Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1

Author’s Note: I’m continuing my version of what happened at the Bauer BBQ this year.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

Scene 1

It’s early morning at the Bauer house. It’s still first light and the house is incredibly still. The front door opens with a point of view shot of a blonde woman. She moves through the living room lightly touching things, running her hand over the furniture, crossing the room until she reaches the fireplace. (Who is it? Is it MJ’s mother Annie? Is Reva back in town? Is it Tangie? – OK everyone knows it’s not Tangie.) She pauses to look at the family photos. She picks up a long ago photo of the Spaulding family Hope and Alan, Phillip, Alan-Michael and Amanda. Her hand slowly moves over the photo and then moves back her finger tracing Alan’s face.

Alan-Michael appears at the door she left open. “Mom? What are you doing here?”

Hope Bauer Spaulding turns around by the fireplace. “I’m just looking around.”

“You can’t just walk into the house.”

She smiles wanly. “Grandma Bert’s house is sold and so is Dad’s, but Ed’s house has been a haven for Bauers in a storm ever since he bought it.”

“Are you in a storm, Mom?”

“We’re Bauers we’re always in a storm…” She looks back at the photo. “We were so happy then. Before everything went wrong….Why did everything go wrong?”

“He almost destroyed you.”

“We destroyed each other.” She shook her head. “We both had the same fatal flaw. We recognized our danger and we couldn’t resist it. Even back on the island he told me about Brandon and the corrosive influence in his life, but he couldn’t stop himself from acting out all the terrible things Brandon hard wired him to do. He played out the same terrible game with his own children setting up you and Phillip as rivals. And I was so hurt by his affairs, and his lies, that he couldn’t stop himself I climbed into a bottle of booze and even though I knew how destructive it was I couldn’t stop myself, not for me, not for him, not even for you….” Back to POV Hope’s hand glided across the photo and under her hand the photo changed. Hope now her current age sat in the middle with Alan behind her his left hand on her right shoulder and her left hand resting on it clearly showing both of their wedding rings. A-M, Lucy, and Molly were to one side and Phillip, Beth, and Lizzie on the other. Her hand traveled back the other way and the image returned to the old photo.

“Back then he was so different, I wish you could have known him as he was then….He should BE HERE! Phillip said he’d always come to the Bauer BBQ.”

“Yes, he’d always say he wouldn’t, but Dad would always come up even to the last one before he….”

“He still felt connected to the Bauers.”

“Mom, I don’t think that’s why…”

“He STILL felt connected to the Bauers.”

Rick came part way down the stairs. “Alan-Michael…Hope, is that you?”

“It’s me, Freddie.”

“Rick, Hope, it’s been Rick forever.”

“Oh, I don’t know…I think Freddie suits you better.”

“So how long are you here for, Hope?”

“I’m back…permanently. Give your cousin a hug!” Rick hugged Hope looking questioningly at Alan-Michael over her shoulder.

“That’s right. Mom finally relented and is moving back to Springfield.” Alan-Michael wordlessly shrugged.

Rick pulled back. “Welcome home. We’re just heading out to the flag pole. Danny and Michelle should have the kids here any minute.”

Hope broke into a grin. “Just like Papa Bauer always did. Lead the way.”

Scene 2

(The camera is in tight focus on a bowl of oranges and pulls back to a wide shot. Rick, Hope, and Alan-Michael come in from the door behind the refrigerator. They didn’t get past the island until a horde of children came running in the back door, through the kitchen, out the patio door, and on to the side yard with the flag pole. Michelle and Danny came in behind, Michelle holding Mikey and Danny with his arms full of baby equipment.)

“Whoa there!” Rick interrupted, “Where is all the food?”

“Good morning to you, too, big brother! It’s mostly still back at the house. Here,” Michelle handed Mikey over to Rick. He took him making faces at him. “I’m going to make another trip. Danny and I both had a carload of kids to get them here.”

“Plus, I already had to make everybody breakfast. I totally get out of any more prep duty. I’m doing the bar again this year,” Danny added.

Her son securely in Rick’s arms, Michelle finally looked beyond him. “Hope, is that you?”

(Now the fact that TPTB almost completely ignored Hope Bauer Spaulding for years messes up the story. Rick, Michelle, and Danny should know Hope well, but on screen they’ve never met. Well, she met Rick, but he was a very young man and it was ticking on 40 years ago so they have had basically no on screen relationship. So rather than playing that they don’t know her at all I’m going to assume they visited with her either to her or with her coming to them a few times over the years. She’s just come back to town so they don’t know each other from contact here. For Danny and Michelle think of a relative of yours who lives out of state, you see maybe once a year maybe every other year, rarely a couple of times in a year. There are periodic phone calls and you keep up to date via e-mail/letters and keeping up through relatives such as Mike – that they talk about knowing on screen – or Alan-Michael. For Robbie, Jude, Danielle, etc. she’s a name on birthday and Christmas cards when she sends a generous check or periodically something weird and wonderful or stupid and utterly wrong aged as distant older relatives sometimes do. Hope knows of her more than the others. We’ve all forgotten over the years that Cassie named Hope, Hope and view her as Hope Bauer’s namesake, just the way we’ve all forgotten that contrary to all appearances that Victoria Newman is actually named for Nikki’s then husband’s grandmother since she was assumed at the time to be his rather than Victor. – Cassie is after all someone who has been out of town a good 10 years and everyone was glad to see her go and no one has missed her one bit. –So Hope Santos sees herself as Hope Bauer’s namesake and while they aren’t much closer than the other kids they have been in direct communication and Hope knows more about her that the other kids in her generation.)

(Let me also remind people that since A-M returned to town via parachute at the Bauer BBQ that A-M developed a close relationship with Ed, Maureen, and Michelle. You were asked to forget this in the ONE day that the deSOARASed and fairly stupid version of A-M that came back to date his former daughter Marina overlapped because Michelle couldn’t go say hi to her cousin in the same restaurant because it might upset Marina who was sitting near him – seriously!…Anyway they are once again close now they all like in Springfield.)

“Yes, it is. Is that little Mikey, named for my dad?” Hope started cooing at Mikey taking his little fist and waving it back and forth. “Of course it is, no one else could possibly be this cute. Well, bring him along Rick it’s time to raise the flag.”

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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