Episode 657 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: January 13, 2021

 

Episode Theme song: "Caution" Mariah Carey
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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Leah suggested to Paige that she work at Robertson Enterprises to help get her mind off Max. Dominick, meanwhile, offered Max a job back at RE.
- Andrew and Paige kissed but agreed to just be friends as they both realized too much had happened since they split up
- Brett & Daisy realized they had to come up with an escape plan
- Jeff confided in Robbie about his troubles with Leah
- Cheresa told Chris & Trenyce she needed more time to get used to the idea that they are her parents
- Robin told Adam she needed space after he confirmed Helen's claim that she and Adam had sex

Robertson Enterprises

"I know that this timing isn't great but after everything that happened at the ski resort, I thought this was my best and only option," Craig stands over Dominick's desk after handing him his resignation. Craig had been thinking about quitting his medical staff position at the company since he got saved from the mountain following the avalanche at Gravity's launch last November and now he has acted on it. After almost dying, the last thing Craig envisioned for his first was to continue to work at the company. He would rather put this part of his life behind him for good.

Dominick looks over at Robin and Leah, who are sitting on the sofa on the other side of the office with some concern. "I appreciate you coming to see me about this Craig," Dominick stands up and looks the doctor in the eyes. "I hate to see you go but I can also understand why you are deciding to do this. After all, you almost died at your first launch party."

"I can give you two weeks but after that…"

"Don't worry about it," Dominick shakes his hand. "We'll pay out you but you're services are no longer required."

"Sorry again," Craig nods back to him before he leaves the office.

As soon as the door closes, Dominick lets out a loud sigh. "Well ladies, what are we going to do now? We are going to need another medical staff member. I don't like the idea of leaving this position vacant."

"I couldn't agree more," Leah moves over to the bar and pours herself a glass of water. "We do need to fill this position immediately."

"What about Shane Glubbs?" Robin suggests to her father and sister. "He is an excellent doctor and he might welcome the challenge from his every day duties at general hospital."

"I like this idea," Dominick walks over to his desk and grabs his phone. "I'll make a note to myself to reach out to him. Good thinking, Robin."

Before anyone can say anything else, there is a knock on Dominick's office door. "Come in," Dominick calls out as the door opens and Paige enters the office.

Leah immediately gets a smile on her face thinking back to when she suggested that her daughter come to work at Robertson Enterprises. "Darling, hi, this is a surprise," Leah moves up to her and gives her a hug.

"Yes, it certainly is," Dominick comes up to his granddaughter. "What brings you by?"

"Well," Paige begins to tell everyone. "I recently went through some life changes and I got some good advice that I am taking to heart."

"What advice would that be?" Robin asks her.

"To stop moping and feeling sorry for myself and to challenge myself with something new," Paige tells her family. "That's why I'm here Grandpa, I'm hoping you can find me a position here at the family company. I want to work with you all."

"Are you serious? Is this really happening?" Dominick asks her back in surprise, having wanted Paige to work with him for years. His dream is to have his entire family at Robertson Enterprises since it is a family legacy.

Paige chuckles back to him. "Yes, this is happening. What do you say? Can I have a job?"

"Of course you can!" Dominick hugs her. "We will find you a position in any department that you feel natural in."

"Likely the studio? I am interested in the models and the fashion aspect."

"That would be perfect," Robin purses her lips together. "I could use the help down there."

"Then it's settled! You're hired!" Dominick smiles back to his Granddaughter as Leah hugs Paige.

Suddenly, the office door opens again and someone clears his throat. Dominick and his family turn around Max standing in the office.

"What are you doing here?" Paige grits his teeth back to her ex-lover. This was the very last place that she ever thought she would find Max and yet here he is; she doesn't know if he is stalking her but she knows that this has to end.

"I'm here to accept a job," Max uneasily smiles back to Paige before he locks eyes with Dominick.

The Pampa Grill

"I'm not sure I understand why she's giving you her mansion," Andy sighs as he looks over at Nicholas as they sit together at a table with some iced teas in front of them as Nicholas told his lover that his mother wants him to stay in her mansion if he isn't going to return to Boston with her, which of course Nicholas is not. Andy, however, has so many questions as to why Melissa would want him to stay in the mansion and what it could mean for their future.

"She said that it would be more comfortable than staying in the hotel," Nicholas admits back to him before he takes a sip of his iced tea. "Which, I have to admit that it could be true."

"You have to forgive me if I don't trust a word that comes out Melissa's mouth," Andy says back to him.

"Hey sorry I'm late, I had to sneak out of a meeting at Robertson," Robin announces to the table. She managed to escape the meeting with Dominick, Leah, Paige & Max and rush over as she was supposed to meet her brother and Andy for an early lunch. "What did I miss?"

"I think you need to sit down for this one," Andy looks at Robin as she sits next to Nicholas.

She arches her eyebrow back to him. "Why, what's going on now?"

"Melissa told me she had to leave town and head back to Boston," Nicholas tells his sister.

"Why is this bad news?" Robin chuckles back to him as she takes a sip of her white wine that has arrived at the table.

"Because she told me if I'm not going home with her she wants me to stay in her mansion," Nicholas tells her. "She wants me to move into her house."

"I don't think I'm seeing the problem here?" Robin admits to Andy and Nicholas. "You're current living in a hotel room. Doesn't the idea of staying in a mansion with all of her staff sound nice?"

"I think it does. I'm just not sure if I can trust our mother," Nicholas replies to her.

"That's what I was telling Nicholas too," Andy says back to them. "I don't trust Melissa at all."

"Which is fair but what can she really do? She'll be in Boston, it's not like she'll be living in the mansion with you!"

"I guess Robin is right," a defeated Andy tells his lover. "What harm could it be? And, it will save you on a hotel bill every month."

"Then it's settled, I guess I'm moving," Nicholas gets a smile on his face at the idea of moving out of the hotel.

The Victors Mansion

Vinny pours himself a brandy as he stands at the bar of the living room of his lavish mansion on the out skirts of Twin Peaks. He is so grateful that his family has more than one home since being just outside of Twin Peaks allows him to live his life; had he been forced back to the mansion in Twin Peaks, everyone would have known that he didn't really die in the avalanche and that would ruin his entire plan to hold Daisy and Brett hostage.

He turns from the bar and looks into the roaring fire he has going before he takes a sip of his drink. He arches his eyebrow as he quickly wonders how Daisy and Brett are doing; he hasn't been to see them in a few days because he wanted to them get used to the idea of spending a lot of time in the cage together.

"This is the perfect revenge," he whispers to himself. "Brett held me hostage in that very same cage years ago so it's the perfect karma. And, Daisy, after she betrayed me with Tyler, she's getting exactly what she deserved."

He sets his glass down and moves over to the bookshelf where he tilts the head of the lion statue revealing a secret passage way. Vinny moves inside the tunnel and soon emerges at cage, where he spies Brett and Daisy each laying on their own cots, fast asleep.

He chuckles at the sight thinking that they are, indeed, making themselves right at home. "This is perfect because the two of you will be staying here for a very, very long time."

The Riverside Delicatessen

"Sorry I am late," Leah announces to Robbie as she walks up to this table. "There was this meeting at Robertson that I had to get out of."

Robbie stands up to see his ex-wife and hugs her. "It's okay. You wanna share any corporate secrets with me?"

Leah chuckles back to him. "You know that I can't do that," Leah winks back to him. "But nice try."

"I'm glad you agreed to meet me today," Robbie tells her. "I ran into Jeff the other day."

Leah groans out loud as she takes a sip of her cranberry juice. "How did that go? I can't picture you two ever getting along."

"It was out of the blue," Robbie admits to her. "He told me that you two were having difficulties in your marriage."

"It's a very long story," Leah nods back to him. "I don't think he will ever trust me or forgive me again."

"I'm going to tell you what I told Jeff," Robbie looks back at her. "And that is that I'm really sorry. When we enter a marriage, we automatically think it's going to be forever but sadly that's not always the case."

"It just hurts you know? Cause you put so much into your marriage and then for it to just end…" she pauses to collect herself. "It just leaves you feeling empty inside."

Robbie reaches over and grabs her hand. "You know that I'm here for you, right? I'll still be in your corner, Leah."

Leah gasps out with some tears in her eyes. "You have no idea how much I needed to hear that."

"Well, isn't this cozy," Jeff announces as he comes up and sees Leah and Robbie holding hands on the table. "For someone who claims to want to make this marriage work, you have a funny way of showing it."

"This isn't what you think it is," Leah stands up to face Jeff.

"You know what Leah? Just save it," Jeff spits back to her. "You once again prove to me that I can't believe or trust anything you have to say."

***

At another table, Dawn and Cheresa sit across from one another with some deli sandwiches in front of them. Cheresa is glad to have some time with Dawn since they hadn't seen a lot of each other recently. On her mind is how Chris and Trenyce saw her the other day and she had to tell her biological parents that she still isn't ready to have a relationship with them yet. Everything has seemingly happened so fast that she is still trying to process everything that has happened.

"You're quiet, what are you thinking about? Or do I even have to ask?" Dawn asks her friend before she takes a bite of her turkey sandwich.

"You know me so well," Cheresa gets half a smile on her face. "I saw Trenyce and Chris the other day."

"Ah, and how did that go?" Dawn asks her friend knowing how much Cheresa has struggled with the truth since it came out last fall.

Cheresa shrugs her shoulders back to Dawn. "I told them I need more time," she tells her. "I know they gave me the holidays to get my head wrapped around this but I just feel like I had the rug pulled out from under me. I'm not ready to make nice yet, if that makes sense."

"Of course it does," Dawn says back to her. "It's not only that you found out who your bio parents are but it's the fact that Greg and Brooke lied about how they actually got you. It's a lot to take in."

"That's what I told Chris and Trenyce."

"How did they take it?"

"How do you think they took it?" Cheresa asks her back. "They seemed fine but I could tell they were upset. It's like they want this instant family and that isn't going to happen."

"You did the right thing," Dawn tells her. "It's best that you're honest instead of rushing things and then realizing that you have unresolved issues."

"I hope you're right," Cheresa replies to her. "I don't want to hurt them but I need to make sure I'm okay before they are okay, you know?"

"I do know," Dawn reaches over and grabs her hand. "And anything you need Cheresa, I am here for you. You're not in this alone."

The Pier

"Does anyone know that you're here?" Greg asks Chris as he takes off his large black sun glasses and looks around to ensure no one has followed them to the pier. Greg asked Chris to meet him on the pier so they could discuss Cheresa; to his surprise, Chris said yes. Considering everything that their families went through at the end of last year, Greg wasn't sure if Chris would agree to this secret meeting but he is glad that he did.

"No, you told me that it had to be kept between us, so that's what I'm doing. I didn't even tell Trenyce," Chris admits to Greg. He doesn't' know why Greg has called this secret meeting and he wasn't even sure that he should attend after everything that has happened, but after seeing Cheresa the other day and her admitting that she's not ready to have a relationship with him or Trenyce, Chris thought that seeing Greg might help him get his daughter back.

"I appreciate that," Greg tells him. "Because I think we have to get a few things straight when it comes to Cheresa."

"I'm listening. What's on your mind?"

"Dawn Black," Greg whispers back to him. "I still think she is the main reason Cheresa's accident happened last fall. If she hadn't been stoned, Cheresa might not have ever have fallen into the river and almost die."

Chris arches his eyebrow. "I happen to agree with you on that."

"Then you agree, we have to do something to ensure Dawn stays out of Cheresa's life?" Greg asks him back as Chris slowly nods back to him.

"What are you suggesting we do to keep Dawn from Cheresa?" Chris asks him, still wondering what Greg's master plan is.

"I'm glad you asked," Greg says with a smile on his face. "Because I have an idea."

The Black House; Helen & Dawn's Home

"Hold on, I'm coming," Helen shouts as she rushes out of the kitchen of her house and quickly moves to the front door where someone has been knocking non-stop. She has no idea who could be in such a panic to see her but is moving as quickly as she can to the front door. She opens the door and sees Adam standing on the other side of it. "What in the world is wrong with you? You didn't stop knocking on the door until I opened it."

"We have to talk," Adam says as he moves past and her and into the foyer of the home he lived in for so many years while he was married to Helen. "And, it can't wait."

"Okay? I'm not sure what could be so urgent. It's not Dawn, is it?"

"She's fine," Adam tells her back quickly. "This has to do with me and Robin."

Helen feels the blood drain from her face immediately realizing that Robin must have told him about her revelation on New Year's Eve that she and Adam slept together to "cure" his impotence. She shouldn't have been surprised that Robin went to Adam but now she feels like she has to cover her tracks.

"Why did you tell her that we slept together all those months ago? Why would you do that to me?"

Helen gulps. "It just happened," Helen replies to him. "But, if I am truly honest with you Adam, I am not sorry that the truth came out."

"Damnit Helen! I am in love with Robin, I'm trying to make a go of this relationship and now, she told me she needs space because of what happened between us," Adam tells her. "This could have been prevented!"

"The truth would have come out eventually Adam," Helen shakes her head. "Really, we should have been honest with her from the get go. What kind of future would you have had with this secret hanging over your head?"

"You're not sorry at all, are you?"

"No!" Helen shouts back to him. "Because while you are in love with Robin, I'm still in love with you! My God Adam, if that's not obvious then you truly are blind."

Adam gulps back to her not realizing the extent of her feelings for him. "I… I had no idea."

"Well, now you know and I've said too much. There I go again putting my foot in my mouth."

"You didn't," Adam shakes his head back to her. "But Helen, you have to know that I'm committed to Robin. I want my relationship with her to work."

Helen feels her heart sink in her chest. "I know. I just thought you should know where I'm coming from."

"I get it," Adam says back to her. "But in the future, come to me first, okay?"

"Sure, I'll try."

Roboto

"How do you think they will react to this?" a nervous Cassie asks Kim as she paces outside the door of the main office at Roboto. Cassie and Kim have come up with an idea of the next big Roboto launch and they are about to present the idea to Natasha and Robbie, so they are apprehensive about how the siblings will take their suggestion since the office has sort of become two against two. She just hopes that Robbie and Natasha are able to put their differences aside with Kim and herself and actually realize that their idea is a good one.

"God, I have no idea," Kim admits to her as she collects some papers and puts them into a file folder. "I suspect Robbie will be an easier sell than Natasha; when it comes to the two of us, Natasha can't see straight."

"That's why I'm worried," Cassie replies to her. "But our concept is a really good one. They just have to get on board."

"Well, there's no time like the present to pitch it to them. Shall we?"

"After you," Cassie purses her lips together as she opens the office door for Kim, who swiftly moves inside.

"Good you're both here," Kim announces to her step-children. "Cassie and I have an idea that we want to run by you both."

Robbie and Natasha look at one at one as they sit next to one another on the sofa in the office. After having lunch with Leah, Robbie came into the office to get some work done which is when he learned that Cassie and Kim had arranged meeting, which alarmed him and Natasha. Neither one of them know what this pitch will be but they hope that it's not a waste of their time.

"We are listening," Robbie tells her.

"And for the love of God, make this good. Don't waste our time," Natasha rolls her eyes back to the women.

"I did a comprehensive review of all of the current Roboto products that are on the shelves and there is one key product that is missing," Cassie beings to tell them. "And that is an anti-wrinkle serum. Kim and I believe that this could be the next big product from Roboto."

"And before you ask, we haven't discussed anything with marketing yet," Kim interjects. "We wanted to get the green light from both of you before we invested anyone else's time and resources on this."

Robbie and Natasha look at one another in surprise for a moment while Cassie nervously looks over at Kim. "Well, what do you two think?" Cassie manages to ask them.

"I am really surprised but I think this is a good pitch," Robbie admits to them as he stands up. "I can't believe you went through all of the Roboto products to come up with this, Cassie."

"I can't believe I'm going to say this either but I agree with Robbie. This is a good idea," Natasha tells the women. Part of is incredibly annoyed that she didn't think of this idea; this is a great business idea, she realizes.

Cassie and Kim hug one another. "Thank you so much for supporting this," Cassie says as they exit their embrace. "Let's discuss the next steps?"

The Cascade Apartments; Apartment 507; Andrew's Home

Andrew sits on this sofa looking at his phone's photo album of various pictures of Paige and himself. He smirks at some of them as he scrolls through the album. Once he's done, he exits the album and then holds his finger over it until the delete option appears. He deletes the album and all of the pictures that were inside. He sets his phone back down on the coffee table and then runs his hands through his hair.

"Just friends," he whispers to himself as he thinks back to his meeting with Paige at the park where they kissed but quickly realized that they should only be friends. Too much time had passed since they broke up because of Max and Abby's scheming; Andrew knows that they both tried, and that's all that matters. "I am okay with that Paige. We can be friends. Besides, I can't get Albertinah out of my head."

Before he can say anything to himself, there's a soft knock on his door. He move over and opens the door seeing Abby on the other side. "Abby, I told you the other day that we have nothing more to discuss."

Abby pushes her way into the apartment and puts her purse down on the small kitchen table. "Well that's too damn bad because I'm not leaving here until you hear what I have to say."

Andrew rolls his eyes and closes the door. "Fine, start speaking. But if you think that anything you say will get me to change my mind about you or forgive you, you have another thing coming."

"I think you're forgetting one minor detail Andrew," Abby purses her lips together.

"And what would that be?"

"I know your secret," Abby gets a wicked grin on her face. "I know that you slept with your teacher."

Robertson Enterprises

Paige feels her hands shaking as she pours herself a glass of water as she stands in Dominick's office. She can't believe that moments after she accepted a job at her grandfather's company, Max entered the office and revealed that he was there to accept a job with Robertson as well.

"I'm really glad to hear that you've decided to accept the job offer," Dominick shakes Max's hand, clearly oblivious as to what is happening between Max and Paige. "I'll get my secretary to send you over all of the paper work."

"That sounds great, thank you Mr. Robertson," Max smiles back to him.

"Please, call me Dominick."

"Paige, did you hear that? I'll be working for your family again, isn't that great?"

Paige takes a drink of her water. "Actually, Paige has agreed to come work here as well," Dominick reveals to Max, whose face lights up.

"Really? Is this true Paige? You and I, we will be working together?" Max asks, unable to hide his excitement. He never thought that this would happen but he is thrilled because it means that he can work with Paige every day and try to get back into her good graces.

"It's true," Paige turns to face him. "But if you think that this will change anything between us you are dead wrong, Max. I will work with you because I can be professional but don't get your hopes up about any other type of relationship because it will never happen. Understood?"

Max uneasily nods back to her ad Dominick arches his eyebrow. "Good, then it's settled," Paige glares at him.

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- Craig goes to the hospital
- Victoria is scared about her future

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