Episode 678 // Written by: Dallas Walsh // Released: March 17, 2021

 

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Previously on One Day at a Time
- Lukas finally admitted to Donovan that he slept with Craig in the cave
- Abby was crushed when Andrew told her that he used her for sex
- Cassie told Jeff that Paige was dating Jacob. Paige and Jacob, meanwhile, had a good time on their first date
- Dawn and Cheresa made love
- Brooke prepared for her court appearance for buying Cheresa from the blackmarket
- Simona called off the search for Daisy once again
- Kim told the Roboto gang that they need to ensure Dominick doesn't relaunch Gravity

The Cascade Apartments; Apartment 507; Craig's Home

"Hang on, I'm coming," Craig calls out as he hears someone knocking on his door non-stop. He takes a deep breath before he opens the door as he hopes that it's not Lukas coming back to plead with him to drop the rape charges that he filed against him. In Craig's mind, Lukas should pay for what he did to him in the cave. Craig knows that for weeks after they were saved, he felt raw and discomfort because Lukas took advantage of him. He refuses to back down from this, no matter what the consequences are. He braces him and then opens the front door, where he sees Donovan standing. "Donovan, I wasn't expecting you."

"Can I come in?" Donovan shrugs back to him as he looks at his friendly closely. He isn't sure what he is looking for but he feels like he needs to see if he can notice a change or a difference in Craig. Donovan feels numb after just learning from his husband that he slept with Craig in the cave last fall.

"Of course," Craig lets him move into the apartment. "I am assuming I know why you're here?"

"Lukas told me everything about what happened in the cave," Donovan admits to him. "I know that you two slept together."

"You have to understand something," Craig immediately responds to him. "I was so out of it with my fever, I had no idea what was going on."

"Before the avalanche," Donovan looks back at him. "Did you want my husband?"

Craig uneasily looks back at him, thinking about the months of flirting that went down between himself and Lukas. "What does that have to do with anything?"

"Lukas told me that he crawled into the bed with you to give you body heat and you were calling out his name," Donovan admits to him. "Why would you call out his name if Lukas hadn't been on your mind?"

"Are you trying to justify why Lukas raped me?"

"I'm just trying to get the full picture here," Donovan tells him. "I just want to know what was happening and how we can solve this."

"How we can solve this?" Craig laughs back to him. "There's only one solution and that is for Lukas to go to jail for a very long time."

Robertson Enterprises; Leah's Office

"If this is about the divorce, I will sign the papers soon," Leah uneasily tells Jeff as they stand together in her office at Robertson Enterprises. Leah hasn't seen Jeff since he threw the divorce papers at her after she testified at Logan's custody hearing. She knows that her estranged husband has been livid with her for her role in keeping Logan away from him for so long; she is only hoping that with the news that he and Meggan have reunited that he will be able to forgive her and move on from all the anger he has expressed.

"This isn't about the divorce," Jeff replies to her quickly. "I am here today to discuss out daughter."

"Paige? What about her? Is she okay?"

"Yea, she's fine," Jeff tells her quickly. "It was brought to my attention that she is seeing someone new. I guess her and Max have ended things."

"Yea, I heard about her and Max," Leah admits to him. "But, I didn't know that she was seeing someone new already. Who is it? Do we know him?"

"We do know him," Jeff says back to her. "And if you thought Max Black was bad news just wait until you hear this…"

"You're scaring me Jeff," Leah uneasily looks back to him. "Who is Paige dating now?"

"Jacob," Jeff tells her. "You and I both know how your father and Bob Calimo were at odds for decades and the rivalry between Robertson Enterprises and Roboto is still going on. I don't think Paige and Jacob should be seeing one another. I think this is a huge disaster."

Leah takes a deep breath as she hears what Jeff is telling her. She looks back at him in concern. "I agree with you," Leah replies to him quickly. "But, we will have to proceed with this carefully. I don't want Paige to react the same way she did when we were so opposed to dating Max last year."

"I'm just glad we are on the same page," Jeff nods back to her. "Now, the question becomes: how are we going to going to keep them apart?"

***

Cassie stands up from the bench that is outside the Robertson Enterprises building when she sees Jacob walking towards the entrance. After she saw Jeff earlier in the day and told him that Jacob was dating Paige, Cassie knew that she had to talk to Jacob himself to try to tell him that he is making a mistake getting involved with her. At the same time, if she can help Max get Paige back that is an added bonus.

"Jacob," she rushes over to him, as he looks over and sees his ex-fiancé rushing towards him. "I'm glad I saw you before you started work today."

"What is it Cassie? I'm running late today," he looks back at her as her long blonde hair moves in the wind a little.

"Hello to you too," she purses her lips together. "I wanted to see if the rumors were true."

Jacob arches his eyebrow back to her. "Rumors? What rumors are you talking about?"

"About you and Paige Claus," she tells him. "The rumors are that you are dating her now."

Jacob shakes his head back to her in disgust. He knows that whatever he does in his personal life is no one else's business, especially Cassie's. "Whatever I do in my free time is my business," Jacob replies to her quickly. "I know that I hurt you last year, Cassie. But I really am trying to move on with my life. Can you please do the same?"

"I have moved on," she lies to him quickly. "I just wanted you to know that if you are dating Paige, you better watch your back. She's bad news."

"Whatever, I don't have time for this."

"Jacob," Cassie calls out as Jacob starts walking into the building as he doesn't want to listen to her anymore. "Ask your father about Paige. He'll tell you everything!"

Cassie sighs as Jacob enters the building without turning around. She gets a sly grin on her face knowing that he heard what she said; she knows that Jacob will be asking Shane about Paige, and that's all that she needed to have happen.

***

Meanwhile, down in the studio, Paige walks in with a smile on her face as her breakfast date with Jacob went better than she thought it would. She always knew he was a good guy but getting to know him on a more intimate level was really eye opening for her. She already is looking forward to their next date.

"Someone is happy this morning," Max observes to his ex-girlfriend. "Having a good morning?"

"I am actually," Paige nods back to him. "And, I don't want anything to ruin that."

"That smile wouldn't have anything to do with Jacob, would it?"

Paige uneasily looks back at him. "Why would you say that?"

"Word on the street is that you two are dating now," Max reveals to her. "Is that true?"

"We had a date, yes," Paige nods back to him. "I wouldn't say we are dating but getting to know one another. Not that it is any of your business, Max."

"I still care you Paige," Max moves closer to her. "I know that you ended things with me but that doesn't mean that my feelings just went away. I'm worried about you being with Jacob."

"You don't have to worry about me, Max."

"Do you remember what he did to my Mom?" Max asks her, ignoring her plead. "He took her to cleaners and back again. He's not a good guy."

"Let me make that decision please," Paige looks back at him. "Besides, from what I know of him, he isn't keeping a million secrets like someone I know," she tells him, knowing that her words will sting him. "Now, if we are going to work together, you aren't going to constantly press me to reveal details of my personal life, okay?"

"Yea sure," Max tries to nod back to her. "Just promise you'll watch yourself. I don't trust Jacob, not one little bit."

The Sugarbowl

Abby sits in the back booth by herself with a hot chocolate in front of her as her mind is racing about how she went to see Andrew recently hoping that they would end up in bed together again, only he told her that he used her for sex and he actually doesn't have any feelings for her. She can't believe that she fell for that; ever since Andrew told her the truth, she has felt incredibly dirty and ashamed of herself. She should have known better but she has been in love with Andrew for so long, she thought he was actually coming around to her.

"Why was I so dumb?" she asks herself as she takes a sip of her drink. "He thinks he's so damn clever but he's not. When he realizes how good our sex was, he will come back to me, I know he will. He has too."

She looks straight ahead and wonders what she will do if Andrew never comes around to her. "No, that's impossible. He has to. He just has too, and I think I know what I can do to help my cause," she tells herself as she stands uo from the booth and prepares to leave. As soon as she stands up though, she feels light headed and grabs the table to hold herself up.

"Whoa," she tells herself. "I must have gotten up too fast," she regains her composure and takes a deep breath. "Stay calm, you're fine. You're fine," she tells herself as she grabs her purse and then proceeds to leave the coffeehouse.

The Pampa Grill

"Are you ready for this?" Dawn asks Cheresa as they sit together at a table in the back of the restaurant waiting for Chris and Trenyce to arrive. Dawn looks at her girlfriend and can see that she is worried about the pending meeting that they are going to have but Dawn is happy that Cheresa reached out to her biological parents.

"As ready as I'll ever be," Cheresa looks back at her. "Thanks for encouraging me to do this."

"Of course," Dawn smiles back to her. "The restraining order was dropped, we can't hold on to this anger forever. Especially with your Mom's trial coming, that will be another huge event to get over."

"You're right."

"I hope we aren't too late," Trenyce announces as she and Chris move up to the table and sit across from the two younger women.

"Not at all," Dawn tells them as she and Chris share a look of uncertainty. "Thanks for coming."

"We just hope that this will be a pleasant meeting," Chris tells them. "Trenyce and I, we want to put this restraining order nonsense behind us."

Trenyce uneasily rolls her eyes subtly knowing that she hasn't forgiven Chris for his in the restraining order drama.

"What you did," Cheresa looks back over at Chris. "Was mean and cruel and I don't trust you completely yet, but Dawn has helped me realize that we can't hold on to this anger forever. So, I'd like to try to start putting this behind us, if that's possible"

"Of course it is," Chris nods back to her before he looks at Dawn. "For what it's worth Dawn, I am sorry and I do thank you very much for helping Cheresa with all this confusion going on."

"There's nothing I wouldn't do for Cheresa," Dawn smiles back to them.

"Well good," Trenyce chuckles back to her. "So, how are things going with Brooke's trial?"

"I don't know all the details," Cheresa admits to them. "But I am worried that something bad will happen to her. And that would be the worst possible outcome. That is my main focus know, helping my Mom through her trial. So, you two have to respect that I might not be jumping through hoops for you; Brooke is my main concern," Cheresa informs them as Trenyce and Chris try to see the positive in what she is saying, even though they are both still hurt that she's not ready to have a full relationship with them.

***

At another table in the other corner of the restaurant, Brooke sits with Greg and Josh Levitt in a close huddle as they review some items for her trial, which is quickly approaching. They are working so hard that they didn't even notice Cheresa or Dawn come into the restaurant.

"So, how is it looking? And please, be honest with me," Brooke looks over at Greg with a worried look on her face. She hopes that he will be able to come up with a good enough defense that she won't have to do any serious jail time for buying Cheresa from the black market all those years ago.

"In my honest opinion, I think we have a great case," Josh takes a sip of his water. "We have a lot of really strong points to go off, like the fact that you and Greg gave Cheresa a wonderful home. It's not like Cheresa was abused or anything; she's been loved since day one."

"We can both testify to that," Greg chimes in. "Anything to ensure Brooke doesn't suffer."

"Our other strong point is that this happened so long ago," Josh continues to tell them. "I'm really going to press the statute of limitations on the case."

"Do you think that would work?" Brooke asks him trying not to get overly excited.

"It's hard to say," Josh admits to her. "But, it's worth a shot. Look, I'm not saying that this case is a slam dunk, but I think we have a very good chance at winning."

Greg reaches over and grabs Brooke's hand causing her to look back at him. "This is all very good news," he tries to stay positive with his estranged wife. "We can win this, Brooke! I know we can!"

"I hope you're right," Brooke uneasily nods back to him, before she looks at his hand on hers. "My God, I hope you're right."

***

At the bar, Felicia sits next to Tyler with a glass of sparkling water in front of her while her son drinks a beer. She knows that he is upset with the news that Simona Lopez has, once again, called off the investigation into Daisy's death. She had hoped that by holding a memorial service for Daisy that it would allow Tyler to start to move on, which it did until they learned that Vinny was still alive and well. Now, she is just hoping that she is able to get through to her son about trying to move on.

"Darling, you're being so quiet," Felicia tells him as she looks over at him. "Are you sure you want to be here? We could stop for beer on the way home and be in the comfort of your own home?"

"Nah, being out is good for me," Tyler slowly tells her as he takes a sip of his beer. "I need to be around people. I think if I was home alone I'd crawl into bed and never want to leave."

"Oh Tyler," Felicia puts her hand on his back. "This isn't good for you. You need to find something to keep your mind off of Daisy."

"Like what, Mom? This situation has been such a mess. I feel like there's nothing I can do."

"Well, what if you went back to work?" Felicia suggests to him. "You know that your father would love to have you back at Robertson Enterprises? You're a wonderful business man and it might help you move your focus off Daisy and her death?"

"I just…I don't know if I could focus on work right now Mom," Tyler admits to her. "I am feeling so devastated."

"I know baby," Felicia pulls him into a hug. "But this might be the new start that you need? Just promise me that you'll think about it, okay?"

***

Kim opens the front door and scurries in side looking to grab some food before she heads back to Roboto. As she waits for the hostess, she recalls how she suggested to Robbie, Natasha & Cassie that they do something in Dominick's personal life to create chaos to ensure he is too distracted to do another Gravity launch. Natasha was against the idea since she claimed her mother was married to Dominick, which Kim knows is true but she doesn't care if Eva gets caught in the cross fire; she cares about Roboto coming out on top.

Before she can say anything to the hostess, Kim's cell phone starts to ring. She pulls it out of her purse and arches her eyebrow when she doesn't recognize the number. "Kim Calimo," she says into her phone. "Yes, this is her. How can I help you?" she asks as there's a long pause. "Oh, that's interesting. Yes, I did work with Will Coutts to send Ryan McQuillian to jail, that was years ago." There's another long pause. "I see, well, yes, I think Will getting out on parole would a good thing. He was always a good young man, thank you so much for letting me know."

Kim hangs up the phone and shakes her head back to herself as she just learned that Will might be getting out of jail on parole. She knows that years ago she teamed up with Will to bring down Jackson's brother, Ryan, who was selling drugs. Of course, Will was later sentenced to jail after he was caught killing older patients at the hospital. Then suddenly it dawns on Kim: Will also had a torrid affair with Eva years ago.

"Will is getting out of jail," she whispers to herself. "Maybe he could be the way to create some chaos in Dominick's marriage."

The Richardson Estate; Meggan, Lukas & Donovan's Home

"Okay, so you and Craig had sex in the cave," Meggan paces back and forth in the living room of her home as her brother just finished filling her in on the latest drama with the rape charges. "That doesn't mean that you raped him for crying out loud!"

"That's what I've been saying," Lukas nods back to her as he pours himself a drink of scotch and then takes a sip of it. "Craig and I, we had been flirting for months leading up to the avalanche. And when he was feverish, he was calling out my name … he wanted it. These rape charges are Craig throwing a temper tantrum."

Meggan uneasily nods back to him. "You know I support you," she replies to his brother. "But these charges, they are serious. You have to take them that way."

"There's no way Craig will win this if it goes to court."

"I don't think it should go that far."

"What do you mean?" he asks her back as he takes another sip of his drink.

"Lukas," Meggan looks back at him sternly. "I think you need to do whatever it takes to make these charges go away."

The Cascade Apartments; Apartment 507; Craig's Apartment

"You can't be serious about that Craig," a stunned Donovan says back to Craig, who just old him that he wants Lukas to spend a lot of time in jail for raping him. "Can't we settle this without jail time?"

"I didn't consent to the sex!" Craig yells back to him. "If you can live with the fact that your husband raped me, that's on you Donovan but don't make me!"

"I…"

"I'll say this for the last time," Craig cuts him off. "I didn't consent to bottom for your husband in that cave and that makes it rape. Now, if you have nothing else to say, I'll see you guys in court."

Donovan uneasily nods back to him and quickly leaves Craig's apartment. In the hallway, Donovan covers his mouth in shock as tears fill his eyes. "What have you done, Lukas?"

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