While on a business trip, Jill Foster crossed paths with a guy she mistakenly believed to be a bartender. Rather than give him a good tip, she spent the night with him. Only later would it be revealed that he was, in fact, industrialist Tucker McCall (played very briefly by William Russ, as seen here).
It’s a Boy!
Remember decades ago when Katherine Chancellor briefly believed longtime nemesis Jill to be the child she’d given up for adoption? It seems there were a few things wrong with that theory… including the sex of the baby! Only several years later would Kay discover that she’d actually had a son, who’d grown up to be Tucker (now Stephen Nichols, aka Days of Our Lives‘ Steve).
Too Close For Comfort
As you can imagine, Jill was shocked to discover that her new lover was Katherine’s secret son. As you can also imagine, she was relieved to learn she’d slept not with a rando bartender but a very, very rich man!
2 Legit 2 Quit
Did we mention that Tucker got his start as the manager of a rock band which hit it big in the ’70s? Because that will be important later.
When not plotting to take over one local company (Chancellor Industries) or another (Jabot Cosmetics), Tucker found time for the occasional good deed… like helping Victoria Newman’s ex, J.T. Hellstrom, get custody of their son Reed. Of course, everything he did came at a price.
Business, Meet Pleasure
Ashley Abbott had strong reservations about working for Tucker… which as you can see, she got over. They first slept together while on a business trip to Japan. Feeling guilty, she was all set to tell beau Neil Winters about the tryst… until he made things a lot easier by saying, “Let’s be friends.”
Here Comes Trouble
As you can tell by the cock of his head, Tucker was intrigued by Diane Jenkins (then Maura West, General Hospital vamp Ava now). In fact, he was so intrigued that he offered her a job and they sealed the deal with a romp in his hotel room. (Seriously, this dude was an HR nightmare!)
Clash of the Titans
Obviously, Tucker and The Great Victor Newman would eventually butt heads. What Tucker couldn’t have foreseen was mom Kay joining forces with The Mustache in order to prevent her son from taking over Newman Enterprises!
Wrath of the Naked Heiress
Fully aware that Tucker — now engaged to Ashley — had cheated on her mom, Abby Newman (then Emme Rylan) was determined to expose his tryst with Diane. Unfortunately, Abby’s drunken scheming resulted in her plowing down Tucker with a car and mom Ashley claming responsibility to protect her!
A Mother’s Love
Because Tucker had a living will stipulating that no special means be used to keep him alive, he was taken off the ventilator over Katherine’s objections. Though he was expected to die, Katherine essentially willed her son back to life!
‘With This Catheter… ’
Ashley and Tucker eventually married in his hospital room, with her taking over his company in order to prevent the world from realizing just how scrambled his brain had been by the accident.
Like most of Genoa City, Tucker was a suspect when Diane turned up dead. We’d get into all the literally gory details, but given that the whole thing was a fake-out, what’s the point?
Remember earlier, we said that Tucker’s past as a music promoter would be important? Wanting to get back in the biz, he eventually hired Devon Hamilton Winters as a record producer, completely unaware that the young man was his son via a long-ago fling with groupie Yolanda “Candy Cane” Hamilton!
Yolanda eventually showed up in Genoa City, now going by the name Harmony, to apologize to Devon for not being a better mom and confront Tucker about their past.
Speak Now or…
Ashley and Tucker’s second wedding was interrupted in the best way possible when Devon — who had been estranged from his dad for a while — showed up, ready to give him a second chance.
Close But No Cigar
Looking to punish Adam Newman (then Michael Muhney) for his past sins against Ashley, Tucker tried setting him up with the SEC. Sharon, however, stepped in to prevent Adam from being framed for a crime he hadn’t committed (but was certainly about to).
Papa, Can You Hear Me?
Despite being estranged from his biodad yet again, Devon was convinced to let Tucker pay for cochlear implant surgery. This not only changed Devon’s life significantly but led to the father and son once again finding common ground on which to bond.
After finding Harmony and Tucker in bed, Ashley dumped her husband. Although he tried to win his wife back — and Ashley could not deny that she loved him — the pair still divorced after Ash declared that sometimes “Love just isn’t enough.”
‘The Face Seems Familiar… ’
It was deja vu all over again for soap lovers when Tucker was reunited with ex-lover Genevieve Atkinson. After all, portrayers Nichols and Genie Francis had created magic on General Hospital as Stefan and Laura.
Marry In Haste
The only thing crazier than Sharon marrying former father-in-law Victor? Her trying to dash down the aisle with Tucker five minutes after she had Victor declared dead… only to have him show up and say, “Not so fast, young lady!”
A Final Farewell
Before departing for Hong Kong, Tucker visited Kay to forgive her for having given him up as a baby. Unable to articulate her thoughts thanks to health issues, Katherine hugged her son and broke down in tears after he left.
The moment Trevor St. John as cast as a mystery man, viewers began speculating that he would be playing not only someone connected to Diane but, specifically, Tucker. And sure enough, they were right.
Who’s Zooming Who?
Even before arriving in Genoa City, Tucker had been using Diane to feed him updates on Ashley. Before long, the formerly-wed pair were engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse, each wanting something from the other… even as pesky emotions threatened to get in the way of their individual plots.
Not So Fast, Pops
Devon was receptive to Tucker upon his return… until he uncovered his latest scheme. Afterward, despite drowning in personal problems, Devon wanted nothing to do with his wanting-to-make-amends father. In fact, when Tucker made it clear he would be sticking around, Devon responded by thanking him for the head’s up, adding, “I will make sure not to be anywhere that you are.” Ouch!
Birds of a Feather?
As Tucker continued trying to carve out a place for himself in Genoa City, perhaps the most intriguing of his interactions were with Phyllis, who seems intrigued by him… despite herself.
Who’s Zooming Who?
Deep in debt and running out of options, Tucker began looking for a way out. What he didn’t realize was that Ashley, of all people, was going to make a move which guaranteed they stayed in one another’s lives. But would they be, as he hoped, mixing business with pleasure?