Bad boy Patch, Steve Johnson, first was seen when he was hired by
Emma Donovan (Shane's back from the dead and very psycho wife) after
she had kidnapped Andrew Don avon, the child of her not so ex-husband
and his new wife Kimberly Brady. She has sleazy Patch break into Kayla's
apartment, so as to get Kayla out of the way so she does not get involved.
Emma does not want Kayla to discover Andrew's faux-adoption. [Patch
got his nickname from a "patch" he worn which covered his
poked out eye.]
Kayla returns to Salem. She had originally left town after a failed
relationship with Chris Kozitcheck. Upon her return she sets up the
River Front Emergency Center, which would eventually include a community
At the same time Patch also comes to town and he is involved in with
Victor Kiriakis and Savannah Wilder, who were involved in various
nefarious activities. Savannah used the cover of a record producer
to hide their illegal activities. All hell broke loose when the Salem
gang went to Miami to infiltrate Victor's estate -- this story occurred
during the popularity of Miami Vice.
At the same time we discover that Patch also had a past connection
to Bo Brady, both being in love with the same woman, a Russian agent
Britta Eckland. In a fight over Britta Bo put Patch's eye out. Because
of this Patch was out for revenge. Patch terrorizes Bo and Hope for
some time. On one occasion he kidnapped Hope; he placed a plate allegedly
filled with acid, over her head, and if she were to move the plate
would spill on her face. Bo rescued her and they both discovered that
it was in actuality filled with water.
During one instance Patch rescued Kayla, who was being tormented by
a number of punks at the River Front Emergency Center. Gradually Patch
grows close to Kayla and they eventually fall in love. Patch is reformed
and becomes the local rebel without a cause hero. Some of his trademarks
is his patch, of course, his harmonica, and the "Blues Mobile."
Patch, because of his past and his physical appearance, is reluctant
to start a relationship with Kayla. He cannot believe that anyone
as lovely as she could fall in love with someone with a past like
his, and someone as "deformed" as he. Kayla however has
fallen in love with him and assures him he is good enough for her.
She sees beyond his exterior.
Meanwhile we discover that Patch was put up for adoption, because
he was from a dysfunctional family. His father was an alcoholic who
abused his mother, him, and his baby brother, Billy. In attempt to
protect his family young Stevie, Patch, sets a fire to get his abusive
father. Patch carries several mementos with him, a newspaper clipping
of the article on the fire, a photo of him and his baby brother Billy,
and a toy train. About this time a young woman comes to town, and
she is befriended by Kayla. Kayla asked her new friend Adrienne to
stay with her because Adrienne's place had been burglarized. Meanwhile
Kayla and Patch were having troubles because of his flashbacks of
his childhood. He then begins to recognize personal mementoes from
his childhood in Adrienne's possession. Adrienne then admits to being
his sister. Later her mother comes to town escaping, finally, from
her abusive husband Duke Johnson. W At first Steve is bitter at his
mother and sister (who was born after he and Billy were put up for
Jo was being beaten by Duke and this brought about Steve's reunion
with his mother. Patch helped her get a restraining order against
Duke. However, in a drunken rage Duke came looking for Jo, but instead
he found his daughter, the virgin Adrienne, and raped her. She shot
and killed him; and Patch took the rap. Patch went to trial and Kimberly
hypnotized Adrienne and she came busting into the court with the news
just as Patch was to be sentenced.
Shortly afterwards Adrienne starts a friendship, and eventual romance
with Justin Kiriakis, Victor's playboy nephew. The jaded Justin's
heart is drawn to this sad girl -- Adrienne is trying to deal with
what happened to her and what she did. Though like most soap couples
their relationship is not a smooth one, because of who they are, their
social differences, and each's past. [Sometime later Justin has an
affair with Anjelica Deveraux, who becomes pregnant.]
Early 1987 Patch pretended to be part of the mob to help Shane get
Victor off his back.
Later on there was an explosion at Mike's lab where the disk (that
disk they were to search for in Greece) . Patch helped Senator Harper
Deveraux to fake his death in order to better investigate the explosion.
Steve posed as the assassin to get in with Victor's mob. Patch fired
the gun and it was a real bullet instead of a fake one and Harper
went into a coma. Patch had been set up by an Hawaiian named Kai who
was working for Victor who was looking for the disk. This mystery
continued and Patch came to find out that Simon Hopkins the head of
the ISA the bad guy. He trapped him at the hospital, just after Harper
had come out of his coma. Simon grabbed Alice but Roman shot him.
Just as things are going well for Patch, a person from Kayla's past
comes to town. Jack Deveraux, whom she met at an earlier time in Hawaii,
Jack had saved her life. Jack is the son of the blue-blood Senator,
Harper Deveraux. Jack arrived after this mystery to see his recovering
father and seek treatment for his Hodgkin's disease, which was terminal;
and because of his unresolved feelings for Kayla. Kayla was eventually
hired as his private nurse.
The Deveraux family included Jack, his father Harper, and step-mother
Anjelica, they had connections to Victor and to Neil Curtis -- in
fact for a time they stayed with Neil until they buy a home of their
Meanwhile at Neil's mansion Jo Johnson is working as the maid. Jack
and Jo form a friendship. Surprisingly each are drawn to the other.
Jack continues to pursue Kayla, as he daily deteriorates. One day
Jack shows Jo a ring that he plans to give Kayla as an engagement
present; he tells her that the ring is special to him since it was
a present from "his mother," who died when he was young.
Immediately, Jo recognizes it as a match to the one she gave Billy.
Jack Deveraux is Billy Johnson.
Also, during this time Jack tires to run for political office. He
starts up a not so friendly, yet not hostile, relationship with Steve
to help him win the election. Though Steve is uncertain of Jack's
motives. There is always some form of tension, yet also some bond
between the two.
At this time Harper discovers the truth about the Johnson family and
their connection to Jack. He does not want his well concealed lie
to be revealed, for it would not be politically advantageous, so he
steals Jack/Billy's adoption papers from Jo.
Jo tells Steve, and Steve remembers his promise to his baby brother
to take care of him. Steve is devastated that now that he found Billy,
Billy is dying, and he cannot even acknowledge their relationship.
Patch again feels self-conscious of his appearance and background
in comparison with the well educated, rich, Jack. Because Jack is
dying from Hodgkin's disease Patch eventually decides to give Kayla
up to Jack, so that he can marry her and live the remaining time he
has happily. Patch pushes Kayla away, and does not tell her his reason.
Meanwhile Melissa Anderson becomes Jack's chief campaign worker, and
she falls in love with him. Kayla agrees to marry Jack, partially
out of pity and partially out hurt from being dumped by Steve. The
ceremony is not a happy one for Kayla or Steve, or Melissa, but Jack
got what he wished for. Jack also vows that now he has a reason to
get better and to live. As time goes by Jack does in fact recover,
thanks to Dr. Mike Horton.
One day Melissa discovers the adoption papers and finds out the truth
about Jack. At this point Harper's true colors are being revealed
more and more, he is not the noble politician that Jack believes him
to be, but is in fact ruthless, evil, and even homicidal. However,
Harper erroneously believes that it is Kayla who has the adoption
papers -- and because he never thought that the working class daughter
of people who ran a fish market was a worthy match for his son. He
begins to slowly poison Kayla.
Adrienne and Justin are engaged by this point and will soon be married
in Greece at Victor's estate. The whole town of Salem is preparing
to go to the wedding, the wedding is also connected to a mystery of
Roman's past. [At this time "Roman" -- later to be know
by a plethora of names, names which change seemingly weekly -- along
with Diana Colville, a reporter/owner/publisher of The Spectator
are a romantic item and are pursuing the said mystery.]
Jack and Kayla have never consummated their marriage, because first
Jack was ill and later because of Kayla's mysterious illness; and
because she still loves Steve. Finally the two go off on their much
delayed honeymoon to the Caribbean. As Jack and Kayla are going off
on their honeymoon, Kayla forgets her medicine, Harper's doctored
pills. During the honeymoon, without her "medicine" she
starts to improve. Jack is healthy now and wants to start their marriage
right, he wants to make love to Kayla. But Kayla is still in love
with Steve and does all she can to put Jack off. Meanwhile Steve is
not too happy about the prospect, and tries to put a wedge between
Jack and Kayla. Melissa, who is in love with Jack, also does not want
this marriage to be successful. And then of course there is the homicidal
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