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.
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.
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):
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.
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=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)
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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