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The Bullets Match Danny Is Arrested June 12-13 2001

April 17, 2015

Tues., June 12, 2001 – Gus tells Harley that he has some big news. He tells her that the ballistics report show that Danny’s gun killed Carmen. He has Danny where he wants him and he will be able to put him in prison soon. Harley can’t believe Danny killed Carmen. Gus tells her that the marks on the bullet are as unique as fingerprints, he did it and Gus knew it all along. Harley tells him that she doesn’t buy it; Danny was trying to go straight. Gus tells Harley that Danny killed his mother. He thinks back to when he shot Danny’s gun in the Bauer home. Harley asks if Gus has a warrant. He tells her he doesn’t yet but he will and then he will be able to arrest Danny. Michelle comes to see Gus. She tells him she heard he is in the mood to make deals and she is ready to help. He asks what she has in mind and she tells him that she has information about Maria and Carlos and all she wants is to keep Danny out of jail. Gus tells her that he will make that deal when hell freezes over. Gus tells Michelle that he is no longer interested in anyone but Danny. He thanks her for the offer but tells her that there is no deal. She leaves. Claire comes in and Michelle tells her to get out. Claire tells Michelle that she thinks she has found a way out for them. Michelle is angry and tells her again to get out. Claire tells her that she was only trying to help her and asks how she could be willing for Robbie to be without his mother for 10 or 15 years. Michelle asks if this way out has Danny covered as well because if it doesn’t, she isn’t interested and as far as she is concerned Claire can rot in jail herself. Claire tells Michelle that Gus can’t force her to testify against herself without a deal. She tells Michelle that she is trying to get him to extend immunity to Michelle as well. Michelle tells her that she wants nothing to do with her. She walks over to the door and opens it for Claire to leave. Tony is there about to knock. He is upset and asks if he can see Danny. Michelle tells him that everyone in Springfield think the Santos family is the only family that turns on each other but it isn’t true. She tells Tony that her mother, pointing to Claire, betrayed Danny and her by working with Gus and wearing a wire. Tony can’t believe it and stares at Claire. He asks why she would sell Danny out. He tells her that she is as low as a person can get. Claire tells him that people like him sell each other out all the time. She tells Tony that she saved Danny. Michelle tells Claire that Tony saved Danny as well. Tony tells Claire that in his world people like her end up dead. She argues with Tony and he tells her that he doesn’t have to put up with self-righteous people like her and she had better get out. Claire turns to Michelle who tells her she shouldn’t have come there in the first place. Claire leaves. Tony is upset and apologizes to Michelle for talking to Claire like that. She tells him he just beat her to it.

Wed., June 13, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Michelle is having breakfast with Rick and Danny. She is wondering why they haven’t heard from Gus lately. Buzz calls from Company to ask Michelle if she left her blue scarf there. She says it isn’t hers, but it’s too late, Buzz has spilled the beans to Rick who as a matter of course passes the information on to Danny. But she doesn’t deny talking to Gus, even though the most important men in her life take it badly. Danny and Rick want to know what that was about and she reluctantly tells them that she was trying to offer Gus a deal. She was going to give him Maria and Carlos if he would leave Danny alone. Danny already realized that Gus is only after him and she should stay away from him. Danny is scared Michelle had a plan and would do such a thing, reminding her how she had left evidence against herself the last time she tried to do something. Michelle tells Danny that she doesn’t want to lose him and when he threatened to turn himself in to keep her out of trouble, she strongly objects and will turn herself in with a confession if he does. Michelle has to leave to attend to Robbie leaving Rick and Danny alone. Danny tells Rick he may need his assistance dealing with Michelle. He says he will turn himself in rather than let Michelle go to jail. He apologizes for getting the family into this but Rick says Danny IS family and he supports him. He tells Danny that he doesn’t deserve what is happening to him either. Tony comes in and tells Danny Josh fired him (over a trumped up charge when Tony was doing really well and connecting with Billy, but Josh Lewis is a Jerk) and he needs to have his old hours back at Inferno. Tony admits he punched out Vince Russo (who I’m sure deserved it), but is very loud towards Michelle and Rick too feeling that “people like them” look down on people like him.” Danny: “Hey,hey  don’t talk to them like that, they don’t deserve it. They’re on your side.” Danny and Tony go outside to talk and he tells Tony that Rick and Michelle are on their side as far as the feds go, but he wonders what happened with Marah. Would Marah continue to support Tony or would she dump him or worse turn on him? Tony doesn’t really want to rehash it anymore than to ask for the extra hours. Danny tells him that he knows how he feels about Marah and he is worried about Tony. Danny tells him that if Marah is the right girl it will work out but either way he should stay cool. He tells Tony that he should get out of there and he goes back inside. Michelle is worried about Tony as well and tells Danny to invite him to the BBQ that evening to cheer him up. Just then Gus knocks on the door and arrests Danny for the murder of Carmen. He reads him his rights and Danny tells Michelle to call Ross. As they are cuffing Danny, Gus sees Tony and arrests him as well for the assault on Russo. The police and Gus take them away. Gus: “This ugly face of yours, save it for somebody else.  Take a look around you, Danny. Take a look at the trees on the way to prison and take a deep breath because it’s the last breath that you’re get in this miserable unimportant life of yours.” (just a couple of minutes then it flips over)

My Comments:

This is a great time period for Michelle clothing style. I just love these outfits. Really ever since she gave birth. I still don’t know why Gus never referenced the fact Michelle was going to bring down the Santos family and met with FBI agents around the time of their second marriage. It HAS to be in her FBI file. Also, Michelle should have reported all of Gus’s behavior, especially THIS to Gus’s boss. Not being motivated by personal vendetta, his boss might have taken the deal. I’m glad Harley is at least standing up for Danny and Michelle. She really should know there is more to the story – she trusted them to watch her kids! Michelle always needs to tell Danny everything. Things always go wrong when they aren’t truthful to each other.

This is great so many ways. First, the Bauer/Santoses are sitting down to breakfast together and it’s informal and family like. Then we have a nice example of Michelle trying to face the problem heads on. We have her finally and unwillingly confessing. We have Michelle and Danny each being willing to sacrifice themselves for each other. You have Rick supporting Danny. All great stuff. I linked to Josh is a Jerk above, but it’s still true and short sighted on Josh’s part. Sorry we don’t have more of the Tony/Danny/Marah from this part of the story. Once again while I’m grateful I find clippers rather myopic. Actually Gus would have to literally read Danny his rights because the supreme court has ruled that no matter how many times they’ve said it, the officer’s memory that they said all their Miranda Rights can’t be trusted on its own. 

Nice Bloss moment. I wish they had expanded that too.

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.

Claire Is Furious June 8 2001

April 7, 2015

Lakeland Country Club LogoFri., June 8, 2001 – At the Lakeland County Club Bar, Claire is at the bar and calls Allan’s attorney Russo and tells him to get to the Country Club pronto. She’s angry and tells him that she took his advice to wear the wire, worked her butt off to get Danny to confess. Danny found the wire, she got kicked out, her daughter hates her again and that the FBI won’t accept the deal. She goes on to tell him that Mr. Spaulding will not be happy about this when he returns. Rick shows up at the bar and asks Claire isn’t she too old for the prom. She tells him not to be annoying. She tells him to get on with it. He asks what. She replies that she knows he has something to say about what she did to the family mobster. Rick wants to know what she did now. She explains that Gus has proof that Michelle burned the files and that he can use it to send Michelle to jail. Rick wants to know how Claire knows this. She explains her deal she made with Gus and tells Rick about wearing the wire. She tells him about Danny finding the wire and how things have gone from bad to worse. The two of them trade several insults. Claire explains that all she ever wanted to do is help Michelle. Rick is angry and tells her that sending Danny to prison for life is not exactly helping Michelle. Claire asks when Rick jumped on Danny’s bandwagon. Rick doesn’t answer the question but wants to know where things stand now. Claire says that she thinks that Gus is using Michelle for bait. She also says that the Feds want Danny not Michelle. Alan’s attorney walks in. Claire tells Rick to leave. As he leaves, Rick tells Claire not to forget her priority — save yourself.

Sorry no clips of this exact thing that I’ve found. This is more fall out from previous scenes although Rick versus Claire would be well worth seeing. Since I don’t have much to comment about here, I will expand that the actor who plays lawyer Vince Russo is the real life husband of Crystal Chappell’s aka Olivia Spencer’s husband. He is a soap hopper in his own right and will appear as Russo occassionally for the next few years when a slimy or extra lawyer is needed around town. I think he must have enjoyed it. He stops just short of mustache twirling. :)

What’s Going on Here?

April 4, 2015

When I started this blog, I assumed people would start at the beginning and follow along. It doesn’t look like that is actually how people are using the site, so I thought it might be helpful to explain again my plan and what I’m posting.

This blog is specifically about the best soap couple ever, Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos and more generally about the storied soap opera Guiding Light as a whole, with a little general soap opera stuff thrown in.  I am currently posting blog posts that are episode descriptions of the Manny story (complete with quotes and comments) and links to the best version of the Manny scenes I’ve found on YouTube. I’m trying to post them in natural breaks and that usually ends up being 2 or 3 episodes a post and I try to do an episode guide post about twice a week. It’s less when real life intervenes. After I post a description post I copy it, without the comments, in chronological order onto the pages under “Manny Clips-Episode Guide.” I’s broken into sections so that the pages aren’t too long and to help you find specific parts of the story easier. You can follow the story either through the blog posts or on the pages. If I find better quality video links I update it on the pages only. I’ve been slow on episode guide posts lately, but hopefully that will change soon.

In between these episode guide posts, I post other information about Guiding Light, my personal theories about Manny, and Guiding Light history and memories. Among my GL history projects is a list of “Dates in Springfield” and a list of “Couple Codes” aka smoosh names for Springfield couples. As background for the Manny story is a list of supporting characters with descriptions about their history and how they fit into the Manny story. Another part of this project is to create a Gazetteer or places in Springfield. I post the descriptions of the place, hopefully with a link to a video that shows it. Once I post these descriptions, I add them to the “Places of Springfield” page. Every Friday night, I post a definition of a term in soap opera jargon. After I post it, I put it on the “Soap Opera Jargon” page.

As I got further into Manny fandom, I got interested in Manny fanfiction. I’ve put together a “Story Index” where I divided the stories into categories and put a description and link to each one that I’ve found online. I’ve also been writing my own and posting it here. In addition, I’m restoring previously unavailable chapters of Manny fanfics posting 1 chapter a night, in addition to my informational post. I always post the fanfic chapter first, so the informational post should always be on top. Sadly if I’m short on time to get things edited, there will be gaps.

I’ve also collected links to pages that allow you to quickly find Manny Transcripts and Quotes, Manny discussion, Prose Versions of the Manny story, and I’ve put together a page (in a fit of feeling omniscient watching old clips) of Premonitions of Manny (the one from Rick and Ed’s discussion is my favorite).

I’ve started a  section of non-Manny Guiding Light video clip links. Whole pages are devoted to Joie as Teen Reva CloneMick Santos and Messe-Dresse clips. I’ve also put together a directory of major GL events that have been mentioned in my blog on the general GL Clips page.

I’ve started creating a series of WSPR news stories, I sometimes call it WSPR B Roll, these are newly created news stories. Some are from the present and some are from Springfield’s storied past. Please watch and comment.

For a listing of irregular series of posts that turn up from time read this post:

Stop back soon to find out what’s new.

Disclaimer: I have absolutely no official connection to Guiding Light. I don’t own any of these characters. This page is for historical and entertainment purposes only.

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.

Eleni and Frank Wedding

March 23, 2015
Eleni and Frank wedding

Eleni and Frank wedding

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros on May 7, 1993. It was held on 5th Street which was closed for the occasion.

Bride – Eleni Andros

Maid of Honor – Harley Cooper

Bride maids (who walked down the aisle together for some reason) – Kat Speakes and Julie Camaletti

Groom – Frank Cooper

Best man – A.C. Mallet

Mallet and Frank discuss his wedding speech for Eleni. Frank remembers the day Nadine told him Buzz was dead and how he had to be the man of the house now when he was 8 years old. Eleni has a moment with her grandmother. Ad for the wedding.

 (Part 1)

Fifth Street is being decorated for the wedding. Nice best friend exchange between Frank and Mallet. The Coopers are so beloved on Fifth Street that everyone turns out to decorate the closed down street to hold the wedding. More nice Frank/Mallet and Frank/Harley stuff. That car stuff was important because at the time Frank was kind of classic car obsessed and for him to care more about what Eleni looked like than the cars meant a lot. Eleni was very pregnant with Marina (her and Frank’s daughter) when this wedding happened. This was when Mindy was an active fashion designer and she did Eleni’s dress and had to take out some of the extra material in the seams to make it fit. This is towards the end of the fairly disastrous Dylan Lewis/Julie Camaletti that had began when they were trapped in an elevator during the Great Springfield Blackout where she helped him through his claustrophobia. Sadly that was their highlight. Despite the obvious pregnancy, Eleni at this wedding was one of Guiding Light‘s most beautiful brides ever. Just look at that dress. Eleni stops at the end of the aisle to greet friends and family, including Michelle and Ed Bauer. (Part 2)

The minister is giving a speech about how everyone on Fifth Street turned out to make the day special for Frank and Eleni. Meanwhile Buzz skulks

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

Michelle at Eleni Frank wedding

around the edges. At this point none of his family know he’s alive, but Harley will discover it later tonight. The priest (probably Eastern Orthodox) calls out family connections. He points out Michelle as Bea and Tom Reardon’s granddaughter. We get so used to thinking of Michelle as a Bauer, it’s nice to have her associated with the Reardons too. I must admit this is the smiliest wedding I can remember both Eleni and Frank can hardly grin wide enough. Great pull back shot to Alan-Michael watching from afar. Frank starts to read his written vows, but it’s too dark under the twinkle lights to read them. Someone yells get Frank a light and they pass up a flashlight, but Frank decides not right and gives up his pages written speech and instead speaks from the heart.

Frank: “I wrote a speech like I won a contest. It wasn’t really that great. I get suspicious of people who make promises….[unintelligible] Going around saying they’re doing something instead of just doing it. I mean, what does that mean? So what I say to you, Eleni, is what I am to you tonight I will always be. Because I don’t know any differently. Because I just love you and honor you and I will for the rest of my life.  Those promises are easy to keep. I hope I’ll be a good father. I know I’ll be the proudest father any child could ever have and you will always be safe in our home with me. If every night the flood comes and washes our home away then every morning I’ll build a brand new one for us because I love you. I love you with all my heart, my mind, my body, my soul. I mean I should just tell you things that are harder to do…. Eleni with this ring, I’m your husband.”

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

5th Street Dressed For Wedding

Eleni: “Frankie, you are so patient and kind. There is nothing you cannot ask of me. I would fight for you. And all these people they all love you so much, they would do the same thing too. I will be a loyal wife and a loving friend to your friends. I will teach our children the gentleness and goodness that you have shown me. I will love you with all my strength always. I will defend you from discouragement and fear. When you are sick, I will make you well and when you are sad, I will make you laugh with my crazy heart. Our home, it will be I will be safe and warm and honest and always welcoming. I will make it a palace for you, my, my king of Fifth Street. To work hard, to be generous and to always be honest and forgiving that is what I learned from my family. These things I promise you most, Frankie, and as the years go by and we grow older when my hair is grey and all our children have all grown up and all our promises are kept, this love I have for you will shine in my heart stronger than any star. With this ring, I love you so much. With this ring, Frankie, I am your wife.”

Priest: “…..I now pronounce you husband and wife.” (Part 3)

Frank is lifted on the crowd’s shoulders and carried away around the square. Eleni is give a champagne flute of milk in honor of her delicate condition. Mallet gives the best man speech which he starts with a terrible joke and makes a series of more horrible joke until he turned serious and tells them how Frank and Eleni were made for each other. Harley makes a Maid of Honor toast.

Harley: “Generally a woman does not go chasing through the jungles of Malaysia for a man unless she really means it.”

Frank throws the garter. It lands on Ross’ glasses and catches there. Frank and Eleni dance their first dance to “You Are So Beautiful To Me.” Eleni throws the bouquet.  Jenna catches the bouquet and definitely is NOT friends with Vanessa yet. Frank and Eleni seemingly oblivious to the dancers that surround them. An anonymous donor drops off 500 hot steak dinners for the crowd. (Part 4)

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

Robansuefarm Manny Fanfic Update March 2015

March 18, 2015
  • I had a big gap in publishing fanfic last year. I haven’t given up, but I was just too busy. My main Manny New Year’s Resolution is to return to posting fanfic.
  • I know I need Story Index update.  The good news is I’m still finding some stories and chapters I didn’t have located before,  but I’m about out of places to look. I also need to add most of my republished fanfic chapters. I hope to work on this over the winter, but republishing is going to continue to take precedence over it.
  • More good news is that there is still interest in Manny fanfic. WordPress lets you see what search terms people are using to find your blog and I’m getting a hit based on a Manny fanfic search at least every other day and usually more often as new people find the story index and start to follow the links to Manny fanfic. So if there are any writers reading this, there is still a group of people who want to read your stuff even if it isn’t as large or vocal a group as it once was. If anybody is wavering please publish it or republish it, if it isn’t on my Story Index.
  • I’m still working on my original set of Manny New Year’s Resolutions, to write one for each of my categories. If you anybody out there wants to take it as a challenge and try to do a story for each category or even some of the categories, consider the challenge issued. I’d love some company posting fanfic.

Manny in California

A Typical House – My very first fanfic offers a peek inside their lives in California.
Listen to the audio version

Just Another Fundraiser – Manny attends a fundraiser for Ed’s clinic during their time in California.

Springfield Bound – A series of lost scenes in and around the Guiding Light Finale

Happiest Place on Earth – The final Manny in California story.
Audio –

Manny in Springfield….and Others

Here is as far as I’ve gotten in my attempt to write a Manny fanfic for each one of my categories.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation


Continued Storyline



The Lighthouse Princess – A fairytale based on the marvelous story The Light Princess by George MacDonald.

General A.U. -When I got hung up on Have Manny, Will Travel, I started another continuation for this category, The Journal: A Continuation (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8)

High School

Historicals – (Posted on GLManny – Change Links)
A version of Have Gun, Will Travel – Have Manny, Will Travel now being published a chapter on the Mannyac board. (Background) (Theme Song) (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4) (Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Chapter 7) (Chapter 8) (Chapter 9) (Chapter 10) (Chapter 11)

Lost Scenes
Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel

Having a Ball: A Manny Prequel

Making Love
French Kiss – It seems to open in a French manor house with Lord Daniel and upstairs maid Michelle, but there is a twist.

Solemn Vows – A variation on the set up from Sacred Vows where Danny pretends to be a priest in training, staying at the rectory with novice Michelle Bauer.

Poems and Song Lyrics
She Kissed Me Back: A Poem in Free Verse

Song Fic
In a Different Light – Taken from the words of a song made popular by Doug Stone, it provided a unique opportunity to have Danny and Michelle in a business setting and the song really set up the story by itself with just a little bit of background.

Fourth Wall Breaking
This one really doesn’t fit in any category. It breaks the 4th Wall in a funny Halloween Horror Story.

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.

Gus Fakes Evidence Whenever We Are Apart We Lose June 6 2001

March 17, 2015

Wed., June 6, 2001 – Later the same day, Ross comes over in answer to Danny’s call. Michelle, Danny and Ross are sitting at the kitchen table discussing their trip to the police station. Michelle and Danny bring Ross up to speed and  Michelle says that Harley thinks that an autopsy will prove that the body is Carmen. Ross feels it’s strange that Gus called the entire family to come to the police station to tell them, especially when Gus hadn’t even showed up to give them the news in person. Ross: “There’s something more important to Gus Aitoro than putting the screws to the Santos family? I find that hard to believe.”  Ross wants to know if there is anything else that happened. Danny tells him that Harley advised him to implicate himself so that the Feds would go easier on everyone. Ross says no way. The way they are going to handle the Feds is to trust no one and to say nothing, especially to Gus because he’s dangerous. Ross: “I have seen rogue cops before but I have never seen anything like this rogue federal agent.”  Danny says that he is a loose cannon. There’s a knock at the door. Michelle goes to the door to find Gus. He wants to know what’s going on with all the blinds closed. Michelle tells him to go away and is joined by Danny telling him that he has 5 seconds to get off the property. Ross appears behind them and asks Gus if he has a warrant. Gus says no but he has a court order. Ross takes it from him and tells Danny that they want his gun and to go and get it. As Danny leaves Gus makes his way into the kitchen. Gus tells Michelle that she can turn down the music because he can hear what they were saying. Gus: “Poor Michelle, poor, poor, Michelle…. First you tried to derail the case against your husband and now you have a case against yourself. Nothing is working for you. You must feel very stupid…..She has been a very, VERY bad girl.” Ross asks what he’s talking about. Gus explains that he still has proof that Michelle has destroyed FBI evidence. Michelle asks if he’s going to pressure her into turning against Danny like he pressured Claire into wearing a wire. She explains to Ross how Claire tried to trick Danny into confessing on tape. Gus says that it’s never a dull moment and that he bets that Blake could turn this all into a best seller. Ross tells him no way and that unless he has another court order to leave Blake alone. Ross also says that he never approved of Blake writing the book. Danny returns with the gun. Gus takes the gun and says that after a lunch he is looking forward to, he will take it right to ballistics (this is a dig because although Ross doesn’t know it Blake has set up a lunch with Gus as part of her snooping). He hopes that the tests on the gun give him a reason to return. He leaves and Ross closes the door behind him. He then turns to Danny and Michelle and tells them that now the questions become tougher. He explains that they are running a ballistics test on the gun, and that Gus tried to get him by using Claire and that he is going to indict him for the murder of his mother. Ross: “He tried to record you using Claire as a mic stand.” Danny and Ross agree that Gus will most likely move to indict Danny for Carmen’s murder. Michelle is angry because it’s all unfair. Ross asks if she means the way that Gus is handling the case or that Danny is accused of murder. Michelle says both. She feels that Gus is dangerous and that he has it in his head that Danny is a cold-blooded killer. She believes that the whole thing is a game to him. Ross agrees with everything but says that Gus did not invent all of the unanswered questions about Carmen. Michelle explains that Danny was just protecting her and their unborn child and that he is not a murderer. Ross repeats it and says that he noticed that she did not say that Danny did not shoot Carmen. Danny wants to know if Ross realizes just how much Carmen wanted to get rid of Michelle. Danny explains that Carmen did try to get rid of Michelle so he did pretty much what Ross was thinking that he did because he had to stop his mother. Ross stares at Danny. Danny wants to know since everything is out in the open now how they are going to keep Gus from proving it. Ross comments that he can’t prepare a defense until he knows what charges will be filed. He wants to know if Claire could have gotten anything on tape. Danny says no and explains that when Claire came into his office to clear things up, he knew that she was up to something. Michelle says that Claire has a pretty good idea about everything. Ross tells them that have to be on guard for hard evidence. Danny says that evidence is nothing if he doesn’t go to trial. Ross wants to know what he’s thinking. Danny has a plan to leave town, to run. Ross tells him that he’s not going anywhere. Michelle decides that the plan might work if she and the baby leave with Danny. It almost worked last time but Carmen kidnapped Michelle. Ross tells Danny if they leave it will only make matter worse. They will get caught and there will be even more charges. Danny becomes angry. Danny: “What do you want me to do, Ross? Pull out my blue suit and learn how to smile at the jury?” Ross: “Yes, pull out the blue suit, brush up on your manners. You have GOT to fight this. It’s the only way I firmly believe it…I’ll find a way [to clear Danny].” Michelle wants a guarantee that Ross can get Danny off. Michelle tells Danny that truth is on their side. Danny promises Ross to stay. Ross assures him that they can win if they fight. Michelle gives it 100% backing and Ross leaves. As Michelle closes the door, she tells Danny he better not even think of leaving. Danny tells her that it’s so ironic that he protected himself by pulling the wire off Claire and at the same time blows her chance at immunity. She tells him Gus is much more interested in pinning a murder rap on him. She wants to know if Danny is now thinking of going to Gus to cop a deal. Danny says that he knows that Gus is out to get him and that he doubts that Ross can stop him. He says that everything is his fault and that the least he can do is protect her from what he has done. Michelle asks him to promise her that he will not turn himself in to protect her. He responded by asking her if she wants him to wait around for a guilty verdict. She says that she will tell him exactly what she wants.

Michelle: “Aitoro is not going to take this away from us Danny, so don’t you help him. If you go away we lose, whenever we’re apart we lose. Weren’t you the most miserable guy in Springfield when I was living in New York? So you’ve got to stay with Robbie and me – no matter what.” (Part 1) (Part 2)

My Comments: I know Danny wasn’t all that keen at telling Ross about what happened with Carmen even now, but I think he needs details. Details like Manny were totally innocent of the original faking of death and the “fatal” shooting really being months later on the docks and that the gun took isn’t the one Danny used. I really love that Ross is so on board with this. This is my second favorite Ross period ever. The other one was when he married Carrie. Ross is being clever and take charge and smart. I love his whole attitude in this. This Ross-Danny friendship was one of my favorites on the show and I’m still hurt beyond belief that they will later destroy it for a stupid fixed election storyline. I’m really glad Michelle knows how Danny’s mind works so well. This is very Danny to take all the guilt on himself and seek punishment to protect Michelle. He still protects the family, but now his family is one who protects him back. This “Whenever we’re apart we lose” would be right up there with the top Manny speeches if it was a little longer. Could Danny, Robbie, and Michelle be anymore sweet?

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 Moment When Rebecca’s Michelle is Defined

March 11, 2015

When I was doing prep for my New Year’s Week posts this year, I discovered a scene I strongly remembered that I had described from memory and referenced it in an earlier blog post, but I was off on several small points.

Rebecca's Michelle Defining Moment Now I don’t necessarily blame Ms. Budig who I am sure is perfectly engaging, but I just didn’t think her Michelle jelled….The scene I always think of first when I think about her version was something to do with a costume party. Rick had bought Michelle a costume, a colonial miss costume that was very sweet. When Michelle decided Abby needed to go to the party also, she gave that to Abby and said she’d find something. She came downstairs in the iconic Madonna silver lame swimsuit with the huge metal cones in front.

I had remembered it being Halloween and I was wrong. Halloween that year was when Abby didn’t know anything about it and freaked out in the hospital about all the strange goings on. Instead for some reason they held a masquerade part for New Years at the Lakeland Country Club and that was what they were dressing up for. Also, I thought it was Rick that bought her the colonial miss dress because I assumed this was while Ed was out of town as he often was during these years. Feeling broken by both Maureen and Eve’s deaths, Ed had taken solace in doing good works in Africa. He had drug Michelle along (mostly as an excuse for Michelle to be gone long enough for them to swap out the Rachel Miner for the much less Michelle version of Michelle played by Rebecca Budig) and dumped her in a boarding school in Switzerland. Michelle hadn’t liked it and begged Rick to tell her father he’d look after her if she could come home. She returned and Ed dropped in and out of her life as a couple of different actors until he is off screen for years almost completely out of touch in Africa.

Find the entire New Year’s Sequence:

1995-1996 – Masquerade Ball at the Lakeland Country Club

So at this point TPTB are still trying to figure out what to do with this newly romantic pairable young heroine. First they tried her with her non-blood cousin J (people objected so it was dropped), with a literal angel named Zachary, and finally with a kind of Romeo and Juliet story with Jesse Blue. In other words they never really figured out what to do with her.

Many people felt Budig’s portrayal of Michelle was sweet and innocent and there was a vocal group of fans who liked her. I think those fans were led by her huge innocent, Bambi eyes which I admit were a quite impressive look. Personally I thought Michelle lost almost all her fire during Budig’s reign. Michelle had always been a leader. She made her own choices and would fight what she saw as right even when she was a little girl. This is a small example, but Michelle knew Roger was Maureen’s friend so when Ed started to kick Roger out of Maureen’s wake, Michelle insisted he be allowed to stay. Budig’s Michelle was much more driven by other people’s opinions, whether she was complying with them or rebelling against them (which mostly involved her doing something stupid that got somebody else in trouble or simply pouting). She didn’t really seem to have a goal that wasn’t man centric until very late in her run. Near the end she raised money and created the AIDS garden at Cedars. She fought to restore her eyesight. Finally she decides she wants to be a doctor, but she soon returns to her man-centric ways, playing games fighting with Drew Jacobs over Jesse Blue.

Whenever I think of Budig’s Michelle this interaction of scenes are what I remember most. I’m glad I found them and am able to share them with you.

Ed buys Michelle a costume for the masquerade

Michelle dresses as Madonna instead

To quote once again my first blog post on Budig linked to above:
That’s her Michelle, not quite knowing what’s she’s doing, saying hey look at me, trying to be overtly sexually and not quite pulling it off. Another good example of this are the scenes where Jesse draws her nude. The whole thing is just off.

As I spell out in more detail in the blog post linked to above, Michelle’s main motivation during the Budig years seemed to be to lose her virginity and once she had accomplished that rather meager goal they were at a complete loss of what to do with her next, until a firestorm named Danny headed her way. Now watching any Budig scene makes me say, often aloud, hold on Michelle Danny is coming! He brought with him external purpose, strong worthy opponents, and obstacles that would require every bit of the Michelle, as portrayed by Rachel Miner before and Bethany Joy Lenz afterward, resourcefulness, determination, and strength that defined the character to me. Watch these scenes as see if you agree with me.

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.


Harley Stands Up For Danny June 1 2001

March 10, 2015

Sorry got out of order again.

Fri., June 1, 2001 – While she is out, Gus greets Michelle and is smugger than ever. He tells her to have a great evening because he just got a tip that is going to make his superb. He invites her to the station for another chat but she tells him to go away. He doesn’t listen and Tony comes up behind him and repeats for him to leave and stop bothering his family, they are all legit. Gus tells them that he will get them all. Harley comes out and Gus and her leave. Michelle is worried; she thinks Gus knows something new. Harley asks Gus if that confrontation was necessary. He tells her it wasn’t necessary but it sure was fun. Tony and Michelle go over to the bar and Danny sets out a bowl of some new potato chip he wants them to try out. Michelle tells him about Gus and that she is worried. Danny goes to take care of some business and Michelle and Tony eat chips and talk about things. Tony tells her that she was brought up seeing cops as people to go to when you need help. He was brought up that they thought they were above the law and they were not to be trusted. She asks him why he isn’t more worried about Gus then. Tony tells her that Gus is only bluffing but Michelle isn’t so sure. Tony tells her to trust him on this, things are changing for them, the Santos family is legit and he is probably the first Santos to ever go to a prom. Michelle wonders why Claire was there as well. Danny tells her that he believes Claire was on a fact-finding mission for Gus because she was asking a lot of questions. Danny says she was pumping him for information about the night Carmen died. Michelle tells Danny that Claire has been trying to help them out; she can’t understand what has changed. Danny says in all these months, Claire hasn’t mentioned anything about Carmen’s death but today she was practically asking him to draw her a map to the body. Danny thinks Gus threatened Claire and she believed him. Michelle says Gus was in the club earlier and was acting like he knew something. She tells Danny if Claire is helping Gus they will have to be very careful. At the Waterfront: Carlos and a henchman are at the docks talking about Danny and how they called the FBI to search the water for Carmen’s body so Danny will end up in jail and they wont be to blame. They leave. Harley and Gus arrive and Gus tells her about the tip. He calls a group of divers and tells them to get down there. Harley doesn’t understand why Gus is so out to get Danny. She tells him Danny is a good guy and deserved to be innocent until proven guilty. Gus tells her that is what they are doing there, looking for evidence to prove Santos guilty. Harley sits back and is very quiet. She tells Gus that is the very water where they found her mother’s body five years ago when she was murdered. Gus apologizes for not knowing and tells her that he is sympathetic and if she wants to leave, he will understand. Harley tells him that she is there to do her job and she will be fine. He asks about Nadine and Harley tells him a little. He goes on to tell her that Claire didn’t get anything on the wire but that if they find something there along with Claire’s testimony that she helped Carmen fake her first death, they will have Danny and Michelle. Harley says she almost feels sorry for Claire. Gus thinks Harley’s sympathy is misplaced. They have to have Claire to prove that Carmen didn’t die on the porch. Harley repeats that she knows Danny is a good person. Gus says a good person who does bad things and he will have to pay for those bad things. Harley agrees that if Danny did something he deserves what he gets. The dive team arrives and starts to go about their search.

My Comments: There’s not a lot of this day’s in the highlight clips and it’s too bad because some of the rest of it sounds interesting. Sadly Danny is right. Right now pretty much all of Claire’s actions can be traced back to self-preservation. Claire used to be better than that though. Dang Fletcher and how he broke her heart and mine. I like how Danny and Michelle are talking this out and listening to each other’s point of view. This is so much healthier now than how they handled things right after Carmen’s “death.”


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.

Something About You – Part 25 by ShellyLynn

March 9, 2015

Republisher’s Note: Starting today Evil Bill kicks into full swing I’m sorry to say. Manny face many difficulties, but don’t lose faith.

Something About You – Part 25 by ShellyLynn

Danny continued to hold Michelle’s hand, softly rubbing his thumb back and forth across her cool skin as Bill walked determinedly into the room. “I said, get your hands off her!”

“I seem you remember you mentioning something about your fiancee. I thought a woman got a chance to accept or refuse a proposal before receiving that title,” Danny argued, not moving an inch. “Isn’t that what you thought?” he asked, turning to look at Michelle.

“You pompous…”

“Bill,” she exclaimed, stopping his words. “What has gotten into you?”

“He’s got more guts than brains,” Danny remarked under his breath, trying to contain a smile as he watched Bill Lewis try and control his rage.

Michelle gave him a stern look of warning before looking back at Bill. “Can we please have a few minutes alone?” she asked Danny, looking into his eyes and kissing his hand. “I think we have a few things we need to straighten out.”

“Are you sure?” Danny asked hesitantly, not wanting to leave her alone with him. “I can stay if you want.”

“I’m positive,” she said, nodding for emphasis. “I’ll be fine. You can come back in as soon as we’re finished talking. I promise it won’t be long.”

“If that’s what you want,” he whispered, “I need to check on Mikey anyway.” He gave her a soft kiss before turning and glaring at Bill. “You better not try anything,” he whispered harshly as he walked past him to the door. “I’ll be right outside.”

As soon as the door closed, Michelle’s smile faded and was replaced by a look of anger and disbelief. “What the hell were you thinking proposing to me like that? Where would you get the idea that I would even consider marrying you?”

“Michelle… honey…”

“Don’t you dare honey me. You know that I only have feelings for you as a friend. I love Danny, you know that. I’ve told you how much he means to me,” she seethed, trying to control her anger. It was like she could feel her blood pressure rising with every word and that was not a complication that she needed to add right then.

“Look, Michelle. I know that you think you are in love with the guy, but you’re wrong. We belong together, you and me. You know that it’s always been planned this way. It’s what your father wants, it’s what your mother wanted, hell, if you would quit acting like a child, it’s what you would want as well. Please stop making this harder than it is. Don’t throw what we could have together away for love.”

“Ugh,” Michelle groaned, making fists at her sides. “Why does everyone else always presume to know what I want or should want? I’m the only one who knows that, and I want Danny. I need him.”

“Michelle, be reasonable here,” he sighed, acting like he was scolding a small child which only served to infuriate her further. “What kind of life could that bum possible give you?”

“A life full of love and happiness,” she answered, trying to make him understand. “You know I don’t care about the money, I never have. I want a man who cares about me, not my money, who loves me and takes care of me and puts his family above everything else, including his job. I want Danny Santos.”

“Okay Michelle, I’m done trying to make you see what a huge mistake you are making, so I’ll play this your way. I think you need to seriously consider this decision before you say anything. If you love him so much, then why would you want to hurt him?”

“What are you talking about?” she asked apprehensively. She was well aware of the power that Bill Lewis held and with her father on his side, she knew he was capable of doing just about anything to force her into making the decision he wanted.

“You would practically be killing the guy,” he continued, loving the effect his words were having on her. He was aware that she didn’t love him. In fact, after what he was about to tell her she’d probably hate him, but he didn’t care as long as he got her hand in marriage and everything that went along with it.

“It would kill him to lose me. There is nothing you could do to hurt him more than that,” she fired back. “He loves me just as much as I love him.”

“Oh really?” he said, rubbing his hand across the stubble forming on his chin. “What about that nephew of his that he loves so much?”

“What about Mikey? Danny takes great care of him. There is no way you could make him lose custody,” she said defiantly, her mind rapidly considering what her mouth had already said. She knew that with the power the Lewis and Bauer names yielded and some good luck, he could pull it off.

“Oh really? What if there were another family member of the boy’s that was willing to fight for custody? Do you want me to tell you a little secret?” he asked conspiratorially.

She nodded her head, unable to find the words to speak. She was terrified, but she needed to know who or what they were going to be up against.

“It’s me. I’m Michael Santos’s father.”

“What?” Michelle asked in a hush, her shoulders slumping in disbelief. “That’s not possible. It can’t be possible…”

Bill turned his back, glad that his statement had achieved the desired effect. “Years ago, I had a relationship with a girl named Pilar. I didn’t know much about her, but I really cared about her,” Bill began, to which Michelle gave a derisive snort and turned her head. “I did, but there was no way for us to be together, so I broke up with her. A couple weeks later, she told me she was pregnant. At first, I didn’t believe her, I thought she was only trying to rope me back in, but when she showed me the test results, I had no choice. We were young, I was only a freshman at SU and I wasn’t ready to raise a child or to give her the help that she needed. Besides, I knew what that would do to my opportunity to be CEO of Lewis. It would kill my reputation and ruin my chances. I couldn’t risk it.”

“You put your job before your child? What kind of man are you?” Michelle asked angrily. “You don’t deserve to have Mikey in your life. You abandoned him.”

“I gave her money and told her to have an abortion, which until a few days ago, I thought she had done. I didn’t abandon him, I didn’t know he even existed,” Bill began to make excuses.

“You’ve known about him for weeks. Why are you only telling me this now?” ”

“I didn’t know the boy out there was ours. When we dated, she told me her name was Silva, not Santos, so I never put the two together until I started digging around in Danny’s past,” he responded evenly, as if he was simply getting bored with the conversation. “Besides, I thought the baby was long gone.”

“You wanted her to have an abortion and she disobeyed you?” Michelle sighed. “So that makes what you did all right?” How could someone she’d always known be so different than she thought? How could a man order his own son to be aborted and then later claim it wasn’t his fault that the boy wasn’t in his life?

“People have abortions all the time,” Bill shrugged nonchalantly. “It would have solved all our problems.”

“But she didn’t do it. She gave birth to a beautiful baby, a baby that Danny has raised and nurtured to be a great boy. You have no right to take that away from him,” she said defiantly, “Besides, you wouldn’t risk jeopardizing your precious honor by claiming an illegitimate child. What would your mother say?” she gasped, acting horrified by the thought of his mother’s wrath.

“He’s my son,” Bill stated calmly. “She would be upset, but she would support me in bringing him home where he belongs.”

“He’s already where he belongs,” she countered. “What would you do with him? Huh? Send him off to boarding school? You know you have no desire to raise children right now. I think you’re bluffing. Besides, if you wanted him so badly, you wouldn’t be telling me this. You would fight for him whether I agreed to marry you or not. ”

“Maybe, but the court doesn’t know that. I have very good sources that have informed me of several indiscretions on Danny’s part that would help my case, and you know I can either find or manufacture more… I will not let Danny have my son and my wife. I always protect what belongs to me.”

“Bastard…” Michelle seethed, turning her head away in disgust. “Get out of my room.”

“I expect an answer soon Michelle. Don’t think I’m not serious about this,” he told her, turning to exit.

“Get out…” she breathed, trying to control her emotions. “I want you gone. I will not let you blackmail me.”

“You have two days, Michelle. After that, I begin the process of filing for custody,” he recites as his hand reaches for the doorknob. “ If you really love Danny like you say you do, you’ll spare him this pain and agree to marry me. If not, then you can sit by his side and watch as he loses the only family he has left. It’s up to you.”

As soon as she heard the door click shut behind him she burst into tears. “What am I going to do?” she cried, thinking back to Danny’s words to her earlier. “After everything that’s happened, I’m really protective of him. He’s the only family I have left and I don’t think I could bear to lose one more person I love.”

“If Bill’s telling the truth, then I guess he’s going to lose one of us no matter what I do. I just hope if it comes down to it, I’ll be strong enough to take that decision out of his hands. I need to do the right thing, for him of course, but especially for Mikey,” she said aloud wiping the tears from her eyes as she heard a soft knock at the door. “Come in.”


Danny paced back and forth down the hallway outside her room. He’d heard her raise her voice a couple of times, but each time he headed for the door, her voice resumed its normal tone and he’d backed away. She wanted to do this on her own and he trusted her enough to allow her the privacy to do that. His only fear was how Bill would react to the news.

He wondered where her father was. He had ventured off with Lewis a little while ago, but Bill had returned alone. He couldn’t help but assume that Mr. Bauer was once again putting his other obligations ahead of his daughter. He wondered why the man didn’t seem to want what most fathers desire more than anything, their child’s happiness.

He sat down in the orange chair next to Mikey, moving the boy so his head rested on his lap. He brushed a loose curl out of his eyes, making note to cut his hair the next day. He was such a precious child, so strong, so beautiful. Most people said he was the spitting image of his Uncle Danny, but when he looked at him, all he saw was his mother. His eyes were a shade lighter, just as his mother’s had been and he had her infectious laughter that made everyone around want to join in. Danny sighed as he remembered. They had been so close growing up and he missed her so much. He could still remember his Abuela sitting them on her lap and telling them that their eyes reminded her of chocolate, his dark and hers milky. They would always giggle and ask her if that meant she was going to eat them, to which she would tell them “Only if I don’t get a kiss before dinner.”

Mikey stirred and sat up, wiping his tired eyes as he looked into Danny’s eyes. “Is ‘Ichelle otay?” he asked tiredly, remembering why they were still at the hospital.

“She’s going to be fine,” he said, watching as Bill Lewis exited her room and walked down the hall in the other direction. “Let’s go see her, okay?”

Mikey tiredly nodded his head and Danny lifted him up against his chest, carrying him inside the room as he began to nod off again.

“How did it go?” Danny asked quietly as he walked toward Michelle’s bed.

“He looks worn out,” she says, reaching up to touch Mikey’s back as Danny sat in the chair by her bed, allowing Mikey to sit on his lap and sleep against his chest. “Yeah, he’s pretty tired, but you didn’t answer me. How did he take the news?”

“Well, no one died did they?” she joked humorlessly, “He understands exactly how I feel about you.”

“I’m glad,” Danny smiled, trying to figure out what she was hiding. “Did he upset you?”

“A little. Hey, don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine,” she tells him, reaching for his hand. “They want to keep me overnight to get some more fluids into my system, but it looks like you need to take Mikey home now.”

“Are you sure you’re okay?” Danny tried one more time.

“I’m fine, I just need to rest,” she said, leaning in for a kiss.

“All right. I’ll come pick you up tomorrow?” he asked hopefully.

“Sure,” she forced a smile. “I’ll see you then.”

“I love you,” he whispered, happy to finally be able to say the words he had still yet to hear from her.

“I love you too, so much…” she choked out, holding back her tears. “I love you more than I ever thought possible. No matter what happens, always remember that.”

“I plan on keeping you around to remind me for the next fifty years or so,” he grinned, elated and relieved at her matching revelation. He kissed her forehead as he stood up, adjusting Mikey’s weight in his arms as he prepared to go.

“Goodnight baby,” he said as he began to leave, pausing at the doorway to blow her a kiss and mouth “I love you,” one more time.

“I love you too,” she replied as the door closed and her tears fell. “How will I ever live if I have to give you up?”

Skeleton From the Lake June 4-5 2001

March 6, 2015

Mon., June 4, 2001Claire to Danny: “Do you have this place swept for bugs?”Danny: “Yay, every day.” (as if she asked if he emptied the wastepaper baskets.) A skeleton is brought from the bottom of the lake. Harley is skeptical that it is Carmen, but Gus is convinced. A few minutes later after talking to the coroner, Gus calls Claire and tells her it’s time to get Danny to confess what happened that night at the docks. Claire seems worried and tells Gus, Danny is not going to buy her going to talk to him two times in the same day. Gus says to tell Danny that she got a tip from her lawyer Vince Russo. She reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile Danny and Michelle discuss Claire and if she would betray Michelle and work with the Feds. Michelle wants to ask Claire what she is up to, but Danny says not to, he doesn’t want to tip his hand. Danny: “I’m sorry, honey, you ought to be able to trust your mother.” Michelle is getting ready to leave and says she’s going home and getting in the tub. Danny says with that as incentive he’ll get home as quickly as possible. The topic of Rick also comes up and Danny mentions that Rick, Harley, and Phillip were having dinner together and it seemed rather intense. Michelle assumes they must have told Phillip about the baby and says she must go talk to Rick. On her way out she runs into Frank and she tells him what may have happened, he says he will support Harley in any way. Michelle heads home and finds Rick, who explains that Phillip set up the meeting to find out what was the matter with Rick. Meanwhile, Claire rushes over to see Danny, who is not at all pleased to see her. She says she got a tip from her lawyer that there was activity at the lake and that that can only mean one thing. Danny acts like he has no idea what she is talking about. She says it’s time to fess up about what happened that night at the docks, that he has put Michelle and her in enough trouble; It all has to end. Danny seems confused by her behavior and tells her to back off. Claire: “You can’t just dismiss me like some busboy!” Danny: “Want to bet!” She says fine and goes to leave and he says wait and tears open her jacket. He finds the wire and tears it off. Danny: “How do you know?” Claire: “I know because he told me.” Danny: “And you believed him?” she tells him that she was ratting him out to save Michelle. He says if that were true, why didn’t she tell Michelle and hands her the phone to call and tell her. Danny, understanding how the system works: “You got Aitoro nothing, so you are expendable to him.” Claire won’t take the phone and he says you will probably lose your job and maybe end up with jail time, but most of all she has lost her daughter forever. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Tues., June 5, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is watching Michelle sleep and still looks preoccupied. Michelle wakes up and kisses her hubby asking him why he got in so late. He tells her that Claire came back and he has some bad news to tell her. Michelle tells him just to spit it out. He goes over what Claire did and that he ripped her jacket off and found the wire she was wearing. Danny: “[Claire] She was acting weirder than normal. Very jumpy. When I made a move toward her she tried to run out of my office.” Michelle is angry with Claire and when Danny tells her they will just have to watch what they talk about around her Michelle tells him she has no intentions of ever talking to her again. Michelle: “No, I had a mom. Claire gave birth to me. She walked away from me when I was a baby probably the biggest blessing she could have gave me.” Danny holds Michelle as the full situation hits her. Michelle brings Robbie down to the kitchen while she cleans up a bit. Claire walks in and tells Michelle they have to talk. Michelle tells her she has nothing to ever say to her again. Claire tells her that she has to listen to her side of the story. Michelle accuses her of rolling over on her husband to save her own medical license. Claire tells her that isn’t why she did it. She tells her about Gus and the evidence he has against Michelle and says she was only trying to keep her daughter out of prison. Michelle tells her that she is not her mother and she should get out. Claire reluctantly leaves. Moments later, Harley comes in and tells Michelle that they need her, Danny, Rick and Meta down at the police station at 10AM. There have been some discoveries that they need to know about. Michelle is upset about the whole situation. Harley apologizes and tells Michelle she would love to get off this case but hasn’t had any luck. Michelle says at first she was angry but now she is counting on Harley to keep Gus honest. She reminds Harley that she is practically family and glances at Harley’s tummy. Harley is meeting with Rick, Meta, Michelle, Danny and Robbie. Harley says she is trying to keep them up to date on the investigation. Danny wonders where Gus is and Meta wonders why they had to come down to the PD. Harley says she wants to give them a heads up. She tells them that a body was found at the ferry dock and Gus thinks it is Carmen’s. She tells them if they know anything they should come clean to their attorneys ASAP. Meta is upset that Harley drug them down there for that. Harley is upset that everyone is against her again. Everyone leaves her upset. After the Bauers have left and are at the police station, Gus picks the lock on the kitchen door and goes on in. He rummages through everything until he finds Danny’s gun. He checks the serial number and pulls out a firing casing and test fires the weapon. He pulls the slug out and put it in a baggie marked, “evidence.” Gus leaves, happy. After the Bauer-Santos family get home they take precautions for listening device, Danny, Michelle, Meta, and Rick discuss what this latest police revelation means. Danny tells them best bet is to ride it out and that if worse comes to worse he will protect them by making a deal by pleading guilty himself. He grabs the phone and calls Ross.

Danny: “Look, you all are my family, every one of you. You know you stood by me when…when I really didn’t deserve it.”

Meta: “Yes, you DID deserve it. If you hadn’t made that terrible, terrible choice we wouldn’t have Michelle or Robbie.”


Danny: “I want you to stay out of it.”

Meta: “Then you don’t know me very well.”

When Gus comes back in, Harley tells him she hates him. She tells him that the meeting didn’t go well with the Bauers and she wonders if his trip to the ME was any better. He is happy. He tells her they got everything they needed. The dental records matched and there was a bullet stuck in the bone as well. To top it all off he even got a warrant for Danny Santos’ firearms. He will deliver the warrant himself. He tells Harley to call the jail and book a cell for Danny. He leaves. Harley: “Sorry, Danny.” (Part 1) to this link when Gus breaks into the Bauer House) (Part 2) (Part 3)

My Comments: A very important part of this Claire-Danny exchange is that Danny doesn’t try to control Michelle. I really love it when Danny starts to get wound up and he pauses, stands up very straight, takes a big VERY audible breath, and then stops. It’s such a great move and he does it a lot. Love Danny figuring out Claire was wearing a wire, but Claire is not this stupid. I think that Claire killing Carmen would have made more sense that her helping Carmen. That was a great “why can’t you shut up” look that Danny gave Tony.

I wish someone had heard Danny tell Claire he knew nothing about faking Carmen’s death that it was all Claire and believed it. Maybe Harley. Actually Claire put this all in motion, much more than Danny did.

I love Michelle’s red top. Harley is really being very unfair to Rick “good old reliable Rick was there.” This Harley propping by Meta is getting annoying. I don’t think Gus is being really smart getting on Claire’s bad side though. It may not seem like it right now, but Claire is NOT a good enemy to make. Setting up a man with faked evidence is bad enough, stealing his brownie while you do it, is just cruel. What I think is what Michelle and/or Rick should have said was “Oh no, Harley that must have brought up so many bad feelings about your mom, how are you holding up?” Harley’s mother Nadine was killer by Brent Lawrence and dropped into the lake by the docks and when they pulled her up her body was unrecognizable.

This Manny waking up together is really one of my favorite Manny scenes of this era. Not only do they take a lot of trouble with this scene (remember sets have no ceilings to accommodate the lights so they have to suspend that ceiling fan somehow to give the illusion that there is a ceiling there), it also gives us both a great look at Manny’s current room (I’ve got to go back and compare it to before) but also shows the relationship. Danny is letting Michelle sleep and watching over her. He genuinely hates having to tell her what her mother did, but has finally learned that he has to be honest with her (sadly things happen and he will have to learn this lesson over again but this is a nice reflection of when he did get it the first time around). I also want to track that bed. When Manny first married Michelle had a twin bed in there. By the time they moved in it had magically stretched to a double with the same headboard. This is not the first time we’ve seen their room since they moved back in this time, but it’s the first time the bed (a gold metal one) really caught my eye. I need to go back to the shooting stuff and see what headboard they had then. Note the baby monitor is right on Michelle’s bedside table.

Harley really is using Rick. It’s too bad, but it’s strange that Michelle is pushing the married friends angle considering her ongoing feelings about a romantic relationship with Bill.

I don’t like Danny having that gun like that loose in a drawer. Not only is there a baby in the house, there is also a good chance that it could get jammed or something just tossed in a junk drawer like that. I truly love Michelle’s outfit in this. It’s gorgeous and she looks great in it. Luckily this soap day isn’t ending so we’ll get to see it some more. Meta takes a break from Harley propping to tell her to BACK OFF! Go Meta!

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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