Danny is Back on July 23

July 23, 2017

Remembering and updating the last summer of the show.

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UPDATED July 22 2017: When I first started this blog I imagined it just as an episode guide with links to the accompanying footage on YouTube. Then Manny started appearing again and I decided to do description and comment on the new Manny episodes first and waited for the show to end before I picked up the beginning. This is one of those posts. It originally had a link to the CBS footage, but they’ve since removed it so I deleted the link. The time comments are based on the original CBS digital showings which did a straight timeline thorough the 37 minute video without commercials. During this update I also added my current signature block.

Danny is Back on July 23, 2017

Danny Santos is back in Springfield in two scenes today. They start at minute 15 and 19 respectively.

Scene one – Danny is minding his own business…

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What You Need to Know About Phillip Spaulding Before the Next Story Arc

July 19, 2017

What You Need to Know

Phillip Spaulding plays a very important if minor role in the Manny story. Although we have seen Philip intersect with the story before, this period is when we see Phillip connect with Manny the most. So who is Phillip?

Phillip And….

Phillip Spaulding is one of the keystone characters of Guiding Light history. His introduction in the late 1970s lead to a long and complicated parentage story that not only looked at specifics, but also asked questions about what it really means to be a parent, should being adopted matter, what decisions really are best for the child and which ones are just best for you. (It also kicked off a reunion for Justin and Jackie Marler  – his bioparents – whose chemistry and on screen appeal glossed over a pretty awful backstory. – Seriously now I’ve read up on them why did I love them so much again?)

Phillip and… is important because Phillip was first and foremost about his relationships with other characters on the show. That’s how he drove story and provided throughlines for many other characters. His return in the last year of the show completely turned around and regenerated a show that had completely lost its way. So most of what you need to know about Phillip starts out Phillip and…..

And Rick Bauer

After the cancellation announcement a lot of articles came out (mostly ones where they had talked to Kim Zimmer) that called Jeva (Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne) the flagship couple of the show. I don’t think they were. They were central, but the “couple” who defined the show from the late 1970s through the end of the show were best friends Phillip Spaulding and Rick Bauer. They are what drove story, not just their own, but other people’s.

Phillip and Rick became best friends as teenagers attending the same high schools and living next door to each other (most of the time). Even though their relationship was often tested (Phillip impregnated Rick’s wife or fiance twice and Rick did it to Phillip once), they remained best friends. Even after Phillip went nuts and kidnapped Rick’s kid (it’s a long story), Rick was willing to help Phillip get out of a mental hospital when he got better.

The Phillip/Rick connection tied families together. The relationship between the Spauldings and the Bauers was a ridgepole across the canvas. Fans valued this connection and they were so vocal about it that for a time when both actors/characters were off canvas the show that the attempted to create a lite version with Frank Cooper and A.C. Mallet.

In terms of the Manny story, Rick is of course Michelle’s older brother and Phillip was his sounding board through all of his concern about her relationship with Danny. In fact, it was Phillip’s idea that Rick have Michelle committed to try to keep them apart.

And the Four Musketeers

Not long after Rick and Phillip started attending Springfield High School (they’d been in boarding school before) that they befriended first Mindy Lewis and then Beth Raines, forming a group known as the Four Musketeers. They were a rectangle that changed partners several times and those relationships drove story from the early 1980s through the end of the show. (It wasn’t a coincidence that their high school reunion was featured in the last year.) In fact the grouping was so successful that the show tried to copy it a few times. The most successful of their attempts brought in an aged Alan-Michael Spaulding, and introduced Vanessa and Ross’ daughter Dinah Marler and Harley Cooper. (Plus Cam, but Cam was pretty irrelevant and boring until he landed on 90120.)

The connection to the Manny story is TPTB were clearly aiming for another run at this with the younger set slightly before Manny blew up their plans.

And Beth Raines

Rick and Phillip had been best friends for years when a new girl moved to town, Mindy Lewis. Soon after, thanks to Mindy and Beth sharing a hospital room, they met Beth Raines and became a foursome. Although other people distracted Phillip and Beth, ever since high school Beth and Phillip had a bond that none of the other people they were involved with never really understood. Although most of Phillip’s other exes would say that their relationships with Phillip didn’t work out because he always felt an inexplicable need to rescue Beth and she played into it, I don’t think that’s true. Frankly, Beth had been through a lot more than any other woman on the show — with the possible exception of Reva — and it was amazing she was even functioning. Yes, she got into bad situations and expected Phillip, Rick, and Mindy to help get her out, but the aid was mutual and she helped them out when needed too.

What it mostly came down to was that Beth wanted someone romantic who would make her feel safe and sometimes with his strand of instability in his make-up Phillip couldn’t always give her that and Phillip — having been raised with Spaulding traditional values — always thought he should be able to have both Beth and the latest flavor of the month. When the show ends they have gotten married again and I think that’s really where they belonged, where they were happiest. I hope they both finally figured it out too. Even before that happened anyone Phillip was involved with needed to understand, Beth doesn’t go away. Even when Phillip and Beth weren’t romantically connected there was an incredibly strong bond between them.

And Alan Spaulding

Phillip was raised by Alan Spaulding not finding out until he was 18 that he was adopted. That put a strain on his relationship with Alan when he found out that Alan had been lying to Phillip his entire life. Even before that Phillip never wanted to become a businessman like his dad. He had all sorts of “escape” plans. They involved everything from being a professional tennis player to a writer. However, as he got older he couldn’t deny his talent and desire to also be a businessman. He would spend most of his life bouncing back in forth between writing (newspaper, novels, etc.) and being a Spaulding executive.

Alan’s father Brandon Spaulding was a truly evil man. He pitted his children against each other, competing for his affection and control of the company. Alan was a much better man, but had this idea hardwired in. He would also pit his children against each other to grind out what he saw as weakness, etc. He did truly love his children, but that didn’t stop him.

It should also be noted in Alan’s favor that he was one of the very few characters on any soap that didn’t value biology above adoption. Alan never saw Phillip as anything less than his son and Phillip was in fact his favorite child. It was a complicated relationship though. Alan shot Phillip twice, once before this point in the timeline by accident and once after this point on purpose as part of an effort to get Phillip help and to save his grandchildren.

And Danny Santos

So far Danny has interacted with Phillip more than Alan and that has been a significant if rarely played relationship. Early on during the Ben Warren feud Danny went to Philip, scion to scion, but Phillip underestimated Danny and wouldn’t meet him on equal ground. Later when Michelle and Danny are divorced during a dinner with Michelle, Phillip told her that he now saw Danny as a good man. Phillip was too concerned with his own problems during the next part of the Manny story and they are only reconnecting now.

Phillip, still being wary about being involved with Danny and having already had his first dose of being pitted against Danny by Alan, shows up to feel Danny out and put him on his guard. That’s one of the most important Danny-Phillip scenes but the important scenes between them will continue to show up all the way through the final scenes of the show.

In many ways, Danny and Phillip were very similar. They were both male pscions of powerful and rich families who believed they had the right to run roughshod over the law. They both had complicated relationships with their families, but despite the fact they both realized that some of what their families had taught them was wrong. In a lot of ways they were faced with the same problems and started from the same place, but ultimately Phillip accepts that Danny is the one of them that found the right answers. But at this point in the story the game is still in play.

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.

Philip Talks to Danny Before Comes to Spaulding September 5 2001

July 11, 2017

Check out my latest episode guide post.

Thurs., Sept. 6, 2001 – Philip reminds Alan that he thinks it wasn’t the best idea to give Danny Santos a job in security. Alan tells Phillip that if you want to protect something you should hire someone who can think like a thief. Alan tells Phillip he thinks Danny is going straight and he wants to give him a chance. Phillip is surprised but says he will get better acquainted with Danny. At the Bauer House: Ray comes in and sees Danny studying the security logs from the past ten years at Spaulding. Ray tells him that Carmen asks to see a priest and he is going to have to go see her. Danny tells him to be careful and never turn his back to her. Ray leaves and Danny goes back to work. Phillip comes in and sees Danny. Danny asks if he is there to see Rick and Phillip admits that he came to see him.

Phillip: “I love this place so much. It’s the one place in my life that never changes. I can always count on this place and the Bauers.”

Danny: “Ya, they’re great people.”

Phillip: “They are, they really are. Michelle’s like a little sister to me. I don’t see very much of my own.”

Danny: “No, me either. I sent Pilar to Europe when, you know when things started heating up around here. I’m hoping to get to see her soon.”

Phillip: “Is she still with Bill Lewis?”

Danny: “Ya, ya, ya, [with a chuckle] they’re running around and having a good time.”

Phillip: “That’s funny. Bill’s a good kid.”

Danny: “Ya.”

Phillip: “I feel so old every time I look at him now. And Michelle, the two of them. You know what? I can remember I sat in this room and watched the two of them to make a pinkie pact that they would marry each other someday. For a long time we thought it was going to happen.”

Danny: “What a shock I must have been for all of you.”

Phillip: “Hey, Danny she seems to love you very much. and you seem very happy together. That’s all that matters.”

Danny: “Is that why you’re here? To give me a kind of left handed blessing?”

Phillip: “Uhhhh, not about that, but I guess ya sort of. OK look. My father and I have a somewhat unconventional relationship, but in our own odd way we try to look out for each other.”

Danny: “So this is you looking out for your father?”

Phillip: “He very much wants to give you a chance to make this work outside the family business.”

Danny: “But you’re not sure.”

Phillip: “I don’t know, but I’m willing to try. That’s why I’m here. That actually is why I’m here. I am here to welcome you to Spaulding Enterprises.”

Danny: “A personal welcome.”

Phillip: “A very personal welcome because I intend to take a very personal interest in your career. I’d hate to see anything go wrong for any of us.”

He starts out with some small talk about growing up with Rick and Michelle and how he can really tells Danny loves her. Phillip says he and his father have an odd relationship so he came there to welcome Danny to Spaulding because he doesn’t want anything to go wrong for any of them.

My Comments:
This is a short scene to break out on its own, but I wanted it on its own because of the importance of the Phillip-Danny relationship. From Phillip helping Rick set up the kidnapping Michelle to the psych ward, to them locking horns over the plan to get rid of Ben Warren, to their conversation at the 2009 Bauer BBQ and the addition of Manny to the Four Musketeers their relationship raised up at critical plot points. Their relationships as scions of  important families in town. Even when they are in competition Danny is more Phillip’s equal than anyone else in town. I don’t think they played this story as often as they should, but when they did play it, it was utterly perfect as this scene is.

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.

Bauer BBQ Roundup 2017

July 10, 2017

Once again we wrap up another Bauer BBQ Week. I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating the Bauer BBQ with me. I’m also very excited to already have four years already found for next year, but I’m always looking for more episode, more fanfic, and more memories please share. This year I went through and removed links to earlier year posts if I’d added to them or replaced links. If you have trouble getting links in the current posts, search for past posts.

Remember it’s never too early to start on Bauer BBQ fanfic for next year:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/bauer-bbq-fanfic

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Bauer BBQs Through the Years

NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with my episode guide blog posts, expect to find a description of what happened (sometimes commentary mixed in, sometimes separately) then a link to the footage that I’ve found.

Bauer BBQ 1984 -Earliest year available on YouTube, Luau theme
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/bauer-bbq-1984

Bauer BBQ 1987 – A-M jumps from plane, 50th Anniversary at Johnny’s Hanger
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/bauer-bbq-1987-update-2015

Bauer BBQ 1988 – Fletcher and Maeve Get Married
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/bauer-bbq-1988

Bauer BBQ 1989
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/bauer-bbq-1989

Bauer BBQ 1990
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bauer-bbq-1990

Bauer BBQ 1991
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/bauer-bbq-1991

Bauer BBQ 1992
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/bauer-bbq-1992

Bauer BBQ 1994
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/bauer-bbq-1994/

Bauer BBQ 1995
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/bauer-bbq-1995-2/

Bauer BBQ 1996 – Surprise BBQ when Rick almost gave up
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/bauer-bbq-1996

Bauer BBQ 1998
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-1998

Bauer BBQ 2001
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/bauer-bbq-2001-update-2014

Bauer BBQ 2002
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/bauer-bbq-2002-update-2014

Bauer BBQ 2003
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/bauer-bbq-2003/

Bauer BBQ 2005
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/bauer-bbq-2005

Bauer BBQ 2006
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-2006

Bauer BBQ 2007
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/bauer-bbq-2007

Bauer BBQ 2008
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/bauer-bbq-2008-update-2016

Bauer BBQ 2009 – Last Bauer BBQ We’re Invited To On Air
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-2009

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996

Information about the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/bauer-bbq-scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Meal
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/bauer-bbq-theme-meal

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/why-is-the-bauer-bbq-important/

Bauer BBQ Recipes
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/bauer-bbq-new-recipes

Making Bauer Burgers
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/making-bauer-burgers

Real Life Bauer BBQ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/real-life-bauer-bbq-2016
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/real-life-bauer-bbqs-1-and-2

Bauer BBQ Locations
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/bauer-bbq-location-location-location

Video Greetings for Michelle at the Bauer BBQ 2014
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/bauer-bbq-week-kick-off-2015

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/michelle-remembers-bauer-bbq

Kick Off 2014 with Manny Bauer BBQ Banner
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/bauer-bbq-week-kick-off-2014

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/bauer-bbq-kickoff

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/bauer-bbq-on-dvd

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/traditions-of-bauer-bbq

Bauer BBQ Food
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/bauer-bbq-foods-update-2016

Bauer BBQ Memories – Please share yours in the comments.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/bauer-bbq-memories/

Bauer BBQ Collectibles
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/lighthouse-collection-27/

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/springfield-insider-on-bauer-bbq

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/manny-returns-july-2-3-2009

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/bauer-bbq-speech-2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/commentary-on-the-bauer-bbq

Tips for Photographing Fireworks
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/tips-for-photographing-fireworks

4th of July Header

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Write Bauer BBQ Fanfic
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/write-bauer-bbq-fanfic

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/bauer-bbq-2017-prequel (Prequel)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-1 (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-2 (Part 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/bauer-bbq-2017-by-robansuefarm-part-3 (Part 3)

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-3-2 (Chapter 3)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/bauer-bbq-2014-by-robansuefarm-chapter-4-2 (Chapter 4)

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ by SJ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/bauers-fourth-of-july-bbq-part-1-by-sj (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bauers-fourth-of-july-bbq-part-2-by-sj (Part 2)

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/mindy-tweets-bauer-bbq-2011

Passing Down the Hat
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/passing-down-the-hat-by-its-only-soaps-part-1/ (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/passing-down-the-hat-by-its-only-soaps-part-2/ (Part 2)

Roarah Standalone – Prelude to Love
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/prelude-to-love-a-robbie-and-sarah-short-story-by-i-believe-in-mystery/

What Matters Most
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-one/ (Part 1)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-two/ (Part 2)
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/what-matters-most-chapter-three-part-three/ (Part 3)

 

Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Bauer BBQ Fanfic Highlights

 

Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer BBQ

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/bauer-bbq-fanfiction

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-fanfic-2

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/bauer-bbq-fanfic-3

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-fanfic-4

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/bauer-bbq-fanfic-5

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-fanfic-6

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-fanfic-7

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-fanfic-8

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 Hiatus

July 10, 2017

I’m sorry, but I’ve run out of completed story. I still have the story mapped out and it will be coming, but you have to wait for me to write it. Hopefully the rest of it will be here by the end of the month. I hope you’ve enjoyed the story this far and as an apology for not finishing, here is this year’s annual Bauer BBQ speech. It’s courtesy of Rick.

Can I have your attention? It’s time again for that time honored tradition. The Bauer BBQ speech where we take a minute to think about what we’re celebrating today instead of the celebration itself….You know it still feels funny for me to be the one giving the speech because I feel like it should be a grown up like my dad or Uncle Mike or Aunt Meta giving this speech. I still feel like I should be a kid trying to filch Grandma Bert’s apple pie off the dessert table — which is probably because I still do that.

Audience chuckles

But then I look around and I see my kids, my nieces and nephew, all my friends and family, wonderful little sister, Michelle, her husband, Danny, and my beautiful wife, Mindy and I realize I am a grown up who has built a pretty great life here in Springfield. Not just my family, but I have been instrumental in making Springfield better and keeping it a great place to live. Everyone here can say the same thing.

I’ve made my share of terrible mistakes, things I wish I could take back, and I’m sure that you all can say that. I turned my back on Springfield for awhile thinking it would make my problems go away, tried to live in other places for awhile, as some of you have done, but Springfield always calls us back home. We find our answers here among all of us, as part of the community because truly “no one goes his way alone.”

The community in Springfield IS extra special, but that sense of community is all across America from, New York to LA, and oh I don’t know, from Oakdale, Illinois to Genoa City, Wisconsin to Port Charles, New York. It’s that sense of individuals pulling together to form communities of respect, dignity, hard work and perseverance and then pulling together more to form one country is what makes this country great. It’s what made it possible for a man like my great-grandfather, whose name I proudly bear, to come to this land, and with the help of his wife to create a family and to help to build this town into what it is today.

So here’s to friends here and gone, to our children, and to Springfield may it continue to be the special place it is.

Audience “To Springfield!”

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.

Bauer BBQ 1984

July 9, 2017

A slightly edited version of Bauer BBQ 1984 to share. Still looking for 1985 and 1986.

Glmanny's Blog

Bauer BBQ 1984 is the only entry that I have in the 1980s for this year. I’m still looking for more. Let me know if you come across any on YouTube. This same channel has a couple of days of episodes before the BBQ. I’m sure I’ll get back to them sooner or later, but feel free to watch them now.I also want to make VERY clear that the Tony I’ll be talking about and loving on in this episode is my beloved Tony Reardon, not my much later, but also beloved Tony Santos or my severely hated Tattoo Tony Santos. Also, good heavens taste in earrings was AWFUL in 1984. Shudders!

The episode opens at the Reardon Boarding House with everyone getting ready for the BBQ (Maureen is a Reardon). Tony and Annabelle Reardon (who I adored as a couple before they just suddenly up and left on vacation…

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Write Bauer BBQ Fanfic

July 8, 2017

I have years when I get Bauer BBQ fanfic submitted and years when I don’t. I’d love to have more.  (It’s NOT too late if you have a story just rearing to come out or one you’ve been hesitant to send, please do.) During GLManny Bauer BBQ week I accept fanfics from anybody that follows these rules.

Danny and Tony watch fireworks

Danny and Tony Watch Fireworks

The rules are:

1. It has to be set at least in a major part or a big scene at a Bauer BBQ.

2. It can involve any character from Guiding Light and can be set during any time period. So a quiet family picnic in 1980 is just as welcome as a story set at the big 50th celebration in 1987 or in 2002 or 2017 and beyond. (Note: I actually have a partially written fanfic set in the 1950s. I hope I finish it for next year.)

3. I reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.

4. Even though most of the year we’re about Manny (Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos) they do NOT have to be featured or even mentioned in your fanfic.

Dinah and Amanda, 1996

So even if you didn’t get a piece in for this year, please start working on one for next year now while you are in the mood. Also, if you MEANT to write a fanfic and never got it done, consider doing one with a Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas theme because I also solicit fanfics about any Guiding Light characters for my special weeks for the holidays. And, of course, I’m always looking for new Manny specific fanfics anytime.

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.

Bauer BBQ Location Location Location

July 7, 2017

Jude Bauer, 2008

In the Beginning

The beginnings of the Bauer BBQ, before it was a party that everybody came to, started with Papa Bauer and it would either be held at his house or at Bert’s, but it really became a big party with Maureen and Ed and was almost always held at their house at Skyline Drive.

Read about Bauer BBQ beginnings here:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

Read about the Bauer House here (in a post I hope to update soon):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/bauer-house/

You’re Invited to the Bauer House

The normal location for the Bauer BBQ after it became a big party was the Bauer House located on Skyline Drive next door to the Spaulding Mansion. This location was great. People always looked forward to see the patio all decorated for the party. The Bauer house location had the added advantage that they could have scenes outside and in the kitchen where everybody arrived at the back door so anyone could run into each other especially if they had reason to not want to, they always did. On top of that they could have private scenes in the bedrooms. It was just the perfect place to host a soap opera party. 

Other Places

While the Bauer House was the normal location for the BBQ, they did hold it some place else four times over the years. Most famously it was held at the Johnny Bauer’s hanger at the Springfield Airport in 1987. That was the 50th anniversary year and I think the main point was to accommodate plot points where Alan-Michael Spaulding parachuted in and Lacey Bauer accidentally took off in a hot air balloon and to make the 50th Anniversary a big splash.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-1987/

In 1988, the BBQ was held in a nearby park that had a gazebo. Among many other exciting happenings, Maeve Stoddard and Fletcher Reade got married with the Bauers in the wedding party.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/bauer-bbq-1988

Then the last two different locations had to do with money, sets, and to writer bias.

In 2007 , the last year before the production model changed they were really down to three sets. A sad verision of Towers, a single room at the Beacon that was re-dressed a little to be everyone’s bedroom, and this sad Sesame Street knock off that they called Main Street. Once in a while we’d get another set, but normally that was it. The excuse in the storyline was there was a gas link and so the Bauer BBQ was moved to Main Street.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/bauer-bbq-2007

In 2008, they’d moved to permanent sets but the Bauers didn’t have one. Let me repeat that…THE BAUERS didn’t have a single set. So instead they had Rick decide he wouldn’t throw the Bauer BBQ this year so Josh and Cassie (who did have a house) took over and rented bouncing houses since there was no pool.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-2008/

In 2009, the BBQ returned to the Bauer House although it was filmed in a completely different place that really was someone’s backyard.

Watch it:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

July 7, 2017

Author’s Note: We continue with the Bauer BBQ. There are more people around than I’ve specifically named. Fell free to mentally insert any favorite I’ve skipped. Feel free to write in what your fav is doing.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

Scene 12

Back in the kitchen, a commotion sounded at the door. Rusty Shayne and Wanda Hite arrived bearing the necessities for Oklahoma BBQ. Rusty had made the trip up from his ranch near Tulsa. He barely got his load down on the kitchen table before Mindy threw her arms around his neck.

“Melinda Sue,” he said happily. “Are you doing as well as you look?”

“As fine as an Oklahoma sunrise. How are you doing?”

“Oklahoma is still less fun without you, but the ranch is doing fine.”

Rick came in a pulled a grimace. Most of Mindy’s ex-es he didn’t much mind. In fact his best friend Phillip was one of them, but Rusty was the one whose relationship went back with Mindy longer than Rick’s. They had grown up together as kids. It was her one relationship that he felt might be as strong as theirs. Rusty and Mindy had grown up together as kids. Rick was happier when he stayed down in Oklahoma where he belonged.

Rick swallowed and walked over with his hand extended. “Rusty,” he said. “Thanks for bringing the Oklahoma BBQ. I know it makes Mindy happy and people have come to expect it now.”

“Don’t mind me and Earl. We make no never mind.”

Mindy jumped in. “Wanda, now you know we see you and Earl a lot more often than we do Rusty.”

Wanda helped balance her load on the back of a chair as she paused. “Where do you want us to set up?”

Billy came in. “Rusty, what are you doing by letting Wanda stand there with a heavy load. I’ll take that.”

During this exchange and the ribbing, a woman with long, black hair pulled into a tight bun. She was dressed too formally for the party in a black suit. She quietly worked her way behind the happy group and edged into a dark corner of the patio.

 

Scene 12B

The Indian motorcycle continue to drive south. He passed a green highway sign saying, “Springfield 172 miles.” He gunned it around a black suburban and hurried on.

 

Scene 13

Beth and Phillip had the art auction entries each set up on their own easel along the edge of the patio. Each had a number that matched a description in the glossy printed guide.

Clarissa Marler and Maureen Reardon had the children’s art station all set up. They grabbed kids who arrived early and set them to work on the mural.

Mindy had come out to make sure her fashion drawing she’d donated for the auction looked right, but she had been caught by the sight of the kids playing. It yanked at her heart reminding her of the baby she’d lost and the children she and Rick never had.

Rick had caught Mindy’s expression across the patio and came up behind her. “It looks like they could use some help. Why don’t you dig in there?”

“You think so?”

“I know so. No one spreads sunshine like you do.”

Looking cheered up, Mindy dived into the kids. She started helping a girl make a dog she was painting look a little less like park bench.

The woman with the tight bun had reached the artwork going straight to the painting from the Spaulding attic. She looked the painting over very carefully. She moved back into the shadows and pulled out her cell phone. She pressed a saved number. “It’s definitely THE painting…..No, not yet. I will try to get it before the auction starts. She abruptly ended the call.

 

Scene 14

Molly Spaulding came rushing into the Bauer kitchen nearly running into Blake and then Buzz in the process. Her dad, Alan-Michael Spaulding, was hot on her heels. “God Dad, stop hovering. I go to college for heaven’s sake. I don’t need you looking over my shoulder all the time.”

“Princess, will you wait up. I wasn’t hovering I was….”

Both continued through the kitchen and out the back door to the patio.

Lucy came in a troubled expression on her face. Frank intercepted her with a hug. “What’s going on, Sis?”

Waving towards the door, “You heard. Molly thinks Alan-Michael has been overly protective and it’s smothering. You know he always was protective, but lately…”

“Did something happen?”

“Well, he went to visit Hope earlier this month…I’m afraid she’s not doing well. Alan-Michael can’t do anything to help her so he’s determined to keep up safe. He knows I can take care of myself, but he’s even been a bit hover-y with me and he’s way overboard with Molly. Then there was her boyfriend.”

“What about him?”

“Tom got a little aggressive with her, enough so she filed a police report.”

“Oh, what did you say his last name is? Does he go to Springfield U with Molly?”

“Yes, he goes to Springfield U, but don’t worry about putting the fear of God into him. Besides making it clear that him that putting hands on a woman like that was NOT acceptable, he also specifically made him aware at the might the Spauldings could bring down on his head. After Brent, Alan-Michael isn’t taking any chances.”

“None of us do,” Frank said pulling Lucy in for a big brotherly hug. He silently gave a prayer of Thanksgiving that it had turned out as well as it had. “I’m glad he’s watching out for both of you.”

“He’s watching over us all right, but it’s driving Molly nuts. When I was her age I was conning people out of jobs and almost ready to decide who I was going to marry. He’s got to give her some space before she does something crazy to assert her independence, and if there’s one thing Alan-Michael and I know about acting out and doing extreme things to get our way….I hope Molly can avoid learning about it.”

Lucy bit her lip and looked out the door in the direction that Alan-Michael and Molly had gone.

Scene 15

Bridget hurried through the Bauer living room towards the front door. Lillian and Buzz were sitting on the couch talking. “Is she here yet? Kat just texted she was almost here.”

Bridget through open the door and there stood Kat looking stark and formal. Bridget paused, and then both women broke into laughter as they hugged each other. Bridget wrapped her arm around Kat’s shoulders. “You’re looking great, Kat. It’s been way too long. What’s it been since we saw each other? Oh, at least a year since you came to visit us in Oakdale.”

“It’s been even longer since I’ve been back to Springfield.” Kat looked back at the open door. “Paul, Hamp, get in here.” Kat shared an exasperated look with her best friend. “You keep thinking it will get easier as they get older — it doesn’t.”

“Tell me about it. Peter’s out of college now and I still worry about him….and he still doesn’t pick up after himself.”

Both women were laughing together when Paul and Hamp walked in, Hamp pulling the door shut behind them.

Hamp looked rebellious. “I still don’t see why we had to come here to celebrate the fourth. The guys and I had pitched in on some fireworks and now I’m going to miss them setting them off.”

Kat walked over to Hamp. “Because the Bauer BBQ is the best time to visit Springfield. It’s the one time when the whole town is together and I want you to meet some of your Grandpa Hamp’s friends. You never got to meet him and I want them to help you get an idea of what he was like. I want you to see his club. Plus this is where I finished growing up. You’ll just have to put up with it. Besides here’s Bridget. You like Bridget don’t you?”

“Ya, Bridget is fun.”

“Thanks…I think.”

“Plus your Uncle Billy is here. He was Grandpa Hamp’s best friends. He can tell you about when they played football together.”

Paul broke in with a smile. “Billy’s here? Where?”

Bridget answered, “Right before you got here he was out watching them set up the grill. I’ll walk you back there….Oh before we do that I want you to meet Lillian and Buzz. Kat, you remember them.”

“Of course…. Boys, Buzz here makes the best non-Bauer burger in town. When I was your age, I used to hang out at his restaurant, the Fifth Street diner, all the time. And this is Lillian she’s the best nurse anywhere.”

Buzz shrugged one shoulder, “Not the greatest….”

Lillian interrupted. “That’s nice of you to say, Sweetie.”

“These are my boys Paul and Hamp.”

Lillian added, “Oh, I see their resemblance to Hamp. Now I think Bridget told me that you were married to Paul Frasier’s son. Ed Bauer has told all about your grandfather. He was one of Ed’s mentors and a great surgeon before he got promoted to administration, but you want to talk about Hamp. Have fun today.”

Commercial Break 3

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.

Making Bauer Burgers

July 6, 2017

I first came across the “real” recipe for Bauer BBQ when I put together a Bauer BBQ party. I found it in a now gone post at Soap Central. Last year Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) made it on the talk show Delmarva Life while they were talking about Breathing Under Dirt. The recipes were identical. I haven’t been able to find exactly where it came from. In addition, I made some additional notes on the recipe based on what O’Leary did and our own experiences trying the recipe.

Watch O’Leary make Bauer Burgers:
http://www.delmarvalife.com/delmarvalife/kitchen-guiding-light-actor-michael-oleary-making-famous-bauer-burger

“Rachel Ray and Emeril have nothing on me.”

Making Bauer Burgers

Making Bauer Burgers

Bauer Burgers Recipe

You’ve seen the famous Bauer Burgers on Guiding Light for many years — but now you can have a taste of the famous food in your very own home.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Ground Sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons (approximately) Chopped Garlic
  • Pepper, and Salt to taste
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
  • Chopped or Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • American or Mozerello Cheese – 1 slice per patty
  • Hamburger Bun for Each Complete Burger

1. Mix ground sirloin, garlic, salt, pepper, and Worcestershine sauce.

2. Make an even number of thin hamburger patties. (Be sure to make them very thin.) I used a #8 dipper and flattened them out. They should have made them a little smaller. I got four burgers from 2 pounds of meat.

3. Chop up some onion and put it on top of the first patty. Then put a slice of American or mozzarella cheese on top. Grill some mushrooms and put them on top of the cheese. Cover the whole thing with another patty.

4. Using a fork, press down the edges of the patties so they are sealed.

5. Barbecue the double patties over a low flame until done. It takes more time to cook due to the thickness of the patties.  I used no stick aluminum foil on the grill.

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.


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