After Tom left asking for a divorce,
Simone and Justus' relationship progressed. Ned (Quartermaine)
Ashton (Justus' cousin) has just married Lois Cerullo in Brooklyn;
everyone attended their wedding, including Justus and Simone.
Immediately after the ceremony Justus and Simone return to Simone's
apartment in the Brownstone, and begin making out. [
sec; 1.6 Meg)
the lights come on, and Tom is on the couch paging through a coffee
table book on Africa; sarcastically, "You didn't waste much
time didn't you?!" Tom's manner seems odd, not like the nice,
easily going Tom of old -- Tom is wearing two African braclets,
and a leather chain with a small shell which never removes. Simone
looks over in shock. With a smug expression, he apologizes for
surprising her, and then states, "I'm back!" Simone
tells him, "It's stating the obvious" and wonders why.
"Do you really have to ask!" He tells her that this
place is where his family is: His home. Simone is not amused by
his joke. Tom tells them he is not
joking. He turns towards
Justus, "Did you have a good time with my
Justus trying to control his anger, reminds him "ex
Tom tells them that he was not able to sign the divorce papers.
Justus tells Simone that she can still get a divorce. Tom says
he would not make it easy. Simone is confused, she knew
that he was not going to Chad but back to Rwanda, so why is he
home. He admits that he is surprised too. He is evasive about
Rwanda and what changed his mind about returning home. Tom does
not want to discuss his situation with Justus; Justus tells him
that he is
involved. Tom issues a veiled threat, saying
he is back and is going to get his life back. Tom snarkily tells
him, "You could always stay and duke it out with me, I suppose."
Justus angrily tells Tom that he did not get involve with Simone
until after Tom left, and asked for a divorce; now it is up to
Simone, whether she wants to continue their relationship or not.
After Justus has left, Simone wants answers. [
min; 6.1 Meg)
] "It isn't
all that complicated. I miss you. I love you. I love our son."
His voice cracks as he tells her that he wants to try again with
their marriage. Simone, cynically thinks it is more of a case
that his girlfriend dumped him. Tom, with a weird, wild look tells
her he was the one who ended that the relationship, "I think
I was too intense for her." He tells her that Kelly saw that
his feelings his feelings for her were ambivalent. Simone is furious
over his change of attitude; she has moved on. He tells her that
he realized that he could not lose what had with her and Tommy.
She senses that there is more to this and wonders what really
was behind his change of mind, something had to have happened.
"Things happen every day that you couldn't imagine."
there seems to be a deeper meaning. He tells her that when he
returned earlier he really did not have time to think, he just
reacted. Simone is not impressed; his shallow apology changes
nothing, she is not going pick up their relationship. Tom shouts
that now he is doing it "her way, so don't tell me I being
unfair." He hints about going to bed together. She is
not amused and tells him to find another place to sleep.
Tom walks into Steveįs office, "Dr. Hardy, I presume."
Steve wonders what he is doing home. He tells his father that
he realized that the camp in Rwanda was where he was needed, and
returned, but horrible things occurred, making him see that he
wanted to be in Port Charles with his family. Tom asks if he still
has a place open for him. Tom notices his evasion and tells his
father that he thought that was what he wanted. Steve says that
he held the position open as long as possible. "Be careful
what you wish for, you might just get it," Tom jokingly replies.
He tells Tom that just the day before he made an offer to Kevin
Collins. "Will you submit my name.... in addition
Steve tells him yes, but he is confused because Tom made it clear
he wanted to return to general medicine. Tom laughs, in an ironic
tone, "General medicine is in the refugee camps is basic life
and death. Here in Port Charles it is diagnosis, referrals and
dispensing medicine." Steve disagrees. By his expression
it seems he is not pleased with Tom's behavior and attitude. Steve
tells his son that they better do something first, call Audrey
because "she would skin him alive" if she found out
he was home.
Audrey is thrilled having him home for good. He tells her that
he missed his son, and he remembered Tommy's look the last time
and worried that he was no longer important to him. Steve, listening
in, seems to be leery. Tom adds that Seeing all the suffering,
especially the children was too much. She asks about Simone
and he tells her he saw her with Justus Ward. He tells
them what he told Simone. Uncertain, Steve wonders how she reacted.
"She wasn't overwhelming receptive. But she's going to have
to accept it.... Because that's was going to happen!"
Simone goes to the Hardys looking for Tom. Audrey says, "It
is an answer to all our
prayers." Audrey goes on and
on gushing, and then asks about Tommy. Simone tells her that is
why she came, she has not told him yet. Audrey seems to think
they still could be a family and before Simone can correct her
Tom enters. Tom gets Audrey out of the room, and tells Simone
she can sit, "I won't jump to any conclusions." They
continue their discussion, she tells him how two years earlier
he left them out of his "social consciousness," she
goes on how he has a great "sense of drama and romance,"
he was that way during their courtship. Then he went off to African
and found it there, and had an affair, and now he has had enough,
but for how long. How is this going to affect their son.
He thinks her anger is what is bad for Tommy. She cannot believe
his gall. She wants Tom to return to Africa before Tommy knows
he returned. Tom tells her that she and Tommy are "stuck
with him. " He then questions her about how her relationship
with Justus is affecting Tommy. He tells her to tell Tommy he
is home and he will take him to dinner. She tells him it is about
Tommy's needs not his; she has to think things through and then
she will decide about telling Tommy, with that she storms off.
Later, Simone changes her mind and lets Tom see Tommy, who does
not seem thrilled. The their conversation is a awkward. Tommy
wonders what happened "to all the sick children." Tom
asks about school, and Tommy reminds him it is summer. Tommy tells
him how the Ward house is having a party and then Justus promised
him a baseball game. Tom is not pleased. Tommy says Justus
probably would take him too; Simone, listening, rolls her eyes.
Tom sarcastically says that could be interesting. Simone bribes
Tommy with ice cream so she can talk to Tom, after Tommy leaves
she wonders "now what." Tom is sobered seeing how he
is a stranger to Tommy. Simone senses that there is another reason
why he returned. In the past missing her and Tommy did not bring
him home. [
video 8 (2:50
min; 6 Meg)
] He tells her
that missed the camp, "So many people depended upon me and
the decisions I made. Holding lives in my hand, literally and
figuratively. He tells her how he returned to a "political
quagmire," there was a band of thugs who wanted the drugs,
he refused, "just another life or death decision in the godlike
Dr. Hardy." Choking back tears, fiddling with Tommy's toys,
he tells her how later he was treating a scared little boy, holding
him; he looked so fragile, the kid left and was gun down by the
rebels, "he disintegrated right before my eyes." He
tells her that at that moment he needed his son, needed to return
home. Simone cries. Simone thinks that Tom had to come home, a
person cannot take all that horror, she tells him he needs "emotional
healing," and Tommy can help. Tom wonders about her. She
says that is still angry over what he put her and Tommy through,
despite it she will always be his friend. It might be hard
for a time with Tommy, but she will help bridge their relationship.
He tells her he cannot lie, that he is determined to get his family
back. She tells him that he cannot get everything he wants. Tom
with a gleam in his eye, "We'll see!"
Justus sets up a meeting with Tom at Luke's. He tells Tom that
his feelings for Simone are sincere. [
min; 3.1 Meg)
] Tom warns
holding on could get "someone hurt." Tom retorts that
he loves her too, they have history, "you haven't a clue
what you're dealing with!" Tom is surprised a lawyer cares
so little about marriage. Justus, you broke those bonds when you
left his family, "again
!" He realized his mistake
and came back to fix them, "the bonds may have stretch, but
haven't broken." Justus tells him that he knows Simone, she
wanted the divorce. Tom says just because they shared a bed, they
have been together long, have struggled through many things; he
knows her better. Tom tells him "you would not be the first
time she's strayed." He counts on his fingers, "you
would be the third! -- that I know of!" He points out that
her other affairs were also with black men, but she always came
back to him (Tom is not lying about the affairs). Tom advices
Justus that it is a fantasy to think her being with him is nothing
more than payback. Justus tells him that their relationship is
good; his remarks are not going to change that or end it. [
sec; 1.2 Meg)
] Tom adds he
means nothing to his wife, and that very soon his relationship
with her will be ended. Justus wonders if it is a threat; Tom
replies, "It is a fact
!" He has been there before,
and always won in the end: He will get his wife and son back!
Justus tells him, "That was then, this is now!"; do
not place bets on Simone.
Lucy Coe and Dr. Kevin Collins arrive at Luke's. She notices Tom
and tries to avoid him (before he left for Africa the first time
she had seduced him and set him up to make him believe they had
sex blackmailing him to finance a company, Deceptions). [
min; 4.6 Meg)
] She turns
to find Tom, and is nervous. She introduces the two men (Kevin
is Tom's competition for the head of psychiatry). Tom continues
to look at her, making her even more nervous. He then tells them
that he is applying for his old position. Kevin says that Steve
is probably glad. Tom said he is but reassures him that his father
still will put his [Kevin's] name out too. Just like he is playing
with Lucy he seems to be doing the same with Kevin. The situation
continues to be awkward for the two. Tom, "Lucy.... I'm sorry,
I just can't get over how good you look, of course you always
had a wonderful
sense of style. I remember especially--"
She interrupts him before he can finish and talk about their past.
She starts babbling how they are both psychiatrists. Kevin tells
her, "he knows!" Kevin tells him that he heard about
all his great work, and thinks he will have support at the hospital.
Tom agrees that it is true. Tom asks Lucy, "what are you
up to these days, keeping out of trouble?" She says she is,
and Kevin gives her a look. Tom, "What a shame!" She
tells him she is an adult now, and president of Deceptions. She
explains to Kevin that Tom was one of her original investors.
He hopes she has not become, "too respectable," because
she was always "so much fun!" She says of course she
still is fun, "I always say all work and no play m-"
she stops before finishing the statement. [The saying "make
Jack a dull boy, seems to a possible in-joke at Matt playing Jack;
and for a time Lynn Herring played Lisanne Gardner on DAYS
when Matt was on]. Tom continuing to stare at her, "I do
After Tom walks off Kevin, "so that's Tom Hardy." Lucy
says, but a different Tom Hardy [another in-joke about the change
in actor], noting how Tom's personality has drastically changed.
She tells Kevin that Tom was "always so well
and that she always told him to "let his hair down"
and he would be more attractive to people. She realizes the implication
and quickly says she did not mean herself. Kevin tells her, "I
think someone sneaked up behind me and shot me in the back."
video 11 (35
sec; 1.2 Meg)
] As Tom walks
out he stops to talk to Luke (his cousin Scotty Baldwin was married
to Laura and she left him for Luke, while she was married to Scotty
was during the infamous Luke rape of Laura). Tom asks him how
Laura is. He adds that they are so lucky to have remained together
for so long, he always thought she would do to him what she did
to Scotty. Luke wonders if he is attempting "overt hostility"
or is just stupid. Tom says he is just a shrink, and a student
of the "human condition!" Then walks off.
It is the Nurses' Ball (the hospital staff put on a talent show
to raise money for AIDS). Simone arrives with Justus, they walk
in and Tom who greets them. She hopes he will enjoy it, he tells
them "I already am." As they walk off Justus mutters,
far from us. Simone is at a table with Justus, she notices Tom
watching them and goes over to confront him. He tells her she
looks wonderful and he cannot stop looking at her. She thinks
it "is rude and manipulative." Tom ignores that and
wants to dance. She returns to Justus and tells him "Tom
is playing games." Later Justus talks with Tom, who says
Justus will have to get use to him being around. Tom adds that
things could get ugly, he could get Justus to slug him, that would
make interesting headlines, him being a city councilman, slugging
the husband of his girlfriend. Even if Justus did not hit him
it still would make a scandal. Justus reminds him that that would
hurt Simone and
Tommy. Later, Justus tells Simone about
Tom's threat. Simone is shocked, it does not sound like Tom. She
looks over to see Tom staring, but Audrey walks Tom away. Later,
Steve [John Beradino played pro-baseball for various major league
teams] and Tommy perform a song from the baseball musical Damn
, "Heart." Tom, sitting with his mother,
and uncle Lee and aunt Dr. Gail Adamson (Baldwin). watches with
The hospital board votes on the next head of the psychiatry. Steve
recluses himself from voting, but when the vote is tied, he votes
for Kevin. Tom and Audrey meet Steve, who says the vote was 5-4
for Kevin. Tom tries to hide his hurt and anger. [
min; 4.1 Meg)
] Steve admits
that he voted for Kevin. "I think this is about to get very
interesting," replies Tom. Audrey cannot believe he went
against his own son. Steve tells them Kevin has been consistent
in the field, and he does not think Tom is as dedicated. Tom sarcastically
thanks him for giving him a chance. Later, Tom tells his mother,
"He doesn't believe in me. My own father doesn't believe
in me." Audrey assures him that is not true. He is being
Steve, following his conscious. Tom, "Right, Dr. Fair and
Square!" She hopes this will not cause a rift between them.
He says it will not, but by his expression it has. She tells him
that she is sorry things are not working out, first with Simone
and now the hospital. He tells her he never ran away from a challenge,
"I intend to get everything I want, no matter
Tom goes to the orphanage Bradley Ward House (named after her
son with Edward Quatermaine, Justusį father, an activist minister
who was murdered by various influential citizens of Port Charles)
run by Mary Mae, looking for Simone. Mary Mae is polite despite
the situation between him and her grandson. He tells her that
the children are lucky to have her, she says the children in Rwanda
were lucky to have him. He tells her he wished the children there
had the peace they find here. He continues that he thought he
could handle it there, but "suddenly they were all Tommy"
making him realize he had made a mistake. He begins to talk about
Simone, but she stops him saying she does believe every effort
should be made to save a marriage, but she loves her grandson
and is close to Simone. He apologizes, but it is evident he wanted
her support. She continues that she admires him for all he did.
Simone ( is there due to a chicken pox outbreak) walks in carrying
a little girl, Elizabeth. Tom takes Elizabeth and offers to help
entertain her. Later, Tom and Simone talk. As stacks blocks, "Chicken
pox, throw in malnutrition, a compromised immune system, is fatal
it changes one's perspective. Then he tells her that his
father picked Kevin over him. "How's that for irony? Not
even a knee jerk sympathy response." She tells him she was
thinking about his father. Tom ask not about me. It had to have
been agonizing she tells him, since Steve always wanted him to
take over, and this would have been the first step. Tom says,
at least "he cannot be accused of nepotism." He adds
Kevin has degrees, and written academic papers, while he has been
"buried alive in Africa." Even before Africa he thought
about ER medicine, Kevin probably never wavered. "Do I sound
like I am trying to justify this whole thing?" She says,
!" She thinks his analysis is right. He tells
her that is why he wanted to talk with her, "nobody shoots
straighter." He adds, "I always use to call you my litmus
," she would always turn blue when there was
"hypocrisy around." They joke around comfortably, and
then she says she really is sorry, but not surprised. She thinks
something serious is happening to him, she adds she does
not think he even knows what it is. His voice catching, "I
know!" They are looking at each other intently
when Justus. Justus thinks that now he lost the appointment he
has "other fish to fry." They begin to argue again.
Justus thinks it is his "petulant way" to have her if
not as his wife as his mother. Tom reminds him that he
is the shrink. They start yelling and Mary Mae has to stop them.
Tom tells Mary Mae that Elizabeth is a charmer but she has some
delayed motor skills, and to watch her.
Later Tom and Simone go the Outback to talk. Simone notices something
is wrong and asks if he could tell her. He doubts it would help.
video 13A (45
sec; 1.5 Meg)
] You know about
the lives I was able to save over there, but you don't know about....
the lives that I've taken!" [
sec; 1.5 Meg)
]Tom does not
know if he wants to think about what happened, much less verbalize
it. Simone is confused because he never let on. He says, "I
needed you and Tom there with me, a core of sanity.... to ground
me, to get me out of the worst of it. His decisions ended up ending
lives, including his own -- "as he had come to know it."
video 13C (2:10
min; 4.8 Meg)
] The decisions
went beyond the ordinary ones in medicine, he tells her; "it
was raw, it was sweeping!" One of the decisions was political,
"with whom to align myself": which gang of thugs "would
offer the best protection." That decision meant "life
or death for thousands
of people." Next he had to
"close his eyes" to what those thugs did, so that "the
medicine got through." He continues, this always meant "more
death." Add that to poor medical care and sanitation....
"I realized that I had accepted
the chaos. I
was at the center of it!.... It became easier for him to make
the decision. Overcome with emotion, she asks, "how could
you keep this to yourself?" She wished he had told her sooner,
at least she would have understood his behavior. [
min; 5.6 Meg)
I would not
have the power," that was why he could
not walk way. Speaking intently, his eyes looking a little wild,
"I knew how to make that camp run, in its own awful way.
It was mine
!" He realized that "I was in a place,
few people often go." "Amazed
by my own choices.
by the options!.... Most of them, unspeakable
It was surreal.... artificial.... At a time
beyond the world!" He begins to talk of the murdered boy,
but stops himself, not able to tell her. Port Charles, the hospital,
her and Tom are his focus; for him this is reality, "which
welcome." He realizes he is unloading a great
deal on her, but she did ask, and he wanted to tell her. He says
to think about it for awhile to see if "it makes any sense."
He gets up, very emotional. Just then Felicia and Mac walk over
to their table, Felicia tells them about her win "playing
the ponies." Tom said he had little chance where he was.
He tells them now that he is back he can try new things. He apologizes
for not visiting her, "he did not want to upset the ole apple
cart", looking at Simone, by being there. Felicia asks him
to join her the next day for the 4th of July picnic, he tells
her his parents and he were asked by the Quartermaines. Tom then
asks Simone for her and Tommy to join him; she tells him she is
going with.... the Wards. Tom is not pleased.
video 14 (1:20
min; 1.9 Meg)
] Tom then goes
to visit Kevin to ask for a position in the psych department.
"It is obvious that he is bitter, and continues the mind
game he was playing the other night at Luke's. "I assume protocol
has not changed completely in the time I've been away. One still
plays abeyance to the new appointed department head, doesn't one?"
wishes to, but not necessary," " Kevin
replies. Tom continues his overly formal way of talking and tells
him he would like to have a talk. Tom tells him. Tom then continues,
he knows what Kevin is thinking, he has been away for so long,
practicing in another field, "how serious can he be?"
He indicates his curriculum vitae
, how he not only has
practiced psychiatry but was department head, and knows how it
and the hospital functions; then he snarkily adds, "Unless
your planning on turning the whole place on its head?" Kevin
says since he is now department head, his position is open, and
that Tom is more than qualified. Though he wonders how Tom feels
working for him after what happened. Tom denies he does, trying
to hide his bitterness. He knows that his father picked him, and
therefore it had to be the right choice; so "I would be privileged
to work for you." He then says, "I just came back from
a very bad
scene in Africa. It was wild, dangerous, on
the edge all the time.... very exciting, but very raw
" Now he wants something more stable. Kevin has no qualms,
but it the Chef of Staff (Steve) has to approve it. He tells Kevin
he is looking forward to it, as he flashes one of his looks.
Tom then goes to talk with his father. [
min; 1.8 Meg)
] Tom tells
him about the job, and how he has to approve first; "Can
I count on that approval being forth coming?" Tom notices
Steve's reluctance, he tells his father he is home and settling
in, why does he get the impression he is not pleased. Steve says
he is pleased, if he means it, but he remembers how just a couple
of months ago he wanted a divorce and spoke about how important
working in Africa was; at the time he sounded as if he meant that,
but now he is saying the opposite. Tom says what is wrong with
changing his mind. Nothing, Steve replies; however, he just wonders
how many times he will be changing it. Tom tries to control his
anger. Steve wants him to think things over first. He leaves;
Audrey arrives. [
sec; 1.6 Meg)
two have a disagreement." Emotionally, "I do not know
we have." He continues, he thought his father
wanted him home. He is, "for the long haul," and
now his father acts as if he did not want him around. She thinks
he is being silly. He wonders if she is happy he is home. She
is ecstatic. She also knows that he will fix things with Simone
and Tommy, and they all will be "a happy family." He
hugs his mother, "Count on it mother," nodding his head,
"count on it!"