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.
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.