10. Mission Impossible

Read a set up of the Mission Impossible storyline:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/mission-impossible

Read important background information on Alan Spaulding:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/what-you-need-to-know-about-alan-spaulding-before-next-storyline

I just want to say again that I don’t get why this whole part of the story is played on fast forward. Not only couldn’t Claire wait until Alan gets back to even ask him, Danny has done virtually NOTHING to find a job other than expect someone will give him one. It’s WAY too early to be discouraged. I mean I know usually on soaps someone just hands you a job, but he hasn’t even given them a chance to do it yet.

Wed., Aug. 22, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is dressed in a nice suit for his interview at Spaulding. Michelle thinks Alan will hire Danny on the spot. Rick thinks it is great that Danny is striking out into the legit world. Danny goes to Towers for his meeting. Gus comes in and sees Danny. Gus asks Danny what is he is dressed as, Danny tells him that he is dressed as a success, the complete opposite of Gus. Danny heads over to Tobias. Gus meets with a woman who slips him his FBI badge he left in DC. He tells her that no one in Springfield knows he is really still FBI and very much on the case. The woman tells him he can’t play the private investigator forever and get away with it. Gus tells her that he could play Santa Claus in this town and the people would buy it. Gus tells the woman that Carmen Santos is alive and he will take her down along with all the other Santoses. Gus tells her that he blew the first case but now he can bring all the mob families in Springfield down at once. Danny is talking to Tobias about his qualifications when Alan calls. Tobias tells Alan that he is with Danny and things are going well. Danny steps away and  goes to the bar to see Michelle and Claire while Alan tells Tobias that the meeting is unauthorized. When Danny returns to Tobias, the man is mean to him and tells him that he is trying to scam him just as any Santos would. He leaves and Danny glares at Claire. He goes over to Michelle and Claire and tells Michelle that Claire set him up. Now he will be bad mouthed to every legit business in town. Michelle asks Claire why she would lie to them. Claire thought it would work out.

[Ed. Note: I’m not sure this could still be part of the 22nd or it could be on to the 23rd. I think it’s probably the 22nd] Danny takes Michelle to Infierno. He watches Tony giving orders and tells Michelle that he misses be the one running things. It’s HIS club. He built it up.

My Comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/dannys-meeting-with-alan-is-a-bust-aug-22-2001

NOTE: I would like to point out that when Josh was crazed because he thought Reva was in danger Danny risked his own life, let Michelle risk hers, and invested capital several times when Josh asked. Since then he has had Josh’s back about Marony as far as keeping Marah safe and has been involved with helping getting both Reva and Marah out of trouble more than once. AND  JOSH IS A JERK! Specifically:

“Fifth, Josh was a jerk to Danny. Josh and Danny forged a friendship based on their mutual experience of having their wives taken away from them, early on in the Manny marriage. They helped each other out several times, but when Danny is cleared of the murder charges and goes to Josh for job, Josh turns on the Jerk Juice. He could at least politely turn him down or ask for time to think about it, instead he basically says, “like I would trust you with my money.” Um, Josh you had trusted him with your and Reva’s lives already, which he helped save, but money is an issue? Class act there, Josh. This creates a distance between the two men that is never really overcome although they do work together on future business deals and remain friendly, if not friends.”

Fri., Aug. 24, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Michelle has put Robbie down for his nap and is trying to tip toe away. Robbie isn’t going to fall for that and starts squalling for his bottle. [OK, this can’t wait for the comments. WHAT is the deal with the sound effect that is playing Robbie today. It’s like they played the baby monitor sound on a PA system instead of the kids right there sound.] Michelle tells Rick about the interview Claire set up for Danny. They both think Claire had good intentions but it still turned out badly. Danny comes downstairs dressed to go to Lewis. He tells Michelle he is going to propose his services to them. After Danny leaves, Rick tells Michelle that everything will be fine. He is sure that people will give Danny a chance now that he has been exonerated. Rick leaves after getting an urgent page from Lillian. Meanwhile Danny meets with Josh who is happy things are going well for Danny until it gets to Danny’s international security system proposal. Josh: “You have a what?” Josh is surprised and reminds Danny that he is a Santos and says that he wouldn’t feel comfortable with all his finances and security going through him.  Josh shoots him down. Danny comes back in  the Bauer house and is edgy. He tells Michelle what happened will Josh and he is sure no one will want his services because of his last name. Michelle tells Danny that things will calm down and people will forget about the trial. Danny admits they are fine for money right now, but he wonders how he will provide hope and a future for Michelle and Robbie. She gives him a pep talk and he tells her she is right and he will try again somewhere else. Michelle: “Maybe they [opportunities] aren’t just with people we know, branch out, widen the circle.” He is trying to be optimistic for Michelle and starts working on a resume. He is having a tough time and thinks he is kidding himself.

We pick up in the middle of the highlight clip (the other one starts in the right place, but the quality is a little better on this one).

My Comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/josh-is-a-jerk-at-dannys-interview-aug-24-2001/

NOTE: There are going to be comments below, but I want to take a moment and say August 28, 2001 is one of my favorite individual episodes and really hope I can find the full episode sometime. If I was going to pick a Stablan Manny episode to have restored to pristine video and preserved this would be in strong contention for the top spot, definitely in the top 4. It’s important not just for the Danny and Michelle stuff, but it helps set up Danny’s new relationship with Alan and to a lesser extent his new relationship with Phillip which I think are extremely important to the series and is frankly why I think this is one of the two times Manny is the most stable. Those relationships combined with Michelle’s relationships with them would provide more than enough story for years. What we should have gotten at this point was the return of Hope Bauer as a parallel and Alan-Michael and a revitalization of Spaulding Enterprises, sadly instead Spauldings got Olivia and, even though the story would have been much stronger if he’d really been a Santos, Gus.  😦

Mon., Aug. 27, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Michelle is trying to put together a baby swing and talking to Meta about what happened with Danny’s interview. Gus stops by with a gift for the baby. Michelle is cold to him but Meta invites him in. Gus watches as Michelle struggles to put the swing together and finally takes over and has it together in a matter of minutes. Meta is impressed that he knew how to do it without any instructions. Gus gets a page and tells them that he has to go. Michelle is glad to see him leave and asks Meta why she was so nice to Gus. Meta tells Michelle that she should always keep her enemies close so they can see what they are up to. Michelle stands in the front door wishing Danny would hurry up and come home. At the Spaulding: Alan comes in and is irritated that Claire is calling again and he won’t accept the call. The guard tells Alan he’s sorry about Ms. Winslow. I’m fairly sure he means that this is one of the times Beth was assumed dead, this time before she comes back as Loreli Hills. Danny has broken in to Alan’s office dressed all in black. A security officer comes in and Danny hides until the man leaves. He accesses Spaulding’s confidential files and downloads information onto a computer disk. He tells himself that is will teach Alan to not turn him down. Alan comes in just as the alarm in his office goes off. He and the security guard go in and find Danny at the desk with his feet propped up on the desk. Danny asks Alan what took him so long.

Tues., Aug. 28, 2001 – At Spaulding: Alan comes in and asks Danny what he is doing there. Danny tells him he is there for his interview. Danny and Alan exchange smirk as fellow titans meanwhile the poor security stands there ineffectually holding a gun until Alan tells him to go.

Alan: “You know the police must get tired of arresting you, Danny. Maybe you’re one of those who wasn’t meant to be on the outside.”

Danny: “You want me  arrested because I showed up for my interview?”

Alan: “Interview? I never agreed to an interview with you. I’m sorry if Claire misled you.”

Danny: “Yea, that was kind of crazy of her, wasn’t it?  I mean why would a nice, upstanding buisness mogul like Alan Spaulding, want a Santos working for him? He can hire anybody he wants why would he want somebody with MY background?”

Alan: “It sounds like you have an answer to the question.” Turns to the guard. “I can take it from here. You can go back to your post.”

Guard: “Are you sure?”

Alan: “I’ll call you if I need you.”

Danny: “I always heard you had guts.”

Alan: “I know the difference between a threat and an invitation.”

Danny: “Good, then so you aren’t afraid I’m going to pull out my switchblade.”

Alan: “You have thinner skin than I thought, you’re really upset I wouldn’t meet with you.”

Danny: “I was surprised. I always heard that you were a smart man.”

Alan: “And meeting with you would be a smart move, huh?” Pause, then with strength: “Get your feet off my desk and tell me why I shouldn’t have you arrested.” Pause. “I’m all ears, Mr. Santos, why don’t you tell me why you broke into my office.”

Danny: “Because I could.”

Alan: “Care to tell me how?”

Danny: “Half asleep with one hand tied behind my back.”

Alan: “Really, it was that easy?”

Danny: “Your security system is a dinosaur, Mr. Spaulding. It was nothing to get into this building, not to mention your proprietary company files.”

Alan: “You hacked into my computer?”

Danny: “Uh, I had some time to kill. Want to come have a look?” Pause as he accesses the account. “So how many millions should I transfer out of this account?….”

Alan: “You found the screen, but you can’t have access…..”

Danny: “Can’t I? Full access.”

Alan: “Huh? You want to tell me how long it took you to do this?”

Danny: “Oh, under an hour.”

Alan: “How long would it take you to make sure this could never be done again?”

Danny: “You know what? I’m out of free advice for today.” Danny straightens Alan’s corner square as he passes by on his way towards the door.

Alan: “What do you want?”

Danny: “You know the answer to that, I want a job. And if you’re half as smart as people say you are you’ll hire me.” Pause. “You’d be giving someone an opportunity to turn their life around. I want to give my wife and my son the kind of life that they deserve, one that doesn’t involve guns or bloodshed. I don’t want any son of mine to see what I…”

And right here, right here is when I think Alan snapped into it that this was in many ways himself as a young man when he married Hope. This standing right before him was the second chance that he and Hope didn’t get.

Alan: “You were quite young when your father died, weren’t you?”

Danny: “You have sons didn’t you want them to have everything you didn’t have growing up?”

Alan: “I was very privileged life…. in some ways.”

Danny: “You were lucky. I had to work very hard, even when I was part of my family’s business. I made my own way and I did some things that I’m not too proud of, but maybe you can understand that too?”

Alan: “Hmmm”

Danny: “I will work very hard for you. All I’m asking for is a chance, a chance for me and for the people that I love.”

At the Bauer House: Michelle is getting worried that Danny hasn’t shown up yet. She asks Meta to watch Robbie and starts to head out to search for Danny. When she gets to the door she drops her keys and is startled when Maria Santos approaches thinking she might be Carmen for a second. Maria asks to talk to Danny and Michelle tells her that he isn’t there. They are both worried that Carmen is out there somewhere and Maria tells her that with Carmen out there they need to stick together. At least Abuela doesn’t want Danny killed right now and had made some attempt to make amends for attacking them in her own way. Michelle agrees and they head off together to Infierno to see if anyone has seen Danny. When they don’t find him there Tony sends Romeo back to the Bauer House with Michelle to make sure she gets there OK. Michelle comes in with Romeo who checks the house out and tells her that all is clear. He asks if she wants him to stick around but she tells him she will be okay. Romeo leaves.

Phillip arrives at Alan’s office and is surprised to see Danny there. And Alan realizes Danny could also could be a very useful goad.

Danny: “Hey, Phillip.”

Phillip: “I’m sorry, security didn’t mention there was anybody in here.”

Alan: “Come on in. They wouldn’t mention it because Danny broke into our office.” He smiles.

Phillip: “Uhhhh huh.”

Alan: “Yes, he got past our security system.”

Phillip: “OK. Well, that’s one way to get a meeting.”

Danny: “It was the only way.”

Alan: “He was here applying for a job and I want to thank you very much for stopping in. I will DEFINITELY be in touch with you.”

Danny: “Thank-you…..Phillip.”

Phillip to Danny: “Tell Michelle I said hey.”

Phillip to Alan: “Let me make sure I understand this. Danny broke into your office looking like a catburgler and you are considering offering him a job.”

Alan: “I might do it. You want to know why?”

Phillip: “No, not really.”

Alan: “Because Danny Santos is a man of action. He cares very deeply about the people he loves. HE’S NOT going to wait until it’s too late like YOU did with Beth.”

Michelle wonders where Meta and the baby are and she is starting to get paranoid when someone rattles the doorknob. She grabs a poker and goes to the door just as Danny comes in. Danny asks if she is okay and hugs her. He tells her that he thinks he may have gotten a job at Spaulding and they should keep their fingers crossed.

Danny: “I took a chance and went to have a meeting with Alan Spaulding. I think I proved to him that he needs me, so…”

Michelle: “So, so. What do you mean?”

Danny: “I mean a job. I hope.”

Michelle: “Are you serious?”

Danny: “I hope. I hope.”

Michelle: “We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Danny: “Michelle, I’m sorry I scared you. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I left before dinner. Let me make it up to you.”

Michelle: “How?”

Danny: “I called Meta on the way home and she took Robbie over to her friend Adrian’s for the evening and Rick’s working an extra shift at the hospital…”

Michelle: “You mean…”

Danny: “We have the whole house to ourselves.”

Their kisses and touches intensify as they leave no doubt they won’t make it to the bedroom….They may not make it to the couch.

My Comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/danny-breaks-into-alans-office-aug-27-28-2001

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is feeding Robbie as Michelle shows him an article in the paper where the body of Carmen’s henchman, Pedro, was found in the trunk of a car out in LA. Michelle thinks Pedro knew too much. Danny just hopes that Carmen stays away. He tells Michelle he is a bit concerned that Alan hasn’t called him about a job yet. Michelle reminds him that Beth just died and he probably has a lot on his mind. Claire comes in and tells Danny and Michelle that they can’t trust Alan. She tells them that Alan kicked her out. Danny thinks Claire shouldn’t have made appointments for Alan without his knowledge. Claire tells them she was just trying to help. She tells them that Alan is a control freak. Michelle wonders if that ruined things for Danny as well. Danny tells them he is going over to see Alan after the memorial service. Michelle says she is going as well after they get a babysitter. Claire offers to sit with Robbie but Michelle doesn’t want her to. Claire tells her that she is homeless but she doesn’t bite. She only tells Claire that she is sure she will land on her feet. At the Spaulding Mansion: Alan comes in to meet Danny and Michelle. Danny tells him that he was worried when he didn’t hear from him because he was under the impression Alan wanted to hire him. Alan tells Danny that paranoia doesn’t become him. He was impressed with his spunk and confidence the other night and if he wants the job, he is Spaulding’s new Director of Corporate Security. They thank Alan and leave. Alan picks up the phone and tells someone to handle the situation with Gus Aitoro. Back at the Bauer House: Michelle and Danny talk about how they can celebrate his new job. They kiss and head inside. When they step in the kitchen Carmen is holding the baby and says hello to both of them.

Fri., Aug. 31, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle come in to find Carmen holding Robbie. She tells them she paid the sitter and told her that she was Robbie’s grandmother and the girl left. Michelle is terrified and Danny asks her to stand back. He goes to Carmen and tells her to let him have his son. Carmen holds on to Robbie and tells Danny she has already lost so much time with him and Robbie and she wants to make up for that. She tells Danny that she loves the baby already, he reminds her so much of Danny as a boy. She would never hurt him. Michelle reminds her she tried to kill Robbie when she was pregnant. Carmen tells her that was unfortunate but she has realized how precious life is now. Carmen finally hands the baby to Danny. Danny hands Michelle the baby and tells her to stay back. He picks up the phone and calls the police. Carmen tells Danny that she came back to turn herself in so he should go ahead and call the cops. Carmen tells Danny she gave him life and will always be a part of him. She just wants a chance to be part of his life and know her grandson. Just then Frank shows up and is surprised to see Carmen. Danny tells him that Carmen is there to turn herself in. Carmen tells Danny he should let go of his grudges. Danny tells Frank to get Carmen out of there before he really kills her. Carmen and Frank leave and Danny kisses Michelle and Robbie. Michelle is still shaken and doesn’t want to let the baby go. Danny tells her that this changes everything. He was looking forward to starting over with his new job at Spaulding and now Carmen comes back and ruins it. He tells Michelle that Carmen will be splashed all over the news and that means the press will be hounding them too. He also thinks that Carmen won’t stop harassing them. Michelle tells Danny that Carmen has tried to kill her twice and has framed both of them as well as tried to destroy their relationship and she has always failed. They are stronger than she is and their love has conquered everything she has tried. Michelle is sure that Carmen will not succeed whatever her latest scheme is. She tells Danny to focus on his new job because they have nothing to fear from Carmen. At the Police Station: Frank has Carmen is an interrogation room. He gives her paper and pen and tells her to get writing. She asks him what he expects her to confess to. He tells her that she can start with where she has been and how Jennifer Tarver’s body ended up in the water after she helped Carmen. Carmen wants to make a call first. She takes the phone and makes her call. She tells the person on the other end who she is and that she would like to talk to them. Frank is trying to lean on Carmen when Gus arrives. Carmen tells Frank she called Gus instead of a lawyer. Frank tells her that Gus isn’t a lawyer. Gus says he studied law but didn’t take the bar exam. Carmen says he is a PI and she wants to speak to him alone. Frank leaves and Gus tells Carmen that Frank is right; she needs a lawyer not a PI. She says she needs someone with pull and she knows he is still very much a special agent with the FBI and she wants him to cut her a deal.

My Comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/carmens-back-again-august-30-31-2001

FYI Little Havana.

Tues., Sept. 4, 2001 – At the Springfield PD: Gus tries to tell Carmen that he isn’t with the feds anymore but she tells him that she knows he is undercover. He asks her what she wants and she tells him she wants to stay out of prison. She offers him enough info on the Sandovals and Machados to put them all away but Gus tells her that he wants all three families. Carmen tells him with what she has; he will have his career made. Gus insists that he has to have at least Danny along with the others but Carmen won’t budge. She tells him that she can give him Maria, but Tony isn’t into anything and Danny is her son. She tells him that Washington won’t be happy that Gus refuses to take down the other two families just because of his vendetta against the Santos clan. Gus makes a call and acts like he is talking to Washington but in reality he called a pizza place. He ends the call and tells Carmen that Washington won’t deal without Danny as part of the package. At the Bauer House: Danny comes in with takeout of all his favorites from Little Havana. Danny is planning on a feast for one of all his Cuban foods because Meta is out, Rick is at work, and Michelle took Robbie to a “Mommy and Me” class. Rick comes in and Danny is surprised. Rick was supposed to be working a shift at Cedars, but he wasn’t up to it after Beth’s funeral so he came home early. Rick tries to sneak a taste of Danny’s meal, but Danny is protective and tells Rick he isn’t sharing. Rick leaves with a parting shot about how Danny doesn’t owe him anything he just lives in Rick’s house….rent free…..

Danny: “Great, now I HAVE to save him some.”

Danny sits down with his feast. Just as he starts Abuela comes by and asks if she can come in. Danny refuses and asks her to leave. She tells him that Michelle let her in the night before and they helped each other look for him. He won’t talk to her about it and she chastasizes him for worrying Michelle.

Danny: “Oh, NOW you’re worried about Michelle’s feelings? You should have thought about that before you tried to take that hit out on me.”

Maria (waving it away as nothing): “That order was given by Carlos.”

Danny: “Well, you went along with it.”

Maria: “I tried to rectify that mistake when I testified for you.” (Maria had helped throw her testimony to make it look like Danny was telling the truth and the state was lying even though she was testifying as part of a deal for the state.)

Maria takes a bite and Danny tells her not to eat his food. She tells him she is just picking, like they always used to. Tony arrived next and sits down at the table and he too starts picking. Danny can’t believe that they are eating his food. Danny tells them to go place their own order. Ray shows up and smells the food and Danny asks if he intends on picking as well.

Ray: “No, I’m STARVING hand me a plato.”

He gets a plate and helps himself. Maria is pleased at the impromptu family meal but Danny is irritated watching as his food disappears.

Maria: “I was wondering when was the last time we were together like this.”

Danny: “Um, let me see when you tried to kill me.”

Maria (once again waving it away as unimportant): “No, Raymond was not here that time.”

Danny isn’t physically pushing them out, but really can’t believe they are acting like everything is normal like it used to be. Ray, Tony, and Danny verbally spar and Abuela says it’s like having her three sons back. Danny sardonically points out that since they didn’t get out of the business like he’s trying to do they’re all dead. Ray tries to steer the conversation to safer territory by asking Danny about the job search. He tells them about his job at Spaulding and tells them that he is completely legit. Maria doesn’t look thrilled. Danny asks if she isn’t proud of him. Maria tells him she has always been proud of him, even when he wasn’t proud of himself. Rick comes back in and sees everyone eating. He asks Danny if he decided to share after all.

My comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/danny-and-food-from-little-havana-september-4-2001

Thurs., Sept. 6, 2001 – Philip reminds Alan that he thinks it wasn’t the best idea to give Danny Santos a job in security. Alan tells Phillip that if you want to protect something you should hire someone who can think like a thief. Alan tells Phillip he thinks Danny is going straight and he wants to give him a chance. Phillip is surprised but says he will get better acquainted with Danny. At the Bauer House: Ray comes in and sees Danny studying the security logs from the past ten years at Spaulding. Ray tells him that Carmen asks to see a priest and he is going to have to go see her. Danny tells him to be careful and never turn his back to her. Ray leaves and Danny goes back to work. Phillip comes in and sees Danny. Danny asks if he is there to see Rick and Phillip admits that he came to see him.

Phillip: “I love this place so much. It’s the one place in my life that never changes. I can always count on this place and the Bauers.”

Danny: “Ya, they’re great people.”

Phillip: “They are, they really are. Michelle’s like a little sister to me. I don’t see very much of my own.”

Danny: “No, me either. I sent Pilar to Europe when, you know when things started heating up around here. I’m hoping to get to see her soon.”

Phillip: “Is she still with Bill Lewis?”

Danny: “Ya, ya, ya, [with a chuckle] they’re running around and having a good time.”

Phillip: “That’s funny. Bill’s a good kid.”

Danny: “Ya.”

Phillip: “I feel so old every time I look at him now. And Michelle, the two of them. You know what? I can remember I sat in this room and watched the two of them to make a pinkie pact that they would marry each other someday. For a long time we thought it was going to happen.”

Danny: “What a shock I must have been for all of you.”

Phillip: “Hey, Danny she seems to love you very much. and you seem very happy together. That’s all that matters.”

Danny: “Is that why you’re here? To give me a kind of left handed blessing?”

Phillip: “Uhhhh, not about that, but I guess ya sort of. OK look. My father and I have a somewhat unconventional relationship, but in our own odd way we try to look out for each other.”

Danny: “So this is you looking out for your father?”

Phillip: “He very much wants to give you a chance to make this work outside the family business.”

Danny: “But you’re not sure.”

Phillip: “I don’t know, but I’m willing to try. That’s why I’m here. That actually is why I’m here. I am here to welcome you to Spaulding Enterprises.”

Danny: “A personal welcome.”

Phillip: “A very personal welcome because I intend to take a very personal interest in your career. I’d hate to see anything go wrong for any of us.”

He starts out with some small talk about growing up with Rick and Michelle and how he can really tells Danny loves her. Phillip says he and his father have an odd relationship so he came there to welcome Danny to Spaulding because he doesn’t want anything to go wrong for any of them.

My Comments:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/philip-talks-to-danny-before-comes-to-spaulding-september-5-2001

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

 

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

My Comments: 
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/i-love-lucy-and-ricky-sept-10-2001-and-sept-17-2001

What Was the September 11, 2001 Attack

This year I didn’t do a September 11th post because I knew I was almost here in the episode guide. Although it has been 16 years, so no one under 20 remembers it live now, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt on the Capitol building (which passengers realized what was going to happen and attacked the terrorists leading to the crashing of the plane into a field in Pennsylvania instead) was a big deal. Previous terrorist attacks on America in the late 20th century had all come from homegrown terrorists protesting situations in America such as the Oklahoma City bombing (blew up a courthouse including a daycare) or various smaller attacks with low death tolls such as the Atlanta Olympic Games bombing.

The September 11, 2001 attacks were a foreign organization’s deliberate act of war on the United States with a much bigger body count and only a handful of stupid decisions on the terrorists part kept it from being a lot worse. It ranks up there with Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy Assassination, the space shuttle Challenger blowing up on take-off as an event so big where you were when it happened is burned into your memory and even passed down. I wasn’t alive for the first two, but I can tell you when and where several family members heard the news from their stories. This wasn’t a terrible event that would then pass into gray memory, this was an actual attack and we hadn’t had an honest full scale attack on American mainland since the Indian Wars of the 1870s more than a century before. (Pearl Harbor was an American territory at the time of the attack, but well into the Pacific a good distance from the mainland. There were a few brief skirmishes like with Nazi subs landing people on our shores during World War II, but they were very small, scattered and easily dealt with.) It was also a change for hijackings. All previous plane hijackings had been aimed at either ransom or flying the hijackers somewhere they wanted to go or both. Although there was some danger people were told to remain calm if this happened because almost everyone got out alive through the ransom.This was an attack on a soft target (not military) by an organization that didn’t have an easily defined ground to launch a large scale counter-attack against. (Iraq and Afghanistan had enough connections with the terrorist groups that they were invaded by American troops in an effort to destroy the movement there to prevent future attacks.)

Last Bit of Normalcy

It was ironic that this moment of Manny thinking everything was fine, that they were passing into normal life, was on the last day before the rules of normal changed for everyone. Even though people seem to be settled into more or less normalcy again that normal now includes a real chance of being involved yourself or someone you know or know of in a terrorist attack while going about your daily lives. Although the attacks have been kept to a minimum in the United States, Europe is now attacked with frightening regularity. So enjoy this last bit of peace from the last post because for both us and Manny an attack is even now underway on that day of September 10, 2001, we just don’t know it yet.

What Do We Do

As I explained above this was an unprecedented event. Even after the strike of the first tower, people assumed it was an accident. There had been a couple of small plane crashes into buildings by accidents in the year before so the idea it was a terrorist attack didn’t enter people’s minds until the second plane hit. Such an attack had been foreseen by the government as a possibility during World War II, but this came out of nowhere and hadn’t even been thought of as even a possibility by most people. In addition while the structure of the Pentagon was built for the unlikely possibility of attack (in fact the section the plane hit had just been retrofitted to make it more secure) the World Trade Center was the original of a widely copied design of skyscraper that left the building especially vulnerable to this kind of attack. Everything hangs off a central core which once breached and melted by the extreme heat of the resulting high temperature fires and compromised walls left the tower no support and no way out with all stairs and elevators being located in this central tower. This is why people in the top of the towers didn’t even have a chance to escape. People on lower levels only had until the collapse began to get down the stairs because once the collapse started each floor pancaked on the one beneath it in turn crushing beyond recognition everything below it.

Everyone gathered around their TV sets for information, misinformation, and a sense of being gathered with everyone else. The terrorists definitely succeeded in confusing everyone. No one knew exactly what to do. There was no model to go from. Schools across the country didn’t know if they should dismiss or maintain the routine for the students. Did you play sporting events or not? Can you really work when you were obsessed with the news? The networks all went into constant news and commentary broadcasting. All soaps were all temporarily pulled along with other entertainment broadcasting, daytime and primetime. It must have been even worse for the New York based soap people because the anchors who were from New York kept pointing at the skyline. Most of the rest of the country saw an unbroken row of skyscrapers, but New Yorkers saw a terrible hole.

September 11th fell early on a Tuesday morning so Monday episodes had gone out, but not the rest of the week. As life settled into the new normal things slowly began to resume. All three network announced their soaps would replay the previous Monday’s episodes on the Monday following 9/11 which was September 17th and why the previous episode post had two dates, it played twice as the current episode. Then the soaps would play out the rest of the week with the episodes that were supposed to air the week before. I think that might be the only time that ever happened.

After Effects to Soaps and Guiding Light

After they resumed all soaps were effected in the short term. Violence was toned down. Storylines suddenly deemed too violent were scrapped. On Guiding Light when Josh time traveled following Reva through a painting to World War II Paris he had to hold up the Nazi who looked just like Alan with a baguette instead of a gun. Other stories already shot on various soaps on all the networks were re-edited to be toned down or disclaimers were added.

In the long term soaps were mostly unaffected. Few main characters on any of the soaps went to war, violence gradually returned to pre-9/11 levels.  (Exceptions were Phillip on Days of Our Lives who lost a leg although his resulting prosthetic leg has been totally forgotten and Brot on All My Children who was cast with an amateur actor and real life severely injured vet.) The following July’s Bauer BBQ included a special wish in honor of the fallen, but by then most of the soaps had forgotten. The new realism of terrorism which could have easily been written into stories weren’t. So in the long term I don’t think the did really effect soaps, except that some people sought them out again as comfort food in such an unstable world.

Last updated: October 1, 2017

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