Thanks again the wonderful We Love Soaps TV
@WeLoveSoapsTV who shared us two early Guiding Light episodes in excellent quality. This one makes me even happier than Christmas 1979 because it features not only my beloved Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding one of my favorite all time couples, but them HAPPY and on THEIR ISLAND. During Summer 1979, Hope and Alan had been the victims of a planecrash that left them stranded on a desert island. I hope somebody still has a few more clips than what’s online now about their wonderful summer. Find the links I’ve found here:
This episode showing their return to “their island” as a happily married couple is almost as good.
There is a great example of a Hillary Bauer-Katie Parker conversation. They were great best friends and one of Guiding Light‘s stellar examples of friendships. They nursed together at Cedars Hospital. They used to base a lot more of the action at Cedars. We saw interaction of staff, patients, and volunteers and several areas in the hospital that we never saw in later years like the staff lounge.
Morgan Richards (of my beloved Morgan and Kelly fame) is visiting her mother, Jennifer Richards, in jail. Jennifer is convicted of killing Amanda Wexler’s adoptive (which Amanda doesn’t know at the time) mother Lucile Wexler (on my list of the worst parents in Springfield) had made a deathbed accusation to keep Jennifer and Amanda apart. Jennifer won’t explain the truth because she secretly is Amanda’s biological mother and she doesn’t want either Amanda or Morgan to know that. She’s willing to stay in prison and fights Mike Bauer’s attempts to clear her (See “The Trial of Jennifer Richards” DVD set). Morgan was underage and with her mother in jail is staying with Bert Bauer.
That’s Lanie Marler, Justin and Ross’ sister and Ben Warren’s half-sister, acting as Mike’s legal secretary. Mike is being his awesome lawyer mode. The Ben McFerrin who is coming to visit Mike is Hope’s ex-fiancee and currently involved with Jennifer and Amanda hence his concern. Mike’s next visitor is Elizabeth Spaulding Marler who is Phillip’s adoptive mother who they both believed had a biological connection until a couple of years ago. Elizabeth has just found out for sure that Phillip’s biological parents were Jackie and Justin Marler. Although it’s been a year, there really hasn’t been much progress on the Phillip biological parents front since Christmas 1979. Elizabeth is a professional photographer and has recently had her career as a newspaper photographer jumpstarted. Once Elizabeth leave she never returns to Springfield or sees Phillip again.
This is during the Morgan-Kelly build up while Nola is trying to manipulate Kelly into marrying her to give her a secure place in society. Kelly had a great voice, but I think “Christmas in New York” is a pretty strange song selection for children who didn’t live in New York as opposed to “Rudolph”, “Frosty”, or even “Suzy Snowflake” or “Winter Wonderland.” Also, at the party we briefly see Kevin Bacon’s TJ. Wow! At 22:00 after isn’t that a real early Dr. Sedwick sighting of her talking to a pregnant Amanda.
Kelly was shopping at Jackie Marler’s shop. Evie Stapleton, who is Rita’s sister and who is half in love with Ben, waited on him. Oh, Good Heavens! Not even Mike can make that potholder sweater look good. But he sings “Silent Night” so beautifully who cares?