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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.

 

Ross Marler

September 10, 2014

Realized after I published this I forgot to add the introduction I meant to.

From time to time I publish descriptions of various Guiding Light characters. Ross was one of the first people I did when creating the page. Find more here:
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/supporting-characters

But now I’ve expanded the focus of the blog a bit, so while the original focused almost exclusively on this involvement with the Manny story, I’ve now decided to do a slightly expanded version that would tell more about his life.

Ross Marler ~ Although introduced as an ambitious and  ruthless attorney, Ross mellowed over the years. Ross came in as a loner, but eventually had many relatives in town. He had a full brother and sister we met on screen (Justin Marler was a long time leading doctor at Cedars Hospital and Lanie Marler whose temporarily paralysis put paid on her Olympic hopes.) Also a long estranged half-brother (mother’s side) Ben Warren who came to town looking for revenge. In the younger generation he was close to nephew Phillip Spaulding, long lost daughter Dinah Marler, and his three children with Blake (Kevin, Jason, and Clarissa). A turning point in his life was when he chose to resign his U.S. Senate seat after a sex scandal broke with then fiancee’s (Holly Bauer Norris Thorpe) daughter Blake. He resigned his office saying he couldn’t serve without the woman he loved (Blake). He later married Blake and looked at her as the woman who changed his life. They always came back together despite many affairs on both sides (and a rather inexplicably long gap after the Ben Warren break-up of just living together between reconciliation and re-marriage) and felt they had a true love. When Michelle is arrested for Ben Warren’s murder, Danny appeals to Ross as another man hopelessly in love with his wife to take the case and a strong friendship is formed. Ross was already very fond of Michelle and tried to step in as a father figure for his often absent best friend Ed Bauer. After the eventual happy resolution of the Warren murder case, Ross became their regular attorney to the point of his once making a joke that he would have to offer them group rates during Gus Aitoro’s crusade against Danny. However, Ross was not always the warm and friendly father figure many see him as. Some of that ambition and ruthlessness reemerged first in his dealings with his half-brother Ben Warren (whose daughter Drew Jacobs is his niece) and later when he decided he himself would run for the mayor’s office that Danny had already announced to run for. Danny’s and his relationship would never really recover from that blow and his last scenes on the show involved him consulting with Cassie Layne Winslow on how she could keep baby Hope away from her biological parents (although I don’t think he realized she was Manny’s child). Ross’ political career kept him away from Springfield more and more. He got a lead on Phillip’s current location on the run (after Alan had faked Phillip’s death to cover up how far beyond the bend Phillip had gone) and attempted to fly there to talk him home. Phillip had Rick bribe the mechanic to keep the plane grounded, but the sabotage went unnoticed until it was too late and Ross’ plane crashed and he and his assistant (with which they strongly implied he was having an affair with at the time – later we found out she was a lesbian with a partner so no affair) were both assumed dead. An unfitting and hurried end, unbefitting such a Springfield icon (due to the actor being taken off contract to recurring and with very little notice finding a contract job on One Life to Live as a recast Clint Buchanan – the horrible mustache in some of these scenes was because they wanted to see a mustache on him because the original actor has a mustache. He actually had future Ross scripts in hand when he signed the contract and became unavailable. TPTB had written the scene with Blake at the end to be a scene with Blake and Ross’ ghost, but OLTL wouldn’t give him leave to do the scene after coming very close to agreeing.)

(See Holly Thorpe, Ben Warren, Drew Jacobs, and Blake Marler)
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/ross.php

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.

Alexandra Spaulding and the Mob?

September 4, 2014

No, I’m not talking about the ill conceived drug storyline that never made any sense (except as a set up for testing Gus’ family loyalty). I’ve been gathering old soap magazines. In a round up in the Dec. 22, 1998 issue of Soap Opera Weekly where Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding #2 and #4) expressed an opinion about mob guys. They had a birthday part with a special performance of “Revenge of the Mob,” an off-broadway play and had all her friends from the show or not dressed up movie mob style. Just in time for the mob storyline on Guiding Light to kick into high gear on the show.

Dusay said:  “I fell in love with every hood there. I realized my type of guy is a mafia guy. They all say ma’am and you can go anywhere with them, even to the park at night.”

Dusay was probably just joking, but what if Danny’s father had come back and fallen for Alex? Or even Carlos Sandoval might have taken a shine to her. Hey, it would have to have been better than the drug storyline I mentioned above. :)

UPDATE:  shared a link where Joan Collins‘s version of Alex dismisses Carmen. Alex’s relationship with Edmund was the main thing Collins‘s Alex did the best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2WdA7EjvdQ

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.

Danny Defeats the Mob April 11 2001

September 2, 2014

Wed., April 11, 2001 - At some point, I”m not sure if it before or after  the exchanges with Ross and Marah below, but Josh shows up and threatens Tony in an effort to break up Marony from the other sides. Josh singularly fails to note the similarities between Tony and himself when he was younger (which are substantial) and insists that Tony will be only hurt Marah because he’s taken her away from kid things, like being excited about her prom dress (which she wasn’t because of the hamfisted way Josh foisted his relationship with Olivia on his kids, but he doesn’t mention that or seem to remember that prom was almost 6 months ago). Back in Tony’s hospital room, Ross tells Marah that Gus was just trying to upset her to get more information. He is on a fishing expedition and can’t touch her because of the Good Samaritan laws. He tells her not to worry about it. He goes to make some calls and leaves Marah and Tony alone. Marah asks Tony how he feels. He tells her he is upset that Gus was leaning on her. She says she stood up to him and called him a bully. Tony laughs. She tells him that he was calling her ‘the girlfriend’. Tony asks what she would call him but she just grins and doesn’t say anything. He tells her she knows she is crazy for him, head over heels. She smiles and doesn’t deny it. He tells her to come closer. She does and he leans up and kisses her.

At the Bauers: Michelle is on the phone with Ross asking for help for Tony. She tells him all she could without letting him know that Danny was still at the house. She tells him that Tony is at the hospital but under arrest with the FBI. Ross asks more about the feds and Michelle tells him about May. Ross is surprised that May is anything but the flaky cigarette girl she pretended to be. Michelle asks Ross if he thinks she will be able to bail Tony out of jail. He tells her when the feds are involved there is no telling but he will do his best. Michelle hangs up and goes back to her conversation with Marah. Marah wonders why everyone thinks the worst of Tony but Michelle says Ross will help. Marah thanks Michelle and leaves to go to the hospital to see Tony. Danny comes downstairs to sit. Michelle doesn’t think he should be out of bed but he is going stir crazy. She tells him what had happened about Tony and the Lewis House and the feds. He is upset but she tells him she already has Ross over there with Tony. Danny thanked her and kisses her. He asks her to sit with him and they talk about their future. He says that Michelle’s family seems to be coming around to him, they all pitched in and helped him out and Tony and Ray are on their side as well. Michelle kisses him. Danny says it would be funny if he was run over by a bus or killed by mad cow disease now after all of this. Michelle says they had enough bad luck for both of their lifetimes and they should live happily ever after. She kisses him again. The cop that is stationed outside the Bauer house comes to the door and knocks. He tells Michelle that a woman is there who claims to be a relative. Michelle sees it is Maria. Maria tells Michelle that she really needs to talk to her on a matter of life and death. Michelle tells the police officer it is okay and lets Maria in the house. Maria tells Michelle that having the cop’s there makes her safe for now. Maria tells Michelle that David Grant came to see her. Michelle tells her that she knew he would. She asks Michelle what she told the cops and Michelle tells her that they know everything, the truth. Maria wonders how Danny is and tries to act like she was trying to save his life. Michelle says Tony, Rick and Claire saved Danny from her. Maria says Danny should have listened to her and none of this would have happened. Michelle says Maria is an old evil woman who never loved Danny. Maria tells her that she will destroy Danny. Danny comes out and defends Michelle. He tells her that he is there in front of her; she should take her best shot. Maria sees Danny and he tells her he knows the whole story. Danny tells her the FBI knows everything and May has been taping him for months. Maria gets frightened and asks for Danny’s loyalty but Danny reminds her how she was loyal to him. He tells her to call Carlos and ask him to come over there now but not to tell him why. Maria goes to make the call while Michelle asks Danny if he is sure. He tells her he is. Carlos arrives and acts like he has no idea why the cops are outside. Maria tells him that Michelle knows everything and so does Danny. Carlos is confused until Danny walks out of the kitchen. He is surprised. Danny tells Carlos that the FBI is moving in and they will take him first but the one they really want is Carlos. Danny assures him that he will be a firewall for all the other families but only in return for his family’s safety and his own safety whether he is in prison or out. He tells Carlos if anything happens to him or his family they are cooked. He goes on to tell them how he wrote duplicate letters with enough information in them to put every member of every family away for the rest of their lives. If something happens to any of his family they will be sent to the FBI. He tells them that on top of that the FBI has tape recordings of Maria and Carlos plotting the hit on him. He suggest they both leave town. Maria and Carlos agree. They start to leave. Maria stops and asks if she can have a photo of her great grandson to take with her. Michelle goes and grabs one. She hands it to Maria and tells her she is thankful her son will never know her. Maria leaves. Danny holds Michelle and tells her they won.

http://youtu.be/ozYRrYf07fE (Part 1)
http://youtu.be/Ffgd1ck09Ho (Part 2)
http://youtu.be/ZDbS95rMAnM (Part 3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6oBtYZxneY(Part 4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffgd1ck09Ho (Part 5)

These two links basically repeat what’s above, but the sound is a little clearer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DC4j3W5nfE&feature=PlayList&p=D1B0506BAFFF0F2C&index=46
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmZUOxmfYc4&feature=PlayList&p=D1B0506BAFFF0F2C&index=47

My Comments:
Josh just can’t get around his head that Tony is SO much like he was. He acts likes Tony is evil and doesn’t take good advice the ONE time Noah Chase gives it that he should back off and try something else because trying to push Tony and Marah apart.

Maria is absolutely wrong, it did have to end this way because while Danny is a serious guy he really doesn’t have the stomach for hurting people for money if they aren’t directly threatening someone. He never could have been the man Maria wanted. Even if he had killed Michelle and become soul-killed he still wouldn’t be the man she wanted because if he ever did get that hard, Maria would be first on his target list. A Danny who would be ruthless, but follow all Maria’s orders would never have happened.

Bethany Joy Lenz Was a Find

August 31, 2014

December 22, 1998 issue of Soap Opera Weekly gives two separate squares to Bethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz). Honestly Lenz blew everyone away with her clone turn. See it here:
http://glmanny.wordpress.com/gl-related-clips/joie-lenz-as-clone

Personally, I did an actual dance of joy when I discovered my beloved Michelle was going to get someone spirited and spunky to play her.

Best Recycling of an Actress

We had joked in “Summer Previews and Predictions” that GL could bring back Lenz by having Dolly [GLManny note: Also known as Cleva, the Reva clone who Lenz played before Zimmer assumed the role] revert to her teen years, but the show had other ideas: When Rebecca Budig decided to leave in November, executive producer Paul Rauch brought in Lenz to play Michelle. It was quite a creative transition, and seamless, too. Lenz seems just as at home in Michelle’s skin as she was in clone Reva’s. She’s a might fine actress and a consummate professional. 

Lenz also had top billing in Finds of the Year, the other two listed were Patrika Darbo, Days of Our Lives and Erika Page, One Life to Live.

Finds of the Year

Joie Lenz, GL, Lenz made quite an impression in just nine episodes as trampy teen clone Reva (so much so that the powers that be, months later, gave her the role of Michelle when Rebecca Budig left).  As the clone, Lenz took an unbelievable and extremely complicated role and made it work. In fact, she made it sing. She instantly got us invested in the clone storyline, despite its rough spots. 

Check out Before and After Michelle to see her in both roles.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/michelle-before-and-after

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.

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q32LJPaeRmo

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.

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au0mRFg3yN0

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkwsWs3MoPY
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.

Attack on the Bauer House April 2-3 2001

August 15, 2014

Mon., April 2, 2001 – At the Bauers: Michelle comes in and Danny asks where she had been. He is nervous. She tells him that she went to Infierno to see Tony. Danny demanded to know what Tony said. Rick walks in interrupting their conversation. Rick is exhausted from working multiple shifts and seems like he is falling asleep on his feet. Michelle commiserates with him and sends him up to bed. Once Rick heads upstairs, Danny again insists on knowing  about Tony. She told him that Tony didn’t say much but that she did most of the talking. She tells Danny what she told Tony and that he was stressed out. She asks Danny what May and her boss said at the meeting and calls him out on not telling her before. Danny tells her that there is a contract out on him and Carlos, Tony and Abuela are the ones behind it. Michelle can’t believe that even with all she’s done that Abuela would actually take Danny’s life. Danny tells her about finding out Ray knew as well, but couldn’t tell him because Tony told him in confession. Danny doesn’t understand why Abuela would do this. He has always been taught blood is blood. Danny: “You know I was always told the Family first. La Famalia es sagrada. What a lie!”  Danny wants to call Abuela, he doesn’t believe she can do go through with it if she has to look in his face. Tony shows up at the Bauer’s house and peeks in the window. He sees the two men in the woods with guns and then looks over to Danny and Michelle right inside the windows. He says something about the family being sacred and runs inside. He tries to get Danny out of the view of the hit men and tells Danny that someone is there to kill him. Danny tells him he knows and he is looking at that person. He grabs Tony and pushes him against the wall. Tony tells him that there are men in the woods with guns there to take him out. He tells him that he is there to warn him. He says they wanted him in on it but he couldn’t do it, he would never make Michelle a widow. Tony tells him that the men have high-powered rifles but he thinks they can get out. Danny lets Tony go and closes all the blinds and shuts off the lights. Tony tells him to leave with him now; he knows they can get away. Danny refuses to leave his wife and child. Tony tells him they won’t be hurt, Carlos said so. Danny doesn’t trust Carlos. Tony begs Danny to trust him then and get out. Just then Abuela comes in walking, without her wheelchair. Tony is confused and asks where her wheelchair is. Abuela tells him that the role of the old grandmother in the wheelchair served her well but she was in a hurry and had to do what she had to do. Danny tells her that he knows she wants him dead and wants her to say it to his face. She tells him the time for words is over and she pulls a gun on him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t93l3zJfvbA

Tues., April 3, 2001 – At the Bauers: Danny is still confronting Maria, who is holding him at gunpoint. He tells her she looks very much like his grandmother but she isn’t related to him. He tells her that he used to trust her but now she and her buddy Carlos have been trying to turn Tony against him. Maria tells him that she tries to reason with the other families but Danny wouldn’t listen and insisted that he was leaving so the hit was inevitable and out of her hands. She tells Danny he should trust her now. He tells her that at one time he would have done whatever she said but there is no way he is going to trust her now. Maria asks him if he wants things to end like this, wasting his life. She turns to Michelle and tells her that now that she is a mother and a wife she will appreciate the loss that much more. She tells Michelle that she has lost her sons and lost her grandson to her. Maria tells Michelle that she won and now she will feel true loss. Maria tells Danny to enjoy what little time he has left and she leaves. She looks over at the hitmen hiding in the bushes. Danny sends Michelle, Tony and Robert to the basement telling them that he will stay in the kitchen with Tony’s gun. Before they can leave the hitmen break in and a shot rings out. Danny yells out for Tony from behind the cabinets. One of the hitmen was hit. Danny runs out and grabs Tony and they try to get out. Then Danny is shot and Michelle runs to help him. She gets him on the couch just as Rick comes down. Rick tries to help him and asks Tony to call 911 but Danny tells him not to. Tony tells him the guys are still out there and they have to get Danny away. Rick puts Danny’s jacket on and starts to head out to buy them a little time. Rick tells Tony to go with him and that they should run for the car. Rick: “Tony, you’ve got to find a way to get us to the car. That’s the plan.” Rick: “What’s the plan?” Tony: “We run like hell.” Rick: “We run like hell, that’s got technical merit.” They run out and there are a lot of shots fired. Inside, Danny tells Michelle to get away from the window. Rick and Tony make it to the car but the hitmen are following them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ngAHFRnjc

My Comments: I wish this copy was crisper, but both copies on YouTube I’ve found look about like this. It’s one of the most awesome Manny sequences anyway. This is really the worse bit of Maria Santos. That she could not only condone the assassination of her grandson, but laugh and chortle over it. This whole reveal does even more damage to the throughline of the Maria character. If they had just let it be that she was willing to sacrifice Danny to save her own skin, while having made some special effort to protect Robbie and insure the family line continued that would be one thing, but this actual enjoyment over the power play is sickening. Frankly they just should have made her another character, a great-aunt or something, or even Fredrico’s wife since she was considerably younger than the first Maria anyway. They could have played out so much better. As it is it’s just sickening. Even when she makes her excuses don’t track. This is one of the Coke machine rocking stops as Danny slowly and against his will is finally convinced that the only way out is to destroy the family he was raised with.

However, the play out of the Tony-Danny relationship is important as they come to terms with Tony’s temptation and ultimately Tony indeed having his back. Tony’s line about the kitchen doesn’t make any sense. They are still in the kitchen and the shooters are still out there. When Danny does indeed decide to trust Tony I love how he just immediately takes care of the situation shutting the blinds and shutting down the lights. Such a Mike Bauer moment. Sigh! Why couldn’t there relationship play out on screen? It would have been fascinating. I love that Danny is smart enough not to trust Carlos, but Tony still is foolish enough to think he has everything under control.

This is also one of my all time favorite Nancy as Michelle scenes. She looks awesome! And just an aside I love how consistent they were at playing Manny as parents who actually actively took care of their kids. Note the baby monitor on the island counter.

This was a great timing choice to free Maria of the wheelchair, but they really don’t play the shot for dramatic effect. It’s too rushed. The term of affection Maria uses with Danny is one that she’s often used before referring to Danny to his face, Mijo which is a Spanish contraction for mi hijo or my son, it’s frequently used as a term of affection within Hispanic families.

Danny’s power speech confronting Maria is amazing one of the best strong Danny scenes. It’s also a great couple scene although at this point Michelle lets Danny take the lead totally in dealing with his family she stands strongly with him, supporting him and touching him.

I really don’t know though why nobody thinks they should maybe wake Rick up and get him out of the house as there are people attacking the house. Also as many times as men with guns have come to the Bauer House you’d think they’d have so sort of system or security set up. And the rest of the times were all pre-Santos.

Although Danny really sells being serious with the gun, these must be the world’s worst hitmen. I love how Tony does what Rick says, but Danny continues to take charge. To be fair Rick does pick up on what’s going on very quickly and this kind of crazy plan is exactly what he’d do if put into a similar situation with Phillip. I love Rick pretending to be Danny, I can’t believe they didn’t clip more of it.

Pre 1998 Santos in Springfield

July 24, 2014

I have been e-mailing with Peter Bradfield who is a Guiding Light history researcher. He’s sent me stuff previously for the Dates of Springfield page and some very helpful clips for my Places in Springfield series which I need to get back on.  However, he caught me completely by surprise recently with the following aside in an e-mail.

 Yes, I even feel that the Santos story line still fit into the history of the show (you know the Santos family had some mentions by the Reardons and the Bauers prior to 1999 — I know of at least three for sure, one from Diane Ballard at Spaulding Enterprises in January 1981, one from Tony Reardon on Christmas Eve 1981 and the other one from Mike Bauer in June 1982 …. yes, I actually am surprised that there were later writers that paid attention to Doug Marland actually having characters mention  the Santos family as far back as 1981.)

I replied that this was news to me and I found it very strange because I’ve read interviews with the writers and they said they deliberately created a Hispanic family with a female head to break the mafia stereotype (Italian and all male). They never once said they were tying it in to previous mentions. And while I wastching 1981-1982 and have fond memories from then, I was still very little and something like a mention to someone I’d never heard of could easily have gone right over my head. I asked re any of those online?

Actually yes they all are (all on youtube.)  Diane Ballard’s mention of the Santos family from January 1981 is given in one of the videos of Jennifer Richards murder trial.  It’s very brief, but Diane mentions the Santos family as someone Alan will have to contact when he’s back in the office.  

The one from Tony Reardon on December 1981 (Christmas Eve, from the episode posted on youtube that isn’t very clear — that I actually sent the poster of it) comes from the fact that Tony brings out a bottle of sherry that he shares with Mrs. Renfield, who makes a surprise visit to the Boarding House and Tony states that the bottle of sherry was given to the Reardons from Mr. Santos when he was staying at the Boarding House.  
And then the one from Mike Bauer from either June or July 1982 is also on one of the videos from that time period, but is very very brief and uses the name Santos as a family he has had some legal wranglings with, which in retrospect is rather humorous that Marland would put that in Mike’s mouth.      

So I’m looking for these references online. If you come across one, please let me know.

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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