Frankie became close with John when his wife Sharlene Frame, her aunt, died. Frankie, still reeling from her miscarriage, began taking care of John and Sharlene's son, Gregory. She even believed that it was her role to be Gregory's new mother.

For his part, John found himself falling for Frankie, and one day in February 1992, gave her a passionate kiss. Their relationship never went beyond that one kiss, however. Both realized that they didn't really have any romantic feeling for the other. They had just been using each other to get over the hurt of losing their respective partners. Frankie and John were close friends until she was killed in 1996.