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Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

July 29, 2019

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 by Robansuefarm

Scene 3

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

There is a destiny that makes us brothers:

None goes his way alone:

All that we send into the lives of others

Comes back into our own.

I care not what his temples or his creeds,

One thing holds firm and fast –

That into his fateful heap of days and deeds

The soul of a man is cast.

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

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

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

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

Hope said, “This is my friend Peyton.”

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

Peyton nodded.

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

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

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

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

Scene 4

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

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

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

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

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

Rick looked concerned. “What happened?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scene 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Yes, I guess so.”

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

“Yes.” Jude’s face brightened.

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

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

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

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

Mindy smiled watching Jude go. Maybe he was starting to think of her as a mother after all.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1

July 25, 2019

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1 by Robansuefarm

Scene 1

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

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

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

“You can’t just walk into the house.”

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

“Are you in a storm, Mom?”

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

“He almost destroyed you.”

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

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

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

“He still felt connected to the Bauers.”

“Mom, I don’t think that’s why…”

“He STILL felt connected to the Bauers.”

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

“It’s me, Freddie.”

“Rick, Hope, it’s been Rick forever.”

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

“So how long are you here for, Hope?”

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

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

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

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

Scene 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

July 24, 2019

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

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

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

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

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

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

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

“She’s bigger.”

“You just said she’s a baby.”

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

“OUR son….,” Michelle cut in.

“OUR son to be raced like a horse.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everybody cheered and clapped.

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

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

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

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

“I know you wouldn’t. I trust you.”

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

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

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

“I’m glad you moved back.”

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

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

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

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

July 23, 2019

Author’s Note: Here’s a summary of things you should know about before we continue our Bauer BBQ fanfic.

Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

Previously on Guiding Light

Since last year’s Bauer BBQ:

Again there are other stories going on and I’m sure your favorite characters have a juicy one – please write it and share – but these are the ones that will be touched on at the BBQ this year.

Last BBQ people were concerned about how controlling Danny was being towards Michelle, but we discovered that he was just being overprotective because Michelle was pregnant. Christmas 2017 Michelle had Michael Ross Santos at the Bauer Cabin. Since she had been born at the Bauer cabin too, Clarissa was chosen as Mikey’s godmother. Rick is the godfather (another child connection and another child that Rick had that Mindy didn’t). Clarissa had taken her job seriously and had spent a lot of time babysitting. Robbie and Clarissa were getting closer just from spending time together. A month ago she made a move and kissed Robbie. He kissed her back, but then broke it off and said he wanted to just stay friends for now.

Beth had hosted an art auction as a fund raiser for the Lizzie Spaulding Cancer Foundation at the 2017 BBQ. One of the paintings was from the Spaulding attic. It featured a painting of a lighthouse. A woman with black hair pulled into a tight bun named Obrecht was after the painting. After a lot of excitement we learned that Alan’s father Brandon had gotten ahold of a map showing where the Germans hid the famous Amber Room. He had hidden it in the canvas of the painting. Eventually it all came out, but the expert that the FBI had brought in to confirm the find had stolen it instead, refusing to let it be returned to the “criminal government” of Russia. He’s still out there and with him probably the last chance to recover a masterpiece.

Last year Vanessa and Billy were on the outs because he’d suggested she retire from WSPR. She took that to mean both that she was old and that she should give up on Dinah. They talked it out and Vanessa promised to think about it. Since then she SEMI-retired and, after some wrangling with other contenders, Kat Speakes Frazier had gotten the job of station manager. Originally it was supposed to be a short term position while her husband Paul and the boys stayed in Chicago, but now Kat wants to stay in Springfield, will her husband follow her or not?

Matt and his wife Joni, Maureen’s old drama teacher, were separated, but reconnected. They renewed their vows in a destination wedding at the Chicago Skydeck (courtesy of a partnership with Choose Chicago – their tourism bureau). They had a tour around Chicago honeymoon montage. In the same episode Kat and her husband Paul had a fight in front of the Chicago “bean” aka Cloud Gate.

Rocky Cooper has made a big hit with Towers. He’s still closest with Lucy, but has grown closer to Frank and has become very protective with Frankie and Hank even though he doesn’t trust Marina. None of that means he’s given up on his plan to destroy his father. It’s been slow going, but the hatred is still there and he’s still determined.

TPTB totally dropped the promising romance between Jason Marler and Molly Spaulding…. Gotcha ya! No TIIC here. And while Jason Marler has still been struggling to find a new plan for his life and Molly has been struggling to redefine her relationship with her father as an adult they have been growing closer. They’ve been secretly meeting at the lighthouse with Michelle’s full knowledge and consent. If there’s anything she knows about is falling in love with someone your family doesn’t approve of.

Kevin has been mostly off screen this last year. He has worked with Rick on research, but we haven’t seen him very much while he was off at college. There are rumors he’s coming on contract – will he?

Rick and Annie Dutton’s son MJ Wilson moved into the Bauer Garage Apartment. He and Rick have slowly been building a relationship. However, MJ has only given Mindy a cold shoulder. Rick suddenly having another child has been hard on Mindy particularly because he doesn’t want anything to do with her. It’s also been hard on Jude as Rick is making extra efforts to make up from never having been a part of MJ’s life, Jude feels that he should be getting that sort of attention since Harley had taken him away to Greece. Mindy hoped that with Harley still out of the country that Jude would turn to her for parental support, but Mindy has leaned on her relationship with Rusty and Jude hostilely suspects she is getting ready to cheat on his dad.

After the food fight Cyrus and Marina continued to finish the project they were on. They were more circumspect and formal in their relationship trying to avoid being alone together. They each have worked on reconnecting with their respective spouses, but the pull is still there.

Like other couples, other years, Blake and Frank are finding themselves at odds going into the BBQ. Although they’ve been living together in a new house with a yard and raising Frankie as a team, they’ve never married. Lately Frank has been talking about marriage more and more, but Blake is resistant.

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.

December 2017 January 2018 Episodes by Robansuefarm

July 21, 2019

Author’s Note: This is part of my year in Guiding Light stories to make Bauer BBQ 2018 make sense. I haven’t had time to write out full episodes for the whole year so this is sort of a summing up with a couple of key scenes. This year’s story I’ve tried to make them more like a TV show with even comments on behind the scenes stuff.

It actually took both me and the Marony story longer than we thought to have Michelle have the baby. But she finally had it December 2017. Here is the post from when I decided on the name.

December 2017 January 2018 Episodes by Robansuefarm

Prequel Christmas Eve

The Christmas Episode – Rick has now taken over Ross’ old job of narrating the episode. – Very Short Version

“’Twas the night before Christmas and all over Springfield the snow has been falling, All over Springfield friends have been calling.”

Michelle is a couple of weeks before her due date. Michelle’s friends have been working on making sure the Christmas stuff gets done for their kids and Danny has taken Michelle away for a couple of days to make sure she doesn’t overtax with the baby coming so soon. They’ve had a lovely few days. They walked in the snow hand in hand. They made a snowman. They took a bubble bath together. They talked about many beautiful memories and how they feel about each other. And they made love, lots and lots of times. They had meant to head home that morning because it was starting to snow, but as they packed up Michelle’s water broke. Danny wasn’t going to drive her down the mountain in snow in labor. So he started calling their friends on a cell phone. It’s Christmas and people are busy doing things for the holiday. As Danny calls he gets people who have left their phones and walked off, he left messages on answering machines, when he got someone it would crackle so they couldn’t hear him. Meanwhile he’s breathing with Michelle and coaching her through Lamaze. In a very touching moment, Danny delivers the baby.

“Senora Santos, I’m very pleased to introduce you to our newest son.”

They are both smiling, laughing, and happy crying.

Suddenly people who had been getting their messages started showing up. The latest being Bill who brought Dr. Bhattacharjee up who shooed everyone away when she showed up, giving both mother and baby a clean bill of health. Blake had brought Clarissa and Michelle pulled her over and asked her to be the baby’s godmother since she too was born at the cabin. She took the baby and smiled, wondering at the baby. When she looked up the baby’s older brother was beaming at her. (That’s for the Clarissa/Robbie fans.)

*****EPISODE BREAK******

A few days later…. After the New Year’s party episodes.

Danny is bringing Michelle in to their house at Laurel Falls, carrying her in his arms. He walked her over and put her on the couch. He went back out and brought in the baby in a carrier. “There we go.” He puts the carrier on their coffee table and then snuggles up to Michelle. “How’s that?”

Michelle cuddles up with her eyes closed. “Mmmmm. It’s perfect.”

“Es la perfección.” *

“I’m so glad Rick offered to take the rest of the kids for tonight.”

“I don’t know that we need ‘bonding time’ like Mindy called it, but I’m always glad to have time with you and the new little peanut.”

Michelle opened her eyes and smiled at her son. “He’s such a happy, bubbly baby.”

“He’s going to be smart just like his mom.”

“He’s going to be clever and strong just like his dad.”

“We can’t just keep calling him peanut. What are we going to call him?”

“How about William after Bill, he is my best friend. And it would be after my dad and grandfather too.”

“That’s right. Your dad is legally William Edward isn’t he….I don’t know though. Besides your dad we’ve got Bill, Billy, Little Billy, I think there are enough Billys in this town….and if Billy is right about Danielle and Little Billy, it could get to be confusing.”

“OK, do you have a name in mind?”

“How about Ray?”


“Yea, Ray. He is MY best friend as well as my cousin and it isn’t like he’s going to have a son to carry on his name.”

“If there are too many Billys around town, there are too many Rays. I swear half the boys in Catechism are either Ray or something Raymond. Father Ray is a beloved priest, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about there not being a Ray.”

“Who then?”

Michelle looked deep in thought. “You know having this little fellow, it reminded me of when we first had Robbie. Hear me out here, but what about Ross?”

“Ross?” Danny made a face.

“I know you think about all that bad stuff about the election first, but Ross was a lot more than that. He was Dad’s best friend and he really stepped in for Rick and me when Dad was gone in Africa. When Carmen tried to frame me and then you for murder, I’m not sure we would have gotten through that if it hadn’t been for Ross. I think it would mean a lot to Blake, too. A signal of forgiveness.”

“If that’s what you want sweetheart. You’re right we do owe Ross an awful lot, but how about Ross is his middle name.”


More Kissing.

Michelle breaks off, “So he still needs a first name.”

“Do you have an idea for that too?”

“Nothing that I can think of sounds quite right.”

Danny sat up pulling Michelle with him and up onto his lap. “Babies do have a way of making you think back as much as they make you think ahead. I’ve been thinking back. If you asked me when I was a kid what I would name my son, I would have said Miguel. I thought my Dad was a hero, that it would be honoring my son to name him after my father. What a joke.”

Michelle moved to rub Danny’s back. “It isn’t a joke. You may not be able to look up to your dad anymore, but it inspired you to become the man you’ve become. There’s nothing funny about that.”

“I wish though he had really been someone to respect. Like your Uncle Mike. Someone stand up that we could trust Robbie with when we were in trouble.”

“That’s it!”

“What’s it?”

“The baby’s name. Fredrich-Fredrick-Fredrico!”

“Honey, we already called Robbie….”

“I know, but we could do that again. Miguel is the Spanish form of Michael, right? We could name him Michael. That way we could name him after Uncle Mike, but also remember what you used to think your father was. Rick will approve too, there’s something about Rick that makes you think of the name Michael.”

“Michael Ross Santos.” Danny answered Michelle’s smile with a grin.” “Like I said, “Es la perfección.”

*NOTE: Es la perfección is It’s perfection in Spanish. *

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.

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

July 20, 2019

Author’s Note: This is part of my year in Guiding Light stories to make Bauer BBQ 2018 make sense. I haven’t had time to write out full episodes for the whole year so this is sort of a summing up with a couple of key scenes. This year’s story I’ve tried to make them more like a TV show with even comments on behind the scenes stuff.

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

The Thanksgiving episodes – Thanks to Bizzie’s new determination to make Thanksgiving a big Lewis family thing the Lewis, Spaulding, and Bauer families are having Thanksgiving together at the Bizzie house with many heartwarming scenes.

The Coopers however are having their meal at Towers. Rocky is a chef who earned his way up through the ranks of London’s culinary world. He came to Springfield to not only reclaim his birthright of a place in the Cooper family and in Springfield, but also to take over Towers as his new signature restaurant.

Towers with Rocky is even more popular than it was before with people driving in from Chicago and around the region to eat there. They’ve done some lovely stuff with plating and classes and a chef’s table which helped bring about a pretty epic food fight between Mel and Marina. Mel and Cyrus are still together and so are Marina and Shayne, but Marina is tired of having always to just be the mom and thinks life with Shayne has gotten staid and boring. Mel and Cyrus had a kid fairly soon after they got together and Cyrus is likewise tiring of domestic life. They got put on a PTA committee together and working together they grew closer remembering the fire and the excitement of their relationship. So far it hasn’t gone farther than talking and smoldering looks, but they have both been put in position that they took each other’s part over their respective spouses. This has caused tension between all of them and lead to that epic food fight.

(Off screen they’ve started a short online cooking show with Rocky’s actor, another rotating actor from the show and a real chef. It comes out once a week and that dish will appear somewhere on the show during that week. Send in where the dishes appeared for four weeks and get entered in a drawing to appear on the online show during the next month – no transportation costs included one night hotel is included if accepted to come.)

Rocky was working on getting the big Thanksgiving Meal ready for the Cooper family and their other patrons. He told his staff that he needed to be alone to work on his signature dish which he had really finished the night before. He slipped out of the Towers and down to Company. He found the place closed (tell me again how they stay in business?), but Buzz was there finishing cleaning up from orders people had ordered something to take along to their various gatherings. They were all picked up now.

“Hello, Dad.”

“Oh, Rocky, I didn’t see you there. You scared me.”

“Maybe I should.” Derision dripped from his tone.

“What? What do you mean? What’s wrong with you?”

A smirk curled Rocky’s lips. “That’s funny. That’s REALLY funny. I used to ask myself that same question when I was growing up. What was wrong with me? Why didn’t my own father want me? You sent me to Mom’s family, but they didn’t want me. They barely wanted HER. For years, FOR YEARS, I waited for you to send for me. None of my FAMILY wanted me. That is except for Lucy. Lucy and Alan-Michael when they were over in Europe, Lucy used to call me and Coop every week. Used to come to see us or take us on a trip somewhere at least a month. Lucy was great.” His face had softened while he talked about Lucy, now it hardened again. “Then you called Coop home, but not me, never me. You didn’t even call and tell me about Coop’s dying before he was already buried.” Anger filled his voice, “You took away my last chance to see my brother.”

“Now, Rocky, Coop meant a lot to all of us when he died it was hard on all of us…”

“Hard? Hard? He and Lucy were the only family I ever had that actually gave a good damn about me. And you….you didn’t think I was worth a phone call when he died. Or Lucy either. Frank called Lucy and she called me. You certainly didn’t. It was all about you, all about YOUR pain. Well, the rest of us hurt too, pal. And we have to suck it up and go on.”

“Rocky, you never seemed to have a problem with me before. Where is all this coming from?”

“You know, I used to think it was something about me, but since I’ve been here, talked to people, it isn’t anything wrong about me at all. You dumped Frank and Harley and Nadine, and then you dumped Lucy, draining her savings on her way out, Coop and me, we were just the latest in a long line, but they all forgive you. Over and over and over again. You abandon them, you take loans on this place and you’ve lost it more than once. They forgive you. Well I don’t. I don’t forgive you for not saving Mom, for dumping us off on anyone you could, for caring a lot more that Cyrus was Mom’s kid than I was.” Rocky pulled out a gun.

“Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Let’s all calm now down. I saw you yesterday and you weren’t talking like this.”

Rocky held the gun on Buzz. “No, I wasn’t. I’ve been very good at pretending I forgive you, too. I was waiting until I could get you alone.” He cocks the gun.

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

Rocky pulled the trigger….on an empty chamber. “Oh, don’t worry. I’m not going to shoot you. That would be too quick. You’re going to suffer. You have to pay for all you did, not just to me, but to everybody who was ever stupid enough to love you.” He put the gun back in its holster. He walked about the room picking up this and putting it down. No longer looking at his father.

“Just what are you going to do?”

“You probably never watched much British television, did you?”

“What?! No, but Rocky you’ve got it all wrong, I loved…”

“You should have you know. Sometimes you can get the most interesting ideas off television. One of my favorite shows had an episode where the hero tells the prime minister, he can bring down her government by whispering four words. So that’s all I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you that I’m bringing you down with 4 words.” He leaned close, looked his father right in the eye, and whispered, “I don’t forgive you.”

Rocky left. Leaving a flustered Buzz behind and returns to the Towers kitchen without anyone knowing he was gone.

Buzz had told Frank about it at once, but Rocky had denied it and his staff backed up that he’d never left. Rocky seemed very concerned that Buzz was hallucinating, but when no one was looking he smiled to himself.

*****Episode Break*****

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax Fall 2017

July 19, 2019

Anyone who saw how long it took me to finish last year’s Bauer BBQ story will know that I can’t write an episode a day. Unless someone wants to pay me to quit work and just do that (listens intently)……no, I didn’t think so, SIGH! But I think there needs to be a couple of things to put in context what happens at the BBQ this year so think of this as A Year in Review Highlight Clips. If you’re lost catch up in the 2017 Bauer BBQ story.

I also should let you know that in 2017 I wrote it more like it was short story. This year I tried to incorporate more of the format of the TV show. I hope you enjoy it.

Part 1 November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax

Bill came running into Billy and Vanessa’s house. “Dad, Dad where are you?” Danny and Phillip came in behind him.

Billy and Frank came into the foyer area. “Right here. What’s you worked up into such a sweat?”

“Frank called and said that there had been an armed robbery here at the house. I’m not supposed to get upset? Are you sure you’re OK? Where’s Mom?”

“”Nessa is just fine. She wasn’t here. If she had been, I’d be a lot more upset.” Billy held up his hand. “And before you ask, Maureen wasn’t here either. It was just me and as soon as they left I called Frank. Everything’s fine.”

Frank broke in. “They got that painting Matt bought at the BBQ Auction. Danny, Phillip, why are you here?”

Phillip answered, “We were in a meeting with Bill at the Country Club when he got the call. We weren’t going to let him go running into an unknown situation alone.”

Bill narrowed his eyes at Billy. “You seem entirely too calm. Why aren’t you breathing fire?”

“I would be if Vanessa or Maureen or Melinda Sue or you were here. I can take care of myself and I’m enjoying the joke. These eastern art thieves thought they could pull one over on a good ole’ Oklahoma boy. Well, they couldn’t. I don’t know what they want with that painting, but after they attacked you when Vanessa was right there I wasn’t going to let them have it.” Billy did start to get mad remembering the earlier attack.

Danny asked, “Just what did you do?” He knew Billy well enough know that he could recognize his up to something look almost as well as Michelle’s.

“The day after the BBQ I commissioned a copy. They didn’t get the auction painting just a copy of it.”

Bill rolled his eyes. “And they didn’t notice when they took it?”


“Dad, just what do you think will happen when they figure out it’s fake. They’ll just come back.”

“They won’t find it if they do. I have it locked up some place nice and safe….besides they may not come back. When they see it’s not the right painting they won’t know when the substitution came in. I might never have had the real painting.”

Danny said, “But that would lead them right back to….” He glanced over at Phillip.

Phillip’s eyes went wide, “Beth!” He took off running to the car.

“And oh God! Michelle was having lunch with Beth today at the Mansion.” Danny was right on Phillip’s heels.

Billy turned to Frank. “You got what you need from me, Frank? You can handle having the forensics guys here yourself can’t you?”

“Sure, but where are you going?

“Come on, Bill.” Billy turned back to Frank. “They left so fast I didn’t get a chance to tell them something important about the painting.”

“Don’t you think you should tell me?”

Bill shouted, “Later!” as he and Bill tore off after Danny and Phillip.


Beth and a very pregnant Michelle are standing side by side by dining room table in the Spaulding Mansion, hands in the air while Marya Obrecht (the woman with black hair from the auction) and two henchmen held them at gunpoint.

Commercial Break

“Where is the painting?”

“What painting?” Beth asked, confused.

“The one from the auction. The one that Brandon Spaulding spirited out of Europe at the tail end of the war. The one he hid from us for decades!”

Michelle asked, “The one that Matt bought for Vanessa? The picture of the lighthouse?”

“So you want to play innocent, pet?” She came around behind Michelle and reached around grabbing her jaw and pulling her around to look at her. “It’s much more than a pretty painting of a lighthouse which someone here must have discovered. They wouldn’t have run the price so high and refused to resell it. OH, I admit that might, just MIGHT be circumstantial, but someone replaced the painting with a fake.” She thrust Michelle away from her. “And since that country bumpkin who bought it is clearly too stupid to have done it, it must have been you, Mrs. Spaulding. And you WILL tell me all about it. I WILL NOT REST until I have that painting.”

Commercial Break

“Beth!” “Michelle!” Phillip and Danny’s shouts overlapped. They came racing into the dining room, but all that they found there was an untouched meal, a door ajar, and an over toppled chair. [Ed. Note: OK that last line isn’t mine. It’s from “Flannan Isle” by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, but I really love it so I dropped it in.]

Lalita [the new maid] came in. “Mr. Spaulding, what’s wrong?”

“Where’s my wife?” Phillip demanded.

“And Michelle?,” Danny added.

“They were both in here a few minutes ago. I served the first course and they were both right here.” Lalita gestured helplessly at the untouched salads on the table.

Danny stooped beside Michelle’s chair now laying on the floor. He brought up Michelle’s purse. “She was here all right and she didn’t leave willingly, not without this.”

“Where could they have taken them?” Phillip asked agitatedly.

“I think I might have a suggestion.” Billy said as he and Bill walked into the room. He turned to Lalita, “You better go call my house and tell Frank Cooper about this.”

“You!” Danny said, starting at Billy. “If your stupid fake painting stunt gets Michelle hurt….”

Bill stepped between them. “Whoa! Back it up. I’m sure, Dad wouldn’t do anything if he thought it could hurt Michelle.”

“Of course I wouldn’t! I love that little girl as if she was my own. I wouldn’t have anything happen to her for the world. If it was just stealing the painting I’d let them have the stupid thing, but they attacked my boy and Vanessa was right there. I’m not going to let them get away with it.”

“What do you mean? Not get away with it how?”

“I mean they didn’t just steal a fake painting. They stole a tracking device. Cyrus and Remy are following it right now.”

Phillip interrupted, “Can you track it, too?”

“Yep, I’ve got it right here.” Billy patted his phone in his breast pocket.

“Then what are waiting for, let’s go.”

This isn’t written at the terrible speed of the last couple of years so there would be a couple of episodes here. One would pick up on the B stories and have some bonding under stress between Phillip, Danny, and Bill and between Beth and Michelle. Also, we’ve got some interaction between Cyrus and Remy as they put the building under surveillance.  The Beth and Michelle stuff would cover a lot of things from the last ten years we didn’t see so we pick it up towards the end of their captivity.

Michelle and Beth were tied to chairs back to back in a sketchy looking house. They are alone and working on getting loose of their bonds.

Beth spoke, “How is coming? Are you making any progress?”

Michelle contorted, “I think it’s almost there. It’s a good thing we’ve been doing the kettle ball exercise group – strong and flexible.”

Coming off the commercial break, Michelle is moaning and squirming. Beth called out, “Hey guards, come here, we need some help. Something’s wrong.”

The two goons came in, “Quiet down in here.”

The second one waved his gun. “No funny business.”

Michelle moaned some more.

Beth broke in, “It’s not funny. You know she’s pregnant and you have her trussed up like a turkey. You’re not supposed to hurt us, remember. You need us for information. Check on her.”

One with the gun came and stood next to Beth, but facing Michelle. The second without a gun bent down by Michelle. Then suddenly Beth and Michelle stood up knocking the two goons to the floor, knocking them out. They gleefully high fived.

Just at that moment, “Not so fast. Hands in the air.” Into the room walked Obrecht, gun pointed at them.  She makes a hissing noise and she gently kicked the men on the floor. “Even after all those years in my company they still underestimate women. I do NOT. I am out of patience. The painting was not the original. Where is the original?”

Beth worked to stall for time. “The painting I sold at the auction is the one that was in the attic. Just what is so special about that painting anyway? It’s not that good. I just included it in the auction as a gimmick.”

Commercial Break

Obrecht, “Enough. Now (she cocked the gun) you will tell me what you did with that painting!”

Michelle interrupted stalling for time, “She might if you tell us why it’s so important.”

“All right. If it is so important to you. What can it hurt? Even if I don’t have to kill you all the evidence will be gone. You (she gestured at Beth with her gun) you have been a Spaulding for a long time. Did you ever meet Brandon?”

“Alan’s father? No, I heard stories. His fingerprints are still on the family, but I never met him.”

“Bah, you didn’t miss anything. He was an evil man. Casual about human life, a greedy, greedy man. He was a war profiteer. He even had dealings with former Nazis. Yes, an evil, greedy man. One of his German connections as the war drew to a close sold him some valuable information. A map that showed where the Nazis (she spat) had hid the Amber Room. ( He never retrieved it. It was enough for the selfish man to know that no one else would ever find it without that map and HE held that map. He hid it in that painting. Now you will give me the painting, I will take the map, and people who can appreciate that treasure of Russian skill and art will finally retrieve it…and in addition they will pay handsomely for the privilege.”

“Why not just openly come forward for it, the Russian government is the rightful owner?”

“Who said anything about the Russian GOVERNMENT reclaiming it? NOW, that little story of you telling me what I need and me reclaiming the room is one version of the story, in the other version of the story, you die now, and there is a delay in my finding the map, but the ultimate ending is the same. I have a slight preference for the version where you tell me since it will save me time and trouble, but I don’t really care which plays out. Tell Me Where It Is! ” She pulls the trigger.

Commercial Break

“The next chamber has a bullet in it. Talk!”

Danny creeps up behind Obrecht and grabs the gun twisting her around as they struggle over the gun. Phillip comes in quickly pulls Beth and Michelle out of the room. Then Cyrus and Remy come running in, guns drawn.

Remy said, “What’s the big idea? Getting Billy to distract us while you broke in! That’s not cool. You need to learn that you can’t just do whatever you want.”

Michelle came running over and threw herself in Danny’s arms while Phillip held Beth. The two men nodded at each other over their respective wives.

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.

Revisiting Bauer BBQ 2018 – Children of Springfield

July 18, 2019

Since I didn’t get a Bauer BBQ 2019 written this year, I’m going to just skip a year and go ahead to Bauer BBQ 2020 for next year. So we’ll revisit them.

Children of Springfield 2018

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 decided to share because 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 think it needs to be an annual post to keep us all on the same Guiding Light page. I already did an update for 2017.

However, I worked on this year’s Bauer BBQ fanfic I realized that there either was a dearth of children if I brought back former characters and they didn’t have children since none were mentioned on screen or I had to add some kids to this. I’ve redone the list of kids below. I’ve bolded the names of the children who were actually born on the show. Most of these added characters won’t have much role in this story or developed personalities, but I want them here to at least serve as placeholders and to make sure the population of Springfield doesn’t shrink that much.

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. Read the last one for more details on how I came up with this list.

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.

There could be any number of other children around, 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. I’ve previously stuck to the ones on screen and they are shown in bold, but I’ve also added  short explanations or reminders who they are.

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:

Michael Ross Santos, 6 months – the son of Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer was born in between Bauer BBQ 2017 and 2018. We’re calling him Mikey.

Karla Boudreau, 2 – Christine and Remy daughter. They waited until they were settled and I picked the age from Christine’s actress’ The Bold and Beautiful‘s character’s daughter in hopes of getting some usable photos. I named her after Christine’s actress.

Elizabeth Lillian “Lily” Lewis, 4 – the daughter of Bizzie, at the 2014 Bauer BBQ we didn’t know Lizzie was pregnant so she was born after that.

Victoria Spaulding Grant, 4 – the daughter of Vicky Spaulding and David Grant. She was inspired by their 2016 Christmas card. The actors for Vicky and David married in real and for one of my Christmas photos I used a real life photo they’d shared. The Grants live outside of town.

Danielle “Dani” Meta Santos, 7 – the daughter of Manny, she was previously announced at the end of Springfield Bound and appeared in Bauer BBQ 2014. Best friend of HBIV.

Sandra Foley, 7 – daughter of Mel Bourdeau and Cyrus Foley. Mel got pregnant not long after they got together and they eventually married. Somewhat ironically Mel named her daughter after someone she looked up to the first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.

H.B. Lewis IV, 8 – Son of Bizzie as announced on show, best friend of Danielle Santos.

Francesca Cooper, 8 – Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro as announced on the show, We’re calling her Frankie.

Clayton Bourdeau, 8 – Christine and Remy’s child existence shown in finale flash ahead. Soap Central says it was a boy named Clayton. Aplogies I had honestly forgotten all about the kid so this is his first year on the list. I just recently discovered this so I haven’t had much chance to think of anything about him.

Hampton “Hamp” Frazier, 8 – Kat Speakes kid, see note under Paul James Frazier, Jr. below.

Henry Cooper Lewis, 9 – Bio child of Shayne Lewis and adopted son of Marina Cooper. I’m calling him Hank.

Colin O’Neill, 10 – Child of Reva Shayne Lewis O’Neill and Jeffery O’Neill

Peyton Spaulding, 10 – daughter of Beth Raines Spaulding and Alan Spaulding

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 12 – bio daughter of Olivia Spencer and Philip Spaulding, adopted daughter of Natalia Aitoro

Sarah Randall, 12 – daughter of Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding Lewis.

Hope Maureen Santos, 13 – daughter of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Leah Bauer, 16 – Daughter of Rick Bauer and Mel Boudereau Foley

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 17 – son of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Jude Bauer, 17 – son of Rick Bauer and Harley Cooper

Clarissa Marler, 18 – daughter of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Paul James Frazier, Jr. , 18 – After my recent discovery of the triad of Veterans from the 1960s, I wanted to involve them in the Bauer BBQ. There wasn’t anybody who really connected with them anymore, but there was a reference to Jim and Martha Frazier having two kids – no mention of which sex. I decided that they’d have named a son after his best friend and army buddy Paul Fletcher, so the son’s name would be Paul James Frazier. I thought somehow Kat Speaks might have married him and they’d name their son as a second.

Zach Spaulding, 19 – son of Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Molly Spaulding, 19 – Molly is the daughter of Alan-Michael and Lucy Spaulding. I based her on Rick Hearst’s General Hospital character’s daughter, so I can use photos of the two of them. Starting with BBQ 2017 she’s been dating Jason Marler.

Rocky Bradshaw Cooper, 20 – son of Jezz. In last year’s BBQ story he returned to town. Left on his own with distant relations of Jenna in UK only Lucy had stayed in touch. He had come up through the kitchen ranks as a chef in London and he was brought in to make Towers his signature restaurant. He secretly wants to destroy his father for hurting him, Coop, and Lucy, but he’s kept his resentment to himself.

Maureen Reardon, 21 – daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis and Matt Reardon

Kevin Marler, 22 – son of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler, Kevin is studying neuroscience, more specifically addiction and has been developing a psuedo-father relationship with Rick.

Jason Marler, 22 – son of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler, is a disenchanted Polysci major, he’s spent the last year trying to find himself. He took a semester of classes at Springfield U, mostly because Molly wanted him to, but mostly he’s been working at Company after Frank got him the job. He’s been getting into a more mentor relationship with Frank.

Matthew Wilson, 24 – Rick Bauer and Annie Dutton’s son she had given up for adoption. In last year’s BBQ story Matt showed up at the very end and in the year since has been developing a relationship with Rick, but not with Mindy. He moved into the Bauer garage apartment.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ Round Up Update 2019

July 16, 2019

Once again we wrap up another Bauer BBQ Week. I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating the Bauer BBQ with me. I’m also very excited to already have four years already found for next year, but I’m always looking for more episode, more fanfic, and more memories please share. This year I went through and removed links to earlier year posts if I’d added to them or replaced links. If you have trouble getting links in the current posts, search for past posts.

Remember it’s never too early to start on Bauer BBQ fanfic for next year:

Bauer BBQs Through the Years

NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with my episode guide blog posts, expect to find a description of what happened (sometimes commentary mixed in, sometimes separately) then a link to the footage that I’ve found.

Bauer BBQ 1984 -Earliest year available on YouTube

Bauer BBQ 1987 – A-M jumps from plane, 50th Anniversary at Johnny’s Hanger

Bauer BBQ 1988 – Fletcher and Maeve Get Married

Bauer BBQ 1989

Bauer BBQ 1990

Bauer BBQ 1991

Bauer BBQ 1992

Bauer BBQ 1994

Bauer BBQ 1995

Bauer BBQ 1996 – Surprise BBQ when Rick almost gave up

Bauer BBQ 1998

Bauer BBQ 2001

Bauer BBQ 2002

Bauer BBQ 2003

Bauer BBQ 2005

Bauer BBQ 2006

Bauer BBQ 2008

Bauer BBQ 2009 – Last Bauer BBQ We’re Invited To On Air

Information about the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Meal

Bauer BBQ Recipes

Bauer BBQ Locations

Video Greetings for Michelle at the Bauer BBQ 2014

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote

Kick Off 2014 with Manny Bauer BBQ Banner

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Food

Bauer BBQ Memories – Please share yours in the comments.

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?

Bauer BBQ Collectibles

Locations of the Bauer BBQ

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009

Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Real Life Bauer BBQ Fan Event





Bauer BBQ Speechs (On Air and Not)

Rick Bauer (2017)

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm (Full Links To Text and Audio Versions)

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm (Full Links to Text)

Bauer BBQ 2018 by Robansuefarm (Page Through)

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ by SJ (Part 1) (Part 2)

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011

What Matters Most (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Roarah Standalone – Prelude to Love

Passing Down the Hat (Part 1) (Part 2)


Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer BBQ

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.

Fourth Annual Bauer BBQ 2019

July 12, 2019

Once again Daytime Stars and Strikes is going to host a Bauer BBQ. It first appeared in 2016 and everyone was very excited!  It was great to get to be able to go although it sounds, from people that I’ve talked to that 2016 and 2018 were the best years so far. I attended the Bauer BBQ in 2017 find links to my reports at the bottom of the post.

Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Bauer BBQ 2019

There hasn’t been as much buzz about it this year where last year there was a lot of news about extra special events or as much a push for selling tickets as previous years.

The big news is that it’s returning to its roots. The event started out as Bloss Bowling where fans could get a ticket to be on a team with stars or for a little less watch them bowl. This eventually expanded to other cast members from Guiding Light and eventually to include soap stars from other soaps. They started adding other events, including the Bauer BBQ. They moved to New Jersey, for among other reasons, to make it easier on people driving in (plenty of spots to park) and to get better hotel rate as the event spread over the weekend. This year they are moving back to New York and bringing back the bowling. Last year they had more extras or were at least quicker to announce them, but we’ll see what happens.



The 15 Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes Bowling Event

Hosted by Michael O’Leary

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time:  3:00 to 5:00

Frames Lanes @ Port Authority, NY, NY (second floor)

Ticket:  $125.00 – Includes food/soft drinks and bowling with an actor

The 4th Annual Sing it for Autism Event

Hosted by Lauren B. Martin

Saturday, October 12, 2019

8:00 to 10:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $65.00 – Includes food/soft drinks

Private upscale Karaoke Studio!

The 4th Annual Bloss Brunch

Hosted by Liz Keifer & Jerry verDorn

Sunday, October 13, 2019

11:00 – 1:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $65.00 – Includes food/soft drinks

The 4th Annual Bauer BBQ/Guiding Light Reunion

Hosted by Michael O’Leary

Sunday, October 13, 2019

2:00 – 4:00

Location: Port Authority, Frames, 2nd Floor, NY, NY

Ticket:  $125.00 – Includes food/soft drinks and lots of picnic games and fun!

My Trip Bauer BBQ 2017

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 1

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 2

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 1

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 2


I hope that you’ll get a chance to attend the real life BBQ and share your photos.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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