Hey brass at General Hospital, wanna a.) give the fans what they want in terms of more storylines featuring the hospital and b.) actually tell a storyline featuring people of color on your canvas as opposed to simply having them provide psychiatric counseling, prenatal advice and sassy commentary at the nurses' station? How about bringing back the character of Tom "Tommy" Hardy Jr. in the form of Guiding Light star and recent Ugly Betty guest Lawrence Saint-Victor?
As the son of Dr. Tom Hardy (last played by DAYS superstar Matt Ashford) and Tom's African-American ex-wife Dr. Simone Ravelle (last played by Felicia Bell), Tommy Hardy is a legacy character in the true definition of the word— the grandson of GH's first supercouple Dr. Steve (the late John Beradino) and Nurse Audrey (Rachel Ames), which makes Tommy a descendant of Port Charles' first family and a cousin to Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst).
What if Tommy shows up in town, now a neurologist, and immediately clashes with resident psychiatrist Dr. Lainey Winters (Kent Masters King) over how to best treat Michael Corinthos (Drew Garrett)? Introducing Tainey! Of course Tommy would also have to butt heads with Patrick (Jason Thomspon), putting Robin (Kimberly McCullough) in the middle of their chest beating, since Robin has known Tommy since he was a kid, and considers him a friend.
Tommy could also catch up with almost-stepsister Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms)—Maxie's mom Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Tom Hardy Sr. were once engaged—resulting in comedic jealousy from Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). Saint-Victor has really been coming into his own these past few months on GL, and I feel he is primed and ready for a gig on a more high profile soap.
I bet Saint-Victor's natural tendencies as a jokester would make for interesting run-ins with no-nonsense Nurse Epiphany (Sonya Eddy). He just might even remind her of her precious Stanford! A legacy character, who happens to be multi-ethnic, played by eye candy with acting chops that are improving by the day, sounds like a good idea to me!