The story so far….
Simasty is the episodic story of the wealthy Simmington family of Windenburg who live in Siloli mansion.
The head of the family is billionaire business tycoon Burke Simmington. He has two grown up children from his first marriage – spoiled daughter Fathom and shy son Heathen. The story begins with the forthcoming wedding of Burke to his former secretary Brystle Hemmings , much to the annoyance of Fathom who resents any woman’s presence in her father’s life.
Brystle is Burke’s second wife and is much younger than him. Fathom believes, unfounded, that Brystle is only after her father for his money.
Fathom makes endless jibes at Brystle’s expense trying to belittle her and her humble background.
Heathen on the other hand strikes up a friendship with Brystle upon their first meeting and they become very close. Heathen has been estranged from his father for a long time and has only returned to Siloli for the wedding as it was Brystle who pushed for Burke to reconcile with his son.
Burke spent many years building his company, expanding it into international markets. This meant many business trips away from home and it was because of this that his first wife, Texas, had many affairs. When Burke found out about her betrayal he divorced her and paid her off to leave the country and never return. Texas took the money and left even though it meant she had to leave her children behind, something she would later come to regret. So for the next 16 years or so Burke raised the children and continued building his empire. He had several girlfriends over the years since he divorced but Fathom’s vindictive behaviour towards them soon drove them all away. Heathen and Fathom remain close and Fathom is fiercely defensive her brother. They however have different views of their mother with Heathen wondering where she is and Fathom never wanting to see her again.
But in true soap opera style Texas does indeed return and makes her spectacular entrance gate-crashing the wedding of Burke and Brystle.
Texas came back and is determined to get her revenge on Burke for banishing her from their children’s lives. She views her affairs during her marriage to Burke as justified and can see no wrong in herself. Texas is also cold and calculating but she can be sensual and she adores her children and wants nothing more to fully reconcile with them. Heathen is quick to welcome his mother back into his life but Fathom is reluctant.
To make thing s more difficult for Burke and Brystle, Texas then moves into a cottage on the grounds of Siloli mansion and there is nothing Burke can do as legally Texas holds the title deeds!!
As Texas can be vindictive and likes to play mind games she views Brystle, her much younger replacement, as fair game and likes to push her buttons at every opportunity. She annoys Brystle by coming and going into the mansion which Texas believes is rightfully her home. The animosity between the 2 Mrs Simmington’s begins from the moment they first meet at the wedding and continues on from there until they come to blows at the opera.
The personal lives of the Simmington siblings is just as complicated as their elders. Fathom was involved with Seth Dolby for many years but broke it off as she had grown bored of him and wanted more excitement in her life. She also had secretly fallen deeply in love with Seth’s uncle, billionaire crook Cyril Dolby. She had a few one night stands in secret with him before he cast her aside. Fathom remains devoted to Cyril but to complicate matters Cyril is the bitter business rival of her father, Burke. And it goes deeper than that as it was Cyril who many years ago betrayed his friend Burke by having an affair with Texas!! The beds in Windenburg sure are crowded!!
Seth actually would be good for Fathom. He is devoted to her and has never got over their break up. Cyril wants Fathom to reunite with his nephew as he would like to see him happy. But he would also like even more a Dolby Simmington union as he sees it a way for their potential off spring to be joint heirs of both companies WindenburgSimmington and DolbyDoh and thus a way of swallowing up Burke’s company for good, making DolbyDoh the most powerful company in the Sim world.
When she is not trying to woo Cyril, Fathom passes her time woohooing with her father’s chauffeur Michael Constrain. Michael, like Seth , is besotted with Fathom but she sees him nothing more than a woohoo plaything. After being rejected by Cyril for a second time Fathom resorts to some woohoo in a bush with Michael then gets high blowing bubbles with him at her father’s dinner party before skinny dipping in the pool. Burke finds out about this and arranges for a hired goon to beat up Michael to teach him a lesson. Fathom found out and was outraged with her father.
Heathen however found true love in San Myshuno with underwear model Fred Rimmard.
Fred joined Heathen in living at Siloli mansion after Heathen reconciled with his father. He was welcomed by Brystle and Fathom but Burke was suspicious of him and had his trusted lawyer Andre Wayward investigate his background. Andre discovered that Fred was actually a con artist, a convicted fraudster who was obviously after the Simmington millions. With Andre’s help Burke tracked down Fred’s adopted estranged mother, singer Devonique Domino , and brought her to Windenburg to help expose the truth about her son. Burke feared losing his son again if he were to simply tell him the truth as Heathen would not believe him.
As it turned out Burke was right to be suspicious. Fred was actually a gigolo hired by Cyril Dolby to trick his way into the Simmington family by deceiving the innocent Heathen and gain insider information on WindenburgSimmington’s biggest ever trade contract, the lucrative South Shang Simla Seas deal. However Fred really did fall in love with Heathen and tried his best to back out of Cyril’s deal. Cyril would not allow this to happen and his plans took a sinister turn.
Brystle was not without her own complications. She entered into her relationship with Burke hiding a few secrets of her own. The first was that she had had an affair with Burke’s employee, Mayhew Drysdale. She kept this quiet as she felt that if Burke had known he would never have dated her. But as it turned out Burke had known all along. Mayhew is married to Malaudia, a vulnerable woman who has erratic illness and spends a lot of her time in Windenburg Simitarium. It was during one of her stays in the hospital that Mayhew had the affair with Brystle to which he feels guilty about. He has a daughter with Malaudia, Mimsy and his mother lives with them also to help run the household.
Mayhew is still in love with Brystle and wants the two of them to be together but Brystle has moved on. She still as feelings for Mayhew though and it hurt her to let him go. And they were overheard on a private phonecall by a snooping Fathom.
With this knowledge Fathom tormented Brystle some more but did not tell her father about it.
Meanwhile Malaudia came home from her latest stay in the simitarium much to the annoyance of Mother Drysdale. Mayhew’s mother always had a strong dislike of her, believing she had trapped Mayhew into marriage at a young age by getting pregnant. Secretly Mother Drysdale has been poisoning the mind of young Mimsy against her mother and at the same time harassing Malaudia with threatening phonecalls. A fragile Malaudia began to unravel again as she believed the abusive phonecalls were coming from a demon called Pasimzu. At the same time she began to become aware of her husband’s love for Brystle.
Burke already knew of his wife’s previous affair with Mayhew but kept it to himself. He secretly tested Brystle’s feelings for him by inviting Mayhew over for a dinner party at Siloli. He then made Mayhew an offer he couldn’t refuse working overseas thousand of miles away. Mayhew had no choice but to go but tried to warn Brystle the man she had married and what he could be capable of.
With Mayhew shipped off overseas Mother Drysdale was free to unleash her most despicable act of torment on poor Malaudia by first harassing her with more abusive phonecalls and then dressing up in a costume and frightening her half to death in the attic.
Elsewhere, Cyril Dolby was keen to rekindle his affair with Texas. He was delighted to see the woman he love return to Windenburg after all these years and was quick to make his move on her and wooed her with promises of wealth and the destruction of Burke. Texas is a fiercely independent woman, and whilst she does not depend on any man to do her work, she did enjoy reigniting the flames of passion with her former beau. She has accepted Cyril’s proposal of marriage but it will be on her terms at her own specified time. They went public with their relationship on the night of the opera.
Further turmoil for Brystle came from the major-domo of Siloli mansion, Joseph Flanders.
Joseph has been a loyal servant to Burke at Siloli since the beginnnig and served under both Mrs Simmington’s. His loyalty to Burke is akin to Fathom and he views every prospective woman in his master’s life with suspicion following the treatment of the first Mrs Simmington on her husband. He tries to stamp his authority with Brystle by making it clear he runs the household and that she is out of her depth.
However his disdain for Texas is stronger. He attempts to rid the household of her presence by blackmailing her with the knowledge of some woohoo movies Texas made during her exile from Burke. The plan backfired when Texas threatened to reveal to Joseph’s daughter the truth about what happened to her mother. Texas then trawled through Joseph’s computer in an attempt to delete any files he had on her but ended up discovering a dossier on Brystle that Andre Wayward had composed. And it revealed that Brystle had once been in prison.
Brystle’s niece Tammy Flo came to stay and settled herself right in at the mansion. She overheard a blazing row between Burke and Texas where it was revealed that they had son before Fathom and Heathen who went missing one day by the river, his body was never found. Burke believed the child dead but Texas never gave up hope that he was alive. And Texas also reminded Burke that he was not Heathen’s father!!
All the secrets and lies came out on the night of the opera. Texas revealed that Brystle had been in prison, Tammy Flo revealed that what she had overheard, Burke revealed the truth about Fred when his mother Devonique showed up and Cyril revealed he had set Burke up by having Mayhew arrested and charged with spying whilst working overseas in Shang Simla for WindenburgSimmington and thus gaining control of the South Shang Simla Seas contract, and it was revealed that Cyril was actually Heathen’s father!! He had therefore hired someone to kill his own son!!!
And in a dramatic showdown Burke angrily confronted Fred at the top of the grand staircase of the opera. In a heated argument watched from afar by Texas, Fred lost his footing and fell down the stairs. Heathen found him in a heap on the floor and realised that his husband was dead! In an accusatory tone he yells at Burke saying he murdered has murdered Fred!!
And there we have it!! Simasty Season 1, secrets, lies and woohoo. What will Season 2 bring? All will be revealed soon in the continuing drama of the Simmington clan that is