Hardy watches as her son Tommy and her friend Justus Ward (grandson
of Edward Quartermaine) plays marbles on her living room floor
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then Dr. Tom Hardy, former head of psychiatry at General Hospital
returning after years in Africa doing humanitarian work, ran into
the room, only to stop in his tracks at the sight of the three
of them acting as a family. Tommy stars at his father, and noticing
this Simone turns to see her erstwhile husband. Tom as if he has
just be gone a couple of hours, "How are you doing?"
Simone walks over, patting his cheek, and giving him a big hug,
"Welcome home!" Tom glares at Justus who glares back.
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Tommy seems somewhat reluctant to
go to Tom. Tom jokes, "It's okay I'm not
bite!" Tommy gives him a weak hug and Tom
gives him a bear hug. Tom, "Boy I really misses you!"
A little uncomfortably Tom and Justus introduces each other. Tom
sats that "my wife" mentioning him in letters. Tom asks
what is for dinner and Simone says only pot pie, with a touch
of anger, she adds, "It's nothing fancy, but who knew
when you'd be here!" Tom raises his eyebrow at her apparent
dig. Justus leaves, noting the tension. Tom has presents, a mask
and drum, but still Tommy seemed disinterested. "For my beautiful
wife," a necklace. Tommy tells his father he thought he never
would return. Tom tries to explain that he is a doctor, and has
been helping people, helping kids like him. Tom is shocked at
the change in his son. Tom is disappointed that Tommy acts as
if he were a stranger. Simone tells him that everyone at the Brownstone
is part of Tommy's extended family, and he has Steve (Tom's step-father)
but Tommy needs his
father, and that father is not around.
Simone tells him that she too wondered where he was as she went
through family life alone, and she keeps wondering, "What
is it we are trying to preserve?" [
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her that his work in Africa "has been a revelation,"
and it inspired him helping people who were suffering and who
had so little. Tom says that he was offered a hospital in Southern
Chad, and wonders if she would join him. She cannot believe he
wants her to relocate her son, that is asking a great deal. He
asks to hold her, since he missed her; she said missed him
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Steve Hardy are talking when Tom enters the room, "What's
a fellow got to do to get a hug from his folks!" They are
stunned, and thrilled to see him. They ask him about Tommy's reactions.
Tom tells them that he was not sure, he says he "had some
bridge building to do." They reassure him that he is a great
and loving kid. Tom agrees. Tom thanks his parents for their
help raising Tommy. Steve tells Tom he was glad he is back. Tom
looks at them embarrassedly. [
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Tom then tells
him of the hospital offer in Chad. Tom tries to explain how rewarding
it has been and how, because of the conditions there, he is more
needed there more than in Port Charles, "I Save lives! It's
so much more satisfying than.... than sitting around listening
to some.... some perennial adolescent drone on for an hour
about `finding himself!'" He tells them the experience will
make him a better person, it will humanize him, and thus make
him a better psychiatrist.[
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Steve is disappointed,
wanting Tom to eventually take over as head of the hospital. For
Tom, what he is doing in Africa is more fulfilling. Tom hugs his
father, but it is clear Steve is disappointed with him. After
Steve has left for a nap, Audrey wants to know the truth. Tom
tells her not to worry, he and Simone will work things out, eventually.
Audrey sings Simone's praises, how she is a great physician and
parent. Tom tells her about Justus being there when he returned.
He wondered about their relationship.
The next day, Tom and Simone have dinner, she asks about his parents
and he tells her that his father was not happy about his decision
to go back to Africa and his mother asked about their marriage.
He tells her that no matter the decision he will always love her.
She tells him the feelings are mutual. However, she said she that
has to worry about Tommy. Tommy's cool behavior has been due to
him being hurt from left. Tom tells her that could be corrected,
if they join him in Africa. She tells him she has a practice,
family and friends, but that is not as important as Tommy. Tommy
is only five, Africa is too much of a change for him. Tom thinks
it would be the opposite, he would gain from the experience, and
he would be "growing up in a culture that's a part of his
heritage." Simone disagreed, "His heritage is here!
This is where his roots are." She tells Tom their son is
too young to understand or care that Africa is his history; his
family and friends are in Port Charles. Then, she adds, there
are also the problems of the "political climate or.... or
the medicine situation." He thinks that as a family they
could do anything; could be safe. Simone, "You've become
!" He agrees, because he is afraid to lose
her. Simone tells him he could always stay home. He restates his
need to help people in Africa. Simone asks about her competition,
"Are you in love with her." Tom remained silent. Tom
finally replied, "I-I don't know." He says when he thought
he was falling for Kelly that was when he wrote home. Tom tries
to explain that the situation there made them have similar interests.
Simone did not want to hear any more. Tom tells her being a family
with her is more important, and he would let Kelly go if Simone
would agree to come with him. Simone wonders, "As long as
it is on your
terms, right?" Simone asks and Tom admitts
to having had sex with Kelly. Tom asks about Justus, saying he
felt there are feelings there. Simone asked if he wanted
her to say "yes" to make him feel less guilty. She tells
him she has been faithful for two years. Tom is happy, making
her laugh at his hypocrisy. Tom tries to convince her that this
is "in my own inept, bumbling way to fix
Tom begs her, but she sees it as an ultimatum. She wonders what
he wants to save. He tells her their marriage. "The illusion
of structure," she laughs. She and Tommy has pictures of
him, she has a marriage license, and their letters, their marriage
is based solely on paper; she did not expect that when they married.
Another night Tom and Simone go to dinner at The Outback. Mac
Scorpio, the owner greets him. Tom kisses, a very pregnant, Felicia
Jones' hand and praised her beauty. Tom asks about Frisco's involvement
in the matter. Felicia admitts he has been very involved -- Frisco
had returned the previous year , from saving the world, when Maxie
was ill and needed a heart transplant, they got together which
resulted in her pregnancy. Tom and Simone share some happy times
talking. Tom notices the wine is a '88, "our year."
She thinks the wine held up better than some marriages. They talk
about how at first, because of their different races, many people
thought they "were wrong for each other." Tom tells
her he still has not given up on their marriage. Simone replies,
"Why, because you're afraid people will think `the race
issue' was responsible!" Tom says it is because he believes
in their marriage and Tommy. Tom says they have common "life
goals," and he wants to be beside her over other women. Simone
thinks only if it is in Africa. Simone again tells him it is unfair,
and potentially dangerous for Tommy. Also, she seems to feel her
career is secondary to his. She still thought it is an ultimatum,
and she wonders how much a second choice Kelly is. With her there
would be no personal sacrifices. Simone thinks it is like he "set
this up so I would say, "No!'" She wonders if he did
it to shift guilt upon her. She tells him "it has to do with
responsibility!" She tells him she made
her decision, she is not going to do that to Tommy. Tom is silent.
Tom wonders, "So what now." Simone just shrugs. They
decides to be honest with Tommy. She says that not long ago Tommy
asked if they were still married and she told him that they were,
and that they loved each other. Tom tells her he did love both
of them, and for her to tell Tommy that. Tom thinks maybe his
mother could give them advice on how to explain it to Tommy; then
he realizes telling his parents would be as equally difficult.
Later, Tom visits his father, Steve wonders if "everything
was all right." Tom replies, "it's about me and Simone."
Audrey enters thrilled to see her son, giving him a big hug. Tom
tells them about the divorce, "We're not going down this
road together anymore. It's not fair
for either of us."
Selfishly, he says he could not give up the Chad opportunity.
Trying to make it not his fault, he tells them that he had asked
her to join him, but she did not want to go, because of
her life, her work, Tommy. They tells him he is being rash, and
that he should think about it. He tells them if either of them
gave in to the other, one would not be happy, and would be resentful
of the other. He tells them it is not out-of-the-blue, in their
minds and letters it had been there for some time. His return
was meant to arrive "at some kind of conclusion." Audrey
did not know what to think. Tom adds that it sounds selfish, but
he says that they both agreed. Audrey wonders about Tommy. Tom
replies it is Tommy who kept the marriage going longer than it
should have. "A child needs both
said Audrey. Tom told her that was "in a perfect
Mother. It's not a perfect world, is it." He tells them what
he saw in Africa reinforced that, now he has a chance to "make
life a little bit better." Steve thinks that his family needs
him. Tom tells him, "My family is safe
My family's lives does not depend on me being here." Steve
think that if Simone has time she might change her mind. "Simone
her mind, that's why she didn't come with me the
first time." They love each other, he tells his parents,
but the fact that neither wants to sacrifice indicates their marriage
is not strong enough. He apologizes for what it is doing to them,
but there is nothing to be done. Audrey perceptively asks,
if there is another woman. Tom comes clean about Dr. Kelly Hayden.
He tells them that they worked together and that all the crises
made them seek comfort with each other. He says Kelly knew that
Simone and Tommy came first, and that if they returned with him
the affair would end. Steve tells him he loves him and realizes
he was human, but he thinks that he would come to regret this.
Tom, emotionally, his voice cracking, tells Steve, "Don't
you think I cherish the dream of working with you one day at GH.
Working alongside my idle
.... since I was a little boy.
Oh, I learned something while I was away, following in your
footsteps means.... means being the best
doctor that I
could be! And doing the thing that I love, that's
you set me in, and that's
what I will try to live up to!"
Audrey angrily says, "And sacrifice so much
process!" Steve sadly added, "It's your
Son, but I'd be lying if I didn't say it's breaking my heart."
Tom, fighting back the tears, "Mine too!" Upset, Steve
leaves. Tom tells his mother he is sorry for upsetting him.
Angrily, Audrey, replies, "Why shouldn't
he be upset!
Tom, you're my only
son! And Tommy's my only
and I have a terrible
feeling that I am losing you both!"
Tom tries to tell her that it would not effect her relationship
with Simone or Tommy. Audrey tells him it would never be the same,
Simone would move on with another family, and she and Steve would
be pushed out of Tommy's life.
At Luke Spencer's blue's club, Justus' Ward's grandmother, and
former lover of Edward Quartermaine is to make her singing debut.
Simone and Tom arrive , Audrey sees them together and is hopeful.
She blames the distance and thinks that if she and Steve tried
they could reunite the two of them. Audrey tells him that Simone
is not completely innocent, that she has been spending time with
Justus Ward. Tom and Simone join them. Audrey tells them, "It's
so good too see you together. It's like old times." Tom rubs
his arm, Port Charles in winter is much colder than Africa, he
tries to set her straight, "It's not
Tom and Simone tell them their decision is the correct one. Simone
tries to reassure Steve and Audrey about Tommy. Just then, Justus
walks in and Audrey watches him. Steve asks if they have told
Tommy. They tell them that that they will, soon. Simone looks
over at Justus and notices Audrey's expression. Meanwhile, Justus
talks to Luke about no good seats, one table is the Quartermaines'
and he does not want to be next to Edward with his grandmother
singing, that would be too freaky. Then he points to the Hardys,
another awkward situation. Luke notices Audrey's killer glare.
Later, Felicia Jones goes into labor, without Frisco who is still
off "saving the world." All the doctors and the
rest of the patrons surround her, giving their advice. Tom tells
them that he has delivered more babies in "primitive conditions!"
than they. However, Tony Jones tells everyone that he is going
to help because the baby is his
niece or nephew and a Simone
will also help, since she is a pediatrician. Dr. Kevin Collins,
a General Hospital psychiatrist, stays to calm Felicia;
chairs with table clothes over them boxed them off from everyone's
view. Later that night, after Felicia gave birth to a baby
girl, Mary Mae sings, "God Bless the Child," in
honor of Felicia and Baby Girl Jones. As she sings, Steve and
Audrey glance over at Tom, who sadly sighs.
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Tom and Simone take Tommy aside to tell him the truth. Tom, "It's
about your mother. It's about myself. It's about you. It's about
of us." Tommy asks, "What about us?"
Tom and Simone look at each other. Tom puts his son on his lap,
telling him that soon he will be returning to his work in Africa,
and he would miss him. Tom tells him they tried to figure a way
to be together but his mother's patients need her here and his
patients need him in Africa. Tom tells Tommy he would miss his
grandparents, his friends and his school if they all went to Africa.
Tommy ask if he would return soon and wonders if it depended on
"the sick people who need you." Tom told him, "Yes."
Tommy asks, "Do you love them more than you love me?"
Tom looks stunned, he tells him, "No!" Simone is about
to cry and they look at each other. Simone tries to explain, "It's
because your daddy loves you soo much
that he wants
for you.... and me
." She tries
to explain that grown-ups have responsibilities, the sick people
in Africa are his father's. Tommy thinks that he and his mother
need him too. Simone then tells Tommy about the divorce. Simone
signals to Tom, who adds that "We will always
parents! Always.... that's forever
!" Simone then brings
up one of his friends whose parents divorced. Tommy says his friend
told him that her parents did not love each and fought all the
time. Simone tries to reassure him that it is different for them,
and they just decided not to be married because of the distance
between there and Africa. Excitedly, Tommy wonders if he would
be able to visit Tom on weekends like his friend. Tom tells Tommy
that it was not possible, but that he would return for visits.
Simone tells Tommy that she and his father need different things.
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Tom add they
want him happy and they both love him, and they want him to understand
that. However, Tommy does not seem be so sure. After Tommy goes
to his room, Tom Tom tells her that he thinks Tommy will be fine.
Simone tells him that Tommy is like him, "He keeps his feelings
hidden..... until he has a chance to sort through them."
About this time Dr. Ryan Collins (twin brother of Dr. Kevin
Collins) has escaped from prison. Earlier he had developed an
obsession for Felicia, eventually he was sent to prison, but escaped
and went to Audrey believing she was his mother, whom he hated. Upon
this recent escape, he kidnapped Felicia's newborn daughter
Georgianna (Georgie). Audrey was terrified that he would go after
her again, so she was given police protection. One night, despite
this she is still terrified, and Steve tries to reassure her.
Just then the door bell rings, throwing her into a panic; she
is reminded of Ryan terrorizing her the last time; the doorbell
ringing was how it started. She does not want Steve to answer
the door. He tells her that might be the police "with news
about Ryan," so reluctantly she lets him answer the door.
It is the cop guarding the place, he has Tom with him; Tom has
been trying to explain who he is. Steve assures the policeman
that Tom is in fact their son. Audrey notices Tom's duffle bag;
he tells her he is going to stay there. She is upset because this
seems final. He tells her that they told Tommy, and everything
was for the best. Audrey wonders for whom. "For all
he tells her; he added that Simone and he respect each other too
much to live a lie, and Tommy does not deserved to live a lie
either. Audrey wonders if he is using Tommy as an excuse to bail
on the marriage. They ask about Tommy, and Tom says eventually
he would accepted; he adds that Tommy does not want to go to Africa,
but he is confused about who is going to love him now.
Later that night Steve comes downstairs to find Tom on the couch,
in the dark. Steve tells him that he had given Audrey some sleeping
pills, but now he could not sleep. [
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Tom says, "If
you like to join me, we can both stare at the darkness together."
Steve sits next to him, and after a few seconds of silence, Tom
speaks, "Say we face it head on? Or let it lie her like another
presence?" He adds, "The offer might not be on
the table indefinitely." Steve replies, "In other words,
take my shots while I can?" Steve told him he was "deeply
disappointed," and he realized "my response may be generational
in nature," that in his day people were more serious
about marriage, "you made a promise and you kept
When you made the marriage vows, "it meant you pledged
for your life." [
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common now, "it no longer has a stigma." Tom replies,
"It was nothing
easy about this!" Steve wonders
if he tried everything. Tom tells him that they had. Tom said
that this was the only solution, "The center does not hold,
the foundation is gone. There's nothing left to build on."
Steve said he was "profoundly sorry." Tom admitts he
It is the day Tom is to leave, he goes to say good-bye to Tommy
and Simone. The situation is awkward for them. She asks about
his stuff, and Tom tells her he does not have much need for it
, and just to give it to his folks. Tom bends down next to Tommy,
he tells his son to obey his mother, [
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could do your dad a favor, you could write him a letter every
now and then and he promises he'll write back." Tommy was
my dad!" Tom gets emotional,
and asks Tommy to include his drawings too, "I'l.... I'll
put them up all over the hospital and I'll say, `"My....
my son the artist did these!'" Simone smiled down at their
son. Tommy nods. Tom asks him if he has anything to say. Tommy
asks, "Are you ever
coming back?" Simone looks
at Tommy hurting for him. Tom promises he would definitely come
visit." Tom says he could come to Africa, and bring his grandparents.
Tommy wonders, "And Mommy?" Simone and Tom looked at
each other. Tom says, "It's all very complicated, isn't
it." Tom vows they would see each other, and that he would
call. Simone knells next to Tommy, patting his chest, she tells
him to say good-bye and then go play. Father and son hug . Tom
looks upset, all he can say is, "Tommy,.... good-bye!",
and trying not to cry, "I-I love you!" "I love
you too, Daddy!", sadly, Tommy adds, "Good-bye!"
and walks to his room. [
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Tom asks Simone,
"He really doesn't understand, does he?" Simone answers,
"Do we?" Tom, running his hand through his hair, "No,
I s-supposed we don't! Except that maybe it wasn't meant to work
out after all." Simone sadly tells him, "Believing that
would cancel out the good years that it did
Tom swallows hard, so as not to cry, "Right! I'll never
do that!" Simone told him, "Neither will I!" Just
then the taxi driver honks his horn. They both are on the verge
of tears, unable to speak. Tom tries to say something and she
stops him, "I know
! I know
!" Tom picks
up his backpack and throws it over his shoulder, and walks to
the door, saying nothing. Opening the door he turns around, as
if he has a moment of change of heart; he then gives a slight
half-wave, and shuts the door, leaving Simone alone.