Soap Opera Digest Yahoo On-Line Chat with Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz Aug 1999

February 27, 2017

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: Here’s the record of an online chat where fans asked Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) and Joie Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos, now credited as Bethany Joy Lenz). This is them mostly goofing around with answers, but you can tell they are having fun with each other, a little about the Puerto Rico shoot, and how they work. It’s great to see some early online stuff preserved.

Michelle and Danny on I am a Man speech

“Soap Opera Digest/Yahoo On-Line Chat with Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz” — 8/30/99

Soap Opera Digest Host: Please welcome Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz — Guiding Light‘s Michelle & Danny!!
Joie Lenz: Hi, everybody from the West Side Highway!
Paul Anthony Stweart: Hey, whatsup y’all from my luxurious penthouse pad!
Lenz: Yeah, right!

kathyzo asks: What have been your favorite scenes together so far?
Lenz: Oh… well, definitely not those scenes in the woods. Those were way too long.
Stewart: I personally enjoyed throwing Joie in the shower.
Lenz: Yeah, those scenes in general, when I was drunk and he was kind of tossing me around, that was fun.
Stewart: Yeah, me and Joie enjoy the physical stuff. Plus, the water was not actually cold, it was warm and quite nice. I’m eating cheese and crackers right now…
Lenz: Yum. I haven’t eaten all day! Well, I had some croissants this morning…

lizm_la asks: Joie, the sunburn scenes in San Critobel looked like a lot of fun. What was that stuff Danny rubbed all over your shoulder? Looked like he put a bit too much on you???
Stewart: LOL!
Lenz: Yeah, he totally did! It was aloe vera lotion, but he put on so much that the makeup started rubbing off!
Stewart: Yeah, when there’s lotion involved in a scene with me and Joie, everybody’s gotta watch out. Right Joie?
Lenz: Absolutely!
Stewart: I only do things in excess. 🙂

eileen_mannyac asks: Paul, what do you think is Danny’s biggest fear?
Stewart: Cats. Both the musical and the animal.

lucia_mannyac asks: PAS and JL. Do you have any appearances planned for New England? I’d love it if you could come to Boston!
Lenz: Not I.
Stewart: I would love to come to Boston too, so write your mayor! No, I’ve got something coming up in Charlotte, NC and then Beaumont, TX, and then the big Mall of America in Minneapolis next month. So fly in and come see me! 🙂

supernurse1949 asks: With all of the “Yeah baby” and “Oh behave” references, I was wondering…do Danny and Michelle have an Austin Powers fetish? 🙂
Stewart: What do you think, Joie?
Lenz: Yeah, I think they do.
Stewart: Oh yeah they do, baby. I have to say Danny thinks Michelle is supremely shagadelic. Joie and I decided that they definitely went to see the movie.
Lenz: But we were doing that before we even saw the second movie.
Stewart: We were?
Lenz: No, I guess we were just doing the Zip It stuff from the first film.
Stewart: We went to see that and then we went to see Eyes Wide Shut, but we haven’t been able to incorporate that in yet. I’ve tried to get them to write an orgy scene, but…
Lenz: Yeah, Pilar, get Bill in there ….
Stewart: Aunt Meta … Olga the maid…. who has made a few brief appearances.

lizm_la asks: Joie, You’ve had a lot of really emotional scenes in this storyline… which was the most difficult for you?
Lenz: You know, they all are pretty much the same. Because it’s basically one emotion or another when you have to be angry or upset or hurt or whatever, but they all kind of amount to the same difficulty for me. That’s not even a sentence. Oy.
Stewart: Joie, should we tell them our secret?
Lenz: What secret?
Stewart: That off-camera I’m twisting your toes to make you cry. And if that doesn’t work then I put my Bic lighter on her back.
Lenz: Yeah, I’m very scorched.

andreah18 asks: Hi Joie and Paul! I’m sure that with all of us Mannyacs out there you have gotten a lot of gifts and stuff like that. What is the one thing a fan ever gave you that you remember the most?
Lenz: I got a belt buckle that said, “Joyce” on it.
Stewart: Joyce? That was the best they could do?
Lenz: It was this gaudy, huge belt buckle. I mean, it was very sweet. My name spelled out in metal.
Stewart: Oh, I’ve seen you wear it. I received a pet midget once. I felt really bad for him. He missed his home, so I returned it.

sweetyex410 asks: if Danny going to wake up and see what Carmen is trying to do to their relationship?
Stewart: Oh, I hope not. Never! I’m sure when the viewers just can’t bear to not see Danny wake up, then something might happen. But in the meantime, it’s just so much fun to scream at how whipped Danny is.
Lenz: By both of us (Carmen and Michelle).
Stewart: He’s such a mama’s boy. And you women love it, I know you do!

lynnette6 asks: Did you have a lot of free time in Puerto Rico? What did you do?
Lenz: SO much free time in Puerto Rico. Paul went home early!
Stewart: I made a quilt and STILL had time to leave early! Joie, meanwhile, was crashing my golf cart.
Lenz: I did not! I drove it very well.
Stewart: Joie, what are you talking about? You were completely reckless. Stealing it in the middle of the night, vanishing for hours, returning it with the seats wet. I’m convinced she drove into the ocean.
Lenz: No, I hung around, I did a lot of laying out, a lot of reading, a lot of writing. I went out and got smashed every night. No, I didn’t — I was very good. We only shot 2 days, and were there for 5.
Stewart: We had one day of very extensive …
Lenz: Oh, with the woman?
Stewart: What???
Lenz: When we had to do those cheesy, cheesy shots for the commercial for San Cristobel that they never showed on TV.
Stewart: Thank God! But we had a blast in Puerto Rico. I’m shocked you can’t see the bags under our eyes.
Lenz: Yeah, we were out so late. We all were.

ally1345 asks: Joie is it true you are doing a off Broadway Musical in October?
Lenz: It’s a workshop for an Off-Broadway musical, at a theater called the Duplex. It’s a musical revue of the ’70s, musical and political revue.
Stewart: Joie is putting her Gloria Gaynor wig on and she’s going to do the rounds.
Lenz: It’s playing Wednesday nights in October and Columbus Day and Halloween, and that’s all I know!
Stewart: Everybody come see it. Support Joie. Hear her beautiful voice.
Lenz: Thanks, dahling.
Stewart: You owe me 20 bucks.
Lenz: OK, you got it. You get to see me as Farrah in the little Charlie’s Angels skit we have.
Stewart: I was always partial to Jaclyn Smith myself. I never understood Kate Jackson.

sweetyex410 asks: is Michelle ever going to get Carmen back for all she has done to her ? and please tell me that she isn’t gonna cause Danny and Michelle to break up.
Lenz: Oh, well…
Stewart: Ha ha ha….
Lenz: Yes, Michelle is going to break into the house with a machine gun and just blast away. We are going to be giving Michelle five personalities.
Lenz: She already has five personalities. You mean five MORE? There is definitely going to be an addition that will seriously jeopardize their relationship.
Lenz: It’s going to be FUN, though.
Stewart: The very near future … Let’s put it this way: Carmen has not given up.
Lenz: No no no.

mindais_99 asks: pas – we want to see you stand up to your mama not be a mama’s boy!!
Stewart: OK. You know, if they write it for me, I will give it my all. No, I think actually that you are going to see some definite changes in the living arrangements in the Santos casa. Very soon.
Lenz: Oh yeah …
Stewart: Hmm. Are you all intrigued?

lizm_la asks: Paul, the Goodbye Scene in the Bauer Kitchen was one of my favorites. It looked as if both of you were crying. Did you have to do the scenes more than once?
Stewart: No, I think we got that in one take. I’m known as Old One-Take on the set. I don’t like to have to do things more than once. I like to put it out there and go home.

supernurse1949 asks: Paul…which song will you be performing with Saundra Santiago during her show?
Stewart: It’s to be determined, as of yet. We’re sort of debating between several options right now.

mialy4UK asks: Paul–I saw you in Nashville about two weeks ago. How does it feel to be the “Backstreet Boy” of daytime television? The only difference is that your fans are over 21.
Stewart: LOL. Is that what they’re calling me now? Well, which one am I? Actually, I don’t want to know. I assume I’m a morphed combination of all of them, which is a frightening picture. But really, I LOVE IT.

Heather_Lea21 asks: Who is the prankster on the set? I’m betting it’s you Paul, you sound very….mischievous.
Stewart: I have been known to make certain cast members eat dog food, unknowingly. I have tricks up my sleeve. 🙂 But I always try to do it when they least expect it.

missscarlettsmith asks: Paul, I read that you graduated for Princeton. I begin college tomorrow. Do you have any advice for me?
Stewart: Oh my God. Just enjoy those four years to their fullest. They are your last four years of unbridled freedom. And make the most out of everything… say yes to everything… remain open to new experiences, because you will cherish this time.

lorettacal asks: Joie…any plans for college yet?
Lenz: Um, my plans are to become a zoologist. No, just kidding. I am probably going to take a year off and finish off my contract here, and maybe go to Pepperdine or UCLA and major in Philosophy or Psychology or English lit, something to that effect. That’s pretty much it. But I never know what God has in store. For all I know, I could end up staying five more years and go to college when I’m forty. But I do hope to get a liberal arts degree sometime soon.
Stewart: I have one more piece of advice: Don’t go to any frat parties alone.

alicat_mannyac asks: Besides Mysterious, how do you explain your chemistry?
Lenz: I don’t know. We just really get along. You meet people in life that you click with, that you just have an instant chemistry with. Seems like that’s what happened, we just got very lucky.
Stewart: I like that Joie always has a brownie in her hand that I can take a bite out of.
Lenz: Yep, he takes my food. That’s why he likes me.
Stewart: Yep.
Lenz: “Joie, don’t talk to me if you don’t have food.”
Stewart: It keeps us connected.

may7704 asks: I have one question, Joie, is Paul easy to get along with off-screen? And Paul, is Joie easy to get along with?
Lenz: Yeah, absolutely. I mean, being so comfortable with each other on-screen, we totally can be comfortable off camera.
Stewart: We sit around in our underwear, we are just so comfortable with each other, we’re so relaxed, we just burp in front of each other, let it all hang out…
Lenz: You have all the witty answers.
Stewart: It’s just the truth.

deborah535 asks: PAS, how did you come up with Danny’s hand gestures?
Stewart: I have a guru who personally provided me with the Danny Santos Handbook of Hand Gestures, and there you go! No, really, I have no idea. They just happen. I’m going to trademark them. Pretty soon, every time I make a gesture, there’s going to be a little “TM” that pops up on the screen.

mlutt77 asks: What is Michelle’s age suppossed to be on the show?
Lenz: I don’t know, like 22, 21?

jrzygirl625 asks: Do either of you ever go into online chat rooms such as ‘gl friends’ like Patti D’ does?
Lenz: I did when I first started on the show, but it kind of lost its novelty very quickly. I did however have someone come online and ask me if I was Joie Lenz, and I had several people asking it too, so I said, “No? Who is that?” And this girl was like, “Oh, because I’m her.” We had a chat for like 30 minutes!
Stewart: I’ve heard a lot about this imposturing, which is kind of fascinating, and freaky all at the same time. But as for me, I don’t go online. I DO NOT GO ONLINE. Because I’m very sensitive and everything I read cuts me to the core. One time I read something about some girl who said her sister said I’m ugly, and I was so hurt and offended that I swore never to go online again. Even the positive remarks, then there’s the danger of me getting an enormous head, so I think either way the safest thing is for me to just stay far away from it! Except now, of course. Fully monitored and supervised.

manny4ev_a asks: Paul and Joie you guys are great together, are you guys aware of Manny’s popularity online?
Lenz: Yeah.
Stewart: Not really! Tell us!
Lenz: Right, because you don’t go online.
Stewart: What is popularity online?
Lenz: There are websites about us! I just popped on to see what was happening on the boards and there were like five new websites dedicated to Danny & Michelle.
Stewart: I think it’s great that the viewers have a place, a forum to go to. I think that’s fantastic.

fxc1976 asks: Where is Grandma Santos? Was she a casualty of Mama’s hit? We need her back
Stewart: I have a whole theory about Grandma Santos. I think Grandma Santos is kept in the attic and Carmen just gives her canned food without a can opener.
Lenz: Isn’t that terrible?
Stewart: And then sometimes she gets some strained peas. But she does make a surprise appearance in the next few years. I mean weeks. So have no fear — Grandma Santos is near!!!

mannyac1 asks: Are you attending the gathering in NYC (question for both Joie and Paul)
Stewart: You make it sound like a cult thing. But totally, yeah. I’ll be there. And I’m going to take pictures of all of YOU and make a website!
Lenz: Yeah.

Angel_Fish_2025 asks: OK so everyone wants to know, what kind of puzzle do you want Paul??
Lenz: LOL! HA ha HA!
Stewart: A dirty one.
Lenz: You KNEW that question was coming! You set yourself up for that one!
Stewart: It’s true, I did.

sally_ann_1 asks: Tell us about the upcoming pool scene?
Lenz: Well, you’ll see it tomorrow!
Stewart: Oh my God! Wait no more!
Lenz: Well, it’s tomorrow for West Coast people, Wednesday for us. First of all, I WAS NOT NAKED. That’s all I’m saying!
Stewart: Yes, she was.
Lenz: No! LOL!

angela4gl asks: Paul, I never knew you were such a kooky guy…I like it!!
Stewart: Well, glad to hear it!

kathryntx_30 asks: There are a lot of rumors of Danny’s father’s return- is that something we can look forward to ?
Stewart: Wow, I have no idea at this point!
Lenz: That would be cool.
Stewart: I know there have been rumblings, but I don’t know of anything definite.

roxanne_m21 asks: Is there any scene, in particular, that you guys are proud of (done together, or otherwise? Love your work here in Canada!!!
Stewart:Thanks, Roxanne, for loving our work.
Lenz: Yeah, I really appreciate that. Gosh … You know, I would have to say that it’s probably something that if I had to pick a scene, it is something we’ve done in the last 3 months, and I haven’t really watched the show but once a week, if I happen to be around to see it. So I wouldn’t really know how the scene turned out.
Stewart: It’s true.
Lenz: Your intake of all the information and all the lines and emotions … I couldn’t tell you what I had for breakfast yesterday!
Stewart:I think we keep getting better, together, so my favorite scene is always one that we’ve done recently. I think my favorite scene is one that hasn’t even aired yet, probably the one leading up to the pool scene.
Lenz: Which one?
Stewart:The morning after.
Lenz: Oh yeah. Those were good.
Stewart: So that’s a tough question to answer.
Lenz: But thanks!
Stewart: But we’d like to know what YOU think are best scenes are together!
Lenz: Yeah!

michele_mannayac_1999 asks: How much do you guys ad lib in your scenes?
Lenz: LOL! Well … Paul rewrites more than I do.
Stewart: I’m sort of notorious for rewriting all of my lines.
Lenz: I never bother learning my cues because I know he’s going to change them. But I actually am at the point when I go through the script before and I know, “Nope, he’s not going to say that.”
Stewart: But it’s always within the framework of the scene, and we’re actually given the freedom to ad-lib in a way that stays true to the character and that enhances the reality of the situation. And there are just things that happen in the course of a scene that a writer can’t respond to … so we’re given a nice amount of liberty to ad-lib, to make room for any new nuances that may arise when rehearsing a scene. And that’s the last serious answer you all are getting out of me!

mucke_f asks: Do you guys know where Ed Bauer went??? 😉
Stewart: Who’s that?
Lenz: He’s my father, dimwit!
Stewart: I love that Michelle is always saying how screwed up my family is, when her father is nowhere to be found or seen! At least my mother pays attention to me!
Lenz: Yeah, a little too much, dear. Ed is off studying some gorillas or something and he calls every month or so.
Stewart: Studying how to be a better father!

kristie94 asks: So this begs the question: “wet puppy” and “how ya doin’ grace?” Ad lib or no?
Lenz: Yes!
Stewart: Yes, or no!
Lenz: All of the stuff in those scenes were ad-libbed, pretty much.

mialy4UK asks: Are either of you a fan of anything like the “Mannyacs” are of you?
Stewart: I am an enormous fan of Starbucks Dolce De Leche ice cream. I think that’s the only thing I can compare it to. I could just smother that stuff all over my body. Too much information?
Lenz: Too much information. I would have to say Girl Scout Caramel Delight girl scout cookies.
Stewart: I’m saying, if those girl scouts were older, I really like their baking.
Lenz: I brought myself to tears when my mother got me five boxes of cookies for Christmas, and I really thought I wasn’t going to see them for a year. It was pretty great!

Angel_Fish_2025 asks: Hey Paul, have you tried to det the clock you got last weekend in Nashville?? There is a special tool that is being sent to you to set it, so don’t break it …. LMBO
Stewart: Oh, thank you! The clock is in my dressing room. I was planning a breaking of the clock ceremony if I didn’t receive the special tool, so thanks for the notice! You don’t want me stickin’ my hand in the clock!

BluSh_18f asks: if i were to look in your cd player right now what kind of music would i find? what group?
Lenz: Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds Disc 2, Song Number 6.
Stewart: I’m going to go open mine right now.
Lenz: Or Chris Isaak. What’s in it, Paul?
Stewart: Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Astrud Gilberto. A lot of her songs were played in the movie Next Stop, Wonderland. Dwight Yoakam. I have very eclectic taste, as you can tell! And Trisha Yearwood.
Lenz: I’ve also got a mix.

kaydd_653 asks: Your interview with Soap Opera Digest was so tongue in cheek, you obviously don’t take all this too seriously. How do you keep your head on straight with all this attention?
Stewart: I don’t know! I sort of stay locked up in my dressing room at work. I walk to work, because I can. I just try to always focus on how blessed I am, you know? And what a great opportunity I have. And I just really try to enjoy my time. I try not to take anything too seriously.

ally1345 asks: Will Danny ever get out of the “Family business”?
Lenz: We were just talking about this today!
Stewart: We were. Well, Danny talks about it a lot. I think definitely you are going to see some changes this fall. I don’t know where it’s all going to lead, but I think that people who have been waiting for Danny to do something are going to be rewarded a little bit. Wouldn’t you say, Joie?
Lenz: Definitely!

princesslipstick asks: Hi PAS, I loved you as Casey Bowman on Loving and cried for days when you died. Ally and Casey were fantastic together. Any chance you and Laura will be paired again on GL? And would you like to work with Laura again?
Stewart: Thank you, thank you, thank you, I loved playing Casey and working with Laura, but you know, I mean, who knows? I like the new experience of working with Joie, equally, and not just because you’re on the phone with us, Joie! And you know, there’s always the question of whether lightning strikes twice.
Lenz: That would definitely be an interesting triangle.
Stewart: Oh sure, and I love working with Laura and would love working with her again.
Lenz: I think you’re done.
Stewart: I’m just trying to remain diplomatic. But I really do love working with everybody, and the more they can mix it up, the better. Aunt Meta, where are you?

daisy44619 asks: What are your favorite movies and what TV shows do you watch?
Lenz: I have to say, I have basically stopped watching Ally McBeal, and then I’m home and doing nothing, and I end up watching it. Friends I watch. I have all the episodes on tape. And The Practice I’ve recently gotten into. And movies? The Saint.
Stewart: Don’t go there.
Lenz: Gosh, Braveheart
Stewart: Braveheart was awesome. I just rented that for the first time about a month ago and loved it.
Lenz: At the end, did you cry?
Stewart: I did.
Lenz: And Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite.
Stewart: I have to say that Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang will always hold a place in my heart, and in my closet! It’s one of the few videotapes I own. That and Babe, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I grew up on all those movies. I love those movies.
Lenz: This from the guy who won’t watch The Saint!
Stewart: My taste is crazy! But there are so many movies I love. I don’t really watch TV, except for PASSIONS. I am totally addicted to Passions, I have to say. Timmy rules! I’m totally into it! I tell you, there’s a serious underground fanship. It’s really growing in popularity, I hear.

Amy_Sweethang asks: Finish this sentence: If I could be any superhero, I’d be _____
Stewart: I have to say, Diaperman.
Lenz: I was never allowed to watch cartoons when I was a child.
Stewart: Joie was very deprived.
Lenz: I wouldn’t consider myself deprived.
Stewart: I would. Joie would be Cybervixen. After Diaperman I would be Bugs Bunny. He’s not a superhero, though, actually, I was thinking about cartoon characters. I would be, after Diaperman … it’s a tough act to follow. Diaperman is it. There’s no one. It’s Diaperman or bust.
Lenz: I would be either Batgirl or Wonder Woman. I mean, Wonder Woman is the one who can turn a hawk into a dove and stop a war with love.

julia6921 asks: Is Mick really dead?? And did Michelle really kill him?
Lenz: yes, yes, yes! As far as I know!
Stewart: No one is ever really dead in soap operas. They can be brought back whenever.

marcia_mannyac asks: Okay, Paul and Joie tell us about this upcoming spoiler about another woman in Danny’s past?
Stewart: The word is out! God, people are fast!
Lenz: Well, it might have been speculation but it’s not anymore!
Stewart: I think it should be Danny’s baby sitter come back to —
Lenz: I’m telling you it’s Aunt Meta!

luvinmanny asks: Major debate to Danny and Michelle fans here and you guys have to settle the debate- when did Danny fall in love with Michelle and vice versa???
Lenz: I don’t know… falling in love, it’s not like it happened overnight, but I think it really happened in Michelle’s brain when he was standing behind her and he was saying, “You know you feel something for me,” and I was like, “No, never.” I think that’s when it started happening. We were in Danny and Michelle’s bedroom and I was being awful to him and I was saying that I would never feel anything for him, but he was saying, “You know there’s a connection.”
Stewart: I think Danny may have fallen in love with Michelle when he was in psych class with her. I think Danny was drawn to Michelle when he first met her. He really was so positive that Michelle had nothing to do with Mick’s death, so … but I don’t think I could pinpoint the exact moment that he knew he was in love with her. I think it wasn’t until he was forced to kill her that he really totally realized how he felt about her.

mluvst56 asks: How is Mary Stuart Doing We miss Her Give her our Love Joie and Paul?
Stewart: Absolutely. I miss her too! She is such a beautiful woman and so cool and so fun to work with. Write letters — tell the show you want to see more of Aunt Meta! She’s a true class act.

glfan4evr16 asks: I can tell that you two love to tease and get along great — did it take you a while to get real friendly with each other, or was this a “right off the bat” thing …
Lenz: I think it took awhile. Not too long, but…
Stewart: I think it took a couple months. I think once the Mick issue died down, there was time to be a little more relaxed.

amethystluvspas1999 asks: Where do both of you plan to spend celebrating the year 2000?
Stewart: I don’t have any plans yet.
Lenz: Neither do I. I was thinking about going down to Times Square but I would probably get killed ….
Stewart: That would be bad. I think probably safely indoors.
Lenz: That sounds good to me!

lmcardile_1127 asks: What is Danny’s and Michele’s future together. Will Carmen ever get her wish?
Lenz: Oh come on, we already answered that!

supernurse1949 asks: With all of this secrecy so early on in the marriage, are Danny and Michelle doomed in the long run?
Stewart: Well, I think they are only as doomed as they allow themselves to be.
Lenz: How very deep. 🙂

lisa1625 asks: We hear that Abuela & Aunt Meta have skipped the country to look for young studs? Any comment?
Stewart: Yeah, actually, Danny and Michelle bought their tickets! And told them NOT to come back until what, Joie?
Lenz: Find one for Carmen and get her off our backs! Find a nice little 20 year old Greek man for Carmen!
Stewart: I heard Abuela is touring with the Chippendale’s. That woman can DANCE let me tell you!
Lenz: Write letters, people!
Stewart: I think it’s a great idea.

SODhost: Thank you Joie & Paul!!!! We had such a great time tonight! We hope you come back and visit very soon!
Lenz: Thanks so much, we had fun! Always a treat!
Stewart: Yeah! Countless heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all your support!
Lenz: And don’t forget Paul’s puzzle!!!!! DON’T FORGET!
SODhost: Goodnight everyone! Thanks again for joining us!


Coify Talk

February 27, 2017

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website. I have not yet double checked the text. I did bold the names for  Paul Anthony Stewart and other real names where they appear. I added a screen capture from the shower scene Danny mentions. The website credits it to the August 24, 1999 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Danny and Michelle coming out of shower soaking wet

“Coif-y Talk” — 8/24/99

When Samson’s tresses were sheared, he lost his strength. Does Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny, Guiding Light) ever regret lopping off the long locks he sported as Loving‘s Casey from 1992-1995? Not on your life. “After I left Loving, I thought that it was a tired look,” shares Stewart. “I was tired of it, and I was really tired of maintaining it. Being in L.A., it was no fun to be walking on the beach and have it blow all over the place.”

The actor trimmed his hair in stages. “It had gotten really long, down to the middle of my back at one point,” notes Stewart. “I first cut it to shoulder-length. And next, it was sort of an annoying bob that ended up looking more like a Prince Valiant. Then I went straight to the local barber, paid seven bucks, and went really, really short. I gave myself a military cut. It was a total wash-and-go haircut. I really loved it.”

The style that he wears now is usually trouble-free. “There’s much less room for disaster when your hair is shorter,” Stewart points out.

Still, the actor hasn’t been without hair-raising moments. “The first day I had my hair cut on the show, it just went too short. Paul Rauch, the executive producer, came on-set after dress rehearsal and said, ‘Do something with your hair, puff it out a bit. You look like you’re 12 years old.’ I’m sure that’s not what he was hoping for,” laughs the actor. “The good thing about my hair is that it grows really fast. It didn’t look too short for too long. Now I get it cut every two to three weeks to maintain it.”

Stewart‘s most memorable hair moment on Guiding Light? “The day of the shower scene with Michelle. I always think my hair looks best when it’s completely wet from the shower. It was sort of hanging all over my head, free and loose. It got the steamiest comments from the actresses on the show — I think they enjoyed seeing Danny in the shower.”

That’s No Lady …Loving‘s Casey had to break Trucker out of Corinth hospital so Trucker could marry Trisha. In the grand tradition of Tony Curtis, Flip Wilson and RuPaul, Casey accomplished this feat in drag — he snuck into the hospital disguised as a nurse. What set Stewart apart from other men that have done drag is that Stylist Joyce Carolla (now with All My Children) used the actor’s own hair for the scene. “I had hair that every actress on the show envied,” laughs Stewart. “And it was all mine.”

— Russel Patrick Latham


Odds and Ends Musical

February 26, 2017

Revisiting one of my what was that song posts.

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I’ve been collecting musical references for awhile for soaps other than Guiding Light. I think I’ve got enough to make it worth sharing. I’ll start on a follow up.

On the July 13, 2011 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful Stephanie Forrester sang “You Always Hurt the One You Love” to Brooke Logan as an apology for pressuring and bribing Thomas into lying that he and Brooke had held sex while under the influence of the Boink Berries. Read about it in the Oct. 10, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

On the July 22, 2013 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, there was a montage of Hope and Liam after their engagement. The song is “Wildfire” is by Bianca Moon and it is available for sale on iTunes, according to Sept. 9, 2013 issue of CBS soaps in Depth.

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I Will By Jennifer Hallmark

February 24, 2017

From “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Author’s Note: Of course, by the time just about everyone reads this a completely different thing will have happened on Guiding Light, but heck, this was fun to write (and hopefully will be fun to read) … so enjoy!

Bear in mind, as this is a story, there is actual closure. I don’t expect anything to even resemble a scene like this for months. Oh well, half the fun in loving as soap couple is the journey along the way.

Disclaimers: Guiding Light and the characters of Danny and Michelle belong to CBS, Proctor and Gamble, Paul Rauch and of course, Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz — who breathe incredible life into them.

Rating: PG-13 for some language and kissing.

I Will By Jennifer Hallmark

Summary: Danny confronts Michelle about her “blindness” and her contact with the F.B.I.

Timeline: This takes place right after Friday, March 5th — the episode where Michelle tried to keep Danny away from the docks to avoid the F.B.I. entrapment.

Danny was quiet, not trusting himself to speak as he stared at Michelle. She looked nervous, twisting her hands — she always did that when she was nervous. She kept glancing away from him and he felt the bitterness swell up inside him again. He was a fool! A fool to have trusted her, even for a moment. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Check your emotions, check your emotions, he repeated to himself … don’t let her get to you. He heard her shift next to him, she was standing closer and he could feel the heat of her filling the air around him. He took a step away and opened his eyes, looking at his ‘wife.’

“We need to go somewhere else,” he looked around him, expecting Dietz or his mother to show up with accusations and threats. Michelle nodded anxiously. “We need to go someplace private,” he continued, “someplace, you know, where we won’t be overheard or be interrupted.” Again, he looked around and Michelle followed his gaze, her anxiety noticeably growing.

“Uhm, Aunt Meta and Abby are probably at my — at my old house, so that wouldn’t be a good place,” she paused and cast her eyes around, trying to think of a more appropriate location. “There’s — no,” she cut herself off, “Drew would be at her place, or,” her voice lowered, “Jesse would probably be there.”

Danny clenched his teeth and let out a quick exhalation of breath, and practically hissed the name, “Jesse.” Michelle looked away, flinching slightly, she bit her bottom lip and then hurriedly offered, “we could go to the park?”

“And anybody walking by could hear us,” Danny countered with.

“Okaay,” she replied, a touch of irritation shading the word, despite her guilt over the situation with the F.B.I. “Oh, my dad has a cabin?”

Danny turned and looked at her, “your dad?”

“Yeah, you never met –” Danny cut her off with a bitter acknowledgement. “I know, he’s the one you were too ashamed to tell about me, so he found out about our wedding after the fact.”

Michelle flushed slightly, but continued, “yeah, well, we can go to the cabin. It will be private. No one will disturb us.”

Danny was silent for a moment, gnawing at his lower lip, finally he nodded his head, “good.” He turned from her and headed to the front door, opening it, he stopped and without looking back at her and added, “you drive.”

“So,” Michelle began as she buckled herself into the driver’s seat.

“No,” Danny cut her off, “no, I can’t — you know, I just can’t do this yet.”

Michelle nodded and started the car up. They drove towards the highway, the silence between them thickening. “Do you want to listen to some music?” She finally asked.

“No,” was his quiet response. Again, she nodded. A few more minutes of strained silence filled the car and then out of the blue, Danny spoke, “how is your vision?”

“What?” Michelle took her eyes off the road and looked at him quickly, “oh, my — yeah,” she looked back to the highway, “much better.” She swallowed and bit her lower lip, “thank you.”

He was silent before responding softly, “I see.” Michelle glanced over at him again, but he was staring straight ahead, his face expressionless. They continued their drive in silence.

Danny walked up behind her on the porch as Michelle began immediately rummaging through the row of potted plants on the ledge. Danny looked around speculatively and offered a bland, “this is nice.”

Michelle stopped her search and turned to him with an anxious smile, “yeah.” When he didn’t respond, she went back to looking through the pots. “The key is in one of — got it!” She showed him the key, but he merely smiled tightly without humor. Opening the door, they both stepped inside and again Danny looked around.

“Nice place you’ve got here. Nice and cozy,” he commented and then looking at her with bitter intensity, he added softly, “I’m sure you and Jesse had,” his voice tightened, “swell times here.”

Michelle turned around and looked at him, throwing her jacket on the table, “no, actually, I never brought Jesse here.”

“Oh, right,” Danny responded, looking around again, his gaze lingering on the bed before glancing quickly away. “The lighthouse was,” he paused and a sarcastic note entered his voice, “your special place.”

Michelle closed her eyes briefly and muttered under her breath, “Not anymore,” remembering the last time she was at the lighthouse with Jesse … and Danny lying in bed. She opened her eyes and Danny was looking intently at her, obviously having heard her sotto voce words. She looked away and twisted her hands, playing with the wedding ring on her finger. When she no longer felt the heat of his gaze upon her, she cautiously glanced at him. He’d removed his jacket and was pulling a couple of chairs out from behind the table. Sitting down in the opposite one, he gestured for the seat nearest to her. “Sit,” he commanded.

She smoothed down her skirt of burnt sienna and gingerly sat across from him. As soon as she was seated, he began to speak. “Okay, I’m gonna ask you some questions and I want an answer — yes or no. And you will be honest with me, Michelle.”

Michelle smiled and put on her ‘sincere’ face, “okay.” Her voice didn’t tremble, but again, her hands were twisting.

Danny took a deep breath and then asked softly, his gaze centered somewhere over her shoulder, “Did you know that my mother suspects you are in league with the F.B.I.?”

Michelle’s mouth opened in a surprised, ‘o,’ and then shakily she began, “I, I –,”

“Yes or no, Michelle,” Danny interrupted.

She closed her mouth, her lips pursed and then she answered tightly, “No.”

“You didn’t?” Her husband asked with disbelief shading his tone.

She smiled a winter’s smile and answered more firmly, “No.”

Danny nodded. “Did you know that the information about the smuggling of the Cuban cigars was a test?”

Michelle glanced away from him, shocked surprise lighting her features, quietly she answered, “No.”

Just as quietly, Danny asked his next question, “Did you know that you failed?” Michelle looked down, her eyes locked upon her hands resting uneasily in her lap. She took a breath, feeling slightly sick and blinked back tears. With her head bent, she answered him softly, so softly he could barely hear her, “No.”

Danny was silent for a long moment and Michelle found herself unable to look up … look up at him. “Michelle,” he called out her name, an unbidden caress sliding along the word. She glanced up at him and he was at last looking at her, the soulful darkness of his eyes filling her gaze. And when he spoke, his voice ached as if he did not want to ask her this question, but he did, “Do you now?

With a tremor in her voice, she responded in the affirmative. His eyes closed as if in pain, and she looked down again. He took another deep breath, as if fearing her answer, and questioned, “Did you tell the F.B.I. about the cigars?”

She continued gazing down and was silent, not sure of how to answer, not sure how to appease him. Unable to stand the tension, she rose to her feet and began to pace. Immediately, Danny’s voice jumped out at her in the silence, “Sit down, Michelle.” It was a soft command, and she hesitated as an instinctive rebellion arose within her, but quelling the feeling, she sank back down onto the chair.

Danny repeated the question, “Did you tell the F.B.I. about the cigars?”

She was still silent and could feel his impatience building before her, so at last she answered, with a slight waver in her voice, “No.”

And his response was immediate … and incredulous, “No?”

She looked up at him and spoke more resolutely, “No.”

“You didn’t tell the F.B.I.?” he asked again.

Michelle looked him straight in the eye and enunciated each word, “No, I did not tell the F.B.I.”

Danny shook his head and with a heat of anger boiling through his calm exterior, he cried out, “I said I wanted honesty, Michelle! –“

“– I am being honest!,” she rose to her feet, yelling at him, before he even finished speaking.

Danny stood up, towering over her, “Sit down!”

“No!” she shouted right back at him and moved closer, crowding his personal space, “if you already know the answers you’re gonna want, then why are we here!?”

Danny bent down and glared at her, “Because, I want the truth!”

“I’m giving you the truth!” she repeated angrily, her face flushed and her eyes snapping brightly.

Danny pulled up and away, “Fine!” And then he straightened his shirt, “fine,” he repeated in a lower voice. He cleared his throat and sat down, and once more repeated, “fine,” but this time his voice was calm and he was in control.

“Okay, so you didn’t tell the F.B.I.?”

“For the last time,” she replied through clenched teeth, “no.”

He smiled tightly, “fine,” he muttered again and then asked a new question, “was there anything wrong with your vision?”

“No,” she responded immediately, not looking at him — but not out of guilt this time, now she wouldn’t meet his gaze out of anger.

“Okay, then why did you pretend there was?” he asked tightly.

She looked at him, her own tight smile playing about her lips, “I can’t answer that,” she said sweetly.

His eyes widened and a muscle in his jaw ticked, “why not?” he finally managed to blurt out.

With even more sugar in her voice, she responded calmly, “because it’s not a yes or no answer.”

Danny closed his eyes in frustration and exhaled loudly, “fine, then just explain it in how ever many words you need, Michelle!” his voice rose and he sat back in the chair, and repeated her name, in a quieter tone of voice “Michelle.”

Turning away from him, her smile died and she gingerly ran a finger along the edge of her chair.

“Michelle?” he repeated.

“To protect you,” she answered softly.

Disbelief once again colored Danny’s voice, “to protect me?”

“Yes,” she responded tightly.

He laughed without humor, “why would you want to do that? I mean, how would you know that I needed,” and his voice became a sneer, “protection,” and then anger formed his words again and the volume rose slightly, “if you didn’t tell the F.B.I.?”

She looked back at him and then said softly, a choking in her voice, “I didn’t tell them.” And her voice broke, catching on a sob, “I’m not lying to you.”

Danny stood up again, “then how did you know I needed protection, Michelle?”

“I told Drew,” she offered quietly.

“What?” he asked in confusion.

“I told Drew,” she said more loudly, “I told Drew and she told the F.B.I. for me.”

Danny laughed again, running a hand over his face, “I see. I see.” He spread his arms wide and laughed harshly again, “I see, Drew — Drew was your liaison, your little-go-between.” He smiled bitterly. “That’s good. Yeah, that’s good.”

“Danny,” Michelle cried, reaching out to him, but he stepped away, “I’m sorry,” she whispered forlornly.

He looked at her in shocked silence for a moment and then burst out, “sorry?! You’re sorry, Michelle? You lie to me. You betray me, you betray my family. Your family now and you’re sorry?”

“Danny, I protected you! I kept you away from the docks, I –“

“– left my family to the sharks?” He angrily cut her off with, “Why?” He looked down and asked himself, “why did you even bother to protect me?” Michelle stepped close to him, her voice bringing his face to meet hers, “Because I care about you!” she cried.

“You care about me?” He laughed harshly, and then his expression hardened, “you’re lying, Michelle. You’re lying to me! You don’t care about me. You don’t care about my family.”

“Danny,” she tried again, “I, I do care about you,” and then in a sudden rush, her voice changed and anger filled her tone, “but I don’t care about your family — your mother. I hate your mother! I hate her! She’s a hateful, murderous –“

“– Don’t!,” he yelled, “don’t say a word against my mother –” he warned, but she went on, heedless of his words.

“I hate her. I would pay to see that woman taken away in handcuffs, every hair out of place. She took away my life!” she sobbed.

“You will not say one word against my mother! You do not know her, you have never given her a chance. Just because she’s not the happy home-maker that your mother –“

Michelle’s gaze widened in shocked hurt and her tears dried in an instant, she glared at him, her eyes flashing, “don’t you dare! Don’t you ever compare my mother to that evil bitch you call a mother!”

“Michelle –“

“No! No! You do not know my mother, you never met her. Thank God, she died before you came into my life, I can’t begin to imagine what she would think of all of this, but I tell you this — I know this as well as I’ve ever known anything in my life — if my mother had been alive during all of this, she would have taken you in, she would have opened her heart and her arms to you. She would not have made you feel like less-than-nothing, she would not have threatened you or done anything to make you feel anything, anything other than welcome.” She caught her breath and said, her voice soft and filled with the vehemence of a prayer, “don’t you ever say my mother’s name in the same breath as the woman you call ‘mama … ever again.”

Danny turned away from her and was quiet for a long moment, finally he offered solemnly, “okay, I’m sorry. That was unfair. But, Michelle –“

“– no, no ‘Michelle,’ that was uncalled for. End of discussion,” she interrupted, heat still flavoring her voice.

He turned back to look at her, “I can’t imagine how you see my mother, I know she’s given you a hard time, but she is my mother and everything she does –,” he stopped as she turned away, shaking her head, “Michelle, listen to me.”

She swung about, facing him and glared.

“Michelle, everything she does, she does out of love for her children, for her family. She gave birth to me, she gave me life and taught me every tenet of honor and decency that I have.”

“Hah!,” Michelle cried out, “honor and decency? Are we talking about Mother Santos or Mother Theresa?”


“Fine, look, I’m not gonna change my mind about your mother, as far as I’m concerned she’s heartless bitch who has done nothing but try and destroy my spirit and my life from the moment we met. That’s not gonna change,” she paused and took a deep breath. “Look, Danny, this is not about your mother or my mother. This is about you and me. Us and everything that’s happened … to me. And for once, Danny, just once, I’d like you to try and look at this situation from my point of view.”

“Your point of view, Michelle? My God, you should be grateful. Were it not for me and this situation, as you so lovingly call it, you would be dead.” He shot at her.

“I know that! God, Danny, of course I know that, and I am grateful,” she cried out, the anger from a few moments ago fading away into the remorse and sorrow she’d been feeling all day. “But a person feels more than one emotion. And I feel more than gratitude. Ever since the Santos family — ” she broke off as Danny threw his hands up in the air and sat back down in his chair.

“Danny, will you try and listen to me,” she implored. “I’m your wife, damnit! For once, listen to me and hear what I’m saying, not what you think I should be saying, or what you want to hear.”

“Oh, and you know what I want to hear, wife?” he asked sarcastically.

“That I love you. That Jesse is a distant memory. That I will forever be grateful and loyal to the Santos name. That I will forget and give up every tie I had before you became my husband. Do I about have it right?”

“Yeah, that’s me in a nutshell,” he offered dryly.

“Danny, ever since the Santos family came into my life,” she tried again, “practically every moment has been filled with confusion or rage or fear — every emotion I can think of, I’ve been through.”

Danny looked at her, his expression unreadable as she paced back and forth, meeting his gaze and then looking away, speaking quickly and then slowing down, trying desperately to make him understand.

“Mick tried to rape me and then when he died, we were all freaking out and then you came along — practically stalking me, following my every move. I was afraid to breathe loudly, for fear you would jump out at me. And, God, now I’m so confused.” She stopped pacing and looked at him, “don’t you see how hard this is for me, Danny?”

She didn’t give him a chance to answer, but continued speaking, “a month ago, I wouldn’t have tried to protect you. I wouldn’t have cared, but things change, life changes,” she paused and continued her pacing, twisting her hands again, “feelings change.”

Danny looked away from her, his facial muscles tightening and he fought to keep his emotions in check as she spoke. She turned to him, “you know, I had my life all planned out. I’d finish college, Jesse and I would get married,” he couldn’t contain the flare of jealousy that lit his eyes and she faltered for a moment, “uh, have kids, follow in the suburban footsteps of my family, you know? That was it, that was my life and now everything is different, everything has changed.

“I’m married, yeah, but not to Jesse. I, Michelle Bauer, daughter of upstanding and moral citizen Ed Bauer, sister to the highly-regarded Dr. Rick Bauer, am married to a member of the Mafia. I am, literally, married to the mob. And you know, I didn’t really believe that it existed outside of movies.”

“My family is not Mafia,” Danny corrected tightly. “We –“

“– oh, semantics,” she cut him off with, “the point is, I’m now part of it. I’m a Mafia bride and you know, Danny, that scares me. You think I’m ashamed of you, and that’s why I didn’t tell my dad? How ’bout, I don’t know how he’s gonna react knowing that my mother-in-law is the head of the biggest crime family in Springfield.”

Danny stood up and walked over to the window, he leaned against the ledge, his head bent slightly as she continued, pouring out her heart, seemingly being more honest and open with him than she ever had before.

“You know, when you married me, yes, it was a great solution. You saved my life and I will always, always, be grateful for that, but Danny you didn’t just make me your wife, you made me your prisoner. So, I told myself, I’m a smart, resourceful, young woman — I can get myself out of this situation. And the F.B.I. seemed like the perfect solution — bring down Carmen, stop the Santos family from ever hurting anyone else again, get the marriage annulled, clear things up with Jesse and my life goes back on track. It seemed the perfect solution. But things change.”

“Yeah, you said that already, Michelle. So exactly how did things change?” His voice was quiet, and if there was a thread of hurt in the knowledge that she thought of herself as his prisoner, he kept it well-concealed. Michelle looked at him, and her eyes were red-rimmed with tears shed and those waiting still to fall.

“Danny, I, you know, I was supposed to love Jesse forever and hate you with my last breath. It was all black and white, but then you were no longer this creepy Mafia guy, instead you were sweet and wonderful and your vows on our wedding day were so beautiful.” Her voice took on a wistful note and Danny looked at her, surprise lighting his features at the soft tone of her voice, but lost in her memories, she didn’t notice his attention.

“And that day in my old bedroom — I’ve never felt that way before. I haven’t exactly been around, but I’m not virgin, still, I’ve never felt like that before.” Michelle paused and looked away, unable to meet his gaze. Her hand moved to her throat and unconsciously she began rubbing at it as she continued speaking, her voice low, “you barely touched me. And I’m so confused, because I’m not supposed to care about you and your touch, your words are supposed to fill me with revulsion, not . . .”

Again, she hesitated and Danny took a step towards her and his voice was barely above a whisper, “what?” Michelle turned to him, and her eyes were wide and searching. Her lips parted to speak, but she found herself unable to say a word. Danny closed his eyes and stepped back, turning around and once more his back was to her. And then out of the taut silence came a single word, “desire,” and an almost imperceptible shudder ran through his body. He took a deep breath and clenched his fists.

“Danny,” she murmured and he turned to look at her again. “Please, try and see it from my point of view. On one side, I’ve got to be this happy, in-love bride to friends and family who know me better than I know myself. And then I’ve got to deal with your mother and Dietz with their glares and their threats and accusations.”

She looked down, her head bowed for a moment and when she spoke next, he could hear the tears caught in her throat, “and then there’s you.”

She looked back up at him and her face was streaked. She shut her eyes and whirled away from the expression on his face — an intensity, a combination of desire and fear and love. Flinging herself onto the bed, she sat down and repeated, golden curls falling in her face as the tears fell faster and faster and her voice grew heavy with the weight of her sobs, “Danny, then there’s you, and I don’t understand! I don’t know what I’m feeling. I don’t know . . . ” her voice trailed off into a jagged wrench of crying and she lay down, her shoulders shaking with the force of her tears.

Danny stood still and silent, his frame rigid as he stared at her collapsed form. Her cries tore into him with the power of bullets ripping into his heart. He swallowed convulsively and tried to remind himself that she had betrayed him. She had lied to him, used him, would have willingly given him up to the F.B.I. She didn’t love him. She didn’t love him. She didn’t love him. Over and over again he repeated those words to himself.

She doesn’t love me. She doesn’t love me. She doesn’t love me.

And then his silent repetition slipped from his mouth, “she doesn’t love me. She doesn’t love me.” His voice broke and a harsh exhalation erupted from him, “you don’t love me, you don’t love me,” and still she cried, her slender frame shaking, golden curls falling in disarray against the burnt sienna of her blouse, the mottled red and green of the bed’s coverlet.

And he could take no more. With a muttered expletive, he strode to the bed and gathered her up in his arms. When his hands first fell around her, she cried out, she struggled against him, but he held her, his voice raining soft, hushed words of nonsense, his hands soothing her unruly hair, his kisses feathering against the crown of her head, her forehead and her struggling ceased. She buried her head against his chest, her arms wrapped tightly around his waist and still he held her and still he comforted her.

After a long moment, her crying lessened and her body no longer shook. “I’m sorry,” she mumbled, her voice muffled against his shirt. He shook his head wordlessly and continued stroking her hair. Finally, she pulled away and his hands fell away. Michelle looked up at him and laughed shakily. Her fingers came up and she wiped at the moisture on her face, smearing her mascara even more than it already was.

He reached out a gentle finger and gingerly smoothed at the marred, black liquid. “Mascara,” he explained softly. Their eyes held for a moment and then he untangled himself and rose from the bed. She gazed after him, a wanting she couldn’t explain filling her, an emptiness stretching across her soul.

Danny moved to the table and grabbed a box of tissues, then walked by and handed them to her. Murmuring her thanks, she took it from him as he once again moved away.

“Michelle,” he said, his voice shaking slightly. He cleared his throat and said her name once more, “Michelle, I want to believe you, but, but,” he paused and his voice was filled with anguish, “how can I?”

She nodded, “I know.”

“Michelle, I know, I know that you have used my feelings for you against me. And I can’t change the way I feel about you.” He looked away and muttered almost to himself, “‘though, God knows, I wish I could.” He looked back at her and she was looking at him, her eyes clear, but a mask of sorrow overlaying her face.

“I can’t, you know, I can’t hide my feelings, I wish I could, but there it is. Tell me, Michelle, how am I supposed to know whether this is all an act or not? The tears, your words, your feelings for me … how do I know any of it is real?”

She bowed her head and admitted quietly, “you don’t.” And then she looked up at him, “what are you gonna do now?”

“I’m not gonna turn you into my mother, if that’s what you’re wondering.” He laughed harshly and once again spoke to himself, “so much for my unwavering loyalty to the family.”

Ignoring his muttered words, she responded quietly to his first statement, “I know you wouldn’t do that,” and then guilt filled her tone, “you wouldn’t betray me.”

Danny was silent for a long moment, just staring at her and then he spoke … one word, a single word, but very nearly a definition of the man himself in its implication, “no.”

He paused then and looked down, “to tell you the truth, I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I want to trust you. You know, Michelle, I want to trust you so much. You’re my wife and I — but I can’t. I just can’t –” He broke off, not knowing what else to say.

Michelle arose from the bed and walked towards her husband. “Danny, look at me.” His head remained bowed and so she reached out a hand and laid it upon the side of his face. She repeated her words, “look at me,” and she waited and after a tense moment, his head came up and his eyes met hers.

“I know,” she paused and took a deep breath, “I know that you can’t trust me now.” Danny looked away from her and began to pull away, but she called out his name once more, “hey, Danny,” he looked back at her and a sheen of tears shone in his eyes, “but I will earn your trust. I don’t care how long it takes, but I will.

“I swear to you.”

He closed his eyes. “Danny, I swear I will,” and she reached up and put her other hand against his face. Leaning up, she kissed him softly. Danny stood still and unresponsive in her embrace. She pulled away slightly and then placed her lips against his again, her breath feathering his mouth, her fingers tracing circles on his flesh and then with a groan, he wrapped his arms around her. His mouth opened against hers, her fingers sliding into his thick hair as her body pressed against his.

He pulled away and his eyes were searching and pleading with her and she repeated, her voice a fervent whisper, “I will.”

The End

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State of Soaps USA Today

February 22, 2017

From “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the part of the article about Guiding Light as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I did bold the names for Joie Lenz (now credited as Bethany Joy Lenz) and Paul Anthony Stewart where they appear and I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the March 1, 1999 issue of USA Today.

“State of the Soaps” — 3/1/99

Since NBC pulled the plug on Another World after 35 years last week, citing anemic ratings, USA TODAY asked Soap Opera Digest executive editor Carolyn Hinsey to check the vital signs of network TV’s 11 daytime dramas.

  • Guiding Light, CBS …Stewart and Lenz
  • Strengths: The new mob family — including son Danny Santos (Paul Anthony Stewart), who’s paired with Michelle Bauer (Joie Lenz), formerly known as the town virgin — has energized TV’s oldest soap.Weaknesses: The Santos’ aren’t entrenched yet and could alienate longtime viewers if featured too frequently.Prognosis: Good.




Broken Vows

February 21, 2017

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Continued Storyline fanfic category.

Stenz Manny from Joy's Instagram Dec 2016

Stenz Manny from Joy’s Instagram Dec 2016

Broken Vows – Michelle moved to Toronto to finish medical school after their divorced. Danny stayed in town and cleaned up the Santos Family and took over the legitimate SanCorp with Bill Lewis who has been living with Pilar for 2 years. Chelsea Reardon returned to town to sing at Millennium and fell in love with and married former beau Rick Bauer. Danny has been thinking a lot about Michelle and the failure of their marriage, but has decided maybe it’s time to try to move on with his life, just as Michelle returns to town to do her residency at Cedars, freshly determined to correct past mistakes from having worked with a therapist in Canada.  Maybe Manny has a chance, but they have face old hurts, old broken vows, first. (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6)

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Joie to the World

February 20, 2017

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I did bold the names for Joie Lenz (now credited as Bethany Joy Lenz) and Rebecca Budig where they appear and I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the April 6, 1999 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Joie to the World” — 4/6/99

Nobody’s Clone … Joie Lenz brings her zest for life to Springfield’s mismatched married, Michelle.Joie Lenz Sitting in a trendy Park Avenue eatery, Joie Lenz is eloquent, well-spoken and seems wise beyond her years. Yet behind this mature young woman (who this week turns 18) is a cheerfully animated high school senior whose beverage selection seals the deal on her youthful spirit: a Shirley Temple, easy on the ice, please.

It was that same sense of maturity and youthfulness, all rolled into one powerhouse, that grabbed the attention of Guiding Light‘s casting department last March when they were searching for an actress to play the teenage Reva clone. Lenz nabbed the part, and made such a lasting impression on both the industry and the show during her nine-day stint, that the writers toyed with the idea of bringing her back as Reva’s niece. Although the timing wasn’t right for Lenz then, hers was the first door GL knocked on when they needed to replace Rebecca Budig in the role of Michelle a few months later.

“I spent a lot of time praying about it and seeing if that’s where I was supposed to be,” Lenz admits. “I got confirmation after confirmation, and I really felt I wanted to be there. And I’ll just get through any troubles that come along with replacing somebody.”

The Princess BrideIf Lenz has encountered any troubles as a recast, she has had barely a moment to deal with them. Immediately upon her November debut, she was thrust into a front-burner storyline. First, her goody-two-shoes college-student character was caught in a murder cover-up; now, Michelle has been forced to marry into her victim’s Mafia-connected family as the only means of keeping herself and her true love (hah!), Jesse, alive. “She didn’t have any time to think about cause and effect,” Lenz says. “All Michelle can think about is how she married Danny to save Jesse.”

Paul Anthony Stewart and Lenz Recently, however, the mafia princess has begun to discover feelings for new hubby, Danny. “Whether she admits it or not, she’s afraid of Danny,” Lenz declares. “There’s also a part of her that knows, but isn’t sure that Danny’s not going to hurt her. He’s tender with Michelle in tender moments, but she’s seen that overbearing, harsh side to him and doesn’t want to bring it out.”

And while Danny may be a mobster-in-training, his new bride has come to realize that there may be more to him than meets the eye. “Danny has a side to him that’s different from the rest of his family, and she recognizes that.”

This, says Lenz, present some major confusion for poor Michelle. “Jesse is the love of her life.” (again my comment: Hah!) And her feelings for Danny? “It’s more heat,” says Lenz. “Where Jesse was warmth and comfort and safety and love, Danny is more heat and intensity and passion, which is something that she hasn’t experienced before.”

  Michelle has noticed Danny’s gentle side.

As an acting technique, Lenz often uses situations in her real life to tip her off as to how she should play her character’s predicaments. That considered, portraying a teenage bride has been quite a stretch. “Are you kidding me? I can see myself being 40 and not married. Seriously!” Lenz laughs. “I don’t even think you know yourself until you’re 30. Michelle’s 20. To really be able to take on the responsibility of marriage at such a young age … I can’t even see that happening with me at 25!”

City of Angels Truth be told, there isn’t much that Lenz can imagine happening with her life, and that’s by design. “I don’t usually make a lot of goals and set myself up for what I want to do in the future,” says the New Jersey resident, adding that she does, however, plan to attend college within the next few years. “I don’t want to have something planned out for myself, then be disappointed if I realize that it’s not in God’s plan.”

Religion plays a major part in Lenz‘s life — the teen attends a Christian high school — and to it she attributes her ability to remain so grounded as an adolescent in the entertainment industry. “My faith in the fact that God can organize and has this overall plan is what’s really helped me hold on,” she explains. “It’s a world of sharks out there, and it’s hard to survive in this business and keep your integrity at the same time.

Lenz “I would love to do films and all that for the rest of my life,” she continues. “But if that’s not in the design, then I don’t want to disappoint myself.”

In the meantime, Lenz has her hands full between her hectic work schedule, her final year of school, and just being a teenager. Since she had only one class left before graduation, she doesn’t find herself missing much schoolwork. (Her best friend is kind enough to take notes for her.) And at the end of the day, when her homework is done and her scripts are read, much like any other teenager, Lenz grabs her phone and dials away. “I really feel like I’m balancing everything,” she declares.

As Lenz orders her second Shirley Temple, a smile creeps across her face. “If I could be something else, I’d want to be a CIA agent and do something with the Mafia,” she giggles. “I’d go into all those downtown fish markets and go, ‘What’s behind there?!?'”

Maybe that’s in her plan. Or maybe not. “Maybe I’ll do a Mob movie someday,” Lenz sighs. “That would be cool.”

— Michelle Ann Moro

Loving Michelle by Carla

February 17, 2017

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Continued Storyline fanfic category. I’m still missing a few chapters, but most of them are here. Thanks to the reader who helped me recover most of the missing chapters.

Michelle and Robbie Santos 2001

Michelle and Robbie Santos 2001

“Loving Michelle” – Manny is living happily in their Laurel Falls house while Michelle attends medical school and Danny slowly works on turning the business legitimate. They are thrilled to be pregnant, but when Baby Will comes too prematurely and dies the grief tears them apart. A little over a year later Michelle is dealing with her grief better, but discovers Danny has felt so lost and alone and so desperately wants children that he let himself be talked into marriage with a woman handpicked by Carmen. When Michelle finds out the divorce didn’t go through, she stops the wedding, but offers to handle fixing the problem alone. Danny follows her, but is this new life what he really wants when he’s still Loving Michelle? 😉 (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 14) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 18) (Chapter 19) (Chapter 20) (Chapter 21) (Chapter 22)

Chapter 23 – Missing (Chapter 24) (Chapter 25) (Chapter 26) (Chapter 27) (Chapter 28) (Chapter 29) (Epilogue)

Archived Links

These are the links I had located. (Chapter 1) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 12) (Chapter 15) (Chapter 16) (Chapter 17) (Chapter 27) (Chapter 28)

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.

Mission Impossible

February 16, 2017

Part of the purpose of this blog is to create an episode guide for the Manny storyline. These posts, which include a description of the episode complete with the dates and quotes, usually cover a couple of episodes. I include the best Manny highlight clips that I can find and also full episodes when I can find them for days Manny appeared. I try to post episode guide posts every Monday and Thursday nights, although real life interferes with reel life and I often only get one done a week and sometimes have to let it go a couple of weeks in between.

A New Chapter

After I publish the episode guide I copy the entry over to pages so that people can easily pick up the story at any point. To make particular sections easier to find, I’ve broken them into pages, each one depicting a particular chapter aka umbrella storyline for Manny from “In the Beginning” to “Our Hun-NEE-Moon” and beyond. The last episode guide post ended one chapter and started another.

We have just complete the Trial of Danny Santos and are moving on to a storyline arc known to fans as Mission Impossible, based on a stunning caper climax borrowed heavily from the 1996 block buster movie Mission Impossible. Moving on quickly from the trial, Danny sets out to make a place for himself in the corporate world, but Gus is still after him and are things ever that easy for Manny?

Love It

There are a lot of positives about this storyline.

  • There has been a lot of focus in recent storylines on Manny angst and not as much on clever, cocky plans. This storyline shifts that focus back on the fun, spunky, clever, plans side which is a great thing. Now you need angst and Manny does it very well, but honestly it can’t be strum and dange all the time.
  • Manny are in this together. After a couple of things Danny doesn’t tell Michelle right away, they are in this together planning, plotting, preparing, and executing the plan together. Manny need to work together to be happy.
  • The problem isn’t a third person. When soap writers run out of ideas they throw in a third person, but that kind of storyline just doesn’t play well with Manny. They try a couple of times – including the deeply painful Danny and Marina pairing during the awful, deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia year – honestly they are ALL not only failures, but complete disasters. So this time they aren’t doing that.
  • It keeps Gus as an antagonist for Danny, but makes them more equal and leaves Gus less as a threat because he’s lost his main power over Danny without his job with the FBI. So we keep a level of danger and a great sparring partner without having to worry so much about Manny being hurt through him.
  • It has a lot of fun bits including a scene that is described in one of our top FAQs. The best part, besides the always above compare Manny interactions and Manny taking care of Robbie, is the amazing take on the vault theft scene in the 1996 movie Mission Impossible.

Or Leave It

There are also some negatives.

  • The biggest negative is that they use the story to draw the mob back in. Apparently TPTB thought that what Manny special was the mob — um no. I mean Danny is always going to skate pretty close to breaking the law sometimes, he was hardwired that way, but you could do that within Spaulding. Heaven knows Alan Spaulding has probably broken as many laws as Danny’s dad. I’d say Alan had committed much less violence, but I wouldn’t say that about Alan’s father Brandon Spaulding. Danny could do plenty of skating within the Spaulding umbrella which could be used for many issues and plot points without the mob element.
  • The characters who come back are unfortunate. Maria was needed for the upcoming Marony story, but a simple discussion about how no jury would convict an old lady who had recently had a “stroke” was “in a wheelchair” “with mild dementia” could have brought her back without Bernado and Teresa. During Teresa’s first run on the show she at least connected with other characters especially Ben Warren that was a connection to the non-mob story, but this time they are just weighing down the Manny story and adding to their isolation.
  • Danny seems to be pretty easily convinced there is danger. Danny is a pretty tough guy who knows his life has been totally turned upside down by major deceptions a couple of times now. It should have taken a lot more to get him on-board. Without Danny believing this is danger the whole thing falls apart and there really isn’t any good reason why he thinks so.
  • It’s a “Mr. Big” story. Worse it’s a Mr. Big story where I’m not 100% sure even the writers had an idea who Mr. Big was most of the time. Plus As the World Turns had done such an AMAZING Mr. Big storyline in the 1980s that trying that approach only emphasized how poorly that part of the story worked.
  • This last one isn’t as important as the others, but WHAT was the rush? I don’t think Danny applied for one actual open job before deciding he needed to take drastic measures. Then couldn’t they let him get a little bit established at Spaulding and build relationships before they bring in the whole mob thing again? As Michelle Stafford said once in an interview about her character on The Young and the Restless, Phyllis isn’t a cookie baker, but it’s OK if she’s making cookies now because that will make it so much worse when it all falls apart. You need to develop that positive things first.

So overall I think there is more positive and it’s more of an upbeat storyline than most of Manny’s, but it does have some definite rough edges. Enjoy!

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.

Odds and Ends 49

February 15, 2017

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

Why Soap Actors Stay Long Term on a Soap – Read all about it in the October 17, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A newbie Days of Our Lives actress was severely injured jumping from her apartment to save her life when an intruder broke in. Read more about it and find a Go Fund Me account to help with her medical bills.

Aileen Quinn (Annie in the 1982 Annie movie) appeared on The Young and the Restless as a Victorian dressed caroler. Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson Newman) was a big fan (me too I used to carry around a tape recorder of the soundtrack) and asked Quinn to sing “Maybe” with her (Maybe far away, Or maybe real near by…). Quinn obliged. Read more about it and see a photo in the December 19, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out the 10 ten things they are missing about Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) on The Young and the Restless in the August 12, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Amber Lancaster who is a model on The Price is Right appeared on two episodes of The Young and the Restless as model for Brash and Sassy. Read more and see a photo in the October 3, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a large feature remembering Another World in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Tainted Dreams the online soap is moving to the Amazon platform. Read more about it in the December 16, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) from The Young and the Restless talk about “skinny dipping” at the local YMCA. See a current photo of them and read their memories about it in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Elena Tovar who played Rosalie Martinez on General Hospital from 2014-2015 was featured in a T-Mobile commercial featuring Ariana Grande. Read more in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A multiple page tribute to As the World Turns with a list of firsts and lots of photos is in the October 17, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Mal Young the new Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless is featured in the October 3, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Also find a feature article in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Learn about the new GC Buzz set on The Young and the Restless including detailed close up photos and explanations in the December 19, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jess Walton (Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless) does a feature on Jill’s epic return in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

See a current photo of Scrubs – Kimberly McCullough (Robin Drake-Scorpio) and Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake-Scorpio) in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out a review of Jack Deveraux and Jennifer Horton’s relationship through the years, complete with dates and photos in the May 30, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

As part of a series of CBS Daytime crossovers, George Gray, the Price Is Right announcer appeared on The Young and the Restless. He played George a GC Buzz employee. Read about it in the October 17, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John McCook (Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) is the subject of several articles in the October 3, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Catch up with Beth Maitland as she celebrates 3 decades as Traci Abbott in the August 23, 2013 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Check out a big collection of photos through the years.

There’s a very nice interview talking about their on screen sibling bond with Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman Abbott) on the Young and the Restless in the November 14, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

See photos of various star dressing rooms in the October 17, 2016 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.

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