States Attorney Samuel Woods looked like he had everything he needed in
life: a wonderful wife and a beautiful family. That all changed when his
wife died in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
In his grief, Sam turned to his work and became consumed by his political
ambition for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat. He was so distracted that,
he had not noticed when his son, Dre Woods, ran away from home.
Sam’s most visible political move was when he publically arrested
celebrity Erica Kane at the FUSION Go Red Fashion Show in Bryant Park.
Erica had unknowingly committed an act of insider trading after getting
a tock tip from ex-husband Adam Chandler. Sam wanted to make it seem like
he was hard on celebrities who thought they were above the law. Erica
rebuffed Sam’s power play by surrendering to authorities before
trial. Erica’s actions intrigued Sam. He made it his duty to keep
tabs on her in prison.
tracked Dre down to Pine Valley. Dre reluctantly gave his father another
chance. Dre needed Sam after he was implicated in the murder of Richie
Novak. Dre had supposedly committed a hit and run. Sam showed he loved
his son by openly supporting him. A later autopsy revealed that Richie
was already dead when Dre hit him with Colby Chandler’s car.
Sam found himself spending a lot of time with Erica in prison. During
a lockdown, Sam and Erica gave into their mutual attraction and kissed.
Sam opened up about his troubles since his wife’s death. When Erica
was released from prison, they began seeing each other openly.
Sam’s campaign team questioned Sam’s judgment about the situation.
Erica was a convict, and Sam was supposed to be a law enforcing member
of the community. Erica was also fresh of a divorce from her tenth husband,
Jackson Montgomery. Jackson and Erica shared a family.
In the fall, Sam’s team launched his campaign tour. Sam asked Erica
to come with him, but she was not ready to leave Pine Valley so soon after
being released from prison. Erica encourage Sam to continue his campaign.
At the last minute. Dre asked Sam if he could come along. Father and son
left Pine Valley, together.