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.
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.
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).
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.
Ross urges Josh to get an annulment as fast as possible. Blake and Hart continue their talk.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, December 29, 1995
Nick is at Susan’s bedside. Holly and Fletcher arrive to visit Susan. Frank unknowingly discovers Nadine’s corpse.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The body from the lake also has “Auburn Mist” wig hair on it. Reva finally tells Josh what happened from her point of view.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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