It was also Nancy who said, "Hey, there's that girl."
This was four months after he'd stopped his aimless traveling, and he and Nancy were outside Giants Stadium, walking toward the parking lot. "What girl?" Jason said, knowing exactly which one and wondering about her.
"Abbie Carmichael," Nancy said. "The one on Law & Order?
Jason kept walking. "Honey," said his mother, stopping at last, "I hate to say this, I really do. But I'm going to say it anyway. I'm not real impressed with you or any of your football friends, but I am with her. I want to go back and tell her how much she's added to that show."
Nancy started back for Harmon before Jason could respond. As she did so, Livingston, Harmon's friend, saw her coming and said, "Oh, my god, don't move."
"What is wrong with you, Lisa?" Harmon asked.
"Look casual. Don't move." Livingston waited another moment, for the long beat of a heart, then said, "Angie, turn around."
"So I turn, and I'm face-to-face with Jason Sehorn's mother," recalls Harmon. "I go, 'Hello.' And she goes, 'You're that girl from Law & Order, aren't you?' I go, 'Yes, ma'am, I am.' She says, 'I want you to know I think that show is wonderful, and I think you're wonderful.' I say, 'Well, thank you.' Then she goes, 'Oh, and I'd like for you to meet my son Jason.' "
It was only right that his mother would introduce him to the woman of his dreams, because for years it had been the two of them, Jason and Nancy, alone against the world. Jason's father, Mike Sehorn, a truck driver, divorced Nancy when Jason was two years old, and for months she and the boy hopped Southern Pacific trains up and down the West Coast with no clear destination in mind. They stopped finally in Sacramento. Nancy opened a hairdressing salon, and she called it Odyssey, a name that aptly described her life with Jason.
Odyssey was over a popular restaurant named Paragary's, and the owner, Randy Paragary, was such a generous soul that he never squeezed Nancy for the $150 monthly rent when she was late to pay. Odyssey had only one chair. Until Nancy retired last year at age 50, she never made more than $13,000 a year. While in Sacramento she married Mack Alexander, a construction worker, and had a second son, Colby, but in less than a year she broke from Mack too.