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Children of Springfield 2020

July 10, 2020

The Back Story

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.

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.

Children of Springfield

In reverse chronological order, the current children of Springfield:

Michael Ross Santos, 2 years – the son of Danny Santos and Michelle Bauer was born in between Bauer BBQ 2017 and 2018. We’re calling him Mikey.

Karla Boudreau, 4 – 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, 6 – 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, 6 – 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, 9 – 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, 9 – 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, 10 – Son of Bizzie as announced on show, best friend of Danielle Santos.

Francesca Cooper, 10 – Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro as announced on the show, We’re calling her Frankie.

Clayton Bourdeau, 10 – Christine and Remy’s child existence shown in finale flash ahead. Soap Central says it was a boy named Clayton. I must admit I forgot about him so he isn’t on all previous lists.

Hampton “Hamp” Frazier, 10 – Kat Speakes kid, see note under Paul James Frazier, Jr. below.

Henry Cooper Lewis, 11 – Bio child of Shayne Lewis and adopted son of Marina Cooper. I’m calling him Hank.

Colin O’Neill, 12 – Child of Reva Shayne Lewis O’Neill and Jeffery O’Neill

Peyton Spaulding, 12 – daughter of Beth Raines Spaulding and Alan Spaulding

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 14 – bio daughter of Olivia Spencer and Philip Spaulding, adopted daughter of Natalia Aitoro

Sarah Randall, 14 – daughter of Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding Lewis.

Hope Maureen Santos, 15 – daughter of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Leah Bauer, 18 – Daughter of Rick Bauer and Mel Boudereau Foley

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 19 – son of Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Jude Bauer, 19 – son of Rick Bauer and Harley Cooper

Clarissa Marler, 20 – daughter of Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Paul James Frazier, Jr. , 20 – After my 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 Speakes might have married him and they’d name their son as a second.

Zach Spaulding, 21 – son of Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Molly Spaulding, 21 – 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, 22 – son of Jezz. In last 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, 23 – daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis and Matt Reardon

Kevin Marler, 24 – 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, 24 – 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 “MJ” Wilson, 26 – 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 2018 Fanfic by Robansuefarm

July 7, 2020

I’m picking up at the end of this Bauer BBQ story with this year’s. So flashback to last year.

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Robansuefarm  fanfic category. This is a fic that I wrote and first published here continuing the story of Guiding Light.

Bauer BBQ 2018 by Robansuefarm

In order to help the continuing story we have a couple of stops on our way between Bauer BBQ 2017 to Bauer BBQ 2018. This year I tried to write it more like actual episodes.

November Sweeps – The Painting Story Climax

November Episodes – 2017 by Robansuefarm

December 2017 January 2018 Episodes by Robansuefarm

Since Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm

Actual BBQ Episodes

Bauer BBQ 2018 Prep Day by Robansuefarm

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 1

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 2 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 3

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 5 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 1

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 2 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 3 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 4 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 5 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 6 

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 

We follow up with a “head writer interview” to fast forward the story.

Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

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.

Speeches Bauer BBQ 2017

July 6, 2020
Michael O'Leary Greets Guests

Michael O’Leary Greets Guests

Part of every Bauer BBQ is the speech. It was often done by Ed or Ross or Rick, but the job passed around over the years. The speech was always one of my favorite parts so I like to include one in my fanfics. This speech is one I wrote for my Bauer BBQ fanfic in 2017. I hope you enjoy it.

Rick: Can I have your attention? It’s time again for that time honored tradition. The Bauer BBQ speech where we take a minute to think about what we’re celebrating today instead of the celebration itself….You know it still feels funny for me to be the one giving the speech because I feel like it should be a grown up like my dad or Uncle Mike or Aunt Meta giving this speech. I still feel like I should be a kid trying to filch Grandma Bert’s apple pie off the dessert table — which is probably because I still do that.

Audience chuckles

But then I look around and I see my kids, my nieces and nephew, all my friends and family, wonderful little sister, Michelle, her husband, Danny, and my beautiful wife, Mindy and I realize I am a grown up who has built a pretty great life here in Springfield. Not just my family, but I have been instrumental in making Springfield better and keeping it a great place to live. Everyone here can say the same thing.

I’ve made my share of terrible mistakes, things I wish I could take back, and I’m sure that you all can say that. I turned my back on Springfield for awhile thinking it would make my problems go away, tried to live in other places for awhile, as some of you have done, but Springfield always calls us back home. We find our answers here among all of us, as part of the community because truly “no one goes his way alone.”

The community in Springfield IS extra special, but that sense of community is all across America from, New York to LA, and oh I don’t know, from Oakdale, Illinois to Genoa City, Wisconsin to Port Charles, New York. It’s that sense of individuals pulling together to form communities of respect, dignity, hard work and perseverance and then pulling together more to form one country is what makes this country great. It’s what made it possible for a man like my great-grandfather, whose name I proudly bear, to come to this land, and with the help of his wife to create a family and to help to build this town into what it is today.

So here’s to friends here and gone, to our children, and to Springfield may it continue to be the special place it is.

Audience: “To Springfield!”

Danny: It’s always hard following Rick, but I’d like to add a few words. While I was growing up, my family, well we regarded strangers with suspicion and malice. We weren’t part of the community and I used to think that was all your fault, the fault of people like the Spauldings and the Chamberlains that shut us out. Michelle helped me see that it wasn’t the community shutting us out, we were the ones who had turned our back on the community and now I and my children are part of this community. Michelle and I are so glad we moved back here and we have an announcement to make.

Michelle: We wanted to let you all know that Danielle is going to get her turn to be a big sister. We’re having a baby!

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.

Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

April 30, 2020

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This story takes place after Michelle’s miscarriage during their first marriage.

Laurel Falls by Dani Michelle

Michelle stood on the balcony that overlooked her family’s backyard and sighed. The night air whipped through her wet hair and she shivered. The coldness of the night enveloped her but the pain that coursed through her body had nothing to do with the dropping temperature.

She pulled her sweater tight and hugged herself as silent tears began to fall. A hollow ache coursed through her soul and she felt as though her body was being ripped apart from the inside out. The feeling was too much for her and she sank to the concrete floor leaning against the wall of the house. She looked up at the setting sun and felt for a moment that Nature was mocking her. The cruelty of it all. The beauty of the sunset that contrasted the darkness of the day’s events.

Michelle choked back a sob as she realized that the sun was also setting on this chapter of her life. When she woke up this morning her baby girl was inside of her. Safe. Loved. Whole. But tonight, her body was empty. Her baby was gone. And with it, every sense of hope that had lived within her soul.

——

Michelle turned toward the door as she heard it open and smiled when she saw her husband.

“Danny!” She grinned as she rushed into his arms and kissed him. She felt safe in his arms as though nothing could ever happen though it had many times before. She pushed the thought of her mother in law and biological mother aside and kissed her husband fiercely.

When the kiss ended, Danny pulled away slightly, his smile matching hers.

“How was your day?” He asked as he wrapped his arms around her waist and held her close.

“Perfect.” Her smile widened, “Now that you’re here.” She kissed him again and played with the curls at the nape of his neck.Danny looked around the Bauer kitchen, his eyes lighting on the bassinet that had been moved from the living room where it had been when he’d left for work that morning. His eyes shone.

“And how is our baby girl?” He asked as he walked toward the bassinet and peered down at the sleeping baby within.

Michelle stood behind him, her head resting on his shoulder. She sighed contentedly as she looked down at their daughter. The baby wore a white nightgown and clutched the light pink blanket she was swaddled in. Her dark chestnut curls framed her perfect tiny face. The newborn smiled in her sleep and Michelle’s heart skipped a beat.

“She’s amazing.” She whispered.

“Yes she is.” Danny smiled as he leaned down to gently kiss the baby’s head, “Hey Laurel Grace, Daddy’s home.”

—-
Michelle woke with a start and sat up straight in bed. Her heart felt as though it was going to pound out of her chest and her hand instinctively flew to her stomach.

Realization began to set in, creeping around her like a smothering fog. She sucked in a breath and bit her lip fighting back the wail that was threatening to escape.

Danny sat up beside her, “Honey are you okay?” He asked as he put his hand on her shoulder.

She sat there for a moment before turning to face him. Tears streamed down her cheeks and she fell into his arms. Her body racked with sobs and she buried her face into his chest.

Danny held her tightly as she cried. His own tears intermingling with her own. When she finally pulled away she looked up at him fighting the wave of emotion that threatened to succumb her once again, “Laurel.” She whispered.

“What?” He asked, his dark eyes searching her face.

Michelle took a deep breath, “Our baby. I want to name her Laurel. Laurel Grace.”

Danny looked at her for a moment allowing her words to form and process in his mind. He was silent for what seemed like an eternity but then a small smile came across his face.

“It’s perfect.” He said as he kissed her forehead, “Laurel Grace Santos.”

Michelle smiled. Somehow hearing him say it, knowing their baby had a name. An identity. It helped. She knew that they would never fully heal. Their life would be forever changed. But somehow, giving their precious baby girl a name made things a little better. It gave her something to hold onto. And though Baby Laurel had fallen from their lives, she knew that somehow, someday, everything would be okay. They would hold her. They would kiss her. They would love her.

Forever.

——
Dedicated to my son and daughter and all the other babies lost too soon. 

An Accidental Date [V-Day Challenge] by Samj

February 11, 2020

I saved this one to share for Valentine’s Day. To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Continued Storyline fanfic category. It isn’t under college because Danny is out of school when it takes place. This is a fic that I rescued and have republished.

An Accidental Date [V-Day Challenge] by Samj

 

While still thinking about going on some dates like Michelle suggested during the early fake marriage, Manny accidentally meet at the campus art museum and spend some honest time together. It also addresses the strange start time of that Psych class.

Chapters

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/an-accidental-date-v-day-challenge-by-samj-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)

 

Archived Links Version

http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/988/t/Samj-An-Accidental-Date-V-Day-Challenge-PG.html http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/651

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.

Springfield Bound by Robansuefarm Links and Audio

January 8, 2020

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This was the first piece of fanfic I wrote as part of my Manny in California series. Also in the series is A Typical House, Just Another Fundraiser, and Happiest Place on Earth.

Springfield Bound by Robansuefarm

Last Episode at Park

Manny Last Episode at Park

 A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale.

Chapters

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/springfield-bound-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/springfield-bound-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/springfield-bound-chapter-3 (Chapter 3)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/springfield-bound-chapter-4 (Chapter 4)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/springfield-bound-chapter-5 (Chapter 5)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/springfield-bound-chapter-6 (Chapter 6)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/springfield-bound-chapter-7 (Chapter 7)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/springfield-bound-chapter-8 (Chapter 8)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/springfield-bound-epilogue (Epilogue)

 

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/springfield-bound-the-finale Full text in one post

AudioBook

Here’s the audio version of the story:

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/07/08/springfield-bound–part-1 (Part 1)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2011/12/05/springfield-bound–part-2 (Part 2)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2012/04/19/springfield-bound–part-3 (Part 3)

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/robansuefarm/2012/11/08/springfield-bound–part-4 (Part 4)

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.

Twas the Night by Bella

December 24, 2019

Republisher’s Note: To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This is from the Christmas fanfic category. This is a fic that I rescued taking chapters from various sources and have republished.

Twas the Night

“Twas the Night” – Michelle and Danny both end up at the Bauer cabin on what was one of the worst nights of their lives (Danny broke into the cabin at random thinking he didn’t have anyplace else to go after he fails to complete a hit and Michelle is running away from Bill Lewis’s unwanted marriage proposal). Both of them had the thought to take a hot bath, so when they run into each other in the bathroom they are both naked, emotionally and physically. Flash forward 8 years and a very happy family is telling the annual Christmas story about how Mommy and Daddy met at the cabin on Christmas Eve and realized they’d never have to be lonely again and created a family. The flash forward is EXTREMELY cute.  😉 As a warning some of the nakedness is pretty specific in this one.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/twas-the-night-chapter-1 (Chapter 1)

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/twas-the-night-chapter-2 (Chapter 2)

Archived Links

http://stenzmania.yuku.com/topic/1015/t/Bella-Twas-the-Night-NC-17.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010521175910/pub2.ezboard.com/fmannyacdiscussionboardfanfic.showMessage?topicID=5867.topic

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.

Manny Christmas 2017

December 23, 2019

When I was writing the 2017 Bauer BBQ with scenes in between I needed for the new Manny baby to be born. I wrote one of those special stand alone Christmas episodes they liked to do which – while the fit in with current storylines – had a bit of other worldliness about them. For instance, Christmas 2001 which finds all the men trapped at the mall during a snowstorm while the women are up at the Bauer cabin waiting for them and they eventually catch a ride with a snowplow and all the snow disappears. This lets the whole crew go celebrate with the town outcasts at Towers. They did several of this type of episode and it’s the pattern I’m going off of.

HOWEVER, I’ve been meaning to come back and rewrite the whole episode for two years now and haven’t done it. Re-reading the text….you know I think I really nailed it the first time. Without access to the actors I think your imagination can fill in the holiday gaps as well as mine. I hope you enjoy it.

Oh, and this is just Christmas a few days later I did a whole scene for Manny naming their baby, scroll down to the second half of the post to find that.

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 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 last being Bill who brought Dr. Bhattacharjee (Dr. Sedwick’s replacement) 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 called 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.)

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.

Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

August 22, 2019

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

Guiding Light Head Writer July 2018 – Soap Opera Magazine

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

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

Q: Have you had any specific overall goals?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Will we be seeing more favorites return?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 by Robansuefarm

August 19, 2019

Author’s Note: We finish with the 2018 Bauer BBQ. I hope you’ve all had fun at the BBQ. Watch for some continuing stories and if you have an idea for Bauer BBQ 2019 let me know.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 2 Part 7 by Robansuefarm

Scene 28

There have been instances all during the BBQ where Cyrus and Marina almost connected, but in deference to Shayne and Mel’s feelings (see the food fight at Towers last year) one or the other had broken off and gone the other way. Now Cyrus and Marina came from opposite directions, discovering their cars are parked almost right next to each other. Seeing each other Marina and Cyrus froze. Marina turned around to leave and then she stopped and turned back around. “No, this is ridiculous.”

“What is ridiculous?”

“Us, pretending that each other doesn’t exist to keep Shane and Mel happy. I mean who are we fooling?”

Cyrus laughed as Marina turned around so they faced each other. “It is a little silly, isn’t it?”

“I mean it isn’t like we weren’t friends before either of us got involved.”

“I know right. God, it feels a lot better talking to you than acting like you were infectious or something. We always were a good team and working on the PTA committee just confirmed that. The fact WE have a connection doesn’t mean anything bad about our marriages.”

“Exactly! I mean just because we were once involved and thought we were in love…Shayne thought he was in love with Dinah like months before we got together, I thought I was in love with Mallet, Mel thought she was in love with Rick. You thought you were in love with Harley for awhile. It doesn’t mean anything now.”

Cyrus and Marina had been moving closer to each other as they talked. Cyrus added, “I mean just because we had crazy chemistry.”

“Just because we had a lot of fun and trusted each other.”

“Just because we were super exciting…and things have been very stable in our marriages…”

“Solid…”

“Dependable…”

“Boring.” They quickly close the final distance between them in a very carnal kiss.

Scene 29

Kevin came into the kitchen, still holding Jude’s phone. Rick was doing some clean up and refilling. He looked up as Kevin came in. “Hey, Buddy, what’s up?”

Kevin snorted. “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know how you are?”

“I’m not sure I know WHO I AM. Let alone anybody else.”

Rick looked puzzled. “What’s wrong, Kevin? Hey, isn’t that Jude’s phone?”

Kevin looked down at his hand as if he’d never seen it before. Until then he’d forgotten it was still in his hand. “I don’t know. Why don’t you tell me?” He held out Jude’s phone, still showing the Springfield Journal article to Rick. He quickly read the headline and then his eyes flew to Kevin. “Why don’t you tell me, DAD?”

Scene 30

Frank stood looking at Blake talking across the yard. He sighed and as he turned away he knocked into a table on the edge of the eating area. The bowl of oranges that we saw on the island during prep is now on the table. Frank’s collusion knocks over the bowl of oranges. Several rolled off the table and he bends over to pick them up. One rolls farther than the others by the gate and into the foot of the woman who had just come through it. The camera slowly pans up to her face. “Oranges, Frankie? This seems a little familiar.”

“Eleni!” he breathed.

Scene 31

The scene opens with a close up of one of the empty bottles of wine in the straw. With a clink the second empty bottle joined it. Jude and Clarissa sat there. Silent.

Clarissa spoke first, “Well, that was a bust. I don’t feel any better, do you?”

Jude started laughing. “No, I don’t, not a bit.”

Clarissa looked at him strangely for about a minute. Then she laughed slowly and then more and more and pretty soon they were both laughing until tears came from their eyes. They both calmed for a minute and then they looked at each other and then started busting up again.

Jude finally gasped out. “I guess this was a great idea after all.”

“This was the perfect location. You were so clever to think of it. You’re so clever and nice. Your dad is an idiot to take you for granted.”

“And Robbie is an idiot for not picking you over Sarah. You’re smart, kind, pretty. He’s an idiot.”

Clarissa reached over and touched Jude’s face. Jude said, “A real idiot” and moved in and kissed her. It was a major kiss. They broke apart panting, staring in each other’s eyes. Then they came together with Jude easing Clarissa down onto the tarp.

End of Episode

So what happened next? Stay tuned! Same Light Time, Same Light Channel!

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