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Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 2

July 6, 2017

Author’s Note: Welcome to the Bauer BBQ 2017. I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay so far, but the party is just getting started. Scene numbers refer to my original outline, but have included them to make it easier for me to keep track of the story.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 2

Scene 5 – Moved into Scene 2

Scenes 6 and 7

The joyful chaos continue to grow in the Bauer House as more hands piled on. Bill and Lizzie showed up with baby Lily and stuff for the games. Little Billy must have heard and came running at full speed from the patio into the kitchen, intercepting and pushing by several adults, and straight into his father’s arms.


“SUN-UN! How was the big sleep over?” He winked at Lizzie. “Did you manage to keep your big sis Sarah out of trouble? I told her you’d be watching out for her.”

Little Billy nodded exuberantly. “Uh-huh. Emma and Hope both started a pillow fight and they were both hitting Sarah, but Dani and me helped fight them off.”

Bill grinned at his son. “I just bet you did.”

Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis came sailing into the room like a queen with a throaty “Hello, everyone.” Seeing Bill with the new Little Billy and baby Lily she glided over. “Well how are my beautiful grandbabies today?” She bent down and hugged them both. She kissed Lily, but Little Billy had squiggled out of the hug before she could kiss him. Little Billy was seven years old now and kisses from your grandmother was baby stuff.

Mindy put the lid back on the pot she was stirring and looking around asked “Vanessa, where’s Daddy?”

Vanessa stood frostily. “I wouldn’t know.”

“What do you mean, you wouldn’t know? Didn’t you come together?”

“We did NOT! He likes to manage things so well I’m sure he can MANAGE to get himself here.”

“Oh no! What did Daddy do now?”

Vanessa opened her mouth to answer, but before she could, Billy himself came charging through the Bauer back door and into the kitchen.

“Happy Fourth!” Billy shouted following it up with a good old Oklahoma cheer!

He was met with a chorus of Independence Day greetings. He strode over to Mindy and picked her up. “Having a happy day, darling?”

“Always do at the BBQ, Daddy.”

After nodding and winking at Bill and Lizzie, Billy stole a piece of the celery Blake was chopping up.


“You got to be quicker than that, Blake!” Billy added with a laugh.

Billy ambled over to Lizzie and Bill stood with Little Billy and Lily. “How is my little cowgirl and my big cowpoke today?” They giggled as he gave them each a quick tickle. They both laughed pushing his hands away.

He cocked his head up at Lizzie. “And where is Princess Sarah?”

“We just got here and I haven’t seen her yet, but apparently she’s outside decorating.”

Billy had seemingly ignored Vanessa since he came in and she had stood up and turned her back to him. However, he’d be strategically moving closer to her the whole time and now he suddenly moved, grabbing Vanessa and spinning her around and soundly kissing her. “Did you get over your mad fit yet, honey?”

“I am righteously angry. I do NOT have ‘mad fits.’ Let me go!” Vanessa stomped her foot.

Billy let her go, shaking his head.

Mindy interjected, “Daddy, what did you do?”

“All I did was….”

Billy was interrupted when a group came charging in from the patio.

“Grandpa Billy!”

“There’s my Princess Sarah!”

Sarah rushed over to hug Billy.

Michelle had come in with Hope and Danielle. Dani had headed right over to her best friend, but Billy intercepted her. He picked Dani up and held her on his hip. “Well now, Little Billy, have you ask this sweet little filly to marry you yet? Only reason I can see that Bill and Michelle didn’t get together after all was so that you two could!”

“Honestly!” Vanessa interrupted. She stalked over and took Dani out of Billy’s arms and set her down. “There now you two go play.” Turning back to Billy, “Do you think you have the right to control everyone’s lives?”

Billy splutter trying to get around her, but Vanessa had wrapped up in her ice shield and she walked out the door to the patio with her nose in the air. Billy followed after her chuckling.

Matt Reardon had come in at the beginning of Vanessa and Billy’s exchange and for the first time in a long time looking at Vanessa he felt hope. Matt’s second marriage to Joni, Maureen’s old art teacher, was on the rocks. Maybe it meant a fresh start was possible for him and Vanessa after all….


Scene 8

The crowd had been slowly growing at the Bauer House inside and out. Small groups of people were talking and on the far side of the patio Beth and Phillip were setting up for the art auction. Following in the footsteps of the auction held at the BBQ many years ago for Vanessa’s Second Chances group, this auction’s funds were earmarked for the Lizzie Spaulding Lewis Cancer Foundation.

An array of paintings already stood on easels with discreet auction numbers marking each one.

Paintings had been gifted from various artists with local connections. Jesse Blue had sent a painting. Mindy and Marah had donated fashion sketches. Trish Lewis had sent a sketch from one of her interior design projects. Reva had sent back an art photo she had taken in her travels with Josh. Beth had donated several of her own paintings and one that she had found in a corner of the Spaulding attic. On Blake’s advice Beth had built the PR for the auction around this mystery painting. What artist’s hand had painting it? Where was it from? What was its story?

While Phillip and Beth set up, Clarissa and Maureen were setting up an art project for kids. Clarissa spread out a large canvas on the patio. Maureen got the paints ready. They were going to paint a group mural and then have it stretched and framed to be hung in the children’s cancer word at Cedars to brighten it up.


Scenes 9 – 11

In the kitchen, Rick had gotten all the meat ready to grill. Rick looked over the people he was willing to trust with grilling. Like a drill sergeant he snapped, “OK, let’s head this wagon train out… Blake, you and Robbie are in charge of the chicken breasts and hot dogs on the normal grill. Jude, you’re helping me on the Bauer Power grill. Each group needs a pan for raw meat, a spatula for raw food, a spatula for cooked food, and done tray. Troops ready? March!”

Blake shook her head. “You get WAY too carried away with this, Rick. We’re volunteers you know.”

“Not today, you’re not, you’re conscripted.”

“I think I liked it better during the years you didn’t care.”

Rick seemed to deflate. “I was all alone those years. The family was gone. What was the point? It didn’t matter if we had a party pretending there was still a Bauer family in Springfield or not.” Rick brightened. “But then the year Danny and Michelle moved back, it started mattering again.”

Blake stepped forward patting Rick on the shoulder. “Rick, it always mattered. The Bauer BBQ is one of those things that keep this town centered, a community. That’s why people picked it up those years, but it really needs a Bauer at its head, at its heart.”

“Come on, ATTENT-SHion! Alright troops! March!”

They went out to the grills. While they set up Jude asked, “Why doesn’t Uncle Danny help?”

Robbie snorted.

Rick laughed and pitched his voice loud enough for Danny to hear him over by the hot tub. “Well, the one year we let Danny help we had neighbors ready to call the fire department from the fire ball.”

Danny headed over as soon as Rick started in on him. Interrupted, “What I THINK you MEAN, Rick, is that you were finally smart enough to put the man who had worked as a professional bartender in charge of the drink table.”

Jude looked impressed. “Really? I didn’t know that, Uncle Danny.”

“Yep, I used to work summer for my Tio Fedrico – on my mother’s side – at his restaurant in California when I was growing up. I met your Aunt Michelle after I got a job as a bartender at club she hung out at.”

“Wow, why were you working there? How you get from that to helping to run Spaulding?”

Danny’s face grew shuttered as old ghosts rolled up out of the past.

Rick saw the warning signs and jumped in putting his arm around Jude’s neck. “That’s a long story, bud. Let’s save it for another day.”

Danny blew out a long breath. He smiled at Rick’s back and headed into the kitchen to get the rest of the stuff he needed for the drink table.

Setting it up, he started his bar patter ….. “Come one, come all. We’ve got iced tea and lemonade. I can make a martini that James Bond would die for, shaken not stirred. I can also whip up a Black Russian, a Pink Lady, a Yellow Bird. I don’t just do colors I do places a Manhattan, Singapore Sling, a Cuba Libre…”

Billy walked up following Vanessa who still wasn’t giving him the time of day. He stopped to listen to Danny’s spiel. “Shoot, boy. You make a man want to fall off the wagon.” Seeing Vanessa looking back icily, Billy hastily added, “Not that I ever would, it was a hard fight to finally get sober. I wouldn’t throw that all away.” Vanessa moved off and Billy winked at Danny before he turned.

“Dylan,” Billy yelled. “There you are. I’ve been looking for you and Bridget. Mindy told me you were here….”


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


Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

July 5, 2017

Author’s Note: This year’s Bauer BBQ fanfic is much more like a real set of Bauer BBQ episodes. I really love how it’s turning out and I hope you enjoy it. I haven’t broken it into actual episodes, but there are obvious places for commercial breaks that I put in.

I outlined it first and mostly stuck to that numbering so I could keep track of the different storylines.  I’ve kept my original scene numbers from my outline just to keep things easier for me, but you’ll see notes I’ve included when they’ve had to change. When I realized I needed to add a scene I added an A or a B. It really should be broken up into multiple episodes and I probably would have done that if I had gotten it done early enough, but I ran out of time. If I repost it next year, I may get that part fixed when I polish it.

So the lesson is start working on your Bauer BBQ 2018 RIGHT NOW!

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

Scene 1A

It was early morning at the Bauer House. Rick Bauer stood at the flag pole in the side yard of the family home. *

He looked around at the young Bauers standing around him. He looked at his children, Jude and Leah. He had always wanted children and even if he hadn’t been able to play as active a role as he would had hoped in their lives during their younger years, he couldn’t be prouder of his children. He was only sorry he never had more. There could never be too many Bauers.

Standing next to his kids were his nephew and nieces, Robbie, Hope, and Danielle. He was still grateful that Michelle and Danny had moved back from California when they had. His little sister was raising some great kids.

“OK troops! Let’s raise the flag.”

Robbie snaps the flag open with a practiced hand. He has been doing it for years. Even before they moved to California he remembered doing this with his Grandpa Ed. It is one of Robbie’s favorite parts of the BBQ. Being careful not to let the flag touch the ground, he clipped it in place and briskly ran it up the flag pole.

Rick spoke. “Every year we start the BBQ by raising the flag. The tradition goes back to picnics Papa and Mama Bauer used to have on the Fourth. They started every one by raising the flag. Papa Bauer is who I am named for. Robbie also is partially named for him. He was your Great-Great-Grandfather and I want you to remember his gratitude for living in this country, for the new chance it gave him, and all the hard work he and Mama Bauer did giving the Bauers a strong start in this country. It’s up to you to remember and pass this knowledge along so that someday YOUR great-great-grandchildren will do this and remember how glad and how proud we are to be Americans.”

Rick says something like this to the children every year when they raise the flag. He wanted to engrave it on their memories so it would be passed on.

*NOTE: The flagpole only appeared during the BBQ when they showed this scene and seemed to be set up wherever was convenient. Since we don’t really know what was in the sideyard of the house that’s where I put it and will keep it as necessary.


Scene 1B

The group trouped over to the garage apartment. It was already bubbling with talk and laughter. Mindy was right in her element as she made breakfast with the rest of the kids that had spent the night. Friends of the Bauer kids and mostly family friends before them, spending the night before meant they had early dawn help available if they needed it and kept the kids busy if it wasn’t.

Rick paused near the door to think how beautiful and happy his wife was surrounded by children. He was sorry she never had a biological child who had lived, but she had determined to be the best step-mother and aunt in the world and, as always Rick thought with a smile, what Mindy determined to do got done.

Rick walked over and noisily kissed his wife. “How are things going in here?”

“Everybody’s doing great. I’m glad the garage apartment is empty this year. This is a lot easier than getting them breakfast in the same kitchen where we’re prepping the BBQ.”

Rick silently nodded in agreement. He loved Mindy. She was a good cook now, but she was still enough of a princess that she never washed a plate. He was glad this mess wasn’t in his prep area. Rick didn’t bother with breakfast, he just enjoyed the chaos.


Scene 2

Later Rick stood in the Bauer kitchen and surveyed his domain. The rest of the year this was a kitchen, but today it was the prep area where he launched an attack to feed an unlimited number of family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and even complete strangers who would show up at THE place to celebrate the Fourth in Springfield. There had been a time when he had felt so shoved to the side, almost like he, heck, the BAUERS hadn’t had a place on the canvas that was the community of Springfield. He had lost heart and so had the BBQ, but ever since 2010 after Michelle and Danny had moved back he had felt all the glory of the BBQ again and moved heaven and earth to make sure each year was the best year ever.

In a way prepping for the BBQ was like emergency triage, but this was a good kind without the pain, horror, and blood. Instead the constant attention, prioritizing, improvising was of everyone remembering the community and having a good time.

“Listen everyone! It’s time for the hat ceremony….Leah, if you’re ready.” Rick bent down and Leah picked up the Bauer BBQ chef’s hat. Ed had always worn it and Rick had taken it with great significance when Ed had passed it down to him, but since this had become his and Leah’s special moment it became even more important to him.

Everyone in the kitchen paused and clapped as Leah, put it on his head, aware of what this meant. “The Hat” was always an important part of the BBQ.

“Back to work!” Rick called as the moment passed. Once the hat was on his head he felt like a general martialing the troops. He picked up his clipboard “Reports!”

“Danny, condiments!”

“Rick, I used to run a restaurant I think I can handle….” Danny protested, but as usual it fell on deaf ears.

“I said condiments!”

Danny sighed, rolling his eyes at Michelle. “There is ketchup and mustard at two condiment stations around the backyard and plenty of back up for each. The relish and onions are ready to put out. Salt and pepper shakers and napkins on each table. Everything is ready to go.”

Rick tapped the end of his pen against his teeth. “I don’t know that this idea of yours using big pumps instead of lots of normal bottles is going to go.”

“Rick, it will be fine!” Michelle broke in.

Rick sighed and made a note to ask people about it later to find out how it had gone over.

“Michelle, desserts!”

“I made 2 dozen of Grandma Bert’s apple pies this year. They are cooling as we speak AND don’t you even think of hiding one. If you don’t get any I’ll make some again in the near future, as soon as you peel the apples for me. The watermelon is on ice and Danny has his stuff ready to carve it when ready.”

“How about the ice cream?”

“You’ll have to ask Lewis about that. He and Lizzie decided to turn hand churning ice cream into a contest this year.”

Rick frowned. This was the kind of thing he expected to be consulted on. “Blake, you may have to go on an ice cream run later.”

“Have car keys will travel. Although how I became the designated errand girl…”

“We appreciate you being ready to lend a hand when needed, Blake. Salads!”

“Rick, you can see I’m finishing up the cabbage and apple salad. Frank and Buzz have coleslaw on their list to bring and the potato salad is in the fridge.”

“Bert’s recipe?”

“Nope, you always ask me, so I got Bea’s recipe this year from Michelle. I thought it would make a nice change.” Rick’s face grew stormy until she added. “I remember it was always a struggle between Ed and Maureen. I thought I’d let Maureen win this year.”

Rick bit off his protest. Since it WAS for Maureen he let it go and checked it off his list.

“Bridget, Dylan, lettuce salad bar!”

“Rick, we make it all the way here for the BBQ this year and got here extra early so you can shout at us? I think we got it.”

Dylan cut in, figuring it was better to humor Rick. “We’re still chopping. All varieties of salad dressing requested are checked off the list. We’ve got the ice and the thermometer to check all the salads to keep them out of the danger zone.”

Rick grunted. He spared a glance. “Bridget, it’s a great think you got back with Dylan. Clearly he’s the one with sense in your family.”

Bridget picked up a pair of salad tongs to throw at Rick as he turned his back and walked away, but Dylan took them out of her hand. “Humor him.”

Just then Kevin kicked at the door. Bridget wiped her hands on a towel and went to let him in. Kevin and Jason each entered carrying two large, stuffed full reusable grocery bags a piece, closely followed by Frank and Buzz weighed down by coolers.

Buzz asked, “Are you going to give us a hand, Rick?”

“Nope, that’s what these two strapping young men are for,” he answered putting an arm around both Kevin and Jason. Rubbing his hands together, he added, “You’ve brought the ground sirloin. It’s time to make some magic…Rachel Ray and Emeril have nothing on me. Bauer Burgers here we come!” *

*NOTE: The Rachel Ray etc. line came from Michael O’Leary’s appearance on a talk show making Bauer Burgers. See my making Bauer Burgers post.


Scene 3

The boys were still eating when the girls finished and moved on to decorating. Sarah Randall and Emma Spaulding were Hope Santos’s best friends. The three of them had formed Les Tres Amigas Science Club* which had made Sarah’s Grandpa Billy laugh although he hadn’t explained why he thought the name was so funny. He wasn’t laughing at their interest in science and had helped throw open the doors to Lewis Oil walking them through the operation and answering every question they had even if he had to hunt up someone to tell them all the answer.

Today Hope, Sarah, and Emma were working with the smaller girls Dani, Frankie, and Peyton.** on decorating the Bauer House inside and out to within an inch of its life. The girls were talking and laughing happily together. Little Billy was there too, as usual joined at the hip with his best friend Dani.

Michelle trusted Hope to watch out for the other children, but after that treehouse stunt with Dani and Little Billy last March, Michelle felt better keeping them under a watchful eye so when the Coopers showed up she’d slipped out of the kitchen. The kids ran around up one ladder and down another putting up flags, banners, bunting, and sparkles wherever they could.

Michelle shook her head at a lopsided bundle on one of the portico corners. She moved one of the ladders over to climb up to fix it herself shaking her head that they could make such a din. She hadn’t gotten very far when a couple of arms came around her and pulled her off the ladder.

A sardonic, but gorgeous gaze met her own. “And what, may I ask, were you doing on a ladder?”

Michelle tried to brazen it out, pretending her husband wasn’t holding her in his arms. She smoothed out her top and picked a couple of imaginary pieces of lint off her culottes. “I was straightening that bundle of course. It would be done by now, if you hadn’t had to show off those big muscles of yours.” Michelle crossed her arms and scowled at him.

Danny laughed as he put her down. “None of that little missy. I’m on to your tricks. You were on that ladder when you KNOW we agreed you wouldn’t be. I’m not letting you pick a different fight to get off the hook. I think I see where your daughter got her illicit climbing inclinations.”

“Perfectly, right – from you!” Michelle said frostily, but with just a hint of a smile behind it as she gestured towards her old balcony with her head. Then she blushed and smiled. “OK you caught me. I said I wouldn’t get on any ladders today, but it would only take me a minute to fix that one crocked bunch….”

“Correction. It will just take ME a minute. Now tell me exactly what you want me to do.”

Michelle’s smile grew downright naughty, but now was not the time, so she had Danny straighten the clump until it was perfect.

*NOTE: Les Tres Amigos or LTA was an independent oil company started in the early 1980s. The original members were Josh Lewis (Billy’s brother), Amanda Spaulding, and Ross Marler. Eventually Billy came to town and pushed his way in. It eventually was folded into Lewis Oil. Clearly the children never heard of it and why should they have….until Grandpa Billy gets around to explaining the joke.

**NOTE: Dani Santos (Manny’s daughter), Frankie Cooper (Daughter of Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro), and Peyton Spaulding.


Scene 4

Meanwhile in Chicago, a helmeted figure, dress all in black leather, adjust the chin strap on his helmet with the smoke visor. He pulled on his leather gloves. He approached his black Indian motorcycle. He saddled up, revved the engine and turned the bike south, towards Springfield.

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

Children of Springfield 2017

May 10, 2017

Back in 2014 before I could really dig into my Manny Bauer BBQ fanfic for the year I had to stop and figure out what children would be running around and how old they would be now. Sadly it’s been awhile now since we’ve seen any of them. I thought this might be helpful for anyone wanting to write a “present day” Springfield story. I’m especially looking for any Bauer BBQ fanfic of any couple, any era and I’m making myself a challenge to at least get the start of one done by July 1st, so I’m challenging you as well. And don’t worry, this year I have the Manny part of the plot figured out so I just have to decide what other people are doing around them.

I came back and did an update last year in 2016. I think it needs to be an annual post to keep us all on the same Guiding Light page. Here we go for 2017.

Manny Move Back

In the previous post I shared some of my reasoning and notes to show my work and let it stand for possible addition and corrections. I recently read a very persuasive article that said what truly made an article academic was to show your work and admit you could be wrong. So I’m admitting I was wrong. I have good reason to switch up the Marler children and switch them back to airdate birth age so I did.

Below you’ll find a list in reverse chronological order with the changes marked with an *. Please note these are often rough calculations and any of them could be subject to SORAS at any given time. Personally I like to watch kids grow up on screen, so I won’t be SORASing.

Sadly I’ve had to leave the mess age wise that is James Spaulding and Daisy/Susan LeMay/Cooper because there is just no way to leave it and no way fix it and keep any kind of continuity, so we are just swallowing it and going on. So James, Daisy, and Ashlee are all safely graduated from college now and in the young adult storyline, where no one has no idea how old anybody is. But just for the heck of it going by Zach Conroy’s age, James Spaulding should be 32 and so should Ashlee Wolfe according to Caitlain VanZandt’s age. If take James’s age when we meet him fresh out of boarding school to be 18, he should be 26 instead. At the rate she was going Daisy/Susan is probably now 4.

There could be any number of other children around, for example maybe Alan-Michael and Lucy have kids, as could any number of other people that we had lost track of on screen or since 2009. These are children that are reasonable to assume are around. I’ll gladly take suggestions of others. The only children I’ve listed are those we know on screen, plus Danielle who I created in my Springfield Bound story which Michelle told Danny about shortly after Rick and Mindy’s wedding as shown in the flashforward and so would have been born in 2011 and so is now 6.

Moved de-SORASed on my list are the Marler children. Basically our post-show triangle between Robbie Santos, Sarah Randall, and Clarissa Marler required them to be closer in age so I reverted from an approximation based on SORAS when last seen back to airdate birthdays. I had previously added Rocky Cooper in just because it still ticks me off that they basically sent him off into the attic to look for skis so I like to mention him when I reasonably can. I had used the SORASed Coop’s (his older brother’s) last on screen actors age and subtracted the difference on screen, but I decided to ignore that since Coop is dead anyway and return to airdate birthday because makes Rocky more available.

So here is my list. I’m probably missing people. Let me know who else you think should be included. Whether these children would actually be around town or not is, of course, up to you and how you plot your story.

In reverse chronological order, the current children of Springfield:

Danielle “Dani” Meta Santos, 6

H.B. Lewis IV, 7

Francesca Cooper, 7

Henry Cooper Lewis, 8

Colin O’Neill, 9

Peyton Spaulding, 9

Emma Spencer Spaulding, 11

Sarah Randall, 11

Hope Maureen Santos, 12

Leah Bauer, 15

“Robbie” Robert Frederico Santos, 16

Jude Bauer, 16

Clarissa Marler, 17*

Zach Spaulding, 18

Rocky Bradshaw Cooper, 19*

Maureen Reardon, 20

Kevin Marler, 21*

Jason Marler, 21*

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 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

November 19, 2014

Author’s Note: Nope still not divulging much. I will say that I just gave Michelle my mother’s new car because loves it and I thought Michelle would too.  It’s a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Also, in making sure we have the kids at the right ages, the then Marcy Rylan had son Jackson, who should get credit for playing the baby bump that was H.B. Lewis IV, on  Oct. 21, 2009. Since she only revealed her pregnancy in the flash forward set in September 2010, Little Billy the Fourth should have been born at least approximately Oct. 21, 2010 which would make him 4 now and a year older than Dani Santos. Sarah Randall was born in 2006 and she is 8 this year.

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm Chapter 2

It was a short drive over to the Bauer House on Skyline Drive and still early. Michelle pulled up into the parking area between the house and the garage apartment and said briskly, “OK everybody out!” Robbie grabbed a package out of the back and took off to carry it into his old room. Michelle let Hope dance ahead, and took on her first load with Dani riding her hip and the diaper bag draped over her shoulder messenger bag style. Michelle had pushed the button to make the back of the Cherokee close, but before it could close all the way, suddenly Bill caught it and sent it up again.

“Woah there Bauer, looks like you still have a lot to carry in, why don’t you load me up?”

“Well, Lewis, you always do best as a beast of burden.

“Hardy, har, har. That’s nice talk to someone who got up early to help you on his day off with his wife and infant son,” gesturing behind him as Lizzie came bearing down on them a four year old Little Billy IV pulling her along.

“I’d hardly call Little Billy an infant any more, next thing you know he’ll be breaking hearts just like his Daddy and ‘borrowing’ the car without asking.”

“You first, Bauer. Robbie’s 18 by now isn’t he?”

“He’s 13 as you very well know. You were at his birthday party.”

“AND if Little Billy’s breaking a heart it will probably be with that little girl of yours.”

Little Billy ran up and began yanking on Dani trying to get her down. “We want to play, Michelle. Dani down!”

Billy quirked her a smile, and said “Yeah, Michelle we want to play.”

“OK, OK I know when I’m out numbered.”

She put Dani down and Little Billy grabbed her hand and they took off, a short haired blond and light brown ringlets bouncing away across the parking area and into the kitchen door of the Bauer House.

Lizzie had been about a step behind her son and she threw Michelle a quick “Happy Fourth of July” and kissed the corner of Bill’s mouth as she rushed by. “I’ll keep an eye on them.”

“Here you go. Let’s really load you down and we’ll get all this stuff in the house. I already brought a load over last night. I’ll have to pull the apple pies out of the freezer and rewarm them in the oven, but I think we can get most of this in one load.”

Bill readjusted the load in his arms, “I don’t think anybody will mind Bert’s recipe apple pies aren’t fresh this year. Everybody knows you’ve had a lot going on, speaking of which do you want me to grab that?” Bill gestured with his head toward the last two bags in the rear of the Cherokee.

“No, I”m making a special trip with those, keep your dirty mitts off them….It was really nice of you guys to come early to help with set up, you did last year, too.”

“Well, you’ve showed up early with the whole family early every Thanksgiving since Lizzie and I started our new family tradition, it’s give and take, help when you can. That’s just the Springfield way.”

“Here’s some help then, see if you manage to remember your anniversary without Lizzie having to prompt you this year, it’s just 10 days after the BBQ.”

Bill, a little put out, “Of course I’ll remember my anniversary.”

“You put the wrong date on your wedding invitations.”

Bill groaned. “Won’t you and Santos, ever let me forget THAT?”

Michelle paused to think for a moment, before shoulder bumping her friend and walking into the house with him. “Nope, I don’t think, we…at least I…will.”

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.

Dani Santos

October 22, 2014

One of my continuing series is posts about the characters you meet on Guiding Light. Tonight’s character is a little different. She never actually appeared on Guiding Light. Her existence is first discussed in my fanfic “Springfield Bound”, but I’ve continued to talk about her so much she’s started to appear in other people’s fanfics which is just great as far as I’m concerned as it’s as close as we’ll ever get to having her declared cannon. So if you write Guiding Light fanfic, please do include Danielle.  Danielle Santos was conceived from three ideas. First, I read a lot of alternative universe fanfics where they used that name for a hypothetical child of Manny’s because it was a combination of Danny and Michelle’s names. Once they pointed that out who could resist? Second, after showing how great he could be during Michelle’s first pregnancy that tragically ends in a miscarriage, Danny is, for various reasons, prevented from being with Michelle during either of their successful pregnancies, not knowing about either until they were far advanced. I always held that this was terribly unfair. Danny SHOULD have gotten to be there for a whole pregnancy so I gave them one. Third, I never gave up on Guiding Light as the writing plummeted. There was normally some bright spot to be found, but one of the only real bright spot in all of 2007-2008 was that Reva had a miracle post-menopause baby. That’s not much of a bright spot, but every single time they mentioned it, I thought well if Reva is still pumping out kids, surely Michelle should get one more, so here she is.

Danielle “Dani” Santos – Danielle Santos is the third child born to Danny and Michelle Santos. Michelle announced her pregnancy shortly after Rick and Mindy’s wedding set in the 2010 flash ahead from the finale. So Dani will be born the following year making her 3 in 2014 and a year younger than Francesca Cooper and H.B. Lewis IV who were born just before or after the flashback. This makes her six years younger than her older sister Hope and 10 years younger than her oldest brother Robbie. Dani is so young we haven’t experienced much of her personality yet, but she and the latest Little Billy have a bond and she looks like her mother with her father’s coloring, so her appearance is pretty close to her sister. Danielle was the first successful pregnancy that Danny got to be there for the whole thing. – Created in the fanfic “Springfield Bound.”

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 September 18, 2009

September 20, 2009

Final Episode – Sept. 18, 2009

NOTE: Previously there was a hotlink to the CBS hosted version of the episode at the end of the post. They have since removed the link. It was briefly available on DVD by Soap Classics and can still be found second hand online. You can also find the final episodes on YouTube. The time references are to a full recording of the episode in one part without commercials. Even if you are watching a different way I hope that you will find them helpful. For these daily episode reports I always put the Manny-Bauer stuff first and arranged the rest of the episode by subject rather than by the quick cut order they appeared on the screen. I was rather emotional during these last days and have put in bitter sobs and joyful sniffs. I also pulled out a line of the day with the best or most powerful line. I strongly remember sitting in this very room, eyes glued to the set of the final episode, jumping up and down when…well see for yourself. – 9-18-2017

22:51 The Bauer-Santos family is having a picnic at the park. Manny is on a blanket and Mindy and Rick are horsing around. They spot Phillip and Beth coming from a distance and Mindy goes to hide as Robbie and Hope run up to their parents. Hope plops herself on Michelle’s lap and Robbie sits where he can look with hero worship at his father. Phillip and Beth seem thrilled that Manny is back. (Then again who isn’t? –  joyful sniff) Phillip always did see Michelle as another little sister. But it only gets better when Mindy pops out and tells them she’s staying.  Line of the Day – Rick: “The Four Muskateers Ride Again.”

27:45 – 1 Year Later – Manny, Phillip and Beth, and Rick and Mindy are all in the patio/formal garden courtyard of the Spaulding Mansion. Everybody notice that Michelle has DANNY wearing PINK today. Guess they are really are one person now. 😉 Danny makes a toast to Rick and Mindy. Rick and Mindy are getting married tomorrow and Phillip is serving as the best man. (I wonder if Danny will be an usher? groomsman? They certainly seem to be of the bridal party even if Danny is a hair underdressed.) Manny is fully accepted as one of the group and Danny and both Phillip and Rick seem totally at ease with each other. Michelle insists they get a group photo. [I hope they post that one to the website – sadly they didn’t] Manny is safe, they are happy, they are in sync, they are in Springfield, they are accepted, they are home. THANK YOU! If we can’t see them, we can at least know that, for sure, forever.

35:01 During the Happily Ever After Montage, the group at the Spaulding Mansion share a champagne toast. It just feels so right. This is where all belong, together.

Today’s episode started with a short montage of various openings they had over the years and the motto, “There is a destiny that makes us family.” [Minute 0] As I’ve mentioned before they’ve been updating the opening montage every single day for awhile now. Today included most of the cast’s photos (no Manny ;-( ) and they seemed to suddenly remember that they these were not individual characters, but families. If they had remembered that earlier, maybe they’d done better these last few years. [Minute 4]

The Cooper family and various extensions and hanger on-ers are gathered at Company, still discussing names for the new baby. Frank admits he has a date. James and Daisy come in and she announces she’s going to Berkley, like now. Ashlee and Daisy had planned for years to go to college together, but this Berkley business was leaving Ashlee behind. Doris calls Ashlee down to her office and as a good will gesture she got Ashlee admitted at their writing program, so they can still go together. This is a real big thing for Doris who has previously gone WAY out of her way to destroy every relationship Ashlee had with anyone else. [Minute 1] Ashlee tells Daisy they can go to college together after all. [Minute 4]

Remy and Christina are worrying about being legally married before the baby comes, so they are looking for Mel. [Minute 2] Mel is still otherwise occupied, but for some reason answers her door anyway. In a sheet. The door opens farther and they see Cyrus naked in Mel’s bed and Remy ACTUALLY asks, “What’s he doing here?” – not ironically what’s HE doing here? but serious WHAT is he doing here? like he doesn’t have a clue. Yeah, Remy is DEFINITELY material for the SFPD. [Minute 5] They get all the Coopers over to the police station and Doris performs a quickie legal marriage for Remy and Christina and then they all rush over to say goodbye to Daisy and Ashlee. [Minute 10] Daisy and Ashlee are driving. So they need to take off now. (Daisy really needs to quit wearing those shorts unless she’s alone with James in private.) Reva and Billy make it for the send off too. Marina, as usual, shows her selfless nature, “You know you’re leaving me alone to be the only Cooper girl.” James and Daisy exchange “I love yous.” I don’t remember them actually saying it before. [Minute 17] Blake and Frank both hurry off, not realizing they are going to meet each other. [Minute 18] They meet on the bridge and slowly it dawns on them their blind date is with each other. [Minute 20] They decide they’ll try dating. (Why not, they’ve already worked together twice and slept together, was it just once or more, well never mind.) [Minute 21]

Lizzie and Bill are talking about whether Alex welcoming Fletcher back in her life is a wise idea. Lizzie doesn’t know Fletcher, which is right, she was in Arizona with Phillip and Beth and before that very, very little when Alex was with Fletcher. Bill does know Fletcher, which is also right. He was his best friend’s (Ben Reade) father. Still they haven’t mentioned the elephant in the room, Ben.  Fletcher overhears and says he promises to keep Alex out of trouble. Yeah, right Fletcher, you never could control her and you usually didn’t bother to try that’s why the relationship lasted longer than about any of your other ones. Phillip and Beth come in and seem glad, in a long time no see kind of way, to see Fletcher. [Minute 2] Lizzie is still upset about Alex leaving, partly out of concern, partly out of having to face another goodbye. Alex has been the family member closest to her the last few years and they bonded, first over their involvement with Cooper men (Alex with Buzz and Lizzie with Coop) and later over similar life experiences. Although they again never said explicitly (ARGGGH), both of them had their children taken away from them and were unable to raise them themselves. (Alex had Lujack and Nick McHenry, their father who was a creep extreme, sold Nick and off a bribe from Brandon – I’ve mentioned he was evil – kept Lujack from her.) OK, FINALLY, Bill tells Fletcher he misses Ben in their last conversation before he leaves.  Alex comes out packed to go on the trip with Fletcher. She promises to come back for Phillip and Beth’s wedding. She pauses as she gets ready to get into the car, looks back at her home while a myriad array of emotions and memories play across her face. She pulls herself in with a ragged breath, winks and blows a kiss to her family before leaving again on her next big adventure. [Minute 6]

Phillip and Beth are together talking at the mansion. Phillip: “This feels weird. I’m the oldest Spaulding living here now.” Notice behind Phillip there are actually family photos on the mantelpiece. There haven’t been family photos on any of the sets (except for Reva’s nutso Jeffery memorial)  in ages and here’s a whole row of them. Beth gives Phillip a blank book and encourages him to express his feelings in writing like he used to. Beth and Phillip kiss and then the phone rings. Phillip says “Always” ruefully and goes to answer it while Beth laughs. (I think that’s a soap opera convention joke, but you have to be a Manny fan to truly understand the pain of the dreaded phone call/interruption – Mannyacs should have bought them an answering machine. 😉 )[Minute 19] The phone call is Rick and he tells Phillip he needs to come to the park. Rick tells him everybody is here and now would be a good time. Good time for what we wonder? [Minute 20] (See the Bauer-Santos Report at the top of the page) Besides the good news above, Phillip is glad he’s in the park because he meets up with James and they seem to be in a good place now and toss around the Frisbee. [Minute 24]

Jonathan, Sarah, and Reva are playing at Tammy’s cottage. (That kid is a real chatterer, Tom who plays Jonathan seems to be getting sick of it.) Josh calls Reva and asks her to meet him at Cross Creek. [Minute 3] Josh and Reva meet up. She announces that the old truck they’ve been driving around all week was H.B.’s.  Yeah, right where have they been hiding that to keep it in fully restored condition all these years? Reva and Josh flirt and he tells her his new plan is to go down and oversee the addition of the new wing on H.B.’s memorial veterans hospital (this is the reason Cross Creek is in Springfield now, they built the hospital on the original Cross Creek site, supposedly as H.B. had always planned (rolls eyes), this is was also the project they used to bulldoze Josh and nuCassie to be together with when Reva was pushing him away during her cancer scare – no, it really didn’t make sense when it was happening either). Reva cries at the thought he’s really leaving. Josh mentioned this was the latest version of his plan. Reva asks if there was another one in the middle and he admits there was. He was going to kidnap and marry her. [Minute 9] Reva reacts to the news by walking off sobbing. Josh catches her up and apologizes for telling her. She tells him she’s glad he did. She still loves him too, but she’s just not ready to commit to him again right now. She’s still dealing with too much.  He tells her he understands that, that’s why he’s giving them both some distance, but one year from today he plans on being at the lighthouse at noon. If she’s ready for him then, she should be there. Until then, he’ll be loving her. [Minute 12] Billy arrives, but misses Josh leaving. Billy asks Reva what she will do when the time comes. She doesn’t know, but I think Billy does. [Minute 15]

Bizzie, Jonathan and Sarah are all playing in the park together. Jonathan takes Sarah down to feed the ducks. Bill says he was afraid that now that Sarah was back, Lizzie wouldn’t want a baby with him, but she tells him not to be nuts. She wants children with him. She loves him. Aren’t they sweet? Bill looked so vulnerable when he asked that and it’s great that actually talk about their fears, you know like you should in a relationship rather than leave them to fester like they did before. [Minute 22] The Cooper entourage arrives in the park with all the stealth of a herd of elephants to spy on Frank and his date. Guess they closed Company again, and they are still surprised they have money troubles? When they see Frank and Blake together they go over to give them a hard time. [Minute 22] While hanging out with her family, Marina tells Shayne she’s gotten him that coaching job at the high school. (Yes, schools always hire baseball coaches when the season is over, but I guess for Marina they do.) [Minute 23] Remy, Christina, Mel and Cyrus must have gotten over the strangeness in their earlier meeting in her room and are hanging out together in the park. They share the baby news. [Minute 24]

Mindy is still in town. She’s hunted down Billy to tell him she’s made a decision. All her trips home this year have convinced her she’s sick of living in exile in Paris. She wants to be home with her family and friends and she’s decided to stay in Springfield. They are both very happy. [Minute 8]

Maureen tells her Dad Matt that he ought to be dating, too. [Minute 5] Maureen is in a play. She sets up her dad with the drama teacher. Yes, because Matt needs more drama in his life. [Minute 16] Otalia talk about how happy they are. They decide to name the baby for Frank. [Minute 11] Otalia runs into Frank and Blake and tell him they are going to name the baby Francesca, after him. [Minute 22] Reva and Olivia talk about Josh. [Minute 25]

Flash Forward – One Year Later

Now pay close attention because this goes real quick. Yes, I know they got us all ready for Thanksgiving and then totally skipped it. I’m just reporting here.

Shayne is coaching a nearly championship high school baseball team. Marina and Shayne appear to be together and she has “Biggen” calling Shayne Papa which is kind of wrong since that what they were having him call Mallet, but we know Marina isn’t too big on ethics anyway. [Minute 26]

Billy asks Jonathan to be the foreman on Lewis Construction’s newest project, the new Springfield elementary school. I think Jonathan calls him Uncle Billy, but he kind of mumbles so I’m not positive. Boy, he never did that. He must really be feeling like family. The second he put down Sarah she ran off (Yeah, I think Tom is totally over working with this kid). Bizzie shows up and after months of playing it down Lizzie is really padded out. She calls Sarah over to feel her little brother kick. I guess it will be H.B. 4th. Christina and Remy arrive with their new baby son Clayton, named after Remy’s father. Lillian and Buzz go all mushy over the little tyke.  [Minute 26]

Cyrus and Mel are still together. Cyrus and Remy are working together still in the SFPD. Heaven knows that just the last two episodes have shown that Remy needs someone to help him.  Frank is giving them a new assignment. Blake walks up with baby Francesca in her arms and she and Frank are still together. Frank: “How come she has two mommies and I’m still all stuck changing the diapers?” Buzz tells him they are picking up Rafe who’s coming how on leave.  He’s coming home by bus. (Come on, Olivia’s his step mom now, she could spring for a plane ticket or rental car.) Their family is all at the bus stop picking him up and all seem very happy. [Minute 27]

James is out at Berkley visiting Daisy and Ashley. They are all actually wearing clothes, which is a nice change and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen Daisy look so happy. [Minute 28, Minute 34]

Mallet and Dinah have all their old sync back. They’re traveling around Europe together and having fun and being light hearted. Dinah playfully and softly calls out Elaine a la The Graduate.  They are stopped at a church and Dinah is peeking in at a local wedding. She and Mallet banter back and forth. She tells him she loves weddings and he tells her he knows, it’s why they’ve stopped at every single church in Europe. They seem almost giddy being together without any of the garbage they had to deal with before. [Minute 29, Minute 34]

The whole town is together and playing at the ballpark. Everyone is happy and there are couples and babies everywhere you look. [Minute 34] A Happily Ever After Montage with brief looks at each group begins to music.

Jonathan and Billy, still at Shayne’s ballgame, speculate on whether Jeva will reunite today. Josh arrives at the lighthouse (one we’ve never seen before by the way). Reva and Collin (who looks way more than 1 year older, I wonder if this is some cast or crew’s kid again?) start slowly walking towards the lighthouse. Josh sees them coming and he can’t wait. He jogs, practically running over to them. Josh: “I wasn’t sure if you’d be here.” Reva: “Oh yes, you were.” [Minute 30] All is literally silent as he comes over. Then suddenly, Good LORD, it’s their couple THEME music!!! We haven’t heard their theme music (or anybody else’s) in years!!![Minute 32] Reva and Josh reunite. Reva: “If you still want to be together, I’m in.” Josh (smiles, his happy full of himself smile): “That’s a good thing.” Then he takes her face in his hands and kisses her deeply.  About the final shot is the one Kim Zimmer fought for. Jeva together and kissing with the lighthouse in the background. So for once TPTB kept their word after all. [Minute 33] Jeva and Collin are going to go on an adventure. Reva brought their stuff, she knew Josh would have an adventure in mind. Reva (in a broken whisper, with one arm around Josh and the other around her youngest son, I think partly says to us): “Come on, let’s go.” (OK, I’m crying now and I don’t even like Jeva.) They walk up to H.B.’s pickup, give each other a long smiling look, get in and drive off. Josh (to Reva): “You ready?” Reva: “Always.” [Minute 35] The truck drives down a road. You can see the lighthouse rising above the trees behind them and like a classic, old movie the words “The End” come up on the screen.

And we’ve lost our way to Springfield forever. Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.

P.S. If this leaves you wanting more, please read my fanfic of scenes leading up to and surrounding the finale here:

UPDATED September 18 2017: Before I reshared this in honor of the final day when we got to go into Springfield I redid the note at the top to explain current conditions, followed current blog convention by bolding the dialogue lines, added the signature block, and frankly had a good cry. Goodbye Springfield, may you, like Oz before you, be gifted with a way to get us in again soon.

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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