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The Bauers

August 17, 2016

Danny Rick Abby MichelleA marriage isn’t just marrying your spouse, it’s also becoming part of their extended family. The Santos and Bauer families, while they do have their similarities (immigrants who struggled to survive, who are now comfortably well off, a predilection for danger and for being involved with people’s deaths), the families were visually and storyline different. One way of reading the Manny is that it’s the story of a young couple who try to live in the world of one family, and then the other, and then finally realize they have to build their own family world based on the foundations of the past. The Santos family gets a lion’s share of the press, but I’m going to start some posts that look further back at the Bauer family. So here’s an introduction to that to start things off.

Bauer Power!

The Bauer family was introduced 11 years into the run of Guiding Light replacing the Rev. Ruthledge and his family as the central family of the show when the show location switched from Five Points to Selby Flats, California. The Bauer family moved to Springfield when the show did. (Ed got a residency at Cedars after graduating medical school and the extended family followed and most stayed, in later years they pretended everything that happened in Selby Flats really happened in Springfield.)

Founder of the Feast - Bert

1970s Bauer Family – Clockwise Bert, Ed, Mike

The Bauer family began with Mama (real name never given) and Papa (Fredrich – Rick was named after him) Bauer and their three children Bill (Ed’s father), Meta (of Aunt Meta fame), and Trudy (poor Trudy’s real name was Gertrude). While Meta had a good run of being the focus of the show Bill and his wife Bert had always been there and eventually took over that central focus. Their children Mike and Ed grew up and married, multiple times.

The Bauer name by then was associated with being of good stock. They were hard working high class and successful professionals who always reached out a friendly hand to those in need and volunteered to help others. That didn’t stop terrible things happening to them or them from being tied up with criminals or sociopaths, but they were considered community leaders.

Read more about the exact lineage of Bauers.

Series of Bauer Posts

In order to balance the families I’m going to be doing a series of Bauer posts. I hope you enjoy them.

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.


Did Carmen Cheat Death Again Aug 3 6 2001

July 26, 2016

Fri., August 3, 2001 – At Company: Rick, Michelle and Danny are about to go in when Danny tells them that he has lost his appetite. They are all upset about the judge not declaring a mistrial but Rick thinks it may be best; the jury has to have serious doubts with all the tainted evidence in the case. Danny reminds Rick that he did admit to killing his mother on the stand. Michelle tells Danny that she has been thinking about it and the more she thinks the more she comes to the same conclusion. Michelle thinks they need one more break like realizing the body was a fake. A bell goes off in Michelle’s head as she thinks about faking the body. She points out the body that was pulled out of the water was weighted down with chains, just like his mother’s body. Only someone who was there that night would know that detail. How could Gus have found out? Danny thinks someone saw them. Michelle thinks there might be more to it. The only reason she can think of for someone to go to all the trouble of creating that fake body is if the real body wasn’t there. The only person with any reason to set this up is Carmen herself. Maybe Carmen is behind all of this? Danny says Carmen is dead. Her body was cold when he put it into the water. He tells her that they are both just stressed but his mother cannot hurt them anymore. Danny tells Michelle that he has to swing by the courthouse for some papers and asks if she wants to go along. She tells her that she needs to get back to relieve Meta from babysitting. Danny leaves and Michele calls and asks Meta if she can sit with Robbie a bit longer. Rick is sitting at a table still in thought when Danny comes in. He asks if Rick has seen Michelle. She had told him that she was going home to relieve Meta of babysitting but when he called Meta told him that Michelle called to extend her time. Now, Michelle isn’t answering her cell phone. At the Docks: Michelle gets to the docks and looks around. She sits down rethinking through the night and looking for clues. She wonders if Carmen is in the lake somewhere or not. She thinks she may be overreacting and gets up to leave. When she turns, she runs into someone who had been watching her.

Mon., Aug. 6, 2001 – At the Docks: The man that came upon Michelle tells her that he is a fisherman named Pete and he is there everyday and every night. She asks him about the day last year and he tells her he remembers it because something strange happened that night. He tells her he heard a shot and when he finally made his way over in his row boat he saw something floating over to the shore and then two men dressed in black drug it out of the lake and placed it in the back of their car, then they left like nothing ever happened. Michelle believes the men pulled Carmen out of the lake. Ross tells Danny that he could very well be sent to prison and he thinks he should at least entertain the thought of a plea bargain, ten to twelve for manslaughter. Danny can’t think of that without talking it over with Michelle. He cannot imagine losing that much time with his son. Ross tells him that if he doesn’t take the deal, he may never get to see Robbie again. Ross reminds him that he has two things going against him. He killed his mother and he is a Santos. Juries are strange and those two things may be all they need. Danny tells him he will discuss it with his wife. Ross asks if he has heard from Gus and Danny tells him he hasn’t. Ross says he may come by to get even, he showed up at Ross’ house that morning trying to cause trouble. He still isn’t quite sure why Gus hasn’t admitted to faking the body and dental records when he has admitted to everything else. Danny thinks about what Michelle told him about Carmen possibly being behind everything. Ross leaves and Danny can’t believe she may be right. He goes to Rick and tells him he has to talk to him. He tells him about Michelle’s theory and why he thinks it is possible but he doesn’t want to encourage or scare Michelle just yet. Meanwhile, outside Company, Michelle tells Frank her thoughts and why she doesn’t want to tell Danny just yet. They both are thinking the same thing and both not telling each other because they want to protect the other. Meanwhile, Frank and Rick both think it is impossible. Michelle leaves to go see Claire and Danny calls Tony and asks him for his help. (Part 1) (Part 2 below)

My Comments: I love this look on Danny when he’s standing outside Company. The sunglasses are amazing. Michelle’s outfit is truly cute too. And here we are a sticky point when Michelle brings up Carmen. This is all too sensitive a subject for Danny. Of course he doesn’t want to have killed his mother. He doesn’t want to think about what happened, but the LAST time Michelle said Carmen was behind something she was AND the time before that AND the time before that AND the time before that. You’d think Danny would have learned to say OK, it’s probably Carmen let’s see. This is one of the problems that Manny have to work through this keeping things from each other even to protect each other it never goes well. Whenever they don’t tell each other everything, even something that they think is protecting the other, bad things happen. I had recently given the writers a round of applause for the excellent red herring work on Gus Aitoro’s real identity. This is another excellent series of red herrings. It’s great writing.

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.

Will There Be a Mistrial August 2 2001

July 22, 2016

Thurs., Aug. 2, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny and Michelle are still celebrating. We start with a just terriffic walk through of the Bauer kitchen. You want to see the Bauer kitchen in the early 2000s this is probably your best bet. Danny is singing he’s so happy as they work together to make breakfast. They discuss the case and that it’s likely Aitoro will be fired.

Danny: “…I feel like I can breathe again. Like I don’t have a million fingers pointing at me. Like I can make love to my wife.[breaks off kissing her]…I even slept last night.”

Michelle: Laughs “No you didn’t.” Kisses and laughter continue.

Danny: “I LOVE this counter.”

Michelle is pleased Danny is in a happy and optimistic mood. They read the newspaper together and the headlines say that the feds are embarrassed by tainted evidence in the Santos case. The article goes on to say that the feds will not retry the case if it there is a mistrial. It also states that they will not pursue any charges against Michelle. Danny is happy that Michelle is cleared at least. Michelle thinks after it is all over they should take Robbie on his first vacation to celebrate. Danny thinks Robbie wouldn’t remember the vacation, so they should take the vacation themselves, alone. Danny: “We can rent a boat and sail the Caribbean. We could go to Hawaii. You always wanted to go to Hawaii.” Michelle wonders who would tend to Robbie. Danny thinks Meta would do it. Just then Meta and Claire come in and Claire tells them that she would love to watch Robbie. Michelle tells Claire to go home. Claire understands that Michelle is still angry but she insists the only reason she talked to the feds was because she wanted to protect Michelle. She congratulate them exposing Gus. Claire says if the judge rules it a mistrial Danny will be free too. Michelle didn’t believe her sincerity but Claire insists she wants Danny to be free. She tells Michelle that Gus was on a mission and no one could stand in his way. Meta isn’t impressed. Claire asks Michelle for a chance to make things right. She wants to babysit for Robbie. Michelle isn’t ready for that and Danny tells her they are trying to start over. Claire thinks that Danny might want to try a new career and offers to set up a meeting with him and Alan. Meta tells Claire that Danny doesn’t need her or Alan and Danny says he doesn’t want to talk to Alan. Michelle says they will pass on the offer. Claire says the truth is she wants to be part of Michelle’s life. She has made horrible mistakes and seems to keep making them. Nothing has been right since she gave her up as a baby but that shouldn’t stop Danny from at least talk to Alan. Claire thinks Danny could start a new life for his wife and son. She wonders if someone else made the offer would they not consider it? She offers again to set up a meeting with Danny and Alan and Danny finally agrees to meet with him. Michelle is humming their theme song when Danny comes back down. Danny kisses her and tells her he is glad she’s happy. He tells Michelle that he told Claire he would meet with Alan to get rid of her but he thinks he will really meet with him and see what he says. Ross arrives and Michelle asks him if he saw the newspaper. Ross says the judge ruled against a mistrial and now the jury has to decide if what Danny did was justifiable. Michelle and Danny are disappointed.

My Comments: I truly enjoy this episode the morning after the counter encounter is almost as good as it is. Danny is just SO dang happy it makes you smile. The fact that he’s actually singing. Michelle is humming with happiness. I think that this is how their everyday life would be. There’s a Springfield Journal. I’m still on a quest to get one of those. This one would be perfect if only it had a photo of them. It would still be close to perfect. In Claire’s defense, while I think Michelle is right I think Claire actually BELIEVES she did it for Michelle. This is a beginning of a turning point both for Claire and the Manny storyline.

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.

The Other Miguel Santos Jr July 25 26 2001

June 3, 2016

Wed., July 25, 2001 – At the Courthouse: Danny is holding Michelle and says that he was impressed with her. Danny: “You, I want a sidebar with you Mrs. Santos…that was quite an amazing stunt you pulled earlier.” Dr. Fisher the dentist apparently testified off camera. He confirmed Michelle’s story about the switched records and was convinced not to press charges against Michelle. Ross tells Michelle that he didn’t approve of the way the evidence was found but glad it came out. Ross: “I do not in anyway condone the liberation of those x-rays, but someone else might say well done.” Harley arrives and tells Michelle she wishes she had come to her first. Michelle says she tried more than once, but Harley wouldn’t listen. Michelle says Gus faked the evidence. Gus arrives and says his ears are burning. Ross says Gus had said he was responsible for all the evidence. If he didn’t switch the dental records, who did? Gus says it could have been anyone but the bullet is still from Danny’s gun. He killed someone. Gus takes out a Cubs hat and puts it on. He tells them all while watching Danny that he is going to the Cubs game, box seat third base line. Gus says that unlike some people, he earned his tickets. Outside the courtroom, Harley confronts Gus about the dental evidence. Gus says they have a confession from Danny so they are still sitting pretty. Harley says he didn’t kill his mother in cold blood and they don’t have her body. Harley leaves, telling Gus to enjoy the game. Gus calls Peterson and tells him he got his transfer to the NY office. Peterson knows why Gus is calling him; he wants Peterson to keep his mouth shut about editing out the surveillance tape of his setting Danny up. Gus asks Peterson if he wants the transfer or not and Peterson says yes. Back inside, Michelle, Danny and Ross are talking about the gun evidence. Ross says if they found Danny’s gun it would help. Michelle says she thinks the gun isn’t the only secret the lake has to offer. Meanwhile, at the lake someone is walking in wader boots holding a lantern and looking into the water off the docks. Ross asks Harley what it would take to get the PD to investigate the evidence. Harley says this is the FBI’s case. She still worries about the evidence and thinks it is time to put up or shut up. She calls the chief and he comes over to the courthouse. He meets her outside and she tells him about the evidence and that she wants to check the lake for Danny’s other gun. The chief tells her it is the fed’s case. She wants the PD to reopen their case so if Danny did do it they can put him away or exonerate him if he was only protecting his wife. He tells her that he will call Gus if she wants him to but she stops him. She explains that someone is faking evidence and he finally tells her that he will get their divers out there. Later at the lake, Frank and David are watching the divers. Gus arrives and yells at them to get off his territory. Frank tells him that they police department has taken over. Gus is angry and tells them that he is calling their chief. Harley comes over and tells him that the chief ordered them there. Gus leaves and Harley tells everyone to get busy, there is work to be done. Michelle and Danny come in to the Bauer kitchen  and start making out. Michelle: “I’m so hungry!” Danny: “Hungry hungry or HUNGRY HUNGRY.” Michelle says food hungry and since there isn’t anything much in the fridge they decide to run over to Company to grab a late dinner before returning home and “dessert.” Michelle and Danny come into Company and Danny tells Michelle how proud he is of her. He is worried about her being harassed by Gus and she has to promise to be careful. Michelle: “I’m good at the love and honor stuff, it’s the obey I have trouble with.” – Danny: “No kidding.” He appreciates everything she has done but she can’t do anything else dangerous on her own. Danny gets Michelle to promise to not do anything dangerous and Danny pulls up her hands and tells her to uncross her fingers. Michelle says she just can’t wait around while Gus is trying to frame him and wonders why Gus is doing this. Danny says the question is who was Gus before he was a fed? Michelle asks Danny if he knew Gus from Chicago, maybe even as a child. Danny says no, but then a mental bell rings and he tells her that when Gus was talking about the baseball game tonight, he thought he might. He tells her that his father took him to a lot of Cubs games as a kid and they always sat on the 3rd base line. One time when he was 9 his father brought another kid with them to a Cubs game. His father was nice to the kid and even gave the kid a foul ball that he had caught but the kid threw it back onto the field, not wanting it. His father told the boy “That’s the last time I give you anything, Junior.” Buzz overhears and says that makes sense. Danny asks Buzz what he is talking about. Buzz says when Danny mentioned Junior, he flashed on Aitoro questioning him about Blake’s book. It seemed like he already knew Selena personally. It makes sense; it clicks. Gus is Miguel Santos, Jr. Selena’s son and Danny’s half-brother. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Most of this clip is the same as above, but the last two minutes are Ross reading the letter Blake left him cluing him in on what she’s found out about Gus although we don’t get to find out what that is right away. Sadly all the highlight clips I found also cut out Blake’s detective work which was awesomely cool.

Thurs., July 26, 2001 – Blake goes into the courtroom and asks Ross if he read her little surprise. He thinks she is remarkable and he is grateful to her for what she found. He tells her that the file she found is probably what is going to get Danny acquitted. He hugs her just as Michelle and Danny come in and tell Ross that they believe Gus is really Miguel Santos Jr. Danny says Gus is the right age and he has a vendetta out for Danny. He probably has been looking for revenge his whole life. Michelle wants to nail Aitoro but Danny tells her they need proof. He tells Ross that he made a leap to this assumption because of a comment Gus made about a Cub’s game that sparked a childhood memory. Ross tells them to slow down and he will take care of Gus. Just then Gus walks in and is standing in the doorway.

My Comments: Danny shows good appreciation for Michelle’s help even though it scares him.

Manny finally get the start of a love scene, but Michelle is starving and since they don’t have food in the house, they head to Company for a burger and compare notes with Buzz. They are super cute both with the off screen Meta-Robbie cuteness and their “hungry, hungry” bit. However, that’s a retcon of Michelle talking about Meta being around when she was little. Meta left town in the late 1970s and didn’t return until 1996. When she returned about her first scene was with Michelle and they made it plain they’d never met in person, so she never saw Meta when she was a baby.  It’s really such a shame that Gus ****Spoiler alert*** isn’t actual Miguel Jr. It would have made SO much more sense and would have spared us Eden. However, they do use it here as a truly excellent and elegant red herring.

Gus really was out to get Danny. Gus really did frame the evidence and planted the bullet, but Gus is telling the truth he didn’t change the dental records, he really believed that was Carmen. We haven’t seen it in the highlight clips, but is Harley up to speed on that Danny did shoot Carmen, but not with the gun Gas says matched? I don’t remember. And still WHERE IS RICK?

Hope Needs a Middle Name

April 25, 2016

Manny Move BackHope is Manny’s daughter. A sort of miracle daughter she’s the only good thing to come out of the deep, dark, best forgotten amnesia year. When she was born, in a way too complicated story and one last terrible blast at Manny before they turned around and got a little respect right before they left, Edmund Winslow had stolen her making everyone think Michelle’s baby had died. It really was a horrible story for everyone involved. Anyway to sum up it was Edmund’s attempt to keep a permanent hold on Cassie, so he told Cassie the baby was the product of Dinah being a surrogate for Cassie and Edmund’s embryo.  That really is a streamlined version of the story, but the upshot is that when Manny found out she was really theirs she was already named Hope.

Cassie named her Hope for much the same reason that Brooke Logan Forrester called her daughter Hope on The Bold and the Beautiful, to symbolize the hope for the better future. Manny decided to keep her name partly to acknowledge Cassie’s role in taking care of her at first. They also kept it because Hope was a family name. Michelle’s cousin was Hope (of Hope and Alan fame).

So Hope has a first name and considering the amount of thought went into Robbie’s name connecting the families I think Hope should have a middle name that also has a family connection. We’ve used Maureen for Danielle’s middle name, but there are other people who should be honored. I think my first choice would be Meta since Michelle and Danny both had such a strong relationship with her. Other connection choices might be Jenna (who Michelle was very close to growing up) and Pilar (Danny’s sister). Do you have any other thoughts for what we should christen Hope?

UPDATED May 31 2016: I say above we used Maureen for Danielle’s middle name, but I tried to find where I had actually said that. Turns out I don’t know why I thought I’d said that so both Hope AND Danielle’s middle names are up for grabs because neither has been established yet.

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.

Aftermath of Danny’s Murder Arrest June 14-18 2001

May 12, 2015

I’m throwing up my hands on this a little bit. The dates were off in where I find the dates to help divide up when the highlights aired. They are messed up to some extent for the next three weeks. It’s also hard to tell because these scenes are clearly from one soap “day” but could be spread over any number of episodes and I’m not sure at all that how I have it broken up falls on the proper days. Unfortunately the overall episode summaries for these weeks seem to have been written by people not very interested in Manny judging by the amount of information. The clips go farther than the description as I got it, but I’m guessing it was still on that Monday rather than later so I expanded it.

Thurs., June 14, 2001 – At Company: Frank calls Harley and tells her about Danny’s arrest and that Michelle is about to lose it. At the Springfield Police Department: Gus has Danny and Tony in cuffs. Tony: “Hey watch it with the shoving!” Ross comes in and Gus hands him the reports on why he arrested Danny. Ross laughs at Gus’s evidence. He wants to know when the alleged homicide took place and how Gus can prove a bullet was the cause of death? He tells Gus he jumped the gun and has tipped his hand. Later, he says it was partly bluff, but he makes a good show. Tony easily made bail and Danny tells Michelle that he is glad Tony got out. Michelle assures Danny that he, too, will be home tonight with his family. Danny isn’t so optimistic. Danny asks Michelle to let it go and just let Ross handle things from here on out. Danny: “Listen to me, you gotta listen to me. Ross will take care of me. We both know that Aitoro is going to try his damnest to nail me. We’re in for it. The biggest fight of our lives. Now honey, the most important thing to me. The only thing matters to me is that you and Robbie are all right. So please, please don’t do anything to jeopardize that….you’ve got to accept whatever happens…it might not be able to change it.” He wants her to promise not to do anything to jeopardize her and Robbie. An officer comes to lead Danny away. Michelle is crying. Michelle asks Tony how he is and he tells her that Russo provoked him. Tony wants to know what is up with Danny and Michelle tells him about Carmen’s death. An officer comes over to take Tony’s report and Michelle goes back over to Danny. She tells him Gus doesn’t have a case and everything will be okay soon. Ross comes over and tells Tony that he will get bail but he isn’t sure about Danny because they may consider him a flight risk. Michelle asks Ross if the case will hold up; she overheard him with Gus. Ross is glad she thought he was convincing because he was bluffing; Danny is in serious trouble. Ross tells them that he will set up a bail hearing for Tony. He tells them if they are able to get Danny bail it will be severe. At the Bauers: Meta is serving lunch to Ross. They are wondering if it will be possible to bail Danny out. Ross said he was able to get the bail hearing and arraignment moved up to today but the Judge will probably think Danny is a flight risk and deny bail. Michelle wants to get Danny out of jail as soon as she can. She thinks someone from the police or other mobster would kill him in there. Ross reminds Michelle that when she was on trial, Danny broke her out of prison and they went on the run for months. Ross says the judge will make a decision based on this case and will look at everything. Meta offers to talk to some friends who know the judge. Ross doesn’t want to encourage her. Michelle says Danny wouldn’t leave the country now that he has a family and two legitimate businesses. Ross tells them to keep their spirits up and he will see them all later. Michelle is leaving to get help for Danny. At the Springfield Police Department: Michelle is trying to talk Harley into doing anything she can for Danny because Harley knows Danny doesn’t deserve this and Harley has done her best to help Gus. They both know that Danny doesn’t belong in prison. Harley says the arraignment will be this afternoon and Harley has to attend in Gus’s place. Michelle says if she is really their friend, she can help Danny make bail. Harley says she is just presenting the facts; she doesn’t have control over bail. The prosecution will present Danny as a flight risk. Michelle to Harley: “You’ve seen Danny with Robbie. Do you think he’d abandon his own son? He’s not Danny Santos son of a mobster anymore. He’s a loving husband. He’s a wonderful father. He’s someone who has worked VERY hard to turn his life around. Doesn’t it count for anything?” Michelle says now that Danny is a father and gone straight he won’t run. She asks again for Harley’s help. Harley tells her she has to do her job. Michelle asks Harley if she thinks Danny will run and Harley tells her she doesn’t. Harley to Michelle about whether Danny is a flight risk: “I don’t think he’d leave you holding the bag.” She doesn’t think Danny would leave Michelle holding the bag. Michelle talks about Gus’s tactics and how Danny had plenty of time to run but he didn’t. Why would he run now? Michelle is asking Harley to do what is right. Harley says she is concerned about the evidence but she is also concerned about Gus’s vendetta. She will keep an open mind and do what she can. Rick is still playing with Robbie when Ross and Michelle walk in with Danny. Rick is surprised and they tell him that they had to put up everything, including Carmen’s house for collateral. Rick is glad Danny is home but wonders how Ross swung it. They tell Rick that Harley presented her evidence and when the Judge questioned her on her thoughts of Danny and whether he was a flight risk, she gave a glowing testimonial of a reformed person. Danny says he couldn’t believe it; he was ready to hate Harley forever after he learned she bugged the house but she really went to bat for him. Rick thinks Gus must really be angry with Harley now and wonders why she put herself out there like that. Danny tells him that Michelle appealed to her sense of fairness. Michelle gets Robbie and brings him over to his dad. Danny is so happy to be at home with his family. Danny to Robbie: “Boy, did I miss you. Hi, Tiger” – is this the first Tiger sighting? Ross tells him he is lucky to be there. Danny: “My beautiful wife is a miracle worker.” Michelle feels sorry for Harley now, having to deal with Gus. Ross tells Danny not to do anything to get his bail revoked. Ross warns Gus is not above entrapment. Danny: “I know how to be paranoid, right?” They will find out about the evidence at the indictment. Then they will find out if Gus is also going to charge Michelle. Ross wants to get home and start working. They all thank him as he leaves. (NOTE: This summary was dated Thurs., June 21, 2001 online, but it just has to be from Thurs., June 14, 2001) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Mon.,June 18, 2001 –  (I think these clips go on the 18th. It’s next in the clips, but there was only description of Harley and Rick today in the summary, but it doesn’t seem to fit with the 19th or 20th ever so I’m assuming it goes here.) Danny comes down from putting Robbie down for a nap and Danny wishes Michelle would stop stress cleaning (she’s lining the shelves) and take a nap. Michelle is worried about what Claire will do. Abuela calls Danny for news and she insists he’s being unfair because she is still his blood even if she did order his death. Danny is convinced that Abuela turned in the tip for his arrest – actually it was Carlos, but I’m not sure where he got the information from. It was probably Carmen, but I don’t think they say. Danny is back to fixing around the house.  He is taking care of chores around the house he has put off because he wants to be sure to do everything he can to take care of Michelle and Robbie if he’s gone. Harley comes over and tells Rick that she just stopped in to tell Danny and Michelle that the surveillance van has been dismissed and they can proceed with their lives. Rick thanks her for coming and for coming through for Danny. Harley tells him that the judge asked her questions and she just told the truth. They talk about the baby and Rick shows her his calculations, in a few months the baby will be here and they need to take action. (NOTE: This seems to be the right date, but the dates seemed odd for these three weeks in the online source I took the original basis of this from.)

I think this version is a little worse, but has a tiny bit more near the end:

When Danny is doing some repair work outside is anybody else flashing back to Danny helping Pilar hang the shelves in her room. Too bad he kept his shirt on this time, but I like the rolled up sleeves.🙂

My Comments:

Sometimes you just got to love Tony great bit about the shoving. Either Gus or the writers really lost it here. This would be a great time for Gus to throw Ross’ cocaine mess  in his face (Alan planted it in his car to drive him out of the DA race in the late 1970s/early 1980s). It would be a great ammunition to throw at him. Also, I always was waiting for Gus to get out of the part of Danny’s file that Michelle approached the FBI with an offer to help bring down the Santos family before the fake marriage turned real, but he never does. Michelle is trying to save Danny by willpower alone and she’s not having anything else. I’m getting kind of sick of Harley’s poor little me routine. If anybody had pulled stuff like this on her or Frank, Harley would hit the roof, but Danny and Michelle are just supposed to smile and take it. Nice bit of blocking when Michelle and Danny comes home. Michelle comes in alone and we’re left to think she’s alone when she comes in, then Danny shows up. These are some really nice domestic scenes and Michelle is wearing that red top I just adore again. One nice thing about costumes on Guiding Light at this time (until their big attempt at getting publicity through wardrobe) is that they kept a character’s wardrobe and they wore things more than once. I still don’t get why Gus focused in on Danny. Personally I’d say of the people he knows are currently alive in the Santos family, I’d say Abuela is more to blame than Danny. This is a nice example of a Danny angst scene. He doesn’t want to think about how his grandmother betrayed him and tried to have him killed, but she’s forcing him to. That said though, she is innocent in this case. She didn’t report it to the police. Honestly I’m not convinced she told Carlos. My guess is Carmen did, but I’m not sure. That said I think it was an idiot move on Carlos part to report it anyway, Danny could have turned him in and I kind of wish he had. I will say this pretty much for every episode we see her from now on, but primary thought is a wish they hadn’t just switched actresses, but made her a great aunt or something since the character is completely reimagined from the first period that she appeared on the show. 

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.

Gus Fakes Evidence Whenever We Are Apart We Lose June 6 2001

March 17, 2015

Wed., June 6, 2001 – Later the same day, Ross comes over in answer to Danny’s call. Michelle, Danny and Ross are sitting at the kitchen table discussing their trip to the police station. Michelle and Danny bring Ross up to speed and  Michelle says that Harley thinks that an autopsy will prove that the body is Carmen. Ross feels it’s strange that Gus called the entire family to come to the police station to tell them, especially when Gus hadn’t even showed up to give them the news in person. Ross: “There’s something more important to Gus Aitoro than putting the screws to the Santos family? I find that hard to believe.”  Ross wants to know if there is anything else that happened. Danny tells him that Harley advised him to implicate himself so that the Feds would go easier on everyone. Ross says no way. The way they are going to handle the Feds is to trust no one and to say nothing, especially to Gus because he’s dangerous. Ross: “I have seen rogue cops before but I have never seen anything like this rogue federal agent.”  Danny says that he is a loose cannon. There’s a knock at the door. Michelle goes to the door to find Gus. He wants to know what’s going on with all the blinds closed. Michelle tells him to go away and is joined by Danny telling him that he has 5 seconds to get off the property. Ross appears behind them and asks Gus if he has a warrant. Gus says no but he has a court order. Ross takes it from him and tells Danny that they want his gun and to go and get it. As Danny leaves Gus makes his way into the kitchen. Gus tells Michelle that she can turn down the music because he can hear what they were saying. Gus: “Poor Michelle, poor, poor, Michelle…. First you tried to derail the case against your husband and now you have a case against yourself. Nothing is working for you. You must feel very stupid…..She has been a very, VERY bad girl.” Ross asks what he’s talking about. Gus explains that he still has proof that Michelle has destroyed FBI evidence. Michelle asks if he’s going to pressure her into turning against Danny like he pressured Claire into wearing a wire. She explains to Ross how Claire tried to trick Danny into confessing on tape. Gus says that it’s never a dull moment and that he bets that Blake could turn this all into a best seller. Ross tells him no way and that unless he has another court order to leave Blake alone. Ross also says that he never approved of Blake writing the book. Danny returns with the gun. Gus takes the gun and says that after a lunch he is looking forward to, he will take it right to ballistics (this is a dig because although Ross doesn’t know it Blake has set up a lunch with Gus as part of her snooping). He hopes that the tests on the gun give him a reason to return. He leaves and Ross closes the door behind him. He then turns to Danny and Michelle and tells them that now the questions become tougher. He explains that they are running a ballistics test on the gun, and that Gus tried to get him by using Claire and that he is going to indict him for the murder of his mother. Ross: “He tried to record you using Claire as a mic stand.” Danny and Ross agree that Gus will most likely move to indict Danny for Carmen’s murder. Michelle is angry because it’s all unfair. Ross asks if she means the way that Gus is handling the case or that Danny is accused of murder. Michelle says both. She feels that Gus is dangerous and that he has it in his head that Danny is a cold-blooded killer. She believes that the whole thing is a game to him. Ross agrees with everything but says that Gus did not invent all of the unanswered questions about Carmen. Michelle explains that Danny was just protecting her and their unborn child and that he is not a murderer. Ross repeats it and says that he noticed that she did not say that Danny did not shoot Carmen. Danny wants to know if Ross realizes just how much Carmen wanted to get rid of Michelle. Danny explains that Carmen did try to get rid of Michelle so he did pretty much what Ross was thinking that he did because he had to stop his mother. Ross stares at Danny. Danny wants to know since everything is out in the open now how they are going to keep Gus from proving it. Ross comments that he can’t prepare a defense until he knows what charges will be filed. He wants to know if Claire could have gotten anything on tape. Danny says no and explains that when Claire came into his office to clear things up, he knew that she was up to something. Michelle says that Claire has a pretty good idea about everything. Ross tells them that have to be on guard for hard evidence. Danny says that evidence is nothing if he doesn’t go to trial. Ross wants to know what he’s thinking. Danny has a plan to leave town, to run. Ross tells him that he’s not going anywhere. Michelle decides that the plan might work if she and the baby leave with Danny. It almost worked last time but Carmen kidnapped Michelle. Ross tells Danny if they leave it will only make matter worse. They will get caught and there will be even more charges. Danny becomes angry. Danny: “What do you want me to do, Ross? Pull out my blue suit and learn how to smile at the jury?” Ross: “Yes, pull out the blue suit, brush up on your manners. You have GOT to fight this. It’s the only way I firmly believe it…I’ll find a way [to clear Danny].” Michelle wants a guarantee that Ross can get Danny off. Michelle tells Danny that truth is on their side. Danny promises Ross to stay. Ross assures him that they can win if they fight. Michelle gives it 100% backing and Ross leaves. As Michelle closes the door, she tells Danny he better not even think of leaving. Danny tells her that it’s so ironic that he protected himself by pulling the wire off Claire and at the same time blows her chance at immunity. She tells him Gus is much more interested in pinning a murder rap on him. She wants to know if Danny is now thinking of going to Gus to cop a deal. Danny says that he knows that Gus is out to get him and that he doubts that Ross can stop him. He says that everything is his fault and that the least he can do is protect her from what he has done. Michelle asks him to promise her that he will not turn himself in to protect her. He responded by asking her if she wants him to wait around for a guilty verdict. She says that she will tell him exactly what she wants.

Michelle: “Aitoro is not going to take this away from us Danny, so don’t you help him. If you go away we lose, whenever we’re apart we lose. Weren’t you the most miserable guy in Springfield when I was living in New York? So you’ve got to stay with Robbie and me – no matter what.” (Part 1) (Part 2)

My Comments: I know Danny wasn’t all that keen at telling Ross about what happened with Carmen even now, but I think he needs details. Details like Manny were totally innocent of the original faking of death and the “fatal” shooting really being months later on the docks and that the gun took isn’t the one Danny used. I really love that Ross is so on board with this. This is my second favorite Ross period ever. The other one was when he married Carrie. Ross is being clever and take charge and smart. I love his whole attitude in this. This Ross-Danny friendship was one of my favorites on the show and I’m still hurt beyond belief that they will later destroy it for a stupid fixed election storyline. I’m really glad Michelle knows how Danny’s mind works so well. This is very Danny to take all the guilt on himself and seek punishment to protect Michelle. He still protects the family, but now his family is one who protects him back. This “Whenever we’re apart we lose” would be right up there with the top Manny speeches if it was a little longer. Could Danny, Robbie, and Michelle be anymore sweet?

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Skeleton From the Lake June 4-5 2001

March 6, 2015

Mon., June 4, 2001Claire to Danny: “Do you have this place swept for bugs?”Danny: “Yay, every day.” (as if she asked if he emptied the wastepaper baskets.) A skeleton is brought from the bottom of the lake. Harley is skeptical that it is Carmen, but Gus is convinced. A few minutes later after talking to the coroner, Gus calls Claire and tells her it’s time to get Danny to confess what happened that night at the docks. Claire seems worried and tells Gus, Danny is not going to buy her going to talk to him two times in the same day. Gus says to tell Danny that she got a tip from her lawyer Vince Russo. She reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile Danny and Michelle discuss Claire and if she would betray Michelle and work with the Feds. Michelle wants to ask Claire what she is up to, but Danny says not to, he doesn’t want to tip his hand. Danny: “I’m sorry, honey, you ought to be able to trust your mother.” Michelle is getting ready to leave and says she’s going home and getting in the tub. Danny says with that as incentive he’ll get home as quickly as possible. The topic of Rick also comes up and Danny mentions that Rick, Harley, and Phillip were having dinner together and it seemed rather intense. Michelle assumes they must have told Phillip about the baby and says she must go talk to Rick. On her way out she runs into Frank and she tells him what may have happened, he says he will support Harley in any way. Michelle heads home and finds Rick, who explains that Phillip set up the meeting to find out what was the matter with Rick. Meanwhile, Claire rushes over to see Danny, who is not at all pleased to see her. She says she got a tip from her lawyer that there was activity at the lake and that that can only mean one thing. Danny acts like he has no idea what she is talking about. She says it’s time to fess up about what happened that night at the docks, that he has put Michelle and her in enough trouble; It all has to end. Danny seems confused by her behavior and tells her to back off. Claire: “You can’t just dismiss me like some busboy!” Danny: “Want to bet!” She says fine and goes to leave and he says wait and tears open her jacket. He finds the wire and tears it off. Danny: “How do you know?” Claire: “I know because he told me.” Danny: “And you believed him?” she tells him that she was ratting him out to save Michelle. He says if that were true, why didn’t she tell Michelle and hands her the phone to call and tell her. Danny, understanding how the system works: “You got Aitoro nothing, so you are expendable to him.” Claire won’t take the phone and he says you will probably lose your job and maybe end up with jail time, but most of all she has lost her daughter forever. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Tues., June 5, 2001 – At the Bauer House: Danny is watching Michelle sleep and still looks preoccupied. Michelle wakes up and kisses her hubby asking him why he got in so late. He tells her that Claire came back and he has some bad news to tell her. Michelle tells him just to spit it out. He goes over what Claire did and that he ripped her jacket off and found the wire she was wearing. Danny: “[Claire] She was acting weirder than normal. Very jumpy. When I made a move toward her she tried to run out of my office.” Michelle is angry with Claire and when Danny tells her they will just have to watch what they talk about around her Michelle tells him she has no intentions of ever talking to her again. Michelle: “No, I had a mom. Claire gave birth to me. She walked away from me when I was a baby probably the biggest blessing she could have gave me.” Danny holds Michelle as the full situation hits her. Michelle brings Robbie down to the kitchen while she cleans up a bit. Claire walks in and tells Michelle they have to talk. Michelle tells her she has nothing to ever say to her again. Claire tells her that she has to listen to her side of the story. Michelle accuses her of rolling over on her husband to save her own medical license. Claire tells her that isn’t why she did it. She tells her about Gus and the evidence he has against Michelle and says she was only trying to keep her daughter out of prison. Michelle tells her that she is not her mother and she should get out. Claire reluctantly leaves. Moments later, Harley comes in and tells Michelle that they need her, Danny, Rick and Meta down at the police station at 10AM. There have been some discoveries that they need to know about. Michelle is upset about the whole situation. Harley apologizes and tells Michelle she would love to get off this case but hasn’t had any luck. Michelle says at first she was angry but now she is counting on Harley to keep Gus honest. She reminds Harley that she is practically family and glances at Harley’s tummy. Harley is meeting with Rick, Meta, Michelle, Danny and Robbie. Harley says she is trying to keep them up to date on the investigation. Danny wonders where Gus is and Meta wonders why they had to come down to the PD. Harley says she wants to give them a heads up. She tells them that a body was found at the ferry dock and Gus thinks it is Carmen’s. She tells them if they know anything they should come clean to their attorneys ASAP. Meta is upset that Harley drug them down there for that. Harley is upset that everyone is against her again. Everyone leaves her upset. After the Bauers have left and are at the police station, Gus picks the lock on the kitchen door and goes on in. He rummages through everything until he finds Danny’s gun. He checks the serial number and pulls out a firing casing and test fires the weapon. He pulls the slug out and put it in a baggie marked, “evidence.” Gus leaves, happy. After the Bauer-Santos family get home they take precautions for listening device, Danny, Michelle, Meta, and Rick discuss what this latest police revelation means. Danny tells them best bet is to ride it out and that if worse comes to worse he will protect them by making a deal by pleading guilty himself. He grabs the phone and calls Ross.

Danny: “Look, you all are my family, every one of you. You know you stood by me when…when I really didn’t deserve it.”

Meta: “Yes, you DID deserve it. If you hadn’t made that terrible, terrible choice we wouldn’t have Michelle or Robbie.”


Danny: “I want you to stay out of it.”

Meta: “Then you don’t know me very well.”

When Gus comes back in, Harley tells him she hates him. She tells him that the meeting didn’t go well with the Bauers and she wonders if his trip to the ME was any better. He is happy. He tells her they got everything they needed. The dental records matched and there was a bullet stuck in the bone as well. To top it all off he even got a warrant for Danny Santos’ firearms. He will deliver the warrant himself. He tells Harley to call the jail and book a cell for Danny. He leaves. Harley: “Sorry, Danny.” (Part 1) to this link when Gus breaks into the Bauer House) (Part 2) (Part 3)

My Comments: A very important part of this Claire-Danny exchange is that Danny doesn’t try to control Michelle. I really love it when Danny starts to get wound up and he pauses, stands up very straight, takes a big VERY audible breath, and then stops. It’s such a great move and he does it a lot. Love Danny figuring out Claire was wearing a wire, but Claire is not this stupid. I think that Claire killing Carmen would have made more sense that her helping Carmen. That was a great “why can’t you shut up” look that Danny gave Tony.

I wish someone had heard Danny tell Claire he knew nothing about faking Carmen’s death that it was all Claire and believed it. Maybe Harley. Actually Claire put this all in motion, much more than Danny did.

I love Michelle’s red top. Harley is really being very unfair to Rick “good old reliable Rick was there.” This Harley propping by Meta is getting annoying. I don’t think Gus is being really smart getting on Claire’s bad side though. It may not seem like it right now, but Claire is NOT a good enemy to make. Setting up a man with faked evidence is bad enough, stealing his brownie while you do it, is just cruel. What I think is what Michelle and/or Rick should have said was “Oh no, Harley that must have brought up so many bad feelings about your mom, how are you holding up?” Harley’s mother Nadine was killer by Brent Lawrence and dropped into the lake by the docks and when they pulled her up her body was unrecognizable.

This Manny waking up together is really one of my favorite Manny scenes of this era. Not only do they take a lot of trouble with this scene (remember sets have no ceilings to accommodate the lights so they have to suspend that ceiling fan somehow to give the illusion that there is a ceiling there), it also gives us both a great look at Manny’s current room (I’ve got to go back and compare it to before) but also shows the relationship. Danny is letting Michelle sleep and watching over her. He genuinely hates having to tell her what her mother did, but has finally learned that he has to be honest with her (sadly things happen and he will have to learn this lesson over again but this is a nice reflection of when he did get it the first time around). I also want to track that bed. When Manny first married Michelle had a twin bed in there. By the time they moved in it had magically stretched to a double with the same headboard. This is not the first time we’ve seen their room since they moved back in this time, but it’s the first time the bed (a gold metal one) really caught my eye. I need to go back to the shooting stuff and see what headboard they had then. Note the baby monitor is right on Michelle’s bedside table.

Harley really is using Rick. It’s too bad, but it’s strange that Michelle is pushing the married friends angle considering her ongoing feelings about a romantic relationship with Bill.

I don’t like Danny having that gun like that loose in a drawer. Not only is there a baby in the house, there is also a good chance that it could get jammed or something just tossed in a junk drawer like that. I truly love Michelle’s outfit in this. It’s gorgeous and she looks great in it. Luckily this soap day isn’t ending so we’ll get to see it some more. Meta takes a break from Harley propping to tell her to BACK OFF! Go Meta!

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Claire Under Pressure May 21-24 2001

January 16, 2015

Mon., May 21, 2001 – Ray and Tony are talking in the office at Infeirno. Tony is complaining about the birthday party Sam arranged for Marah. Ray: “You mean a masseur.” Tony: “What does a priest know about stuff like that?” Ray: “I wasn’t always a priest.”  He brought her back to Infeirno and she got caught, although she really wasn’t doing anything wrong she got arrested. Tony about Gus: “This guy has it in for anyone with the name of Santos.” Ray: “Isn’t that harassment?” Danny: “Not if we keep giving him just cause.”  Tony admits that some men he knows work for Johnny Merchardo (another mob family in the territory) and Tony is worried about it. Danny is talking to Ray about Gus getting close to the truth about Carmen. Ray says only three people were there and one is dead. Danny is worried about Claire talking. Danny tells Ray that Meta and Rick only have hearsay but Claire knows things and can tell Gus things. Ray says Claire hasn’t said anything so far. Danny: “Claire is trouble waiting to happen.” At the police station: Gus is showing Harley the evidence they have on Michelle, including identified fingerprints from the evidence Michelle stole and burned. They can prove Michelle tampered with evidence in a federal case and Gus will use this to crack Danny like a walnut. Gus: “Maybe she will be the one to crack.” Harley: “No, Michelle will never give up Danny.” He thinks he will try to crack Claire first because he sees her as the weakest link. Gus says Claire knows what happened with Carmen and she has the mother factor going on. Harley doesn’t understand. Gus tells her you can usually count on a mother to protect her child. Harley asks if he will use the potential charges against Michelle to pressure Claire. He thinks it is the best way. Harley tells Gus he can do it alone because she quits. She starts throwing her things in a box. Gus asks what she is doing. Harley tells Gus she is serious and maybe her replacement will appreciate him more. Gus says she needs his permission to be reassigned and he won’t give it. He tells her that she is a good cop despite her emotional fits. Harley sits the box down. Gus says she is sensitive to the mother/child issue because of her condition. He is not without feelings and won’t make her watch him pressure Claire. He leaves. Meta comes in looking for Gus. She asks Harley where he is and why he is doing this to Danny. Meta: “Why? Why is he doing this? Aren’t there enough real criminals? Why is he focusing all his time and attention on Danny who has turned out to be a model citizen?” Harley tells her Gus will be back soon. Meta notices Harley’s tummy and asks her when she is due. Harley is taken aback. Meta apologizes and Harley tells her that she didn’t realize it was that obvious. Meta tells her that it is a little noticeable but what tipped her off was how beautiful she looks. Harley says Meta should have been a mother. Meta says it is nice being a great aunt and there are times when someone may need a mother. Harley looks sad and tells Meta she has to finish her paperwork. Harley tells Meta she hasn’t made the pregnancy public. Meta has to go and will leave a message for Gus that she is not happy. At the Spaulding Mansion: Gus is walking around the room when Claire comes in. Claire asks him what he is doing there and he tells her he is there to make a deal. Gus asks her to tell him what really happened to Carmen and he will keep Michelle out of a federal penitentiary. Claire tells Gus to get out. Gus says he has evidence on Michelle that will put her away for 30 years. Claire calls him a pig and he starts to leave. She finally gives in and asks what he wants. Gus tells Claire she has to testify about Carmen but Claire says no deal. He tells her he will arrest Michelle. Claire wants to know what he is asking. Gus wants her to wear a wire when around Danny. Gus: “I know that you’re smart and you’re tenacious, devious and got the morals of a guppie… we’ll keep Michelle out of prison and put Danny away for life. I’m sure he’s a mother’s worst nightmare.” Claire doesn’t think Michelle will forgive her for this. Gus says there are tradeoffs. He gives her time to think about it and leaves. Claire is crying when Alan enters. Alan: ” Entertaining the FBI?” He tells her she should not have talked to Gus without her attorney. Claire says she is in a mess and nothing can help. Alan: “Well, there’s nothing that gets my juices going more than an impossible cause and Claire with a little money, power and brains, anything is possible.” (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Tues., May 22, 2001 – At the Spaulding Mansion: Claire is worrying about Gus when Alan comes in. He tells her that her only mistake was not confiding in him. He thinks they should share everything. He would like to help her. She tells him that she would like to but she feels like she is trapped. Alan thinks she needs to speak to a lawyer if she wants to confide in someone else that may be able to help. She calls Ross and tells him about Gus and his visit. She tells him that Gus wants her to cut a deal in order to help Michelle and she doesn’t know what to do. Ross tells her that if what she has to do impacts another one of his clients, he will no longer be able to represent her. He tells her that it would be a conflict of interest and he advises her to find a criminal attorney quickly. He will give her references to a good lawyer if she wants and wishes her luck. Claire tells Alan that Ross dumped her but Alan thinks that is a good thing. He says Ross is competent but is overly principled and soft. She is in a dicey legal situation and in need of a shark. Alan: “You don’t need a small time lawyer. You know a lawyer and believe me I know from sharks……I will get her a lawyer who feeds on federal agents.” Claire thanks him and says she has to get to the hospital. Alan says he has never seen her this troubled. She tells him that he may just have given her a way out.

Thurs., May 24, 2001 – At Cedars: Rick pushes Claire to make sure keeping Michelle safe is her priority. Rick: “It’s not about you, Claire. The idea here is to protect my sister.” Rick meets up with Dr. Sedwick. (I keep watch on this. I want to find her first and last appearance.) Margaret gives Rick Harley’s sonogram and from the due date Rick realizes there is a good chance he is the father not, Phillip. Gus catches up with Claire and asks her if she is going to help them. She tells him to stop hounding her. He says she has access to Danny and they want her cooperation, else she and her daughter will be in jail. He tells her if she wears the wire, only Danny will do the time and she and Michelle will go free. Claire tells him she needs more time. He tells her she has until the end of the day. He leaves, telling her that if he gains the information he is looking to her for from another resource the deal is off. Claire is shaken and calls Russo. She tells him she needs him to buy her some more time. Michelle comes in to see Claire. Claire is happy and shocked to see her. Michelle asks her if she has talked to Gus again. Claire tells her she hasn’t heard from him. Michelle is surprised that he wouldn’t be bothering her. She tells Claire that everything will be fine as long as they all stick together and not say anything. Claire says she understands and then makes an excuse to leave. Michelle looks worried.

My Comments:

Meta looks just lovely today. However, I otherwise kind of hate this scene from top to bottom. I don’t know WHY Meta would say she sees Harley as a daughter when clearly Michelle is much more of a daughter. This is just Cooper propping and trying to make Harley more sympathetic during a period where she is everything but. Also, there is no WAY Meta would be so blase about motherhood. She had a son, Chuckie, who after a long and complicated custody fight, was killed in an accident. It was really his father’s fault for pushing him to do something he wasn’t comfortable doing and in a red haze Meta killed him. Definitely a charged subject that at least should have been referenced by a “I was a mother once, for all too brief a time.” It’s too bad if it wasn’t for that background, it’s a lovely conversation. What a second I didn’t really catch that before! “Raise 2 kids alone” Phillip wants to be very hands on and there would be plenty of help.

I’m so sorry they didn’t continue with Claire and Alan. I think they made a strong couple with similar outlooks and problems and could really have taken on Springfield. Instead Alan drops Claire for some stupid reason in favor of Olivia who is nothing but trouble to him.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm Chapter 5

December 25, 2014

AUTHOR AND REPUBLISHER NOTE: We wind up a final chapter in our Christmas fanfic.

A Season of New Beginnings: A Continuation by Robansuefarm Chapter 5

Michelle peeked out into the main ballroom of the country club. The decorations were really beautiful. Strings of white Christmas lights, Christmas trees with gold decorations, and Christmas wreaths filled every corner and cranny of the room. The turnout was great, the room was completely filled. She looked out and right away her eye was drawn to the man she loved more than life itself. Danny was standing on the steps leading up to the stair landing across the room. He looked incredible in his tux with his hair slicked back. Michelle couldn’t help it, she licked her lips and wished away all the people she’d been so pleased to see just a moment before, jealous of having to share him with the crowd and wanting to show him just how much she appreciated him. Reluctantly she drew her eyes away from him before she gave in to the impulse to run over to him and drag him out of the room to first available room with a locking door.

Michelle’s eye next fell on the men standing on the steps beside him, his cousins Ray and Tony. Beyond Tony was her best friend Bill Lewis, but her eye kept being drawn back to Danny. To avoid the temptation, after all it couldn’t possibly be that much longer that she would have to wait now, she drew the crack in between the curtains closed, covering the opening between the small side room and the main ballroom. Michelle turned her back on the curtains. She crossed over the other side of the small room looking closely at all her family and friends gathered there. Everyone looked so elegant, dressed for the Special Occasion. Abby was there at her side. Her cousin Bridget Reardon Lewis had come from Michigan in honor of such a big night. Bridget’s son little Peter was so cute dressed in his tiny tux. Lizzie Spaulding was wearing a little fluffy dress that made her look like a little princess. A dark haired beauty, Danny’s sister Pilar was there, too. Michelle giggled. She never thought she could feel so happy, so it didn’t take much to make the laughter spring to her lips. This time she had thought that for once it was everyone else’s turn to wear pink as it was the color of every dress in the small sideroom, besides her own.

Michelle had been right, it hadn’t been long to wait at all. The orchestra was starting to play an instrumental version of “When You Say Nothing at All” the song that had awaken Michelle on the fateful day that she met Danny.  Michelle thought the words along to the music, : “It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart, without saying a word you can light up the dark”. It truly did amaze her that she could count the number of days ago that the love described in the song was an impossible dream, but now it was her reality. Lizzie, experienced at this, grabbed Peter’s hand and propelled him along through the now opened curtains. Next Bridget followed along watching Peter proudly as she walked behind him, just as her husband Dylan was doing from his chair in the ballroom.

Pilar crossed to Michelle as Bridget left and took both her hands in hers. “Buena Suerte, mi hermana. But I’m sure you won’t need it.” Pilar picked up the flowers off the nearby table and followed Bridget out into the main ballroom. Michelle watched her walk straight across the room towards the staircase and thought she was smiling just a little too intently at Bill Lewis. Michelle would have to pump her friend for information on this the next time she saw him. She suspected Bill was holding out on her. Abby gave her hug and quick kiss being very careful not to smudge her makeup. “I love you, sweetie. I’m so glad everything is working out for you. You had us worried for awhile you know.”

Michelle simply beamed at her sister-in-law, the whole funk over Jesse seemed so long ago. She’d wasted all that time, but it had led her to standing here today so she couldn’t really regret it. What, she wondered, would have happened if they hadn’t been assigned to do the decorations together? Just the thought of it sent a shiver down her spine. It really did seem almost as if someone had planned that it turned out that way. Abby was gone now having followed Pilar out from behind the curtains.

Rick, who had entered the room a little while before, crossed to her and took her arm. “Hey, little sister, if you’re having second thoughts, I happen to know several back ways out of this place. Just say the word.”

Michelle lightly punched her joking brother on the arm. “I’m more certain about this than anything else in my whole life, Rick,” she said seriously, meaning every word.

“OK, then, we might as well go.” Rick gave an exaggerated sigh. “Your Sir Galahad is waiting.” Michelle thought it was a darn good thing for Rick that she was feeling so full of love and joy today or she might have had to plan some retaliation for her “humorous” big brother.

Michelle’s thoughts were interrupted by the music changing. Everyone in the ballroom stood up and turned to face the curtained archway. Michelle and Rick both stepped out together with their right foot (Step, together, step, together). Michelle once again mentally added the words to the music, “Here comes the bride.”

Michelle looked around the room. Her eyes played over the right side of the church which was full of mostly dark haired strangers. Most of Danny’s family she knew was in the wedding party, but she was sure she’d be meeting the others soon. Down in the front row sat Abuela Maria. She sat on the aisle end of the row and looked like the cat who swallowed the canary. An identical look was on Aunt Meta’s face as she sat across the aisle from her on the bride’s side.

Looking to her left Michelle saw the rows filled with family and friends. All the people who had supported who growing up were there. There were Phillip and Beth Spaulding with James. There was Holly and Fletcher Reade. There was Vanessa and Billy Lewis beside Mindy and Rusty Shayne. Her Aunt Hillary sat in the front row. Dozens of family and friends filled every chair. Still Michelle’s heart wrenched that neither Maureen nor Ed were there. Then she found Danny’s eyes and nothing else mattered. She had him. He was missing his father just as much she was she knew, but all she saw in his eyes was understanding, joy, and love. She shone it all back to him.

Michelle’s thoughts played back over the last year. It had been a long time since Michelle didn’t have anything better to do than to count days, but last night, for old times sake, she had done the math. Today was day 562 since Jesse Blue had dumped her for Drew Jacobs. A day she now blessed. If Jesse hadn’t left her, she might never have found Danny, a thought not to be borne. Today, day 372 since she met Danny, was the happiest day she ever had and she was sure day 1860, day 5580, day 18,250 would be even happier. It had been quite a year. After that night locked in the lighthouse together, they had barely been able to stand being apart. There had been challenges, Rick hadn’t been too thrilled that Michelle was serious about anybody let alone someone connected with a mob family. But Michelle stood firm that she would be with Danny and much to Michelle’s surprise she had Aunt Meta’s whole hearted support. Danny proved over the course of the year that he wasn’t going anywhere and he would take care of Michelle, so finally Rick came around. He still wasn’t happy about the match, but he was willing to take part in the wedding which was more than could be said about Carmen.

Carmen had looked at Danny marrying his old girlfriend Teresa as her last chance to gain more influence in the business again. Teresa idolized Carmen and was very open to any of her suggestions. Carmen took the loss of this influence badly, especially when Michelle stood firm with her and supported Danny in whatever he wanted to do. She blamed Michelle for her loss of influence and the animosity she held towards towards “that Bauer girl” was almost palpable. Danny had finally had to move out of Casa Santos and into the Bauer family lighthouse while he waited for the house he was building for himself and Michelle at Laurel Falls to be finished. Even though Michelle and Danny had both sought Carmen out in person and asked her to come to the wedding, she had refused to come and Abuela Maria stood in place of Danny’s parents.

There had been highlights as well. They had held a bonfire and burned her Jesse mementos including that fuzzy blue robe. She had rolled up and stuck in the back of the closet the drawings Jesse had done of her, even though Danny said that Jesse hadn’t done her justice, she thought they  might want the drawings someday. He had burned some things that connected with his family’s mob past. They had both felt so much freer and lighter when it was done. Danny had come with Michelle to the Bauer BBQ and Michelle had started to go to Mass with Danny, at least on the major feast days. It made her feel another connection with Maureen who had also been Catholic. Michelle felt that Maureen would approve of this match.

They had “christened” places all over town, but hadn’t been together for a week to make the wedding night very special. Michelle had been on birth control, but she and Danny had discussed it and decided they wanted a family soon and she had gone off the pills after the last time she was with Danny. Her smile grew even wider that the next time they were together they could be creating their new son or daughter.

Danny watched Michelle walk down the aisle towards him on Rick’s arm. He was amazed that every time he saw her she was more beautiful and she was more than that. She was smart. She was kind. She was feisty. He’d never known that he could feel so close to anyone. It was like he had lived most of his life missing part of himself and now he’d found it, found her. And even more remarkable to him, she felt the same way about him.

Danny had been suspicious. It was awfully convenient how they’d gotten locked together in the basement of the lighthouse behind a door that Michelle never remembered sticking before and even more convenient that it was Dietz who discovered them the next morning. It was still more convenient how quickly his Abuela and Michelle’s Aunt Meta had become some great friends, like they had known each other for a long time before he and Michelle met. Also, he really hadn’t bought his Abuela’s explanation that she’d had one of the maids take down all the family photos in her room to dust them between when he left and Michelle’s arrival, but had them all back in place by the next day. “It was the most efficient way to do it!” she’d declared, as Danny cocked an eyebrow at her. But in the end he’d decided to let it go. He’d found Michelle and exactly how didn’t really matter.

Michelle arrived at the steps and she took the last few steps alone to stand by Danny. Danny whispered, “Hola! Mi esposa bonita.” Michelle who had learned a lot more Spanish over the past year, whispered back, “Hola! Mi esposo perfecto.” Together they turned together to face Father Tomas, to find their new beginning. After all, it was the season for them.

Father Tomas began, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join together in holy matrimony Daniel Santos and Berta Michelle Bauer….”


Translation Note:

*Special Occasion – An evil Bill, Manny round robin fanfic with several scenes where Manny makes love, reconnecting after being friends in college and now wanting to be much, much more.

*Buena Suerte, mi hermana. – Good luck, my sister.

*Sir Galahad – what Rick calls Danny in my favorite scene in the Manny fanfic Dark Knight where Danny saves Michelle from both Ben Warren and a drug addiction.

*Step, Together – the way you are supposed to walk down the aisle in a wedding even though most people seem to have forgotten it (Sorry Pet Peeve)

* Hola! Mi esposa bonita.  – Hello, my beautiful wife.

*Hola! Mi esposo perfecto.  – Hello, my perfect husband.  Dialogue from lighthouse scene before Michelle is kidnapped.

AUTHOR’S END NOTE: Well, did I catch anybody? I was trying to make you think it was the charity for the Pediatrics wing and I hoped that it was really a Manny wedding would be a fun surprise. Besides what’s a better Christmas present for a Mannyac than that? I hope you enjoyed my continuation and I hope everyone thinks it measured up the stem I started with. I hope you enjoyed the dropping in of Spanish and of name dropping of other Manny fanfics.  I hope that brought back good memories to people who have read them and that those who haven’t please check out my story index and read them. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a terrific holiday season.  Oh, in case you couldn’t tell I was having Abby be Michelle’s matron of honor and Ray was Danny’s best man. Lizzie was a flower girl and Peter was a ring bearer. Pilar and Bridget were bridemaids. Tony and Bill were groomsmen. And of course, Michelle’s wedding color was pink.

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