Why There is No Cause For Worry Essay 20

January 20, 2020

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from Rustle of the Sheets. Tonight’s post is from Kristi who ran one of the major Manny sites/discussion boards at the time. I really like the analysis for this one. I especially appreciate the analysis of ratings in terms of storyline points and Manny’s impact on show viewership.

From The Rustle of the Sheets

Essay #20

“Why There is No Cause For Worry”

By kristi — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I don’t know whether to be amused or irritated by some people’s attempts to advocate Drew and Danny over Manny with what I would call the hit-and-run tactic. They make noises but they don’t actually debate the merits of Drew and Danny in-depth. I have yet to see a strong case in favor of Drew and Danny, but if anyone can present one, by all means step in. I always enjoy a good discussion.

As for the Manny fans who’re worried about a possible Drew and Danny pairing … Do you actually see Drew as a serious threat to Manny and therefore out of blind devotion, refuse to consider a better alternative that might be Drew and Danny? Or you don’t, but you’re worried TPTB might not be as clear-sighted as you are?

If I felt that Drew had even the slightest chance at winning Danny’s heart, yes, I’d worry, or I’d think long and hard about who is better suited for Danny, if I thought Drew could touch Danny in a way that Michelle couldn’t. Nothing that I’ve seen, heard or read, however, shakes my belief that Manny are meant to be together, that they are soulmates.

Let me take an example from another favorite couple of mine, Mason and Julia of Santa Barbara. No one could have cheated on Julia like Mason. But none of his liaisons ever presented a threat to Julia. (Not from her point of view, his point of view, or anyone else’s for that matter, including this viewer’s.) Not Victoria, whose child Julia thought was Mason’s. Not Gina, played by the only actress who came close to Nancy Lee Grahn’s caliber. Every liaison afterwards was a joke but by then Lane Davies had left the show. When Julia left Mason (and she left him a number of times, even once at the altar), she didn’t leave him because of these women and she was insecure about her place in his heart, she left him knowing full well he loved her like no one else and vice versa. When she fought for him and their relationship (and God knows she did), she fought Mason’s own doubts about himself, his difficulty to trust himself and commit himself to a relationship, she didn’t fight those women. She never had to. They never were threats by themselves. One of Julia’s most famous lines ever (this was on her wedding day, she’d just left Mason at the altar and her sister thought it had to do with Julia witnessing the night before Mason and Gina sleeping together): “I do not feel threatened by a woman who thinks love is written with a decimal point.”

By the same token, I don’t consider Manny/Drew (or Manny/Jesse for that matter) a triangle. You have to carry weight to form a point, and Carmen carries more weight than either Drew or Jesse. (Even there the center of gravity is on Manny’s side, not Carmen and Danny’s.)

If I thought for one moment that Drew and Danny had something even remotely meaningful going for them that Manny didn’t, something that moves people to tears, something that makes us want to celebrate love in any way we know how, something that inspires us to write poems and songs, something that motivates us to dig into our own experiences and knowledge in an effort to understand them a little better, I’d give Drew and Danny a thought.

But was there anything special about this one-night stand, to begin with? Did they sleep together because they wanted each other? Did they sleep together because she cared for him and/or he cared for her? (At least Bridget wanted Hart and Dinah, um, Hart.) Did Danny sleep with Drew because she was Drew? Did Drew sleep with Danny because he was Danny? No. Danny slept with Drew because she was Michelle’s friend, and Drew with Danny because he was Michelle’s husband. Was there even a moment of awareness while they’re having sex that Drew was Drew, not just the person who is Michelle’s friend, and Danny Danny, not just the person who is Michelle’s husband? Did they find comfort from each other that had nothing to do with Michelle? How is there a Dranny when there was someone else in that bed that night?

When Michelle and Danny are together, even when they’re just making eye-contact, there’s no one, and I mean no one else in the room. It’s just the two of them, with a connection that is so strong that nothing can sever it. Drew knows that better than anyone actually, she witnessed it herself several times. The only people who can sever it, who can choose to sever it are Michelle and Danny, no one else. Danny tried to do it on Friday but he ended up sleeping with a friend of Michelle. As sick as this may sound, he was connecting through Drew to Michelle despite himself.

You could put one thousand Drew-hurdles and another thousand Jesse-hurdles between them, and Manny will still be connected as long as they’re hung up on each other. And sorry to be cliche, but not even death could sever that connection. And if death can’t do it, a pregnancy out of this one-night stand (I’m talking hypothetically) is certainly not going to. Who does Danny want to have his children with? Drew? You think his feelings about that are going to change after this?

The only thing to worry about, if we had to find something to worry about, would be TPTB and whether they intend to pursue Drew and Danny over Manny, when there is actually no Drew and Danny. If they do, I’ll bet my lifetime savings it will be as a means to the end that is Manny. I haven’t seen any sign however they’re even considering that.

So should we just sit back and relax? Sure, but it never hurts to give TPTB a piece of your mind. Just in case they forget who they owe their bread and butter to. As one poster on the board I run pointed out, Manny means money. Their popularity is an unprecedented Guiding Light phenomenon in recent memory.

You have on one side a brand-new character who’s been on for less than six months and on the other a recast for about the same time. This is the only couple right now this regime can claim as their own creation, with no links to past regimes. Do you think they’re going to give up on them that easily? When the pairing has proven successful from the moment they were put together? They certainly aren’t hurting the show in the ratings.

The week of the beach confrontation leading to their marriage (they were on four days out of five, jumping to front-burner status for the first time since Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz joined the show), GL scored its best rating (4.3) in more than a year (at least ever since GLN&P; started keeping records), with an increase of 0.5 pts. from the previous week. The week of their second wedding (they were on the whole week), the show scored its 2nd best rating, nabbing 5th position in household rankings in the process. The first week of March (when Manny almost made love, they were on 4 days out of 5), a bad week for almost every soap (all of them took a dip in household, including GL which went under 4.0 for the first time this year – scored 3.9), GL was the only show to register increase in the infamous 18-49 women demographic group that advertisers covet (from 2.6/16 share to 2.7/17 share, tying with The Bold and the Beautiful for 6th position).

I’ve been online since ’95, and I’ve never heard as strong a buzz about a GL couple or characters in the General Hospital online communities (the show GL has to compete with in many markets) as I’ve done with Manny. I read the GH boards too. I run a site dedicated to Manny and I’ve lost count of (previously) ex-GLers or GHers I’ve been meeting through email, the message board and the chatroom. Manny is drawing new viewers, people who’ve barely heard of GL before, and that’s no small feat.

To make a long story short, I’ve never seen anything quite like this with GL in all the years I’ve been online. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying on TPTB’s part, but they couldn’t do it till they had all the right ingredients in place. They finally struck gold and they know it better than anyone else.

This is just the beginning for Manny (the blow-up last week actually gives them a chance at a real beginning), so let’s not give in to our fears when there’s no cause or let our imaginations run wild. Let’s concentrate on the big picture that is Manny, inform TPTB of your support for this couple, and enjoy them through their “good” times and “bad” times. (It’s all relative anyway.) Think of this like a marriage.

I actually feel more hopeful about their future than I did when I first heard about the one-night stand. Couldn’t understand TPTB’s move at the time but the events this past week actually lead me to believe they’re moving in the right direction with Manny. I hope you see it the same way. If you don’t, let me know and we can debate it.



Daytime Stars and Strikes Booty 1

January 19, 2020

Revisiting some auction wins!

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Bloss Family at Ross’ Funeral

As I mentioned here a couple of times, there was an online Daytime Stars and Strikes auction. I couldn’t believe the low prices on some of the Guiding Light items, especially at a charity auction. So I bid and I figured I would get outbid, but I didn’t, so the next time there is an auction check it out. Apparently prices are well within the reach of an average fan and it all goes for a good cause. I ended up with three lots. I’m going to post two of them tonight and 2 photos of the third one next time.

The photo at left was identified as being the family at Ross’ funeral. Take a good look at the Bloss children. I think this was one of their last appearances. Does anybody know which is supposed to be Kevin and which was supposed to…

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Clayton Update 2

January 16, 2020

Clayton shows up in several of the Manny fanfics. I was surprised because I didn’t remember it from the show. Although I started watching early it seems that Clayton starts to drop out of mentions about the time they introduced Point Lester where Jesse Blue lived it became the seedy nearby town when needed. It did stir up again as Point Lester disappeared, but not enough that I really clicked into it.

I really can’t believe they mentioned Clayton as much as they did and I didn’t remember it. Listen for the times people stayed at the Clayton Arms. I will continue to be on the look out for Clayton.

Find my first batch of Clayton references here:

And my second:


Here’s my third batch of Clayton findings.

Ruth Lockhart claims she currently lives in Clayton while testifying in Michelle’s trial over killing Ben Warren in 2000. First mention is right at the beginning and then again after Ross begins his cross examination.


Because of all these Clayton mentions I worked it into my WSPR news story about Alan, as an excuse why we never saw that particular yacht club before from the Vanilly-Lillibuzz wedding.


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.

More The Bold and the Beautiful Set and Location Secrets

January 15, 2020

Previously I shared two other posts about filming locations for The Bold and the Beautiful (take a look at Part 1 and Part 2). Check out these notes on The Bold and the Beautiful from the August 26, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.


Check out this comedy behind the scenes Office take-off video from a few years back:

The docks are shot as part of CBS Television City at 7800 Beverly Blvd LA CA 90036.

The establishing shots of Forrester Mansion (Eric and Stephanie’s house) is the home of William J. and Lee Bell. Katie’s house belongs to William J. Bell, Jr. The Marone Mansion wass Lauralee Bell’s house and both Brooke’s house and Bill’s Malibu Cliff house belong to Bradley P. Bell.

The fashion show in opening credits was shot in the American Idol studio with green screen.

The view out the window are copies (giant pictures) of the views out the real windows from the Bell family homes.

Both the Forrester Sky Lounge and Il Giardino are shot on a balcony at CBS that over looks the shopping center The Grove next door.

The same set was used as Lauren Fenmore’s penthouse, Massimo’s suite, and Pam and Ann Douglas’s Chicago home.

The Brooke and Ridge heart on the beach used real sand sculpture for the heart but the writing and smaller hearts were styrofoam covered in sand.

The sketches of dress designs are done by professional artists, but the actors add to them during scenes and they reuse them.


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.

An Analysis of Character Essay 19

January 13, 2020

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from the Rustle of the Sheets website. In the timeline sometime right after the “Angel of Mine” dance. Check out the episode.

From The Rustle of the Sheets

Danny and Michelle Angel of Mine Dance

Essay #19

“An Analysis of Character” By Pepper — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I just had to share my thoughts with others who are as passionately vested in Manny as I am. As I see it, Michelle is a young nineteen. After all, she just graduated from high school and just started college. She grew up in a sheltered environment with a loving, family and an extended circle of friends. Her only involvements were a platonic one with Bill and a huge crush on Zachary. Then, just as she was missing her mother the most, ‘the Jester’ appears, with that wonderful, caring heart with which she was so familiar. He was like nobody she had ever known . . . and he had the heart. Still, I think she already knew it was over between them before Manny. Remember his proposal? Remember how she rubbed the chest after she turned him down?

Drew, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. When her mother died, she had nobody but her father, and he was on the road a lot, in the music business. She had no guidance during her formative teen years. When her father was around he indulged her every whim in an effort to make up for her mother’s death and his absence. She got used to having her way. When she graduated, he saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with her and took her on the road. She learned as much about business as she could in order to be closer to her dad. This would explain why she is so immature in her self indulgence and yet a good businesswoman.

Danny is another story entirely. His family taught him to trust nothing and no one. If he did, it would only lead to disillusionment and heartache. The only ones he was allowed to trust were family. As I see it, he was the crown prince. The one upon whom all the hopes were pinned. The family was in the business because that was how they survived. He was going to help legitimize the family. That is why he was in college.

He is/was probably a grad student which is why he could go in at midsemester to monitor Michelle’s class. That would put him around 23 or 24. Coming from an unusually extreme macho background, there’s a good chance that since he was a teenager he knew mostly very experienced women. Also, he could see she had that same fierce sense of loyalty that was one of the cornerstones of his upbringing.

Because of her age, innocence and the circumstances which threw them together, Danny was willing to wait and hope . . . even to the point of sleeping on the floor and being led on, not once, but several times, which I don’t think he would have tolerated from anyone else. Every time Michelle would give him a small sign that she was beginning to accept him, his hopes would grow and he would force himself to trust her more.

After the fiasco with his mother, he felt completely justified in placing his whole trust in Michelle and he opened himself entirely to her. At this point he does the unthinkable — he declares his independence from the family. And it is at this point that Michelle thinks it is a good time to ‘fess up. The timing could not have been worse. Danny could not have been more vulnerable.



Moving Out of Town

January 12, 2020

Revisiting characters who have moved out of town.

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Another name for soap opera is continuing drama. That’s important because until the bitter cancellation hits, the story must go on. That’s true even if the characters, actors, or even core families or settings change. One popular device to write off a character is to “move them out of town.” This allows a character or more likely a couple to have a happily ever after. It gives them a reason to not be in town anymore, but preserves the option to bring the character or the couples back either for special occasions, as a recast, or as a return if whatever they left for doesn’t work out.

A great example of this is Harley Cooper, played for most of her run by Beth Ehlers. Harley got a happy ever after send off when she married A.C. Mallet and they both were offered jobs at a police department in Florida. They…

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Temporary Harley

January 9, 2020

Harley Davidson Cooper was brought on to Guiding Light as part of the most successful attempted redo of the Four Muskateers. On the positive side we got Harley, a SORASed Alan-Michael Spaulding, and Dinah (after a revised take on the character). On the negative side they really didn’t have the same kind of connection or on-going storyline as the Four Musketeers and honestly this is where Cameron was from, too. (Cameron? Cameron who? Exactly.)

Beth Ehlers played the role off and on from 1987 to 2008. During Ehlers‘s two maternity leaves Hayley Sparks (formerly playing Andy Dixon’s true love on As the World Turns) took over the role. Sparks left a strong memory on fans from the time. However, there was actually a 3rd actress to play the role. It might have been a sick day or a scheduled trip, but Amy Carlson filled in November 9th through 12, 1998. (Thanks to Soap Central for the dates.)

As you’re rewatching the series it’s always kind of a shock when Carlson appears since Ehlers played the role pretty much during the entire run of the role. Check Carlson out in the link below starting 3 minutes in.

She was on Another World from 1993 – 1998. Shortly after that role ended she did this pick up. After a couple of days Carlson left the Light, but she has continued to have an active career. Check out her page on IMDB – which doesn’t list her Guiding Light role. They are notoriously bad at accurately listing soap roles.

NOTE: I still think it would have made a lot more sense to bring in another actess, especially Hayley Sparks if she was available, rather than them pretending the character never existed. They could have killed her off or at least had a better send off than she was in Greece especially after Rafe Aitoro, her former step-son who was why she was hiding in Greece, returned to Springfield with no consequences.

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.

Springfield Bound by Robansuefarm Links and Audio

January 8, 2020

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This was the first piece of fanfic I wrote as part of my Manny in California series. Also in the series is A Typical House, Just Another Fundraiser, and Happiest Place on Earth.

Springfield Bound by Robansuefarm

Last Episode at Park

Manny Last Episode at Park

 A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale.


https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/springfield-bound-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/springfield-bound-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/springfield-bound-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/springfield-bound-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/springfield-bound-chapter-5 (Chapter 5)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/springfield-bound-chapter-6 (Chapter 6)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/springfield-bound-chapter-7 (Chapter 7)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/springfield-bound-chapter-8 (Chapter 8)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/springfield-bound-epilogue (Epilogue)


https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/springfield-bound-the-finale Full text in one post


Here’s the audio version of the story:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/07/08/springfield-bound–part-1 (Part 1)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/12/05/springfield-bound–part-2 (Part 2)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2012/04/19/springfield-bound–part-3 (Part 3)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2012/11/08/springfield-bound–part-4 (Part 4)

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.

Guiding Light Trivia 21

January 6, 2020

I haven’t posted one of these in awhile. Also, I leave enough of a gap I sometimes repeat questions, so fair warning. LOL Search this website for trivia to find more.

  1. What was Hawk Shayne’s nickname for Alexandra Spaulding?

a. Lexy

b. Queenie

c. Your Highness

d. Majesty


2. Brent Lawrence was able to return as Marian Crane in part because of the help of:

a. Det. Cutter, who had a crush on him

b. Nadine Cooper, who married him

c. Cassie Lawrence, who was his sister

d. Neil Everest, who also was a disgruntled Spaulding employee


3. Which of Nadine Cooper’s children or step-children or in-laws attended her funeral?

a. Frank

b. Harley

c. Lucy

d. Alan-Michael

e. Eleni

f. Mallet


4. When Henry and Vanessa Chamberlain came to town they often talked about how Henry’s company was merged with Spaulding Enterprises. What was the name of Henry’s company?

a. LTA

b. HC Limited

c. SanCorp

d. Chamberlain Corporation


5. What was the name of the house Quinton and Nola Reardon Chamberlain lived in when they fell in love?

a. Stone Cottage

b. Thornway Road

c. Rochester House

d. The Moors


6. What is Bea Reardon’s favorite flower?

a. Gardenias

b. Roses

c. Daisies

d. Pansies


7. Nadine Cooper brought daughter Harley something that is lucky for a bride in European wedding tradition. Was it:

a. Kiss from chimney sweep

b. Sixpence in her shoe

c. Four Leaf Clover

d. Horseshoe


8. It used to be that couples were known by both names, for example Jeff and Penny, Luke and Laura, and Hope and Alan. In the 1990s online fans began created a code or a smoosh name for couples that combined their names. One of the first was as a deragatory was for Fletcher and Holly. What was it?

a. Folly

b. Hetcher

c. Rolly

d. Knolly


9. When Amanda Wexler Spaulding had her second secret paternity storyline she found out that rather than being Alan’s daughter made her a Spaulding,….

a. being Ross’ daughter made her a Marler

b. being H.B.’s daughter mader her a Lewis

c. being Ed’s daughter made her a Bauer

d. being Brandon’s daughter made her a Spaulding


10. In the final episode of Guiding Light they flashed ahead. They showed Manny hanging out with a famous Guiding Light group – who?

a. the Lewis Boys

b. the people who lived a the Reardon boarding house

c. the Cedars Staff

d. the original Four Muskateers


Answers: 1.b (note most of the descriptors used in the 2nd question are totally false) 2.c 3.a,e 4.d 5.b 6.a 7.b 8.a (Folly was Fletcher/Holly, Rolly was Roger/Holly.) 9.d 10.d


Lighthouse Collection #9

January 5, 2020

I haven’t shared many of my lighthouses lately. I collect them as memory of the show. I’ve added to my collection, but I’ll have to get back to sharing photos.

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Probably this will be the last Lighthouse collection post for awhile. This is pretty much my collection, unless you want to see photos of my other Guiding Light, non-lighthouse shirts. When I find an addition I’ll do another post. And go back to the post number 8 and watch the lighthouse video if you haven’t. The light really spins around in the video. Too cool.

This top photo was a Christmas present to myself last year. A lot of people had issues with the “Hands” opening of Guiding Light. I didn’t really like that part, but I DID like that it renewed use of a poem apparently heavily used (without credit even though it wasn’t Irna Phillips who wrote it) in the early years on the show. So when I found this on CafePress, I was helpless to resist getting one for myself and my cousin Jewelsam. I actually…

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