Archive for the ‘Guiding Light Classic’ Category

Notes from the Blog

June 7, 2017
Overhead shot of Bauer Backyard 1991

Overhead shot of Bauer Backyard 1991

I just want to give you a quick note. I’m going to be out of town for a couple of days and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to publish, but don’t worry. I’ll be back!

I also wanted to let you know that I’ve been working on my Bauer BBQ fanfic. It’s actually going really well. Last time I wrote a Bauer BBQ, it was mostly a Manny story. This time I wanted it to be more like a real Bauer BBQ on the show. I started out creating a list of who I wanted there and gave myself permission not to write for every character. As I worked on it I decided that I needed to add children or the population of Springfield was going to zero out. So I worked on figuring out what children are there. I’ve been working on adding a few, watch for a new list soon.

Next I blocked it and outlined it out as if it was an episode. I’ve been working on it and so far it’s going well. The story arcs have seemed to have just grown organically. Today I worked on the Bauer BBQ speech and I’m pleased with how it came out. Look for it to start publishing during Bauer BBQ week.

A Certain Night in March 2017 by Robansuefarm

May 30, 2017

Author’s Note: I’ve done some more traditional fanfic, but I also like to do just some happy Manny stuff and try to make it like an episode. This year I’m going to try to get a Bauer BBQ fanfic done. This is a bit of a prequel. This is Manny only, but I’ve already got a list of characters who will be making appearances and the first “episode” worth of scenes blocked out. Check out my last Bauer BBQ fanfic from 2014. See translation notes at the end.

A Certain Night in March 2017 by Robansuefarm

Michelle Bauer Santos quietly slipped into her and Danny’s bedroom. She reached to her right and using the dimmer switch turned on the light in the walk-in closet/dressing room to her left letting a soft, low light spill out its door and into the bedroom. It was enough to easily move, but not as stark if it turned on the overhead. They had carefully designed the room lighting that way. While their schedules were more in sync than they had been when Danny was working in his clubs, there will still times when one or the other needed to be up at odd times and they didn’t want to disrupt the other’s sleep.

Moving quietly not to wake her sleeping husband, she toed off her high heels and flexed her feet and rolled her shoulders with a soft sigh. She padded over to the closet taking off her suit jacket and hanging it up.

A deep breath came from darkened bedroom as her husband woke and sat up. As he raised up the sheet fell away revealing his bare chest. He rubbed his face in his hands and drew up his legs to rest his crossed arms and chin on them.

Michelle stepped back into the bedroom. She reached down and picked up the high heels to put them away. “I’m sorry I woke you up. I was trying to be quiet….since you didn’t see the need to wait up.”

“Hey missy, a father of three has to grab sleep when he can. Besides I’d rather save my being awake for when you are home. Did you lock the garage door and the house door again as you came in? I double checked everything before I came up.”

“Of course I did. Danny, how many years have we done this?”

“Not as many as I want and keeping you and the kids safe is how I’ll get a lot more years. I always have this fear that the time I don’t ask will be the time you forget too and someone gets in.”

“I understand.”

“How did the suicide prevention board meeting go?”

Michelle rolled her eyes. “Alright I guess. If Becca would ever learn to let go of….It was the right decision to fold the hotline we had with Harley’s Angels into the main suicide hotline, but it was nice when it was just Bill and me making decisions. Board meetings can be frustrating.”

Danny grinned. “I know how hard it can be taking a position when you’re used to being in charge…harder than it looks isn’t it?”

Michelle stuck her tongue out at him before ducking back into the changing room to put the shoes away. “I miss working on the phones too. It felt like I was doing more.”

“Michelle, keeping the lights on is even more important. You know you really don’t have the time or emotion to spare right now, but I’m sure you’ll get back to it once we’re empty nesters.”

Michelle stepped back in to the bedroom unbuttoning her skirt and shimming out of it, before picking it up to hang it up too. “I suppose. I hope I’m doing enough to honor Ben.”

Danny got out of bed and clad only in his boxers moved around the bed and wrapped his arms around her from behind. His body protectively spooned around her as he wrapped his arms around her waist. Dropping his lips to her ear. “Ben needed more help than you could have given him, Michelle. You are making sure to make time to stop other people from getting that far gone and pushing them to the help they need. I’m sure Ben is looking down at you and is just as proud of you as I am.” Danny’s hands moved up her torso to unbutton her blouse.

For a minute Michelle burrowed into his arms. “Thank you,” she said and then stepped out of the blouse letting it in his arms. She reached back in picking up the nightgown she’d put on top of the bureau inside the door and crossed the bedroom to their bathroom. “Put that in the dry cleaning bag, will you, please?”

Danny chuckled and went to stick the blouse in the bag. He moved over so he could see Michelle in the bathroom as he leaned against the wall with his arms crossed. He watched Michelle as she went through her nightly ritual getting ready for bed. She cleaned off her makeup, moisturized her face, brushed out her hair, brushed her teeth, etc. As she worked she glanced at Danny.

“So how was your evening con sus ninos?” *

“It was great like it always is with the world’s best dad. I took them out to Little Havana.”

“You got your Arroz y Pollo?” *

“You bet. Robbie got some too. He wants to be just like his old man.”

Michelle paused in her routine to smile at her husband. “He couldn’t do any better. I worry sometimes though. He is our son and I think we were both getting into more trouble than he does at 16.”

“Robbie is more serious and stable than we were. I know we did our best to protect him, but there was a lot of both stability and instability when he was growing up before we moved to California. I think he values stability more than we did. Besides he’s got Jude for a cousin and best friend. He values stability too, they aren’t going to be knocking things over.”

“So you don’t think he’s going to show our spirit and fire.”

“Oh, I’m sure he will, just as soon as he finds the right girl.”

“You don’t think that’s Sarah or Clarissa?”

“It could be either or maybe there’s a fireball female out there just waiting to come charging into his life.” Danny grinned at his wife. “I think it’s just a matter of time.”

Michelle rolled her eyes at him. “And how was Hope?”

“She had her usual – a pressed ham sandwich, black beans, and rice.”

“And…”

“The science club she started with Sarah and Emma met today. They are still working on their energy from algae project over in the Spaulding greenhouse.”

“Any positive results?”

“Not yet, but Sarah had a suggestion and Hope has sketched out a new plan to test it. She’s really excited about it.”

“I hope it works out. And what about Danielle?”

“I got a couple of bites down her of Arroz y Pollo before she absolutely refused to eat anymore and I had to break down and get her a grilled cheese sandwich….Apparently she and Little Billy wrecked havoc on their play date. Apparently they decided to make their own tree-house and instead of getting a ladder they piled up a bunch of chairs and boxes and put an ironing board on top of that. She was halfway up it before Bill caught them.”

Michelle stopped dead. “She’s OK? Neither of them fell?”

“Nope, Bill got them down and we’ve BOTH had a word with them. We’ll help them build a tree-house clubhouse, but NO more improvised ladders.” Danny walked over and shut off the light in the dressing room and then headed back to the bed.

“I should hope not.”

Michelle emerged from the bathroom nightly regiment done wearing one of her favorite silky nightgowns. “Then you over ate on flan?”

“What else is flan for?”

“Giving you a reason to burn off calories.” Standing on tiptoe, Michelle wrapped her arms around her husband to pull him into a steamy kiss.

“Hello, my beautiful wife.”

“Hello, my perfect husband.”

They both laughed as they fell together on the bed.

*con sus ninos = with our children

*rice and chicken

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.

 

Dr. Jim Frazier Was A Korean Vet

May 29, 2017

There is a lot of Guiding Light we don’t know. Much of the early years we’ve got broad strokes of story instead of details. However, despite knowing these stories the only veteran I remember is Buzz Cooper. I’ve long thought that was really odd. You couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a veteran on TV in the late 1940s through the 1960s. On shows like Perry Mason you’d have an episode where an old navy buddy shows up and they talk about old times in the service. You’d have shows like Run for Your Life where you discover the lead character can fly a plane because he flew in the service. Even comical Rob Petrie, Dick Van Dyke’s character on The Dick Van Dyke Show, had flashback episodes that showed him in uniform. So I’ve always been puzzled why there weren’t more veterans on Guiding Light, especially during those years.

Jim Frazier and Colleague

Jim Frazier at Cedars Hospital

Earlier this year I found an offhand mention that in the character descriptions for Dr. Jim Frazier and his wife Martha said that Jim was a veteran of the Korean War. In fact “Jim was a retired army veteran who served in the Korean War in the same unit as Dr. Paul Fletcher…” Jim was a doctor at Cedars. He rose quickly up through the hierachy at Cedars to become hospital administrator by 1966. Martha served as a nurse. He and Martha became couple friends with Bert and Bill Bauer and served as one of the mentors to their son, Dr. Ed Bauer.

Eventually Jim took a job as the head of the overall company that managed hospitals across the country including Cedars. His wife was periodically seen after he left the staff at Cedars, but she was last seen in 1967. Jim was replaced on staff by Dr. Stephen Jackson, Ed’s other mentor and Rick’s future grandfather.

The most striking part of the Jim and Martha was their actors. Over their short run on the show Jim was played by both Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. Martha was played by both Cicely Tyson and Ruby Dee.

Since the one I found first was Jim, he got the bulk of this post, but Dr. Paul Fletcher and Ben Scott also served in the same unit. Dr. Paul Fletcher was then married to Robin Lang who was Kathy Roberts’s daughter. Kathy was Meta Bauer’s stepdaughter. Robin was also an ex-wife of Mike Bauer. Paul was the subject of Agnes Nixon’s novelization of Guiding Light. Ben Scott was the father who abandoned Peggy Scott who would be a nurse and major figure on the show for years, even marrying Roger Thorpe for a time.

The discovery of this triad makes a lot of sense as veterans and old army buddies were the mainsprings of stories at the time. It makes a lot more sense now I’ve found these three, but I’m guessing there are more unknown veterans. I’ll keep an eye out and if you discover one plese let me know.

Roundup of Previous Memorial Day Posts:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/memorial-day-roundup-2015

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.

Rustle of the Sheets Storyline Summary

May 25, 2017

Below is The Rustle of the Sheets storyline summary from Danny first walking into Millennium through the end of Reva Rescue Rangers Storyline during the Indian Summer.

Republisher’s Note: I fixed obvious typos, but did not edit actual content even though there are several mistakes in the summary apparently from how they were described before shooting. There are also in [brackets] some notes of descriptions of some scenes that weren’t included in the final versions of the episodes. Do a find control for a left hand bracket [ to find just these cut scenes. I had heard about the famous missing Psychology class scene, but not the others. The Michelle telling Danny about being blind was an especially important one to the story. Someone *Hint, Hint* should take a hand at writing them up as lost scenes. Not sure of where they got the synposes from. I wish I did.

Find the original post:
https://web.archive.org/web/20120407081911/http://members.fortunecity.com/rustlingsheets/dmhistory.html

Danny and Michelle’s Story

[Author’s Note: The synposes are written before the airing and several times all of the scenes described don’t make it onto the air. Any scenes that I know of that didn’t, I will make a note of in square brackets.]

November 11, 1998 . . . Mick’s brother Danny comes to Millennium, looking for answers to his brother’s death. His visit leaves the foursome unnerved — Jesse, Drew, Michelle and Bill –, especially Michelle.

At Millennium, Jesse asks Drew if there has been any sign of Danny. Drew tells him no and wonders why there should be. Jesse is sure that Danny isn’t through with them yet. Michelle tries to study but finds that she has trouble concentrating as she relives hitting Mick on the back of the head with a rock. Jesse sneaks up behind her and asks how she is doing. Michelle thinks that her dream of saving lives (medically) has been ruined by taking Mick’s life. Drew’s bartender quits on short notice; Danny walks in and offers to do the job. Drew is impressed with his knowledge of drinks and reluctantly hires him.

New barkeep Danny tells Drew that even though brother Mick was older, Danny played the “man of the house” after their father died. Jesse and Michelle discuss how she feels about killing a man. Jesse tells Michelle that Danny is out for revenge and that no one must ever know what really happened. Drew informs Michelle and Jesse that she hired Danny and they must play it cool. She is going to make Danny fall in love with her.

Drew is in a drop dead gorgeous dress. She tells Bill, Jesse and Michelle about her plans to seduce Danny in order to distract him from finding out they killed Mick. She comes on to Danny. Danny brushes off Drew who only tries harder. He says he is only here to find Mick’s killer and that’s it. Drew is crestfallen. She lies to Jesse that Danny is attracted to her, but after Jesse keeps pushing her, she admits that Danny brushed her off. She adds that Danny scared her because he was so cold.

Later, Danny questions Michelle. Drew is crying brokenheartedly to Jesse. She goes back to the “I killed someone” rant and Jesse hugs her. Danny continues to quiz Michelle and only succeeds in unnerving her. She tells him to leave her alone and walks away.

At the diner, Michelle speaks with Mick’s angry brother Danny, who is incensed that Michelle and her pals hadn’t bothered to attend Mick’s funeral. She asks if there is any way she can make it up to him. Danny snarks, yeah — she could help him find his brother’s killer.

Michelle and Drew are up to their usual bickering, but when Danny comes in, they team up, deciding that Michelle should stick close and keep tabs on him. Michelle invites him to stay for Thanksgiving dinner and suggests that she might be able to help him find his brother’s killer.

As she spouts off false information to send him on a wild goose chase, he calls her bluff. He finds what she is saying interesting, but says he doesn’t believe a word of it. He continues to insist that he doesn’t believe what Michelle has told him, he thinks she knows more than she is offering. Michelle claims that she is ready to tell him the truth — no one is sorry that Mick is dead. Mick was a bad guy who’d been dealing drugs in the club and that’s why no one came to his funeral.

Jesse isn’t pleased to find Michelle alone with Danny. He tells him to get out, but Danny says that he had been invited to dinner. Jesse uninvites him. Once alone, Jesse warns Michelle not to try to take this guy on, he wants Danny to stay away from her.

Jenna realizes that her two charges, Marina and Lizzie, are no longer with her. She frantically starts looking for them, but to no avail. Jesse and Michelle fear that Danny might have taken them. Danny finds Lizzie and Marina hiding and returns them safe and sound. Everyone apologizes for suspecting him. Michelle spins out and Danny follows her.

The four teenagers argue because Jesse threw Danny out and now Michelle is missing. The four are still arguing as Selena enters, back from her trip to California. Bill and Jesse leave. The two women are alone. Selena guesses that the kids are involved in Mick’s death. Selena warns Drew that, according to word on the street, even though Danny looks and sounds good, he is much more dangerous than Mick. She adds that if they get in his way, they are dead.

Michelle, meanwhile, is on the beach by herself remembering the scene with Mick and Drew. Danny comes up and confronts her. He presses her because he believes she knows something about Mick’s death. He clearly unnerves Michelle. Danny reveals that before he died, Mick told him that he had a crush on Michelle and they used to flirt all the time. Danny’s theory is that Jesse killed Mick in a jealous rage. He adds that he is going to make Jesse pay for killing Mick.

Michelle denies that Jesse killed Mick. Danny keeps pushing. He starts manhandling her. She screams. At this point, Michelle drops the bomb that when he died, Mick was attacking her. Jesse arrives at the beach and pushes Danny down while yelling “get away.”

Jesse threatens Danny and keeps screaming at him and pummeling him. Jesse says if Danny goes near Michelle again, he will kill him. Danny leaves with the cryptic message, “I have learned a lot tonight. It’s been a real education.”

Michelle and Jesse talk about their difficulties regarding Mick at the diner. She is finally able to share how Danny has been coming on to her. Jesse asks her to please tell him the next time that Danny starts making her feel uncomfortable. After Michelle gets a hug from Frank outside the diner and tells him to say ‘hi’ to Marina for her, Danny intercepts her and kisses her passionately on the lips.

Drew and Jesse talk about the pain of losing someone, as Michelle finds out there is a new student in her class — Danny. Michelle is ready to blow a gasket! She vents to Drew that Danny Santos has annoyingly shown up in her psychology class, claiming he is there to audit the lectures. She feels like he is really there to stalk her. He has even signed up to be her study partner, but does he really want to study? — no; he just wants to sit there and torture her.

When the assignment is analyzing ink blots, Danny had insisted that each one looked like two people making love — Michelle and himself. Michelle replied curtly that the ink blots looked more like pictures of Danny getting hauled off to jail for harassing her.

[Note: these scenes were not filmed, only related to Drew. Paul Anthony Stewart had pneumonia. Thank God, they didn’t have someone fill in for him that day!]

Drew suggests that Michelle might consider chilling a bit. After all, as long as Danny keeps sniffing around Michelle romantically, he’d probably forget all about trying to investigate his brother’s death. But Michelle get her dander up all over again, when a sheaf of ink blots — a little gift from Danny — arrives in the mail. She phones him and sets up an urgent meeting.

At the mall, Michelle spells things out for Danny in plain English: no more calls, no more packages in the mail, no more auditing her college classes and no more intimidation tactics, period. A kinder and gentler Danny tries to explain that his only intention here is romantic. He’d even decided that his brother’s death was an accident, so he was closing up shop on his one-man investigation. Michelle, however, doesn’t soften a bit. She tells him firmly that they are not a couple and will never become one; she loves Jesse.

After Michelle turns on her heels and leaves, Danny confers by cell phone with an unidentified collaborator. He reports that things are taking a little longer than anticipated, but he remains as determined as ever to find his brother’s killer.

Michelle stops by Holly’s and suggests that Holly come to the Bauer house for a holiday meal. Her response is, “What kind of mother would I be if I weren’t here when my Meg got home?” She offers Michelle some egg nog in hopes of changing the subject and Michelle was shocked to taste alcohol in Holly’s drink. Holly agrees that drinking is a bad idea and rushes Michelle off, promising to come for dinner after Meg arrives. Michelle exits only to find Danny waiting for her with a Christmas gift. It is a picture of Michelle alone in the park, a reminder that he is always around.

Danny arrives just as Michelle, Drew, Jesse and Bill are arguing, and the tension changes to rage when he walks in and kisses Michelle. Jesse goes after Danny with all of his might, but is pulled back by the news that Michelle and Danny are partners in a class at school.

Drew pulls Danny outside to see what is really going on with him. Danny suggests that if Jesse got this angry over a kiss, he may have had similar rage if Mick had ever hit on Michelle. Maybe Jesse killed Mick, he wonders and Drew suggests that Danny no longer cares about Mick’s murder. She thinks that Danny has developed a thing for Michelle.

When Michelle lets it slip that things had happened with Danny lately, Jesse pushes for more information from her. When she tells him about the first kiss from Danny at the diner, Jesse’s anger is palpable. Simultaneously, Danny admits to Drew that he does have a thing for Michelle. He says that if he could take Michelle away from Jesse and pin Mick’s murder on him at the same time, then all the better.

Jesse shares his plan to save Michelle with Bill. He plans to leave town throwing suspicion totally his way. Jesse covers his plan by telling Michelle that he had been called to New York by an art dealer. Meanwhile, Danny is told that he only has 48 more hours to wrap up Mick’s murder. If he can’t do it, all four under suspicion would die.

Drew overhears Jesse telling Bill his plan to leave town and his request for Bill to watch over Michelle. Drew can’t bear the thought of Jesse leaving and wants to send Michelle away instead. Jesse not only asks Drew to understand, but asks an even bigger favor … tell Danny that Jesse is the one who killed Mick. An upset Drew goes to Danny and blurts that Michelle killed his brother.

Danny accosts Drew, demanding to know who killed Mick. Drew says it was Michelle. Danny does not believe this; he thinks Jesse did it. She also reveals that Jesse is leaving town to throw Danny off the trail. Upstairs, Michelle and Jesse are saying good-bye. She asks to go with him. Jesse says no.

Danny doesn’t believe that Michelle killed Mick. Through tears, Drew tells Danny that Mick was hurting Michelle and the death was an accident. Selena interrupts. Danny drags Drew upstairs to confront Michelle. Danny tells Drew someone will have to pay because his family wants revenge.

Danny is racing upstairs to find Michelle and encounters Dietz on his way to find Michelle. She and Jesse are outside saying good-bye. Jesse tells her he will never forget her. He rides off on his motorcycle, leaving Michelle alone just as Danny comes up angrily behind her. He confronts her and yells, “there is only one way to finish this!” She is terrified.

Danny is devastated to learn that Michelle was the one who had killed his brother. As she begs him not to kill her, he drags her out of the alley. Danny brings Michelle to the beach where is brother had died. He wants to know exactly how she killed Mick. Michelle desperately tells him the story of what happened as it related to her, leaving out Drew’s involvement. Danny says that he believes her, but unfortunately her confession isn’t really in her best interest.

He asks who else was there that night, saying that his brother was twice Michelle’s size. He doesn’t believe that Michelle could have done it alone. She insists that it was only her. He says that he knows what kind of person his brother was and that he believes her. Michelle collapses into his arms with relief, but he pulls away, saying that no matter what, he can’t excuse her killing his brother.

Since Danny is being watched by one of his father’s men, he tells Michelle that if he doesn’t take care of her, someone else will. Sirens rng out in the distance, heading toward the beach. Michelle begs him to run and save himself. He looks back to see that he is still being watched. Desperate, he pulls Michelle further down the beach. As the sirens grow closer, the beach is left empty.

Michelle tries to convince Danny that she had acted in self defense and that his brother’s death was an accident. Danny tells her it does not matter. Dietz shows up and wonders why Danny has not killed Michelle yet. Danny sends him to check if there are any cops around. Then, Danny points his gun and orders Michelle to turn around. She refuses and he forcibly turns her around … Suddenly, there is a gunshot and Michelle is face down in the river.

Dietz returns and seems pleased. After he leaves, Danny helps Michelle out of the water. She asks why he had ordered her to jump in. Danny says he’s done it because he believes her story, and she thanks him for not killing her. He says it isn’t that easy. He wonders if she is worth the fact that he is risking his life. He says that in order to remain safe, she absolutely has to follow his instructions.

Danny and Michelle argue over Danny’s plan. She isn’t sure it’s any better than the alternative of being dead and doesn’t think “the boss” will believe their story. Danny says “the boss” better believe it, for her sake. Michelle panics and realizes that she isn’t as safe as Danny had told her she’d be. The boss agrees to see them, and Michelle is surprised to find out that the boss is a woman and Danny’s mother. Michelle explains that killing Mick was an accident; she did it in self-defense because he was attacking her. Danny’s mother doesn’t care and says that Michelle must pay for killing her son. Danny stops her and tells his mom she can’t kill her because Michelle is his wife.

After Danny drops this bomb, Carmen is clearly upset as she points a gun at Michelle. Carmen is still threatening Michelle. When Michelle finally talks back to her, Carmen slaps her face. Meanwhile, Jesse is positive Michelle is not dead. He tells Drew that if she were, he would feel it. He figures out that the Santos family is hiding Danny and Michelle. He goes off to find them and refuses Drew’s offer to come with him, but she does so anyway. Carmen is still angry. Jesse and Drew enter and spot Danny. As Carmen goes to the door, Danny tells Michelle to make the marriage look real or else.

Jesse speaks in Spanish to Carmen, which seems to impress her. He says he has information about Mick. Inside, Danny warns Michelle that her friends’ lives depend on her making their involvement look real. He sees Carmen enter the room and draws Michelle into a passionate kiss. In walk Drew and Jesse, interrupting the kiss. Jesse runs over and hugs Michelle. In front of Mama, Danny and Drew, Jesse tells her that she doesn’t have to pretend anymore. She can come with him. Michelle shocks everyone by saying no — she is staying with Danny.

Michelle is heartbroken as Jesse stands before her, pleading to take her home. He explains that the police know everything now. Carmen blames Danny for bringing trouble into her home by marrying Michelle. Michelle then has to turn to Jesse and break the news of her marriage to Danny. Jesse blows past this news as if she never said it. Carmen leaves, giving Danny the task of removing Jesse and Drew from her home.

Danny reminds Michelle that their marriage has saved the lives of her loved ones. She turns to Jesse and claims to love Danny in a way she had never loved him. Jesse refuses to believe that. Danny warns Jesse that it is time for his departure. Michelle is forced to go farther, pointing out all the problems that she and Jesse had endured in their troubled relationship, and adding that she was happy to be past that now. As a distraught Jesse exits, followed by a not so distraught Drew, Danny moves to comfort Michelle. She pushed him away as Carmen looks on. Carmen steps in, asking Michelle to call her mother. She says that she is making plans for a proper church ceremony.

The Bauers are summoned by Dietz to meet Carmen. They are relieved to hear that Michelle is alive, but shocked to learn about her marriage to Danny. Jesse tries to explain the situation, but they don’t completely believe him. Once at the country club, Rick tries to convince Michelle that what she is doing was wrong. Michelle tells her brother that she has no choice.

Jesse crashes the party and pleads with Michelle. He says if you tell me that you don’t love me anymore I will leave you and Danny alone. Michelle tries, but she can’t say those words and they kiss. Mrs. Santos sees this and informs her son that Michelle is welcoming a guest in the hallway.

Michelle tells Jesse that they are over with and her life is with Danny. In response to his mother’s newsflash, Danny interrupts and orders Jesse to leave. Jesse believes that Danny is holding something over Michelle and tells him to let her go. The two men end up fighting, and Dietz throws Jesse out. Danny and Michelle argue over her kissing Jesse goodbye. Danny warns her to be careful because his mother is filing away everything she does for future reference.

Mrs. Santos whispers in Michelle’s ear that Danny is having second thoughts about the marriage and that is very bad for her. Later, Mrs. Santos has Jesse brought by for a little chat. She wants his help in breaking up Danny and Michelle. Jesse refuses to go along with her. Michelle is upset to find the bedroom she is supposed to share with Danny lighted with candles and decorated with flowers like a bridal suite.

Upon entering their bedroom, Michelle is stunned. The room is decorated as a bridal suite with flowers and champagne. Michelle tells Danny that she wouldn’t sleep with him if her life depended on it. It does, Danny reminds her. He adds that she could be a little bit grateful. Carmen enters and asks if they like the room, reminding them that she wants grandchildren, as she stares at Michelle who just looks sick. Carmen asks Michelle how many children she wants. Carmenthen recites a blessing in Spanish asking God to make Michelle very fertile. Once she leaves, Danny admits to Michelle that he will do whatever it takes to keep Michelle safe. He says it’s not about his brother anymore or revenge; it’s just about her and him.

Michelle says there is no “them” and she doesn’t love Danny. He says she is stuck with him and she should try to make the best of it. He insists there is something between them if Michelle would only admit it. He rubs her shoulders. She breaks away and tells him it will never happen. Michelle repeats her mantra: there is nothing between her and Danny, and she will find a way out of this mess without anyone she loves getting hurt. She adds that she will never sleep with Danny. He tells her that she can’t get away from his mother. He begins to undress for bed. He informs her that he wears nothing to bed. As Michelle slips into a pretty negligee, she tells him that tonight he will wear something to bed. “Touche” is his answer. They are now both in the same bed. Michelle has her back turned; grinning, Danny says good night.

Michelle is looking for Danny and finds his mother who tells her Danny has gone out. They have a heated conversation and Michelle tels Mrs. Santos that she is aware that she does not believe her marriage is real.

Mrs. Santos receives a phone call and speaks in Spanish. She tells Michelle to get used to it and snidely tells her to let her know when she felt left out. Abby arrives and she and Michelle use sign language. Mrs. Santos is visibly angry and Michelle tells Abby that because she doesn’t sign she is feeling left out, taking an opportunity to throw Carmen’s words back in her face. Michelle lets her know she expects privacy and as she leaves the room, Mrs. Santos says she will spare no expense at the wedding and that Michelle would get all she deserved.

Abby wants to know what is going on and she lets Michelle know her family was worried. She tells her they would fix everything. Michelle tells her she has made both a choice and a committment and asks her to accept this. She also asks Abby to help her convince Rick and Jesse. She tells Abby that she needs them to give her some space. Abby sayes it seems she is a prisoner. Michelle admits that she and Mrs. Santos don’t like each other, but they are adjusting. She tells her again that this is the life she wants. Abby doesn’t believe her and Michelle tells her not to come back. As she leaves, Michelle asks her to tell everyone “Hi” and that she is fine.

Michelle wakes up wondering where Danny has gone to. When she calls for him, he jumps up from the floor at the foot of the bed. He says that he decided that it would be easier to sleep on the floor than worry about accidentally brushing against her. He quickly joins her in the bed when his mother knocks on the door, but forget to take the blankets with him. Michelle explains the blankets away saying that she had gotten hot during the night and thrown them off. Danny insists that his mother honor his and Michelle’s privacy.

Once alone again, Danny asks Michelle to meet his grandmother. She declines. The afternoon brings a meeting with the priest, where they have to prove that they are ready for marriage. Michelle assures Danny that she would ace their test with the Father, and she would do it by thinking about Jesse when answering every question. Her test proves successful, however, Michelle is a little surprised to hear how compatible the priest finds them.

It is brought home for her when Danny reads the answer on his questionnaire about what he hoped for in a marriage and it is almost the same as hers. She says that she had never realized until then how much Danny had given up by marrying her. She had only thought of what this marriage had cost her. She asks Danny to help her find a way for both of them to be happy. Danny says that the difference between the two of them is that he doesn’t expect life to be perfect.

Carmen explains to Dietz that Jesse is her only real hope of breaking up Michelle and Danny. Jesse comes in with reservations, still not understanding why Carmen would want to work with him. She says that she wants Jesse to help show Danny that he is making a mistake. Jesse is willing to hear her plan. When Danny and Michelle arrive home from their meeting with the priest, Carmen is very excited for the two of them to meet her newest employee. She pulls them into the dining room and says, “I think you know Jesse Blue.”

Carmen informs Danny and Michelle that Jesse is now working for the family. Michelle looks green. Danny turns crimson with anger. Privately, Danny tries to argue Carmen out of putting Mr. Blue on the family payroll. She bluntly reminds her rebellious son that she is the boss, her word is sacrosanct, and if at any time Danny gets bored with this foolish marriage and divorces Ms. Bauer, Carmen is quite ready to put a contract out on the infuriating interloper.

Carmen remains staunchly convinced that Michelle will only wind up breaking Danny boy’s heart. Later, Carmen gives Jesse a personal tour of the mansion and takes particular delight in showing him the newlywed’s much-rumpled bedroom. She cunningly points out that the bed sheets were in such disarray, because Danny and Michelle couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Jesse listens politely to Carmen’s beaming comments, all the while vowing to find a way somehow to rescue Michelle from this elegant snake pit.

Then, while Carmen and Michelle go off to huddle over invitations (for Danny and Michelle’s big church wedding), Mr. Blue and Mr. Santos lock horns. Danny wants Jesse to quit. Jesse insists that he isn’t ditching his new job at the Santos compound until he can take Michelle with him.

Later, when they’re alone, Danny tells Michelle there is only one way to get Jesse to leave the premises for good. They have to convince him that they are really in love. Jesse will have to catch them in bed together. Michelle and Danny have it out in their bedroom. He declares that she isn’t the only prisoner in this marriage and they have to make their domestic situation look as real as possible.

Danny leaves angrily to speak with Jesse, and Drew comes over to see Michelle. Danny and Jesse have a tense confrontation. Danny threatens Jesse’s life when Jesse refuses to quit working for Carmen. Drew is compelled to tell Michelle the truth: Jesse is still carrying a torch for Michelle — and it could all get them killed. Drew thinks there is only one way to convince Jesse that Michelle and Danny are happily married. He has to catch them in the act of making love.

Michelle wonders how she can go through with it. Jesse knocks on her door and tells her they have to talk. Michelle insists that he needs to stay away from her as Drew listens from behind a curtain. Jesse reminds her of the past — how they’d once taken wedding vows in the lighthouse — but Michelle tells him that it’s over between them. Nevertheless, she doesn’t resist kissing him. Then she asks him to leave, even though she breaks down and cries when he does. Afterwards, Michelle makes a decision and asks for Drew’s help.

In the meantime, Danny goes to confession and tells the priest that he may have to kill someone in order to save his wife’s life. The priest prays that he won’t have to do it and warns him that if he commits murder, his soul could be in mortal danger. Michelle calls Danny on his cellphone and informs him she has a way to get rid of Jesse without killing him. He needs to meet her at the lighthouse.

Michelle tells Danny that they have to make love at the lighthouse in order to convince Jesse that she doesn’t love him anymore. Danny wonders if she can go through with it. Michelle answers by kissing him. The newlyweds undress and climb into bed. But suddenly Michelle can’t go through with it, after all. When Jesse arrives, she tries to keep him out of the lighthouse, but he pushes his way in and finds Danny in bed.

Danny and Michelle are in bed. Danny starts to take off her negligee saying, “We have to do this.” Michelle backs away screaming, “No, there has to be another way.” Jesse is outside knocking on the door while all this is going on. She runs to the door with Danny’s jacket covering her negligee crying, “No, Jesse, I don’t want to see you.” Jesse keeps pushing to come in. He forces the door open, sees her and Danny scantily clad and asks, “Why?” Michelle just looks guilty. Jesse is very hurt.

Michelle apologizes to Jesse for the scene he just walked in on. Jesse is incredulous as well as hurt. Danny sits quietly in the background as Michelle tells Jesse in a teary voice that it’s over. Jesse finally relents by telling her he won’t bother her anymore. He leaves and Michelle cries bitterly in front of Danny. Danny expresses his concern to Michelle. He tries to comfort her as well as offer his sympathy and help. Michelle rejects it all. She tells Danny to stay away from her. This angers Danny. Michelle reminds Danny he will never have her love.

Danny and Michelle get dressed while he lectures her. She says she would rather be dead than be with him. He reminds her that unless she acts like she loves him, she and Jesse will be dead. To this, she reiterates that she will never love him. Danny thinks that just as his grandparents met for the first time on their wedding day and had a happy life, so too, there may be hope for him and Michelle. Nevertheless, Danny denies having feelings for Michelle in response to her statements.

Danny orders Michelle to pull herself together, because Carmen should not see that she has been crying. Danny tells Carmen that Jesse is gone; and furthermore, he and Michelle are tired of jumping through Mama’s hoops. He adds that it’s time for her to show Michelle the respect due his wife.

At this point, Michelle comes in and asks for a private chat with Carmen. She asks Michelle what happened. Michelle says she wants Drew to be her maid of honor and she wants white roses at her wedding. Carmen replies that a big wedding is not really necessary. Michelle insists that a big wedding is what she wants — in fact, “the bigger the better.” Carmen says a big shindig would be in questionable taste because Michelle killed Mick. Michelle then announces that that she will go all through their family rituals and she will earn their respect and trust; she wants Carmen to be proud of her. She adds that she sincerely wants to be part of the Santos family and feels that a big wedding with all the relatives on hand is a good way to start. Carmen says, “I’ll consider it” (through clenched teeth) as she leaves the room.

After Carmen leaves, Michelle tells herself that she will get in as deep as she can, infiltrate herself into the Santos clan, find out all their weaknesses and then use that to “as God is my witness, bring this family down.” She finishes the speech by saying “I will get my life back!”

Michelle informs Drew of her plan to bring down the Santos family. Drew thinks Michelle’s going to get herself killed trying to get Jesse back, but an impassioned Michelle tells her that it’s not about Jesse, it’s about Michelle getting her life back. Things get honest between the two, as Michelle advises Drew to make sure Jesse’s what she really wants and not to settle for someone who doesn’t want you as much as you want them. Later, Jesse thanks Drew for comforting him last night and asks to take her out in return. Drew makes a decision to lie that she already has a date, and we know Michelle’s words have had an effect on her. Michelle returns to the Santos home, and tries to press Danny for information regarding his family and business. Wary off Carmen’s warning that Michelle is up to something, Danny becomes defensive.

Michelle and Drew meet and talk about Michelle’s plan to bring down the Santos family. Drew tells Michelle that she turned down a date with Jesse because she doesn’t want to be the “next best thing.” The two share a warm moment.

Danny doesn’t really want to go into Michelle’s house. He gets the idea that Michelle is trying to pull something over on him. She suggested Danny accept that she might actually like him. While she didn’t love him, she suggests that maybe that would come in time. When they go inside and tell Rick and Meta that a wedding is set for the day after tomorrow, they are met with less than a happy welcome. Rick says that if Danny is going to marry his little sister, it is time for them to have a talk. Meta confronts Michelle, saying that she knows she isn’t in love with Danny.

Meanwhile, Rick is upstairs showing Danny the real Michelle in her old bedroom. Rick says to Danny, “you’re destroying my sister’s spirit.” He adds, “the greatest gift you could give my sister is to let her go.”

Michelle asks her family to be at the wedding to support her. She rushes upstairs when she realizes that Danny hasn’t come down with Rick. She finds Danny looking at the nude drawing Jesse had sketched of her. Danny says that Jesse had a beautiful subject and that the drawing doesn’t do her justice.

Rick says it is time for them to love Michelle and support this marriage. Meta hopes that he is right. Michelle asks for a few minutes alone in her own room to collect a few things. Alone, she calls the FBI offering to help them get the Santos family. As she is offering her help, Danny walks back in. Danny walks in on Michelle on the phone with the FBI, but assumes that Michelle was trying to call Jesse. She covers, and is relieved he doesn’t know who she was really talking too. Then Danny informs Michelle that he wants them to consummate the marriage after the ceremony. Michelle is floored, and tries to tell him she needs to take things slowly.

Later back at Casa Santos, Michelle is trying in vain to take a nap. She tosses and turns. Danny enters carrying the box of souvenirs that Jesse sent over. Michelle insists she does not want it; he can toss it. Danny says it’s okay for her to have memories — she can keep the box. She stubbornly maintains that she does not want it. Danny leaves and Mama Santos watches in the wings as Michelle poignantly goes through the contents of the box. Michelle is reading Romeo and Juliet. Carmen comes in with her own wedding dress and mantilla. Carmen says it would mean a lot to Daniel’s grandmother if Michelle wore the dress instead of the new one she bought. Michelle replies that she would be honored to wear it. Michelle tries on the beautiful lace mantilla. Carmen remarks that Michelle may have fooled Danny, but she knows that Michelle does not love him, and she is not fooled.

Michelle continues to insist that she loves Danny. Drew enters. When Carmen leaves, Michelle and Drew laughingly refer to her as “Morticia.” The two young women commiserate. Michelle reveals that she phoned the FBI about the Santos family.

Jesse opens the door to Danny. Danny tells Jesse to back off and to leave Michelle alone. The two men argue. Danny tells Jesse to stay away from the Santos compound. He warns that if Jesse comes to the wedding, he is a dead man. After Danny leaves, Jesse calls Mark Endicott and cancels the show because of the wedding.

Drew counsels Michelle to earn the trust of the Santos family. She tells Michelle about Jesse’s upcoming art show tomorrow. Carmen tries one last time to talk Danny out of the marriage. Danny chillingly says if she doesn’t stop, he will leave the family forever.

Carmen tells Danny that she won’t stand in his way regarding Michelle. Rick, Abby and Meta arrives to witness an event that they know to be a charade. Drew coachs Michelle in the bride’s dressing room to make this wedding look real. Danny greets his family and tells his cousin that Michelle is truly special. As his grandmother takes her place next to Carmen, her first time out of her room since Mick’s death, the wedding gets underway. Rick apologizes for not doing a good enough job stepping in when their dad went away. He says that he would do anything for her, even right at that moment. Michelle just says, “please Rick, it’s time to give me away.”

He does as asked and walks her down the aisle. As the priest gets to the part of the vows asking anyone to speak now or forever hold their peace, Jesse stands in the back looking on. He imagines stepping forward and asking Michelle to tell everyone that he was the one she loved. In his mind, she tells Danny that Jesse is the only man for her and runs out with him. But in reality, the wedding moves forward. Michelle and Danny shares their vows with one another and become husband and wife in the eyes of God.

Michelle is surprised Danny has planned a honeymoon. Drew assures Michelle she’ll be her go-between with the FBI and comments on how genuine her and Danny’s kiss seemed. Nervous but determined to go through with everything, Michelle approaches Danny and, at her suggestion, they head upstairs. Michelle is surprised by the gifts of money they were given. When Danny asks Michelle if there’s anything she wants, she drops her dress and moves toward him. Clad only in her trousseau, she tries to be passionate with Danny, but her feelings of guilt prevent her from consummating her marriage vows. Danny then tries to make Michelle comfortable by giving her a massage and whispering sweet nothings in her ear, but it doesn’t work.

They are interrupted by the FBI, thanks to Drew having contacted them. Danny is livid that FBI agents burst in on his wedding night. Carmen is sure Michelle’s behind it, but Danny defends his wife and does not want her harassed. Michelle says it’s OK, she can handle it, as one agent questions her while the other questions Danny and Carmen. Michelle talks to him about bringing Carmen down, but the agent makes it clear that if Carmen goes down, Danny goes down with her. When Michelle defends Danny, the agent reminds her she must choose between saving herself or Danny. Once alone, Danny embraces Michelle, promising to protect her and telling her she is his life.

Michelle is grilled by the Santos family’s lawyer about her conversation with the FBI. Danny defends Michelle to Carmen and the attorney. Carmen speaks with Rick about her son’s death at Michelle’s hands, and Rick advises her to allow Danny to run his own life.

[This was probably a great scene between Rick and Carmen, but alas, it is on the cutting room floor and we never saw it.]

Later, Michelle secretly gives money to a woman threatened by the Santos family, in exchange for information about their illicit operations.

Michelle contacts the FBI to let them know about her speaking with Mrs. Silva. At church, she runs into Mrs. Silva, who wants to tell Danny about the money Michelle gave her. At Michelle’s request, Mrs. Silva reluctantly agrees not to. Michelle insists that she wants to help Danny get out of the crime business, but she needs Mrs. Silva to tell her all she knows. Ray overhears Mrs. Silva thanking Michelle, and later assures Michelle that Danny would never harm her for being generous to Mrs. Silva.

Danny, meanwhile, is having dinner with Carmen, who continues to relay her suspicions about Michelle. Danny wants to earn an honest living for Michelle and their future family. Carmen, disturbed, tells of their family history, explaining that his grandfather and father had dreams of building the Santos family to be a force to reckon with in the community. Though touched, Danny remains firm about wanting to go legit. Carmen offers to accept Michelle only if she passes a test of her loyalty, but Danny refuses, and vows that Carmen will lose him if she acts against Michelle. Still, he assures Carmen that if Michelle or anyone else betrayed his family, he would exact revenge against them. Soon after this, he’s shocked when Ray tells him that Michelle gave Mrs. Silva the money.

Michelle tells a suspicious Danny that she didn’t know Mrs. Silva was a “client,” and was just helping a poor woman out. Danny learns that Dietz is still following Michelle, and orders him to stop. He also tells Michelle that his mother had better not be right about Michelle’s working against the family. Reminding him that she’s his wife, Michelle kisses him. Danny takes her into their bedroom, and the two begin to make love. But Danny picks up on her hesitation. Aghast that he nearly forced her to do something she doesn’t want to do, he storms out.

Danny brings Michelle flowers to apologize for last night. Michelle tells him they need to trust each other. She and Danny tell each other of their first heartbreaks. Michelle discusses losing her eyesight, and then presses Danny to tell her about his family’s crime business. Danny questions whether she’s ready to take his life in her hands. He describes a litany of criminal activities — including a shipment of Cuban cigars arriving tomorrow night.

[While Danny did tell Michelle about the Cuban cigars, we did not see the scene where Michelle told him about losing her eyesight, nor did Danny talk about anything other than the cigars.]

He makes her promise she won’t tell anyone about this, since he could be arrested. She promises, but knows she must call the FBI. Danny privately hopes his wife won’t betray him.

Michelle privately tells Drew to call the FBI about the info she obtained from Danny. Drew presses Michelle for her feelings about Danny. She warns Michelle that Danny will come after her if he finds out. Danny, meanwhile, makes a call to guard against the possibility of an FBI raid, hoping he’s wrong about Michelle. Michelle overhears him telling his grandmother that he loves Michelle. Changing her mind, she calls Drew to tell her not to go through with calling the FBI. But it’s too late. Danny tells Carmen about the setup to test Michelle’s loyalty. He implies that if Michelle fails his test he’ll kill her. Later, Carmen tells Dietz make his girlfriend call the FBI posing as Michelle.

Michelle, having discovered she was too late to stop Drew from calling off the FBI, pretends she’s losing her eyesight again. Danny takes Michelle to the hospital. Rick examines her and privately asks her why she’s faking blindness. Drew and Jesse rush to the hospital, worried that Danny’s done something to Michelle. Jesse enters Michelle’s room and vows to help her. Danny orders Jesse to leave, since he can take care of his wife. Rick pushes both men out. Privately, Drew tells Michelle she knows Michelle is faking. Danny later comforts Michelle and promises he’ll stay by her side. Dietz then appears, secretly showing Danny pictures that prove the FBI showed up at the docks … at Michelle’s request.

The next day at Millennium, Michelle tells Drew she won’t involve her anymore in the plan to bring down the Santos family. Michelle unconvincingly denies being in love with Danny. Changing the subject, she comments on a box of artifacts from Drew’s past, which Drew plans to use in an interview about Millennium. While looking through the box, Michelle finds a letter that reveals Drew was adopted. Horrified, Drew rushes out.

Carmen, glad that Danny believes Michelle’s guilty of calling the FBI, reminds her son that he must punish Michelle for her betrayal. She wonders if Michelle also lied about Mick’s death, and if she’s still seeing Jesse. Danny’s doubts increase, especially when he later finds Michelle packing her bags. Michelle claims she’s spending time with Rick because of her eyesight. Danny calls her a liar.

Danny and Michelle are arguing. Michelle denies that she called the FBI. Danny puts his hands around her throat and says if she really did something so stupid as calling the FBI, he does not know if he would be able to forgive her. Michelle tells Danny that she overheard him talking with his grandmother and admitting he has feelings for her. She adds that hearing that made her feel good. She tells him he needs to trust his feelings for her. Danny talks softly to Michelle but places his hands around her throat again. Danny tells her he will protect her and take care of her. Michelle replies that she is glad he wasn’t there when the FBI showed up. Michelle is going to Rick’s house for a couple of days. Danny gets very emotional saying goodbye to her.

Danny tells Carmen he’s ready to avenge Michelle’s betrayal. Believing Michelle’s days are numbered, Carmen feigns sympathy for Michelle’s blindness, and cruelly tells her that life’s too short for animosity. Michelle doesn’t buy the sympathy act, and sticks up for herself. Danny overhears Dietz thanking his girlfriend for making the call to the FBI, as ordered by Carmen. He confronts his mother about the revelation, and embraces Michelle, now sure of her honesty. He tells Michelle he’ll come with her to Rick’s, to take care of her.

Jesse reveals to Drew that he called Rita, the woman who wrote the letter implying Drew was adopted. Drew is stunned when Rita appears, explaining that she lied about the letter. She describes Drew’s adoption, and Drew’s father’s decision to keep it a secret. Drew is devastated and angry with Jesse for going behind her back. Jesse begs for forgiveness, but she goes off to drink alone. Jesse goes to Selena to tell her Drew knows the truth.

Carmen talks with Dietz, and after playing a cat-and-mouse game with him, threatens him for his stupidity in letting Danny find out Dietz’s girlfriend called the FBI at Carmen’s request. Frightened, Dietz apologizes. Carmen acknowledges that he’s been a loyal employee for some time, but reminds him of the Santos need for vengeance.

Danny and Michelle go out to dinner with Rick and Abby. Privately, Abigail tells Michelle that it’s obvious Michelle has true feelings for Danny.

[Unfortunately, this is another scene that didn’t make it to the air. I would have loved to have seen it.]

Later, the newlyweds dance together in a moment heavy with sexual tension. Michelle — touched by his affection and encouraged by her growing feelings towards him — admits that she faked the blindness. She then learns that Danny gave her false info to test her. She realizes that she’s failed the test, and hesitantly admits as much to Danny.

[Another scene gone … Although we did see Michelle confess to faking her blindness and calling the FBI, we did not see Danny tell her that it was a test.]

Enraged at her for betraying him, Danny tells Rick and Abby to take Michelle home — he can’t even look at her right now. Later, a distraught Drew joins Danny for a drink at the bar.

Rick urges Michelle to tell him what happened with Danny. She refuses to admit the truth, just saying she married Danny to prevent Carmen from having her prosecuted. Meta privately confronts Michelle for omitting the truth — that Michelle’s life is in danger. Meta wants Michelle to leave town, but Michelle trusts Danny loves her… and admits she’s drawn to him.

Back at Millennium, Danny and Drew continue to drown their sorrows. Wanting to get away from everyone, Drew grabs a bottle and starts to leave. Danny asks her if she wants company. Drew takes Danny to the loft, where they bond over their mutual betrayals. Drew says she’s not afraid of Danny, despite his tough act. They continue to drink and bitterly damn everyone who hurt them. Soon their angry feelings lead them to passion. But after they had sex, Drew is horrified that she’s slept with Michelle’s husband. Just as she asks Danny to keep their night together a secret, Jesse arrives home.

Michelle is pouring out her heart to Meta as she tries to sort out her feelings for Danny. She admits to Meta that she cares for Danny for real now and wants to tell him so. Meanwhile, Danny and Drew are in bed together. Drew is expressing regret over having made love to him a few minutes ago. Danny tries to calm her down. Jesse unlocks the door, and as he struggles with the chain, she puts on a robe and Danny hides.

Jesse apologizes for inviting Rita over. Drew tells Jesse to leave and won’t open the door. By this time Danny has gotten dressed. With a guilty look on his face, he nods to Drew to open the door. They make the bed together. Danny hides in the bathroom while Drew opens the door to Jesse. He apologizes again for inviting Rita over. Drew insists she is okay. Jesse sees the rumpled bed, finds a man’s wallet and realizes that Drew did not sleep alone. He becomes angry and walks out. Drew cries. Danny comes out and apologizes. Danny notes that Jesse sounded jealous. Even though Danny denies it, Drew forces him to admit that he loves Michelle. But he adds that Michelle betrayed him and he is clearly furious about that.

Meta tells Michelle not to go and talk to Danny. She warns Michelle that no matter how nice, polite and polished he is, Danny was raised to be ruthless. He was also groomed for a certain type of lifestyle. Michelle insists he can change. After Meta leaves, she hears her voice in her head telling her not to go to Danny as she toys with her car keys. She calls Drew not knowing that Danny is still there. Drew simply says she can’t talk now. Once off the phone, Drew refers to herself as a slut. Danny jumps to her defense. They agree to keep what happened strictly between the two of them. Danny leaves, but his wallet is still on the floor.

Michelle has her head down on the kitchen table, asleep. She dreams that there is a knock on the door. It’s Danny and they passionately kiss and make up; but at the end of this beautiful scene he pulls a gun out, loads it and says, “You leave me no choice.” She wakes up, hears a knock at the door for real and goes to open it. Danny stands there looking dark, brooding and dangerous. This time it is not a dream.

Danny shoves his way past Michelle into the Bauer kitchen. She brandishes a knife and shrieks, “I know you came here to kill me!” Danny can’t believe his ears; she drops the knife. He thought they had gotten past their initial misgivings about each other, but he was wrong. He has made the only decision he can, and declares their marriage over. A desperate Michelle insists that she’s ready to be his wife and won’t do anything to make him unhappy; by severing their relationship, he’s giving her a death sentence. He gives his word that she’ll be safe from his mother’s wrath. He kisses her goodbye and places his wedding ring in her palm.

[Note: This scene was a hell of a lot more emotional than this description makes it sound. Danny could not leave without holding her in his arms one more time and Michelle clung to him as if her life depended on it, sobbing openly. And when he kissed her, Michelle kissed him right back. In fact, this was the first true kiss between the two of them. It was so beautiful, but so heartbreaking.]

Danny tells Carmen at Towers about breaking up with Michelle, and orders her not to hurt Michelle. Carmen maintains he’ll soon be a widower. Danny threatens to turn a ledger detailing Carmen’s illegal activities over to the FBI if she hurts Michelle… even if it means he goes to prison too. Later, Carmen fires her lawyer for allowing Danny to obtain the ledger, and asks Ben to join her team of lawyers. He refuses… but she’s still impressed with him.

At Jesse’s loft with Drew, Michelle spots Danny’s wallet, which he’d left the other day. Drew makes up a lie to explain why the wallet’s there. Jesse arrives, and Michelle reveals that her marriage is over. Wanting her old life back, she asks him to forgive her. She invites him to dinner, but he has to think about it. Michelle leaves and sees Danny in the hallway. She returns Danny’s wallet. Jesse, seeing them together, accepts Michelle’s dinner invitation.

Drew and Danny commiserate at Millennium on Michelle and Jesse’s apparent reunion. Danny admits he’s miserable but is convinced his marriage is over. They agree to keep their night together a secret. Jesse and Michelle arrive, and Michelle is distressed to see Danny. When she goes to the restroom, Jesse notices Drew and Danny’s closeness, and realizes Danny was the man in Drew’s bed last night. As he confronts them, Michelle appears and asks what’s going on.

Carmen meets Ben again to convince him to accept her job offer, and says he’d be working for her, not Danny. They make plans to meet tomorrow night.

Jesse confronts Danny and Drew about their night together when Michelle enters. Jesse privately challenges Danny to tell Michelle, saying he won’t be the person to hurt Michelle. He blasts Danny for taking advantage of Drew.

[This exchange between Danny and TWV (The Walking Vegetable) was cut. Damn, probably had some fabulous Danny reaction shots.]

Later, he warns Drew not to tell Michelle the truth, and warns her about Danny. Drew claims at least Danny could offer her what Jesse can’t — physical affection. Danny urges Michelle to reunite with Jesse, saying he only pretended to love Michelle. Michelle agrees she pretended as well. However, after she walks out, in anguish, Danny whispers to himself, “I do love you.”

Later, she talks with Meta about Jesse and Danny, claiming that she wants to start her life with Jesse over again.

[Argh, another great scene where Michelle talks about Danny, and is totally in denial about Jesse, on the cutting room floor. Again, may I say, arrggghhh!!!]

Jesse arrives, and asks Michelle why she really married Danny. She reveals she married Danny so he wouldn’t have to avenge Mick’s death — and that she never slept with Danny. Later, Michelle gets a phone call and agrees to meet someone. Jesse thinks he knows where she’s going, and starts to head out. Meanwhile, Danny talks with Ray and asks for an annulment. Ray says as long as he loves Michelle, an annulment would be wrong. Michelle arrives, and Ray challenges her to swear she doesn’t love Danny.

Jesse guesses that Michelle is with Danny, since she lied about being with Meta. Meta defends Danny to him, but Jesse later leaves to find Michelle. Michelle can’t tell Ray decisively that she doesn’t love Danny. Danny asks her why she’s prolonging this, reminding her that she’s the one who wanted out of their marriage, and storms out. Ray reveals that Danny threatened to turn Carmen in to the FBI in order to save Michelle. When Michelle runs to stop Danny from leaving, Jesse arrives and sees them together.

At Carmen’s home for dinner, Ben and Carmen discuss the terms of Ben’s employment. Carmen explains she’d have to “terminate” him if he wanted to dissolve their partnership. Ben tries to seduce Carmen but she says she’s not impressed. He counters that he’s not impressed by her threats either. With the two at a mutual understanding, Ben leaves.

At Millennium, Danny and Drew discuss their drunken night together. He reveals he’s seeing a woman tonight following a business meeting. Danny tells Juan to make a “delivery” without Carmen’s knowledge.

Michelle prepares a romantic dinner for her and Jesse, but calls Jesse by Danny’s name. She apologizes profusely and he accepts. The evening continues with a few mishaps, but they toast their relationship. Jesse asks her why she’s still wearing Danny’s ring. She removes it, and they start off to Jesse’s apartment. They go to the Millennium, where Michelle is shocked to see Danny with a pretty young girl.

At Millennium, upset about Danny’s closeness to this pretty young girl (Pilar), Michelle leaves with Jesse. Pilar wonders why Danny didn’t tell Michelle that Pilar is Danny’s sister. Danny gives Pilar a very brief, censored version of his and Michelle’s marriage, avoiding mention of their family’s threat to Michelle’s life.

Meanwhile, Michelle and Jesse head to Jesse’s loft, where Jesse feels she’s forcing herself to get close to Jesse. She assures him this isn’t true, that she wants to recapture their life together. Drew walks in and orders them out, and tells Jesse he has to move out altogether. Jesse apologizes to Drew, and she warns him to be careful of Michelle, considering her feelings for Danny. Jesse agrees to look for another place to live.

Carmen is both thrilled and annoyed to find Pilar in Springfield. Pilar maintains that she wants to stay in town, but Carmen refuses, saying she has to go back to Barcelona to school. Privately, Carmen asks Danny if he brought Pilar here as vengeance for what Carmen did to Michelle. She doesn’t want Pilar to learn the nature of their business.

Michelle asks Rick if Jesse can move in with her, claiming that she and Jesse belong together. Rick asks her if she has feelings for Danny, and she says she doesn’t. He vows to give her independence, but later expresses his concern about Michelle’s welfare to Abigail.

Jesse and Drew argue, and Jesse admits he cares for her — he doesn’t want her to get hurt again. Hurt, Drew says she doesn’t need a brother, and tells him to move out so she can pursue a social life without being judged. Jesse warns her off Danny. Drew packs Jesse’s things and throws them out the door, telling him she doesn’t want to see him until he looks at her as if she’s the only woman for him. Jesse pulls her close to him, just as Michelle appears.

Drew tells Jesse to choose between her and Michelle. Jesse reveals to Michelle he’s moving out of Drew’s place, and Drew storms off. Michelle notes the passion of his argument with Drew, asks him if he has feelings for Drew. Jesse avoids the question, reminding her that he witnessed her marriage to Danny, and says he needs time to think. Michelle leaves just as Drew returns. Drew tells Jesse to leave as well, but Jesse says he’s staying. A fuming Drew tosses him out anyway.

Pilar announces she plans to stay in Springfield. Carmen privately warns Danny to fix this situation and leaves. Danny and Pilar talk about Michelle and his feelings for her. Pilar urges him to tell Michelle of his love for her. But he claims his marriage is over. Pilar sees Michelle on the phone with her father planning a visit. The young girl goes to Michelle and introduces herself, correcting Michelle’s assumption that she’s Danny’s girlfriend. When Danny tells Michelle they need to meet with a priest for an annulment, Michelle reveals she’s leaving town.

Danny orders another “shipment” from a supplier, and argues with Carmen, who doesn’t want him taking on more business while Pilar is in town. He’s acting recklessly because of Michelle, Carmen warns. Danny leaves to attend to business in an alley — where he and a worker are discovered by David and another cop! The cop insults Danny, and they end up fighting. David arrests Danny for attacking a police officer.

Frank questions Danny about being caught stealing electronics. Pilar arrives and, to Danny’s dismay, Frank tells her about the charges against the Santos “mob family.” Carmen appears with Ben, who produces proof that the electronics were the property of the Santos family. Frank reluctantly agrees to release Danny, who reasserts to Pilar that the family isn’t involved in crime. Carmen is impressed with Ben, and tells him he’s proven himself — he’s earned a place working for her.

Jesse and Drew talk about Michelle, and Drew assures Jesse Michelle will call him. He admits feeling reluctant about moving out of the loft, saying he’ll miss Drew.

Pilar confronts Danny with newspaper listings about the family’s criminal activities. He claims their business is legitimate. Pilar then asks Danny to tell her the truth about Mick’s death. When she mentions asking Michelle, Danny decides to send Pilar back to school. He leaves her alone. Pilar spots Bill, and pretends to him that Danny has been hitting on her. He agrees to help her, and by the time Danny returns, Pilar and Bill have left.

Pilar lies to Bill about who she is, and presses him to tell her what he knows about Danny. Bill describes how Michelle was forced to marry Danny in order to prevent Carmen from having her killed. He refers to the Santoses as a family of killers. Pilar is devastated, and Bill is surprised by her reaction. Danny finds them together and orders Bill to get his hands off his sister.

When Danny tries to take Pilar home by force, Bill punches him. Danny learns that Bill told Pilar about the Santos family’s criminal nature — in particular, the hit Carmen placed on Michelle’s life. When Pilar states her disgust at Carmen, Danny is forced to explain that Michelle killed their brother, Mick. Pilar wants revenge. Dismayed, Danny doesn’t want Pilar to end up like Carmen — or like himself — and asks her to return to school. Later, Danny threatens Bill, warning him to stay away from his sister.

Bill tells Danny how much suffering Michelle has done because of Danny. Danny acknowledges this and vows that their relationship is over. Bill adds that Danny should keep away from both Michelle and Pilar. Danny drives off, distraught, meanwhile Pilar confronts Carmen, demanding more information about the crime business. Carmen tries to defend everything that has been done, and says she’s only wanted to protect Pilar. Pilar doesn’t accept any of Carmen’s explanations, even when her mother starts to weep. The girl proclaims that she’s no longer a part of the family, and leaves to call Bill. Carmen assumes Pilar called a cab, and Pilar defiantly claims she called for her lover!

Danny drives to the lighthouse, and remembers the night he and Michelle pretended to make love for Jesse’s benefit. Michelle appears, to his surprise. She explains that she needed time alone, and has been staying here rather than visiting her father. Michelle wonders why Danny is here ….

Bill arrives at Carmen’s house, and Carmen unleashes her wrath at him — thinking that he’s Pilar’s lover. Bill protests that this isn’t true, and Pilar defends Bill. She lashes out at her mother, saying she hates her — and Carmen slaps her. Apologizing for losing control, Carmen begs for forgiveness, but Pilar rushes off with Bill. Bill is worried that Pilar’s a danger to him, but is concerned that Pilar doesn’t have any place to live. Pilar ends up falling asleep at his place.

Jesse tells Drew that he knows now he belongs with her … he loves her. Drew’s elated, but makes Jesse promise to talk to Michelle before they pursue their relationship further.

Danny tells Michelle he was out driving and ended up at the lighthouse. He starts to leave, but Michelle tells him not to go. She admits she came here to think about Jesse, but can’t stop thinking about Danny. At long last she admits that she has feelings for him that she can’t deny. She kisses him, and he responds. Michelle tells him he can get away from his family and they can live together. But Danny knows he can’t leave his family… he can’t be with Michelle if she wants to change him. He leaves, despite Michelle’s protests.

Carmen laments Pilar’s hatred for her. She blasts Danny for bringing Pilar home, but Danny tells her that Carmen’s the one who destroyed their family. After Carmen rushes out, upset, Ray gives Danny the annulment papers. Carmen later tells a henchman to do whatever it takes to convince Bill to turn his back on Pilar, giving Pilar no choice but to return home.

At Millennium, Michelle tells Drew that Danny made it clear he doesn’t want her. Drew responds that it’s too late for Michelle to return to Jesse. Drew admits that she and Jesse are in limbo while Michelle tries to work out her feelings. Michelle protests that she’s chosen Danny, but he refused her. Danny enters the restaurant, and Michelle goes to his side, hoping for a reunion. But instead, Danny hands her the annulment papers.

Michelle insists to Danny that she wants to continue with the marriage, and even tears up the annulment papers. But Danny purposely acts cruel: he describes the family legacy of deceit and crime, and claims that he only feels lust for Michelle. He describes how she’d be destroyed by his way of life, and wonders how she’d feel if he brought their children into the family business. Devastated, Michelle leaves, telling him to send her new annulment papers. Later, Michelle is shocked when she discovers Jesse and Drew in bed.

Michelle enters Jesse’s loft and discovers Drew and Jesse in bed. She lashes into Drew for chasing after Jesse, but Jesse defends Drew and calls Michelle a hypocrite. Drew leaves, certain Jesse and Michelle will reunite. But Michelle calms down and tells Jesse she wants him to be happy, and leaves, devastated. Drew returns and Jesse assures her that he only wants Drew.

Pilar and Danny are shocked when a battered Bill arrives at Millennium. Bill accuses Danny of having him beaten up, but Pilar guesses that Carmen was responsible. She tells Bill to stay away from her world. Bill says he wants to help her.

Danny confronts Carmen in fury, and chokes the thug who attacked Bill. He vows to help Pilar get away from Carmen. Carmen asks if he’ll ever stop punishing her for Michelle, and Danny storms off.

Michelle returns to live at home with Rick and Abby. She talks with a concerned Abby, who doesn’t believe Michelle’s protests that she’s ready to start a life without Danny.

At Millennium, Danny gets drunk and claims to Pilar that, thanks to Carmen, his life is over. Pilar encourages him to pursue Michelle, not to let Carmen win. Carmen later offers Danny a chance to work in California for his uncle. Pilar begs him not to accept the deal, but Danny does — making the condition that Carmen agrees not to interfere in Pilar’s life.

Michelle learns that Bill was beaten up, and Bill assures her Danny wasn’t responsible. Michelle warns him to stay away from Pilar, but Bill focuses on Michelle’s love for Danny.

Carmen talks to Ben and asks him to help her with her financial records, citing Danny’s threat to expose the family’s crimes to the IRS. Ben refuses to alter the records, but agrees to defend her if worst comes to worst. In return, he asks for a company under Carmen’s control that could rival Spaulding Enterprises. He kisses Carmen and leaves. Carmen calls her henchman and tells him that Michelle is “as good as dead …”

Pilar is upset that Danny gave up his life with Michelle in order to help her. Danny insists that he’s not right for Michelle, but Pilar doesn’t believe him. Bill arrives and Danny asks him to look after Pilar when he leaves for California. Pilar arranges for Michelle to walk in on Danny.

Bill tells Pilar that Danny isn’t good enough for Michelle, which upsets Pilar. Pilar says that Bill won’t even introduce her to his mother, and storms off. Bill defends himself, reminding her of all he’s done for her. Pilar apologizes for overreacting, and Bill assures her that he doesn’t see the Santos family when he looks at her — only her.

Danny tells Michelle he’s leaving town tonight. Poignantly, they talk about meeting the right people at the wrong time in their lives. Danny apologizes for hurting her. Danny flashes back to passionate moments in their relationship, and Michelle sorrowfully gives him her wedding band. They say their good-byes as Michelle exits. Heartbroken, she breaks down in tears.

Michelle talks to Rick about focusing on college, revealing that Danny has left town. Rick is glad that she’s no longer involved with the Santos family. Alone, Michelle fantasizes that Danny returns and asks her to marry him. Later, she gets a call from Carmen saying that Danny wants to see her.

Danny calls Carmen from his car phone to remind her that if Michelle is hurt, he’s prepared to use Carmen’s bookkeeping ledgers to bring down the family. Carmen hangs up and turns to Dietz, telling him to kill Michelle. But the phone was left off the hook by mistake, and Danny hears the order for Michelle’s death! He swings his car around at once. When Michelle arrives at Carmen’s house, Carmen announces that today is Judgment Day for Michelle. As this occurs, Danny’s speeding car crashes!

Carmen taunts Michelle, preparing to kill her. Michelle lashes back at her, saying Carmen’s blaming her for the loss of her children, when in reality Carmen’s to blame! Carmen gloats about Michelle’s impending death when David arrives, informing them of Danny’s car accident!

They rush to the hospital, where Rick is in charge of Danny’s case. As Danny’s wife, Michelle takes responsibility for Danny’s care, and signs a release form for surgery as an angry Carmen watches. Later, Danny awakens and squeezes Michelle’s hand.

As Danny is taken for a CAT scan, Michelle insists to Carmen that he was driving so fast because he was returning to save Michelle from Carmen. But when Danny awakens, he doesn’t remember what led up to the accident. Later, Carmen promises Michelle that if Michelle leaves Danny alone, Carmen will never hurt her or her family. Michelle refuses to leave Danny’s side.

Danny awakes, still unable to remember what happened to him. When he drifts off to sleep again, Michelle promises to remain by his side. Pilar arrives and says she knows Michelle cares for Danny. Michelle reveals she’s banned Carmen from visiting Danny.

Carmen asks Ben for help in dealing with Michelle. Ben gives her finalized divorce papers for Danny and Michelle, which means she can now be in charge of Danny’s care. Intending to take Danny home, Carmen visits his room — but he’s gone!

Danny awakens at the lighthouse, and wonders why Michelle has taken him there. She vows to take care of him until he remembers everything.

Selena and Drew talk about Drew’s night with Danny.

[The above is another scene on the editing room floor.]

Carmen approaches Drew, wanting to know Drew’s secret. Drew doesn’t realize that Carmen’s under the impression that Drew helped Michelle move Danny from the hospital. Instead, Drew reveals that she and Danny slept together.

Michelle tells Danny she brought him to the lighthouse to protect him from Carmen… she doesn’t want Carmen to brainwash him against her. Danny kisses her, and they apologize to each other for their missed chances. He remembers he was coming back to Michelle when he had the accident. As he tells Michelle he knows why he was driving so fast to get to her, Carmen reaches out to open the door.

When Carmen arrives at the lighthouse, Danny suddenly remembers her plan to kill Michelle, and orders Carmen to leave. Michelle claims her bond with Danny is unbreakable, but Carmen reveals that Danny slept with Drew. Danny tries to explain what happened, but heartbroken Michelle doesn’t think their relationship can be salvaged.

Danny pleads with Michelle to understand that his sleeping with Drew meant nothing, but Michelle remains wounded. Michelle reminds him that he told her that he never really loved her. Danny reveals that he was just trying to protect her, and tells her to fight for their marriage.

Meanwhile, Danny admits to Pilar that he slept with Drew. Pilar can’t imagine how Danny could love one woman and sleep with another. She rails against all men, and pushes Bill aside as she passes him and Vanessa.

Michelle lashes into Drew for sleeping with Danny. Drew apologizes and tells Michelle that Danny loves Michelle, but Michelle is too hurt to believe her. Things get worse when Jesse arrives and defends Drew. Michelle leaves and heads to Millennium, where she meets up with some college friends. She steals a drink and pronounces herself ready for fun. The frat boys invite her to a party. As she drunkenly accepts, Danny enters.

Danny spots a drunk Michelle acting up with the frat boys, and refuses to let her leave with them. He takes her home despite her protests, and takes her shoes and car keys so that she can’t leave. She blasts him for trying to help her when he’s the one who hurt her in the first place. He pledges to keep her here until she sobers up. Demanding a party, Michelle draws Danny into a kiss.

Carmen reveals her misery to Ben over the widening rift between her and her children. Ben counsels her to remind Danny and Pilar how much they love her. Together, they come up with the plan to stage an attempt on her life — to have one of her men strafe the empty house with gunfire, and see how fast the kids come back to help her!

Michelle and Danny kiss, and she asks Danny if she’s as good as Drew. She starts to tug off her clothes, challenging him to sleep with her. Danny scoops her up and dumps her into a cold shower. He tries to break through her barriers, promising to stay away from his family. Affected, she’s about to respond when Ben calls, revealing that an attempt has been made on Carmen’s life.

Pilar apologizes to Bill for treating him badly the other day, and they decide to go dancing. Needing some clothes from her mother’s house, Pilar gets Bill to help her sneak inside. Once within the darkened, empty house, they start to kiss. At that moment, outside, Carmen’s thug loads his gun and prepares to open fire….

Bill successfully pushes Pilar away from the spray of bullets as Carmen’s thug shoots up the house. Carmen, Ben, Danny and Michelle arrive, and Carmen is horrified to see that her plan nearly got her daughter killed. Michelle is suspicious at Carmen’s obvious guilty response, but Ben explains it’s normal maternal instinct.

Danny pledges to find out who’s responsible for the “attempt on Carmen’s life,” but also assures Michelle he won’t break his promise to leave the family when possible. Michelle tells him she’ll stick by him. Carmen privately thanks Ben for helping her, and kisses him.

Danny tells Carmen he’ll stay in the family only as long as necessary to find out who set up the shooting of Carmen’s house. Carmen decides that in order to keep Danny within the family, she needs to get him to focus on an outside enemy.

Michelle warns Bill about getting involved with Pilar and her family. She guesses that Carmen set up the shooting, but Bill convinces her that Carmen wouldn’t put her own daughter’s life in jeopardy.

Bill invites Pilar to the wedding. Worried that his life is in danger, Pilar refuses, claiming she needs to stay close to her family. Later, Danny calls Michelle and vows to make a life with her away from his family.

Danny convinces Carmen to encourage Pilar to accept Bill’s invitation to the wedding. Thanking her mother, Pilar runs off to meet Bill. Danny, meanwhile, talks with Ray about Michelle, and pledges not to lose his chance to be with the woman he loves. Later, he visits Michelle in her bedroom, where they kiss passionately.

Pilar surprises Michelle by warning her that Danny belongs with Carmen, and that Michelle and Danny can never be together. Michelle presses her for the real reason for her change of heart, and Pilar mentions Vanessa’s harsh reaction to the idea that Bill and Pilar are together.

Ben warns Carmen that her schemes to bring her family together are going to backfire. Concerned about the near-deaths of Pilar and Bill thanks to the shooting, Ben announces that he’s decided against being Carmen’s attorney. Carmen, furious, decides to make Ben the fall guy for the shooting. She shocks Danny by informing him that Ben was responsible for the attempt on her life. Danny, enraged, promises to take care of Ben. Meanwhile, Ben leads Blake into an elevator and presses the “stop” button. Outside, Danny crosses to the elevator, out for revenge.

Finding Danny at Towers, Michelle tries to tell him that Carmen was behind the shooting, but Danny doesn’t believe her. Distracted by his desire for revenge, he tells Michelle to keep away from him, that he doesn’t want her to be in danger. Later, he finds Ben and pointedly warns him that he’s promised to destroy the man who tried to kill Carmen. When he leaves Ben alone, Ben realizes at once that Carmen is setting him up.

At the hospital, Michelle tells Rick about the shooting at Carmen’s, but says Carmen was behind it. Rick worries that she’s putting her life in danger by trying to find out the truth.

Ben confronts Carmen and tells her that Danny seems to think Ben was behind the shooting. He acts desperate, begging her to set Danny straight. Carmen agrees, but warns Ben against telling Danny that she was responsible for the fake attempt on her life. When she leaves, Ben privately makes sure he got everything on his tape recorder.

Carmen and Danny walk in on Bill and Pilar kissing. Danny stops Carmen from chastising Pilar and sends the young couple out. Carmen tells Danny about her confrontation with Ben – and says she’s now sure Ben tried to kill her! Ben arrives and Carmen pretends she’s afraid of him. Danny searches Ben and finds the tape recorder. Ben challenges Carmen to tell Danny what’s on the tape.

Ben threatens to play the tape recording of Carmen incriminating herself for the shooting, but Carmen promises to clear things up. Realizing he’s in the power seat, Ben also demands money and power – including a company so he can go up against Alan. Agreeing, Carmen tells Danny that she lied about Ben because he turned her down romantically.

Michelle tells Danny they should be together, danger or no danger. Being apart is driving her crazy! Danny firmly shuts her out of his life, for her own good.

Michelle interrupts Bill’s date with Pilar in order to reconstruct the events of the shooting. She learns there was a time discrepancy that could point the finger towards Carmen.

Ben teases Carmen, wondering why the story she used with Danny happened to include being in love with Ben. A phone call interrupts them, and Carmen rushes out, claiming that Danny’s taken a step that could put all their lives at risk.

Michelle steals into the house to get the clock, which stopped as a result of the shooting, but is forced to hide when Ben and Carmen enter the room … followed by Danny, who vows to take a dangerous step to get back with the woman he loves.

Danny has called a meeting of the local crime families in order to learn who was behind the attempt on Carmen’s life. He announces that the Santos family is going legit! Carmen covers in public, but privately tells Ben she has no intention of making the business legitimate.

Another crime boss, Nino, shows contempt at Danny’s plans. Privately with a colleague, he expresses his mistrust of Carmen. Nino mutters to himself that he’s not going to sit around waiting to be killed.

Danny calls a family meeting to discuss taking the Santos business legit. Pilar is overjoyed at the news. Ray announces that he’s going to be ordained on Friday, and everyone’s invited to the mass. Privately, Ben tells Carmen he knows her desire for power will prevent her from allowing the family to go legit. Carmen accuses him of the same ambition.

Carmen’s henchman Dietz secretly calls Nino, the member of a rival crime family, and tells him that the entire Santos clan will be in church on Friday…it’ll be a perfect time to “take care of them.” Later, Danny visits Michelle and proposes that they remarry in church on Friday after Ray’s ordination. Michelle, on Bill’s advice, doesn’t tell Danny about Carmen’s setting up the shooting.

prepare for their secret wedding ceremony after Ray’s ordination later this afternoon. Danny asks Rick for Michelle’s hand in marriage, promising to take care of her. Michelle shares Abigail’s joy at the success of her operation.

Carmen admits to Ben that she’s determined to keep the Santoses in the crime business because of the vow she made to her dying husband. She decides to meet secretly with her rivals after Ray’s ordination ceremony to announce that she’s still in business.

Dietz, meanwhile, plots with Nino to kill off the Santos family. As everyone arrives at the church for Ray’s mass, it’s revealed that Dietz and Nino have planted a bomb.

The Santos family gathers for Ray’s first mass, along with Michelle, Bill, Rick and Abigail. As Ray speaks, Abigail hears a sound she doesn’t recognize. Rick reminds her that the doctor warned her there might be some trouble with the implants, but she’s still troubled.

Ben notes that Dietz has left the church, but Carmen says Dietz is just checking to make sure everything is safe. Ben remains uneasy, especially when Abigail exclaims that she hears a strange sound. She searches for the source of the noise, and she and Danny discover the bomb!

Everyone tries to leave the church, but the door is locked. Ben realizes that whoever did this wants the Santos family dead, and probably barred all the exits to the church. Bill, using his computer knowledge, tries to disarm the bomb. Afraid to pull the wrong wire, he hesitates as the clock ticks down. Danny takes over, reaching in as he prepares to pull one of the wires with less than twenty seconds to go!

As the seconds tick away, Danny manages to cut the right wire to defuse the bomb. Dietz lies and says some stranger left the bomb. Carmen orders Dietz to tell the other crime families that the Santos family is back.

Rick tries to take Michelle home, where she can be safe. Danny agrees, but Michelle refuses to leave with her brother. When Carmen insults Michelle for bringing Danny down, Michelle at last tells Danny that she can prove Carmen was behind the shooting at the Santos house.

Rick’s concerns about Michelle are growing thanks to the bomb scare. Abigail attempts to calm him down, but he can’t help but worry about his sister, as long as she stays with Danny.

Michelle again demands that Carmen confess to being behind the shooting. At last Carmen admits that it was her doing, but that she did it for her family. She warns that Danny can’t leave the family now – he’ll put them all at risk. Danny is disgusted and calls her a monster. Michelle announces that if Danny must stay with the family, she will stay by his side.

Rick and Phillip talk about Michelle, and how to protect her from the Santos family. Phillip mentions that if necessary, they can force her to stay at home – or Rick can talk to Danny and convince him that Michelle is safer away from him.

Danny tells Michelle that he wants her and Pilar to stay at the family’s home in San Cristobel for a while. Michelle refuses, claiming that she’d rather die than leave Danny’s side. They kiss, and she says she wants to make love to him. But Rick arrives, and tells Danny to send Michelle home to her family!

Rick makes an impassioned pitch to Danny, saying that if Danny really loves Michelle, he’ll send her home. Danny claims that he is responsible for Michelle now. Rick leaves, and shares his frustrations with a sympathetic Phillip.

Meanwhile, Danny secrets Michelle in the lighthouse to get her away from the turmoil…and so they can finally have their first true night as husband and wife. Danny gets a call about a bomb threat at the Santos home, and he hurries off.

Meanwhile, Carmen gets a call from Bernard, the head of a rival family, who admits his son was behind the bomb. She tells him he can make up for his son’s mistake by doing her a favor. When Danny arrives at the house, he realizes he’s been tricked into leaving Michelle alone. He threatens Carmen, telling her that he’ll kill her if anything happens to Michelle. But it’s too late – Michelle is abducted from the lighthouse by two shadowy figures!

Danny accuses Carmen of hurting Michelle. She denies it, and Ben defends her. Danny leaves and, at the lighthouse, sees the sign of Michelle’s struggle. Deciding against Carmen’s involvement, Danny tracks down the true culprit ….

Carmen thanks Ben for sticking up for her, though he wryly states that he doesn’t think she’s innocent. She rewards Ben by making him president of Sancorp, her late husband’s first company in Springfield. Ben’s thrilled, knowing he can finally go up against Alan.

Locked in a hospital room, Michelle is aghast to find Rick is her captor! Rick explains that to protect her, he’s authorized a 72-hour psychiatric watch on her. Michelle blasts him for frightening her and Danny. She vows to return to Danny.

Danny arrives at the hospital and argues with Rick. He asserts that he and Michelle will one day have a safe future together. Rick is unconvinced, and says that he’s responsible for Michelle’s safety. As Michelle pounds on the door, Danny promises to find a way to free her.

Michelle yells at Rick for not respecting her choices. She vows she’ll never see Rick again once Danny gets her released. Rick tries to defend himself to no avail. Dr. Bradford visits Michelle and grows concerned when Michelle claims Carmen has made attempts on her life.

Rick allows Danny to visit Michelle as long as Abigail stays to chaperone them. Michelle and Danny profess their love, and Abigail is greatly affected. She tells Rick that if he continues to separate Danny and Michelle, he risks a great deal…including Michelle’s love.

At dinner with Abigail, Rick realizes that Danny has followed them to the restaurant. He complains to Abigail that Danny’s been following him all day, and goes to have it out with Danny. Rick harshly tells Danny that he won’t be intimidated.

Abigail tries to make Rick understand that Michelle and Danny belong together. Rick dismisses her feelings and leaves for a phone call. When he returns, Abigail is missing – and he finds a note on the table: “Your wife’s with me – now you know what it feels like.”

Rick learns that Abigail was seen leaving the restaurant with Danny. He races to confront Danny, accusing him of kidnapping Abigail. Danny pretends sympathy and advises Rick to go look for his wife. When Rick becomes agitated, Danny’s bodyguard throws him out. Abigail emerges from hiding, distraught that her plan to change Rick’s mind didn’t work ….

Carmen visits Michelle in the hospital, sincerely attempting a truce. Michelle doesn’t believe her and orders her out. Offended, Carmen lies and claims that she’s here to sabotage Michelle. Michelle lunges at Carmen, and orderlies hold her back. When Michelle tries to explain to her doctor that Carmen’s out to get her, the doctor isn’t convinced ….

Carmen talks to Ben about the incident with Michelle. Ben warns her that Danny will blame Carmen if Michelle’s not let out of the hospital because of their argument.

Abigail shares her worries with Danny, afraid that she’s ruined her marriage by trying to show Rick what it’s like to lose a loved one. Danny agrees to take Abigail to Rick. They arrive at the hospital and Rick is overjoyed, but furious with Danny. Abigail reluctantly admits that the “kidnapping” was her idea.

Dr. Bradford fails to calm Michelle, and orders a nurse to give Michelle a sedative. After a talk with Phillip, Rick apologizes to Michelle, thinking she’s asleep. When he learns she’s been drugged, he goes ballistic and demands her release. Dr. Bradford refuses, saying that Michelle has to stay another two weeks.

When an emergency sends the doctors and orderlies away from Michelle’s room, Danny sneaks in and carries his sleeping wife out of the hospital.

Abigail apologizes to a stunned Rick for planning the fake kidnapping. Rick’s devastated that she’d frighten him this way. They learn that Danny has taken Michelle from the hospital.

Danny takes Michelle to his home, planning to send her to San Cristobel. They bump into Ben and Carmen, who are on their way to the bedroom. Danny blasts Carmen for threatening Michelle, but Carmen claims she wanted to make peace – and Michelle confirms this. Michelle says she’s willing to start again with Carmen in order to have a life with Danny. Danny still doesn’t forgive his mother.

Rick and Abigail find Danny and Michelle, and Danny challenges Rick to call the police. Rick refuses, saying that he’s taken full responsibility for everything – and he knows he can’t keep Michelle and Danny apart. Michelle remains furious with Rick. Rick and Abigail leave, distant with each other. Danny and Michelle cling to each other, vowing their love.

Michelle takes Danny to Laurel Falls, thrilled to finally be reunited with him. She’s stunned to learn that he’s arranged a surprise wedding for her, right out of her childhood fantasy – completely with beautiful music, flowers, and Ray to perform the wedding ceremony.

Danny and Michelle renew their vows before God and themselves, speaking of their deep love. Later, they dance together, ending up in each other’s arms as they begin to make love at last.

After their magical night together, Michelle and Danny spend the morning making love and talking about their happiness. Danny tells Michelle he wants to be a better man. She insists she’s accepted the realities of his criminal life, and wants to get along better with Carmen. They talk about how far they’ve come in their relationship, and how much they look forward to the future. And then they make love again.

Returning to Carmen’s house, Danny tells Michelle about their home in San Cristobel. Carmen tries to get Danny to postpone his honeymoon, claiming that the family is still in danger. Danny refuses, and leaves to pack.

Michelle talks with Carmen, trying to forge an understanding. Carmen pretends to agree to a truce, and gives Michelle the San Cristobel villa as a present. At Carmen’s request, Michelle agrees to bring a box to a banker friend in San Cristobel. This box turns out to contain chocolates. But Carmen privately tells Dietz that next time, Michelle will be bringing more than candy overseas ….

Arriving at the Santos home in San Cristobel, Michelle is awestruck at the beautiful house. Danny is visited by Prince Edmund, the successor to the throne (and a family friend). Edmund admits to Michelle that he never really got along with Carmen, but he’s very close to Danny. Later, Michelle and Danny prepare for a romantic evening, certain San Cristobel will be a blissful escape.

In San Cristobel, Josh insists that he and Reva leave for Springfield. Reva wants to stay and pick up the pieces of her missing years, but Josh is too worried that something dangerous is going on. Michelle and Danny bump into them, surprised, and at once the young couple notices the Lewises’ distraction. Reva mentions having left her ring at the jewelers’, and Michelle offers to pick it up for her.

As they pack, Reva is now worried about having gotten Michelle involved. Josh understands but demands that they get out of this country, where they have no legal rights whatsoever. They hasten out of the hotel. Meanwhile, Danny debates with Michelle, since he doesn’t want her to be involved in someone else’s trouble. They are astonished to see the police following Josh and Reva. As they watch, the Lewises are stopped by the police and arrested.

Michelle begs Danny to help Josh and Reva. Danny speaks with Prince Edmund, who – shaken after seeing Josh and Reva’s picture – agrees to “take care” of them. He refuses to let Danny come with him. Danny and Michelle prepare to spend a romantic evening together.

Danny massages lotion onto Michelle after she gets sunburned. Their romantic moments are interrupted by Alden, the head of the Santos Bank and a friend of Carmen’s. Michelle remembers to give him the box of chocolates from Carmen. Later, she and Danny talk about their perfect future together.

Alden calls Carmen and tells her that he received the box. Carmen reveals that she’s using Michelle as a carrier because Michelle wants to be a member of the family. The next package will consist of bearer bonds.

In San Cristobel, Michelle tricks Danny into going to the jewelry store to retrieve Reva’s ring, though he didn’t want her to get involved. She’s worried that Edmund never called to confirm Reva and Josh’s release, but Danny assures her Edmund is trustworthy. When the jeweler claims not to have any ring, Michelle and Danny grow concerned and they visit Edmund. He says Reva and Josh left the country.

Reva overhears Michelle in conversation with Edmund and tries to get to her, but Richard grabs her and keeps her silent until Michelle and Danny pass by.

Prince Edmund takes Danny and Michelle on a tour of the palace, and informs them that Josh and Reva have left the island. The honeymooners are relieved, not realizing that Danny’s friend has lied to them. When alone, they grow passionate, nearly making love in the palace!

Olivia secretly calls Josh in Springfield. She offers to help him rescue Reva. Josh, determined to save his wife from possible death, agrees to return to San Cristobel. He calls Danny for help.

Returning to Springfield, Danny is shocked when Josh tells him that Edmund forced him to leave without Reva. He agrees to help Josh to rescue Reva, and Josh makes him promise not to tell Michelle of the plot. Danny offers the use of the family’s private plane and landing strip in order to help Josh sneak back into the country.

Michelle and Drew have a warm conversation in which Drew reveals that Jesse has proposed to her. Michelle sincerely congratulates Drew, and sympathizes with her for Max’s disappearance.

Cassie tries to warn Josh against trusting Danny, worried that he could be setting Josh up. Josh asserts that he believes in Danny, because Danny knows what it’s like to lose the woman he loves. Cassie suggests hiring a professional who specializes in rescue missions, but Josh thinks his love for Reva gives him an edge over any outsider. She asks him to be careful, and prays he’s right in trusting Danny.

Michelle’s romantic plans for the evening are interrupted when Danny reveals that he has to leave on business. She’s upset, worried that he’s doing something dangerous with the family business. Danny assures her that this has nothing to do with the Santos family. Michelle wants to come along, but Danny refuses. Danny leaves, but has a change of heart. He re-enters and tells his wife the truth about Josh’s request for help. Michelle’s grateful but is still afraid for him. He vows to return and exits.

Edmund says he’s arranged for his security force to allow Josh’s entrance. Sure enough, with Danny’s assistance, Josh sneaks into the castle to search for Reva. Prince Edmund, meanwhile, makes a phone call expressing his worry that Reva might regain her memory. It’s revealed that he’s talking to Carmen!

Waiting for Josh to arrive at the San Cristobel airport, Danny calls Michelle. She thanks him again for being honest and revealing the true reason for his “business” trip. Danny assures her he’ll be all right, although he’s worried that Josh hasn’t arrived. Later, Michelle talks to Bill about his new software, learning that it can access computers all across the country. She warns him that Ben and Carmen might use it on their competitors, but Bill dismisses the ability of the program to work in that way.

Meanwhile, Danny looks for Josh and sees Edmund, approaching his old friend, he confronts him in lying about Reva’s leaving San Cristobel. Edmund threatens Danny and warns him that he could be locked up. He backs away from the threats and promises that Reva will receive a fair trial. Danny pretends to believe him.

Later, he catches up with Josh and Reva and expresses concern that they must leave now. Josh tells Danny to go back to the place, and he will bring Reva. After leaving, Danny spots Edmund and Carmen talking together, despite their alleged mutual dislike. He realizes that Edmund and his mother are doing business together.

After Danny leaves, Edmund tells Carmen that Reva must die for the good of the country. Carmen reveals that she will arrange for Michelle to carry the next shipment of bearer bonds. She says she wants Michelle arrested and sentenced to at least twenty years.

Danny and Michelle are reunited, and Danny tells Michelle about everything that happened in San Cristobel. Danny can’t imagine being in Josh’s predicament. Michelle vows that they’ll never be apart. They make love, and remember how different things were when they first shared a bed. Danny promises not to take their love for granted. They’re interrupted when Josh calls Danny, telling him he needs help in bringing Reva home.

Billy and Josh try to work out a plan to rescue Reva, though Billy objects when Josh reveals he called Danny Santos for help. Danny arrives and admits he told Michelle about their trip to San Cristobel. Josh is upset but accepts Danny’s help. Cassie is worried that any violent plan could get Reva killed, and claims she can talk Reva into leaving the country. Josh is dubious, and Cassie leaves with Michelle, vowing she’ll save her sister’s life.

Cassie tries unsuccessfully to reach Reva at the palace, hoping to prevent Josh and Billy from carrying out their drastic secret plans. Michelle wonders if she’d have more success, considering the Santoses’ relationship with the royal family. Cassie’s afraid Reva is in danger but won’t leave the island because of her lost son. Michelle realizes that Reva’s family means everything to her…so maybe if Cassie pretends to be ill, Reva would return home! Cassie agrees.

At the ER with Michelle, Cassie pretends to faint in front of Lillian. Blake arrives, and figures out that Cassie and Michelle are plotting something. Cassie explains the plan, and Blake helps, telling Lillian about Cassie’s “symptoms.” A doctor admits Cassie for examination. Michelle calls San Cristobel to tell Reva that Cassie is ill.

Carmen is surprised to learn that Danny knows of her meeting with Edmund. She denies knowing anything about Reva’s situation. Danny reminds her that she’s promised to legitimize the family so he and Michelle can raise a family they can be proud of. After he leaves, Carmen breaks down, and Ben comforts her. He advises against trying to hurt Michelle, since it would mean losing Danny. Carmen vows to have Michelle arrested if she visits San Cristobel again. Ben isn’t certain that her plan is a good one, but Carmen is determined.

When Danny learns Michelle was at the hospital earlier, he wonders if she’s pregnant. Michelle assures him she’s not, explaining that she was only checking on Cassie. She reveals that she couldn’t be pregnant, since she’s on the Pill. Danny is surprised, and says he was excited at the idea of her having his baby. They agree to wait until the family is safe before starting a family … but they can still “practice.” The two begin to make love.

Hoping to help Reva, Michelle asks Danny if they can attend the masked ball in San Cristobel. Danny notes the danger involved, but Michelle is firm in her desire to rescue her friend. She reveals that her mother would want her to help Reva. Danny embraces her, but shocks Michelle by still refusing to let her go.

[Oh give me a break! Talk about totally understating scenes. They had their first REAL fight as a married couple …oh, and Michelle’s comparison between Maureen and Reva was left on the cutting room floor. Typical.]

Josh reveals his plans to rescue Reva, and asks Danny to take Michelle back to San Cristobel as a cover to get Josh, Matt and Jim into the country. Danny doesn’t want to put Michelle in danger, but he is reluctantly convinced. Cassie is outraged to learn that the men are making plans to free her sister and are not including her.

While Michelle is over at Drew’s place trying on dresses for the ball in San Cristobel, Jesse arrives and announces to Drew that he’s accepting a job in an art gallery…in New York. Drew is upset, and Michelle wonders why they’ve broken up before leaving.

Carmen confronts Danny about his wanting to use the family yacht to rescue Reva. Danny tries to figure out what kind of partnership Carmen and Edmund have, aside from the Santos family’s using San Cristobel to launder money. Carmen wants Danny to take bearer bonds with him when he returns to San Cristobel, and threatens to ruin his rescue plans if he doesn’t comply. Danny reluctantly agrees. Michelle arrives and embraces Danny, glad that they’re honest with each other unlike Drew and Jesse. Danny is guilty but doesn’t reveal Carmen’s threats to his wife. Privately, Ben talks with Carmen about the bearer bonds and realizes that Carmen intends to trap Michelle for possession of the bonds.

Carmen gives Danny the bearer bonds for him to smuggle into San Cristobel. Pilar arrives to warn of the (fake) police raid. Danny doesn’t trust information that came from David, but Pilar defends him. Spotting the bearer bonds, Pilar offers to sneak them out of the house in her backpack. Carmen reluctantly agrees, not having wanted Pilar to be involved.

Frank and another cop arrive at the Santos house, but Frank feigns outrage as he guesses that someone tipped them off. After the cops leave, Michelle demands to know what’s going on, but Danny remains silent. She knows Pilar is somehow involved, but Danny only repeats that Carmen never wanted Pilar in the family business. Upset that he’s not telling her the whole truth, Michelle runs upstairs.

Pilar and Bill are at Company when the police arrive. Pilar, afraid that they’ll find the bearer bonds in her bag, gets Bill to take her upstairs to his room, where she acts passionately in order to distract him. Danny arrives for the backpack. Pilar privately tells him what happened, and how thrilled she was by the adventure. Aghast, Danny insists that this is the last time she’ll be involved in the family business. When Bill tries to recapture the passionate moments between him and Pilar, Pilar – no longer interested – blows him off.

Tensions run high between Danny and Michelle when she demands to know what his plans are for their trip to San Cristobel, and expresses her dismay that he’s keeping secrets from her regarding the police raid last night. He vows not to lose her, and they promise not to go to bed angry. They make love and reaffirm their feelings for each other. Later, Danny hides the bearer bonds in his suitcase, hating that he’s involving Michelle in anything illegal. Dietz secretly switches the bonds into Michelle’s case, on Carmen’s order.

Cassie calls Michelle asking for help about the San Cristobel trip. Michelle promises to help her.

Josh, Jim, Matt, Danny and Michelle board the Santos yacht to head off for San Cristobel. Josh laments endangering his friends’ lives. Michelle brings on a large box of costumes for the masked ball, and Danny is suspicious. Josh reveals that there seems to be someone stowed away in the cabin closet. Jim opens the door, causing Cassie to land in his arms.

Josh is furious to find Cassie has stowed away, thanks to Michelle’s help. Danny pulls Michelle aside and chastises her for her dishonesty. Michelle reminds him of his own secrecy. He promises one day things will be different.

When they arrive at the island, they all comment on its beauty. But Danny spots a boat with police approaching them. The police want to search the luggage of the rescue team, but Danny cites his friendship with Edmund. Michelle makes up an excuse and the police back away. Later, Jim and Josh talk about the bomb, which will be used to create a distraction at the masked ball. Michelle asks Cassie if there’s anything between her and Jim, and asserts that she thinks Jim likes Cassie romantically.

Cassie walks along a beach when Richard appears on horseback. He apologizes for startling her, and the two hit it off – though she introduces herself as “Tami Lemay.” He kisses her hand and starts off again…and Cassie is charmed. Danny and Jim learn of their meeting and convince her to distract Richard at the ball. She admits to Michelle that she can see why Reva fell in love with Richard.

Matt, Jim, Danny and Josh go over the rescue plan, and Josh admits his worries that Reva won’t want to return home. Later, everyone but Danny gets into the yacht, which zooms off for the palace. Michelle appears in a gorgeous costume, striking Danny silent with her beauty. He later tells her that he needs to conduct some business before the ball, assuring her that it’s not dangerous.

Danny makes a call rescheduling the exchange of the bearer bonds. He wants to make the exchange when Michelle isn’t at home. Danny’s stunned to find that the bonds in Michelle’s suitcase. Michelle walks in and realizes that the bonds are for laundering money. He explains that he agreed to transport the bonds to pay a family debt. Tearful Michelle is appalled that he’d jeopardize the rescue mission. As they argue, the police arrive.

Thanks to Michelle’s quick thinking, Danny is able to evade the police as they search the villa for the contraband bearer bonds. He slips out to burn the bonds in a fire before the police can find them. When they leave, Danny tries to apologize to Michelle but she blasts him for getting her involved in the business.

Carmen calls Danny in San Cristobel and is upset to learn that her plan to get Michelle arrested was foiled, and that the bearer bonds were destroyed. Danny promises to think of a way to repay their debt. When she hangs up, Ben suggests that Danny’s guilt feelings could bring him closer to the family.

Danny again apologizes for the bearer bond situation. Michelle can’t get used to the violence of the family business. Frustrated, Danny says he has a responsibility to his family. She demands that he trust her enough to be honest. Danny embraces her and promises that after taking care of Carmen’s debt, he’ll make a real change in his life.

Upset, Michelle breaks away and realizes that Carmen was responsible for the bearer bonds. She offers the use of her trust fund to repay the debt, but Danny refuses. They argue and she storms out. Michelle jumps into the pool for an angry swim, and Danny joins her. They kiss passionately.

Later, Danny, Michelle, Jim and Matt resolve to split up and search the island for Josh, Reva, Richard and Edmund. Michelle suggests that they ask a police officer if he’s heard anything. Danny approaches Colonel Dax, who informs them that Edmund died at the hands of Josh and that Prince Richard is missing. Danny explains that they’ve formed a search party of their own, but Dax informs him that they’re not going anywhere. The cops round up the foursome, suspecting that they were also involved in Edmund’s death. When Danny mentions the business that his family does in San Cristobel, he is then accused of treason as well.

Despite their protests, Danny, Michelle, Jim and Matt are lined up against a wall to face a firing squad as Colonel Dax orders the officers to shoot. Just then, a guard approaches and informs Richard that they’ve captured the foreigners who accompanied Danny to the ball. Josh and Richard race off to save them.

Just before the guns can be fired at Danny, Michelle, Jim and Matt, Richard and Josh run in. Richard orders the guards to drop their weapons and reveals that Edmund was the bad guy. The group makes plans to leave San Cristobel as soon as possible.


 

Danny and Food From Little Havana September 4 2001

May 23, 2017

Check out my latest episode guide post.

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but this is one of my favorite Danny, non-Michelle and Robbie bits. If anyone knows Cuban food please help me out on the menu. I can pick up the arroz y pollo and the flan for dessert, but they mention at least two other dishes that not knowing Cuban food well enough I can’t quite catch.

Maria Danny Ray Tony eat Little Havana

Maria Danny Ray Tony eat Little Havana

FYI Little Havana.

Tues., Sept. 4, 2001 – At the Springfield PD: Gus tries to tell Carmen that he isn’t with the feds anymore but she tells him that she knows he is undercover. He asks her what she wants and she tells him she wants to stay out of prison. She offers him enough info on the Sandovals and Machados to put them all away but Gus tells her that he wants all three families. Carmen tells him with what she has; he will have his career made. Gus insists that he has to have at least Danny along with the others but Carmen won’t budge. She tells him that she can give him Maria, but Tony isn’t into anything and Danny is her son. She tells him that Washington won’t be happy that Gus refuses to take down the other two families just because of his vendetta against the Santos clan. Gus makes a call and acts like he is talking to Washington but in reality he called a pizza place. He ends the call and tells Carmen that Washington won’t deal without Danny as part of the package. At the Bauer House: Danny comes in with takeout of all his favorites from Little Havana. Danny is planning on a feast for one of all his Cuban foods because Meta is out, Rick is at work, and Michelle took Robbie to a “Mommy and Me” class. Rick comes in and Danny is surprised. Rick was supposed to be working a shift at Cedars, but he wasn’t up to it after Beth’s funeral so he came home early. Rick tries to sneak a taste of Danny’s meal, but Danny is protective and tells Rick he isn’t sharing. Rick leaves with a parting shot about how Danny doesn’t owe him anything he just lives in Rick’s house….rent free…..

Danny: “Great, now I HAVE to save him some.”

Danny sits down with his feast. Just as he starts Abuela comes by and asks if she can come in. Danny refuses and asks her to leave. She tells him that Michelle let her in the night before and they helped each other look for him. He won’t talk to her about it and she chastasizes him for worrying Michelle.

Danny: “Oh, NOW you’re worried about Michelle’s feelings? You should have thought about that before you tried to take that hit out on me.”

Maria (waving it away as nothing): “That order was given by Carlos.”

Danny: “Well, you went along with it.”

Maria: “I tried to rectify that mistake when I testified for you.” (Maria had helped throw her testimony to make it look like Danny was telling the truth and the state was lying even though she was testifying as part of a deal for the state.)

Maria takes a bite and Danny tells her not to eat his food. She tells him she is just picking, like they always used to. Tony arrived next and sits down at the table and he too starts picking. Danny can’t believe that they are eating his food. Danny tells them to go place their own order. Ray shows up and smells the food and Danny asks if he intends on picking as well.

Ray: “No, I’m STARVING hand me a plato.”

He gets a plate and helps himself. Maria is pleased at the impromptu family meal but Danny is irritated watching as his food disappears.

Maria: “I was wondering when was the last time we were together like this.”

Danny: “Um, let me see when you tried to kill me.”

Maria (once again waving it away as unimportant): “No, Raymond was not here that time.”

Danny isn’t physically pushing them out, but really can’t believe they are acting like everything is normal like it used to be. Ray, Tony, and Danny verbally spar and Abuela says it’s like having her three sons back. Danny sardonically points out that since they didn’t get out of the business like he’s trying to do they’re all dead. Ray tries to steer the conversation to safer territory by asking Danny about the job search. He tells them about his job at Spaulding and tells them that he is completely legit. Maria doesn’t look thrilled. Danny asks if she isn’t proud of him. Maria tells him she has always been proud of him, even when he wasn’t proud of himself. Rick comes back in and sees everyone eating. He asks Danny if he decided to share after all.

My Comments:

I know I’ve been saying this quite a bit lately, but this is one of my favorite Manny bits. I know just what Danny means sometimes to get to go to your favorite place and get all your favorites without having to share or talk with anyone is just the best. The restaurant he got take out from is called Little Havana and this isn’t the first time they’ve talked about it, but we never see it as a set. I just adore Danny’s interaction with his family here. It just is so family like. I have to say we’re know in one of all time favorite periods of Manny so I’ll keep saying how much I like stuff especially before “Mr. Big” gets here. While I enjoy the normalcy here, I also am glad Danny isn’t 100% having it. I think “Maria” threw up a line there “and that other uncle of yours.” I thought at first she said their names, but on a relisten she says something like your fathers and uncle, but I still think maybe it’s a thrown up line. It isn’t very clear and saying their names would make a lot more sense. I’m sorry that they cut off the end when Rick comes back. I don’t blame Rick for being ticked, but really Danny would have had to physically push them out. I’m sure Rick’s reaction was the tag, but I wish when he came in Danny would have gotten up and said let’s you and me go out to dinner, Ray will lock up or something like that. To show his allegiance with Rick. 

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.

An Angel Amidst the Devil By J. Hallmark

May 17, 2017

From Rustle of the Sheets

Republisher’s Note: I would give a warning about the sex in this, but the Author’s Note says it all.

Author’s Note:

Summary: There is no plot. There is only sex.

Rating: So NC-17 it’s not even funny. Well, it’s not supposed to be.

Note: This is MY fantasy of Michelle and Danny meeting without the sting of Mick, the Mafia or anything but the connection (and attraction) between them. This is a short vignette, don’t expect a sequel, just take it as it is.


An Angel Amidst the Devil By J. Hallmark

Sweat lingered upon her bare arms like mercury sliding slowly through a red-hot thermometer. The fall of her honey blond curls was a shroud of heavy silk caressing the skin of her shoulders, the flesh of her back exposed above the low cut of her dress. Pulsing lights from the overhead strobe cast hues of the rainbow upon each golden curl, emeralds and violets dancing across the flushed heat whispering across her face, sunshine and sunburst kissing the ivory dress taut across her breasts, clinging to the curve of her waist, the flare of her dress, its hem twisting against her long, bare legs as she swayed slowly to the music. Her head fell back as the song hit a high note, her fingers gripping the front of the bar, her body finding the rhythm of the beat with little effort.

He took a step forward, his gaze locked upon her body, her honey curls, silently willing her to turn and look at him. She stiffened slightly, that luscious body going still before slowly, as if she swam underwater, the muscles in her back, in her neck moved beneath her creamy skin and she glanced over her shoulder.

Their eyes met. She had to look away – his were too intense, too hot, full of an unspoken need she felt an answer to growing inside of her. She had to look away from his eyes, but she could not tear her gaze from him.

His hair was thick, ebony curls looking devilishly soft to the touch. The changing colors of the overhead light caught shades and textures between the tendrils. Those same hues cast wildly upon the sheen of his leather jacket, ebony like his curls, inviting and silky soft like his eyes. One hand rested casually upon the back of a chair and his fingers were long, supple; his grip tightened, caressed, lay gentle lines upon the curving metal.

Her eyes rose to meet his again and still he was looking at her. Again, she had to look away. Heat and fire. Desire and need curled and beckoned in their smoky depths. Her lids grew heavy beneath the onslaught of his hunger, her tongue darted out, licking feverishly hot lips as her gaze fell upon his and his mouth curved into a sweet smile, a smile that transformed the dark wanting of his face. His smile created an angel amidst the devil. She looked into his eyes and found herself drawn a step closer. His lips curved even more and the sweetness lingered only in her memory – here was a smile of knowledge … he knew her, knew that she felt the same invisible pull that he did – here was a smile of sex.

Sex. Images unbidden flew through her mind of this man, his hands – those long, supple fingers – upon her body, those lips upon her flesh. A gasp escaped her at the primitive surge of heat that ran through her. She snapped her eyes close and turned away from him. The music, the people talking and laughing around her … all of it was so loud, beating into her. She felt alive; every pore of her being, every sense of herself opened to the sounds, the smells, the vibrations around her. The steps. The steps of him as he walked toward her. She could hear him. She could feel him. She could practically taste him.

Her eyes flew open, searching desperately for Jesse, for Bill, for Drew … for anyone she knew that would bring her back to herself. This wasn’t she. This wasn’t who she was. She didn’t think this way, feel this way,… want this way.

““Dance with me.”” His voice was soft and low, a husky rumble of desire caressing each syllable. She felt his breath, moist and hot upon her throat and the heat of his body burned into her as he moved closer, closer until only the whisper of space stood between them.

If her very life had depended on it, she could not have refused him.

Slowly she turned, her hips brushing against his groin and if he hadn’t already been captured and held by her eyes — liquid, dark, heaven — he would have closed his own in ecstasy at the feel of her body pressed — even for that moment — against his.

Taking a step back, he held out his hand. Slowly, her every movement a symphony of eroticism and elegance melded into perfection, she laid her hand upon his, her fingers brushing over the tips of his. The flesh of her palm was damp and he wanted to taste her as they moved as one body towards the music beckoning from the dance floor. Bringing her hand to his lips, he turned it over as he took the tip of one finger, another, and another and another softly, quickly into his mouth, gathering just a hint of her taste.

Her entire body breathed toward him as she let out an exhalation, her eyes never leaving his. His hand held her wrist firmly, his thumb caressing the fragile bone there as he bent down, his gaze still holding hers and he pressed a kiss in the center of her palm.

Languidly her arm rose, her fingers dancing upon him as her body moved towards his, molding against him. The music was slow; a soft steady driving beat inflaming the blood racing through her body. This was lust. This was passion. This was desire in its purest, most basic form.

This she had never felt before.

His hands entangled in her curls as he made love to her with his eyes. In his eyes, she could see the same images that had burned through her – the same images that swam headlong through her now. His hands, his mouth, his tongue, his sex in her, on her, devouring her.

The dress she had deemed too choir-girl for the club seemed of a different make now as he molded the soft flowing material to her waist, to her derriere, as his hands kneaded her flesh, as he pulled her closer to him. To him. She could feel the hard heat of him, pulsing, erect, pressing into the juncture of her thighs. And she wanted to feel him inside of her. Now. Now.

She closed her eyes, unable to look at him. Unable to think, to do anything but feel.

Her head fell back and the silken, creamy column of her throat lay bare to him. A sheen of sweat glistened upon her flesh and again that insatiable need to taste her swelled within him. His head bent, his tongue finding the hollow at the base of her throat, caressing the delicate bone there before sliding upward along the soft, so soft, skin offered to him. A breathy sigh escaped her and he curved his hand around her neck, bringing her face to face with him. Her eyes opened slowly as if in a dream and her lips were parted, moist, waiting for the kiss that she knew was coming.

He lowered his head and his mouth captured the soft pillow of her upper lip, sucking gently and then his tongue slid in between her mouth, sliding along her bottom lip, tasting her. He withdrew for a moment and her lids slowly opened as her tongue came out, gently licking her lips in a daze. His mouth descended upon hers once more, raining whisper-soft kisses upon her, his tongue flicking out, dancing with hers. Her lips were so soft, so full, so lush, so perfect. He devoured her, hunger and need filling him as his kiss deepened and her soft, her heat, everything about her flooded through his body.

Blood was rushing through her, she heard thunder in her ears as her heart began contracting and she could feel the blood pumping in and out as the taste of him filled her. She felt dizzy, light-headed. She was whimpering, soft sounds emanating from in between their kisses. This went beyond desire. This went beyond anything she had ever known. She wanted him. She needed him. Her breath came fast and heavy as she pulled away, her gaze meeting his and seeing the mirrored need revealed there. “I want you.” That smile curved his lips again, a cross between an angel and a devil and she found her own mouth flashing a smile that must have matched. “Now.”

They wove through the dancing throng, intent upon escape. His hand was firm, his grip solid as he easily maneuvered through the Friday night rush. She kept her head down, no longer wanting to see a soul who would recognize her … know her. As if anyone would know who she was right now. She didn’’t know who she was. She knew only this hunger, this driving need for this man. Her gaze rose and traveled over his form, clad in black jeans, the leather jacket and those curls – those glorious, gorgeous curls. She wanted to run her fingers through them; she wanted to feel their silky softness against her naked flesh.

The cool air was a shock to her body as they stepped outside. Reason and clarity returned in that moment as the cold drove her into reality. The hard wall was suddenly at her back, one hand around her neck, the other on her bare leg as he pushed her dress up. She met his gaze, intending to speak, to tell him that she had changed her mind, but she met his gaze. She looked into his eyes. His body pressed into her and now his breath was warm upon her earlobe as his tongue wet her flesh. She lost reason, reality disappeared into a fog that knew only hunger and need. And want.

Want and desire. She pressed herself against him, desperate, desperate to have him inside of her, loving her, one with her. “”Who are you?”” he whispered into her ear, his voice a honey-dripping, sun-drenched erection of feeling. Pulling away slightly, he gazed down at her, his question reflected in his eyes … his question a need.

““Michelle,”” she whispered between thick lips, full and pouty and begging for his touch. He smiled – that sweet, sweet smile — and offered his own name.

““Danny.”” It was music to her ears. She found herself smiling in response as she savored the syllables of his name on her tongue. Feeling the same need, he repeated “Michelle,” softly just as his lips once more found hers, ravishing her mouth, his tongue colliding, clashing, sucking, dancing, clinging to hers. Driving her hard against the wall, he dropped his hand and felt the cold-warm flesh of her thighs. Cold from November’’s bite, warm from the heat of his hands.

Grasping her underwear, he pulled the silky material down as she clung to him, her hands beneath his jacket, her nails clawing into his back through the material of his shirt. He slipped a finger inside of her and she was wet and tight and perfect. Heaven. Michelle.

One in the same.

She reached in between them, her fingers pulling at the snap, grabbing at his zipper. Now, now, she thought, an urgency filling her unlike any she’d ever known. She needed him inside of her now. All thought fled as his fingers feathered at the core of her, touching, tightening, pulling and her body screamed out as she felt a rippling sensation flood through her. Her hand encircled the hard heat of him, tightening around him, “”now, now, now, now”” she whispered, her breathing ragged.

His touch was gone to be replaced – God, the wall was hard but she could barely feel it as he plunged into her. The air was cold and biting upon her skin, but she felt as if her entire body were aflame as he thrust inside of her, filling ever pore of her. She gripped his arms, his shoulders, his head, afraid that if she let go she would fall into oblivion.

Heaven. She felt so right, so perfect. He was all sensation, all feeling as he pulled her up, her legs winding about him. With every thrust every silken tug from her called to him, answered him, completed him all at once. His lips fell upon her throat, savoring the taste of her flesh. He captured her mouth, thrilling to the desperate pants and cries, moans and frantic whimpers she uttered in between each brush of his lips, every touch of his tongue. He felt alive, on fire, unlike anything ever before.

This was too much. She was too much. But not enough, never enough. He never wanted to let her go; never wanted this sensation to end … never wanted this to end. He was close, so close, his eyes closed and everything went black around him, then white, then a rainbow of colors exploded inside his head as she let out a sudden shout, his name buried in the cry.

There was silence, marred only by the heavy sound of their breathing. Her head lay in the crook of his neck, her legs still wrapped about him, he still inside of her. Slowly she looked up, her eyes wide and searching. Wild and vivid and alive, so alive.

She felt so alive, more than ever before in her life. In his eyes, she looked into his eyes; she saw satisfaction, need fulfilled and joy. In his eyes, she saw joy. Her breathing was still ragged as she wondered at the warmth flooding through her. Even as she unwound her legs, even as he slipped from her, she felt this blooming inside of her. Something had changed.

Everything had changed.

Their eyes met and there was joy.

The End

Carmen’s Back Again August 30 31 2001

May 16, 2017
Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

Check out my latest episode guide post.

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.

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.

Let’s Call It a Plot Twist, Shall We? Essay 5

May 15, 2017

Watch the episodes where Danny sleeps with Drew.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

Drew and Danny get drunk

Drew and Danny

“Let’s Call It a Plot Twist, Shall We?
(About the Danny/Drew, uh, Connection)

By Jennifer Hallmark

I am usually the first person who gripes and complains and bemoans when TIIC pull a stunt like the upcoming one with Danny and Drew, but surprisingly enough, I’m not upset at all, in fact I think it makes sense. And here is why . . . .

Danny is emotionally a wreck at this point. Think of all of the stuff that has happened to him in the last couple of days.

1. His mother once again questioned him about Michelle, and went so far as to suggest that he test her . . . and in response, Danny threatened to walk away with Michelle and leave la familia. I do not think that this was an easy threat, or an idle one. Danny is a man who believes in loyalty and family — he has after all been taught well by his mother. He must have been seriously considering this action for some time in order to make such a threat and he knows that it is a powerful one to wield over his mother. Furthermore, she has taught him well and so it must be very difficult for him to even suggest such a thing.

2. Then immediately after making such a bold declaration to his mother, he finds Michelle in a highly suspicious situation dealing with a Santos Client, Mrs. Silva. He learns that she went behind his back and interfered with the family business, something that he obviously believes is a big no-no. He is also aware that she used his feelings for her to distract him . . . just because he was distracted, does not take away from the fact that he is very aware of what she did.

3. Following that, he truly believed that this time, Michelle was going to finally be his wife in every sense . . . and again she backed away. So, not only did she use his feelings and desires for her against him, but she didn’t even follow through, leaving him wanting and bereft — because she still does not want him. He thinks that Michelle finds him repugnant and yet he desires her. Knowing (or thinking he knows) that she feels the opposite for him must just demoralize him completely.

4. And then, because of Michelle’s suspicious actions, he set up a “test” for her, something which he felt guilty about doing as evidenced by his talk with with his grandmother. He felt so very guilty that he set his own wife up in such a way.

5. For the first time, he admitted that he does love her. And again, knowing that she does not return his feelings must hurt so incredibly.

6. Michelle’s “blindness,” he didn’t know she was faking and he was freaking out (and I’m not exaggerating with my choice of words). He was worried about her, she is rapidly becoming the most important aspect of his life and the idea that something could happen to her scares him more than he can say.

7. Jesse is at the hospital and Michelle turns to him for comfort — yet another blow at Danny’s manhood, ego, feelings, etc.; a seeming disregard for all he has given up for her, all he has done for her, all he feels for her.

8. Then of course, he found out that the F.B.I. did in fact raid the shipment, thus verifying that Michelle betrayed him. As guilty as he felt about setting her up, knowing that she turned on him, she betrayed him, she lied to him must tear at his heart and soul. And after he specifically asked her “to promise” him, that she would not tell anyone and she did promise, and still she did tell the F.B.I. She betrayed him completely — she betrayed his words, his feelings, his belief in her, his family, she betrayed everything that he believed was building between them.

9. Then we have Mama Santos nailing it home that his wife betrayed him and that now he must do his duty to his family. Yes, he is upset by her betrayal, yes, he is reeling from the knowledge that all of her sweet words, all of her touches and kisses and caresses were a ploy, an attempt to get him to open up to her, but still his mother expressing such glee that he must now kill his wife, a woman that he loves despite all that she has done, must hurt. Danny is dealing with the knowledge that avenging his brother’s death is more important to his mother than his happiness.

10. Finally, knowing for a certainty that since before their wedding included, Michelle has been playing him for a fool, has got to just sting beyond bearability for any man . . . especially a man like him. That he defended her time and time and time again to his mother, to Dietz, to himself and then to find out that it was all a lie and that she was using him, stringing him along, is probably the worst betrayal he has ever experienced.

So, take all of this . . . all of the above and add on top of this the simple fact that he is losing the first woman he has ever loved . . . and he is losing her because she doesn’t love him in return — of course, the guy is a complete emotional basket-case.

He’s upset, he gets drunk, he reverts to the man he was before Michelle entered his life, and along comes an equally distraught, drunken babe who is a connection to Michelle — they both seek comfort and oblivion in drink and the sweet surcease of meaningless sex. By sleeping with Drew, Danny accomplishes several things — one, he gets to betray Michelle back — having sex with her maid of honor shortly after the wedding, whether Michelle cares about him or not, has got to be a blow. Two, through Drew, he is able to establish a connection (sick, but true) with Michelle and finally, he loses himself in being the bad, wild boy he was before Michelle happened to him.

Now, I do not blame or think badly about Danny at all about his. Why not? Simple, he is drunk, the sanctity of his marriage has been revealed as a joke. What does it matter if he is breaking his vow? Michelle broke hers before she even said them, she lied to him, she used him, she betrayed him. She doesn’t love him, she doesn’t want him, she doesn’t even care about him. It wouldn’t matter to her at all that he has found satisfaction in another woman’s arms, as long as it keeps him out of her bed.

That is what he must be thinking. Michelle is not truly his wife. She has made that perfectly clear to him, so their vows do not matter. Every promise he made to her is a joke, as her every promise to him was. Danny is suffering greater that he ever has in his life, he is angry, he is hurt, he is lashing out and Drew is there, available and she fits the bill. And simply, finally, Michelle betrayed him, it’s his turn to return the favor.

Now, as for Drew — she’s a different story. She knows (unlike Danny) that Michelle does care about her husband. She knows how difficult and how wavering Michelle has been regarding the whole F.B.I. matter and she knows that Michelle tried to call it off. She, more than anyone else, knows that Michelle is falling in love with Danny, and therefore she must know that Michelle will be devastated by Danny’s “betrayal.” Danny, honestly believes that Michelle would not give a damn at all, Drew knows better.

So, I think much less of Drew than I do Danny. Still, I feel for Drew. She is an emotionally, screwed-up young woman. And it is obvious from her attitude and comments that she has made that sex is no big deal to her. Remember her words to Michelle when talking about consummating the marriage: “At least he’s not ugly.” As if that should make a difference to Michelle and make it easier to have sex with a man she doesn’t love. For Drew, sex doesn’t have to have anything to do with love. Unlike Michelle, she doesn’t take sex ultra-seriously and so a quickie-one-night stand is probably nothing to her.

Still, she should feel guilty and I truly hope she does, because she knows that by sleeping with her friend’s husband, she is in the wrong. I do believe she will try to justify that Michelle claimed she really didn’t feel anything for Danny and so therefore, she didn’t think it would really bother her. Of course, she’s lying to herself, but I hope that eventually she can be honest with herself and Michelle and hopefully a stronger friendship will emerge. It would be interesting to see Michelle and Drew remain friends throughout this, after the fall-out takes place.

As for the Manny relationship, I personally think this makes perfect sense and will definitely be an opening for a better understanding between the two. Danny is probably trying to convince himself that he doesn’t really love Michelle, that it is just desire and he wants to bed her. By sleeping with Drew, he will realize that finally getting some did not ease his wanting or need for Michelle.

However, I think this is just a minor thing that will come out of this. The biggest realization will come to Michelle. For the first time, she will be in the position of realizing that she very well may have lost the devotion and love that Danny has unceasingly showered her with. She will realize that, for the first time, she has truly hurt someone deeply, someone that she truly cared about.

And most importantly, she will realize that Danny is someone she wants, and that is he her husband — now knowing that someone else has had what is hers, will probably bring out the possessive wife in Michelle. She will come to the decision that Danny is hers and she will fight for him. The possessiveness that until now we’ve only seen on Danny’s side will most likely emerge in Michelle and the strong passions that Danny has begun to bring out in her will blossom in other ways.

I suspect that Danny and Michelle will, in the next couple of months, experience a lot of angst and a lot of pain with a lot of fighting and miscommunication. After all, they are two very passionate people who bring out the best and the worst of passions in one another, but when they do come together . . . ah, when they do come together, the fireworks will be explosive and well worth the turmoil and wait.

Jennifer H.

Children of Springfield 2017

May 10, 2017

Back in 2014 before I could really dig into my Manny Bauer BBQ fanfic for the year I had to stop and figure out what children would be running around and how old they would be now. Sadly it’s been awhile now since we’ve seen any of them. I thought this might be helpful for anyone wanting to write a “present day” Springfield story. I’m especially looking for any Bauer BBQ fanfic of any couple, any era and I’m making myself a challenge to at least get the start of one done by July 1st, so I’m challenging you as well. And don’t worry, this year I have the Manny part of the plot figured out so I just have to decide what other people are doing around them.

I came back and did an update last year in 2016. I think it needs to be an annual post to keep us all on the same Guiding Light page. Here we go for 2017.

Manny Move Back

In the previous post I shared some of my reasoning and notes to show my work and let it stand for possible addition and corrections. I recently read a very persuasive article that said what truly made an article academic was to show your work and admit you could be wrong. So I’m admitting I was wrong. I have good reason to switch up the Marler children and switch them back to airdate birth age so I did.

Below you’ll find a list in reverse chronological order with the changes marked with an *. Please note these are often rough calculations and any of them could be subject to SORAS at any given time. Personally I like to watch kids grow up on screen, so I won’t be SORASing.

Sadly I’ve had to leave the mess age wise that is James Spaulding and Daisy/Susan LeMay/Cooper because there is just no way to leave it and no way fix it and keep any kind of continuity, so we are just swallowing it and going on. So James, Daisy, and Ashlee are all safely graduated from college now and in the young adult storyline, where no one has no idea how old anybody is. But just for the heck of it going by Zach Conroy’s age, James Spaulding should be 32 and so should Ashlee Wolfe according to Caitlain VanZandt’s age. If take James’s age when we meet him fresh out of boarding school to be 18, he should be 26 instead. At the rate she was going Daisy/Susan is probably now 4.

There could be any number of other children around, for example maybe Alan-Michael and Lucy have kids, as could any number of other people that we had lost track of on screen or since 2009. These are children that are reasonable to assume are around. I’ll gladly take suggestions of others. The only children I’ve listed are those we know on screen, plus Danielle who I created in my Springfield Bound story which Michelle told Danny about shortly after Rick and Mindy’s wedding as shown in the flashforward and so would have been born in 2011 and so is now 6.

Moved de-SORASed on my list are the Marler children. Basically our post-show triangle between Robbie Santos, Sarah Randall, and Clarissa Marler required them to be closer in age so I reverted from an approximation based on SORAS when last seen back to airdate birthdays. I had previously added Rocky Cooper in just because it still ticks me off that they basically sent him off into the attic to look for skis so I like to mention him when I reasonably can. I had used the SORASed Coop’s (his older brother’s) last on screen actors age and subtracted the difference on screen, but I decided to ignore that since Coop is dead anyway and return to airdate birthday because makes Rocky more available.

So here is my list. I’m probably missing people. Let me know who else you think should be included. Whether these children would actually be around town or not is, of course, up to you and how you plot your story.

In reverse chronological order, the current children of Springfield:

Danielle “Dani” Meta Santos, 6

H.B. Lewis IV, 7

Francesca Cooper, 7

Henry Cooper Lewis, 8

Colin O’Neill, 9

Peyton Spaulding, 9

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 11

Sarah Randall, 11

Hope Maureen Santos, 12

Leah Bauer, 15

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 16

Jude Bauer, 16

Clarissa Marler, 17*

Zach Spaulding, 18

Rocky Bradshaw Cooper, 19*

Maureen Reardon, 20

Kevin Marler, 21*

Jason Marler, 21*

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.

Amazing! Essay 4

May 8, 2017

Watch the episodes where Michelle packs to leave for the Bauer House.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“Amazing!” By Kathy

(Written after the March 10th episode — The one where Carmen confronts Danny about Michelle; and Michelle packs.)

I think I rewound and rewatched that scene [Michelle packing, Danny twisting his wedding ring] about one hundred times yesterday. I actually think that this was the most pivotal scene in the episode. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the other scenes with Mama because, as always, Paul Anthony Stewart was amazing in showing his inner turmoil. And the scenes between Michelle and Drew where she admitted that she didn’t know how she felt about Danny, I honestly felt her confusion. Both Stewart and Joie Lenz were amazing in this episode. But, the last scene in the bedroom really got to me.

I did notice the tugging and the rolling of the wedding ring. And I also noticed the way he was so soft spoken as if to say, ‘I am really angry but I am not going to let my anger get the better of me.’ I mean, at that point he knew that Michelle had betrayed him and still he was calm. But those tiny actions foreshadowed what I think will be happening in the next couple of weeks.

He is going to think real hard about what his next actions are going to be, but his love for Michelle is so strong that her betrayal didn’t just hurt his heart but also his soul. Danny is a man who sticks, but how can he when he feels his life is a lie? I mean, his mother is actually excited that Danny might kill his wife. He knows this. He knows that his family is soooo sick, sick enough to have him kill the woman he loves.

Then, to make matters worse, his wife, the woman he loves, the woman who he thought was beginning to love him, in his eyes has been making a fool out of him. I feel for Danny, more than I do for Michelle and for Carmen, because as someone said, Danny is the one who is locked up, who is a prisoner of his family and of his heart.

And Stewart is just amazing, his acting is just superb. Guiding Light was so lucky to snag him. And we are so lucky to be able to see a master at work. GOD, WHAT A MAN!!!

Kathy ( hopelessly in love with Paul Anthony Stewart!)

 


%d bloggers like this: