Roger Smythe and his beloved wife Mary Smythe had the perfect jet-set
life, except for the fact that they had a very needy daughter, Greenlee
Smythe. Mary’s father, Woodfruff Greenle, was unknowingly their
main benefactor. Roger had never worked an honest day in his life. He
was secretly raiding the trust fund Woodfruff created for Greenlee. When
Woodfruff threatened to disown Greenlee for her behavior, Roger stepped
in to charm Woodruff. He then put an end to Greenlee's engagement to former
conman Leo duPres. Roger brought one of the women Leo conned out of her
money to dissuade Greenlee from going through with the marriage.
Mary kicked Roger out of the house after realizing he was dipping into
Greenlee’s trust. To make ends meet, Roger became a runner for the
Proteus drug ring. Chris Stamp and the investigation team caught up to
him. He assured them that he did not know who Proteus was. Everyone thought
Dr. David Hayward was Proteus because of Roger’s secret meetings
with him. In reality, he was seeking treatment from David for a congenital
Roger made a failed attempt to skip town after Vanessa Bennett was arrested
as Proteus. It was Greenlee who would turn him in to the authorities.
Roger learned that Simone Torres was writing a tell-all book about the
Proteus scandal. Roger wanted in on the deal and offered Simone a substantive
primary source. The long hours on the job together lead to a romance.
Simone was Greenlee’s best friend and wanted to end the affair before
she could find out. Roger retaliated by blackmailing her to continue their
relationship. Woodruff brought Mary back to Pine Valley for Greenlee’s
upcoming wedding to Leo. Mary caught Roger in bed with Simone and threatened
to tell Greenlee.
An assassin named Wolfe took aim at Leo at the wedding. Roger jumped in
front of him and took the bullet. He died of complications from the gunshot.
2003: Roger’s spirit appeared to Greenlee when
she almost drowned on the Jersey shore. Roger told Greenlee he always
knew he was not her father, and that Jackson Montgomery was.