Guiding Light FAQs

March 26, 2015

glmanny:

Picked this FAQ as a flashback for today.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

I just discovered this page. It lists answers for the most commonly asked questions that Soap Opera Digest receives about Guiding Light. They include questions about Jeffery/Richard, Phillip’s connection to Gus Aitoro, Harley Cooper, Billy and Reva’s marriage, Dinah Marler, Josh and Reva, Rick’s role in Ross’ death,  Dinah and Cassie’s rivalry, Blake’s name, Phillip’s wives, and the adult characters on the show .

http://web.archive.org/web/20100115044443/http://www.soapoperadigest.com/features/guiding-light/glfaqs/

I’ll reprint the final question about characters born on the show below.
Q: How many adult characters on the show were born on GL?

A: Five. Rick (1970), Blake (1975), Alan-Michael (1981), Lizzie (1990) and Marina (1993). Jenna brought baby Coop to Springfield in 1996. Rick’s daughter Leah was born in 2004 and brought back as a rapidly-aged teenager in 2006. Daisy (then Susan) was born in 1987 and should be about 20 but in 2007 she was shown as still in high school.

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Little Havana Part 2

March 25, 2015

glmanny:

In honor of the recent news about Cuba, let’s revisit our post about Cuban food.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Little Havana was the Santos favorite restaurant in Springfield because it featured Cuban food. Read about Little Havana here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/little-havana

I don’t really have more to share on Little Havana in Springfield, except that there apparently  was a restaurant named that in New York at the time it was written into the story, but sadly, especially based on all the positive reviews still posted, it closed.

New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/restaurants/1002207989149/little-havana/details.html

An archive of the “Little Havana” website:
http://web.archive.org/web/20120312215655/http://www.littlehavananyc.com/

Their customer comments:
http://web.archive.org/web/20120104212328/http://www.littlehavananyc.com/customers.html

See photos from customers before it closed:
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/little-havana-new-york?select=qnVpfEjw4qdE_if0z4wq1Q#qnVpfEjw4qdE_if0z4wq1Q

There are still restaurants with that same name in other cities:
http://littlehavanas.com

IMG_0097So I didn’t ever get to Little Havana, but I did get a Cuban restaurant in a town near here. Actually I was kind of shocked there was one this close. I really thought it would have to wait until I got to a bigger city, but just…

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Eleni and Frank Wedding

March 23, 2015
Eleni and Frank wedding

Eleni and Frank wedding

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros on May 7, 1993. It was held on 5th Street which was closed for the occasion.

Bride - Eleni Andros

Maid of Honor - Harley Cooper

Bride maids (who walked down the aisle together for some reason) – Kat Speakes and Julie Camaletti

Groom - Frank Cooper

Best man - A.C. Mallet

Mallet and Frank discuss his wedding speech for Eleni. Frank remembers the day Nadine told him Buzz was dead and how he had to be the man of the house now when he was 8 years old. Eleni has a moment with her grandmother. Ad for the wedding.

 (Part 1)

Fifth Street is being decorated for the wedding. Nice best friend exchange between Frank and Mallet. The Coopers are so beloved on Fifth Street that everyone turns out to decorate the closed down street to hold the wedding. More nice Frank/Mallet and Frank/Harley stuff. That car stuff was important because at the time Frank was kind of classic car obsessed and for him to care more about what Eleni looked like than the cars meant a lot. Eleni was very pregnant with Marina (her and Frank’s daughter) when this wedding happened. This was when Mindy was an active fashion designer and she did Eleni’s dress and had to take out some of the extra material in the seams to make it fit. This is towards the end of the fairly disastrous Dylan Lewis/Julie Camaletti that had began when they were trapped in an elevator during the Great Springfield Blackout where she helped him through his claustrophobia. Sadly that was their highlight. Despite the obvious pregnancy, Eleni at this wedding was one of Guiding Light‘s most beautiful brides ever. Just look at that dress. Eleni stops at the end of the aisle to greet friends and family, including Michelle and Ed Bauer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YANNNboNy0 (Part 2)

The minister is giving a speech about how everyone on Fifth Street turned out to make the day special for Frank and Eleni. Meanwhile Buzz skulks

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

around the edges. At this point none of his family know he’s alive, but Harley will discover it later tonight. The priest (probably Eastern Orthodox) calls out family connections. He points out Michelle as Bea and Tom Reardon’s granddaughter. We get so used to thinking of Michelle as a Bauer, it’s nice to have her associated with the Reardons too. I must admit this is the smiliest wedding I can remember both Eleni and Frank can hardly grin wide enough. Great pull back shot to Alan-Michael watching from afar. Frank starts to read his written vows, but it’s too dark under the twinkle lights to read them. Someone yells get Frank a light and they pass up a flashlight, but Frank decides not right and gives up his pages written speech and instead speaks from the heart.

Frank: “I wrote a speech like I won a contest. It wasn’t really that great. I get suspicious of people who make promises….[unintelligible] Going around saying they’re doing something instead of just doing it. I mean, what does that mean? So what I say to you, Eleni, is what I am to you tonight I will always be. Because I don’t know any differently. Because I just love you and honor you and I will for the rest of my life.  Those promises are easy to keep. I hope I’ll be a good father. I know I’ll be the proudest father any child could ever have and you will always be safe in our home with me. If every night the flood comes and washes our home away then every morning I’ll build a brand new one for us because I love you. I love you with all my heart, my mind, my body, my soul. I mean I should just tell you things that are harder to do…. Eleni with this ring, I’m your husband.”

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

Eleni: “Frankie, you are so patient and kind. There is nothing you cannot ask of me. I would fight for you. And all these people they all love you so much, they would do the same thing too. I will be a loyal wife and a loving friend to your friends. I will teach our children the gentleness and goodness that you have shown me. I will love you with all my strength always. I will defend you from discouragement and fear. When you are sick, I will make you well and when you are sad, I will make you laugh with my crazy heart. Our home, it will be I will be safe and warm and honest and always welcoming. I will make it a palace for you, my, my king of Fifth Street. To work hard, to be generous and to always be honest and forgiving that is what I learned from my family. These things I promise you most, Frankie, and as the years go by and we grow older when my hair is grey and all our children have all grown up and all our promises are kept, this love I have for you will shine in my heart stronger than any star. With this ring, I love you so much. With this ring, Frankie, I am your wife.”

Priest: “…..I now pronounce you husband and wife.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MunLGi48EM (Part 3)

Frank is lifted on the crowd’s shoulders and carried away around the square. Eleni is give a champagne flute of milk in honor of her delicate condition. Mallet gives the best man speech which he starts with a terrible joke and makes a series of more horrible joke until he turned serious and tells them how Frank and Eleni were made for each other. Harley makes a Maid of Honor toast.

Harley: “Generally a woman does not go chasing through the jungles of Malaysia for a man unless she really means it.”

Frank throws the garter. It lands on Ross’ glasses and catches there. Frank and Eleni dance their first dance to “You Are So Beautiful To Me.” Eleni throws the bouquet.  Jenna catches the bouquet and definitely is NOT friends with Vanessa yet. Frank and Eleni seemingly oblivious to the dancers that surround them. An anonymous donor drops off 500 hot steak dinners for the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvWhvrvu76E (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.

Robansuefarm Manny Fanfic Update March 2015

March 18, 2015
  • I had a big gap in publishing fanfic last year. I haven’t given up, but I was just too busy. My main Manny New Year’s Resolution is to return to posting fanfic.
  • I know I need Story Index update.  The good news is I’m still finding some stories and chapters I didn’t have located before,  but I’m about out of places to look. I also need to add most of my republished fanfic chapters. I hope to work on this over the winter, but republishing is going to continue to take precedence over it.
  • More good news is that there is still interest in Manny fanfic. WordPress lets you see what search terms people are using to find your blog and I’m getting a hit based on a Manny fanfic search at least every other day and usually more often as new people find the story index and start to follow the links to Manny fanfic. So if there are any writers reading this, there is still a group of people who want to read your stuff even if it isn’t as large or vocal a group as it once was. If anybody is wavering please publish it or republish it, if it isn’t on my Story Index.
  • I’m still working on my original set of Manny New Year’s Resolutions, to write one for each of my categories. If you anybody out there wants to take it as a challenge and try to do a story for each category or even some of the categories, consider the challenge issued. I’d love some company posting fanfic.

Manny in California

A Typical House – My very first fanfic offers a peek inside their lives in California.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/typical-house-a-story-of-manny
Listen to the audio version
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/02/27/a-typical-house

Just Another Fundraiser – Manny attends a fundraiser for Ed’s clinic during their time in California.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/just-another-fundraiser

Springfield Bound – A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/springfield-bound-the-finale

Happiest Place on Earth – The final Manny in California story.
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/3312
Audio - https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/happiest-place-on-earth-audio

Manny in Springfield….and Others

Here is as far as I’ve gotten in my attempt to write a Manny fanfic for each one of my categories.

Christmas
A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/a-season-of-new-beginnings

College

Continued Storyline

Crossovers

Dietz -

Fairytales
The Lighthouse Princess – A fairytale based on the marvelous story The Light Princess by George MacDonald.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/the-lighthouse-princess-a-manny-fairytale-by-robansuefarm

General A.U. -When I got hung up on Have Manny, Will Travel, I started another continuation for this category, The Journal: A Continuation
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/the-journal-by-stace024 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/the-journal-by-stace024-ch2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/the-journal-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/the-journal-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/the-journal-chapter-5 (Chapter 5)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/the-journal-ch-6-by (Chapter 6)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/the-journal-a-continuation-by-robansuefarm-chapter-7 (Chapter 7)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/the-journal-chapter-8 (Chapter 8)

High School

Historicals – (Posted on GLManny – Change Links)
A version of Have Gun, Will Travel - Have Manny, Will Travel now being published a chapter on the Mannyac board.
http://mannyacdiscussionboard.yuku.com/topic/3322

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/manny-will-travel-background (Background)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/have-manny-theme-song (Theme Song)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/have-manny-will-travel-ch1 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/have-manny-will-travel-ch2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/have-manny-will-travel-ch3 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/have-manny-will-travel-ch4 (Chapter 4)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/have-manny-will-travel-ch5 (Chapter 5)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/have-manny-will-travel-ch6 (Chapter 6)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/have-manny-will-travel-ch7 (Chapter 7)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-8-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 8)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-9-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 9)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/have-manny-will-travel-chapter-10-by-robansuefarm (Chapter 10)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/have-manny-will-travel-by-robansuefarm-chapter-11 (Chapter 11)

Lost Scenes
Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/legend-of-the-water-glass

Having a Ball: A Manny Prequel
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/having-a-ball-by-robansuefarm

Making Love
French Kiss – It seems to open in a French manor house with Lord Daniel and upstairs maid Michelle, but there is a twist.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/french-kiss-by-robansuefarm

Nonmob -
Solemn Vows - A variation on the set up from Sacred Vows where Danny pretends to be a priest in training, staying at the rectory with novice Michelle Bauer.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/solemn-vows-by-robansuefarm/

Poems and Song Lyrics
She Kissed Me Back: A Poem in Free Verse
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/she-kissed-me-back-a-poem

Song Fic
In a Different Light – Taken from the words of a song made popular by Doug Stone, it provided a unique opportunity to have Danny and Michelle in a business setting and the song really set up the story by itself with just a little bit of background.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/in-a-different-light-by-robansuefarm

Fourth Wall Breaking
This one really doesn’t fit in any category. It breaks the 4th Wall in a funny Halloween Horror Story.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/manny-halloween-horror-story

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.

Gus Fakes Evidence Whenever We Are Apart We Lose June 6 2001

March 17, 2015

Wed., June 6, 2001 – Later the same day, Ross comes over in answer to Danny’s call. Michelle, Danny and Ross are sitting at the kitchen table discussing their trip to the police station. Michelle and Danny bring Ross up to speed and  Michelle says that Harley thinks that an autopsy will prove that the body is Carmen. Ross feels it’s strange that Gus called the entire family to come to the police station to tell them, especially when Gus hadn’t even showed up to give them the news in person. Ross: “There’s something more important to Gus Aitoro than putting the screws to the Santos family? I find that hard to believe.”  Ross wants to know if there is anything else that happened. Danny tells him that Harley advised him to implicate himself so that the Feds would go easier on everyone. Ross says no way. The way they are going to handle the Feds is to trust no one and to say nothing, especially to Gus because he’s dangerous. Ross: “I have seen rogue cops before but I have never seen anything like this rogue federal agent.”  Danny says that he is a loose cannon. There’s a knock at the door. Michelle goes to the door to find Gus. He wants to know what’s going on with all the blinds closed. Michelle tells him to go away and is joined by Danny telling him that he has 5 seconds to get off the property. Ross appears behind them and asks Gus if he has a warrant. Gus says no but he has a court order. Ross takes it from him and tells Danny that they want his gun and to go and get it. As Danny leaves Gus makes his way into the kitchen. Gus tells Michelle that she can turn down the music because he can hear what they were saying. Gus: “Poor Michelle, poor, poor, Michelle…. First you tried to derail the case against your husband and now you have a case against yourself. Nothing is working for you. You must feel very stupid…..She has been a very, VERY bad girl.” Ross asks what he’s talking about. Gus explains that he still has proof that Michelle has destroyed FBI evidence. Michelle asks if he’s going to pressure her into turning against Danny like he pressured Claire into wearing a wire. She explains to Ross how Claire tried to trick Danny into confessing on tape. Gus says that it’s never a dull moment and that he bets that Blake could turn this all into a best seller. Ross tells him no way and that unless he has another court order to leave Blake alone. Ross also says that he never approved of Blake writing the book. Danny returns with the gun. Gus takes the gun and says that after a lunch he is looking forward to, he will take it right to ballistics (this is a dig because although Ross doesn’t know it Blake has set up a lunch with Gus as part of her snooping). He hopes that the tests on the gun give him a reason to return. He leaves and Ross closes the door behind him. He then turns to Danny and Michelle and tells them that now the questions become tougher. He explains that they are running a ballistics test on the gun, and that Gus tried to get him by using Claire and that he is going to indict him for the murder of his mother. Ross: “He tried to record you using Claire as a mic stand.” Danny and Ross agree that Gus will most likely move to indict Danny for Carmen’s murder. Michelle is angry because it’s all unfair. Ross asks if she means the way that Gus is handling the case or that Danny is accused of murder. Michelle says both. She feels that Gus is dangerous and that he has it in his head that Danny is a cold-blooded killer. She believes that the whole thing is a game to him. Ross agrees with everything but says that Gus did not invent all of the unanswered questions about Carmen. Michelle explains that Danny was just protecting her and their unborn child and that he is not a murderer. Ross repeats it and says that he noticed that she did not say that Danny did not shoot Carmen. Danny wants to know if Ross realizes just how much Carmen wanted to get rid of Michelle. Danny explains that Carmen did try to get rid of Michelle so he did pretty much what Ross was thinking that he did because he had to stop his mother. Ross stares at Danny. Danny wants to know since everything is out in the open now how they are going to keep Gus from proving it. Ross comments that he can’t prepare a defense until he knows what charges will be filed. He wants to know if Claire could have gotten anything on tape. Danny says no and explains that when Claire came into his office to clear things up, he knew that she was up to something. Michelle says that Claire has a pretty good idea about everything. Ross tells them that have to be on guard for hard evidence. Danny says that evidence is nothing if he doesn’t go to trial. Ross wants to know what he’s thinking. Danny has a plan to leave town, to run. Ross tells him that he’s not going anywhere. Michelle decides that the plan might work if she and the baby leave with Danny. It almost worked last time but Carmen kidnapped Michelle. Ross tells Danny if they leave it will only make matter worse. They will get caught and there will be even more charges. Danny becomes angry. Danny: “What do you want me to do, Ross? Pull out my blue suit and learn how to smile at the jury?” Ross: “Yes, pull out the blue suit, brush up on your manners. You have GOT to fight this. It’s the only way I firmly believe it…I’ll find a way [to clear Danny].” Michelle wants a guarantee that Ross can get Danny off. Michelle tells Danny that truth is on their side. Danny promises Ross to stay. Ross assures him that they can win if they fight. Michelle gives it 100% backing and Ross leaves. As Michelle closes the door, she tells Danny he better not even think of leaving. Danny tells her that it’s so ironic that he protected himself by pulling the wire off Claire and at the same time blows her chance at immunity. She tells him Gus is much more interested in pinning a murder rap on him. She wants to know if Danny is now thinking of going to Gus to cop a deal. Danny says that he knows that Gus is out to get him and that he doubts that Ross can stop him. He says that everything is his fault and that the least he can do is protect her from what he has done. Michelle asks him to promise her that he will not turn himself in to protect her. He responded by asking her if she wants him to wait around for a guilty verdict. She says that she will tell him exactly what she wants.

Michelle: “Aitoro is not going to take this away from us Danny, so don’t you help him. If you go away we lose, whenever we’re apart we lose. Weren’t you the most miserable guy in Springfield when I was living in New York? So you’ve got to stay with Robbie and me – no matter what.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2DhkX1MdGI (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il69_ljSjTA (Part 2)

My Comments: I know Danny wasn’t all that keen at telling Ross about what happened with Carmen even now, but I think he needs details. Details like Manny were totally innocent of the original faking of death and the “fatal” shooting really being months later on the docks and that the gun took isn’t the one Danny used. I really love that Ross is so on board with this. This is my second favorite Ross period ever. The other one was when he married Carrie. Ross is being clever and take charge and smart. I love his whole attitude in this. This Ross-Danny friendship was one of my favorites on the show and I’m still hurt beyond belief that they will later destroy it for a stupid fixed election storyline. I’m really glad Michelle knows how Danny’s mind works so well. This is very Danny to take all the guilt on himself and seek punishment to protect Michelle. He still protects the family, but now his family is one who protects him back. This “Whenever we’re apart we lose” would be right up there with the top Manny speeches if it was a little longer. Could Danny, Robbie, and Michelle be anymore sweet?

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.

Bold and the Beautiful Forrester Locations

March 16, 2015

Forrester Creations use the Yavneh Academy, a Hebrew School near the CBS studios, which looks like a faux Tudor mansion, for in the front of Forrester Creations. It includes windows that are supposed to be those famous windows with a stain glass Fs that you see in Eric’s office.

Take a look at the school website for yourself:
http://www.yha.org

Take a look at the school in person:
http://www.yha.org/contact-us/

However, they’ve taken to using the exterior of CBS Studios for the back of the building. They use the loading dock area, the rooftop, and the parking lot of CBS Studios to represent the same areas at Forrester Creations.

Find a map of the LA Studio and where it’s located here:
http://www.cbssc.com/map.htm

This impression of a split personality building has often puzzled fans.Read more about the mansion half in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Read more about the CBS Studio part in the January 27, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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.

Is Michelle Danny’s Savior?

March 15, 2015

glmanny:

Revisiting is Michelle Danny’s Savior?

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Ray to Danny: “When you met Michelle you believed she was your savior, I believe she still is, at least the closest thing on this earth.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-phrd1ByjxI

Is Michelle Danny’s savior? I would say no. When Teresa had earlier accused Michelle of forcing Danny to leave the family business, Michelle says no Danny was already running away from it and I think that is actually a more accurate picture. Danny hates a lot of his experiences growing up and when he finally is able to compare them with a comparatively normal family, the Bauers, Danny chooses the Bauer lifestyle not only for himself, but for his children. I think Danny’s rejection of the mob lifestyle would have come eventually in any case, Michelle is right Danny was running from it when she met him. Danny might have let obligation bind him to the family longer if it hadn’t been for…

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A Moment When Rebecca’s Michelle is Defined

March 11, 2015

When I was doing prep for my New Year’s Week posts this year, I discovered a scene I strongly remembered that I had described from memory and referenced it in an earlier blog post, but I was off on several small points.

Rebecca's Michelle Defining Moment Now I don’t necessarily blame Ms. Budig who I am sure is perfectly engaging, but I just didn’t think her Michelle jelled….The scene I always think of first when I think about her version was something to do with a costume party. Rick had bought Michelle a costume, a colonial miss costume that was very sweet. When Michelle decided Abby needed to go to the party also, she gave that to Abby and said she’d find something. She came downstairs in the iconic Madonna silver lame swimsuit with the huge metal cones in front.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/rebecca-buddigs-michelle/

I had remembered it being Halloween and I was wrong. Halloween that year was when Abby didn’t know anything about it and freaked out in the hospital about all the strange goings on. Instead for some reason they held a masquerade part for New Years at the Lakeland Country Club and that was what they were dressing up for. Also, I thought it was Rick that bought her the colonial miss dress because I assumed this was while Ed was out of town as he often was during these years. Feeling broken by both Maureen and Eve’s deaths, Ed had taken solace in doing good works in Africa. He had drug Michelle along (mostly as an excuse for Michelle to be gone long enough for them to swap out the Rachel Miner for the much less Michelle version of Michelle played by Rebecca Budig) and dumped her in a boarding school in Switzerland. Michelle hadn’t liked it and begged Rick to tell her father he’d look after her if she could come home. She returned and Ed dropped in and out of her life as a couple of different actors until he is off screen for years almost completely out of touch in Africa.

Find the entire New Year’s Sequence:

1995-1996 – Masquerade Ball at the Lakeland Country Club
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/new-years-1995-1996-masarade-ball

So at this point TPTB are still trying to figure out what to do with this newly romantic pairable young heroine. First they tried her with her non-blood cousin J (people objected so it was dropped), with a literal angel named Zachary, and finally with a kind of Romeo and Juliet story with Jesse Blue. In other words they never really figured out what to do with her.

Many people felt Budig’s portrayal of Michelle was sweet and innocent and there was a vocal group of fans who liked her. I think those fans were led by her huge innocent, Bambi eyes which I admit were a quite impressive look. Personally I thought Michelle lost almost all her fire during Budig’s reign. Michelle had always been a leader. She made her own choices and would fight what she saw as right even when she was a little girl. This is a small example, but Michelle knew Roger was Maureen’s friend so when Ed started to kick Roger out of Maureen’s wake, Michelle insisted he be allowed to stay. Budig’s Michelle was much more driven by other people’s opinions, whether she was complying with them or rebelling against them (which mostly involved her doing something stupid that got somebody else in trouble or simply pouting). She didn’t really seem to have a goal that wasn’t man centric until very late in her run. Near the end she raised money and created the AIDS garden at Cedars. She fought to restore her eyesight. Finally she decides she wants to be a doctor, but she soon returns to her man-centric ways, playing games fighting with Drew Jacobs over Jesse Blue.

Whenever I think of Budig’s Michelle this interaction of scenes are what I remember most. I’m glad I found them and am able to share them with you.

Ed buys Michelle a costume for the masquerade

Michelle dresses as Madonna instead

To quote once again my first blog post on Budig linked to above:
That’s her Michelle, not quite knowing what’s she’s doing, saying hey look at me, trying to be overtly sexually and not quite pulling it off. Another good example of this are the scenes where Jesse draws her nude. The whole thing is just off.

As I spell out in more detail in the blog post linked to above, Michelle’s main motivation during the Budig years seemed to be to lose her virginity and once she had accomplished that rather meager goal they were at a complete loss of what to do with her next, until a firestorm named Danny headed her way. Now watching any Budig scene makes me say, often aloud, hold on Michelle Danny is coming! He brought with him external purpose, strong worthy opponents, and obstacles that would require every bit of the Michelle, as portrayed by Rachel Miner before and Bethany Joy Lenz afterward, resourcefulness, determination, and strength that defined the character to me. Watch these scenes as see if you agree with me.

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.

 

Harley Stands Up For Danny June 1 2001

March 10, 2015

Sorry got out of order again.

Fri., June 1, 2001 – While she is out, Gus greets Michelle and is smugger than ever. He tells her to have a great evening because he just got a tip that is going to make his superb. He invites her to the station for another chat but she tells him to go away. He doesn’t listen and Tony comes up behind him and repeats for him to leave and stop bothering his family, they are all legit. Gus tells them that he will get them all. Harley comes out and Gus and her leave. Michelle is worried; she thinks Gus knows something new. Harley asks Gus if that confrontation was necessary. He tells her it wasn’t necessary but it sure was fun. Tony and Michelle go over to the bar and Danny sets out a bowl of some new potato chip he wants them to try out. Michelle tells him about Gus and that she is worried. Danny goes to take care of some business and Michelle and Tony eat chips and talk about things. Tony tells her that she was brought up seeing cops as people to go to when you need help. He was brought up that they thought they were above the law and they were not to be trusted. She asks him why he isn’t more worried about Gus then. Tony tells her that Gus is only bluffing but Michelle isn’t so sure. Tony tells her to trust him on this, things are changing for them, the Santos family is legit and he is probably the first Santos to ever go to a prom. Michelle wonders why Claire was there as well. Danny tells her that he believes Claire was on a fact-finding mission for Gus because she was asking a lot of questions. Danny says she was pumping him for information about the night Carmen died. Michelle tells Danny that Claire has been trying to help them out; she can’t understand what has changed. Danny says in all these months, Claire hasn’t mentioned anything about Carmen’s death but today she was practically asking him to draw her a map to the body. Danny thinks Gus threatened Claire and she believed him. Michelle says Gus was in the club earlier and was acting like he knew something. She tells Danny if Claire is helping Gus they will have to be very careful. At the Waterfront: Carlos and a henchman are at the docks talking about Danny and how they called the FBI to search the water for Carmen’s body so Danny will end up in jail and they wont be to blame. They leave. Harley and Gus arrive and Gus tells her about the tip. He calls a group of divers and tells them to get down there. Harley doesn’t understand why Gus is so out to get Danny. She tells him Danny is a good guy and deserved to be innocent until proven guilty. Gus tells her that is what they are doing there, looking for evidence to prove Santos guilty. Harley sits back and is very quiet. She tells Gus that is the very water where they found her mother’s body five years ago when she was murdered. Gus apologizes for not knowing and tells her that he is sympathetic and if she wants to leave, he will understand. Harley tells him that she is there to do her job and she will be fine. He asks about Nadine and Harley tells him a little. He goes on to tell her that Claire didn’t get anything on the wire but that if they find something there along with Claire’s testimony that she helped Carmen fake her first death, they will have Danny and Michelle. Harley says she almost feels sorry for Claire. Gus thinks Harley’s sympathy is misplaced. They have to have Claire to prove that Carmen didn’t die on the porch. Harley repeats that she knows Danny is a good person. Gus says a good person who does bad things and he will have to pay for those bad things. Harley agrees that if Danny did something he deserves what he gets. The dive team arrives and starts to go about their search.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_puiYUWrGI

My Comments: There’s not a lot of this day’s in the highlight clips and it’s too bad because some of the rest of it sounds interesting. Sadly Danny is right. Right now pretty much all of Claire’s actions can be traced back to self-preservation. Claire used to be better than that though. Dang Fletcher and how he broke her heart and mine. I like how Danny and Michelle are talking this out and listening to each other’s point of view. This is so much healthier now than how they handled things right after Carmen’s “death.”

 

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.

Something About You – Part 25 by ShellyLynn

March 9, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Starting today Evil Bill kicks into full swing I’m sorry to say. Manny face many difficulties, but don’t lose faith.

Something About You – Part 25 by ShellyLynn

Danny continued to hold Michelle’s hand, softly rubbing his thumb back and forth across her cool skin as Bill walked determinedly into the room. “I said, get your hands off her!”

“I seem you remember you mentioning something about your fiancee. I thought a woman got a chance to accept or refuse a proposal before receiving that title,” Danny argued, not moving an inch. “Isn’t that what you thought?” he asked, turning to look at Michelle.

“You pompous…”

“Bill,” she exclaimed, stopping his words. “What has gotten into you?”

“He’s got more guts than brains,” Danny remarked under his breath, trying to contain a smile as he watched Bill Lewis try and control his rage.

Michelle gave him a stern look of warning before looking back at Bill. “Can we please have a few minutes alone?” she asked Danny, looking into his eyes and kissing his hand. “I think we have a few things we need to straighten out.”

“Are you sure?” Danny asked hesitantly, not wanting to leave her alone with him. “I can stay if you want.”

“I’m positive,” she said, nodding for emphasis. “I’ll be fine. You can come back in as soon as we’re finished talking. I promise it won’t be long.”

“If that’s what you want,” he whispered, “I need to check on Mikey anyway.” He gave her a soft kiss before turning and glaring at Bill. “You better not try anything,” he whispered harshly as he walked past him to the door. “I’ll be right outside.”

As soon as the door closed, Michelle’s smile faded and was replaced by a look of anger and disbelief. “What the hell were you thinking proposing to me like that? Where would you get the idea that I would even consider marrying you?”

“Michelle… honey…”

“Don’t you dare honey me. You know that I only have feelings for you as a friend. I love Danny, you know that. I’ve told you how much he means to me,” she seethed, trying to control her anger. It was like she could feel her blood pressure rising with every word and that was not a complication that she needed to add right then.

“Look, Michelle. I know that you think you are in love with the guy, but you’re wrong. We belong together, you and me. You know that it’s always been planned this way. It’s what your father wants, it’s what your mother wanted, hell, if you would quit acting like a child, it’s what you would want as well. Please stop making this harder than it is. Don’t throw what we could have together away for love.”

“Ugh,” Michelle groaned, making fists at her sides. “Why does everyone else always presume to know what I want or should want? I’m the only one who knows that, and I want Danny. I need him.”

“Michelle, be reasonable here,” he sighed, acting like he was scolding a small child which only served to infuriate her further. “What kind of life could that bum possible give you?”

“A life full of love and happiness,” she answered, trying to make him understand. “You know I don’t care about the money, I never have. I want a man who cares about me, not my money, who loves me and takes care of me and puts his family above everything else, including his job. I want Danny Santos.”

“Okay Michelle, I’m done trying to make you see what a huge mistake you are making, so I’ll play this your way. I think you need to seriously consider this decision before you say anything. If you love him so much, then why would you want to hurt him?”

“What are you talking about?” she asked apprehensively. She was well aware of the power that Bill Lewis held and with her father on his side, she knew he was capable of doing just about anything to force her into making the decision he wanted.

“You would practically be killing the guy,” he continued, loving the effect his words were having on her. He was aware that she didn’t love him. In fact, after what he was about to tell her she’d probably hate him, but he didn’t care as long as he got her hand in marriage and everything that went along with it.

“It would kill him to lose me. There is nothing you could do to hurt him more than that,” she fired back. “He loves me just as much as I love him.”

“Oh really?” he said, rubbing his hand across the stubble forming on his chin. “What about that nephew of his that he loves so much?”

“What about Mikey? Danny takes great care of him. There is no way you could make him lose custody,” she said defiantly, her mind rapidly considering what her mouth had already said. She knew that with the power the Lewis and Bauer names yielded and some good luck, he could pull it off.

“Oh really? What if there were another family member of the boy’s that was willing to fight for custody? Do you want me to tell you a little secret?” he asked conspiratorially.

She nodded her head, unable to find the words to speak. She was terrified, but she needed to know who or what they were going to be up against.

“It’s me. I’m Michael Santos’s father.”


“What?” Michelle asked in a hush, her shoulders slumping in disbelief. “That’s not possible. It can’t be possible…”

Bill turned his back, glad that his statement had achieved the desired effect. “Years ago, I had a relationship with a girl named Pilar. I didn’t know much about her, but I really cared about her,” Bill began, to which Michelle gave a derisive snort and turned her head. “I did, but there was no way for us to be together, so I broke up with her. A couple weeks later, she told me she was pregnant. At first, I didn’t believe her, I thought she was only trying to rope me back in, but when she showed me the test results, I had no choice. We were young, I was only a freshman at SU and I wasn’t ready to raise a child or to give her the help that she needed. Besides, I knew what that would do to my opportunity to be CEO of Lewis. It would kill my reputation and ruin my chances. I couldn’t risk it.”

“You put your job before your child? What kind of man are you?” Michelle asked angrily. “You don’t deserve to have Mikey in your life. You abandoned him.”

“I gave her money and told her to have an abortion, which until a few days ago, I thought she had done. I didn’t abandon him, I didn’t know he even existed,” Bill began to make excuses.

“You’ve known about him for weeks. Why are you only telling me this now?” ”

“I didn’t know the boy out there was ours. When we dated, she told me her name was Silva, not Santos, so I never put the two together until I started digging around in Danny’s past,” he responded evenly, as if he was simply getting bored with the conversation. “Besides, I thought the baby was long gone.”

“You wanted her to have an abortion and she disobeyed you?” Michelle sighed. “So that makes what you did all right?” How could someone she’d always known be so different than she thought? How could a man order his own son to be aborted and then later claim it wasn’t his fault that the boy wasn’t in his life?

“People have abortions all the time,” Bill shrugged nonchalantly. “It would have solved all our problems.”

“But she didn’t do it. She gave birth to a beautiful baby, a baby that Danny has raised and nurtured to be a great boy. You have no right to take that away from him,” she said defiantly, “Besides, you wouldn’t risk jeopardizing your precious honor by claiming an illegitimate child. What would your mother say?” she gasped, acting horrified by the thought of his mother’s wrath.

“He’s my son,” Bill stated calmly. “She would be upset, but she would support me in bringing him home where he belongs.”

“He’s already where he belongs,” she countered. “What would you do with him? Huh? Send him off to boarding school? You know you have no desire to raise children right now. I think you’re bluffing. Besides, if you wanted him so badly, you wouldn’t be telling me this. You would fight for him whether I agreed to marry you or not. ”

“Maybe, but the court doesn’t know that. I have very good sources that have informed me of several indiscretions on Danny’s part that would help my case, and you know I can either find or manufacture more… I will not let Danny have my son and my wife. I always protect what belongs to me.”

“Bastard…” Michelle seethed, turning her head away in disgust. “Get out of my room.”

“I expect an answer soon Michelle. Don’t think I’m not serious about this,” he told her, turning to exit.

“Get out…” she breathed, trying to control her emotions. “I want you gone. I will not let you blackmail me.”

“You have two days, Michelle. After that, I begin the process of filing for custody,” he recites as his hand reaches for the doorknob. “ If you really love Danny like you say you do, you’ll spare him this pain and agree to marry me. If not, then you can sit by his side and watch as he loses the only family he has left. It’s up to you.”

As soon as she heard the door click shut behind him she burst into tears. “What am I going to do?” she cried, thinking back to Danny’s words to her earlier. “After everything that’s happened, I’m really protective of him. He’s the only family I have left and I don’t think I could bear to lose one more person I love.”

“If Bill’s telling the truth, then I guess he’s going to lose one of us no matter what I do. I just hope if it comes down to it, I’ll be strong enough to take that decision out of his hands. I need to do the right thing, for him of course, but especially for Mikey,” she said aloud wiping the tears from her eyes as she heard a soft knock at the door. “Come in.”

*********

Danny paced back and forth down the hallway outside her room. He’d heard her raise her voice a couple of times, but each time he headed for the door, her voice resumed its normal tone and he’d backed away. She wanted to do this on her own and he trusted her enough to allow her the privacy to do that. His only fear was how Bill would react to the news.

He wondered where her father was. He had ventured off with Lewis a little while ago, but Bill had returned alone. He couldn’t help but assume that Mr. Bauer was once again putting his other obligations ahead of his daughter. He wondered why the man didn’t seem to want what most fathers desire more than anything, their child’s happiness.

He sat down in the orange chair next to Mikey, moving the boy so his head rested on his lap. He brushed a loose curl out of his eyes, making note to cut his hair the next day. He was such a precious child, so strong, so beautiful. Most people said he was the spitting image of his Uncle Danny, but when he looked at him, all he saw was his mother. His eyes were a shade lighter, just as his mother’s had been and he had her infectious laughter that made everyone around want to join in. Danny sighed as he remembered. They had been so close growing up and he missed her so much. He could still remember his Abuela sitting them on her lap and telling them that their eyes reminded her of chocolate, his dark and hers milky. They would always giggle and ask her if that meant she was going to eat them, to which she would tell them “Only if I don’t get a kiss before dinner.”

Mikey stirred and sat up, wiping his tired eyes as he looked into Danny’s eyes. “Is ‘Ichelle otay?” he asked tiredly, remembering why they were still at the hospital.

“She’s going to be fine,” he said, watching as Bill Lewis exited her room and walked down the hall in the other direction. “Let’s go see her, okay?”

Mikey tiredly nodded his head and Danny lifted him up against his chest, carrying him inside the room as he began to nod off again.

“How did it go?” Danny asked quietly as he walked toward Michelle’s bed.

“He looks worn out,” she says, reaching up to touch Mikey’s back as Danny sat in the chair by her bed, allowing Mikey to sit on his lap and sleep against his chest. “Yeah, he’s pretty tired, but you didn’t answer me. How did he take the news?”

“Well, no one died did they?” she joked humorlessly, “He understands exactly how I feel about you.”

“I’m glad,” Danny smiled, trying to figure out what she was hiding. “Did he upset you?”

“A little. Hey, don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine,” she tells him, reaching for his hand. “They want to keep me overnight to get some more fluids into my system, but it looks like you need to take Mikey home now.”

“Are you sure you’re okay?” Danny tried one more time.

“I’m fine, I just need to rest,” she said, leaning in for a kiss.

“All right. I’ll come pick you up tomorrow?” he asked hopefully.

“Sure,” she forced a smile. “I’ll see you then.”

“I love you,” he whispered, happy to finally be able to say the words he had still yet to hear from her.

“I love you too, so much…” she choked out, holding back her tears. “I love you more than I ever thought possible. No matter what happens, always remember that.”

“I plan on keeping you around to remind me for the next fifty years or so,” he grinned, elated and relieved at her matching revelation. He kissed her forehead as he stood up, adjusting Mikey’s weight in his arms as he prepared to go.

“Goodnight baby,” he said as he began to leave, pausing at the doorway to blow her a kiss and mouth “I love you,” one more time.

“I love you too,” she replied as the door closed and her tears fell. “How will I ever live if I have to give you up?”


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