coming out of the coma, there's been so much change in my life."

"We can appreciate that," Trenyce nods back to her. "I hope you know that it was really difficult to stay away from you over Christmas. I wanted to be with you so much."

"Thank you for giving me space," Cheresa replies to her. "I needed it. I think…I think I still need space."

Chris and Trenyce look at one another in surprise. "You're not ready to have a relationship with us?" Chris asks his daughter back as he feels his heart sink into his chest. He had hoped that by giving her space over the holidays she would be ready to have a full relationship with him and Trenyce since they are her parents.

"I don't know," Cheresa admits to them. "I'm still wrapping my head around everything; from Brooke buying me from the black market to you two being my real parents … I don't know. I feel like I'm drowning without a life line."

Trenyce reaches over and grabs her hand. "We are your life line, Cheresa. I am your mother, I won't let you drown in this. Do you hear me?"

"I hear you," Cheresa replies to her. "But please, respect my decision. If I don't figure this out on my own, I never will. I will never be okay with this if I can't get my head around it. I just need time, okay?"

The Park

"Andrew," Paige whispers back to her ex-boyfriend as their lips part from their kiss. "I…"

"Was it wrong of me to do that?" Andrew asks her as he licks his lips back to her.

"No," she immediately tells him. "It just felt …"

"Different? Yea, for me too," Andrew admits to her. "Maybe too much time has gone by?"

"It took me a long time to get over you," Paige replies to him. "And when I finally did, I accepted you as a friend. I guess it's hard going backwards."

"I'm not upset by this at all," Andrew says back to her. "I'm glad we tried? That's all we can do. We would have been left wondering if we hadn't. To friends?"

Paige pulls him into a hug. "I'll always be your friend, Andrew. Always."

"Ditto Paige, ditto."

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