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Preview Explosion! June 22 1999

June 25, 2018

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the June 22, 1999 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Explosion!” 6/22/99

This week, Danny’s desire to get his family to go legit may blow his relationship with Michelle to bits! The In Depth Preview: As the duo secretly plan to remarry after Ray’s ordination, Dietz – worried that the Santoses’ going legit will leave him unemployed – sets the stage for a group assassination at the Mass.

Later, while the Santoses gather at the church, unaware that Dietz has planted a bomb, Abby insists that she hears an unbearable whirring. When Ben finds the device, Danny yells for everyone to get out, but the door is locked!

With no time to defuse the explosive, Danny grabs it and jumps through a window.* Michelle screams as the bomb goes off. Has she lost Danny forever?

* Note: All the soap press about this commented on Danny jumping out the window, whether that was the original plan or not, I don’t know. I’m just glad it didn’t happen that way. Would have been really stupid.



Danny and Michelle Quotes of Love from Rustle of the Sheets

June 21, 2018

Republished from The Rustle of the Sheets

Republisher’s Note: These are dialogue quotes taken from the Manny storyline from the beginning up to the Laurel Falls wedding. I think as a future project, the next time I watch through the beginning of their storyline, I’ll try to copy these into the episodes they belong in and link to them here. For right now, enjoy the transcripts of the quotes as done by Jennifer H.

Danny and Michelle Quotes of Love

From Rustle of the Sheets – One More Note: Bear in mind, these are only quotes that deal with their feelings for one another, or commentary made by others (notably, Drew in the beginning — thank goodness that Rick, Bill and Pilar are jumping on the bandwagon now).

This means all of those things that Michelle said while pretending in the beginning, ie. “I love Danny. He’s my husband,” etc. will not be here, simply because they weren’t real. I’m only going for the reality of their feelings here — so, naturally, all of the early quotes will deal with Danny’s feelings for Michelle. Thankfully, this is changing and we are seeing that one-side street going both ways now. 🙂

Danny: Wanna, help me out, Michelle?
Michelle: Uh, okay.
Danny: Tell me the truth.
Michelle: The truth about what?
Danny: Well, what a nice, pretty girl like you is doing studying in a place like this?

Drew (to Michelle): I’ve seen the way he [Danny] looks at you …

Danny: You know, that Michelle, she’s a real class act.
Jesse: She ain’t no act, she’s a pretty amazing woman.
Danny: Yeah, she is.

Michelle: Danny and I sorta had a thing.
Drew: A thing?
Michelle: He kissed me. I know, it came out of nowhere. He just walked up to me and kissed me on the mouth…

Drew (to Michelle): He’s been eyeing you … he made his move.

Drew (to Michelle): Danny has a big thing for you.

Danny (to Michelle): Now, there’s only us.

Drew: We both know Danny has the hots for you.
Michelle: You think I actually like Danny’s little mind games?
Drew: Either that, or you’re real good at faking it.

Danny (to Michelle): Mornin’ sexy.

Drew: You don’t care who killed your brother anymore.
Danny: Look, you watch what you say to me, Drew.
Drew: That is not what this Jesse thing is about. It’s about Michelle. You have feelings for her and you are using your brother’s death to get closer to her.
Danny: Okay, Drew, let’s suppose that you are right and I do find Michelle to be attractive … and I think that Jesse killed my brother, which is gonna make this a lot more interesting for me. It’s kinda gonna be like, uh, killing two birds with one stone.

Dietz (to Danny): The boss is concerned that you’re getting friendly with this, this, Bauer girl.

Danny (to Michelle) : You know, Michelle, I really wish that I was wrong about you guys, especially you.

Drew: I told you the truth so that no one would get hurt. I thought you cared about Michelle.
Danny: And you thought that was gonna save her?
Drew: I don’t understand. It was an accident. I don’t understand, I thought you liked her.
Danny: Mick was my brother, Drew, he was my brother. Besides, there are a lot of people who want revenge. This went way out of my hands a while ago.

Danny (to Michelle): Please, don’t make this any harder on me than it already is.

Danny: Why do you keep following me?
Dietz: Making sure you’re not getting soft on this pretty young thing.

Danny (to Michelle): I wonder, I wonder if you’re worth risking my neck for?

Deitz: You’re throwing your whole life away, every thing you’ve worked for, been groomed for on some two-bit piece of work off the street —
Danny: — Hey, hey! Don’t you ever talk about Michelle like that again. Ever!

Danny: I’m not going to let you take her away from me. Michelle is here because I want her here. She belongs with me.
Carmen: You’re really in love with her, aren’t you? You’re in love with the girl who killed your brother.
Danny: I know the value of our family, you’ve taught me that, but you are not going to intimidate her and I will not let you scare her off. She is my wife and you’re going to honor that, whether you like it or not.

Danny: Haven’t you got it yet, Michelle? All of this is for you. Everything that I have done, I have done to keep you alive. I didn’t say anything to my mother just now, because I will do whatever it takes … I’ll do whatever it takes to keep you safe.
Michelle: Oh my God.
Danny: It’s not about my mother and it’s not about my brother anymore, either. Its, uh, it’s about you … and me.

Danny (to Michelle): We’re connected, Michelle. I mean, come on, even when we’re at each other’s throats there’s something between us. You know I’m right.

Carmen: The feelings you have for this young woman sadden me.
Danny: Why? Why? You’re the one — you claim that you want me to be happy.
Carmen: I don’t think that she can make you happy. In fact, after everything you’ve done for her, I believe that she’ll only end up breaking your heart.
Danny: You’re wrong. You’re wrong.

Michelle: When we were talking with Father Tomas, I realized that we want the same things out of life.
Danny: We do, yeah. Like everybody does.
Michelle: I know, I just never …
Danny: What, you never, you never thought that I want those things?
Michelle: Yeah. When we were at Father Tomas’ office, I saw somebody that I actually liked. And I realized that we’re not so different, you know. We, we have similar dreams.
Danny: Yeah, I mean, they’re the same.
Michelle: We deserve to have our dreams come true, Danny, we do.
Danny: Yeah, I know, of course we do.
Michelle: So, maybe we really can make this work out?
Danny: Yeah, we can, you know, but not if we quit. If we do this right, we can have everything we want, by working together, not fighting with each other, trusting each other ….

Danny: Look, hey, I would never hurt Michelle. I would never let anybody touch her. Never!
Jesse: Well, well, well, I see what’s going on here, you’re falling in love with Michelle, aren’t you?

Jesse (to Michelle) : This is about Danny. He’s really falling in love with you.

Danny (to Father Tomas) : I have to protect her. I can’t let anything happen to my wife.

Danny (to Michelle): Do you know how beautiful you are?

Michelle: Am I supposed to fall in love with you? Learn to love you?
Danny: Look, I don’t care one way or the other, okay?
Michelle: Liar. Jesse told me how you feel about me, Danny, and this marriage is not about you protecting me or saving anybody else. This is about you … you wanting something ….

Michelle: I don’t love you. I never will.
Danny: Never say never, Michelle. My grandparents had an arranged marriage and …
Michelle: And what, they lived happily ever after?
(overlapping) Danny: Yeah, they did! As a matter of fact, they did.
(overlapping) Michelle: Well, good for them. Good for them.
(overlapping) Danny: No, good for us.
Danny: If my grandparents never laid eyes on each other before they were married and they ended up happy, then maybe we can too.

Michelle (about a drawing of herself): Jesse drew that a while ago. It’s alright, I guess.
Danny: No, it’s not.
Michelle: What?
Danny: Come on, he had a beautiful subject and he didn’t do it justice, not at all.

Danny (to Michelle) : You really are something.

Danny: You know, when you — you take a shower and you comb your hair, you — you rub lotion into your arms, into your shoulders and you slip into a nightgown and I’m — I’m sitting in bed, pretending to read or listen to music or whatever, but that’s not what I’m doing. I — I’m watching you. I’m trying not to, but I am. I do. I am a man and when you climb into bed with me, beside me, never touching, never touching, I lie there awake, staring into the dark, aware of everything that you’re doing, of how you breathe, of the rustle of the sheets and it takes every ounce of my being to not want to reach out to you. I care about you. I desire you. I want to reach out to you.

Carmen (to Michelle) : He’s very devoted to you. He truly loves you.

Drew: Does Danny like you?
Michelle: I think he’s actually starting to have feelings for me.

Ray (to Carmen): My cousin is a man in love.

Danny: (as Michelle steps beside him at the altar) You look beautiful.

Danny: Are you nervous?
Michelle: Yeah, I think I’m gonna faint.
Danny: Just look at me.

Danny: You know sometimes people meet each other under very unusual circumstances. We did. Who knows why God puts a particular person into your life. I certainly didn’t expect to meet someone like you and I know you didn’t plan on meeting a guy like me, but by divine providence or fate or just plain luck, we were thrown together and I knew, I knew that you were a treasure to be cherished and to be revered. Michelle, I — I promise to do everything in my power to keep you safe and to make you happy. And what we have between us will grow with you as my wife and I as your husband.

Michelle: Daniel, from now on, I put my life … my fate, into your hands.

Danny: Michelle, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow. And with all that I am and all that I have I honor you in the name of God.
Michelle: Daniel, I offer you this ring as a symbol of my vow. And with all that I am and that I have I will honor you in the name of God.

Michelle: You know, you can stop smiling now. (To photographer) We’re on a break. We’re on a break.
(overlapping) Danny: No, a break.   Michelle: On a break.
Danny: Sorry, I just can’t stop smiling.
Michelle: Hey listen, I wanna thank you for kind of saving my vows, that stuff you said about being so devoted and giving of yourself was really good. Thank you.
Danny: You’re welcome. I meant every word.

Drew: The wedding was beautiful and Danny really made me believe he loved you … a lot.

Carmen: Where’s my son? Look at him, as happy as ever.
Wedding Guest: Surely God has joined these two together.

Rick: This all happened so fast, I didn’t think it was real, but I saw today the one thing that I always imagined when I thought about my sister’s wedding and that was her smile. Michelle, may that beautiful smile always light up your husband’s life like it lit up this room today.

Drew: You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think this whole thing was real.
Michelle: What does that mean?
Drew: You! I mean, you’re laughing and smiling all over the place. And that kiss (fans herself), whew!
Michelle: Drew, I had to kiss him.
Drew: Like that?
Michelle: Yeah, I guess things are getting a little real around here.
Drew: A little? I don’t think it’s an act anymore.

Daniel: I know it can be pretty intense meeting the family all at one time.
Michelle Not really, why — why do you say? Why do you …
Danny: Well, I mean, you seemed in a little, a little bit of a rush to get out of there.
Michelle: Oh, well, I hope I wasn’t rude.
Danny: No, no, no, not at all. It’s okay. You were perfect. (Pause) You are perfect.

Drew: I thought you were gonna bust the ceremony or something.
Jesse: To tell you the truth, I actually thought about it ….
Drew: What stopped you?
Jesse: She looked really happy. She really looked in love.

Danny: I won’t do anything to rush you, okay? We’ve all the time in the world, this is just the beginning for us as husband and wife.

Danny: Hey, remember that — that day when we had to go meet with Father Tomas, for our Pre-Cana, to talk about all the things we want in marriage.
Michelle: Mmhmm, what about it?
Danny: You looked so miserable. You practically had your fingers crossed and your toes.
Michelle: Seems like a long time ago.
Danny: I know, I know, you know, you thought that you hated me, I know. And then you realized that we want the same things, that our dreams are pretty much the same —
Michelle: Danny —
Danny: Let me finish, let me finish. You know, I thought, I was starting to think that we were not gonna make it — that together there was no way we were gonna have the kind of marriage we both wanted with us at each other’s throats all the time. I figured we were just doomed, you know, doomed to go through the motions for the rest of our lives. But today — today something changed. We said our vows. I don’t know, I saw something different in you. I felt it, I think you did, too. And when we kissed, you kissed me back and it was real and I thought, you know, maybe we’re gonna be okay. You know, maybe things are gonna work out and maybe our dreams can really come true.

Danny: I was very wrong to think that you care about me.
Michelle: I do care about you.

Danny: You are my wife and I will protect you with my life. I promise.

Carmen: Things started happening the day you brought Michelle Bauer into our home.
Danny: Her name is Michelle Santos.

Danny (to Carmen): I trust Michelle. I trust her with my life.

Danny (to Carmen): This girl is my wife. She is the future of this family. Her children — our children — are the next Santos generation.

Ray: You really lucked out when you married Michelle. You found yourself a very kind and generous girl.
Danny: Well, yeah, I know.

Danny: I love to hear good things about my wife.

Danny: I am trying to figure out who you are . . . who I’m married to.
Michelle: Me! Michelle Bauer Santos, I’m your wife.

Danny: So, what am I supposed to think, huh?
Michelle: You’re supposed to believe me. You’re supposed to remember our wedding day and our vows to trust each other. Will you just remember the way that we looked at each other and the way that we kissed? I felt something. I know you did. Do you —
Danny: Michelle . . .
Michelle: Do you honestly think that I would just betray that feeling? That I would just throw it away? Why would I do something like that? Why would I do that?
Danny (whispering): I don’t know.
Michelle: Ssh, we have something. You know that we do. And I know that I tried to deny it for a very long time, but it’s there and it’s this chemistry and it’s not like anything I’ve ever felt before.

Michelle: . . . I am alive and it’s because of you.
Danny: So, you’re grateful.
Michelle: What I’m feeling is more than gratitude. Do you honestly think that I would do anything to hurt you?
Danny: I don’t know. I don’t know. I want to trust you.
Michelle: I want to trust you, too.
Danny: Well . . .
Michelle: I want to be close to you, Danny. I want us to start out like any other couple who just got married. Just think about our wedding day: the priest has just pronounced us husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.

Danny: You look nice.
Michelle: Thank you.

Drew: . . . obviously he trusts you now.
Michelle: Yeah, I guess.
Drew: He does more than trust you as a matter of fact, he’s falling all over you.
Michelle: Well, yeah, he has his moments when he’s protective and he’s definitely really sweet sometimes . . .

Michelle: I am a prisoner in that house.
Drew: Yeah, you are, but you’re starting to have feelings for your jailer.

Drew: I am worried about you, ‘kay?
Michelle: You’re worried about me?
Drew: Yes, because I know I’m right about what I see in you and Danny. I know it.
(overlapping) Michelle: Drew —
Drew: Listen, this is not —
Michelle: You can’t —
Drew: This is not a great act, okay? I mean, I see the two of you together. I just saw the way you reacted when he kissed you, Michelle. That stupid, ridiculous smile you have on your face every time you’re with him. He is getting to you. Why can’t you admit that?
Michelle: Alright, alright, you’re right. I mean, he definitely has his moments when I forget who he is, I forget his family and when we’re alone I definitely feel guilty about what I’m doing.

Grandmother (to Danny): You are not doing this for the business or for your family. You are doing this for you because you care about her. I see the way you look at her.

Grandmother: I know all of the problems you’re having [with] this marriage — your mother’s vendetta, your brother, Mick, but I have a feeling that something strong can come out of this.
Danny: Like you and grandfather?
Grandmother: Ours was an arranged marriage. Now, we hardly knew each other, but we learned to trust and we learned to love.
Danny: I just don’t think that Michelle and I are going to get that chance. I mean, ours was not an arranged marriage. We were forced together by circumstance. I knew that she didn’t love me, she didn’t even like me, so …
Grandmother: That has changed, I promise you.
Danny: I don’t know. I don’t know.
Grandmother: Then what do you think?
Danny: What —
Grandmother: How do you feel towards her?
Danny: Me? I don’t . . . I have mixed feelings.
Grandmother: Don’t lie to your grandmother. You are in love with this girl.
Danny: I wish I wasn’t. I wish I didn’t, but you’re right. I’m in love with her. I love her.

Danny (to Michelle): Baby, I heard you, I heard what you said and I want to spend some more time with you, too.

Danny: Okay, Michelle, I’ll be right out here, okay? If you need me …
Michelle: Okay.
Danny: I’m right here.

Michelle: He said he loved me. I heard him tell his grandmother that he loved me and there’s no way that he could have known that I was listening, so I know that he meant it. And when I heard that, I couldn’t do it, do you understand now? I couldn’t go through with it, I couldn’t betray him like that. I’m telling you, Drew, in that moment, he was different.
Drew: Or maybe you’re just falling in love with your husband?

Carmen: Daniel, how can you trust anything that girl has ever said? Or how she’s looked at you? How can you believe any kind, loving words she’s ever spoken?
(overlapping) Danny: Because … because —
Carmen: — How do you know for sure that it wasn’t all a lie?
Danny: I know her.

Michelle (to Danny): Danny, I could never hurt you. You need to understand that. You need to trust your feelings about me.

Michelle (to Danny): I heard you tell her that you cared about me. Honestly, it made me feel really, really good, because it made me feel like you understand me.

Michelle (to Danny): I just wanted to tell you that I’m glad that you ended up with me last night, that nothing happened to you.

Danny: I’m gonna miss you.
Michelle: I’ll miss you, too.

Danny (to Michelle): I don’t want to say goodbye to you.

Danny (to Michelle): Michelle, I am your husband and I want to be there for you. I do, the same way that you’d be there for me.

Danny (to Michelle): I want to take care of you.

Rick: I want you out of this marriage!
Michelle: I don’t want out!
Abby: Okay, hey, are you serious about this?
Michelle: Yes, I’m serious. I want to stay married to Danny.

Meta: You have strong feelings for Danny.
Michelle: No, no, I do not. I just, you know, I feel bad for hurting him, I feel bad.
Meta: You don’t risk your life if you just feel sorry for someone.
Michelle: Okay, so maybe I have thoughts …
Meta: What kind of thoughts?
Michelle: I don’t know, thoughts, just thoughts, okay?
Meta: You do care for him?
Michelle: (after a long pause) There’s something about him. I don’t know if it’s the way he looks at me or the way that I feel when I’m around him, I don’t know what it is, but I can’t explain it, I can’t.
Meta: You think maybe it’s love?
Michelle: I don’t know. I wish to God that I did know because it’s there and it won’t go away.

Michelle: Danny told his grandmother that he loved me, I felt so …
Meta: So what?
Michelle: Special. Is that crazy?
Meta: No, it’s not crazy at all.
Michelle: It felt so good when I heard that and if I didn’t care for him, then why would I feel that way?
Meta: You wouldn’t.

Michelle: He needs to know that at first I pretended to have feelings for him, but now everything’s changed. Do you think he’ll believe me?
Meta: Believe the feelings are real now?
Michelle: I think they are, maybe this could really work out.

Meta: What would your life be like with him?
Michelle: We could make whatever kind of life we want.

Michelle (to Danny in her dream): When I told you that I cared about you, I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t.

Michelle (the dream continued) : I know we started off wrong, but we can make this right, I know we can make this work. I want you. I want you, so much.
Danny: I want you, too.

Note: There is a big chunk of quotes missing, but I will eventually get to them all.

Danny: I’m sorry, no. I can’t allow this.
Michelle: You’re not gonna change my mind. This is where I belong — right beside you. No matter what.

Danny: I may have to do something drastic.
Ray: Drastic?
Danny: It’s the only way I figure I’m going to be able to do it.
Ray: Do what?
Danny: Get back with the woman I love.

Michelle (to Bill about Danny): I love him. I’m in love with him, Bill.

Carmen: Why, why did you take this dangerous step, what were you thinking?
Danny: I’ll do anything to be with Michelle.

Danny (to Michelle): I want to hold you close and swear before God I will always love you.

Danny (to Michelle): I wanna say my vows to you in church before God with no distractions except those beautiful brown eyes of yours.

Danny (to Michelle): I love the way you smile.

Danny: When we come home after the wedding today we’re gonna be together for the rest of our lives. We’re never gonna be apart again. I promise.

Danny (to Rick about Michelle): Yeah, look, you know we didn’t really start out like most couples. You could say we had the odds stacked against us but since we’ve been separated, our feelings for each other have grown stronger. And I know that I come from a particular life, but Michelle makes me want to be a better man … a man that she can be proud of. I’m changed forever.

Danny (to Rick about Michelle): I know that I am not exactly the guy that you would want for Michelle but I love her. I love her with all my heart and I can take care of her. She’ll never want for anything. She’ll have every bit of happiness she can ever imagine.

Abby (to Danny): You have a beautiful voice. (to Michelle) Doesn’t he have a beautiful voice?
Michelle: Yes, he has a beautiful voice.

Rick (to Michelle about Danny): Do you love him?
Michelle: I love him. I do.

Abby (to Rick about Danny and Michelle): They are so in love.

Danny (to Michelle) : I can’t wait to take you home as my wife. I can’t believe that I am going to be able to wake up every morning for the rest of my life and see this beautiful face.

Danny: Don’t move… (Bells ringing) Do you hear that?
Michelle: Mmhhmm.
Danny: I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life — the way you look right now and the happiness that I feel … the sound of the bells … how being with you makes me feel like I can do anything.
Michelle: You know, I used to imagine what my wedding day would be like. I used to dream about what it would be like to stand next to the man I want to spend the rest of my life with and nothing that I dreamed could have possibly turned out as wonderful as this.
Danny: Wow, soon we’re really going to be husband and wife.

Michelle: Mr. Santos, I do believe someone might think we’re in love.

Michelle (to Danny): I want to be with you, you are my husband.

Michelle: Can you think back to when Ray was going to marry us, we were talking about having him marry us for real?
Danny: Yeah.
Michelle: Okay, I wanted that so badly, because I finally knew how I felt about you. I mean finally, and for the first time in my life, the first time in my life, I knew what it was like to totally and completely adore someone, to want someone more than anyone or anything in my life. I felt connected to you in my heart, in my soul. I’m in love with you Danny. I would rather die with you than live without you.

Phillip: Okay, fine, if you don’t want to do that, what about Danny?
Rick: What about Danny?
Phillip: Well, I know he is not your favorite guy, but do you think he really loves Michelle?
Rick: Yes.

Michelle (to Danny): I came back here to live with you as husband and wife, that’s what I want. I came back here because I want to be with you in every way. I want to wake up with you, I want to make love to you, and crawl into bed with you, and take bubble baths with you, and watch TV, and fight over the remote control, and have breakfast in bed, and I want all that. I want all of it, and I want you. If there were a thousand guns lined up outside, I would want to face them with you. Please, please love me enough to know that I am not just your wife now, I’m your life.

Rick: She stays at your side because that the kind of person she is, that’s why you love her right?
Danny: Yes, I love her.

Danny (to Rick): I love her more then anything.

Michelle: Rick, don’t you see. I love this man!

Michelle: I belong with Danny. We belong together.
Rick: Think about what you’re saying!
Danny: She thought about what she is saying, we belong to each other.

Danny: Hello, my beautiful wife.
Michelle: Hello, my perfect husband.

Phillip: Rick, Rick, will you listen to me for just a second. I know what it is you are trying do and I wish there was a simple way to do it, but there isn’t. You understand, it doesn’t matter, you can keep her locked up for two months or two years and if she loves Danny Santos, then she is going to find her way back to him. And as we both know very well, the harder you try to keep them apart the harder they are gonna try to come together.

Michelle: I just want to be with you.
Danny: You are. You are with me. Right where you belong.

Michelle: Danny, listen to me for a minute. I want to be your wife. I want to have a life with you more than anything in this world, okay? If we keep fighting your mother, it’s just going to be harder for us. I don’t want that. I really, really don’t.

Michelle: I feel like I just lost my family. And it’s really strange because it doesn’t really matter as long as I have you.
Danny: I am sorry this is happening. Rick was wrong — you are safe with me. I would protect you with my life.
Michelle: I know. And I believe you. I love you.
Danny: I love you. I do. More than my own life.

Michelle: … when we got married the first time in front of everybody and we kissed, I was fighting it but I just realized that I was falling in love with you and I know it’s gonna last forever.
Danny: I want to promise my love for you before God right here.
Michelle: Me too, me too. And you know what’s so great about this, I am already yours and I always will be. We just get to say it again!
Danny: Just us.
Michelle: Just for us.
Danny: Just for us.

Danny: I love you. I love you so much.
Michelle: I love you too!

Ray (to Michelle): You bring so much happiness to my cousin.

Danny: Are you ready?
Michelle: Mhhmm, I’ve been ready since I realized that I can’t live without you.

Ray: We are gathered here in sight of God to join this man and woman in the holy matrimony.
Michelle: Danny, you know I wasn’t looking for love when I met you and somehow by the grace of God it found me and standing here with you right now, I can’t even imagine what it would be to live without it. And I know we’ve been tested, definitely and it only made us stronger, you know. And I really believe we could survive anything right now. I mean, you really are a dream come true, Danny.
Danny: Michelle, Michelle, when you entered my life, I was changed forever. You’re so full of love and life and goodness. You are a treasure and I promise I will treasure you always. With you in, my life is richer than I had ever dreamed it would be. You make me want to be the best man that I can be. The man you can be proud to call your husband. I want to make all your dreams come true and I will. And as God is my witness I vow to protect you, to honor you and to love you forever. You are my life.


Now and Then … Truth and Consequences

June 20, 2018

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the June 22, 1999 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Now and Then … Truth and Consequences” 6/22/99 Danny: Love Hangover … People do stupid things when they’re drunk. Feeling betrayed by wife, Michelle, Danny chugged a bottle of Tequila with her best friend, Drew, who was depressed because she’d just found out she was adopted. The two wound up between the sheets. In the harsh light of day, they agreed to keep their one-nighter a secret. But Michelle found out the truth, alas, from her monster-in-law. Michelle and Danny have since kissed and made up, but Carmen remains determined to rid herself of Michelle.

Preview Carmen’s Downfall June 8 1999

June 13, 2018

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the June 8, 1999 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

“Carmen’s Downfall!” 6/8/99

Following the shooting at the Santos home, Ben decides this week that he’s had enough of Carmen’s antics and resigns as her counsel. Will her scheme to get even at last be her undoing – and finally free Danny to be Michelle?

The In Depth Preview: Distressed by the fact that both her son and daughter were on the verge of disowning her, with a little help from Ben, Carmen engineered a fake attempt on her life last week. But with the shoot-out nearly costing the lives of innocent bystanders, Ben decides that enough is enough. Despite Carmen’s protests, he insists that he is done working for the Santos family and leaves his ex-client seething.

Furious that Ben has double-crossed her, Carmen plots the ultimate revenge. She summons Danny, already on the warpath searching for his mother’s would-be killer, and convinces him that Ben was behind the shooting. Her plan to throw any suspicion off of herself works: Danny takes the bait and becomes obsessed with exacting revenge.

Danny, who is feeling pressure from the other crime heads to get rid of Ben, is waiting for his prey outside of the elevator. As Ben and Blake emerge, Danny makes it clear that the person who went after his mother is in serious trouble. Soon afterward, an agitated Ben corners Carmen in the parking lot, and asks why Danny believes that he is behind the shooting when they both know that Carmen set it all up herself. With faked concern, Carmen promises Ben that she will handle things.

After Carmen walks away, Ben checks to see if his tape recorded the incriminating conversation. At last, someone has the goods on Carmen. But will he live long enough to get rid of her once and for all, or die trying? Furthermore, could the revelation of the truth finally sever Danny’s ties to his mom – and set him free to return to Michelle’s arms?


Claire Tries to Regain Michelle’s Good Graces September 18 20 2001

June 12, 2018

Check out my latest episode guide post.

Tues., Sept. 18, 2001 – Claire stops by to see Danny in his new office and complains that she lost her standing at the mansion in the attempt to get him the job. Alan interrupts and points out that he earned the job in spite of Claire.

We see Danny’s gorgeous Spaulding office for the first time when Michelle brings him his Palm Pilot. (A palm pilot was kind of an early, less powerful, less flexible version of a cross between an iPad and an iPhone.) Michelle comes over to Danny to kiss him.

Danny: “Don’t get me started…I know we have to christen this desk, but not today I’ve got to focus.”

Michelle: “That’s no fun.” 

Danny: “You know I think you’re the bad influence in this relationship.” 


Danny: “Does it feel to you that we’ve stepped into a time warp and come out in another dimension?”

Michelle: “It’s a good world. Happy.” 

Alan tells Danny that Phillip disagrees with his proposal to buy a new system to fight off computer viruses from a start up company and asks Danny if he’s up to debating Phillip. Danny says he knows what Spaulding needs and he’s perfectly OK debating Phillip.

Danny: “So it’s me against your son, huh?”

Alan: “Let the best man win.”

After a discussion between the three of them, Alan takes Danny’s side on which product to buy. It really ticks off Phillip.  Michelle agrees to let Claire throw a baby shower for her.

Thurs., Sept. 20, 2001 – At Infierno: Danny comes in to see Tony. He talks about his new job and how great things are going. Danny loves the respect that comes along with his new life and feels powerful. Danny is really happy. Danny tells Tony that it used to be that looking forward 30 years he saw the graveyard or the pathetic way Carlos lives. Tony challenges him so now he thinks he could be the next Alan Spaulding? Danny says he could be. Tony is dismissive thinking they will never really accept Danny. They talk about Michelle and Robbie and Tony tells Danny that Josh was cleared of the bribery charges after Tony arranged for the phony evidence to be revealed. Romeo tells Danny that Tony didn’t take any credit for his part and he isn’t happy about it. Danny wraps things up and tells Tony he is heading home. Romeo makes fun of Danny saying he was so tough and now he carries his wife’s packages, mows the lawn, and changes diapers. Danny smiles at him condescendingly. Danny: “Real men know how to change diapers.” Just as he leaves, Carlos shows up wanting to talk to Danny. Carlos congratulates Danny on his new life but reminds him that he can’t just leave the family.  Carlos about Carmen: “Remarkable woman, more lives than a cat.” Carlos tells Danny he had a deal with him and will honor it, but he didn’t deal with the other families. If he does one more favor, they will leave him alone. He has access to Spaulding’s finances; Carlos wants Danny to relieve them of $25 million. Carlos tells Danny there is a hierarchy higher than the three families that Danny never heard about.

Carlos: “Orders from above.”

Danny: “Above what? Did God send you on this mission?”

At Company: Meta, Claire and Michelle are at Company waiting for the guests to arrive at the baby shower that Claire tried to put together overnight, months after Robbie was born. Meta wonders what time the guests will arrive. Claire thinks they are just being fashionably late. Meta doesn’t think anyone is coming. Meta: “Did anyone actually say they were coming?” Michelle is ready to pack it in and take Aunt Meta and head home. Just then, Maria arrives with gifts, saying her invitation must have been lost in the mail since she is the baby’s great-grandmother. Claire tries to get rid of Maria but she isn’t leaving. Michelle starts to open her gifts. Meta gives her a framed picture of Maureen. Maria gives another customer her camera and asks her to take a picture of all of them. Michelle thinks it is about time to leave and she and Meta start to gather their stuff just as Carmen arrives, with gifts.

My Comments: Danny has a gorgeous office. It throws the broom closet Alan has at the end of the series into sharper focus. 😦 Notice when Danny shows Michelle the brass name plate for his desk (I have one of those. It’s pretty cool.) we get a nice shot of his wedding ring. They haven’t done it a lot lately, but especially early on and again during the next break up Manny focuses on the rings and wearing the rings a lot more than other soap couples. First that bit with Michelle getting Danny “started” and the fact that he doesn’t ask IF they’re going to have sex on the desk, it’s just a matter of when is so awesome and so them. Second, that conversation although we only have a truncated version is important because this is what Alan does to his children. He sets them against each other as Brandon set him and Alex against each other. Alan doesn’t mean it maliciously he thinks it brings out their best. That short exchange says it as blatantly as it can be that’s what he’s doing, treating Danny both as a goad to Phillip and as he would if Danny was his son. I just think it’s clear the whole while Alan sees Manny as his and Hope’s second chance. While being a Spaulding is always the ticket to be first at Spaulding, it doesn’t guarantee your space there and I could totally see an alternative version of Springfield where Danny stays and actually takes over running Spaulding or opens his own legitimate, highly successful security business. I WISH they had let them have a little more perfectly happy before they drop the hammer. This instant party is very like Claire right now. I’m sorry they’ve made her this desperate. I hope I can find some more good Claire sometime. Claire really was great at the beginning. This shower is quite the opportunity to bring people we don’t want together.

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.

Danny Leaves Michelle SID

June 11, 2018

Republished from “The Rustle of the Sheets”

Republisher’s Note: This is the full text of the article as it appeared on the website including photos. I have not yet double checked the text. I corrected a couple of obvious typos. I believe the editorial remarks are from the editor of the website, not the author. The website credits it to the August 3, 1999 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.


“Danny Leaves Michelle!” 8/3/99

When Danny makes plans to return briefly to San Cristobel this week, he has no intention of having Michelle join him. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans.

The InDepth Preview: At the start of the week, after being deported from San Cristobel, Josh pays Danny a visit and relates his sob story. Then, he goes a step further and asks the reformed mobster to help him return to the country so they can rescue Reva.

Danny is annoyed that his friend, Prince Edmund, didn’t honor his promise to help free the Lewises from prison. Moreover, he can imagine how upset he would be if it were Michelle holed up in a foreign jail. So he agrees to fly Josh back to set things right.

Later, as Danny finishes packing for the trip, he is surprised by Michelle’s arrival at the Santos House and quickly hides his bag. When his wife insists on spending a quiet evening at home, he claims that he has an urgent business meeting. Naturally, when she spots the suitcase, she assumes the worst — that Danny is leaving her to return to the Mob.

Danny pleads for Michelle’s understanding. Then riddled with guilt, he confesses his plan to help out Josh. Assuring his new bride that he is in no danger, he promises to be back the following day.

Could his overnight Good Samaritan trip turn into more of an unplanned, extended vacation?


Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL

June 7, 2018

McGarry, Mark. “Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL.” Soap Opera Weekly, vol. 11, no. 6, 8 Feb. 2000, p. 4.

It’s one step forward, two steps back for Michelle this week on Guiding Light. On Monday, Drew makes a shocking confession that helps Michelle’s case. Later in the week, however, Rick takes the stand and gives testimony that severely damages Michelle’s cause.

Drew testifies to the jury that she also had a hand in killing Mick, and that both she and Michelle, acted in self-defense. (Last week, Carmen “slipped” on the witness stand and said that Michelle killed Mick.) “Drew is doing the right thing, basically,” Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs) says, “but she’s still on her little theory that it probably was Michelle who killed Ben. I will say that Drew took the stand for her friend regardless of her suspicions about Michelle, which, in a way aren’t even true – they’re just something for her to lean on without wondering who really did kill her father.”

Michelle breathes a temporary sigh of relief, while Carmen shoots Drew a look that could kill. Later, Carmen confront Drew, “and I think she almost calls her a bitch,” Blanchard says. “But then Carmen pretends to forgive her. Carmen uses Ben as the reason why she’s forgiving her, so Drew takes that to heart.”

At week’s end, the prosecusion catches Ross off-guard when they call a surprise witness — Rick. What could he possibly say to hurt Michelle’s case? A lot, which puts a big smile on Carmen’s face and a hopeless look on Michelle’s.

Repeat I Love Lucy and Ricky Sept 10 2001 AND Sept 17 2001

June 5, 2018

As I’m starting again I’m going to go ahead and repeat this post. If you want to be caught up to this point you can begin at In the Beginning or just catch up with this storyline Mission Impossible. It’s a bit ironic to repeat because it was also repeated due to the 9/11 attacks. However, I think it’s a good place to pick up again.

Check out my latest episode guide post.

Black and white screen capture of Danny and Michelle

Danny and Michelle as Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Mon. Sept. 10, 2001 – Carmen tells Gus that she wants out of jail and she has already signed off on her promises. Gus tells her the feds don’t trust her and she will have to tell him why she changed her mind and what she has on Danny. Carmen tells Gus she learned that Danny has given up on her and that he has chosen Michelle over his family time and again. She loves Danny but he betrayed her and his brother by turning on them in favor of an outsider. Carmen feels that Danny is no longer her son, he sold his soul to the Bauers and that is that. She is sure that baby Robbie will be different and will need her. Gus reminds her that Robbie has a mother. Carmen says Michelle is no match for her and the baby will be raised a Santos. At Company: Danny comes in dressed in his business suit and Buzz is impressed. They talk about Danny’s new job at Spaulding and Buzz congratulates him. He thinks it’s funny when Danny tells him how he got the job. Michelle comes in and they talk about actually having a normal life; Danny working 9 to 5 while Michelle raises their kids. Danny thinks it feels different having all this peace and quiet in their lives. Danny is especially happy at how things started at his new job. So far there hasn’t been much blow back from his being a Santos or having pushed his way in or replaced someone (they never say what happened to the person previously in charge of tech security, but maybe they just spun those responsibilities off another job). People have been welcoming and he had a very good day. Michelle tells Danny that Meta has Robbie so they can celebrate. They take a seat when Ray comes in. Ray tells them that he is on his way to see Carmen in jail. He is determined to save her soul. Michelle hasn’t heard this before and warns Ray that Carmen doesn’t have a soul to save so he’s wasting his time, but Ray insists he has to try. Buzz makes a comment about Michelle and Danny entering the boring couple world. He summarizes all he did to avoid that world in search of adventure, but once he faced his responsibilities and repaired his relationships with his kids and married Jenna (who is now dead) he found that everyday life was a much better than seeking outside adventure and raising kids and sharing a life with someone you love was the greatest adventure of all. Michelle sits back and daydreams about she and Danny turning into Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy in black and white (see comments). It is a daydream with their only problems of ironing and cooking. Back in reality Michelle smiles and tells Danny their life will never be boring.

NOTE: Why this has andbetween the dates instead of the usual through is discussed in the next post.

My Comments: Buzz originally wasn’t too crazy about Danny. Buzz had been a mentor to Jesse Blue and he didn’t like an outsider stealing Jesse’s girl. He also has a legitimate beef against the Santos family in that Selena Davis (who was his first really serious relationship after his wife Jenna Bradshaw Cooper was killed) had to leave town a step ahead of the mob who gave Buzz a beating when he tried to buy her more time. However, Buzz was known to play rather fast and loose with the law himself and after his experience with Jenna he knew true love when he saw it so he came around relatively quickly to Manny’s side. He was never the serious friend Frank was, but he was a definite pal. The Cooper family had been growing increasingly closer to the Bauer family for awhile and this was a natural extension of that. Buzz also had a long term love-hate relationship with Alan Spaulding dating back to when an amnesiac Reva Shayne returned to town and both Buzz and Alan competed with each other and Josh for her affections (no bet on who won that fight). Over the years and romantic relationships between their various relatives, sometime Buzz and Alan fought each other tooth and nail and sometimes fought together. It really was as pure an example of a love/hate relationship as you’ll find anywhere. Buzz’s story about himself is accurate rather than stay in the family business Buzz ran out on his wife Nadine, who soon followed him out of town, leaving his father & uncle to raise his children, Frank and Harley.

I’m truly sorry that they didn’t take the time to play this beat of Danny settling into normal life more. There was no need to rush back into mob stories even if that was their end game. There were SO many more story beats to play. Danny is meshed into the every day life of Springfield, seeing him struggle with that and no longer being the alpha in the company would be LOADED with story, sadly this is about the only peek we get at that part of their lives. I’ll say this a lot and I’ve said it before, but there is SO much story to be played within the internal politics at Spaulding. After Danny got settled in, they could have played the struggle between Danny and Phillip more. They could even have had him involved in a plan to oust Phillip or Alan could have promoted him over Phillip. If they brought A-M back, he could have been torn between backing Alan-Danny or Phillip, both on the power side and while Phillip was his brother, Danny was married to his favorite cousin. PLENTY of great stuff. Stuff that HAD to be so much better than what they played instead.

I Love Lucy was an amazing and ground-breaking show. Lucille Ball Arnez and Desi Arnez were a real life couple, an actress who had done a little of everything in Hollywood but only caught fire with a radio show and a Cuban-American band leader at a time where being a Latino was a serious drawback in Hollywood. When the network (which was the same network for both radio and TV) wanted to bring her hit radio show to the air, My Favorite Husband, they kept a similar format to the stories, but changed the premise, their socio-economic level, and all of the supporting characters. Desi was touring with his band at the time and with Lucy tied down to a radio show there was stress in the marriage so Lucy refused to do the TV show unless they cast Desi as her husband. There was a huge fight over it, but at last Lucy got her way. In this Manny spoof they are referencing the episodes where Lucy has a domestic problem like the time her loaf of bread came out of the oven pushing her across the room or when she tried to save money by using a freezer. Desi’s real life accent was much thicker than Danny’s (since Paul Anthony Stewart wasn’t actually Hispanic) and he broke into Spanish when he got upset. They never wrote it into the script, but that’s just how he talked. They did write in Lucy gently teasing him by saying back a slightly exaggerated version of what it sounded like when he said. That’s why Danny is saying Michelle so strangely and breaking into Spanish which he hasn’t done in years. They also are calling Robbie, Little Robbie because on the show Lucy and Desi’s son was called Little Ricky to distinguish him from his father as Guiding Light did with Little Billy while he was growing up before they switched to just calling him Bill instead. The backwards hands on hips stance was also pure Desi. Although today many fabrics are designed to be wrinkle resistant back then you had to iron the cotton or linen and often starch it to keep it crisp so they had to be starched and ironed to stay flat. Burning a hole in a shirt was a familiar sitcom trope. Lucy was also known for exaggerated play crying when she was upset on the show.

Lucy and Desi were an amazing team besides the onscreen chemistry and rhythm. They were a power behind the scenes as well  her comic genius and his brilliant problem solving mind that created all sorts of things now taken for granted in television like the 3 camera sitcom and the rerun. Their production company was called Desilu. Watch for their logo on many classic TV shows including Star Trek. They were a very happy couple on screen and off. On screen Ricky was a slightly less successful band leader than Desi and Lucy was always trying to get into show business either through his show or some other way. Off screen their marriage eventually split because apparently Desi never could understand why Lucy got upset about his sleeping with other women since it didn’t have anything to do with THEIR relationship and Lucy couldn’t live with the constant betrayal. Manny’s relationship was a lot more like their on screen relationship and Carmen and Miguel were much more like their off screen relationship.

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.

What Today’s Show Means Essay 11

May 30, 2018

Republisher’s Note: We’ve been focused in the last couple of essays have been focused on the scene where Danny is considering following through on his promise and killing Michelle for her betraying him and remaining a threat to the family. This essay bumps on to the immediately following scenes. Watch the episode where Michelle stands up to Carmen about Danny while Carmen gloats and Danny learns the truth about Carmen setting up Michelle over the FBI tip. Apparently there were spoilers out that Danny was going to sleep with Drew. That’s the horrible thing they mention.

From Rustle of the Sheets

“What Today’s Show Means”
(Written after the March 16th episode)

By Kristi — posted on the Mannyac Board.

The writers have accomplished more in today’s show than I could have ever imagined. I hate what’s going to come (yes, it is still happening) but they’re moving in the right direction. I still have a problem with Drew being the one Danny turns to, but for the first time in days I’m thinking that maybe the writers really know what they’re doing and will even make “it” (can’t say it either, Kathy) sensible to me.

Some unforeseen developments in today’s show:

* When I read that Danny would confront his mother about the F.B.I. raid today, I thought maybe he’d make some deductions of his own based on some suspicious facts such as Dietz having pictures of the raid. I never thought he’d learn the whole truth about Carmen’s set-up. He’s now learned the extent she’ll go to have Michelle out of their lives, the extent of her hatred, to the point of betraying her own son, and even though she’ll be proven right in the end (Michelle did inform the F.B.I.), it doesn’t change what she did and that’ll be a huge factor in whatever decision Danny takes regarding his marriage in the future. And he’ll never see his mother in the same way again either. It’s not just his relationship with Michelle that is being re-evaluated this week but the one with his mother as well and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but no wonder he goes over the edge. Translation: the writers are setting it up in a way that makes sense.

* His mother’s betrayal, however, also doesn’t change the fact that he planned to kill his own wife. We’ll never know what would have happened at the last minute, but it’s still an unsettling truth to deal with.

* What is his first instinct upon learning of his mother’s betrayal? Get out of the house and go with Michelle. Translation: he’ll always choose Michelle, place her over his family as long as she chooses to trust him.

* Line of the day: “I’m Danny’s wife, maybe there are a few things about him that I understand better than you.” I doubt the meaning has sunk into Michelle yet but she’s just made a claim on her husband. Against his mother, to boot. And she’s right, she does know him better than his mother, in some way. Carmen is so blinded by her hatred of Michelle, she doesn’t realize she isn’t winning anything, that as a matter of fact she’s losing her son.

* And I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but it’s obvious that on Thursday, Michelle will confess everything, and that in the end can only be good in re-building the relationship. We’ve all been pulling for Michelle to tell him the truth and save her marriage, and isn’t it ironic that she destroys whatever’s left of it by doing what she should have been doing all along.

It also tells something about us, that we didn’t want her to tell the truth for the sake of truth, that there’s a part of us that wishes the marriage could have been saved even if it meant Michelle keeping a lie forever. She could choose to do so, as Danny is now choosing to walk out on his mother (isn’t it what she’s been telling Drew all along, if only he’d get rid of his mother), but it is right that she won’t. And I don’t think she’ll do it because she just wants out. She’ll do it because Danny deserves the truth no matter how it hurts. That is the Michelle Bauer that I know.



Hello, Michelle Sweetie, It’s Called DENIAL Essay 10

May 21, 2018

Republisher’s Note: Further comment on the scene where Danny puts his hands on Michelle’s neck along with other times when Danny lays hold, shakes, etc. Michelle. I agree with Andrea that bringing out both the best and the worst in each other is a very human and very important part of their relationship. Watch the episode of Danny manhandling Michelle.

From Rustle of the Sheets

“Hello, Michelle Sweetie, It’s Called D-E-N-I-A-L!” 

(Written after the March 11th episode — The one where Michelle packs to leave)

By Tracee

As always being a day behind has it’s advantages and disadvantages. The supreme advantage being, whether or not I should prepare myself to groan or grin at any given episode. And the disadvantage being, anytime I want to talk about something I’ve just seen, you’ve all already rehashed it over and over, so forgive me if this hold’s true about last Wednesday’s show, which I just saw today (or yesterday as the case may be, if you’re on the East Coast.)

Did anyone else just want to biff Michelle in the head, not in a mean way mind you, but in a ‘snap out of it’ sorta way. I was completely struck by her behavior and her tap dance around her feelings. First of all since when does anyone who is supposedly in love with a man, ask the rival for their affections — whose been trying to snare said man away from you forever — if they’re in love with him and actually mean it in a sincere way? Call me wacky, but usually I really wouldn’t care whether or not my ‘rival’s’ feelings were being hurt, but in Michelle’s case, she seemed more concerned with Drew’s standing than her own. First clue that something is mussing around in that brain of hers, that doesn’t include the concept of Michelle and Jesse forever, and ever, amen.

Second little clue, Drew asks her point blank whether she’s in love with TWV. Does Michelle say “of course you, silly fool, I’m doing this all for love, so we can be together?” Does she say “I will always be in love with Jesse, whether we’re together or not?” Not a chance. What does she do? She sputters around for a minute, says nothing in response and then comes up with some lame reasoning about how she won’t deny that when he came into the ER she still felt something. Does she label this something that she felt? Does she ever actually say she’s still in love with him? How many people can walk past their first ‘love’ twenty years later and still feel a flutter of something or other? Does this mean you’re in love with them? I don’t think so!

Then of course, there’s the third, neon-bright clue, that’s practically running buck naked in front of her painted with an arrow. Her whole mission now is to take down Carmen and not have Danny get hurt. Before it was a general take “this family” down, then it was waffling about Danny, now it’s an adamant decision to find a way to do this so that Danny doesn’t get taken down with them in the process, because he’s a swell guy who loves her. Well, slap me with a stupid stick, but if Michelle was so unfeeling toward her husband, would she even care that he did? Again, don’t think so. Would she not deny falling for him, when posed the question point blank? Which she of course, did not do. She never answered the question about possibly having feelings for him either, insisting only on “he’s different.” That Michelle, honey, is not a reasonable answer to the question asked. You know what I mean?

And finally one slight, really unnoticeable moment, when Danny asks her what’s going on and Michelle turns to him and begins to tell him about Drew finding out about her adoption and cuts herself off from him, mid-sentence and generalizes the issue. Why? Well, in my opinion, because it was a little too easy, a little familiar, a little too much like a real marriage, where husband and wife share these things easily, and it was way too much for her to contemplate at the moment, the natural instinct to act like Danny’s wife in every manner.

Dear Michelle, please pick up the white courtesy phone, waiting with that clue on hold!

Tracee — who thought she packed an awful lot for an “overnight” observation at Rick’s house!


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