Posts Tagged ‘Alan Spaulding’

Jeva Custody Case 1996 Feb 12 16 1996

August 7, 2017

I started going through and breaking Bandstand Mike’s episodes into dates. This run started on December 20, 1995. Our last post in the series ended February 9 1996.

Monday, February 12, 1996

I think Amanda is right about Ross being furious and on her side if he would find her or find out about it, but why would he think to look for her? He thinks she left his office to go home. Rick confesses to Annie he doesn’t think she and Josh will make it and that he still loves her. Alan tells Reva give up the custody fight, make a deal, or he’s out of their relationship.

Reva tells Alan that she needs him in her life. Amanda makes a foolish decision and doesn’t ask the guard for help. That’s kind of awesome that Amanda figured how to get out.

Ross: “I waited a lifetime to find you.”

Blake: “And when you did you couldn’t get enough.”

Dinah and Amanda find each other at a bar and commiserate. Hart heads to the bus station.

 

Reva tells Alan she’s choosing her kids, she isn’t pursuing the kids just to keep a link with Josh. He still doesn’t believe her. He gives Reva the house. She says she won’t stay there, but she and Josh later live there. Ross discovers Blake left her birth control in the bathroom despite Ross specifically asking her to use it to take the stress off.

Ross is concerned about Blake. Dinah and Amanda are quickly becoming drinking buddies. Dinah: “If you can unseat the henna head more power to you!” (Henna is used for various things including red hair dye.) Ross believes Josh is devoted to Annie. He’s normally not this stupid.

Nice for Reva to have reached out to Dylan even if it’s off camera. Hawk really looked cold in that coat. Great acting job. Hawk tells Reva that he was staying with a friend and got kicked out when he burned down the coach. Hawk also confesses he blew through all of Miss Sarah’s money on gambling. Josh is supporting Miss Sarah now. Look at Reva and that handkerchief. She genuinely cared for Alan. It makes no sense considering how she treats him later. Good for Amanda not letting Dinah drive drunk.

“All the damage fear has done.” That’s a perfect song for Bloss right now. The quilt on their bed is Flying Geese pattern.

Tuesday, February 13, 1996

It’s a new day in Springfield. Buzz shows up to visit Reva and is ecstatic Reva and Alan have broken up.

Annie and Josh are concerned about the hearing today. That’s too bad that Dinah responded with snark. I think Blake is trying to be nice for once. Matt finally gets to work and finds a truly unconscious Amanda.

Marah is upset that Reva is doing something that has upset Annie and Josh. Hawk (about Jeva not reconciling immediately): “That doesn’t mean it’s open season for every Tom, Dick, or burger flipper.” Buzz and Hawk clash over Reva. Good for Reva to stand up as an independent woman. Reva: “I’m not a little girl anymore and I’m not Snow White waiting for some prince to come save me.” Buzz is indulging in some wishful thinking here.

Hawk turns up to see Marah. He brings her a Barbie like doll with a cowgirl outfit. I agree with Hawk someone should explain things to Marah even if it really isn’t his place. Amanda is rushed to Cedars. It’s a rough day for Alan with two children in the hospital. I’d say 3 months is a couple of months. That was pretty picky. Rick is called to the witness stand. Althea brings up Annie’s alcoholism.

Ross cross examines Rick. Ed is called to the stand. He claims privileged information and refuses to answer even when threatened with a contempt of court charge. I think the counseling stuff should be covered, but having to physically take a bottle out of her hands is direct experience and I do think he should be required to tell about that. Hawk explains Reva’s side to Marah. I’m kind of sorry Dinah outed Amanda. Blake kind of deserves it. Dinah’s right it’s a bit harsh to defend Blake to Amanda when Amanda was in the hospital.

Matt warns Blake and is shocked to hear Amanda was at least telling part of the truth. Ross walks by and over hears.

Wednesday, February 14, 1996

Alex finally shows up at Cedars to see A-M to find Nick and Susan already there this morning. I know it’s not nice what they are saying about Blake who I like, but I’m enjoying Dinah and Amanda as friends. They both need some female and friendly support.

About Blake Dinah: “She’s toast.”

Amanda: “Burnt toast.”

Dinah: “Soon to be turned into crumbs.”

Amanda: “And swept away. Bye-bye Blake.”

Alan shows up very concerned about Amanda. Why do you think Amanda could easily get out, Blake? I mean she Macguyvered her way out, but it wasn’t obvious.

Reva genuinely doesn’t know what Annie is talking about. I don’t blame Ross for being appalled. That is some mustache on the cop. Roger is still playing the distressed husband role. Luckily Dinah isn’t having it.

Nick and Susan are trying to keep prying eyes away from Lucy and Alan-Michael making out. We get a reference to Valentine’s Day. They were originally supposed to get married on that day. Which considering that was VERY close to A-M and Harley’s anniversary, it’s a little tasteless. Great job building up tension about the witness.

I don’t know why Reva objected to her lawyer. I think this is perfectly fair testimony especially because she had done absolutely nothing to help this woman even since marrying big money. Alex informs Nick and Susan who were talking about an impromptu wedding that she plans Alex: “the wedding of MY dreams.” Alan comes in informing the family that he has moved back into the mansion and that Amanda is down in Emergency. Roger continues to try and save his relationship with Dinah. It was Roger’s place originally, I don’t know why Dinah thinks he should leave.

Blake is put in the cell next to Brent Lawrence who is still insisting he’s Marian Crane. Roger is still focusing on how he NEEDS Dinah in his life. Sadly it’s because he’s embezzling her money and doesn’t want it to come out. Roger has a rare gift he can make you like him and hate him within the space of a handful of episodes and then do it all over again. Amanda to Matt about how she couldn’t break out of the construction shack: “Forgive me for never having watched This Old Shack.” That’s a reference to a popular PBS home remodel show This Old House. Annie testifies about her alcoholism and does a great job. (Honestly the only time I ever liked Annie on the show was when she was fighting with Ghost Reva otherwise it always seemed like even when she was happy there was a level of frenzied crazy eye right below the surface, but she did NOT deserve the campaign against her by Jeva which has already began even though Josh doesn’t realize it yet.)

Matt gets Amanda to drop the charges against Blake and is still on her case. Alexandra overhears his threat, but doesn’t know what Matt has on Amanda. Frank is frustrated about getting through to Brent and calls A-M. Dinah tells Roger that she isn’t having any that setting up Marcus and constantly seeing the look of pity in Holly’s eyes is too much she isn’t going back. Again it was Roger’s place Dinah moved in why should he leave?

Hart shows up on Dinah’s door. Blake is released and A-M shows up at the jail to talk to Brent. The judge rules that the kids stay with Josh, but Annie has to move out. I’m pretty positive, but not 100% that this is the tag for Wednesday, but the way it’s put together both the clips and the structure this could possibly be the before the credits of the next day.

 

Thursday, February 15, 1996

Dinah makes a crack about Hart not being the Prize Patrol – she is referencing American Publishing House which sent out a prize patrol with balloons and a giant fake check announcing you won so many million dollars in their drawing which you entered by buying magazine subscriptions. Frank Cooper decides he might be able to crack Brent by bringing in Alan-Michael and Lucy. Amanda is still sick (coughing) when no one is around, but not too bad. Blake shows up at her room to tear into Amanda. I think that Blake is wrong. Sure Amanda could have gotten out, but she easily might not have been able to. It was pretty clever of Amanda to come up with taking the door off the hinges and while she did hide from the guard, a cold night, a slack guard, and he might not have checked. It was a dangerous stunt if she didn’t follow up. Everyone is upset when Annie is ordered out of the house, but I kind of love this judge and I think he’s right. Judge: “It seems to me that Mr. Lewis has been moving JUST A BIT quickly, starting with his petition to this court two years early to have Reva Shayne Lewis declared legally dead….your client brought a new woman into the lives of his children. He encouraged them to call her Mommy. It would almost seem to this court that he wants Reva Shayne Lewis to stay dead to his children.” I think this judge is amazingly right on. Why didn’t Manny get HIM in divorce court so he could tell them to sit down and take a breath when they were rushing to get divorced? Buzz moves in to comfort and make a move on Reva. If the construction shack was so weak what was the point of it existing? It was supposed to be protecting those tools and it’s a semi-permanent set, it wasn’t exactly made of paper. Josh: “This shouldn’t be happening. It’s not fair. We both know who’s responsible.” Actually you’re exactly right, Josh. This shouldn’t be happening and YOU and Reva are responsible. Stand up and let Annie go now cleanly and she might still have a chance. What a great Ross and Ed best friend scene near the end. I just love it when they play that.

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Carmen’s Back Again August 30 31 2001

May 16, 2017
Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

Michelle Danny Carmen and Robbie

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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:

As much as it freaks me out just as much as Manny to see Carmen holding Robbie this really is one of my favorite Carmen-Manny scenes. It came out of almost nowhere except that Carmen – much like Beetlejuice – shows up if you talk about her too much. It was a nasty shock when we were being promised a Manny celebration sex scene which are always the best. That said I just adore how Manny act as a team on this, how Danny steps forward to deal with Carmen knowing Michelle is her hot button, signaling Michelle to stay back and let him handle it, staying perfectly calm and even smiling not to upset Robbie or Carmen while she held their son. I think it shows a lot of Carmen’s mindset too. She still doesn’t like Michelle, but her actively trying to kill her is pretty much over. Carmen really does want to be part of Danny and Robbie’s lives. I think she still nutso and acting for reasons other than motherly/grandmotherly love, but this family side IS part of Carmen. I’m so sorry they went all the way to attempted murder of Michelle with Carmen. That threat just below the surface while they go head to head was a lot more entertaining in general. Sadly that was something that is never restablished in the Stablan Manny era, part of it was the plot and writing, but also because somehow Joie’s Michelle just had a better animosity chemistry with Carmen than Nancy’s Michelle ever did.

Danny trusts Carmen so little now he wants the entire room at least between Carmen and Michelle or Robbie. This is ground down a bit over time and I don’t really think it should have been, but I think this was the perfect level of concern for Manny to have over her. Then there is one of my absolute favorite bits of action having gotten Carmen on the other side of the table Danny moves everything off of the counter so she won’t have a weapon. The knife block is one thing, but he also moves the canister with things like whisks, ladles, and a spaghetti scoop. I like to picture what Carmen might have done with a spaghetti scoop. It just cracks me up. I think that Danny didn’t just call the police. I think he called Frank specifically. Sadly the Danny-Frank friendship will fall away somewhat from this point on as Manny move further into the Spaulding storyline, but will remain viable and present until the stupid Danny-Marina storyline kills it. Just one more reason that awful storyline was so, SO wrong. I’m glad Frank got credit for the Carmen bust though. Frank was an excellent community policeman, I think he was a pretty good chief, but as someone solving mysteries? It just wasn’t his strength so I’m glad he got a major collar. Then it’s great after Danny was strong when he needed to me to reveal such weakness to get Michelle’s comfort here. SO excellent.

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

Danny Breaks Into Alan’s Office Aug 27 28 2001

April 18, 2017

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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 pocket 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:

Now, WHAT is that? Why does Gus feel entitled to just wander on to Bauer property on a regular basis. He KNOWS he’s not welcome. He KNOWS that as such anything he did see would be unadmissible in court and honestly his mere connection with the case would fatally taint it in the eyes of any jury. So WHAT is he doing? Even if he just wants to annoy Danny, he couldn’t do that some place else? I can almost see it when Harley is around since he’s going after her romantically, but there is just NO sense in him always dropping by. I hate him SO much. Meta says keep your enemies close. I know lots of people see Aunt Meta as more of Nancy Hughes type of character during this run on the series, but honestly there’s a lot of steel, quick wit, life experience, and watchfulness there. If you’re on her bad side it isn’t wise to turn your back on her or assume as a sweet old lady she’s not really a threat for even a minute.

Notice right after Danny says “what do you have for me, Mr. Spaulding” he wipes his cheek and you see his wedding ring. He’s trying to sneak in all in black and leaves a shiny, large gold ring on his finger. They don’t touch on it as often after the first Stablan Manny marriage, but we continue to see the importance of their wedding rings to them, more so than other soap couples.

See how they did that? How they implied Meta and Robbie were there without paying for each of them. This is SUCH a great episode that I went through and did a big bunch of transcription. It’s a wonderful Danny being boss set up and proves him to be an equal to Alan. Then you set up the Danny-Alan relationship beautifully and starts the set up of the new level of Danny-Phillip where Danny is both geniune competition and a goad. They had such an amazing chance here to revitalize Spaulding Enterprises and we don’t know that they’re going to blow it yet. Then we got a beautiful Manny loving scene. 

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.

Reva Explains How Josh Makes Her Feel to Alan

April 3, 2017

This clip is from Friday, February 9, 1996. I think this is one of the most important scenes in the Jeva story and it’s not even between Josh and Reva. This scene spells out the trouble with Jeva and I don’t think they ever truly face it. Reva should be telling this to Josh, but I don’t think she ever does.

This is when Jeva are fighting over custody of the kids after Reva returns from the dead. Reva has been told that Josh will use her relationship with Alan Spaulding against her during the custody fight. Reva needs Alan to move and tries to talk Alan to get it. Reva: “Bud can’t give without taking something back. He’s a Lewis and I’m a Shayne.” Reva describes the terrible thing that is always an issue between them. I think she’s quite right about this, and that Josh doesn’t see it. This reminds me so much of the scene where Reva was moving out of H.B.’s house to move in with Josh and he made her throw out her clothes because HIS wife wouldn’t wear those things that I think is a defining moment in their relationship even more than the fountain scene. Josh never does forget that he’s the son of the family and Reva is the daughter of the help. When things are good between them it doesn’t matter, but when something goes wrong, Josh slips the knife right into this soft spot of Reva’s every time. Sadly Alan doesn’t get it, if he had maybe Reva and Alan would have been a thing.

Reva: “I just can’t be beholden to him anymore and that’s the bottom line. Maybe he just can’t see it. Maybe being born golden blinds you to certain things and being born poor lets you see too much. Bud always knew his place in the world and I spent a lifetime looking for mine and I thought that maybe once I had him I’d have everything I needed in life. I’d finally feel strong and safe and secure and that I could do no wrong. He knew I’d be and do whatever he wanted to get him and he was right. Even when we were kids he’d dangle carrots in front of my face. He’d say ‘you be it Reva or we can’t play’ or ‘put a prettier dress on or I won’t sit  in church with you.’ I gave Josh my mind, my body, and my soul and I will NOT give him my children so he can make them feel the way I felt my entire life.”

Alan: “Reva, you can find a middle ground.” [about custody of the children so you don’t have to fight.]

Reva: “No, Alan, with Bud it’s all or nothing and that’s the way it’s going to have to be with me. I’m sorry, but I’m moving out.”

 

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What You Need to Know About Alan Spaulding Before Next Storyline

February 1, 2017

The Trial of Danny Santos story arc has reached its conclusion. While you think there’d be a little break, they dive right into another front burner storyline. In this storyline they connect with Alan Spaulding once again. We’ve seen him before a little bit as Claire’s significant other and in connection with his relationship with Michelle through Phillip, Alan-Michael, and Hope, but his relationship with Danny is about to take a major focus of the storyline. I’ve mostly described Alan in terms of the epic romance between Alan and Hope Bauer, but sadly that fell apart in the 1980s.

Since then Alan has survived a recast and years spent both assumed dead and in prison. Afterward Alan’s storyline mainly focused on business and his relationships with his sister and his children which thanks to his father Brandon are both close and dysfunctional. However, in 1996 when Alan was forced to leave Springfield he discovered Reva had amnesia and was living with the Amish. He’d had a previous relationship with her and a short – before it was annulled – marriage.

I’ve been watching a YouTube Channel that has daily episodes from 1996 for New Year’s Week this year and it pulled me up a bit and made me think about Alan from 1996 through the end of the show which ended with Alan’s death. It made me reflect on his relationships since then and tied it back to this storyline. So here is background about Alan that I think will help you understand Alan and more importantly Alan and Danny.

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Alan’s Sisters

Alan’s sibling relationship was with with Alexandra Spaulding. They had grown up together and had a strong bond despite the many times they were at odds to the point where there were years where they barely talked or didn’t talk at all. Their father, Brandon Spaulding, had pitted them against each other having them compete for his time, love, and positions within the company. He had strong ideas about what he expected from his children which started with complete obedience.

Alan’s role was to be the head of the company which meant to be the head of the family and the company (Alexandra was used as a threat to take over if Alan failed). He was supposed to be solely focused on the company. Heavy drinking and affairs were encouraged and expected, as long as they were beneficial to or at least connected to the business.

He had two additional sisters. Victoria was his half-sister that Brandon fathered after faking his own death and starting a new life in Bermuda. Alan and Victoria did not have a good relationship. They met as adults and she grew up hearing horror stories about how Alan was at fault for everything bad that ever befell Brandon and served as a fall guy for anything bad Brandon had done. Victoria was no lone anti-Alanite, she raised her daughter Vicki on that same garbage which caused lots of trouble. Vicky was David Grant’s love interest all the while he was flip flopping about how he felt about Manny up until Dicky broke up about the time Michelle was cleared. She left town very soon after that.

Amanda Wexler Spaulding grew up not knowing her true parentage. Her adoptive mother (Amanda didn’t discover that until she had been an adult for years) was truly evil, but after her adoption was revealed Amanda spent many years happily thinking she was Alan’s daughter. When the show needed a major Spaulding secret they set up that actually Amanda’s birth mother had been having an affair with Brandon at the same time as Alan. Brandon knew she was involved with Alan and he was actually Amanda’s father. Personally I never saw how Amanda Wexler Spaulding actually was…a Spaulding was that much of a secret, but it messed up the sibling relationships even more.

Alan’s Children

Although Alan passed on the messed up-ness he inherited from his father, it should be noted 100% in his favor that his favorite child was adopted son Phillip.  The fact that he was adopted never made Alan see Phillip as anything less than his real son.

Alan-Michael was Alan’s son with Hope. When they broke up and Hope self-destructed she took Alan-Michael with her and he was raised mostly by Hope and her father Michael (who is awesome sauce). Alan-Michael arrived in Springfield as a soon to be college student eager to establish a relationship with his father who remained focused on Philip as long as Philip was in town. A-M struggled to get his father’s and his Aunt Alex’s attention and approval.

Learning from his father, Alan felt competition was good for his children as an incentive and continued to put his expectations, judgemental attitudes, and set them up to compete with each other. Alan-Michael left town to basically get away from all that family drama and focus on his relationship with his wife Lucy and a fresh start running Spaulding International headquarters in Europe.

After Amanda, Alan-Michael, and later Philip left town Alan will learn that Brandon had not only taken Amanda from him, but he also found that one of his early affairs had produced a child and it had been put up for adoption without Alan even knowing it existed. That son was revealed to be Gus Aitoro…. but that hasn’t happened yet.

Danny’s Relationship With Alan

All of which brings us to Danny’s relationship with Alan. So far Danny has interacted with Phillip more than Alan and that has been a significant if rarely played relationship. Early on during the Ben Warren feud Danny went to Philip, scion to scion, but Phillip underestimated Danny and wouldn’t meet him on equal ground.

When Alan gave him a chance and appreciation Danny took Alan on as a sort of substitute father figure. Alan was also an alpha male who ran an empire, but it was a legal — well mostly — one and fit into Danny’s possible future that would mix his and Michelle’s worlds into one they could both live in. In short Danny wanted Alan’s approval and he got it. Part of that was that Danny was really good at his job. Part of it was that Danny was a very effective goad to Phillip. Alan constantly rubbed it in to Philip’s face the fact that Danny was a man of action who protected his family and Phillip wasn’t. Part of it was that I think Alan saw in Danny and Michelle what his life might have been had he been able to break free of his own family’s dark past and step and be the man Hope deserved the way Danny was able to for Michelle.

Romance

Starting in 1996, Alan suddenly had a romantic storyline that was repeated in a pattern endlessly to the end of the show even though the details varied a lot. Alan would fall for a woman with serious issues and moved heaven and earth to get that woman to fall in love with him – to choose him – and it never happened. They all wanted someone or something else. The only exception is his relationship with Claire which was more of an even partnership, more friends with benefits than an actual romance. Alan throws Claire away for another dysfunctional relationship — that time with Olivia Spencer. That situation takes his focus and impacts his relationships with other people detrimentally which will effect his actions towards Manny.

So Goes Spaulding Enterprises

Focusing on Alan from that 1996 period on has made me realize something. I was wondering why he changed behavior. Why did he stop having affairs and otherwise getting involved with women in positions of power? Part of that is he was involved with a stream of women who didn’t truly want him so he had to work on just keeping the one he had, but mostly it was because Spaulding Enterprise was no longer an active force on the show. There just weren’t those types of women secretaries, interior decorators, business executives, women who headed up businesses Spaulding was involved with, they no longer existed. In fact the business that Spaulding did mostly disappeared.

It used to be that Spaulding Enterprises did things. Whether they were infecting people so they could sell a cure for the Dreaming Death, building a chemical plant near Springfield, creating and developing the area around Towers, destroying whole neighborhoods for development, etc. they may not have been good, but they were always doing something big. There was an entire workplace crew during the 1995-1996 period when Alan-Michael and Lucy were running Spaulding where we saw goings on at Spaulding on a very regular basis. However, after 1996 this period in 2001 when Danny was working there was the last big play by Spaulding. Oh sure, it will exist to the very end of the show, but mainly as an excuse for battles over who was going to be President. Nobody stayed in power very long and they ALL do absolutely the best job ever as president. Otherwise there is a story about Alex for some reason supporting a start up fashion house and later using Spaulding to manufacture and smuggle in illegal drugs which is truly sad, but that’s about it. Being president of Spaulding because an excuse for the company to exist instead of having the business serving as a story generator. After 2001 a lot of the business seemed to be done out of the study of the Spaulding Mansion rather than the actual office. This was best symbolized by when Alan actually brought his grandson James into the business. He brings him to see Alan’s office and it is literally a broom closet. Oh how far Spaulding has fallen.

Profile of Alan Spaulding

Alan Spaulding ~ Alan Spaulding has always been a powerful industrialist of his generation around Springfield. His father Brandon was a terrible parent who set his children in competition against each other to see who would be the best and who would control his company, Spaulding Enterprises. Long after his second death, Brandon is still coloring and causing trouble in his family’s lives. Alan has committed more than his fair share of crimes, and even caused more than his fair share of deaths over the years, but somehow the family never has gotten the association with crime that the Santos family has. While Alan has known Michelle basically her whole life (he was married to and had Alan-Michael with her cousin Hope and his son Phillip is Rick’s best friend), he only really became aware of Danny and his activities on a regular basis when he began dating Michelle’s birth mother, Dr. Claire Ramsey.

After Danny was cleared of murdering his mother Carmen, he broke into Alan’s office to convince him to hire him as a security consultant. Alan took an instant liking to Danny and never looked back. Danny was also useful to him as a spur to Phillip and Alan frequently pointed out to Phillip how Danny was a man of action who protected his family, which Phillip had singularly failed to do. None of his other children were in town at the time (that he knew of) and he started treating Danny almost like a surrogate son. However, he knew that the FBI was setting up Danny to use him in a sting and even though Danny hadn’t gone to Alan with what he knew, Danny saw this as a betrayal and quit. (I think Danny was wrong on this one, Alan was actually always fairer to Danny than  he was to his own children and I wish he had forgiven Alan and worked within the company.) Alan tried to get him to come back to Spaulding on several occasions, but Danny refused to trust him again, even though Michelle really wanted him back in what she saw as the relative safety of the corporate world. Although the Alan-Manny relationship dropped away as Alan developed a drastic set of his own problems, I think he still kept a kindly eye on Danny and Michelle. I truly believe that part of him saw Danny and Michelle as living out the life he wished he’d managed to live with true love Hope Bauer (Michelle’s cousin who was very much like her without the steel inside that Danny finds so attractive), who was destroyed by Alan’s failure to protect her and turn his back on his own family’s legacy. I feel this failure has been behind his driving need to control and protect the rest of his family ever since and feels that in Danny’s successful marriage to Michelle part of the old wrongs have been righted. (Alan finally died for real the last week of Guiding Light.)
http://www.soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/alan.php

To learn more about the backstory of Phillip’s parents, read this post:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/phillip-spauldings-parents

To learn about Alan’s relationship with Hope Bauer and how Hope-Alan was similar to Manny:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/alan-spauldinghope-bauer
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/hope-and-alan-island

See my WSPR report on Alan Spaulding’s death:

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/alan-spaulding-found-dead

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.

Brent Lawrence Bomb in the Lighthouse Part 4

January 3, 2017

Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence still has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but it’s interrupted for some more early Dart and kicking up the biggest story ever for the Grant family up a notch. Matt is still threatening Amanda about coming clean about the her escort service. Nola is still having problems with J and Bridget is trying to decide if she should go after Hart or not. Also, sort of tying in with the rescue attempts, but not really, Alan warns Annie that he thinks Jeva are starting to get back together and Buzz is making a move on Reva. Comment blocks below include clip description, quotes, and my comments.

Monday, February 5, 1996

Hart had come to town wanting revenge on Roger for what he did to his grandfather (impregnated and then abandoned his daughter, stole his land, and triggered his death) and how Roger had believed Jenna (Roger’s then wife) over Hart when Jenna accused Hart of aggressively hitting on her. (Jenna had lied to cover her own betrayal of Roger.) Hart rubs Roger’s nose in the fact he had sex with Dinah. Marcus talks sense to Dinah, but she doesn’t want to hear it – so what else is new? Reva tells Frank and Frank calls in the cops to come to the dock. We have an amazingly good section where Alan and Buzz have a great back and forth with Brent. Over the years they have Alan and Buzz be enemies and have them work together. It’s always a lot cooler when they set them up to work together. They are different, but both can pull out the gravitas when needed. They throw in some Jeva-Annie business just to do a check-in on that storyline although it feels off where they stick it in. Of course Reva’s lawyer would try to find stuff against Annie and Josh. What do they think? Lucy and Alan-Michael “marry” each other while waiting for the bomb to go off at about 20 minutes into this clip. I was wondering at the time why they didn’t worry about Brent having a camera recording them. Lucy should have followed Brent into the room and not given him a chance to watch it.

Tuesday, February 6, 1996

It was nice look at Ross’ law office, but I don’t know why he’d take off and leave it unlocked. It’s nice of Alan to talk Buzz down about Frank. Nick McHenry shows up and wants to know what’s going on. Reva had hidden in the back of Brent’s truck and is now sneaking into the lighthouse. Hart brings Dinah to Ross’ office to start the ball rolling on her divorce, but doesn’t want to stick around. I don’t understand though what his issue was. Even if he was completely lying (which I only think he thinks he is right now) why not just say he wants kept out for legal reasons and has to go back to work. Why make the big point about leaving to go to lunch? I kind of feel bad though, for once in his life Frank cracks a crime through brain power & 30 seconds later Reva comes in and steals his glory. I’m with Ross I saw how Roger talked Dinah into signing him her power of attorney and I still can’t believe she was that stupid. It’s also not good to co-mingle all funds even within a good marriage. That exact accounting of Dinah’s funds (which Roger has been embezzling left and right) is why Roger has been making these desperate plays to keep Dinah. I think he did like her, but he liked her money and sticking it to Ross even more. Roger is in love with Holly and despite all the garbage between them (they are both in need of serious pscyh help) I do believe she loves him too. Going for the bomb was truly a brilliant move on Alan-Michael’s part. He is at his smartest in the year or so right before this.

Wednesday, February 7, 1996

Really these are very well done recap half scenes.

Roger: “You know what it’s like to love somebody so much that you’d be willing to do anything to keep them.”

Ross: “Yes, but I don’t think you do.”

Ross is completely wrong here. Roger was willing to deliberately injure himself in a car crash to get another chance with Holly. He just doesn’t feel that way about Dinah. Plus, Ross should see that Roger is legitamately desparate, just over the consequences not losing Dinah per say.  I don’t get Hart being ready to take off either. I don’t think he was ever mature enough to be a good father, but I do think he cared about the kid, at least enough to say goodbye in person. Plus, this is where he gets to stick to Roger. If he takes off Roger might get Dinah back which Hart has spent all this time to set up to keep from happening. Cassie Lawrence shows up and tries to talk Brent down. Ross talks sense to Dinah while Roger waits outside. Maybe he’s trying to get Ross to bust them up hoping he can then reconcile. Bridget reads Hart the riot act. She has started to get emotionally involved again. And if you were starting to think maybe Roger genuinely caring for Dinah note that it was the minute Ross tried to get her to sign the nullification of the Power of Attorney was when he burst in and sadly she leaves without signing. Ross and Roger have a long complicated history an confrontation between them is great. David was in love with Bridget and he was my second choice for her right behind Dylan. They were great friends for a long time – as Bridget and Dylan were – and I think they could have had an incredibly solid marriage, but it never occurred to Bridget to see David that way. The back and forth between Brent, Lucy, and Alan-Michael during the confrontation is great, but it takes like 2 minutes tops to run up the stairs at the lighthouse. Just what is taking Frank and Nick so long? They should have showed them starting later if they didn’t want them up there by now. I’m glad A-M showed he truly was the better person by holding on to Brent, but I can’t blame Lucy for wanting him to let go. This was a good fake out with Bridget and Hart, but it would have been better if they’d cut it in before Dinah arrived. I’ve never heard Miranda read like that, but I think if you have to say “Do you understand?” you need some sort of recognition before you can continue. Full long credits at the end of this one.

Thursday, February 8, 1996

Dinah and Hart talk and you figure out maybe Hart’s decision wasn’t as clear cut as everyone else thought to this point. Blake comes in and hears Ross tell that Hart slept with Dinah to get get even. Blake is on Hart’s side, but Roger tells Blake he still loves her no matter how she feels around him. Roger: “[Amanda] is after your husband and everyone in the whole town knows it…so far this one may have lusted after Amanda only in his heart, but give him time.” [In a very famous interview of former President Jimmy Carter when asked about if he’d ever committed adultery he admitted to having lusted in his heart.]

Alan-Michael: “I’m fine.”

Alan: “I’ll believe that when Ed Bauer tells me. I almost lost you once I’m not taking another chance.”

Dinah is hurt by Hart’s attitude. Ed checks out Lucy and Alan-Michael. They are good, but he wants them both in the hospital overnight for observation. Lucy apologizes for losing the $10 million dollars by hitting Brent with the suitcase.

A-M: “Father….that money in the satchel it wasn’t yours, was it?”

Lucy: “Yea, I’m very sorry for loosing it. I just had to hit him with something.”

Alan: “You were magnificent, Lucy. I couldn’t have put it to better use myself.

Lucy: “Yea, but it was a lot of money.”

A-M: “It WAS yours.”

Alan: “It’s only money, son. The most important thing is that you are safe.”

And he really means it. That right there is while you love Alan despite all the awful crap he pulls. I never really liked Nick except when he was happy with Mindy, but when he truly acts like a cousin to A-M which is rare enough I love him. Brent has terrible mental issues. I don’t think he’s faking, but I don’t remember. Why didn’t they call Amanda? She’s his sister and helped during the crisis. Matt to Vanessa about Dinah: “She doesn’t know you as well as she thinks she does.” Sadly that’s because while she does her best to take care of Dinah, Vanessa never ever opens up to Dinah. They needed that conversation for Vanessa to confess how she was as a young woman and how desperate she is for Dinah not to repeat her mistakes. Another nice Alan-Buzz moment. Buzz to Reva: “You have a choice.” You have a choice? Yea, Reva could choose to be independent and walk away from Alan without having to run to another man for once.

Friday, February 9, 1996

I don’t know why Reva believed Josh’s story and allowed it to color her attitude so completely. Even if Alan did things as worse than Josh said, he just went through that ordeal with his kid. If she had even mild affection for him, she should have felt glad for him.

Blake: “Very smooth.”

Amanda: “I use moisturizer. Everyone should.”

Blake and Amanda who are more alike than either will admit (which is too bad Amanda grew up a lot during her first run on the show she was in a really great place last time we saw her before this recast). Blake locks Amanda in the construction shack which should have a phone so she can call to get out. I hope she can. Blake could have been having supper with Ross instead. It would have better served her cause. Rick is subpoenaed by Reva’s lawyer. Reva’s lawyer, Althea Templeton, warns her that Ross will come after her fitness as a mother. Reva: “I’m their mother. I gave them life and for the last 5 years I’ve lived like a damn saint.”

Marah hears the yelling for some reason assumes it’s about her. Marah is acting odd and Annie and Josh realize it. Reva tries to talk Alan to get it. Reva: “Bud can’t give without taking something back. He’s a Lewis and I’m a Shayne.” Reva describes the terrible thing that is always an issue between them. I think she’s quite right about this Josh doesn’t see it. This reminds me so much of the scene where she was moving out of H.B.’s house to move in with Josh and he made her throw out her clothes because HIS wife wouldn’t wear those things that I think is a defining moment in their relationship even more than the fountain scene.

Reva: “I just can’t be beholden to him anymore and that’s the bottom line. Maybe he just can’t see it. Maybe being born golden blinds you to certain things and being born poor lets you see too much. Bud always knew his place in the world and I spent a lifetime looking for mine and I thought that maybe once I had him I’d have everything I needed in life. I’d finally feel strong and safe and secure and that I could do no wrong. He knew I’d be and do whatever he wanted to get him and he was right. Even when we were kids he’d dangle carrots in front of my face. He’d say you be it Reva or we can’t play or put a prettier dress on or I won’t sit  in church with you. I gave Josh my mind, my body, and my soul and I will NOT give him my children so he can make them feel the way I felt my entire life.”

Alan: “Reva, you can find a middle ground.”

Reva: “No, Alan, with Bud it’s all or nothing and that’s the way it’s going to have to be with me. I’m sorry, but I’m moving out.”

Rick and Ed discuss their supeonas. Rick thinks Ed will be able to claim privileged information and Ed says recent court rulings says that AAA people can be forced to testify about things said in meetings which I think is terrible. I’m going to have to look it up and see if that’s still true. That Ed understands this I totally get, but what does he mean IF? Ed did this same exact thing to protect Michelle from Claire. Rick is exactly right about this. I know Ed thinks Rick is seeing what he wants too, but he’s completely correct. Josh and Reva are getting back together and Annie is just a roadblock. And it’s the not telling Annie that will completely break her.

Annie’s hair is completely gorgeous here. Annie is such a competent nurse. I hate they took that away from her. The old guy’s name isn’t Scottie Hamilton. Scott Hamilton was a very famous Olympic ice skater. I just love it. Amanda is still trapped. Amanda: “Help! Is anyone out that? Help me I’ve been locked inside by a neurotic bimbo!” Now that’s funny. Amanda has an AMAZING fantasy sequence based on Dudley DoRight. Mountie Marler: “What do you expect from the daughter of Snidley Whiplash?” — Amanda: “Now show me while they call you mounties.” Eyebrow arch. LOL

I’m glad that Rick didn’t get his wish about reuniting with Annie, but that is a lovely old married couple squabble. That is a gorgeous wild rose quilt in Marah’s room. That’s terrible lighting in the Alan/Reva scene look at that awful  shadow on Reva’s sweater and then on her face. After Reva poured her heart out about the pain Josh caused how can Alan not get this?

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.

 

Final Brent Lawrence Terror Part 3 Jan 29 Feb 2 1996

January 1, 2017

Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence still has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but it’s interrupted for some more early Dart and kicking up the biggest story ever for the Grant family up a notch. Matt is still threatening Amanda about coming clean about the her escort service. Nola is still having problems with J and Bridget is trying to decide if she should go after Hart or not. Also, sort of tying in with the rescue attempts, but not really, Alan warns Annie that he thinks Jeva are starting to get back together and Buzz is making a move on Reva. Comment blocks below include clip description, quotes, and my comments.

Monday, January 29, 1996

The cop tailing A-M reports to Frank (via radio which they know Brent has been checking????) and they are ready to follow A-M when he leaves thinking he’ll lead them to Brent. Amanda jumps in front of A-M’s car telling him she won’t let him risk his life. A-M is her brother and she loves him. Buzz is also listening to the police band radio while working in the dinner. Buzz and Reva had started the beginning of a friendship (which always turns to sex with Reva) when she was still in Amish Reva/Rebecca mode. They’d met up a few times in Springfield, but Reva had never told him of her connection to either Alan or Josh which hurt Buzz and made him feel like a fool.

It’s hard to tell if Brent is buying Lucy coming around to like him or not. He wants to have sex with Lucy, but she tells him that she’d be fine if only they’d go someplace else. Brent starts to freak out, but then comes around. He starts to walk Lucy through the night of rape, making Lucy walk them through that night from his POV. Amanda begs A-M to tell police what Brent said and A-M begs Amanda to let him go.

Amanda: “You’re my brother, I just found you again, you can’t die.”

A-M: “If I die trying to save her, then I die. I can’t let her down. Please try and understand Amanda, I can’t.”

A-M spots his police trail and realizes Frank is going to have him followed. He asks Amanda to help him get away.

Alan is trying to get Annie to help him keep Reva and Josh apart. Annie at first claims her marriage is solid, but then listens to Alan. Annie says she has nothing to hide (um, the retcon makes this totally untrue, although the drug addiction she had even then doesn’t help).

Frank’s partner suffers a fit of self-doubt giving a recap of recent action. Meanwhile Amanda disguised as A-M drives off. A-M runs down the stairs that shows Level 5 is the first one under street level. Brent continues his rewrite of their rape night.

Lucy takes over reminding Brent of how great they had been together before that night. It seems like Lucy has him reeled in, but then the alarm goes off and Brent calls A-M telling him next to call him from the phone booth on the docks near where they found Nadine. Buzz is full of self-blame from how he has let everyone down repeatedly. Most recently by staying with Reva instead of showing up at Frank’s police academy graduation. Reva tells him to knock off complaining and do something. Alan continues to push Annie to help him. Rick is still interested in Annie and she turns to him afraid her alcoholism will come out.

Annie is frantic to Rick that by revealing her alcoholism Reva will take Marah and Shayne from Josh. Rick talks her down. A-M makes the deadline to pick up the phone on the docks.

Brent reacts to Lucy having interrupted his A-M. Lucy says she’s upset because Brent lied to her, not because of A-M. Lucy continues to try to convince Brent to leave town without seeing A-M. Brent doesn’t bite and tells A-M to come to the lighthouse which A-M believes is finally the meet. Frank catches Amanda and tells her she just killed A-M.

Rick says he will help Annie, but never lie for her again. She freaks out and storms out the door. Buzz tells Reva she made a mistake being with Alan, that she should be with him instead. Frank gets out of Amanda what she knows which isn’t much. Alan shows up and Amanda catches Alan up. A-M shows up at the lighthouse and Brent comes out and smiles.

Tues., Jan. 30, 1996

Annie returns home to the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. She’s freaked and tells Josh she has to move out. Buzz tells Reva that she should be with him instead because he could love her better than either Alan or Josh despite the fact that minutes ago he was saying how he failed everyone he ever loved. Alan is furious when Amanda catches him up and attacks her. Brent delightedly welcomes A-M to the lighthouse.

Brent makes fun of A-M. Brent: “Do you know how stupid a name that is, Alan-Michael?” (I kind of wish that A-M had explained the story behind his name at that point just to throw Brent off.) Brent reminds A-M that he shot him in the stomach after making him beg for Lucy’s life and to see her. Brent: “It feels like you swallowed fire.” Brent says pushing the gun into A-M’s stomach. Annie tells Josh about what Alan said and she says she has to move out. Marah overhears and is further upset. Reva asks Buzz what he’s talking about that they are just friends with some sexual attraction. Reva runs down Alan’s good points. I wish she’d remember this later on. Buzz insists if she really loved Alan, she’d have said so. Buzz tells her to call Alan and say she is going to date Buzz and goes in for a kiss.

Meanwhile Alexandra has Matt over telling him she wants to build a second home office that would be for Alan – I guess she’s taken over the one she’s standing in -and a solarium off the kitchen for cook to grow herbs. Matt calls her on just wanting more information on Amanda. Brent runs a portable metal detector over A-M and discovers he has a gun. Brent brings A-M up to the second floor of the lighthouse where Lucy is and they finally see each other again. I haven’t counted soap days, but in real life it’s been a month. See I think I would have wound this up quicker than this and pushed Reva and Josh to the second part of the month, but I’m not a writer. 🙂

A-M says hello and Brent taunts him. Lucy says she never wanted to see A-M again. Alan has pressed the right psychological button and Amanda is back to being a good little girl again. Sadly she’s fragile. Alan hires a new computer expert and puts him on finding Brent even though Spaulding’s normal computer people have failed. Alan calls the diner and Buzz tries to put him off, but Reva takes the phone and he catches her up and asks Reva to come. When he realizes it’s about Lucy and A-M, Buzz insists on coming along. And leaves the diner unlocked and unmanned. Seriously it’s no wonder why they were always on the verge of losing the business.

Marah comes down singing the song that drives the guy nuts in George Orwell’s 1984. This is NOT a good sign. Marah says Shayne was asking if they’d ever have to go live with Mama. They tell her no. Marah is clearly pretending the questions came from Shayne when they are from her and she is upset on whether she’ll have to go live with Reva or away from Josh or not. Then Marah continues to sing the crazy bell song — seriously it freaks me out every since I heard a radio production of 1984. Amanda is also freaked out. Alex tells Amanda that Matt has told her all about it. Matt jumps into the breech and continues the cover story. Lucy freaks out on Brent pretending she doesn’t care about A-M. Lucy jumps into attack mode and Brent thinks she’s his mother and backs away into the fetal position, but still holding on to the gun.

Alan’s computer man, constantly typing, is working on tracking him down. Buzz says he thinks Brent doesn’t just want money, but wants to break everyone. Buzz thinks that Brent wouldn’t leave until he breaks A-M. Buzz, Alan, and Reva profile Brent. The computer guy gets a lead. A-M is afraid what Lucy is doing as they communicate with their eyes. Then Brent pops back up. Brent says he’s going to count to 30 and then shoot A-M. If Lucy tries to stop him, he’ll know she’s lying. Lucy tries to argue that he shouldn’t kill A-M just because it would be stupid. It doesn’t work. He puts Lucy’s hands under his on the gun and points it at A-M.

Amanda and Matt talk. Amanda tells Matt that she’s always afraid she won’t be part of the Spaulding family anymore. Amanda tells Matt they have a deal. She’ll stay away from Ross and he’ll keep his mouth shut about their connection in California. (If you don’t know for reasons they’re never really clear about, Amanda was running a prostitution ring and Matt was working for her.) As Brent reaches 30 in his count for Lucy to shoot the expert finds the number, Alan chats to Brent. Meanwhile A-M comes up behind Brent with a ceramic knife. Bravo! Bravo! There’s some his grandfather Mike’s smarts! ♥

Wed., January 31, 1996

We pickup a different storyline today as Hart comes in and finds Dinah sitting alone in the farmhouse in the dark. He lights a kerosene lamp. Dinah expects Hart to tear into her. Alan is luring Brent in on the chat when A-M comes behind Brent (For some reason with a horror movie knife raise instead of a quick next to jugular move), but at the last minute Brent turns and fires at A-M.

A-M is shot and in pain, but not dead. Lucy continues with her plan to convince Brent she wants him. Holly, Fletcher, Ross, and Blake are having a nice reception at Reva Bend. They are concerned about Dinah. Holly abruptly changes the conversation when Fletcher brings up that Roger had said he still loved Holly. Hart tells Dinah that he just wanted to help Dinah – which I don’t think is really true, but for the sake of future story I’ll believe it.

Roger is eating with his lawyer Leo Flynn at the diner. The diner is totally jumping now, Elaine is in charge, and I have NO idea what time of day is this supposed to be other than they’re not eating a normal breakfast. Leo sends up a line saying this first thing Roger…Ross will ask for is a financial accounting and as Roger has stolen all of Dinah’s money that isn’t good. Roger is sure he can talk Dinah back, but she heard the sincerity in Roger’s voice when he said he loved Holly. Alan and Buzz are blustering at each other when Brent returns to the chat with the news he shot A-M.

Hart tries to cheer up Dinah pointing out all the other people that Roger fooled and that Hart himself had been the biggest fool. Hart retells her his story and how his grandfather raised him on Yates. Hart: “The woods of Arcady are dead. And over is their antique joy.” Ross turns down seconds on the appetizer that Blake made and Ross and Fletcher both threw their appetizers into the fireplace when Blake wasn’t looking. I guess Blake isn’t that good a cook. Holly is concerned with Meg’s future. Blake tells Holly about her baby concerns. Blake’s outfit is really cute, but I just can’t stand how Holly keeps talking about how great Fletcher is and how she can trust him. The only woman he never abandoned was Maeve and that was just because she died before he got the chance. Fletcher broke my heart when he broke Claire’s and never did a thing to make it up.  Alan and Reva think Brent has brain washed Lucy, but Buzz recognizes she’s conning him to buy time. Alan negotiates with Brent and when it starts to go wrong Buzz panics.

Frank is at the diner, but he can’t eat. Eleni has made sandwiches for the other cops. Eleni tells Frank she was wrong to be opposed to Frank becoming a cop that he was meant to be one to help save Lucy. Brent leaves and A-M begs Lucy to quit playing this. Lucy tells him it’s her plan and it’s meant to buy time so they can survive. Dinah says she loved Roger. Hart to Dinah: “Roger isn’t worth your tears.” 

Roger shows up at Ross and Blake’s carriage house looking for Dinah. Meanwhile at the Jessup Farm, Hart kisses Dinah. Buzz is upset. Both Buzz and Alan agree that the money is bait to lure him out into the open. Alan intends to kill Brent. A-M tells Lucy that the reason Brent is reacting to her strangely because he’s feeding her into the role his mother played in his life.

Thurs., Feb. 1, 1996

The Grants are having a family dinner and Griffin Williams shows up because Charles invited him. Hart and Dinah were still making out, but he breaks away. Roger tells everyone at the Bloss Carriage House to stay out of his life.

Hart kisses Dinah and we’re not sure at this point whether he’s playing Dinah or not. I don’t think Hart is entirely clear either. Griffith is showing off with stories of his work in the Civil Rights campaign and generally being kind of obnoxious.

Vivian does NOT want Griffith to stay in town. Nola sets up Jay to get his car locked up so he can’t take it. It’s pretty Nola-esque caper with Nola, Marcus, and Bridget. Roger hits a little close to Folly and Bloss and then declares that Dinah’s love for him will make their efforts to break them up useless. Meanwhile Hart declares he loves Dinah.

Nola and Bridget work on going through Bridget’s closet to see if she can deal with her closet and her life. Bridget: It’s “a big pile of maybe, a bigger pile of no, and not many yeses.” Now explain this to me. Why would anyone ever want Hart? I mean how does this guy get people to constantly have 2 women fighting over him. Dinah denies Hart could love her. Charles offers Griffin a fellowship to teach a political science for a semester at Springfield University. Jay and Marcus hang out. Did chariots have driver license requirements? Interesting Question. Roger shows up to beg Marcus to forgive him to save his marriage.

Holly wonders if Roger isn’t a little bit right about why they went after Roger. Roger makes a case that Marcus should forgive him. Dinah and Hart continue to talk about his relevation that he told her he loved her.

Bridget confesses to Nola that she wants Hart, but she’s afraid. Nola is very supportive. Bridget about Hart: “He walks into a room and I start to feel goofy… and then I see him with Peter and I think why not? Why not try to be a family.” Gillian tells her dad that her mom has been way out of line (which is kind of teenager like of her, sure Vivian didn’t act like Griffin staying would be Christmas morning, but she was perfectly polite). [Spoiler alert the woman Griffin hurt was her and she’s upset because Gilly is Griffin’s daughter and she doesn’t want anyone to know.] I don’t know why anyone would pick that African name over hearing him say Vivian. I might change my name to Vivian to hear him say that too me, he just rolls it through you. Dinah and Hart discuss what’s going on and then that bed is all too close.

Vivian asks Griffin to leave for her sake. Bloss have a heart to heart about their fertility issues. Dart starts to have sex for the first time.

Friday, February 2, 1996

Dinah wakes up in Hart’s bed the morning after. We Finally get back to the kidnapping. Alan has collected $10 million and is working with Buzz to offer it to Brent.

Lucy continues to play a part to survive and protect everyone. Alan insisted that Lucy be included before Buzz could object she wasn’t included. That’s why you never give up on Alan. Just when you give up on him he does something stand up like this.

Dinah and Hart are still in bed when Roger shows up. I wish Roger’s fear was that he’d lose Dinah, but it’s that he’d get caught stealing her money. Alan and Buzz work together which is always great.

Lucy works on picking a lock. Griffin comes in and joins Vivian and Gilly at their breakfast table. Vivian admits to Gilly that she and Marcus had an affair years ago. Dinah doesn’t regret sleeping with Hart, but isn’t sure what she wants to do from here.

Griffin comes to Marcus and tells him he wants to improve their relationship. Marcus having taken a backseat to everything else his entire life has no interest. Frank comes in and finds Reva. Frank tries to get the truth out of Reva. Frank: “Why doesn’t anyone ever tell me the truth?” Alan picks up the phone and Brent is there. He tells Alan he’s on A-M’s yacht. Buzz and Alan do a verbal dead drop.

Vivian tells Gilly about what happened between her and Griffin. Marcus explains that he doesn’t hate Griffin he just doesn’t know him and he wasn’t there when he needed him. Alan and Buzz work together and Buzz tackles Brent. Dinah tells Marcus about Hart and how good the sex was.

Marcus was OK with Dinah being with anyone other than Roger until he learns that she’s moving on with Hart. Hart sadly was using her – mostly – to get back at Roger. Brent tells Alan and Buzz they have to let him go. Alan-Michael and Lucy discover a bomb.

 

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Final Brent Lawrence Terror Part 2

December 30, 2016

Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but we get some great early Rabby and early Dart stuff. Also, Marcus is cleared, the Reva back from the dead custody fight is going, Matt is blackmailing Amanda into leaving Bloss alone over their experience in California with an escort service. Comment blocks below include clip description, quotes, and my comments.

Monday, January 22, 1996

Abby kisses Rick. Rick insists it’s a practice date. Abby thinks it’s more. Hart takes Dinah’s drink in face. Roger calls the station and tells him all about the Brent/Marian story. Brent hears Michelle and J and goes to investigate. Lucy hears them and yells for help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQm_D9QjJsI (Part 1)

Brent grabs Lucy to silence her. A-M waits for Brent to control. Amanda offers support. A-M says that he doesn’t want to risk including Frank in his plan to rescue Lucy. Amanda says he has to include the cops. Alan shows up at the office to find out what’s going on. Michelle heard it, but not clearly and lets J talk her into it not being real. Then J makes up a ghost story to scare her. Brent approaches with a weapon, but decides they are not a threat when they make out.

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

Abby apologizes for kissing Rick, but he says it’s OK. Rick says he taught Michelle to dance. Abby ran off feeling embarrassed. Hart continues talking to Dinah about Roger. I’d say that neither Dinah nor Hart give a true portrait of Roger. They are both right and wrong. They do angry banter very well. Dinah calls Marcus and asks him to come to Towers. For reasons best known only to her, Gilly has decided to date her mom’s old lover. Holly and Fletcher arrive and overhear Roger. More great banter. Michelle and J continue to make out, but break apart when he starts reaching under her clothes. Brent overhears and rushes back to a hog-tied Lucy refreshed in his belief that every girl leads guys on and then backs off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPF1Gsky4Bw (Part 3)

Brent bring a knife to Lucy’s throat, but then pulls back not to ruin his plan. Brent tells Lucy how sick it made him to watch J and Michelle (who he doesn’t know). (Kind of made me a little sick too, seeing Michelle kiss someone else in her and Danny’s lighthouse). Alan offers to reach out to a top computer expert to help track Brent, but A-M doesn’t trust the offer. Brent video chats in with more threats. Frank plays an analyzed tape to see if it was Roger. Neither Holly nor Fletcher is 100% it’s Roger. I don’t know how they couldn’t be from the tape alone it’s definitely him. Holly about Roger: “He’s always using fake accents.” Roger stops by Spaulding and finds one of the packets Amanda had put together about Marian Crane. I’m really kind of surprised. Roger can be a jerk, but not when someone innocent’s life is on the line.

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

Rick says he and Abby need to talk about the kiss. Abby shows back up in her Amish clothes. After spending the entire day with J, Michelle came back after dark. Michelle is upset that their date didn’t go well. Griffin feels put upon that Marcus doesn’t rush over to see him. Knowing about Lucy, Marcus is horrified that Roger is about to put out the story to endanger Lucy. (Actually Griffin your description of Roger sounds more than a little like you.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k05-b5nZx44 (Part 5)

Rick starts going off after J. Michelle drags him back. They have a short argument, but then come to terms. Michelle offers to watch a movie with Rick. Rick leaves to get more popcorn. Abby asks Michelle what happens. Michelle believes J’s garbage that it was her fault for leading him on and then pulling back. Cleary finally decides that instead of just taking guesses, they could do a voice print. Hart, Holly, and Fletcher decide to tape Roger and Cleary recommends they go down to the spy store to get equipment to tape it. Marcus tells Dinah she needs to find Roger and stop him from endangering Lucy. Griffin and Gilly speculate wrongly about Roger and Dinah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bvBLShpZmc (Part 6)

Lucy manages to free herself of restraints. However, Lucy can’t get through the door. So Roger walks into Towers and nobody runs over and tries to get him to call and stop it? Rick and Michelle run across Roger’s WSPR news story. Brent sees himself on camera, just as J spots him makes the ID and yells.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noKgEf6sM58 (Part 7)

Tuesday, January 23, 1996

Around town people are watching the news story. OK if Roger didn’t know about Lucy this makes more sense. Lucy works on getting the door open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn2lLoj0PJA (Part 8)

J tackles Brent, but the Mall Cop believes Brent when he accuses J of stealing his wallet and Brent slips away. Michelle said she dropped J off at Springfield Mall and the Bauers have the TV on to watch the movie. This is dovetailing really well. Alan and Amanda try to stop A-M from running off and ripping out Roger’s heart when he learns Roger’s news story might be endangering Lucy. Lucy gets the door partly open and is met by a combination lock and tries to think what the combination might be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpJDjunpRR8 (Part 9)

Abby volunteers that she saw Det. Cutter and Marian Crane the night she was in the hospital and Rick and her went for a walk. Rick insists she has to tell the police. Actually I don’t think Roger would have played the story if he’d known about Lucy. He might be telling the truth. I thought it was out of character that he did. Roger protests he didn’t know about Lucy and says he wouldn’t have done it. Nick and Susan show up and support A-M. The date of the rape was the combination. Lucy gets into the room and gets on the computer. “Faith comes into our lives on four legs…” She gives proof it’s her, but the tranmission is cut off “he’s holding me at….”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_E59gvEseg (Part 10)

The chief demands to know who told. Cleary confesses she’s the one who told Roger. This time Frank doesn’t let her off the hook. J was dragged in and Nola showed up. J tells Nola that he’d spotted Brent Lawrence. J swears on his car that he’s telling the truth. Nick and Susan talk A-M down from despair. Brent catches Lucy and freaks out. Brent announces he has to kill her and in desperation she hugs him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7v9GwI44HI (Part 11)

J tells Frank and the Detective Levy everything. They believe him and Nola is proud of him. Michelle and Abby show up and Michelle apologizes to J. Abby tells Frank that she was Det. Cutter and Marian Crane together at the dock which helps confirm Brent’s role. Frank forgives Cleary. Holly is set up to record Roger. Holly pulls Roger away to get her recording. Lucy tries to talk Brent into thinking he convinced her that his view on what happened was right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3gNdv-XWJM (Part 12)

Dinah goes storming into her and Roger’s apartment upset that everyone blamed Roger when all he was doing was trying to help her friend. Frank shows up and tells A-M about what happened at the mall. A-M assumes Brent caught Lucy, but he didn’t. Lucy says what Brent wants to hear that he didn’t rape her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY5_arp6ctc (Part 13)

Frank tries to time out how far out Brent was holding Lucy from the mall. Lucy keeps repeating she’ll do whatever it takes to survive. Hart and Marcus talk about Dinah’s inability to see Roger’s crimes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnMwcEZlig (Part 14)

Wednesday, January 24, 1996

Alan returns to the house he bought Reva. Alan is upset thinking Roger might have cost Alan Alan-Michael. Reva comes in bubbling with happiness about Marah and Shayne and Josh and Alan lashes out. Roger deposits some of Dinah’s money in an account in only his name (by a guy trying to do some kind of accent I think). Holly and Fletch show up at Roger and Dinah’s apartment – Penthouse A- saying them have proof Roger set up Marcus (which he totally did).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRLtIyh_yjg (Part 15)

Dinah,Holly, and Fletcher keep talking through her front door. Hart and Marcus continue to talk about Dinah. We drop in on Gilly and Griffith’s date (which considering his prior relationship with her mother is kind of gross on both their parts). Hamp is welcoming guests and since Ross is running late, Amanda and Blake end up sitting side by side at the bar. Reva understood Alan’s attack and is very supportive of him. Alan won’t let it go though accusing Reva of being more interested in Josh despite what she says. Meanwhile Josh is upset about Marah, but Annie questions whether he’s more concerned about Marah or Reva?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBt4bP-02dE (Part 16)

Reva pleas with Alan to understand that she needs to be there with her kids and claims it has nothing to do with Josh (Liar!). Josh denies that it’s Reva’s he’s concerned about. Annie and Josh are romantic together. Marah sneaks down and takes Annie’s book to add to her Annie collection. Amanda comes out straight and says that she wants Ross and will do what it takes to get him. Amanda tells Blake that Ross knows Amanda wants him and that she’d already dropped a fur coat with nothing underneath for Ross’ benefit. Holly and Fletcher shows Dinah the evidence. Dinah supports Roger until he hears the recording of Roger telling Holly he can’t get her out of his system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Namby74Wdw (Part 17)

Ross shows up excitedly and announces Marcus is cleared. Roger walks back in and expects Dinah to back him, but not this time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkFhX_jv3iQ (Part 18)

Dinah spits out that Roger set up Marcus. Dinah faces up to the fact that Roger still loves Holly and calls him out on it. Hamp saw the set up evidence and says he’s dropping the theft charges. Griffin: “There are other ways than direct confrontation.” Josh makes a move on Annie who asks about the kids first and as usual Josh is wrong, they aren’t asleep. Alan comes down and finds that Reva is setting up a seduction. AND this is where Jeva turn truly evil in their actions, Reva and Josh could have walked away from Annie and Alan at this point and no harm, no foul, but no they both swear they love the one they are with severely messing them up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVanjavteks (Part 19)

Amanda calls for a toast in Ross’ honor. Roger desperately tries to drive away Dinah’s doubts, but this time Dinah has it. Sadly Roger just sounds sickening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFEvKB0UF6U (Part 20)

We get an Annie/Josh and Reva/Alan montage. Dinah storms off while Hart watches from a distance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23gUWSRK1q0 (Part 21)

Thursday, January 25, 1996

We start with a nice exterior shot of the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams house. Annie is feeling great because she thinks Josh was making love to her out of desire for her and not for the desire to hurt Reva. If Josh would have come clean right now, they wouldn’t have broken her. Alan is having similar feelings about Reva on their morning after. Matt and Vanessa are also waking up in bed together. Meanwhile Blake is awake and upset and angrily wakes up Ross. Note: This is a lovely bit showing Ross and Blake’s bedroom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWs0ZW1tbEo (Part 22)

More bedroom at beginning. Blake tells Ross Amanda told her about the time Amanda had striped in his office. Amanda is alone at the Spaulding Mansion and not feeling too good either. Amanda has a her and Ross fantasy. Alan asks Reva to try to make peace and get shared custody. Reva agrees to try, but before she makes it to the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams Marah’s therapist calls with a sudden opening and rather than wait until next week Josh takes her in leaving Annie there to deal with Reva.

https://youtu.be/dyoEGZrMZis (Part 23)

Ross is not properly contrite and gets mad when he feels Blake has unjustly accused him. Reva actually plays nice, but when she finds Marah is at a therapist (Dr. Julian) at Cedars she starts to storm off, but Annie stops her. Alan meets with lawyer who withstood Alan’s attempts to buy her off. After Ross storms off, Blake rushes to Vanessa and Matt’s interrupting them in the bedroom to beg Vanessa for advice.

https://youtu.be/mnK37N4DilY (Part 24)

Annie and Reva continue to argue about Marah. Ross goes to Amanda to find out why she wound up Blake and pushes Nettie aside to find Amanda in the Spaulding study in her skivvies while a dressmaker measured her.

https://youtu.be/8P2dqdNkCDk (Part 25)

Blake tells Vanessa what Amanda did, dropping her mink coat in front of Ross. Vanessa: “Well that’s not very original.” (One of the most famous Guiding Light scenes is Vanessa doing that to Ross.) Madame Elliot is the designer. Ross tears into Amanda. I really can’t believe the best way to have the session with Marah is to have Josh sitting there staring at her the whole time.

4:39 Marah’s therapy session

https://youtu.be/SH7LHzmfd9U (Part 26)

Reva bursts in and Marah leaves with the doctor while Josh and Reva tear into each other. I actually don’t think the beeper thing is a bad idea, but the fact is Reva is WAY more concerned over what she wants rather than what’s good for Marah. AND then Josh makes it about himself and loses sight of the kids himself. Ross defends his wife to Amanda and tells her to back off.

https://youtu.be/Iw_REFgOxaI (Part 27) – 123

Annie and Josh bring Marah home and she’s still upset. Marah is about the only soap child they show the effects on them. This period was when Reva wore the prettiest clothes. I just don’t see Vanessa ever wearing those scruffy tennis shoes. This must have been her midlife crisis. Amanda does have a pretty big secret. Not one that fits with the character of Amanda, but it’s a pretty big one.

 

Friday, January 26, 1996

Blake and Vanessa discuss her issues with Amanda. Matt was also part of the secret. Really Amanda, no way Matt believes he’s going to out you and not out himself. We finally get back to fact that Lucy was kidnapped way back on January 1st. Don’t worry, Lucy isn’t stockholming, she’s scheming.

Brent does a great job describing LAM’s love, but Lucy tries to convince him it isn’t true. I still don’t understand why Lucy was ever snowed by Marion enough to think she was her BEST friend. Blake really does have a self esteem problem and I guarantee Amanda didn’t mean give Ross a child. Matt assures Amanda that she has a lot more to lose than he does, that his relationship with Vanessa wouldn’t be hurt by it.

Someone really should have taken the time to push Amanda’s bangs out of the way, it looks terrible. Alex comes in and is surprised that Amanda has the safe open. Alex couldn’t. Amanda explains she changed the combination. Oh Amanda, you don’t show somebody the original you’re blackmailing someone with. He could grab it and take off. Ross and Blake show up at the doctor’s office for their appointment with Dr. Sedwick. Lucy seems to convince Brent to leave Alan-Michael out of his plans and video chats in to tell Alan-Michael she doesn’t love him, the rape never happened and she wants to be with Brent.

Alan-Michael realizes that Lucy was lying to get Brent out of town and away from A-M. Amanda and Alex fight about control at Spaulding Enterprises. Blake and Ross both get clean bills of health for fertility. She think Blake’s stress levels is what’s causing their issues. Dr. Sedwick suggests Blake talks to Dr. Ames, a psychiatrist. Frankly I think it sounds like a good idea.

Bloss talks about other options to therapy when Blake resists therapy. He suggests taking another cruise like their honeymoon. Blake is excited, but then Ross suggests they need to stop trying to get pregnant to get Blake to a better place first. Matt returns home considering telling Vanessa who is all adjutated about Amanda and how she is going after Ross. She tells Matt that any man who would have anything to do with Amanda was dirt. (Matt, who was involved with Amanda, thinks Gulp!)

Alex calls Vanessa and tells her that Matt left his magazine there showing the house that he is going to build for Amanda. When Vanessa asks him about it Matt admits it’s a lie. Vanessa asks why was he really there. Amanda goes into Spaulding Enterprises and is being very supportive of Alan-Michael. Brent contacts Alan-Michael by chat and tells him to come alone. Brent is going to call A-M at the phone booth on 5th Street where Patrick Cutter was killed.

A-M: “Do not call the police because you’re going to be risking Lucy’s life!”

Amanda: “But what about yours?”

A-M: “My life isn’t worth anything without her.”

Matt tells Vanessa that he just told Amanda to back off and that Amanda covered for Blake. Vanessa is thrilled Matt is so wonderful. Brent comes in and tells a waiting Lucy that they have a celebration to attend before they leave town. A-M goes down to the Spaulding Enterprises parking garage and the man Frank left to keep tabs on A-M reports in when he gets into his car and leaves. A-M is wearing a cloth cap that does him no justice. He’s parked on level 5 and is driving a nondescript new sedan – I can’t tell brand.

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

Thanksgiving 2007

November 27, 2016
Zach Spaulding, Harley Cooper, Jude Bauer

Zach Spaulding, Harley Cooper, Jude Bauer

So we’ve got good news and bad news about this Thanksgiving. The good news is that we have quite a bit of it. They aren’t full episodes, but they are pretty decent chunks out of both the day of and the day before. They focus on the Coopers, Gush, and Natalia and Gus — which as the show was written then this was probably most of the show. Also on the positive side we get a decent look at Jude Bauer and Zach Spaulding which we normally don’t. Sadly Jude is the only Bauer we will see at Thanksgiving this year — which again is typical of the show during this time. Also, Buzz gives a fairly nice Thanksgiving dinner speech continuing that tradition.

On the negative side this is 2007. While the cast and acting remained top notch, the writing was the worst ever for Guiding Light…until 2008 which then took the honor. Not that there wasn’t some good stuff particularly in some of the pairing up  of some of the couples, but look at this mess. Gus and Harley are divorcing not only not because they want to, but because HARLEY told Gus he needed to go marry Natalia to make things up to Rafe because you certainly can’t father a boy if you aren’t married to his mother – face palm. Then they don’t know where anyone is going for Thanksgiving the day before so no one knows how many places to serve (when it takes 4-5 days to defrost a turkey) -face palm. Nobody gives anybody any warning about whether they are accepting an invitation or not and just why does Gus go to Harley’s BEFORE eating with Natalia when he specifically said twice he was going there AFTER. It’s just a mess start to finish. It kind of makes you glad that Manny was out of these writer’s clutches. And just what was Rafe’s problem with the manager at Towers. He didn’t ask Natalia to do one thing that was normally expected of a waitress and of course she was busy not many people wanted to work and more – apparently clueless – people wanted to eat out – just like in real life. I never did figure out the Alan-Rafe-Natalia dynamic. I don’t think Alan is actually thinking of romancing Natalia – although it isn’t really clear and not unheard of for Alan to go after one of the mothers of his grandchildren – I THINK he’s trying to get them in position so Rafe can be his latest golden haired (irony intended) heir.

November 20, 2007

Gus asked Rafe and Natalia to have Thanksgiving with him at Towers. Alan had also asked Rafe and Natalia to come to the Spaulding Mansion. Harley asks Gus to attend Thanksgiving at her house. Gus and Harley are divorcing, but mostly to give Gus a chance to build a family with Natalia for Rafe. It was Harley’s idea, but Gus is going along with it.

Apparently things still haven’t been settled about Thanksgiving even though the turkeys should have been thawing for days now. After he gets an invite from Harley, Gus informs Rafe and Natalia that after their Thanksgiving dinner at Towers he’s heading over to Harley’s to see the boys. Rafe takes offense at this feeling his mother is getting the short change again – which she is, but she’s the one trying to have a romantic relationship with Gus when he clearly has no real interest in anything other than making things up to Rafe – so if she wants him she’s got to expect crap like this. Natalia gets a call in to work triple time for work so they’ll eat at supper time instead of at noon. Alan finds out via a message he’s supposed to pass on to Gus that Natalia and Rafe aren’t eating with him after all. Natalia didn’t even bother to tell Alan they weren’t coming after letting him think they probably were the day before, so again she kind of deserved this. It was hard to get a handle on Alan and Rafe’s relationship, but I think for the most part it was genuine affection on Alan’s part. The box in the drawer in the Spaulding study is the engagement ring Gus bought for Natalia even though she hasn’t accepted it yet.

November 21, 2007

A very rude man gives Natalia a tough time at Towers. Also, apparently the incredibly uniformed man doesn’t recognize Alan Spaulding who comes to Natalia’s rescue. Gus shows up at Harley’s and the boys are glad to see him. Jude is the only Bauer we’ll see celebrate this year. The one with the crew cut is Jude Bauer who as Rafe said, along with Zach Spaulding HAVE fathers who want to be involved (so Phillip’s missing right now, Rick would gladly pick up the slack). However, Harley is one of those mothers who likes to pretend the father of her children no longer exist when she gets involved with a new man. The Coopers are having a nice Thanksgiving family meal when Rafe shows up drunk and disruptive.

On the implication that she will say yes, Gus proposes again to Natalia and gets both her and Rafe’s agreement. Daisy calls Rafe and he comes to meet her. Rafe and Daisy get back together. The fuss between them is that Daisy got pregnant after they had sex and chose to have an abortion without even discussing it with Rafe. He didn’t take it well and both their parents were very upset. Coop had invited Ashlee Wolfe out to the Cooper’s Thanksgiving because they are dating. Doris – Ashlee’s mother – is still working on getting elected mayor.  We miss how, but somehow the dining room table and apparently the kids table was smashed. Harley heads out to a bar where she runs into Cyrus who she had been buried alive with and has felt connected to ever since they were rescued.  It ends with a lovely montage of the couples around town.

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 Ramsey Turning Point 2001

September 22, 2016

Claire Ramsey circa 2001I have mentioned before that back when Claire Ramsey was with Fletcher Reade I loved her to death. I was excited when I heard Claire was coming back, but I must admit I was disappointed. Claire came back with all of her negative traits in place and not much in the way of what had once made her great as a person, although she remained a great doctor.

Claire’s storyline of wanting to be a respectable and connected Bauer was a good one, except they never explained why Claire suddenly became so obsessed with it. Claire trying to connect with Michelle, but expecting Michelle to do things her way was in character, but didn’t really explain why all she suddenly wanted was Rick. Also, a reason why Claire wanted to get out of Chicago, the loss of a major grant or something wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Then they gave her an independent story away from Manny and the Bauers which was a great thing. They paired her with Alan Spaulding who was also getting a cold shoulder from his kids at the time so with that and their scheming, manipulative ways and similar intelligence and culture they were a great couple. I mean it wasn’t the romance of the century, but it put Alan with someone he considered an equal and they supported each other and connected to most storylines across the canvas encouraging their involvement likely in any of them that the writers currently wanted. They were a fun couple who were soap rich splashy, and could equally be compelling trying to do right by their kids or doing something selfish and horrible.

Sadly TPTB didn’t see things the same way. They had temporarily resolved the Reva-Josh-Olivia Spencer triangle in Jolivia’s favor and needed a new spoiler. So for reasons that were never clear to me Alan got obsessed with Olivia. I’m not overstating the case. He eventually even blackmails Olivia into sleeping with him. Alan was so better than that I can only describe this entire storyline as mental illness on his part. Alan slowly became more and more obsessed with Olivia to the point of turning his back to his family. With that as the writer’s game plan, Claire was surplus to requirements. So Alan refused to even have a meeting with Danny about the job like Claire asked which I’d have thought he’d done as a courtesy to people he knew far more than Claire, but the whole point was to show Claire and Alan were over and to have Danny create his own opportunity for a new chance.

Claire doesn’t disappear immediately, but after this it was a steady downhill stride. Her last appearance is still about a year out August 16, 2002, but never again would she really be a focus of story.

http://soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/claire.php

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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