Carmen’s Back Again August 30 31 2001

Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

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Thurs., Aug. 30, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is feeding Robbie as Michelle shows him an article in the paper where the body of Carmen’s henchman, Pedro, was found in the trunk of a car out in LA. Michelle thinks Pedro knew too much. Danny just hopes that Carmen stays away. He tells Michelle he is a bit concerned that Alan hasn’t called him about a job yet. Michelle reminds him that Beth just died and he probably has a lot on his mind. Claire comes in and tells Danny and Michelle that they can’t trust Alan. She tells them that Alan kicked her out. Danny thinks Claire shouldn’t have made appointments for Alan without his knowledge. Claire tells them she was just trying to help. She tells them that Alan is a control freak. Michelle wonders if that ruined things for Danny as well. Danny tells them he is going over to see Alan after the memorial service. Michelle says she is going as well after they get a babysitter. Claire offers to sit with Robbie but Michelle doesn’t want her to. Claire tells her that she is homeless but she doesn’t bite. She only tells Claire that she is sure she will land on her feet. At the Spaulding Mansion: Alan comes in to meet Danny and Michelle. Danny tells him that he was worried when he didn’t hear from him because he was under the impression Alan wanted to hire him. Alan tells Danny that paranoia doesn’t become him. He was impressed with his spunk and confidence the other night and if he wants the job, he is Spaulding’s new Director of Corporate Security. They thank Alan and leave. Alan picks up the phone and tells someone to handle the situation with Gus Aitoro. Back at the Bauer House: Michelle and Danny talk about how they can celebrate his new job. They kiss and head inside. When they step in the kitchen Carmen is holding the baby and says hello to both of them.

Fri., Aug. 31, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle come in to find Carmen holding Robbie. She tells them she paid the sitter and told her that she was Robbie’s grandmother and the girl left. Michelle is terrified and Danny asks her to stand back. He goes to Carmen and tells her to let him have his son. Carmen holds on to Robbie and tells Danny she has already lost so much time with him and Robbie and she wants to make up for that. She tells Danny that she loves the baby already, he reminds her so much of Danny as a boy. She would never hurt him. Michelle reminds her she tried to kill Robbie when she was pregnant. Carmen tells her that was unfortunate but she has realized how precious life is now. Carmen finally hands the baby to Danny. Danny hands Michelle the baby and tells her to stay back. He picks up the phone and calls the police. Carmen tells Danny that she came back to turn herself in so he should go ahead and call the cops. Carmen tells Danny she gave him life and will always be a part of him. She just wants a chance to be part of his life and know her grandson. Just then Frank shows up and is surprised to see Carmen. Danny tells him that Carmen is there to turn herself in. Carmen tells Danny he should let go of his grudges. Danny tells Frank to get Carmen out of there before he really kills her. Carmen and Frank leave and Danny kisses Michelle and Robbie. Michelle is still shaken and doesn’t want to let the baby go. Danny tells her that this changes everything. He was looking forward to starting over with his new job at Spaulding and now Carmen comes back and ruins it. He tells Michelle that Carmen will be splashed all over the news and that means the press will be hounding them too. He also thinks that Carmen won’t stop harassing them. Michelle tells Danny that Carmen has tried to kill her twice and has framed both of them as well as tried to destroy their relationship and she has always failed. They are stronger than she is and their love has conquered everything she has tried. Michelle is sure that Carmen will not succeed whatever her latest scheme is. She tells Danny to focus on his new job because they have nothing to fear from Carmen. At the Police Station: Frank has Carmen is an interrogation room. He gives her paper and pen and tells her to get writing. She asks him what he expects her to confess to. He tells her that she can start with where she has been and how Jennifer Tarver’s body ended up in the water after she helped Carmen. Carmen wants to make a call first. She takes the phone and makes her call. She tells the person on the other end who she is and that she would like to talk to them. Frank is trying to lean on Carmen when Gus arrives. Carmen tells Frank she called Gus instead of a lawyer. Frank tells her that Gus isn’t a lawyer. Gus says he studied law but didn’t take the bar exam. Carmen says he is a PI and she wants to speak to him alone. Frank leaves and Gus tells Carmen that Frank is right; she needs a lawyer not a PI. She says she needs someone with pull and she knows he is still very much a special agent with the FBI and she wants him to cut her a deal.

My Comments:

As much as it freaks me out just as much as Manny to see Carmen holding Robbie this really is one of my favorite Carmen-Manny scenes. It came out of almost nowhere except that Carmen – much like Beetlejuice – shows up if you talk about her too much. It was a nasty shock when we were being promised a Manny celebration sex scene which are always the best. That said I just adore how Manny act as a team on this, how Danny steps forward to deal with Carmen knowing Michelle is her hot button, signaling Michelle to stay back and let him handle it, staying perfectly calm and even smiling not to upset Robbie or Carmen while she held their son. I think it shows a lot of Carmen’s mindset too. She still doesn’t like Michelle, but her actively trying to kill her is pretty much over. Carmen really does want to be part of Danny and Robbie’s lives. I think she still nutso and acting for reasons other than motherly/grandmotherly love, but this family side IS part of Carmen. I’m so sorry they went all the way to attempted murder of Michelle with Carmen. That threat just below the surface while they go head to head was a lot more entertaining in general. Sadly that was something that is never restablished in the Stablan Manny era, part of it was the plot and writing, but also because somehow Joie’s Michelle just had a better animosity chemistry with Carmen than Nancy’s Michelle ever did.

Danny trusts Carmen so little now he wants the entire room at least between Carmen and Michelle or Robbie. This is ground down a bit over time and I don’t really think it should have been, but I think this was the perfect level of concern for Manny to have over her. Then there is one of my absolute favorite bits of action having gotten Carmen on the other side of the table Danny moves everything off of the counter so she won’t have a weapon. The knife block is one thing, but he also moves the canister with things like whisks, ladles, and a spaghetti scoop. I like to picture what Carmen might have done with a spaghetti scoop. It just cracks me up. I think that Danny didn’t just call the police. I think he called Frank specifically. Sadly the Danny-Frank friendship will fall away somewhat from this point on as Manny move further into the Spaulding storyline, but will remain viable and present until the stupid Danny-Marina storyline kills it. Just one more reason that awful storyline was so, SO wrong. I’m glad Frank got credit for the Carmen bust though. Frank was an excellent community policeman, I think he was a pretty good chief, but as someone solving mysteries? It just wasn’t his strength so I’m glad he got a major collar. Then it’s great after Danny was strong when he needed to me to reveal such weakness to get Michelle’s comfort here. SO excellent.

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