Michelle’s Blind the Worst Storyline of 1998

August 25, 2014

I recently added a copy of the December 22, 1998 issue of Soap Opera Weekly to my collection. I was excited to get it because 1998 is a big year with Manny starting in the last two months. I didn’t expect to find this. :)

Michelle is Blind

Michelle is Blind

Worst Storyline – Michelle’s Blindness, Guiding Light

A spectacular fire at Reva’s old house led to this unspectacular- and unbelievable – storyline. Michelle, blinded by the blaze, decided to lie to Jesse and pretend she could see. So, scene after scene, these two had conversations and it never dawned on Jesse that Michelle might be pulling the wool over his eyes. [GLManny note: To be fair, this was Jesse who was known to Manny fandom as the Walking Vegetable. He isn't exactly swift.] The storyline took another ridiculous turn when Jesse finally figured out that Michelle was blind and went undercover at the school for the blind she was attending. (Shades of Lujack going undercover at the school for the blind Beth once enrolled in when she was termporarily sightless.) Jesse called himself Carlos and spoke Spanish and broken English, duping Michelle as she had duped him. [GLManny note: Which makes far less sense, Michelle is smart, but shows how little she really loves Jesse, Danny she'd have recognized in a hot minute.] By the time Michelle discovered Jesse’s deception  – thus another conflict for this star-crossed couple – we didn’t care ONE bit. It also didn’t help that Paul Bendeti [Jesse Blue] and Rebecca Budig [ex-Michelle Bauer] never had chemistry. 

Frankly I think this is a little unfair. They were trying to carbon copy Beth and Lujack, a story that didn’t really play well the first time and didn’t need to be repeated, but Jesse WAS that stupid and Michelle always did try to protect him. It wasn’t a good story and I can’t argue with the final point, but I don’t think it deserved worst.

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.

Odds and Ends 38

August 24, 2014

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

  has been really sharing his love for the Dark Shadows Daily blog. Lately he shared this one, which gives the highlights of what just can happen at a soap wedding including some links to some choice Guiding Light moments:

The Doctors is going to return Double-Striped (2 episodes each weekday).

Michelle Stafford (Nina on General Hospital) shared a photo of what her dressing room there looks like.

BnBScreencaps shared a shot of what a The Bold and the Beautiful script looks like.

In case you don’t know, when The Bold and the Beautiful shows “Dollar Bill Spencer’s” house in Aspen, it’s really executive producer Brad Bell’s real life house in Aspen, Colorado. See a note in the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There’s a photo of John McCook (Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) and his granddaughter Charli in the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Shemar Moore will return to star making role as Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for two days. Watch Wed., Sept. 10 and Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014. Read about it in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Lots of The Bold and the Beautiful stars participated in the 27th Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon. Find a whole spread of photos in the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

If you want to see how Maitland Ward (Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) grew up, check out the photo in the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

According to the November 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth‘s “Did You Know?” box that “Co-creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell spent 10 years in a hotel room over the 1985 Christmas holiday season brainstorming the concept of their new soap opera.”

The Young and the Restless‘s Bryton James (Devon Winters) has an action figure of his character from Lego Hero Factory get more details in the Nov. 4, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) celebrated 20 years on The Young and the Restless. See a round up of photos through the years in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Steven Weber (Kevin Frannie’s boyfriend on As the World Turns and the irresponsible younger brother on Wings) checks in on what he did after As the World Turns and what he’s doing now. Read all about in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

See a photo of Lauralee Bell‘s (Cricket Williams on The Young and the Restless) family including her children Christian and Samantha in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There is a mutli-photo feature on Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful) and his fiance Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie Browning, Kay’s granddaughter on The Young and the Restless) getting engaged. Check it out in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

From 1994, there’s a photo of Tracey E. Bergman (Lauren Fenmore) with her family and the Muppets featured in the All-Star Scrapbook in the May 19, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They were doing a cover of “She Drives Me Crazy” with lots of celebrities, with a good sprinkling of soap stars.  See it here:

On The Bold and the Beautiful, the hotel where Bill and Brooke stayed before their interrupted wedding in Dubai is Atlantis, The Palm Hotel an over the top hotel on a series of manmade islands intended to replicate the mythical paradise. The have 1, 500 rooms including several guest rooms that are under the water surface and look into the lagon. They cost $6,500 a night. Read more and see a photo in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Camryn Grimes (once Cassie, now Mariah on The Young and the Restless) talks about Cassie’s death and her current comeback. Check it out in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Lesli Kay (Felicia Forrester #2 on The Bold and the Beautiful) is featured talking about her continued interest in the soap, her personal life, and her new career as a surgical technologist. She’s now working for Mary Beth Evans (Kayla on Days of Our Lives)’s husband who’s a surgeon. Read about it in the August 25, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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.

Umbrella Story

August 23, 2014


Revisiting a classic soap opera jargon definition.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Here’s this week’s term of soap opera jargon. See the Soap Opera Jargon page.

Umbrella Story – Normally a soap opera has several storylines going at once in various stages of development. Most of a character’s scenes will be with people who are also part of that storyline. There may be 5 or 6 or more storylines going on at the same time. An umbrella story connects several of these normally separate storylines and puts characters in an expanded pool of characters. Sometimes these umbrella storylines are drawn out, but usually the larger the umbrella and the more characters it includes, the shorter the run. Usually something unusual happens and draws characters into unique situations. Often there is something putting at least some of the characters in jeopardy, but that is not an absolute requirement. A popular tactic with a soap umbrella story is have it involve some kind of…

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Tony is Arrested April 9-10 2001

August 22, 2014

NOTE: Tony is hilarious in all of this. He can’t fight back with his fists so he’s using his tongue. Normally Tony might let somethings, like no one asking how he is slide by him. Not today. He’s ON!

Monday April 9, 2001 - At the Lewis House Marah hears the window break and knows someone is in the house. She goes to peer downstairs and hears more movement. She goes back in and tries to wake Tony. Apparently, all the pain medication she gave him has totally knocked him out. She hears her mom calling out for her and going down the steps and starts to worry about her. She goes down quietly vowing to protect Tony. Meanwhile, Reva thinks Marah or Shayne made the noise and she is calling out for them. She goes by the door and feels the wind coming in the broken glass and realizes that someone had broken in the house. She walks around calling out to the stranger, asking what they want. The guy pounces on Reva and demands to know where “the kid” is. Reva thinks he wants Marah or Shayne and she refuses to tell him anything. She struggles with him and gets her hands on the gun but the guy soon after gets it back. She tries to hit him with Shayne’s Lacrosse stick but that also doesn’t work. As soon as the guy backs up into the foyer, Marah comes out with an iron skillet and slams it over his head, knocking him out cold. Reva hugs Marah and tells her how worried she was. Marah tells her that she called the police and they are on their way. Reva asks her to get some rope and help her tie the bad guy up until they arrive. Marah does and they wrap his wrists and ankles. The police show up and ask them what happened. David is in charge and he doesn’t seem to like any of the answers that Marah was giving them. Harley and Frank come in. They tell Reva about the break in and shooting at the Bauer’s and that there was a dead body there that they presume is the partner of the man lying in their foyer. Harley asks Marah what the guy was doing there and she told them finally that they were after Tony. She tells them about finding Tony and how he was shot. She brought him home and doctored him. Reva is furious. Shayne has by come down and overhears that Tony is upstairs. He asks if he is dead. Marah tells them that he is asleep because she gave him some of her mom’s painkillers. Reva tells her that she is very angry with her. Marah yells that she had to do something to help him. David tells Marah that she is now implicated in a homicide.

Tuesday April 10, 2001 – At the Lewis House Reva tells Josh what happened the night before as the police come down with Tony and ask him what happened. He and Marah go on to tell them how they accidentally met up at the lighthouse and she helped him. Josh asks Marah why she didn’t just call 911 like any normal person. Marah tells him that she couldn’t lead anyone to Tony. Harley asks Tony about Danny and what happened at the Bauer’s. He tells her that he dropped Danny off at the bus depot and he left for Cincinnati. David yanks Tony around to talk to him and Marah tells David to back off. Harley tells Tony that there is a dead body at the Bauer’s and she wonders if he knows anything about it. He tells her that one of the hit men must have turned on their partner. They ask why he didn’t go to his grandmother or brother. Tony tells them he didn’t want to lead the killers to his family. Josh is ticked that Tony didn’t think of the Lewis family before he came into their home. Marah tells them that they happened upon each other and she made Tony come with her so she could help him. David is being a jerk again and grabs Tony telling him to fess up and tell them who the shooters were. Tony told him he had never seen them. David asked him who hired them but Tony wouldn’t say. David tells him he was going down to the station to finish answering questions then. Tony tells them he wants to go make sure Michelle and his Godson are all right first and they agree to take him by. He tells Marah he will see her later but Josh yells out to him that he will not be seeing Marah.

That leaves just the family and Josh is fuming. Shane leaves to go upstairs and Marah calls him a coward. Josh says he wants to talk first. He lays into Marah about the situation and she tells him that she knows his point of view and she understands. He tells her that trouble follows Tony and he doesn’t know how to make her understand. She tells him that she does understand and explains why she went to the lighthouse in the first place. She said she went to the lighthouse to say goodbye and Tony showed up. Then she brought Tony there and, just as her dad said, trouble followed him. She understands but she loves Tony and she refuses to stop seeing him. He tells her that she had been hurt because he broke it off with her but now she knows he was just doing it to keep her safe and she loves him. Josh starts to protest again but Marah asks him what he wanted her to do, leave him at the lighthouse to die. She tells him there is nothing more to say. She knows they might not be able to respect him for keeping her and his family safe but she can. She leaves. Josh yells after her asking her where she is going. She tells him he doesn’t want to know and slams the door behind her. Reva calls after Josh. She tells him that Marah has a point. Reva tells Josh that they need to cut Marah some slack with Tony. She will be 18 soon and will be able to do whatever she wants. If they keep after her, she may leave them to live with Tony and they would never get to see her again. She doesn’t want her daughter leaving the house. Reva goes on to tell Josh that Marah did what she thought was right and she understands it all.

Noah has a fight with Josh. Although Noah normally is pretty stupid, for instance he thinks he actually has a shot at making Reva forget about Josh (and why would anybody bother to try anymore?), he makes some great points here about what Reva and Josh are doing wrong. Josh should try something else in dealing with Tony and has Noah says there is no way a girl who has inherited pig-headed stubbornness from both Josh AND Reva is going to listen to reason.

At the Bauers: Tony comes in with the cops and Michelle asks Tony where Danny is. He tells her that he put him on a bus to Cincinnati. She is glad he got away. May and Gus show up and the local cops are stunned. Gus starts talking to Michelle and Frank, Harley and David keep asking who they are and finally everyone shows their badges. Harley calls to check them out and tells everyone that they are real. Frank is ticked off and asks Michelle how long she has known. She tells him that she has known for a few weeks. Tony yells at Mary and tells her that she set Danny up. She tells him they were only trying to help Danny. Frank is ticked that they didn’t let the locals in on it. Gus tells them that they told the commissioner and that was the only person they thought needed to know. Gus goes on to tell the locals that they are relieved of their duties of this case. All mob activity is now under Federal jurisdiction. The locals are mad. They tell him that this is their case. Gus tells them it is his case and they can report to him. Michelle keeps eyeing the stairs and tells them she wants to go check on the baby. Gus tells her to stay there. He makes Tony get up and starts questioning him. Tony tells him he wants a lawyer. Gus tells him that he will need one because he is under arrest. He charges him with racketeering, firearm charges and conspiracy to commit murder. Michelle tells them that Tony protected Danny. Gus asks if that is Tony’s story and Tony tells him it is the only story. Gus handcuffs Tony and Tony cries out from the pain. Frank comes over and tells them that Tony needs a doctor and he will go to the hospital before anything else. Gus says he will take him to the hospital. Frank and Harley said they would follow him to make sure he is okay. Michelle tells Tony that she will get Ross to meet him at Cedars. Marah walks in and asks them what is going on. Tony tells her he has been arrested by the feds.

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF93HDfNz6U(Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozYRrYf07fE (Part 3)

Another version from a Gush channel, mostly repeat but I think a little clearer then some GusH scenes between 10th and the 16th:

My Comments: Actually Josh I don’t think calling 911 has ever been the first move of either Josh or Reva either. David is continuing to be a jerk. Tony told the cover story of taking Danny to the bus. I’m not sure though tony clearly says Cincinnati more than once. Was this another layer to the cover? Rick bought a bus ticket for Chicago. Or was it a line flub?

Although Noah has a point about Reva calling Josh and not him, he really needs to either accept it or back out of Reva’s life because that’s what it’s going to be. I think though he was wrong there was nothing romantic right then, Josh was only being supportive. But point again to Noah, Josh does normally somehow manage to make things worse.

This is another day where Nancy is just gorgeous and kicking it as Michelle.

The whole sequence with Gus and Harley meeting for the first time in the Bauer living is just hilarious. I just love Tony’s running commentary and reactions too. Like Rick, Frank had romantically pursued May and so is pretty ticked off to find out that she’s really Mary. I also love that Tony is the only one who when he comes into a piece of information immediately feels a need to pass it on.

Honestly this is my favorite Ross period ever. Ross is stepping up again taking care of Ed’s kids and even though this is not his world, Ross seems to take it all without blinking and dives in and seems to enjoy taking care of Michelle, Rick, Danny, and Tony.

Josh Lewis and Annie Dutton Part 7 First Night and Aftermath

August 21, 2014

I recently found a great YouTube channel with some wonderful early Annie and Josh stuff on it. Sadly they are short clips, but as I hadn’t held out much hope  for seeing any of this again I’m so glad to see any of it. As regular readers know I’ve never been much of a Josh Lewis fan (give me Billy Lewis over him any time, any day, anyway), but even I have to admit the early Josh Lewis meets Annie Dutton stuff was amazingly good. Much in the tradition of Sam and Diane on Cheers or Maddie and David on Moonlightingalmost in the style of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in their movies, their contentious early relationship was worth cheering and when it turned first to respect and then to romance you really wanted them to make it unlike Josh’s earlier forced “move on from Reva” attempt with Tangie Hill. I wish I had more of it, but I’m glad to give you a little glimpse. We pick up with our 7th part. This is the last Josh and Annie post. There is a little bit left that I hope to pull together as part of a reconstructed Ghost Reva post, but I hope to find some more stuff to put with it.

Annie and Josh are at Towers to have dinner before they spend their first night together at the Springfield Inn. Josh smells perfume, but Annie tells Josh she isn’t wearing any. He feels a cold breeze that Annie doesn’t feel; she must be sending shivers up and down his spine. Josh is impatient for their food to arrive; Hamp walks over and asks if there is anything wrong with their food… it has been at their table unnoticed. Neither conversation or food seem important after all and the two decide to go, but not before a woman delivers a Tulsa rose to Josh. Josh insists to Annie that he doesn’t have another admirer. He places the rose on the table and Josh and Annie leave. (Ed. Note: Another retcon, Annie who claims to be allergic to perfume, later claims to have always dreamed of having a perfume designed for and named after her.)

Josh & Annie get romantic as soon as they enter their room at the Springfield Inn. After the candle light in the room flickers, a Tulsa rose appears on the night stand beside the bed, A few moments after they get into bed together, Josh hears a voice say “That girl’s all wrong for you, Bud!” He bolts upright in bed. Annie asks Josh what’s wrong. Josh said he heard something, but he adds he wasn’t sure what he heard. Annie notices how tense Josh is and tries to get him to relax. Things heat up between Josh and Annie. Josh hears the voice disapproving again, and he becomes more and more passionate with Annie in an attempt to drone it out. He hears the voice say “That girl’s all wrong for you, Bud!” a second time and now sees Reva, grinning ear-to-ear, in the room with them.

Perched at the end of the bed, Reva continues to tell Joshua that “that girl” is all wrong for him. Annie doesn’t understand why Josh is acting like he’s seen a ghost. She tells him that there have been so many road blocks, but there’s nothing to stop them now. Annie wants Josh and they exchange kisses until Josh notices that Reva is now right beside the bed! Josh yells out! He gets out of bed and walks toward Reva as Reva walks away from the bed. Annie then says she understands what is happening, to Josh’s surprise. It’s not serious; it happens to a lot of men in these circumstances she says; she is a nurse after all. Annie just wants to feel Josh next to her in bed. Josh tells Annie he is sorry; he wanted to be everything that Annie wanted him to be. Annie is so beautiful, so sexy and so desirable and she doesn’t know how frustrating this is for him. She tells Josh it’s just wonderful to be here with him; it’s just temporary. Josh hopes so. Josh decides to give it another try with Annie. Reva pipes up again when things progress beyond her liking causing Josh to practically jump out of the bed. He has to get out of this room now. And Annie can’t stay here either! Josh has to drive her home, of course. Annie feels Josh’s heart racing. She does not understand what is going on. Josh thinks he has a brain fever. Annie says he is going to be fine. Josh doesn’t look so sure.

Outside of Annie’s apartment, Josh promises to make this night up to Annie. Annie says there is nothing to make up. She tries to persuade him to stay for a night cap. He can’t because Shayne is running a fever and Josh wants to go check on him. Now Annie understands why Josh was distracted.

Josh returns to the room at the Springfield Inn, hoping to find some answers.

Annie loses her cool when Lillian advises her about a work related matter. Annie apologizes and knows she’s being totally unprofessional but she and Josh had a fight and she hasn’t heard from him since. Lillian tries to convince Annie to call Josh.

Annie finds out from Henry that Josh left town. She thinks she really blew it. Lillian disagrees and tells Annie that she is young, gorgeous, and intelligent and that men adore her. Annie is looking for problems where there aren’t any. Lillian wants Annie to relax; turning disagreements into an emotional roller coaster isn’t a way to live. Annie wants to stop stressing. Rick walks by and Annie wants to discuss something with him. Annie closes the door and accuses Rick of telling Josh about her and Rick.

Annie is infuriated with Rick for telling Josh things about her that Josh should be hearing from her. What was she supposed to do, give Josh an itemized list of all the other men she had ever been with before him? Rick says he did not tell Josh anything. Annie is stunned. Rick adds that he doesn’t think Josh would care about the other men… just the one she married. If only Annie had told Rick about Jake in the beginning…. Before Annie leaves to tend to a patient, she tells Rick that she wanted it to work out with Josh. Rick repeats that he didn’t tell Josh anything. Then why did Josh leave? Rick doesn’t have an answer, but advises her that if she gets another chance with Josh, she has to tell Josh about Jake. Annie’s composure wanes quickly. Rick tells her that learning about something so traumatic after everything Rick and Annie had went through left them with no place to go. Annie regrets how she dealt with things between her and Rick. She’s not a very good person to be with. Rick doesn’t fault her but is frustrated because Annie’s choice to keep it a secret keeps her feeling the way she does. Annie doesn’t know how to stop. Rick’s idea of telling Josh the truth is more than Annie can handle. She asks Rick to promise her that he won’t tell Josh anything and leaves.

Lillian won’t juggle the schedule so Annie wouldn’t have to work with Rick anymore. Lillian says Annie has been off the wall since her falling out with Josh. Annie wants to know what she did to push Josh away from her. Lillian tries to convince Annie that it is Josh who has the problem. Annie brings the conversation back to Rick, but Lillian won’t budge and tells Annie to work things out with Rick.

Annie wants to talk to Vanessa about Josh. Annie is wondering if someone said something about her to him. Vanessa assures her that Annie hasn’t done anything to upset Josh; she’s had a positive effect on him. So what is it? Vanessa’s best guess is that Josh is thrown by meeting someone new whom he cares for so deeply and has gone off to work through this change in his life. He’s gone home to Cross Creek and is dreaming about the women he loves. Vanessa thinks that woman is Annie.

Annie rehearses aloud to herself how she wants to ask Ed for time off. She hasn’t found an approach that she is happy with. She can’t just say it’s because of a personal crisis (her situation with Josh) because of what Ed is facing with Eve. She tells herself that she is going to relax and not pretend that she is going insane. Ed walks by and tells her it might help if she were to stop talking to herself. Ed seems receptive to listen to what Annie has to say so she asks him if she can take a couple days off from work. Ed tells her to take it.

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.

Claire Ramsey Profile

August 20, 2014

Claire Ramsey, Michelle’s biological mother, is the subject of a Spauldingfield Character Profile. The profile does a great job showing early, great Claire. While Claire always had issues, it was only after Fletcher left her and broke her heart that she seriously cracked and this profile shows that as well. To explain some of the clips, when Josh was temporarily wheelchair bound after crashing his car into a tree after finding out HB and Reva had gotten married Claire was his doctor. Claire did a marvelous job as she usually did and both Reva and Josh usually appreciated her work and gave her credit for helping restore his ability to walk. Claire attended many parties throughout her time in Springfield almost always appearing at the Bauer BBQ and attending the Founders Day picnic that saw everyone wearing clothes from various decades of the 19th century.  The Claire and Fletcher in the pool in Barbados where she strips off the towel was a very famous scene across soaps. I’m sorry they abandoned Claire and Alan in favor of Alan-Olivia-Phillip. Claire and Alan really got along well without pretending it’s a great romance and bonded over problems with their kids and enjoying the finer things of life which both had in common.  Claire was always a great doctor, but she always had a lot more problems in her personal life.

Claire Ramsey - Once Claire was a young and ambitious doctor at Cedars Hospital who had a promising, if challenging relationship with journalist Fletcher Reade. (This was before Fletcher had proved himself totally unfit for romance – the words judgmental and self-centered spring to mind, one mistake and he was out the door for good.) A set of unusual circumstances led to Claire conceiving Michelle with Ed. (See the Michelle description.) Claire was very focused on her career and was overwhelmed by motherhood. Once pushed past the breaking point, Claire attempted to smother Michelle in her crib with a pillow, but Ed came in and saved her. Rick had previously caught Claire leaving Michelle unattended, alone in the garage apartment. These incidents and basically Claire’s general behavior led to Ed and Maureen  being granted sole custody. Eventually Claire left Springfield to pursue her career to greater heights in Chicago. Even Claire’s detractors have to admit she is an excellent, if clinically detached, doctor.

Harley Cooper was responsible for Claire’s re-introduction to Springfield and into the Manny story. (Just another helpful thing we can lay at Harley’s door.) Harley was looking for information on Rick and Claire caught her red-handed having broken into Claire’s files. Claire returned to town to talk to Rick who felt pressure to keep her happy because she had told him that she’d changed his med board exam results and therefore Rick wasn’t legitimately a licensed doctor (which would explain the high body count, huh Rick?). In reality, Claire had lied, Rick had passed on his own, but Claire rode this out for over a year getting him to dance to her tune as she insinuated herself into Michelle’s life and Springfield.

Michelle was hesitant about letting Claire back in her life and Danny was very protective of her. Claire saw Danny as a threat to her relationship with Michelle and consistently worked to undermine their marriage. Claire went so far as to help Carmen fake her death, to “protect” Michelle. Danny’s belief that Claire was involved in Carmen’s death caused further tensions, helping lead to the first Manny divorce. After Claire’s involvement with Carmen faking her death was revealed, Michelle tended to keep Claire at arms length, especially after Claire agreed to wear a wire against Danny. However, when desperate, Michelle was willing to turn to Claire, like when Danny was shot, when  Michelle was in labor with Robbie, and when Michelle was investigating Carmen’s second fake death. However, Michelle remained distant in day to day life and Claire, disheartened, eventually returned to Chicago.

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.

Aftermath April 5-6 2001

August 19, 2014

Tues., April 3, 2001 – This clip doesn’t have anything Manny, but if you are going to watch the full episode below, this helps set up the Rassie stuff.

Wed., April 4, 2001 – At the Bauers: Danny is starting to lose his comprehension of what’s going on as blood loss and fever kick in. Michelle recaps telling Danny the bullet went straight through him and assures him that he will be okay. She tells him that Tony and Rick left to get the bad guys to follow them and that she and the baby are fine. She is applying pressure to the bleeding but wants to call an ambulance. He tells her they can’t call anyone, the cops will screw it all up. She promises not to call them but apparently one of the neighbors heard the shots and called it in did because they hear a cop car siren outside. Michelle tells him they have to get him upstairs right away so they won’t see him. She helps him out of the chair and up the steps to their room.
Outside, Harley and Frank are looking around. Someone called with reports of gunfire. They find the one hit man in the bushes dead. Frank goes to the door of the house. Michelle is inside cleaning up and covering the blood on the chair with a quilt. Frank and Harley come in and ask what is going on. She tells them that the hit man came and Danny ran. She doesn’t know where he is. They aren’t convinced and ask her to trust them. They tell her they can help her. Michelle tells them that Danny left with Tony in Rick’s car. She goes over what happened with Abuela and the hit men coming in. They tell her that the guy outside has a broken neck. Harley goes to put out an APB on Danny and Tony so they can find them and protect them. Harley and Frank talk about the situation. Michelle says she wants to check on the baby. Frank tells her to get some sleep if she can. Michelle goes into her room and tries to get Danny to wake up. She is worried about his blood loss and tries to check his wound again. Michelle calls Claire and asks her to help her. She tells her that it is Danny and she wouldn’t have called if it weren’t an emergency. She asks Claire if she can trust her and begs her to help her. Claire tells her she doesn’t have a great track record with trust but she will do anything for her. Michelle thanks her for being honest and tells her that Danny has been shot. She tells her not to let on to Alan what is going on and there are also cops downstairs she will have to dodge but she needs her to help them. Claire tells her she can handle it and will be over there as soon as she can. Claire comes in with a gym bag. She tells the cops she was driving by and saw the cars. She wants to see Michelle and the baby. They tell her to leave but she doesn’t. She barges in and Michelle asks what she is doing there. She yells at Michelle asking why the mob was in the same house as her grandson and then demands she see him right away. Michelle takes her up telling Harley and Frank that is the only way to get rid of her. Harley tells Frank she is going to go up and help Michelle with Claire. Michelle thanks Claire for everything while Claire looks at Danny. She tells Michelle that he is lucky, nothing major was hit. She tells her that he has to have antibiotics and fluids as well as a transfusion. The bullet had bounced off a lower rib, but bullets leave dirty wounds and need to be cleaned. Michelle tells her to take her blood because she and Danny were a almost perfect match when the cross-typed them at the hospital, both are O+ with near matching antigens. Michelle: “You said we were almost a perfect match.” Claire: “So you always told me.” Danny had banked blood for her when she had had her miscarriage. Claire says she could get in so much trouble for this and Michelle says she won’t say anything. She tells her to roll up her sleeve and lay down beside him. Claire: “I won’t lie to you, Michelle, we’re racing death.” Michelle: “We’ve beat death before, honey, haven’t we?” In the Car: Rick and Tony have pulled over. They are outside the bus depot. Tony tells him to go get a bus ticket and maybe the bad guys will think he is Danny and leaving town. Rick agrees. He goes inside the bus depot and acts like a crazy guy. He is over exaggerating his mob lingo and accent being very loud. He buys a ticket to Chicago and is very rude to the guy. Then he goes to grab a paper and beats up the paper machine until he gets a paper out. Everyone is staring out him like he has some disease. Later, Rick goes back out to the car and tells Tony that he made sure the guy would remember him and he is going to make sure he also sees him get on the bus and then Danny should be okay. Tony asks him where he should ditch his car. Rick tells him not to worry about it just to help himself. He thanks Tony and tells him how great he was getting them out of the house. He is glad Tony was on the right side and tells him he trusts him. Rick gets out and Tony tries to fight off his lethargy. He rubs his shoulder and is shocked when he pulls his hands out to find it covered in blood. He presses a towel against the wound and when he looks again the towel was drenched in blood. Tony turns on the radio and hears that the police are looking for the car he is in as well as he and Danny. The police describe Rick’s car as a silver four door sedan with license plate G33 AB7.  He decides he has to get out of the car and starts walking.

Elsewhere in Springfield, Edmund and Richard are continuing their power struggle. San Cristobel has been doing its best to imitate turn of the century Revolutionary Russia falling victim to a series of revolutions, usually changing things for the worse. When Richard found out he was actually illegitimate (the true heir died and his father substituted Richard, the product of an affair, in the legitimate heir’s place), he feared what Edmund would do as ruler so he tried to turn San Cristobel into a democracy and ran for its Presidency. Edmund has sprung a coup d’é·tat and is currently in control of the government and the palace. Edmund has ordered Dax to arrest Richard and Cassie. Edmund announces he’s going to keep Richard in the palace prison and that he’s shipping Cassie back to America. Phillip shows up to help rescue Richard and Cassie. Edmund and Beth try on the crown jewels.  Josh and Reva are divorced. Josh is married to Olivia and not living in the family home. Reva is engaged to Noah of the great named, but poorly done Nova coupling. Reva has been temporarily blinded and Marah is trying to understand what she’s going through. Marah said she’s graduating high school in 6 weeks. Marah and Josh have a really great father-daughter talk, their first real one in a long time.

Full episode:
Manny Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcUoch9Hmwo(Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AIS3emsKng(Part 2)

Thurs., April 5, 2001 - At the Bauer House: Claire and Michelle have just finished with the transfusion and Michelle is weak. Claire still wants Danny to go to the hospital; she is scared he may die otherwise. Michelle is panicking, begging her not to make him go. She tells her that if he goes to the hospital he will die anyway. Michelle thinks Danny is weaker and Claire checks him BP. It is lower and she is worried, telling Michelle there must be a bleeder she didn’t see. Michelle begs her to help him and Claire tells her she isn’t sure she will be able to see the bleeder. Michelle goes and gets Meta’s magnifying glass and a lamp. Claire doesn’t want to operate; she thinks it may kill him. Michelle begs her telling her that she trusts her and would like her to do the same; she knows Danny will die if he goes to the hospital. Claire reluctantly agrees and tells Michelle to get her gloves on and help her. Michelle is finishing up with the operation, having clamped off the bleeder, when Harley knocks on the bedroom door. Claire tells Michelle she has it under control and Michelle goes out to see Harley. They head downstairs. Frank tells Harley that there is blood on the kitchen floor and asks her if she knows where it came from. Michelle cries and tells him that Danny or Tony must have been shot. She is worried that one of them may be bleeding to death. Harley and Frank tell her they will find them. Harley sees blood on Michelle as well but she stays with her story that she doesn’t know where it came from. Harley believes Michelle knows more than she is saying. Just then there is a noise upstairs. Frank wants to go investigate but Michelle stops him. She tells him it is probably Claire. David comes in and starts questioning Michelle as well upsetting her more. Meta walks in and asks what is going on. The cops tell her what they know and by the time they get it out Claire comes down. Michelle asks Claire how he is and she tells her that her “little guy” is just fine. Meta goes over to Michelle to see what really happened but is interrupted by David who is still pressing Michelle. Michelle starts yelling, telling the cops to get out and find her husband. She tells them she is upset and worried and they should be out looking instead of there doing nothing. David starts in again and she tells him that he is there because he doesn’t care if Danny dies, since he is a Santos. He tells her that isn’t true and tells her that he is worried about her and her baby. She tells him she would never put her baby in danger and tells him to get out. Frank and Harley are shocked by her anger and how upset she is. Harley tells David to go on back to the station. She is sure he won’t get any more info out of Michelle, even if she knows something. Frank and Harley ask how she is and they head out as well. After they are gone, Meta asks Michelle where Danny is. She figures it out that he is in the house. Michelle tells her that he was shot and Claire saved him. Meta is shocked. She tells Michelle to go hold her husband’s hand and rest. Michelle leaves. Meta offers Claire some coffee but she declines and tells her that she needs to check on Danny again. Meta thanks her for helping them. Claire leaves. Michelle is with Danny holding onto him when he wakes up. He tells her how bad he feels, like he was run over with a lawn mower. Michelle tells him what she and Claire had to do and that Claire saved him. He can’t believe it either. Claire comes in to check on him again. She checks his vitals and thinks things are going well. Danny tells her it must have been tempting for her to see him like that. He wonders if she wouldn’t have rather just let him die. Claire tells him that her daughter loves him and that’s all that matters to her. She tells him that she is glad he is okay and she leaves. Michelle makes Danny promise he will never to leave her.

At the Lewis House: Marah is thinking of Tony and marking out where she wrote his name on her notebooks. She tells herself that she has to get over him. Sam comes over and tells her he was out on the beach with his telescope and saw her light on so he stopped by. She tells him she was working on some homework. He gets her to admit she was thinking about Tony and that she wants to move on. She thanks him for being her friend and not taking advantage of her vulnerability. He tells her that he would never do that to her. He tells her that maybe she should take all her mementos and build a pyre. He tells her she would have to do it in a special place though. Marah thanks him and he heads out.

At the Lighthouse Marah has a lot of the things that remind her of Tony as well as her St. Anthony’s medal. She places them on the floor at the lighthouse. She thanks Tony for everything, all the good and all the bad. She tells him she loves him but she has to leave him there. She says goodbye and starts to stand just as Tony stumbles in. He collapses on the floor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gjor6IZTfQ (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuKxUKvmfnk (Part 2)

Fri., April 6, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle both are waking up. He asks her why it is so quiet. She tells him that Meta has the baby and they are both asleep and Rick is still not back yet. He says he is hungry and she starts to go fix them something but he is scared it still may not be safe. She tells him the cops still have a car outside and she is sure it will be okay. Danny asks her if Tony had called. She tells him she hadn’t heard from him or Rick. Danny seems worried about them. The phone rings and Michelle goes to answer. She is happy to hear from Rick. He tells her that everything worked like they had planned. He tells her that he left Tony at the bus depot but he is sure he got away. Michelle tells everything to Danny and she thinks they are in the clear. He tells her that it is far from over. He tells her that he has an idea but he has to think it out a little more. He tries to get out of bed but she stops him. He tells her that he needs a pen and paper to work things out. She asks him about the plan but he doesn’t want to tell her just yet. He is worried about her safety and that of their baby. He is sure that Carlos and Maria won’t just give up.

At the Lighthouse Marah goes over to where Tony collapsed and tries to get him to stir. She pulls her hand back and notices the blood and freaks out. She starts going over the first aide she had learned and remembers to apply pressure to the wound. Tony starts coming to and asks her what she was doing there. He thought she was an angel. She smiles at him and asks him who did this to him. Tony tells Marah everything about the hit and what his grandmother had promised him but that he couldn’t do it to Danny in the end. Marah swears not to tell anyone and tells Tony that the respect he was seeking he should have because what he did was to protect the ones he loves. He doesn’t get it. She tells him that he loves Danny and he saved him and now she realizes that he broke things off with her because he loved her and wanted to keep her safe. Tony tells her that they have to leave the lighthouse soon, he is sure the hitmen will think of it eventually. He tells her to leave now so she won’t be caught with him. She tells him that he isn’t a mobster and she is going to take him home with her and help him. He tells her that he can’t let her do that; it will put him between her and her family. Marah tells him she is taking him home and helps him get up.

At the Lewis House Marah comes in and sneaks Tony into the house. She hears Shayne in the kitchen and gets Tony to a corner to sit him down until she can misdirect Shayne’s attention. She goes to her brother, who has his arms full of junk food. She tells him that she hid a piece of carrot cake in the fridge that he can have if he wants it. He is suspicious of her but doesn’t want to risk losing the cake so he goes to get it. As soon as Shayne was out of the room, Marah runs to Tony and helps him up to her bedroom. She gets him comfortable on the bed and starts tending to his wound. Tony doesn’t want to stay. He is scared he will get her in more trouble. He thinks he should go find out how Danny is. Marah tells him they will find out in the morning because he isn’t leaving, he is going to get some rest. She patches him up and wipes him with a damp towel and cuddles up beside him. He tells her that wasn’t exactly how he wanted their first night together to be but he does like it there. She tells him she likes him being there to. He isn’t sure he can get to sleep so Marah starts singing him a lullaby. Tony is just starting to snooze when Marah hears something break downstairs. Someone had broken the glass out of the door trying to get in.

My Comments: I love how strong Michelle meets this challenge, but they make trusting Frank and Harley appealing enough that you think she just might break. Also, Danny isn’t saying you can’t trust Frank and Harley just that they’d mess up his plan for getting out of this long term. Also this is one of the few times in Claire’s return that we see the positive version of Claire. This is the Claire that loved Fletcher and went on adventures righting wrongs. Harley is right not to trust Claire, but in this case Claire is in the right. She does have the right to see the baby. It sure takes Harley a long time to go upstairs.

I’m sorry they abandoned Claire and Alan in favor of Alan-Olivia-Phillip. Claire and Alan really got along well without pretending it’s a great romance and bonded over problems with their kids and enjoying the finer things of life which both had in common.  They don’t really play it up here, but as a reminder Michelle is just calling next door the Spaulding Mansion and the Bauer House are not only right next door the houses are positions fairly closely on their respective lots.

Rick is right his Spanish is awful and his Phillip impression is much better than his Danny impression. The physical movements have some resemblance, but his voice is nowhere near Danny. It sounds like a New Jersey bad mobster movie. Although on a second watching maybe he’s being Danny when he’s hurt and projecting??? This was a really nice Rick and Tony conversation. They could have built a lot on Rick seeing Tony as part of the family and how having that support would alter Tony’s behavior.

I love that Michelle still has an interest in medicine despite not being able to finish med school. She can handle being Claire assistant and reads Merck Manual (a standard informational reference book about drugs) as bedtime reading. Although this was nuts, meatball surgery, Claire always believed in being prepared and used to be involved with adventures on a regular basis I think it makes sense she’d have the material she needed.

It was too bad for Michelle to lash out at Frank, but David kind of deserved that. He’d turned on her before and Harley would turn on her later. Frank, however, stayed true blue.  Actually this totally sounds like something that could have happened to Meta later on. Meta clearly feels Claire has earned a second chance, but sadly she’ll squander it too.

OH, their bed is brass now instead to the painted wood they had first as a twin and then a double. It’s much prettier. 

OK, I don’t really care for Gus much at this stage, but that was pretty darn funny “He’s a Cooper, She’s a Cooper…are you a Cooper too.” “No, they call me Mr. Tibbs.” A nice little run of pop culture references. 

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.

Lucy Cooper

August 18, 2014

The early to mid-1990s were a great time for TPTB at Guiding Light overall. They were very aware of using the show’s history and long term relationships to create new story. They were also very aware of the scope of the canvas, looking proactively for gaps and holes and worked at actively filling them. It was the fact the real life Harlett (Harley Cooper – A.C. Mallet) couple decided to leave the show to try their luck in LA that made TPTB decide they needed a new ingenue and invented a new Cooper, a long lost daughter that Buzz had never mentioned before. Casting right then tended to either be brilliant, amazing, and spot on or terrible, bad, milquetoast.  Sonia Satra who played Lucy was a great example of the Spot On category who not only seamlessly filled the hole Harley left behind, but provided a much more social vibe, quickly establishing connections all over the canvas. Lucy is one of the soap roles I really can’t imagine anyone else playing as well.

Lucy Cooper - Buzz Cooper had felt trapped in Springfield with the constant demands of the family diner and his early marriage to his high school sweetheart and quick arrival of his two kids. Buzz felt a little relieved when he was drafted to go to Viet Nam. While there Buzz won a purple heart for saving his unit by shooting an American solider who had gone nuts under battle field strain and starting shooting his own unit. Buzz felt a huge amount of guilt over this so when he was mustered out he went to talk to the man’s widow. The whole experience caused her to miscarry. Instead of returning to his own family he stayed with this woman and ultimately they had Lucy. The Widow died and Buzz raised Lucy on the road moving from town to town and being sort of borderline cons always with a get rich quick scheme. Lucy had been on her own waitressing for over a year when we meet her, but Buzz had set up an emergency fund for her which they called her trustfund. After Lucy was fired for standing up fro herself when she was sexually harassed by a customer at her job she planned to take the emergency fund and start on a new life, but instead discovered Buzz (who had reunited with his first family) had emptied the account (he used it to pay for Harley’s wedding).

The first Springfielder Lucy met was Alan-Michael Spaudling and they quickly bonded. Lucy very early on declared her intention to marry A-M. While their romance hit roadblocks, they started working together right away forming a strong and deep friendship and business partnership. Although she really hadn’t done any professional business work before she seemed to naturally excel at being an administrative assistant. Lucy always say the best in people, but sadly people consistently let her down. Her most memorial story was her being date raped by Spaulding executive Brent Lawrence. Lawrence who had MAJOR psychological issues due to his mother’s abuse when he was growing up and blamed Lucy for ultimately pressing charges. Brent physically attacked Lucy and A-M and was ultimately severely wounded and assumed dead. Instead his sister nursed him back to health and he returned in drag as Marian Crane getting a job at Spaulding as  a woman and befriending Lucy. Brent began a career of psychological torture. He killed Nadine Cooper and longtime SFPD detective Patrick Cutter and a random guy on the dock as colloatoral damage. He ended up kidnapping Lucy and A-M and held them at the lighthouse. It was partially destroyed in the process requiring the restoration and repair that climaxed as part of the 1997 anniversary storyline. Buzz and Alan first forged their love-hate relathionship as they worked together to save their children.

Lucy and A-M had their happily ever after wedding at the Universal theme park in Florida. Sadly most of the end of their run on the show wasn’t really about them. The actors had decided to leave and Harley was brought back to fill the gap. Phillip also came back first showing his face at their wedding and erased all the progress the brother had made in the early 1990s as they once again assumed very adversarial roles. Another LAM storyline about then had them starting and thankfully aborting a blatant rip-off of The Preacher’s Wife which was a minor movie hit about then which wouldn’t have fit with their characters at all. (The angel in this case being Zachary Smith.) LAM left town together to take Spaulding Europe to new heights. When a new and much less astute group of TPTB brought A-M back in 2005 they had de-SORASed him and had LAM divorce off screen. As this was clearly a plot, not character driven story that did it’s best to destroy A-M hopefully it can just be mercifully erased from memory and we can assume A-M had just had a bad reaction to meds or something and they had reunited off screen.

I have always believed that Harley and A-M were truly soulmates, but I believe that A-M was the only true love of Lucy’s life and that they belonged together. I think A-M would have had a better life with Lucy as they were much more of a team since Harley refused to act as a team player and Lucy excelled at it.

Lucy had left town before Danny came to town and unfortunately she had little contact with Michelle. This was a mistake though because she’d have been a good influence and since they were even tied together as both being one of angel Zachary Smith’s “cases” and there would have been lots of opportunities. A-M and Michelle were also cousins and some of the most close Bauer cousins when they were younger although they allowed them to drift about after Maureen’s death and Michelle’s SORASing. So there should have been a strong connection.

The Spauldingfield character profile had a few errors. First, for she remains convinced that Eleni’s name is spelled Elani. Second, Lucy actually met Harley the first day she came to town although they didn’t really realize who the other one was, they did meet and it was suggested that they talked regularly off screen during Lucy’s time there. It also has a lot of early Matt so Mattessa fans should enjoy it.

The Beginning of LAM

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.

Favorite Individual Episodes 5

August 17, 2014

These days most people are watching Guiding Light via clips instead of individual episodes. Learn more about clips here:

In some ways this is unfortunate because they were written, timed and paced with the idea that you would watch the whole episode. By only watching clips of a single story line you lose the interconnection of stories, the cuts between them, and the pacing. Some wonderful people load entire episodes on YouTube. I want to point out and link to a few of those that are just exceptionally well done episodes in and of themselves that taken as whole even out of context with surrounding episodes they are just a perfect mix and a true jewel to behold.

Roger Thorpe After Shooting

Roger Thorpe After Shooting

I’ll be posting these, not in any particular order but as I come across episodes that I think deserved to be singled out that I find online.

This particular episode Roger Thorpe’s triumphant return to the land of the living after he was shot isn’t quite as much of an out and out pleasure as some of these I’ve shared. The beauty is in the passing, structure, and general direction of the episode. It’s very much an artifact of it’s time in the storyline and doesn’t really work as well all by itself,but it’s so well done I wanted to share it anyway. It’s a great example of an umbrella episode where every bit plays back to the suspense or the ultimate fall out of the central theme.

This episode was from January 26, 1994. 1994 was a great Guiding Light year for drama. Roger had been shot by an unknown assailant after having all his enemies who had a good reason to shoot him (and they are legion and all with good solid reasons) on December 3, 1993. A severely injured Roger  had found his way to Holly who had reluctantly agreed to hide him and they became true partners for the first time. Among the chief suspects were Jenna who is acting so strange with Buzz after having finally broken free of Roger, Bridget who discovered Roger was coming after her kid Peter (he was the biological grandfather on the father’s – Hart – side), Alex who had a long standing feud with Roger since their marriage broke up, Nick who resented how Roger had treated Mindy,  and Gilly who Roger had been royally shafted by Roger and fired from WSPR. They do an excellent job of making everyone seem suspect, not just in the build up, but in this particular episode. You can really believe it’s almost anybody as they each have a case made against them in turn by their actions.

They made good use of the two months between when Roger was shot and today’s episode rebuilding and recasting the Roger-Holly relationship into a powerful partnership of equals who forgave each other. Roger got worse as infection set in so Holly turned to Eve that ultimately led to her turning him in, giving Holly another reason to hate Eve (like anyone needed one). They did a great job of making Roger look progressively sicker and this is a fantastic physical reflection of what had been happening to him on screen for the past few weeks in this episode.


However, the actual shooter was Billy Lewis. Billy found out that Roger was Peter’s grandfather and shot him to try to protect Billy’s adopted son Peter. It doesn’t really track, but sadly Jordan Clarke was having major problems in his personal life, requiring them to recast Billy. While the forced Billy recast worked out better than the ones earlier for Alan and later for Roger, it was still pretty bad and they reworked the story to move him off canvas.

They then move into some powerful Jezz stuff as they deal with their demons.

It’s an episode with the long version of the end credits, written by Courtney Simon & directed by Irene Pace. When we watched it only #GLParty @ItsOnlySoaps pointed out the credits listed “33 cast members on contract and 14 off contract listed…(back when soaps had $).”

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.


Ken Auletta: The Future of Online Original Content

August 16, 2014

I had previously posted Ken Auletta: Writer Liberation and the Decline of Broadcast about Auletta’s theory that the future of dramas lies in new distribution units where they model themselves on chapters you would read in a novel rather than the limited controlled doses given out by broadcast networks. In this entry, he examines how each of the three current new direct distribution systems and talks about how they are changing the marketplace.

Description from the YouTube page:

Transcript – Amazon, YouTube and Netflix have three different models. They do original content but they do it in a different way. In Netflix’s case most of their content is not original. Only roughly two percent of their budget is originals but they’re increasingly spending more money. House of Cards they made 100 million dollar commitment for two seasons but now they’ve just signed to go to a third season of that and they’ve got some other original programs like Orange is the New Black and some others. What Amazon has done is the different model there is they basically said if you spend $79 a year to get free delivery of any Amazon product we will throw in free video. So you can watch movies or some of the original Gary Trudeau series they’ve just done, some of the originals like that that you can do.

But essentially it’s — you’re not an individual subscriber. Netflix you’re paying $8, you know, a month to be a Netflix subscriber. And Amazon you’re paying the $79 for delivery. And we don’t know and they don’t tell you how many of them are watching video. Amazon’s very secretive about its numbers. But in a way what they’re doing is what they did with the Kindle or with books. They subsidize. They give things at a low price to you in order to get you into their store to buy other things. And they’ve been very successful. What YouTube does — still another model — they moved away from user generated content.

But increasingly they’re trying to produce more professional content. It tends to be of shorter form, you know, quicker shows, et cetera. But they are buying product, as is Verizon and AT&T and some others. So there’s a lot of competition in that space. And increasingly, I mean, Reed Hastings of Netflix predicts that within just a couple of years half of the television that we watch will be delivered over the Internet. That’s a big deal because it means that you can do binge watching. You can know more about your customers and you can schedule for yourself. Then one of the questions would be — and this is a big question – if I control my television set for the digital video I’m watching and be it through my cable box or some other form, I can skip ads.

What happens to advertising supported cable networks and particularly broadcast networks that are relying on advertising? That’s a huge question because the people who are watching Netflix and the kids who are watching YouTube or the people watching Amazon — they become accustomed to not having to watch ads. And, in fact, half the people who have a cable box, you know, with a DVR ability to tape shows are skipping the ads. So what happens to advertising supported television? And if advertising supported television is in trouble, who’s gonna pay four or five million dollars an episode for some quality drama like say The Good Wife on CBS? Big issues out there.

Directed/Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd, and Dillon Fitton


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