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

November 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

Manny highlights:

Full episode (much clearer recording):

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

As someone who has watched a lot of old TV shows and movies from the 1950s – 1960s, I can tell you that veterans and war buddy references are constant. World War II and its after effects was a transformative experience for the entire country and saturated popular culture as well.  Surprisingly while I found references to World War I (especially Gold Star Mothers, mothers whose sons died in the war) and Irna Phillips’s sense of pre-World War II isolationism, I still haven’t found much on World War II. Vietnam also was a huge cultural change and likewise didn’t seem to have touched Springfield as much. Unlike say As The World Turns where legacy character of a core family, Tom Hughes, served in Vietnam at the time. In Springfield the most well known Vietnam Vet was Buzz Cooper and we only met him and learned about his war experience years later. He won a purple heart and his service was frequently mentioned. Rafe Aitoro going off to serve in the finale was a very large exception. In fact,  I really haven’t found much in the way of veterans in Springfield at all.

Bill Bauer worked in a defense plant for awhile during the Korean Conflict and Meta Bauer’s true love Joe Roberts was a war reporter. An actual veteran showed up in Ben Scott. Scott served during the Korean War (he married a then teenage Maggie Scott, who was introduced as Bill Bauer’s secretary) and his daughter Peggy Scott was a major player in Springfield for years. (Thanks to Stephanie ‏@Lutzie25 who found that one. Those are all the veterans I’ve found in Springfield, did I miss someone? I’m still looking for more. If you have suggestions, please comment.

This WSPR News story talks about Buzz’s service:

Thank you to all the real life veterans, who given us the freedom, to among other things, chose whatever reel life we want.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Welcome Back Characters After A Long Absence

November 10, 2014

The Aug. 25, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest gave a list of characters who came back after a long absence. This a very expanded version of that list with addition information, additional characters and reorganized into alphabetical order by soap ofter and then character first name. Did I miss anyone? I made the standard roughly 15 years without the character, on screen mentions don’t count. I did make an exception for Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris because it was such a major return. I admit being surprised that some of the biggest impact returns turned out to be after not that long an absence in real life, although they were sorely missed. People like John Dixon and Shannon O’Hara on As the World Turns and Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos on Guiding Light were only about 4-5.

  • Jesse Hubbard, Left All My Children in 1988 when character died on screen (played by Darnell Williams), Returned as same actor in 2008
  • Sam Brady, Left All My Children in 1983 (played by Jason Kincaid), Returned as same actor in 2011
  • Dustin “Dusty” Donovan, Left As the World Turns in 1988 (played by Brian Bloom), Returned as Grayson McCouch in 2003
  • Frannie Hughes, Left As the World Turns (played by Mary Ellen Stuart) in 1992, Returned as most famous Frannie, Julianne Moore, who had left the show in 1988 came back for single episode in 2010
  • Eve Donovan, Left Days of Our Lives (played by Charlotte Ross) in 1991, Returned as Kassie DePaiva in 2014
  • Susan Delilah Banks, Left Days of Our Lives (played by Eileen Davidson) in 1998, Returned as Brynn Thayer in 2011, Left same year and returned as original actress in 2014
  • Duke Lavery, Left General Hospital (played by Ian Buchanan) in 1990, Returned as same actor in 2012
  • Julian Jerome, Left General Hospital (played by Jason Culp) in 1990, Returned as William deVry in 2013
  • Claire Ramsey, Left Guiding Light (played by Susan Pratt) in 1986, Returned as same actress in 2000
  • Holly Norris, Left Guiding Light (played by Maureen Garrett) in 1980, Returned as same actress in 1988
  • Meta Bauer, Left Guiding Light (played by Ellen Demming) in 1974, Returned as Mary Stuart in 1996
  • Roger Thorpe, Left Guiding Light (played by Michael Zaslow) in 1980, Returned as same actor in 1989
  • Victor Lord, Left One Life to Live (played by Shepperd Strudwick) in 1976, Returned in in 1984 as Tom O’Rourke in 1985, Left same year and returned as Les Tremayne in 1987, Left same year and returned as Bill Moor in 1995, Left same year and returned as William Stone Mahoney from 2003-2004
  • Andy Richards, Left The Young and the Restless(played by Steven Ford) in 1988, Returned as same actor in 2002
  • Grace Turner, Left The Young and the Restless (played by Jennifer Gareis) in 2014, Returned as same actress in 2014
  • Phillip Chancellor, Left The Young and the Restless in 1989 when character died on screen (played by Thom Bierdz), Returned as same actor in 2009

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Manny Deal With Pain May 2 thru 4 2001

November 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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