Boreal Springs

August 5, 2009

O`Hanlon 2 – Round 26: ‘Out of Touch’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:46 am

Patrick and Viola O`Hanlon have a rather rocky marriage, thanks mostly to Patrick’s wandering eye.  Francis is following in his father’s footsteps while little Deidre innocently prefers friends to lovers (so far).  Can they hold it together?

Years down the line, the family would say, “it all began with burnt omelets”.  Because, of course, that’s where it all started.  The single event that sent a bunch of ripples outward, affecting everyone and everything in its path.  Viola was especially touchy that morning.  When questioned how she, a normally proficient cook, managed to char breakfast, she was quick and snappy.

“Sometimes, people burn things.  It happens.”

Sure, it happens–to pregnant people and those not so proficient in cooking… not to Viola, who was very much not-pregnant and a good cook.

Everyone was suitably baffled.

Despite the issue with breakfast, life continued normally for a time.  Deidre wanted to excel in school, so Patrick helped her with her homework.  He vaguely wondered how his life would be different if he’d chosen the path of knowledge as opposed to that of fame, fortune, and leading ladies.  It was a bit late for that, though.

Patrick and Francis were both there for the melt-down.  Neither of them really knew what to do or how to act.  They just stared dumbly at Viola, sitting on the floor, staring into space.  She’d lost her freaking mind.  One minute, she was fine, the next… she just collapsed and went catatonic.

It was as if something inside her just snapped, like a delayed synapse in her brain.  She realized–as she had realized several times prior, but this time, there was profound clarity–that she’d spent almost her entire adult life married to an egotistical philanderer.  Her self-esteem had been sabotaged, her integrity stomped upon.

Viola was suddenly very, very angry.

Francis was there when he saw his mother jump up and out-right clock his father.  Mentally, he made a note not to cross his mother.  She gave him a very terse look and her voice lowered to a decibel he didn’t think possible.

“Leave, Francis.”

She didn’t have to tell him twice.  Francis was gone.  He was sure that sometime later, in his young adult life, he’d recall this scene.  He’d be sitting on a plush couch across from his therapist, trying to get to the bottom of his dysfunction.

Patrick was, of course, suitably surprised.  I mean, Viola got upset, sure, but she’d never threatened his good looks.  She hit him where it hurts, in the nose, and boy did it hurt.  Where did she learn to punch like that?

“What’s gotten into you?!”

“Something that should’ve done so a long time ago,” Viola retorted angrily.  “Get out of my room.  Now.”

“Viola, what the hell?  Deidre is right outside.”

Viola took a breath, “be glad I’m not kicking you out completely!”

The days after were tense ones riddled with questions and confusion.  Patrick himself still didn’t know what the hell was going on.  Viola had snapped, she’d lost her last marble.  He was almost afraid he would go to sleep only to not wake up.  He was tempted to get a place, but worried about damaging the kids.

“Are you guys getting divorced?” Francis asked, trying to hide his sadness.

“Er, no,” Patrick said, noting that Viola was behind them, angrily washing dishes.  “Your mother just… needs… some space.  That’s all.”

Deidre was young, but not stupid.  She knew what was going on.  Her parents were being grouchy and crazy.  She was just as worried as Francis was.

“You can’t get divorced!” Deidre exclaimed to her mother.  “Are you trying to ruin my life?”

“What are you talking about?” Viola asked, startled.

“You’re fighting with daddy and Francis says that you’re the reason he was walking around with a steak on his face.”

Viola sighed, “sometimes, grown-ups fight.  Especially married ones.  No one has said anything about divorce yet…”

“Good, because I can’t come from a broken home.  I’m not even in middle school yet!”

Patrick was at a loss.  He really had no clue what to do.  He wasn’t about to run up to Viola and have a chat, he’d nearly lost his last role thanks to her number on his nose.  Broken, busted noses might work for comedians, but Patrick was a leading man–he needed his natural good looks!

Michael Saunders was wondering why he always got dragged into other people’s problems.  He wasn’t much of a problem-solver like his father.  He didn’t have the tact for it.

“You have got to tell me what the hell is up with my wife!  She’s lost her damn mind.”

“Maybe she finally came to the realization she married an egotistical cheater?  That’d bring any woman to her breaking point.”

Patrick glared at his old friend, “I didn’t have a fit when you married my sister, Michael.  You could at least feign support.”

“Fine, if you’re serious about this, I’ll get Sade to talk to her.  If it’s true that you haven’t messed around, then she’ll come around.  If you have?  You’re on your own.”


  1. Aww, Rosa, she’s such a cutie in my opinion! And wow, Viola was well.. violent (bad pun) this round, I wonder if it’s the menopause she’s hitting even though those don’t really exist in sims! Sade’s so blunt with her “i can’t make out with my husband beause you two are having marital issues” she hasn’t changed at all has she?

    Comment by Mohohon — August 5, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

  2. Whoa. This house apparently wanted to fill the drama quota for the round all by themselves. ;) I like the new park! LOL @ Sade’s comment about being an old divorcee. She always tells it like it is, doesn’t she? ;)

    Comment by Shana — August 5, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  3. My sims actually make me want to listen to Avril Lavigne, lol. Or japanese pop. I loved this update, and are Rosa and Francis getting married?

    Comment by Keladry — August 5, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

  4. Rosa is adorable. She looks so much like Kenya, but I love her red hair. ;) Sade will always and forever be Sade, motherhood or not, LOL! :lol:

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  5. Yeah, so it would seem! Geeze. Sade is pretty blunt, but she gets the job done!

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  6. Francis still has to go through University and Rosa is now an adult, so who knows. We have two rounds before Francis graduates. ;)

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  7. It all sounds so fun Mao. Your Sims live a live of adventure and lunacy. I love it! I wonder if Viola really wants to stick out out

    Comment by Wildchild453 — August 5, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

  8. I get so confuse with these romances. Ow head hurting! Francis is so cute even if he’s a player. Viola has to be MILF of the year or something. She’s hot!

    Never had a sim go crazy. Viola kinda of scared me when she was crazy. Must of been worse for you since you’re playing her. Psycho MILF! I should patent that

    Comment by Victoria — August 5, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

  9. Haha, my sims are crazy! Viola is a family sim, I somehow doubt she wants a divorce. ;)

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  10. I think Sade would take offense to Viola trumping her title, haha. Viola is just a standard face one townie. ;) There’s a lot of strange romance going on lately–it confuses me, too.

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  11. Don’t get your hopes up, Rose. Find a stud muffin of your very own in uni. Sounds like Viola really went off the deep end there. I’ve had a breakdown or two-but never out of the blue. Love the renovations in BS.

    Comment by starrsim — August 5, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  12. Rosa isn’t going to Uni. She’ll be an Adult the next time we see her. Viola lost her MIND! Both Patrick and myself were equally baffled.

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  13. Uh-oh, Rosa! I hope she fares better with Francis than Viola’s done so far with Patrick, I’ve never seen a nervous breakdown come out of nowhere like that before! The No-Instant-Love hack is so confusing sometimes, I can never work out precisely how it figures these things. My Romance and Family sims seem to fall in love really easily, but the Knowledge ones… not so much.

    Comment by Zoë — August 5, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  14. Yeah, it’s another volatile combination… Family and Romance, yikes! Francis isn’t that bad yet, but we’ll see how he fares in Uni. I am pretty sure it just tweaks the code a bit to not make ONE flirt = instant crush/love. It’s probably based on Aspiration. I’ve had family sims refuse to fall in love, though.

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  15. Yay! I’m finally caught up!

    This post feels like I read about 5 in 1 though! It certainly had its share of drama. The Viola thing must have been a shock but she must have had a lot of anger and resentment built up about Patrick’s cheating, even if it all happened years ago.

    And Francis…wow, he might end up finding himself in a situation similar to his dad’s, if he keeps going the way he’s going!

    Comment by Carla — August 5, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  16. I was sincerely hoping that there was an explanation for Viola’s freakout. Apparently not. At least she’s getting over it. Weird.
    I had no idea that Rosa and Francis were even friends. I knew about Fujin, but not Francis. I certainly hope they don’t end up being another Patrick and Viola; though they’re still together, the bumps in the road have been enormous. I’m hoping for something more like Michale and Sade, minus the three kids.
    Speaking of Sade, wow, any tact I thought she’d gained since her last time in the rotation went out the window. But then, Viola is her sister-in-law.

    Comment by Fini — August 5, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  17. Haha, hooray! :D You have a lot of endurance. Yeah, it was easy to explain, but from a gameplay standpoint, I’m still pretty baffled.

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  18. I still have absolutely no idea what caused it. She just went bonkers. I’ve never had that happen before. There must have been a glitch in the system. As for Sade, her and tact have never been great friends. She gives her best advice when she’s brutal, though. Sometimes, the truth hurts!

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

  19. Oh wow! This just reminded me of my Dakota, who just flipped out for not much reason (okay, well maybe I let her grow up badly, lol!), but I wonder what happened to Viola? Must be delayed reaction. It makes for an interesting story, at least :)

    I am proud of Patrick for keeping it in his pants lately though, lol!

    And lol, you seem to like the romance/family pairings! Are you trying to torture them? ;) But I think Rosa is gorgeous, and Francis is a cutie too! They’d make adorable babies, some day when they’re all graduated and such :)

    You know, no instant loves does nothing for me that I can tell. My sims fall in love ALL over the place!

    Comment by laura — August 5, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  20. Delayed reaction, definitely. Patrick has been good, too. So it was surprising! And no, it isn’t me, it’s them. They’re the ones who torture themselves, LOL! :lol: That’s weird about your game, maybe your sims are just hopeless romantics?

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

  21. Wow, that’s some midlife crisis that Viola just had. And so random too! But my drama meter is almost full now, so I’m platinum!

    Comment by Lisa — August 6, 2009 @ 8:51 am

  22. Haha, love the platinum crack. Happy to help! ;)

    Comment by Mao — August 6, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  23. So Viola finally cracked eh? I have a hard time feeling bad for her because she knew what she was getting into from the beginning… Deidre cracks me up, she’s so precocious it’s adorable. I’m interested to see how the relationship between Rosa and Francis develops — perhaps he’ll be changing aspirations in college if things go well especially after all the drama with his parents, I’m sure he doesn’t want to repeat his dad’s mistakes.

    Comment by Liz — August 11, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  24. I actually tend not to change aspirations in college at all anymore. I can’t remember the last one I actually did change. We’ll see how he acts in college!

    Comment by Mao — August 20, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

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