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Soap Classics Ending

January 12, 2013

By now I’m sure everyone has heard the awful news that Soap Classics did not renew their rights for the P&G soaps. My response was delayed by the holiday posts, but I didn’t want it to pass by without comment. Soap Classics have put up a message on what was once their website saying they haven’t closed the company and intend to move on to other shows. Good luck to them and I’m grateful for what they did release and what we can learn from their experience. http://www.soapclassics.com

What we’ve learned:

1. The market for soap opera DVDs is now proven. In 2012, we had two separate companies (three if you count Dark Shadows which is an outlier for several reasons) successfully sell soap opera DVDs. Soap fans have long claimed that soap fans were just as fervent as sci fi fans or sports fans and would spend money accordingly, even though we haven’t gotten much of a chance to prove it. Although Soap Classics is closing both they and people who know have said sales were good, this despite the fact advertising was nearly non-existent and that many people who did know put off purchases that they would likely have made later if the company had continued with production. The market is now proven. I’m sure P&G had something in place to monitor sales, so they know that they were good.

2. Soap opera DVD distributor isn’t a job for a start up. The company had done processing before and they were looking at it through the lens of a technological problem. While there were tech issues, as a tech problem it was totally doable to pull episodes, process them and create either DVDs or online streaming. There were other problems that they didn’t see coming, including communications (see note 1) and rights (see note 2). Plus troubles with hacking their free streaming sites directed at other countries, clearly some work still needed to be done on the tech side too. I happen to be friends with two different owner/operators of small documentary companies and all these problems are very familiar to me from talking with them. They will be continuing issues for small companies, but they are not unexpected and there are ways around them. System problems plague all small time video distribution when trying to build up a company from the ground up and with Soap Classics they were never successfully overcome. A larger company would certainly have systems in place for many of these issues and be able to deal with more quickly and effectively.

3. Organization – Recordings are labeled by episode number. All synopsis are organized by date, or in some period publications the month, aired a difference in perception between the production people and the fans, but except for large round numbers fans didn’t know or care about episode numbers and production crew didn’t make notes of air dates for numbers in any format that we currently have access to making it inconvenient to mesh the two systems to find specific episodes. This will remain a problem until someone creates an inventory-directory that makes conversion from one system to the other, at least approximately, a workable system.

4. Rights – Soap operas are by nature a collaborative art form. As a result they are a property with a complicated rights package. This doesn’t seem to have been fully appreciated by Soap Classics going in. Rights have to be purchased from several sources, the most problematic were music rights. In the 1970s and 1980s a lot of top 10 hits were used on soaps which means that if there is any song you might want to hear again from say 1981, it was probably used on a soap and the rights holders know people still want to hear it and charge accordingly. The person who owns the music rights intend to make the most money off  of their rights, most of these holders have now bought as a deliberate investment which they expect to pay off. However, even if it doesn’t seem like it, in most cases they want their songs to be played and used, because it can only make them more valuable. While we can pause a moment to look askance at former TPTB for not just buying permanent rights in the first place and saving us this hassle, there are systems in place to deal with it and while it might take more time and money than originally expected in most cases this too can be overcome with a proper system by someone who knows the ropes. Originally it was hoped that it could be worked around, but most of the earlier tapes have a single sound track instead of multiple tracks (where voices would be on one and music on another) so that wasn’t possible, but again this problem is neither unexpected nor insurmountable.

5. Pioneers don’t prosper – The pioneer in any industry is seldom rewarded. Much more common is when the pioneer company introduces the idea/product/service makes a short burst of money and an established company swoops in and actually figures out how to make money long term with the new idea, product, or system. A company already established that has a system in place for handling rights, for having space on shelves in stores, a duplication system, and existing relationships with rights holders (both individuals and groups) might well be successful and profitable where the pioneer failed. Now there isn’t an offer on the table as far as I know, but with a now established market and a desire by Proctor and Gamble executives to cash in, I’d be surprised if they didn’t shop it around to companies who are already offering either TV shows on DVD or TV shows via streaming.

I haven’t given up hope and a new project might be even better. There is no guarantee that they will follow up and there may be further loss of episodes if this project doesn’t move forward quickly, but there are as many good options for the future as bad ones and I’m betting on P&G to go for the money.

Note 1: Communication was always a problem with the Soaps Classic company. Even though they had a willing fanbase wanting to be utilized to spread any news, instead of telling us what was going on they always went for a surprise and vagueness. We should have known exactly what they were doing at all times to help them create Buzz. They primarily focused advertising online because it is cheaper, but they then didn’t follow up. They should have responding to tweets on Twitter and comments on Facebook. When they heard we were having watch alongs, they should have been all over that and promoting it all over the place. Actually they could have organized some themselves. They also seemed to have problems with communication across the board. I ordered various ways, direct by phone, online, through Amazon, and encountered problems with people knowing what was going on multiple times. I also one time paid for Express Shipping and it didn’t get here one minute faster than standard would have. They exhibited this kind of incompetence over and over, but those problems were inherent with a company trying to do too much too soon and nothing to do with soap opera episode sales and distribution in particular.

Note 2: The big issues that will define the 21st century will involve rights, who own things and who will get to use them, namely water and copyright/license rights on digital copies. Systems that have developed over time and piece meal don’t always address society’s current needs. There is an inevitable three way crash coming. On one side you have content owners, lead by the Walt Disney Company (who I most sincerely hope Walt himself would be ashamed of) trying to grab more and more rights for longer and longer times (the copyright on early Mickey Mouse cartoons should have expired by now, to prevent that happening a coalition lead by Disney dumped huge amounts of money on Congress to get them to extend copyright blanket across the board, it was unofficially known as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act). On the second side, you have a wave of people, mostly the group (rather stupidly) known as Generation Y whose education and play time has been focused on how you technically do things online without the necessary Information Literacy back up (due to school cuts in library programs among other issues) and so they think if they can do something  technically they should be able to no matter who owned the original content. The third group will be those owners who are smart enough to realize that strict enforcement might not be their best bet and will allow some leeway to help word of their content go viral and ultimately get the best of both, like when movie owners tried to get the VCR declared a rights violation, only to fail and find they made more money than ever before through the new market for VHS and later DVD movie sales it created. However, this third group will still likely be attacked by both sides in the short term. Questions of who opens what, what rights does the original owner have, how much change is required to create a new original object, what rights for free use and to keep inspiring new products does the general public have, must all be redefined and answered before we go forward.  Soap Classics might be a relatively early casualty of not including the mess that rights are right now into their business plan, but they will not be the last. We have some rocky roads ahead as figure out digital and content rights (and this is the easy one be glad I didn’t explain the water rights problem to you).

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GL DVD Directory Update 4

October 21, 2012

Updating the directory since the new release, here is a directory of the episodes offered on the Soap Classics Guiding Light DVD sets (the more we buy, the more they offer), I’ve constructed a chart of the episodes available for purchase so far in date order. I’ve also added the day of the week the episode originally aired to help set it up better.

  • Set 1 is the original sampler set.
  • Set 2 is the Reva Collection.
  • Set 3 is the Phillip Collection.
  •  Set 4 is Bauer Family Collection.
  • Set 5 is Farewell Springfield.
  • Set 6 is The Jennifer Richards Trial.

The  number I’m giving to help you on the chart is to find each episode is by set, by disc number within set, and episode on disc, plus the name of the disc it appears on to make them easier to find. For example, the episode “The Truth About Phillip” is 1.2.3 which is set 1, disc 2, and the third episode on the disc. The a final column has an X in that column if there was a back to back episodes available on any of the DVD sets.

Last Updated October 20, 2012

Name Name of Disc Number of Set. Number of Disc. Number of Episode Date Originally Aired in US Day of the Week BAC

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Death of a Patriarch (Papa Bauer’s Funeral) Bauer Family 4.1.6 Feb. 27, 1973 Tuesday
Mike Bauer: Man of the Year Bauer Family 4.1.1 Nov. 14, 1977 Monday
Meet the Spauldings (a very early episode soon after the Spauldings arrive in town) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.1 Nov. 23, 1977 Wednesday
Where in the World is Santo Domingo (day after Roger grabs Holly) Bauer Family 4.1.2 Jan. 10, 1980 Thursday
On the Trail of Roger Thorpe (Roger Goes Over Cliff) Villains & Vixens 1.4.1 April1, 1980 Tuesday
A Second Chance – Jennifer Richards gets a 2nd trial The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.1.1 Jan. 9, 1981 Friday X
Tainted Evidence – Jennifer tries to damage her own case The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.1.2 Jan. 12, 1981 Monday X
Surprise Witness – man who knows her secret comes back to town The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.1.3 Jan. 13, 1981 Tuesday X
Birth Certificate – Mike finds a crucial clue The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.1.4 Jan. 14, 1981 Wednesday X
Web of Lies – Jennifer tries to force Mike to keep secret The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.1.5 Jan. 15, 1981 Thursday X
Courtroom Shocker – Another surprise witness The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.2.1 Jan. 19, 1981 Monday X
True Confessions- Jennifer spills all on witness stand The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.2.2 Jan. 20, 1981 Tuesday X
Repercussions – Amanda and unborn child in danger The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.2.3 Jan. 21, 1981 Wednesday X
About the Baby – Amanda has life-threatening surgery The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.2.4 Jan. 22, 1981 Thursday X
Truth and Consequences – Springfield reacts The Jennifer Richards Trial 6.2.5 Jan. 23, 1981 Friday X
Many Sins of Nola Reardon, The Secrets And Scandals 1.2.1 July 27, 1981 Monday
Kelly Nelson Marries Morgan Richards Great Weddings
1.1.1 Aug. 18, 1981 Tuesday
And Carrie Makes Three Secrets And Scandals 1.2.2 July 12, 1982 Monday
Quinton Chamberlain Marries Nola Reardon Great Weddings
1.1.2 June 24, 1983 Friday
Truth About Phillip, The (Phillip’s Real Parents) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.3 Aug. 29, 1983 Monday
When Reva Came to Town (Reva’s 1st Episode) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.1 Nov. 28, 1983 Monday
On the Run (Beth and Phillip in NYC) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.2 Dec. 19, 1983 Monday
Christmas, 1983 Springfield Through The Years
1.3.1 Dec. 23, 1983 Friday
Courage (Bert inspires Josh to begin physical therapy) Bauer Family 4.1.3 June 27, 1984 Wednesday
Fountain of Truth, The (Original Reva in Fountain – Slut of Springfield) Villains & Vixens 1.4.2 July 30, 1984 Monday X
Slut of Springfield, The (Day after fountain scene) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.2 July 31, 1984 Tuesday X
Unexpected Arrival (Alan-Michael Spaulding parachutes into Bauer BBQ during 50th Anniversary Week) Bauer Family 4.2.1 July 2, 1987 Thursday X
50th Anniversary Show, The (Charita Bauer Tribute) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.2 July 3, 1987 Friday X
Sinister Sisters (Reva discovers Sonni/Solita are alters) Villains & Vixens 1.4.3 Dec. 30, 1988 Friday
Joshua Lewis Marries Reva Shayne Great Weddings 1.1.3 July 18, 1989 Tuesday
Arrivederci Reva (Reva Drives Off Bridge) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.3 July 23, 1990 Monday
The Wedding (Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding finally marry on Valentine’s Day) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.3 Feb. 14, 1991 Thursday
Payback is a Bitch (Alexander humiliates then husband Roger Thorpe at Lakeland Country Club) Villains & Vixens 1.4.4 July 12, 1991 Friday
Dreamgirls (Ross Marler Election Night Nightmare) Springfield Through The Years 1.3.3 Nov. 3, 1992 Tuesday
Husbands, Friends, and Lovers (Maureen’s Death) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.4 Jan. 11, 1993 Monday
Dueling Barbecues (Roger Thorpe throws his own bbq) Bauer Family 4.2.2 July 4, 1994 Monday
Return (Meta returns to Springfield after 20 years) Bauer Family 4.1.4 Nov. 22, 1996 Friday
Party Crasher (Annie Dutton shows up at BBQ drunk after Reva cleared of killing baby) Bauer Family 4.2.3 July 4, 1997 Friday
Annie’s Wedding From Hell (Reva stops Annie Dutton’s wedding to Alan Spaulding by showing up with Annie’s current husband) Villains & Vixens 1.4.5 Jan. 26, 1998 Monday
The Confession (Lizzie Spaulding confesses she killed her mother Beth’s abusive boyfriend Carl Stevens) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.4 June 1, 1998 Monday
Married to the Mob (Michelle Bauer Marries Danny Santos, in their 2nd or church wedding) Bauer Family 4.1.5 Feb. 16, 1999 Tuesday
America The Beautiful (Everyone says what they love about the US post 9/11) Bauer Family 4.2.4 July 4, 2002 Thursday
Spaulding Ex-Wives Club, The (Joan Collins uses Phillip’s ex-wives against him) Secrets And Scandals 1.2.5 Oct. 18, 2002 Friday
Like Mother, Like Son (3rd Fountain scene, Jonathan Randall) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.4 Nov. 17, 2004 Wednesday
Gus Aitoro Marries Harley Cooper Great Weddings 1.1.4 Aug. 19, 2005 Friday
Reva and Josh 4-ever (Jeva decide not to divorce after all) Story of Reva Shayne 2.1.5 April 12, 2006 Wednesday
15,000th Episode, The (Alternative Universe Springfield, everything’s opposite) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.4 Sept. 7, 2006 Thursday
70th Anniversary Show, The (History of the Show recreated by current cast) Springfield Through The Years 1.3.5 Jan. 25, 2007 Thursday
One Last Time (last Bauer BBQ, with Rick’s toast to Bert) Bauer Family 4.2.5 July 3, 2009 Friday
Final 10 – 1 Farewell to Springfield 5.1.1 Sept. 3, 2009 Thursday X
Final 10 – 2 Farewell to Springfield 5.1.2 Sept. 4, 2009 Friday X
Final 10 -3 Farewell to Springfield 5.1.3 Sept. 8, 2009 Tuesday X
Final 10 – 4 Farewell to Springfield 5.1.4 Sept. 9, 2009 Wednesday X
Final 10 – 5 Farewell to Springfield 5.1.5 Sept. 10, 2009 Thursday X
A special double wedding. (Vanilly/Lillibuzz) Great Weddings 1.1.5 Sept. 14, 2009 Monday X
Final 10 – 6 Farewell to Springfield 5.2.1 Sept. 14, 2009 Monday X
Making Peace (As show fast approaches last episode, Alan and Phillip reconcile a final time) The Story of Phillip Spaulding 3.1.5 Sept. 15, 2009 Tuesday X
Final 10 – 7 Farewell to Springfield 5.2.2 Sept.15, 2009 Tuesday X
Final 10 -8 Farewell to Springfield 5.2.3 Sept. 16, 2009 Wednesday X
Final 10 -9 Farewell to Springfield 5.2.4 Sept. 17, 2009 Thursday X
Final 10 – 10 Farewell to Springfield 5.2.5 Sept. 18, 2009 Friday X

Trial of Jennifer Richards

October 13, 2012

Well, true believers and fellow Springfielders, we’ve had a long dry spell, but I’m very happy to tell you that Soap classics have released another DVD set. They seem to be sticking with the string of episodes in a row pattern. I really think that is wise. Although that might limit the demand of a set, it makes sense because it’s easier to get caught up in story when you don’t have to figure out where you are at the beginning of each episode. I’m also glad of the relatively early place in the run of the archive means that we’ll see a lot of our old favorites, especially Mike Bauer in all his court room glory. It’s also nice because these episodes were preempted they literally have never been seen in some areas. I just ordered mine. Look for my directory update soon.

Summary and order:
http://www.soapclassics.com/index.php/jrt-page.html

We Love Soaps report, including actor credits for who appeared in each episode:
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2012/10/jennifer-richards-trial-new-guiding.html

Or find it on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Guiding-Light-Trial-Jennifer-Richards/dp/B009OOXXLG/

SPOILERS: If there can still be spoilers on something from 1981. Jennifer’s most interesting actions took place before she came to our screen. She was the mother of young Morgan Richards, of my beloved Kelly and Morgan fame. She also secretly is the biological mother of Amanda Spaulding who is then living with her unbeknowst to her, her adoptive mother under the name Amanda Wexler. The adoptive mother, Lucile Wexler, is the murder victim Jennifer is on trial for. In the nastiest part, Amanda at first thought Alan was her father, he hadn’t known, but then it came out she was really Brandon’s daughter since Jennifer had been sleeping with both father and son. Many of these people were on my Worst Parents list, find it here: https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/worst-parents-in-springfield/

The Final Episodes

September 12, 2012

I was really hoping to do a few more episodes this month in honor of the anniversary of cancellation of Guiding Light, sadly real life has kept me from doing as much as I hoped, but there are still a few neat things that I have in store. For tonight, I’m going to republish a lightly edited post from back in May when the “Farewell to Springfield” DVD set came out.

Those of you who were not with me from the beginning, might not know that this blog started out in 2009 as the part of an effort to put the episode descriptions and the links to Manny videos in one place online. About when I decided to get started, Manny was announced to return so I held off in hopes that I would be able to tell a last great chapter in the Manny story. Sadly there wasn’t much story to add on the Manny front, but I reported on what Manny episodes and news there was and news about the then upcoming finale.

Finally I couldn’t stand it anymore and started reporting on every episode in late July and kept up daily until the end. In honor of the final 10 episodes being out on DVD, here are links to my initial day of airing reports (or once or twice the next day) on them. I should explain a couple of things. I tried to sort the scenes into blocks of story because I thought it made more sense that way, but gave time codes so you can use them to find the part of the episode I’m talking about for any given comment or description. I also was feeling a bit resentful about the end, so I might be a bit more bitter than I would be commenting on the same episodes now. I had a tendency to put in bitter sobs to express my extreme sorrow at the cancellation. I also picked out a line of the day for each episode that I thought was cleverest, funniest, or just made me cheer in general, sometimes I picked two. I also show a blatant favoritism to characters in the Manny story and the Bauer family in general. If you didn’t pick that up from the name of this blog, you might not be up to reading these. LOL I hope you enjoy my take on these episodes. And if you want to see these episodes, check in with Soap Classics and buy “Farewell to Springfield”. Plus word on Twitter is the next two DVD releases will be Guiding Light. I can hardly wait!

Sept. 3, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/guiding-light-september-3-2009

Sept. 4, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/guiding-light-september-4-2009

Sept. 8, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/guiding-light-september-8-2009

Sept. 9, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/guiding-light-september-9-2009

Sept. 10, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/guiding-light-september-10-2009

Sept. 14, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/guiding-light-september-14-2009

Sept. 15, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/guiding-light-september-15-2009

Sept. 16, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/guiding-light-september-16-2009

Sept. 17, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/guiding-light-september-17-2009

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/last-day-of-guiding-light/

Sept. 18, 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/guiding-light-september-18-2009

Thank you to the Fans from the Cast
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/09/19/thank-you-to-the-fans

ATWT DVD Directory Update 2

August 18, 2012

Updating the directory since the new release, here is a directory of the episodes offered on the Soap Classics As the World Turns DVD sets (the more we buy, the more they offer), I’ve constructed a chart of the episodes available for purchase so far in date order. I’ve also added the day of the week the episode originally aired to help set it up better.

  • Set 1 is the original sampler set.
  • Set 2 is Christmas in Oakdale.
  • Set 3 is the CarJack Collection.
  • Set 4 is Linden Collection.
  • Set 5 is Farewell to Oakdale (last 10 episodes), available with copy of shooting script.
  • Set 6 is The James Stenbeck Story.
  • Set 7 is The Wedding of Bob and Kim.

The  number I’m giving to help you on the chart is to find each episode is by set, by disc number within set, and episode on disc, plus the name of the disc it appears on to make them easier to find. For example, the episode “Something About Carly” is 1.2.3 which is set 1, disc 2, and the third episode on the disc. The final column has an X if there are back to back episodes available on any of the DVD sets.

Last Updated August 17, 2012

Name of Episode Name of Disc Set Number of Set. Number of Disc. Number of Episode Date Originally Aired in United States Day of the Week B2B
Bob and Dana Face the Music (Everyone at the ballet, director collapses) Secrets & Scandals 1.2.1 Sept. 29, 1979 Sat.
Last Bus to Nowhere (James Stenbeck tracks down Barbara Ryan in Oakdale) The James Stenbeck Story 6.1.1 Feb. 28, 1980 Thurs.
The Bride Decides (Barbara Ryan Chooses James Stenbeck Over Tom Hughes) The James Stenbeck Story 6.1.2 May 2, 1980 Fri.
John Dixon Takes a Fall Villains & Vixens 1.4.3 May 14, 1981 Thurs.
Best of Enemies (James Stenbeck begins his blood feud with John Dixon) The James Stenbeck Story 6.1.3 July 15, 1981 Wed.
Another Time, Another Life (A Stenbeck Fantasy) The James Stenbeck Story 6.1.4 March 10, 1982 Wed.
The Man of Her Dreams (James risks losing his wife and his fortune) The James Stenbeck Story 6.1.5 Oct. 15, 1982 Fri.
Into the Ring (James sets a trap for Barbara) The James Stenbeck Story 6.2.1 March 22, 1983 Tues.
Tom Hughes Marries Margo Montgomery Great Weddings 1.1.1 June 1, 1983 Wed.
Come Fly With Me (Stenbeck plans a deadly plane flight) The James Stenbeck Story 6.2.2 Oct. 28, 1983 Fri.
Steve Andropoulos Marries Betsy Stewart Great Weddings 1.1.2 May 31, 1984 Thurs.
Frannie  Comes Home (Julianne Moore’s first day) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.1.1 April 2, 1985 Tues. X
Runaway Bridesmaid (Frannie misses fitting) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.1.2 April 3, 1985 Wed. X
The Wedding Planner (Lisa takes over wedding) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.1.3 April 4, 1985 Thurs. X
Dueling Lectures (Frannie and Bob lecture each other) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.1.4 April 5, 1985 Fri. X
An Unusual Plan (ToMargo plan bachelor party) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.1.5 April 8, 1985 Mon. X
The Bachelor Party (Bob when he married Kim) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.2.1 April 9, 1985 Tues. X
Special Gifts (Bob and Kim exchange wedding gifts) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.2.2 April 10, 1985 Wed. X
Unexpected Guests (Bob’s siblings arrive for wedding) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.2.3 April 11, 1985 Thurs. X
Bob Hughes Marries Kim Andropoulos Great Weddings 1.1.3 April 12, 1985 Fri. X
The Ceremony (Bob and Kim original) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.2.4 April 12, 1985 Fri. X
The Reception (Bob and Kim original) Bob and Kim’s Wedding 7.2.5 April 15, 1985 Mon. X
A Rocky Start (Lily and Holden meet for the first time) Linden 4.1.1 Oct. 16, 1985 Wed.
Christmas Eve, and a Birthday Christmas In Oakdale 2.1.1 Dec. 24, 1985 Tues.
Cry of the Wind (Holden and Lily develop feelings for each other) Linden 4.1.2 Jan. 10, 1986 Fri.
The 30th Anniversary Show (Chris and Nancy celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary) Oakdale Through The Years 1.3.1 April 2, 1986 Wed.
The Return of James Stenbeck (Hello, Barbara) Villains & Vixens 1.4.1 Nov. 7, 1986 Fri.
The Comeback (After a long absence, Stenbeck returns to Oakdale) The James Stenbeck Story 6.2.3 Nov. 11, 1986 Tues.
When Villain Meets Vixen (John and Lucinda in the tub) Villains & Vixens 1.4.2 March 20, 1987 Fri.
Lily’s World Crumbles (Lily learns she’s adopted & who her biological parents are) Secrets & Scandals 1.2.2 June 24, 1987 Wed.
A Lie for Lily (Lily must live with a shocking secret) Linden 4.1.3 Aug. 25, 1987 Tues.
After Midnight (Stenbeck gets a late night visit from some murderous neighbors) The James Stenbeck Story 6.2.4 Nov. 9, 1987 Mon.
Holden Blows It (Holden becomes engaged to another woman) Linden 4.1.4 Dec. 16, 1987 Wed.
Last Chopper Out (Stenbeck makes an emergency exit from Oakdale) The James Stenbeck Story 6.2.5 March 20, 1989 Mon.
Margo’s Memorable Christmas Christmas In Oakdale 2.1.2 Dec. 24, 1992 Thurs.
The Bell Tower (Lily makes a fateful decision) Linden 4.1.5 Feb. 1, 1994 Tues.
Meet Luciano Grimaldi(Lily gives birth to her first child) Linden 4.2.1 May 16, 1995 Tues.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Christmas In Oakdale 2.1.3 Dec. 25, 1995 Mon.
Humiliation (John humiliates Lisa at their engagement party to pay her back for charging him with malpractice) Villains & Vixens 1.4.4 March 15, 1996 Fri.
The 40th Anniversary Show Oakdale Through The Years 1.3.2 April 2, 1996 Tues.
First Kiss (CarJack in Montana) CarJack 3.1.1 Sept. 19, 1997 Fri.
Lily Walsh Marries Holden Snyder (2nd wedding 1 w/ Martha Byrnes) Great Weddings 1.1.4 Jan. 12, 1998 Mon.
At Teague’s Cabin (Carly & Jack held hostage in basement) CarJack 3.1.2 Jan. 29, 1998 Thurs.
A Very Happy New Year (Carly gives birth to Parker) CarJack 3.1.3 Dec. 31, 1998 Thurs.
The Compass (Jack gives Carly the True North Compass) CarJack 3.1.4 July 13, 1999 Tues.
Something About Carly (Brad reveals Parker is really Hal’s son & Carly lied about it to get Parker’s trust fund) Secrets & Scandals 1.2.3 Aug. 2, 1999 Mon.
Switched at Birth (Lily and Holden’s baby is not who she seems) Linden 4.2.2 Aug. 16, 1999 Mon.
The Impostor (Rose poses as Lily) Linden 4.2.3 Sept. 6, 2000 Wed.
The Lie (Carly confronts Jack about Julia) CarJack 3.1.5 Dec. 12, 2000 Tues.
Family Reunions (Penny and Lyla return) Christmas In Oakdale 2.1.4 Dec. 26, 2000 Tues.
The Explosive Truth (the boathouse blows up with Barbara inside, driving her into a long trip in crazytown) Secrets & Scandals 1.2.4 June 18, 2001 Mon.
The Funhouse (James Stenbeck Strikes Again) CarJack 3.2.1 April 23, 2002 Tues.
The Trials of Barbara Ryan (Barbara on trial for kidnapping Carly, Rose & Emily to aging spa) Villains & Vixens 1.4.5 July 22, 2002 Mon.
Worth it All (Jack and Carly Share a Romantic Getaway) CarJack 3.2.2 June 9, 2003 Mon.
Carly Tenney Marries Jack Snyder Great Weddings 1.1.5 July 3, 2003 Thurs.
Bringing Back Jack(Carly Must Cure Jack’s Amnesia) CarJack 3.2.3 Nov. 24, 2004 Wed.
Another Twist in the Road (Lily and Holden go their separate ways) Linden 4.2.4 Dec. 5, 2005 Mon.
Ever After (Lily and Holden begin anew) Linden 4.2.5 Jan. 13, 2006 Fri.
The 50th Anniversary Show (“Seven Divas on a Bus” show, honoring Helen Wagner) Oakdale Through The Years 1.3.3 April 3, 2006 Mon.
Luke Comes Out Secrets & Scandals 1.2.5 May 9, 2006 Tues.
Till Death Us Do Almost Part (Carly is Dying) CarJack 3.2.4 Sept. 25, 2007 Tues.
The Dollhouse (Stand alone episode – characters Victorian versions of themselves) Christmas In Oakdale 2.1.5 Dec. 21, 2007 Fri.
Christmas at the Snyder Farm (The Snyders reminisce about the past and look to the future) Oakdale Through The Years 1.3.4 Dec. 25, 2009 Fri.
Bob and Kim Hughes’ 25th Anniversary (Julianne Moore special guest as Frannie Hughes) Oakdale Through The Years 1.3.5 April 5, 2010 Mon.
Final 10 – 1 Farewell to Oakdale 5.1.1 Sept. 2, 2010 Thurs. X
Final 10 – 2 Farewell to Oakdale 5.1.2 Sept. 3, 2010 Fri. X
Final 10 – 3 Farewell to Oakdale 5.1.3 Sept. 7, 2010 Tues. X
Final 10 – 4 Farewell to Oakdale 5.1.4 Sept. 8, 2010 Wed. X
Final 10 – 5 Farewell to Oakdale 5.1.5 Sept. 9, 2010 Thurs. X
Final 10 – 6 Farewell to Oakdale 5.2.1 Sept. 13, 2010 Mon. X
Final 10 – 7 Farewell to Oakdale 5.2.2 Sept. 14, 2010 Tues. X
I Really, Really, Do (final CarJack wedding) CarJack 3.2.5 Sept. 15, 2010 Wed. X
Final 10 – 8 Farewell to Oakdale 5.2.3 Sept. 15, 2010 Wed. X
Final 10 – 9 Farewell to Oakdale 5.2.4 Sept. 16, 2010 Thurs. X
Final 10 – 10 Farewell to Oakdale 5.2.5 Sept. 17, 2010 Fri. X

Guiding Light Watching Party 15

July 22, 2012

I’m starting the numbering where I left off, although there were several in between then and now. The next Watch Along is going to be a bit different. Last week we watched the current free episode on the Soap Classics website. The entire next episode is on YouTube so we’ll be watching that instead.  Find it here:

Join us on Twitter, Wednesday night, July 25, 2012

10 pm ET, 9 pm CT, 8 pm MT, 7 pm PT
Also as an update they also have a new Twitter feed @SoapClassics be sure to follow it.

Bauer BBQ Roundup 2012

July 6, 2012

This is a round up of GLManny Bauer BBQ Week posts. Included are the Bauer BBQs I’ve found on YouTube. I hope I’ll be able to continue to add years and better copies. I also have posts with collections of photos, information about the Bauer BBQ, and I’m going to start adding the texts to the yearly speeches. With any luck we can do it all again next year. I’ll add a link to this in my GL clips list. Please stop back.

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/bauer-bbq-scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Meal
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/bauer-bbq-theme-meal

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/michelle-remembers-bauer-bbq

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/bauer-bbq-kickoff

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/bauer-bbq-on-dvd

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/when-did-the-bauer-bbq-begin

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/traditions-of-bauer-bbq

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/springfield-insider-on-bauer-bbq

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/bauer-bbq-speech-2009

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/manny-returns-july-2-3-2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/commentary-on-the-bauer-bbq

Bauer BBQs Through the Years

Bauer BBQ 1984
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/bauer-bbq-1984

Bauer BBQ 1987
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-1987

Bauer BBQ 1988
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/bauer-bbq-1988

Bauer BBQ 1995
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/bauer-bbq-1995

Bauer BBQ 1998
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-1998

Bauer BBQ 2001
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/bauer-bbq-2001

Bauer BBQ 2002
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/bauer-bbq-2002

Bauer BBQ 2003
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/2003-bauer-bbq

Bauer BBQ 2005
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/bauer-bbq-2005

Bauer BBQ 2006
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-2006

Bauer BBQ 2008
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-2008

Bauer BBQ 2009
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-2009

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/mindy-tweets-bauer-bbq-2011

Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer BBQ

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/bauer-bbq-fanfiction

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/bauer-bbq-fanfic-2

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/bauer-bbq-fanfic-3

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/bauer-bbq-fanfic-4

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/bauer-bbq-fanfic-5

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/bauer-bbq-fanfic-6

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/bauer-bbq-fanfic-7

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/bauer-bbq-fanfic-8

Bauer BBQ on DVD

July 1, 2012

Those of you who have been following along with our #GLParty will be aware that we’ve been counting down the Bauer BBQ episodes that are available on DVD. Most years the Bauer BBQ would stretch over a couple of days. For example in 1998 there were two days of preparations and three days of actual BBQ.  Some years didn’t get that much time devoted. Most of the episodes listed below are a single episode out of the stretch. The one exception in 1987 which saw the show celebrating the 50th year of its existence with a special week of classic episodes. So far two episodes of that week have been released on video so we have two back to back episodes of the Bauer BBQ that year.

Unexpected Arrival (Alan-Michael Spaulding parachutes into Bauer BBQ during 50th Anniversary Week) Bauer Family 4.2.1 July 2, 1987 Thursday X
50th Anniversary Show, The (Charita Bauer Tribute) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.2 July 3, 1987 Friday X
Dueling Barbecues (Roger Thorpe throws his own bbq) Bauer Family 4.2.2 July 4, 1994 Monday
Party Crasher (Annie Dutton shows up at BBQ drunk after Reva cleared of killing baby) Bauer Family 4.2.3 July 4, 1997 Friday
America The Beautiful (Everyone says what they love about the US post 9/11) Bauer Family 4.2.4 July 4, 2002 Thursday
One Last Time (last Bauer BBQ, with Rick’s toast to Bert) Bauer Family 4.2.5 July 3, 2009 Friday

Find the DVD set on http://www.soapclassics.com or on Amazon. Find links to sample scenes from most of these episodes

http://www.soapclassics.com/index.php/bf-page.html

Bauer BBQ Countdown 4

June 25, 2012

Guiding Light Watching Party 17 is the start of a new set. We’re going to do all the Bauer BBQs that are currently available on DVD in order.

Are you on Twitter? Do you have the Bauer Family DVD set? Then join us on Twitter, Wednesday night, June 27, 2012

10 pm ET, 9 pm CT, 8 pm MT, 7 pm PT

We’re using the hashtag #GLParty.

So slip in the second disc of the Bauer Family DVD set, and cue up “Party Crasher,” the third episode. Start tweeting with us. It originally aired July 4, 1997.

Party Crasher (Annie Dutton shows up at BBQ drunk after Reva cleared of killing baby) Bauer Family 4.2.3 July 4, 1997 Friday

1997 is an interesting Bauer BBQ. This part though is all about Annie Dutton’s latest downhill spiral.

We hope that you help spread the word and come watch with us.

Find the DVD set on http://www.soapclassics.com or on Amazon.

Bauer BBQ Countdown 2

June 10, 2012

Guiding Light Watching Party 15 is the start of a new set. We’re going to do all the Bauer BBQs that are currently available on DVD in order.

Are you on Twitter? Do you have the Bauer Family DVD set? Then join us on Twitter, Wednesday night, June 13, 2012

 10 pm ET, 9 pm CT, 8 pm MT, 7 pm PT

We’re using the hashtag #GLParty.

So slip in the third disc of the original Guiding Light set, Springfield Through the Years, and cue up 50th Anniversary Show, the second episode. Start tweeting with us. It originally aired July 3, 1987.

50th Anniversary Show, The (Charita Bauer Tribute) Springfield Through The Years
1.3.2

This is the same Bauer BBQ as the episode we watched last week where Alan-Michael Spaulding literally parachuted into the Bauer BBQ. The Bauer BBQ was held at Johnny Bauer (ugh!)’s flight school hanger at the Springfield Airport. It went on all week because this was also the 50th anniversary of Guiding Light and they upped the story, for example bringing Rick home for a visit (Michael O’Leary was then off the show). They also had a call in vote for viewers to pick their favorite scenes and showed them at the end of every episode. This was the Friday episode and they ended it with a tribute to Charita Bauer and even brought back the actor who played her late husband Bill Bauer to introduce the bit.

We hope that you help spread the word and come watch with us.

Find the DVD set on http://www.soapclassics.com or on Amazon.


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