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The Birth of Robbie Santos March 2-9 2001

February 7, 2014

There are some parts of the Manny story that you just find yourself wanting to rewatch out of order. This is one of them. It’s got humor filled straight talk (mostly courtesy of Aunt Meta), drama, normal couple behavior, and acceptance. Plus this is really only one of two times during this return that Claire acts like the Claire who was part of the supercouple with Fletcher Reade. You can see a glimpse of who she used to be. But besides showing off the Manny love story, it’s also a true showcase for Meta. The Meta-Claire and Meta-Danny scenes are so opposite, but truly great tough, smart woman stuff and Meta fully sees now that Danny is nothing like her ex Ted White like I truly think she was afraid he was when Manny first got together. It’s also a special exception for Manny because Michelle labor stretches out over a week, where most mothers get 2 episodes at most. Pay special attention to the running references to whether Michelle will take drugs or not, Rick’s memories of early days, and finally Michelle’s small bit of payback where she refuses to tell Danny’s the baby’s sex now he’s willing to admit he wants to know until the baby is born. It’s just a great sequence and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Fri., March 2, 2001 – At the Bauers: Michelle is with Meta telling her about how she went into Danny’s office and found May. She explained that May is an undercover FBI agent trying to take down the mob. Meta is surprised. Meta: “That little twit?” Michelle goes on to tell her that May has asked her to help her with the promise of helping Danny in the end. Michelle tells her that her first instinct was to rip out all of May’s fake blonde hair and strangle her for setting up Danny but now she wonders if this may be Danny’s way out. Meta tells her to be careful before she does anything. She reminds her that others, like Tony, will also be taken down. Michelle doesn’t think Tony will get caught up in it because Danny is purposely keeping him sheltered. Meta also reminds her that Danny may see this as the ultimate betrayal and may never forgive her. Claire shows up to work with Meta on the lighthouse rehabilitation fundraiser. Claire speculates Michelle is holding out on her. Michelle says she doesn’t know what Claire means, afraid she knows something about the mess she finds herself in. Claire looks at her and says the baby has dropped. Michelle is concerned, but she is in a safe time for a normal delivery albeit a little early. She goes over and feels Michelle’s abdomen and says the baby is not breech and should be fine. She suggests Michelle call her doctor tomorrow. Claire starts going over the list of donations for the fundraising. Donations to be auctioned off include: A golf outing, lunch for 8 at the Lakeland Country Club and a weekend at Towers in the honeymoon suite. Meta lists off some other former donors and asks if she got their donations.Claire didn’t and says they didn’t want to deal with her since she wasn’t part of the in group and generally complains about her lot in life. Michelle starts having contractions. Claire comes over and tells her to relax and breathe. They get Michelle into a chair and Claire asks her to describe what she is feeling. She does and Claire said that it is contractions, but it may be a false labor and not the real thing. Michelle asks if she should get her bag just in case. Claire thinks that is a good idea. Meta offers to get it but Michelle says she wants to walk around a bit; maybe it will make her feel better. When Michelle is out of the room, Meta tells Claire not to use Michelle’s vulnerability to get closer to her. She tells her that would be selfish. Meta tells her that they have a doctor in the family and as soon as Rick gets home they will no longer need Claire’s services. Michelle comes back in and doubles over in pain. She thinks its labor. Claire tells her they have to get her to the hospital. Michelle asks Meta to call Danny. Claire doesn’t want her to, saying if Danny wanted to be there he would be. Meta calls Danny and tells him what happened and to meet them at the hospital. He asks if they are OK and starts to leave on the run, but then stops and says it would be best if he didn’t. He asked Meta to call and let him know they both are OK when it’s over. Meta hangs up and tells Claire and Michelle to go on to the hospital; she has something to take care of. Michelle: “What did he say?” Meta: “The wrong thing. Go on without me. I’ll be there as soon as get a hold of the Father of The Year.” Later in Danny’s office, Meta walks in and tells him to come to the hospital. Meta: “You walk out that door on your own or I’ll pull you by the ear and don’t think I can’t.” He tells her that every time he steps into Michelle’s life he messes it up and he’s not going to do that anymore. Meta tells him to stop feeling sorry for himself. Michelle needs him now; she needs him to hold her hand. Meta: “Danny stop wallowing in the past your future is about to burst into your life and you’re going to be there  to see it whether you want to be or not.” She asks him what he thinks the baby will look like. Meta: “Will it be brunette like you or blonde like Michelle. Ten little pink fingers and toes. Your son or daughter is almost there and can’t wait to meet you.” Danny tells her they will take his car.

(Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LUpdXw2eqQ (Part 2)

Alternative Version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7DXEFRMz9c

Mon., March 5, 2001 – At the Bauers: Rick comes in and sees no one is home. He calls out for Michelle and Meta and looks for a note but can’t find one. He is getting worried just as Frank arrives. Frank asks what is wrong and Rick tells him he can’t find anyone. He says there was no note left and he is getting worried that they may have been kidnapped. Frank says there is no sign of forcible entry. Rick tells Frank he and Michelle argued about Danny earlier that evening and she was very upset. Michelle is fixated on getting Danny away from his family and he thinks she is a sitting duck. Frank thinks Michelle is okay or they would have heard something by now. Right on cue, the phone rings. Meta is calling to tell Rick that Michelle has gone into labor and she and Meta and Danny and Claire are at the hospital. Meta: “See what happens when you go off in a snit?” Rick grabs his things tells Frank what is going on and they run to the hospital. At Cedars: Michelle is in labor and Claire has taken over her case since Dr. Sedwick is on vacation. (Ed. note: That actually happened with me and my mom too. Her doctor was on vacation so a different one in the practice delivered me.) Michelle is working on breathing through her contractions. Claire gives her some water to sip on and puts a wet cloth on her head. Claire tells Michelle is doing a wonderful job. Michelle says the baby is about 4 weeks early and she asks Claire why she is in labor so soon. Claire says maybe the baby got bored and wanted to get on with the show. Michelle seems confident in Claire and is glad she is there. Meta arrives with Danny. Claire tells him to get out of the room infuriating Michelle. Claire tells Danny to leave because he will jeopardize Michelle’s welfare in delivery. Meta stands up to Claire and tells her Michelle asked for Danny and Danny is there. She tells Claire to shut up and get out of the way Meta: “Do you shut up and get out of the way or I will shift into an even uglier gear.” Michelle calls for Danny and he goes in to her. He steps into the delivery room a man transformed; he seems to have melted completely and has a stunned look on his face. She asks him what’s wrong. Danny: “I never understood what they  meant when they said someone was radiant before right now.” She tells him she was afraid he wouldn’t come and he tells her how persuasive Meta is. She asks him if he can’t admit even now that he wants to be there. Danny: “I’m here because I could not keep away from you or our child even if I tried.”Michelle has another contraction and Danny looks concerned. He wants them to give Michelle something for the pain but she says no. She tells him she has taken the classes and will get through it. Claire buts in and asks if Danny took the classes? Michelle tells her he hasn’t. Claire says he won’t be much help then. Michelle tells Danny to just help her focus on her breathing. He holds her and tells her to breathe with him. He reminds her to think of the baby. He tells her they will soon have a baby to say hello to. The baby’s parents love him or her very much and he or she was made out of love. (Proving that he might not have shown it but that he heard every word she had said to him all along as he’s repeating back what she said to him.) Danny tells Michelle he loves her. She seems very happy but still in labor. Danny wipes her face with the damp cloth trying to help as much as he can. Outside, Rick arrives and Claire tells him that Michelle is fine, medically. Meta speaks up and tells him that Michelle is fine in every way. Claire and Rick go in the room to see Michelle. She has another contraction just as Frank walks in. They are joking with her and she tells them to quit trying to make her laugh, she is trying to have a baby. Danny goes over to Claire and asks her why nothing is happening. Claire gives him a mean look. She tells them both that first time mothers are sometimes long labors. Michelle wonders how people can go on like that for extended periods. One patient recently came in Tuesday morning and delivered Friday night. Michelle reacts and Danny asks Claire if that’s her idea of keeping Michelle calm. Claire tells her that she will get tired and sore but it will be worth it. Danny asks Michelle if she wants to take some pain medication but Michelle says no. Danny tells her she is a brave girl. He knows she never gives up. She tells him she has to know if he is going to be there for her and the baby from day one. She has to know and have his word that he will be there for the rest of their lives. Danny: “I’m going to be a father to this baby and we’re going to be together for the rest of our lives.” He tells her he will, he doesn’t know how, but he will. Rick looks at Claire and they both aren’t happy. Danny tells Michelle they can worry about everything later; he thinks they should just concentrate on having their baby. Rick goes out to see Frank very upset. He says that someone is out to get Danny and now he is back with Michelle. Frank tells Rick that he thinks the baby coming now is only the beginning of their problems. Rick goes back into the room. Claire tells Michelle she is 3cm dilated. Danny is wondering how far it has to get (10 cm). Claire says the baby may take its time. Rick wants to go home and get his catcher’s mitt; Michelle is annoyed and threatens her brother with a bat to the knees. Rick goes back out and tells Frank they could be in there for a while and this could get rough.

Picks Up in Part 2 of March 2nd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxsMg9Mi2Q (Part 2)

Alternative Version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7MFsa4QZtQ

Tues., March 6, 2001 – At Cedars: Michelle is still in labor. Danny asks her again if she wants some painkillers but she says no. She asks him to rub her back but changes her mind. Danny wants to call Tony and ask him to cover for him at the club. He calls and tells Tony the news. At the Santos Estate: Tony is with Abuela and Ray. Danny says they are having a baby but an irritated look from Michelle makes him add that Michelle is doing all the work. Tony tells Ray that Michelle is having the baby. Danny says it could take a while and he needs Tony to cover for him at the club. He says he will and they hang up. Tony tells Ray that Danny sounded like he wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Ray: “Thank you, God.” He tells Tony that Danny is back and his prayers have been answered. He and Tony leave to go to the hospital. Abuela calls Carlos and tells him she needs to see him now. Back at Cedars: Ray and Tony come into the hospital and ask Claire if they can see Michelle. She tells them they can, but Tony is a bit squeamish about it. He tells Ray that this is private and they shouldn’t be there. Ray tells him that it is a natural event. Just then they can hear Michelle screaming from inside her room. Tony tells Ray there is nothing natural about that. He starts to run but Ray tells him he will drag him in by the ears. Inside, Michelle is happy to see Ray and Tony. They ask her if she is busy and she laughs. She thanks Tony for the flowers he brought her. Tony is nervous and Michelle can tell. Ray pulls Danny aside and tells Danny he is proud of him and that everything is right. Ray: “Just look at your face.” (Danny is still looking stunned, but very, very happy.) Danny tells him he knows it. Ray gives Michelle a necklace with Madonna and child on it to protect her. He tells her he will offer mass for her and Danny and their little one that evening. Michelle thanks him but tells him she will have to miss it. Danny puts the necklace on Michelle and cools her off by wiping her face with the damp towel. They are already the tactile twosome again. Michelle calls over to Tony and hugs him. Just then she has another contraction and screams. When it had subsided she apologizes to Tony for scaring him. He is ready to bolt. Danny: “You get used to it after awhile.” Outside the room, Rick comes over and looks in the window. He sees Frank still standing guard outside the room. Rick: “Oh boy, a room full of criminals.” Frank is nodding off and Rick and Claire offer him an unused room to crash in. He says he will take them up on it but will call Harley to replace him first. Ray and Tony leave and say goodbye to Frank and Rick. Rick asks Frank how Danny is going to handle his new family along with his old family at the same time. Back in the room, Michelle and Danny are laughing about Tony’s reaction to her contractions. Michelle: “It’s like he just stumbled into a National Geographic Special.” Danny: “I think the miracle of birth is just a litttttttttle too much for Tony.” She says she is happy to call Tony and Ray her family. She wishes both families would be able to get along so they could all be there waiting together. Danny tells her that she shouldn’t worry about it right now and they will just take them in shifts. She tells him the only thing that matters is meeting their baby. Danny is teasing her about whether it is a boy or girl but Michelle tells him he had his chance and now he will have to wait along with everyone else. He tells her she is a tough chick. She says he’s darn right. Frank is still waiting outside Michelle’s room when David and Harley arrive. Harley tells Frank they will take over so he can rest. David says if Danny is leaving with Michelle and the baby, he has to know he is the target of retaliation. Frank says he does have to know and he will tell him but he isn’t going to ruin the birth of his child for him. He says he will tell them before they leave. Harley sees Rick, who is upset that Michelle is in such pain. She and Rick go in to see Michelle. Michelle asks Harley for advice and she suggests Michelle yell very loud. Michelle: “Does that help?” Harley: “I don’t know, but it scares the men, so it’s fun.” Danny shoots her a look, like “Thanks a lot.” Harley asks Danny if Michelle is condemning his very existence yet? Danny tells her not so far, but he’s sure she will soon. Michelle is having stronger contractions and Rick starts to leave. Michelle tells him to get back there and not leave that room. He doesn’t want to stay but she tells him to come over and tell her a joke. She tells Rick she misses her mom, she wishes she could have been there to meet Danny and the baby. She was a great mom and would have been a wonderful grandmother. Rick tells her that Ed was a mess when she was born but Maureen was the strength of the family. He makes up a funny story about how overprotective Ed was of her when she was born. Rick: “You were the perfect excuse and I’m looking forward to the next one. Believe me I’m  starting to get weird looks from the people in the Santa Claus line without a child in tow.”Rick says he is looking forward to being an uncle to little Frederico. Michelle and Danny look at him and he asks if they weren’t naming the baby after him. He goes on to tell them how he will teach the baby, boy or girl, to work the grill. Michelle: “Girls don’t grill that’s like a Bauer bylaw.” Rick goes on and on about how he needs help with the grill, that everyone makes fun of his burgers, and he’s had to seek counseling for his grilling shortcomings. Michelle tells Rick he is the best and she loves his burgers. She can’t imagine going through this without him. Danny kisses Michelle’s forehead. At the Santos Compound: Abuela is meeting with Carlos. She tells Carlos that Danny has gone to Michelle and his child, he is out. Carlos understands how this pains her. Abuela wants to renegotiate the contracts with the other families. Danny will keep their secrets for the welfare of his wife and child and they will leave him alone. Abuela tells Carlos he has her reassurance that Danny will keep quiet. Carlos is worried about Tony, thinking he is loyal to Danny. She says he is loyal to the leader of the family and very anxious. One day he will want that position. She thinks they can count on Tony. She tells him that she will have a careful conversation with him.

Picks up in second half of part 2 March 5th

Alternative Version (Dialogue a little clearer in some of this):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAMQd4xXhJE

Wed., March 7, 2001 – Tony tells May about Michelle being in labor and Danny being with her. Tony tells her that he always knew Danny would step up to the plate as soon as the big day came. Tony went into Danny’s office and May got on her cell phone and called her boss. She tells him that she just found out why Michelle hasn’t gotten back to her and they should give them a few days. She thinks that now Michelle will have more motive than ever to put the Santos family behind bars. Maria comes in and May ends her call. She asks for Tony. May goes to get him. Tony comes out and kisses Abuela and she tells him they need to talk. May tells them she will go upstairs to do some work. Tony tells Abuela about Michelle and that there is no baby yet. May is on the stairs with a listening device eavesdropping. Abuela tells Tony that Michelle and Danny are as close as ever now and she believes Danny will be leaving the family. She tells him that she was worried at first but now she is confident with her decision. She goes on to tell him that the Internet trading idea was a bad one and has brought a lot of trouble to their family. She says if Danny wants out, she will let him go and give him her blessing along with her protection. She continues to say that once Danny is out, she will need someone to take his place. She is too old and it must be a Santos, someone brave and strong. She asks Tony who he thinks that might be? Abuela tells Tony he was wonderful instincts. Once Danny is out, she will take back the reins for a while and teach Tony what to do. He needs a little more judgment and patience and then one day he will become head of the Santos Family. May is still listening. Abuela thinks Tony is better suited for the job than Danny. Danny has a soft spot but not Tony. He had a moment of weakness with Marah, but now is seeing Catalina who is more suitable. She asks how he feels about her offer. He tells her that is all he has ever dreamed of. Marah walks in and tells Tony she needs him. Tony and Abuela stare at her. Tony yells at her that he was talking to Abuela. She apologizes to Maria. Marah tells him this is important and he tells her it isn’t as important as him talking to his Abuela. Tony tells Marah that he does want to talk to her and she should wait for him upstairs. He is harsh with her and says, “Go!” Marah goes upstairs and Abuela says Marah seems to think they are still a couple. Tony tells her that just isn’t the case and Marah will know that after he talks to her. He tells Abuela he is honored by her offer and kisses her. She tells him to take his time to think about it. May comes in and asks if Tony is okay and he says he couldn’t be better. At Cedars: Michelle is still in labor. She is squeezing Rick and Danny’s hands. She still doesn’t want any drugs but she is getting upset. Danny: “Honey, take the drugs, you’re weak, you’re tired, YOU’RE BREAKING MY HAND!” Harley tells David that they have a secret weapon against the mob if they show up, Michelle’s screams. Ross arrives to give moral support. Ross holds her hand and comforts her. He is her surrogate dad in Ed’s place. Michelle cries out and says she thinks the baby is coming now. Danny is holding her and telling her he will make it up to her that he stayed away so long. He said he will be the best husband and father he can be. Claire comes in to examine her. She tells Michelle that it is time and she should push. She pushes and screams and Claire tells her to stop for now. Danny is trying to hold Michelle who is now begging for drugs. Claire tells her it is too late now. She tells Michelle to conserve her strength and not push right yet. Michelle is crying and turns to Danny and tells him that he did that to her and she hates him. After screaming at him awhile he hugs her again and Claire tells her to push again. She does and an alarm goes off. Claire tells Rick the baby is in trouble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CggsiF9mg4&feature=PlayList&p=D32D2AE91EF28268&index=29

Thurs., March 8, 2001 – Ross says the labor is in extra innings. Everyone decides to take up a baby pool guessing weight, sex, and time of birth. Everyone puts in their cash and Ross writes down all the guesses. Dr. Grant goes back over to David and tells him that three cops in the waiting room and a Santos delivery inside makes him very nervous. He wonders if he needs to know anything. David tells him that everything is fine. Inside the labor room, Michelle wonders what is wrong with the baby. His heart rate is down. Claire tells Danny to sit Michelle up so she can breathe easier. He does and Claire and Rick look at the monitors. She is concerned that the cord may be wrapped around the baby’s neck. Michelle is scared and Danny is trying to reassure her telling her they can do it together. Claire says they need to do a forceps delivery and tells Michelle that she needs to push with everything she has during the next contraction. Michelle tells her another one is coming and she pushes as hard as she can. Danny is trying to help the best he can but Michelle is so tired. Michelle pushes again and is screaming to Danny how much she loves him. Claire tells her that she sees the baby’s head. She pushes one more time and the baby is out but they don’t hear anything. Michelle is scared and Danny asks if something is wrong. Claire works a little on the baby and he starts crying. Rick says the kid has a good set of lungs. They count the fingers and toes and tell Danny and Michelle they have a beautiful baby. Claire wraps him up and hands him to Michelle. Danny keeps asking the sex of the baby. Danny said he would look for himself then and starts unwrapping the baby’s blanket. Michelle stops him and introduces him to his son. Claire says he is perfectly healthy and the most beautiful baby she has ever seen next to Michelle. Danny gets the baby and holds his son. The baby is crying and mom and dad can’t stop smiling. Danny introduces him and Michelle to the baby as Mom and Dad. He tells him he isn’t going anywhere and that is a promise. Rick and Claire stand back talking about wanting to babysit. Rick goes out and tells everyone the baby was born and Meta won the baby pool having everything right. They want a name so Rick goes back in and asks the parents. He again suggests Frederico. Michelle said they haven’t even thought about it. She thought of naming him for one of their fathers or maybe even Danny Jr. Danny wonders if having his family’s last name isn’t enough bad news for his son.

Fri., March 9, 2001 – At Cedars: Rick comes out to a waiting room full of people and tells them about the baby. Everyone wants a name but he has nothing to give just yet. May, Catalina, Ray, Tony, Rick, Meta, David, Frank, Harley are standing by. Phillip comes in and asks Harley how she is. Rick tells Phil about Michelle’s baby and Phil congratulates Rick. Claire comes out and tells Rick there is a problem. There is a huge crowd and they will get in trouble with security. Rick suggests having Michelle hold up the baby so everyone can see him. Claire thinks that is a great idea and she goes back in to ask the new parents. Michelle is laying in a hospital bed in her room. Danny lays on the bed as close as he can possibly get protectively surrounding Michelle and the baby is in Michelle’s arms as they both stare at it in wonder and happiness. (Rick later tells Philip that they made a perfect circle of happiness and to be part of a circle like that was all that Rick ever really wanted.) They seem so happy. Claire thanks Michelle for letting her be a part of this. Michelle thanks her for her help. Claire talks to the baby and he grabs her finger. Claire thanks Michelle again for trusting her. Michelle says the baby has changed the world and just think of the wonders he’ll do once he’s a whole day old. Claire tells Michelle there is a crowd of visitors outside and they could disrupt the hospital. She proposes that they all come in at the same time and Michelle can hold up the baby. She thinks that is fine and Claire goes to get the gang. Everyone comes in and Ray blesses the baby. Danny tells them that they have been able to find the perfect name for the baby. Michelle continues that since the baby brought their families together they wanted a name to show that. So they found one name in common for the middle name, Frederico, for her brother and great-grandfather and Danny’s uncle (Ray and Tony’s father). As for the first name they are going to name the baby after her grandmother Bert because his eyes look so much like hers and she was so full of unconditional love. So Danny introduces the baby as Robert Frederico Santos. Everyone clapped and went to see the baby. Later, Danny comes out of the room to talk to Ray about the christening and David asks him if they can speak to him. He tells Danny that they have learned the other crime families are angry and wanting to take him down. He suggests Danny and his little family leave town for a while. Danny tells him he hasn’t heard a thing and walks away. He goes over to Ray and tells him he wanted to talk about the baptism. Ray said he would handle everything. Danny asked him if he would be the godfather but Ray said he couldn’t. He explains that he can’t christen the baby and be the godfather, it’s against the rules. So Danny asks Tony. Tony is reluctant and you can tell he is torn by this and his talk with Abuela. He finally agrees. Danny tells everyone he has to go get some rest and he leaves. Tony tells Maria about the new baby. Maria says her son’s grandchild. She is there and her son is not. She asks Tony if he has thought about her proposal. He says he feels stirred up. Danny asked him to be the baby’s godfather and Michelle treats him like a brother. He wonders how they would treat him if they knew he was taking over. Maria tells him they may feel betrayed and his thinking about it means he has a soul, proving to her that he is the man for the job. She tells him a man in his position must make many sacrifices but will earn great rewards. She wants him to take time to decide. Tony promises to consider it and tells her the baby is great looking. She smiles. Back inside, Michelle wakes up and the baby isn’t where he should be. She looks around and sees Maria sitting by the bed holding Robbie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8OIqOATo5c (Part 2)

Alternative Versions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PSwBoB2c8E&feature=PlayList&p=D32D2AE91EF28268&index=30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50vret0SCUY&feature=PlayList&p=D1B0506BAFFF0F2C&index=31 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PSwBoB2c8E&feature=PlayList&p=D32D2AE91EF28268&index=30 (Some repeated, but some unique scenes)

My Comments:

A lot of nice examples in this, of Michelle’s relationship with Aunt Meta, of Claire’s explicable obsession with being considered one of the Bauers, how Danny mentored Tony. Danny really is trying to do the right thing for Michelle, but he’s messed up in his mind what that would be. This is also one of two times when Claire really demonstrates in this early 2000s return what an excellent doctor she is. Claire had many shortcomings as a human being, especially after Fletcher broke her, but her medical skills were never in question.

I’m so glad we have Frank and Rick discovering everybody gone. It gives us an unusually good look at the far side of the kithcen It’s a real nice example of the Frank-Rick friendship that they tried to build up for awhile during the Phillip-Rick estrangement. I love Meta’s snit comment. She’s right. I love Rick, but he has a tendency to do that. I really love Rick’s outfit on day 1, great coat, great scarf. A lot of my comments for this section about Manny themselves I’ve worked into the description. Sorry I just can’t stay factual about this one.

When Meta gets Danny to walk through that door it’s like a switch is flipped. We’ve seen flashes of the old Danny over the last couple of weeks, but here it is back all the way and this is it. As soon as he sees Michelle, they are back, the Tactile Twosome they immediately have to touch and they can’t let go. This is my favorite of Danny’s hairstyles over the years by the way.

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Finding My Heart At Willow’s End by AMannylight Chapter 16

August 12, 2013
The Wedding Night Chapter   #15 [-]

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Republisher’s Note: Sometimes when I copy a story in from another website, I can’t get the formatting to clear properly. This is one of those chapters. Also note that Manny consumate the marriage rather graphically in this chapter & Michelle suddenly knows a lot more about the human body.
Author’s Note: Well ladies I must tell you that being nominated to write the wedding night episode for this marvelous RR fic was quite a daunting task. I appreciate everyone’s faith in my writing, and I hope that what I have written will live up to your expectations. Parts of it got a bit more racy than I intended, but I hope I still managed to keep the right blend and balance between tenderness and sensuality. Things don’t always go as I plan, and sometimes the art takes over the artist so to speak. I say that because many times I feel as if I’m not in complete control over what I write, but rather, the story holds some control over me. Its those pieces of writing that I usually feel are the most inspired. Anyway all that to say, that I felt very inspired while writing this chapter. It took me places that I didn’t intend to go, and it felt great. Having been LESS than inspired lately, thanks to that crazy Labine woman, it felt wonderful to write again, and to feel inspired by this truly magnificent couple, and all these truly magnificent people who make up this cyber-community. I love you all, and I hope that you enjoy this chapter!Hugs – Amy

Finding My Heart At Willow’s End by AMannylight – Chapter 16

Dusk was beginning to fade and darkness began to seep through the trees as Danny and Michelle climbed the steps to the front porch of the Cross Creek cabin. The magic of this place was just as she remembered it from her girlhood days, but this evening her heart was filled with a different kind of magic a magic that was anything but girlish the kind of magic borne only out of the love of a man who completed her.

There was a sweet silence between them as Danny gently sat their bags on the porch and reached into his jacket pocket to retrieve the key that Bill had given him. He looked up at her as he placed the key in the lock and his heart swelled as he took in the beauty of her smile, a smile he now knew would always be reserved for him. He would go to his grave swearing that this woman was an angel from heaven.

He pushed the door open, and they both peered inside, knowing that once they stepped through the door, they would begin charting a new course together. Finally, as the brevity of the moment sank in completely, he took a deep breath and spoke.

“Michelle, my sweet love,” he began. “There is more happiness in this single moment than I thought I’d experience in my entire life. What I feel for you is the most intense thing I’ve ever felt. I can’t explain it…. it’s just so real so right.”

Staring at this man who had swept into her life like a warm, rushing wind, she could not even remember what it felt like not to love him. “Do you realize how lucky we are, Danny?” she asked. “We’ve found what so few people ever find – true love.”

Smiling down at his bride, he replies, “That’s why were going to do this exactly right.”

“What ever are you talking about?” Michelle queried.

With a mischievous glint in his eye, he bent down and scooped her up into his arms. “My dear, you didn’t think I’d miss carrying you over the threshold, did you?”

Michelle giggled softly as she pressed her forehead to his. “I didn’t think you were a traditional man, Mr. Santos.”

Stepping carefully through the doorway, he replied. “Well Mrs. Santos, I’d do most anything to make you happy.”

“Can you build a fire?” she asked, gesturing to the large, stone fireplace on the opposite wall. “Night time in the spring can be quite chilly.”

Softly setting her feet on the floor, he tenderly cupped her chin in his hand. “I can build a fire, yes but I promise you, you won’t be chilly tonight.”

She felt a slight blush creep across her cheeks at his remark, and was once again reminded of what was to come. She glanced down toward the floor so as not to make eye contact with him, and meekly said, “I brought something special to wear. Do you mind if I take a few moments to prepare?”

Lifting her face so that her gaze met his, he answered softly, “Take all the time you need. I’m not going anywhere, ever.” And with that, he turned and quickly retrieved their bags from the front porch.

“The bedroom is this way,” Michelle said, as she took his hand and led him across the living room. As they entered the bedroom, she walked toward the window and threw the curtains open. There was enough light left to illuminate the lake in the distance and as she looked out across the water, she said, “This was one of my favorite things about this place as a little girl. The view is absolutely breathtaking, don’t you think?”

“Yes it is,” Danny replied, not at all looking out the window, but rather at her. “Breathtaking.”

She turned to him and said honestly, “I’m so glad to be sharing this place with you.”

“I’ll get started on that fire you requested, madam,” he said. “Don’t hurry. I’ll be waiting.”

“And that;s exactly why I will hurry,” she said with a grin.

Danny quietly stepped out of the bedroom and shut the door behind him. Michelle could hear him in the next room as he scurried about, gathering wood and other necessities of fire-building. She quickly opened her bag and removed the matching nightgown and robe that Aunt Meta had given her. They were a lovely peach satin, trimmed with ivory lace, long-sleeved, floor-length and flowing. As she carefully removed her wedding gown and the rest of her clothing, she tried unsuccessfully to picture herself wearing the peach gown. Meta had promised her that Danny would love them, but looking at them now, Michelle could only imagine that that much fabric would only be in the way. Proper or not, she shoved the nightgown back into the bag and slipped the robe onto her now naked body. She tied the belt loosely around her waist, allowing the top to gape open just enough.

Making her way to the mirror, she marveled again at what a beautiful job Bridget had done on her hair. However, a now familiar tingle surged through her body as she remembered the way that Danny had removed her hair clip that first night. She quickly removed the pins holding her hair away from her face and let the sides fall loosely to her neck. She could hardly believe the image in the mirror before her. Never before had she felt so wanton, so primal, but she didn’t care. In fact, she liked it a lot. Her appearance reflected what she felt inside a love like she never dreamed existed and a hunger and desire that only Danny could satisfy.

As she emerged quietly from the bedroom, she realized hed been busy. Not only was a fire flickering in the fireplace, but two small candelabras burned in opposite corners of the room. Danny was busy in front of the fireplace, spreading a blanket onto the floor and strategically placing pillows. He had removed his jacket and vest, and his white shirt was now unbuttoned, revealing his strong chest. He had yet to see her, and for a moment, she simply watched him as he worked.

Then he saw her. And she saw him. And an insatiable desire danced on both their faces. He held out his hand, as if beckoning her to come to him, and she obliged. She walked toward him with a swiftness that surprised even her, and when she reached him, he enveloped her in his arms, encircling her waist and pressing her tightly to him. Her hands rested on his shoulders as his mouth found its way to hers. Their tongues sought each other out, tenderly at first, and then with an urgency that threatened to consume them both.

He ripped his mouth from hers, but her disappointment lasted a mere split second as he lowered his head to the curve where her neck and shoulder meet. Her very core trembled as his lips moved like silk across her skin, and his teeth slightly grazed her collarbone. She slid her hands down his chest to his abdomen, and then around to the small of his back before dipping lower and tightly gripping the muscles of his backside. A low moan escaped from his throat and she found herself intoxicated by the feelings she was able to evoke in him.

He lifted his face from the upper swell of her breast and stepped back from her. Reaching out, tentatively, he slowly pulled the corded belt of her robe until the robe fell open, exposing her naked body.

“My God,” Michelle, he whispered raggedly, as she herself slid the robe from her shoulders and let it puddle at her ankles. “I knew you were beautiful, but when I saw you from a distance, and then when we danced, I never imagined God, I love you so much.”

“I love you too, Danny,” she said softly as she closed the gap between their bodies. “And I’ve wanted to feel you next to me this way since the moment I first saw you. I only wish I hadn’t tried to deny it. Can you forgive me?”

“There’s nothing to forgive, my love,” he began, his breathing now labored and heavy. “Everything that has transpired up to this moment has brought us here, and I cannot and will not regret any of it. Especially not with you standing gloriously naked before me.”

Slowly, she reached for his hand and brought it to her face. Languorously, sensually, she kissed his palm, before sliding it down her neck, firmly planting his hand on her breast. His sharp intake of breath was the exact desire she had hoped for, and without hesitation, she began saying things that a proper southern woman would never, ever say.

“I want you to make love to me, Danny. I want you to touch me everywhere. I want you to kiss me everywhere. I want to see your body. I want to touch your body.” Her own breath was now coming quickly, and she could feel the warm ache beginning to burn between her thighs. Summoning all her resolve, she went on. “I want to be one with you, my husband. I want to feel you inside me. I want to feel you right here.” And with that, she slid his hand in one quick motion to the silky wetness that now permeated her femininity.

“Mmmmmmichelle,” Danny groaned as he slid one finger inside her. Words would no longer form on his lips, as his entire world melted into her. He delighted in her whimpering as he moved his finger slowly inside her.

Just as the tension in his groin was reaching a fevered lever, she reached for the button on the front of his trousers, allowing the fullness of him to spring free. Shocked by his beauty and the thickness, she wrapped her tiny hand around his manhood, and his knees almost buckled beneath him.

His fingers now sought out the tiny nub that he knew would be ripe and waiting for his touch. As he lightly brushed the throbbing place, her legs gave way. He wrapped his arms around her to keep her from falling, and gently lowered her to the blanket hed spread for them in front of the fire.

He laid her on her back and positioned himself above her. His hand never left her center as he lowered his mouth to one of her erect nipples. The sensation of his warm, moist mouth on her nipple was practically more than she could stand, and she arched her back, straining to get even closer to him than she already was. His tongue moved in circles around the hardened peak, gently sucking, creating just the right amount of pressure before the release.

He repeated the maddening exercises on her other nipple, nearly driving her to the brink. It was no wonder that so many southern women were so snotty and uptight, Michelle reckoned. They’d probably never been pleased this way by a man that loved them more than his own life.

“Danny,” she whispered. “It feels so good.”

“Mmmm Hmmm,” he answered, his mouth never leaving her breast. Lifting his face and looking into hers, now flushed with the redness of desire, he said, “Just wait.”

His mouth made a dangerously slow trek down to her navel, circling and teasing, before moving lower to replace the work that his fingers had been doing so deftly. As she felt his tongue move between her engorged folds, a cry of pleasure emanated from her, and she felt as if she would explode.

He continued his delicious torture on her, slowing licking and suckling, until she grasped the dark chocolate curls on the top of his hair, screaming, “What’s happening Danny? What’s happening?”

With lightening speed he spread her legs wider and slid himself up until the tip of his erection pressed hard against her opening. “It’s love, Michelle,” he whispered against her lips. “Love is what’s happening.”

She pressed her lips against his, as he whispered again. “Are you ready?”

She nodded and wrapped her legs around his hips, urging him on. He placed both hands on either side of her face, softly stroking her cheeks with his thumbs, and said, “I love you more than my life, Michelle.”

He slid into her easily, as she was more than ready for his entrance. Her small hands tightly clutched at his back as she struggled to accommodate his size. He dared not move as she adjusted to the sensation of being one with him. The next move was hers, and he would not rush her.

“You feel so big, Danny”, she managed to say, through ragged breaths.

“And you feel so warm, Michelle,” he replied. “It’s more than I ever imagined.”

The catastrophic feelings that had swirled within her moments earlier returned, and she began to move her hips beneath him, silently begging him to continue.

He complied readily, and began thrusting inside her, slowly at first, but quickly picking up the pace. Propped up on one elbow, he moved his other hand to her nipple, and swirled his thumb around the tight, hard bead. She moaned in pleasure and he moved his hand lower, wedging it between them, pressing hard against her throbbing center. With each thrust, his fingers pressed harder, and he could feel her pulse quicken. Drops of sweat now splashed from his face to hers, as together they moved in unison to the song that both their hearts were singing. He wanted to wait for her, to make it last as long as possible for her, but despite his best intentions, he didn’t know how much longer he would be able to hold off. Just then, he felt her begin to shudder beneath him and he began to pump faster inside her.

“Danny,” she muttered in a voice that was barely audible.

“Let it go Michelle,” he said. “We’ll take this journey together.”

He felt her begin to contract violently around him, causing him to explode inside her. The feeling of release seemed to last forever, as he kept pumping harder and faster. She trembled and thrashed uncontrollably as the waves of her orgasm continued. He buried his face in the mass of her honey-colored curls, loving the feeling of her coming in his arms.

As the euphoria began to subside, Danny collapsed on top of her, completely spent and exhilarated all at once. He looked at her, watching her catch her breath, marveling that this incredible creature was truly his wife.

“Do you know how beautiful you are?” he whispered in her ear, as he rolled to her side. “Do you know how much I love you?”

Finally finding her voice again, she answered. “I think so, but I hope you never stop trying to show me.”

“You have nothing to worry about,” he said with a grin. “I’ll never stop.”

“And I’ll never stop loving you,” she whispered, rolling on her side to face him. “Never.”

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Author’s Note: OK – Who’s next?!

Finding My Heart At Willow’s End by Kel88 Chapter 14

August 9, 2013

Republisher’s Note: A Manny Round Robin set in the Old South. It’s Manny’s wedding day.

Finding My Heart At Willow’s End by Kel88 – Chapter 14

Jesse angrily crossed the room, pointing the pistol in his hand at Danny. “You, sir, are a scoundrel. First, you arrive and sully the reputation of the fair Miss Bauer and now we learn youre a wanted man,” he shouts. “I should blow you away right now.”

“Jesse, thats enough!” Michelle shouted as she crossed the room and placing herself between Danny and the pistol.

“Rick, get Michelle out of here, now. This discussion is not fit for a lady’s ears,” Jesse said.

Rick crossed the room and took Michelle’s arm. She quickly jerked her arm free. “Jesse, you have no right to tell me whats fit for me to hear or not hear. The matter of this warrant is between Mr. Santos, my father and myself. It’s no concern of yours. Leave my room this instant,” Michelle ordered.

Jesse dropped his hand, “Michelle, I don’t understand. This morning on the stairs you were begging for my help in escaping this marriage, now its no concern of mine.”

“Jesse, I never should have asked for your assistance in avoiding the wedding. It’s not your place to solve my dilemmas. Now, please go so Mr. Santos can explain the warrant to my father and I,” Michelle firmly stated.

“Michelle is correct, Jesse. This is no concern of yours,” Ed added.

“Yes, sir. Of course, you’re right, this matter is not my concern. I’ll wait in your study Dr. Bauer,” Jesse said as he exited the room as quickly as possible once he heard Michelle’s father speak.

Rick walked over to the door and closed it. “Mr. Santos, what were you doing in Michelle’s bedroom before the wedding?”

“Not that it’s any of your concern, but I felt my bride deserved a proper marriage proposal before the wedding, complete with my grandmother’s engagement ring,” Danny answered as he opened his palm to display a brilliant blue topaz ring surrounded by diamonds.

Michelle audibly gasped at the rings beauty. “It’s gorgeous,” she whispered.

“Michelle, don’t set your mind on wearing that ring. There’s no way my little sister is marrying a scoundrel wanted by the law.”

Michelle turned to face her brother. She shouted at him, “That’s not what you thought last night. You couldn’t marry me off to this so called scoundrel fast enough, as I recall.”

“That will be enough. This doesn’t need to escalate into yet another endless sibling argument,” Ed firmly stated. “We need to hear Mr. Santos explanation for the warrant.”

“Of course, Father,” Rick said as he moved to lean against the post of Michelle’s bed with his arms crossed. Michelle gave Rick a terse glare as she took a seat in the rocking chair by the window.

“I’m not quite sure where to begin,” Danny began as he looked over at his intended. “In the town I am from, it has been assumed for as long as I could remember that I would marry my father’s business partners daughter, Theresa. I managed for quite some time to avoid courting Miss Sandoval, but she was determined that this assumption should come true. Miss Sandoval became quite incensed at my refusal to go along with the expectations of our parents and decided that she would make me marry her one way or another. One evening, while I was working late at the docks for my fathers import/export business, I noticed that a shipment was missing a crate. The crate contained some very rare and valuable merchandise from Europe. While I was searching for it, Miss Sandoval arrived with her father. They informed me that unless I agreed to the arranged marriage, I would become a wanted man. I refused and was walking away when a police officer arrived. It seems that the missing shipment was found and a witness confirmed that I had hidden the shipment in back of the livery in the stall with my horse. I managed to elude the officer by jumping onto the riverboat that was leaving the docks while he chased me. A few days later, I arrived here. Dr. Bauer, sir, I can assure you that this entire story is true. I wired my father about the problem when I arrived here the day before yesterday. You can confirm this with Mrs. Reed from the telegraph office.”

“Okay, Mr. Santos, I think I’ll do that. Rick, please go find Holly Reed and bring her up right away,” Ed instructed.

A few minutes later, Holly arrived in Michelle’s bedroom. Ed reached for her hand and kissed it, “Holly, my dear, you’re as gorgeous as ever.”

“Why, thank you, Dr. Bauer. How I do wish my beloved Fletcher had the manners you possess. You truly know how to treat a lady,” Holly answered. “Now, why was I summoned up here moments before the wedding is to begin?”

“Holly, was Mr. Santos in your telegraph office this week?” Ed inquired.

Looking over to see Danny nodding his approval for her to respond, Holly answered, “Yes, he was.”

“Can you please tell me who the telegraph he sent went to and describe its contents?”

“Of course,” Holly began. “It was sent to his father in New Orleans asking him to resolve a problem with a shipment he had been falsely accused of taking by his father’s business partner. His father responded this morning. I brought the telegram to give you at the wedding,” she said as she handed the paper to Danny.

“Mr. Santos, what does it say?” Ed asked.

“My father says that Mr. Sandoval will only recant his charges if I marry Theresa.”

“I see.” Ed paced the room for a few moments. “Seeing that you have not sullied Miss Sandovals virtue as you have my daughter’s, I must insist that you marry Michelle. Holly, I will compose a telegram for you to send to Mr. Santos father explaining what has transpired. Rick, come with me. We need to send the officers with the warrant on a snipe hunt.”

The group left the room. Michelle turned to look at Danny. “That’s quite a story, Mr. Santos.”

“Yes, it is. Of course I left out one important detail,” he said.

“What would that be?” Michelle asked curiously.

“You’ll find out in due time, my dear,” he replied as he placed the ring on her finger and kissed her hand.

“Mr. Santos, I will not marry anyone who keeps secrets from me,” Michelle firmly stated as she stood.

“Mr. Santos, its time for you to take your place downstairs. Michelle, here’s your bouquet,” Meta said as she breezed into the room and escorted Danny out the door. “You two will have the rest of your lives to talk to one another. It’s time to get this wedding started.”

More Bauer Power Nov 21-22 2000

June 25, 2013

Tues., Nov. 21, 2000 – At the Bauers: Michelle is crying and Meta is talking to her. Michelle says that Danny, her dad, Maureen, and Abby are gone. Meta says she still has Claire. Michelle tells Meta that Claire was good when she had the miscarriage, but not now. Meta wants to know the truth about her and Danny. Meta says she would ordinarily let it go, but this is causing her distress. It is bad for her and the baby. She should share the story so maybe Meta can help set it right. Michelle tells her everything, about Carmen and Claire’s part in faking her death as well as how Danny saved her. Rick track Danny down to his office at Infierno over his treatment of Michelle.

Rick: “What are you doing to my sister?”

Danny: “…..Nothing. I’m leaving her alone……”

Rick: “That’s right, Danny and it’s killing her….She’s pregnant with your child, doesn’t that mean anything to you, Danny.”

Danny: “It means everything to me….Rick, how many times have you told me to stay the hell away from your sister. That I’m I’m just that I’m bad news for her. How many times? Rick, I got the message. You were right. I’m not good for her. I don’t deserve her. I  will do nothing, but destroy her life. So please keep her away from me, for her sake and for the baby’s sake. Just keep her away”

Rick: “You’re in trouble again aren’t you, Danny?” 

Danny: ” Well, To quote you, Rick, I’m always in trouble. It’s what I do for a living.” 

Rick: “Why else would you be saying these things?”

Danny: “Just keep her the hell away from me. I mean it!”

Rick came in and pulled the family into a hug. Rick: “What do we do here?” Meta: “Hold each other very, very close.” Meta was shocked and when Rick came in she suggested it was time they tell Claire to get out of the garage apartment. Rick and Meta fight over who got to throw Claire out and Meta pulled seniority. She left to toss Claire out. Meta arrives at Claire’s apartment and Claire gives Meta a bad attitude. Meta gives it right back and then tells Claire to leave. Claire says that Michelle won’t agree with Meta and Meta says she already has. Meta tells her that she knows about the conspiracy with Carmen. Claire says she was right about Danny. She pointed out that he shot his own mother. Meta defends Danny and again tells Claire to get out. Claire says Michelle will come around and realize that she saw the truth before anyone else. She tells Meta to leave and she does after telling Claire to be out the next day. Claire turns to look around the apartment. She says onward and upward and goes to the phone. She calls Alan and asks him over. When Alan gets there she hints around and tells him they are kicking her out. He invites her to live at the mansion with him and she accepts. He tells her that he knows that is why she asked him over in the first place but that was alright. He wonders if she wants him to take her with him then but she tells him that she is going to take her time so the Bauers won’t believe they got to her. He offers to send a limo for her the next day and she accepts.
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Wed., Nov. 22, 2000 – At the Garage Apartment; Bauer House: Claire has a mink coat on that Alan sent her when Rick walks in. He makes a comment about her wearing dead animals and tells her that his curiosity got the best of him and he just had to come ask. He asks Claire how she managed to screw everything up so bad that Michelle wanted her out. She is smug and tells him that she won’t tell him if Michelle didn’t. She tells him that all she really wants to say is that she did what she thought was best for her daughter in order to protect her. She tells Rick that she had difficult choices to make and if given the same choices again she would do it the same way in a heartbeat. Michelle has come in the door by that time and tells Claire that she is not at all surprised. She tells Claire that when she thought she was losing the baby she felt so close to her. Claire tells her that she went out of her way to protect her. Michelle tells her that she should kick herself for letting her guard down around her in the hospital. Claire picks up her bags and asks the Bauer siblings if they have any last shots at her. Rick asks them to tell him what happened. No one responds. Michelle asks Claire where she is going. Claire tells her that she should do her a favor and not pretend that she cares.

My Comments: It’s really from this point that we get the best of Aunt Meta. The Aunt Meta that everyone needs. I don’t know why Meta really cut Claire any slack with Michelle, she had Claire’s number.I like the connection between Meta and Michelle, but in no way did it go back to when Michelle was “that high.” This is a great Rick-Danny confrontation.

Nice Michelle-Harley conversation. This time the community is around for Michelle & Danny and have opinions. The early isolation is gone.

Aftershocks Nov 15 – 17 2000

June 4, 2013

Wed., Nov. 15, 2000 – At the Ferry Docks: Michelle comes up behind Danny who is still leaning over the side of the docks where he had dropped Carmen’s body still staring at the water. Michelle says she has been waiting for 45 minutes and thinks they need to go home. He is crying. Danny says he doesn’t have a home anymore, he can’t go to Carmen’s house. Michelle tells him that it is over and he says it will never be over. Michelle wants them to go away like they planned and start over. Danny wants to know what she means. Michelle says they have always had someone coming between them and now they have the chance to raise their child. Danny pulls away from her and says he is not going home with her. Danny says tonight he learned he is really a Santos. He killed his mother and put her body at the bottom of a lake. He says he can’t ask her to spend her life with him now. Michelle says he protected her and their baby. He made a choice to protect her and chose her over his family. He says he killed his mother. Michelle feels free, but Danny tells her to run because he will never be free from his family and she has to get away from him. She should take the baby and start over with another man. He will even let whoever it is adopt his child. Michelle tells him to stop punishing himself. Danny isn’t listening as Michelle tries to reason with him. She tells him she loves him but he continues to try to walk away from her. She says he made a split second decision to save his wife and child and he isn’t like the other mobsters. Danny says if he is capable of killing his mother, he is capable of anything and she needs to get away from him. He leads her away. Outside the Bauers: Danny has brought Michelle home and tells her to go inside. She doesn’t want to leave him but he begs her to let him go. Rick comes outside and takes her into the house, despite her protests. Inside, Meta is trying to warm Michelle up and Rick is questioning her. He wants to know where she was. He thought she was kidnapped. She says she should have left a note but she was upset. Meta wants to know why she would be upset since she was looking forward to leaving with Danny. Michelle lies and pretends she had cold feet and wanted to be alone to make some decisions. She says she decided to go with Danny but now Danny is so hurt and angry that she ran he doesn’t want to go away with her. Rick asks if the baby is okay and she says she can’t feel anything because her heart is in pain. Meta and Rick pretend to believe Michelle’s incredibly lame story. She leaves to go confront Claire who was in bed with Alan, but upset about Michelle. Michelle kicks her out of her life. At the Santos Compound: Danny comes in and confronts Abuela. He tells her she lied to him about his mother being dead and he wants some answers. Abuela says she had to help Carmen get out of the witness protection program. Danny says he grieved for her and had an innocent man murdered because of it. Abuela says that she paid the guy off and he is still alive. Danny is crying profusely while he asks her if she was going to let him carry that guilt for the rest of his life. He wants to know how she knew Carmen was at the docks. She told him that Carmen told her she would be there. Abuela wants to know what happened and Danny says he killed Carmen. He tells her that she knew there was no other way for it to end and wonders how she could have done that to him. She tells him that she knew he would be able to handle things either way. He doesn’t understand. She tells him that if he killed Carmen, she would get her revenge on Carmen and he would stay with the family forever. If he didn’t kill Carmen, Carmen would kill Michelle and Danny would stay with the family forever, either way, Abuela wins. Danny: “All these years I came to you with my problems. I trusted you. I thought….I thought you loved me.” Danny doesn’t understand why she would want him to kill his own mother. Abulea: “Carmen loved Carmen. All the time. Forever. She loved HERSELF!” She tells him that Carmen was responsible for Miguel’s death and tells him about Selena and how Carmen knew Miguel truly loved another woman and had him beaten until he gave up her name, which he never did. Danny can’t believe the story and is overcome at the irony that it was Selena Davis.. Abuela tells him that Carmen killed Miguel to punish him. Danny is still crying and says that makes sense for this family. They use people to get what they want. Danny: “You sit there like a spider in a web, pulling the strings, getting us to do your dirty work. Well, NOT anymore! Not anymore Abuela, not anymore!”  He tells her she will never use him again. He makes it clear he will never trust her again. He says he runs the family now and she has just become so ill she is confined to the house indefinitely. He tells her that she will never receive phone calls or leave the house. She will never lie to him again and she isn’t even to talk to her own goons without him present. She kisses his ring and he tells her he will give Geraldo his instructions. He leaves the room and she whispers, “Bravo, Danny.”

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Fri., Nov. 17, 2000 – At the church: Danny is in the confessional talking to Ray. He tells Ray that he killed Carmen. Ray can’t believe it. He tells Danny he must be mistaken. Carmen has been dead for many months. Danny tells Ray what happened and Ray asks about Michelle. Danny tells him that he took her home to be with her family. He tells Ray about Abuela and Claire’s parts in the deception. Ray is astounded. Danny tells Ray he told Michelle he can no longer be with her. Ray tries to reason with him that it was Carmen, not him that was wrong. Danny says Michelle needs to stay away from him. Ray says he has been absolved of his sins and he deserves to be with Michelle.  Ray: “I know, I KNOW that you and Michelle belong together, Danny.” Danny won’t listen and tells Ray to let it go. He leaves the church. At the Bauers: Bill and Michelle are talking about her and Danny. He tells her that she can’t give up on their relationship and that he has become accustomed to them. He also reminds her that she doesn’t give up on things she really wants. They hug and she goes to find Danny.
At Infierno: Danny looks at the empty room and then goes into the office and turns off Tony’s music. He tells Tony he is back. Tony wants to know what happened with Michelle and May comes in and asks why he is back. Danny tells them both that he isn’t leaving and this is where he belongs. Danny tells Tony he will take over the paperwork from here. Tony leaves the office with May and she tells him it isn’t a good week for dreams. Tony tells her that he can deal with not having things he wants but when he is given something and then it is taken away, it hurts. She tells him that some day they will both get what they want for keeps. Michelle comes in and mentions how beautiful the place is. May tells her Danny is in the office and she goes in to see him. Danny tells Michelle to go home, there is nothing more to say. Danny: “You know how much I love you so you know how much this kills me.”  She refuses. Danny tells her it can’t work. He says she was right when he told her there were two souls in him. He sees it now. He doesn’t want to turn into his mother. Danny says that Carmen had nothing good left in her and he is from her family, a family of killers. Danny: “I am a killer, I am from a family of killers, how could I good for you?”  Michelle says he is the father of her baby and she wants to go away with him. Danny: “If anything ever happened to you or that baby, I couldn’t live with myself.” He tells her he is not good for her and she should get out. Danny goes to sit at his desk, as Michelle looks at him with tears in her eyes. She leaves the office. Outside, May and Tony hear something in the office and May starts to go check on Danny but thinks better and leaves.

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My Comments:
This is such a gut wrenching scene. I think this is a great counter example for people who say that fans of couple don’t want to see anything split them up. While I complained bitterly over the last break up. This one makes sense and really is something they have to deal with by being apart for awhile. No third person necessary.

I like that Michelle tries to make Danny feel better, but I don’t like how she says “It’s the choice I wanted you to make.” The Michelle I love (the one who still understood Danny still loved Mick, despite everything) wouldn’t ask this of him. I”m sorry though that Danny doesn’t listen to her plea to listen to her, to trust that she knows best for once. That’s the kind of appeal Danny would have listened to.

I just can’t believe that Meta and Rick even kind of believe this story. I’m all for Manny being alone against the world, but I think she should have told Rick and Meta the truth right away.This is one of three times that I wish most they’d made this Abuela, a great-aunt, Carmen’s mom anyone else, she’s so not the Abuela Danny loved. Now I know that sounds pretty definite, but Maria didn’t want to believe Miguel loved Carmen and would welcome anyone else she could name as the one he loved, even Selena. She has just as much of a vested interest in the story as Selena & Carmen. I want to know what Henry Chamberlain thought of Miguel that would tell me so much.Danny found that pretty much everything that happened to him in the last 6 months and much of the last 15 years at least was a lie. “I thought that you loved me.” I wonder if part of why Danny is laughing is because Miguel slept with Selena and Danny slept with her daughter Drew.

I don’t think that Alan-Claire was really all that healthy for either one of them, but they were fun malicious power couple. I wish they’d continued to play that. It was a lot more fun and interesting than Alan-Olivia. I’m glad Michelle really sees Claire for who she is now. Wow! Danny is hard on cellphones. I really wish Danny had held to these instructions she deserved it. Instead he whims out and forgives her.

Oh I wish, how I wish Michelle and Danny both held to this declarations to cut off the people that hurt them. I think you could do a very interesting analysis of Danny’s faith. He clearly is a believer and a practicing Catholic, but he still doesn’t seem to have complete faith and trust in God. He keeps trying to control everything himself. I think you could do a very interesting analysis of Danny’s faith. He clearly is a believer and a practicing Catholic, but he still doesn’t seem to have complete faith and trust in God. He keeps trying to control everything himself.

I think you could do a very interesting analysis of Danny’s faith. He clearly is a believer and a practicing Catholic, but he still doesn’t seem to have complete faith and trust in God. He keeps trying to control everything himself. I did like how Guiding Light presented Danny’s religion. They really do a nice job of showing how the forms of the religion are consistent throughout this life. I don’t like them using the word rap. It sounds stupid, but I like how Danny’s voice breaks on hopeless.

I do like that Michelle is actively pursuing Danny this time. More often than not Danny is trying to win Michelle back so this is a nice and necessary change of pace. If Meta had shared her history with Ted White, this would have been a great time for Michelle to share some Bauer killer stories.

Michelle Finds Out About May Nov 3-8 2000

April 16, 2013

Fri., Nov. 3, 2000 – Claire comes in to see May. May tells her that they aren’t open yet but Claire tells her she just wanted to see how she was after last night. Claire tells her that she wants to be honest with her and admits that she is Michelle’s mother. May feels terrible. Claire tells her how Michelle is pregnant and Danny hasn’t left her side since he found out. May thinks it is very romantic and is glad that Michelle has forgave Danny for the affair. Claire suggests she go talk to Michelle and tell her that it didn’t mean anything to her and Danny and also let her know that she isn’t a threat to her and Danny’s reconciliation. May thinks that is a good idea and starts to leave. Claire tells her to just go in and be blunt about it, admit what happened and tell her that you are glad she and Danny are working things out. May asks for the room number and leaves. May arrives at Michelle’s room and introduces herself. Michelle is very friendly and offers May a seat. May is surprised at the warm welcome. Michelle says if May is looking for Danny, he went home to shower. May says she wouldn’t look for Danny in her room. May tells Michelle that Danny always talks about her and he really loves her. Michelle has to forgive him for what he did. Michelle is confused, she has no idea what May is talking about. May says they both thought Michelle was gone and never coming back. May says she never believed Danny could love her, just wanted to make him feel better. Michelle is confused. May wants Michelle to forgive her and Danny. May eventually says she is very sorry she slept with her husband. Michelle says “Did you just say you had an affair with Danny?” May wonders what else they have been talking about. May asks her if something was wrong. Michelle tells her she needs a minute to process this. May says she will wait and then gives her a flower. Michelle is taking deep breaths. Danny walks in to see Michelle and notices May. At Cedars: Danny walks into Michelle’s room and sees May with her. There is tension in the room. Danny gives her flowers for her birthday. Michelle tells Danny she almost forgot it was her birthday and proceeds to tell Danny about May’s confession. Danny asks May what she is doing. She says she is trying to help him get his wife back and just wanted to tell the truth. Michelle asks Danny if he slept with May. May says she didn’t tell Michelle anything she didn’t already know and thinks they had a fight about it. Michelle says she thinks May was meaning to do the right thing, but this is the first she has heard about it. She would have preferred to hear it from Danny. Danny says he was waiting to tell her until after she got out of the hospital because she was supposed to avoid stress. May feels terrible and both Danny and Michelle tell her not to apologize. They ask her why she felt Michelle already knew about the affair. May doesn’t say and tells them that she must have been mistaken. Danny tells May he needs to be alone with Michelle. May compares her and Danny’s relationship with Belle and Rhett from Gone With the Wind while Michelle is like Scarlett, Rhett’s true love. Michelle tells her it is okay and she understands. May tells them she will quit her job and leave town. Danny tells her to wait outside while he talks to Michelle. Danny tells Michelle about May’s fixation with older movies. Michelle tells Danny that May was devastated and he should take care of May and she will call him later. Danny kisses her hand and leaves. May tells Danny she screwed up and he doesn’t want to hear she is sorry. She tells Danny to shoot her now. Danny wants to know why she told Michelle. May says it keeps getting worse and worse. May says she will get a bus ticket out of town. Danny tells May they are friends and that doesn’t have to change. May says it will change but he never led her on. May is glad Michelle is back and hopes everything works out for him. Danny hopes it works out for May too and will see her later at the club. Danny leaves. Claire approaches May and asks if she has been crying. May says Claire gave her bad advice. She asks Claire if she wanted to purposely hurt Michelle. Claire tells her that sometimes you have to hurt people to help protect them. She tells May how Danny’s family hurt people and how Michelle ended up killing Danny’s brother to protect herself and Drew from his attack. Claire tells May she will do anything to protect her child and she would be wise to take heed and stay away from the Santos Family as well. Claire enters Michelle’s room and wishes her a happy birthday. She says this is the first one they are celebrating together. Claire says she always celebrated it alone. Claire notices both sets of flowers and Michelle tells her they were from May and Danny. Claire acts stupid like she doesn’t know May. Michelle tells Claire about Danny and May. Claire tells Michelle that she thinks it’s terrible but Michelle tells Claire they weren’t married anymore. Claire doesn’t want Michelle to forgive him but Michelle wants to forgive Danny. Claire: “Doesn’t this tell you something?” Michelle: “Yes, that I’m really lucky I didn’t lose him.” She tells Claire to be quiet before her blood pressure goes up. Aunt Meta enters with a gift and Claire leaves. Meta and Michelle are talking about Danny and May. Meta says that if Michelle’s instincts tell her to forgive Danny then she should. She hands Michelle a gift and tells her that she thinks Danny will be faithful to her. She is just worried about Danny’s loyalty to his family. Michelle tells Meta that Danny is ready to give that up. Meta says that Danny may not be able to walk away from the power. Michelle remembers what Ray said about people not being perfect and that they are capable of change. She says they both have to work at it. Danny has been loving and gentle to her. She thinks he will be the same to his children. She says Ray told her that love is an antidote for evil. She just wants to be sure she can stick with the marriage for good. Meta tells her to open the gift. It is a framed picture of hands reaching toward each other. Meta says that the journey itself is what counts. Meta tells Michelle “Happy Birthday”. Michelle thanks her for the gift and the advice. Meta tells her to rest and she will tell Claire she is napping. Meta sees Buzz in the hallway and he faints at her feet. She calls for a nurse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zftqXbS7OA (This episode starts 3:50 into the clip)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI2CUL1R0LE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPJdr_p2_RM (Aunt Meta)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKwdWEcwtgA

Tues., Nov. 7, 2000 – In Michelle’s room, Danny asks her if he can come in. She lets him. She says she is overwhelmed but thinks the baby is fine and she hasn’t had any more back spasms. Danny was worried because she didn’t call but she says it has only been a few hours. He wants to explain about May. Danny: “Believe me I would never have touched May, I’d have never even looked at her if I’d had the smallest amount of hope that we’d get back together.” He never would have touched May if he had any hope that they would get back together. May is sweet but can’t compare to Michelle. Michelle wants him to listen to her. She hates that he was with another woman, especially someone sweet and beautiful like May. It makes her jealous and scared. She can’t tell him how mad it makes her, but she can see how it happened. She told him to leave her alone and started divorce proceedings. Danny asks if she can ever forgive him.

Wed., Nov. 8, 2000 – Outside the slave holding place, Danny asks what is going on. They ask him who he thinks he is and he tells them if they cross him he will be their worst nightmare. He introduces himself as Danny Santos. The guy tells Danny that he doesn’t want to be there. Danny wonders why that is. Danny asks if the guy thinks that because he is in the slave trade market. The guy asked how he found out and Danny told him that he intercepted a messenger they had sent to his home. He tells them that effective immediately, the Santos family is out of the slave trade business. He tells them that he knows about Reva and Noah and wants them out. Inside, Reva hears Danny’s voice and recognizes it. The guy tells them that he doesn’t answer to him and he should leave. Danny tells them to let Reva and Noah go and to close up shop. The goon tells Danny he doesn’t take orders from him and Danny smiles. He asks the goon if he just threatened him and shows him his ring. He says he is the only one anyone answers to. He wants the operation shut down within the hour, all the immigrants are to be set free with $1000 each and Reva and Dr. Chase are to be dropped off at the hospital. Danny: “There are SOME things the Santos family does NOT do and THIS is one of them.” At Casa Santos: Abuela is sitting in the garden. Danny arrives and she says she heard he had been busy. He says she has to. He asks if she wants to make it a contest and tells her that she loses. Danny confronts his grandmother about the slave ring. He asks what she was thinking. He tells her that he is out and that she never needed him anyway. He tells her that Michelle is pregnant with his baby and that is all he cares about. He doesn’t want the other garbage. He tells her that there is nothing she can do to change his mind. He storms out and she grabs the phone. She calls someone and tells them that they have a problem.At Cedars: Michelle tells Danny that he doesn’t have to apologize to her since she should be apologizing to him. She tells him that she was the one that pushed him away and she is sorry. He kisses her on the cheek. Michelle tells Danny that Meta came by and she told her what had happened with May. Danny thought that was a bad thing until Michelle told him that she was on their side as well. Danny was surprised. Michelle told him that her fears when she was talking to May was that she had lost him for good and he had already moved on. Michelle: “I was afraid that you only came back for the baby.” Danny: “I came back because I love you.” She said she was worried that he had only came back to her because of the baby. Danny tells her that he loves her and always has. Michelle tells him she loves him as well. Danny tells Michelle that he had been thinking about what Ray had told them awhile back. He said that he reminded them that they made vows and that they have to stick together. They will have to say good-bye to a lot, but it is better that they are on their own and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. He tells her that Abuela made it easy by crossing a line that he would never have crossed. Michelle asks him if that means nothing is standing in their way. She is excited and ready to go away with him. They both realize they owe it to their baby and it is the only way. Danny tells her that he wants to get away the next morning and tells Michelle he will gather together their passports and some cash. He kisses her and leaves her room. He meets up with Rick in the lobby and asks him to help him get Michelle released ASAP. He tells him he wants to get Michelle out of town as soon as he can so they can make a clean start. Rick wants to know where they will go but Danny tells him it will be safer for him not to know. He tells him he knows Michelle will miss him and Meta but it is the safest way. Rick goes to talk to Michelle. Rick asks Michelle if she is scared. She says she is but it is the only way to make a clean break from the Santos family. Rick says it was hard enough when she moved to NYC, but now she will have to disappear from the face of the earth. Rick: “Relocation is one thing, evaporation is another.” Michelle says he is right but the only way she would stay is if it would endanger the baby to travel. Rick tells her that the baby will be fine and kisses her. He tells her that was just in case he doesn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Claire comes in and Michelle tells her that she and Danny are leaving. Claire is upset and adamantly against it and tries to talk her daughter out of it. She tells Michelle that they won’t be able to call or fax, use their credit cards or bank accounts. Claire tells her to be tough, smart and alert and to think of herself and the baby first. She leaves. Claire goes out and asks Rick if he knew Michelle was leaving with Danny. He tells her that he did and she wonders why he didn’t tell her or at least try to stop them. Rick tells her that Michelle will be fine. Claire calls him an idiot and is very upset. Rick wants to know what she isn’t telling him. He tells her that she is scaring him and he needs to know what is going on. Outside, Danny is continuing through the lobby and runs into Reva who smiles at him. She asks him to stop in and see Noah. He goes in and tells her that he isn’t good at hospital visits like his cousin Father Ray is. Noah thanks Danny for stopping by. Reva tells him she wants to thank him as well and Danny acts like he doesn’t know what she is talking about. She tells him that she overheard every word he said when he came to the warehouse last night. Danny tells her she must be mistaken. She tells him that he saved their lives. Danny says even if it were him there is no need to thank him. She says she also overheard ‘someone’ at the warehouse say that the Santos part of the operation was over. Danny tells her that if she has a story, she should go with it. Reva thinks it may hurt him if she does the story and he assures her that it won’t matter because he won’t be there. He tells her that he and Michelle have reconciled and they are leaving town together. He also tells her about the baby. Reva is happy for them and Noah congratulates them as well. Reva tells Danny she would also like to know what happened to the others. He tells her that he heard they were on their way to Chicago with their ID and passports as well as enough money to get them settled. Reva is glad. Danny tells them he has to get going and leaves after they thank him once more. Noah tells Reva that whatever Danny may have said doesn’t matter; she should not pursue the story for her own safety.May is asking Tony for her final paycheck. She wants to leave since Danny is back with Michelle. Tony tells her to hang around since the reconciliation may not take. He says she can kill time with him and share a few laughs. Danny comes in and tells Tony and May that he is leaving and taking Michelle with him. He lets them know that they have worked through everything and are back together. Danny tells Tony if he plays his cards right with Abuela, Infierno could be his. Tony asks Danny if he thinks Abuela would let him run the joint, when Danny didn’t want him to work there at all. Danny says there really isn’t anyone else to run the place. Danny’s advice to Tony: “Don’t be greedy & don’t be stupid, take care of your brother too…he does…and so does St. Michael’s give him some cash now and then.” Tony suddenly is supportive in Danny’s decision. Danny says goodbye to May and tells her not to quit and to stay at the club, unless Tony gets too forward to her. May is glad that things worked out for Danny and Michelle. She mentioned that she told Michelle about her and Danny. Tony is surprised and thinks that May did it to make Michelle leave Danny but she tells him that wasn’t why she told. She tells Tony how Claire tricked her into telling Michelle. Danny overhears and tells her he should have realized that Claire was behind it. He said it is just another reason they have to leave town. Danny tells her to take care and he grabs the cash and leaves. Tony struts around the club announcing that they are in “Tony’s Infierno”. He hits the stereo and starts dancing around the club. May stands to the side and cries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IZeFGSOO2Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsmABM6AEbk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loqo0aipgHw

My Comments:

Something is a bit off between November 7th and the 8th either the recaps I have or the clip order is off. I’m not really sure which.

The part of this I don’t get is if May was an agent is she deliberately trying to break up Manny again for professional or personal reasons or really believed Claire. However, May totally doesn’t get what Michelle is talking about I think regardless. I think in the second part she could be doing it deliberately, but honestly I’m not 100% sure. It’s the “You want me to say it out loud?” bit is the one one that doesn’t sound like it could have been genuine, but maybe that was just poor delivery.  It does play pretty well that Michelle thinks May is talking about his involvement in avenging Carmen’s death and May is talking with Danny sleeping with May.

Really May isn’t good at reading people, even after she goes back to being Mary so that part rings true. I am happy that Michelle understands the situation so clearly and moves on quickly. It was probably just because they had so much other story coming, but I prefer to think of it as Michelle showing character growth. Was that blocking deliberate? Danny couldn’t physically get to Michelle because May was blocking him. May should have told on Claire whether she was faking or not, I mean why protect her? It isn’t like Claire would ever pay back a favor.  I’m glad that Danny’s main concern was the baby. Actually this is one of May’s more spot on movie references with “Gone With the Wind.” I wish Danny wasn’t being so supportive of May here. May doesn’t deserve Danny’s support and she should at least feel guilty about it later when she screws him over. Of course the other way to look at it was that May meant so little to him, that her presence wasn’t a concern.

Again I used to really love Claire back in the day before she cracked just before Michelle’s birth, but I don’t believe for one minute that Claire took herself out for dinner to celebrate Michelle’s birthday and thought about Michelle. She might have taken her out to eat to celebrate having escaped being a mother.  She MIGHT have done it the one year before when she started to talk herself into being a mother. 2:20 Love Aunt Meta “Everyone needs an Aunt Meta.” I also really like how Claire is strong, but Meta isn’t haven’t any of it.

That is scary when your grandmother goes down in a fit. Glad to see a little bit more Pilar. I thought we’d already seen her last scene. I really wish this wasn’t the same Abuela from the start. I wish she was a great aunt or something. I want the Abuela who loved Danny and supported Manny to be real. Oh, Abuela, is that wishful thinking or is Danny really like his father. I’d really like to know.

Again Danny makes sure Michelle and the baby are OK first each time he comes. I’m glad Michelle admits that she was jealous and mad and that she understands. That wouldn’t have happened before this first real break up. It was awful, but it does make them stronger as a couple. No one is a better nuzzler than Danny. I didn’t really care for his attempt at humor though, that was a bit soon. I love that he doesn’t even give her half a beat, he just instantly cuts in “NO!” it wasn’t just the baby, when Michelle starts with her fear he was only there for the baby.

Oh, I really love Danny’s “oh, you’ll be sorry” smile. Danny: “There are SOME things the Santos family does NOT do and THIS is one of them.” Seriously Danny always did have lines he didn’t cross even at his worst. He wouldn’t have anything to do with drugs or the slave trade and the only time he actually tried to kill people was in self-defense or defense of others. I don’t know if I’d have told Abuela about the baby, Danny. That seems like a big risk to me when you didn’t have to.

One thing you have to give Reva credit for, unlike Josh, she is grateful for Danny saving her life and doesn’t forget it. Reva is always friendly to Danny after this and I think cuts Tony some extra slack later based on his relationship with Danny. You wouldn’t have wanted anybody else to tell May Danny? You mean like how May told Michelle when you should have, Danny? See that’s just a little thick. On Tony’s behalf, he basically is given Infierno a couple of times, just to have it yanked away again, it isn’t fair.

“This is why I have to bail on this town.” I think that’s still Danny’s attitude when he finally does leave. Although selfishly I’m glad they stayed on screen, really it would have better for them to leave town.

Michelle Learns She Is Pregnant Again Sept. 19 – 29 2000

March 8, 2013

Tues., Sept. 19, 2000 – At the Bauers: Rick tells Michelle that she has to go in for a checkup that morning since she fainted last night. She refuses to go and Claire comes in with her medical bag. Claire gives her a little exam while Michelle tells her that she is just stressed out. Claire takes some blood as she realizes Michelle’s symptoms are lightheadedness and nausea. Claire gets the tubes and gives them to Rick. He is going to drop them off at the lab. Michelle tells them to get lost so she can have some peace and quiet. Claire starts to leave and Michelle asks her to stick around. Claire is shocked that Michelle wants her to stay and says that she is now lightheaded. She sits down at the table with Michelle. Claire offers to help Michelle study if she needs it. Michelle thinks that may be great. She asks Claire how everything is going at the hospital. Claire is happy there and said that there are a lot of nice people there. Michelle asks about Alan Spaulding and Claire tells her that there is nothing going on there, yet. Claire tries to change the subject but Michelle won’t let it drop. She tells her that Alan has a very bad reputation. Claire tells her that she does as well. She offers to fix her a bite to eat and then leaves. Claire comes back in and tells Michelle that she is pregnant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEoWjC99acQ (Today’s episode starts 1:42 in)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw6W5J5JkWU

Wed., Sept. 20, 2000 – At the Bauers: Michelle questions Claire about the pregnancy and she tells her that it is definitely sure. Claire suggests she tell Danny but Michelle tells her it is too late for that, Danny is with the Santos now. Claire asks her if this changes how she feels about Danny and the divorce. Michelle said it doesn’t and now she has to protect more then herself. Claire is glad. Michelle says that she has to tell him though. Claire tells Michelle that she doesn’t have to tell him because medically it is just a few multiplying cells and she can sever this last tie with Danny once and for all. Claire thinks she should have an abortion. Michelle says that she can’t. Claire tells her that Danny will use the baby to tie her to the Santos family forever. Michelle tells her he wouldn’t do that and the baby will be a Bauer not a Santos. Claire said that the mob families would use the baby to get to Danny and put the baby in danger. Michelle said she would be worried if Carmen was still alive but she isn’t. Michelle tells Claire that Danny will let them go and be safe. Michelle tells her that she is trying to tell her the only way to protect the baby is to deny it life and she doesn’t want to do that. Michelle is upset and wants some time to think but Claire tells her that she doesn’t have time and needs to decide now. Michelle is crying. Claire tells her that she will not be happy or fulfilled with Danny and then there is med school. Claire tells her that she has to think of these things now. Michelle wonders why Claire wants this and wonders if it is because abortion is legal and smothering a screaming baby isn’t. Claire is stunned. She apologizes and says that she just wants to be part of her life now. Michelle tells Claire that it is convenient because she is all grown up now. But unlike Claire, she wants diapers and crying. She wants a baby. Claire tells her that she wants that for her just not with Danny. Rick comes up and Claire leaves to meet Alan. Michelle asks him if he also thinks it is a terrible thing. Rick tells her that he thinks it is great and they could really use a sweet little baby around the house. He hugs her and tells her to take vitamins and drink juice and milk. She hugs him and tells him that Claire just spent the longest time telling her to get an abortion. Michelle tells him that Claire was talking about Danny and his rights. Rick said she will get sole custody and he and Meta and her will raise the baby together. Michelle thanks him and he fixes her a snack. He leaves to go take a shower and Michelle pulls off her wedding ring to do the dishes and looks at it. At the same time, at Millennium, Danny is looking at his but leaves it on his hand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K4l2197UIY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6pg8h-Z6YM

Mon., Sept. 25, 2000 – At the Bauers: Meta and Michelle are talking about the pregnancy. Meta is very supportive and asks her what she is going to do. Michelle tells her that Claire suggested an abortion. Meta said that Claire would say something like that but wants to know what Michelle wants. Michelle says that Claire is right about some things but she really wants the baby. Michelle: “It’s good it’s Danny’s baby because I get to keep a part of him, the best part.” She says she can’t let Danny be a part of the baby’s life. She is going to have to leave Springfield. Meta asks where Michelle would go and she said she may go to New York to stay with Drew but she would miss her family. Meta asks her how long she will go. If she leaves now would she ever be able to come home. She tells her if she shows up in a year with a baby, Danny would wonder. Meta thinks she should stay there and stand her ground with her family behind her for support. Meta tells her that there will be rough times ahead but it will be worth it. Michelle agrees and starts to leave to go tell Claire her decision. Meta tells her to tell Claire to stick it in her ear. Meta: “Bauer Babies are mighty pretty.” ♥ She tells Michelle she is happy for her and Michelle leaves. Danny is there to ask about a bill for Ray’s stay. He goes to the elevator and runs into Michelle. Michelle tries to ignore him but he stops her and asks why she can’t be polite at least. Danny: “What’s that all about…you can’t say hello, what am I invisible.” Michelle: “Don’t you know how much it hurts to look at you?” She tells him it hurts too much. He tells her that he would have pulled out his heart and gave it to her he loved her so. She said all she wanted was for him to deny his family’s ways. He said she would never understand that everything he did was to accomplish that for her. He says that she thinks she is the only one that knows right from wrong. He asks her if she ever loved him, he doesn’t know how he ever fit into her picture of perfection. He tells her that in the real world you have to do what you have to do to protect the ones you love. He tells her that he is glad he is back with his family who accepts him for who he is and doesn’t make him wake up thinking he is wrong and needing to apologize for being a terrible person. He leaves Michelle crying. She asks a nurse to call Rick for her. Rick comes and Michelle is bawling as he holds her. She says that she saw Danny and he hates her. She tells him it is a sign and she can’t go through with the pregnancy. He tells her that she can’t, she has to give herself some time. He tells her to talk to Harley, she had been through it all before and can give her some prospective. She calms down and says that he may be right. Danny comes in after everyone had left. He talks to Ray. He tells her how Michelle just walked by him at the hospital and he snapped at her. He tells him that he didn’t apologize for who he is and that he told her the truth. He said he told her he did what he had to so they could be free and now she is gone. Danny tells Ray that there is no point in pretending that he is someone he isn’t any longer. He tells Ray that he is heading up the family now. Ray tells him that he can still back out. Danny tells him that he can’t get out now. He wants to run the family and never look back. Ray wants him to think about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzrP4UqpJas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfPCKAmjXa4

Not sure which date this is sadly it’s May’s first scene, also some nice Marony fall out stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4xAQVufJLI

Thurs., Sept. 28, 2000 – At the Bauers: Harley knocks on the door and comes in to talk to Michelle. Michelle asks if she was busy and Harley tells her that she was in the neighborhood when she got her message. She tells Michelle that she spoke to Rick and knows that she is pregnant. Michelle tells her that Rick said she would be good to talk to. Harley says she is still dealing with Susan 14 years later. Michelle said she knows she wouldn’t be able to give the baby up for adoption. Harley asks about Danny but Michelle says it is because of Danny that she is considering not having the baby. Harley said she thought she loved Danny and she said she does but can’t let the baby be in the type of life Danny has. Aunt Meta comes in and tells Michelle she looks a lot better. Michelle says she is better and is going to keep her baby. Aunt Meta is happy and asks if she is still worried about Danny. Michelle tells her that she will deal with it somehow. Aunt Meta tells her that she may start knitting baby booties after she learns how. She asks Michelle if she would like to take a yoga class with her. Michelle tells her that she wants to wait another six weeks just to be sure the baby will make it. Meanwhile, she is going to file for a divorce. Danny and Tony have an argument over May and Tony decides Danny is interested in May. At Laurel Falls: Danny is walking through the wood and thinking of Michelle and the first time they made love there and their wedding. Meanwhile, Michelle is doing the same thing. They walk into each other. Michelle sees Danny and runs the other way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzO9l06A1UQ

Fri., Sept. 29, 2000 – At the Bauers: Michelle pours some coffee for Ross. He asks if she is sure about the divorce and tells her that if Danny contests it, it could go on for years. She confides to Ross that she is pregnant and he tells her that could complicate things. Michelle doesn’t want the baby raised as a Santos or Danny involved in its life. She wants to get the divorce before Danny finds out she is pregnant. Ross tells her it will get complicated and Danny will be able to fight for visitation. Michelle says everyone knows about the Santos family and she’ll have Frank and David testify because they are cops.  Ross: “It doesn’t matter if they’re saints, it’s still hearsay.” Michelle: “Fine! I’ll tell Danny he’s not the father.” Ross: “That’s not only cruel it won’t work.” Michelle tells him she will have Danny declared an unfit parent but Ross says she has no proof. Michelle finally tells Ross that Danny ordered a hit on someone. Ross wants to know if she is sure. She says that is what made her want the divorce. He tells her that she is an accessory too. If she is divorced from Danny, she has to report it but not if she is still married. Ross tells her he will file the papers and they will take it one day at a time. She says if she has to, she will leave town. Ross wants her to stay in town and congratulates her.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whpR411ycuc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epwjnwT2d58

My Comments:
I loved Claire back when she was with Fletcher and honestly, while they’d never be a great couple, I see Claire and Alan having serious contention for minor couplehood. I actually think they are good for each other. I was actually kind of sorry when he threw her over for Olivia who isn’t near as good a match for either him nor Phillip (although I thought she had some potential with Buzz).

While anyone would have seriously concerns with having Claire as a parent or a friend (at this point in her life), she was an awesome doctor who I would have complete and total faith in as a doctor.

It’s sad they finally got the hang of how to do Michelle’s hair this color and length in the last month or so that she aired. Apparently we missed a nice Marony scene there judging by Marah’s reaction.Suddenly the club is hopping again. 5:00 Claire tells Michelle she’s pregnant. I wonder if Claire is actually questioning whether she did the right thing for a second there. No, Claire Michelle isn’t mourning for Danny again, she never stopped.

Tony give it up, you’re not convincing Danny. Claire doesn’t understand Manny at all, either one of them. This abortion stuff is even worse when you know Robbie the lovely boy that they would be aborted. This Frank, Reva, Danny being friends apart from Michelle is kind of nice. This must be about the 1st time Danny is involved with construction. I’m glad Michelle didn’t get over that, she seems to most of the time, I never did. :( Danny’s big bad contact is his grandmother. :-)

Glad Uncle Rick is so happy to have a nephew from word one, they always were close. Meta, really is the best Great-Great-Aunt ever. Everyone needs an Aunt Meta. In the Stenz version of Manny their wedding rings were always very important and seemed to form an tangible connection between them. They always showed them in close-up. This David is such a jerk. I’m ashamed of Frank though even if doesn’t believe Danny’s good, he should know he isn’t stupid.

I love the conservatory. The rose is lovely. Normally I love rings with red stones, but I really, really HATE the sight of Danny’s father’s ring on his finger. If I was going to write an illegal immigrant story this shouldn’t be it. I like that after Ray #2 joins the show Danny starts dropping a few Spanish phrases too. “Por favor” please in Spanish. This is 1st sign that Abuela isn’t the sweet lady we loved.

I’m glad that Ray is suspicious of Abuela already. Oh, how I wish he wasn’t right. Oh, Abuela #2 Danny was 100% right, stop pitching a pout. Good for Ray for saying some harsh truths.I’m so glad Meta came back. She really filled an important place in town. It’s really nice that they mention Drew and Jessie so much, even if never appear on screen again. I wish Meta would have shared some of her life experience with Michelle. 8:50 Bauer Power! Oh Meta volunteered for all that babysitting.

Lots of Manny fans really hate this exchange, this is not true to their characters at all. OH, Danny I feel your hurt.  This is just awful. Not that you don’t have a point, but really. Good for Rick “He doesn’t hate you.” Harley was a good person to talk to this about.

May/Mary’s first scene, I hate her. Glad Ray is just taking a firm stand with Danny.  This attempt to create a 1940s small movie character and put her in Springfield. I’m guessing the girl with Tony was Marah. I’m not sure if May was always supposed to be undercover or not. She does look a lot like Trish, could be her daughter. “the car key facial.” Nice wardrobe choice with the scarf for her demonstrating the strap.

We first met Harley right at the end of this story she just told Michelle, she had just given up baby Daisy/Susan. Pay attention to old episodes and report back, did Meta know how to knit? I’d guess she did.

2:00 Final Stenz Manny scene According to PAS he didn’t know this would be their last scene when they shot it and he was sorry they didn’t know. This is also the last time they flashback to the 3rd wedding which was their most frequent Manny flashback. Really Ross couldn’t you have “lost” the paperwork for a while, if not with this divorce, then by the next one you should have a clue.

I like Ross standing up to Michelle’s stupid plan. Ross should say, you’re too much like Blake – you’re going to change your mind within a month I’m sure. Ross needs to lose the papers for awhile and buy us some time. Glad they shout out both to Ross’ friendship with Ed and Michelle’s friendship with Abby (sadly about the last Abby shout out).

I had a rabbit skin muff, what’s strange about that. I know Ross is Michelle’s lawyer, but honestly I think he owes Danny at least an I’m sorry, she’s making a mistake like Blake did I’ve been there.

Tony Santos is Introduced Aug 29 – Aug 31

February 26, 2013

Tues., August 29, 2000 – At Millennium: Ray comes in and interrupts Danny and Pilar’s meeting about the accounting of the club. Pilar gets fed up with the paperwork and leaves. Ray and Danny talk about Michelle and the Santos. Ray asks him if he is trying to get back with her. He tells Ray that he is trying to be an honest businessman. He also says that he could go back to the family any second. Ray asked him what was more important. Being in charge or being with Michelle. Pilar interrupts with a call for Ray. His brother Tony is in town and desperate to see him. He tells him to meet him at Millennium. Ray tells Danny that Tony is in town which means he is in some sort of trouble. Danny asks about Tony and Ray tells him that he knows he is living the life and drinking, gambling and fighting. He tells him he is sure he is in trouble. Ray said he steps on all the families’ toes and he didn’t care whose which could lead him to serious trouble. They talk about the past and how hardheaded Tony is. Ray said that Tony just wants him to bail him out of some trouble. Ray tells him that his father took a bullet in the head when Tony was 11 and when he was 13 his mom died. He said he tried to tell Tony that everything would be okay and Tony only replied, “the hell it would” and he was only 4 years old. Ray thinks that he should have helped Tony more and not worried about devoting his life to God so much. He feels he may have failed his brother. Just then Tony comes in. He is giving the bartender a hard time wanting a drink but having no ID. Tony and Danny reintroduce themselves and Danny tells him that he can have anything he wants to drink as long as there is no alcohol in it. Tony and Ray sit down with Danny and Tony admits that he is in a lot of trouble. Tony tells them that Chicago has gotten bad since Uncle Fedrico died. He tells them that he got in a fight with some punks and one of them fell through a plate glass window. He lived but his father was none to pleased and put a contract out on Tony. And he left and came there. He tells them that they are after him. Ray tells him he has to rethink his life. Tony said he needs someone to call in some favors. Danny tells Ray to take his car and take him over to the monastery with him. Danny tells him that he will call Abuela and see if she can get the heat off Tony. Until then he tells Tony to turn himself into the invisible man. They walk out into the alley and a van stops. The doors open and they start shooting at Tony. Tony and Ray get behind some garbage cans and when the shooting stops Tony gets up and returns fire at the guys. One of the guys shot back at Tony and Ray jumps up to stop him from hitting Tony and gets shot himself. The van pulls off and Danny comes out asking what happened. He checks on Ray and tells Tony to get out of sight. He tells him that if Ray is hurt he will pay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ohhaaaiWqM

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Wed., August 30, 2000 – At Cedars: Rick comes out and tells Danny that Ray is in bad shape and wonders what had happened. Danny told him that it was just a random drive by which he really didn’t see because he was inside the club at the time. Rick is skeptical. Danny doesn’t want Rick to tell Michelle, it would do her no good to know. Rick thinks Danny doesn’t want her to know because she would jump to conclusions about the shooting as well. Danny assures Rick there was nothing about him or his family that triggered the shooting. Rick tells him if that were true there wouldn’t be two Santos guards in front of Ray’s room. Rick left. At the Bauers: Michelle opened the door to Aunt Meta. She was back from New York because she was worried about her and Rick. She said she hadn’t heard from her in a while and was hoping everything was all right. Michelle tells her about Danny and that she had to end things. Meta tells her that she is proud of her but hopes that she is sure of what she wants. Meta gives Michelle good advice. Meta: “Keep your eyes open, so if there is a second chance you can see it.”  Rick walks in and greets Meta. They hug and he tells Michelle about Ray. He tells her that when she gets there she can see the nurse and she will make an excuse for Danny to leave so Michelle won’t have to run into him. Michelle leaves. Later, Meta asks Rick about Abby. He tells her that because he loved her he had to let her go. Meta understood and told him that she is so proud of him and Michelle both. She is there now and will bring some normalcy back into their lives. She tells Rick that someday he will find his mate and will be way ahead of the game. Danny went in to see Ray after a nurse came and said he was coming to. Ray asked Danny over and over about Tony. Danny told him that he is fine and wondered what had happened in the alley. Ray told him about the van and again asked about Tony. Danny said that Abuela had stashed Tony and was making calls on the situation. Danny asked if he could get Ray anything and he asked for his rosary. Danny tells him he would stop by the rectory and pick it up. Ray goes to sleep with Danny sitting next to him. Danny talks about how much he loves and respects Ray for getting out of the “life” clean. Tony comes up to the door and is stopped by the guards. Danny sees him and tells him he is stupid for being there. He takes Tony out into the parking lot and curses him for what had happened to Ray. He lost control and started beating Tony senseless. And of course, Michelle walks in and begins to scream at him. When he stopped hitting Tony she ran off crying and scared. Danny begged her to listen to him but she wouldn’t.

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Thurs., August 31, 2000 – At the Bauers: Danny came in begging Michelle for forgiveness and another chance. She doesn’t understand how he could be so gentle and loving with her and turn on Tony and beat him so savagely. She didn’t want any excuses so Danny just told her that he was upset and that he was Ray’s brother. She is so upset and he grabs her holding her while she cries. Rick comes in and demands Danny let her go. Finally he does and Michelle leaves the room in tears. Rick tells Danny to leave Michelle alone she doesn’t want his kind of life. Danny is crying telling Rick how much he loves his sister. Danny: “I love her more than you or anybody else could possibly, possibly imagine!” After awhile Danny accepts it and tells Rick to take care of Michelle and he would not bother her any more. Danny leaves and Michelle comes back in still in tears. Meta is in the Bauer kitchen when Claire comes in. Meta says, “Hello, Dr. Ramsey.” She introduced herself and tells her that she has been filled in on everything that is going on. Claire asks about Michelle and Meta tells her she is in her room crying her eyes out. She tells Claire that Michelle is a wonderfully sensitive woman just like her mother. Claire starts to smile until Meta says, “Yes, Maureen was a wonderful woman.” Claire starts to move past Meta to go see Michelle and Meta says, “Don’t you dare.” She tells Claire that she knows how she has tried to undermined Danny and Michelle as well as Rick and Abby not to mention how she blackmailed Rick for all these years when there was nothing for her to blackmail him with. (Turns out that she had only pretended that she changed the grades, he passed on his own.) Claire tells her that she didn’t hear from any of this from Michelle. Meta informed her that she did and from Rick as well. Meta: “I am not as magnanimous as Rick or as innocent as Michelle and if you create a ripple in their lives….I will hurt you…take me seriously.” Claire left, angry. At the hospital: Danny comes in very upset after his visit with Michelle and tells Abuela that it is all over now. He tells her that he will never let love for someone consume him again. Then he tells her that he is ready to take over the family if she will let him. She tells him he has to want it and he assures her he does. She is happy and gives him his father’s ring that she has held for this special day. He goes over all his plans to computerize the books and get military surveillance and security as well as bringing casinos into Millennium so that he can launder money through the club. Abuela tells Danny that she is very proud of him because he isn’t afraid to admit his mistakes and knows that the other families will be glad to see him back in the fold as well. Tony walks up behind them as Danny slips the ring on his pinkie. He asks about Ray and then begs Abuela to let him stay in Springfield with his family. She tells him it is all up to Danny now as head of the family. Tony thinking it is a lost cause starts to walk away. Danny calls out that “Ray’s brother is welcome.” He tells Tony they will find a place for him and holds his hand out. Tony comes over to Danny, kneels down and kisses Danny’s ring.

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My Comments:
Oh, Claire that’s a good plan, not to try anymore. You do hurt people when you try to help them. You’re not good at manipulation, everyone gets hurt including you.

This was a good Rick – Michelle scene. I agree. Claire used to be a good person, fun, clever, a good friend, and a great part of a couple, but since the whole Michelle was conceived thing and the fall out she truly never recovered. Danny and Pilar working together is sweet. Ray is giving a little honest talk to Danny. Danny does need to get this I could run the family attitude out of system. 5:10 First Tony mention. That doesn’t work with the established timeline at all. Did they just mess that up? Fedrico is Ray & Tony’s father.

I think that bartender was there when Drew still owned the place. Back to handling mob violence, but I really think they messed up the family history to what they have it be later. Great Dannyism dropped in there: “Make yourself the invisible man.”  OK I cut a lot of slack on special effects, but those were terrible gun sound effects.

So glad Aunt Meta is back she’s really a great part of the Manny story from here until she passes away. Once Manny get together for real and Meta understands that Danny is very different from Ted White, she is one of the strongest Manny supporters. Meta is giving good advice “Keep your eyes open, so if there is a second chance you can see it.” Danny is right, nothing is decided & Rick is out of line. Rick still doesn’t get Danny, but he gets better soon.

This is one of the low points of Danny’s life, with both Michelle and Ray at risk to him and he takes everything out on Tony, but Tony kind of deserves this. He needs a week up call. These gray pants are my least favorite Michelle pants ever. She looks horrible in them.

Although it would take them off screen, it would have always been for the best if they would have left town sooner. I think part of this was naivete on Michelle’s part she did love all of Danny and putting limits and conditions on that love is stupid. Rick is being terrible here, he really doesn’t have any idea what Manny have. Danny: “I love her more than you or anybody else could possibly, possibly imagine!” I think Danny even now was creating a plan to eventually win Michelle back.

That ring is very important they don’t talk about what it means to Danny right now, but he will often in the next few months. When he looks at that ring when he says something it is important.

1970s Guiding Light Synopsis

February 25, 2013

I just published a page with this same information and I’ll keep it up to date if they add more. Although it looks like they haven’t in a month.

Classic Soap Opera Digest is scanning soap synopsis from Soap Opera Digest in the 1970s. I’ll be adding the links below as they are loaded. Pages appear in order – Upper left, Upper right, Lower left, Lower right. Click on each page in turn to enlarge to read. The dates are for the month printed they were at least a month behind what was appearing on screen. I haven’t attempted to summarize the synopsis, but I have listed the people (by real name and by character name) in photos included with the synopsis to make them easier to find. This isn’t my project, but I wanted to bring it to your attention. The project also includes other soap operas, but I’ll just be linking to those that are Guiding Light.

March 1976 – Photos Everett McGill (Chad Richards, who was involved with Hope and Leslie) and Gary Hamnock (Freddie (Rick) Bauer as a young boy, Barbara Berger (Barbara Norris Thorpe, Holly, Ken, and Andy’s mother, currently married to Roger’s father).
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=115

April 1976  – Photos Stephan Schnabel (Dr. Stephen Jackson, Ed’s mentor and Rick’s maternal grandfather) , Mark Hulswit (Ed Bauer) with his real life wife Maria.
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=357

May 1976 – Photos Don Stewart (the always awesomesauce Mike Bauer)
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=497

June 1976 – Interviews with Mary Stuart (Meta Bauer) and Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer)
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=527
Photo Anthony Call (Dr. Joe Werner)
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=616

July 1976 – Photos Jordan Clarke (in his original role of Dr. Tim Ryan, you probably know him better as Billy Lewis) and Maureen Silliman (Pam Chandler)
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=764

August 1976 – Photo of Milette Alexander (Dr. Sara McIntyre Werner)
http://fnaf.net/classicsod/?p=926

A Typical House by Robansuefarm Part 1

January 31, 2013

Author’s Note: This time I am the author in addition to publisher. So far I haven’t gotten as much fanfic writing as I hoped in the new year and I need something happy to balance this sad part of the Manny story and I’d have to say this ties as the favorite story that I wrote.  Enjoy!

A Typical House: A  Story of Manny in California by Robansuefarm

It was a typical house on a typical street in a typical California town. It was never meant to be a dream house, a forever house. It was a some place to live house, a fresh start house and their finances had been up and down so much in the last 10 years before they’d bought it that they had to have her father co-sign the loan. He hadn’t wanted to take the help, but it was either that or touch her education trust fund and he absolutely refused to do that. He intended that eventually she’d go back and finish school and so he had taken the offered help with better grace than anyone who knew him would have expected. It still rankled though and he was now far ahead in the payments and had done a lot of work on the house both inside and out, much of it by himself, until it was something of a showplace in the neighborhood, to make it his own in spite of the help he had taken.

He had inherited enough of his parent’s taste that the house was showy but elegant with just a touch of new money. His masculine taste prevailed in the front room, the dining room, and his study, the rooms where they dealt with outsiders. Her taste prevailed in the rest of the house where the family lived. Everything was simple, quality, and homey, the sure sign of Maureen Bauer’s influence (except for a couple of drawers that were all their own in their bedroom that they kept locked away from little eyes and little fingers).

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Young tow-haired Robbie Santos bustled into his father’s study. He thought the 3rd grade certainly was harder than 2nd. He had a project he wanted his Dad’s help with and he wanted to be all ready when he came in. He pushed up at the sleeves of his Cubs baseball shirt. It was just like his Dad’s and they always wore them to watch Cubs games together. Robbie carefully arranged his work space on the table Daddy had for him and Hope to the side of the room. He arranged the poster board, markers, etc. Mommy always told him that it was important to have a place for everything and everything in its place. He took his time, knowing it would be a bit before his dad got there.

Robbie had peeked into the kitchen on his way by and seen his dad with his arms wrapped around his mom from behind, kissing her neck and giving his throaty laugh, the one he saved just for Mommy. Some kids his age might object to their parents acting like that, but Robbie still had a dark memory of a time when they’d stopped and he wasn’t about to let that happen again. He was glad to see it now and he knew Mommy would kick Daddy out of the kitchen soon anyway so he could help him. She’d want to have supper waiting when Megan’s mom dropped off Hope from her play date and Mommy always said she never could get anything else done with him around once Daddy started that laugh. Robbie looked at the clock, Hope would be home in about 30 minutes. He always knew right where his younger sister Hope was. Mommy and Daddy had said it was his job to watch out for her and he took his duty very seriously.

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“Hey, Tiger, Whatcha working on?” Danny looked down with pride at his son. “Blonde like Michelle, Aunt Meta,” he thought as he ruffled his hand in his son’s hair. He thought how when he was his son’s age he never could have imagined his life turning out as well as this, as happy as he was, and he shook his head thinking how he had almost let it slip through his fingers more than once, but never again, never again.

Robbie was talking. “I’m doing a project for school, Daddy, and I want your help.”

“Sure. What’s the project?”

Proudly he said, “I’m making a family tree.”

And there it was, just when he least expected it, the exceptionalism of his family hit him again. Sometimes it was exceptionally good, like when Ed took the kids and he and Michelle had the house to themselves and could unlock those special drawers and sometimes exceptionally bad, like this when he was suddenly faced with explaining his family history to his son.

“Buy time,” he thought. “Buy time.”

“Tiger, this looks like a lot of work. I think we ought to get your Mom’s help too and that means after supper. Why don’t you go help her finish up in the kitchen?”

Robbie looked up prepared to argue. He wanted to work on it now, but looking up, just for a second, he saw the steel flash in his father’s eyes and he knew from experience it didn’t pay to try to argue when Daddy looked like that or even to try to understand right then why he looked like that, you just did what he said. Robbie sighed. It would be nice to have both of his parents’ attention and help later. He got up and ran off to help his mother.


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