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Aftermath April 5-6 2001

August 19, 2014

Tues., April 3, 2001 – This clip doesn’t have anything Manny, but if you are going to watch the full episode below, this helps set up the Rassie stuff.

Wed., April 4, 2001 – At the Bauers: Danny is starting to lose his comprehension of what’s going on as blood loss and fever kick in. Michelle recaps telling Danny the bullet went straight through him and assures him that he will be okay. She tells him that Tony and Rick left to get the bad guys to follow them and that she and the baby are fine. She is applying pressure to the bleeding but wants to call an ambulance. He tells her they can’t call anyone, the cops will screw it all up. She promises not to call them but apparently one of the neighbors heard the shots and called it in did because they hear a cop car siren outside. Michelle tells him they have to get him upstairs right away so they won’t see him. She helps him out of the chair and up the steps to their room.
Outside, Harley and Frank are looking around. Someone called with reports of gunfire. They find the one hit man in the bushes dead. Frank goes to the door of the house. Michelle is inside cleaning up and covering the blood on the chair with a quilt. Frank and Harley come in and ask what is going on. She tells them that the hit man came and Danny ran. She doesn’t know where he is. They aren’t convinced and ask her to trust them. They tell her they can help her. Michelle tells them that Danny left with Tony in Rick’s car. She goes over what happened with Abuela and the hit men coming in. They tell her that the guy outside has a broken neck. Harley goes to put out an APB on Danny and Tony so they can find them and protect them. Harley and Frank talk about the situation. Michelle says she wants to check on the baby. Frank tells her to get some sleep if she can. Michelle goes into her room and tries to get Danny to wake up. She is worried about his blood loss and tries to check his wound again. Michelle calls Claire and asks her to help her. She tells her that it is Danny and she wouldn’t have called if it weren’t an emergency. She asks Claire if she can trust her and begs her to help her. Claire tells her she doesn’t have a great track record with trust but she will do anything for her. Michelle thanks her for being honest and tells her that Danny has been shot. She tells her not to let on to Alan what is going on and there are also cops downstairs she will have to dodge but she needs her to help them. Claire tells her she can handle it and will be over there as soon as she can. Claire comes in with a gym bag. She tells the cops she was driving by and saw the cars. She wants to see Michelle and the baby. They tell her to leave but she doesn’t. She barges in and Michelle asks what she is doing there. She yells at Michelle asking why the mob was in the same house as her grandson and then demands she see him right away. Michelle takes her up telling Harley and Frank that is the only way to get rid of her. Harley tells Frank she is going to go up and help Michelle with Claire. Michelle thanks Claire for everything while Claire looks at Danny. She tells Michelle that he is lucky, nothing major was hit. She tells her that he has to have antibiotics and fluids as well as a transfusion. The bullet had bounced off a lower rib, but bullets leave dirty wounds and need to be cleaned. Michelle tells her to take her blood because she and Danny were a almost perfect match when the cross-typed them at the hospital, both are O+ with near matching antigens. Michelle: “You said we were almost a perfect match.” Claire: “So you always told me.” Danny had banked blood for her when she had had her miscarriage. Claire says she could get in so much trouble for this and Michelle says she won’t say anything. She tells her to roll up her sleeve and lay down beside him. Claire: “I won’t lie to you, Michelle, we’re racing death.” Michelle: “We’ve beat death before, honey, haven’t we?” In the Car: Rick and Tony have pulled over. They are outside the bus depot. Tony tells him to go get a bus ticket and maybe the bad guys will think he is Danny and leaving town. Rick agrees. He goes inside the bus depot and acts like a crazy guy. He is over exaggerating his mob lingo and accent being very loud. He buys a ticket to Chicago and is very rude to the guy. Then he goes to grab a paper and beats up the paper machine until he gets a paper out. Everyone is staring out him like he has some disease. Later, Rick goes back out to the car and tells Tony that he made sure the guy would remember him and he is going to make sure he also sees him get on the bus and then Danny should be okay. Tony asks him where he should ditch his car. Rick tells him not to worry about it just to help himself. He thanks Tony and tells him how great he was getting them out of the house. He is glad Tony was on the right side and tells him he trusts him. Rick gets out and Tony tries to fight off his lethargy. He rubs his shoulder and is shocked when he pulls his hands out to find it covered in blood. He presses a towel against the wound and when he looks again the towel was drenched in blood. Tony turns on the radio and hears that the police are looking for the car he is in as well as he and Danny. The police describe Rick’s car as a silver four door sedan with license plate G33 AB7.  He decides he has to get out of the car and starts walking.

Elsewhere in Springfield, Edmund and Richard are continuing their power struggle. San Cristobel has been doing its best to imitate turn of the century Revolutionary Russia falling victim to a series of revolutions, usually changing things for the worse. When Richard found out he was actually illegitimate (the true heir died and his father substituted Richard, the product of an affair, in the legitimate heir’s place), he feared what Edmund would do as ruler so he tried to turn San Cristobel into a democracy and ran for its Presidency. Edmund has sprung a coup d’é·tat and is currently in control of the government and the palace. Edmund has ordered Dax to arrest Richard and Cassie. Edmund announces he’s going to keep Richard in the palace prison and that he’s shipping Cassie back to America. Phillip shows up to help rescue Richard and Cassie. Edmund and Beth try on the crown jewels.  Josh and Reva are divorced. Josh is married to Olivia and not living in the family home. Reva is engaged to Noah of the great named, but poorly done Nova coupling. Reva has been temporarily blinded and Marah is trying to understand what she’s going through. Marah said she’s graduating high school in 6 weeks. Marah and Josh have a really great father-daughter talk, their first real one in a long time.

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Thurs., April 5, 2001 - At the Bauer House: Claire and Michelle have just finished with the transfusion and Michelle is weak. Claire still wants Danny to go to the hospital; she is scared he may die otherwise. Michelle is panicking, begging her not to make him go. She tells her that if he goes to the hospital he will die anyway. Michelle thinks Danny is weaker and Claire checks him BP. It is lower and she is worried, telling Michelle there must be a bleeder she didn’t see. Michelle begs her to help him and Claire tells her she isn’t sure she will be able to see the bleeder. Michelle goes and gets Meta’s magnifying glass and a lamp. Claire doesn’t want to operate; she thinks it may kill him. Michelle begs her telling her that she trusts her and would like her to do the same; she knows Danny will die if he goes to the hospital. Claire reluctantly agrees and tells Michelle to get her gloves on and help her. Michelle is finishing up with the operation, having clamped off the bleeder, when Harley knocks on the bedroom door. Claire tells Michelle she has it under control and Michelle goes out to see Harley. They head downstairs. Frank tells Harley that there is blood on the kitchen floor and asks her if she knows where it came from. Michelle cries and tells him that Danny or Tony must have been shot. She is worried that one of them may be bleeding to death. Harley and Frank tell her they will find them. Harley sees blood on Michelle as well but she stays with her story that she doesn’t know where it came from. Harley believes Michelle knows more than she is saying. Just then there is a noise upstairs. Frank wants to go investigate but Michelle stops him. She tells him it is probably Claire. David comes in and starts questioning Michelle as well upsetting her more. Meta walks in and asks what is going on. The cops tell her what they know and by the time they get it out Claire comes down. Michelle asks Claire how he is and she tells her that her “little guy” is just fine. Meta goes over to Michelle to see what really happened but is interrupted by David who is still pressing Michelle. Michelle starts yelling, telling the cops to get out and find her husband. She tells them she is upset and worried and they should be out looking instead of there doing nothing. David starts in again and she tells him that he is there because he doesn’t care if Danny dies, since he is a Santos. He tells her that isn’t true and tells her that he is worried about her and her baby. She tells him she would never put her baby in danger and tells him to get out. Frank and Harley are shocked by her anger and how upset she is. Harley tells David to go on back to the station. She is sure he won’t get any more info out of Michelle, even if she knows something. Frank and Harley ask how she is and they head out as well. After they are gone, Meta asks Michelle where Danny is. She figures it out that he is in the house. Michelle tells her that he was shot and Claire saved him. Meta is shocked. She tells Michelle to go hold her husband’s hand and rest. Michelle leaves. Meta offers Claire some coffee but she declines and tells her that she needs to check on Danny again. Meta thanks her for helping them. Claire leaves. Michelle is with Danny holding onto him when he wakes up. He tells her how bad he feels, like he was run over with a lawn mower. Michelle tells him what she and Claire had to do and that Claire saved him. He can’t believe it either. Claire comes in to check on him again. She checks his vitals and thinks things are going well. Danny tells her it must have been tempting for her to see him like that. He wonders if she wouldn’t have rather just let him die. Claire tells him that her daughter loves him and that’s all that matters to her. She tells him that she is glad he is okay and she leaves. Michelle makes Danny promise he will never to leave her.

At the Lewis House: Marah is thinking of Tony and marking out where she wrote his name on her notebooks. She tells herself that she has to get over him. Sam comes over and tells her he was out on the beach with his telescope and saw her light on so he stopped by. She tells him she was working on some homework. He gets her to admit she was thinking about Tony and that she wants to move on. She thanks him for being her friend and not taking advantage of her vulnerability. He tells her that he would never do that to her. He tells her that maybe she should take all her mementos and build a pyre. He tells her she would have to do it in a special place though. Marah thanks him and he heads out.

At the Lighthouse Marah has a lot of the things that remind her of Tony as well as her St. Anthony’s medal. She places them on the floor at the lighthouse. She thanks Tony for everything, all the good and all the bad. She tells him she loves him but she has to leave him there. She says goodbye and starts to stand just as Tony stumbles in. He collapses on the floor. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Fri., April 6, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle both are waking up. He asks her why it is so quiet. She tells him that Meta has the baby and they are both asleep and Rick is still not back yet. He says he is hungry and she starts to go fix them something but he is scared it still may not be safe. She tells him the cops still have a car outside and she is sure it will be okay. Danny asks her if Tony had called. She tells him she hadn’t heard from him or Rick. Danny seems worried about them. The phone rings and Michelle goes to answer. She is happy to hear from Rick. He tells her that everything worked like they had planned. He tells her that he left Tony at the bus depot but he is sure he got away. Michelle tells everything to Danny and she thinks they are in the clear. He tells her that it is far from over. He tells her that he has an idea but he has to think it out a little more. He tries to get out of bed but she stops him. He tells her that he needs a pen and paper to work things out. She asks him about the plan but he doesn’t want to tell her just yet. He is worried about her safety and that of their baby. He is sure that Carlos and Maria won’t just give up.

At the Lighthouse Marah goes over to where Tony collapsed and tries to get him to stir. She pulls her hand back and notices the blood and freaks out. She starts going over the first aide she had learned and remembers to apply pressure to the wound. Tony starts coming to and asks her what she was doing there. He thought she was an angel. She smiles at him and asks him who did this to him. Tony tells Marah everything about the hit and what his grandmother had promised him but that he couldn’t do it to Danny in the end. Marah swears not to tell anyone and tells Tony that the respect he was seeking he should have because what he did was to protect the ones he loves. He doesn’t get it. She tells him that he loves Danny and he saved him and now she realizes that he broke things off with her because he loved her and wanted to keep her safe. Tony tells her that they have to leave the lighthouse soon, he is sure the hitmen will think of it eventually. He tells her to leave now so she won’t be caught with him. She tells him that he isn’t a mobster and she is going to take him home with her and help him. He tells her that he can’t let her do that; it will put him between her and her family. Marah tells him she is taking him home and helps him get up.

At the Lewis House Marah comes in and sneaks Tony into the house. She hears Shayne in the kitchen and gets Tony to a corner to sit him down until she can misdirect Shayne’s attention. She goes to her brother, who has his arms full of junk food. She tells him that she hid a piece of carrot cake in the fridge that he can have if he wants it. He is suspicious of her but doesn’t want to risk losing the cake so he goes to get it. As soon as Shayne was out of the room, Marah runs to Tony and helps him up to her bedroom. She gets him comfortable on the bed and starts tending to his wound. Tony doesn’t want to stay. He is scared he will get her in more trouble. He thinks he should go find out how Danny is. Marah tells him they will find out in the morning because he isn’t leaving, he is going to get some rest. She patches him up and wipes him with a damp towel and cuddles up beside him. He tells her that wasn’t exactly how he wanted their first night together to be but he does like it there. She tells him she likes him being there to. He isn’t sure he can get to sleep so Marah starts singing him a lullaby. Tony is just starting to snooze when Marah hears something break downstairs. Someone had broken the glass out of the door trying to get in.

My Comments: I love how strong Michelle meets this challenge, but they make trusting Frank and Harley appealing enough that you think she just might break. Also, Danny isn’t saying you can’t trust Frank and Harley just that they’d mess up his plan for getting out of this long term. Also this is one of the few times in Claire’s return that we see the positive version of Claire. This is the Claire that loved Fletcher and went on adventures righting wrongs. Harley is right not to trust Claire, but in this case Claire is in the right. She does have the right to see the baby. It sure takes Harley a long time to go upstairs.

I’m sorry they abandoned Claire and Alan in favor of Alan-Olivia-Phillip. Claire and Alan really got along well without pretending it’s a great romance and bonded over problems with their kids and enjoying the finer things of life which both had in common.  They don’t really play it up here, but as a reminder Michelle is just calling next door the Spaulding Mansion and the Bauer House are not only right next door the houses are positions fairly closely on their respective lots.

Rick is right his Spanish is awful and his Phillip impression is much better than his Danny impression. The physical movements have some resemblance, but his voice is nowhere near Danny. It sounds like a New Jersey bad mobster movie. Although on a second watching maybe he’s being Danny when he’s hurt and projecting??? This was a really nice Rick and Tony conversation. They could have built a lot on Rick seeing Tony as part of the family and how having that support would alter Tony’s behavior.

I love that Michelle still has an interest in medicine despite not being able to finish med school. She can handle being Claire assistant and reads Merck Manual (a standard informational reference book about drugs) as bedtime reading. Although this was nuts, meatball surgery, Claire always believed in being prepared and used to be involved with adventures on a regular basis I think it makes sense she’d have the material she needed.

It was too bad for Michelle to lash out at Frank, but David kind of deserved that. He’d turned on her before and Harley would turn on her later. Frank, however, stayed true blue.  Actually this totally sounds like something that could have happened to Meta later on. Meta clearly feels Claire has earned a second chance, but sadly she’ll squander it too.

OH, their bed is brass now instead to the painted wood they had first as a twin and then a double. It’s much prettier. 

OK, I don’t really care for Gus much at this stage, but that was pretty darn funny “He’s a Cooper, She’s a Cooper…are you a Cooper too.” “No, they call me Mr. Tibbs.” A nice little run of pop culture references. 

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Bauer BBQ 2001 Update 2014

July 6, 2014

Huzzah! I found more. I now have three full episodes, scroll down for the links. Check out the original version of this post with a link to highlight clips only:

Rick Michelle Robbie 2001

Rick Michelle Robbie 2001

This is one of my favorite Bauer BBQs and actually it’s one of my favorite years in Springfield period. It’s just a great time period. We are just on the tail end of an umbrella story that had Edmund marry Beth and take the kids and Lillian down to San Cristobel, take over the throne (turns out Richard wasn’t legitimate, long story), and kidnap Cassie. Phillip was down with Richard helping with a coup. Harley’s pregnancy is actually part of the pay off of a storyline that when Abby left him, Harley realized Phillip had impregnated Beth and lied about it, Eleni had left Frank, and Selena had left Buzz they all got together and got drunk and Harley and Rick slept together. Harley got pregnant and while Phillip was divorcing Harley and had his attention focused on rescuing Beth and his kids and Harley’s kid Susan from Edmund’s influences, Harley and Rick hid it from him. We’re almost up to this point in our episode guide, basically as the last part of The Perfect Storm. They got Danny out of trouble with the mob and the immediate problem with FBI, but Gus Aitoro is committed to getting him. Michelle had destroyed the evidence May had against them. So Gus pressured Harley into becoming his assistant and pressured her into planting a bug in the Bauer living room. Gus also got Harley to get all of the Bauers out of the house and used the opportunity to get Danny’s home gun (he’d killed Carmen with his office gun) and to get a cartridge to plant to frame Danny. Danny will shortly go on trial. Josh and Reva split up over the revelation that Reva had been married to Richard when she was gone. Reva is also currently temporarily blinded. Josh married Olivia and Reva is dating Noah. Tony had broken up with Marah to keep her safe, but not understanding that she’s using Sam to make him jealous and Catalina is taking advantage of the situation, apparently not caring that he didn’t care enough about HER welfare to push her away. The funniest storyline right now requires you to swallow the fact that Buzz would be interested in Holly even though she was fairly directly responsible for Jenna’s death. When Billy got out of jail for shooting Roger Thorpe, Buzz Cooper stepped up and got him probation/work release. They fought a friendly competition for Holly’s affection that I think had more to do with beating each other than Holly. Holly took it mostly in that spirit and will dump them both in a nanosecond as soon as Ed comes back to town and gives her a second look.

Find the prep from the day before in the highlight clip. Tony is upset because he thinks they should be doing something for the case prep. (Watch night before prep first two minutes, after that switch to full episodes at the bottom.)

Danny: “You’re going to upset, Michelle.”

Tony: “She’ll be more upset when you go to jail for murder.”

Danny: “Yes she is. So the least I can do right now is to give her every bit of happiness and normalcy that I can manage. Do you understand?”

July 4, 2001

2001 provides one of the most detailed prep periods. I just love Rick as general of the BBQ and they could have done it every year. I don’t know why they never had Danny behind the bar at the BBQ. He does such a good job when he works at Millennium. I just love his speech about the drinks he makes when they hire him. I think it’s a total waste of talent and obviously between this and burning the money in San Cristobel it just shows that as much as I love him, the boy can’t grill. I love his BLACK Hawaiian shirt. I wish he’d worn it to the last one, I didn’t really care for his outfit for Bauer BBQ 2009, although once I realized his shorts matched Robbie’s it grew on me. I could just see Robbie picking them out to be like his Dad. Happy sigh!

I would have liked to see Danny in the apron and THE HAT. I thought it was a bit much to say Robbie wouldn’t wear the hat either. I greatly look forward to the day when Robbie wears the hat. The line about have your own son was because Harley was coming in (apparently via the patio doors far away from any parking area) and she was pregnant with Rick’s son Jude Bauer.

Beth had believed in the fairytale of Edmund after she had lost Phillip to Harley. Beth believed in Edmund’s story until she discovered he’d locked Cassie in a tower. He really didn’t mean her THAT much harm, but he got sick himself and Cassie was stuck without food and water and almost died. When Beth discovered her rather than letting Beth leave him and tell people he locked her in. Beth freaked broke out a window and fell that’s why she was in the hospital. Richard was a cool guy. Jeffery was a complete loser in comparison.

Reva was temporarily blinded, basically for the sake of the story of when her sight came back. For once Reva is doing a story Michelle already did and not the other way around.  That’s kind of late for the party to be starting normally people arrive around noon, but they just seem to be arriving and it’s dark out. Josh and Olivia were still married and he’d brought her into Lewis Construction and they had put in a bid for a MAJOR construction project in San Cristobel. Olivia’s government contracts were signed by Edmund with Richard coming back as elected President the contracts were in question. Paul-Anthony-Stewart-Jordi-Vilasuso-PGP-L

Tony and Ray are Danny’s cousins, so now pulled in to helping with the BBQ. Danny is currently being prosecuted for his mother’s death (which he thinks he did in defense of life but covered it up – Carmen really is still alive and the body they pull out of the lake isn’t hers). FBI Agent Gus Aitoro, who is behind the prosecution, is trying to get Danny because he holds Danny’s father responsible for his own father’s death and Gus intends to get revenge on Danny. (Apparently in all that lawyer learning he got, he skipped the bit in the Constitution about the no contamination of the blood clause – meaning that children can’t be punished for their parent’s crimes.) Gus is currently working up to romancing Harley who is pregnant with Rick’s child Jude.

I love Rick’s little show at the beginning of the clip. They refer back to both Rick’s wearing the hat and Danny hating the hat and apron when Manny return at Bauer BBQ 2009. Phillip has just returned from San Cristobel where he was trying to rescue Beth and his children and Harley’s daughter Susan. I think Harley is referring to when Phillip leads a commando style raid to rescue Beth from Edmund. As their marriage broke up, (I will spare Pharley fans my analysis about why it never stood a chance to begin with) in part over Phillip’s constant efforts to protect Beth, this latest rescue went over like a lead balloon with Harley, even though her own daughter was involved. She is currently pregnant with Rick’s child, the future Jude Bauer, from a drunken one night stand.

Fire breaks out.

Ray: “Anyone for well done?”

Danny: “I’m just getting the hang of it.”

Rick: “We only have so much chicken here. You are now in charge of coleslaw and pouring the iced tea.”

That was a great couple communication when with a couple of significant looks, Michelle tells Danny that Rick is the father of Harley’s baby.

Rick to Tony: “Take over here and keep Danny away from the BBQ. I don’t want him blowing up the house.”

Seriously Harley, I know you think you’ve done the right thing, but honestly you’re betraying some of your best friends. I don’t blame Tony and Danny from being mad at her.  Harley still gets Tony to act like her trying to put his cousin on death row is no big deal.

Harley: “Feed me. I’m hungry.”

Tony: “How about this one, it’s fried to a crisp like you’re trying to do to my cousin.”

Blake and her twin sons Jason and Kevin come running in with water pistols and then Ross carries in Clarissa. At this point Blake had published her 2nd book. (Her first book was the romance she imagined between Ross and Holly while she was pregnant with Clarissa and hiding from Ross at the Bauer BBQ.) She had decided to use Selena Davis’s true life story of a romance with Miguel Santos (which produced a never seen on screen Miguel Santos, Jr.) as the basis of this second book. (When she could have used Manny? Or Jezz? Or Bloss or even Blen? Why Selena?)  However, Blake’s failure to disguise the people involved adequately led to either Abuela or Carmen putting a hit out on Selena. Selena barely made it out of town in time, leaving Buzz heartbroken and beaten by the goons that came after her. Blake is thinking that stirring up the past led to Danny being on the murder charge, hence the apology.

So family stories get passed down. Tony has been told the hot tub was covered because “some kid almost drowned.” Marah remembers the incident involved Kevin Marler, but being a Springfielder utterly dismisses it. So someone almost died, they’d have come back! LOL. Sam is like I’m getting all the making out I can get from this bad deal as Marah tries to make Tony jealous, not knowing he’d broken up with her to protect her. Reva is currently dating Noah (a San Cristobel combination doctor and spy) basically to keep from getting bored when Josh refused to heel back from Olivia fast enough. The best thing about them was their couple code which was Nova – one of the best ever. Noah was down in San Cristobel because he was helping Richard over throw Edmund and rescue Cassie. Noah, not being an idiot, could tell sometimes that Reva just wasn’t that into him. Alan was dating Claire Ramsey at the time and it was too bad that he broke up with her because they were actually a pretty cool couple. So glad that Phillip is going to take Lizzie and James to the BBQ. Richard shows up to surprise Cassie at the BBQ. This is a very prominent Rassie moment. That’s really sweet how both Tammy and RJ both totally adopted Richard as their dad.

July 5, 2001

Phillip didn’t know Harley was pregnant. Nice reminder that Phillip saw Michelle as almost a little sister. I love how familiar Danny is with the hospital and its staff, it just goes to show that he spends a lot of off camera time there lunching with Rick, dropping off Michelle, etc. I just think it’s nice. Danny: “No it’s just some friend of Rick’s from the hospital.”

This is my favorite haircut on Danny. It’s just gorgeous and it’s shown to full effect during his conversation with Tony which does a nice job of showing of their positive relationship. Beth had been a bit blind, but Edmund did encourage her to be more of an equal partner than any of  her other boyfriends/husbands. He just lied…a lot and plotted some.

Considering Phillip got the woman Rick loved/was married to twice before, I don’t think he has a lot of moral high ground to stand on here. This is one of the most mature scenes ever for Beth. I like her taking responsibility. Oh, Michelle is carrying around Robbie behind Jolivia, he’s so cute!

Richard: “Only a natural catastrophe could stop this project.” I laughed too because that’s exactly what stops it, an earthquake. The writers must have known already. :)

Harley is actually wrong here. Harley basically hates Beth because she wanted to erase her very existence from Phillip’s life and she wouldn’t disappear. Harley reads as a stronger character than Beth, but she made just as many stupid repeated mistakes. And considering that Harley hasn’t been through a tenth of what Beth was I don’t think it’s fair to compare them.

Reva watches the fireworks with Josh and actually sees sparks of light.

This a great jalapeno fight between Buzz and Billy over Holly. Blake apologizes to Danny for the trouble her book caused. Danny very kindly tells her there’s no need and just shows what great step-siblings-in-law they will be.

Gus has no right to come to Bauer BBQ, but he is starting to chase after Harley, he will ultimately catch her, and he’s trying to make Danny miserable so he comes. Really Gus is lucky Danny isn’t the man Gus thinks he is or Gus would be in the lake by now. Lucky for Danny he isn’t though because later Gus does make some amends for faking evidence against Danny etc., by saving his life from the warehouse fire and they grow to have a more friendly, although still very prickly relationship. Gus should really give up the quips, he’s no Ben Warren. Currently Gus is making up to Blake hoping to get more information from Selena and find out who Blake’s source was which nobody will tell him although most of the people we know in town either know or could guess. Not having learned her lesson with Ben Warren, Blake is heavily flirting back to him trying to get information out of him. Ultimately she will turn up the evidence that shows who Gus really is (at least who he thinks he is at this point) and the lengths he will go to try to destroy Danny. BOO GUS! HISSSSS! At this point Bloss and Manny are really each other’s closest couple friends, although not as close as Dresse and Manny had been. Blake and Michelle share the bond that they were once and future step-sisters and I wish the show had played that up more rather than playing Blake as a Thorpe all the time. She was Bauer to in a very real way although her efforts to help Manny get out of legal trouble (which she actually does a couple of times) are as close as they get to playing Blake and Michelle as sisters.

Not a good idea, Frank? How about highly illegal? Once someone who is an occupant of a house asks you to leave you are supposed unless you are also an occupant which Gus wasn’t.

Finally, having survived Selena breaking his heart (I really think he was mostly with Selena to keep himself from dwelling on Jenna being gone and to give her full credit Selena, she was very good with his kids), Buzz was ready to move on to Holly. While Buzz really should have had issues with Holly who’s actions had helped bring about Jenna’s death, look around the canvas and there aren’t a lot of more tenable options. They move into a triangle with Buzz-Holly-Billy. Buzz and Billy were friends because when Billy was released from prison from trying to kill Roger Thorpe, Buzz was supportive and gave Billy a job. They had formed a friendship and I think their love of competing with each other played more into the romance than anything about Holly which is good because she will dump them both flat the SPLIT SECOND Ed returns to town. However, at this point they are still fighting over her. Billy had doctored up a bowl of chili to make it superhot to give to Buzz to keep him away from Holly. Buzz put it down and Gus picked it up and took a huge spoonful. Billy is the only one who understands Gus’s reaction and that’s why he’s laughing his head off.

July 6, 2001

I think Phillip has a point about the “Cooper” attitude. Buzz was always terrible to Phillip, which considering Buzz’s history took a lot of gall. Michelle says the kids are watching cartoons in the den. Nice the rarely seen den got a shout out. This is the start of Harley’s Phillip is evil incarnate downslide. I think Phillip has a reason to be upset and I don’t think it was arrogant for Phillip to think that the only one to get Harley pregnant while they were still married was him. Harley should have taken it as complement. Rick is also right Harley spends a lot of time cutting Rick out of Jude’s life which sucks considering how long Rick longed for a kid of his own to raise. Actually I think Buzz gets so mad because Phillip is exactly right about what Buzz is doing.

I hate the way the Coopers keep trying to take over the BBQ. Buzz to Blake: “Don’t confuse me with facts.”

This is a nice Ross-Phillip conversation. Ross had his faults, but he was always a great mentor to Phillip. Oh, point Ross, “Just the way you told your wife you had a kid coming with Beth.” Ross to Rick: “[Phillip] is in run silent, run deep mode, you know how he gets.

Rick’s right that he did betray Phillip, but again they have a two for one score here.

With moves like these Sam is using on Marah I don’t know why he never really had a love interest of his own. Susan/Daisy had the best chemistry with him and she left the show a couple of months in. But Sam just never seemed to get Marah just wasn’t into him. Really it wasn’t Noah’s place to tell Reva’s kids about their engagement. Really nice Danny-Rick conversation at the end.

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Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ – Part 1 by SJ

July 2, 2014

Republisher’s Note: Although it was much more fully developed in fanfic than on the show, it was a running theme that Michelle couldn’t cook, they touch on that in this fanfic. This writer was also part of a group that often MaryJaned themselves and a small group of other fanfic writers into stories, hence the mention of Danny’s first girlfriend. She also does a real nice of job of subtle dropping in hints and jabs about the storylines current in 1999.

Author’s Note: Hey everyone, a post on Kristi’s board got me thinking about what to bring to the Bauer BBQ. Realizing that with the planned story line, Manny may not be at the BBQ this year, I decided to go ahead and write this 2 part story now. Also, I created a recipe for a cookie that even Michelle could bake. So I guess this first part of the story is also a challenge for other Manny recipes.


Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ – Part 1 by SJ

Michelle’s Journal Entry—July 4, 1999 11:30 PM


I cannot believe another July 4 has come and gone. It is so exciting that Abby’s hearing is returning. And this BBQ was wonderful for her. Rick has been so moody lately that he didn’t even want to do this BBQ but Abby surprised him at the last minute. I think he was very happy about it. Abby wanted to have the BBQ because of family tradition and she wanted to be with her friends when she could finally hear fireworks, not just see them. I bought her some earplugs just in case the noise was too much. Abby is such a wonderful and inspiring spirit to me. I hate it that Rick does not seem to understand that she is having some bad times now along with the good. Rick is always in a bad mood lately.

Good news Journal! Aunt Meta finally helped me devise a recipe that I can actually make I was talking to her the other day about my desire to learn to cook. She told me that what I need to do when I think about cooking is think of it as a lab experiment for a Chemistry class. I told her about a cookie that Danny’s first girlfriend used to make for him and she agreed to help me come up with a recipe.

About that girlfriend, I’m not putting on my Nancy Drew cap to help find her! She’ll just have to go unfound as far as Danny is concerned. He is mine now! Danny told me about her once, they met in Puerto Rico during the summer his family lived there. They were both 14 and met at the concession stand at the San Juan baseball park. He said her name was Carla and they’d seen each other every day that summer. She loved making him these cookies which he still talks about. He said he tried to track her down again after he came into some money at age 18 but had never been able to find her.

Anyway, I played around with one of the recipes Aunt Meta gave me and I think I’ve finally hit on something good. I’ll be honest and admit to burning a few batches but I made 10 batches that turned out perfect and everyone is gobbled them up at the BBQ. I remember thinking that I had better put some aside so that the real guy can try some! So here is the recipe for my new creation, which I’m calling



Serves 8 to 10 (if you double the recipe do not put in larger pan/break batches up)/ Prep time 5 minutes/ Baking time 30 minutes (convection oven) 35 (regular oven)


22 graham crackers (use food processor or hand to process into crumbs)

½ cup of wheat germ

1 12 oz. Can of evaporated milk

3 oz. Each of butterscotch chips and chocolate chips (or use 6 oz of 1 of these)

1 ½ tsp. Of vanilla extract or use 1 tsp. of cold espresso


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9 by 9 inch pan with Mazola or Pam nonstick spray

Combine all of the aforementioned ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour into pre-sprayed pan. Bake in oven for around 30 minutes. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes then cut and cool on a plate. Put the Dannys in a plastic zip-lock bag and place on top of picnic basket (so they don’t get mushed) or place on plate and set out for the BBQ! This is a great no fuss, no muss recipe for kids to make too since there are no eggs and no flour to make a mess.


Options–Use ½ of walnuts or pecans, add in with rest of ingredients.

You can also substitute 6 oz of peanut butter chips for the chocolate and butterscotch chips.

If you want to make Billys use marshmallows instead of the chips.



Okay, now I have written down my first recipe! Now I need to learn to cook something a bit more substantial.

But I have no ideas.

Where was I, oh yeah, talking about the BBQ? It was around 3 PM and I was standing in the kitchen helping set out the food when I looked over to see Aunt Meta fanning Lillian while Abby waved smelling salts under her nose. Ha, Jesse again, I thought and I was right. I looked out the window and saw that he was wearing those teeny black Speedo swim trunks, again. I thought I had thrown those things out last summer. Anyway, Lillian was finally coming around and Meta was muttering that in her day, men didn’t wear those things if they didn’t fill them out properly. Lillian then laughed and said, yes, if you do not have a well packed package, make sure that the wrapping isn’t too tight. At that both women started laughing and Abby who had heard half of the conversation was just standing there looking perplexed.

Danny had told me that he wouldn’t be by until after 5 so I decided I had time for a swim and ran upstairs to put on my new tankini. I loved the suit, it was demure but functional. I tied my new pink and salmon colored batik pareo around my waist and ran back downstairs to the pool. I would have to say that the sights that awaited me were surreal.

Jesse was there in the aforementioned bathing suit with Drew in a leopard print bikini. They both looked kind of tacky if I do say so myself. Bill and Pilar were there in matching suits. Her white one piece with a diagonal red stripe matched his red trunks with a white stripe. It was kind of cute to see them trying so hard to meet each other half way. Lizzie, Marah, Susan and Tammy all had really cute little suits that seemed to range the colors of the rainbow. Max was there too and was teasing Marah much to Susan’s chagrin. Shayne was splashing around in the wading pool with the Mahler twins (who Aunt Meta had agreed to baby-sit yet again). Beth and Cassie, inexplicably had on identical suits and Jim was standing between them looking awkward as usual.

Selena and Buzz, the newlyweds, even showed. Buzz had promised Abby a lot of food from his new restaurant and they were dropping off the assorted dishes. There is still a lot of tension between Drew and Selena. Ben just came in with Blake followed by Ross and India. It is obvious they are all being a little too polite at this moment. Everyone looked happy on the surface but you could sense the stress and tension underneath everyone’s polite gossiping.

Rick is standing at the grill with Philip (Harley who just had the baby sent her regrets) and they both are laughing and drinking beer. When will someone tell Rick, a doctor BTW, that rare hamburgers are not cool anymore? I bought some veggie burgers for him to cook this year and he even served them rare, which I did not think was possible.

I had a nice swim (Bill asked the kids to help him teach Pilar how to play Marco Polo at the opposite end of the pool, so I wasn’t bothered). I was thinking about Danny again, about the 500th time that day. I’m not sure why Rick is so against our union. Abby and Meta are on our side but lately this makes Rick more determined than ever.

I resolved not to think about that and instead thought back about the night Danny and I spent together at his house. It was the night he had announced to his mother and the other so called “Springfield families” that he was going legitimate. I had waited in his room for him and when he came in and found me in his bed, well the night became a sleepless one pretty fast for both of us.

It was very special and Danny had promised to get us away from here for a real honeymoon when he took care of one more piece of business. He was working on that today and I couldn’t/still cannot wait to start on that life together. If only Danny weren’t so possessive and protective of me all the time. I talked to Aunt Meta and Abby about this too. Abby said that Rick had been like this when they were first married and his so called wild bull behavior had continued through her incarceration. She chalked it up to an intense sense of jealousy that men seem to feel when they enter into the physical nature of a relationship. Aunt Meta said pretty much the same thing but in a bit more graphic detail.

I got out of the pool and toweled off. I wrapped my pareo around my waist and looked around at everybody again. Then I heard his voice. It wasn’t his playful voice, it was the gruffly serious voice.

Michelle, what are you wearing? I want you to go and change right now. I just wink at him, but inside I’m thinking, here we go again! Then I saw him and sighed. He was wearing an off-white pair of linen slacks and a very rich looking shirt that matched the slacks. He looked a little too good. I smiled and went over to hug and kiss him but he held me away.

“Danny,” I say, “I’m not wearing anything revealing or sexy.”

“That is a matter of opinion,” he said.

I pointed out all of the other women pool-side. He didn’t care and was getting ready to tell me again, I just know it, when Cassie knocked Beth into the pool. In the process, it soaked Danny’s shirt. Cassie laughed looked at Danny and the other people that had gotten wet and said “oh, sorry” and walked away. Jesse jumped into the pool to help Beth and I turned away so as to not see him leave the pool, that suit of his, Drew please talk to him! The pool incident seemed to relax Danny a little bit and he started talking in a calmer tone. He said, “I know you are being a good host Michelle, but you can still do a good job in a long sleeved jumpsuit that zips up to your neck.”

I laughed nervously, realizing that for all intents and purposes he was being a bit playful but was also quite serious. I told him he had to get over this jealousy. Just then Bill and Pilar walked by and Pilar made a point of telling me how cute I was in my suit. Bill politely agreed and with that, Danny said, “that is it!” He then playfully pulled me into the house and down the hall. We entered my room and he slammed the door shut. Then he surprised me by kissing me very passionately. I told him that this was much better than our discussion at the pool. He stopped nuzzling my neck and told me again to change out of my sexy suit (HA) and into something more appropriate..

I looked at him and sighed. Then I said, “whatever you want Danny” and I reached up and unhooked my top.


Fourth Manny Wedding March 23-27 2001

May 27, 2014

Note: To understand Rick’s reactions, in the clips I didn’t find, Rick and Frank competed for new girl in town May before she moved in on Danny. Rick had especially tried to sweep her off her feet and went overdressed to the Lakeland Country Club where he spends a lot of time just because May wanted the 1930s-1940s movie experience.

Fri., March 23, 2001 – Ray told him that he didn’t say a thing but he isn’t going to stand by and let Danny die. He informs Tony that he went to St. Michaels and said his last mass that morning. Tony tells Ray that if he tells what he knows he (Tony) will also be dead, not just Danny. Tony and Ray argue again. Ray tells Tony he prayed and the answer came to him. Ray tells him he has found his peace and he will not leave him. He promises him that he will stand by his brother. He reminds him that the decision he makes will affect him forever and he will have to live with it. Ray tells Tony that he came to the church because deep down he doesn’t want the hit to go down. Tony tells him that wasn’t it. Ray says that there were a lot of other churches in town but you came to mine. He tells him if Danny dies, Tony will see his face every day. He asks if he can live with that. Tony says he can live with whatever gets dished out to him. Ray tells him they can work through this together with God’s help. Ray thinks that is the only way to save both of them (Tony and Danny). Danny and Michelle walk in and say they have something very important they want to ask both of them. They tell them that they are getting married for the fourth time and want them both there. It will be very small with just them and Meta and Rick at Laurel Falls. Danny asks Tony to be his best man. Tony reluctantly agreed and ran out to stock the bar. Danny tells Ray that he will always be his best man but he wanted to make Tony feel included as a real member of the family. Ray asks Danny why the rush, he knows something is up. Danny tells him about May and how she is offering him a deal. Ray tells him to take it and get out of town. Danny tells him he won’t rat out the other families but he had to stall the feds so he told them he would talk with them. Ray looked like he was going to warn Danny about the hit when Danny tells him that he and Michelle would like to have one happy day without thinking of things. Michelle: “Danny, he still looks worried.”  Danny: “He does that….Ray, relax we’ll deal with it after the wedding.”

Mon., March 26, 2001 – At Infierno: Tony comes in dressed for the wedding and asks May if she can cover him for a while. She agrees but asks him why he is so edgy. She admires his clothing and asks why he is dressed up. He says Michelle and Danny are getting married tonight. May is stunned and says divorce isn’t what it used to be. Tony says they want things to be official now that the baby is here. The wedding will be at Laurel Falls. May thinks the wedding is sudden. At the Bauers: Meta comes in to see Michelle getting ready for her wedding. Meta gives her something to wear in her hair. Meta tells Michelle she is proud of her and so glad she invited her and Rick to the wedding. Meta wishes Michelle and Danny health, happiness, humor and trust. Michelle tells her that when they are together they can handle anything and she doesn’t want to waste any more time without Danny. Meta goes to let Michelle get ready. Michelle goes to answer a knock on the door, its May. Michelle: “It’s the Dry Cleaning Guy….Nope the Cigarette Girl.” May asks why she and Danny are in such a hurry to get married. She wonders if it has anything to do with her trying to get out of testifying against Danny. Michelle says May is too suspicious, she and Danny are in love and that is why they are getting married. May tells Michelle that she is on their side, she is there friend. Michelle laughs at that thought and tells her that if Danny testifies against his family, he may be killed or have to leave all their loved ones and go into witness protection. The other alternative is to be harassed by the Feds and go to jail. May says the only way out is to cooperate. Rick: “Cooperate with what?” May lies and tries to dodge the question. Michelle tells Rick she will tell him what is going on. May tries to stop her but she disregards her. Michelle says there is no May, only Mary Murdo. May reluctantly shows her FBI badge and ID. He takes everything in. May is upset at Michelle and tells her that telling more people will not help. Michelle tells her it will help her because she trusts her brother and he knows her and Danny and knows that they are honest. Michelle tells Rick everything and Rick thinks that either way Danny will lose, either jail or death. Robert starts crying and Michelle goes to check on him. May tells Rick that Danny doesn’t have to be hurt by any of this. Rick asks May if she is the girl he dated or did she ever exist. She tells him she was the girl he went out with. He asks if she slept with Danny because she cared about him or was that part of the game. He tells her it was her job. Rick wonders if she was playing with him as well. May says just because she was doing a job, doesn’t mean she didn’t have feelings too. Rick says their relationship was doomed because he didn’t have any info she could use about the mob families. She says she spent time with him because she liked him. It wasn’t part of the job. Rick: “Which I, Mary? Which I?”  He asks about the old movies. She says she got hooked on them during late night hotel stakeouts. She used her experiences to make up another person. Rick says he liked that other person. She apologizes again and tells him that she is sorry they couldn’t have met under better circumstances. Rick: “Yeah, or better yet maybe not at all.”  At Laurel Falls: The Justice of the Peace asks if Danny and Michelle wanted to say anything before they started.

Danny: “This is….something that I came across and I’d like to read it.”

‘There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.’

“That was written by Sir Francis Drake and it makes me think about us for a lot of reasons. It makes me think about you because you never gave up on me, and on what we have, you saw it through to the end and that’s why we’re both here today, together, with our one true glory, sleeping right over there. I just want to thank you for believing in me and, uh, loving me, and helping me to see that I don’t have to be defined by my past and I promise even though we will have our obstacles ahead of us, there’s going to be nothing but glory ahead of us from now on….I’m done.”

Michelle: “After everything we’ve been through I think the most glorious thing would be a normal life, you and I simply together, safety, a child, maybe more children. I can’t think of anything better and I can’t wait to find out how true that is. Day by day over all the years ahead.

Judge Horton: “We’re here to celebrate a marriage, marriage between Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos.”

. The Justice starts in and tells everyone that they are here to celebrate the marriage of Michelle and Danny. They go through the ceremony and exchange rings. Ray notices two men in the woods and goes over to block Danny’s path. Tony comes over and Ray tells him about the men. Tony pulls out a gun and tells Ray he will take care of it. Ray can’t believe they would take Danny out there during the wedding. (Part 1) (Part 2)

An alternative version
(Wedding Preparations – Switch to link below after Conversation between Meta and Michelle)

(4th Wedding – at Laurel Falls)

Tues., March 27, 2001 - At Laurel Falls: Ray and Tony go over to the guys in the bushes. Ray asks them what they are doing there. They say they are two farmers from up the road searching for their stolen tractor. They apologize for intruding and leave. Meta tells Michelle that she thought an outdoor wedding in March was crazy but she thinks their warmth took care of that and everything is fine. Rick kisses Michelle and says 4th time is the charm. The judge has them come over and sign the marriage certificate. Michelle tells everyone that it is the most perfect day ever and Danny agrees. Meta invites the judge to come to the house for the reception but he tells her that he has another engagement. Michelle asks Rick if he is happy for her and he says yes. Danny goes over and asks Tony and Ray who the two guys were. Ray tells him they said they were farmers. At the Bauer House: Meta unveils the wedding cake as Danny cuts it and feeds it to Michelle. Rick wants some cake too and Meta tells him she saved the beaters and extra frosting for him as well. Ray goes over and tells Tony it is tough to see them so happy, isn’t it. Tony wants to leave but Ray reminds him the best man has to make a toast. Tony goes to make his toast and says that he owes Danny a lot. He took him in and taught him rules to live by. Some people don’t live by those rules and you have to make tough choices but everything seems right at times like these. He tells Danny and Michelle never to take things for granted and live every minute they have together to the fullest. He wishes them only good things and hopes they enjoy every minute together. Rick steps in and promises to babysit and tells Michelle he is happy for her. He tells Danny that he appreciates his commitment and love for his sister. He has never seen Michelle happier. He toasts to a long and happy marriage. Meta suggests music. Danny and Michelle dance and Danny backs away to let Tony dance with Michelle. Danny goes over to Ray and asks about the real story with the guys in the woods. Ray tells him what they said and Danny wonders why two farmers were lurking on his land at night. Ray says they said they were searching for a missing tractor and then they left. Danny tells Ray he is a bad poker player and he doesn’t buy that story. Ray tells him the name of the farmer and Danny says that person died last summer.
Danny and Michelle go over to see Robert (Robbie). They talk about the men in the woods. Ray suggests he talk to Abuela. Danny says if Abuela knew he was in danger, she would tell him. Ray says what about the other families? Danny says he will not turn on them or his family. He wonders what kind of Judas would do that. He thinks that would be unforgivable. Michelle asks Tony to come over and lets him hold his godson. Ray offers a toast to courage. He praises Michelle and Danny and tells them they deserve every blessing and time to watch their son grow. Danny says they asked Tony to be Robert’s godfather because he has turned his life around and will be a good example for their son. He tells him that he is a great guy and Tony gets upset and has to leave. Danny apologizes to everyone for doing that and tells them that Tony doesn’t want anyone to know he has a heart.  (4th Wedding Reception Alternative Version)

Read what happened to Michelle’s wedding dress from the fourth wedding in real life:—winning-Michelle-39-s-Sue-Wong-wedding-Dress–Manny

My Comments:

I really love Manny wanting to get married again and that they can joke about the number of times they’ve been married. Michelle looks really gorgeous I love this outfit. Ray is really torn and does a great job showing it to the audience during this wedding. Nancy first found her footing as Michelle during the Manny in NYC scenes, but the scenes in the Bauer living room and now here is the first time the Stalban Manny really gets a chance to relax as a couple and show their chemistry.

I love the conversation between Michelle and Meta at the Bauer dining room table. They only use it for special occasions, glad they used it for this. I really love all of Meta’s wishes, but I wish she’d referred to the fact that they feel so much better about this 4th wedding than they did their 2nd which Meta and Rick also both attended. Well, May if you want them to believe they are on your side you might try not treating her so awfully.

Boy the sound on the baby crying wasn’t placed very well. Nicely reacted to though. Michelle really does look like a mother. Real nice shots today. It does a great job showing the details and the size of the Bauer living room set. Well, Rick to be fair you never were hard to fool.

It’s very fitting that Manny remarry at Laurel Falls. It’s always been a special place for them. Their third wedding (the first one where they both admitted they wanted to be married to each other) was also held here and they’ve had many important moments there since. Until the stupid Orchid Manor history re-write, building a house on the property Danny built at Laurel Falls outside the state park there was a cherished dream that even survived the recast.

This tactor story makes no sense, they saw cars parked on someone else’s property and stopped to see if they were tractor thieves.On the other hand Danny is great, I love how he just can’t stop touching and kissing Michelle, but still was fully aware of Ray and Tony confronting the strangers.

The feeding the cake also plays a big role in wedding number 5, but strangely not in wedding number 2 which was much more traditional in other ways. Champagne in flutes however is featured at every wedding.  Tony’s toast is why Tattoo Tony and Michelle would never have worked. This is interesting because their short, pretty instrumental theme song was featured earlier in the wedding, but their first dance is to their new theme.

Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea March 21-22 2001

May 20, 2014

Wed., March 21, 2001 - At St. Michael’s Tony is sitting in a pew praying. He tells God he wants Him to protect Danny, but he doesn’t think he can. He wonders if that makes him as bad as the guy who will pull the trigger. Ray comes in and sees his brother praying. He approaches Tony and asks him how he got in. Tony said he picked the lock. Ray tells him he could have just called. Tony tells him he needed to be there alone and he didn’t want to see him. Ray asks him what is wrong and asks if it is about Marah. Tony tells him he broke up with Marah and that is all over. Ray doesn’t think it is over her and tells him he should give it a few days. Tony gets angry and says he doesn’t have a few days. Ray says he came there for help so he should open his heart and trust Ray. Tony tells Ray to back off. Ray says his job is to listen and not to judge. Tony says Ray judges him all the time. Ray agrees, but says he wants to make it better. He wants Tony to trust him. He tells Tony if he tells Ray in confession, his confidence will be protected. Ray goes to the confessional and Tony follows. He tells Ray that he is going to be part of a murder. Ray asks who will be killed and Tony tells him there is a hit out on Danny and he can’t stop it. Ray asks Tony if he is sure and advises Tony to warn Danny. He tells him he owes Danny. Tony thinks Danny has to know people are after him. Ray insists that Tony tell Danny or at least Abuela. Tony tells Ray that Abuela can’t stop it either because she is in on it. Ray tells him he has to give Danny a fighting chance. Tony gets up to leave. Ray comes out and pushes him up against the wall and tells him to listen. Ray tells him he has to warn their cousin. He realizes that Tony must be thinking of taking over the family. He tells him that is no way to repay Danny for all he has done for Tony and that Danny’s only “sin” was to decide to leave “the family business” so he can give his child the father he deserves. Ray asks if Tony taking over has anything to do with why he broke up with Marah. Tony isn’t listening. Ray refuses to give Tony absolution since there is no true repentance if he lets this happen, especially for his own gain. Tony tells Ray he can’t tell Tony anything unless he is willing to take off his collar and walk away from the church, since that is Ray’s protection from the world they live in. Tony tells Ray that the love and forgiveness act is a big crock. Ray says he will forgive him, but Tony’s heart is hardened. Tony says he lives in the real world and makes real choices. He doesn’t hide in the Church when his father gets killed. He reminds Ray that he left his brother when their father died, leaving him for God. Ray asks if he is going to let this happen to Danny. Tony says it is what he has to do to survive and Danny should see this coming. Tony leaves and Ray falls to his knees to pray this won’t happen.  (Note from Tony and Marah blog: I feel sorry for Ray during this time.  Ray was always torn between loyalty to his family and being a priest.)

At Olivia’s Marah is sitting on the couch holding her Saint Anthony medal that Tony gave her and thinking about Tony. Sam walks into the apartment and asks how things are at depression central. He tells her cheap chocolate is the wrong way to go. He has a better suggestion. He gives her a present that she opens and smiles at. She has no idea what it is. He tells her it is a tuning fork. He shows her how to hit it and get the vibrations and hold it to her forehead. He tells her it will relax and dissolve her distractions helping her harmonize her feelings, aligning herself and centering her power. Marah thinks it is weird, but seems nice. Sam smiles and tells her it must be working since she hasn’t thought about Tony in 15 seconds. Marah tells him that she doesn’t want to forget about Tony.

Josh and Olivia come in and Olivia tells Josh the children are playing together nicely. Sam and Marah tell Josh about the tuning fork and are laughing. Olivia brings in the chocolates from San Cristobel and Sam goes for a piece. Marah comes over and tries some. Sam tells Josh they finally found something Olivia and Marah can agree on, chocolate. Josh thanks Sam for helping Marah get over Tony.

Wed., March 21, 2001 – At the Bauers: Danny and Michelle are looking at their son. Danny says this is all he ever wanted. Michelle says she knew that all along and that is why she waited for him. Danny says the only reason he continued with illegal trading was to convince the other families he was one of them and not a threat. Now the feds will want him to turn on all the other families. Either he turns them in or deals with the feds. He doesn’t think there is any way out for him. Michelle says maybe May’s boss will have the solution. Danny says if he has to go to prison to protect her and Robert, he will. Michelle tells Danny that prison is not an option. Danny says if he takes the fall, the other families will protect her and the baby, they will see him as their hero instead of as a traitor. Michelle doesn’t want to lose him now that they are back together. Danny says this is the only way. Meta comes in and tells them she could hear them in the kitchen. Michelle tells her about Danny’s decision. Danny tells Meta he would have never went to the hospital if he had knows about May. Meta doesn’t believe he would have turned his back on his son and his wife. She thinks there has to be a way to get out of this. Michelle tells Meta that May asked Danny to meet with her boss. Meta thinks that could be tricky and Danny goes over the drawbacks again. He admits he is only stalling for time by agreeing to meet with the feds. He sits with Michelle on the couch, admiring his son and tells them that every day he spends with them, he will be grateful. Michelle tells him that she has faith that it will work out and they will be together. The phone rings and Meta goes to answer. May tells her that it is May and Meta tells her she thought her name was Mary. May seemed upset that she knew about her true identity, but tells her that she needs to talk to Danny. Danny picks up the phone. May tells Danny her boss will meet with him tomorrow. Danny hangs up and tells Michelle he will wait and see what they have to offer. They talk about the witness protection plan. Meta offers to come along if it is somewhere exotic. Danny thinks he should go alone if that is the case. Michelle says they will go together with their baby. Danny tells her that when you go into the witness protection plan, there is no coming back or contacting your old life. Meta comes over and the three hug.

Thurs., March 22, 2001 – At the Santos Compound: Tony is standing in the dark looking at a picture of Danny. Ray comes in and flips the lights on. He asks Tony if it is any easier facing things in the dark. Ray is still very angry about the hit planned on Danny. Tony tells Ray he can say nothing about it. Ray manhandles Tony and tells him he has to face up to things. Tony pushes Ray back and Ray tells him to go ahead and hit him. Tony backs off and Ray tells him that he knew he couldn’t hurt one of his own. Then he reminds him that Danny is one of them as well. Tony tells him he wished he never stepped into his confessional. Ray tells him that was the smartest thing he ever did. Tony tells him the whole thing is very complicated and Ray should leave him alone or things will be a whole lot worse. Ray wants an explanation, but Tony asks Ray to trust him. Ray says he will pray for him and walks out. Tony says, “You do that, you pray for me.” At the Bauers: Danny is wound up and having a drink. Michelle tells him it has been a long day and things will look better in the morning. Danny says he will not turn over on the other families. If the other families suspect he is meeting with the feds, he is dead. Michelle doesn’t think they will find out. They have come too far to let anything bad happen now. She promises they will make it and be together safely. Danny sighs and says maybe she is right. She asks him to come to bed. He tells her he will be up in a few minutes. Danny fell asleep on the couch and is dreaming about the night on the docks when he shot Carmen. He tells her to hang on and keep breathing but she doesn’t make it and he sees all the blood on his hands. When he looks back down at Carmen, he sees Michelle lying there lifeless. He cries out to her and wakes suddenly. Michelle asks him if he is all right. He tells her he had fallen asleep. He hugs her and tells her that he loves her and doesn’t want anything to hurt her or Robert. Michelle asks about Danny’s nightmare, but he doesn’t want to talk about it. He just wants them all to be safe. He has all these different ideas but nothing that he thinks will work. He tells her that the clock is ticking and there has to be an answer. Michelle says if he rests, an idea will come to him. Danny calls May and tells her that the meeting is off. She says her boss will be disappointed and he better reconsider. She says he is making a dangerous decision and he better have a good reason. Danny tells her that the meeting is off again and she tells him that he doesn’t have any choice in the matter. The feds will move with or without him and it is up to him whether he will go down with the others or not. Danny tells her she doesn’t have enough on him and he doesn’t know enough about the other families. He tells her he will meet with her boss but he needs time to see what he can find out about the others. May agrees but tells him that he doesn’t have long. She is going out on a limb for him because they are friends. Danny tells her that they are most definitely not friends. Danny hangs up and tells Michelle that he bought them a little time. He is still worried. Michelle tells him they have the perfect baby boy and she is sure God would not have given them a son just to take his Daddy away. Danny says he should have been more aware of May’s agenda and they wouldn’t be in this mess. He tells her that he bought some time, but sooner or later he will have to deal with the feds.

My Comments:

Danny, Tony, and Ray are all caught “between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” each in their own unique way. Danny is caught between the mob and the FBI. Tony is caught between his loyalty to Danny and Abuela. Ray is caught between helping Danny and honoring his faith.

I wonder what the backstory is on the chocolate.It makes no sense good chocolate would come from San Cristobel because the Santos family always brought in good chocolate from Springfield for their associates because you couldn’t get as good in San Cristobel. They never really did know what to do with Sam was he mature or a kook? He had the best connection and relationship with Susan and if she’d stuck around a Max Nickerson – Susan LeMay – Sam Spencer triangle might have had some legs. As it was Sam just kind of hung around mooning over Marah despite the fact she couldn’t signal “Let’s just be friends” any louder.

It’s strange the church was locked when Tony arrived, most churches, used to anyway, have a policy of either staying unlocked or having a key somewhere the members knew about. We’ve seen people coming and going from St. Michael’s at odd hours before.

Danny again spells out the options for Aunt Meta. I’m glad she’s pro-Manny now. Meta is smart, clever and knows a thing or two about getting out of a murder wrap. I really wish Michelle’s uncle Mike had been able to be part of this story though. That would be even better.

This Danny falling asleep downstairs stuff is clearly designed to get in the nightmare without having to break out another Bauer set today. I can believe Danny had that nightmare though and that it shook him into changing his plan. I would like to know though. This is soap world will they just be cuddling or is Michelle magically healed without recovery time? I think that’s an awful shot of Michelle when she first replaces Carmen. The angle is bad and you’re not sure it’s her. Nice recapping pick up at the beginning of the next episode.

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) (Part 2)

Alternative Version

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. (Part 2)

Alternative Version:

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. (Part 2)

Alternative Versions: (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.”


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.

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.”

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.

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.


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