Roger Thorpe’s Funeral

September 21, 2014
Roger Thorpe After Shooting

Roger Thorpe After Shooting

After the disaster of a recast after the show shamefully fired Michael Zaslow for becoming sick, they left the character of Roger Thorpe floating in limbo married to Amanda Spaulding who he’d married for power and money in 1998. Attempts to reach him were mostly unsuccessful. He’s next substantially heard from in this episode which originally aired September 29, 2004. Sebastian Hulce showed up the episode before this and announced that he’d become very close to Roger the last few years and Roger was dead.  His story expanded for him to claim to be Roger’s son and suffering from the same genetic disease that Roger died from. Sebastian being Roger’s son is terrible, not only had he already had one long lost son, but it didn’t work timewise and they really worked on remaking him into Roger, not just his son. Not quite, but pretty close to that garbage that Mick was James Steinbeck towards the end of As the World Turns. It was a mess of a story that involved making Michelle’s deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia storyline worse. It also decimated Holly’s character worse than even the Nursery Rhyme Stalker Storyline. Read more about Sebastian here:
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/sebastian.php

The best part is Holly’s disbelief that Roger is really dead, since he always found his way back from death. I also like his goodbye letter to Holly.

Holly, I know you loved me. I know you hated me. But if there are stars in the night sky then we belong there darkness and light forever. The best of me has always been you both; my daughter, my Chrissy, my eternal love, my Holly. Forever yours, Roger

They also do a very nice juxtaposition with Holly and Chrissy who despite everything loved him and Ross and Alan who truly hated Roger for good reason and Phillip who had reason to strongly dislike him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zvn2UEIMjI (Part 2)

Ross to Alan and Phillip: “I want you to promise me you’ll keep the gloating to a minimum…..I’m just asking you to behave for the sake of Blake and Holly.” Phillip: “A quick chorus of ‘Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead,’ it will be tasteful though.”  They up the ante on trying to make Sebastian into the NEW and IMPROVED Roger Thorpe. Roger has left a huge whole in the show and they want to fill it. A recast didn’t work, so they’re trying this…..It also doesn’t work. Roger’s ghost gives his 3 non-mourners a good scare, temporarily trapping claustrophobics Phillip and Alan in the elevator.  The Holly-Roger flashback is to a much better time on the show. It’s the best part of this episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTg46MBsYss (Part 3)

I really hate how informal Roger’s ceremony is and how so many people are missing including his ward Tangie Hill, Peter Jessup (his grandson), Blake’s 3 children (his grandchildren), and Michelle herself to represent Maureen and return his visit to Maureen’s funeral. From a storyline perspective Ed Bauer should definitely have been there. I really wonder if they are Roger’s ashes or just a trust building exercise for Sebastian. I really kind of hope they are Roger’s ashes because the ash in Alan’s eye is the best part of this story. It is part of why Alan Spaulding’s wish to be sprinkled in the lake was ridiculous. On top of everything else some of Roger’s ashes had to go into the lake and for Alan to choose to spend eternity mixing with Roger Thorpe is unthinkable.

In the August 22, 2006 issue of Soap Opera Weekly they answered a question about the poem that Sebastian read at Roger Thorpe’s memorial service. It’s attributed to Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley.

I cannot say and I will not say

That he is dead. He is just away!

With a cheery smile,

And a wave of the hand,

He has wandered into an unknown land,

And left us dreaming how very fair,

It needs must be

Since he lingers there.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light September 18, 2009 Remembered

September 20, 2014
Last Episode at Park

Manny Last Episode at Park

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode. In each post, I looked for a bright spot in the cancellation and also look for the line of the day which is in many of these posts.

Final Episode – Sept. 18, 2009

NOTE: During the last couple of months of Guiding Light, I did a daily feedback and summary post. I had just started my blog and it was an early experiment that helped establish my style. I put comments and summaries on the same storyline together, with time tags to the different parts of the episode. I put the official CBS link at the end. Sadly that is no long viable so I’m going to put the YouTube link at the beginning instead. The time codes are for a full episode load and so won’t match, but should still give you a rough idea. Also the parts are on a playlist in the wrong order, so you have to watch or it will jump to different parts of the last week, if you don’t watch it. Once again I put the most important stuff (Manny and the Bauers) at the top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCLkuCAWsXw

22:51 The Bauer-Santos family is having a picnic at the park. Manny is on a blanket and Mindy and Rick are horsing around. They spot Phillip and Beth coming from a distance and Mindy goes to hide as Robbie and Hope run up to their parents. Hope plops herself on Michelle’s lap and Robbie sits where he can look with hero worship at his father. Phillip and Beth seem thrilled that Manny is back. (Then again who isn’t? –  joyful sniff). Phillip always did see Michelle as another little sister. But it only gets better when Mindy pops out and tells them she’s staying.  Line of the Day – Rick: “The Four Muskateers Ride Again.”

27:45 – 1 Year Later – Manny, Phillip and Beth, and Rick and Mindy are all in the patio/formal garden courtyard of the Spaulding Mansion. Everybody notice that Michelle has DANNY wearing PINK today. Guess they are really are one person now. ;-) Danny makes a toast to Rick and Mindy. Rick and Mindy are getting married tomorrow and Phillip is serving as the best man. (I wonder if Danny will be an usher? They certainly seem to be of the bridal party even if Danny is a hair underdressed.) Manny is fully accepted as one of the group and Danny and both Phillip and Rick seem totally at ease with each other. Michelle insists they get a group photo. [I hope they post that one to the website - sadly they didn't :( ] Manny is safe, they are happy, they are in sync, they are in Springfield, they are accepted, they are home. THANK YOU! If we can’t see them, we can at least know that, for sure, forever.

35:01 During the Happily Ever After Montage, the group at the Spaulding Mansion share a champagne toast. It just feels so right. This is where all belong, together.

Today’s episode started with a short montage of various openings they had over the years and the motto, “There is a destiny that makes us family.” [Minute 0] As I’ve mentioned before they’ve been updating the opening montage every single day for awhile now. Today included most of the cast’s photos (no Manny ;-(  ) and they seemed to suddenly remember that they these were not individual characters, but families. If they had remembered that earlier, maybe they’d done better these last few years. [Minute 4]

The Cooper family and various extensions and hanger on-ers are gathered at Company, still discussing names for the new baby. Frank admits he has a date. James and Daisy come in and she announces she’s going to Berkley, like now. Ashlee and Daisy had planned for years to go to college together, but this Berkley business was leaving Ashlee behind. Doris calls Ashlee down to her office and as a good will gesture she got Ashlee admitted at their writing program, so they can still go together. This is a real big thing for Doris who has previously gone WAY out of her way to destroy every relationship Ashlee had with anyone else. [Minute 1] Ashlee tells Daisy they can go to college together after all. [Minute 4]

Remy and Christina are worrying about being legally married before the baby comes, so they are looking for Mel. [Minute 2] Mel is still otherwise occupied, but for some reason answers her door anyway. In a sheet. The door opens farther and they see Cyrus naked in Mel’s bed and Remy ACTUALLY asks, “What’s he doing here?” Yeah, Remy is DEFINITELY material for the SFPD. [Minute 5] They get all the Coopers over to the police station and Doris performs a quickie legal marriage and then they all rush over to say goodbye to Daisy and Ashlee. [Minute 10] Daisy and Ashlee are driving. So they need to take off now. (Daisy really needs to quit wearing that pair of shorts unless she’s alone with James in private.) Reva and Billy make it for the send off too. Marina, as usual, shows her selfless nature, “You know you’re leaving me alone to be the only Cooper girl.” James and Daisy exchange “I love yous.” I don’t remember them actually saying it before. [Minute 17] Blake and Frank both hurry off, not realizing they are going to meet each other. [Minute 18] They meet on the bridge and slowly it dawns on them they are meeting each other. [Minute 20]They decide they’ll try dating. (Why not, they’ve already worked together twice and slept together, was it just once or more, well never mind.) [Minute 21]

Lizzie and Bill are talking about whether Alex welcoming Fletcher back in her life is a wise idea. Lizzie doesn’t know Fletcher, which is right, she was in Arizona with Phillip and Beth and before that very, very little when Alex was with Fletcher. Bill does know Fletcher, which is also right. He was his best friend’s (Ben Reade) father. Still they haven’t mentioned the elephant in the room, Ben.  Fletcher overhears and says he promises to keep Alex out of trouble. Yeah, right Fletcher, you never could control her and you usually didn’t bother to try that’s why the relationship lasted longer than about any of your other ones. Phillip and Beth come in and seem glad, in a long time no see kind of way, to see Fletcher. [Minute 2] Lizzie is still upset about Alex leaving, partly out of concern, partly out of having to face another goodbye. Alex has been the family member closest to her the last few years and they bonded, first over their involvement with Cooper men (Alex with Buzz and Lizzie with Coop) and later over similar life experiences. Although they again never said explicitly (ARGGGH), both of them had their children taken away from them and were unable to raise them themselves. (Alex had Lujack and Nick McHenry, their father who was a creep extreme, sold Nick and off a bribe from Brandon – I’ve mentioned he was evil – kept Lujack from her.) OK, FINALLY, Bill tells Fletcher he misses Ben in their last conversation before he leaves.  Alex comes out packed to go on the trip with Fletcher. She promises to come back for Phillip and Beth’s wedding. She pauses as she gets ready to get into the car, looks back at her home while a myriad array of emotions and memories play across her face. She pulls herself in with a ragged breath, winks and blows a kiss to her family before leaving again on her next big adventure. [Minute 6]

Phillip and Beth are together talking at the mansion. Phillip: “This feels weird. I’m the oldest Spaulding living here now.” Notice behind Phillip there are actually family photos on the mantelpiece. There haven’t been family photos on any of the sets (except for Reva’s nutso Jeffery memorial)  in ages and here’s a whole row of them. Beth gives Phillip a blank book and encourages him to express his feelings in writing like he used to. Beth and Phillip kiss and then the phone rings. Phillip says “Always” ruefully and goes to answer it while Beth laughs. (I think that’s a soap opera convention joke, but you have to be a Manny fan to truly understand the pain of the dreaded phone call/interruption – Mannyacs should have bought them an answering machine. ;-) )[Minute 19] The phone call is Rick and he tells Phillip he needs to come to the park. Rick tells him everybody is here and now would be a good time. Good time for what we wonder? [Minute 20] (See the Bauer-Santos Report at the top of the page) Besides the good news above, Phillip is glad he’s in the park because he meets up with James and they seem to be in a good place now and toss around the Frisbee. (Alan and James had bonded over playing Frisbee when the SORASed James returned to town.) [Minute 24]

Jonathan, Sarah, and Reva are playing at Tammy’s cottage. (That kid is a real chatterer, Tom seems to be getting sick of it.) Josh calls Reva and asks her to meet him at Cross Creek. [Minute 3] Josh and Reva meet up. She announces that the old truck they’ve been driving around all week was H.B.’s.  Yeah, right where have they been hiding that to keep it in fully restored condition all these years? Reva and Josh flirt and he tells her his new plan is to go down and oversee the addition of the new wing on H.B.’s memorial veterans hospital (this is the reason Cross Creek is in Springfield now, they built the hospital on the original Cross Creek site, supposedly as H.B. had always planned (rolls eyes), this is was also the project they used to bulldoze Josh and nuCassie to be together with when Reva was pushing him away during her cancer scare – no, it really didn’t make sense when it was happening either). Reva cries at the thought he’s really leaving. Josh mentioned this was the latest version of his plan. Reva asks if there was another one in the middle and he admits there was. He was going to kidnap and marry her. [Minute 9] Reva reacts to the news by walking off sobbing. Josh catches her up and apologizes for telling her. She tells him she’s glad he did. She still loves him too, but she’s just not ready to commit to him again right now. She’s still dealing with too much.  He tells her he understands that, that’s why he’s giving them both some distance, but one year from today he plans on being at the lighthouse at noon. If she’s ready for him then, she should be there. Until then, he’ll be loving her. [Minute 12] Billy arrives, but misses Josh leaving. Billy asks Reva what she will do when the time comes. She doesn’t know, but I think Billy does. [Minute 15]

Bizzie, Jonathan and Sarah are all playing in the park together. Jonathan takes Sarah down to feed the ducks. Bill says he was afraid that now that Sarah was back, Lizzie wouldn’t want a baby with him, but she tells him not to be nuts. She wants children with him. She loves him. Aren’t they sweet? Bill looked so vulnerable when he asked that and it’s great that actually talk about their fears, you know like you should in a relationship rather than leave them to fester like they did before. [Minute 22] The Cooper entourage arrives in the park with all the stealth of a herd of elephants to spy on Frank and his date. Guess they closed Company again, and they are still surprised they have money troubles? When they see Frank and Blake together they go over to give them a hard time. [Minute 22] While hanging out with her family, Marina tells Shayne she’s gotten him that coaching job at the high school. (Yes, schools always hire baseball coaches when the season is over, but I guess for Marina they do.) [Minute 23] Remy, Christina, Mel and Cyrus must have gotten over the strangeness in their earlier meeting in her room and are hanging out together in the park. They share the baby news. [Minute 24]

Mindy is still in town. She’s hunted down Billy to tell him she’s made a decision. All her trips home this year have convinced her she’s sick of living in exile in Paris. She wants to be home with her family and friends and she’s decided to stay in Springfield. They are both very happy. [Minute 8]

Maureen tells her Dad Matt that he ought to be dating, too. [Minute 5]Maureen is in a play. She sets up her dad with the drama teacher. Yes, because Matt needs more drama in his life. [Minute 16] Otalia talk about how happy they are. They decide to name the baby for Frank. [Minute 11] Otalia runs into Frank and Blake and tell him they are going to name the baby Francesca, after him. [Minute 22] Reva and Olivia talk about Josh. [Minute 25]

Flash Forward – One Year Later

Now pay close attention because this goes real quick. Yes, I know they got us all ready for Thanksgiving and then totally skipped it. I’m just reporting here.

Shayne is coaching a nearly championship high school baseball team. Marina and Shayne appear to be together and she has “Biggen” calling Shayne Papa which is kind of wrong since that what they were having him call Mallet, but we know Marina isn’t too big on ethics anyway. [Minute 26]

Billy asks Jonathan to be the foreman on Lewis Construction’s newest project, the new Springfield elementary school. I think Jonathan calls him Uncle Billy, but he kind of mumbles so I’m not positive. Boy, he never did that. He must really be feeling like family. The second he put down Sarah she ran off (Yeah, I think Tom is totally over working with this kid). Bizzie shows up and after months of playing it down Lizzie is really padded out. She calls Sarah over to feel her little brother kick. I guess it will be H.B. 4th. Christina and Remy arrive with their new baby son Clayton, named after Remy’s father. Lillian and Buzz go all mushy over the little tyke.  [Minute 26]

Cyrus and Mel are still together. Cyrus and Remy are working together still in the SFPD. Heaven knows that just the last two episodes have shown that Remy needs someone to help him.  Frank is giving them a new assignment. Blake walks up with baby Francesca in her arms and she and Frank are still together. Frank: “How come she has two mommies and I’m still all stuck changing the diapers?” Buzz tells him they are picking up Rafe who’s coming how on leave.  He’s coming home by bus. (Come on, Olivia’s his step mom now, she could spring for a plane ticket or rental car.) Their family is all at the bus stop picking him up and all seem very happy. [Minute 27]

James is out at Berkley visiting Daisy and Ashlee. They are all actually wearing clothes, which is a nice change and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen Daisy look so happy. [Minute 28, Minute 34]

Mallet and Dinah have all their old sync back. They’re traveling around Europe together and having fun and being light hearted. Dinah playfully and softly calls out Elaine a la “The Graduate.”  They are stopped at a church and Dinah is peeking in at a local wedding. She and Mallet banter back and forth. She tells him she loves weddings and he tells her he knows, it’s why they’ve stopped at every single church in Europe. They seem almost giddy being together without any of the garbage they had to deal with before. [Minute 29, Minute 34]

The whole town is together and playing at the ballpark. Everyone is happy and there are couples and babies everywhere you look. [Minute 34] A Happily Ever After Montage with brief looks at each group begins to music.

Jonathan and Billy, still at Shayne’s ballgame, speculate on whether Jeva will reunite today. Josh arrives at the lighthouse (one we’ve never seen before by the way). Reva and Collin (who looks way more than 1 year older, I wonder if this is some cast or crew’s kid again?) start slowly walking towards the lighthouse. Josh sees them coming and he can’t wait. He jogs, practically running over to them. Josh: “I wasn’t sure if you’d be here.” Reva: “Oh yes, you were.” [Minute 30] All is literally silent as he comes over. Then suddenly, Good LORD, it’s their couple THEME music!!! We haven’t heard their theme music (or anybody else’s) in years!!![Minute 32] Reva and Josh reunite. Reva: “If you still want to be together, I’m in.” Josh (smiles, his happy full of himself smile): “That’s a good thing.” Then he takes her face in his hands and kisses her deeply.  About the final shot is the one Kim Zimmer fought for. Jeva together and kissing with the lighthouse in the background. So for once TPTB kept their word after all. [Minute 33] Jeva and Collin are going to go on an adventure. Reva brought their stuff, she knew Josh would have an adventure in mind. Reva (in a broken whisper, with one arm around Josh and the other around her youngest son, I think partly says to us): “Come on, let’s go.” (OK, I’m crying now and I don’t even like Jeva.) They walk up to H.B.’s pickup, give each other a long smiling look, get in and drive off. Josh (to Reva): “You ready?” Reva: “Always.” [Minute 35] The truck drives down a road. You can see the lighthouse rising above the trees behind them and like a classic, old movie the words “The End” come up on the screen.

And we’ve lost our way to Springfield forever. Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.

P.S. If this leaves you wanting more, please read my fanfic of scenes leading up to and surrounding the finale here:
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/springfield-bound-the-finale

P.P.S I wanted to repeat this portion of my analysis of the new format.

Pacing of scenes – The last few months I was doing a daily summary of the show (you can find those descriptions by clicking on the July, August, and September 2009 blog entries) and from that experience I can tell you that a long scene was a minute, most were less than that. The last two days I thought something was wrong because I didn’t have as many times in my descriptions. I realized that it was because the average length of the scene had approximately doubled to roughly 2 minutes. The short scenes were supposed to be compensating for the lack of a an ability to block on smaller sets (again from a quote from Wheeler), but even lengthening the scenes by that much (let’s face it 2 minutes is still a pretty short scene) improved the pace rhythm and flow of the show to a marked extent. Watch an episode, even from early on in that last week and then one of the last two days and see if you don’t agree. This length and pacing was an executive decision, not one forced by money or circumstances and was clearly a wrong one and was not one that was experimented with, even though there was just over a year and a half in which multiple things could have been adjusted and tried.
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/postmordem-of-a-new-format/

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Remembering the Last Day of Guiding Light

September 19, 2014

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode.  I looked for a bright spot in the cancellation and also look for the line of the day which is in many of these posts.

Before we finish up the last episode guide post of the very last episode (bitter, BITTER sob!!!), I want to pause as I did originally and offer some comments. I put it off a couple of days to just have one unwatched new episode for a couple of more days.

This is my post from September 18, 2009:

I absolutely loved yesterday’s episode of Guiding Light. THAT’S what we should have been seeing for years. Characters you care about. History honored. Connections made. Pure happiness balancing the pathos. Yesterday’s episode was what Guiding Light is truly supposed to be and from the preview description I read late last night today’s episode should be just as good. I’m thankful for all the vets, really old friends, who agreed to return. I’m thankful that they wrapped up as much story and let as many characters find happiness as they did. I’m so sorry that anybody decided that it had to stop. We’ll never see its like again and if its last few years were in one of its temporary declines, it was definitely on the upswing these last few months and if they had started to actually play a few of the beats they hinted at, I think they could have been on top again. I’m especially sad because I really think that loss of economies of scale with the closing of down of GL will inevitably mean the loss of Product and Gambles final soap, currently the lone survivor of a once might pantheon, As the World Turns. My day will never be the same again. I truly didn’t ever think I’d see it end. Goodbye Springfield, Farewell, and Amen.

This is my post from September 19, 2009:

Thank You To the Fans

An absolutely great video that shows the Guiding Light cast thanking fans for their longtime support. I’ll especially draw your attention to Paul Anthony Stewart and Nancy St. Alban who thank their fans for fighting for their characters which we most definitely did.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Guiding Light September 17, 2009 Remembered

September 18, 2014
Manny Move Back

Manny Move Back

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode. In these posts among the things I looked for a bright spot in the cancellation and I also look for the line of the day which is in many of these posts. Sometimes I can’t help breaking down in bitter, BITTER sobs.

September 17, 2009 – An Almost Perfect Day

NOTE: During the last couple of months of Guiding Light, I did a daily feedback and summary post. I had just started my blog and it was an early experiment that helped establish my style. I put comments and summaries on the same storyline together, with time tags to the different parts of the episode. I put the official CBS link at the end. Sadly that is no long viable so I’m going to put the YouTube links at the beginning instead. The time codes are for a full episode load and so won’t match, but should still give you a rough idea. Also the parts are on a playlist in the wrong order, so you have to watch or it will jump to different parts of the last week, if you don’t watch just what the original link is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scPoNRdBbGw&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=238 (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRoUnYgeUZo&index=237&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9epuxnIS5vQ (Part 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kH1FiWKlPQ (Part 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2V5qDLkg8c (Part 5)
Today gives us almost everything they promised us last July. Why did they wait so long? I’ve put the most important things first (the most important things being the Manny family and the Bauers).

8:55 – A rental truck pulls up honking its horn pulls up in front of the Bauer House. IT’S DANNY, MICHELLE, ROBBIE, AND HOPE SANTOS!!!!! Somewhere between the visit back for the Bauer BBQ, Danny’s reconnection with his (legitimate) business connections over the summer, and Ed’s being back so much, Danny decided to give in to Michelle’s missing Springfield (when could he ever deny her something she wanted for very long?) and they are moving back. They didn’t tell anybody so they could surprise Rick. They all look absolutely ecstatic and even more in sync than they did at the BBQ. I literally jumped up for joy when this came across the television screen – seriously I bounced off the couch and jumped. (Joyful sniff) Why did they wait so long?

Danny’s first line is “There he is” and I think it was directed at Robbie. I think he was pestering his Dad on when they would see Uncle Rick. Line of the Day – Danny announces “We’re moving back.” He said they should have let Rick know, especially since they are planning on crashing at his house at least temporarily, but like they did one dark and stormy night years ago, they just show up, boxes in hand. Michelle wanted to surprise Rick with the good news. They both look so happy together and relaxed, I just can’t get the happy smile off of my face watching them.  And in just this short scene they have definitely retained their title of Tactile Twosome. They discuss dinner. Rick says Michelle can cook. Michelle says she just drove all the way across the country and he can buy dinner tonight. Danny backs her up and they pull into one joyful group hug. (Bet Rick never pictured this the day he first showed Danny her room and told him she’d be happier without him – Judging by the smiles on all their faces, I think, for once, Rick would be glad to admit he was wrong.)

12:05 – Rick is helping to unload Manny’s rental truck. He tells Ed who’s reading the newspaper that it’s his turn to move back next, but Ed is working on a different plan.

23:25 – Rick walks into Company to order supper for 6. Rick: “Hey…I need dinner for 6 my family just moved back. Keep it under $15.”  (The jokes about Rick’s cheapness approached Jack Benny levels in the last year.) Frank (another of Springfield’s finest) does not say who moved back? Does not say is it Danny and Michelle?, once some of his best friends in town. He basically ignores Rick’s statement and blows off the order. This restaurant is going to make money how again?

30:06 – Rick comes home with dinner, calling out that he’s got the food. Manny come into the kitchen and Rick tells them, it’s so great having a family there in the house again. He was so tired of being there alone, Danny punches his shoulder lightly and tells him he hopes he still feels that way in a week. Michelle is falling back into happy homemaker mode (if that cleaning out the frig scene between Rick and Ed was any indication the old home place needs it) and tells Danny, Rick will be even happier in a week because she’ll be cooking and doing his laundry. Robbie and Hope have discovered Rick’s video games and are already making themselves at home. They must, at least subconsciously, remember living there before. Ed though has disappeared.

30:34 – (Ok, I admit it, I jumped up and down here, too.) Ed has shown up at Holly’s door and I thought I was just going to have imagine something like this happened. After all the disappointments the show has dealt us, it’s too good to be true. Ed seems happier, more sure of himself, and more relaxed than I’ve seen him since Danny rescued him from Africa, heck, maybe since Maureen died. He’s even wearing cruise wear and cool shades. Everything with Phillip and Alan has convinced Ed to grab what he wants out of life and quit worrying about it. What he wants most right now is Holly. Holly starts to ask a practical question and then thinking about what she saw in Ed’s eyes, in Ed’s face, the girl who fell in love with Roger Thorpe comes back out and only asks him “How long do I have to pack?” as a smile spills across her face, joy as true as any that shown itself on his son-in-law’s face takes over Ed’s features and shakes his whole body, spilling out in a choked laugh.

Alan’s funeral is totally rushed. I really would have rather they had it off screen rather than do it this way. (OK, so I can still gripe on an almost perfect day.) Bill has picked up Alan’s remains at the crematorium. For some reason Phillip feels compelled to look inside. (Like you could tell anything from just looking, unless some fool left the Woofie dog tag attached again – really Claire.) Alan seems to be in his cigar humidor. He’d like that. [Minute 0] Alex poured Alan’s cup of coffee he always shared with her in the morning without thinking. She gives it to Phillip, still not fully accepting that Alan will never come down stairs to have breakfast with her again. She talks briefly with Phillip about Alan and then when he asks, she says she’s ready to go to the memorial. She strokes the chair where he always sat as she passes by. [Minute 6] Somehow they’ve added that Alan wanted his ashes scattered in the lake to his final requests in the hospital. (I DON’T think so . 1. Alan would want to be in the family plot. After all to him, to steal a Manny phrase, La Familia es segrada. 2. As many problems as the Spauldings have had with family members coming back from the dead, wouldn’t they want the remains somewhere they could get at them for the almost inevitable DNA test? 3. Roger Thorpe’s ashes were scattered from Towers, some of them must have ended in the lake. Would Alan really VOLUNTEER to spend eternity cheek to jowl with his worst enemy, no matter how mellow he’s gotten lately? I think not.  4. How much did Alan whine about just getting splashed on at Universal Studios? Would he really request to spend the afterlife in a “Splash Zone”?) [Minute 13]

The immediate Spaulding family (and most extended family in town) gather at the lake to sprinkle his ashes. Judging by the rocks, this could be very near where Michelle killed Mick, but Bill seems to have no dark memories about this spot. [Minute 13] Apparently Father Ray, Mayor Doris, and Josh were all busy, so they don’t have a clergymen. Actually now that I think about it, they really should have brought back Josh’s mentor Rev. Rutledge, descendant of the town’s original Guiding Light. It would have been fitting to have him on this last week. So, lacking any kind of organizer, they mostly stare at the waves coming in off the lake and let its calming effect take them. [Minute 15] Beth tells Buzz to say a few words after closer family members demurred. It’s a pretty decent eulogy for off the cuff. [Minute 19] Each family member takes a handful of Alan’s ashes (with their bare hands – EWWW – the tradition is each family member takes a handful of DIRT) and slowly releases it one at a time into the lake. EW’s production models have been criticized for relying too much on music (repeated ad nauseam), but she showed great restraint here to great effect. (I’ll also add that Bill didn’t get his own handful and considering that Bill once literally saved Alan’s life, besides being Lizzie’s husband and soulmate, the omission was pretty tacky.) The entire ceremony has only the sound of the calming waves and each member gets a full beat. My main complaint here, except for the entire concept, is that Peyton, who we just saw yesterday and pretty much all the younger children weren’t given the chance to be at their father’s/grandfather’s funeral. I think that is wrong and false, especially considering how much Phillip regretted missing his biological mother’s funeral. [Minute 20] After the service, Phillip and James make tentative steps towards reconciliation over their mutual loss and a Frisbee. [Minute 23] Phillip still hasn’t been able to leave the beach. Beth is worried about him. They talk. Beth: “He (Alan) did what he wanted to do.” Phillip (with a broken laugh): “He always did.” [Minute 32]

Bizzie are checking on Alex. Bill seems especially worried, which he should be standing in for her practically adopted son and his best childhood friend, Ben Reade, who preceded her in death and so can’t be there and who Bill couldn’t save, but his name never passes their lips, which is especially odd because the next person to walk in is Ben’s father. Fletcher Reade strides in (boy, the last 10 years have been hard on him). He heard about Alan and came to see if he could help Alex which is especially nice because he couldn’t even be bothered to come back for his own son’s funeral. I wonder if he stopped at the cemetery first to see the grave for the first time? (Bitter, Bitter sob!!! – Sorry, Fletcher broke my heart once when he walked out on Claire, long, long ago, and I can’t forgive him.) “Hello, Beautiful” is what he always used to say to Alex, they lived together during almost all of Ben’s formative years, before he dumped her too. Fletcher thought she might need an old friend and Alex throws herself into his arms and totally dissolves into tears. [Minute 33]

Daisy got a call from Berkley. A spot opened up in their fall class, if she wants it and can get there by Monday, (A day we’ll never see in Springfield – Bitter, BITTER sob!!) it’s hers. She’s got 4 hours to decide. Buzz encourages her to go. [Minute 2, Minute 6] Daisy tells James about Berkley, but he’s not upset. In fact he’s really supportive of her goals. James: “I’m rich. I’ll come visit you.” [Minute 34]

Frank and Blake are still working on a name for the baby without much success. [Minute 7] While he is busy ignoring Rick’s order, Frank tells him he’s asking a girl of his dating website out. Rick teases him about it, but is pleased for his friend when she (unknowingly Blake) says yes. [Minute 24]

Remember when I pointed out that Remy and Christina didn’t have the legal papers when they got married after Bizzie’s wedding. Well, the insurance company just figured that out, too. It takes Remy (THE COP) a little while longer and Olivia had to help explain it to him. (Rolls eyes – Hey I said almost perfect.) [Minute 10] Remy tells Christina, they aren’t officially married. Christina tells Remy she’s pregnant. It takes Remy a minute to get her clue about this too. (Are we sure Remy is cut out for the police force? I’m really starting to think he was a better EMT.)[Minute 16]

Reva looks the best she has in ages. She and Jonathan are bickering a little bit and he announces he and Sarah better start looking for their own place. [Minute 3] Apparently Billy and Vanessa didn’t plan a honeymoon. Billy is back at work. Josh finds him there and tells him he plans to steal Billy’s idea and kidnap Reva to marry her, like Billy did Vanessa. Billy refuses to help. He basically says with everything going on, he’s pretty sure she isn’t ready right now. Josh is right. He should have done this a year ago. Billy refuses to help. [Minute 4] Josh’s kidnap plan goes awry when he finds Reva in the midst of the family picnic that he hadn’t checked his voicemail to get his invitation to yet. [Minute 8] Josh tells Billy, he’s back to plan A and he’ll leave town for awhile. [Minute 11] Billy tells him not now, doesn’t mean not ever, and not to give up hope. [Minute 12] Josh stops by Marina’s house to say goodbye to Shayne, Marina, and his brand new grandson. [Minute 25] Reva remembers that Cassie’s wedding present for Tammy was supposed to be a cottage. Cassie had actually bought it and she never could find it in her heart to sell it or rent it, so it’s been sitting empty. She calls Cassie to check and she wants Jonathan and Sarah to have it. [Minute 26] Josh tells Billy he’s going to Tulsa first to build a new wing on H.B.’s hospital and will take it from there. Billy wants to spend the last couple of hours together. [Minute 35] Jonathan talks to Tammy about moving into what should have been their house. [Minute 36]

Cyrus has baked some cookies to repay Mel for the ones she brought on his birthday when they broke his bed. (No, they literally broke his bed and they only had gotten as far as kissing and it scared Mel off.) [Minute 7] Cyrus gives Mel his cookies and they end up in bed and this time, no distractions. OK, I’ll give her that I don’t think I ever saw get that excited that quickly with Rick, except when they were fighting. [Minute 17, Minute 24]

Meanwhile, back in the adventure story, Richard, I mean Jeffery, it’s so hard to tell in his CLEVER disguise (I guess he never took my advice to look up the old Roger Thorpe footage for disguise ideas), thinks he has a chance at getting a clean shot at Edmund and calls Jonathan and tells him so. [Minute 10] Jeffery is up on a very industrial looking rooftop watching Edmund’s limo pull in the warehouse next door. [Minute 12] That’s it, I definitely want my tax money back for whatever government training Jeffery has had. Jeffery is supposedly setting up an ambush. He’s wearing street clothes, not a gilly suit AND using a handgun. Rifle, Jeffery, for long distance shooting you use a R-I-F-L-E. Surprise, Surprise, he’s spotted by one of Edmund’s men who struggles with him for awhile and makes him drop his handgun to an inaccessible ledge. He has no back up piece (this is the guy that boxed DANNY into a corner, REALLY?) and doesn’t check Edmund’s now unconscious henchmen to see if he was carrying. Edmund watches with undisguised glee. Thankfully the Edmund we know is back, his bad James Bond impression forgotten. He tells Jeffery they are too much alike and that Jeffery will never complete or abandon his hunt and deep down he doesn’t want to. [Minute 27]

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light September 16, 2009 Remembered

September 17, 2014
Billy and Vanessa Leave Wedding

Billy and Vanessa Leave Wedding

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week starting today in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode. Yesterday’s post didn’t have a couple of things I worked in to most posts towards the end. I looked for a bright spot in the cancellation and also look for the line of the day which is in many of these posts.

September 16, 2009 – Fallout from Alan’s Death

NOTE: During the last couple of months of Guiding Light, I did a daily feedback and summary post. I had just started my blog and it was an early experiment that helped establish my style. I put comments and summaries on the same storyline together, with time tags to the different parts of the episode. I put the official CBS link at the end. Sadly that is no long viable so I’m going to put the YouTube link at the beginning instead. The time codes are for a full episode load and so won’t match, but should still give you a rough idea. Also the parts are on a playlist in the wrong order, so you have to watch or it will jump to different parts of the last week, if you don’t watch it.

http://youtu.be/VPmwsd4saSM?list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIgg-lLCBTg&index=243&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POviqx67nb0&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=242 (Part 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AASQLIhfs&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=241 (Part 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Diq0ASV6Fw0&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=240 (Part 5)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9VGVYI9TDs&index=239&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 6)

My cancellation bright spot for the day is that EW can’t mess with me like this anymore. First, she promises us Manny and we’re given starvation rations. Second, she makes us suffer with Phillip ALL summer. Then blows it off with an instant miracle cure, like it was nothing and could have been fixed at any time. Third, she makes us think Alan is going to die , too. Then he’s fine and we breath a sigh of relief. Fourth,  just when everything is fine, with no warning, no symptoms, no nothing, she kills him off for no particular reason. They don’t even give him a proper funeral. Is she TRYING to make me miserable?

Phillip realizes that Alan has really died this time. If they’re allowed to submit for Emmys next year, Grant Aleksander should have it won with this scene – just watch his face, it’ll break your heart. [Minute 0] As always when he’s in trouble, Phillip’s first instinct is to call his best friend Dr. Rick Bauer. (Bitter Sob!) [Minute 1] The last guests leave the wedding after seeing the two happy couples off.  Alex: “It gives one some hope doesn’t it.” Josh: “Now we can all go home happy.” You can just hear the grin in his voice and it breaks my heart. (Bitter sob!) [Minute 2]

Rick comes up on Phillip and Alan and then this trained Emergency Room doctor and former coroner goes into action. Does he check for a pulse? Does he do the mirror test for breath? Does he check for rigidity? No, he asks Phillip “Are you sure?” Maybe there is reason you have 38 deaths under your care Rick. (Sorry, I’m just saying.) [Minute 3] The ambulance comes, puts Alan in a body bag and takes him away. Rick and Phillip are there for each other as they always are. Rick is taking care of the paperwork, etc. Phillip is going to tell the family. [Minute 4] Phillip takes a minute on the dock to collect his thoughts and I think feel a world without Alan in it. [Minute 7]

Jonathan steps up to the plate and lets Bizzie take Sarah home with them. Jonathan and Bill come to an understanding. Jonathan doesn’t know he’s worrying about a dead man. [Minute 2] Jonathan is suffering through awful separation anxiety being without Sarah and he’s driving Reva nuts. [Minute 8] Meanwhile Bizzie and Sarah are having a great time, although Bill is a little concerned about playing dress up. Sarah is a chatty girl. She’d definitely be headed towards a recast if the show was going on.  Bill sneaks a killer kiss of pure happiness at the end as Sarah runs and plays right where he promised Lizzie she’d be, in their new home. (Joyful sniff!) [Minute 9]

James and Daisy are at it again after their picnic they clearly have had “dessert,” but if they still have that many clothes on afterward, James should ask Danny for some tips next time he’s back in town. Daisy gets a text inviting her to Rafe’s goodbye party. James invites himself along, since as he reminds her, Rafe is his cousin, even if they didn’t grow up together. [Minute 10]

Phillip breaks the news to Alex and Beth first as they are waiting in the living room. This must have been an awful shock for Beth who I think was fully expecting his big announcement to be that they were engaged. Alex, who thought they were out of the woods for a while at least, is devastated by the news. [Minute 10] Beth suddenly remembers Peyton who’s gotten like one mention in the last 6 months. Beth knows she has to tell her that her father is gone. (Too bad she wasn’t Rick’s after all. It would have made everything a lot easier.) I’ll give them credit for casting a girl for this scene, but when they went to that much trouble, why wasn’t she at Alan’s funeral the next day? [Minute 12] Phillip arrives at Bizzie’s house where they are having fun. Phillip asks Lizzie to take a walk. (Again, NEVER go with anybody who says that to you in Springfield.) Again, they choose to not let us hear the words of a key scene. We only see Lizzie react and fall into Phillip’s arms. She does a great job with this and Lizzie’s body language really shows that for one minute she’s back to being the scared, lonely little girl who idolized her grandfather and just wants her Daddy. [Minute 15] Bill calls Jonathan and asks him to come get Sarah, so she won’t be upset and Bizzie can go join the family gathering at the Spaulding Mansion. [Minute 17] Alex tells Bruno and Hilda the news. Again nice of them to cast for this, even though they aren’t the real people. At first Alex, is back to playing the Baroness, but then she breaks down and tells them Alan loved them both. [Minute 18] Bizzie didn’t tell Sarah. Lizzie asks Jonathan if he can wait for them there, so she can see her little girl when she comes back. [Minute 22] Faced with this new tragedy, Reva pulls down the last extra Jeffery photos from the Cross Creek mantle. [Minute 23] Phillip and Beth comfort each other. [Minute 24]

Otalia are packing food and memories for Rafe to take with him into the service. I think they would have given him hardship leave and put off basic until the next session starts. Frank and Rafe are packing. Rafe says his diabetes is under control now with diet, which is why as a diabetic he can join the service. [Minute 5] Rafe thanks Frank. Frank: “You’re a good boy. I stand corrected, a good man.” It’s so nice his duffel bag is Chicago Cubs that was his father Gus’s and his father’s, ultimately anyway, friend Danny Santos’ favorite team.  It was a big part of Gus’s character and a touchstone point in several of his most famous scenes. (Bitter Sob!) [Minute 7]  They have a goodbye party for Rafe at Company. Phillip wanted to tell James about Alan in person, but Beth’s phone call to her mother and Olivia’s big mouth spoiled that plan. Gee, Olivia, James is right there, maybe shouting it out to the whole room in front of him about his grandfather isn’t the best plan. [Minute 16] The news devastates the room at Company. [Minute 19] Rafe considers asking for family emergency leave. He would have qualified and should have, but instead Buzz tells him to go. [Minute 20]

James arrives at the Spaulding Mansion and thank God he isn’t blaming Phillip for Alan’s death. I was afraid he would. Instead, like Lizzie, he falls into his father’s arms mutely. [Minute 24] Olivia brings Emma back to Company and Rafe talks about their mutual grandfather. [Minute 25] Line of the Day – Emma: (To Rafe, very softly) “I’ll miss you.” I am crying now. Can’t we have a miracle cure for the show, too, please? [Minute 26] Most of the party go with Rafe to the bus stop. [Minute 26, Minute 31] The “magic” quarter Rafe gives Emma is nice, but it would have been nicer if it had been something like a bus token of Gus’s from Chicago or a Greek coin that he got when he was there with Harley. Meanwhile the Lewis family arrives at Bizzie’s house to rally round Lizzie when she gets back from the mansion. They really do see her as family now. Even newlyweds Billy and Vanessa are coming. [Minute 27] Rick arrives at the mansion and reports that Alan died of a heart attack. They aren’t sure if it was directly related to the procedure or not, but the family doesn’t want to press it. Alan had already survived more than one heart attack and it didn’t take the procedure to put him in that danger. (If you haven’t seen the double heart attack scene with Alan and Buzz take a minute and look for it now. It’s worth a look.)[Minute 28] Alex recounts her recent conversation with Alan about what he decided he wanted in a funeral. I suppose they did it this way to put it on the cheap, but I don’t believe for a minute Alan would have picked this for his funeral. [Minute 29] The Lewis clan is all in the front yard of Bizzie’s house playing with Sarah when Bizzie returns. [Minute 33] Daisy finds James. She’s just there for him. [Minute 34] Meanwhile, Alex goes to the hospital to say goodbye to Alan’s body in person. [Minute 35] Phillip stands in the now green formal garden of the mansion where he had so many fights with Alan right after he came back in February. Then it was dark, stark and unforgiving. Now it’s green and lush, but the pain is still there.  Phillip: “You did it. You saved me, Dad. You saved all of us.” He breaks down in tears again. [Minute 36]

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

5 Year Anniversary of the End

September 16, 2014
Bizzie at Billy and Vanessa reception

Bizzie at Billy and Vanessa reception

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week starting today in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode. Find my episode comment posts from July 2009 through September 2009 in the blog archives.

September 15, 2009 –  The Wedding Continues, Alan Says Goodbye

NOTE: During the last couple of months of Guiding Light, I did a daily feedback and summary post. I had just started my blog and it was an early experiment that helped establish my style. I put comments and summaries on the same storyline together, with time tags to the different parts of the episode. I put the official CBS link at the end. Sadly that is no long viable so I’m going to put the YouTube link at the beginning instead. The time codes are for a full episode load and so won’t match, but should still give you a rough idea. Also the parts are on a playlist in the wrong order, so you have to watch or it will jump to different parts of the last week, if you don’t watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqYtnIESHl0 (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOUhLeZnepE (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkwJdvaV21Q&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=249 (Part 3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evVf70WPALQ&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=250 (Part 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tf-rf1N0AM&index=251&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 5)

Everyone mixes and mingles at Vanessa and Billy’s wedding reception. [Minute 0] Marina and Shayne are relishing parenthood. Lizzie and Jonathan have a talk about their future with Sarah. [Minute 1, Minute 23] Both newlywed couples stand on a balcony and kiss.  They bring back some of the old golden Buzz-Billy rivalry as they compete who can do a better showy kiss with their respective brides. [Minute 2] Mel brings Sarah and a set of papers for joint custody. Buzz asks Alex for a dance. (Kind of asking a lot because he almost married her just a couple of years ago, but they all seem fine with it.) Lillian tells Alan how proud she is of him a very nice beat putting a coda on their always special relationship. [Minute 4]

Matt shows up to pick up Maureen. This is not a good day for him. He still cares about Vanessa. Both Vanessa and Maureen ask him to stay at the wedding reception and he finally agrees. Maureen seems incredibly well adjusted to the fact that her mother is marrying another man. She even dances with Billy and tries to set Matt up. [Minute 5] Maureen, Nola, and Bridget have a conversation with Matt and then they go to do a family dance. [Minute 9] Josh (to Bill): “I’ve never seen my brother so happy.” … Bill: “Lots of ups and downs, huh? Weddings, Funerals, Weddings, It’s like the good is outnumbering the bad and everything is coming together. Everyone’s life is looking good.” Josh continues this conversation in the same vein later with Billy. He reports that Marah is “doing great” which I don’t believe for a second, unless Real Tony is still alive out there and she found him. Josh feels that he’s the only one whose life isn’t going great and he’s thinking about going back down to Venezuela and check on Lewis Oil operations down there, but not permanently. [Minute 10] Josh tells Olivia he’s leaving town and thanks her for being his friend. He talks with Shayne about where they are in their lives. [Minute 18] Josh and Frank give best man speeches. [Minute 32]

Blake has a nice moment with Frank, discussing romance. [Minute 9] Cyrus kisses Mel while she eagerly responds. [Minute 17] Josh and Reva dance and he tells her his idea about leaving. [Minute 29] Josh has a conversation with Olivia thanking her for being his friend, which she really was. They were much better friends than they ever were a romantic couple.

Daisy and James are little apart. Daisy doesn’t want to watch her grandparents making out. James is still upset that Phillip wouldn’t let him be the donor to save his life. [Minute 6] They duck out. [Minute 21] They grab some food and have a picnic. [Minute 31] Everyone else is doing the Electric Slide. Jonathan brings in Sarah and takes her to Lizzie. He announces his decision to stay in town and share custody. [Minute 8] Jonathan and Lizzie take Sarah to meet all of Lizzie’s family, including Alan. Phillip proudly says he’s her grandfather, Beth: “I’m your Mommy’s Mommy that makes me….Beth.” [Minute 20] Alan has a moment with James and tries to explain to James why Phillip couldn’t let James risk his life. [Minute 11] Alan tells Rafe about his draft dodging past and tells him how proud he is of Rafe. Rafe is leaving this very day. [Minute 13] Reva and Alan have a nice conversation, more remembering the times they almost married, rather than the stupid vendetta mess. They really make a connection and toast to their mutual grandbaby Sarah. [Minute 14]

Well, here’s the Y& R crossover. If they drove all the way to New Jersey for this it wasn’t worth it from a character/plot point a view, although it was a great gesture. They are NOT in their Y&R characters. “Catherine” doesn’t have a name and “Michael” is her young gigolo, Justin. I must admit he does that pretty well though. Vanessa knows them from somewhere else. It would make sense if it was from when she and Matt lived in Europe, but it is left unspecified just “all this way.” [Minute 11]

Beth tells Phillip she doesn’t intend to hold him to what he said about loving her in the hospital. Phillip: “Was that you? I thought I was talking to Rick.” He insists he does love her, but doesn’t push it right then. [Minute 12] Billy announces that Phillip was sick, but that Alan had risked his life to save Phillip. The entire town congratulates Alan on being a hero and they toast him. [Minute 15] Phillip thanks Alan for his second chance, Alan tells him not to waste a second of it. [Minute 21] Buzz and Alan have a nice conversation. Buzz (to Alan): “You must feel like king of the world.” Alan: “I always feel like king of the world.” The friendship part of their relationship is still on top and they admit how much it has meant to both of them.  Alan: “No, you go on. I think I’m going to stay out here a few more minutes and take in this beautiful scene.” [Minute 27] Phillip finds Beth collecting shells for a still life. Beth talks about how she thinks about painting, but never seems to find time to paint again. Phillip finds the strength for once to just follow his heart without over thinking. He asks Beth to marry him and she says yes. They are both so happy they can’t stop laughing. [Minute 25] Phillip finds Alan and told him about Beth and the engagement. He thanks him for all he has done. Then he realizes Alan is ominously still. Phillip is amazing in this scene. [Minute 34]

Note: Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper) was holding off on hip replacement surgery until after filming wrapped. Hence he’s having trouble walking.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

FAQ: Do set stairs go anywhere?

September 15, 2014
Forrester Staircase

Forrester Staircase

Someone recently found my blog by searching that question specifically about The Bold and the Beautiful. I thought it was a good general question for all soaps, but I turned to https://twitter.com/karlamosley, formerly Christina on Guiding Light, now Maya on The Bold and the Beautiful for an answer.

Q: Someone found my blog with a search for if any #BoldandBeautiful staircases go anywhere on the set, so do they?

A: Good question!! Most just have a small landing. But no rooms up there!

Editor’s Note: This is true of most sets. It kind of blows your mind when it’s a set you “know” is on a higher floor and you see it’s actually shot at ground level. It does make sense though because it’s harder to get the cameras on the second floor so it usually takes a pretty special plot point to get cameras on the actual second floor ( Annie faking Reva pushing her down the staircase on Guiding Light, Jackie freaking out and falling over the balcony and later claiming Stephanie pushed her when she did no such thing on The Bold and the Beautiful). However, to save money many soaps lately have gone the route of shooting stairwell scenes in actual stairwells in the studio building. This makes sense and costs a lot less than building a staircase set, plus it gives it that resounding sound that you only hear in real staircases. Sometimes it’s more obvious than others. For a fairly recent example, I’m pretty sure, but not 100% positive, that when Phyllis fell after struggling with Sharon on The Young and the Restless that was the building staircase. On the negative side since they weren’t built to accommodate cameras, they often result in strange camera angles as they try to fit the camera in where they want it to get the shot.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Backacting

September 13, 2014
I Am a Man

I Am a Man

Every Friday night, I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find previous entries on the Soap Opera Jargon page on this site.

Backacting – I don’t know if this is actually a real term or not, but it so perfectly describes a technique used extensively and almost exclusively by soap operas I wanted to include it. Backacting is to stage a scene so both actors are facing the camera, normally one is in front filling more of the screen and the other is slightly behind them or over their shoulder. The idea is that it has the benefit of getting both character’s faces full on in the shot, so you get the full impact of their acting and/or emoting. It also can be used to hide a reaction from the back character so he doesn’t know right away if she’s happy he just admitted he loved her or not. I got the term from the fantastic and hilarious  blog Dark Shadows Every Day. But as I say the technique is well established. Find the Dark Shadows definition and soliloquy about it halfway down this post.
http://darkshadowseveryday.com/2013/09/10/episode-216/

I’m including a screen shot from the famous “I am a Man” scene which isn’t quite true backacting (especially when he starts almost mouthing her ear), but I think will give you the general idea and me a good excuse to watch one of my favorite scenes again.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Some Funny Follow Up April 12-13 2001

September 12, 2014

Thurs., April 12, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Michelle is changing Danny’s bandage and he is acting like a big baby because the tape hurts him. Michelle asks him how he can stand up to all these mobsters who tried to kill him and yet gets upset over a little pull from a bandage. He laughs. He tells her that he has been worried about one thing. Their insurance policy, (the letters), are still upstairs, they have to get them out of there and to a third party right away. Michelle asks him if he thinks Maria will really leave town. Danny thinks she believed him about the tape and he has no doubt she will be on the first place to Havana, ASAP. Michelle thinks they are safe now from the mob families but she is still worried about the feds. He tells her he doesn’t know yet. She tells him they need to call Mary and Gus and have a meeting so they can decide what to do next. Danny isn’t sure. He tells Michelle that he made a deal with the families not to say anything and he can’t testify against them. Michelle tells him that he did that in order to save their family. Danny tells her if they were to go along with the feds, the other families would find them and take them out before they could do anything. Michelle tells him that she can’t lose him to the mob or to prison. Michelle tells him they should call and set up a meeting just to hear what the feds have to say. They call Gus. Gus and Mary show up. Danny asks about Tony and they tell him he will be fine but he is in a heap of trouble. Gus tries to get Danny to say more but Danny tells him they will have to talk to Tony about that. They tell Danny that they need information from him about the other families. Danny tells him that the reason he called them was to tell them to their faces that he is not giving them anything. Gus is not happy with this revelation and tells Danny he is stupid. He tells him that they were willing to protect him but now all he is going to get is jail time. Danny tells him that he has to protect his wife and child and if he testifies they will all surely be dead. Gus again offers his protection. Danny tells him that he doesn’t trust his protection, he only trusts himself. May tries to talk some sense to Michelle but Michelle stands by Danny. Gus starts to walk away and sees the pictures of the baby. He tells Danny he wants to tell him what is going to happen to him next. He tells Danny he has to spend as much time as he can with his baby in the next few days because he won’t be able too much longer. He tells Michelle she needs to talk to her husband before he is put in prison. Danny tells them to get out. Gus and Mary leave. Danny tells Michelle he knew that would happen and now the feds won’t leave them alone. He just hopes they can stall them a little bit. Michelle is upset. She tells him she has come to far to have him leave her this way. She knows there has to be another way.

Fri., April 13, 2001 – At the Bauers: Ross arrives and is surprised to see Danny. Ross wants to know if the police know Danny is here. Danny says he just finished talking to the FBI and asks about Tony. Ross says he is fine and he is trying to help him although he is a handful but he confesses that he likes Tony. Michelle asks if Ross would like another client. Ross looks concerned. Danny tells him he is looking at a RICO prosecution and Michelle asks for Ross’s help. Michelle leaves them alone to talk and Danny fills Ross in about all the possible evidence against him. Ross asks if the weekly meetings were about him getting out. Danny said they were for the most part. Ross thinks the FBI must have more evidence than they are telling. He wonders why they are targeting him but Danny says maybe because they know he wants to get out. Michelle comes back in and asks Ross what he thinks. Ross is upset that the FBI is pressuring Danny. He thinks they are either pressuring him for information or they have something they aren’t telling. Someone must be targeting Danny specifically. Michelle asks if they can fight this in court. Ross says that Danny and Tony may be in serious trouble but he will do his best. Ross starts to leave and Danny gives Ross the letters he wrote. He tells Ross that if anything happens to him or his family he should send one copy to the feds and the other copy to the Springfield PD. He tells him that they will also have copies put in their safe deposit boxes. Ross agrees and tells them he will put them in his office safe. Michelle thanks Ross for his help. Ross tells her that he isn’t a miracle worker and they should be prepared if the worst happens. Ross leaves. Michelle grabs her purse and keys and tells Danny where the baby formula is. She tells him that Ross said they needed a miracle so she is going to go find one.
http://youtu.be/ZDbS95rMAnM

My comments: The clip for today actually ends about halfway through the clip. The reason I called this section of the story the perfect storm is because all the elements seem arranged against Danny and Michelle. Somehow during all this, apparently Danny has been around long enough and demonstrated his love for Michelle strongly enough, that everyone around town has accepted him as part of the community. That’s something they never really had on their side before, but it’s about the only thing. The mob, including his family, and the FBI are out to get him and all this drama means his business isn’t doing particularly well either. Danny and Michelle are building a happy life, but they can see the fault lines and know it may crack and break at any minute.

This section of the story is when I like Ross the most. It’s after the time we was an arrogant jerk when he was first brought on the show, has shown the strong, but Mr. Rogersy side of his nature with Phillip, with Dinah, and Ed and Michelle. He had a great love story with Blake, with only a short bit in the middle where he was a complete jerk with Ben Warren, but no one showed the best side of their nature’s in that storyline, and had both shown he was a good father with or without Blake and that he still had what it took to be a romantic leading man with India. Now he’s back with Blake and the only true character flaw he will show between now and the Mayoral election (which was when I remembered what a jerk Ross could be in full jerk mode) is that he doesn’t want to either marry Blake or explain to her why she doesn’t want to marry her (he thinks being married makes her act out and rebel). But all of that bad stuff is the past or the future. Right now Ross is stepping up and filling his best friend Ed’s place since he’s gone, looking out for his kids. More than that Ross really does feel unclely towards Rick and Michelle AND Danny. Tony he likes and is headed in that direction too. He really WANTS things to work out for them really enjoys himself leading the charge and defending them. He really enjoys the challenge and having a worthy opponent to joust against.

This post shows just how little I understand highlight clippers. I could see leaving out something that was plot important because you were focused on the characters not the story, but to leave out a bit like Danny being a baby over having his bandage changed? Who wouldn’t want to see that. I don’t have most of this except the conversation with Ross, but the repetition of the world miracle is important for the next episode guide post.

 

9/11 Anniversary 2014

September 11, 2014

Once again it’s time to take a moment to commemorate the 9/11 attacks of 2001. I’ve done this on a regular basis before (and I’m borrowing parts of previous posts), partly because it’s important to remember and partly because of all the national tragedies, with the exception when Nancy Hughes was interrupted mid-sentence on As the World Turns to announce President Kennedy had been shot, where the soaps were most effective and most important in helping people deal with the national panic. As the 9/11 attacks happened (many people saw the second plane crash in real time since cameras were there to cover the first crash, which everyone assumed at that point believed was accidental) everyone gathered around their TV sets for information, misinformation, and a sense of being connected with everyone else. The terrorists definitely succeeded in confusing everyone. No one knew exactly what to do. There was no model to go from. It reminded me a bit of when the conductor fainted while the school band played the national anthem at our local Memorial Day service. No one knew if they should stop or finish playing it (they didn’t even stop playing until they finished the anthem when the started it right before the initial Pearl Harbor attack). Schools across the country didn’t know if they should dismiss or maintain the routine for the students. I worked at a high school at the time and it was a big debate did we cancel school or not? (Our school didn’t cancel, other schools did.) Should they break the news or let parents do it? Did you play scheduled sporting events or not? Can you really work when you were obsessed with the news? The networks all went into constant news and commentary broadcasting. Soaps were all temporarily pulled along with other entertainment broadcasting. September 11th fell on a Tuesday so Monday episodes had gone out, but not the rest of the week. As life settled into the new normal things slowly began to resume. Soaps on all networks announced they would replay the previous Monday’s episodes  on the Monday following 9/11 and then play out the rest of the week originally scheduled for the week of September 10th. I think that might be the only time this kind of blanket repeat has happened.

Soaps effected the Americans in crisis by providing comfort and stability for people when they continued to gather around the metaphorical fireside of television after the news coverage ended. After they resumed soaps were effected in the short term. Violence was toned down. Storylines already approved as normal were suddenly deemed too violent and were scrapped. On Guiding Light when Josh Lewis time traveled through a painting to World War II Paris he had to hold up the Nazi who looked just like Alan with a baguette instead of a gun as originally written. Other stories already shot on various soaps on all the networks were re-edited to be toned down or disclaimers were added “This show had already been filmed before the 9/11 attacks.”

In the long term soaps were mostly unaffected. Few main characters on any of the soaps went to war, violence gradually returned to pre-9/11 levels.  (Exceptions were Phillip on Days of Our Lives whose resulting prosthetic leg was a big story point for awhile, but now has been totally forgotten and Brot on All My Children who was cast with an amateur actor and real life severely injured vet.) So in the long term I don’t think it did really effect soaps, except that some people sought them out again as comfort food in such an unstable world.

More about the effect of popular culture healing the nation’s wounds from We Love Soaps.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/09/popculturesavedamerica.html

Tweets from actors on the 2009 anniversary of the attacks
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2009/09/latest-in-soap-tweets-remembering-911.html

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 


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