Bauer BBQ 2016

September 2, 2015

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996Very exciting news from Daytime Stars and Strikes, the long time soap opera star fundraiser. The main event is what was originally a Bloss bowling event, but they have paired it with other events in the past, including a conference and a dinner in honor of Guiding Light‘s 75th anniversary. This time they are having an event called the Bauer BBQ #1. It sounds like they are hoping this will be a regular event.

Some quick facts:

When – Sunday, April 24, 2016 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where – The Residence Inn Secaucus Meadowlands – Secaucus, New Jersey (Block of rooms with discount rate on site)

Nearby Airport – Newark, New Jersey

Hosted by – Everyone’s favorite “Bauer” Michael O’Leary!

Cost –  $75.00 per mail in entry/$80.00 per paypal entry IMG_0144

“Join us for a wild ride as we embark on our first ever Bauer BBQ!  You can expect a lot of giggles and good-ole fashion fun with this event.  Sharpen up your memory (and google past BBQs!) because we are having trivia contests, a Family Feud Contest, a few surprise games, an auction or two and of course, delicious, genuine Bauer Burgers!   Be the first to attend this event, be the one who wins our trivia contests, and be the one who makes a difference for Autism.  Be there!”

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At this point I don’t know if I can make it, but I’m going to try my best and I hope you do too.

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 48 by ShellyLynn

September 2, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Tonight it all goes down at the Lewis party.

Something About You – Part 48 by ShellyLynn

“You don’t have to remind me,” Michelle said, jerking her arm free from Bill’s grasp. “I am well aware of your threats and what you intend to do if I don’t go through with this godforsaken ceremony. I may hate you, but make no mistake, I will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of the people I love.”

“As long as we’re clear,” he answered, seemingly satisfied with her frustrated answer.

“As for that,” she said, pointing back into the room, “I wasn’t faking. I would much rather just get tonight over with so I can get away from you,” she said, enjoying the angry look that came over his face. “I just haven’t been feeling well. I think being near you makes me sick.”

“You’ll have to do a hell of a lot more than be near me tomorrow,” he said, his eyes scanning her body so as not to leave any doubt what he was referring to.

“You can look all you want,” she said, noticing his directed stare, “But might I suggest a cold shower instead?” When his eyes looked back at hers she half laughed at his Neanderthal like appearance, “You need to start getting used to it dear, because it will be a cold day in hell before I will even think about sleeping with you.” She ran her finger along his jaw, enjoying the sudden power she seemed to have over him. “I’m going to go downstairs now, I wouldn’t want to keep the guests waiting.”

She turned her back and headed toward the party, hoping that before long Danny and Ross would show up. If it were up to her, that would be the last conversation she would have with Bill Lewis.

When she arrived, the party was in full swing. There were guests milling about in seemingly every corner of the house and there was more than enough champagne flowing freely and glasses seemed to fill each and every one of the guests’ hands.

She walked around the room, talking with old family acquaintances she hadn’t seen in a while, hoping that keeping herself busy would make the time go faster.

It was nearly an hour later when she finally spotted Bill across the room as she talked with one of her father’s old friends. She assumed that he had arrived earlier, but knowing that she surely wasn’t eager to talk to him and not wishing to make a scene, he kept his distance. When she did notice his appearance, she was glad to find that he wasn’t in any hurry to assume the role of doting fiancee, instead hanging out by the dessert table and talking business with some of his colleagues.

She went through a methodical search of the room with her eyes, praying that at any moment, she would lock eyes with one of the men she was anxious to see, the men that were not only serving as her would be saviors, but as the most important men in her life.

She walked by the drink table and picked up a glass of champagne. Lifting it to her mouth, her stomach suddenly churned at the normally pleasant aroma. “I guess I won’t be drinking tonight either,” she said, making her way toward the bathroom to splash some water on her face.

“Would Miss Bauer come up here,” she heard spoken into the microphone from the small stage at the other end of the room that the band was seated on. “I’d like to make a toast to the happy couple.”

She looked straight ahead at the door to the bathroom and her mind contemplated pretending she never heard her name. It would have been so easy to continue through the door and lock it behind her until Danny showed up, but before she made her choice, her would be father-in-law grabbed her by hand. “Would you do me the pleasure of escorting my beautiful soon to be daughter-in-law?”

She nodded her head feebly, looking around her in near desperation as she was escorted through the mass of people toward the stage. “Here comes the beautiful lady now,” Bill’s friend announced as they approached.

“Bill,” he began, holding out his champagne in front of him, “We’ve been friends for a long time, but when you told me you were marrying Michelle Bauer, I have to admit I didn’t believe you…”

A few laughs came from the crowd as he continued. “I mean, all of us guys had a crush on her at one time or another and we even took bets on who would be the first one to kiss her, but no offense Bill, we never expected it to be you. In fact, we,” he said, gesturing to the guys standing near the front of the crowd, “thought you must have bribed her or something. ”

A huge round of laughter exploded from the crowd as Michelle nearly choked. The smile Bill had plastered on his face fell for an instant but he quickly regained his composure, “Sorry guys, Michelle was more than willing to marry me. When you love someone as much as we love each other,” he said, reaching out and pulling her close, “you want nothing more than to spend the rest of your lives together…”

An awwww arose from the crowd as his seemingly sentimental speech, “but there is one more thing that could make our lives even better…”

The crowd hushed as they waited for him to finish his sentence and Michelle wondered right along with them. She had no idea where he was going with this, but she was sure she wouldn’t like it.

“Michelle and I both love children,” he continued and she pulled away from him. If he was going to announce that they would be seeking custody of Mikey she was out of there, “and we would both like to have a large family which is why what I am about to say is fabulous news.”

He paused as he waited for everyone to get sufficiently excited about his next words, “My bride and I are going to have a baby,” he announced. “The doctor just called to confirm it.”

Michelle felt like she was stuck in some bad movie and she couldn’t remember her lines. She looked around at the faces of the people she knew and felt like everything was in slow motion as her world started to spin. “

“I’m going to be a daddy….” was the last thing her ears picked up as her mind went black and she fell towards the floor.

Mr. Lewis reached out and caught Michelle as she fell, the crowd drawing a collective gasp as her body neared the floor. “Woah,” he said, easily lifting her body into his arms, “I don’t think she took the good news very well.”

Bill watched as his father carried her through the mass of onlookers to the next room, “I guess she was so excited she couldn’t bear it,” he told the crowd with a shaky laugh. “I’m sure she’ll be fine, but please excuse me.”

He followed the same path his father had taken to the office across the hallway where he found Michelle laying on the leather couch, still not moving a muscle. “This had better not be a stunt,” Bill stormed as he paced the room.

“What are you talking about?” Mr. Lewis asked, watching his son’s anger filled movements from his place at Michelle’s side.

“This is not the way I wanted tonight to be,” Bill said, his voice louder than originally intended. “I mean, tonight was supposed to be a happy occasion. There are dozens of clients and potential clients out there watching her make a fool out of me…”

“I think you should be more worried about your fiancee’s health right now than how that looked. I take it she didn’t know what you were about to announce?” When he got no response from his son he continued. “Don’t you think you should have discussed this with her before proclaiming it to hundreds of people?”

Before Bill could answer his mother walked in with the doctor, “Please tell me she’s going to be okay,” she said, reaching for her husband as he stood to allow the doctor to have a place at Michelle’s side.

She opened her eyes and started to softly cry, “this can’t be happening, no, no…” she said, her eyes wild with fear, “Get away from me…” she said when Bill attempted to calm her down. The doctor quickly pulled a needle out of his bag and gave her a light sedative to calm her down. “She should sleep for a few hours but then I suggest that you make every effort to make sure she gets some more rest and sees an OB.”

“Is she okay?” Vanessa asked, him, her eyes wet with the beginnings of tears, “And the baby?”

“They should be just fine,” the doctor answered as he took her pulse and checked her eyes “but in her condition she needs to eat much better than she has been and she needs lots of rest. You might even want to consider moving the wedding back. I know it’s supposed to be a happy occasion, but it’s also stressful and she can’t handle any type of stress right now. This pregnancy is already at a risk because of her low weight…”

“NO,” Bill said firmly, stopping the physician in mid sentence. “We are not moving the wedding. It will go on tomorrow as planned.”

“Son,” Mr. Lewis said, trying to be the voice of reason, “If Rich thinks it would be better for her and the baby…”

“I said no,” he steamed. “Nothing is going to change. The wedding will take place as scheduled. I’m not going to put this off a minute longer. In just over sixteen hours, she will be my wife.”

Mr. Lewis turned his head and looked at his wife, letting her know that he wanted a few words alone with his son.

“I think I’ll go tell the guests that she’s okay,” Vanessa said, taking his cue and leaving the room.

Mr. Lewis escorted his son to the other side of the room while the doctor finished checking Michelle out and made it clear that Bill’s actions were unacceptable to him. “I’m sorry,” Bill apologized, feigning self-loathing at his behavior. “Why don’t you just give me some time alone with her to make up for it. You can go back to the party and do damage control, I’ll worry about making sure she has everything she needs.”

Satisfied that his son had seen the error of his ways, he left the room, taking the doctor with him. Bill moved to her side, angrily waiting for her to wake up. She had tried to make a fool out of him by letting Santos get her pregnant, but as soon as she woke up he intended to make sure that she was aware that no one, Danny Santos included was ever going to know the true paternity of the child she was carrying.

A loud knock on the door startled him, but as soon as he heard the voice on the other side, he quickly devised a plan. Seeing Michelle laying under the covers on the couch, he quickly divested himself of his shirt and climbed in with her, pulling her sleeping body into his arms. “Damn it, Michelle? Michelle, if you’re in there…” Finally the door opened and the man entered, “What the hell?”

“Excuse me,” Bill said, pulling the covers further up to cover the rest of his body, “We’re a little busy here,” he said, throwing his feet over the edge of the sofa and retrieving his shirt, “Could you please give me a little privacy here?” he asked, hoping that Danny would leave the room so he could hide the fact that not only was he still dressed from the waist down, but that Michelle was oblivious to what was going on.

“NO, I want you to get the hell away from her,” Danny said, moving into the room and towards them.

“I said get out!”

“What’s going on here?” Mr. Lewis said, entering the room upon hearing the shouting. “Miss Bauer needs her rest.”

“What she needs is for him to get away from her,” Danny replied, his anger growing with every second that Bill was near her.

“My son is taking care of her and their baby,” Mr. Lewis said, standing between them.

“Their what?” Danny asked, his throat constricting from merely thinking about the words. “That’s not possible…”

“I know it’s not exactly the best timing in the world, but they do love each other and they are getting married tomorrow…”

“The hell they are…” Danny said, moving towards the couch once again.

“My son loves her and he is going to be a good husband and father. What right do you have to condemn them?”

“Well, aside from knowing that your son doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as that amazing woman, my main right comes from the fact that I’m her husband.”

“What? That’s not possible,” Bill shouted, forgetting his plan and standing from the sofa in anger.

“You didn’t really think you’d get away with this did you?,” Danny laughed.

“You’re such a sorry excuse for a human being that you couldn’t even blackmail her into marrying you, but it’s a moot point anyway, because she’s already married, to me.”

More About the Conspiracy June 19-21 2001

September 1, 2015

Sadly I don’t have a link to go with these. That’s really too bad and another example of how I don’t know WHAT the clippers were thinking. The stuff with Agent Peterson feeling guilty is fairly crucial to the story and the part where Claire tries to convince Michelle to make a deal giving up Danny to save herself is not only important, but great angsty, soap drama as well. I’m going to go ahead and post the next few posts even though I don’t have clips because I think they are important enough beats to break them out anyway.

NOTE: Dates may not be correct, there was some confusion of dates in the original version of these summaries online, but those listed are my best guess.

Tues., June 19, 2001  – At Company: Gus is about to go in to eat when Agent Peterson stops him. He tells Gus he doesn’t feel right about what they did. He heard that Harley stood up for Danny in court and now he is having second thoughts, what if Danny isn’t guilty. Gus tries to tell him that Cooper is too close to the situation; she is a friend of the family. They have to be more objective. Peterson says he was listening the day that Gus was in the house alone and he heard the gun shot. He wants to tell the truth but Gus holds him up to the wall and “talks” him out of it. He tells him to let the courts decide and to go back to work. Peterson leaves and Gus says to himself no one should ever listen to that surveillance tape. He has a flashback of shooting the gun and taking the bullet. Gus starts to head back in Company but says he has lost his appetite.

Wed., June 20, 2001 – Note: It didn’t say so on the online notes that I took the basis of these episode descriptions from, but Danny’s grand jury trial must have started somewhere in here. From what it shows in the highlight clips and what I do have for descriptions it seems like it should be on the 20th, but during these couple of weeks more than any other time during the storyline air dates aren’t clear so it could easily have been a day before or after the 20th and it just wasn’t mentioned.

Thurs., June 21, 2001  – At Company: Claire is talking to Russo about getting a deal for Michelle’s freedom as well. He tells her that if Michelle testifies as well as Claire he can get her off. Gus will help her but it is Michelle’s choice, not Claire’s.At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle are talking about who could have tipped Gus off to Carmen’s body. Michelle thinks Claire was behind it but Danny is sure it was Carlos’s way to bring Danny down without Danny being sure it was him, so he couldn’t use the ‘insurance policy’. (Which is correct, isn’t it great when they remember Danny is smart?) Michelle wonders if there is any way out for them. Danny tells her not to think to hard about Claire. Michelle says there must be something to prove Danny’s isn’t guilty of murder; he was defending her and the baby. Maybe they could find the two henchmen who grabbed her from the hospital. Danny says those guys would not testify against a crime family and no one would believe them anyway. Michelle says there must be a way to clear him. Claire comes in and asks to speak to Michelle. Michelle accuses her of entrapment and tells her to leave. Michelle says that Claire started all of this by plotting with Carmen. Claire tells her that she wants her to make a deal with Gus against Danny to save her from going to prison and being away from her son. Michelle is against it. Claire says mothers have to make sacrifices for their children and it is time for Michelle to sacrifice. Michelle tells her to leave. Claire says if she testifies against Danny, she can be with her son permanently. Danny walks in and tells Michelle to listen to Claire. He tells her he can handle anything as long as he knows she and Robby are alright. Michelle tells Danny not to put her in this position. Danny says this is her way out and their baby needs her. He begs her to take the deal for him. Michelle tells him she is in this with him and she won’t let him be the hero and take all the blame. She reminds him that they are a family. Danny tells her this is what is best for their son. Her testimony can’t put him away and no one knows what she really knows so she can say as much or as little as she wants and no one can connect her to Carmen’s death. He asks if she looked at the evidence before she burned it. Michelle says she didn’t. Danny says she doesn’t know anything then and she has to take this deal and save their boy.

My Comments:

I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ll never understand clippers. This is some vital stuff to know and do they include it in the highlight clips? Nope it’s straight to the second bail hearing and setting the trial date. 

Gus faking the evidence is a key note for this character and his relationship with Danny. Gus is going after Danny to make sure DANNY is gotten, not the person who committed the crime of shooting Carmen which frankly I think most of us can get behind the idea of shooting her being a very good idea in general. That fact is what drives most of the drama behind the trial for the next couple of months to come. Frankly it would all have made a lot MORE sense if Danny HAD been Gus’s half-brother. I really think that story would have had more legs and been a lot more drama than trying to turn Gus into a Spaulding. As it is we never really get an explanation about what it was about Danny that ticked Gus off so much. I mean as Danny didn’t kill Gus’s father any more than Gus did himself and Danny’s father had been brutally murdered and Danny’s uncle had already been killed (by Gus’s sister) you’d have thought Gus might have thought he’s already gotten an eye for an eye for the sake of his parents. There really should have been something more there for Gus to take Danny been happily married and walking around free as such an impossible insult. 

As much as I dislike Claire’s interference in the Manny marriage I could understand her doing everything she could to save herself and Michelle, even if it meant sacrificing Danny – EXCEPT this is mostly Claire’s fault. Claire COULD have told the police what Carmen had planned. Claire COULD have at least told Danny afterward before things got so bad. Claire COULD have actually killed Carmen in the first place – which honestly I think is in more of Claire’s character to do rather than help her.  DANNY didn’t find out about any of the body stealing stuff until well after the fact. The worst thing that could be said of Danny was failing to report a shooting and illegal disposal of a body. Most of the stuff they come after Danny for Claire actually did and if she copped to what she did do, Danny’s actions would seem vastly reduced in severity. The Claire I loved in the great old Claire-Fletcher days would have seriously THOUGHT about not coming clean and might even have kept her mouth shut a couple of months, but she WOULD have eventually stepped forward. The fact that steeping forward never even occurs to this Claire shows just how much Fletcher broke her. I’ve never forgiven Fletcher Reade and I never will.

I also think it’s an important note that Danny once again tried to sacrifice himself and Michelle wouldn’t let him. It reminded me of the NYC scenes to paraphrase “I’d follow you straight into hell and drag you out again.”




Something About You – Part 47 by ShellyLynn

September 1, 2015

Republisher’s Note: The stress increases as we have to see if Danny-Michelle or Ed-Bill ‘s plan will win out.

Something About You – Part 47 by ShellyLynn

Danny paced nervously outside the door to Ross’ office as he waited for the appointment Ross was taking care of to leave. He couldn’t help but be frantic about the situation they found themselves in. He had been waiting all day for the man he was counting on to save them to call him and tell him everything was taken care of. Instead, with just under an hour left before the rehearsal dinner was to begin, he found himself outside the man’s door, hoping that the answers he would get in a few short minutes would be the words he needed to hear.

The door opened and Danny was surprised to see Vanessa Lewis exit the office. He was momentarily stunned by the strange turn of events, but found himself making his way through the doorway to see what was going on. For the first time, he contemplated how little he really knew about the plan that he and the love of his life were trusting with their lives. “Is everything all right?” Danny asked, as Ross looked up in surprise. “You were supposed to call me and it’s getting down to the wire. You won’t answer my phone calls or return my messages. Is everything under control?”

“Danny,” Ross said, looking up in surprise. “Everything is fine. What are you doing here? You could blow everything if the wrong people see you with me. This is a very delicate situation.”

“Are we ready?” Danny asked, ignoring the comments made in regards to his appearance. He needed to know what was going on, despite the precariousness of their situation.

“Almost, I’m still missing one very important piece of evidence and then we can go to the police. I’m hoping though, that I was just able to secure it,” Ross said cryptically.

“What does that mean?” Danny asked impatiently. He hated relying so heavily on other people when it came to his life with Michelle, even if they were her parents. Somehow, he was sure he would feel much better if they would just give him a little more information on what exactly would be taking place that evening.

“It means, that if everything goes as planned, the two of you will be free to start your lives together, tonight.”

“IF?” Danny repeated, his voice raised slightly as he thought about what would happen ‘if’ things didn’t work out. “’If’ is not good enough for me. This is your daughter’s future we’re talking about here.”

“And I want nothing more than to make sure it is as happy as possible. Do you really think I would be willing to let her down?” Ross queried, his tone annoyed, yet betraying a hint of fear. “I have already done that enough to last a lifetime.”

Danny immediately felt contrite for his apparent accusation. “I know that you love her, too. I’m sorry.”

“You know, Daniel,” Ross said, walking out from behind his desk. “You don’t have to apologize to me. You love my daughter with all your heart and that is the best thing you could ever do for me. We both just want what’s best for her.”

“I’ll take good care of her,” Danny answered, suddenly feeling the need to make that promise. “She’s my life.”

“Well, right now, we’re just trying to save the other most important person in your life.”

The moment of honesty and feeling immediately turned awkward, as there was a knock on the door.

“Mr. Marler,” his secretary’s voice rang, “there’s a delivery here for you.”

* * * * * * * *

Michelle paced the floor of her room at the Lewis mansion. She could hear people arriving at the door and being taken into the huge area where the rehearsal dinner was to take place. Normally, the only people attending such an event would be those who were involved with the wedding. However, since the wedding was more of a business deal than a marriage ceremony to Bill, there were many business associates congregating to join them in what seemed to her more of an extravagant party than a rehearsal dinner.

She looked at her watch and sat down on the bed. She could still remember her father giving her that very watch for her sixteenth birthday. He wasn’t around much, but he sent her a package from Europe telling her that he was sorry he wasn’t able to make it home but that she would be able to come see him whenever she wanted now that she had a brand new car. She had put the watch on her wrist and then taken off to go see her larger, more valuable present. Although she enjoyed the car, for years what she really treasured was that watch because she always thought he had actually taken time to hand-pick it. As far as she could remember, that was the last birthday that it seemed as if her father even cared she was turning a year older. Of course, years later she found out that he had sent his secretary to pick it out. She even wrote the card for him, but still, for some reason she always held on to it.

She snapped out of her reverie and looked down again. She would be expected to make her appearance in less than fifteen minutes and there was still no sign of her father (it still seemed weird to think of him that way) or Danny. The thing she found strange was, no matter what was happening and no matter how hard it would be for both of them, she knew that Danny’s mere presence would give her the strength to pull off the charade for a while longer. Even though he should be the one standing up with her and not Bill.

There was a short knock on the door and then it opened and Vanessa’s head popped in. “Are we ready?” she asked, noticing Michelle’s less than thrilled expression. “You’ll be fine,” she said, walking over to her younger counterpart, “I promise these things aren’t that bad. It will all be over with before you know it.”

Michelle gave her a smile, wishing that there were some way to get out of this without hurting the woman she had always thought of as a second mother. “You’re probably right,” she said, starting to stand up.

“Woah,” Vanessa said, helping her back on the bed as she swayed and her knees began to buckle. “Stay here, I’ll go get the doctor to look at you.”

Michelle leaned her head down and placed it in her hands, “That’s not necessary, I’m sure it’s just nerves…”

“Nonsense, I’m getting him. You just lay down. We’ll cancel tonight if we have to. You need to take care of yourself.”

Michelle sighed deeply and moved to lean back against the headboard. She really was fine, she assured herself, there was just a lot going on and she hadn’t had anything to eat all day…

“Ms. Bauer,” a gentleman knocked lightly on the partially opened the door a few minutes later. “Mrs. Lewis sent me to check you out. Is it all right if I come in?”

“Yes, come in,” Michelle spoke, her head once again beginning to spin.

“What seems to be the problem?” he asked, setting his black bag down on the bed next to her. “I’m sure it’s nothing. I just haven’t felt well lately, but with all the stress and I know I haven’t been eating as well as I should be…”

“What exactly are the symptoms?” he asked, taking a blood pressure cuff and wrapping it around her bare arm.

“Well, I’ve been sick to my stomach and I’ve experienced some lightheadedness and dizziness, I had problems not too long ago because I wasn’t eating properly and I’m sure it’s just the same thing again. I promise, after tomorrow I’ll get my eating habits straightened out and it will all go away,” she informed him.

“Well,” he smiled gently, “you really should be eating better and that may well be your source of problem, but why don’t you let me take some blood to be sure.”

She nodded her head in acceptance, turning her head to the side as he stuck the needle in her arm. “I’ll call and let you know what I find out,” he said, directing his comment not only to Michelle but also to Vanessa who previously unbeknownst to the two of them had entered the room.

“Thank you,” the two ladies said in unison as he gathered up his things and walked out.

“I’m feeling much better,” Michelle said, carefully standing up on her own.

“Are you sure you’re up to going through with this?” Vanessa asked, noticing Michelle’s measured steps and her tired eyes.

“Of course,” the younger woman responded, forcing a smile. “I can’t miss my own rehearsal dinner. Just give me a minute and I’ll be right down.”

* * * * * * *

Bill passed the doctor in the hallway on the way to see Michelle, “How is she?” he asked, playing the part of the concerned fiancee to the hilt.

“I’m going to take some blood, but if it’s what I think it is, she’ll be fine. She just needs some rest. Congratulations, you have a beautiful woman there.”

“I can’t believe how lucky I am,” Bill smiled, trying to hide his true feelings and get to Michelle. He started to retreat when another thought popped into his head.

“Oh, can you do me a favor, call me instead of Michelle when you get the results. I think it would be easier for her if she finds out what’s bothering her from me,” he requested politely.

“I’m sure it’s not anything serious,” the doctor assured him.

“She’s just had a rough time lately with her mother being in the hospital and all. I really think it would be better,” Bill reasoned.

“Well, you are about to be married. Okay, I should have results pretty quickly and I’ll let you know as soon as I get them.”

“Thanks, it means a lot to both of us that everything goes well tonight,” he smiled before walking passed the older man and making his way toward Michelle’s room.

He opened her door and nearly ran into her as she prepared to leave the room. “You better not be trying to pull anything here, Michelle, because you know what will happen if you try to back out on this now. You can kiss the little boy good bye because you’ll never see him again.”

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 73

August 31, 2015

This is the seventy-third in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

In the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth they flashback 10 years to the beginnings of the lovely Cozzie (Lizzie Spaulding and Henry “Coop” Cooper) pairing.

Frank Cooper is featured as a Crime Stopper (top cops/PIs on soaps feature) in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a great collection of current photos of all your favorite Guiding Light stars at the Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser. Look especially for the photo of Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos #5). I especially love the shot of Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines #2) and Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, the one we knew most of the time) looking like an a finally ecstatically happy Phillip and Beth. Find them in the August 10, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Aleksander is also the subject of a featured interview in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. He talks about what he’s doing today and Guiding Light memories. After the show went off the air, he returned to finish the college degree he interrupted when he was first cast as he promised his parents he eventually would. He completed is BA in Theater. He recently completed a run of Mary, Mary at the Cape May Stage in New Jersey and is actively auditioning.

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) gives an update on his kids in the July 13, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. His three daughters are in the School of American Ballet and his son is more into “mud and rocks and baseball.”

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) “appears” as a voice artist in Minions. Read more about it in the July 20, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A round up of quotes of how real life acting pairs is featured in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Included are: Terrell Tilford (David Grant #3, brother to Gilly, son of hospital administrator Charles, friend to Bridget, coupled with Vicky Spaulding his real life wife Victoria Platt), Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer), and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper). (FYI – if you know the background and compare Terri Conn’s quote to the others it’s kind of hilarious, check it out. :)

Maureen Mooney Pellegrini (Ann Jeffers)  shared ” has been reruns & she’s recently got back into acting.”

Catch a photo of Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper) and her real life husband John Viscardi are pictured in the June 3, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is interviewed for a feature piece in the March 9, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It focuses on her current role of Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives.

Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy Winslow Randall #2) had a daughter on March 28, 2015. The daughter’s name is Velva and is also the child of her longtime boyfriend Willem Van Waay (a pro sailing racer). Find more in the May 4 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth and on Gatschet‘s social media.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) is the subject of a feature in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It focuses on her role as a transgender character Maya Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful. Mosley also checks in with how the transgender storyline is going. Read more in the August 10, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) has returned to General Hospital after her character woke up from her coma. Read more in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who started with the Mole puppet & then was falsely revealed to be Jonathan Randall) will be making an appearance with his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) in the Lifetime movie The Imposter He Met Online this August 2015. See more in the June 13, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Sadly Bailey and Frantz announced they’d suffered a second miscarriage late last year. Read more about it in the December 29, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) is featured in an article in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth that focuses on her leaving the road company of Wicked and how she is still connected to soaps.

Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) was featured in the Take Five questions in the June 3, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Both Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop) and Matt Bomer (Ben Reade #3) appeared in Magic Mike XXL. Read more about it in the July 20, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Joan Collins (Alexandra Spaulding #3) at 82 is still very busy. Recently she’s appeared on Queens of Drama and The Royals. Get more details in the June 1, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

When Rick Hearst returned to General Hospital in January 2015, he grew out stubble to match the backstory of being undercover and then held hostage. I think everyone is glad he’s since shaved again. Read a lot more about it in the January 26, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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 46 by ShellyLynn

August 31, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Danny and Michelle have a plan to deal with Ed and Bill’s evil plan. Will it work?

Something About You – Part 46 by ShellyLynn

Michelle sat outside the lighthouse, debating on whether or not to go inside. She was well aware of Danny’s fears concerning this plan and her involvement with Bill Lewis and she knew how he would react when he saw the bruises she could feel forming on her face and arm, yet she couldn’t force herself to leave. She needed him, not only to console her aching spirit caused by their separation and events of earlier that evening, but also to remind her of their love. She knew that she would need that reminder to give her the strength to get through all the events of the following day. Finally, determined that the upside to seeing him was far greater than the downside of him knowing what happened, she opened her car door and began to climb the steps of the lighthouse, her sanctuary through the first twenty years of her life.

* * * * * * * * *

Danny looked at his watch for the fifteenth time in the past hour, his stomach churning as he imagined what things Bill could be doing to his precious Michelle, the woman he would be spending the rest of his life with. As the minute hand clicked past zero, indicating that it was now past midnight, he bolted for the door, preparing to do whatever it took to track her down and make sure she was all right. He flung the door open, nearly knocking Michelle over in his haste to leave. “Michelle,” he sighed, his voice thick with emotion as he pulled her into his arms, “I was so worried about you baby…”

She didn’t say a word, merely enjoyed the feeling of being wrapped in his arms as he held her close. Finally, he pulled away to look in her face, “I’m so glad he didn’t hurt…” he began before noticing the bruise forming on her cheek from the blow she sustained at her fiancee’s hand.

“It’s nothing,” she said, seeing the direction of his gaze and knowing the direction his thoughts must be taking him. “I fell.”

“That’s a lie,” he said firmly, leading her over to the bed and then crossing the room and taking ice from the bucket he had been chilling sparkling cider in to put on her swelling flesh, “and we both know it.”

“Bill was just…”

“That bastard hit you,” he seethed, leaving her with the ice as he walked across the room, his hands clenched at his sides as he fought the urge to drive over to Bill’s house and kill him that instant. “I knew I never should have let you go back there.”

“This isn’t your fault, Danny,” she said, sensing where his thoughts were taking him. “It’s no one’s fault except Bill’s. We are going to get him, we just have to stay calm and stick to the plan…” she contended, not believing that the calm voice of reason was coming out of her mouth. Truth be told, she was terrified by the thought of coming anywhere near Bill Lewis again, but the idea of Danny losing everything was one that gave her the strength to continue to fight.

“Oh no,” he ranted, turning toward her with incredulous eyes. “You can’t possibly think I’m letting you go anywhere near that house alone, not after this…”

“You have to,” she whispered, “We don’t have any other choice.”

“We’ll find one,” he argued, not wanting to hear the validity of her argument. “I can’t let you go back there,” his voice broke as tears formed in his eyes. “I love you too much to lose you now. I don’t care what I have to do, I’ll make sure that we’re all safe…”

“There isn’t any other way, Danny,” she pleaded, not wanting to spend the few precious hours they had together fighting yet needing to stress the importance of their plan. “Mikey’s life is at stake and there is no other way.”

“It’s too dangerous for you…” he argued, not able to get rid of the horrifying image of Bill hurting Michelle. “We don’t know what he is capable of…”

“It’ll be okay. I have lots of things to go over with Vanessa and I’ll just make sure that he never gets the chance to get me alone… Vanessa saw what happened tonight and if it came down to it, I could use it as an excuse to keep her around me.”

“I still don’t like it…”

“I don’t either, but it’s only for one more day, then we can begin our life together, just like we planned, Ross is all set to go right?”

“Almost… he says he will be by tomorrow,” Danny sighed, not wanting to consent to her return to the Lewis house yet not knowing of any other way. “Maybe I should call him and make sure…”

“Danny, sweetie, look around you, I can’t believe you did all this for me,” she said, spreading her arms out wide to show him the roses and candlelight he used to create a beautiful scene for them to spend the evening in. “Everything is going to be fine. This is what I want to concentrate on right now, not the plan, and certainly not Bill. You went to all this trouble to make this night perfect for us and that’s all I want to think about… celebrating our love.”

“But…” he tried to argue, not wanting to give in so easily yet being quickly distracted by the act of seduction taking place before him as she dropped her robe.

“Please Danny,” she said, taking a step toward him in her slip, “I need you to love me… I need to be with you and feel how much we love each other…” she said as her slip went to the floor alongside her robe and she stood before him in only her underwear.


She reached out and placed her fingers to his lips to quiet his protests. “I need you…”

“God you’re breathtaking,” he said, his voice thick with lust as he looked at her beautiful body in anticipation. “I love you.”

“Show me,” she said, reaching for his hands as she began to back up toward the bed.

Before she could make it all the way, he pulled her up tight against him, allowing his arousal to press against her inner thigh as he kissed her neck. She reached down and unbuttoned his jeans, pulling down his zipper and then gently guiding his pants down his legs. He reached down and pulled his shirt over his head, leaving his body covered only by his straining silk boxer shorts.

She reached out and traced her fingers down his muscular stomach, “I love your body…” she whispered, running her finger along the length of him through his shorts and causing him to suck in a deep breath, “and I love these hands,” she said, pulling his right hand up to her mouth and then teasing him by sucking on each of his fingers individually. “I love the way you make me feel…”

“Do you have any idea what you do to me?” he groaned, running his finger inside the waistband of her string bikini underwear.

“I think I do Mr. Santos…” she smiled, playfully reaching down to hold his length in her hand.

Before she could finish her sentence he met her mouth with a searing kiss, her mind losing all train of thought as the passion overtook her mind. “Danny,” was all she could manage to force out of her mouth through her staggered breathing. “Please.”

He lifted her up and carried her to the bed where they quickly divested each other of their remaining clothing. “I love you,” he mouthed as he slowly entered her and began to increase his rhythm, their bodies already so in tune with one another that they moved as one, “more than anything…”

“Love you,” she echoed, coming up off the bed as the force of her orgasm ripped through her tired body.

They made love for hours, showing their love for each other the best way they knew how before finally succumbing to exhaustion and falling asleep. As they lay together, still connected, heart, body, and soul, she knew that no matter what time she had to leave in the morning, or what happened the next day, that place in his arms would always be right where she belonged.

Postmordem of a “New” format

August 30, 2015


Looking back at the new format. What did you think?

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

As we approach the one year anniversary of the cancellation, I think I finally have enough distance to fairly judge what they called the “new” format of Guiding Light that moved from the traditional 3 wall sets and pedestal cameras to handheld cameras and permanent sets, with lots of outdoor shooting.

When the new production model was introduced Ellen Wheeler specifically said it was not about saving money. When the show was canceled she said the model bought them a year and a half, BY saving money. Hmmm. But let’s take her at her word and think about how this new production model stands on its own merits.

I remained faithful to the show, even at its obvious nadir so my impression is different than some of those people whose loyalty lapsed. I’m not comparing it to the comparative heyday of the late 1990s to early 2000s, but to what…

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How Real are Sex Scenes?

August 29, 2015

Tonight we’re not going to do an actual term of soap opera jargon, but I think this nicely fills the spot. Often soap actors and actresses get questions about doing sex scenes. What really goes on? How do their significant others feel about them doing them? Do people who know you in real life watch? Often the actors or actresses try to explain how technical a process it is in a couple of sentences. Nudity is also addressed.

Seeing more in sex scenes is often mentioned as a way to gain viewers, but the All My Children and One Life to Live online experiment showed negative reactions from viewers from increases in nudity and profanity. They ended up dialing it back.

Below is a link to an article written by a producer in television/film (not soaps, but I’m sure it still applies).

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.

Starting Up Again

August 28, 2015

It seems like when things get busy in my real life or connectivity gets scarce the first thing to go are the episode guide posts where I post summary, links, and commentary. This summer I’ve had both time and connectivity issues and hopefully they’ll both be coming to an end soon. So I’m going to gamely try to get started again.

Find the last episode guide post I published here:

We’re up to 2001 and have just survived the perfect storm where everything including Carmen, the mob, the FBI, family betrayal (Tony) and their friends seem to be coming after Danny and Michelle. Danny and Michelle by cleverness and daring do have managed to deal with all these problems, except one. While they are once again legally married and happily raising baby Robbie, Gus Aitoro remains a dark cloud on the horizon willing to do anything including faking evidence to get Danny. He will even pass up opportunities to seriously cripple the organizations of people who actually are still in the mob as long as he gets Danny. His reasons for this vendetta are still murky and will be a crucial puzzle in the upcoming Trial of Danny Santos.

Harley is pregnant with Rick’s baby, but her relationship with Gus is growing from antagonistic to romantic as GusH fans will remember. Michelle’s biological mother Claire is still in town causing trouble and trying to save her own skin (even though most of this is her fault). Phillip has just learned that his still wife Harley is pregnant with Rick’s kid. Although Phillip had previously impregnated two different women Phillip was in love with, now that the tables are turned Phillip is not taking it well. This is also during the high point of San Cristobel’s role in the story as the country is torn by civil war and frequent coups as power shifts between Richard and his newly formed democracy (formed not because of belief in democracy but to keep Edward off the throne) and Edward and the Royalists who liked the government just fine as it was thank you very much.

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 44 by ShellyLynn

August 28, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Will Maureen, Ross, and Danny’s plan work or will Michelle be condemned to a loveless marriage. Evil Bill gets even worse tonight.

Something About You – Part 44 by ShellyLynn

Danny paced nervously across the floor of the lighthouse, each time, stopping to make sure that everything was in its proper place. He hadn’t seen Michelle for three days, but he had left her a note to meet him there that evening. He looked at his watch again; she was late.

Maybe she didn’t get the note, maybe she got caught in traffic, maybe she stopped to pick up something special for this evening, maybe she couldn’t decide what to wear…

His mind raced trying to come up with any other possibility that the one that kept sneaking it’s way into his subconscious. Maybe Bill found out and she’s in trouble, maybe he found the note before she saw it, maybe she needs your help. Maybe he’s trying to make her prove her loyalty and devotion to him…

“NO,” he said out loud, looking out the window for what seemed like the millionth time, “She’s fine. I’m sure of it. You’re just letting your fears get the best of you. She can take care of herself… Come on Michelle, let me know what’s going on,” he whispered into the air as he sent a silent prayer heavenward for her safety. “Let her be safe and bring her back to me…”

* * * * * * * *

Michelle sat at the table in the Lewis dining hall as Bill’s father toasted their marriage for the third time that night. She looked across the room at the oak grandfather clock, watching as the seconds ticked by on the evening and her chance to see Danny.

“You don’t look so well,” Vanessa said, reaching across the table to take Michelle’s hand. “You need to get some rest sweetie. We don’t want you tired for the big day Saturday.”

“I’ve just been feeling a little tired lately, with all the wedding plans I haven’t gotten much sleep…” she said, silently thanking her mother-in-law to be for giving her an out to leave the engagement celebration. “… And I’m afraid I might be coming down with something.”

“Why don’t you stay here tonight,” she suggested, standing up and excusing herself from the table while gesturing for Michelle to do the same.

“I don’t want to intrude,” Michelle stammered, immediately realizing the difficulties of sneaking away from the Lewis mansion unnoticed, “Besides, I need some of my things from home.”

“We have everything you need right here,” Vanessa said, reaching around Michelle and placing her arms around her shoulders, “I’ll take you to the guest room and get you something to wear.”

“Vanessa, really, I would rather…”

She cut her off in the middle of her sentence. “Nonsense. Please call me mom. We are going to be family soon. You are staying here and that’s the end of it.”

Michelle knew there was no use trying to persuade the woman who so badly wanted to call her a daughter to change her mind so she gave in and followed her down the hallway. As they walked, she attempted to send a mental image to Danny so he would know she was all right, physically anyway. She positively ached being away from him for this long, and she had been so hoping to use this night to get her through the rehearsal and dinner the next night. All eyes would be on her, making it even more difficult not to show how much she despised her would be husband.

“There are clean towels in the bathroom,” Vanessa’s voice broke into her thoughts as she led Michelle into the room. “I’ll bring you a nightgown, toothbrush, and some toothpaste. Is there anything else you’ll be needing dear?”

“No thank you,” Michelle smiled politely, wishing that somehow, she could get out of this without hurting the woman that despite her son’s actions, she would always think of as Aunt ‘Nessa.

“I know how sick your mom is and how much you miss her, I do too, but please believe that she would be so proud of the woman you have become…” she said, bringing tears into Michelle’s eyes. “And please know that if you need anything, I’m here for you.”

“I know,” Michelle whispered, hugging the older woman before watching her turn and walk out the door. Michelle continued to herself “but I can’t, not this time. This would hit too close to home and you’d probably never believe me.”

She rolled back the covers of the bed, deciding that if she wasn’t going to be able to see Danny, then she could at least get a good night’s sleep and dream about him.

She pulled her shirt over her head and let her hair down from the clip that had been holding in her updo and shook her hair loose, letting it fall against her back as she ran her fingers through it. Then she stepped out of her skirt, folded it, and placed it neatly on a nearby chair.

“Thanks,” she said as she heard the door open, turning around to thank Vanessa for bringing her things.

“No, thank you,” a crude voice smirked, laughing as she tried in vain to cover herself with more than the flimsy slip she was now wearing. “I was hoping for a preview of coming attractions. I’m so glad you agree that you’ve put me off for too long.”

“What?” she tried to laugh, her nerves standing on end. “You know how I feel about sex before marriage. Even if we were madly in love, which I might remind you we aren’t, I wouldn’t have slept with you…” she hoped her voice sounded more convincing than it felt as her knees knocked together.

“In two days, you aren’t going to be able to use that excuse anymore, Michelle,” he laughed, “You are going to be with me. You agreed to marry me and I will get the privileges that go along with being your husband. Including a little preview right now.”

Michelle took a step backward at seeing the look in his eyes. “Even you aren’t that stupid. One wrong move and this deal is off.”

He threw his head back in laughter at her statement, “You wouldn’t have the guts. You’re too worried about that little boy to ever challenge me.”

“If you want to take that chance,” she said, turning her back and grabbing the pen off the desk. It wasn’t much of a weapon but it was better than nothing.

“Listen here you little slut. Maybe you are really a little miss goodie two shoes, or maybe you are just putting me off, but I will have you anyway I want you in two days, do you hear me?” he asked, closing the distance between them and backing her up against the wall. “And these,” he said, reaching out and pinning one hand behind her as he fondled her breast “and this spot here,” he whispered as his hand traveled down her body to between her legs, “will be all mine.”

She managed to free her hand just as he attempted to reach up under her slip and stabbed him in the arm with the pen. “You little bitch,” he yelled as he reached for his arm which was beginning to soak his sleave with blood. He reached out and slapped her with his uninjured limb, sending her sprawling across the bed.

“What the hell is going on here?” Vanessa shrieked, crossing the room to try and take care of a sobbing Michelle.

“William, get out of here. You have had way too much to drink and you are out of control,” she yelled, protecting Michelle from his evil glare.

“I’m sorry ‘Chelle,” he said, feigning embarrassment and regret for his actions as he walked toward them. “I’ll leave in a minute mother, I just want to apologize.”

“I’ll wait outside,” Vanessa said, standing up and leaving the room.

As soon as she was out of site, Bill leaned in close and whispered his words carefully, “You may have my mother fooled with this innocent act, but I will have you on our wedding night and I promise, your first time will be all you’ve always thought it would be and more.” As he finished his threat he leaned in and kissed her on the cheek.

“You believe whatever you want to Bill, but you will never have me in any way that matters. Not my mind, my heart, or my body,” she said, standing up and making her way to the door.

“Vanessa, I think it would be best for everyone if I just went home for the evening. Bill needs to get some sleep and cool down, I need to take care of myself where I feel more comfortable. Thank you for your generosity,” she said, ‘but I’ll be going now.”

Vanessa nodded her understanding as Michelle took the robe she had brought for her and slipped it over her shoulders as she walked down the hallway toward the door to the garage.

Michelle got in her car and without hesitation headed for the lighthouse. She needed to feel Danny’s love and be reminded of why they were doing this in the first place before things went any further. They were nearing the end, but she needed to feel the security of his arms before she could go through with the spectacle the next day, knowing that if things went as planned, she would be back in his arms again before the rehearsal dinner was even over.


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