Bauer BBQ 1996

It’s the year when Ed has abandoned Rick and Michelle to move to Africa. Sadly rather than try to throw the Bauer BBQ by himself, Rick has cancelled it. So this is the year of the Surprise BBQ! I don’t understand though why everyone decided to wait to suprise Rick after dark – which would put it somewhere around 9:30 pm CT – when the BBQ is always a noon event. What has everyone been doing? Did they decide to go to the parade this year or something? OH! Earlier that day was the big demonstration where Alan Spaulding tried to blow up 5th Street. Another inexplicable thing is after the BBQ is over the same exact group of people head over to Towers. I don’t understand this timeline at all, but that’s how Springfield rolled in 1996.

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996

Michelle is definitely showing this is Rebecca Budig’s version. Marcus is sulking to his father about how he isn’t making any progress with Dehlia. Dehlia is going to the fireworks with J. Chamberlain instead. That was sure a spooky sound effect at the beginning of the opening. I remember this theme, but not that sound effect. (Jumped ahead to the next one spooky sound was there too. It must have been a thing in 1996, but must not have lasted long.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EtWgvab6u4 (Part 1)

Alan-Michael is convinced he saw a light in the lighthouse. Lucy isn’t so sure. They are married now and the reason someone being in the lighthouse upsets Lucy and A-M is back at New Year’s Eve they were both being held captive there by madman Brett Lawrence. While J is out of the room let me take advantage of the time to say just how much I resent them changing Anthony James’s name to J. They built an entire storyline including a viewer call in vote about naming him when he was born and now they don’t even give him a name, he’s a single letter. We have some nice early Rick-Abby scenes as she is preparing to move into the Bauer garage apartment. The young people are having a beach party. Michelle is still moping about not dating her cousin anymore. J. knew Dehlia was using him. That’s kind of great. I wish they had played J.’s powers of observation more. This was a great little analysis scene they could have played more of them and archeologist references are always cool. It hurts to see the lighthouse messed up like that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6_8fi94XHY (Part 2)

Lucy and Alan-Michael find a kerosene lantern in the lighthouse. They can clearly see the beach where Michelle’s beach party is. It’s close to the lighthouse. Rick had given up on the BBQ when all of his friends and family show up. Abby had worked with Lillian and gotten Grandma Bert’s recipes from Michelle to organize it all. Rick reports that Ed did call in that morning. Nice catch. Phillip is fairly newly returned and wasn’t in town for Vanessa and Matt’s wedding so he doesn’t know how Nola accidentally food poisoned everybody at the reception. This really does underline how far Annie’s life fell within a year. Here she is a happy, welcome member of town, but in just a year she will be the town pariah. It really makes 1997 when she gate crashes in an almost identical outfit much more poignant. I really love how Rick always translates for Abby whether he’s talking to her directly or not. Bill is bullied over Matt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIyxJq2KMR4 (Part 3)

The Grants have to leave and Phillip pulls Rick aside. They talk about his quest to find out which family member was behind the judge’s insistence that part of Rick and Phillip’s probation be that they had to be out of Springfield. Alan-Michael and Lucy show up and spill 1. That someone was at the lighthouse 2. A-M had spied on Ed one year and knew the exact recipe of Bauer Burgers. Sadly the Zachary Smith aka Angel Boy story is beginning. Zachary knew Vanessa has a potentially fatal disease and is interfering to make sure it is diagnosed. This genetic ailment would drive stories for years until they decided to do their best to make Dinah 100% bad guy before she and Hart left the canvas. The actor later said the storyline had ended up playing out much differently than originally scripted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msL2QkJGwIs (Part 4)

Gilly invites Griffin to the fireworks. This storyline is going to revolve around the fact that Gilly’s mother Vivian had been involved with Griffin around the time Gilly was conceived. Vivian is trying to keep this quiet both because she has firmly put her activist days behind her in favor of being a society blueblood and because she’s not sure that her husband really is Gilly’s father. Phillip is working on the hand crank ice cream churn. Phillip and Lucy have a really nice conservation, too bad part of what Phillip is doing is working Lucy for information trying to root out who betrayed him. Rick decides Vanessa does need that MRI and tells her so. This bit where Angel Boy just talks as if he’s vaguely reporting and acts like he is or isn’t getting an answer that we can’t hear is a regular part of the storyline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrTyF5MV49o (Part 5)

We get a last shot at all the stories under fireworks with Marcus seeing Dehlia with J. and Griffin telling Gilly he’d had an affair with her mother lit more fireworks for tomorrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFwhifBNt3A&spfreload=1 (Part 6)

Episode Break

Phillip is up to something making secret phone calls. Rick looks terrible with his hair slicked like that. Blake must be pregnant with the Miniature Marlers. Dueling Rogers. Too bad what I like and dislike about Roger are evenly split. The nice emotional Roger is in restraints, but his strength and cleverness is all in the tuxedo version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5NsXBCJRIw (Part 7)

This is when Hart and Dinah were working together to get revenge against Roger. Roger deserved it, but some of their actual interactions with Roger were hard to watch. Gilly reacts to Griffin’s revelation that he’d had an affair with her mother.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H_atxn5O5I (Part 8)

Abby is set up by the idea of family members fighting against each other. Actually I think Abby has a very good point. Phillip shows up to talk to Lucy at the yacht after A-M has to run into the office. Let’s see Phillip you showed up at A-M’s wedding and tried to make it all about you. For the record, if you’re getting as tired of Phillip’s probing as I am, Alan was the one responsible for the out of state probation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTEdTEKVkL0 (Part 9)

Blake shows up to visit Roger in the hospital. Hart feels guilty for what they’ve done to Roger. I think both Dinah and Hart make some good and true points about Roger. Marcus is still mooning over Dehlia. Lucy is a lot smarter in a lot of ways than Phillip thinks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7EIHOnkeEM (Part 10)

I just love watching Rabby together. Marcus and Gilly have a nice soul searching session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkNVQcjlE_o (Part 11)

I know it sounds like A-M is being paranoid, but he’s 90% right. He just doesn’t know Phillip has revenge on his mind instead of power.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DILLV_fu40A (Part 12)

Blake gets back to Towers. Lucy meets Zachary again. Roger arrives at the penthouse will Dinah and Hart in his bed after Blake unbinds him at the hospital.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egMOXdMpRXs (Part 13)

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