Posts Tagged ‘GL’

Tide Now and Then

April 12, 2018

Tide was once an amazing new product. Proctor and Gamble’s Dreft was the first detergent as opposed to soap flakes. (It’s still on the market, try some.) Any detergent does a much better job than soap flakes just because of how they worked. Dreft was too gentle for P&G. They wanted a heavy duty cleaner. 10 years of research paid off in Tide. It did a much better job. It was called “The Washday Miracle.”

Sponsor of Guiding Light

Tide was in high demand from the beginning. It took 2 years for them to gear up enough production to roll it out nationwide because demand was so high in the test markets. Still they ran ads. Tide was a sponsor for shows like Perry Mason and most importantly to us Guiding Light. Read more about the Tide rollout and list to a recording of an old Tide commercial.

https://www.old-time.com/commercials/1940’s/Tide’s%20In%20Soap’s%20Out.html

This is the kind of ad that they spoofed in anniversary episode.

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/70th-anniversary-history-recreated-episode

Tide Today

YouTube cued up

Today’s Tide looks different as the brand spreads out over multiple types of delivery systems. Whether you want powder, liquid, or pod, today Tide makes them all. In part to make some positive noise to off set the problem with pods (some kids think they look like candy and some grown-ups are stupid enough to the think eating superconcentrated soap could possibly be a good idea). I’d say they succeeded in this series of ads that took over the 2018 Super Bowl.

http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/every-ad-is-a-tide-ad-inside-saatchi-and-pgs-clever-super-bowl-takeover-starring-david-harbour/

What will Tide do tomorrow? (Psst! It should bring back Guiding Light!)

Tide Banner from YouTube

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

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Full Episodes With a Date Updated April 2018

April 5, 2018

Full Episodes With a Date

There are a lot of Guiding Light clips on YouTube. Most of them aren’t full episodes and those that are don’t usually have a date associated with them. Sometimes through it’s able to find some and identify the date. Here are the full episodes I have dates that I’ve posted about. This will be an on going project so watch for more.

Nov. 2, 1979: Roger makes plans for plastic surgery in France with the beautiful surgeon Dr. Renee Dubois. Back in Springfield, Alan wonders who received the blind trust from his late father, Lucille Wexler plans another fatal “accident” for Ben McFarren, and the marriage of Rita and Ed Bauer is headed for the rocks.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/guiding-light-nov-2-1979

April 16, 1992: Hampton Speakes’s Bachelor Party, Ben and Little Billy “Pure Boy” comment, All men episode
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/favorite-individual-episodes-4

Jan. 26, 1994: Roger Thorpe returns to the land of living after hiding at Holly’s after he was shot
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/favorite-individual-episodes-5/

Dec. 20, 1995 – Dec. 25, 1995: Springfield celebrates Christmas, Holly and Fletcher discover Meg will have Down’s Syndrome, Vanessa and Bridget’s plan to share Peter is working well until Hart comes back, Roger is stealing money from his wife Dinah, Marian Crane is starting to unravel, Susan is in hospital after Marian attacked her, Santa Nick visits, Marah, Shayne, and Josh react badly to Reva’s Return, Special clips flashback episode from Dec. 25, 1995
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/christmas-1995-updated-2014

Dec. 26, 1995 – Jan. 8, 1996: Springfield celebrates New Years with a Costume Ball at the Lakeland Country Club, A returned from the dead Reva makes her mark on Josh who is with Annie Dutton, Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane builds to crescendo, Rabby go on first unofficial date, Budig has a scene that defines her version of Michelle, Returned Hart has trouble with Roger, Dinah, Vanessa & Bridget, Marcus is in jail
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/new-years-1995-1996-masarade-ball

Jan. 9, 1996 – Jan. 19, 1996: Brent Lawrence has Lucy Cooper held hostage, They discovered that Brent killed Nadine Cooper, J Chamberlain makes a successful play for his cousin Michelle Bauer (they stop at necking though), Reva, Josh, Annie, Marah and Shayne deal with the fact Reva isn’t dead and she’s with Alan Spaulding now, Dinah Marler Thorpe grows closer to Hart Jessup and then finds out his father/her husband Roger Thorpe set up her best friend Marcus Williams who is cleared of all charges relating to the Towers Robbery and Detective Cutter’s death. Rabby have a play date.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-1

Jan. 22, 1996 – Jan. 26, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but we get some great early Rabby and early Dart stuff. Also, Marcus is cleared, the Reva back from the dead custody fight is going, Matt is blackmailing Amanda into leaving Bloss alone over their experience in California with an escort service.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-2

Jan. 29, 1996 – Feb. 2, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence still has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but it’s interrupted for some more early Dart and kicking up the biggest story ever for the Grant family up a notch. Matt is still threatening Amanda about coming clean about the her escort service. Nola is still having problems with J and Bridget is trying to decide if she should go after Hart or not. Also, sort of tying in with the rescue attempts, but not really, Alan warns Annie that he thinks Jeva are starting to get back together and Buzz is making a move on Reva.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/final-brent-lawrence-terror-part-3-jan-29-feb-2-1996

Feb. 5, 1996 – Feb. 9, 1996: LAM’s fathers, Alan and Buzz, have teamed up to save the kids in one of my all time favorite Alan-Buzz sequences. Reva and Nick McHenry also join in the rescue effort. LAM are finally rescued and A-M and Alan make peace. Hart has taken his revenge on Roger by bedding Dinah, but Dinah still believes they are the real thing – for good reason. Dinah confides in Ross and he starts divorce proceedings between her and Roger. Bridget is furious that Hart is intending to abandon his son. There is some Annie-Jeva stuff which feels more like a check in with the story rather than organically fitting with the characters’s actions in the other storylines right now. However there is one of the most important scenes ever for Reva when she tries to explain Jeva to Alan in the most clear headed way she ever did. Blake locks Amanda into the construction shed kicking off a great and colorful dream sequence.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/brent-lawrence-bomb-in-the-lighthouse-part-4

Feb. 12, 1996 – Feb. 16, 1996: Rick confesses to Annie he still loves her and wants her back. Alan tells Reva to give up the custody fight or he’s leaving her. Reva picks her kids. With Alan out of the picture Buzz attempts to move in and ignores Hawk’s admonition that Reva and Josh will always find their way back to each other. The Jeva custody trial moves forward. LAM are back together and sorry to have missed their original wedding date and are in a hurry to arrange another. However, they aren’t as in as much of a hurry as Susan and Nick McHenry who will marry and move to Europe within the next week with little or no warning. Amanda is found locked in the construction shed and is dangerously ill. She’s rushed to the hospital meaning Alan has two children in the hospital right now. Dinah solidifies her friendship with Dinah – which is good they both could use a friend. Hart is still determined to leave town and heads for the bus station.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/jeva-custody-case-1996-feb-12-16-1996

Feb. 19, 1996 – Some Undated Days – At least one day is skipped so until we hit the 1st of March we are uncertain about the dates – Annie isn’t taking her separation from Josh well and they throw a party to cheer her up. Reva tries to reunite with Alan, but he rebuffs her. Alex and Alan make up over her objections to his relationship with Reva. Nick McHenry and Susan Bates quickly wed and leave the continent. We learn Henry Chamberlain has died. Ross continues to work at getting Dinah’s money back from Roger. Vanessa reaches out to Nola over Henry’s death. Marah has run away to Reva’s house, offering to stay with Reva if she lets Josh-Shayne-Annie alone. About half the town rallies round to help find Marah. Quint comes back for the funeral, but tactlessly brings along his mistress. Michelle gives Abby romantic advice. Abby stops wearing her Goshen clothes and she has a play date with Rick.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/nick-mchenry-and-susan-marry-we-learn-henry-is-dead-feb-19-1996-and-some-undated-days

Jan. 5, 1999: Danny has just discovered Michelle killed Mick, Susan had poisoned herself to stay with Harley, Buzz Remembers Jenna
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/favorite-individual-episodes-2

April 5, 1999: Pilar Santos is introduced, Blake, Cassie, and Harley have a slumber party, Selena Davis is creating a fake dead mother for Drew Jacobs
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/favorite-individual-episodes-3

May 8, 2001: Bauers find out Harley is working with the FBI against them
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/the-bauers-find-out-about-harleys-betrayal-may-7-8-2001

January 25, 2007: 70th Anniversary History recreated
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/70th-anniversary-history-recreated-episode

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.

Guiding Light Cast List 1959

April 4, 2018

This list is from Soaps: The History Part One from 1984. The list is dated 1959. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first.

  • Ann Fletcher (Joan Gray)
  • Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer)
  • Bill Bauer (Ed Bryce)
  • Billy Bauer (Pat Collins) – Later known as Ed, a shortening of his middle name
  • Bruce Banning (Les Damon)
  • Dick Grant (James Lipton)
  • Frederich “Papa” Bauer (Theo Goetz)
  • Joe Turino (Joe Campanella)
  • Laura Grant (Alice Yourman)
  • Marie Grant (Lynne Rogers)
  • Mark Holden (Whitfield Connor)
  • Meta Bauer (Ellen Denning)
  • Paul Fletcher, Dr. (Bernard Grant)
  • Robin Holden (Abigail Kellog)

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.

Guiding Light on That 70s Show

April 2, 2018

That Retro Show

That 70s Show was like an anti-Happy Days. Instead of looking at a past time with rose colored glasses, it followed Eric Foreman and his friends through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in the 1970s if you “ran with a fast crowd.”

The primary adults on the show were Eric’s parents, Kitty and Red. A continuing storyline in the later years of the show was that Kitty, who had been a tower of strength and stability, went to pieces having a difficult time emotionally and physically with menopause. Another continuing element was technology as “new” things like VCRs started to appear. One of these they tend to have the most trouble with was the TV/VCR remote aka “the clicker.”

Rambling On

I caught the last half of an episode walking through the living room a couple of weeks ago. It was the episode “Ramble On” Season 5, Episode 5. The A storyline is that Donna bought Eric a ring in the classic 70s leisure suit, Afro perms, and gold medal necklace style that her father favored. He hates it and even loses it for awhile which upsets Donna both because she put a lot of thought and money into the ring AND that she has pretended to like terrible presents he’d gotten her before. They make up in the end (they are an endgame couple after all).

Guiding Light!

In the B storyline Kitty continues her struggle with menopause and has a meltdown because the “clicker” aka remote won’t work so she can’t see…wait for it…the end of Guiding Light!

For some reason, even though I’d seen the episode at least once before, I hadn’t caught the shout out. Sadly they didn’t include any footage or even any soundtrack, but it was great it got a mention at all. If I catch That 70s Show again I’m going to keep an ear out for Guiding Light and so should you! Let me know if you catch any more shout outs!

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.

Guiding Light Cast List January 2000

March 28, 2018

This list is from Soap Opera Weekly the January 25, 2000 issue, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 39. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first. With the exception of Blake, see note below, and added Theresa’s last name which may not have yet been used on screen at the time I’ve used the character names they used which does not include maiden names, etc.

Abigail Bauer (Amy Aukland)

Alan Spaulding (Ron Raines)

Beth Spaulding (Beth Chamberlain)

Bill Lewis (Ryan Brown)

Billy Lewis (Jordan Clarke)

Blake Marler (Elizabeth Keifer) – the character is listed as C. Blake Marler in the article, C. for Christina.

Buzz Cooper (Justin Deas)

Carmen Santos (Saundra Santiago)

Cassie Layne (Laura Wright)

Danny Santos (Paul Anthony Stewart)

David Grant (Terrell Tilford)

Drew Jacobs (Tammy Blanchard)

Edmund Winslow, Prince (David Andrew Macdonald)

Eleni Cooper (Jennifer Roszell)

Eugene Levy (Stuart Wood) – Detective who was Frank’s friend and partner at the time

Frank Cooper (Frank Dicopoulos)

Grant Martin (Michael Gill)

Harley Spaulding (Beth Ehlers)

Holly Reade (Maureen Garrett)

India von Halkein (Mary Kay Adams)

Jesse Blue (Paulo Benedeti)

Jim Lemay (Anthony Addabbo)

Josh Lewis (Robert Newman)

Lillian Raines (Tina Sloan)

Lizzie Spaulding (Hayden Panettiere)

Marah Lewis (Laura Bell Bundy)

Maria Santos (Miriam Colon)

Marina Cooper (Sasha Martin)

Matt Reardon (Kurt McKinney)

Max Nickerson (Paul Wasilewski)

Meta Bauer (Mary Stuart)

Michelle Santos (Joie Lenz)

Natalie (Priscilla Lopez) – I tried to add more about this role, but while the actress (who primarily works on Broadway) has a role on As the World Turns from 2003 on IMDB, but nothing on this role which they thought was important enough to add to the list that I don’t remember.

Olivia Spencer (Crystal Chappell)

Phillip Spaulding (Grant Aleksander)

Pilar Santos (Paula Garces)

Reva Lewis (Kim Zimmer)

Richard Winslow, Prince (Bradley Cole)

Rick Bauer (Michael O’Leary)

Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn)

Selena Davis (Patti D’Arbanville)

Shayne Cooper (Tony Michael Donnelly)

Susan Lemay (Brittany Snow)

Tammy Layne (Katie Sagona)

Theresa Sandoval (Andrea Navedo)

Vanessa Reardon (Maeve Kinkead)

Vicky Spaulding (Victoria G. Platt)

Vivian Grant (Petronia Paley)

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.

Apologies to Remy and Christina Boudreau

March 23, 2018

I recently did a big Bauer BBQ fanfic. As I did I prepared a list of the children of Springfield. I added a newborn for Remy and Christina Boudreau, BUT I forgot about their kid born on the show. In my defense it’s just in the last episode, but during the rewatch for H.B.’s truck I suddenly remembered. Then I realized while I had put in a new baby for them based on her  The Bold and the Beautiful‘s character’s new baby (hoping that I could get some photos or screen grabs I could use) that I had completely left out the baby shown on the show. That baby would be 7 years old now. They don’t give a sex or name in the flash ahead, but when I next publish a children of Springfield list, the child will be included.

Christina Boudreau and Baby Boudreau in 2010

Christina Boudreau and Baby Boudreau in 2010

Any suggestions? Boy? Girl? Name?

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.

Guiding Light Cast List September 1977

March 14, 2018

This list is from Soap Opera Serials the September 1977 issue, vol. 2, no. 9, p. 64. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first.

  • Adam Thorpe (Robert Milli)
  • Ann Jeffers (Maureen Mooney)
  • Barbara Thorpe (Barbara Berjer)
  • Ben McFarren (Steven Yates)
  • Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer)
  • Billie Fletcher (Shane Nickerson)
  • Ed Bauer, Dr. (Mart Hulswit)
  • Emmett Scott (Frank Latimore)
  • Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey)
  • Holly Norris Bauer (Maureen Garrett)
  • Hope Bauer (Robin Mattson)
  • Jackie Marler (Cindy Pickett)
  • Justin Marler (Tom O’Rourke)
  • Katie Parker (Denise Pence)
  • Mike Bauer (Don Stewart)
  • Peggy Fletcher Thorpe (Fran Myers)
  • Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf)
  • Roger Thorpe (Michael Zaslow)
  • Sarah McIntyre, Dr. (Millette Alexander)
  • Steve Jackson, Dr. (Stefan Schnabel)
  • T.J. Werner (T.J. Hargrave)
  • Viola Stapleton (Kate Wilkinson)

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 End Notes

March 13, 2018

Well, how great was THAT!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Bauer BBQ. My plan was to create a story that was like a Bauer BBQ on the show over a couple of episodes with a group of characters that would be playing out stories. I tried to make it like we dropped in on important plot points within larger on-going storylines with some tied up and most leading into more. There are, of course, other storylines for other characters, but these are the ones we focused on during the Bauer BBQ.

  • Danny’s overprotectiveness towards Michelle makes sense now we know a baby is on the way, but Michelle will continue to chafe under it. He’s right to be concerned though with their history of miscarriage and Michelle’s inability to stay out of dangerous mysteries and there is definitely one of those around with the mystery painting.
  • The mystery painting is the key to something, something worth attacking people for. What is the story behind this painting? What will the woman whose hair is in a bun do to get her hands on it? Is she the only one interested? What will that mean for Vanilly who have ended up with the painting for now?
  • Mattessa fans got a brief ray of hope, but let’s all just admit Vanilly always were endgame. They were always fiery, but that’s all this was – not a serious fight. Vanessa is going to retire and step back from day to day at WSPR. WSPR has improved a lot since the days when interns where editing stories on laptops in restaurants, but since their network was stupid enough to cancel half their soaps things may not be all wine and roses at the station. With Vanessa retired a power vaccum will form and who will fill it? Will it be a character currently on the canvas, a returning old friend, or a brand new character? As they struggle to make their own mark on the station will Vanessa be able to stay out of it and admit she’s ended her professional life?
  • Alan-Michael and Lucy are solid, but their different opinions on how to best support Molly will continue to be a sore point. Alan-Michael’s concern for her safety and future, fed in part from his inability to protect his mother, will continue. He does make some progress there as Hope Bauer will be moving back to Springfield. Molly has set her eyes on Kevin Marler. He isn’t looking for something serious right now, having enough issues in his life, but Molly is providing a bright spot and considering just what her parents went through to get the one they wanted, just what might Molly do to keep Kevin by her side?
  • Mindy and Rick have both been struggling with regret about not having more kids, but Rick’s son with Annie isn’t really going to help. He’s there to get to know his father, but has no use for stepmother Mindy. Will this cause more turmoil for Mindy and Rick? Will Rusty be making some more visits to Springfield this year and what will be drawing him back? Also remember, Matthew Wilson is also Annie Dutton’s son. Does he have mental health and addictions issues, too? Has he been in contact with Annie?
  • Buzz and Lillian will be dealing with a return of their own now that Rocky has returned to town. He’s got a score to settle with his father. Just how does he intend to even things up?
  • Now we’ve met up with Kat again and met her sons will we be seeing more of them? What’s their dad like and will he be coming to Springfield if Kat returns?
  • Even though he has a new sudden son, Rick is going to continue in an honorary uncle role. Blake, as she often is, has been economical with the truth about the many scandals of when the twins were young and the twins have been away at school most of their lives so they don’t yet know about things like the paternity question with Ross and Rick and Rick and Phillip’s roles in Ross’ death. Now they are back in Springfield how long before they learn the whole messy story?

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 9

March 12, 2018

Author’s Note: Well, today is the final episode of the Bauer BBQ 2017. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this event and I’m going to get a start on Bauer BBQ 2018 and so should you!

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 9

Scene 32

The dripping men attested to the fun both teams had with the tug of war. The games were tappering off and everyone gathered around again for the ice cream contest. Both churns were getting hard to turn. Rick had taken over for Team Bauer and Billy had taken over Team Lewis. It was a hard thing to call because it took time to open the churn and check it might be the difference between winning and losing if it wasn’t done. Finally Rick finally called it. Lizzie came to check Rick’s ice cream and the chocolate was finished. Billy’s continued to churn for a couple of minutes until he too called it and then the vanilla was done.

Lizzie grabbed Rick’s hand and held it up: “Team Bauer wins!” Everyone cheered and rushed forward for the ice cream.

The ice cream brought out more storytelling. Wanda’s laugh boomed out. Alan-Michael had sworn Paul and Hamp to secrecy and told them about how he had messed with Hamp’s batchelor party in exaggerated form that had them laughing loudly. Bridget and Kat had their heads together in one corner. Dylan was talking to Billy consoling him on his loss eating vanilla ice cream. Katie was telling Michelle stories about her aunt Hillary and talking hospital. Rusty was talking police stuff with Frank. Danny had broken out the plastic lids and straws and was sending people on their way with an ice tea or lemonade or a water bottle to go.

Lillian and Buzz had creeped out back into the woods where Buzz had earlier hidden an air mattress for their own Bauer BBQ tradition.

Scene 33

Rick headed into the kitchen to do one last fill up on the food before everyone who took one more plate before they left or grabbed some snacks for the road. He started digging around in the refrigerator trying to decide to bring. Kevin Marler followed him into the room. “Rick? Can we talk a little bit?”

Rick turned around stopping what he was doing to give Kevin his full attention, “Sure, Kevin. What do you need? You having problems since you got back from college?”

“In a way. I want to thank you for keeping in touch while Jason and me were away at boarding school and now college. It really has meant a lot….during that bad time when Mom was in a coma especially we felt kind of forgotten about, but you always kept in touch. It was appreciated.”

Rick gave his half-smile. “Well Kevin there is a lot of history between us…” silently Rick thought more than you’ll ever know Blake hadn’t felt it was a good idea to fill them in on a lot of the drama that has spun around them when they were young “….I’ve always felt that in a small way you belonged to me…I mean all the baby sitting our family used to do for you guys and everything.”

“I don’t forget it….right now I have another favor to ask you though.”

“What’s that?”

“While I’m back here this summer I’m hoping to get a little hands on experience in the hospital. I’m really looking at research within neuroscience, rather than practice, but how things fit together with patients might really be helpful.”

“I’m sure I can arrange that.”

“I know you’re probably too busy today, but I’d like to bounce some ideas off you for my honors thesis. Can you think of a topic that would be useful from your perspective as a practioner?”

“Hmmmm.” Rick thought for a couple of minutes. “Something that has been bothering me has been the problem of addiction and heredity. There has been a lot of adicts in my family, my Grandpa Bill, my dad, and I’m an addict, I’ve had two bad periods of addiction even though I’ve been clean for decades now. On the other hand, Danny has self-medicated with alcohol at a couple of bad points in his life, but he’s never become addicted. As my kids have gotten older, I wonder if I have to worry about them because of our genetics. If you’re interested I’d be glad to collaborate with you on a project, if you’d like.”

“Are you kidding? That would be great! Thanks, Rick. I know I can always count on you.”

Scene 34

The party was breaking up. Billy picked up Vanessa’s new painting to carry it out to their car.

Bill came up. “Don’t worry about it, Dad. I’ve got this.” He took the painting and lead the way to the car.

Danny was taking out his first load of stuff to take home out to his car.

A man none of them knew started working his way towards them through the parked cars. He seemed a little drunk weaving a little bit, but presumably heading for the door. He wore a polo shirt and cargo shorts and big sunglasses that covered half his face. Suddenly he veared and quickly ran up behind Bill. He hit him with something on the back of the neck, knocking Bill to his knees, and yanked the painting out of his arms. Billy grabbed Vanessa and spun her around to keep her out of the fray.

Danny dropped the box he was carrying and ran over. He yanked the painting back, tripping the man who stumbled back. He quickly revaluated the situation and ran off.

“BILL!” Vanessa was only a few steps behind Bill and she dropped to the ground. “Bill, are you OK?”

Bill groaned and raised a hand to his head. “What hit me? A truck?”

“Don’t move, darling, something might be broken.”

“Hell woman, don’t smother the boy. He knows how to take a fall. Here.”

Billy extended his arm and Bill clasped it and pulled himself up to his feet. Shaking his head, “Yes Mom, I’m fine.”

“Well, let’s head back in and let Rick take a look.”

Bill ignored that one and turned his attention to Danny. “What happened?”

“A man came up and hit you and tried to grab that painting. I saved your bacon as usual.”

Bill snorted. “Oh, don’t make me laugh, my head isn’t up for it.”

Ray had come up in time to hear the exchange. “Why would anyone go to all that trouble for a painting nobody knows anything about? This was the ‘mystery’ painting, right? It shouldn’t be really worth much.”

Billy said “Shoot! That guy was probably just drunk. You saw him weaving. You think a lot of stupid and dangerous things are funny when you’ve downed a few. Trust me. I have the scars to prove it….We probably should tell Frank about it though. He should put out a call to round him up – wouldn’t want him driving in that shape.”

The suggestion to report it to Frank and get some sympathy from his wife struck a better chord with Bill than seeing Rick so he let the group lead him back to the house.

Danny thought back over what he’d seen. Danny had been relaxed and focused on his task to really click in before the attack, but as he thought back now the man’s movements had been too deliberate for him to have just been pulling a drunken stunt. Danny picked up the painting from where it had fallen in the driveway and dusted it off. He looked it over carefully. He felt around the frame. He sniffed it to see if he recognized any drugs. He didn’t. He didn’t see one thing would make this painting worth stealing. He had understood Billy and Matt competing for it to get Vanessa’s attention, but that woman who had given him such a danger signal had bid on it too. $10,000. He was sure she intended to get something other than a pleasant painting for her money. Was she connected with this attempted theft? Either way, what did they know about the painting that none of the Lewis family nor their connections did not? Danny scanned the driveway area and slowly carried the painting back in the house. He had a bad feeling that this wasn’t over yet.

Scene 35

Buzz was leading Lillian out of the woods hand in hand. Before they broke from the tree line, Lillian laughed. “Buzz, stop a minute.” Buzz paused and turned around. Lillian laughed again and pulled him around to kiss him again. “And they always say that marriage drives the passion out of a relationship.”

“Not if you do it right, honey.”

“You’ve certainly proven that.” She pulled him in for another kiss and then they came out of the trees.

Just then there was a very loud motorcycle coming up the road. A rider in black leather came up weaving between the parked cars. It pulled right up in front of Buzz and Lillian. He stopped and pulled off his helmet. His focus bored in on Buzz.

“Hello, Dad.”

“Rocky?”

Scene 36

Rick had checked Bill out and while he had a nasty bump on his head, he didn’t have a concussion. He left them fussing over Bill and headed out to the side patio. He wanted to get the flag down and properly folded away before they headed out for the fireworks. He walked over to flagpole and looked up at the flag he thought he could feel his family his Grandma Bert, his Aunt Meta, his mother Felicia. He was proud he had pulled off another great event to help the town to celebrate the great country they lived in.

As he started lowering the flag a young man with sandy blonde hair stood by the side of the house. Almost seeming to hold his breath. Rick unhooked the flag off the pole and the kid approached. “Do you want some help folding that?”

Rick grinned at him and said, “sure.” They folded the flag.”Thanks for the help. Glad you just happened to be here.”

“I wasn’t. I mean I spent most of the day trying to get up nerve to talk to you.”

“Well, I AM awfully intimitating.” Rick smirked.

The you man took a deep breath. “Are you…..Are you the Frederick Bauer who was married to Annie Dutton until October 1995?”

Rick sobered. “Yes, I am. Who….”

“My name is Matthew Wilson and… I think I’m your son.”

 

Friday’s Episode Ends

 

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.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 8

March 11, 2018

Author’s Note: Problems blew up at the Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 8

Scene 29

Jason Marler stood facing the Spaulding pond. He pitched a stone in it, as hard as he could, and then he picked up another, and another, and another….

Molly Spaulding watched from about 50 yards away. Slowly she walked up to Jason. “I saw you take off, what’s wrong?”

Jason gave a hollow laugh. “What isn’t wrong? What isn’t wrong in the entire freaking world?” He threw another stone.

Molly remained silent. So silent that with another person there it got akward. Words poured out of Jason to fill it. “I’m a Poly-Sci major. I really thought I could help save the world. I even had a Congressional internship, you know?” He broke off to throw another stone. “But after this last election, both sides, politics is broken, what can one person do? What’s the use of trying? Am I going to waste my life fighting a battle I can’t win?” Jason threw another rock.

Molly stared out at the pond, too. “You know I never met your dad. He was dead before we moved back here, but I’ve heard about him my whole life. He helped so many people in this town. He really made a difference you know. Michelle and Danny, they were talking right before you took off? He saved both of them from a phony murder charge. Maybe that’s the way to make a difference, not at the national level, but here in one place. Maybe if a whole bunch of people each in their own place make a difference, that’s how you change the whole country?”

“You know you’re pretty smart for a kid.”

Molly frowned. “I’m NOT a kid.”

Jason turned around and looked in her face. He really looked at her as if he hadn’t known her for years, as if he’d just seen for the first time in a class or across a bar. He lifted his hand to cup her cheek. “No, I guess you’re not.”

“Just what THE HELL do you think you’re doing? Get your hands OFF OF MY DAUGHTER!”

The immerative came out of nowhere and both Molly and Jason froze.

“I SAID get your hands off her!” Alan-Michael closed the rest of the distance between them and grabbed Jason’s arm pulling it off Molly and then shoved Jason whose reactions still slowed by shock fell to the ground.

“Daddy! What do you think you’re DOING?”

“Sweetheart, he’s so much older than you. I don’t want to take advantage of you and after what happened with your boyfriend Tom…..”

“God Dad! What part of back off, I’m a grown up now, aren’t you getting? Yes, there was an issue with Tom and I HANDLED IT. It’s what grown ups do! I know what I’m doing! I can make my own decisions and I can HANDLE whatever comes along. I’m so out of here.”

Molly sped off heading back across the Spaulding yard towards the Bauer house she nearly ran into Kat, Dylan, and Lillian on the way. Alan-Michael stared after her until she was almost out of sight. He shook himself, shot Jason a glare for good measure as he picked himself up, and took off after her calling, “Princess!”

Scene 30

Rick was talking on the phone in the Bauer Kitchen, “Yes, Dad. Everybody is missing you and Holly….No, nobody expects you here every year, but I’m glad you called. I hope you call tomorrow so you can talk to the grandkids they’re all scattered right now.” Rick puffed up with pride,”Yep, big success again this year. New record in number of hamburgers served, everyone loves them…..Give Holly my love, Dad, and Dad, don’t forget I love you too.” Rick ended the call.

Phillip walked in carrying a glass of iced tea. “There you are, buddy. I thought you’d be out there taking victory laps. It’s been a GREAT BBQ.”

Rick held up the phone, “I was talking to Dad.”

“How are Ed and Holly doing? I haven’t heard from them lately. The last time I heard they had just taken a cruise on the Queen Mary.”

“They loved it. I don’t know that we’ll ever gt them settled back here, but at least Dad hasn’t disappeared again. He’s sure to check in regularly now.”

“You know, it’s funny, this was so NOT Alan’s thing, but how many years did he’d say he wasn’t coming and then did? It’s almost been 10 years now…and you know…you know I STILL find myself expecting to find him somewhere here. I keep ranging around……all those years I was always trying to get away from him and I, and I’d give almost anything if he was still here.”

Buzz stuck his head in the door. “Rick, we’re out of Bauer Burgers and the crowd is getting restless.”

“OK, Buzz, I’m on it!” Rick opened the refrigerator, grabbed out a tray of prepped Bauer Burgers, and headed out to the patio.

Phillip stayed leaning up against the island and took a drink when suddenly his niece Molly came rushing blindly through. Phillip put down his glass and caught her by the arm. “Hey, what’s the trouble?”

Molly was vibrating with frustration. “Uncle Phillip…URRRGGHHHH! It’s Dad. He’s IMPOSSIBLE! He just totally humilated me in front of Jason Marler and everyone! Why can’t he see he’s a grown-up?”

“Well,” Phillip made a grimace and swallowed. “He can’t because he’s your dad and it’s a horrible thing for a dad to deal with. I’m sure you have every right to be mad, but I was just sitting here thinking that as crazy as my dad always drove me, I’d give just about anything to have him back. Be mad, but forgive him and keep that in mind.”

Alan-Michael came skidding into the kitchen. “Molly, stop let’s talk. I….”

“URRRGGGHH! Just give it a rest, DAD!” Molly pulled away from Phillip.

Lucy came in. “Molly, honey, come here. Dads, right? Come with me, let’s go talk about it.” Lucy put an arm around her shoulders and leading her off towards the living room. Alan-Michael started to follow.

“Hey,” Phillip wave Alan-Michael over, echoing Lucy by putting an arm around Alan-Michael’s shoulders. “Let the girls work on this.”

“Phillip, you just don’t understand, man! How am I supposed to NOT be there to protect her?”

“Peyton and Emma may not be there yet, but I went through all this and worse with Lizzie and Michelle. Look at them now. You WILL get through this. I didn’t handle it particularly well, but we’ll get through this. Together. That’s what family is for right?”

“I guess.” Alan-Michael walked over to the sunporch and stared out over to the garage apartment door where he’d once lived. “I certainly wouldn’t have guessed I’d have lived through all I have since I came back to Springfield at that Bauer BBQ. This is an anniversary of sorts I guess.”

“I know. Parachute into ONE party and people never forget it.”

Alan-Michael turned and found a geniune smile for his brother.

“I liked the piece of your mom’s you bought. How was your visit with Hope?”

Alan-Michael lost his smile and turned back to the window, but didn’t answer Phillip.

“How is she?”

Alan-Michael turned around again looking grim. “Not good. It’s been almost 10 years since Dad died, a lot longer since they were together, and she’s still not dealing with it. You saw that picture, sure it’s a beautiful piece, but it’s back to when they were on the island. All her art is about them. She still owns that island you know, Dad gave it to her as a present, put it in her name. She’s had a little cabin built on the island and she’s been spending time there. It’s dangerous, she’s fixated on it, and it’s so FRUSTRATING I can’t seem to help her move on.”

“You know I owe your mom a lot. Hope was always there to support me and to look out for me. I wouldn’t have known Justin and Jackie at all if it hadn’t been for her standing up for me. I wish I could do something.”

Alan-Michael turned suddenly furious. “Well, there isn’t! Not every thing in life can fall into place just because the GREAT Phillip Spaulding orders it to.”

“Whoa! Turn it down a notch. God if I could, (Phillip makes a click noise with his tongue) I’d change a lot of things. Don’t fall into the same trap I did. Don’t let your fear get control of your life. That cost me years! And it might cost you your daughter. (Click noise) I really meant I’d help if I could I’d be glad to visit Hope or you know, ask her to come and stay here. She can stay in the mansion or I’m sure Rick wouldn’t mind if she stayed here or in the garage apartment or we could buy her a condo. Being around family might be good for her.”

Alan-Michael looked for a minute like he might be willing to talk reasonably with Phillip, but then Danny came trotting in.

Danny asked, “Phillip, can I talk to you a minute?”

Alan-Michael flared up again. “Great! Just what we need. Another one of Dad’s pets. Have fun at your mutual admiration society. I’m out of here.” He stormed out looking for Lucy and Molly.

“What was that?”

“Alan-Michael. He’s all worked up. He just got back from a trip to see his mom, you know her Michelle’s cousin Hope. Apparently she’s not doing very well. She really hasn’t been overly well since Dad broke her heart. I think Alan-Michael is afraid he’ll lose her and he’s holding on too tight to Molly. I hope it works out. But you came in here for something.”

“Yes, I wanted to point out there is a woman here. She’s in a business suit with her hair pulled back. Have you seen her?”

“I’ve been busy, but I saw her a few times. Dressed like she was, she was pretty hard to miss. What about her?:

“Do you know who she is? Have you seen her before?”

“No, but that’s not unusual. You know today is an open house. There’s always people we don’t know.”

“I know, but there was something….off about her. I pointed her out to Frank and Ray, but I wanted to make sure you kept an eye on her, too.”

“OK, Danny. I trust your gut. Let’s take a look.” Phillip lead the way out to the patio.

Scene 31

The rider had one more stop before heading to the Bauers. He hadn’t been there in person since he was a toddler, but from the time Google Earth had come out he’d used it to go past this white church and into this cemetery. The clarity on Google Earth wasn’t good enough to pick out a particular grave, but his brother had told him where it was. He’d spent hours looking at it on various screens and now he was standing here in person. His eyes darted to the right and then he dropped to his knees. “Hello, Mom,” he whisphered.

Commercial Break

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


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