Archive for the ‘Manny’ Category

Great Manny Speechs Updated 2018

February 5, 2018

One of the great things about Manny were the powerful speeches/monologues. They some up the important pieces of the Manny story in a clear, powerful manner. Here are some of the greatest. The most famous are the first two, I Am a Man and One Thousand Guns, were separate statements of desire and love given by Danny and Michelle. Ray then explains why they should together. Danny gives a speech about forgiveness and the future. Then in the final Michelle speech she describes their journey and commitment to each other, best summing up of their story anywhere.

For each post find a description of the episode, the complete text of the speech (bolded) and a link to watch it. You may find other surrounding episodes in the same post, but watch for the bolding. Manny speeches will be a continuing project because I think there are others worth calling out and some of these deserve to be given a more devoted post so watch for more.

The Speeches

Danny – I am a Man (Feb. 10, 1999):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/i-am-a-man-speech

Michelle – Thousand Gun (June 17, 1999):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/1000-guns-speech-june-17-1999

Ray – Urges Manny to Reunite (Sept. 7, 2000):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/ray-tries-to-reunite-manny-sept-7-12-2000

Danny – Danny’s Speech to an Unborn Robbie (Oct. 31, 2000):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/manny-reunite-danny-discovers-michelles-pregnant-oct-31-nov-2-2000/

Michelle – Meant to Be Together (Feb. 9, 2001):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/meant-to-be-together-speech/

Danny –  innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel (April 17, 2001):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/innocent-and-beautiful-and-soft-and-pink-but-underneath-youre-like-steel/

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

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Bethany Joy Lenz on Hallmark

February 1, 2018

Bethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz), our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4, has been busy on the Hallmark Channel. Catch up about how she is described on their website, featuring her work on Guiding Light in the first sentence.

Portrait of Bethany Joy Lenz with dark hair

Bethany Joy Lenz via Hallmark Channel 2018

The Christmas Secret

I didn’t get a post done for her first Hallmark movie. It was one of their Christmas movies that they show November through December each year. If you didn’t get a chance to see it this year, watch for in to repeat in 2018. Read more about it and watch a preview on its Hallmark website.

The Royal Matchmaker

You don’t need to wait that long though to see Lenz on Hallmark, just until March 24, 2018.

Here’s the summary:

A struggling NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him! Stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, Brittany Bristow.

Put it on your calendar for March.

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’s Manhandling, Part II Essay 9

January 22, 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 

“Danny’s Manhandling, Part II” by Andrea

— posted on the Mannyac Board.

A number of us on this board have discussed Danny’s “man-handling” of Michelle before and basically it is one of his many layers that we don’t necessarily “embrace” but rather accept. It is intriguing to say the least. We don’t have a “blind” devotion to Danny. We realize he has qualities that are questionable.

Also, as it was stated twice before (once by Kristi and once by Jennifer H.), Michelle is equally feisty and hot-tempered. She yells at him, provokes arguments, and gives as good as she gets. I am not saying I condone it, but I feel that’s what gives this relationship a very human element. Unlike other soap couples, Danny and Michelle bring out the best and worst in each other. And like it or not, there are relationships out there that take this kind of thing a lot further. I will give kudos to the writers for not being afraid to take this kind of risk with Manny.

I also attribute Danny and Michelle’s actions (or should I say reactions) to each other as the embodiment of their intense passion for one another. They are “combustible” when together, but that is part of their allure and why I keep watching … hoping to delve further still in their many complexities.

Andrea

 

Rabby Have a Play Date

January 17, 2018

Rabby (Rick Bauer and Abby Bloom) and Manny were closely connected couples. They had a lot of connections:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/manny-rabby-convergence

In fact, from a certain angle, Abby and Danny have an incredible amount in common as their relationships solidify with siblings Rick and Michelle respectively.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/similarities-abby-and-danny

Rick and Abby took a long time to get together, mostly because it took Rick quite awhile to realize that while she’d been raised a sheltered Amish girl, she was a grown up woman. On January 18-19, 1996 Abby talks to Michelle and becomes convinced she has to wear “English” (what Amish people call non-Amish people) clothes to get Rick’s attention. Eventually when she advances to a bikini, Rick finally gets the message. That’s a ways off yet, but today we get a very cute play or practice date.

 

Thurs., January 18, 1996

Rick walks in on Michelle trying on clothes for a date. Abby got the idea that Michelle could help her dress up to get Rick’s attention. Bridget backs up J.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J98lqjgq-qM (Part 1)

Michelle and Abby are still trying on clothes in the Bauer kitchen and Michelle has left a mess. With all the false omniscience of a teenager Michelle tells Abby she needs to dress differently to catch a man’s attention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAXx48ZK0o (Part 2)

Michelle tries to get J’s attention. It’s kind of embarrassing especially how he only gets interested once he finds out she has a driveable car and she doesn’t seem to mind. Meanwhile Abby had been trying on one of Michelle’s outfits when Rick walks in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BohW4lrOZrw (Part 3)

Friday, Jan. 19, 1996

Rick talks to Abby. Does she have a boy she’s dressing up for? Abby counters what happens on a date? Michelle apologizes for being a bad tour guide when J seems bored. She brings him a beach in winter. J hands Michelle a line about his mother doesn’t understand him and embarrassingly she laps it up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCe_0UuZ0L4 (Part 4)

Rick walks Abby through a date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTdSOY3_zMg (Part 5)

Rick and Abby continue walking through the date. Rick: “Don’t be sad the movie is over. They’ll make a sequel.”  J and Michelle end up at the lighthouse. He wants to explore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-cPh4i7GN0 (Part 6)

Rick and Abby’s pretend date continues.” J and Michelle talk about whether they should explore the lighthouse further or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvqVAR1h4MQ (Part 7)

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.

Christmas Week 2017

December 20, 2017
Guiding Light Christmas Ornament

Guiding Light Ornament

Every year we pause in our Manny story to celebrate Christmas in Springfield. Christmas is almost always genuinely magical in a soap town, but Springfield, like all the P&G soaps, were family focused so it was even more so.

There are Christmas church services, carolers, outcasts brought in from the cold, and the occasional miracle. My favorite memories of Christmas are Mike Bauer singing and the magical Santa Nick who visited and made miracles.

This year’s additions a hymn that seems made for Manny, A Child’s Garden in Wales, some Christmas fanfic favorites, and the Christmas cards for 2017.

During Christmas check out my posts from previous posts:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/christmas-roundup-2016

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’s Manhandling Essay 8

December 13, 2017

Republisher’s Note: I agree with Kristi. It is important that Danny has that dark impulse or overcoming it would be nothing. Watch the episode Kristi is reacting to. Danny thinks Michelle betrayed him and puts his hands on her neck while she is packing to go to the Bauer House so Rick can watch her overnight.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“Danny’s Manhandling”

By kristi — posted on the Mannyac Board.

Danny’s hands around Michelle’s throat – wasn’t that supposed to spook you? …. I haven’t seen today’s show, but reading some of the comments here and some other place made me wonder if people realize there should be a part of Danny that scares us for this whole storyline to be effective. What is the point of talking of “deadly” decisions if the person taking those kind of actions can’t live up to that threat? (I can’t ever imagine “deadly” going hand in hand with some of the supposedly bad guys on the show, as they are about as fearsome as paper tigers.)

This is an extremely multi-faceted character, the first we’ve had in years, one who can be the gentlest person on this side of the earth one minute and the most ruthless the next, played by an actor who’s more than capable of handling all those complexities. Don’t we owe it to him to try and deal with how his character disturbs us instead of wanting the writers to smooth out the uneasy aspects about him?

I don’t think [anyone] needs to make excuses for not being able to accept [his less than savory actions] or watch them, but I don’t think anyone here is making excuses for what Danny did either. From what I gather, those who watched that scene (including his “fans”) were all spooked more or less. I haven’t watched it but I have watched the March 2nd show and the intro church scene where he shook her by the shoulders spooked me. I knew he wouldn’t hurt her physically, I knew it, but he still frightened me. Do I wish the writers or director or Paul Anthony Stewart had changed that scene and taken that part out? No, and that’s an emphatic no. That’s part of who Danny is and there’s no sugarcoating around that, not after all the time and efforts that have been poured into creating the character.

I doubt anyone (including TPTB) would think what Danny is doing to her, how he threatens her is “right.” Personally however I’d rather deal with the questions and doubts this character raises in me than the predictable behavior of most characters on the show. I like the challenge that is involved here, and I think the writers and actor are not only aware of it, but embracing it as well. And I hope they don’t take the easy way out, i.e. bow to the temptation (or pressure) of turning him completely to the perfect romance hero he was on his wedding day.

That’s an irresistible side of him, the best he can be, but he also has private demons to deal with, serious flaws (I know the word “flaw” doesn’t quite cover his problems), and I’m actually glad the writers weren’t afraid to show this side of him so soon after the wedding. The only real fear I have with this story is whether they’ll always rise to the challenge. I trust whoever has created Danny, but I don’t trust [executive producer, Paul] Rauch very much and I don’t trust the two top headwriters, Esensten and Brown. Based on the material that was aired last year, I just can’t imagine how they could have come up with a character like Danny and I don’t think they did. The subtext that’s being given, the layers we’re seeing, it can’t possibly be by them.

To get back to what you were saying … I am bothered by the same things you are. I just believe that for the first time in years I am bothered by what I am expected to be bothered with instead of what I’m not supposed to (such as Josh believing that cloning Reva was done only, purely out of love, or Dinah thinking she was justified in gaslighting Roger) and that’s why I’m in for this story. Thinking about the character, questioning his motives and actions, questioning the various feelings he evokes in me, that seems worth the effort, and I can’t say the same for most of the less disturbing characters on the show, unfortunate as that is.

kristi

 

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

September 26, 2017

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 and between 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.

Mama’s Boy The March 8th Episode Essay 7

August 17, 2017

Republisher’s Note: I think Jennifer is entirely right in this. For the first half of the Manny story is definitely Danny being torn between Michelle and his family, particularly Carmen. Watch the episode Jennifer is reacting too. It’s when Michelle plays blind.

 

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“Mama’s Boy” (The March 8th Episode)

By Jennifer Hallmark — posted on the Mannyac Board.

Danny and Michelle Santos are involved in a triangle on Guiding Light, but Jesse Blue is not the third corner and neither is Drew Jacobs. Instead of the typical, tawdry triumvirate of young lust and betrayal, the players in this particular game involve a man, his wife and his mother.

Yes, in the beginning of the Manny storyline, Jesse was a factor in their relationship, but as time has passed, he has become an afterthought. It took an extreme situation and his actual presence to even remind Michelle that she loves the guy. When it has been just her and Danny, Jesse has not even crossed her mind — definitely not an indication that Jesse Blue is the love of her life (as she once naively claimed.) In fact, I would say, her biggest connection to him is not Jesse himself or the love that they shared, but instead is her mother’s heart which now beats inside of him. And her growing feelings for Danny are already beginning to overpower that pull.

As for Drew, although I haven’t seen Danny and Drew’s, oh, let’s call it a plot twist, I do believe that it is safe to surmise (based on Tammy Blanchard’s comments in the “Soap Opera Weekly” and the relationships of all involved) that this event will be nothing more than a one-night stand. While admittedly, Drew thinks that Danny is attractive (she’s not blind after all), she is not attracted to him. If she were, we would have seen some sign of it before now.

Likewise, Danny hasn’t exactly been hot-to-trot for Drew either. In fact, when he first came to town, he rebuffed her manipulated advances (she was trying to get him off their — Drew, Jesse, Michelle and Bill’s — trail about Mick’s murder.) and showed an interest only in Michelle. The simple truth of the matter is that Drew loves Jesse (why? I have no clue. To each their own.) and Danny loves Michelle. The “plot twist” between the two is just that . . . a plot twist.

The actual third figure in the triangle is mama Santos. She loves Danny. Danny loves her. Danny also loves Michelle who is starting to fall for him. Meanwhile, Michelle hates Carmen and vice versa. So here we have the basics of a true triangle — two people (in this case, Michelle and Carmen) fighting over the affections of one person (Danny). Now honestly, does anybody really think that Danny considered Jesse a threat? Of course not. However, Carmen truly does see Michelle as one … and she is.

Based on conversations between mother and son, it is perfectly clear that Danny was and is “mama’s boy.” He is her baby (I think this will continue, despite the soon-to-be-seen younger sister) and, again based on previous comments, we know that Carmen has never had a rival for her son’s affections and devotion.

Danny was a ladies’ man with probably a different woman on his arm every week — no threat to the allegiance he showed Carmen. And then along comes Michelle and suddenly, Danny is putting another woman before mama. Now, he is cold and sharp to her, and he threatens to leave her if she doesn’t accord “his wife” the proper respect.

On Monday, March 8th’s episode, after Danny said, “you don’t run me. You got that? When are you gonna get that through that head of yours?,” Carmen cried out that he’d never spoke to her like that before she came into his life. And the hurt in her voice and on her face was evident, as was the obvious relief and contentment when he admitted that he had set a trap for Michelle as Carmen had suggested. It was during this scene that I realized that Carmen’s animosity towards Michelle ran deeper than vengeance for Mick’s death. She wants Michelle out of Danny’s life simply because Danny loves her.

And now we’ve come to an interesting point, anyone who reads spoilers knows that it is Michelle’s betrayal that drives Danny away, sets up the “plot twist” and leads to Danny’s ‘deadly decision.’ While Michelle truly did betray him, the knowledge of that betrayal is in fact false and planted by Carmen herself. Like in any true triangle, one member always plays dirty and this is Carmen’s role. Nothing Jesse did and I doubt that anything Drew does (even the “plot twist”) will drive a wedge between Danny and Michelle the way Carmen’s machinations will.

Now, once Danny and Michelle have found their way back to each other (and they will), it will be interesting to see what lengths Carmen will go to to separate them — interesting provided that true love wins out in the end of course … and if Carmen is still in the picture (and I believe she will be.) I doubt that Carmen will ever truly accept Michelle and once Michelle begins to admit and act upon her true feelings for Danny, she will fight back.

I can only hope that TPTB follow through on the promise of the rapier-sharp points of this triangle because it will be quite a ride. Of course, this all depends on whether I am even remotely correct in any of my assumptions and predictions.

Jennifer H.

 

It’s Turning Me into Something That I Swore I Never Would Become Essay 6

August 3, 2017

Republisher’s Note: May I second all the negative things about Danny and Drew in this essay, but as it plays out it isn’t really as bad as it could have been. However, as a long time Michelle fan, I’d like to point out what was glossed over by many Manny fans that this is Michelle’s worst fear – that what happened to her mother would happen to her – and here it is right down to the fact that it was a friend of hers he slept with. Watch the episodes where Danny sleeps with Drew. Find out the affair revelation that spurred on Maureen’s death.

Also, there is a reference to Dinah Marler and Matt Reardon. For reasons I will never understand there was a strong contingent of fans who absolutely loved Mattessa (Matt Reardon and Vanessa Chamberlain). Honestly I don’t get it, she treated him like a toy boy and he was FAR more likeable in every other single pairing they tried. Both characters had to be weakened for the pairing to work and I HATE when they do that. A romantic pairing should make both characters better like Manny does. But as Kristi references in the essay below when they did try Matt in other pairings (and I LIKED Dinah and Matt despite my general don’t like stories where you sleep with related people guideline), the Mattessa fans would howl bloody murder and TPTB caved every time.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“It’s Turning Me into Something That I Swore
I Never Would Become”
(The Danny-Drew One-Night Stand) Essay #6

By kristi

I don’t think anyone here is overjoyed at the latest bombshell (I was having such a violent reaction when I heard it, it scared me, that I could become so emotionally involved in a soap story . . . I’ve been watching soaps for about a decade and never felt quite like this), but some people managed to rationalize it for me (and I hope a few others) in the chatroom and while it’s still hard to feel cheerful about this, at least I’m now resolving myself to grit my teeth and go through with it. I have two weeks left to come to terms with it emotionally, maybe the shock and [name every negative emotion you can think of] will wear off by then. (Yeah right. I feel like I’ve been stabbed in the back three times, by Drew, Danny and TPTB. Double blows for Michelle too. I knew I was living their story vicariously, just never realized how much.)

I was reminded of what Danny said the night he and Michelle almost made love, and in a way Danny reverting to his old ways (Ray did say he used to be a ladies’ man, and how about the re-appearance of the leather jacket?), drowning his sorrows in drinks and, um, you-know-what (very unusual for a man who values self-control and sacred vows), it’s all an indication of how much he’s hurting, how he’s spinning out of control. All because Michelle betrayed him. That’s how much he love(s? d?) her.

So here is my wish list/”positive” spin about this:

1. Let’s make this a “human” story, not a black-and-white one where Michelle is the “virgin Madonna” (in a manner of speaking) and Drew the slut. Everyone involved has something to feel guilty about, let’s not turn this into a story where one is more right than the other. Healing will take some time but I hope all the relationships (Michelle and Drew’s budding friendship included) will be salvaged in the end and the characters will all grow up with the experience.

Tammy Blanchard has indicated in Soap Opera Weekly that Drew would develop a friendship with Danny (she makes it clear Jesse is still the one Drew’s in love with), and that could prove very positive for Manny, meaning that she could help them (of her own will) get together. I don’t necessarily think of this as a triangle, not even the beginning of one (it’s just a one-night stand, hopefully nothing more will come out of it), but if you wanna see it that way, there are good triangles on soaps where no one is the bad guy, and this could be one of them. I hate what’s going to happen, but I’ll be even more pissed if Michelle and Drew go back to sniping at each other afterward. (Think Rick and Phillip, their friendship also had its ups and downs.) There’s nothing I hate more than seeing women hissing over men, no matter how worthy they are.

2. Why am I not even talking about Michelle and Danny in all this? That’s because they’re the only thing I’m 100% sure about, it’s not even worth mentioning in a way. It looks like TPTB are setting this up as a catalyst to speed up Michelle’s realization, and while I’m bummed they’re going this way, if anything could speed it up, this probably was the fastest and surest way to do so. This is all assuming Michelle gets wind of this very soon.

3. The one thing that makes me really smile: how Jesse’s fading. (and how!) He’s becoming almost weightless. Let’s speed up his exit from the show now, shall we?

4. Before this became known to be a fact, I talked about how the current PTB never went all the way in triangles. (You can stone me for getting your hopes up, it’s not going to hurt me any more than I already am.) Well, they’re going to with this one (even if technically, it’s not a triangle). In other words, they’re taking a risk, a huge one at that, knowing full well there might be viewer backlash. (As I understand they backed off from Matt and Dinah and some other pairings for that reason.) They know they’re raising the stakes here (just like they did when they chose to put Manny on the front burner back in January), and I don’t think they’d do that (especially this regime) if they weren’t sure about Manny. They’ve made all the right moves with this couple (which is why this one really stunned me at first, it didn’t strike me as a right move and I admit still having difficulties seeing it as one) and unless there’s a change in the creative force behind them I’m not aware of, I’ll trust their judgment and instincts this time as well. Let’s just hope they won’t prove me wrong.

5. I hope Danny feels really, and I mean really guilty, about this. I hope Drew lets it slip or tells him herself that … {I} she was also at the beach when Mick was killed or … {II} Michelle is developing feelings for him or … {III} Michelle did try to call off the F.B.I. I hope Michelle, when she learns about this, will feel more hurt than angry, I don’t want her to become judgmental.

6. And after all we went through, we don’t get some form of pay-off by May sweeps? That’s when I will flip out for good.

Kristi

 

What You Need to Know About Phillip Spaulding Before the Next Story Arc

July 19, 2017

What You Need to Know

Phillip Spaulding plays a very important if minor role in the Manny story. Although we have seen Philip intersect with the story before, this period is when we see Phillip connect with Manny the most. So who is Phillip?

Phillip And….

Phillip Spaulding is one of the keystone characters of Guiding Light history. His introduction in the late 1970s lead to a long and complicated parentage story that not only looked at specifics, but also asked questions about what it really means to be a parent, should being adopted matter, what decisions really are best for the child and which ones are just best for you. (It also kicked off a reunion for Justin and Jackie Marler  – his bioparents – whose chemistry and on screen appeal glossed over a pretty awful backstory. – Seriously now I’ve read up on them why did I love them so much again?)

Phillip and… is important because Phillip was first and foremost about his relationships with other characters on the show. That’s how he drove story and provided throughlines for many other characters. His return in the last year of the show completely turned around and regenerated a show that had completely lost its way. So most of what you need to know about Phillip starts out Phillip and…..

And Rick Bauer

After the cancellation announcement a lot of articles came out (mostly ones where they had talked to Kim Zimmer) that called Jeva (Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne) the flagship couple of the show. I don’t think they were. They were central, but the “couple” who defined the show from the late 1970s through the end of the show were best friends Phillip Spaulding and Rick Bauer. They are what drove story, not just their own, but other people’s.

Phillip and Rick became best friends as teenagers attending the same high schools and living next door to each other (most of the time). Even though their relationship was often tested (Phillip impregnated Rick’s wife or fiance twice and Rick did it to Phillip once), they remained best friends. Even after Phillip went nuts and kidnapped Rick’s kid (it’s a long story), Rick was willing to help Phillip get out of a mental hospital when he got better.

The Phillip/Rick connection tied families together. The relationship between the Spauldings and the Bauers was a ridgepole across the canvas. Fans valued this connection and they were so vocal about it that for a time when both actors/characters were off canvas the show that the attempted to create a lite version with Frank Cooper and A.C. Mallet.

In terms of the Manny story, Rick is of course Michelle’s older brother and Phillip was his sounding board through all of his concern about her relationship with Danny. In fact, it was Phillip’s idea that Rick have Michelle committed to try to keep them apart.

And the Four Musketeers

Not long after Rick and Phillip started attending Springfield High School (they’d been in boarding school before) that they befriended first Mindy Lewis and then Beth Raines, forming a group known as the Four Musketeers. They were a rectangle that changed partners several times and those relationships drove story from the early 1980s through the end of the show. (It wasn’t a coincidence that their high school reunion was featured in the last year.) In fact the grouping was so successful that the show tried to copy it a few times. The most successful of their attempts brought in an aged Alan-Michael Spaulding, and introduced Vanessa and Ross’ daughter Dinah Marler and Harley Cooper. (Plus Cam, but Cam was pretty irrelevant and boring until he landed on 90120.)

The connection to the Manny story is TPTB were clearly aiming for another run at this with the younger set slightly before Manny blew up their plans. They were gearing up for another go with Michelle, Bill Lewis, Drew Jacobs, and Jesse Blue when Danny came into town and blew up that storyline.

And Beth Raines

Rick and Phillip had been best friends for years when a new girl moved to town, Mindy Lewis. Soon after, thanks to Mindy and Beth sharing a hospital room, they met Beth Raines and became a foursome. Although other people distracted Phillip and Beth, ever since high school Beth and Phillip had a bond that none of the other people they were involved with ever really understood. Although most of Phillip’s other exes would say that their relationships with Phillip didn’t work out because he always felt an inexplicable need to rescue Beth and she played into it, I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think Beth was a weak victim even if Phillip did periodically rescue her and tried to other times – which often ended in disasters and once even a real, if small, war. Frankly, Beth had been through a lot more than any other woman on the show — with the possible exception of Reva — and it was amazing she was even functioning. Yes, she got into bad situations and expected Phillip, Rick, and Mindy to help get her out, but the aid was mutual and she helped them out when needed to.

What it mostly came down to was that Beth wanted someone romantic who would make her feel safe and sometimes with his strand of instability in his make-up Phillip couldn’t always give her that and Phillip — having been raised with Spaulding traditional values — always thought he should be able to have both Beth and the latest flavor of the month. When the show ends they have gotten married again and I think that’s really where they belonged, where they were happiest. I hope they both finally figured it out too. Even before that happened anyone Phillip was involved with needed to understand, Beth doesn’t go away. Even when Phillip and Beth weren’t romantically connected there was an incredibly strong bond between them.

And Alan Spaulding

Phillip was raised by Alan Spaulding not finding out until he was 18 that he was adopted. That put a strain on his relationship with Alan when he found out that Alan had been lying to Phillip his entire life. Even before that Phillip never wanted to become a businessman like his dad. He had all sorts of “escape” plans. They involved everything from being a professional tennis player to a writer. However, as he got older he couldn’t deny his talent and desire to also be a businessman. He would spend most of his life bouncing back in forth between writing (newspaper, novels, etc.) and being a Spaulding executive.

Alan’s father Brandon Spaulding was a truly evil man. He pitted his children against each other, competing for his affection and control of the company. Alan was a much better man, but had these idea hardwired in. He would also pit his children against each other to grind out what he saw as weakness, etc. He did truly love his children, but that didn’t stop him.

It should also be noted in Alan’s favor that he was one of the very few characters on any soap that didn’t value biology above adoption. Alan never saw Phillip as anything less than his son and Phillip was in fact his favorite child. It was a complicated relationship though. Alan shot Phillip twice, once before this point in the timeline by accident and once after this point on purpose as part of an effort to get Phillip help and to save his grandchildren.

And Danny Santos

So far Danny has interacted with Phillip more than Alan and that has been a significant if rarely played relationship. Early on during the Ben Warren feud Danny went to Philip, scion to scion, but Phillip underestimated Danny and wouldn’t meet him on equal ground. Later when Michelle and Danny are divorced during a dinner with Michelle, Phillip told her that he now saw Danny as a good man. Phillip was too concerned with his own problems during the next part of the Manny story and they are only reconnecting now.

Phillip, still being wary about being involved with Danny and having already had his first dose of being pitted against Danny by Alan, shows up to feel Danny out and put him on his guard. That’s one of the most important Danny-Phillip scenes but the important scenes between them will continue to show up all the way through the final scenes of the show.

In many ways, Danny and Phillip were very similar. They were both male scions of powerful and rich families who believed they had the right to run roughshod over the law. They both had complicated relationships with their families, but despite the fact they both realized that some of what their families had taught them was wrong. In a lot of ways they were faced with the same problems and started from the same place, but ultimately Phillip accepts that Danny is the one of them that found the right answers. But at this point in the story the game is still in play.

UPDATED January 9 2017: I discovered I needed to fix a couple of typos and add a couple of sentences for the sake of clarity.

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