Springfield Thanksgiving 2010

November 19, 2017

I love this post about Thanksgiving 2010.

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A lot of people are really missing their shows this holiday season. Holidays meant special annual traditions in Oakdale and Springfield and it’s hard for the holiday not to feel incomplete. However, we are not really without Guiding Light, close your eyes tight & you can hear the chatter from Bizzie’s 2nd annual celebration. The house was finished last year in time for the celebration. Bill and Lizzie said on screen they were going to ask all his relatives and all of hers. Lizzie specifically said they were going to ask Michelle and Rick and their families.

Michelle and Danny Santos, Mindy and Rick Bauer, Phillip and Beth Spaulding, and Vanessa and Billy Lewis are all there. Maybe even the now reunited Quinton and Nola decided to come back? It’s been such a long time since so much of their family was there.

Michelle is reaching over to refill…

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Meta Bauer

November 12, 2017

Looking back on Aunt Meta.

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Meta Bauer – “Everyone should have an Aunt Meta.” During Meta’s last stint as a resident of Springfield, Meta was known as Aunt Meta by seemingly most of the town. She returned a s a voice of reason and experience, connecting the generations on the show (and creating a role for Mary Stuart whose seminal role on Search for Tomorrow ended with the cancellation of that show). It took her awhile to come around, but eventually she was a strong Manny supporter being almost solely responsible for getting Danny to the hospital and then into the delivery room over Claire’s objections during Robbie’s birth. (“Claire, get out of the way or I’ll shift into an even uglier gear.”) She had previously been close to Jesse Blue and became quite close to Harley Cooper, saying if she’d had a daughter, she’d be similar to Harley.

Meta actually was a long time…

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13 Words Love Story

November 8, 2017

The New York Times just laid down a challenge to tell your love story in 13 Words. I’m extending the challenge to you for your favorite soap couple.

Here are my attempts:

Michelle was Bauer and Danny Santos tragedy started trust overcame two became one.

Alan Spaulding didn’t do vulnerable until he crashed into Hope Bauer on island.

Billy Lewis Vanessa Chamberlain Darlin’ neither one will get away with that or weak.

 

Try it for your favorite couple. If you need more words you don’t have to count their names, even though I did.

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.

Daytime Stars and Strike Initial Report

October 30, 2017

October 8, 2017 I attended the second annual real life Bauer BBQ. I had an amazing time. It wasn’t overly well attended, but it was a great group of people. I was so glad to talk with Guiding Light fans and a couple of people who even knew my blog. I was especially pleased to get to meet in person my online friend Elizabeth who does the Guiding Light discussion board. I’m going to write up a full report that I’ll save for Bauer BBQ week next year and a special post on a bit of Bauer BBQ history I managed to nail down.

NOTE: For this post I’m going to use the term actors rather than actors and actresses or actors/actresses just for the flow of the post. However, I’m including both men and women in my statements.

Two person shot of Jerry verDorn and Liz Keifer

Bloss Breakfast Two Shot

About Me

Now, I normally don’t talk about me in this blog. My opinions and memories of the show? You bet. My family history with the show? All the time, but I don’t talk about my personal history much. That’s really not what this blog is for. However, this post I think I need to give you a little bit of my personal history for you to get the full impact of the last bit.

Normally meeting actors isn’t that big a deal for me, even for shows I watched as a kid. There is another interest I have that is connected to a TV show I loved growing up. I’m there for events that often have a TV component (now a days I’m more for the research but if the TV stuff is there how can you not take part?). I certainly don’t make all of the events, but many are within a reasonable driving distance and so I get to quite a few, so many that a couple of the actors call me by name without prompting. I also have a cousin who is an actor and a father who is in the theater. So I know actors.

Also, while I was growing up, my mom had a job which had her, among many other things, do spots on local TV shows. Back then there were a lot more locally produced TV shows and she appeared on several on a regular basis, even being a guest host of one for about 6 weeks once. She usually had us come with her on one of the shows once or twice a year. So I know a little bit of TV from the other side of the camera, I know how the camera cues work, how hot the lights are (were? have they gone to LED and are they cooler than they used to be? No idea) and as a result how cold the studios were kept when you weren’t under the lights. I learned how green screen worked at a young age and knew that one of the local anchors always went on camera sock footed for some reason I never understood.

So my point is that I’m not normally all that excited to meet actors. They have a job. A pretty cool job which they are often very good at, but it’s just a job and one that I know a little bit about so a lot of stuff doesn’t impress me that might other people. I know in most cases who I really wanted to know is the characters and I know I can’t do that, so I’m pretty calm about meeting the actors who played them.

But…..

So I surprised with my reaction to some of the Guiding Light people. Honestly I knew I’d enjoy talking with other fans which I totally did (WAVES if any of you are reading this), but I wasn’t expecting as much of a reaction as I had to the actors. It wasn’t all of them of course. A couple of them were working the room and you could tell that’s what they were doing. I certainly admired the skill they showed at it, but that’s what it was — working a room. Some of the actors seemed much more interested in visiting with the other actors than the fans. But the magical bit was at the Bloss Brunch.

It was a small group and as early arrivers me and my friend Elizabeth (of Guiding Light Central) got to sit next to Jerry verDorn and Liz Keifer aka Ross and Blake. I had an actual conversation with them about soap history (with which they seemed impressed by my recall of long ago plot) and the current state of the industry which was fascinating. But it was a bit surreal. My vision even did a funny thing for a second when I first walked over to the table, like my mind couldn’t believe my eyes were working properly. I think it might have been that by the end their characters had become so like them, that it was like they WERE their characters at least a little bit. This was the third event of the weekend, but somehow they seemed the most real. For a just a flash there while we were talking I honestly felt that somehow I had stepped through the TV and had some magical way ended up in Springfield. Oddly it felt really normal as well. I had heard them talk on the TV for years and often talked back to it (I tend to get a bit vocal when I watch – see my YouTube comments). Only this time they could hear me. It just was natural, but in a wild dichotomy it was also absolutely amazing.

I don’t know if I’ll go again soon. I have a couple of other trips I want to cross off my life list that I’ve scheduled for the next couple of years (a conference I’ve wanted to attend for at least 10 years in Canada and a family trip to Disney), but I hope that I’ll be able to make it to another Guiding Light event. This one was certainly worth the trip.

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.

Lighthouse Barn Quilts 2

October 29, 2017

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After I posted my WSPR news story on the lighthouse barn quilt project in Guiding Light‘s Springfield, I decided some people might really be interested in it. I spent a lot of time working on getting the “barn quilts” Photoshoped into individual squares, so I’m giving you all a closer look at the overall quilt – which again I take no credit for I just found the image online – and of the locations for the barn squares. I tried to pick locations where it would be possible to put one up and that everyone familiar with Springfield should know.

The one exception was that I created a ruin garden from the remains of the original St. Michael’s church. Ruin gardens are a pretty cool thing and next summer I hope to get over to one and do a WSPR news story about the St. Michael’s one.  I hope…

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Interview with Elvera Roussel Hope Bauer Spaulding

October 23, 2017

Elvera Roussel was the final actress to play Hope Bauer Spaulding (Mike’s daughter & Hope Santos’s name inspiration). Hope was a legacy character born on the show even moving to Another World with her father, Mike Bauer, before returning home to Springfield. Her greatest story was the amazing Hope-Alan Spaulding love story. It began with Hope and Alan planewrecked on a desert island which lead to some of the highest ratings on the show at that point. Even today you hear people reference Hope and Alan on the island and they were definitely my second favorite soap couple. She was mentioned in later stories, but never returned to show. Her son with Alan, named for Alan and her father symbolizing the uniting of the two families, Alan-Michael Spaulding did return and played a major part in the soap off and on through the end of the soap. While an extremely popular character, the story is a new head writer came on wanted to make sure people understood it was HER show and she could make or destroy anyone she wanted and Roussel took the hit to prove her point.

Thank you to @itsonlythesoaps for sending me the link to this clip. Unfortunately there are a couple of errors in the write up on YouTube and the further you go into the clip the worse the syncing between the picture and sound gets. In this clip Roussel (Hope Bauer #7) is on the Mike Douglas Show with Gil Gerard (soap credit The Doctors, best known as Buck Rogers *). This is when Gerard was on the Buck Rogers show. What they are saying about soaps was true at that point. There were still high rating during the day and with the lower costs of shows soap operas did help subsidize the primetime schedule. The networks did raise production values for awhile, but once daytime stopped being such a cash cow, they make enough to be profitable – no one to my knowledge actually lost money doing soaps, but when the profits went down networks begin a quest to find cheaper to produce fare that would do the same thing. A quest that can only have the eventual destruction of the networks as its endgame.

Elvera Roussel Productions was a real company. It was founded Tuesday, June 30, 1981 and was closed down for good 11 years later on Wednesday, December 23, 1992. During that time it made no productions that credit it in IMDB.

Roussel was raised around the world. Her father was involved with the United Nations and other aid organizations. She is currently working on a project about her time growing up. Her acting work after Guiding Light has been limited, but she most recently appeared on General Hospital and has been making Guiding Light appearences. Watch for a post on her soon.

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.

SORAS-ed

October 22, 2017

Checking back into SORAS.

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SORAS (Sudden Onset Rapid Aging Syndrome aka Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome) – Usually expressed as a verb, for example “James Spaulding was SORAS-ed.” It means that a character, usually a young child, is sent somewhere off camera for a length of time. The child returns recast as an older child, usually a teenager. Summer camp is a favorite destination for these jaunts, but a European boarding school probably gets the most use. It can also be done abruptly, having an older actor replace the child the next day with a simple “The role of XX will now be played by YY,” but this is rarer.

Michelle Bauer was SORAS-ed 4 years when she was recast as Rebecca Budig after she was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland for a few months. Unfortunately in the last few years of Guiding Light they SORAS-ed the children out of order which…

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Odds and Ends 50

October 18, 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.

Find an article celebrating 30 years of CBS Soaps in Depth in its April 17, 2017 issue.

Soap Opera Digest reports on its part for its 40th Anniversary in the March 21, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Find all the nominees for the 2017 Daytime Emmys in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Why Soaps Are Suddenly Hotter Than Ever” find it in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“For Many Actors, Soap Opera Parties Are Strictly Business” gives an insider’s scoop on soap parties in the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“How Stars Pull Off Those Song and Dance Scenes” find it in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Stone Cates wasn’t on General Hospital for that long, but through his death from AIDS early in the epidemic, his role in infecting Robin, and his relationship with Sonny Corinthos he had last effect. He recently made a rare return as ghost/hallucination Stone. Catch up with his actor on Michael Sutton in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest there is a current photo of Randolph Mantooth from The Hollywood Show at the Westin LAX. He’s posed with his character’s call box from his hit series Emergency!

Find the vows for Steve “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Brady Johnson from their Days of Our Lives February 14, 2017 wedding in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It also includes a description of the wedding and a section on their weddings past.

Beth Maitland was given a retrospective feature celbrating her on and off 30 years on The Young and the Restless as Traci Abbott. Find it in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A roundup of current daytime stars report their schedule on a typical day April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The cast of the late, lamented soap Passions reunited for a fan event earlier this year. Check out a big collection of photos in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives) gives the behind the scenes on Abby and Chad’s wedding including her rewriting the vows in the March 21, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Find the vows for Wyatt Spencer and Steffy Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for their April 1, 2016 wedding in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It also includes a description of the wedding with photos.

Carly Schroeder who last appeared as Scotty Baldwin’s daughter on Port Charles has followed her “father” to General Hospital as part of a tribute to Scotty’s father Lee Baldwin whose actor recently died. Schroeder last appearled as Serena Baldwin in 2003. Read more in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Having received the rights back to All My Children and One Life to Live, ABC daytime is in discussions of what characters they may bring over. Read more about it in the January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Marry in haste, repent in leisure, check out the round up of sudden marriages that ended in divorce with photos in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a tribute with photos to Kin Shriner‘s (Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital) 40th anniversary of his run on soaps in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out the backstage story to the Olivia Falconerie and Ned Quartermaine’s wedding in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Tom Degnan (Adam Munson on As The World Turns) married actress Erin Cummings on July 2, 2016. His ATWT brother Bill Mangnussen (Casey Hughes) was a groomsman. Get more information and see a photo in the August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a behind the scenes feature on Michael Stich a long term director on The Bold and the Beautiful.

In honor of The Bold and the Beautiful‘s 30th anniversary there is a focus on Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester) and John McCook (Eric Forrester) who are the sole remaining original cast members. Find it in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The marble floor in the reception area of Forrester Creation is painted on the back of linoleum as described in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Sitcom favorites Jim O’Heir of Parks and Recreation and Monica Horan of Everybody Loves Raymond have a continuing cameo showing up anytime someone has to fly somewhere. Read about their first appearence on The Bold and the Beautiful in the August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jess Walton (the longest running Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless) is in the process of writing her biography and she discusses it in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Morgan Fairchild (who needs no introduction to soap fans) is the subject of a retrospective tied to her assumption of the role of villian Anjelica on Days of Our Lives. It’s in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. A later episode carried a correction as they identify her character on Friends as Chandler Bing’s father instead of his mother in this article.

Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome on General Hospital) talks about her character and what she thinks. Her new pairing with Dillon Quartermaine [Killon] is magic. Read about it in the January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John McCook‘s granddaughter Charlotte Constantin appeared as Young Steffy on The Bold and the Beautiful in a voice over during December 2016. See more and a photo in December 26, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Catherine Bach (Anita, Chelsea’s mom on The Young and the Restless) is best known for being Daisy on the Dukes of Hazzard. She is featured in an interview in the August 8, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She talks about her latest venture, a boutique in Nashville, Tennesee.

Check out a feature on Anna Maria Horsford (Vivienne Avant, Maya’s mother on The Bold and the Beautiful) formerly of Amen in the September 19, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Hillary B. Smith (Margo Dixon Hughes #2 on As the World Turns) is bringing her One Life to Live character Nora Buchanan to General Hospital in February 2017.
http://tvline.com/2017/02/07/general-hospital-hillary-b-smith-nora-buchanan-interview

See photos of Jacqueline MacInnes Wood‘s run as Steffy Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful in the September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless) has been featured on Greyhound’s Ride of Fame. Her photo is on a New York City bus. Read all about it and see a photo in the October 16, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There is an interview with Mal Young when he became Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Farrah Dubose who co-stars with Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, appeared on The Young and the Restless in December 2016. See the article in the December 26, 2016 CBS Soaps in Depth.

Celebrating the 11,000th episode of the The Young and the Restless, the September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth features a collection of photos through the years and interviews with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) and Eric Braden (Victor Newman).

Tonya Pinkins is a Tony Award winner her played Heather Dalton one of the teens from the mid-1980s on As the World Turns. Find a feature article on her in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Look back on Doug Davidson‘s 38 years on The Young and the Restless as everyone’s favorite private eye Paul Williams in the December 26, 2016 CBS Soaps in Depth. He also told a story about how he spectacularly failed to learn to Tango as part of a Cricket and Paul storyline.

See a round up of the Jennifer Horton Deveraux on Days of Our Lives in the October 17, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth calls out a recent line from The Young and the Restless. Victor Newman to his true love Nikki Reed Newman “From the first moment I laid eyes on you, until the last breath I will take, it has always been you.”

Obba Babatunde (Julius Avant, Maya’s father on The Bold and the Beautiful) tells the story about how helping a fan at a concert later got him a role. Read the full story in September 19, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

During 2016 La-Z-Boy offered a series of commercials spoofing soaps called “As the Room Turns.” Read more in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jean Passanante was a writer for One Life to Live, Another World, All My Children, As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital. She announced her retirement — thank goodness. Read about it in the June 26, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Port Charles attempted a hail Mary by transforming into a telenovela format where stories were broken into “books.” Between December 2000 and October 2003 they ran 12 books “Fate,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Tainted Love,” “Tempted,” “Miracles Happen,” “Secrets,” “Superstition,” “Torn,” “Naked Eyes,” “Surrender,” “Desire,” and “The Gift.” Read more about them in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Daniella Alonso (Pilar Diego #2 on As the World Turns) tells why her character was killed off after 3 months in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When TPTB first wrote the Patty Williams comes back crazy storyline they made every effort to bring Carolyn Conwell back as Mary Williams the mother of both Patty and Paul. However, Conwell is retired and despite their best efforts she turned down the offer to return even for a day. Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) says he talked to her about it herself in her August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

An article on Melissa Brennan (now Reeves) has a photo of her character with David Hasselhoff when he played his Knight Rider character on Santa Barbara in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Here’s a clip of it in German I think.

In a long overdue move back on June 21, 2011 a real life version of Jabot rolled out. It was sadly dogged by not having a clear rights and is no longer in business. Read about the roll out and all the products available in the August 1, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

An article in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest talks about extra perks actors and actresses get when they are recognized.

Find a memorialfor Anthony Herrera, the one and only James Stenbeck on As the World Turns, for his death June 21, 2011 in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest a fan asks about the WSB on General Hospital. It stands for World Security Bureau. It’s an international espionage group that Sean, Anna, and Robert all were agents at one time.

Ron Carlivati was interviewed about taking over as head writer on Days of Our Lives in the February 27, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. His material just started airing.

The December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest has summaries of 18 daytime and primetime soap operas.

Towards the ends of its run the General Hospital spin off Port Charles tried to copy the telenovela format by dividing the stories into books from December 2000 through October 2003. They had 12 books: “Fate,” “Time in a Bottle,” “Tainted Love,” “Tempted,” “Miracles Happen,” “Secrets,” “Superstition,” “Torn,” “Naked Eyes,” “Surrender,” “Desire,” and “The Gift.” Read more in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Carol Robbins Evans, a long time loyal  secretary to Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless, used a cane because her actress Christopher Templeton used a cane in real life after a childhood battle with polio according to the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.  Templeton would later pass on in 2011 from breast cancer. http://soapcentral.com/yr/news/2011/0223-templeton_obit.php

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Kathleen Widdoes (Emma Snyder on As the World Turns) talks about being on the show especially off camera jokes about Emma’s bull Boris which slowly made it on camera. Learn more in the November 4, 1986 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.

PAS says Manny Forever

October 15, 2017

Revisiting the best of the last time CBS Soaps in Depth celebrated an anniversary.

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This year CBS Soaps in Depth is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. They are celebrating the anniversary by asking for soap stars and employees of the magazines to share favorite stories and memories. They’ve included Paul Anthony Stewart and Manny note from the May 21, 2012 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. You can buy your own copy at https://secure2.palmcoastd.com/pub/scbs/answer.asp#e

UPDATED October 14 2017: I added my signature block. What else is there to add? It says it all. ♥

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…

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Bauer BBQ 1992 Reblog

October 4, 2017

I haven’t done any updating here, but in honor of my attending the real life Bauer BBQ next month, I’m going to be reposting my Bauer BBQ posts.

Bauer BBQ 1992 Reblog

Sadly this is a camera pointed at TV recording which means fuzzy video and audio. I’m especially confused if some of the music is actually part of the episode (badly out of balance) or if it is playing somewhere else in this person’s house. But as it’s the only version I’ve found so far I’m going to go ahead and include it.   There are also some commercials.

What we’ve got is the episode from July 6, 1992. Depending on how much time you have you might want to revisit the Great Springfield Blackout which occurred immediately before this. I really want to include this year because looking back at this time, this was a pretty wonderful period for the soap. Lots of great story and they haven’t yet driven off the bridge that was Maureen’s death.

Blackout (Great Springfield Blackout of 1992):

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/05/05/springfield-blackout-of-1992

We are just coming out of a big umbrella story which involved most of the cast being trapped in various locations around town without power with people they shouldn’t be (for example, young Michelle Bauer was trapped in an elevator with then jewel thief Jenna Bradshaw and Lillian Raines was with Ed Bauer in the parking garage talking to him about her cancer and they kissed). Bridget is threatening Michelle because she thinks she caused it (she did with her hairdryer) and is afraid Michelle will fink her out and she’ll get in trouble. They were also coming off a big story climax, last July 4th Alex figuratively roasted Roger alive after he found out he’d embezzled from her and more than that had an affair with Mindy Lewis. This kicked off an intense feud between the two women, long after Mindy wished she’d never seen Roger Thorpe. The fighting got worse when they were once again fighting over a man a different way, Nick McHenry who Alex was convinced was her son and who Mindy wanted to marry. Alex blackmailed Roger into helping her and without going into details, Nick was derailed in his efforts to get home in time for the wedding by Roger’s scheme and so when he didn’t show. Mindy believed Alex when she told her that Alex had told Nick everything Mindy had done and he’d left her at the altar deliberately because he chose Alex over her. Devastated Mindy left town (to accommodate a recast) at the end of the Great Springfield Blackout, the day before. Nick and Lujack’s father, Alex’s one-time husband, concert pianist Eric  Luvonaczek is back in town. Lillian and Ed have only kissed so far, but still feel guilty (as they both should). We’ve also just barely passed the initial Mallet and Harley falling in love story which was terrific and now they are working together at the police department. Although we just saw the first glimpse of the good side of Jenna when she stayed and took care of Michelle instead of making good her escape with the jewels from Mindy’s non-wedding, but she’s definitely still a bad girl too. Her life changed forever when Roger Thorpe rescued her from the police chasing her the night of the blackout and she hasn’t yet learned that he’s just using her in anger and pain the way Alex claimed he used Alex (which he really didn’t, he went into the marriage with Alex honestly, he just couldn’t stomach what she expected him to do, basically let her emasculate him completely). The other big story at this time was Frank-Eleni-Alan-Michael triangle which just saw Frank and Alan-Michael working together to rescue Eleni who was trapped in the Wheels and Meals Diner freezer during the Blackout.

July 6, 1992

Harley was just recently made a copy and is working with her former instructor A.C. Mallet. The initial Mallet-Harley falling in love storyline where they butted heads in the classroom at the police academy and then the force and it morphed into love starting with fantasies about someone whose face you couldn’t see were amazing. The jewel thief they are talking about is Jenna Bradshaw and in case you haven’t seen it, here is Jenna and Michelle in the elevator, they are tightly bonded after this. Also in linked to in the post above.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmMM4W6DCL4 Mindy disappeared from her wedding with Nick when he didn’t show in time. Alex had lied to her that Nick knew Mindy had kept the fact he and Alex were really mother and son after all away from him and that Nick wanted nothing more to do with her. The truth was that Nick didn’t want anything to do with ALEX, but this misunderstanding came at the end of Kimberly Simms run and they used it as an excuse to get her out of town for awhile while they got us set for a new Mindy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcgC6cdfk9c (Part 1)

Julie was awful, don’t waste your time with her, Michelle. Lillian is jumpy because while Maureen was desperately trying to get back to her husband and daughter, Ed was kissing Lillian in the dark. They are gathering in a big rambling house on the outskirts of town where Nick and Mindy were living at the time. Tangy Hill had lived there previously. Nick has it wrong, Mindy had known and changed it to protect him from contact with Alex. The man talking with Alex is the famous pianist, Eric Luvonaczek, who Alex had loved and eloped with as a young girl. He was a very weak man and in desperation sold one of their twins (Nick McHenry) to a desperate American couple in Paris and took money from Brandon (Alex and Alan’s father) to keep the other twin Lujack from her. Alex hadn’t known there were twins being unconscious during and after birth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x7YO-vOqeE (Part 2)

Nadine isn’t really being nice. She’s desperate to hold on to Billy and his money, even though she knows he loves Vanessa. I think she does genuinely like Little Billy as much as its possible for her like anyone else (she tends to be incredibly self-centered), but that wasn’t why she stopped by. Did Ed just admit he didn’t spend as much time with Rick as he should have while Rick was growing up? I don’t know anyone who liked Mallet’s little sister Julie. So I guess even with Roger’s help, Harley did get Jenna arrested this is her take down, but I can’t enjoy it because if the sides are chosen between Jenna and Harley, I’m taking Jenna even if Harley is in the right this time. Until a couple of days ago Jenna thought she was dating Mallet, but he was just using her as part of the entrapment case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdnbudqFCU (Part 3)

David Grant was in deep trouble and as you can see deep attitude when he first came to town. He’d been convicted of manslaughter, taking the fall for Gilly who had really done it. Mindy had discovered that Alex was right that Nick was her kid, but knowing how much Nick loved his parents and the amount of destruction Alex could do, Mindy really did switch the results to that Nick thought he wasn’t Alex’s son. The negative test results never shook Alex’s conviction, mostly because she SO wanted it to be true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE7ggYkIswk (Part 4)

Bridget threatens Michelle if she spills that Bridget and her power overuse triggered the Blackout. Billy quite reasonably asked Lillian if she could contact Beth and Phillip and see if Mindy turned to them in her time of trouble. With Hart gone, Julie turns to Dylan. Dylan has claustrophobia over an incident surround his adoptive mother’s death and so freaked out as they were trapped in an elevator. Dylan: “Cross Creek…that’s our family’s retreat outside of Tulsa” like he’d been going there his whole life. 🙂 Mallet and Mindy were very good friends, but platonic which worked well for them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Wf5IeETG4 (Part 5)

Fletcher was always on Alex’s side even when they weren’t together, he just wouldn’t seriously commit to her and expected her to be fine with that. Fletcher were friends with Nick’s adoptive parents. Fletcher just said a soap truism: “They made a mistake and they were afraid they’d lose you if you found out….people do dump things when they are scared and in love.” Lillian and Alex have a really nice talk although I don’t understand why they are sharing confidences. Lillian to Alex: “I don’t want you to fight so much you lose him.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXrODqu5AXs (Part 6)

Harley shows up in her new cop uniform at the Bauer BBQ. Harley’s hair is just gorgeous in this whole episode. Although that was framed as a dig at Lillian for having kissed Ed, I don’t know what Alex means by there’s right and there’s wrong, she’s certainly never applied that philosophy to any of her own actions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERSvQAPYuqk (Part 7)

Closing Credits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Dw7JlBc1Y

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