It is the 4th of July, and everyone
is attending the big picnic and fireworks display in the park.
Tom is there with his parents; Simone and Tommy are there with
Justus and his family. Tom talks with Felicia who thanks him
for being one of the few people who believed her [it seems to
this is about Kevin's psycho brother Ryan, also a doctor; no
one believed her about her suspicions,]. That makes you
one of the few," he tells her. She wonders what he means.
He tells her that things have not come out as he wanted, but
he likes challenges. She tells him that he sounds like her Ex,
Frisco. He goes looking for Tommy as an excuse to talk with
Simone. She asks him to join them, nudging Justus. Lucy hands
everyone a copy of the Declaration of Independence
to read aloud, Tom watches Justus with Simone and Tommy, as
Justus recites his portion. During the fireworks, Mary Mae sings,
"America"; Tom stands by Felicia who is holding Maxie.
The Quartermaines have agreed to help finance the Charles Street
Foundation, which will help people in the community start businesses.
However, unbeknownst to Justus and the Wards, AJ Quartermaine
(Edward's grandson) figured out a plan to apply for a federal
grant and then benefit through savings on taxes. Meanwhile,
Damian Smith, son of former town bad guy, and bad girl Katherine
Bell want to shopping mall in the area, which would hurt the
community. The Quartermaines and Justus hold a press conference.
Simone being part of the is part of the board, due to her long
time work in the community is also part of the foundation and
attending. Katherine Bell is attending the news conference in
hopes of finding something she and Damian could use in their
favor. Justus and the Quartermaines make speeches about the
foundation. After the speeches, Tom walks over to "congratulate"
Justus, but it is obvious Tom is there to harass of him. Justus
thanks him for coming to support the project. Tom then makes
a snide remark about Justus getting Simone involved. Justus
reminds him that she helped out on Charles Street before knowing
him. Tom says that he was involved as well. Tom continues his
backhanded compliments, congratulating him for putting this
together, and getting his grandfather
with all his money to back the foundation, and possibly his
political career. Simone, and then Edward come over to try and
distract Tom before the press gets involved. Meanwhile, Katherine
Bell as been watching and listening.
Katherine, decides to use the tensions between Tom and Justus
to her and Damian's advantage. She sends Tom an anonymous letter
pretending to be a city employee, writing that she discovered
the Quartermaines and Justus are using the project as a tax
fraud; she cannot blow the whistle but hopes he will, for it
is terrible when rich people use the poor to become even more
wealthy. She also includes proof of her accusation. Katherine
gleefully tells Damian her plan, and knows that at that moment
Tom is playing into their hands. Tom immediately calls Simone
and tells her about the letter, how it implies that Justus went
along with the tax scam. Tom questions her about the foundation.
She tells him that Edward suggested it after being invited to
Mary Mae's Kwanzaa celebration. She tells him that the Quartermaines,
Justus, she and reputable citizens are on the board. He wonders
if Justus agreed with getting the federal grant. She tells him
that AJ Quartermaine drew up the papers, but Keisha Ward helped,
since she has been working as secretary. Tom tells her he better
show it to Justus first, because "it may be dynamite."
Tom goes to the headquarters and sees AJ, and starts questioning
him about how they paid above the market price for the prosperities,
and that they took a massive tax write-off and then sought a
matching grant using the inflated figures: "Isn't that
!?" Justus storms over wanting to know what
is going on. Tom then goes to see Simone. He tells her that
talking to Justus first "was the right thing to do."
He was impressed how Justus handled the matter. He then explained
to Simone about how the Quartermaines manipulated the grant
and the taxes. Tom had to admit that Justus seemed shocked about
it and was furious. Tom adds that he is glad he "gave him
the benefit of the doubt." She thanks him and he tells
her he knows how much the foundation means to her. Tom does
not know who sent the letter or why, but that person does not
understand that he needs the facts before judging a person.
Ned Ashton invites Tom over to talk over things. Ned thanks
him for how he handled "the letter." He knows how
Tom feels about Justus, and was glad he had integrity. Tom laughs,
"I'm not above it." However, "his wife,"
and he still considers her "his wife" has put a great
deal of effort into the foundation. Ned then tells Tom how they
plan to set up guidelines and then to return the money in question.
Tom is satisfied and will not purse the matter. Simone tells
Justus Tom's decision, and praises him. Justus is still not
convinced about Tom, and is sure did not pursue things to make
himself look good to her.
Tom goes to the Brownstone, Bobbie lets him in; he puts on the
charm, apologizing for coming over unannounced, but remembers
that was how it always was there. He looks around and comments
how nothing has changed, and that is good. He tells her how
much he missed it there. She tells him that they missed him
as well, "especially Tommy." Tommy must be glad he
is back. He tells her Tommy is still distant, and that is why
he came by, "Bobbie, I have a really big
ask of you." He talks about his dinner with Tommy and her
son Lucas and he realized what a great kid Tommy is, "he
is a boy, a little person" and being away made him miss
the transformation. That is why he returned, and "it is
not fair to both of us." Because of the situation with
Simone he cannot be with them, "not yet anyway," but
for now he wants to stay "close by." So he would like
to have his cousin's Scott's old place; he tries to sell it
as him being a live-in baby-sitter. "Kids are like a tonic
to me right now," he tells her, milking the situation.
She knows it would be good for Tommy, but it would be awkward
for Simone. He continues to try to manipulate Bobbie by saying
he could stay out of Simone's way. He thinks if it is best for
the kids then the adults can figure out a way to deal with it.
He continues to play on her emotions. She tells him she needs
to talk with Simone first. As she hugs him, he flashes a satisfied
Tom goes and visits Felicia, her grandmother Maria (pronounce
Mor-eye-ah) is ad been helping her with the girls, but is leaving.
Felicia introduces him to Georgia. Felicia tells him to, "enter
at your own risk." Felicia introduces Maxie to Tom, who
somewhat remembers him. She tells Tom she is 6, and Felicia
adds, "She'll be 30
next year." Maria comes
in and is glad to see Tom. Tom and Felicia talk, he tells her
he is beginning to feel back home. He adds that being at the
Brownstone helps. "Barely controlled chaos," she asks.
"Exactly," he replies. She wonders if he had a bad
time in Africa. He tells her, "I saw things in Africa I
never expected to see, Felicia. They rocked me. Changed me....
Meanwhile my wife and son were a world away, changing as well."
He tells her that it is one thing with Simone, he can eventually
let her go; however, Tommy is different, he realized he had
to be his father. It is hard to tell how much is sincerity or
how much is an actor; it seems a mix of both. She is glad for
Tommy he made the decision and followed through; he tells her
he is too. She bends over to pick up a toy and notices Tony
who had been watching them; he seems to be a little jealous
of their conversation and to have some feelings for his (former)
sister-in-law. Tom tells Tony that he is "feeling his way
along, trying to get acclimated." He tells Tom it was nice
seeing him, Tom tells him he hopes it is a habit. Tony walks
off, and Tom wonders if he offended him, he wonders if he is
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he has had so many "mixed
reactions" concerning his return he could not "hazard
a guess who his friends are." She tells him everyone "under
roof" is. He tells her that she looks different,
mature. He thinks maybe that was "too stuffy. A wisdom
there behind the eyes." He finds it intriguing. He offers
to be another friend who helps her with her situation as single-mother.
He hopes to moving in. She wonders about Simone, he thinks she
cannot refuse since Tommy needs to be by his father. She tells
him that she will "keep her fingers crossed," it will
be nice having him around. He is pleased.
Meanwhile, Katherine took matters into her own hands and leaked
the news to the press. Justus accuses Tom. Simone calls Tom,
and reads him the headline, "Corruption and Scandal in
the Charles Street Development Foundation." He swears it
was not him, but she is not convinced. He tells her that he
is not lying, and she believes him. Justus is not too happy
that she is defending Tom.
Tom is moving into his office, Simone walks in and he knocks
over everything on his desk. She apologizes and he tells her
it is fine, he is happy to see her. She tells him she heard
from Bobbie. He tells her he probably should have spoke to her
first, but he had not planned on talking to Bobbie, he had found
himself at the Brownstone. She says "words just flying
out of his mouth." He says she is being sarcastic but that
is what happened. He tells Simone that Bobbie is fine with it
if she is, flashing a crooked smile. She tells him he does not
make it easy. "Easy is overrated," he replies. Flashing
a grin, "So what is the verdict, oh Lady-Who-Holds-my-Future-in-her-Hands?"
She is in agreement but there needs to be some things set straight,
she is only doing it for Tommy who has spent far too much time
without him. Though she has major reservations, Tommy's needs
are more important. He agrees, it was because of Tommy he returned.
She is not so sure. She wants him to realize that this does
not change their
situation, "the marriage is over
His cocky reply, "So you
say!" She wants him
to sign the divorce papers as part of the condition. Despite
it all, he thinks they "might be rushing things."
She does not think he is being realistic, they have not even
been together in years. He tells her that he left the divorce
papers in Africa. They have ways to get around that she tells
him, she does not want him to "back peddle." He wonders
how she is so sure, at first he thought he was right about ending
things, now he knows it was wrong; it might happen to her one
day. Though unlikely, she will deal with it, but for now he
is welcomed at the Brownstone for Tommy, but for no other reason.
He tells her, "I love you, I want you happy." She
wants a divorce. He seems to agree to sign them. He tells her
that "I hope having me around all the time doesn't present
a problem for the new boyfriend
." She walks out,
and he gives a smug look.
Bobbie shows him his new apartment, "Home sweet home,"
he mutters. She tells him she is glad he is back; he is glad
"somebody is." [
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Later, Tom is moving in when Tommy
comes to see him. Tom nearly knocks something over but catches
it first. Tommy is impressed. Tom tells his son he is "kind
of a klutz." Tommy says so is he. Tom tells him "like
father, like son." They unpack some of Tom's old stuff.
Tom is surprised, it is "kids stuff." "I use
to be one," says Tom. Inside the box are soccer cleats.
Tom tells him he will teach him how to play. He then shows Tommy
his old train set, which really impresses him. Tom tells him
how he and Steve always put it under the Christmas tree. He
tells Tommy that he will put it up and they can play with it
whenever. Tommy finds a book on snakes, which he says he loves;
Tom tells him that that is something else they have in common.
Tom tells him that as a kid he even had one; Tommy says
he wants one but cannot have one. Tom's expression shows he
has an idea. Tommy runs over to tell Simone about everything;
he he is glad his father has moved in. Simone rolls her eyes.
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Later, Tom has bought Tommy a snake,
which he calls Mortimer. Tom wonders if that is not a little
long. So Tommy says, how about "Mortimer you can call me
Mort." Tom and Simone look at each other and smile. She
tells him that the gift is great but Tommy cannot have a snake.
Tom tells her that the snake will live with him. Tommy gives
him a big hug; Tom smiles and even Simone looks a little happy.
Tom brings Mortimer-You-Can-Call-Me-Mort to his place, and Simone
tells Tommy they need to talk about his remarks that he is glad
his father is living
with them. She tells him though
everyone is living at the Brownstone and close, but
live in their own places, and that is true about his father.
Tommy says he understands, but it appears he does not. Tommy
runs to visit his father. He asks him if he can visit when he
wants. "That's the whole idea behind me moving in here,
Tommy; so you I can spend plenty of time together." He
tells him that he and his mother will sort the rest out. Tom
invites him to come by later, but Tommy tells him he has to
go on a picnic with Justus. It is obvious Tom has a plan, he
tells Tommy how great picnics are: Hotdogs, baseball. Tommy
tells him maybe he could come too; which is obviously what Tom
was angling for. Tom tells him he was not invited. "I
invite you," replies Tommy. Tom pretends that it would
be wrong. Tommy says that he could teach him about soccer. Tom
tells him if his mother says okay, then he "has booked
his first soccer lesson." Simone convinces a reluctant
Justus to let Tom come. Tommy drags Tom, Tom says that hopes
his coming is not an intrusion, but "Tommy
to have his heart set on it." Justus tries to control his
anger. Simone and Justus give him a look; Tom, "Well, whatever
Just tell me what to bring. Justus and Simone just sort of roll
their eyes and look at each other.
They all return from their picnic. Tommy is thrilled that he
scored a goal. He wants to play with the adults. Simone says
now he has three adults to choose from. Tom and Justus spar,
Tom implying Justus is vying for Tommy's attention. Simone tries
to ease Tom out the door. However, Tommy wants him to stay the
night, he did before. Tommy then asks if he could spend the
night with his father. They agree, and Tommy is thrilled and
drags his father out the door. Back at Tom's, Steve calls him,
to check on him. Tom tells his father about Tommy spending night
and his "new pet." Steve is glad that things are improving
between Tom and Tommy, and is proud that he is acting like a
father. Tom tells him "it means alot," but then adds,
"despite your board vote," Later, Tom has put Tommy
to bed on the couch. Tommy wants a bedtime story, "about
Africa, the animals and the children." Tom looks concerned,
and tries to tell him another story, but Tommy asks again. Holding
his son and caresses his hair, he describes the geography of
Rwanda. Tommy wonders if he liked it there. [
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Tom tells him he was working, "it
was my job. People were depending on me, it was important that
I helped them." Sadly he continues, "The problem was
some people didn't know how to get along." People were
"mean to each other" fighting over who was in charge.
The strong took advantage of the weak. "Couldn't you stop
them?" He tells Tommy he tried, but then gave in "with
the whole process." Then I was making the choices, obviously
he is talking out loud, and not necessarily to Tommy. His voice
cracking, "People always want to do what's best for them.
And ah,.... when you make choices and you realize that because
of your choice other...." having trouble continuing, emotionally,
...." Tommy notices his father is crying.
He tells his father that his mother says big boys can cry too.
"It helps if you rub your eyes, real hard like this,"
demonstrating for him. Tom gives a half-hearted attempt, "You're
right." Tom tells him he will be okay. He continues to
hold him tightly, holding back the tears; then kisses his forehead.
Then next morning Tom has made them a large
pile of waffles
at Tommy and Simone's. Tommy wants his snake; Tom thinks his
mother would not be happy. Tommy reminded him, she was not there.
Tom tells him that they can go buy some food for Mortimer later.
He says if Tommy were a snake and ate as much as he was eating,
he would be slithering around with a large "lump in his
stomach." They joke around. Hearing Simone, they hide and
jump out at her. Tom holding Tommy, asks "Welcome home,
have a nice night?" Tom readies for camp, and Simone tells
Tom, "This makes me very
flashing a look, holds out a piece of waffle, and wonders if
she wants some. She is not amused. She realizes it is going
to take time, but she does not like him there in her place,
waiting for her. He says that it is only because Tommy came
looking for her and she was not there. She is horrified, wondering
what he told him. "I didn't tell him you were spending
the night with your boyfriend
!" She tells him it
feels catastrophic. He tells her that this was just following
the plan, for him to be there for his son, and being back-up
sitter, "so what's wrong with this picture?"
Felicia and Tony and Tom joins them. Tony asks how things
are going. Tom thanks him for making it possible to be near
Tommy. Felicia thinks Tommy should be glad too; it is nice to
have a father around. Tony laughs, considering her situation
with Frisco. Tom tells them about their evening, and Tommy's
new pet. Felicia does not sound thrilled, and Tony kids her
for being "a typical woman." Felicia says she is from
Texas, and is use to them. Tony is not so sure, "you hate
things." Tom replies, "That's a misconception,
they're not slimy at all." Tom wants to take Tommy to the
reptile house, and wonders if she and Maxie would join them.
She does not sound enthused. Tony wonders how "Simone feels
about this serpentine
addition to the family?";
he cannot see her and snakes. Felicia thinks that is sexist.
Tom would like her to come to the zoo too, for Tommy. "The
problem is, as far as Simone is concerned, Mort's
not the only
snake in the family." Felicia is sure
she will "come around." Tom asks Tony to come with
Lucas. "Say yes, protect me from the big
she jokes. Tony says he has stuff to do at the hospital. She
teases him. Tom has to go to the hospital too. He intertwines
his arm with Tony's, and they skip off together.
A couple of days later is Port Charles' walk-a-thon for AIDS.
Stone Cates, a local young person was just diagnosed with full-blown
AIDS. His girlfriend is Mac Scorpio's niece, and he is her guardian
is waiting to see if she is HIV positive. Tom jogs up to Simone,
asking her to join him. She tells him she is waiting for Justus,
and Tommy is doing the kid's walk. She brings up Mortimer-You-Can-Call-Me-Mort,
how Tommy is becoming a little too obsessed with him. He tells
her, "It's your own
phobia manifesting itself, try
not to pass it along to our son! He has plenty of time to develop
neuroses of his own." She tells him all he paints, makes,
thinks about is snakes. He thinks it is just an "artistic
bent. Degas had his ballerinas, Tom Hardy, Jr. has his snakes.
If we let him develop
his artistic talents, he can take
care of all of us in are declining years." She wonders,
"don't you take anything
seriously" now. He
tells her, "not much." So, "how long do we have
to wait for the late
Justus Ward," he asks. She
does not think that is funny. She says Justus said to start
without him. He tells her they can start, and take it slowly.
She takes off quickly, she wants to get him tired to shut him
up. Tom smirks, raises his eyebrow, and follows her. A little
later, Justus catches up with them. He apologizes for being
late. "No problem," Tom replies. He wonders what he
missed, she mentions a discussion about snakes, "the kind
," she snarks at Tom. Tom cannot understand,
she a doctor, scared of snakes. She says, "I should be
used to cold blooded
creatures by now." Tom asks
Justus his feelings about snakes. However, Justus does not play
into his hand, and says he is not afraid and in fact was thinking
about her, Tommy and him going camping. He goes on to say that
they are bigger and better in the wild, and nearby there is
a big population of them. Simone does not look thrilled. Not
wanting to give Tom any ammunition, she accepts. Tom continues
to ask questions to make him look bad. Justus says that Simone
can share his sleeping bag. Tom is not a happy camper. Justus
walks off, and Tom tells her, "I'd love
to be a
fly on the tent for this little outing."
Justus, Simone and Tommy go camping, and it is a disaster: The
old Ward family tent collapses and there is a big thunder storm.
They are forced to give up and run home, soaking wet. Tom hears
them talking in the living room, and comes down to investigate;
he asks if they found any snakes. Simone tells them no, but
there were bugs, and possibly a bear. Tommy tells them how his
mother made them go home. They talk about what happened, and
Tom obviously is trying to hide his amusement. Tom sarcastically
tells them, "Better luck next time." Tommy tells them
Simone said there would not be any. Tom promises his son that
he will take him, "I had alot
of experience in Africa
and I know how to do it up right
!" Tommy shrieks
with joy, hugging him. "I guess that's a yes," Tom
replies, pleased with his victory. She takes Tommy to bed, leaving
Justus and Tom alone. "Tom with a smug expression, "Goodnight,
Justus!" Justus glares at him, and is about to say something,
but stops himself, and walks off. Tom looks pleased.