Stuck in the Middle
Written by: Dallas Walsh | Originally Released: August 24, 2022
Theme song: "Paradisin" Rina Sawayama
Victoria freezes when she opens the door to the Chief of Staff's office and sees Frederick Richardson standing in front of Bryce. Victoria can't believe her eyes because she, like everyone else, has believed that Frederick was dead. She looks over at Bryce and immediately wonders if she is seeing things again.
"What is going on in here?" Victoria asks them, her voice cracking as she continues to be in disbelief. "Frederick Richardson? You're alive? How is this possible?"
Frederick quickly looks back at Victoria, horrified that someone else has learned his secret. He knows that years earlier, he was shot in his office by Jemma Davenport. While recovering in the hospital, Jemma once again showed up and smothered him with a pillow, or so everyone believed. The fact is, he faked his death because he realized that he needed time away from Twin Peaks because he had hurt so many people. He has been waiting to reveal himself to his family when the time is right but now that Victoria knows that he is alive, he realizes that he must act. No one can stop him from completing all of his plans and that includes Victoria.
"What are you doing out of your room?" Bryce quickly asks her. "You shouldn't be roaming the hallways of the hospital by yourself, Victoria."
"I I wanted to come see the chief of staff," Victoria tells him. "I wanted to plead my case about leaving the hospital because I am feeling so much better. What is going on in here? Frederick, how is it possible that you're alive? What is happening?"
Frederick looks at her and uneasily chuckles to her as he crosses his arms over his chest. "Yes, I am alive," he whispers to her. "No one was supposed to know this, so now, I'm going to have to ensure that you don't tell anyone. I'm going to have to silence you."
The Pampa Grill
Abby sits at the bar of the restaurant with a glass of wine in front of her. She had been at home reading the pictures she took of Felicia's file from Raven's Meadow, but she felt like leaving the house again, so she ended up at the bar. While she thought reading Felicia's file was interesting, she is now thinking about how Donovan called her earlier and she could hear Olly crying in the background. She hadn't realized how much she had missed baby Olly until she heard his voice. Of course, she knows that Lukas and Donovan still do not want her in Olly's life, which hurts her to her core. While she has tried to forget about her connection to the baby, she hasn't been able to let go of Olly. She has no idea why but she continues to feel her heart calling for him.
"You look a million miles away," a voice calls out from behind her. Abby turns and sees Dominick standing behind her. "Penny for your thoughts?"
Abby smirks back to him as he sits next to her. "I guess I was just thinking about my son," she admits to him. "He would be close to a year now. And, if I am honest, I was also thinking about Olly."
"Losing someone close to you is something that you never truly get over," Dominick replies to her.
"I'm so sorry," Abby looks back at him. "You are still grieving the loss of your wife. I should have been more sensitive."
"You weren't insensitive," Dominick chuckles back to her. "But yes, I am still grieving Eva. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I think she will be next to me. But then I am reminded that she is gone, and I start feeling the pain all over again."
"That happens to me too," Abby says. "It can be a vicious cycle."
"As long as we are giving ourselves the time we need, eventually the pain won't feel so real and raw."
"Thank you for always listening to me Dominick," Abby looks back at him. "I have really grown fond of our conversations."
Dominick smiles back at her. "I have grown fond of them as well," he admits to her. "And, I haven't forgotten that kiss you gave me on the cheek."
Abby blushes back to him. "I have thought of it as well."
Dominick leans forward and softly kisses her lips. It only lasts for a moment before they part ways. "There, now I know what your lips feel like."
Abby smiles back to him. "Good, I hope?"
"Very good," Dominick winks back to her. "Very good indeed."
At another table, Daisy sits while looking at her Instagram feed. As she scrolls through the images, she can't help but wonder if Meggan took the toothbrush she got from Brett's washroom to the hospital to run a DNA test on it. She only hopes that they can finally learn the truth about whether Vinny is alive or not; she just hopes that it's not true because it means that she, and everyone else, has been fooled by him for months.
"There you are," Vinny announces as he moves up to her table. "I haven't seen you in what feels like days."
Daisy gulps back to him as she knows that she has been avoiding him until she knows the truth about the DNA test. In her mind, if she avoided him, it would be easier than trying to put on a charade that everything is okay.
"I guess we have just been missing one another," she replies to him quickly. "I haven't been purposely avoiding you."
"I'd hope not," he chuckles as he sits across from her. "Purposely avoiding your lover would not be a good thing at all."
Daisy locks eyes with him as she knows that when they slept together, it was the start of her thinking that something was different with Brett. They haven't slept together since, but she can tell that he is interested in it again.
"That's very true," she finds herself nodding back to him. Suddenly, her phone chimes with an incoming text message from Meggan, telling her that a DNA test is being completed. She breathes a sigh of relief knowing that they might know the truth sooner than later.
"How about we head home and have a glass of wine together? We could catch up?" Vinny suggests to her.
Daisy bites her lip realizing that she can't really escape this situation. "Sure, that sounds nice Brett."
"Perfect, after you," Vinny smiles back to her.
Richardson Estate; Meggan, Lukas & Donovan's Home
Lukas storms into the library in the mansion that he lives in with his husband and sister. He moves immediately to the bar and pours himself a stiff drink. He and Donovan just had a heated discussion about the fact that Donovan called Abby to check up on her. Lukas is furious with Donovan because they had agreed to keep Abby out of their lives because they thought she was too dangerous to be around baby Olly. The last thing Lukas wants is for anyone, including Abby, to possibly put Olly at risk.
He takes a healthy sip of his drink when he hears someone move into the library. He turns around and sees Jasper approaching him.
"This isn't a good time, Jasper," Lukas quickly tells his son's nanny.
"I know," Jasper replies to him quickly. "I happened to hear the tail end of your conversation with Donovan downstairs. I didn't mean to eavesdrop, but it was a rather loud conversation."
"I just can't believe that Donovan is talking to the woman that we both agreed would be dangerous for our son," Lukas shakes his head back to him. "He is being reckless and careless with Olly, and that makes my blood boil."
Jasper comes up to him and puts his hand on Lukas shoulder. "I agree with you," Jasper admits to him. "Olly's safety has to be your top priority and same with Donovan. If he is talking to Abby despite everything that has happened, I would be concerned too."
Lukas looks at Jasper's hand that is resting on his shoulder before he looks back into his eyes. "Thanks Jasper," Lukas replies to him. "I really appreciate having you in my corner."
"Of course," Jasper licks his lips together. "Anything for the guy I spot on a regular basis."
Lukas chuckles back to him. "I better not have another nightcap or tomorrow's work out will be brutal."
"Hey, you need to calm down," Jasper says to him. "If having a drink helps you, that's fine. I'll still support you tomorrow in the gym."
Lukas continues to chuckle to him. "You're too good to be true," he replies. "I was in a foul mood and you've made me feel better."
"Good," Jasper winks back to him. "I'm all about making people feel good."
"I truly can't believe that someone had replaced your mother's medication," Natasha tells Tyler as they sit next to one another in the living room of Tyler's house, with a bottle of white wine on the coffee table in front of them. Tyler just finished telling Natasha about how Dominick realized that someone had tampered with Felicia's pills; this explains why Felicia has been seeing things, like Brett standing in her bedroom and Eva. "Who would do that?"
"I wish I knew," Tyler admits to her. "Dominick and I are trying to piece that together now."
"Do you think that it was Brett Victors?" Natasha asks him quickly. "I mean, you said that Felicia saw him in her room, maybe that wasn't a hallucination? Maybe it real?"
Tyler arches his eyebrow back to her, wondering if that is possible. "I guess that could be. I have no idea why Brett would want to hurt my Mom though. This is just so frustrating! And, I feel awful for my Mom."
"I am sorry," Natasha looks back at him. "If I can help with anything "
"Thanks," Tyler smiles back to her. Before he can say anything else to her, Tyler's cell phone rings. "Oh, excuse me for a moment. I have to take this."
Natasha takes a sip of her wine while she listens to Tyler talk into his phone about how great the new Era campaign is going with Cheresa. Natasha sighs uneasily knowing that Roboto is still scrambling to come up with a new campaign because they truly believed that Cheresa was going to sign with them; she also knows that Robbie is still livid with Cheresa's decision. She has never seen her brother so upset before; she's worried about what will happen next.
"Sorry, I had to take that call."
"It's fine," Natasha replies to him. "The campaign is going well, I take it?"
"Very well," Tyler smiles back to her. "I know it must be awkward because Cheresa signed with me and not Roboto "
"I'm trying to not let it bother me," Natasha admits to him. "But, yes, we are scrambling at the office right now, Tyler."
"I hope you know that it was Cheresa's decision," Tyler says back to her. "We just have to respect that and try to move on."
Natasha uneasily sighs back to him. "I guess so, it's just proving to be more difficult then I thought, that's all."
Robbie paces back and forth in the main office of Roboto as he continues to try to think of a way to ruin Cheresa's campaign with Robertson Enterprises. He still hates that she chose Robertson Enterprises over Roboto; the fact that Tyler was able to release the campaign so quickly is adding salt to the wound, in his mind.
He picks up his cell phone and quickly dials a number while he eyes the door to ensure neither Natasha or Kim is returning to the office.
"Tara, it's me," Robbie says into his phone. "I've finally just realized what I want to do to ruin the campaign. I just need to make sure that you're willing to do whatever it takes."
"I know I gave you money," Robbie chuckles into his phone as Kim emerges at the doorway. She pauses and listens to her husband. "I just need to know that you're willing to do whatever it takes."
He turns and sees Kim standing in the office. "I have to go, but we will be in touch."
Robbie hangs up the phone and looks back at Kim. "Who was that, Robbie? What is going on?" Kim asks him quickly as she moves closer to her husband.
Nicholas types into his laptop as he tries to wrap up some loose ends at work before he must go to Robin and Shane's wedding ceremony, which is to begin in a few hours. As he types, he can't help but think about his last visit with Andy, who was still upset with him for letting Clayton confide in him. Andy believes that Nicholas is taking Clayton's side over his, which isn't the case; Nicholas just wants everyone in the situation to find some common ground.
"I know that you're busy and I won't stay long but I had to see you," Clayton announces as he moves into Nicholas' office.
Nicholas immediately stands up to look back at Clayton. "It's fine, I was actually just thinking about you," Nicholas admits to him. Seeing Clayton again takes Nicholas back to the last time that Clayton came to see him, and they shared a kiss. Nicholas hasn't been able to stop thinking about it, even though he knows that they shouldn't have kissed.
"Good thoughts, I hope?"
Nicholas chuckles back to him. "Of course," he tells him. "What is going on, Clayton? Why did you have to see me today?"
"I wanted you to hear something from me," Clayton responds to him. "I've decided to leave Twin Peaks. I am going to leave town."
"Really? Why?" Nicholas asks him as he moves up to him. "You just found out that Madeline is your sister, why would you leave?"
Clayton sighs back to him. "I just can't shake the feeling that both Andy and Madeline just want me to be Reese. I need time away from this to truly understand what's happened. I need time for me."
"I guess I can understand that," Nicholas admits to him. "Just know that you do have a family, and friends, here. I will miss you."
Clayton smiles at him. "I will miss you too," he says. "I've grown fond of you, Nicholas."
"Ditto," Nicholas replies to him.
"And, you're a good kisser," Clayton chuckles back to him. "Can I have a goodbye kiss?"
Nicholas blushes back to him. Before Nicholas can respond, Clayton moves up and plants another kiss on Nicholas' lips.
Andy, meanwhile, opens the front door to the One Day House and moves towards Nicholas' office. He feels bad for how he reacted to his boyfriend earlier and wanted to make it up to him. He knows that they can't move forward unless they communicate about what they are going through. He turns to enter the office but freezes in his tracks when he sees Nicholas and Clayton kissing one another.
"What do you mean that you have to silence me?" a nervous Victoria asks Frederick as she starts to move closer to the door of the office. She has no idea what Frederick will do to her but based on his history, she knows that he could be dangerous.
"Don't you worry about that," Frederick gets a devilish grin on his face. "I know exactly what I will do with you, Victoria."
Victoria looks over at Bryce, who moves up towards her. She hopes that because they have grown closer, he will help her. "Bryce, please, you have to help me get out of here, okay?"
"I'm sorry Victoria," Bryce looks back at her. "I hate that I have to do this, but I have no choice."
"Do what?" Victoria asks him quickly. "What are you going to do to me?"
Bryce, then, knocks Victoria unconscious with a swift blow to the head with a paper weight that he is holding. He looks down at her body and feels himself shake a little. "I'm sorry," he whispers to her. "I'm so sorry."
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