Danny Confronts Carmen To Save Michelle Aug 17 2001

Check out our latest episode guide. This is one of the great Manny scenes so I’m going to include the links from both highlight channels. They are the same.

Fri., Aug. 17, 2001 – At the Docks: Danny tells Carmen they have come full circle. Carmen asks if he is going to shoot her again. Danny to Carmen: “You gave me no choice.” Danny demands she leave Michelle alone but Carmen isn’t listening to him.

She asks if he and Pilar mourned her. Danny: “What is it exactly you want to know, were you mourned? The mother that we used to know was mourned not this sick, vengeful woman…”

She tells Danny she knows his shooting her wasn’t his fault it was all Michelle’s. Danny tells Carmen to let Michelle go.

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Carmen: “Why WHY must you always be so UNREASONABLE?! This is the girl who murdered your brother Mick!”

Danny: “In self defense! He was trying to rape her!”

Carmen: “She RUINED your life, Danny! We were happy before she came along. If you had JUST killed her. If you had taken her down to the docks like I ordered you to…..”

Danny: “What the HELL is your problem?! Don’t you get it? This is the woman I love. This is the mother of my child. Why can’t you just leave us alone? Disappear. Let us live our lives.”

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Carmen: “Then we can start over.”

Danny: “What? Start over? Start over? You think you can kill my wife and we can have any kind of life together?  I will hate you. I will hunt you down. I will become your worst enemy.”

Carmen: “She poisoned you.”

Danny: “She poisoned me? You’re the one standing here holding a video camera planning on killing my wife. If that’s not poison I don’t know what is.”

Danny tells Carmen the police are on their way but Carmen doesn’t believe him. She says Danny was always a loner and she can’t believe he’s working with anyone else. She thinks Danny must be working alone. Pedro starts squeezing Michelle by the neck. Michelle kicks and elbows Pedro and breaks away. Danny knocks Pedro down as he starts to go over and tells Michelle to run. Michelle runs after Carmen instead of to freedom. Michelle is determined to get that videotape proof that Danny was innocent. Michelle and Carmen struggle, but Carmen gets away. Michelle runs after Carmen, trips and Carmen is able to subdue her. Danny picks up the video camera and raises it as a weapon intending to hit Pedro’s head. Carmen tells him he holds the key to his freedom, the tape can prove she is alive and all he has to do to gain his freedom is to walk off the docks alone.

Carmen: “I made that video for my own amusement, but it can be even more valuable to you, Danny, in court. It’s yours. It’s yours. Hmmm. Think about it. If you walk off this dock alone, it’s yours. Your freedom or your wife? Hmmm?”

Danny tells Carmen the killing has to stop. He didn’t want to kill her, he begged her to hold on while he got help but she didn’t. He tells her the memory of shooting her has haunted him ever since. Carmen is in tears and asks Danny if he missed her. He tells her that he hated that he hurt her, she is his family even now, but so is Michelle and now they have the opportunity to fix things. This is the miracle he’s been praying for all year that he’d get another chance to save his mother. He begs her to take the chance. He tells her to let Michelle go and they will figure out where to go from there. Danny: “Mama, you gotta love me enough to let Michelle live. Please Mama, please remember the little boy that you held in your arms, the little boy that you taught how to ride a bike, do it for him, us. Let Michelle go.” Carmen is crying but refuses to let Michelle go. Carmen: “No, not Michelle, it can never be Michelle.” Danny tells Carmen the three of them will figure out where to go from there, everything can be different. Danny: “Mama, you’ve never ever given her chance.” Carmen says Michelle hates her and things can never be right with her in the picture. She tells Danny he has to choose between Michelle or his freedom.

Carmen: “It will be different because she’ll be gone. It can never be the way it was, Danny. Don’t you see? She hates me, she hates me. She hates me, she hates everything our family represents. Choose.”

Danny: “You can’t ask me to do that again.”

Carmen: “Choose.”

Danny: “Mama”

Carmen: “Choose, damn it or…I’ll do it for you.”

Danny: “Fine….Now let her go.”

Danny tells her there is no choice to make and tosses the camera into the lake without a single hesitation. Carmen with disbelief: “You’d go to jail for this…Santos killer? No I can’t let you make that mistake again.” Danny tells her it is over now as they hear sirens approaching. Carmen runs telling Pedro to kill Michelle. Danny goes to Michelle and covers her protectively with his own body.

My Comments:

This is one of the great Manny scenes. Because of that I added links for both of the highlight channels videos even though they are identical. I’m glad that Danny has truly made peace with what he did. He doesn’t even take a beat to be glad he didn’t kill his mother. He says the truth “You didn’t give me any choice!” I’m glad he’s finally there. He’s been feeling guilty so long about it. Carmen does have a point asking about “her baby” though. Where is Pilar? How much does she know about this? Is she still getting psych treatment?

The part where Carmen says Danny was a loner is one of my favorite parts of an amazing scene. Carmen is right. The Danny we first knew, up until Robbie was born, was a loner who wouldn’t have trusted anyone else to back him up, but now he sees himself as part of a team with Michelle, Robbie, Rick and even Frank. Danny did hit Frank to give him a cover, but he told Frank where he was going and why first, so he does trust that Frank will eventually bring backup. Danny does trust people now and it’s because of Michelle and that he is now part of the community.

When Michelle chases after Carmen she trips and falls onto the dock. When she does her shirt tail flips up and you can see a rose tattoo on the very lowest part of her back that Nancy St. Alban has that Michelle doesn’t.

Isn’t that amazing when Danny tried to talk Carmen down, but when it came down to the point Danny doesn’t pause to think at all, of course he would give up his life for Michelle’s in a heartbeat.

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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