Episode 824
 
Catch Them as They Fall
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: June 08, 2022

Episode Theme song: "1000 Doves" Lady Gaga


Previously on One Day at a Time
- Victoria had a mental break at Eva's memorial service. Donovan told her that she was getting worse, as Vinny increased the frequency of the noise on the small device on her phone that was causing her headaches
- Daisy and Vinny made love again
- Lukas hired Jasper Lim to be Olly's nanny
- Jacob saw a close moment between Max and Paige and realized that he had to snoop in his apartment again
- Leah cut her trip to Santa Barbara short as she heard a baby crying in her ears
- Meggan told Jeff they need time apart as she was sensing his concern for Leah
- Madeline kissed Will, who told her that he was grieving Eva

Raven's Meadow

"Are you sure you want to do this?" Donovan looks over at his sister as they are sitting in a waiting room of the mental facility. Donovan recalls how at Eva's memorial service Victoria, seemingly, had a mental break as she thought she saw Brandy standing behind him with a knife in her hand; when Donovan was taking Victoria to safe location, she lashed out at other people that were attending the service for their mother. Donovan became even more worried for his sister as he knows that it is impossible that she saw Brandy; he can't help but recall how Bryce Barty, Victoria's doctor at Raven's Meadow, told her that she had split again, and he is wondering if it is true.

Victoria uneasily looks back at him and nods her head. "You are right," she whispers back to him as she twiddles her thumbs out of nervousness. "I am getting worse, Donovan. What happened at Mom's service, I can't explain; I don't know why I am seeing Brandy all the time. But I have to get help."

"I am proud of you," Donovan grabs her hand and squeezes it. "Not everyone would have the strength to check themselves into a mental health facility."

Victoria gets tears in her eyes. "I want to get better," she tells him. "I don't want this to hang over me for the rest of my life. I just hope the doctors can help me here."

Before Donovan can say anything back to her, a door to an office opens and a nurse emerges. "Ms. Franky," the nurse says as Donovan and Victoria stand up. "We are ready to admit you now. Come this way, please."

Donovan looks at his sister and pulls her into a hug. "I will come see you all the time, okay?" Donovan whispers into her ear. "You are not alone, never forget that."

Victoria nods back to him as a tear falls out of her eye. She quickly wipes it away as she moves closer to the nurse. She turns before she is about to enter the office. "I love you, Donovan."

"Love you too, Vic."

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

"How are you feeling now that you are home?" Cory asks Leah as he moves into the living room and sees her packing her briefcase for work. Cory almost wishes that she would take some time off Robertson Enterprises until they can understand why she continues to have dreams of a crying baby that she can't locate or why she heard the crying like a ringing in her ears while at the winery in Santa Barbara.

Leah turns back to him and smiles. "Much better, thanks," she tells him. "I don't know what was going on while we were in Santa Barbara but that has passed."

"It's so odd," Cory shakes his head back to her. "You have these dreams, but you hear the crying all the time in Santa Barbara? I wonder why that is?"

"I wish I knew?" Leah tells him. "Maybe it has something to do with how close I was to the ocean? Different altitudes? I don't know."

"Why don't you take a couple of days off from work and really rest and get better?"

"I wish I could," she purses her lips together, as she opens her purse and pulls out her bottle of painkillers for her neck injury that she suffered from a few years earlier. Cory watches her put one in her mouth and then drink some water. "But, with Tyler taking over as CEO, I have a million things to do. Which reminds me, I left one of my files upstairs."

Cory watches Leah walk up the stairs in the penthouse. Once she has disappeared into the office, he reaches for her purse and looks at her bottle of pain killers. He reads the label and it confirms that they are exactly what Leah says they are: to help with neck pains. He opens the bottle and puts a pill in his hand and then quickly puts it in his pocket. He puts the bottle of pills back into Leah's purse, still wondering what these pills are. He still finds it odd that they are delivered to her house instead of her going to a pharmacy to refill her medication.

"Okay, I have everything I need," Leah puts her last file into her briefcase. "I'll see you later?"

"Yea, that sounds like a plan," Cory leans in and kisses her on the lips. "Have a good day babe."

The Pampa Grill

"It sounds like you are slowly uncovering this mystery of why Clayton looks so much like Reese?" Jeff asks Madeline as they sit across from each other in the restaurant, each with a drink in front of them. Madeline just finished telling Jeff how she and Andy located a newspaper clipping that showed that Olivia got a job that Frederick had applied for; she has no idea if this means that Frederick wanted revenge on Olivia and took one of her children, but she is determined to figure it out. In her mind, there has to be a reason as to why Clayton looks exactly like Reese.

"I mean, it is a long shot," Madeline takes a sip of her gin and tonic. "But, I have to at least try to make sense of this, right? I might be off base, but I owe it to my family to learn the truth."

"That's great," Jeff says back to her. "It's nice that Andy is helping you with this too."

"Andy and Will," Madeline looks back at him. "Will has also been a life saver."

"Will, huh?" Jeff chuckles back to her. "If memory serves right, you two were a thing back in the day."

Madeline giggles back to him. "That was a long time ago," she nods back to him. "I can't deny that I am still attracted to him, however."

"Well, what's stopping you from pursuing him?"

Madeline looks back at her friend and recalls how she kissed Will the other day, but he claimed that he wasn't over Eva yet, which makes sense because she only died a few weeks ago. "I, uh, actually kissed him and he told me that he wasn't over Eva yet."

"Wow, look at you go!" Jeff chuckles. "Going after what you want!"

Madeline shrugs her shoulders back to him. "I guess but I have to respect that he is still grieving."

"Did I tell you that Meggan wants us to take a break again?" Jeff looks back at her quickly as Madeline shakes her head no. "Yea, she told me because Leah was having these weird dreams in Santa Barbara; I was too focused and worried about her."

"That's rough Jeff, I'm sorry."

"Thanks," Jeff looks back at her. "I guess I'm just thinking…"

Madeline arches her eyebrow back to him. "Thinking? About what?"

"You and I," Jeff smirks back to him. "What if we pretended to date to make Meggan and Will jealous? Maybe if they saw us happy together? Maybe it would make them realize what they are missing?"

Madeline laughs back to him before she realizes that he is serious. "Wait, you're not joking? You want to pretend to date to make them jealous?"

"Just think about it?" Jeff shrugs his shoulders. "It could be the way we both get what we want."

***

"I am very happy for you that your Dad made you CEO of Robertson Enterprises," Daisy tells Tyler as they sit at another table in the restaurant. Tyler just finished telling his former fiancé about Dominick's decision to step back from the day to day at Robertson Enterprises and leave him in charge.

"Thanks Daisy," Tyler smiles back to her. He hasn't stopped smiling since Dominick made the announcement; all he has ever wanted was to make his father proud so for him to give him the responsibility of running his company means the world to him. "You know, if you ever want to come back and work for Robertson Enterprises, I think I could find a position for you."

Daisy purses her lips together. "I appreciate that," she nods back to him. "I am not sure about that, though. The last time I worked there the avalanche happened and Vinny held me hostage for months."

"How can I forget?" Tyler chuckles back to her. "It's also the time you and Brett grew closer."

Daisy uneasily nods back to him, thinking about how she and Brett have made love recently and she can't shake this feeling that it is different from when they were locked up together. Brett claimed that it has felt differently for him too because they are free now and not under Vinny's thumb, which makes sense, but she still can't shake this feeling that she has.

"What is it? What's wrong Daisy?"

"Uh, nothing," she snaps back into reality. "Sorry, I guess I got lost in my train of thought."

"You know you can tell me anything, right?"

"Yea," Daisy smiles back to him. "Okay, look, Brett and I…we've become even closer lately."

"Right," Tyler nods back to her. "I know what that is code for."

"Well," Daisy tells him. "We actually had sex while we were trapped together. And these last couple of times, I don't know, I can't place it, but it feels different."

"Different? How so?" Tyler asks her, wondering what is going on.

"I can't explain it, exactly," Daisy admits to him. "He told me that it was because we are free now and not locked up. I guess it makes sense, I just have a weird feeling about it."

"Trust your instincts," Tyler tells her quickly. "You know that I have thought something was going on with Brett for a while now, so if you're thinking the same, please follow your gut and do whatever you have to do, Daisy. I mean that."

"I know," Daisy uneasily nods back to him. "I guess I just have no idea what I am going to do, Tyler."

The Victors Mansion

Vinny skips into the living room of the mansion that he lives in whistling a tune. He moves over to the bar to pour himself a drink as he wants to celebrate the fact that he and Daisy made love, again recently. He knows that she was getting worried about the fact that she thought the first time they had sex felt different than when they were locked up together; of course, he knows that he wasn't locked up with her at all, it was Brett who died last year.

"I think I have covered my basis," he says as he takes a sip of his scotch. "Daisy wouldn't have come back into my bed if she still believed that something was off with me. She believed me that it was different because we were locked up the first time."

He takes another sip of his scotch while he thinks about how all his plans are going exactly the way he wants them too. "I have Daisy right where I want her and considering the break down that Victoria had at Eva's memorial service, I'd say she's thin close to believing that she has split again."

Before he can say anything else, he hears a pin on his phone. He grabs it and sees an incoming message from Bryce. "Victoria is checking herself in to Raven's Meadow today," Vinny reads the message as he gets a wider grin on his face.

"This is perfect," he chuckles to himself. "All of my hard work is finally paying off! Damn, this does deserve another drink!"

The Claus House; Leah & Paige's Home

"You didn't have to bring me home, you know," Paige tells Max as they move into the living room of the house that she lives in with her mother. She recalls how they were on their second "friendly" date for breakfast at the Pampa Grill and Max told her that he would bring her home, which was sweet touch.

"Oh, I know," Max smiles back to her. "Consider me being guilty in the fact that I wanted to spend more time with you."

Paige giggles back to him. "You're too much sometimes."

Max comes up to her and puts his hands on her waist. "Are you complaining about it?"

Paige shakes her head to him. "Of course not," she purses her lips together. "I told you at breakfast that I am enjoying spending time with you, Max. I meant that."

"Good," Max licks his lips to her. "Because, I am definitely liking this. But it could be better."

"How so?"

Max chuckles and then leans in and kisses her on the lips. Paige responds to him and the kiss turns more passionate. "See, wasn't that better?" Max asks as their lips part.

"Much better," Paige looks back into his eyes. She finds herself leaning in and kissing him again.

"I thought you wanted to wait," he pulls back as she starts tugging at his jeans.

"I thought so too," she looks back into his eyes with lust. "But, right here, right now, I know what I want. And, that's you."

Max lifts her into his muscular arms and kisses her again. "You don't have to tell me twice," he says carrying her to the bedroom.

The Cascade Apartments; Max's Home

Jacob slowly moves into Max's apartment, using the key that he has from when Cassie lived in the apartment. He closes the door behind himself and locks it quickly, knowing that if Max should come home with the door locked, he will have time to hide. He can't stop thinking about how he saw Max and Paige at breakfast earlier and they were holding hands; the sight makes his blood boil because he still believes that Max is up to no good. He can't shake the feeling that Max knew about Cassie stealing the money from Roboto and Robertson Enterprises and that he inherited those funds when Cassie died. This is the reason he has come back to Max's apartment; he is determined to find something, anything, that will help him prove that Max isn't on the up and up.

"Okay Max," Jacob whispers to himself. "Where would you hide proof that you knew your Mom is a lying, scheming bitch?"

He looks to his left into the kitchen. "I checked out the kitchen last time," he reminds himself as he looks the right, which leads into the living room. "Let's go to the living room, I know there is something here, I just have to find it."

He moves into the living room, walking right by the large dresser that has Max's burner phone in the top shelf. He starts looking on the book shelf, pulling out books and flipping through the pages, hoping to find something that connects Max to Cassie.

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

"You're home," Lukas says as he moves into the foyer of the large estate that he lives in with his husband and sister and their children. Lukas knows that Donovan was going to Raven's Meadow with Victoria as she was going to have herself committed after her breakdown at Eva's memorial service. "How did it go?"

Donovan moves up to Lukas and pulls him into a hug. "It was harder than I thought," Donovan sighs back to him as they hold one another. "She was brave, but I could tell that she was scared."

Lukas looks into his husbands' eyes and tries to put a smile on his face. "She is doing the right thing Donovan," Lukas tells him. "Her behavior at the memorial service was not one of a sane person. Or a mentally healthy person. Being in Raven's Meadow, is the best thing for her."

"I know," Donovan nods back to him. "It was just hard to see her in that state. My God, I hope she is okay. She's all I have left now."

"That's not true," Lukas grabs his hand. "You have me. You have Olly. You have Meggan. You have Logan. We are your family now too."

"You're right," Donovan smiles back to him. "Thanks for reminding of that. I love you, Lukas."

"I love you too," Lukas leans in and kisses him on the lips. "I actually have a surprise for you. Someone in the living room wants to meet you."

Donovan arches his eyebrow back to him. "Who is it?"

"Our nanny, Jasper," Lukas reveals to him. "I hired him today. Come on, come say hi."

Donovan and Lukas walk into the living room and see Jasper holding Olly, who is fast asleep in his arms. "Jasper, it looks like Olly has taken a liking to you already," Lukas chuckles. "This is my husband, Donovan. Donovan, this is Jasper Lim."

"Nice to meet you," Jasper smiles back to Donovan, who looks back at Lukas in surprise as he believed that Lukas was going to hire a woman, not a good looking man.

"Yea, it is nice to you too," Donovan uneasily smiles back to the man holding his child and looking at his husband.

Raven's Meadow

"This is your room," Bryce tells Victoria as he opens a room in Raven's Meadow and lets Victoria, who is now wearing a white hospital gown, inside. "You don't have to stay in here unless we confide you for some reason. But this is where you will sleep and shower. What do you think?"

Victoria looks around and tries to put a smile on her face. "I guess it is okay," she turns and looks at the doctor.

Bryce looks at Victoria and continues to think that she is a stunning woman. He hates that Vinny has driven her to the point of not thinking she is sane; he only hopes that this is where Vinny's plan ends. Once Victoria thinks she is healthy again, she will be able to leave and resume her normal life.

"I get that you're nervous about this Victoria," Bryce moves closer to her. "But don't worry, okay? I will not do anything to hurt you; I am here to protect you."

Victoria uneasily smiles back to him. "Thanks Dr. Barty," she tells him. "I'm hoping that is true. I am hoping that I have made the right decision by coming here."

"Trust me, you have," he smiles back to her.

Next on One Day at a Time
- Cheresa learns about Trenyce and Brad
- Jacob finds Max's phone!
- Madeline and Andy lay a shocker on Clayton

 
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