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Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

August 22, 2019

Author’s Note: This is a little different type of fanfic. I can’t write every day for the soap so I have to kind of draw ellipses in between the Bauer BBQ stories. This one is mostly touching on things we’re really not going to see, but I want people to know are going on. Maybe we’ll get to see some of it, but not much.

Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

Q: So you’ve been headwriter of Guiding Light for just over a year now. Do you feel about where Springfield is today?

A: I’m feeling that Springfield is in really good shape. I’ve been having viewers writing me, online, in person tell me that Springfield feels like home again and that’s been one of my major goals.

Q: Have you had any specific overall goals?

A: Probably the largest problem that I’ve been facing is that there has been a big gap in ages. Frankly it isn’t a problem just on Guiding Light, but soap operas have gotten into trouble. They have been pretending that generations don’t exist. All of them have been written like there are babies, kids for a short while, teenagers, MAYBE a one or two young 20s, and then everyone else except maybe 1 person is in the same generation. That’s no way to create a community. Doing that cuts out so many story possibilities. It also hurts family relationships and honestly one of the things viewers want from soaps (even those who have their own close families) is a close connected family and community and that means they want generations. Soaps used to excel at that, but they’ve lost their way. I’ve been working on clearing the decks, but I hope our upcoming stories this next year will bring in some characters, long and short term, that will fill in that age gap so we don’t have to pretend people who’ve been on the show for decades would be dating comparative children.

Q: You’ve also been bringing back classic characters from different eras. You had a couple of big returns at the BBQ.

A: Yes, probably from a NAME perspective our big get was James Earl Jones. Jim Frazier sadly wasn’t a long-term character, but he was played by BOTH James Earl Jones AND Billy Dee Williams. I think that he was played with that much talent says a lot about the power and influence of the character. Sadly I don’t think we’d get either one for much of a run, but Mr. Jones said he was very appreciate of the dealing with the Korean War trauma in the script. We just had him for the two episodes, but we’re hoping on having him come back for another couple of episodes later this year. I think if we can work with him on time and he likes the script he’ll be back. I mean someone of that authority you have to give them something with meat on it to tempt them to come.

Q: But I’d say from a character perspective you had a couple of returns that might have more everyday impact.

A: I’d agree. Mr. Jones is Christmas, but we’ve got a couple of people returning who will impact the show more day to day. The one I’m most excited about is Hope Bauer. I really don’t understand why they never brought Hope back before. I understand that it was a power play to get rid of her in the first place, but it’s a key role. How do you bring back Alan-Michael for years on multiple occasions and then never bring back Hope even for a short run? She’s got all these family connections that remain unexplored, decades worth of what was she doing, is she sober now, and all sorts of stuff to play with.

We’ve also brought back Eleni. I think that’s very important for Frank. Once Eleni left the canvas they just never really found another firm foothold for Frank other than basic cop, Buzz’s son, and Manny’s friend. The character was so much more multi-dimensional than that and Eleni was what brought that out the most, so if Frank’s going to be a very viable character we need to deal with Eleni since she was just sort of dropped. It never felt like their story got a real end. Is that what we’re going to see now or will this be the start of a new story? We’ll just have to wait and see. I also think Eleni’s return is timely because Eleni was an illegal alien. It wasn’t really on anybody’s radar back then other than an excuse for green card marriages and Eleni was the one who found the most connection in Springfield. She’s going to be an excellent person for helping us explore a topic that’s so front and center today.

Q: Will we be seeing more favorites return?

A: I really love how Days has been bringing back favorites for arcs rather than trying to keep as large a cast all the time. I’m trying that model so you can expect to see other people and new characters with a familial connection to people that once lived in town, but they might be brought in and out as needed. Let’s face it to keep a character you need a certain amount of money, air time, and storyline and even if you had endless money, the time and story limits how many people we can have on at once. But if there is a gap someone you know can fill as opposed to bringing on a complete stranger. I want it to be said that Springfield really felt like Springfield during my time here.

Q: We’ve been having some questions from readers about your Manny story. It seemed like you started the vasectomy story and just dropped it. What happened there?

A: Well, it started out I was going to do a quick little problem at the Bauer BBQ storyline for them. I like to do that because when you’re hosting a big event there’s always tension that brings up stuff. I figured Danny would last a day and then cave at the end of the day, but when I really started to write it there was more depth there. This touches on religion and of all the foundation stones Danny was raised with that’s the only one left so it’s a big deal to move against it. So there’s that and that there’s a lot of old think that this is a mark against his virility and that attacks how Danny thinks of himself as a person. There’s more there than I thought there’d be. But I already had lots of storyline lined up for this fall so we kind of hit pause on this story, but we’ll get back to it.

Q: It seems like something went off the rails with Ed and Holly, too, any hints, there?

A: Ed and Holly have been one of our most stable couples dropping in and out of the story for years, but they’ve just been traveling parallel. They’ve never remarried, but let’s face it our legal system is set up to work best for married people, legal rights, inheritance, power of attorney, etc. so as they are getting older that reality starts to come into clearer focus. There are legal reasons to get married and legal reasons to not get married as you get older. Ed is taking getting married as an obvious move and has taken it for granted that Holly will just marry him because he’s asked. So on one side we have the fact that Holly really only wants marriage if it’s a romance, she’s not interested in doing the sane, rational thing. She doesn’t want marriage like a business deal. However, if Ed gives her romance how will she react when she gets them? And if they do look at the cold business analysis is getting married where will the money/legal right of it land?

Q: You mentioned illegal immigration so far, are you doing any other storylines based on current events?

A: Yes, and this fits in very well with what I was saying about using people with a connection. The story of the sexual abuse scandal with the University of Michigan and the USA Gymnastics is one that really isn’t completely being told. You have to really dig to find out what Larry Nausar did and how he got away with it. It wasn’t just that he intimidated them into silence, his victims came forward and were not believed. How did that happen? We happen to have a top gymnast who was going for the Olympics in the Bauer family tree (cousin Lacey Bauer – look for her at the Bauer BBQ A-M parachuted into). Now Lacey really wasn’t an impactful character. She probably impacted Cameron the most and most fans responses to that are probably – Cameron who? So it isn’t that she had a big connection here, but she WAS established as a top gymnast. Since we’ve seen her she got close to her dream and failed. She saw her daughter as her second chance at gold so that impacted her experience with it. Things happened to her daughter. How did that happen? The culture that allowed it has been thrown into stark relief if people look, but the same attitudes can play out against other sports and even some arts. We’re going to really dig into that.

I’m also going to do a three part #MeToo story. There is a long tradition of it being hard for targets of this kind of behavior or even assault to be believed, BUT every story can’t be true just because of human nature so we’re going to do one story where it’s crystal clear something happened and it’s going to be very hard for the victim to be believed and prove it. There is also going to be a story where someone is going to make a false accusation for reasons of their own, but what I’m most excited about is the third story. One of the storylines that I’ve always been sorriest they dropped was when Ben Harris on As the World Turns was arrested for basically matching a description of someone wanted based on his race. From how it was originally presented we didn’t know if the cop was deliberately targeting him and assaulting him because Ben was black or if he was legitimately following a lead. However, instead of playing it out they blinked and instead turned Teague into an evil despicable person who eventually kidnapped and almost killed Jack and Carly. Real life is almost always grayer than that. In the last couple of years there was an article in Indian Country about a native student who got into a conflict with a Jewish professor who had family members lost in the Holocaust over what constituted a genocide. You could just hear both sides of the article reading about it and they both 100% believed they were right and had facts on their side. Each believed they were not only right, but righteous. That’s the kind of situation I want to set up where each side quite reasonably has their own interpretation that there isn’t malice in either one. Which one really has the right of it? Can they both be right? We’re going to really explore that too.

Q: So far your tenure has been very successful. Ratings are up in all demographics. Are you feeling confident about what comes next?

A: There are t-shirts fans designed you can get online that say “I want to live in Springfield.” I think people do. Soap operas, especially the former Proctor and Gamble soaps, create a home. These people are your family and when you get home you want to feel you’re home. I hope everyone feels like they’re home again.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 by Robansuefarm

August 15, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the second day of Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 by Robansuefarm

Scene 26

Ed collected Holly, took her hand and lead her over to the tree in the side yard. Holly looked nonplussed. “What’s the big deal, Ed? We’ve been traveling by ourselves for months. Now we’re back with friends and family what do you have to tell me in private now?” Holly looked over to where Blake had walked away from Frank. “I’m worried about Blake.”

“Holly, give me your hands. This is important. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. You asked me before what I had to do and I didn’t deliberately meet Jim at the cemetery, I was going there to talk to Maureen.”

“You don’t think I mind that you want to talk to Maureen, do you? She was the love of your life, I know that. I don’t begrudge you missing her or even talking to her. Ed, I understand. I might have been insecure in my life, but not enough that I’m jealous of a dead woman.”

“No, no, I just wanted to tell you, before I did this I had to talk to Maureen and feel like I had her blessing.”

“Blessing for what? Us? You’ve left it a bit late. We’ve been traveling together for years”

“For the next step. Holly, like you said Maureen is the love of my life and no matter all the crap I put her through I was hers. I hate like hell to admit it, but despite all the God awful things Roger did to you, I think Roger is the love of yours, but they’re both gone now. These last nine years have been so great, traveling around the world, I couldn’t have a better partner.”

A smile played around Holly’s lips. “Yes, God help me, Roger was the love of my life, but these last 9 years, they’ve been some of the best in my life. Footloose and fancy free, seeing all the places you always read about all around the world, coming back to play with the grandkids and then dumping them back on their parents whenever we want. I’m so glad you came after me that day and I’m even gladder I went with you. But why do you have to tell me this now?”

“Because, Holly, we’re getting older now. It’s been one thing for us to just travel around 10 years ago, but I think it’s time we faced facts. From a legal perspective it’s just easier, so much less paperwork. We’ve always loved each other, even when we weren’t IN love with each other. That’s why we’ve fallen back together so many times. Holly, these last 9 years, I never even thought – I never cheated on you and I can’t say that about anybody else even Maureen. So what do you say, Holly, will you marry me?”

“No…. just no, Ed.” Holly walked off leaving Ed goggling after her.

Scene 27

Frank came up behind Alan-Michael who had calmed down enough to be enjoying a plate of food at one of the tables that surrounded the pool.

“Hey. I’ve been looking for you.” Frank took the chair next to A-M and turned it sideways and then sat down on it with his arms crossed on the chair back.

“Did you get some of Michelle’s pie yet? She gets better every year. I defy anyone to tell this from Grandma Bert’s.”

“No, I haven’t been hungry today. I’ve been worrying over some stuff.”

“Yeah, what’s that?”

“Blake asked me not to tell you something, but I think she’s wrong.”

“That sounds like Blake. Forth-coming isn’t a word I’d associate with her. What is it today? She steal my car or something?” Alan-Michael laughed.

Frank didn’t join in.

“God, she didn’t, did she? I was just joking.”

Frank shook his head. “It’s something a bit more serious. I know we haven’t always thought the most of each other over the years, but we’re both fathers and I think we need to stick to together.”

Alan-Michael abandoned his food. “Molly? This is about Molly? What does Blake know about Molly?”

“She just found out today – as far as I can tell – but I think you need to know. I know you think you broke up Jason and Molly last summer, but apparently, they just went underground. They’re still dating.”

Alan-Michael froze for a minute then he was up and gone, “Molly!”

Frank sighed, “Well that didn’t go well.”

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

August 10, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the second day of Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

Scene 20

Alan-Michael came into the garage where Danny and Michelle were still kissing. “Oh, sorry you guys.” Danny and Michelle broke apart. “Have you seen Molly anywhere?”

Michelle answered, “Um, she was here a little while ago. I’ll go help you look.” Avoiding looking at Alan-Michael headed on out the door. Alan-Michael turned to follow her, but Danny stopped him.

“Alan-Michael, can we talk for a minute?”

“I’ll feel better after I find Molly.”

“We saw Molly like 5 minutes ago and she was fine. Please?” Danny gestured toward a stool.

Alan-Michael lifted up his hands and walked over and sat down.

“What is it?”

“I wanted to talk to you about Hope, your mother, not my daughter.”

Alan-Michael briefly chuckled. “What about her?”

“I’ve been thinking about her and my mother.”

Alan-Michael flared to his feet, “Carmen? You’re comparing MY mother to Carmen?”

Danny held up his hand consolingly. “When I met Michelle, I thought I knew my mother. I thought I understood how she thought, why she did things. I would have bet anything I understood her. In fact, in a way I did bet Michelle’s life.” Danny shook his head in bemusement. “Was I ever wrong…and that’s why I was thinking about your mother.”

“I don’t follow.”

“Did you ever wonder how Michelle and I got Spaulding stock?”

“What’s that got to do with…I just assumed Phillip gave you a particularly generous signing bonus.”

“No, I didn’t get it from Phillip…we got it from Alan. You missed the formal reading of the will. Alan left me and Michelle the stock and a letter. You can read it if you want. He confirmed something Phillip had told me. Alan saw Michelle and me as having his and Hope’s second chance. He wrote how much he loved Hope. I believe him. He said with her he was the man he’d always wanted to be. He said that was the happiest he’d ever been in his entire life… and he destroyed it. He said he respected me and wanted me in his business because I’d been able to do what he hadn’t, to break the patterns I’d been programed with, to step up and be the man Michelle needed me to be, that I needed me to be. He hadn’t been able to do that. When they finally broke up for good, he let her go because he saw how he’d practically destroyed her and he realized that if he saw her again he’d try to get her back because he couldn’t not do that and she couldn’t resist coming and then he’d hurt her again and again. The only thing he could to make up for the fact that he wasn’t strong enough to be who she needed him to be was to be strong enough to let her go and not hurt her again and again and again. That much he COULD do, so he did. I imagine he said something similar to your mother in the letter he left her. I don’t think your mother is in as bad a place as you think. I don’t think she’s living with a delusion about your father, I think she’s living with his ghost.”

Alan-Michael snorted. “A ghost? Like in Casper the Friendly…”

“No, not a physical ghost, but she must have spent her life thinking that man she loved was an illusion, to find out that she had been right that he’d been there all along, that he treasured her just as much and that he’d stayed away to spare her because he was too weak to be what she needed…I think it must have made her see everything differently. It isn’t that she’s delusional about your father, it’s that in her mind she’s living with the part of the man he was that she loved. I know you’re worried about her and it may not be the healthiest thing, but now I’m older if I did lose Michelle I can’t say I wouldn’t be in exactly the same place thinking of her all the time, talking to her as if she was there when no one else was. You’d probably be the same if you lost Lucy. I know you’ve been acting like you think your mother is crazy and it is probably good to have her here with family again and we’ll do our best to give her other interests around here, but I don’t think your mother IS crazy. I think you’ve been as wrong about your mother as I was about mine. I think your mother is acting like she is because after a long time she realized she was sane all along. Just think about it, OK?” Danny slapped Alan-Michael on the should and left him sitting there pondering.

Scene 21

Kat was sitting on a lounge chair by the pool watching the festivities her boys playing and talking with the other kids when Jim came up and sat down beside her. While they are talking we can see Blake catching up with Jason in the background, talking with him a little bit and then he threw up his hands and walked away with Blake looking worriedly after him. This is all in pantomime and is only at the beginning of the scene. Focus tightens on Kat and Jim after they finish, but the interplay was always in the background with no sound or long focus shots on them.

“Well, Kat I’m certainly glad you invited me to come here for the Fourth of July. Yes, sir. It’s been great to see all the old haunts and to see Ed again. A lot of the faces I knew were gone, but it’s brought back a lot of memories being back here. It’s been great to be here with the boys, too.”

“I’m glad, Jim.”

“I can’t help, but notice that Paul isn’t here.”

“No, he isn’t.” Kat looked away to the middle distance.

“Don’t you think this has gone far enough? You and Paul – you’re magic together and what are you fighting about really?”

Kat turned back to Jim getting upset. “Respect. If Paul had gotten a dream job offer no one would have thought anything about him assuming I’d just come along. So when I’ve got the dream job why can’t he come here?”

Jim interrupted, “But you had a perfectly good job…”

“It’s not just a job, it’s a chance to make a real difference to make sure people have a voice not just in Springfield, but WSPR covers at least a third of the state. This means a lot to a lot of people. Paul needs to understand. He can get a job here. Look around.” Kat gestured around. “Here’s the management of every business in town. I could get him a job somewhere, a good job. Why is it asking too much for him to move here? Springfield is a great place to live.”

“A man’s got his pride, Kat, maybe he doesn’t want a job you got for him.”

“And I don’t have pride? So I’d be expected to take the job he found me if the situation was reversed? Paul is in the wrong, Jim, and he has to realize it.”

Scene 22

Blake was still adjugated and pacing around. Holly came up behind her. “What do you think you’re doing? What’s going on with Frank?”

“What do you mean, Mom?”

“I mean I’ve been watching you and Frank all day. You’ve done nothing, but snipe at him all day.”

“Oh, Mom. I know Frank and I have been good for each other. We’ve been – stable.”

“Stable doesn’t mean bad.”

“No, it isn’t bad – stability has been good for me and Frank, the boys, Clarissa, and Frankie, but more and more it just feels like we’ve been marking time. We’re still just friends with benefits. We’re not life partners. I’m not Frankie’s mother, I’m Auntie Blake. I don’t want Frank to father my kids. We’ve talked about it sometimes, but we’re not married for a reason, Mom.”

Holly exhaled.

“Don’t Mom. Don’t start. I know what love is. Frank knows what love is. This isn’t it and I’m getting tired of playing house, of pretending what this is.”

Holly took a sip of her drink. “It doesn’t seem like Frank is having a problem with it.”

“Ohhh. That’s what Frank does. He’s like the Energizer Bunny. He never gives up. He just keeps pushing and pushing and he’s sure we’ll get there. Even when there’s no hope for it. Look at how long it took him to figure out Natalia was pregnant? I mean how obvious was that? But did he get it? Did he get how perfect Natalia and Olivia were for each other? No, he just kept pushing and pushing. He’s never going to admit things aren’t perfect between us. He’ll just keep slogging along…. Don’t worry, Mom, I’m not going to do anything sudden. But things aren’t right with Frank…they’re just not right. Stable, it’s just not enough.”

Blake walked away and Holly looked worried.

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 by Robansuefarm

August 9, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the second day of Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 by Robansuefarm

Scene 18

Molly and Jason were smiling at each other across the backyard off and on all afternoon. Seeing Danny and Ray leave the garage Jason caught Molly’s eye and gestured with his head towards the garage and then headed over to the garage himself. A minute later Molly followed. She stepped through the door into garage and at first she didn’t see anyone. “Jason?” The door partially opened again.

From out of nowhere an arm reached out and grabbed her. Molly gave a sharp intake of breath and then let out a sigh of relief. “Jason,” she smiled, melting into his arms for a kiss.

He led her over to some garbage cans with lids on the far side of the room and sat her down. “Today has been sheer torture, seeing you all day and not being able to tell everyone you’re mine.”

“You know why we can’t. Daddy would freak. He’s still upset about that business with Tom last year. Plus Grandma Hope moving here and still being so obsessed with Grandpa Alan. I don’t want to give him another thing to be upset about. He practically freaked last year when we weren’t doing anything, that would be NOTHING to how he’s going to respond to the news we’re serious.”

Jason reached down and kissed Molly. “You worry too much.”

We see a shot of Blake listening outside. The door opened the rest of the way and in charged Blake. “And you don’t worry enough. What do you think you’re doing? Alan-Michael will go through the roof. Don’t you remember him last year? He was getting ready to knock you out and you both say Jason had barely touched you. He went spare how many times until you broke up….” Molly and Jason looked at Blake and then at each other. “Ohhh, you didn’t break up, did you? You started sneaking around, didn’t you? Of course you did. You’re my son, aren’t you? I really must not have been paying you enough attention if I didn’t see it.”

Michelle came in the door. “Blake, will you keep it down! There’s already too many people in here, we don’t need anymore.”

“You don’t understand, Michelle. These two lovebirds didn’t break up after all…Wait a second. Why aren’t you asking any questions? You’re always full of questions. Did you know about this? And you didn’t tell me? We’re friends, almost step-sisters. You didn’t think I need to know about this?”

“Calm down, Blake.” Danny had followed them inside. He came up behind Michelle and his hands naturally fell on Michelle’s shoulders. “Michelle and I didn’t tell you because they needed a little space so we just gave them some.”

“What do you mean, gave them space?” Blake asked suspiciously.

“We’ve finally gotten the lighthouse with decent security. Locks, keypads, security cameras, the works.”

“So I gave Molly and Jason the code. So they’d have a place to meet where Alan-Michael wouldn’t find out.”

Frank stuck his head in the door, “Have you seen…oh, Blake, here’s where you disappeared to.” Frank gave an accessing scan of the crowd. “What’s going on here?” He came on in.

Blake responded, “Oh nothing, I just found out my son has been lying to me and Michelle and Danny here helped him do it.”

“Surely they’d have a reason?” Frank said wondering if he was right and thinking about the days when helping Michelle started him on the path to trouble way too many times.

“Yes, we did, Frank. Now Blake you KNOW that telling a couple they can’t be together is about the best way to make sure they STAY together. You and me against the world is pretty heady stuff. When you belong together it’s great. Don’t tell me you and Ross wouldn’t have gotten together so quickly if you hadn’t been supposed to say away from each other. But it can push you together when you don’t belong together. I was ready to run away and marry Jesse and what a disaster that would have been. I’d never have found, Danny.” The horror she felt at the thought was evident in Michelle’s voice. Danny pulled her back against him more firmly and squeezed her arms, likewise thinking how awful that would have been.

Blake asked, “So you just gave them a place to have sex?”

“No,” Danny cut in. “We didn’t. Like I said – enough was enough and the lighthouse is completely covered, concealed cameras, the works. Monitored cameras and I told Jason that if I caught them doing anything then I’d show it to you.” Danny smirked. “Nothing cools ardor faster than thinking your mom would see you doing it. They talked, made out a little, but they weren’t sleeping together at least not anywhere inside or outside the lighthouse.”

Michelle added, “Molly is my little cousin. I’m not going to put her in a bad situation, but they had to talk if they were going to figure out whether they were a you and Ross or a me and Jesse.”

“Well, that’s reasonable I guess.” Blake replied slightly mollified.

“No, it isn’t reasonable at all. You’ve been lying to Alan-Michael. Look you know I have had issues with him over the years, but except for that strange year when he and Dylan both broke up with their wives, came to town and acted like they were completely different younger people…”

“Yea, that was really weird.” All the adults shook their heads over that weirdness.

“…except for that year, Alan-Michael has been a good husband to Lucy and a great father to Molly. He deserves to hear the truth. Jason, you should have told him.”

Blake turned on him, “How about Molly? Alan-Michael is HER father not Jason’s. I’ve got this, Frank. Back off!….Jason, let’s find some place we can talk without the audience. And Frank, it is NOT your place to say anything. I’m Jason’s parent, I’ll handle it.”

The others headed out leaving the door open. Michelle turned around in Danny’s arms. “Thank you. You’re always there when I need you.”

Danny reached down and kissed Michelle, “And I always will be, whenever you need me, all my life.”

Michelle quoted one of their favorite movies. “[Even] Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” Danny kissed her and deepened the kiss. (See Note)

Scene 19

Jude had run around the house to the front door to come in so no one would see him and he could go upstairs to room and not have to see anyone. When he came into the Bauer living room he found Clarissa rummaging around in the bar. “You just back off, Jude Bauer. What I do is MY business NOT yours! Don’t you say a word!”

“What are you talking about? What are you doing?”

“I’ve had enough. I’m sick of this party. I’m sick of seeing Robbie and Sarah slobbering over each other. I’m sick of people looking at me like they’re feeling sorry for me. I’ve had it with people in general. Whenever all these adults have a problem they break out the wine, well, I’m all for trying it.” Clarissa pointed at Jude. “Don’t you DARE try to stop me or go tell!!!”

“Can I talk now?”

Clarissa blew out her breath. “Sure.”

“Grab a second bottle. That sounds like the best plan I’ve heard all day and I know the perfect place no one will find us. Come on!” Clarissa grabbed the second bottle and carrying both she followed Jude over to the front door and out.

NOTE: The movie quoted above is The Princess Bride. If you haven’t seen go do it right now, I’ll wait.

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

August 7, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the second day of Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

Scene 16

Back in the kitchen. Rick added, “I didn’t see what Michelle saw in Danny in the beginning. You should have seen him when he first came around, Alan-Michael. He wore a big, black leather coat and swaggered around. And now after Phillip he’s the closest thing I have to a brother….Not that you aren’t on that list too….somewhere on the list, you know 11th or 12th”.

“Oh, hardy-har-har I see how it is. Being a cousin doesn’t count.”

Phillip broke in, “Now boys….back to things we have in common, besides loving me and Michelle that is.”

Alan-Michael answered, “I sure didn’t see Bill and Lizzie getting together either.”

“Then you ended back with Mindy and I ended up back with Beth.”

Alan-Michael interjected, “Nope, not the same there. I broke the pattern that would have put me back with Harley…Harley there’s something we have in common. No, I forgot Rick never did get her married, did you?”

“No, I didn’t, but I did end up with Jude and that’s a lot better. He’s a wonderful kid and even if Harley kept me away from me more than I would have liked when he was younger I’m glad he grew up with your son as his brother, Phillip. That felt really right. I’m glad they had each other even when they didn’t have us.”

“Yes, of all the wrong things that happened while our children were young at least that was right.”

“Zach and Jude, you and me all over again.” Rick took a drink.

Phillip also went to take a drink, but broke off to scoff. “I don’t think so. You think Jude is like you? You’re wrong there. Stable, solid, but has a friend’s back to the end? That’s Robbie, not Jude. Jude is more like I was, grand schemes, emotional.”

Alan-Michael broke in, “How about my nephew then? Who of the famous Four Musketeers is Zach, then?”

“Let me think.”

“I know – Mindy! Back then she was a little spoiled, self-centered, and just as determined as she is now. If Zach isn’t you, Phillip, then I’m going for a young Mindy.”

“Yes, Phillip, always knows everything,” Rick responded in his Phillip imitation voice.

“How about we get this conversation out of the 1980s? Let’s get back to things we have in common.”

Jude came up to the patio door. It was partially open so he could hear, but hearing an adult conversation he hesitated about going in.

“I guess the next thing we have in common is Blake. Nope, you missed out on the marrying again, didn’t ya, Rick. And you didn’t have a kid with her either…oh I forgot you almost did.” Alan-Michael smirked.

Phillip straightened. “Now, come on, Alan-Michael, there are some things you can’t kid a guy about. Rick was really broken up when he found out about Kevin really wasn’t his after all. He’d helped raise him for a couple of years.”

“I guess that was kind of a cheap shot. Blake has told me that you really stood up for the twins after Ross died, especially when Blake was in her coma. She really appreciates it. I think that’s the only reason she forgave you for that mess with Ross.”

“It’s too bad in a way. Look how close you are to Kevin, now. All the medical stuff together. He’s like the son you should have had.”

Jude stepped back with a stagger. “He’s the son you should have had…the son you should have had…the son you should have had…” echoing in his head. He felt sick. Jude pulled out his phone and did a quick search to the Springfield Public Library website and searched the archive of the Springfield Journal. The top result from his search was “Rick Bauer Seeks Custody of Love Child.” Jude read, “Prominent Springfield doctor, Rick Bauer, has filed seeking custody of the child he claims is his biological son Kevin Marler…Bauer claims paternity of only one twin in an extremely rare case of heteropaternal superfecundation with legal father Ross Marler biologically fathering Kevin’s twin Jason…” He couldn’t talk to his dad. Across the yard he saw Robbie laughing with Sarah, he couldn’t talk to him. Aunt Michelle and Uncle Danny weren’t anywhere to be seen. Zack wasn’t there. Leah was off somewhere with her boyfriend. Gus was dead. His mom was gone. Who could he talk to? MINDY! She had helped him before. She was always saying how she wanted him to talk to her. He’d find Mindy.

Scene 17

Mindy was over in a corner by the sideyard gate. Taking some deep breaths. Rusty came over. “What’s all this, now?”

“I just needed a minute. Can’t a person take a break?”

“Now Melinda Sue, this is me you’re talking to. What’s wrong?”

She sighed. “I never could fool you with a stiff upper lip, could I?”

“No, you couldn’t. Aw Melinda, are you and Rick having problems?”

“Rick and I are fine. I’m so glad I married him…I mean between the hospital and his work with Kevin I don’t see him as much as I like, but we’re great.”

“Do you still feel left out of motherhood?”

“Yes….it’s stupid I know. I chose to have a career over a family. I knew what I was doing, but it feels now like I made a mistake.”

“I’m sure you’re a great step-mom.”

Mindy sighed again. “That’s part of the problem. None of Rick’s kids seem to need me. MJ treats me like he was made of ice. Leah blames Rick’s connection with Phillip, Beth, and me for blowing up her parents’s marriage. Jude…well, there might still be hope for Jude. We had a real nice talk earlier today.”

“Melinda Sue, you are a great businesswoman and a wonderful designer. Don’t second guess yourself. You just never found yourself with the right guy in the right time. If you really feel maternal there are plenty of kids out there looking for a good foster home, a big sister, lots of programs like that. If you think you’ve got a child shaped hole in your life fill it up, you don’t need a bio-kid of yours or Rick’s to fill it.”

“It’s not the same as having a baby.”

“No, it isn’t. I can tell you from my work in law enforcement those kids need you a lot more.”

“Rusty, I don’t know why we don’t talk more often. You always give me the best advice.”

“Come here.” Rusty gave Mindy a big bear hug as they continued talking. “Maybe we can see about changing that. I think we do need to start talking more often. You get in trouble when I leave you to yourself too long.”

From a distance Jude saw Mindy embracing Rusty, not just a quick hug, but they stood there in each other’s arms for awhile for God and country to see. Mindy was just like the rest of them, lying and saying they wanted to help, but really wanting something else. Jude had enough of all of them. He was getting out of there. He was done listening to other people.

On his way back across the yard he bumped into Paul Frazier. “Hey, watch it.”

“It’s my yard. I’ll walk anywhere I want to!”

Kevin heard the arguing and came over to see what was wrong. “Whoa, whoa, whoa, what’s going on here?”

Paul answered first, “I don’t know. Jude knocked into me and then just went off the deep end.”

Jude stood there breathing hard and getting red in the face.

“That’s not like you, Jude. What’s wrong?”

Jude exploded, “What’s wrong?! What’s wrong?! He’s MY dad and not yours. You can’t have him. Just leave us alone! He shoved his phone into Kevin’s hands and ran blindly off and out the sideyard gate.

Kevin looked at Paul. “Do you know where all that came from?”

“No, he was fine earlier. What’s his phone say?”

Kevin picked up the phone, touched the unlocked screen, the Springfield Journal Jude had been reading popped up…and the bottom fell out of Kevin’s world.

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

August 6, 2019

Author’s Note: We continue with the 2018 Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

Scene 13

We open on a wide shot of the festivities going on in the patio. A variety of shots for about a minute. Part of the shot will be Rick supervising work on the Bauer Burgers. Robbie and Sarah are working together on the chicken breasts, constantly smiling at each other. Clarissa is across the yard watching them looking like she feels sick to her stomach.

Rusty came in carrying a roaster. “Yee Haw! Oklahoma BBQ for everyone.”

Wanda came in soon after. “Bill, come on over and help with this.”

Bill rushed over to help. “Like I could ever say no to you – or Oklahoma BBQ.”

“Now, where are those kiddlings of yours? I never get to see enough of them?” Wanda, kept on talking.

“Come right on over here, Melinda Sue. You be the first one to load up a plate. You’re looking right peaked on all this dried out northern excuse for food…”


This note comes from my original publication last year. —  I have a certain scenes that I want to get put in here, but since it’s already October I’m not going to put in the normal contests and stuff. So there are either going to be scenes or maybe a whole an entire episode missing. Those scenes will include Ed and Jim arriving. Robbie and Sarah kissing after they won the three-legged race, Kat, Daisy, Ashlee showing up, probably also the something funny they have every year like Billy over spicing Buzz’s chili or them trapping Amanda into having to help mix up the Bauer Burgers since I don’t have one.


Scene 14

Phillip came into the Bauer Kitchen from the patio side. “Ah, there you are. I thought I’d find you in here. Got a little Oklahoma heartburn?”

Rick turned around on the bar stool at the kitchen island. “Yes, it got a little southern….Have a beer.” He gestured to the refrigerator.

“Rusty rubs you the wrong way. Why don’t you just tell that guy he’s uninvited?” Phillip got a couple of bottles of beer out of the refrigerator, opened one bottle of beer and handing the other to Rick.

Rick pulled a face. “I can’t. Mindy thinks of Rusty as her oldest friend. She WANTS him at the BBQ. No, it’s just easier to put up with him awhile. He might make a splash with his BBQ, BUT what people really want are the Bauer Burgers! Let him have a little flourish. Quality will out.”

Alan-Michael comes in. “Have you seen my mom?”

Phillip walked over and put his arm around Alan-Michael. “Yes, she’s out there by the pool with the girls. She seems to have taken a real shine to Hope and Peyton. Now relax. Take a breath.”

Rick went over to the refrigerator, “Here Alan-Michael, have a beer and a stool. It’s a holiday. Let’s talk.”

Alan-Michael took the beer and the stool. “Talk about what?”

“What we have in common.”

Alan-Michael laughed. “What do the three of us have in common?”

Rick laughed. “Well, we all love Phillip for a start.”

Phillip chuckled, “That’s true. It’s a start, what else?”

Alan-Michael tried to get into the spirit, “We all love Phillip. Hmmm. We all love Michelle.”

“That’s true. Michelle is like my little sister, too.”

“And ever since I jumped into the BBQ, Michelle has been like a little sister to me, too.”

“Well, she IS my baby sister, so I guess we’re in agreement there.”

Phillip chuckled again. “I can still see her and Bill Lewis running around. I saw them right over there promising to marry each other. Boy, were they ever wrong.”

All three men broke out laughing. Rick picked up the conversation again. “They are both happy though.”

Phillip replied, “Michelle sure did surprise us a few times though. Marrying Danny, staying with him. God, I remember when he first started at Spaulding and invited myself over to try to put the fear of God in him. I was such an ass.” Phillip chuckled. “Who’d have thought he’d come to be one of my best friends?”

Scene 15

[This scene is going to be a little more TV. After the conversations get going Michelle and Danny are having parallel conversations. They will periodically say the same word or phrase. The shared words are in bold. They go to a split screen on that phrase and then they switch to the other conversation back and forth. Michelle is talking to Lizzie on the far side of the pool and is much less concerned whether people overheard.]

[Proviso: I’m not Catholic and while I know Danny and Ray’s attitudes reflect the traditional position of the Catholic Church, things might have eased up on this at least in some areas, but since I needed it as part of the story I didn’t confirm whether it was or not.]

Back in the yard. Ray watched Michelle walk over to the bar and very formally ask Danny for another ice tea and just as formally accept it. Danny looked after her frustratedly.

Ray walked over to Danny. “That’s it, primo. Come with me.”

“Ray, I’ve got to watch the bar.”

“It will survive for awhile without you, we need to talk.”

Ray walked with Danny away from the people. Finding himself by the people door of the garden shed/garage door, he opened the door and lead Danny in.

“OK, primo, give.”

“Give what?”

“Lately every Bauer BBQ you and Michelle have a fight. What is it this year?”

“We don’t have fights. We have differences of opinion. Last year we disagreed about how careful Michelle had to be while we were pregnant and this year….” Danny scowled and broke off.

“And this year…”


Danny walked over to the door. Stuck his head out and looked in both directions, firmly shut the door.

“Look this is just between us…We love Mikey to death, but two boys, two girls, we feel our family is complete…”

“we just don’t want to be like Reva, popping out kids post-menopause. Family planning means birth control…”

“Ray, you know the Catholic Church’s position on birth control, but we’ve TECHNICALLY gotten around that. Michelle comes to mass a lot with me and the kids, but she never formally joined the Catholic Church. So if SHE took care of it and she isn’t technically Catholic so it wasn’t really a sin like it would be if I took care of it. But now it’s a permanent decision…”

“I think it’s only fair that he takes steps. I’ve taken care of it all our time together. Why should I put up with the side effects or the risk of surgery when the male version is so much so less invasive? I really think Danny should get a vasectomy….”

“A vasectomy! I mean not only is it a sin, but there can be complications. I mean what if something happened and I couldn’t…Well, I’m not going to do it. Our system has been working just fine and I don’t see any reason why we should change it…”

“I mean it’s only fair, right? It should be his turn.”

“Michelle, I think you are completely right…”

“COMPLETELY RIGHT, primo. To permanently do this against the teaching of the Church without possibility of repentance. No, you’re right. I’m sorry you and Michelle are fighting.”

“I told you, we’re NOT fighting. We’re disagreeing. Rationally. We’ll figure this out, but don’t say a word, I don’t want this out there.”

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 5 by Robansuefarm

August 5, 2019

Author’s Note: We pick up the story from the first day of Bauer BBQ 2018.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 5 by Robansuefarm

Scene 12

Springfield Cemetery, Catholic section.

Ed walked slowly down the row of grave stones. Some of these people he had known. Some had been in Springfield before there were Bauers here and some and had lived and died while he was gone unknown. He didn’t pay them much mind. He walked with purpose if somewhat hesitantly up to Maureen’s stone. She was Catholic and so her family had requested that she be buried here on consecrated ground and given his own role in Maureen’s death, who was he to argue? He came to her grave, stood, for a moment, and then collapsed first to his knees, and then to sit. “Hello, Maureen.”

“It’s been a long time, darling….I don’t….I don’t know how to start. I guess by being honest….It’s been such a long time, but I still see your face…on both our wedding days, when you first held Michelle, when we were so happy, and your tear streaked face that last night at the cabin…Honey, there’s never been a day when I haven’t missed you, where you haven’t been a part of me…..I spent a long time a prisoner in Africa – as long as it was because my family had easily been convinced that I didn’t give a good enough damn about them to check in on them. That I was just selfishly doing what I needed to do while ignoring them. I had messed up everything. Being a prisoner, it gives you a lot of time to repent past mistakes and to face ugly truths.”

“When I was young I used to think I was SO MUCH better than my father. I repudiated him, gave up his first name because I was going to do, going to BE so much better. But I failed. I might not have been the same as my dad, but I fell into all the traps he did and I hurt you as much as he hurt Mom…And what really gets me is that facing all that honesty I have to admit if you hadn’t died I’d have kept after you until you took me back. I’d have had to work for it, but you would have forgiven me eventually no matter how little I deserved it. And it wouldn’t have really made a difference. There would still have been Eve or Holly or someone else. It never was about you, about us, it was about me, but that doesn’t make the hurt I caused you any less real.”

“I faced a lot of stuff about Holly too. You are the love of my life and no matter how much I HATE to admit it – Roger Thorpe was Holly’s. He did some terrible things to her, that level of abuse, rape, kidnapping, it was a lot to get over, but eventually they were able to move past it whether they should have or not the same way you would always eventually able to move past the pain I caused you. Even bearing my soul I want to say what Roger did was worse. Roger pushed Holly past the point of sanity, but I drove you to your death because I couldn’t give you a few days to process, you had to forgive me right then. More than forgive me, say I was right. I really thought that night I could force you into that. Damn, stupid, selfish fool.”

“But while Holly and I were never really the ONE for each other we’ve always shared a connection as friends, as lovers, as second best for each other as it goes. These last few years with Holly enjoying life, enjoying what we have for what it is and not expecting or pretending it was more, has been some of the best in my life after my time with you. But we’re getting older. The cold, hard practicalities say it’s time for us to formalize our relationship, get married. I haven’t really talked it over with her yet because I had to come tell you first. I hope you have managed to find it in your giant heart to forgive me. I hope you can give us your blessing and your understanding. I hope that you can wish us the best.”

A soft voice floated in like a distant echo “the best…”

Ed’s head snapped up. “Maureen?” he choked out and then as if voice volume and determination could bring her back more fully there with him. “Maureen! Maureen!” but he was answered with only silence, just as he had been when Maureen lay dead on the emergency room bed.

Commercial Break

Ed is heading back to his car and he walked back towards the Protestant part of the cemetery where he had parked. He was shaken by his experience, but more determined than ever that his present course was right so it seemed as if there was another ghost when he looked up at saw someone sitting on the bench by the Springfield War Memorial that sat between the two sections.

“Doctor Frazier?” Ed questioned.

The older man was brought out of his reverie. He seemed equally stunned to see Ed. “Ed? What are you doing here?”

“I was visiting my wife, sir.” Ed gestured back towards Maureen’s grave.

“It’s been a long time since I was your mentor, Ed. Don’t you think it’s past time you started calling me, Jim?”

“It hardly seems right with all you’ve accomplished.”

Jim chuckled. “You forget who you’re talking to, Ed. I don’t need any of your false modesty. Considering everything you’ve done a lot of good for a lot of people. Every bit as much as I thought you would way back then. – Oh don’t look so surprised we might not have seen each other for awhile, but your niece Bridget is Kat’s best friend and I’ve known her since Kat got involved with Paul. I’ve kept tabs on you through her.”

“Did you come to spend the day with Kat and her boys?”

“I did.”

“Then what are you doing out here?”

Jim sighed heavily and staring off into the middle distance he seemed on a different track all together. “You know, I took Paul and Hamp to see the Korean War Memorial in D.C. last year…the statues, sloughing through, it all seemed very real, but not as much as coming back to Springfield. I can still feel Paul Fletcher and Ben Scott here. I can see all of us at the hospital. All in our unit. All this time. The war that wasn’t really a war – a police action. The peace that wasn’t really peace – just a truce. All these decades and just a truce, but now it seems like there might really be a real peace – a real ending – finally. And I’m the only one of us left.” Jim heaved a heavy sigh again. “I just needed to take a little time you know? To process?”

Ed came over and put his hand on his shoulder. “Dr. Frazier, I have always appreciated all the help you gave me getting started. I don’t think I ever told you that. I was cocky and more arrogant than I had any right to be….I may be doing it again, thinking I can teach the teacher, but the one big lesson I think I learned in this life is sometimes you just have to be patient. You have to take the time….So…take the time, but don’t get lost here, come over to my house, have a burger, talk to your grandsons.” Ed held out his hand. “Dr. Frazier, welcome back to Springfield.” Jim turned around and shook his hand, smiled and then turned back to the memorial.

Ed walked off and we do a slow pull in on Jim’s face. It dissolves into a montage of actual photos of Korean vets cut in with young images of the three characters, preferably stills from the show, but just photos of the actors at the approximate age if that’s all we got.

Over the images we first hear Truman’s announcement spoken by Truman himself if we have it, by a sound alike if we don’t.

On July 19, 1950 President Truman gave an address on Korea:

On Sunday, June 25th, Communist forces attacked the Republic of Korea.

This attack has made it clear, beyond all doubt, that the international Communist movement is willing to use armed invasion to conquer independent nations. An act of aggression such as this creates a very real danger to the security of all free nations.

The attack upon Korea was an outright breach of the peace and a violation of the Charter of the United Nations. By their actions in Korea, Communist leaders have demonstrated their contempt for the basic moral principles on which the United Nations is founded. This is a direct challenge to the efforts of the free nations to build the kind of world in which men can live in freedom and peace.

This challenge has been presented squarely. We must meet it squarely. . . .

Followed by Taps and the echo of Taps.

Fade to black and return to announcement “Rafe,” “Buzz,” and a special appearance by “Coop.”

Buzz: “The Fourth of July is always a high point of the summer, especially in Springfield.”

Rafe: “Fireworks, hot dogs, and hamburgers are everywhere. It’s time to spend time with family and friends.”

Coop: “But we’re going to ask you today to spare a thought about the men and women who have fought for the freedoms we’re celebrating today.”

Buzz: “Whether you can donate money or spend some time, remember just what you’re celebrating today.”

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Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

August 1, 2019

Author’s Note: We pick up the story from the first day of Bauer BBQ 2018.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

Scene 9

We see the Bauer’s TV. A logo splash screen shows up “Happy 4th of July from WSPR!”

Kat smiles in welcome as her face fills the screen. “It’s hard to believe that another year has rolled around again and it’s once again Independence Day. This is the day each year we set aside the problems and disagreements of everyday life and rededicate ourselves to striving to reach the ideals of the founding of the nation and to extend the rights and freedoms wherever we can. As the poet Henry Holcomb Bennett said “We love our land for what she is AND what she is to be.” Here at WSPR we take that idea of being proud of what we’ve accomplished while still striving to be the best….”

Cut to the editing booth where Ashlee Wolfe was sitting with a headset on next to another member of the crew. “Ready camera two.” She watched Kat turn her head and said, “Take camera 2.” She scanned the control board in front of her and on out into the studio.

Kat continued, “This is my first year here at WSPR and I hope you’ll agree we’ve been improving things around here…”

Ashlee made a noise.

“What?” the worker beside her asked.


“….I’m sure you’re just as proud to be from Springfield as I am.”

“Ready camera one…..Take camera one.”

“…Tune in tonight for WSPR’s full coverage of the Springfield firework show. I’m Kat Frazier. Happy Independence Day from WSPR.” She held a smile.

“Fade to the holiday graphic. Rejoining the network feed in three, two, one…..Thanks, Craig great job.” The other man at the booth said, “You too,” took off his headset and headed over to the editing bay.

On the set Kat was unhooking her mic when Daisy came in. “Hi, Kat. Where’s Ashlee?”

Kat was absorbed in her notes. She barely glanced up. “Hmmm, oh, Ashlee’s still the control booth I think.” Kat picked up the microphone again. “Ashlee, are you still there?”

Ashlee now alone in the booth rolled her eyes. She muttered, “And just where does she think I’d have gone?” Ashlee pushed a button. “Yes, Boss. I’m here.”

“You’ve got a guest. I’ll send her up.” She vaguely waved in the direction of the booth. Daisy’s eyes got big and she walked by with a REALLY?! Expression on her face. Without looking up again Kat added, “See you later at the BBQ.”

Daisy walked into the booth. “Oh my God. Did you hear her about improving things? Like you hadn’t done her job better than she does.”

“Kat has a different way of doing things that’s all.” Ashlee did the best she could to look busy. Then she stopped with a sigh. “I thought it was kind of a kick in the teeth, too. You know I really did think I was going to walk back into the job here after I graduated.”

Loyal friend she was, “You kept the station running after Dinah was shot.”

“Well, it was Vanessa’s call. [sigh]”

“She could always change her mind.”

“Yes…. she could.”

Scene 10

The festivities are in full swing outside. Everyone was talking and laughing. Blake was standing near the gate out of the sideyard. She was laughing at one of Rick’s jokes when Frank came over to casually drop his arm around her shoulders. Blake moved slightly shrugging his arm off. A little too brightly she said, “I need a refill. Any of you guys?” She headed off. Holly, who had stepped through the gate just in time to see the exchange, gave a worried look and came over to the group.

“Hello, everyone.”

“Hey, it’s Holly.” Everyone began making a big fuss over her. It’s been a couple of years since she made it back for a big event. She and Ed had come back for a couple of family things, but they were in and out so she hadn’t seen many of her friends for awhile and a big fuss was being made.

Finally, Rick came over and offered a kiss on her cheek. “It’s great to see you, Holly.” He looked around. “Where’s Dad?”

“He’ll be around later he had some errand to run so he dropped me off.”

“An errand? On Bauer BBQ day?”

“I know. He wouldn’t say what it was. Just that it wouldn’t take long.”

“Well, I guess that means I’m still overseeing the Bauer Burgers.”

Buzz stood to the side puzzled. What was going on with Holly and Ed?

Scene 11

Springfield Cemetery, Protestant section

Ed stands before the Bauer family plot. The camera slowly pans over the graves. Papa Bauer, Bert and Bill (now reunited forever), Aunt Meta, and even his older brother Mike were resting before him. “I’m sorry it’s been so long, but I know Michelle and the kids have been taking care of you….Mom, Dad, Meta, Mike….Papa, I’m home….”

Commercial Break

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.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

July 29, 2019

Author’s Note: We pick up the story from the first day of Bauer BBQ 2018.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

Scene 3

The kids were already out around the flagpole. Robbie opened the correctly folded flag and put the hooks in the grommets being careful to keep the flag off the ground. Hope came up on the group. “Hello children. I’m so glad to see you all here. I remember when I was a little girl. Papa Bauer would gather us all up and tell us how grateful he was to have come to America. It wasn’t something to take for granted and that we owed it to this country to do our best to make it a better place. That’s quite a legacy to take on children, but I’m sure that someday you’ll be able to say you remember when Ed and Rick and Michelle were here urging you to pass this legacy along. There is a poem that has always been a family favorite, “A Creed” by Edwin Markham:

There is a destiny that makes us brothers:

None goes his way alone:

All that we send into the lives of others

Comes back into our own.

I care not what his temples or his creeds,

One thing holds firm and fast –

That into his fateful heap of days and deeds

The soul of a man is cast.

Rick, irritated that his place as storyteller was being usurped, broke in. “Raising the flag is always how we start the Bauer BBQ. We remember how grateful we are, for this country for its freedom, for its second chances, for each other. Robbie, raise the flag and LET’S START THIS BBQ!”

After the flag was raised the children gathered around Hope wanting to know who Hope was and how she knew the Papa Bauer that Rick and Michelle could only describe as a second-hand memory. **

Rick continued to be annoyed that Hope was getting this much attention and headed back to the kitchen to take charge of the prep after this was the Bauer BBQ and he was a god during the Bauer BBQ*. After a little bit most of the children followed after Rick, but a few remained by Hope.

Hope Bauer Spaulding turned to her namesake. “And is this big girl Hope? I’d recognize you anywhere. You have the best name ever…. And who is this?” She turned to the younger girl next to young Hope who had also stuck around and bent down to her level. She smiled warmly at her.

Hope said, “This is my friend Peyton.”

The older Hope’s face faltered for a second. “Peyton….you’re…you’re Alan’s daughter.”

Peyton nodded.

Hope broke into a breath-taking smile. “I loved your father very much. He was a wonderful man. I’m so glad I’m going to get a chance to tell you all about him.”

Hope took Hope by one hand and Peyton by the other and lead them back to the house while A-M looked on worriedly.

* That’s a reference to the line in Overboard.

** Rick was born before Papa Bauer died, but he was only 3 or so, so I doubt he remembers anything. Michelle wouldn’t be born for over 10 years after he died. Mike had Hope well before Ed had any children.

Scene 4

Rick came into the kitchen from the patio side. He strode across the room, picked up and put on his Bauer Power apron. Leah came in and walked over to give her dad a hug. She pushed back and put on a mock serious expression. “Dad, did you mange to stay out of trouble last night while I was over at Michelle and Danny’s?”

Rick looked play hurt. “Honey, I NEVER get into trouble. You KNOW that.”

Leah cocked an eyebrow at Rick, her face full of doubt.

Then they both burst out laughing and hugged again. “So, honey, did YOU get into any trouble last night?”

Leah walked over to the refrigerator and started to get out containers of ketchup and mustard to fill them up. “I didn’t, but Clarissa did.”

Rick looked concerned. “What happened?”

Leah shrugged, “I don’t know. Mikey said his first word…”

Rick nodded. “I know. Danny texted me. And then Michelle texted me. And then Danny texted again with photo.”

“Well, he said Da-da and everyone was excited. Clarissa ran out to look for Robbie and when she came back she was crying and wanted to go home. I hope she’s OK. I like Clarissa. I don’t know what she always saw in Robbie though.”

“That’s because to you he’s only a cousin. He’s got the Bauer good looks, the Bauer charm….” Rick pulled an exaggerated charming face. “I don’t know what he got from his dad.”

“Dad, be nice. Are you ready to put on ‘The Hat’?”

“More than ready, let’s get this BBQ prep up to full speed!”

Rick bent down a little and let Leah put “The Hat” on his head as their special father-daughter moment.

Scene 5

Jude had started following Rick in, but he knew putting on the hat was always Leah’s special moment. He hung back, but thought after he’d given them a minute he’d go on in and ask what he could do to help. Mindy was outside working on some of their decorations. She saw Judy hanging back near the door.

Mindy climbed down the ladder and came over to Jude. “Is something wrong, Jude?”

He flashed her a resentful look. She wasn’t his mother. What right did she have thinking she had anything to do with him?

“Nothing’s wrong. I’m just giving Leah some time with her dad. She’s got to put on the hat.”

“Jude, he’s your dad, too. I’m sure he’d want to include you in it.”

Jude gestured widely. “Is he? When we should have been coming up with our special things, Mom had me over in Greece, shut away from everyone. Gus died and she shut down. Dad sure didn’t do anything to get me back.”

Mindy looked on troubled. “Jude, you shouldn’t feel like that. Harley made sure your dad couldn’t find you, not for years, and when he found out he begged Harley to let you come visit. He wanted you, but Harley was out of reach by law. She finally sent you back a few times, but he didn’t think he could keep you without Harley’s say so. You’ve got to understand how hard it was on him being separated from you….You not being here. That’s NOT something Rick did. It’s not something he wanted.”

“Dad has something special with Leah, with MJ, even with Kevin. But not with me.”

“Honey, sure you do. Remember last year it was you that your dad wanted to help with the Bauer Burgers, wasn’t it?”

“Yes, I guess so.”

“Right. And you were the one that your dad took fishing up at the cabin, wasn’t it?”

“Yes.” Jude’s face brightened.

“And didn’t your dad show up at your big end of the year school band concert?”

Jude’s face clouded again. “No, no he didn’t. There was an emergency at the hospital and he couldn’t come.”

“That’s right. It was just me and Michelle. Well…your dad WANTED to be there. I’m sure he wants you involved today. Why don’t you go on into the kitchen and see what he wants you to do? I know you’ll be a big help.”

“All right,” Jude said hesitantly and dragging his feet he headed into the kitchen.

Mindy smiled watching Jude go. Maybe he was starting to think of her as a mother after 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 of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

July 24, 2019

Author’s Note: Often there was a day showing everyone getting ready for the BBQ. This is that episode.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

Since Matt (who is calling himself MJ now to help distinguish himself from Matt Reardon) had claimed the Bauer garage apartment, the gang of kids were all staying at Manny’s Laurel Falls house the night before the 4th. It had been a busy, noisy day. They had broken up into groups. Clarissa had been playing with baby Mikey. Michelle was sitting on the floor by the couch surrounded by the rest of the pack of kids. They were watching Mikey crawling around the floor. Danny walked into the room. (Note: I’m not sure that the timing of this story fits development wise, but it works well for the story so swallow if you need to.)

“What’s going on in here?” He cocked his eyebrow at the group.

Little Billy jumped up and down, “We’re having a baby race!”

Dani interrupted, “Lily isn’t a baby anymore!”

“Close enough! We’re racing Mikey and Lily and see who can crawl to the end of the couch first!”

“Lily will always win because she’s a girl.”

“She’s bigger.”

“You just said she’s a baby.”

“Cut that out.” Danny reached down and picked up Mikey. “I don’t think I want my son…”

“OUR son….,” Michelle cut in.

“OUR son to be raced like a horse.”

Hope giggled, “Daddy is afraid of horses. He didn’t want me to have riding lessons.” (Note: See A Typical House fanfic)

Dani turned on her sister. “Daddy isn’t afraid of anything!”

Danny told his children, “There are some things that it makes sense to be afraid of, but while Daddy and Mommy are around to take care of you, you don’t need to be afraid of anything. Daddy and Mommy will take care of you.” He repeated to Mikey making baby faces, “Daddy will take care of you, yes, Daddy will take care of you.”

Mikey looked at him, smiled, tilted his head, and said, “Da-da.”

Danny looked with wonder at his son and then his wife who had jumped up beside him. “What did you say, Mikey? Say that again.”

Danny tried to get him to say it again. “Da-da. Say that again Da-da. Da-da.”

Mikey chewed his fist and then laughed. Then while everybody held their breath to listen he said, “Da-da.”

Everybody cheered and clapped.

*****Commercial Break*****

Meanwhile Robbie had taken Sarah outside to walk over to the falls.

“Robbie, are you sure it’s OK we’re out here? Your dad is always so strict about knowing where you are.”

“That happens when two of your kids have been kidnapped. He’s just worried about us. Over protective…but I wouldn’t bring you out here if I didn’t think it was safe.”

“I know you wouldn’t. I trust you.”

Robbie smiled shyly and “You know my folks built the house here because when Mom was a little girl Grandma Maureen used to bring her here. She used to dream of a handsome prince coming to marry her and then my Dad did. They got married here – twice. They dreamed of building a house here and they finally did when we moved back from California.”

“That’s very romantic…..Do you miss California ever?”

“No, I’m glad we moved back here. Springfield is special. I’m glad to be back here with family ….and if I we hadn’t moved back I wouldn’t have met you.”

“I’m glad you moved back.”

Robbie took Sarah’s hand and turned her to face him. Slowly, softly, sweetly, he leaned in and kissed her on the lips.

Just then Clarissa came running down from the house to tell Robbie the good news about Mikey saying his first word. At the sight of Rorah kissing her face fell, and blindly she ran back to the house. She found Michelle choking back the tears she said, “Please take me home. I just want to go home.”

Michelle hugged her. “Sure, honey, I’ll take you home.” She cast troubled eyes at Danny. Who shrugged puzzled. “Go on, take her home. I’ve got this.”

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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