Posts Tagged ‘Manny’

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 5

March 8, 2018

Author’s Note: We continue with the Bauer BBQ. There are more people around than I’ve specifically named. Feel free to mentally insert any favorite I’ve skipped. Feel free to write in what your fav is doing.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 5

Scene 16

“Everybody pay attention!” Lizzie called out, but she only got a few of the large crowd to listen. Despite the fact that Lily, her 3 year old daughter, snapped to attention where she was sitting in the “front row”, most of the crowd seemed unimpressed. In a minute, when nothing exciting happened Lily turned back to Karla, Christine’s 1 year old daughter, who Christine was holding. Lizzie had asked Remy and Christina to keep an eye on Lily while they did the games and asked Lily to help keep Karla entertained. A mission she was taking very seriously.

Bill came up behind Lizzie. “You just have to know how to do it.” He stuck to fingers in his mouth and let out a loud whistle followed by “HEY, LISTEN UP!…There you go, darling, you have the floor.” Bill quirked a smile at her and bowed.

Lizzie rolled her eyes and stepped forward. “OK folks! If you haven’t found them yet, we’ve got game equipment set up on that side of the patio and in the side yard. We’ve got horse shoes, corn hole, badminton, bocce ball, ladder toss, pretty much anything you can think of so try anything you want to….Try not to hit anybody though.”

Lizzie double checked her clipboard. “Today we are starting with a brand new team event! We’re going to have an ice cream race. We have two identical ice cream hand-crank ice cream churns, one with chocolate and one with vanilla, and the first one with solid enough ice cream to suit our judges… Buzz and Lillian raise your hands.”

Buzz grabbed Lillian’s hand he held both their hands up triumphantly and then dropped into an exaggerated bow.

“…the first one with ice cream solid enough to suit our judges wins. This is going to be a long race, hand churning ice cream takes awhile, so we’ll do the other races while this one keeps going on. The rules are simple we have two teams, Team Lewis and Team Bauer.”

She was interrupted here by hoots and cheers from the team members. She gave them her best ‘don’t mess with me I’m a mom look’ and they quieted down.

“Each family and anyone they want to designate as ‘family’ can churn for that team. However, someone has to be churning the entire time until somebody wins. We’re setting the churns up here by the pool so people churning can look out and not miss all the fun. If the churn is abandoned at any time during the race, that side forfeits. People can keep going as long as they want and can quit and have another turn later if they want. However, you can NOT churn for both sides and when somebody wins we all eat! So let’s get churning. Bill, you’re starting for Team Lewis.”

Bill walked over to the church and sat down. “Who’s starting for Team Bauer?”

Danny winked at Michelle. “That will be me. You’re going down, Lewis.”

“Want to bet, Santos?”

Lizzie interrupted. “On your mark, get set, churn!”

 

Scene 17

When people tired of watching churning, it is after all the type of race that is riveting watching only for so long, Lizzie called out the next event. “Time for the egg toss! Everybody grab a partner!”

Except for one unfortunate year, when they had split up in an ill conceived attempt to get Maureen and Clarissa’s brother Kevin hooked up, Maureen Reardon and Clarissa Marler were all time champions at the egg toss. They were paired up again this year, but always itching for good competition. Rusty grabbed Mindy for a partner, Matt got Vanessa to agree, Bridget and Kat teamed up. All told 10 teams lined up in two rows.

Michelle grabbed her husband, “Come on, Danny. Handling something like it was an egg? You’re in good practice this year.” Danny gave her his hands spread “what?” look, handed over the churning duty to Jude and followed her over.

Little Billy Lewis and Dani Santos got out first, somehow managing to both be covered with egg. Frankie Cooper had insisted her new friend Hamp join her and he showed himself to be a good sport when Frankie accidentally nailed him with an egg. She was so horrified that he may not want to be her friend anymore she grabbed him into the house to clean him up herself…which unfortunately meant that before Kat came looking for him he was a wet soggy mess and there were wet towels all over the kitchen. Luckily, Kat remembered the locations of both the downstairs linen closet and the laundry room, so got the mess cleaned up and new towels out before taking Hamp out to get him in fresh clothes and shooing Frankie back out to her father.

Maureen and Clarissa once again took top place, Bridget and Kat took second, and Michelle and Danny took third.

 

Scene 18

Leah and Dylan were churning away when Lizzie called time for the potato sack race. It was mostly for the kids, but a few adults raced too. Michelle picked up a potato sack, but Danny took it from her and handed it to Robbie. “I was GOING to hand it to him,” she defended.

Little Billy, Frankie, Hamp, Henry, Peyton, Emma, Sarah, and Hope lined up. A few of the other teenagers from around town joined in Lizzie stood at one end of the race and lined up all the racers and Bill stood at the other end holding one end of a ribbon and James on the other end.

Lizzie held up her hand and called out “On your mark, get set, go!” She dropped her hand and they jumped ahead.

Hope pulled out to an early lead, she was bigger and showed the determination she inherited from both her parents. Sarah and Emma were determined to keep up with her. Henry was determined not to be beat by a girl, but soon fell behind. Some of the teenagers they didn’t know pulled ahead, but then Hope found a burst of extra speed. Sarah stayed on her heels. Hope surged ahead again. Sarah’s bag suddenly got tangled up and she tripped and fell laughing. Emma dropped her bag and hurried over to make sure Sarah was OK. Hope didn’t see her fall and came in first, but people they didn’t know took second and third. With a look with just as much determination as Sarah had worn, Little Billy didn’t give up. He might have been last, but he finished the entire course. He would win another year.

Scene 19

Bridget took over for the Bauer churn from Leah so she could race, which meant Dylan couldn’t quit before she did even though he had been churning longer.

Lizzie called, “Everyone for the three legged race!” This race was more for the adults and they lined up to race.

Phillip and Rick paired up, Danny and Ray, Mel and Leah, and Remy and Cyrus all made teams. LTA decided that since Hope had won the potato sack race that Emma and Sarah would be the team for this one. Clarissa and Maureen teamed up again, but the egg toss was really more their event. The teams were filled out with the college students, including Kevin and Jason.

It was a very close race, but it was too hard to beat two young, muscular twins. Kevin and Jason took the prize with Remy and Cyrus coming next.

“No fair! They get all that practice running chasing criminals!” Rick heckled.

Emma and Sarah took third.

Scene 20

Michelle yelled for everyone’s attention. “Hey everybody! I’m sure you all know Katie Parker Reed, she’s the head nurse in the rehabilitation wing at Cedars. Her husband, John Reed, is the head basketball coach at Springfield U. We just had a great discussion over lunch and she’s had a great idea!”

Katie stepped to the center of attention and with the “I was at one of the early big party versions of the BBQ back in the early 80s. Maureen and Ed had a Hawaiian theme that year and had a fun men versus women contest.” The crowd hooted. “It was a tug of war!” More hoots. “And I just happen to have brought a Tug of War rope!”  She raised it above her head. “Let’s pull over the pool. First one to pull someone from the other group into the pool wins.”

Applause broke out as men and women emptied their pockets of electronics and then rushed over to find a place on the rope.

Michelle called out louder than anyone and moved to take the position closest the pool. “You coming, Lewis?” she called.

Danny sprang out of his chair. “That’s it! THAT IS IT!” He stormed over to Michelle. “You have been pushing it all day today and I have HAD IT!” He swept her up in his arms and carried her back into the house. “We need to talk.”

Scene 21

The rider gunned it past the green Entering Springfield sign. Coming in on the bluffs on one side of town, he pulled over on an overlook. Unbeknownst to him he was very near the former location of Casa Santos on the river bluffs on the other side of the river from Skyline Drive where the Spaulding Mansion and the Bauer House were located. He looked out over the town where he had no memories. “I should know this town, I OUGHT to have memories everywhere here.” He spotted the lights of the football field for the high school. “I SHOULD have gone to school there and I would have, if it hadn’t been for HIM.” He pulled back on to the highway and gunned it on in to town. He’d been seeing him 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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Great Manny Speechs Updated 2018

February 5, 2018

One of the great things about Manny were the powerful speeches/monologues. They some up the important pieces of the Manny story in a clear, powerful manner. Here are some of the greatest. The most famous are the first two, I Am a Man and One Thousand Guns, were separate statements of desire and love given by Danny and Michelle. Ray then explains why they should together. Danny gives a speech about forgiveness and the future. Then in the final Michelle speech she describes their journey and commitment to each other, best summing up of their story anywhere.

For each post find a description of the episode, the complete text of the speech (bolded) and a link to watch it. You may find other surrounding episodes in the same post, but watch for the bolding. Manny speeches will be a continuing project because I think there are others worth calling out and some of these deserve to be given a more devoted post so watch for more.

The Speeches

Danny – I am a Man (Feb. 10, 1999):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/i-am-a-man-speech

Michelle – Thousand Gun (June 17, 1999):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/1000-guns-speech-june-17-1999

Ray – Urges Manny to Reunite (Sept. 7, 2000):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/ray-tries-to-reunite-manny-sept-7-12-2000

Danny – Danny’s Speech to an Unborn Robbie (Oct. 31, 2000):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/manny-reunite-danny-discovers-michelles-pregnant-oct-31-nov-2-2000/

Michelle – Meant to Be Together (Feb. 9, 2001):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/meant-to-be-together-speech/

Danny –  innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel (April 17, 2001):
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/innocent-and-beautiful-and-soft-and-pink-but-underneath-youre-like-steel/

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

Danny’s Manhandling, Part II Essay 9

January 22, 2018

Republisher’s Note: Further comment on the scene where Danny puts his hands on Michelle’s neck along with other times when Danny lays hold, shakes, etc. Michelle. I agree with Andrea that bringing out both the best and the worst in each other is a very human and very important part of their relationship. Watch the episode of Danny manhandling Michelle.

From Rustle of the Sheets 

“Danny’s Manhandling, Part II” by Andrea

— posted on the Mannyac Board.

A number of us on this board have discussed Danny’s “man-handling” of Michelle before and basically it is one of his many layers that we don’t necessarily “embrace” but rather accept. It is intriguing to say the least. We don’t have a “blind” devotion to Danny. We realize he has qualities that are questionable.

Also, as it was stated twice before (once by Kristi and once by Jennifer H.), Michelle is equally feisty and hot-tempered. She yells at him, provokes arguments, and gives as good as she gets. I am not saying I condone it, but I feel that’s what gives this relationship a very human element. Unlike other soap couples, Danny and Michelle bring out the best and worst in each other. And like it or not, there are relationships out there that take this kind of thing a lot further. I will give kudos to the writers for not being afraid to take this kind of risk with Manny.

I also attribute Danny and Michelle’s actions (or should I say reactions) to each other as the embodiment of their intense passion for one another. They are “combustible” when together, but that is part of their allure and why I keep watching … hoping to delve further still in their many complexities.

Andrea

 

Rabby Have a Play Date

January 17, 2018

Rabby (Rick Bauer and Abby Bloom) and Manny were closely connected couples. They had a lot of connections:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/manny-rabby-convergence

In fact, from a certain angle, Abby and Danny have an incredible amount in common as their relationships solidify with siblings Rick and Michelle respectively.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/similarities-abby-and-danny

Rick and Abby took a long time to get together, mostly because it took Rick quite awhile to realize that while she’d been raised a sheltered Amish girl, she was a grown up woman. On January 18-19, 1996 Abby talks to Michelle and becomes convinced she has to wear “English” (what Amish people call non-Amish people) clothes to get Rick’s attention. Eventually when she advances to a bikini, Rick finally gets the message. That’s a ways off yet, but today we get a very cute play or practice date.

 

Thurs., January 18, 1996

Rick walks in on Michelle trying on clothes for a date. Abby got the idea that Michelle could help her dress up to get Rick’s attention. Bridget backs up J.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J98lqjgq-qM (Part 1)

Michelle and Abby are still trying on clothes in the Bauer kitchen and Michelle has left a mess. With all the false omniscience of a teenager Michelle tells Abby she needs to dress differently to catch a man’s attention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAXx48ZK0o (Part 2)

Michelle tries to get J’s attention. It’s kind of embarrassing especially how he only gets interested once he finds out she has a driveable car and she doesn’t seem to mind. Meanwhile Abby had been trying on one of Michelle’s outfits when Rick walks in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BohW4lrOZrw (Part 3)

Friday, Jan. 19, 1996

Rick talks to Abby. Does she have a boy she’s dressing up for? Abby counters what happens on a date? Michelle apologizes for being a bad tour guide when J seems bored. She brings him a beach in winter. J hands Michelle a line about his mother doesn’t understand him and embarrassingly she laps it up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCe_0UuZ0L4 (Part 4)

Rick walks Abby through a date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTdSOY3_zMg (Part 5)

Rick and Abby continue walking through the date. Rick: “Don’t be sad the movie is over. They’ll make a sequel.”  J and Michelle end up at the lighthouse. He wants to explore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-cPh4i7GN0 (Part 6)

Rick and Abby’s pretend date continues.” J and Michelle talk about whether they should explore the lighthouse further or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvqVAR1h4MQ (Part 7)

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.

Christmas Cards from Springfield 2017

December 25, 2017

It’s become a tradition to share Christmas cards from Springfielders. I share them on Facebook and Twitter during Christmas week and then I collect them to share them here. Check out previous years cards from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

I always do a Manny card. This year Bethany Joy Lenz and Paul Anthony Stewart shared a photo of themselves from when they caught up in New York.

I hadn’t done a card yet from our favorite Manny friend couple Dresse (Drew Jacobs and Jesse Blue). When last heard from they were living in New York. There is some implication that they were married and had a kid. When you have a kid you need to be a grown-up and a way to do that and still be involved with art would be to run a gallery. Drew was good at business so I think this might be where they end up. I used a filter to make it look kind of artistic.

I like to include one for a Springfield business. This year I picked the Lakeland Country Club. I recreated the logo.

More often than not a do a LAM card for Lucy Cooper and Alan-Michael Spaulding. I’ve given them his General Hospital character’s daughter in hopes of finding more photos of them together. I also had the opportunity to take some photos of “Hope” at the Bauer BBQ this year. So I created a family Christmas card.

Vanilly (Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis) are another one of my favorite couples. I did them a card this year too. With a version with the letter written by Vanessa….

And how Billy fixed it…..

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.

Christmas Week 2017

December 20, 2017
Guiding Light Christmas Ornament

Guiding Light Ornament

Every year we pause in our Manny story to celebrate Christmas in Springfield. Christmas is almost always genuinely magical in a soap town, but Springfield, like all the P&G soaps, were family focused so it was even more so.

There are Christmas church services, carolers, outcasts brought in from the cold, and the occasional miracle. My favorite memories of Christmas are Mike Bauer singing and the magical Santa Nick who visited and made miracles.

This year’s additions a hymn that seems made for Manny, A Child’s Garden in Wales, some Christmas fanfic favorites, and the Christmas cards for 2017.

During Christmas check out my posts from previous posts:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/christmas-roundup-2016

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

Danny’s Manhandling Essay 8

December 13, 2017

Republisher’s Note: I agree with Kristi. It is important that Danny has that dark impulse or overcoming it would be nothing. Watch the episode Kristi is reacting to. Danny thinks Michelle betrayed him and puts his hands on her neck while she is packing to go to the Bauer House so Rick can watch her overnight.

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“Danny’s Manhandling”

By kristi — posted on the Mannyac Board.

Danny’s hands around Michelle’s throat – wasn’t that supposed to spook you? …. I haven’t seen today’s show, but reading some of the comments here and some other place made me wonder if people realize there should be a part of Danny that scares us for this whole storyline to be effective. What is the point of talking of “deadly” decisions if the person taking those kind of actions can’t live up to that threat? (I can’t ever imagine “deadly” going hand in hand with some of the supposedly bad guys on the show, as they are about as fearsome as paper tigers.)

This is an extremely multi-faceted character, the first we’ve had in years, one who can be the gentlest person on this side of the earth one minute and the most ruthless the next, played by an actor who’s more than capable of handling all those complexities. Don’t we owe it to him to try and deal with how his character disturbs us instead of wanting the writers to smooth out the uneasy aspects about him?

I don’t think [anyone] needs to make excuses for not being able to accept [his less than savory actions] or watch them, but I don’t think anyone here is making excuses for what Danny did either. From what I gather, those who watched that scene (including his “fans”) were all spooked more or less. I haven’t watched it but I have watched the March 2nd show and the intro church scene where he shook her by the shoulders spooked me. I knew he wouldn’t hurt her physically, I knew it, but he still frightened me. Do I wish the writers or director or Paul Anthony Stewart had changed that scene and taken that part out? No, and that’s an emphatic no. That’s part of who Danny is and there’s no sugarcoating around that, not after all the time and efforts that have been poured into creating the character.

I doubt anyone (including TPTB) would think what Danny is doing to her, how he threatens her is “right.” Personally however I’d rather deal with the questions and doubts this character raises in me than the predictable behavior of most characters on the show. I like the challenge that is involved here, and I think the writers and actor are not only aware of it, but embracing it as well. And I hope they don’t take the easy way out, i.e. bow to the temptation (or pressure) of turning him completely to the perfect romance hero he was on his wedding day.

That’s an irresistible side of him, the best he can be, but he also has private demons to deal with, serious flaws (I know the word “flaw” doesn’t quite cover his problems), and I’m actually glad the writers weren’t afraid to show this side of him so soon after the wedding. The only real fear I have with this story is whether they’ll always rise to the challenge. I trust whoever has created Danny, but I don’t trust [executive producer, Paul] Rauch very much and I don’t trust the two top headwriters, Esensten and Brown. Based on the material that was aired last year, I just can’t imagine how they could have come up with a character like Danny and I don’t think they did. The subtext that’s being given, the layers we’re seeing, it can’t possibly be by them.

To get back to what you were saying … I am bothered by the same things you are. I just believe that for the first time in years I am bothered by what I am expected to be bothered with instead of what I’m not supposed to (such as Josh believing that cloning Reva was done only, purely out of love, or Dinah thinking she was justified in gaslighting Roger) and that’s why I’m in for this story. Thinking about the character, questioning his motives and actions, questioning the various feelings he evokes in me, that seems worth the effort, and I can’t say the same for most of the less disturbing characters on the show, unfortunate as that is.

kristi

 

The Trade Towers Fell September 11 2001

October 3, 2017

Check out my latest episode guide post. I wrote this before Sunday’s attack, but I think this is still fitting, maybe more so.

What Was the September 11, 2001 Attack

This year I didn’t do a September 11th post because I knew I was almost here in the episode guide. Although it has been 16 years, so no one under 20 remembers it live now, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt on the Capitol building (which passengers realized what was going to happen and attacked the terrorists leading to the crashing of the plane into a field in Pennsylvania instead) was a big deal. Previous terrorist attacks on America in the late 20th century had all come from homegrown terrorists protesting situations in America such as the Oklahoma City bombing (blew up a courthouse including a daycare) or various smaller attacks with low death tolls such as the Atlanta Olympic Games bombing.

The September 11, 2001 attacks were a foreign organization’s deliberate act of war on the United States with a much bigger body count and only a handful of stupid decisions on the terrorists part kept it from being a lot worse. It ranks up there with Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy Assassination, the space shuttle Challenger blowing up on take-off as an event so big where you were when it happened is burned into your memory and even passed down. I wasn’t alive for the first two, but I can tell you when and where several family members heard the news from their stories. This wasn’t a terrible event that would then pass into gray memory, this was an actual attack and we hadn’t had an honest full scale attack on American mainland since the Indian Wars of the 1870s more than a century before. (Pearl Harbor was an American territory at the time of the attack, but well into the Pacific a good distance from the mainland. There were a few brief skirmishes like with Nazi subs landing people on our shores during World War II, but they were very small, scattered and easily dealt with.) It was also a change for hijackings. All previous plane hijackings had been aimed at either ransom or flying the hijackers somewhere they wanted to go or both. Although there was some danger people were told to remain calm if this happened because almost everyone got out alive through the ransom.This was an attack on a soft target (not military) by an organization that didn’t have an easily defined ground to launch a large scale counter-attack against. (Iraq and Afghanistan had enough connections with the terrorist groups that they were invaded by American troops in an effort to destroy the movement there to prevent future attacks.)

Last Bit of Normalcy

It was ironic that this moment of Manny thinking everything was fine, that they were passing into normal life, was on the last day before the rules of normal changed for everyone. Even though people seem to be settled into more or less normalcy again that normal now includes a real chance of being involved yourself or someone you know or know of in a terrorist attack while going about your daily lives. Although the attacks have been kept to a minimum in the United States, Europe is now attacked with frightening regularity. So enjoy this last bit of peace from the last post because for both us and Manny an attack is even now underway on that day of September 10, 2001, we just don’t know it yet.

What Do We Do

As I explained above this was an unprecedented event. Even after the strike of the first tower, people assumed it was an accident. There had been a couple of small plane crashes into buildings by accidents in the year before so the idea it was a terrorist attack didn’t enter people’s minds until the second plane hit. Such an attack had been foreseen by the government as a possibility during World War II, but this came out of nowhere and hadn’t even been thought of as even a possibility by most people. In addition while the structure of the Pentagon was built for the unlikely possibility of attack (in fact the section the plane hit had just been retrofitted to make it more secure) the World Trade Center was the original of a widely copied design of skyscraper that left the building especially vulnerable to this kind of attack. Everything hangs off a central core which once breached and melted by the extreme heat of the resulting high temperature fires and compromised walls left the tower no support and no way out with all stairs and elevators being located in this central tower. This is why people in the top of the towers didn’t even have a chance to escape. People on lower levels only had until the collapse began to get down the stairs because once the collapse started each floor pancaked on the one beneath it in turn crushing beyond recognition everything below it.

Everyone gathered around their TV sets for information, misinformation, and a sense of being gathered with everyone else. The terrorists definitely succeeded in confusing everyone. No one knew exactly what to do. There was no model to go from. Schools across the country didn’t know if they should dismiss or maintain the routine for the students. Did you play sporting events or not? Can you really work when you were obsessed with the news? The networks all went into constant news and commentary broadcasting. All soaps were all temporarily pulled along with other entertainment broadcasting, daytime and primetime. It must have been even worse for the New York based soap people because the anchors who were from New York kept pointing at the skyline. Most of the rest of the country saw an unbroken row of skyscrapers, but New Yorkers saw a terrible hole.

September 11th fell early on a Tuesday morning so Monday episodes had gone out, but not the rest of the week. As life settled into the new normal things slowly began to resume. All three network announced their soaps would replay the previous Monday’s episodes on the Monday following 9/11 which was September 17th and why the previous episode post had two dates, it played twice as the current episode. Then the soaps would play out the rest of the week with the episodes that were supposed to air the week before. I think that might be the only time that ever happened.

After Effects to Soaps and Guiding Light

After they resumed all soaps were effected in the short term. Violence was toned down. Storylines suddenly deemed too violent were scrapped. On Guiding Light when Josh time traveled following Reva through a painting to World War II Paris he had to hold up the Nazi who looked just like Alan with a baguette instead of a gun. Other stories already shot on various soaps on all the networks were re-edited to be toned down or disclaimers were added.

In the long term soaps were mostly unaffected. Few main characters on any of the soaps went to war, violence gradually returned to pre-9/11 levels.  (Exceptions were Phillip on Days of Our Lives who lost a leg although his resulting prosthetic leg has been totally forgotten and Brot on All My Children who was cast with an amateur actor and real life severely injured vet.) The following July’s Bauer BBQ included a special wish in honor of the fallen, but by then most of the soaps had forgotten. The new realism of terrorism which could have easily been written into stories weren’t. So in the long term I don’t think the did really effect soaps, except that some people sought them out again as comfort food in such an unstable world.

If you’re old enough, what do you remember?

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.

Mama’s Boy The March 8th Episode Essay 7

August 17, 2017

Republisher’s Note: I think Jennifer is entirely right in this. For the first half of the Manny story is definitely Danny being torn between Michelle and his family, particularly Carmen. Watch the episode Jennifer is reacting too. It’s when Michelle plays blind.

 

From the Rustle of the Sheets

“Mama’s Boy” (The March 8th Episode)

By Jennifer Hallmark — posted on the Mannyac Board.

Danny and Michelle Santos are involved in a triangle on Guiding Light, but Jesse Blue is not the third corner and neither is Drew Jacobs. Instead of the typical, tawdry triumvirate of young lust and betrayal, the players in this particular game involve a man, his wife and his mother.

Yes, in the beginning of the Manny storyline, Jesse was a factor in their relationship, but as time has passed, he has become an afterthought. It took an extreme situation and his actual presence to even remind Michelle that she loves the guy. When it has been just her and Danny, Jesse has not even crossed her mind — definitely not an indication that Jesse Blue is the love of her life (as she once naively claimed.) In fact, I would say, her biggest connection to him is not Jesse himself or the love that they shared, but instead is her mother’s heart which now beats inside of him. And her growing feelings for Danny are already beginning to overpower that pull.

As for Drew, although I haven’t seen Danny and Drew’s, oh, let’s call it a plot twist, I do believe that it is safe to surmise (based on Tammy Blanchard’s comments in the “Soap Opera Weekly” and the relationships of all involved) that this event will be nothing more than a one-night stand. While admittedly, Drew thinks that Danny is attractive (she’s not blind after all), she is not attracted to him. If she were, we would have seen some sign of it before now.

Likewise, Danny hasn’t exactly been hot-to-trot for Drew either. In fact, when he first came to town, he rebuffed her manipulated advances (she was trying to get him off their — Drew, Jesse, Michelle and Bill’s — trail about Mick’s murder.) and showed an interest only in Michelle. The simple truth of the matter is that Drew loves Jesse (why? I have no clue. To each their own.) and Danny loves Michelle. The “plot twist” between the two is just that . . . a plot twist.

The actual third figure in the triangle is mama Santos. She loves Danny. Danny loves her. Danny also loves Michelle who is starting to fall for him. Meanwhile, Michelle hates Carmen and vice versa. So here we have the basics of a true triangle — two people (in this case, Michelle and Carmen) fighting over the affections of one person (Danny). Now honestly, does anybody really think that Danny considered Jesse a threat? Of course not. However, Carmen truly does see Michelle as one … and she is.

Based on conversations between mother and son, it is perfectly clear that Danny was and is “mama’s boy.” He is her baby (I think this will continue, despite the soon-to-be-seen younger sister) and, again based on previous comments, we know that Carmen has never had a rival for her son’s affections and devotion.

Danny was a ladies’ man with probably a different woman on his arm every week — no threat to the allegiance he showed Carmen. And then along comes Michelle and suddenly, Danny is putting another woman before mama. Now, he is cold and sharp to her, and he threatens to leave her if she doesn’t accord “his wife” the proper respect.

On Monday, March 8th’s episode, after Danny said, “you don’t run me. You got that? When are you gonna get that through that head of yours?,” Carmen cried out that he’d never spoke to her like that before she came into his life. And the hurt in her voice and on her face was evident, as was the obvious relief and contentment when he admitted that he had set a trap for Michelle as Carmen had suggested. It was during this scene that I realized that Carmen’s animosity towards Michelle ran deeper than vengeance for Mick’s death. She wants Michelle out of Danny’s life simply because Danny loves her.

And now we’ve come to an interesting point, anyone who reads spoilers knows that it is Michelle’s betrayal that drives Danny away, sets up the “plot twist” and leads to Danny’s ‘deadly decision.’ While Michelle truly did betray him, the knowledge of that betrayal is in fact false and planted by Carmen herself. Like in any true triangle, one member always plays dirty and this is Carmen’s role. Nothing Jesse did and I doubt that anything Drew does (even the “plot twist”) will drive a wedge between Danny and Michelle the way Carmen’s machinations will.

Now, once Danny and Michelle have found their way back to each other (and they will), it will be interesting to see what lengths Carmen will go to to separate them — interesting provided that true love wins out in the end of course … and if Carmen is still in the picture (and I believe she will be.) I doubt that Carmen will ever truly accept Michelle and once Michelle begins to admit and act upon her true feelings for Danny, she will fight back.

I can only hope that TPTB follow through on the promise of the rapier-sharp points of this triangle because it will be quite a ride. Of course, this all depends on whether I am even remotely correct in any of my assumptions and predictions.

Jennifer H.

 

What You Need to Know About Phillip Spaulding Before the Next Story Arc

July 19, 2017

What You Need to Know

Phillip Spaulding plays a very important if minor role in the Manny story. Although we have seen Philip intersect with the story before, this period is when we see Phillip connect with Manny the most. So who is Phillip?

Phillip And….

Phillip Spaulding is one of the keystone characters of Guiding Light history. His introduction in the late 1970s lead to a long and complicated parentage story that not only looked at specifics, but also asked questions about what it really means to be a parent, should being adopted matter, what decisions really are best for the child and which ones are just best for you. (It also kicked off a reunion for Justin and Jackie Marler  – his bioparents – whose chemistry and on screen appeal glossed over a pretty awful backstory. – Seriously now I’ve read up on them why did I love them so much again?)

Phillip and… is important because Phillip was first and foremost about his relationships with other characters on the show. That’s how he drove story and provided throughlines for many other characters. His return in the last year of the show completely turned around and regenerated a show that had completely lost its way. So most of what you need to know about Phillip starts out Phillip and…..

And Rick Bauer

After the cancellation announcement a lot of articles came out (mostly ones where they had talked to Kim Zimmer) that called Jeva (Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne) the flagship couple of the show. I don’t think they were. They were central, but the “couple” who defined the show from the late 1970s through the end of the show were best friends Phillip Spaulding and Rick Bauer. They are what drove story, not just their own, but other people’s.

Phillip and Rick became best friends as teenagers attending the same high schools and living next door to each other (most of the time). Even though their relationship was often tested (Phillip impregnated Rick’s wife or fiance twice and Rick did it to Phillip once), they remained best friends. Even after Phillip went nuts and kidnapped Rick’s kid (it’s a long story), Rick was willing to help Phillip get out of a mental hospital when he got better.

The Phillip/Rick connection tied families together. The relationship between the Spauldings and the Bauers was a ridgepole across the canvas. Fans valued this connection and they were so vocal about it that for a time when both actors/characters were off canvas the show that the attempted to create a lite version with Frank Cooper and A.C. Mallet.

In terms of the Manny story, Rick is of course Michelle’s older brother and Phillip was his sounding board through all of his concern about her relationship with Danny. In fact, it was Phillip’s idea that Rick have Michelle committed to try to keep them apart.

And the Four Musketeers

Not long after Rick and Phillip started attending Springfield High School (they’d been in boarding school before) that they befriended first Mindy Lewis and then Beth Raines, forming a group known as the Four Musketeers. They were a rectangle that changed partners several times and those relationships drove story from the early 1980s through the end of the show. (It wasn’t a coincidence that their high school reunion was featured in the last year.) In fact the grouping was so successful that the show tried to copy it a few times. The most successful of their attempts brought in an aged Alan-Michael Spaulding, and introduced Vanessa and Ross’ daughter Dinah Marler and Harley Cooper. (Plus Cam, but Cam was pretty irrelevant and boring until he landed on 90120.)

The connection to the Manny story is TPTB were clearly aiming for another run at this with the younger set slightly before Manny blew up their plans. They were gearing up for another go with Michelle, Bill Lewis, Drew Jacobs, and Jesse Blue when Danny came into town and blew up that storyline.

And Beth Raines

Rick and Phillip had been best friends for years when a new girl moved to town, Mindy Lewis. Soon after, thanks to Mindy and Beth sharing a hospital room, they met Beth Raines and became a foursome. Although other people distracted Phillip and Beth, ever since high school Beth and Phillip had a bond that none of the other people they were involved with ever really understood. Although most of Phillip’s other exes would say that their relationships with Phillip didn’t work out because he always felt an inexplicable need to rescue Beth and she played into it, I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think Beth was a weak victim even if Phillip did periodically rescue her and tried to other times – which often ended in disasters and once even a real, if small, war. Frankly, Beth had been through a lot more than any other woman on the show — with the possible exception of Reva — and it was amazing she was even functioning. Yes, she got into bad situations and expected Phillip, Rick, and Mindy to help get her out, but the aid was mutual and she helped them out when needed to.

What it mostly came down to was that Beth wanted someone romantic who would make her feel safe and sometimes with his strand of instability in his make-up Phillip couldn’t always give her that and Phillip — having been raised with Spaulding traditional values — always thought he should be able to have both Beth and the latest flavor of the month. When the show ends they have gotten married again and I think that’s really where they belonged, where they were happiest. I hope they both finally figured it out too. Even before that happened anyone Phillip was involved with needed to understand, Beth doesn’t go away. Even when Phillip and Beth weren’t romantically connected there was an incredibly strong bond between them.

And Alan Spaulding

Phillip was raised by Alan Spaulding not finding out until he was 18 that he was adopted. That put a strain on his relationship with Alan when he found out that Alan had been lying to Phillip his entire life. Even before that Phillip never wanted to become a businessman like his dad. He had all sorts of “escape” plans. They involved everything from being a professional tennis player to a writer. However, as he got older he couldn’t deny his talent and desire to also be a businessman. He would spend most of his life bouncing back in forth between writing (newspaper, novels, etc.) and being a Spaulding executive.

Alan’s father Brandon Spaulding was a truly evil man. He pitted his children against each other, competing for his affection and control of the company. Alan was a much better man, but had these idea hardwired in. He would also pit his children against each other to grind out what he saw as weakness, etc. He did truly love his children, but that didn’t stop him.

It should also be noted in Alan’s favor that he was one of the very few characters on any soap that didn’t value biology above adoption. Alan never saw Phillip as anything less than his son and Phillip was in fact his favorite child. It was a complicated relationship though. Alan shot Phillip twice, once before this point in the timeline by accident and once after this point on purpose as part of an effort to get Phillip help and to save his grandchildren.

And Danny Santos

So far Danny has interacted with Phillip more than Alan and that has been a significant if rarely played relationship. Early on during the Ben Warren feud Danny went to Philip, scion to scion, but Phillip underestimated Danny and wouldn’t meet him on equal ground. Later when Michelle and Danny are divorced during a dinner with Michelle, Phillip told her that he now saw Danny as a good man. Phillip was too concerned with his own problems during the next part of the Manny story and they are only reconnecting now.

Phillip, still being wary about being involved with Danny and having already had his first dose of being pitted against Danny by Alan, shows up to feel Danny out and put him on his guard. That’s one of the most important Danny-Phillip scenes but the important scenes between them will continue to show up all the way through the final scenes of the show.

In many ways, Danny and Phillip were very similar. They were both male scions of powerful and rich families who believed they had the right to run roughshod over the law. They both had complicated relationships with their families, but despite the fact they both realized that some of what their families had taught them was wrong. In a lot of ways they were faced with the same problems and started from the same place, but ultimately Phillip accepts that Danny is the one of them that found the right answers. But at this point in the story the game is still in play.

UPDATED January 9 2017: I discovered I needed to fix a couple of typos and add a couple of sentences for the sake of clarity.

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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