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Guiding Light Does Nick at Nite By Kristie

January 16, 2017

Republisher’s Note: A post that starts fitting Manny into some classic TV shows that were being played at the time on the cable channel Nickalodean. They focused their programming on kids, but decided to fill the overnight time when kids were in bed with constant classic TV shows which weren’t getting a lot of play at the time – the idea was sloganed as Nick at Nite. The first half of this post is inserting our favorite couple into those classic shows. When Kristie refered to Mortica and Gomez they mean Carmen and Ben. Then it morphs into commentary on the current state of Manny during mid-July 1999. It especially focuses on the episodes around the Honeymoon. Find those here:

Guiding Light Does Nick at Nite By Kristie

Hey gang! It was a Nick at Nite kind of day in sunny Springfield. All of our favorite characters were mere shadows of their former prime time selves. (BTW, on the whole I thought the entire show today was a great one … if you FF through the Carben mugging scenes that is.)

  • Follow the bouncing ball to the tune of The Addams Family:
        ♪♫♪”They’re really kinda creepy,
        they make me wanna weepy.
        Let’s see more of Ray and Deitzy.
                It’s the Santos Family — snap snap!” ♫♪♫

    Big, big sigh! How many times do we have to beg and plead that we do not want to see Morticia and Gomez mugging down, particularly right after breakfast. Blech. Gorgeous lingerie though.

  • One Adam 12, One Adam 12 – we have a possible contrived plot in progress at the restaurant named Company. “Officer Frank Cooper and Officer David Grant will you respond? Over”
    “Dispatch, this is Detective Cooper thank you very much, and we’re out of our cruiser now and scoping out the Santos girl. We have pegged her as the missing link, um sorry, I mean the weak link in the Santos crime family. Officer Grant appears to be feeding her a line of bull cleverly disguised as a piece of cake. Over”
    “This is Dispatch again Detective Cooper. Captain Rauch says that you and Officer Grant are now assigned to this case as apparently we have just decided to pretend that Doctor Grant and the Santoses had a parting of the ways. Over and out.”
  • Now what did that newly brunette Gidget Santos do with all of those skimpy outfits of hers? Did she finally toss out the moth-eaten clothes that she was so found of wearing? Praise God! And leave it up to poor bubble headed Gidget to spill the beans about getting her new fancy man, Inspector Gadget hired at SanCorp. Is there nothing that amazing boy cannot do? He can fix mom’s computer, he can defuse bombs, and at his tender age he designs super dooper Inventory Control software systems. Sounds like a smart cookie to me; too bad he’s so dumb when it comes to love. Get this boy a new girlfriend, one that doesn’t think John Gotti was framed.

Danny and Michelle on honeymoon

  • ♪♫♪”Sunday Monday, Happy Days, Tuesday Wednesday! Happy Days!….” ♫♪♫ Just love Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero on their mid-season summer adventure in San Cristobel. And am enormously relieved to see that the leather jacket is still in cold storage and the only pink on Ms. Tuscadero today was her sunburned skin … ouchie. Now we all know that the Fonz is a very smart guy, but he cannot seem to learn that before he gets all hot and bothered he needs to do the following: turn off the phones, turn off the pagers, turn on the alarm system, get away from the windows, sweep the place for bugs and bombs, and lock all the doors.(Geez, what is this fondness TPTB have for these two getting interrupted? We have long passed the joke stage and are entering into the pathetic zone. Writer people, work with us here, please.) I’m also wondering if Fonzie knows how to parasail as well as fly jets, because that’s the only way I think that he and Pinky could have made it down to this supposed beach over those huge rocky cliffs. Or perhaps he put her on the back of that motorcycle of his and they took off from the terrace and landed on the sandy beaches below?
  • “I love your hands.” I, for one, am not going there, but thought it was worth mentioning. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
  • Must also say that I love the fact that Fonzie can’t keep his hand off of Pinky’s upper chest. I swear that little finger of his came awfully close to the cleavage mark … and I, for one, am thankful for that. If we can’t get any more passion than what we’re getting at least they’re not editing out these little gems. The ear kisses, the neck kisses, blowing on the skin, the rubbing on of aloe vera … all gets me very goofy. And the quintessential Dannyism for the day, sorry I mean Fonzieism — “Your husband is always right.”Okay, so I guess I’m going to have to turn in my NOW card, but I love these feeble but darling attempts of his at establishing control. Sweet boy you lost this power the day you made her “worth risking your neck for;” give it up already — but don’t lose the -isms, they are too, too charming. Good stuff today, although all too brief – I’m just eternally grateful that the rest of the Cunninghams didn’t show up to share their honeymoon. As Fonzie would say with both thumbs up, “Aaaaaaaaay.” Now let’s all jump in the convertible and head to Arnold’s for a burger, fries, and a malt.Out of Nick at Nite land and back to the real show.
  • I’m not sure if the wardrobe we are seeing is a reflection of the new guy yet or not. Or perhaps it’s simply a return to common fashion sense in fear of what the new guy is going to do; however, I am giving the new wardrobe changes a cautious thumbs up and singing the new guy’s praises already. Now if we see Danny in a ballcap and khaki shorts and Michelle in a casual yet tasteful short set, I’m going to be convinced TPTB lurk.
  • Quick note to TPTB: Okay, IMO the two strongest scenes of the day were given short shrift — Manny and the Bloss, Cassie, Jim, FBI scenes. Now I honestly don’t mind Manny only being on 2-3 times a week, although my druthers would be to have them everyday, that’s simply not practical. So as a solution, could we get 2-3 chock full days of good Manny rather than having them on almost everyday and relegated to the first 3 scenes for about 75 seconds each, and never to be visited again, or the usual and dreaded bookending?For example,are we to assume that Danny finished telling Michelle all about their future and then they went upstairs? Next time they’re in mid-kiss and you cut to commercial , will you please revisit them so that we can see them do “something?” It doesn’t have to be X-rated, but for pete’s sakes they are on their honeymoon, let’s see a bit more passion, much like that which existed earlier on in their marriage. And one more thing while I’m at it, I’m of the mind that you should assemble a good old-fashioined focus group to help you stay your rise in the ratings course.Thank for your prompt attention to this matter. Really did enjoy the show today.


Picture Perfect by LNJ

January 16, 2017

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the nonmob fanfic category. This is one of my favorite fanfics, but it’s missing a lot of chapters. If you have anymore of it or can find any more online, I’d really appreciate it.

This particular fanfic has Danny and Michelle meeting when they were older and each had a pre-teen daughter from previous relationships. It also starts with a bit in Walt Disney World. How can resist that?


Disney Cinderella Castle

Disney Cinderella Castle

Picture Perfect by LNJ

“Picture Perfect” – Michelle and Danny each have a 13 year old daughter and a broken marriage behind them when they run into each other at Disney World. They discover that Michelle already lives in Springfield and Danny will soon move there to take on a leadership role at Spaulding Enterprises. Their daughters play matchmaker and it isn’t too hard. They are forming a picture perfect family when Michelle’s abusive, estranged husband Bill Lewis returns to take back what he sees as his. Another one that ends too soon.😉 (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5)

There was a lot more of this I’m sorry to say that we don’t have access to. If anybody can find anymore of this I’d be very grateful. Michelle does tell Danny and he takes them over to the Spaulding Mansion for safe keeping. Judging from what happens in the last two chapters Theresa shows up and is unbalanced. Bill is killed in a car accident. (Chapter 13) (Chapter 15)

Archived Links Version (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3a) (Chapter 3b) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 13) (Chapter 15)

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.

Stenz Manny 2016

January 12, 2017

It’s like a late Christmas present! Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4, the beginning of Manny) sent this out on her Instagram feed. She’s met up with Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) in New York.

 made sure I saw this wonderful New Year’s present.

I uploaded the photo directly below and before that I embedded it from Instagram. I’m not sure if the photo will show or not, but her tag appears below the space even if it didn’t. I had a little trouble with the embed so there maybe a second image or a ghost below that.

Stenz Manny from Joy's Instagram Dec 2016

Stenz Manny from Joy’s Instagram Dec 2016

If you know what this is… you know what this is. #Manny #reunitedanditfeelssogood @paulanthonystewart #firsthusband

A photo posted by Bethany Joy Lenz (@joylenz) on Dec 29, 2016 at 6:32pm PST


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


Twas the Night by Bella

December 26, 2016

To make it easier to direct people to this story I wanted to put all the chapter links in a single post, in other words do a link roundup. This story is in the Christmas fanfic category. Fair warning although I really like the part where they are talking in this, there is a lot of sex and discussion of sex….I mean a lot of sex even for Manny so be forewarned.


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

Twas the Night (Part 1)

Twas the Night (Part 2)

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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 Cards from Springfield 2016

December 25, 2016

It’s become a tradition to share postcards from Springfielders. I share them on Facebook and Twitter during Christmas week and then I share them. Check out previous years cards from 2014 and 2015.

I always do a Manny card. This year I found one of the first Manny Michelle with her daughter and Santa. I added a smiling “Danny” and their current kids names.


Tony Reardon and Annabelle Simms were another one of my all time favorite couples. I was devastated when they suddenly ran into Tony and Company (which then became Company) and announced they were going on a long vacation. He threw the keys to Floyd and they were off. I didn’t read soap magazines yet – I was a little kid. So I was even more shocked when they announced they were moving to Boston. I hoped they’d at least come back to get their stuff, but of course they never did. Bea – Maureen’s mother – moved out there with her. When Bea sent a video to Chelsea congratulating her on one of her engagements and we heard Tony and Annabelle off screen and a reference to their baby Tom. Annabelle was an English teacher so I put her at Harvard and made up an award.


I love Bizzie. They are on my all time favorite couple list. “Lizzie” just announced she was having a third baby so I followed suit with their news this year.


Cedars Hospital was an active center of the town for years. I took the opportunity of a photo from Daytime Stars and Strikes to make it a real Springfield event.



One of the ways I decide who to do each year depends on the photos I can find. Having both halves of a couple still in the public eye certainly helps. “David” and “Vicki” are married in real life and so it was easy to find a photo of them together with their daughter.



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 with the Santos aka A Year and a Day

December 25, 2016

“Christmas with the Santos” aka “A Year to the Day” – Life continues on in Casa Santos much as it did in the first heady month after the Laurel Falls wedding all the way to Christmas with no Jeva troubles, no Ben vendetta, and no Ben being murdered. A great version of their first real Christmas together, I especially like how they wake up.😉

Republisher’s Note: Another one of my favorite Christmas Manny favorites. This one is set in a world where after Michelle decided to return with Danny to Casa Santos she doesn’t leave, Ben doesn’t come after Danny, and Ben is never murdered nor the target of any plots by Pilar.


Christmas with the Santos aka A Year and a Day

The alarm buzzed and Michelle stirred from her sleep.

“Danny,” she said sleepily as she buried her head into her pillow.

The loud noise continued. She turned to look at him. He wasn’t moving.

“Danny hit snooze.” The buzzing continued. “Danny!” Nothing. “UGH!” She lifted herself on her elbows. He was oblivious to the horrible noise. Realizing it was up to her to stop it she tried reaching over him to hit the snooze button. Her arms were too short.

At times like these she wondered why the alarm was on his night table when she was the one who always had to turn it off.

Climbing over him she finally was able to tap the button. The alarm stopped. Holding herself up by her elbows she looked down at him. Danny still wasn’t moving.

“Nice! Now I’m awake.” She went to move off of him and felt his arms wrap around her.

“Where are you going?” he asked drowsily.

“You’re awake!”, She exclaimed slapping him on the chest. “Why didn’t you stop the alarm?”

“This is much more interesting,” he mumbled as he pulled her closer and began kissing her neck.

“Oh no you don’t. We might as well get ready. Mass is at 9:00.”

“Can’t you tell I’m ready?” he teased.

“Danny, you promised Ray. We can’t skip today. Get up!” she tried extricating herself from his arms.

He held on tighter. He began to pull down the strap on her nightgown trailing kisses from her neck to her chest. He managed to pull the strap down far enough freeing her breast.

“Ahh! Just what I was looking for,” he sighed.

“Danny, we’re going to miss Ray’s sermon.” She tried moving away. “Noooo,” she moaned as his lips went around her nipple and she felt his teeth begin to pull on it.

“You’re supposed to go to confession before Mass.” Michelle tried to regain her composure and reason with him.

His tongue licked her breast. His hand traced a path up her leg, bunching up her nightgown as he went along. She felt him reach between her thighs. “Forgive me Father for I have sinned…” he breathed.

“Danny!”, she sucked in her breath as he touched her.

She arched her back in response. He laughed. “It seems you’re just as ready as I am…Ummm.”

“Hmmm…” she replied as she shifted positions so she wasn’t laying completely on top of him. “Danny…Mass…”. He began to massage her with his hand.

She sat up and decided to stop fighting him. Pulling her nightgown over her head she threw it down on the floor. It landed on a pile of discarded wrapping paper from the Christmas gifts she had been wrapping the night before.

Reaching down she held him and began to move her hand up and down. “Hail Mary…”, his breathing was heavier.

“Merry Christmas Babe,” she said as her lips claimed his.

When it was over Michelle looked at the clock. It was 8:25. She was laying on his chest, much in the same position she had been in while trying to hit the snooze button. Neither of them moved. He was still inside her.
“You’re going to have to explain to Ray why we were late for his first Christmas Mass,” she said quietly. She felt sleepy again.

Laughing he said, “Okay, I’ll see him afterwards and tell him everything during confession.” He kissed her forehead.

“You wouldn’t dare!” She lifted herself off of him suddenly.

“OHH! Hey! Don’t move that quickly…”, he groaned.

“Serves you right!”, she laughed.

Eventually, Carmen’s knock on their door had gotten them out of bed. They had rushed to get ready for Church. Ray had winked when he’d seen them enter the side door of the church 15 minutes late.

Afterwards there was a lunch at the house. They had sat around the table eating and remembering Christmases past. It was fun for Michelle to hear about Danny as a little boy on Christmas morning. Even Carmen seemed to be in the spirit.

Towards the late afternoon they all sat around the family room. There was a glow from the fireplace and the room was cozy. The Christmas lights danced on the tree.

Michelle was curled up on one of the sofas with a blanket. Danny was playing at the Pinball machine with Bill.

Ding…Ding…Ding! TILT!

“Santos, you win again,” Bill said.

“Don’t I always win?”

“Ha Ha Ha!”

Danny walked towards Michelle. Her eyes were closed and she looked very comfortable. He smiled looking down at her.

Kneeling down beside her he said in a whisper. “Hey.”

She opened one eye and smiled at him, “Hey yourself!” She lifted the blanket and invited him to join her.

“You feel so good,” he said as he snuggled close to her.

“Oh no, don’t start that again!”

“Now there’s an idea…” He ran his hand up underneath her shirt to hold her breast.

“Danny…” She said in a sing song voice.

“Shhh!” he said into her mouth as he kissed her. He began rolling her nipple between his thumb and forefinger.

“Honey Stop!” He kissed her neck and began to suck. The heat of his breath made her squirm with pleasure. “Dannnny…” Her eyes closed as she gave in to the feeling.

“Ohhh!” she sighed. Remembering where they were she opened her eyes. Giggling nervously she peeked over his shoulder to see if anyone was paying attention to them.

Carmen and Ben were sitting by the fire drinking brandy, Pilar and Bill were over by the card table playing War, but Abuela was looking straight at them, as Ray, gesticulating with his hands, talked to her!

“Oh my God!”, she whispered desperately.

“I know!”, he groaned into her neck and rubbed himself against her.

“Danny, your Grandmother is watching us!”, She muttered through her teeth as she smiled at Abuela.

He stopped what he was doing and lifted his head slowly. He turned to look at his Grandmother and smiled.

She smiled back.

Abuela was thinking. “Ah Jose! I feel so young on nights like this. I see us dancing. I’m wearing red and you are in your tuxedo. We glide over the floor. The orchestra is wonderful, the music is so happy. Christmas!”

Danny turned back to Michelle, who looked extremely embarrassed.

“Don’t worry, she doesn’t know what’s going on.”, he said trying to convince himself as well as her.

“Really? It looks to me like she knows EXACTLY what is going on. Look at her. She’s smiling at us! I’m going to die. I have to get out of here. Let me up!” she whispered. Desperate to get out from under Abuela’s watchful eyes she started to sit up.

“Wait! You can’t get up.” He stopped her and pushed her back down.

“Why? Let me up!”, she whispered.

He looked into her eyes and as serious as he could be said, “They’ll see your hickie.”

“Hick-…You gave me a hickie?”, her hand flew to her neck and a look of panic came over her face.

He couldn’t help himself, he started laughing so hard that tears began to fall from his eyes.

Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing to look at them.

Michelle wanted to die.

Ben lifted his glass to Carmen and said, “Ahh! Young love.”

To which Carmen replied, “Hmmph!”

Pilar asked Bill, “What’s so funny?”

Bill looking at the scene mumbled, “At least someone’s having fun.” , as he threw his next three cards on the table. Pilar was perplexed by the whole thing.

“What’s so funny?”, she asked again.

Carmen, from the other side of the room, said in a serious voice, “Pilar! Go turn on the Christmas lights outside.”

Ray watched Danny and Michelle and felt a twinge of jealousy. “Confession first thing in the morning…”, he thought. He decided to ignore the laughter and continue the discussion with his Grandmother, “Abuela, the Church has not changed so much…”

The laughter woke Abuela from her daydream. “Oh dear, what is Ray talking about? These daydreams always get me into trouble. Carmen already thinks I have Alzheimer’s…” Recovering she said, “I’m sorry Ray, what were you saying?” Danny continued to laugh. “What are they doing? Why is Danny laughing?”

Ray thought, “They’re doing what I’ve been dreaming about for some time…That’ll go over well with Abuela! Stop it Santos!”

“It’s nothing Abuela. As I was saying, the Church…”

Michelle tried hiding her embarrassment by looking amused as she sat up. She pulled her hair over her shoulders to cover the love bite. She began climbing over Danny to get off the sofa. Danny pulled her back down despite her protests and kissed her.

“Danny!” “Oh God, will this nightmare ever end?” she thought.

“Look up,” he said.

“What?” she asked as her gaze traveled to the ceiling.

Hanging right over them was the mistletoe. “See? It’s okay we were only doing what your supposed to…”, he hugged her to him.

Michelle slapped away his arms, “You enjoy torturing me. Don’t you?”

“Come on.” He got up and pulled on her arms. As she stood up against him, he whispered, “Let me torture you some more…”

She laughed and followed him out of the room. Danny stopped at the door and leaning on the door frame said through his laughter, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Carmen almost choked on her drink. “My God what has happened to my son?” she asked Ben.

Ben laughed and took another sip from his drink.

Bill shook his head and said, “Deal the cards, Pilar!”

Pilar laughed at her brother’s silliness. Realizing Bill wasn’t laughing she asked, “Why are you mad? Is it because I’m winning?”

Ray hoped his Grandmother wouldn’t ask him where Danny and Michelle were going.

Abuela Santos watched them and smiled. Ray’s voice faded into the background as she began to daydream again, “It’s such a merry Christmas! Ay Jose! If you were here…”


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A Season of Love by LiaBoston

December 22, 2016

“A Christmas Fic” aka “A Season of Love” – Michelle finds Danny hold up in a study missing his father on a Christmas during their “fake” marriage. She comforts him and then disappears. He finally follows and discovers she’s in their room, decorated for Christmas the way Papa used to do the whole house and she is dressed only in a red nightgown ready to give Danny the perfect Christmas gift, her heart and herself.


Republisher’s Note: Although they mention it’s their first Christmas I think the author is messing with the established timeline a bit. My guess is this is about three months or so into their marriage or about a month and a half or so since the church ceremony. That’s just based on observation, but as they were married about New Year’s it would be an entire year before this takes place and I don’t think it reads as if it has been that long.

Author’s Note: This story takes place in the early stages of Danny and Michelle’s marriage, and their first Christmas together.

A Season of Love by LiaBoston

Christmas. I used to love the holiday, but not anymore. Nothing has been the same in my family since Papa died. Papa used to add such laughter to this dreary house. I can still hear his laugh echo through the halls. I wish that he was still here. I wish that he could have met Michelle. Instead, he is gone because of the family business. And Mick is gone because of his own undoing.

I have always believed Michelle when she told me that she killed him in self-defense. It was not her fault that Mick was an animal. I just wish that I could have protected her from him. Now, I am married to her. I am married to a woman who does not love me. But something has changed. I wish that she would stop fighting me long enough and figure that out. My grandmother tells me that Michelle does care about me, but I have to be patient. Oh, Abuela, only if it was that simple.

Mama is in a horrible mood. I wonder if she is thinking about Papa, too. I wish that I could talk to her about Papa, but she is too practical to reminisce. All I can think about is Papa. This was his favorite holiday, and he always made sure that Mick, Pilar and I had fun. I think that Christmas was one of the few times that we acted like a normal family.

It is hard to watch Michelle get in the holiday spirit. It’s just another thing to remind me of Papa. I have noticed that the strange looks that Michelle has been giving me, but I can’t tell her. I want to tell her about Papa, but I know that she doesn’t care about me. I want Michelle to rock me in her arms and tell me that it is going to be alright. If only…

I don’t know how long I can keep all this bottled up. Tears are starting to overtake my body. The pain in my heart overwhelms me. There are only two people that I truly care about. Papa and Michelle. Michelle. I want her to comfort me. I want to tell her about the dreams of Papa that haunt me at night. I wish that she would hold me and never let go. I wonder what it would feel like it to be in her arms. I can’t do this to myself anymore; I can’t keep torturing myself.

I need to be close to Papa, and there is one place where I can still feel him. I grab a bottle of scotch and a glass, and I walk to my grandfather’s private study. It was a room that not many people knew about, and it was the one place, that Papa would take me, so we could spend time together. It was a place just for us. The darkness of the room comforts me.

With shaking knees, I walk over to the bookcase, and take one of the picture albums. Tears pour down my cheeks as I leaf through pictures of my father and I. I need you, Papa. The burning sensation left by the scotch feels good, maybe it can numb the pain. Suddenly, light floods the room and I see Michelle standing in the doorway. I can’t let her see me like this.

“Danny, there you are. I have been looking…” She looks at me, and realizes that I have been crying. She walks over to the couch, and sits next to me. “Danny, what is the matter? Please tell me.”

I search her face to see if she is being sincere. Her eyes are so kind and loving. But I can’t tell her, it is too painful, so I lie. “Nothing is wrong. I was just… It does not matter, Michelle.”

“Well, it matters to you. Why won’t you tell me?” I forget that the photo album is still on my lap, so when I shift my body, it falls to the floor. I try to grab it before Michelle reaches for it.

“What is this?” She starts to flip through the pictures, and then stops, “Oh, Danny, these are pictures of your father. You miss him, don’t you?”

I want to lie to her, but I can’t. She is trying to comfort me, and I want her to. “I miss him more than you will ever know. I just needed to…” I can hear my voice crack, and tears starting to well in my eyes

Michelle finishes my sentence for me. “You just needed to feel close to him. I lost my mom when I was young, and it still hurts. But Danny, you should not keep this all bottled up, you need someone to help you.”

I want you to help me, Michelle. You, I think to myself, but instead I say, “I don’t have anyone. Nobody seems to care about my feelings. Mama never talks about it, and Abuela, I can’t burden her.”

Michelle moves to closer to me, and takes my face in her hands. “I care, Danny. I care. And I want to help you. Please let me.”

I let myself fall into her warm and welcoming embrace. I feel so warm and safe in her arms. I want to stay in her arms forever. As my sobs subsided, Michelle asks me about Papa. I tell her about Papa, and how he would decorate the house into a winter wonderland.

Michelle tells me about Christmas time with her parents. I wish that I got the chance to meet her mother, she sounds like a wonderful woman. Michelle pulls away from our embrace, and tells me that she has to go. Does she regret reaching out to me? Wasn’t she able to forget about everything else for a moment? I don’t know. I wish I knew what she was thinking.

Finally, I could not stand it anymore, and I leave the study to find Michelle. Where in the world was she? Was she hiding from me? God, I hope not. As I reach for the doorknob to our bedroom, I realize that my hand is shaking. I don’t know what to expect from Michelle anymore. I take a deep breath and walk into the bedroom. To my surprise, it is dark. Was she here? This is silly, I tell myself. I switch on the lights, and I can’t believe my eyes.

The whole bedroom is filled with holly, paper chains, a small Christmas tree, and Christmas ornaments. Suddenly, I see Michelle sitting on our bed with a big smile on her face, as she walks towards me, I realize that she is wearing just a red nightgown.

“I hope that you like it, Danny. It took me forever to make those paper chains.” She starts to laugh but stops when she sees my face. “I am sorry, Danny, I just..”

She thinks that I am going to be mad at her. She couldn’t be more wrong. “No, Michelle. It is so beautiful. It’s just nobody has ever done this for me. Why? Why did…” Before I can finish my sentence, Michelle is standing right in front of me.

“I did it because I want to show you much I care about you, Danny. I love you, Danny.”
I think that my heart is about to burst. Michelle loves me. Did you hear that, Papa? She loves me.

“I love you too, Michelle. I always have.” I lift her head to mine, and I kiss her with all the passion and love that I feel for her. As the kiss deepens, I think that I can feel Papa smiling down at us.

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Christmas 2001 A Christmas Tale

December 21, 2016

Springfield sometimes turned the Christmas episode into a special focused episode that didn’t exactly disrupt the normal storylines, but were sort of a moment out of time just at that moment in time. Such was the case during Christmas 2001.

This Christmas episode reflects back on the best Christmas episodes of the past. The main character is Kris Kringle who seems to be a modern day version of Santa Nick who has dropped in to spread magic around Springfield. There is even a connection to the Mike Bauer singing at the end of this one. It’s well worth watching.


Michelle and Robbie Santos, Harley Cooper and Jude Bauer, Blake, Jason, and Kevin Marler, Holly and Meg Reade

A Christmas Tale

Ross gathers everyone up at the Bauer cabin with Aunt Meta and the Bloss children – Jason, Kevin, and Clarissa who was born one year also at the Bauer cabin. He brings them to the fireplace and starts to tell a Christmas story or rather a Christmas Eve story that takes place right there in Springfield.

Michelle, Blake, Harley, and Holly carry in a real Christmas tree  – in their dress coats. They work on setting up and decorating the tree. Meanwhile, at the Lewis House, Shayne is resisting staying in his elf costume that he has on to match Josh as Santa. When Billy shows up, Shayne passes on the elf hat to Billy although he won’t fit the rest of the costume and they are off to Towers to fill in as Santa. As we look around town we find irritation everywhere as we have the warmest Christmas on record at 65 degrees F outside.

More than one person called out the calvary and Phillip and Beth show up as Santa and Mrs. Claus. (That’s a TERRIBLE Mrs. Claus outfit, but couldn’t Billy at least taken off his tie and suit coat to look more elf like?) Meanwhile Reva realizes bulldozing into the elevator stuck her with Olivia and Edmund.

“Santa is short a reindeer, Frosty must confront the sun…..and now power lines are about to fall.”

A blackout hits all over Springfield. After a confrontation over who was going to play Santa, Phillip agreed to let Josh have the job although it seemed like Beth (still influenced by Loreli) is ready to rumble, However they realize that there is now 2 feet of snow on the ground and no one is going anywhere soon. Olivia, Edmund, and Reva are pretty darn hilarious. They ought to have been forced together more often.

December 24, 201 (Part One)

Even story tellers get a commercial break. Ross: “You know there are four generations gathered here in the Bauer Cabin…” Everyone else: “Story! Story! Story!” Santa Josh was overwhelmed so Phillip and Beth opened a second station on Santa’s knee and worked together. Reva told the story of the Christmas truce during World War I. Reva’s story inspires Reva, Edmund, and Olivia to call a truce of their own and share Reva’s catering and Olivia’s champagne in their own Christmas Eve dinner. Gus finally shows the Christmas spirit and gives up the offer of a ride in the 4-wheel drive truck to the guys going up to the Bauer cabin to reach their families. Not knowing Gus did that, Rick asks if Gus could come along too but the “security guard” says there’s no room.

December 24, 2001 (Part Two)

The guys show up at Bauer Cabin reporting that on their way the roads were terrible and then they rounded a corner and everything cleared. Danny meets Michelle with a kiss and a ‘Hi, Tiger” for Robbie. Sigh! Meta pulls Ross aside and says she knows it’s not the end of the story and she wants to know what happens next. With the roads now clear will the Christmas spirit spread over the outcasts too? Edmund, Olivia, and Gus are all miserable at Towers each eating alone with two poor Towers employees stuck working. Edmund remembers Reva’s story and moves to the piano and starts to sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The others join in and everyone from the Bauer Cabin, the Lewis house, and the Spaulding Mansion come in.

December 24, 2001 (Part Three)

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.

A Little Christmas Fic by Alisia

December 21, 2016

“A Little Christmas” aka “Little Christmas Fic” – Short – testing out the mistletoe. Christmas at the Laurel Falls house.😉

Republisher’s Note: This is a happy little Christmas fanfic. I think the author gives the set up clearly so I’ll leave you to her explanation.

Author’s Note: Hello! This is the first fan fic I ever wrote back in December of 1999 when I was in France, separated from Manny (blissfully unaware of Ben’s murder and the trial) and dreaming of them having a wonderful Christmas in the Laurel Falls house. Sigh. The good old days, huh? Anyway, I don’t think I ever posted it. I tried to post last week, but technical difficulties prevented me.
Much (belated) holiday cheer to each of you!

(02/16/02 11:57:08)


A Little Christmas Fic by Alisia

Michelle tried in vain to open the door. She wanted to get all of the packages into the house without Danny noticing. What fun would it be if he saw all the bags? She sighed- no use. Too much stuff.

“Danny? Please come get the door, sweetie!”

He laughed when he saw his wife standing at the door with her heavy coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. She looked like an Eskimo. An Eskimo who did way too much shopping.

“What is in all these bags?”

“Well, hello to you, too,” she replied. “Help.”

“Michelle, do remember this morning when you said that you were going to Christmas shopping, and I said have fun?” Danny asked as he took some of the bags from her arms.


“I didn’t mean this much fun.”

She laughed, kissed him, and ran up the stairs with a few boxes that needed to be hidden away. It was, after all, their first Christmas together. She needed to have a few surprises for her husband. He had already hinted he had a few for her.

As he carried shopping bags, boxes, and rolls and rolls of wrapping paper into the living room, he smiled. He hadn’t really enjoyed Christmas since he was little. Michelle loved it. The house was decorated like a winter wonderland. With carols coming from the stereo, a fire in the fireplace, and Christmas lights around the windows, he felt like he was in a Christmas card. He was getting into the spirit despite himself.

“You may have single handedly gotten the Springfield economy back on track!” he yelled up the stairs.

“Well, I was on a roll,” she said coming down from their bedroom with Scotch tape and stickers.” And, if I waited to go back out again next week it would have been too crowded. And, there are so many people to buy gifts for this year. Besides, I got something I think you will really like.”

“Really? Do I have to wait until next week?”

“No. I think we better try it out now, just to be sure it works.”

Smiling at the puzzled look on his face, she started rummaging through bags.

“Nope, not this one. No. No. Where on earth . . . oh, here it is.”

She pulled a strand of mistletoe out of one of the bags and held it over her head. She looked so proud of herself; he couldn’t help but laugh again. He was doing that a lot lately. He liked it. She loved it.

“You’re right,” he said walking over to her and pulling her into his arms.”It would be horrible to wait until Christmas morning and then find out it didn’t work.”

With that, he leaned down and kissed her open, smiling mouth. She stopped laughing and leaned into him. She had no idea how he did that. All he had to do was kiss her, and her mind went blank and her knees folded.

She dropped the mistletoe as Danny easily lifted her into his arms and carried her over to the sofa. He remembered again how much he loved this house. He never knew a place could be so peaceful and full of love. Best of all, no fear of interruptions. He started kissing her neck and unbuttoning her sweater.

Her hands went to his head, but even as her fingers got tangled in his black curls, she tried to be the voice of reason.



“You’re supposed to kiss under the mistletoe.”

“I am kissing you.”

“Danny . . .”


“I have presents to wrap.”

“Do it later. I’ll even help.”

“I don’t want you to help you always rip the paper.”

“I do not.” He moved lower. Kissing her collarbone, he started to slide her sweater off her arms.

“We’re supposed to go out to dinner in half an hour . . . Oh, God…”

His mouth was moving lower. She was finding it hard to breathe, much less argue.

“Remember? Rick . . . Abby . . . Santa?”

“We’ll be on time, and, if were a little late, I’m sure Santa will let it slide.”

The sweater was off. He reached around to unfasten her skirt.

“I’m not going to win this one am I?” she asked, not really sounding disappointed.

“I suppose it depends on your definition of winning,” he said looking up at her with that charming, sexy grin that absolutely made her melt.

“Well, I suppose we can be a little late.”

“That’s the Christmas spirit. I love you.”

“I love you, too.”

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Danny Is Cleared Aug 20 2001

December 16, 2016

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Mon., Aug. 20, 2001 – While we were with Danny, Michelle, and Carmen on the docks, with no witnesses to testify (and honestly Ross is much better at tap dancing than this) the Judge called for closing arguments and sent the jury to deliberate. The jury foreman is ready to read the verdict. Michelle, Danny, and Frank Cooper comes bursting into the courtroom to interrupt proceedings. Danny tells the Judge that Carmen is alive and they can prove it. Doris is angry and tells the Judge that they should go ahead with the verdict. Frank slips into the benches the back of the room by Rick, but he didn’t actually see Carmen so can’t testify. Rick – who instantly believes Michelle and Danny doesn’t that make your heart feel good – wants to know how WE are going to prove it. Michelle talks to Ross and he asks the Judge to recall Michelle to the stand. Doris tells them that the verdict is in the foreman’s hand. The foreman looks down to the paper that has a Guilty verdict on it. The Judge rules that he will hear the evidence. Ross calls Michelle to the stand and Michelle tells her story of Carmen kidnapping her. Michelle tells the court that Carmen’s camera is at the bottom of the lake where Danny threw it to save Michelle’s life. Doris and Gus are laughing at the testimony and telling the Judge Michelle is making this up. Michelle pulls another camera from her purse and tells the court that when she learned where Carmen was she decided to go there prepared. She had a tape going so she can prove that Carmen is alive. Doris objects and the Judge calls the attorneys into chambers. Michelle hugs Danny and hopes the camera has more than just feet on it since it was hidden in her purse. The Judge comes back and tells everyone that they will see the tape with the jury present. The Jury comes back in and they start the video. You can see a pair of stilettos on the screen and nothing else and Doris demands the tape be stopped, saying it doesn’t prove anything. The Judge agrees but Ross asks him to bear with them and let the tape play to the end. The bailiff adds it’s a short tape so there should only be a few minutes left. The Judge decides to let it continue and the bailiff hits play again. Carmen comes on the screen and Doris objects saying it could be from an old home movie. Then the tape has Carmen holding the newspaper about Danny being arrested. It was today’s issue of the Springfield Journal. Ross tells the judge that proves Carmen is alive on this very day and he wants the case against his client dropped. Doris is ticked but the Judge dismisses the case. Judge: “In all my years as a judge I’ve never ever seen anything quite like this. Mr. Santos please rise. Daniel Santos the charges against you are dismissed. You are free to go!” Danny hugs Michelle tight and doesn’t let go.

My comments: Huzzah Rick is finally there at the trial. For someone who couldn’t get the jury deliberation delayed Ross has found his feet again. He does more amazing lawyering here. Isn’t that great how Rick is so totally on board with Manny and especially feels that he and Danny are on the same team. How are WE going to prove it Rick says and he believed them without a thought. I just love Rick so much when he’s like this. Ross too he’s so great in this. Honestly though it wouldn’t dissolve the camera to throw it in the lake. It wouldn’t have been good for it, but I think they could have thrown enough money in it to drag and find the camera? I think the camera would be toast, but the tape might be partially salvageable and they don’t need much. I just love, love, love how Manny touch each other instinctively reach out to each other and hold on in trouble or happiness. This disruption of legal procedure is odd, but the part I can’t believe is that they’d start the tape and not watch it all through, maybe not in front of the jury, but the Judge. Isn’t Michelle crawling over the railing to get to Danny top of the line amazing?

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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