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New Year’s 1995-1996 Masquerade Ball

January 3, 2015

It’s an incredible New Year’s in Springfield where almost everyone his headed to a masquerade ball at the Lakeland Country Club and the Marian Crane story is coming to a head with Nick McHenry’s fiancee Susan Bates in a coma, but knowing Marian is to blame and meant to attack Lucy. The Reva returned to town from the dead storyline reaches a crescendo. Blake and Amanda’s fight over Ross hits high gear. Plus this includes one of the most defining moments of Rebecca Budig’s Michelle.

These dates aren’t given on the YouTube channel and finding day to day reports back then is problematic, so these are dates given on several assumptions. There is currently no easily available source to double check them. The dates given are coming from the known date of the distinctive clip episode which is known to have originally aired on Christmas day 1995. From there I’ve followed the episode breaks to divide episodes (these sometimes include clear opening or closing credits and are other times based on knowledge of how soap episodes are structured. It also based on what the included ads say about what days episodes would air and a 1995-1996 calendar. The numbers the parts don’t match the clip titles that they were loaded with but are their order in this post. For each link below description and comments on that particular piece are made, followed by the actual link.

Rick and Abby at NYE Ball 1995

Rick and Abby at NYE Ball 1995

Tuesday, December 26, 1995

Roger is excited his stock is going well and so is Dinah until she discovers a suspiciously fat credit card bill. Lillian and Annie are discussing the Masquerade Ball. Josh goes to Ross Marler for legal help protecting the kids and Reva goes to see Vanessa in case she’ll listen to her side of the story and help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3wvVG8w9r0 (Part 1)

Annie and Rick talk about if Annie’s and Josh’s marriage will take place. Reva uses Vanessa’s past with Dinah to make her point. Vanessa is bested by facts, but stubbornly sticks to Josh’s side. Sadly I think Marah did need help and she never got it. Ross tries to talk sense to Josh (which almost always an impossible task).

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

Matt comes back to give a not too receptive Bridget some big brotherly advice about Hart. Hart stops by the Fifth Street Diner. Buzz: “Well, Son of a …..Thorpe is back.” Blake met Hart at the diner, gives him a hard time for not keeping in touch and catches him up on her life. Roger makes sure Dinah can’t read the details of the credit card bill. Vanessa argues that Reva needs to give her children space. Vanessa tells Reva they found out that she was alive via Alex’s tape of her dancing in the diner with Buzz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbMNUnANFu4 (Part 3)

Ross urges Josh to get an annulment as fast as possible. Blake and Hart continue their talk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqIKzD3H6U8 (Part 4)

Bridget continues her argument with Matt while Bridget sets up Company for the day which she is currently running. Bridget: “Dylan…(voice break) Dylan was different.” Hart stops by and wants to be friends again with Bridget. Annie gave Rick a friendly hug which Abby spies and is heart broken over. Rick does a comedy dance number in the hospital. Lillian and Annie are clowning around trying to make Abby excited about the masquerade ball, Abby the girl who freaked out over masks a couple of months ago at Halloween. Rick asks Abby to go with him to the ball. Buzz: “As I live and gag, it must be unwanted customer day.” Reva charges into the diner to give Buzz what for for exposing her. Ironically Buzz indignantly asks Reva how she could leave town when she has kids here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrjhbNxQ69U (Part 5)

Apparently it’s drop a pop culture reference day. Blake was waiting for Ross to get back from court in his office. They are trying to get pregnant, but no luck yet. Blake shares her hopes that she and Hart will grow closer now they agree about Roger. Ross makes a Father Knows Best joke Bud and Kitten. Talk turns to Josh and Reva. Buzz and Reva make up and Buzz makes a Lazarus joke. Hart asks Bridget to the ball and says he will get the costumes. Dinah and Roger spy on Bridget and Hart and disagree if Hart is trying to get in a relationship with his son, Peter, or into Bridget’s bed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB–6_9OjGI (Part 6)

Dinah actually does give Bridget a good piece of advice, but since their rivalry is already started Bridget won’t listen. Dinah: “Now what would I want with a two timer like Hart who’d come onto you after kissing me.” Good advice Dinah, wish you’d followed it yourself. Hart always does have to have two women on a string normally one is closer at a time, but the other one he keeps interested. Roger overhears Dinah bragging about Hart’s recent come ons to her. Matt came home and urged Vanessa to skip her fitting for her costume (that night?). Josh stops by the hospital to reassure Annie and drops the bomb that they need to get an annulment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0_kNwDlQyk (Part 7)

Michelle and Bill at the Ball 1995

Michelle and Bill at the Ball 1995

Wednesday, December 27, 1995

Roger overhears Dinah talk about Hart’s recent bad behavior. Frank Cooper is a beat cop sitting at the diner with his partner Nell Cleary and Detective Levy. Frank wants to have a confidential police conversation in the diner. He and Nell have been trying to solve Det. Patrick Cutter’s murder, they feel they have evidence that points them to Marian Crane, instead of former prime suspect Marcus Williams. Lucy and A-M are telling Marian the news about Susan’s reaction which might mean she’s recovering from the attack. Lucy still thinks of Marian as a friend. A-M is thinking Marian attacked Susan (which she did).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHNNlGz7MXY (Part 8)

CBS soaps Guiding Light and As the World Turns won’t be on air for New Years ad. Brent psychotically hears his mother’s voice telling him how worthless he is when he hears Susan is waking up. Lucy checks on Marian after she runs out of the office. Frank continues to push the case. Cutter had written Mar before he died. They think it was Marcus Williams, but what if it was Marian Crane?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8n2_yaw94w (Part 9)

Roger suggests Hart’s behavior was because he was still trying to get to Roger (which he was despite his attraction to Dinah). Dinah accuses Roger of all people of wearing rose colored glasses. Nice transition from crashing glassware to crashing glassware. Det. Cutter HAD been “dating” Marian because he suspected her of murder and it was part of his investigation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAs3tODRfQ (Part 10)

Bridget’s speech references Nola’s speech from years ago shortly before she decided to land Kelly. Nola should really commiserate. Marian called to find out Susan’s condition and they tell her. Now you know why they passed HIPA. Frank and Nell shows up and try to trap Marian into spilling about Cutter’s death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQzQMhw8unc (Part 11)

Nell compliments Marian on always looking so perfect (which she does). Marian is rattled. Lucy and A-M are talking to Nick who is frustrated the doctors know so little about Susan’s condition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsQtG0cF84c (Part 12)

Hart and Roger confront each other over the state of their relationship and what they’ve done. A-M and Nick try to convince Lucy that Marian was the one who has attacked her and Susan. Buzz is looking at Christmas cards and Eleni points out Nadine hasn’t contacted them. Buzz: “I’m in my blue period. I hope to get out of this into my impressionistic period where I can let everything out.” Brent argues with his mother’s disembodied voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP3V7PTUo8c (Part 13)

Nola and Bridget are talking. Nola tries to cheer Bridget up, but seems to say everything wrong until he finally talks her around. Nola is right it was her attitude and personality was what attracted Quint. Nola has gotten Bridget an appointment for a makeover at Salon de Artiste. Roger still wants Hart to come around and for them to connect with Peter. Hart isn’t having any. Nadine’s canvas wrapped body floats up to the surface of the lake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgArVR-asw (Part 14)

Thursday, December 28, 1995

Frank and Nell are staking out Marian. The ball begins at the Lakeland Country Club. Alan-Michael is dressed as Zorro and Lucy is his senorita. I understand the red sash matches Lucy’s accent color, but as Zorro wore black to disappear into the night, it really doesn’t fit the outfit. Lucy and A-M continue to discuss their strong and opposite views about Marian. Alexandra arrives and says Alan isn’t welcome at the ball, but Reva is at home getting ready.

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

Alan calls Reva out that she wants to go to the ball because of Josh. Alexandra seems to be Queen Elizabeth. Josh and Annie are a nondescript antebellum southern belle and her beau. Lucy worries if Marian IS guilty that it can be put down to her poor judgment of people. Marian really has an unbelievably beautiful apartment. Look at that stylized arch into the alcove and that amazing windowseat. How much is she paying for that?  Marian realizes Frank and Nell are staking out her place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwFG_hYRNOI (Part 16)

We find Rick and Michelle in the Bauer Living Room which is still decorated for Christmas. Rick is teasing Michelle and makes a Beverly Hillbillies joke. Rick: “Are you going as Ellie Mae Clampett?” Michelle doesn’t like the colonial miss (maybe Betsy Ross?) outfit Ed picked out for her. Ed is right though the Betsy Ross dress IS Michelle. Rachel Miner’s Michelle and Joie Lenz’s Michelle would totally wear that and love it. It’s only Rebecca Budig’s Michelle that’s so uncomfortable with herself that she would object. Michelle gets an idea for Abby. Reva insists she just wants to dance at the party when Josh’s restraining order arrives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIj7kBI7mqg (Part 17)

Josh’s restraining order temporarily breaks Reva’s spirit. Alan urges her to run away with him. Annie agrees to annulling Josh and Annie’s marriage. Oh, Josh and Annie are supposed to be Katherine and Healthcliff from Wuthering Heights. Those are TERRIBLE costumes to be that, but it’s fitting because they were crazy and dysfunctional, too. A-M convinces Lucy that she needs some distance in her relationship with Marian. Marian thinks she’s outsmarted Frank, which admittedly isn’t that hard. Frank is probably the best community service-beat cop that the world has ever seen, he’s even pretty good while he’s chief of detectives, but he’s awful when it comes to actually solving a crime. Heck, he should bring even THIS version of Michelle along and she could do better than he could.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpJkXww9Elo (Part 18)

Michelle decides to help Abby win Rick. Reva decides she needs to fight Josh for the kids rather than run with Alan. Reva declares she’s going to stand up for who she is at the ball. Frank returns to the docks to see if there is something they missed as his mother’s floated to the surface body lurks nearby.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DdAUqtm8p0 (Part 19)

Ed is George Washington and Rick a generic colonial guy – I’m going with Paul Revere (both costumes WAY better than Josh and Annie’s by the way) when Abby and Michelle come down the stairs. Rick makes a going bald joke to Ed which goes over about as well as you’d expect. Rick’s wig is great though. I could get used to him in that look. This Michelle of course wears a pathetic bid for attention that didn’t really even look good in the original let alone a sad copy. I only feel sorry for the subsequent Michelles that they know photos of Michelle in THIS exist out there. She’s supposed to be Madonna. Rick supports her feelings in front of Ed, but what about how she’ll feel when she makes a spectacle of herself at the ball? I’m guessing she’s glad that Reva, Brent Lawrence, and Amanda and Blake all cause diversions. We get an extended Lady in Red version of Reva getting ready, but we don’t see her all dressed up yet. Alan can wear a suit like nobody’s business, but he doesn’t wear a tux all that well. Buzz is Napoleon (with apparently one too many of his brandies) and almost falls down the stairs in front of Eleni’s Josephine. A disguised Brent leaves under police scrutiny while they watch a dummy in the window.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvsW8aS53hA (Part 20)

Lillian appears to be a nondescript medieval woman. Matt is a southern gentleman (turns out it’s supposed to be Rhett Butler) and Bill is a Civil War Confederate solider.  Reva and Alan come in and both Josh and Annie swallow their gum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br7_3iDnA80 (Part 21)

Friday, December 29, 1995

Nick is at Susan’s bedside. Holly and Fletcher arrive to visit Susan. Frank unknowingly discovers Nadine’s corpse.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBMqIR5TeXs (Part 22)

Alan and Reva and even Josh and Annie continue to make spectacles of themselves. I think Blake is dressed as Mae West and Ross is just in a tux. Nope I’m wrong they are Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire (still think that is a FAR better Mae West costume than it is a Ginger Rogers). A-M is concerned that Reva is there. Roger and Dinah come dressed as Julius Cesar and Cleopatra. Hart and Bridget show dressed up in 1920s flapper style, my guess maybe as Daisy and the Great Gatsby.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKf7q-XQNVg (Part 23)

Vanessa, continuing her Gone with the Wind theme, is wearing Scarlet’s green curtain dress (which is by far the best and most identifiable costume we see all night,bar Gilly’s show girl which is also well done and clear) which makes Matt Rhett Butler. Matt tries again to talk sense to Bridget. Fletcher tries to talk Nick into coming back to the Journal. Nick tries to explain the concept of sticking with someone you love to Fletcher to whom it seems a foreign language. A-M asks Reva follow up questions about the strange man she saw in the lab. She agrees to work with a police sketch artist and says she can probably sketch him herself. Reva agrees to follow up tomorrow. Reva follows Josh and Annie to the Country Club terrace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It77ce-Qd-U (Part 24)

I really loved Matt and Dinah, I’m sorry they never went there. I think they were much more a partnership than Matt and Vanessa ever were. Reva, Josh, and Annie have a confrontation. If only Josh would have said, “Annie, I love you, but Reva is the love of my life. I may be furious with her, but that where my fate lies.” I think Annie would have been OK. But NO, he had to string her along.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3dDXknc5nQ (Part 25)

Reva flashes back to her telling Alan of her determination to go to the ball. Josh follows her into the for some reason empty bar. Alan and Rick both reach out to Annie, one a beginning, one nearing the end of their relationship. Brent flashes back to killing Nadine, in case anyone forgot. Frank pushes to get an ID on the body he found. Levy: “That is what history is FOR Frank. You learn from it.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrlog0-t3N4 (Part 26)

Beautiful close up of Lucy’s engagement ring. Lucy is approached by a disguised Brent. Back in the ballroom Holly and Roger talk. I’m going to say having watched that Fletcher is supposed to be Henry 8th and Holly one of his wives whose head he chopped off, which is rather appropriate. Marah is so upset by Reva’s visit that Josh took her to a therapist. Annie is taking Rick’s opinion as her not being good enough, when Rick really want her marriage to fail so he could swoop in.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAAfxiYu_N8 (Part 27)

The body from the lake also has “Auburn Mist” wig hair on it. Reva finally tells Josh what happened from her point of view.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nY7QhMdfbE (Part 28)

Wednesday, January 3, 1996

Frank is furious a third matching hair sample isn’t enough to get a search warrant on Marian. Lucy tells A-M she plans on confronting Marian. Annie: “I trust Josh completely.”  – while Jeva kiss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9OmEWmn5aw (Part 29)

Reva tries to convince Josh to reunite. He’s being a jerk. Someone wearing less than Michelle! It’s a Vegas showgirl. I don’t think that looks like Gilly, but she’s wearing a similar costume, so it could be. Annie tells Rick how secure her relationship with Josh is. Amanda arrives dressed as a belly dancer and Blake is irked as she dances over to Ross. Frank and his boss discuss the case in loud voices and Marcus’s dad Griffin Williams (who is a jerk, but right about this one) wants his son released immediately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snW9vZhmtK8 (Part 30)

Griffin’s being right status doesn’t last long as he sees it as a media opportunity and seems to suggest Marcus’s arrest was racially motivated when that wasn’t the case at all. Frank doesn’t make a strong argument, but he’s right if they tip Marian (and she wasn’t psycho) she might take off and the truth might never come to light so Marcus would always live under a shadow of suspicion. And just how did “We” beat them? Frank is coming close to truly solving a case in his whole life doing all sort of grunt work to do it and Griffin only accidentally overheard part of a conversation. Josh bursts back into the ballroom with enough force that everyone turns to look at him and many notice he’s removed part of his costume. He strides over to Annie and asks her to dance trying and failing to act like he isn’t upset. Back in the still empty bar, Alan details all the things that her relationship with Josh has driven Reva to and declares if she still goes after Josh that she and Alan are done. Reva gives him a look and sweeps out of the bar. Reva storms over and pulls Josh and Annie apart. Reva: “NO MAN…and that includes you Joshua Lewis…walks away from me, after kissing me like THAT!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykaEVOsIy0w (Part 31)

Reva and Josh have screaming match in the middle of the dance floor. Reva: “I can read you like a book. See Bud… See Bud run away from what he’s really feeling; To Berkley, To South America, Into Telephone Poles, Or into the Arms of a Desperate Nurse.”  Josh hits her in the housekeeper’s daughter sore spot and like always Reva reacts. Buzz comforts Reva. A-M urges Lucy not to talk to Marian alone. Nick tries to get Susan to remember what happened during the attack. Finally she remembers it was Marian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U232coiWS5Y (Part 32)

Nick calls Frank and tells him Susan remembers Marian attacking her. Marcus and Griffin have an argument. I think Griffin is totally wrong though. His efforts didn’t lead Frank to do more. I still don’t know why Marah is so upset over her mother being alive. Reva (about Roger): “Better watch this one, Dinah. He makes me look respectable.” I wish Roger had danced with Reva. Or Fletcher or Ross, but most Roger he understands being the pariah. Reva is doing the Angelina Jolie leg pushed out through slit move years before Angelina did it. Reva and Buzz are definitely not Manny quality on the dance floor. Most people are horrified at Reva’s grandstanding, but Rick is grinning and Amanda is openly laughing. I bet Phillip would be out there dancing with her again if he was in town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktro8qBuYQU (Part 33)

Josh admits that he’s starting to understand Reva’s behavior. Josh is not really wrong what he says about their relationship, but honestly I think he’s emphasizing the negative. Alex calls for a change partners dance (which is really called a Circle 2 Step) and everyone piles out onto the floor. It’s really hard to tell because they don’t give her any close shots, but that’s Lillian in her white Medieval costume dancing with Brent. Who is Michelle dancing with? Roger to Vanessa: “It’s New Year’s Eve, Scarlett, not the Ides of March.” Susan gives details of attack to Frank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYhhnzHVeCQ (Part 34)

Annie and Josh discuss Josh kissing Reva. Reva returns to the house Alan gave her and finds that Alan is holding to his statement that they were through if she ran after Josh. Back at the country club partners change again and Brent is dancing with Lucy. Honestly this kind of dance is a brilliant way to mix characters. Soaps ought to do this more often.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN032MpPHrQ (Part 35)

Thursday, January 4, 1996

Susan warns them that Marian was really after Lucy. Vanessa tells Roger off about his attempts to get closer to Peter. Josh admits Reva’s kiss made him feel something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w36KcpMIwo (Part 36)

Alan insists that he’s leaving and Reva begs him to stay. Josh and Annie talk about him and Reva. Josh: “She was kissing me and all I could think about was getting back to you was being with you where it’s safe and where I’m happy and getting away from that place that was so painful and so hard.” If Annie stayed with Josh after hearing that, she kind of deserved being hurt, but not being driven crazy. Susan reaffirms that Marian meant to kill Lucy. Frank calls for a warrant for Marian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3aWX6-hpC8 (Part 37)

(Sound not clear at beginning fixed halfway through) Lucy is trying to figure out who is dancing with her, still Brent. Poor Gilly has a pretty great costume, but so far not a single line. Hart jumps in to defend Dinah to Roger. Amanda: “So Ross, have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?” Ross: “Of course I have, can’t break them if you don’t make them.” Amanda and Ross had a relationship before she left town years ago (when she was a different actress). Now she’s decided she wants Ross back, despite his marriage to Blake, Ross thinks she’s just being friend until she makes a pass even he couldn’t miss. That hasn’t happened yet. Vanessa talks Blake down from clobbering Amanda.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATvIK2wdtA (Part 38)

Josh (having magically regained his costume’s coat) goes after Annie when she flees to the porch. Reva tells Alan all about Josh pushing all her inferiority buttons (which he always does and why I don’t particularly like them together and it reminds me Josh Lewis is a Jerk). Hart to Dinah: “You sure didn’t inherit the Chamberlain manners, did you?” Hart and Dinah have it out about his interference between her and Roger. Michelle and Bill are in the background today. Gilly finally gets some lines when after Alan-Michael stumped Lucy and she tried to see if anyone else knew. Lucy: “Trivia for you – what was Zorro’s horse’s name?” Gilly and her date all shout out various cowboy names. Answer: It’s Tornado. (Totally adore Guy Williams and Disney’s Zorro is an amazing show. I wonder if it means A-M was a Disney Zorro fan, too. Seriously watch the episodes if you can.) Marian starts to confess on the phone to draw A-M out of the ballroom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqBv-u9PQ2Y (Part 39)

Frank and Nell are back in the car watching Marian’s house. A-M rushes off leaving Lucy with her father. Buzz knows the name of the horse. Josh pulls Annie back in, using her as a shield from Reva, just as Reva said. Alan points out he and Reva had this relationship before where he supports her and then she runs back to Josh. Alan is not willing to repeat that. Reva strips for Alan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdUhXQUJWm0 (Part 40)

Josh makes love to Annie “like never before” and Annie doesn’t get that it’s because of Reva. Annie is wearing gorgeous underpinnings though. Reva is seducing Alan. Susan and Nick are ringing in the New Year. Finally having warrant in hand the cops discover Marian’s mannequin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olxf1NhD_WQ (Part 41)

Ladies Room scene with Blake and Holly. Blake and Amanda have confrontation, always good stuff in those ladies room scenes. Oh Amanda, the place to lock people in there is the broom closet, ask Vanessa and Reva, someone is going to come in and need the facilities. Wow have we seen the room with the stalls and sink before? A-M showed up at Marian’s apartment. A-M realizes Marian set him up to get Lucy alone. A disguised Brent gets Lucy outside as the only two people wanting to see the New Year’s fireworks. And doing better than every other soap character ever, one kiss and Lucy knows this guy isn’t A-M.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM03WgfRJxg (Part 42)

Friday, January 5, 1996

Amanda had locked Blake into the bathroom stalls part of the ladies room and Blake is struggling to get out while Amanda makes a friendly move on Ross. For some reason they have a substitute Brent Lawrence today. Brent subdues Lucy on the Country Club patio. Dinah takes a New Year’s feast to her best friend Marcus Williams in jail. Blake comes charging out to be waylaid by Matt. but we don’t get to see what must have been a terribly interesting conversation between them. Marcus: Don’t you usually get your last meal before electrocution?” Dinah: “Actually I think it’s lethal injection in this state.” Lucy has been drug off. Nick is waiting for Susan’s answer to his proposal. Nick to Susan: “I do love you and I want to be your husband. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.” Michelle and Bill grab champagne for a toast, but Vanessa spots their underage attempt and cuts them off at the pass. Blake confronts Amanda. A-M realizes Marian has Lucy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRel_fCv35g (Part 43)

Blake and Amanda’s confrontation turns into a food fight to cheers and egging on from the crowd. Matt who has spent most of the night grabbing wayward females does it again with Amanda. Marcus and Dinah laugh over their late supper. It’s great that Dinah came and visited him every day he was in jail. Marcus and Dinah had such a great friendship. It’s truly why I wish Marcus had never left town, that was an important relationship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXjdO7VpLUk (Part 44)

Roger crashes Dinah and Marcus’s party. Roger offers to take Dinah to New York City for a two week vacation to make their fight up as a proper honeymoon. Marcus sarcastically encourages Dinah to go to New York City, but she realizes she needs to stand by Marcus until he’s out of jail. Hart and Bridget leave. Amanda confesses to Ross that she locked Blake in, coloring it in her favor. Vanessa gives Blake good advice. Great cut away interfaces where they pick up phrases and repeat it between the two conversations. Alex vainly tries to carry on as if nothing had happened. Alex asks Fletcher to edit down the piece on the party making it seem less drama filled than it was, but he refuses. They realize that it was Marian dressed up in the Cyrano (big nose) costume they saw leave Marian’s building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqJrgTg7txc (Part 45)

Marcus stirs up Dinah against Roger. Gilly and Griffin have a friendly conversation. This is part of the buildup where Vivian finally reveals she herself had an affair with Griffin and he could be Gilly’s father. Rick had protected Marian’s cross dressing as doctor-patient privilege, but he tells now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm1Q12MXUVY (Part 46)

Dinah says good night to Hart. Hart showed up to talk to Dinah who is leaving half her stuff she set up for Marcus behind. Matt says it’s time to go home. Brent takes Lucy to the lighthouse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LLUM6I2TVY (Part 47)

Monday, January 8, 1996

Dinah starts to remove her costume to signal we’re leaving New Year’s Eve behind. Hart tries to tell Dinah he sees a lot in her. Vivian confronts Griffin about whether he expects to seduce Gilly. The police discover footprints, most likely Marian’s, leading to service parking lot. Alan and Jeva are in afterglow, but they aren’t exactly glowing. A-M arrives pounding on Reva’s door. Brent is a substitute again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzs9FfofTVM (Part 48)

A-M barges in needing to talk to Reva. Alan tries to kick him out, but Reva intervenes and A-M says Lucy was kidnapped. Frank recaps what’s happened with Lucy tonight. Nice that the background noise includes radio calls about the kidnapping. Dinah: “The point is NOBODY tells me what to do.” Hart talks Dinah into going somewhere quieter with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUr0IsuZoAs (Part 49)

The local news people descend in costume on the investigation. Frank convinces them to keep the story quiet until they find Lucy. Griffin denies that he did anything wrong with Vivian. Vivian remembers their days protesting together. A-M came to Reva to get a sketch of the man who scared Reva in the lab when he was changing Lucy’s test results and who he thinks has her now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J4FcLgcrlQ (Part 50)

Cleary suggests avenues of investigation. Buzz still can’t believe Marian was living in disguise so long. Buzz: “This person, this Marian Crane lived around us for.. what? months? She ate with us, told us her problems, I even felt sorry for her.” Buzz finds out that Marian was always a suspect before she grabbed Lucy and reacts badly. Dinah and Hart end up at the 5th Street Diner to talk. Eleni is working the diner (after all this, they didn’t just close it?). An apparent hooker comes in for coffee and Eleni wants her to move along so Marina won’t see her. Hart interferes to buy her a coffee. Gilly interrupts Vivian and Griffin, she hears part of the conversation and Vivian covers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hml99PrCboc (Part 51)

Hart’s actions and comments gets Dinah’s ire raised and she tells him about how she was raised in circus. Buzz tears into Nell wanting to know what she thought she was doing. Brent starts to record a gloating message. Does Reva show artistic talent anywhere else (besides her photography)? Because that’s a pretty impressive drawing that shows Alan-Michael and Alan that it’s a supposedly dead Brent Lawrence behind it all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnux2H5MVs (Part 52)

Technically the day hasn’t dawned on New Year’s Day yet, but as costumes are removed we get more back into a regular day and seem to forget it’s still the small hours of the morning. So I thought this was the best place to stop this post, but since I have the dates figured out to this point, I’ll pick the story back up when I get a chance and continue to match the days with the episodes.

UPDATE 2015: Justin Deas explains why they switched Brents about halfway through this clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrh7RNfO8q8

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Christmas 1995 Updated 2014

December 24, 2014

I had previously done 1995, but I only had the actual Christmas day episode and the quality of clips weren’t as good as these. Find that post here:

1995 – Memories of Christmas Past – A clip show of highlights Christmas and not
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/memories-of-christmas-past-1995

However, Bandstand Mike’s channel is offering better quality clips and a few extra days, so here we go again. Bauer Living Room Xmas 1995

The highlight of Christmas 1995 was that the episode that actually aired on Christmas day was really a clips show with just a little new story thrown in. This is probably the most complete Christmas I have, but I hope that I can change that. Keep checking back for both new years and updates.

The first story we run into is Holly and Fletcher. During Christmas 1994, Alex had set up Roger so Holly thought he had been lying to her and cheating (for probably the first time in his life Roger was doing neither and was truly heart and soul committed to her). Holly dumped him that day and Roger failed to win her back and she is now married to Fletcher and they have just discovered they are pregnant and their baby has Downs Syndrome, the future Meg Reade. Holly, of course, still has a connection to Roger, but has convinced herself how evil he is. Fletcher, Holly, and Holly’s mother Barbara (the same actress from the 1970s) are back in town struggling over what to do about it.

Hart Jesup is back in town. He left town in a bad place. He was the unknowing father of Peter Jesup whose identity has now been established and whose custody is being shared between his biological mother Bridget Reardon and his sort of adopted mom Vanessa Chamberlain. Now Hart is taking an interest in Peter and David Grant, who has been hoping his good friendship with Bridget might turn into more, isn’t too happy about it. Hart also has a score to settle with his father and has decided that Roger’s hot young wife Dinah is the best tool in his kit. Roger doesn’t care beans about Dinah, but he’s talked her into handing over her inheritance. Usually streetwise Dinah feels so rebellious and blown away by Roger’s attention that she’s not thinking.

Rick Bauer hadn’t made it back to Springfield for Christmas last year still being in Chicago. While in Chicago he’d married fellow addict, enabler, and nurse Annie Dutton, not told his family about it, and divorced her again. When she wanted to leave Chicago, he got her a job at Springfield. Ever since he came back he wanted Annie back, but she was already moving on with Josh Lewis when he came back to Springfield. He’s still mopping about her. In the meantime, he’d fought Eve’s final illness and her stubbornness and lost to both. Rick had also taken over as head of the trauma unit and met Abigail Blume when he helicoptered in to save a local injured farmer. He and Reva were both instrumental in getting Abby to stay and learn how to communicate with others. Abby has been nursing a crush on Rick, but he hasn’t figured this out or that he has feelings for her in return yet. Under the mistletoe is Rabby’s first kiss. Abby’s mother Charlotte leaves her in the care of the Bauers early in this run of episodes.

Annie and Josh were about to be married and go live in the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. Alan had been encouraging Reva to let well enough alone and leave Springfield with him. After a series of near misses with various people, Alex found out for sure that she was alive and interrupted Josh and Annie’s wedding to tell him. He found her and Alan drinking champagne on his private jet and has reacted badly. Annie who had already fought off Ghost Reva, barely, did not take this new challenge well. The kids, especially Marah, are also really upset by Reva’s return.

Meanwhile Alan-Michael and Lucy Cooper are in the middle of the Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane storyline. Marian is determined to make Lucy pay for “leading him on and then crying rape.” Really he did rape her. Brent had already been discovered by Nadine who he killed and dropped into the lake without letting her family know. That she was missing hasn’t been discovered for months because she was just getting ready to leave town on an open-ended trip. Her body has not been recovered or identified, but both those things will be happening soon. The Spauldings as a whole seem to be moving towards peace, except Alan is beyond furious at Alex and Alan-Michael is getting fed up with dealing with his family.

Santa Nick, who we first met in New York City with the Four Musketeers and seems to be the real Santa, has stopped by to throw a little magic to Alan-Michael and Lucy and to Nick McHenry and Susan. Susan is in the hospital because Brent attacked her thinking she was Lucy.

Wednesday, December 20, 1995

We start off with a missing Holly who is hanging out at a Christmas tree lot (that actually looks like a Christmas tree lot – unlike some in later years) after her Dr. Sedwick appointment when she discovers Meg has Downs Syndrome. See that touch between Roger and Holly, that’s what I mean when I talk about Rolly. Meanwhile back at the Reardon Boarding House, Bridget comes in upset. Vanessa takes Peter Jessup (whose custody is split between Vanessa and Bridget) to do something Christmasy. Good news, Hart is back in town, bad news he’s the kind of player scummy Hart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hemamJXjR4M (Part 1)

Warning: A shot of the Twin Towers appears as part of the channel ad at the beginning of this one. Holly’s mother (played by the same person) is back. Fletcher seems to realize that Holly’s turning away from him now shows how weak a couple they are. Roger really does care for Holly and the baby. I’m sorry they didn’t leave both of them around (the real one). The Meg-Roger outcasts relationship would have been a great one to play. Back at the Bauers they are decorating the tree with the heirloom ornaments. Rick you had a near miss with Annie who turns crazy over Jeva, reach for the best thing that has ever happened to you instead. Abby’s right there.

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

Annie jumps from Rick’s dreams to showing up with presents, this is pre-crazy Annie when she was great. Frustrated that Annie is still with Josh, Rick doesn’t watch what he’s doing and breaks Maureen’s favorite Xmas ornament. Over at the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams, an angry and confused Marah is punishing her doll. Josh comes in and tries to help her feel better. An almost naked Dinah continues her confrontation with Hart. Holly confides in Roger who thinks this means she’ll have an abortion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onyCwmt3Zb0 (Part 3)

Abigail’s mother Charlotte Blume decides it’s safe to leave Abby with the Bauers and decides she needs to return home to Goshen for Christmas. Ed promises to keep Abby safe. While wrapping presents, Michelle announces she’s gotten an invitation to attend a party at the University Campus. Dinah tells Hart that she just signed her money over to Roger in a joint account. Roger argues a case for why Holly should abort the baby. (Not sure if he’s serious or pushing her to the other direction.)

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

Rick and Annie run into each other again. Rick reaches out to Annie and she reacts badly. Josh tries to help Marah through her reaction that Reva hid the fact that she was alive. Holly and Fletcher tell Roger to mind his own business about the baby. Holly about Roger: “Nobody makes me as mad as he does.” (Yes, because you still twistedly love him Holly and heck, he’s better longterm than Fletcher. Fletcher doesn’t do long term.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPooifRc49U (Part 5)

Holly and Fletcher discuss their options about the baby. The future Dart spar and even crackle with the creepy Hart. Michelle and Ed argue about whether she needs to be at the Bauer Christmas. (Michelle is being a brat.) Ed apparently not sure how Amish work with phones. Charlotte leaves Abby and goes home via cab. Ed to Abby: “We have to go. I’ve got your little black hat here.” Michelle continues to be a brat. Bill commiserates with her while she insists she wants to go to this party to “hang” even though she doesn’t want to drink (the main activity there) or know a single sole. (Also, they apparently don’t know that the majority of college kids aren’t at college on Christmas day. – I live in a college town, I know these things.) Marah tells Josh what she remembers about Reva. Annie comes in at end of conversation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCekdd0WG0Y (Part 6)

Marah wants Josh to take her to Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Fletcher and Holly talk about whether to have child. Fletcher wants to get more information, but says it’s Holly’s decision to make. Hart tells Roger he’s planning on staying in Springfield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg5FN37pgcQ (Part 7)

Dinah doesn’t tell Roger that Hart saw her naked, but does try to warn Roger ,Hart isn’t being genuine. He doesn’t believe her and asks for a truce. Fletcher and Barbara (Holly’s mother) talk about what happened. Barbara goes to find Holly. Abby’s ASL class preforms “Silent Night” with Abby and Rick. Josh, Annie, and Marah end up in Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Marah scratches up the way too cheap plaque Josh had put on the storm (seriously if it was that bendy it wouldn’t have lasted this long.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1LLRuS41gc (Part 8)

Thursday, December 21, 1995

Marian Crane (Brent Lawrence in disguise) arrives at the Spaulding Christmas office party just as Alan-Michael is giving out the gifts. Marian corners Lucy and asks her about Susan (Nick McHenry’s AIDs positive girlfriend) who Marian had attacked mistakenly thinking she was Lucy. They don’t know this and Susan is in the hospital from the attack. Alex has brought a Christmas tree into the hospital for Nick and Susan. Annie attends an AA meetings. Nice set with the 10 steps. Alan and Reva arrive at the Reva Shayne Park. Alan and Reva are currently together. Alan wants to marry her, Reva was willing when she thought it would protect her kids, now she’s seen Josh, she’s less willing. Josh runs into them buying a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4DmGHeRCQ (Part 9)

Reva looks great! Josh and Reva argue about when she can’t see Marah and Shayne. Susan opens her eyes, but doesn’t respond. Nick and Alex decorate the tree in Susan’s room and Nick bought Susan an engagement ring. Marian gives Lucy a gift and insists she open it. It’s tickets to a retreat Marian wants them to go to together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlDjotVUUf8 (Part 10)

Amanda shows up at Spaulding party. She didn’t find out until this morning and Alan-Michael apologizes for not telling her himself, he assumed she knew. A-M confirms Amanda is welcome and offers her a real job at the company with responsibilities (which she didn’t have under the old regime). Lucy looks great in that outfit. Marian tries to explain her odd behavior on the rape she told Lucy she suffered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlDjotVUUf8 (Part 11)

Annie finally opens up about her difficulties at the AA meeting. Reva begs Josh to let her see the kids. Josh actually is making a good point about Reva, at this point, is all about herself and not the kids, although she had made a sacrifice for them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpPzEh-BxCs (Part 12)

Reva reacts to Marah scratching the stone. Reva takes it out on Alan which is unfair. He might have unduly influenced her to leave town, but he truly does care about her. Alan-Micheal starts handing out the company executive awards. Marian wins the best dressed award (which she actually deserves, she puts together nice professional looking outfits with style) and that makes everyone look for her and they discover her with Lucy. I understand why Marian might ignore the chanting, but why doesn’t Lucy hear it? So they only have 2 awards? Funniest and Best Dressed? They should have made up a couple more. Marian is giving LAM the most predatory look. In Susan’s hospital room, Alex urges her to wake up to see the ring. Nick talks to Susan and Santa Nick arrives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxuWiLt-v00 (Part 13)

CBS Daytime Holiday Ad. Nick meets Santa Nick in Susan’s hospital room. At the Spaulding party, A-M announces Amanda’s new job while Marian sets up funniest guy for a fall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgZ6FpjJNrI (Part 14)

Santa Nick talks about Lujack with Nick. Lucy takes Marian home. Alan shows up at the company party. Alex takes pleasure in telling A-M that Alan’s friend was Reva. Reva breaks into the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams and we get a good look around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fif8YSKPcss (Part 15)

Marah discovers Reva in the house. A-M is mad that Alan didn’t let him talk to Reva directly about what she knew about the man who switched Lucy’s AIDS test to positive. Why they are arguing Santa Nick arrives to warn A-M that Lucy is in danger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwEqj2i5hL8 (Part 16)

Friday, December 22, 1995

Alan prevents A-M from leaving until A-M accepts his reason. Marah confronts Reva. Marah: “It was better when you were dead.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCzhswIIcX4 (Part 17)

This Marah always had the most gorgeous French braids. Reva doesn’t make much distance in trying to convince Marah to give her a chance. Really nice shot through multiple sets making it look like a real building. Marian makes Lucy uncomfortable with a predatory look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK_rQ3uMUNc (Part 18)

Fletcher arranges to talk with a family who kept a child with Downs Syndrome. After Marian collapses, Lucy comforts her and Marian starts to tell Lucy the truth, but A-M arrives. Alan is furious Alex foiled his plan by telling Josh Reva was alive and where to find her. Alex claims it’s for Alan’s own good, Alan thinks it’s to prevent him being happy. Alan: “I don’t use the word forever often, but when I do I mean it. I’m done with you forever.” Marah points out that Reva was trying to leave when they found her. Annie and Josh come home.

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

Reva seems surprised at Marah’s bad reaction. Josh is being harsh, but he has a point. Josh: “You have to go at their [the kids’s] pace, NOT yours.” Amanda and Alan used to be close this stuff is not true, after the psychotic locked in the attic part. However, this is the Amanda attitude during this actress’ run. Holly and Fletcher talk to mother of Downs Syndrome daughter. Their daughter Samantha comes in and Fletcher is WAY over familiar and assumes the drawing a child he never laid eyes on before made was for him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we6FEH6XRz4 (Part 20)

Alex unloaded on Nick and Susan and Nick calls her on it. Amanda and Alan have an honest, caring conversation. Alan: “This is the way I was brought up. It’s what I was taught to value.” Some very true words from Alan showing self-awareness for once. Lucy, A-M, and Marian discuss the fundraising ball to benefit Cedars they are having New Year’s Eve. Brent reasserts himself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMKA8-ANsLo (Part 21)

Josh takes out his frustration on the Christmas tree. When Marah says something about it, Josh calms down and talks to Marah, but makes promises he can’t keep. Holly wrongly berates where she was in her life last year (actually I think she was in a better place mentally, but others may disagree). Holly and Fletcher start their final decision about whether or not to carry Meg to term.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t-SrYpBVHI (Part 22)

Shayne is having a great Christmas and Annie and Josh are trying as they decorate the tree, but Marah is miserable. A-M and Lucy still are shaken, but stop by Cedars to bring some cheer to Nick and Susan. A-M and Nick discuss their visits from Santa Nick. Santa Nick shows up and winks at the camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObAl1AndEmQ (Part 23)

Monday, December 25, 1995 – Memories of Christmas Past (Clips Show)

Introduction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBE53qPDyCA (Part 24)

Mattessa at the Lewis House

Nola wears a gorgeous dress

Little Bill remembers year Billy played Santa to get to see him during Nadine mess

Reva tries to ruin the Lewis family Christmas in 1983

Little Bill is spoiled on his first Christmas in 1984

H.B. reads Christmas story montage

Nice reference to kid actually missing someone pulled out of their life with Peter and Hart (about Dinah)

Roger tries to get Holly to come back to him in 1994

Roger gives Dinah jewelry in 1995

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54X4YklCag (Part 25)

They flip through a family photo album with photos of the family over the years

Highlights of older footage with Bill and Bert and Papa Bauer

Bert stands for first time on artificial leg and then counsels Josh

Bert Montage

Bridget-David-Peter family moment (Bridget and David were just friends, but he’d have been better for her than old “Torn Between Two Lovers” Hart)

Pregnant Bridget hidden by Nadine in attic, sings a Christmas carol in 1992

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj_nYnsdN5c (Part 26)

Lillian looks great all in red

Nick remembers Santa Nick in hospital with Susan

Santa Nick and Lujack in 1984

Beth and Lujack

Hart arrives at Lewis House

Vanessa tells Nola that Henry went to see Quint at his dig for Christmas this year

Quola montage

Nola remembers feeling Anthony James kick for first time in 1983

Quola Christmas on the train in 1984

Seven Oaks Dress (aka the Barbeque dress from Gone With the Wind) Fight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wSy8MekErA (Part 27)

Four Musketeers Prom (Learn more about the dress)

Folly is together and Holly is pregnant with Meg (um, Hello Blake – did you just think your mom was getting fat and what are you wearing? It looks like a majorette’s costume)

Rabby’s 1st kiss

LAM flashback to Lucy’s New Year’s Resolution to marry A-M right after they first met

Holly and Roger reconnect flashback, followed by the hideous scene Roger made during Christmas 1994 (Roger actually is telling the truth here, Alex set him up in compromising position to make Holly think he was cheating on her when he wasn’t.)

Hart arrives at Roger and Dinah’s apartment, an unpromising first Dart Christmas together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Phf7RG1Xs (Part 28)

Vanessa tries to make Matt a grownup

Vanessa reads part of  A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Buzz tells a Nadine Christmas story (which doesn’t really track with established backstory, but is real sweet) about Nadine trying to get a present Frank really wanted most for Christmas. He muffs a line “running around like a chicken with its feet cut off.”

Nadine won’t be calling, Brent Lawrence put her dead body in the lake and they haven’t found her yet

Flashback of Harley and Frank reminiscing during a crucial Harlet Christmas in 1992, Harley: “There’s no egg in there.” Frank: “There’s no nog in there.” Both laugh.

Frank remember making peace with Nadine and Buzz at Christmas in 1994

Maureen montage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWfEfiTSxzA (Part 29)

Happy montage around Springfield

Family and crew Christmas credits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__fJQrKprao (Part 30)

Alternative version with full credits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFiaBBrGI6k (Part 30B)

There should be more, but this appears to be all there is on this channel.

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.

Frank Beaty Interview

October 29, 2014

In honor of our Halloween week, we look back on one of the scariest people ever to live in Springfield, Brent Lawrence aka Marian Cramer. If you haven’t heard the story, after Alan-Michael Spaulding shot Lawrence as he attacked A-M and his love Lucy Cooper everyone in town thought Lawrence was dead, despite the fact his body had disappeared. Actually his sister had discovered him and took him away, nursing him back to health. When he returned to town he knew he needed a disguise to get close to his targets for revenge, A-M and Lucy. His disguise was incredible. He turned himself into the female Marian Cramer. Frank Beaty did an amazing job portraying this complicated role.

Watch a summary of his storyline through the Character Profile in this post:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/spauldingfield-character-profile-roundup/

The mainstream press was also taken with the storyline which brought in lots of press for the show. Besides the interview above, which shows what Beaty went through to transform into Marian he was interviewed by multiple sources.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVRN8yNM35I

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.

Lucy Cooper

August 18, 2014

The early to mid-1990s were a great time for TPTB at Guiding Light overall. They were very aware of using the show’s history and long term relationships to create new story. They were also very aware of the scope of the canvas, looking proactively for gaps and holes and worked at actively filling them. It was the fact the real life Harlett (Harley Cooper – A.C. Mallet) couple decided to leave the show to try their luck in LA that made TPTB decide they needed a new ingenue and invented a new Cooper, a long lost daughter that Buzz had never mentioned before. Casting right then tended to either be brilliant, amazing, and spot on or terrible, bad, milquetoast.  Sonia Satra who played Lucy was a great example of the Spot On category who not only seamlessly filled the hole Harley left behind, but provided a much more social vibe, quickly establishing connections all over the canvas. Lucy is one of the soap roles I really can’t imagine anyone else playing as well.

Lucy Cooper – Buzz Cooper had felt trapped in Springfield with the constant demands of the family diner and his early marriage to his high school sweetheart and quick arrival of his two kids. Buzz felt a little relieved when he was drafted to go to Viet Nam. While there Buzz won a purple heart for saving his unit by shooting an American solider who had gone nuts under battle field strain and starting shooting his own unit. Buzz felt a huge amount of guilt over this so when he was mustered out he went to talk to the man’s widow. The whole experience caused her to miscarry. Instead of returning to his own family he stayed with this woman and ultimately they had Lucy. The Widow died and Buzz raised Lucy on the road moving from town to town and being sort of borderline cons always with a get rich quick scheme. Lucy had been on her own waitressing for over a year when we meet her, but Buzz had set up an emergency fund for her which they called her trustfund. After Lucy was fired for standing up fro herself when she was sexually harassed by a customer at her job she planned to take the emergency fund and start on a new life, but instead discovered Buzz (who had reunited with his first family) had emptied the account (he used it to pay for Harley’s wedding).

The first Springfielder Lucy met was Alan-Michael Spaudling and they quickly bonded. Lucy very early on declared her intention to marry A-M. While their romance hit roadblocks, they started working together right away forming a strong and deep friendship and business partnership. Although she really hadn’t done any professional business work before she seemed to naturally excel at being an administrative assistant. Lucy always say the best in people, but sadly people consistently let her down. Her most memorial story was her being date raped by Spaulding executive Brent Lawrence. Lawrence who had MAJOR psychological issues due to his mother’s abuse when he was growing up and blamed Lucy for ultimately pressing charges. Brent physically attacked Lucy and A-M and was ultimately severely wounded and assumed dead. Instead his sister nursed him back to health and he returned in drag as Marian Crane getting a job at Spaulding as  a woman and befriending Lucy. Brent began a career of psychological torture. He killed Nadine Cooper and longtime SFPD detective Patrick Cutter and a random guy on the dock as colloatoral damage. He ended up kidnapping Lucy and A-M and held them at the lighthouse. It was partially destroyed in the process requiring the restoration and repair that climaxed as part of the 1997 anniversary storyline. Buzz and Alan first forged their love-hate relathionship as they worked together to save their children.

Lucy and A-M had their happily ever after wedding at the Universal theme park in Florida. Sadly most of the end of their run on the show wasn’t really about them. The actors had decided to leave and Harley was brought back to fill the gap. Phillip also came back first showing his face at their wedding and erased all the progress the brother had made in the early 1990s as they once again assumed very adversarial roles. Another LAM storyline about then had them starting and thankfully aborting a blatant rip-off of The Preacher’s Wife which was a minor movie hit about then which wouldn’t have fit with their characters at all. (The angel in this case being Zachary Smith.) LAM left town together to take Spaulding Europe to new heights. When a new and much less astute group of TPTB brought A-M back in 2005 they had de-SORASed him and had LAM divorce off screen. As this was clearly a plot, not character driven story that did it’s best to destroy A-M hopefully it can just be mercifully erased from memory and we can assume A-M had just had a bad reaction to meds or something and they had reunited off screen.

I have always believed that Harley and A-M were truly soulmates, but I believe that A-M was the only true love of Lucy’s life and that they belonged together. I think A-M would have had a better life with Lucy as they were much more of a team since Harley refused to act as a team player and Lucy excelled at it.

Lucy had left town before Danny came to town and unfortunately she had little contact with Michelle. This was a mistake though because she’d have been a good influence and since they were even tied together as both being one of angel Zachary Smith’s “cases” and there would have been lots of opportunities. A-M and Michelle were also cousins and some of the most close Bauer cousins when they were younger although they allowed them to drift about after Maureen’s death and Michelle’s SORASing. So there should have been a strong connection.

The Spauldingfield character profile had a few errors. First, for she remains convinced that Eleni’s name is spelled Elani. Second, Lucy actually met Harley the first day she came to town although they didn’t really realize who the other one was, they did meet and it was suggested that they talked regularly off screen during Lucy’s time there. It also has a lot of early Matt so Mattessa fans should enjoy it.

The Beginning of LAM
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/lucy-and-alan-michael-beginning

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.

Spauldingfield Character Profile Roundup

November 8, 2012

Normally I list the Character Profile videos Spauldingfield makes as posts only if they are in some way related to Manny OR are characters I really like. This time I’m going to do two characters that don’t fit either category.

Nick McHenry – Not a big Lujack fan or Nick McHenry Spaulding fan I’m afraid. Oh, he started out pretty good. While Mindy was being played by Kimberly Simms they were pretty magical and some of the later Eve is a psycho breaking them up stuff was kind of fun, but two bad Mindy recasts in a row were more than the pairing could stand. Once it was revealed Nick was really a Spaulding (Lujack’s twin than Alex didn’t know she had because his father sold him) the character went downhill fast. This video does a good job of summarizing Nick’s life, with the one exception that after Nick and Susan’s last on screen appearance they are mentioned again several times as living happily in Europe. No children, but Susan hadn’t yet developed full blown AIDS either.

Brent Lawerence-Marian Crane – Although there were more evil characters who just didn’t care, like Susan Piper, and more damaged people you liked anyway, like Roger Thorpe, probably the most genuinely psycho character ever on Guiding Light was Brent Lawrence who after raping Lucy Cooper and just generally being violent and awful, came back as a woman and was even more out of her mind. She killed two long term, if supporting, and well liked characters Nadine Cooper (Harley and Frank’s mom) and Patrick Cutter (a detective on the SFPD that was actually good at his job).  The world of Springfield was a poorer place for the time Brent-Marian spent there, but everyone has to admire way actor Frank Beaty who played the role did it. He was interviewed for this short article in Entertainment Weekly among others garnering lots of press for the show.
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,298929,00.html
Sadly he doesn’t seem to have done a lot since then.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0064260

Brent Lawrence/Marian Cramer

April 26, 2012

One of the most famous villains in Guiding Light history was Brent Lawrence. He raped show sweetheart Lucy Cooper (Sonya Satra, part of the excellent LAM pairing).  He faked his death and after his memory haunted both Lucy and her boyfriend Alan-Michael Spaulding, he returned in drag. He pretended to be a woman and fellow rape victim named Marian Cramer who sought to befriend Lucy. When Lucy’s father’s ex-wife Nadine Cooper discovered his/her secret, she was killed and dumped into the lake. Several people involved with Guiding Light have said that the actor, Frank Beaty got so into the role that he had a breakdown.

The popular press was quite taken with the storyline and did at least two stories on it.

“Boys Will Be Girls.” People 44.17. 23 October 1995: 14.

To prep, actor Frank Beaty enrolled in Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want To Be Girls, an actual school for transvestites in New York City, Beaty also requires pads, a corset, and (to hide his Adam’s apple) a rubber neckpiece. Made up as Marian, Beaty is at ease- except in his scenes with Satra. “She is literally half my size,” he sighs. “But what can you do? I’m just a big woman.”

Fretts, Bruce. “The Week.”  Entertainment Weekly 294. 29 September 1995: 48.

Being told about how his character was going to return:

“I about died!” says Beaty, 27.  “I thought, a woman? How am I going to carry that off?” The answer: charm school, ballet class, and some pretty amazing prosthetics. Now this Wong move has turned into a complex, risk-taking storyline that is upstaging the Atlanta native’s non-drag work. “Even I’m jealous,” Beaty laughs  of his Tootsie role. “Marian is on a screen more than Brent is.” But even after three hours of makeup, the hunk is no babe. “I make a horribly ugly woman,” Beaty admits. “But I have a great figure and nice legs. I’ve gotten compliments.”

CBS Soaps’ 50 Naughtiest Bad Guys

April 12, 2010

Danny Santos

No. 40 Danny Santos

CBS Soaps in Depth just finished counting down the “50 Naughtiest Bad Guys” on CBS Soaps (defined here as their current soaps, plus Guiding Light). Here are the ones from Guiding Light. Check out CBS Soaps in Depth for the entire list, 10 an issue complete with full color photos for each bad guy. The current issue April 26, 2010 has small photos of the entire count down.

3. Roger Thorpe

5. Alan Spaulding

8. Edmund Winslow

12. Brent Lawrence (The psycho who tortured LAM and killed Nadine Cooper.)

14. Grady Foley (I don’t agree with this one. Grady was a punk. He was evil, but with no ability other than picking locks, he was a punk. I mean he even screwed up a deliberate hit and run, killed the wrong person, left the target alive, and took along a witness. A PUNK!)

21. Ben Warren – “We could’ve put a lot of guys that Blake cheated on Ross with on this list. But his own brother? That’s the standout, don’t you think?”

30. Will Jefferys (The crazy psychiatrist involved with Sonni/Solita – Josh’s crazy wife, I mean one of them.)

32. Phillip Spaulding – “When Alan’s prodigal son returned to Springfield, he was a new man, sure. But he’s still on the list because of the jerkface he was before he came back.”

35. Alan-Michael Spaulding

40. Danny Santos – “When you run a criminal empire it’s lonely at the top, eh? Want some company?”

41. Cyrus Foley – This one is too funny not to quote. “This Aussie criminal boinked his way through town so fast, Reva darn near had to relinquish her Slut of Springfield title.”

44. A.C. Mallet – Mostly because of his secret hitman past.

47. Romeo Jones – An evil little punk, only Tony’s endorsement kept Danny from tossing him out his ear Day 1. CBS Soaps in Depth also criticized his bad habit of leaving his shirt on.

48. Tony Santos – “OK, granted, as dirty rotten scoundrels go, this JV mobster was pretty squeaky-clean. But admit it – you wanted to see this picture again as much as we wanted to run it again.” – The photo is of Tony #1 with his shirt off. OK,  I admit it. I wanted to see it. Jordi looks GOOD.


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