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Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 4

November 21, 2014

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  In the last chapter, I hope you had a great time at Bauer BBQ 2014 and enjoyed seeing everyone. The end of this is SO way over due it’s not even funny, but it’s never too early to start yours for next year. Tell me what YOU think Bauer BBQ 2015 will be like and share.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 4

The crowd slowly shifted from the Bauer patio through the hedge to the Spaulding backyard. Rick led the way over the flat part of the lawn. It had rented white folding chairs set up in two groups with a white carpet runner up the middle between the two groups. The chairs were all faced in one direction facing the white wood trellis with red roses. A small string ensemble softly began playing background music. The guests gradually settled down and even the whispers trailed off as the music picked up in volume and intensity. A side door opened in the Spaulding Mansion and a group of men emerged. Most of them were wearing tuxedos. Ray lead the group wearing his clerical robes. Behind him came Frank Cooper, Phillip Spaulding, Rick Bauer, and Robbie Santos. They filed past slowly taking their places in a line in front of the arbor. Again the music hit a chord and the French doors opened again and this time Danny Santos came walking out to take his place beside his son and best man, Robbie. He just couldn’t quit smiling. He grinned back down at his son who was bursting with pride at his special role as best man. Danny resisted rumpling his hair because Robbie was trying so hard to act grown up. He looked up over Robbie’s head at his friends. Rick who he now considered his brother and he was happy to say the affection and connection was now returned. Beyond him was Phillip Spaulding. There had always been a sort of respect and connection between the two men and Phillip and Danny’s relationship had grown over the years. After they had returned to town and Danny accepted the job at Spaulding Enterprises they had grown quite close. He and Michelle had been included in the Four Musketeers social sphere since their return and while he once never would have believed it, he felt part of that group. The last one of his groomsmen was Frank Cooper, who had long been one of his best friends, Danny did turn away and suddenly grimaced at the thought of how lost he’d gotten during Michelle’s amnesia. How could he have betrayed his good friend like that? Reaching out to Frank’s daughter in his desperate search for normalcy, he wouldn’t have blamed Frank if he’d never forgiven him and he thanked God that he had.

Danny was distracted by the flash of color when Michelle’s cousin Bridge moved from her position at the table with the reception book to her seat beside her husband, Dylan Lewis. Danny’s eyes locked on the far side of white carpet runner. He heard his daughter giggling behind the hedge. The string quartet struck up playing “Too Busy Being in Love” and Chelsea Reardon, Michelle’s aunt, began to sing.

♪♫♪ If I had taken the time
To write down a few lines
Every time that you crossed this heart of mine
Put them all in a book
How much time would that have took?
But words and years have a way of slipping by

Oh no, too bad
There goes the chance that I had ♪♫

I could have written a play so sweet and so funny
Given old Mr. Shakespeare, a run for his money
Written the words to the prettiest tune
That would never leave a dry eye in the room
My only excuse for not doing enough
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love

♫♪♫ Brand new phrases appear
Every time you are near
All these words you inspire after all these years
But I never reached for a pen
Break the mood that I’m in
Before I knew it, the words were gone again

Oh no, too bad
There goes the chance that I had ♪♫

I could have written a play so sweet and so funny
Given old Mr. Shakespeare a run for his money
Written the words to the prettiest tune
That would never leave a dry eye in the room
My only excuse for not doing enough
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love

♫♪♫ I could have written the poem to make young lovers crazy
I could have written a movie for Hepburn and Tracey
The most beautiful song and it starts with your name
Written my way into fortune and fame
But I have no regrets for not doing it now
Well, I was too busy, being in love
Yes, I was too busy, being in love ♫♪♫

As the words to the song ended and began again the second time through as an instrumental, Hope appeared and took her time centering herself on the white carpet. She paused and giggled again, Danny wasn’t sure if it was because she was so happy or because his little drama queen wanted to make sure that all attention on her before she started down the aisle. She took a breath, grinned, and started down the aisle taking loooong steps in the proper bridal march; right step, together, left step, together, right step….. As she went she sprinkled pink rose petals along the aisle in her fluffy, light pink dress. She arrived at the end of the aisle and stepped over to the far side next to the groomsmen.

Next down the aisle, dressed in a matching dress only in a dusky rose, came Beth. Step right, together, left step, together, right step… Beth also carried a short, dark haired beauty, the latest pride of their love, Danielle. Danielle was the other flower girl, but had proven very definitely at the rehearsal that she couldn’t be trusted walking down the aisle either alone or with her big sister. Beth was about halfway down the aisle when the next lady in pink appeared around the hedge, it was Drew, Michelle’s maid of honor from their church wedding at Casa Santos. They hadn’t really been close before that, but they had grown close over the next few years and had kept in touch even after she moved to New York and they had moved to California. Drew was beaming and had a calm, contentment she had never shown before having finally made peace with her marriage, the lies and hurts of her childhood, and made her faith a strong tenant in her life. Beth had reached the altar and moved to her place at the far end. When Drew hit the middle point of the aisle, the final bridesmaid, Michelle’s step-sister Blake took her turn to walk down the aisle. When Blake hit the assigned point, Mindy, Michelle’s sister-in-law and matron of honor, started down the aisle in her matching dress. Mindy followed down the aisle and moved into her matron of honor position and put Dani down and held her hand. Dani showed that she could be just as much a center of attention as her big sister as she wore her matching light pink dress. She smiled at the audience did her best expression that she always used on her daddy when she wanted him to give her something and then she stuck her hand down and grabbed the hem of her skirt and yanked it up revealing her special lace lollies as the audience broke into general laughter. Accepting she’d had her due, Dani dropped her hand and fastened her eyes on where she remembered her mommy reappearing last night at the rehearsal.

The music changed and began the bridal march and just like that Michelle stepped onto the end of the white runner. The fluffy white dress focused on its sweetheart neckline and made a shawl collar and a flowing skirt that ended mid-calf. A narrow pink sash of pink encircled Michelle’s waist and tied behind. Around her neck was a gold chain, three charms hung from it, a locket with Maureen’s photo inside, a third grade spelling bee winning charm, and a charm shaped like the house they had finally built at Laurel Falls. Michelle’s hair had been twisted into an updo and was covered by a Mantea. It was the one from their Church wedding and while their feelings of that event were twisted by his family’s involvement, the service had still meant a lot to both of them. After all, it was that ceremony that kept that bound to each other through all eternity in the eyes of the Church. During the annulment separation, it had been the one piece of clothing of Michelle’s that Danny had kept. They felt it was an important tie to a part of their past.

It had been hard on Danny and Michelle both to spend the night before the wedding apart, they had always hated to spend a night apart, even before their fake marriage had turned real. It was worse than ever now when they were used to cuddling and ….. more…. every night in their California king size bed. Their eyes met across the garden and then Michelle’s face broke like the sun in their secret smile. Bill Lewis stepped up beside her and she came down the aisle on his arm.

Michelle and Danny were so focused on each other that everyone else faded into the background. Danny took Michelle by the hand and they kneeled beside each other facing Ray in his role as their priest. They vaguely heard Ray say, “Who gives this woman in marriage?” and Bill answer, “On behalf of her parents and myself, I do.” They both missed it, but Bill winked at them as he said the myself part.

Ray started. “We are here today to celebrate the renewed marriage of Daniel Santos and Berta Michelle Bauer Santos.” He bestowed on the crowd a welcoming smile. “Michelle and Danny have had a little trouble getting this right.” Another smile, met with a chuckle from the audience. “This is the seventh time they have come together before God and dedicated their lives, their hearts, and their sacred honor to each other. While they separated on several occasions, they have always honored their vows. During their original pre-cana, Danny and Michelle discovered just how closely their desires were for the same type of marriage, the same type of life and while they faced many challenges they have created that life for themselves and their children.”

As one Michelle and Danny turned to look at their children in turn, to Robbie who was standing beside his father as his best man, to Hope and then Dani who were serving as flower girls. Their children beamed back at them.

“Danny and Michelle have written their own vows.”

Michelle handed Mindy her bouquet. They stood and faced each other.

Danny cleared his throat. “Michelle, I know we took the scenic route to get where we are.” More laughter from the audience and he waited until it ebbed before he continued, “We both had a lot to learn to get this far. This is OUR life, OUR family, and we need to be willing to fight for it to be what we want. I mean you look innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel. I always knew you had that in you. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with you. You never really gave up on me deep down and so you never really let me give up on myself, not quite all the way and we made it, baby. I look around now and I can’t believe what we’ve built together. I knew I was lying to you that day by the park bench when I told you I could never be happy in your life, but I had no idea just how wonderful it could be. Thank you, my beautiful wife for all eternity.”

Michelle replied, “Danny, a few years ago, I was talking to Marah and when I got home I wrote what I said down and kept it because it was so right. I’ve taken it out to read while times were difficult and I want to share it with you now.” Michelle unfolded and smoothed the faded and crinkled piece of paper. She looked up at Danny as her hand slightly shook. She smiled, “Remember I dropped my vows on our first wedding day. I’ll try to do better today…..Looking back I wouldn’t do a thing differently because you are worth it. It’s like we’re on some kind of a journey. Sometimes you lose direction, sometimes it’s me, but we’re supposed to be traveling together. I know that in my bones, sometimes it’s the only thing I do know, but I am sure, so wherever we end up together I know that’s where I want to be. Thank you, my handsome husband for all eternity.”

Michelle turned to the audience, letting go of one of Danny’s hands and turning him with her. “And I want to also thank all of you for being part of our special day. This is the third time we’ve recited vows on July 4th. Ray has been there for all three times.” She paused turning to smile back at him before continuing. “The first time we said our vows on this day we skipped the Bauer BBQ to do it, but the other two times we’ve been here and that’s better. The Bauer BBQ is very special for our family. The tradition of marking Independence Day dates back to my Great-Grandfather Papa Bauer. He and Mama Bauer were immigrants and truly appreciated the gift that was the United States. The party got a little bigger under my Grandma Bert whose apple pie recipe I always make for this day. Finally my parents, Ed and Maureen turned it into the celebration it is today. A celebration of family, friends, and the Springfield community. A place where everyone is welcome, old connections are refreshed, and where we celebrate the spirit of this country. A lot of you who knew me then questioned my choice when I wed Danny the first time, but you were wrong. It scared me so much I was afraid to admit, but the first time I looked into Danny’s eyes I saw my soul, his soul, as one and that’s what I still see. I also see so much love and that’s a love we share with all of you. I recently read a quote that made me think about Grandma Bert’s apple pies. Love is not a single pie (p-i-e), hand out your 8 slices and you’re done. Love is pi (p-i), irrational and never ending. Thank you for being here to day to help celebrate our irrational, never ending love.” Michelle turned back to Danny, re-clasped his hand and they shared their secret smile.

Danny whispered, “That’s perfect, you’re perfect.”

Ray cleared his throat bringing attention back to him and said, “The ceremony of marriage in which you come to be united is one of the first and oldest ceremonies in the entire world, celebrated in the beginning in the presence of God himself. Marriage is a gift in that we give ourselves totally to one another. I believe that marriage is a gift given to comfort the sorrows of life and to magnify life’s joys.”

“Marriage is the clasping of hands, the blending of two hearts, the union of two lives into one, and your marriage must stand, not by the authority of the State, nor by the seal on your wedding certificate, but by the strength and power of the faith and love you have in one another.”

“Repeat after me.”

Danny grinned, “I think we’ve got this.” He grinned at Michelle. She had handed her bouquet to Mindy and then clasped both of Danny’s hands.

Danny looked deeply into her eyes and vowed,”I, Danny, take you Michelle, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

Ray added, “Danny, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife? Forsaking all others, be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live?”

Danny had never looked happier when he said, “I do.”

Looking just as serious, Michelle vowed in turn. “I, Michelle, take you Danny, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

Ray responded, “Michelle, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? Forsaking all others, be faithful only to him so long as you both shall live?”

Michelle replied, “I do.”

Ray continued, “Having this kind of love in your hearts for one another, you have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the promises you are making to one another today. Rings are very large in their significance. They are made of a precious metal and precious stone, and that reminds us that love is not cheap or common; but indeed love is very costly and dear to us. These rings are also made in a circle and their design tells us that we must keep love continuous throughout our whole lives even as the circle of the ring is continuous. As you wear these rings, whether you are together or apart for even just a moment, may these rings be a constant reminder of the promises you are making to one another this day.”

“Danny, will you please take this ring and place it upon the finger of Michelle’s left hand, and holding her hand in yours, please repeat this promise to her saying after me: With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as God is my witness.”

Danny repeated, “With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving husband, as God is my witness.”

Ray looked at Michelle, “Michelle, will you please take this ring and place it upon the finger of Danny’s left hand, and holding his hand in yours please repeat this promise to him saying after me: With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness.”

Michelle repeated, “With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful and loving wife, as God is my witness.”

Michelle and Danny, you have come here today before us and before God and have expressed your desire to become husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the giving and the receiving of the rings. Therefore, it is my privilege as a minister and by the authority given to me by the State of Illinois, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife. Danny, you may kiss your the bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the first time Senor and Senora Santos.

Michelle let out a little shriek as Danny suddenly swept her off her feet, with one arm under her knees and the other around her waist. He spun around to face the audience and as Michelle’s arms automatically came around Danny’s neck and he kissed her soundly.

Author’s Note: I said at the beginning that I was withholding my initial author’s note and now you can see why. Danny and Michelle were getting ready to renew their vows at the Bauer BBQ 2014. Danny spent the night at the Bauer House to honor the tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding. Michelle I’m sure noted that got him out of working at the BBQ and Danny responded it meant he had to make sure everything for the wedding was ready. The special thing Robbie carried in first was his tuxedo. Michelle went in from the BBQ to get ready for the wedding. Michelle and Danny are FINALLY living in their Laurel Falls House because we’ve all agreed not to mention or think about Tattoo Tony ever, ever again so it isn’t strange for them. The kids are going to spend the night at the Bauer House to watch the fireworks with Rick and Mindy, so Danny and Michelle can head out to the Springfield Inn to make some fireworks of their own. And I think then they will finally go to Majorca, but they’ll take the kids.

I put in dialogue from several key Manny scenes and referenced several others. I hope you enjoy it.

That’s what I think happened at Bauer BBQ 2014. If you want to imagine what will happen during Bauer BBQ 2015. Start writing now.


Pie Quote off Facebook

Wedding Vows:

Words to “Too Busy Being In Love”, Note: I think these are listened to lyrics and I differ in a couple of points with them. I edited in a couple of places, but let a couple I weren’t sure were right.
Doug Stone – Too Busy Being In Love Lyrics | MetroLyrics (with corrections)

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.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 3

November 20, 2014

Author’s Note: When I working on writing this I had to determine who would be around and how old the kids of Springfield would be now. I expanded on this in a post, but this much I hope will be helpful here. Sarah Randall was born in 2006 and she is 8 this year. Peyton was born in 2008 and she is 6 this year. Jude Bauer was born October 12, 2001 and is also 13 because he’s during the part of the year where he and Robbie are the same age, and part of the year he will be a year older than Robbie. I’m going to pretend Leah is just a fast developer and say she’s 12 just to get her back younger than Jude like she should be in the story, but to deal with the fact we’ve already seen her as a teenager on screen. Returning to her original birthdate Emma is 11 this year, to balance her with everybody else.

I would also like to apologize. This is probably the part that most people are interested in where we see other people at the BBQ, but it’s just going to be a quick peek this year. Don’t assume if I don’t mention them your favorite isn’t attending, but I’m running embarrassingly late on this so I’m moving along quickly to finish up my plot.  I’ll try to include more people next year.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 3

Michelle and Bill brought in the rest of the stuff with Hope opening the door and holding it for them. They deposited what they brought in on the kitchen table.

Hope followed them, “Uncle Bill, isn’t Sarah with you? She promised to be my partner in the three-legged race today. “

Robbie coming down stairs having deposited his package in his room, froze to listen, but no one else noticed.

Bill paused long enough to deposit Michelle’s stuff on the table and to swoop up Hope into his arms. “Sarah is with her daddy today, she’ll be along later, don’t worry, Squirt.”

“OK, Uncle Bill.” Completely reassured Hope danced off and Robbie came on down the stairs with a slight smile on his face.

Michelle put her load next to Bill’s as Rick came into the room. He was wearing a new apron this year that said “Bauer Power” IMG_0144and carrying the traditional chef’s hat as Leah hadn’t yet arrived to do the annual ceremonial crowning. “OK troops! I expect 100% devotion today. This is the 5th anniversary of the best little sister in the world moving back to town.” Rick paused to smack a noisy kiss on the top of Michelle’s head, “and we are going to celebrate.”

Rick paused to look around the kitchen as Blake came in the door and they all welcomed her, except for Rick who barked, “Blake, where is the potato salad? You did make it from Bert’s recipe didn’t you?”

“Still in the car. You can carry it in yourself after you assigned me to making it. And of course I used Bert’s recipe. What else?”

“No dissension in the ranks, we have to pull together people. A horde of people is going to be hitting that door today and we have to be ready!…Michelle, did you bring the ketchup?”

“I brought that all over last night, along with the rest of the condiments and I got the plain kind of ketchup Dad always liked.”

Phillip and Beth came in. Phillip carried a large Thermos jug and Beth pulling a cooler on wheels.

Rick made another check on his list. “Very good the lemonade and bottles of water. Bill just don’t stand there – start on the iced tea, you know where everything is.”

Frank came in pulling an oversized catering cooler. “Hot dogs and chicken breasts check! I’ll put the cooler by the grill and then go get the second cooler with the hamburger so you can start shaping the burgers.”

“Check, check, check!” Rick said. Really wishing Leah would get here so they could put on his hat. He always thought he looked more the commander of the BBQ once it was on, but he wouldn’t cheat. This was his and Leah’s special moment of the day and he won’t deprive them both of that.

“Coleslaw?” Rick asked Michelle.

“Ready and waiting in the refrigerator and so is the three-bean salad and the baked beans. The watermelon is on ice to cut later. I brought all that over last night and here are the relish trays I made last night.” She gestured to the pile Bill had carried in and abandoned on the kitchen table. “They just need the cling film pulled off and set out.”

“What about Bert’s apple pies?” he asked Michelle anxiously. “With everything else going on did you have time….”

“They are in the freezer. I’ll go pull them out now so they can thaw and we’ll rewarm them in the oven before we serve them.”

“Great!” Rick double checked his list for the fourth time. “When Buzz gets here with the last few things we should be ready to go.”

“Good,” Mindy said as she brought in a bag of ice and thunked it down on the counter. “Then you can help me bring in the last minute supplies and we can get this party going. AND next year I don’t care if it’s traditional or not, we’re having Oklahoma BBQ beside the Bauer Burgers and there are some buffalo brauts in the freezer you can just throw on the grill too.”


It had become a tradition for Bill and Lizzie to oversee the games. Zach and Jude now settled back into Springfield life had helped for the last couple of years and with HB IV having so much energy Lizzie certainly appreciated the help. Dani, Little Billy, and Frankie were all about the same age and ran around, chasing each other in between the more formal games.  They set everything up, made sure the equipment was out from everything from the horseshoe toss to the badminton net. The traditional contests and races were the ones that people waited for though. The three legged race was a big hit with Phillip and James winning this year, although Mel and Leah weren’t far behind. Hope Santos and Sarah Randall came in first in the under 12 division. Meanwhile Henry and Peyton were tearing around trying to get into everything at once.

Next on the agenda was the egg toss. Someone who didn’t know what was going on would have been surprised to notice that the crowd was shrinking. The time was getting closer to zero hour and people were needed elsewhere. You could almost hear a clock ticking like Abby once did in a church before Ray’s first service. In spite of that the egg toss was a lot of fun with Billy and Vanessa Lewis taking the honors. Emma Spencer and Natalia Aitoro came in second. Maureen Reardon and Clarissa Marler broke up their championship team from last year in order that Clarissa could team with her boyfriend Adam and Maureen could team with Clarissa’s brother Kevin that Maureen hoped would soon be her boyfriend too, although it took some fast talking from Clarissa to get him to agree to it. Another tradition was kept when Lillian and Buzz showed up brushing off their clothes coming out of the woods right in the middle of the awarding of prizes.


Michelle was distracted all day, thinking about what was to come, so she saw very little of this. She didn’t really pay attention to what anyone said to her. Only watching her kids to keep them safe, she found herself getting a little teary eyed. Having taken the last special package up to her old room earlier, she now went back in the Bauer House. She smiled as she ran her hand over the counter remembering their “celebration” there one night. Sent a scowl over to the chair in the corner where he had bled so much the night he was shot. Then she glanced back to the door and remembered Aunt Meta coming in to his welcome home party when Danny was released from the hospital following his recovery from the coma. She passed on to the short hallway that led up the backstairs and remembered running down them laughing with Danny when they came back from their second honeymoon, where unknown to them at the time they had conceived Robbie. She walked on up the stairs, ready now to open that special package. She placed it on her bed and unzipped it. She continued to stare at it when suddenly there was a knock on her door.

“Hey, look who’s here from New York!” Drew came into the room, “I’ve come to help you get ready.”


The games began to close down early, everything was a little rushed this year because of what was going to happen before the fireworks started. Finally Rick appeared having ditched the hat and Bauer Power apron and invited everyone over next door to the Spaulding backyard.

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Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

November 19, 2014

Author’s Note: Nope still not divulging much. I will say that I just gave Michelle my mother’s new car because loves it and I thought Michelle would too.  It’s a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Also, in making sure we have the kids at the right ages, the then Marcy Rylan had son Jackson, who should get credit for playing the baby bump that was H.B. Lewis IV, on  Oct. 21, 2009. Since she only revealed her pregnancy in the flash forward set in September 2010, Little Billy the Fourth should have been born at least approximately Oct. 21, 2010 which would make him 4 now and a year older than Dani Santos. Sarah Randall was born in 2006 and she is 8 this year.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

It was a short drive over to the Bauer House on Skyline Drive and still early. Michelle pulled up into the parking area between the house and the garage apartment and said briskly, “OK everybody out!” Robbie grabbed a package out of the back and took off to carry it into his old room. Michelle let Hope dance ahead, and took on her first load with Dani riding her hip and the diaper bag draped over her shoulder messenger bag style. Michelle had pushed the button to make the back of the Cherokee close, but before it could close all the way, suddenly Bill caught it and sent it up again.

“Woah there Bauer, looks like you still have a lot to carry in, why don’t you load me up?”

“Well, Lewis, you always do best as a beast of burden.

“Hardy, har, har. That’s nice talk to someone who got up early to help you on his day off with his wife and infant son,” gesturing behind him as Lizzie came bearing down on them a four year old Little Billy IV pulling her along.

“I’d hardly call Little Billy an infant any more, next thing you know he’ll be breaking hearts just like his Daddy and ‘borrowing’ the car without asking.”

“You first, Bauer. Robbie’s 18 by now isn’t he?”

“He’s 13 as you very well know. You were at his birthday party.”

“AND if Little Billy’s breaking a heart it will probably be with that little girl of yours.”

Little Billy ran up and began yanking on Dani trying to get her down. “We want to play, Michelle. Dani down!”

Billy quirked her a smile, and said “Yeah, Michelle we want to play.”

“OK, OK I know when I’m out numbered.”

She put Dani down and Little Billy grabbed her hand and they took off, a short haired blond and light brown ringlets bouncing away across the parking area and into the kitchen door of the Bauer House.

Lizzie had been about a step behind her son and she threw Michelle a quick “Happy Fourth of July” and kissed the corner of Bill’s mouth as she rushed by. “I’ll keep an eye on them.”

“Here you go. Let’s really load you down and we’ll get all this stuff in the house. I already brought a load over last night. I’ll have to pull the apple pies out of the freezer and rewarm them in the oven, but I think we can get most of this in one load.”

Bill readjusted the load in his arms, “I don’t think anybody will mind Bert’s recipe apple pies aren’t fresh this year. Everybody knows you’ve had a lot going on, speaking of which do you want me to grab that?” Bill gestured with his head toward the last two bags in the rear of the Cherokee.

“No, I”m making a special trip with those, keep your dirty mitts off them….It was really nice of you guys to come early to help with set up, you did last year, too.”

“Well, you’ve showed up early with the whole family early every Thanksgiving since Lizzie and I started our new family tradition, it’s give and take, help when you can. That’s just the Springfield way.”

“Here’s some help then, see if you manage to remember your anniversary without Lizzie having to prompt you this year, it’s just 10 days after the BBQ.”

Bill, a little put out, “Of course I’ll remember my anniversary.”

“You put the wrong date on your wedding invitations.”

Bill groaned. “Won’t you and Santos, ever let me forget THAT?”

Michelle paused to think for a moment, before shoulder bumping her friend and walking into the house with him. “Nope, I don’t think, we…at least I…will.”

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.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 1

November 18, 2014

Author’s Note: I’m actually going to reserve my author’s note for the end and you can all wonder why, like when Perry Mason does that with his opening statement. :) I will say though that I’m not SORASing Manny’s kids so that makes Robbie 13 this year, Hope is 9, and Danielle (who I created in my Springfield Bound story would have been born in 2011 and so is now.  ;)

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm

“Hmmmm Danny,” it had been years since Michelle had woken to any other thought. Before she even opened her eyes she felt her mouth turn into its instinctive smile and out of habit she reached for Danny on his side of the bed. She felt only cold, undisturbed sheets. She instantly sat up in bed and scanned the room for him before she remembered why he wasn’t there. The smile disappeared even though she should have been happy, it was after all the day of the Bauer BBQ and she hadn’t missed one since she returned to Springfield five years previously.

As if on cue a shortie pjs clad Hope came springing into the room, hopping from one foot to other, literally too excited to stand still. She gave up and made a dive on to the bed and gave her mother a hug. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” she said bouncing up and down on the California king bed. “I love, love, LOVE today. It’s going to be such a Extra Cool Bauer BBQ this year.” Hope hugged herself with pleasure. “I can’t wait for everybody to get here….Do you think Aunt Drew will bring me a present from New York? OH! Do you think I can wear it today!”

Extra Cool was Hope’s current phrase of the moment. “I’m sure today will be Extra Cool, honey. We’ll just have to see if Aunt Drew brings you anything. In the meantime why don’t you go run and brush your teeth and put on the outfit we picked out last night. I left your new red, white, and blue playsuit on the stool by your dresser.”

“OK, Mommy!” Hope stopped bouncing long enough to reach over and give her mother a big, wet, smacky kiss on the cheek. Hope bounced off the bed, bounced out of the room, and danced down the hallway back to her room.

Michelle stood and gazed for a moment out of the window mentally and automatically running through her To Do list for the day, on days like this she missed the balcony in her own room, but Danny had hated balconies for security reasons, despite the fact that he had once used hers to very good purpose one day, he was always worried someone out to get them would use it. And she couldn’t disagree that there were people from time to time out to get them still. Danny….. She had forgotten for a moment. Why didn’t it ever get any easier to do something even if you knew it was right?

Michelle gave herself a shake and turned back to make her bed. She had recently heard some advice that you should always make your bed each day. It made you feel put together and if something bad did happen at least you were returning to a made bed. She gave Danny’s side of the bed an extra stroke smoothing it and then turned and quickly jumped in the shower and dressed. She’d already thrown what she’d need later into a bag and put her things in the car the night before. She went down the hall and stopped at Robbie’s door.

Once Robbie would have been every bit as excited about the BBQ as Hope. She remembered him racing out of the rental car five years before, but at 13 Robbie was officially a teenager now. He was prone to sleep late and if last night had been any indication he would take his extra responsibilities today very solemnly. Michelle could hear the faint beeping of an alarm clock through the closed door. Her instinct was to push right in, but she paused and knocked. They were trying to be more respectful of Robbie’s privacy now he was a teenager. No answer, so Michelle pushed in anyway. As soon as the door cracked open the noise increased exponentially (it was a very solidly built house). One of Robbie’s birthday presents last March had been a Run Away Alarm clock to help counteract this new found tendency to sleep through a tornado, but so far it hadn’t been a rousing success. The clock continued to run around the floor blaring and Robbie had merely covered his head with his pillow and ignored it.

Feeling nostalgic, Michelle shook Robbie. “Wake up, Tiger!”

“Aw, Mom do I have to?”

“It’s Bauer BBQ today.”

The reminder brought Robbie sitting upright with a jolt. “Guess I do.”

“Run grab a shower.” Michelle gave her son a loving pat as he hurried by her.

Next Michelle turned back up the hall to go into Danielle’s room. It was a beautiful room fit for her parent’s little princess. The twin canopy bed was still a new sight having taken the place of the crib. Michelle walked quietly over and kissed her daughter on the forehead, as Maureen used to do to her and Danielle’s eyes popped open. “Mommy!” she said. Michelle made short work of dressing her youngest child, the one who was the most the mix of them both and her heart gave a flutter. Her eyes automatically flew to the window where they could at long last see the hills that surrounded Laurel falls and to the sky above. Where was Danny right now?

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.

Robansuefarm Manny Fanfic Update 2014

November 17, 2014
  • I’ve had a big gap in publishing fanfic this year. I haven’t given up, but I’ve just been too busy. My main Manny New Year’s Resolution is to return to posting fanfic. And the GOOD NEWS is that it will start tomorrow night.
  • I know I need Story Index update.  The good news is I’m still finding some stories and chapters I didn’t have located before,  but I’m about out of places to look. I also need to add most of my republished fanfic chapters. I hope to work on this over the winter, but republishing is going to continue to take precedence over it.
  • More good news is that there is still interest in Manny fanfic. WordPress lets you see what search terms people are using to find your blog and I’m getting a hit based on a Manny fanfic search at least every other day and usually more often as new people find the story index and start to follow the links to Manny fanfic. So if there are any writers reading this, there is still a group of people who want to read your stuff even if it isn’t as large or vocal a group as it once was. If anybody is wavering please publish it or republish it, if it isn’t on my Story Index.
  • I’m still working on my original set of Manny New Year’s Resolutions, to write one for each of my categories. If you anybody out there wants to take it as a challenge and try to do a story for each category or even some of the categories, consider the challenge issued. I’d love some company posting fanfic.

Manny in California

A Typical House – My very first fanfic offers a peek inside their lives in California.
Listen to the audio version

Just Another Fundraiser – Manny attends a fundraiser for Ed’s clinic during their time in California.

Springfield Bound – A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale

Happiest Place on Earth – The final Manny in California story.
Audio -

Here is as far as I’ve gotten in my attempt to write a Manny fanfic for each one of my categories.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation

College -

Continued Storyline

Crossovers -

Dietz -

The Lighthouse Princess – A fairytale based on the marvelous story The Light Princess by George MacDonald.

General A.U. -When I got temporarily hung up on Have Manny, I started another continuation for this category, The Journal: A Continuation

High School -

A version of Have Gun, Will Travel - Have Manny, Will Travel now being published a chapter on the Mannyac board.

Lost Scenes
Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel

Making Love
French Kiss – It seems to open in a French manor house with Lord Daniel and upstairs maid Michelle, but there is a twist. (Chapters 1- 6)

Nonmob -
Solemn Vows - A variation on the set up from Sacred Vows where Danny pretends to be a priest in training, staying at the rectory with novice Michelle Bauer. (Whole story_ (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Epilogue)

Poems and Song Lyrics
She Kissed Me Back: A Poem in Free Verse

Song Fic“In a Different Light” Currently being posted a chapter at a time (Chapter 1-14 Plus a Bonus) (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14)

Fourth Wall Breaking -
This one really doesn’t fit in any category. It breaks the 4th Wall in a funny Halloween Horror Story.

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.

The Bauers Find Out About Harley’s Betrayal May 7-8 2001

November 14, 2014

Mon., May 7, 2001 – In the Surveillance Van: Harley and Gus are in the van but no one is talking inside the Bauer house. Harley gets off the phone and tells him that they got the court order to examine Carmen’s ashes. Gus tells another cop to go to the mortuary and get the ashes then call Danny and tells him that they got the ashes with a court order to be examined. Harley tells Gus he is working all the angles. He tells her that he wants to catch Danny’s reaction when they tell him they have the ashes. Harley tells him that is entrapment but Gus tells her he will do what he has to do to put the bad guys in jail. Gus tells her that he is sure a crime has been committed and he is just waiting to know what it was. He is going to wait and let Danny lead him to the answer. Harley doesn’t like it. Gus wonders what is wrong with Harley and asks about her hormones. Harley doesn’t like all the sneaky parts of his job. Gus hears Michelle and tells Harley to be quiet. They listen as Danny and Michelle rehash the argument they had the day before. Danny asks Michelle what will happen when everything she told Rick and Meta gets out. Michelle says she can trust her family and nothing will come out. Danny says she made them accessories after the fact. That is why he grew up with a code of silence. Gus is going out of his mind wanting to know what Rick and Meta are accessories to. Danny tells Michelle that he thought he heard the baby and she sees the baby monitor isn’t on. She goes over the table and turns it on and Gus and Harley get loud screeching feedback in their headphones. While they are trying to fix it so they can hear, but they can’t while Danny and Michelle continue their conversation. Danny tells Michelle that he killed his mother and no one can find out that she didn’t really die nine months ago. Michelle goes to get the phone and can’t hear on it. Danny says that Meta is in with the baby and he turns off the monitor. Now Gus and Harley can hear again. Danny answers the phone and learns the feds have Carmen’s ashes. Danny tells Michelle they are in serious trouble. Danny wonders why the feds wanted them if they didn’t know something. He tells her they were only talking about this last night and he had swept the house so there shouldn’t be any bugs. Michelle tells Danny not to worry. Danny says if the feds test the ashes they will be in trouble. She calls Ross and tells Danny they have to go over there. Gus and Harley say if they are leaving, so will they. Gus and Harley leave the van. (I think slightly better quality and additional scenes) (a few longer scene clips)

Tues., May 8, 2001 – At the Police Department: Ross strides in with Michelle and Danny waving his court order. Ross tells Gus that his court order is to stop them from examining Carmen’s ashes. Gus tells him that he is too late. The test has been run (boy, that was a rush) of the ashes and they aren’t those of Carmen Santos, but that of a large dog named “Wolf with an e” because he found a dog collar and tag in the ashes. Gus tells Danny that he should be happy this means his mom could be alive but he wonders if Danny already knew that. Gus tells Ross that they also had a court order and that is how they took possession of the ashes. He goes on to tell Ross, Danny and Michelle that he believes Carmen faked her own death, with the help from Danny and Michelle, to avoid federal prosecution. Michelle tells him that if Carmen is still alive why isn’t Gus out looking for her some place else? Gus tells her that he realizes it would take the heat off her and her husband if he would up and leave town to look for Carmen but it isn’t happening. Harley asks them if they want to say anything but Ross steps in and says he will talk to his clients before they say anything to the police. Everyone leaves them to talk. Ross: “A dog?” Danny: “I didn’t know it was a dog. And we didn’t know they weren’t Carmen’s at first.” They definitely weren’t in on Carmen faking her death. Ross tells them that they could possibly be accessories to a crime after the fact and he needs to know everything. Danny wants to talk things over with Michelle first. Ross tells them to do that but when they call him, they need to be ready to tell him the entire truth. He walks out. Michelle starts asking Danny how the feds found out, but he thinks they need to wait and talk at home. At the Bauer House: Gus and Harley make it back in the van and Gus goes over his notes, telling Harley that they know Claire knows something and they will talk to her first. Michelle and Danny get home and Gus and Harley start listening again. Michelle asks why Gus thought to have Carmen’s ashes tested. Danny questions who the feds could even question that knew anything. She tells him that the only one with any real knowledge is Claire and she is in San Cristobel for Edmund’s coronation. Danny thinks they should tell her to stay out of the country for as long as she can. Meta comes in the room and tells them about her day with the baby and goes on to tell them that she is fixing duck in the microwave for dinner. She goes into the kitchen and turns on the microwave, which gives Gus and Harley another shrill feedback so they are unable to hear the conversation. Harley (explaining the feedback): “I think that sounds like a microwave. You know that Meta she swore she’d never used that thing and now she uses it for everything. She put a duck in there…it’s actually a pretty good recipe she puts it in for 10 minutes…” Gus grumpily interrupts. Michelle calls Claire and tells her the situation. She tells Claire to stay out of the country until she calls her back. Claire tells her she will be in touch. Danny asks Michelle who else would know what is going on. Michelle says Rick and Meta only know what she told them, which is all hearsay. Gus and Harley get the signal back and listen as Michelle and Danny talk. Michelle is wondering why Gus is investigating the ashes all of a sudden. They were just talking about Carmen after they hadn’t mentioned her in months. Danny gets an understanding look on his face and starts moving around and looking in flowers and under the coffee table. Michelle asks him what he is doing and he holds his finger in front of his mouth to quiet her and tells her that he is just walking around because his back is hurting. He opens the door and tells her that he needs some fresh air. Michelle follows him. In the van, Harley and Gus are discusses Claire and what she may know. Harley tells Gus that she hasn’t heard Michelle and Danny talk in a while; they must have left the house. Gus is arguing with Harley about what they are doing. Harley: “I take exception to harassing senior citizens, especially when that senior citizen is a pillar of the community.” Danny: “Surprise!” Danny opens the van door and jerks Gus out, throwing him up against the side of the van. He curses Gus for bugging their home. Danny: “Can you hear me now?…Can you hear me now, Gus?.. They’ve been bugging us.” Michelle: “Is Frank involved in this too?” Danny: “Or is there only one traitor in the family these days?…Where’s the bug? Is it in the living room? I’ll tear the whole house apart. I’ll find it.” Gus tells him he will put two in for every one Danny finds. He tells Danny and Michelle that he has the law on his side, they can ask Harley. Harley tells them it was all legal. Michelle asks Harley if Frank betrayed them as well. Gus tells Danny they know his mother didn’t die when everyone thought she did and he will find out what really happened. Michelle and Danny leaves. Harley feels terrible, she tells Gus not to ever question her commitment to her job.

Elsewhere in Springfield….or out of it: Edmund and Beth prepare for his coronation ceremony. Many Springfielders are on hand, to support, or to try and stop it. Cassie and Richard are ready to run out of San Cristobel to live to fight another day. Cassie’s foot is hurt. Reva (in a gorgeous outfit) is blind, but managing to get around better. Susan gives Edmund a coronation present of a dragon necklace because he slays dragons. Edmund’s full name is used as part of the ceremony – Edmund Sebastian Winslow.  Edmund is presented with a large display Bible, chalice, a sword, and a cape. The palace is under heavy guard during the ceremony (including some location shots from somewhere). Edmund grabbed the crown and crowned himself. (That is a very big deal and is a rejection that no one in either the church or the government has a right to crown him, he crowned himself. It’s not something done lightly and was most famously done by Napoleon and you know how that turned out.) Edmund’s first act is to propose to Beth. It’s a nice moment.

The episode ends with an Edmund focused “Guiding Light is everything” commercial focused on this storyline. The end logo of the famous CBS eye has been modified to make the outer ring gold and the inner circle a diamond to make it look like an engagement ring. During its original promotion one couple on each CBS soap was supposed to be engaged during the advertising campaign. Everyone hoped it would be their favorite unmarried couple.

Manny highlights:

Full episode (much clearer recording):

My Comments:
So where has the urn with Carmen’s ashes been all this time? From a later quote he left them at the mortuary. So were they just hanging out in the sample room all this time? I love the baby monitor interference. I can’t believe Claire would be stupid enough to leave the collar in the urn. Claire was many things, but never sloppy. Again, they should have brought up past story. It was really strange that Carmen was cremated in the first place (it had been banned to Catholics until just before she died) and Danny had strongly gone after her killer. Harley and Frank should both be able to testify to that. Boy, Gus totally thinks “Wolf with an e” is hysterical. Danny truly wasn’t involved with Carmen’s ashes substitute and far from helping her escape, he was the main witness against her. Has anybody read the case file, or remembered the previous year? Was the police station the best place to have this conversation? I really love that Danny sweeps for bugs regularly and this search for a bug scene reminds me of a similar great one on Hogan’s Heroes. It also gives us some interesting unusual angles on the living room set. It’s reasonable that Danny’s  back would hurt, it wasn’t that long ago that Claire had to stitch him up.

Again, when Danny pulled Gus out of the van, it’s another missed opportunity for Danny to ask Harley something like, “Harley, you remember how I begged you people to find who killed my mother. I begged you to follow every angle. I was relentless. You REALLY think I’d have done that if I was guilty? Michelle miscarried over the stress from thinking it would drag me back into the business which it ultimately did, would I have let that happen if I KNEW my mother wasn’t dead?” All of which Harley could verify from her own knowledge.

Reva is wearing a simply gorgeous outfit and once again Reva is selling the situation with her eyes. Susan/Daisy and Edmund did have a great relationship. I’m sorry they didn’t maintain that, even if he went all evil on everyone else. I think Edmund truly cared for Susan. It looks like a necklace, but of a white horse? A dragon? A loving cup? Ahhhh. There it is. It’s a dragon. Beth is totally fooling herself if she thinks Phillip is resigned. Phillip doesn’t do resigned.

I totally missed them rolling the urn out on the cart before, that’s hilarious. Harley, while you’re betraying your friends lying to them, might NOT be the best time to hate on Claire. As I mentioned in Attack on the Bauer House, I really liked Claire and Alan as a couple, much more than him and Olivia. I’m sorry they broke them up. You heard the microwave timer go off when it was done. They did a nice job tying the two stories today together through Claire.

I’m not really sure what religion this coronation ceremony is based on. I don’t know the ceremonies well enough to say, but this is either Catholic or Anglican (aka Church of England). The incense, the kneeler, the hat all could be used for either. I enjoyed Phillip’s suppressed laugh over Holly’s remark. Edmund does look great in his prince clothes. Boy, Beth looks smug and those altar boys look bored to death. It sounds like ceremony over a radio, it’s a nice touch. I think many Americans still had a vague memory of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, either from the time or old clips. I think this is reflecting this. Are those people outside the gates or in jail. They don’t look happy, but it was there stupid insistence on not wanting a democracy that brought this about.

I’m sure they didn’t mean this, but the crown is clearly too big for Edmund and rides too low on his head. It gives the impression of Prince John in the Disney cartoon Robin Hood. I’m glad Harley addressed why Gus didn’t arrest Danny for assaulting an officer.

Anniversary of the Beginning of Manny

November 13, 2014

Manny in Surf 2We celebrate a lot of anniversaries here on this blog. The start of Guiding Light period, the start of when it moved to television, and much more somberly the anniversaries of the cancellation announcement and the last live airdate of the show. Manny specifically has a lot of anniversaries when you consider their six different weddings which sprinkles them throughout the year. But today, November 13th, is a very specially Manny anniversary. It’s the anniversary of the first day they had a really meaty scene together and the magic that was Manny first found expression. Sure you could make a case that November 4th when Mick died was the beginning, but it’s the magic that we loved and that puts us on the 13th.

This is their 17th anniversary and although I can hardly believe it’s been that long thank you to Paul Anthony Stewart, Bethany Joie Lenz, and Nancy St. Alban for giving us 17 wonderful Mannyac years.

Once again Paul Anthony Stewart‘s first airdate and then the first Manny scene were hailed by We Love Soaps.

Revisit that first Manny day:

Fri., Nov. 13, 1998 – Michelle was still troubled over Mick’s death. A stranger arrives at Millennium, all in black with a piercing eyes and a knowing smile. The foursome first peg him as another cop, but are shocked to learn he is Mick Santos’s brother and that he’s there to find his brother’s killer. The new bartender Drew just hired to replace Mick, strangely quits, and Danny offered his services to Drew with a great speech about his ability behind a bar.  She hired him, but told him that it was only temporary.

Manny fans who don’t want to watch the whole episode can start on part 2 for Michelle and part 3 for them together. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) Find Danny’s first scene at 9:15. There is a hotlink right to it in one of my comments. (Part 4)

Find my comments about this and surrounding episodes here:

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.

Manny Deal With Pain May 2 thru 4 2001

November 4, 2014

This argument is one of the truly important Manny discussions. They really face their problems and deal with the fall out in a way most soap couples never do.

May 2, 2001  - Harley is cleaning the living room in her and Phillip’s old house where she now lives alone with Zach. Harley bends over and her pants pop open. She comments on how she is not only divorced and stressed out but now she is getting fat as well. She goes over to get a safety pin to fix her pants when Gus knocks on the door. She opens the door and sees that Gus has broke off the doorknocker and as is his usual charming self, he barges in her home. Gus tells her that she is to plant the bug at the Bauers that morning. Harley tells him that she needs time; she can’t just go over there for no apparent reason and bug the house. She tells him that she does have a life and has a child to raise and she just can’t drop everything on his every whim. He tells her to place the bug in the back of the living room close to the kitchen so they can catch those conversations as well. Gus tells her they will have a a powerful directions mic pointed at Manny’s bedroom so they can catch what all goes on in there. Harley tells Gus she doesn’t think they will get much listening to Danny and Michelle’s pillow talk. Harley tells him that doing this is exploiting her friendship with the Bauers and she doesn’t like it one bit.

Harley goes over to the Bauer House and asks for Rick. Meta tells her he is at work but invites her for some tea and a chat since she’s the only one home and she’s babysitting Robbie. Harley agrees and looks around for a place to hide the bug. Meta goes to the kitchen to start the kettle while Harley goes over to the table and starts to put the bug into place under the dining room table (that they regularly forget is there). Meta comes back in, catching her bent over strangely, and asks her what she is doing. Harley acts like she was getting dizzy and just trying to regain her balance. Harley tells Meta how bad she has been feeling lately. Harley tells Meta that is why she is there to see Rick about it. Meta makes her promise to see Rick soon since he isn’t there right now.  Meta tells Harley what good friends she and Frank have been to the family. The kettle whistles and Meta leaves to turn it off. Harley pretends to stay behind to call the Harley secures the bug under the table. When Meta returns Harley tells her she has to get back to work. Meta makes her promise to get checked out as soon as she can concerning her dizzy spells.

Danny and Michelle get home and are talking about the baby. Meta tells them everything is fine and the baby is the sweetest baby she has ever seen. Michelle asks Danny how things are at the club. Danny is worried about paying the bills. Michelle tells him they will manage. Meta thought the club made a profit. He says that he used to subsidize the club from the casino but now that everything is on the up and up he can’t continue operating the casino since Gus is sniffing around. Danny asks Meta if the daughters of Springfield will have a bake sale for him. Michelle tells him she knows what they can do. She tells him that he should start really using the casino as a charity thing. He can book big charity functions for various organizations around town and that will bring people in to eat and drink. Danny questions if they could make money without the large slice of the take they always took in from the actual gambling. Michelle suggests charge a per head charge for such events. Danny says a cash bar will help and they could charge for meals and keep both. Meta tells them that she is organizing a charity function for the lighthouse but Claire wants to have it at the Country Club. Michelle tells her to forget that, they will have it at Infierno. They all agree that it is a good idea. Danny says he will want to work with Meta, not Claire. He hugs Meta for helping. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) – Some of this is repeated on other links, Some of the scenes are repeated, but the quality seems higher

May 3, 2001 - Rick is talking to Robbie in the Bauer living room. He tells him how his dad is a good man and loves him so much. Rick tells him that Danny protected Robbie and his mom and did something that he should have never had to do. Danny comes in and is happy to see Rick with Robbie. Danny says he and Rick don’t really know each other. Rick says he knows Danny loves Michelle and the baby and that is all he needs to know. Rick tells him he loves Robbie as well and he will babysit his nephew anytime. Danny says he is going to go help Michelle dig around in the garden.

Outside, Michelle is potting plants and Danny bring her out a Popsicle. Michelle loves how domestic their little family has gotten. Danny tells Michelle about seeing Rick with Robbie and how he seems to accept him. He tells her that Rick seems sure that he will protect her and the baby, a little too sure. He wonders if Rick knows how Danny protected her and the baby from Carmen. He overheard something and wonders how Rick would know. Michelle admits to telling Rick and Meta about Carmen. Danny is upset tells Michelle she wasn’t supposed to share that secret with anyone. Michelle says Danny was gone and the secret was tearing her up. She was pregnant, stressed, and she had to tell someone, so she told Rick and Meta. Danny says she betrayed him. They go into the house and into the living room. She tells him that her family isn’t like his and they care and love Danny like he was one of their own. Danny tells her he doesn’t even like that she knows what happened to his mother, but he definitely doesn’t want anyone else to know.

Harley comes out of the OB/GYN and says “not again”. She sits with her head in her hands when Blake comes through the lobby. Blake asks Harley what she is doing in the hospital. Harley makes up a story. Blake asks Harley to come to Company with her so Blake can try to make peace with Buzz (who is till mad about the role Blake had in outing Selena). Harley leaves with Blake. Blake tells Harley that her publicist wants her to go on a book tour and she doesn’t want to go. Ross is busy with work and Holly is traveling to San Cristobel . Harley tells her that she understands just when you think you have everything going well, something else happens. Blake asks Harley if she is okay. Blake says she is lucky to have Ross so that she can write but she realizes Harley doesn’t have anyone and asks her how she is doing after the divorce. Harley runs to the bathroom and Buzz comes over and offers Blake coffee. She orders tea for Harley. Buzz goes to get the drinks and Harley comes back to the table. Blake thinks Harley should go back to the doctor. Harley says she will be okay.

Blake gives her a copy of the new book and signs it. Harley shows it to Buzz and he tells her she worked hard on it and shouldn’t give it away. Buzz apologizes to Blake and tells her he learned so much about Selena and would like to help make the book a success so it reaches Selena. He offers to have a book signing party at Company and he will invite the press and wonders if Holly would come. Blake thinks this is a ploy to get Holly back (Holly is currently in a triangle with Buzz and Billy). Buzz says only partially. Blake thinks Buzz would be good for Holly. Harley tells them she would like to be Blake’s stepsister. Blake tells them she has to get home and she gathers the kids to leave, thanking Buzz again. She tells Buzz to take care of Harley. Buzz tells Harley he thought she would be happy when he made up with Blake. He wonders what is up with her. Harley wonders why people make the same mistakes over and over again. Buzz thinks she is talking about him but she says the mistake is all hers and it will just get bigger and bigger. Buzz tells Harley that whatever she did he has probably done it at least one. Harley is sure he hasn’t been in her shoes before. Buzz asks her if she wants to talk to Frank and tells her to forgive herself. He goes to call Frank for her. Rick comes in and sits with Harley. Rick asks Harley if she is okay. He tells her that she is one of his top 6 favorite people and would like to help her if she has a problem. They talk about baby Robbie and how Rick wishes he had a child. Frank comes in and asks Rick if he and Harley can have a minute. Rick moves to the bar and Frank tells Harley that Buzz called him. He asks if Harley if he has to beat up someone for her. She says just her. Frank wants her to tell him what is bothering her but she doesn’t want to say it. She tells him she has been working so hard and has ended up screwing things up and being that stupid 16-year-old kid all over again. Frank says she has grown up so beautifully and he is proud of her. Harley says she thought she made that mistake because she was young and careless. Her life was finally on track and the world starts spinning again. Frank thinks she is doing just fine. Harley says she ignored all the signs, she attributed the nausea, fatigue and weight gain to stress. She lied to herself with Susan but she can’t do it this time. Frank finally understanding and tells her not to tell him. Harley tells him that she is pregnant.

May 4, 2001 -Frank asks Harley what she is going to do about her pregnancy. She has no idea but begs him not to tell anyone. Frank tells her that she won’t be able to hide it much longer and asks her if he is to go around and tell people she is into smuggling bowling balls. Assuming Phillip is the father, Frank tells her that Phillip will get suspicious when she shows up in a few months with a baby.

In the Bauer living room, Danny and Michelle are getting out some of the pain they had held back as they give their differing takes on Michelle telling Rick and Meta about what happened to Carmen. Michelle: “No, I’m not going to let you shut me out, not this time!….My family is not like your family….You see this as some kind of betrayal because in your world silence is sacred, but in my world, people trust people they love, you walked away, you left me with a big, terrible secret….I didn’t know if you would ever be able to come back to me.” Danny: “I stayed away from you for your own good.” Michelle: “That was then, now we’ve started our own family, we have a child, we can work everything out together.” They never come out and say that what happened to Carmen but it is enough to perk the listening Gus up. Michelle: “You were off in your own little black hole of guilt and despair, I know you thought you were protecting me, but I felt just as guilty as you.” Danny: “You didn’t do anything wrong.” Michelle: “If I couldn’t share your pain, I could at least share my pain with them.” Gus goes through the files while he listens and reads about Carmen’s death (which officially happened months before Danny wrapped her up and dumped her in the lake). Inside, Danny tells Michelle he feels betrayed because she talked to others about it. Michelle tells him that she was suffering and had to talk to someone and Danny had cut himself off from her so all she had was her family. She tells him that her family is now his family and they can be trusted. Danny is still not convinced and worried about what will happen if any of it gets out. Michelle tells him that he is just going to have to deal with it because she can’t undo it and she doesn’t want to. Michelle: “I refuse to fight her [Carmen] for you all over again. Do you know, I went through this pregnancy, because of her, without you? I went to bed every night wondering if my baby would have a father. I showed up at Infeirno day after day, prepared to humiliate myself for a little attention. But finally we won, Robbie and I. Carmen lost. THANK GOD! And now you’re mad at me because I shared something with my family that I couldn’t share with you because you wouldn’t let me?” She tells him that if anything he owes her an apology. Danny sits back and tells her that he didn’t realize she was so affected by what happened to Carmen and Michelle tells him he couldn’t have known because he left her life and wouldn’t talk to her. She tells him that they finally won and have their family and she doesn’t want Carmen to come between them yet again. Danny sits with her and apologizes to her and holds her. He asks her who else knows what happened besides Rick and Meta. Michelle tells him that Claire probably figured it out by now since she was very aware of what happened when she Michelle was kidnapped from the hospital. Danny tells her that he remembers Claire telling her to go to Abuela to find out where Michelle had been taken. He wonders if they can trust Claire. Michelle tells him that Maureen always told her to give people trust and they will repay you by being trustworthy. Danny tells her he hopes she was right. Michelle thinks they should give Claire a chance. Danny: “OK, I will try, very hard [to trust], I’m going to do my best. It’s not going to be easy. You are going to have to be very patient with me.” Meanwhile, Harley shows up at the van and listens to the conversation as well. Gus asks her what she knows about Claire and her connection to Carmen. She tells Gus that Claire was there when Carmen died and she handled all the arrangements. Gus thinks that is odd. He continues to ask Harley questions but she is preoccupied and not listening to him. Gus gets her attention and tells her that they should pay a visit to Claire Ramsey and with the taped evidence they should be able to get a court order to test Carmen’s remains.

My Comments:
Although she wasn’t nearly as annoying as Marina when she did it, Harley also had that trait to make herself a big part of stories that weren’t really hers. In the case, besides her own story with Gus she’s got a major interest in both the Manny story and the Rick-Phillip story. This is probably one of the best attempts at restoring some balance. Loyalty the name Guiding Light Memory Project gave the Harley part of this storyline which is as powerful as each of the other two storylines. Each one of those three stool legs plays on that theme of loyalty and what does it mean to be a family. Is Danny now part of the Bauer family? Does Harley stay loyal to her job or her friends? How do Harley and Rick deal with the fact that their infidelity has created a child? Will Harley ultimately stay loyal to Rick or will she start a new life with Gus? Will Gus stay true to what he sees as his loyalty to his parents or let it go to start a new life with Harley? All these themes will be played out in the coming month among others, like where will Claire’s alliance fall?

The gambling part might be hard to understand today. It used to be that pretty much the only places within the country that gambling was legal were Atlantic City, New Jersey and Las Vegas, Nevada. The mob was heavily involved in both those places. Danny was originally hiding the gambling equipment because he didn’t want the cops to know because it was illegal. Charities had an easier time getting a gambling license and even in the much more lax gambling atmosphere of today, they still do need to get a license. That’s why having a casino was a big deal and why people would come to it, except for maybe some lottery tickets, some bingo, and on track betting that was it for legal gambling.

This is actually an important point in the Rick and Danny arc. Unfortunately the writers forget the previous progress they’ve made several times, but this is the first time Rick starts to view Danny as an actual member of the family instead of a stray that Michelle had brought home and let live there. It’s also a nice reminder of how badly Rick wanted to have a child of his own to replicate the close relationship with Bert. He’s faced nothing, but disappointment in that area, first Meredith’s unborn baby proved to be Phillip’s instead and then she miscarried, he thought he was the father of one of Blake’s twins but it turned out he wasn’t. Rick was a fantastic uncle, even keeping in close contact with Robbie and Hope while they were living off screen in California, but even though he eventually had two children, Jude and Leah, the writers never let him have that sort of relationship with his own children, or actually very much to do with them period.

Although this conversation digging out the emotional pain that they both have been suppressing while dealing with immediate crisis was very important, I hope Danny got to watch at least part of the ballgame (the Cubs of course) with Rick and Robbie or at least got to watch another one soon.

Michelle explains how bad she felt over what happened on the docks and what Danny did to protect her and how she needed her family. Danny needs to accept that. While he was dealing with his own pain, Michelle did have to learn to deal and she needed to talk. Gus sure doesn’t have much sympathy. He should hear that Danny has suffered enough, not be causing him more for something that his father did.

One of the things I love about Manny is how they really discuss their important issues, either on screen like this or imply it off screen. This argument is one of the truly important Manny discussions. They really face their problems and deal with the fall out in a way most couples never do.

Harley has hated Claire since she unintentionally brought Claire back to town and let her wreck havoc on Michelle and Rick. You have a right to be worried about Claire, Danny. Post-Fletcher Claire is only truly trustworthy in a medical situation or an emergency that is clear to her.

I think Michelle’s line is the first time they call Robert, Robbie on air.

Halloween Costumes

October 31, 2014

Although I went as a princess, witch, or Laura Ingalls Wilder for many years, I have shown some imagination in my costuming. For example, one year I went as a Doctor Who companion that I totally made up (I even hand sewed question mark suspenders – which doesn’t work very well by the way – and got sensible shoes for running from aliens). Another time I dressed up as Jenna from Blake’s 7, I chose Jenna because my hair was easiest to match to hers, but my costume was pretty impressive if I do say so myself (I glued a turkey baster into an old peanut butter jar and attached a phone cord to make my blaster). So I’m used to people having no idea who I am.

One year for Halloween I dressed up as Michelle Bauer Santos which was good that I had previous experience with nobody knowing who I was. I had made up a name tag and had a Manny scene pulled up on the computer so I could show people. It still didn’t help, people had no idea who I was, but I enjoyed it anyway. For my costume I got a sweater set, as close as possible to the one Michelle always wore and paired it with a black skirt. I tracked down a pair of hair combs with pearls like Michelle is wearing in the incredible first Lighthouse scene. I also bought a fake wedding band from Soap Opera Jewelry (really I love that place, just wish they had more stuff for my favorites). I got unreasonably high heeled shoes and the outfit was complete.

I’m looking for stories of other people who dressed up as a Guiding Light character for Halloween and I did get some suggestions of what people would like to be.


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.

Halloween 1992

October 28, 2014
Henry as Ghost

Henry as Ghost

I’ll be honest, the sound is terrible on this one. I think they pointed a camera at the TV without turning up the sound or else the original VHS recording was bad. I also think person was either typing or eating while recorded and almost sneezes or coughs more than once. I hope someone else loads this because he has great stuff in it.

Vanessa as Morticia

Vanessa as Morticia

This is in fact by favorite Halloween ever in Springfield. Everyone wears incredible costumes. The haunted house has the best decorations and it’s a really nice example of the Little Billy-Ben-Michelle friendship. I’ve long looked for this episode where Michelle dressed up as Wednesday Addams and Vanessa did Morticia and this is it. They’re wonderful costumes and I just love watching Michelle so happy. I like to think Michelle thought of this when she first called Carmen Morticia. It originally aired November 2, 1992.

Ross is running for senator. We’re still doing the Eleni-Alan-Michael-Frank triangle (which you can recognize by Eleni’s near constant shawl wearing which was her signature at the time. Sadly Billy-Vanessa are apart and I think this is when they did that terrible Fletcher-Vanessa bit that really hurt both characters. I guess maybe they’re tying that up. That’s fine with me.

They say: “Halloween time at the Chamberlain home as Henry, Vanessa and Bill prepare with Billy there. Vanessa tells Billy that he can stay. Then Fletcher and Ben arrive. Frank gives Eleni the news of Alan-Michael returning home. Ross gives his speech at the Country Club and him and Jim Haggerty talks about Ross’s election. Roger and Blake arrives making things weird for Ross.”

(Part 1)

Frank and Eleni talk about Alan-Michael coming back to town. Fletcher clears the air with Vanessa about continuing Ben-Little Billy’s friendship now they are no longer an item. (Part 2)

Vanessa does Morticia Adams. It suits her. Ben is somebody in a leather coat. Michelle is the cutest little Wednesday Adams ever. I guess Little Billy is a cowboy. Michelle and Jenna were friends. That’s a nice beat to play. Frank offers Eleni a ring he couldn’t possibly afford. Roger, Holly, and Blake have a meal. That’s always interesting. (Part 3)

Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Michelle as Wednesday with Jenna

Little Billy locks Vanessa and Billy together in a closet while everyone is playing hide and seek. Blake talks with Frank on the phone about her plan to break in somewhere to make up to Ross what their affair being exposed cost him. (Part 4)

Roger and Holly talk with understanding about the past and how much Blake means to both of them as Blake breaks into Leo Flynn’s senatorial campaign office to help Ross. (Part 5)

Bill and Vanessa are freed from the locked closet (too soon IMNHO) and discover a room full of people waiting including a TV camera there to get B roll of Ross and the kids for his senatorial campaign. Henry is a ghost and looking for Jenna. Fletcher and Billy have words over their interest in Vanessa. Eleni moves out of the Spaulding Mansion and in with Frank, taking nothing, but what she brought with her. (Part 6)

Henry confronts Jenna over finding her going through his office. Henry: “If you’re counting on there’s not fool like an old fool, you’ll be sorely disappointed.” Henry is still working on putting together who Jenna is and exactly what went on. With her hand literally on the doorknob to walk away Eleni learns she is pregnant. She thinks it’s Alan-Michael’s baby because she thinks that was when she was most likely to get pregnant. Really A-M had replaced her birth control pills with candy and the future baby is Marina who is Frank’s daughter. (Part 7)

Closing Credits (Part 8)

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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