McKinney (July 15, 1994 to August 31, 2000; March 1 & 3, 2005)
Former employee at Lewis Oil & Construction
Maureen Chamberlain Reardon (with Vanessa)
grandson of Bea Reardon, Matt worked for a while as a male escort in
California for Amanda Spaulding (known then as Madam Amanda).
Vanessa is the love of his life. They met on a lake in the summer when
she had left town to have a getaway. He stowed away on her boat and
after a storm that left them stranded on an island together, they helped
one another survive. They slowly fell in love with one another and were
surprised, once they returned to Springfield, how much they were already
in one anotherís lives. Matt was the brother of Bridget, with whom Vanessa
was ironing out custody agreements over Peter Lewis (son of Bridget
Reardon and Billy Lewis).
Although they kept their relationship a secret for a long while, they
soon found it impossible to keep quiet. On the night of the Fifth Street fire, the two
ran into one anotherís arms, obviously thankful for the closeness they
Matt designed a new wing for the hospital in memory of his wife when he
thought she had died. Later, he discovered her online under a pseudonym.
He never truly believed she was dead, and in an effort to bring her
home (she had faked her own death), he built her dream house.
Everyone helped him finish the house, and it seemed to work
because she came home.
two of them eventually had a daughter of their own, whom they named
Maureen. [After Mattís aunt and Vanessaís friend, Maureen Reardon
Bauer.] However, less than a year later, they both left town to help
Vanessaís older daughter, Dinah, who was on the run.
Matt resurfaced again in 2005, initially to help Ross with an
intervention for Dinah. It was obvious by the way she treated her
stepfather that things between them, as well as between she and her
mother, hadn't changed.
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