Today I went ahead and switched back my cover photo to my Danny and Michelle ornaments. I found them last year at a florist and when I saw they had both Danny and Michelle, I had to get them because clearly they belong together. Look for more Christmas posts during GLManny’s Christmas Week, but in the meantime look at these Christmas posts from past years. Come spend Christmas in Springfield:
Rounding up the Thanksgiving posts, check back next year for more.
Episodes Through the Years
Sermons and Toasts
Dr. Ruthledge’s Thanksgiving Sermon 1937
Alan Spaulding’s Thanksgiving Toast 1998
Meta Bauer’s Thanksgiving Toast 2001
Beth Chamberlain’s Rolls
Manny Fanfic set just before Thanksgiving 2001 – Being Thankful
Thanksgiving in Springfield 2010
The 2008 Cast Talks Thanksgiving
A Thanksgiving that Doesn’t Suck – A Run Down of Manny Thanksgivings
A Prop Turkey
It’s Thanksgiving 1986 in Springfield and it’s mostly about the Lewis-Shayne clan. There was a big action/adventure story about the corruption going on in Venezuela, this story would continue unfold for decades playing into Bill Lewis’s issues when he returned for the second time in the person of Dan Cosgrove, kicking off the Bizzie romance. At this point there is active sabotage going on. Recently Mindy’s fairytale marriage to Kurt ended, when angered over their different attitudes towards money, he took a job in Venezuela to help pay back some of the money Mindy had borrowed from her family. While there he was killed mistakenly during a failed attempt to kill Josh. Although I never was a big believer in Kyle and Reva or that Reva would ever pick any other man over Josh longterm, but I did like Kyle and especially his evolving relationship with Billy and his determination to do the right thing by Ben. As you can see in these scenes they’ve totally thrown all of that away in order to excuse Maeve’s inexcusable behavior towards Kyle, explain Ben’s continued presence on screen when Kyle left town, and to facilitate a Jeva reunion, just in time for one of Josh’s previous wives to come back from the dead at an inconvenient time (actually Reva could have bonded with both Annie Dutton and Cleva over that one, but she doesn’t).
The other big story in town was the show’s first real attempt to duplicate the success of the Four Musketeers (they would try this several times over the years with the most successful being this attempt with Alan-Michael, Harley, Dinah, and Cameron filling the four slots). Towards that end, the girl with the mysterious past has shown up in town and will soon be revealed that she, Dinah, is in fact Ross and Vanessa’s daughter via a long ago relationship. Dinah would be played by two very similar actresses in this first run on the show when her main attributes were being nice and sweet. A trip to Europe would bring out more of the hard struggle side of Dinah and she comes back to town a few years later as a vixen following closely in her mother’s mis-steps. Vanessa had given Baby Dinah up for adoption without ever telling Ross until recently basically because she felt a baby would tie her down and I think to punish Ross (pre-the revelation Billy would bring about in Vanessa, she wasn’t always a very nice person). Dinah is shown slowly fitting in at school working with Cameron. Following Four Musketeer tradition they formed couples and then swapped partners.
Lillian is currently dating Reva’s father Hawk. They dated for a long time and I actually think Lillian was most happy in this relationship with Hawk and they balanced each other well. I was sorry to see it end, though if Hawk was ready to show some good behavior, goodness knows Miss Sarah deserved to benefit from it since she put up with so much of the other kind from him. Ross is currently dating Calla who is Lillian Raines’s sister and Jessie’s (of Jessie and Simon fame) mother. Calla was a lot like a version 1.0 of Nadine. Besides both ladies dating Ross, they also were both manipulative schemers with big dreams (Calla had much better hair and was smarter, Nadine had more personality). A group of three cons have stumbled on to the fact that there is a secret involving Dinah and Vanessa. They haven’t figured out what it is, but thing they can make a buck out of it whenever they do. Hence they are duping the woman that Vanessa stayed with during the obviously showing months of her pregnancy to try to get information from her. The lead con is a busy character actor named William Hickey who did lots of roles on soaps as well as primetime. However, he’s best known as Uncle Lewis in the classic holiday movie, National Lampon’s Christmas Vacation.
Elsewhere on canvas there is trouble at the Bauers because Chelsea’s sudden fiance Jon Claude has dropped dead under Rick’s care and for some unfathomable reason Chelsea just assumes there is malpractice and is bringing charges against Rick, which is forcing Maureen as Cedars Administrator to take action against her own step-son and causing a lot of tension between Chelsea and her three main romantic partners on screen, Phillip, Rick, and Johnny. Chelsea is Maureen’s little sister and Bea is their mother and hence while Maureen would expect them both at a family get together she arranged – despite anything else going on. This episode features John Bolger in the role of Phillip and while most people much preferred Grant Aleksander, Bolger did a very serviceable, if understated interpretation of the role. This is a pretty good typical example of how he played Phillip.
These scenes are from two episodes. The day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving itself. It seems like we might be missing a scene or two, but I’m not sure if we are are not. I think these two episodes together do a pretty good set up of what’s going on, but if you want to watch more the same channel has a few days worth of previous episodes. If you want to see Maeve stop the Reva-Kyle wedding the previous year which Maeve references doing and regretting, find the post here: http://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/christmas-1985/
November 25, 1986
Jessie wants to visit her dad. Calla is upset about both that and Ross and Vanessa working together to find Dinah who they haven’t met yet. Dinah and Carmen are working together on school paper. Lewis Oil trouble in Venezuela.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtdEkCb2U-c (Part 4)
November 26, 1986
(Part 1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J984n6KoO4I (Part 2)
Thanksgiving 1983 has us right in the heart of the lead up to the Four Musketeers in New York City, one of their most iconic storylines. The four had been a group since Beth had ended up Mindy’s roommate during a hospital stay at Cedars. Phillip had been dating Mindy, but switched to Beth who is secretly being abused (physically and emotionally at this point) by Bradley. Bradley is threatening her into lying about what is going on with Phillip and like all abusers wants to keep her from communicating with the outside. He’s gone so far as to get charges brought against Phillip. Lillian is oblivious and thinks Bradley can do no wrong. Ross has really stepped up as Phillip’s uncle and is trying to get the situation settled down. Mindy hasn’t given up on Phillip yet (she will soon move on to Rick) and is very disgusted that no matter what garbage Beth pulls (not realizing she was being beaten & Phillip’s life threatened), Phillip keeps running back to Beth. Rick is under a lot of pressure. He tells Ed and Maureen all about it while doing a great fake break down. Ed senses maybe Mindy drives Rick crazy in a good way (an excellent look at the Ed-Maureen marriage when it was good). These are highlights, but I think they are most of the episode.
Mindy finds Phillip in stables
Ross comes over to Raines House
A frustrated Rick unloads on Ed and Maureen. Then he does a great fake break down. Ed says lovingly that Maureen drives him up the wall too.
Ross tells Phillip what Beth said.
Phillip writes Beth a letter and slips it under the door of the Raines House
Beth reads Phillip’s letter
Each year I try to do a week dedicated to Thanksgiving in Springfield. The real week of Thanksgiving turned out too busy personally to get posts out so I’m not going to get the full week in, but I wanted to get at least a couple of Thanksgiving themed posts in. There’s a lot more to be found of Thanksgiving in Springfield. I’m looking forward to next year, but enjoy a few posts this year.
First up, Happy Thanksgiving from the cast in 2008.
Check back tomorrow for episode guide posts.
For some reason I missed this when it first happened, but Val @RdBlaz had sent out some photos on Twitter of the show house in October 2013. She tweeted: “my bro is a vol firefighter, he sent me the pics.” It’s unclear whether the fire was accidental or part of a fireman training.
Watch a video of How the Show House Worked:
About its Guest Appearance on As The World Turns:
If you haven’t been on social media for oh, about the last six months, you might have missed that Doctor Who is celebrating 50 years since it first aired* (as feel good filler during the crisis following the Kennedy Assassination). The BBC and various fan groups and people associated with the show over the years have turned out a bunch of high quality stuff as part of the celebration. Among them is this from PBS Ideas video blog where they talk about what makes up the main character of the Doctor.
However, before they get into the Doctor Who stuff, they talk about other long running shows, including a shout out to Guiding Light!
As a note the actual content ends about 6 minutes in and then they do audience feedback about previous episodes for the rest of the run time.
*Sadly it isn’t 50 years of constant production, for various political reasons the show was suddenly cancelled in 1989. Fans were stuck in the wilderness until an effort of show business people who were fans growing up got together to attempt a comeback with a joint British-American project in 1996, which produced a single TV movie which was then held up for years because FOX never exercised its right to a second airing before which it couldn’t be locally sold in the US. Then another group of show business people who were raised as fans pulled together and brought back an all BBC production in 2005 and it’s been going great guns ever since.
No, sadly that doesn’t mean that Paul Anthony Stewart got another guest part, but in this week’s episode a character on the long running procedural Castle was named Daniel Santos and that is enough to make a Manny fan smile.
In case you’re not already a fan, Castle is the story of a James Patterson level successful mystery writer who killed off his main character because he was bored with him. At this crucial moment a serial killer started copying scenarios from his books (as part of an elaborate effort to disguise his motive for killing the one person he actually wanted to kill) and Castle is thrown into the orbit of Kate Beckett, a hard nose police detective. Castle decides he’s found his muse and gets his friend the mayor to approve him becoming a part of Beckett’s team. Castle’s keen sense of observation and his out of the box imagination soon becomes a huge asset in closing cases. There is also a long running will they or won’t they dynamic with Castle and Beckett aka Caskett which came to a head in season finale where Castle asked Beckett to marry him (they broke the season before she answered, but she said yes in this season’s premiere).
Heading up the cast is Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle. Fillion (although still best known to many fans as Captain Mal on Firefly) got his start on One Life to Live playing Joey Buchanan. He has been very vocal about having soap actors and actresses on his show and many have guested. Stana Katic plays Kate Beckett who is Castle’s de facto police partner. The supporting characters are Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, great character roles, as the second pair of detectives on the case, Castle’s mother and now post-college daughter, the captain of the precinct, and the medical examiner, Lanie Parish.
Episodes typically involve a murder that causes them to learn about a new “world” everything from high fashion modeling to steampunk. They also have an archnemisis who is a serial killer known as 3XK who normally gets an episode a season since his introduction. Although he was seen shot and falling off the bridge previously, Castle thinks the whole thing was a set up so everyone thinks 3XK dead and stops looking for him. In the episode “Disciple”, Season 6 Episode 609, originally aired November 18, 2013, we discover a double of medical examiner Lanie Parish hung at a pier. When they discover they match is even down to her recent tattoo, they think someone might be obsessing on Lanie, but when a duplicate of Esposito also shows up dead, they don’t know what’s going on. This duplicate was named Daniel Santos and they say his full name many times during the rest of the episode. “He made Daniel Santos suffer.” “He overpowered Daniel Santos.” I learned a troubling thing about myself from this
Castle, if someone keeps saying Daniel Santos, I’ll sit smiling, no matter the circumstances. SPOILER: Turns out that the duplications were all about getting them to sign out 3XK’s criminal case files and all physical evidence in the case so they could bring it to his accomplice (a plastic surgeon who had operated on them to create the duplicates) and it could be destroyed. The doctor disappeared, but left behind a recording of a song promising that they would meet again.
Republisher’s Note: And this I’m sorry to say is it. I think it gets off to a great start and they played the take parts that really happened on screen and twisted them into a different story really well. It is a round robin, so if you want more, TAG you’re it!
Soulmates - Chapter 8: Double Vision by Samj
“Since you had to carry the first half of this experiment, I’ll write up the lab report if you want,” Michelle offered as they put away the last of the equipment.
“Well, I’m certainly not going to pass that up,” Brian responded.
No, I can’t imagine anyone would, Michelle thought. Oh well, who needs sleep anyway?
Glancing out into the hallway as she gathered her things, Michelle let out a loud shriek and dropped her books on the floor.
“Michelle, are you okay?” Brian asked with genuine concern.
“I just I saw…. I….” Michelle stuttered. Mick. I saw Mick. Could she say that out loud? Would it somehow make it real?
Gathering herself a bit she said, “Did you see that guy in the hallway? He just looked like someone I used to know, someone I really don’t want to run into. You did see him, didn’t you?”
“I wasn’t looking over there,” he replied.
She crouched down and hurriedly threw her books into her bag. “Don’t mind me, really I’m sure it was nothing.”
Did I really see Mick? Or did my imagination just conjure him up because he’s been on my mind? Did I even see him in the first place? Michelle shook her head. Why didn’t I pay more attention in psych class?
“Are you sure you’re okay? Maybe you should sit down for a few minutes or something.”
“I’m fine, really,” Michelle assured him. “I’ll see you Wednesday, huh?”
“Sure. Feel better, okay?”
Michelle nodded, and practically ran for the door. She was halfway to her car when her cell phone rang.
This week Google honored the famous Manny lost inkblot scene and Manny’s 1st unofficial date at the mall….and I suppose the guy who developed the ink blot test. http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/08/google-doodle-honors-hermann-rorschach-inkblot-test-inventor/
I always thought that the ink blot note that Danny sends Michelle was a special Manny note. It disappears and is never mentioned again, but I always dreamed about giving them to ink blot framed as housewarming present. I also thought that Michelle should have sent a message back on their wedding day in a similar vein. I created it. It was started by the Inkblots scene.
THE LOST SCENE – We can blame it all on Paul Anthony Stewart (PAS) being sick at a terrible time. There was a scene written where Michelle discovers Danny has signed up to audit her Psychology class with her and gets himself assigned to be her lab partner. PAS was very sick and THANK GOD they didn’t put in a recast that day. Instead Michelle just tells Drew what happened and a classic lost episode was born in the minds of many Manny fans. I won’t do this often, but I think this short fanfic actually does a pretty good job of describing the scene, except from what Michelle says it was a lot more than two inkblots and they didn’t put in the part where Michelle says she sees him being hauled away for sexual harassment.This is one of the things Danny loves about her. She never backs down from him.
One of the things I especially like in this story is that Danny has two totally different ways to get the inkblot being sex across. I had imagined him repeating himself, but now I see this as a possibility, I think this is more accurate, he would have come up with a different way to get to the same end each time. It would have been a great scene.
Inkblots by Megan
Inkblots by Lisa