Posts Tagged ‘Olivia Spencer’

Ava and Jeffery and Olivia Christmas 2006

December 22, 2016

During Christmas 2006 Springfield was already skidding towards the second worst year in Springfield history so things are strange and people are acting out of character. That said this is one of the most layered stories as Olivia, her remorseful compromised consent assailant Jeffrey, and Ava became a family and it is interesting. I wish they hadn’t used Ava to shred so many stories before and after this one. The edits are kind of interesting on this. I think they have been re-edited, even scenes that should have still been part of the story seem to have edits in the middle. It has been edited to focus only on these three characters.

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Olivia has revealed that before Jeffery got Richard’s face he’d date raped her which resulted in Asa. When he realized exactly what happened after her confession he felt guilty and when Olivia asked him to stay away from Ava he agreed. However, his paternal feelings are still coming out.

Olivia reminds Jeffery that he agreed to stay clear of Ava. Then Ava tracks him down in a bar. She tries to have a moment with him, but he ignores her and then tears up the note with her phone number in front of her. Even though he’d done his best to live up to the bargain Olivia pitches a fit at him when he tells her before she hears from someone else. Jeffery changes his mind and buys Ava a present, but when he shows up at Springfield Airport Coop is there alone and tells Jeffrey the best thing he could do is not give Ava a present and make her think they could possibly have a relationship when he would only eventually fail her again. Jeffrey abandons the present and leaves.

Jeffrey is hanging out at Harley’s, but feeling out of place. When Olivia shows up he starts to leave, but Coop comes charging in because he can’t find Ava (I don’t remember any of this so I don’t know what really triggered her leaving). Cooper accusses Jeffrey of causing Ava to run. She’s back at the bar where she found Jeffrey earlier getting drunk and about to be picked up. When pick up guy got handsy, Jeffrey intervenes. Coop comes along and Jefffrey goes back into the bar. When the guy he yanked off calls Ava a slut, Jeffrey goes at him, but Mr. super against/secret service of San Cristobel, pick wings off flies goes down hard up against a handful of drunks that would have fallen down on their own if he hadn’t done anything.

Frank calls Ava to tell her Jeffrey is in the emergency room. He’s beaten up badly, but says he doesn’t want anything to do with her. Frank told her about the present for her Jeffrey had and that Jeffrey had been defending her when he got beat up. She opened her present and found out they were earrings in her birthstone. Ava returns to the hospital the next day. Olivia finds her and freaks out again, but sort of seems to be softening towards Jeffrey.

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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Christmas 2001 A Christmas Tale

December 21, 2016

Springfield sometimes turned the Christmas episode into a special focused episode that didn’t exactly disrupt the normal storylines, but were sort of a moment out of time just at that moment in time. Such was the case during Christmas 2001.

This Christmas episode reflects back on the best Christmas episodes of the past. The main character is Kris Kringle who seems to be a modern day version of Santa Nick who has dropped in to spread magic around Springfield. There is even a connection to the Mike Bauer singing at the end of this one. It’s well worth watching.

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Michelle and Robbie Santos, Harley Cooper and Jude Bauer, Blake, Jason, and Kevin Marler, Holly and Meg Reade

A Christmas Tale

Ross gathers everyone up at the Bauer cabin with Aunt Meta and the Bloss children – Jason, Kevin, and Clarissa who was born one year also at the Bauer cabin. He brings them to the fireplace and starts to tell a Christmas story or rather a Christmas Eve story that takes place right there in Springfield.

Michelle, Blake, Harley, and Holly carry in a real Christmas tree  – in their dress coats. They work on setting up and decorating the tree. Meanwhile, at the Lewis House, Shayne is resisting staying in his elf costume that he has on to match Josh as Santa. When Billy shows up, Shayne passes on the elf hat to Billy although he won’t fit the rest of the costume and they are off to Towers to fill in as Santa. As we look around town we find irritation everywhere as we have the warmest Christmas on record at 65 degrees F outside.

More than one person called out the calvary and Phillip and Beth show up as Santa and Mrs. Claus. (That’s a TERRIBLE Mrs. Claus outfit, but couldn’t Billy at least taken off his tie and suit coat to look more elf like?) Meanwhile Reva realizes bulldozing into the elevator stuck her with Olivia and Edmund.

“Santa is short a reindeer, Frosty must confront the sun…..and now power lines are about to fall.”

A blackout hits all over Springfield. After a confrontation over who was going to play Santa, Phillip agreed to let Josh have the job although it seemed like Beth (still influenced by Loreli) is ready to rumble, However they realize that there is now 2 feet of snow on the ground and no one is going anywhere soon. Olivia, Edmund, and Reva are pretty darn hilarious. They ought to have been forced together more often.

December 24, 201 (Part One)

Even story tellers get a commercial break. Ross: “You know there are four generations gathered here in the Bauer Cabin…” Everyone else: “Story! Story! Story!” Santa Josh was overwhelmed so Phillip and Beth opened a second station on Santa’s knee and worked together. Reva told the story of the Christmas truce during World War I. Reva’s story inspires Reva, Edmund, and Olivia to call a truce of their own and share Reva’s catering and Olivia’s champagne in their own Christmas Eve dinner. Gus finally shows the Christmas spirit and gives up the offer of a ride in the 4-wheel drive truck to the guys going up to the Bauer cabin to reach their families. Not knowing Gus did that, Rick asks if Gus could come along too but the “security guard” says there’s no room.

December 24, 2001 (Part Two)

The guys show up at Bauer Cabin reporting that on their way the roads were terrible and then they rounded a corner and everything cleared. Danny meets Michelle with a kiss and a ‘Hi, Tiger” for Robbie. Sigh! Meta pulls Ross aside and says she knows it’s not the end of the story and she wants to know what happens next. With the roads now clear will the Christmas spirit spread over the outcasts too? Edmund, Olivia, and Gus are all miserable at Towers each eating alone with two poor Towers employees stuck working. Edmund remembers Reva’s story and moves to the piano and starts to sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The others join in and everyone from the Bauer Cabin, the Lewis house, and the Spaulding Mansion come in.

December 24, 2001 (Part Three)

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.

Thanksgiving 2000

November 22, 2016

The Lewis family gather around the Thanksgiving table at Olivia's houseI don’t have a lot of this Thanksgiving, but I do have this from a Crystal Chappel highlight clipper.

Billy is bringing Holly and Bill. Marah and Shayne are very hostile to the Jolivia couple. Marah, Shayne, and the gang are in the midst of the bootleg CDs scam. Billy arrives with the news that the government is after them because the beavers are building a dam on some ranch land. This is a good example of how Shayne spent his youth obsessed with lacrosse and not at all interested in baseball. The kids are not happy to be at Olivia’s, but Shayne actually feels bad when he breaks her vace which she brought back from Venice on her first trip to Europe.

Josh Lewis, Olivia Spencer, Billy Lewis, Holly Reade, Sam Spencer, Marah, Shayne, and Catalina have gathered at Olivia’s. Jolivia is about a month away from their wedding on New Year’s Eve. The kids weren’t originally supposed to come, but something has happened and Reva has to rush off to help Cassie so she sends the kinds to spend Thanksgiving with Josh.

Catalina talking about the lack of freedom in her native Cuba which she hopes will change government soon (16 years on and counting it hasn’t). She is also amazed at the amount of food they have when Olivia was just complaining that 3 unexpected guests when dinner was almost done was stretching the amount of food they have too far. The Lewis family is accordingly humbled and grateful. Following a short prayer from Catalina, according to Lewis family “tradition” the assemblage holds hands and sings “We Gather Together.”

Meanwhile Manny are having their typical “happy” Thanksgiving just after Danny thinks he kills Carmen on the docks and retreats into darkness, pushing Michelle away. I mean what is it? They just can’t catch a break on Thanksgiving.
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/more-bauer-power-nov-21-22-2000

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.

Claire Ramsey Turning Point 2001

September 22, 2016

Claire Ramsey circa 2001I have mentioned before that back when Claire Ramsey was with Fletcher Reade I loved her to death. I was excited when I heard Claire was coming back, but I must admit I was disappointed. Claire came back with all of her negative traits in place and not much in the way of what had once made her great as a person, although she remained a great doctor.

Claire’s storyline of wanting to be a respectable and connected Bauer was a good one, except they never explained why Claire suddenly became so obsessed with it. Claire trying to connect with Michelle, but expecting Michelle to do things her way was in character, but didn’t really explain why all she suddenly wanted was Rick. Also, a reason why Claire wanted to get out of Chicago, the loss of a major grant or something wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Then they gave her an independent story away from Manny and the Bauers which was a great thing. They paired her with Alan Spaulding who was also getting a cold shoulder from his kids at the time so with that and their scheming, manipulative ways and similar intelligence and culture they were a great couple. I mean it wasn’t the romance of the century, but it put Alan with someone he considered an equal and they supported each other and connected to most storylines across the canvas encouraging their involvement likely in any of them that the writers currently wanted. They were a fun couple who were soap rich splashy, and could equally be compelling trying to do right by their kids or doing something selfish and horrible.

Sadly TPTB didn’t see things the same way. They had temporarily resolved the Reva-Josh-Olivia Spencer triangle in Jolivia’s favor and needed a new spoiler. So for reasons that were never clear to me Alan got obsessed with Olivia. I’m not overstating the case. He eventually even blackmails Olivia into sleeping with him. Alan was so better than that I can only describe this entire storyline as mental illness on his part. Alan slowly became more and more obsessed with Olivia to the point of turning his back to his family. With that as the writer’s game plan, Claire was surplus to requirements. So Alan refused to even have a meeting with Danny about the job like Claire asked which I’d have thought he’d done as a courtesy to people he knew far more than Claire, but the whole point was to show Claire and Alan were over and to have Danny create his own opportunity for a new chance.

Claire doesn’t disappear immediately, but after this it was a steady downhill stride. Her last appearance is still about a year out August 16, 2002, but never again would she really be a focus of story.

http://soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/claire.php

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

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 73

August 31, 2015

This is the seventy-third in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/faq-back-issues-2014/

In the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth they flashback 10 years to the beginnings of the lovely Cozzie (Lizzie Spaulding and Henry “Coop” Cooper) pairing.

Frank Cooper is featured as a Crime Stopper (top cops/PIs on soaps feature) in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a great collection of current photos of all your favorite Guiding Light stars at the Daytime Stars and Strikes fundraiser. Look especially for the photo of Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos #5). I especially love the shot of Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines #2) and Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, the one we knew most of the time) looking like an a finally ecstatically happy Phillip and Beth. Find them in the August 10, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Aleksander is also the subject of a featured interview in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. He talks about what he’s doing today and Guiding Light memories. After the show went off the air, he returned to finish the college degree he interrupted when he was first cast as he promised his parents he eventually would. He completed is BA in Theater. He recently completed a run of Mary, Mary at the Cape May Stage in New Jersey and is actively auditioning.

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) gives an update on his kids in the July 13, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. His three daughters are in the School of American Ballet and his son is more into “mud and rocks and baseball.”

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) “appears” as a voice artist in Minions. Read more about it in the July 20, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A round up of quotes of how real life acting pairs is featured in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Included are: Terrell Tilford (David Grant #3, brother to Gilly, son of hospital administrator Charles, friend to Bridget, coupled with Vicky Spaulding his real life wife Victoria Platt), Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer), and Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper). (FYI – if you know the background and compare Terri Conn’s quote to the others it’s kind of hilarious, check it out. 🙂

Maureen Mooney Pellegrini (Ann Jeffers)  shared ” has been reruns & she’s recently got back into acting.”
http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/topic/27061-the-doctors/page-121#entry1428060

Catch a photo of Fiona Hutchison (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper) and her real life husband John Viscardi are pictured in the June 3, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) is interviewed for a feature piece in the March 9, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It focuses on her current role of Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives.

Stephanie Gatschet (Tammy Winslow Randall #2) had a daughter on March 28, 2015. The daughter’s name is Velva and is also the child of her longtime boyfriend Willem Van Waay (a pro sailing racer). Find more in the May 4 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth and on Gatschet‘s social media.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) is the subject of a feature in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It focuses on her role as a transgender character Maya Avant on The Bold and the Beautiful. Mosley also checks in with how the transgender storyline is going. Read more in the August 10, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) has returned to General Hospital after her character woke up from her coma. Read more in the August 10, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who started with the Mole puppet & then was falsely revealed to be Jonathan Randall) will be making an appearance with his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) in the Lifetime movie The Imposter He Met Online this August 2015. See more in the June 13, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Sadly Bailey and Frantz announced they’d suffered a second miscarriage late last year. Read more about it in the December 29, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) is featured in an article in the May 4, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth that focuses on her leaving the road company of Wicked and how she is still connected to soaps.

Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) was featured in the Take Five questions in the June 3, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Both Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop) and Matt Bomer (Ben Reade #3) appeared in Magic Mike XXL. Read more about it in the July 20, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Joan Collins (Alexandra Spaulding #3) at 82 is still very busy. Recently she’s appeared on Queens of Drama and The Royals. Get more details in the June 1, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

When Rick Hearst returned to General Hospital in January 2015, he grew out stubble to match the backstory of being undercover and then held hostage. I think everyone is glad he’s since shaved again. Read a lot more about it in the January 26, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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.

Valentine’s Day 2006 Part 1

February 13, 2015

Early 2006 was a strange time in Springfield. They had gotten rid of Phillip Spaulding after driving him crazy and then writing him off the show. They had written off Manny. They were destroying the lovely Cozzie (I mean with a couple code like that how could you NOT love them) in favor of an Ava and Coop pairing that was clearly just desperation to find something for Ava to do until they were ready to the big shocking reveal she was Olivia’s daughter (which was pretty evident from the beginning). They had brought in a de-SORASed Alan-Michael Spaulding who was actively sexually pursuing his erstwhile daughter Marina. In other words, they were throwing everything at the wall in hopes that something would stick. This is the serious half of Valentine’s Day that year, in the next post check out the humorous side.

Of all these stories, probably the worst one was where Alan manipulated Beth into marrying Alan. Alan had been committed for claiming Phillip was alive and trying to prove it. (He was of course correct, but the clinic Alan had stashed Phillip in had let him wander off after the pay checks stopped coming while Alan was in lock up.) Gus managed to muck up Alan’s sanity hearing and Gus and Alan disappeared the day Alan was released. The limo they left in was found crashed by the river. An exhaustive search merely turned up Gus’s bloody coat in the river. Everyone was convinced they were dead and held memorial services (which are linked to below). Instead they had been found by Beth who had a psychotic break with reality. Beth had knocked out Alan, Gus was already unconscious. Beth drug them both to a deserted house and talked Rick into giving her sedatives and she kept them both knocked out for most of the month of January.  In February, Beth either decided it was time or ran out of pills and Gus and Alan both woke up. They discovered themselves locked in a strange room. Beth eventually revealed herself as their captor. She claimed she had only kept them there and locked up because there was a huge snowstorm that came through. At first Alan and Gus fought separately for survival trying to talk Beth into letting them go once they figured out the snowstorm was a lie. Beth was trying to get them to make peace with each other.  Beth fought back against both men, declaring she was in charge and in control. At that time Alan and Gus decided they had to work together to survive. With Alan’s help, Gus managed to escape, but didn’t get far and Beth dragged him back to the cabin (this is where the clip is below). Eventually in convoluted fashion they all basically were rescued through a series of deals and pretended it never happened.

This year Valentine’s Day focuses on Gus.

Buzz and Olivia and Frank have a conversation before Cooper’s Gus’s memorial service. The Spauldings are holding a memorial for Alan. Alex and Olivia have a conversation about Alan first.

Harley and an astral Gus spend Valentine’s Day in the framework of their new house (they never finish it until they sell it to Marina). Harley and Gus  have an argument over having a real fireplace instead of a gas one and starting a fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PygjkouXVno (Part 1)

Harley gets the fire started. Nice bit with the song Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

http://youtu.be/fAu6eWsXV1o (Part 2)

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

Guiding Light September 17, 2009 Remembered

September 18, 2014
Manny Move Back

Manny Move Back

I have been wanting to watch the last two weeks of Guiding Light again in real time. It ended up being a bad time for me to do the whole thing this month, but I’m going to finish out the week in honor of the five year anniversary of the final episode. In these posts among the things I looked for a bright spot in the cancellation and I also look for the line of the day which is in many of these posts. Sometimes I can’t help breaking down in bitter, BITTER sobs.

September 17, 2009 – An Almost Perfect Day

NOTE: During the last couple of months of Guiding Light, I did a daily feedback and summary post. I had just started my blog and it was an early experiment that helped establish my style. I put comments and summaries on the same storyline together, with time tags to the different parts of the episode. I put the official CBS link at the end. Sadly that is no long viable so I’m going to put the YouTube links at the beginning instead. The time codes are for a full episode load and so won’t match, but should still give you a rough idea. Also the parts are on a playlist in the wrong order, so you have to watch or it will jump to different parts of the last week, if you don’t watch just what the original link is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scPoNRdBbGw&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ&index=238 (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRoUnYgeUZo&index=237&list=UUDYGjcwJbenO3eWYRJppasQ (Part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9epuxnIS5vQ (Part 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kH1FiWKlPQ (Part 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2V5qDLkg8c (Part 5)
Today gives us almost everything they promised us last July. Why did they wait so long? I’ve put the most important things first (the most important things being the Manny family and the Bauers).

8:55 – A rental truck pulls up honking its horn pulls up in front of the Bauer House. IT’S DANNY, MICHELLE, ROBBIE, AND HOPE SANTOS!!!!! Somewhere between the visit back for the Bauer BBQ, Danny’s reconnection with his (legitimate) business connections over the summer, and Ed’s being back so much, Danny decided to give in to Michelle’s missing Springfield (when could he ever deny her something she wanted for very long?) and they are moving back. They didn’t tell anybody so they could surprise Rick. They all look absolutely ecstatic and even more in sync than they did at the BBQ. I literally jumped up for joy when this came across the television screen – seriously I bounced off the couch and jumped. (Joyful sniff) Why did they wait so long?

Danny’s first line is “There he is” and I think it was directed at Robbie. I think he was pestering his Dad on when they would see Uncle Rick. Line of the Day – Danny announces “We’re moving back.” He said they should have let Rick know, especially since they are planning on crashing at his house at least temporarily, but like they did one dark and stormy night years ago, they just show up, boxes in hand. Michelle wanted to surprise Rick with the good news. They both look so happy together and relaxed, I just can’t get the happy smile off of my face watching them.  And in just this short scene they have definitely retained their title of Tactile Twosome. They discuss dinner. Rick says Michelle can cook. Michelle says she just drove all the way across the country and he can buy dinner tonight. Danny backs her up and they pull into one joyful group hug. (Bet Rick never pictured this the day he first showed Danny her room and told him she’d be happier without him – Judging by the smiles on all their faces, I think, for once, Rick would be glad to admit he was wrong.)

12:05 – Rick is helping to unload Manny’s rental truck. He tells Ed who’s reading the newspaper that it’s his turn to move back next, but Ed is working on a different plan.

23:25 – Rick walks into Company to order supper for 6. Rick: “Hey…I need dinner for 6 my family just moved back. Keep it under $15.”  (The jokes about Rick’s cheapness approached Jack Benny levels in the last year.) Frank (another of Springfield’s finest) does not say who moved back? Does not say is it Danny and Michelle?, once some of his best friends in town. He basically ignores Rick’s statement and blows off the order. This restaurant is going to make money how again?

30:06 – Rick comes home with dinner, calling out that he’s got the food. Manny come into the kitchen and Rick tells them, it’s so great having a family there in the house again. He was so tired of being there alone, Danny punches his shoulder lightly and tells him he hopes he still feels that way in a week. Michelle is falling back into happy homemaker mode (if that cleaning out the frig scene between Rick and Ed was any indication the old home place needs it) and tells Danny, Rick will be even happier in a week because she’ll be cooking and doing his laundry. Robbie and Hope have discovered Rick’s video games and are already making themselves at home. They must, at least subconsciously, remember living there before. Ed though has disappeared.

30:34 – (Ok, I admit it, I jumped up and down here, too.) Ed has shown up at Holly’s door and I thought I was just going to have imagine something like this happened. After all the disappointments the show has dealt us, it’s too good to be true. Ed seems happier, more sure of himself, and more relaxed than I’ve seen him since Danny rescued him from Africa, heck, maybe since Maureen died. He’s even wearing cruise wear and cool shades. Everything with Phillip and Alan has convinced Ed to grab what he wants out of life and quit worrying about it. What he wants most right now is Holly. Holly starts to ask a practical question and then thinking about what she saw in Ed’s eyes, in Ed’s face, the girl who fell in love with Roger Thorpe comes back out and only asks him “How long do I have to pack?” as a smile spills across her face, joy as true as any that shown itself on his son-in-law’s face takes over Ed’s features and shakes his whole body, spilling out in a choked laugh.

Alan’s funeral is totally rushed. I really would have rather they had it off screen rather than do it this way. (OK, so I can still gripe on an almost perfect day.) Bill has picked up Alan’s remains at the crematorium. For some reason Phillip feels compelled to look inside. (Like you could tell anything from just looking, unless some fool left the Woofie dog tag attached again – really Claire.) Alan seems to be in his cigar humidor. He’d like that. [Minute 0] Alex poured Alan’s cup of coffee he always shared with her in the morning without thinking. She gives it to Phillip, still not fully accepting that Alan will never come down stairs to have breakfast with her again. She talks briefly with Phillip about Alan and then when he asks, she says she’s ready to go to the memorial. She strokes the chair where he always sat as she passes by. [Minute 6] Somehow they’ve added that Alan wanted his ashes scattered in the lake to his final requests in the hospital. (I DON’T think so . 1. Alan would want to be in the family plot. After all to him, to steal a Manny phrase, La Familia es segrada. 2. As many problems as the Spauldings have had with family members coming back from the dead, wouldn’t they want the remains somewhere they could get at them for the almost inevitable DNA test? 3. Roger Thorpe’s ashes were scattered from Towers, some of them must have ended in the lake. Would Alan really VOLUNTEER to spend eternity cheek to jowl with his worst enemy, no matter how mellow he’s gotten lately? I think not.  4. How much did Alan whine about just getting splashed on at Universal Studios? Would he really request to spend the afterlife in a “Splash Zone”?) [Minute 13]

The immediate Spaulding family (and most extended family in town) gather at the lake to sprinkle his ashes. Judging by the rocks, this could be very near where Michelle killed Mick, but Bill seems to have no dark memories about this spot. [Minute 13] Apparently Father Ray, Mayor Doris, and Josh were all busy, so they don’t have a clergymen. Actually now that I think about it, they really should have brought back Josh’s mentor Rev. Rutledge, descendant of the town’s original Guiding Light. It would have been fitting to have him on this last week. So, lacking any kind of organizer, they mostly stare at the waves coming in off the lake and let its calming effect take them. [Minute 15] Beth tells Buzz to say a few words after closer family members demurred. It’s a pretty decent eulogy for off the cuff. [Minute 19] Each family member takes a handful of Alan’s ashes (with their bare hands – EWWW – the tradition is each family member takes a handful of DIRT) and slowly releases it one at a time into the lake. EW’s production models have been criticized for relying too much on music (repeated ad nauseam), but she showed great restraint here to great effect. (I’ll also add that Bill didn’t get his own handful and considering that Bill once literally saved Alan’s life, besides being Lizzie’s husband and soulmate, the omission was pretty tacky.) The entire ceremony has only the sound of the calming waves and each member gets a full beat. My main complaint here, except for the entire concept, is that Peyton, who we just saw yesterday and pretty much all the younger children weren’t given the chance to be at their father’s/grandfather’s funeral. I think that is wrong and false, especially considering how much Phillip regretted missing his biological mother’s funeral. [Minute 20] After the service, Phillip and James make tentative steps towards reconciliation over their mutual loss and a Frisbee. [Minute 23] Phillip still hasn’t been able to leave the beach. Beth is worried about him. They talk. Beth: “He (Alan) did what he wanted to do.” Phillip (with a broken laugh): “He always did.” [Minute 32]

Bizzie are checking on Alex. Bill seems especially worried, which he should be standing in for her practically adopted son and his best childhood friend, Ben Reade, who preceded her in death and so can’t be there and who Bill couldn’t save, but his name never passes their lips, which is especially odd because the next person to walk in is Ben’s father. Fletcher Reade strides in (boy, the last 10 years have been hard on him). He heard about Alan and came to see if he could help Alex which is especially nice because he couldn’t even be bothered to come back for his own son’s funeral. I wonder if he stopped at the cemetery first to see the grave for the first time? (Bitter, Bitter sob!!! – Sorry, Fletcher broke my heart once when he walked out on Claire, long, long ago, and I can’t forgive him.) “Hello, Beautiful” is what he always used to say to Alex, they lived together during almost all of Ben’s formative years, before he dumped her too. Fletcher thought she might need an old friend and Alex throws herself into his arms and totally dissolves into tears. [Minute 33]

Daisy got a call from Berkley. A spot opened up in their fall class, if she wants it and can get there by Monday, (A day we’ll never see in Springfield – Bitter, BITTER sob!!) it’s hers. She’s got 4 hours to decide. Buzz encourages her to go. [Minute 2, Minute 6] Daisy tells James about Berkley, but he’s not upset. In fact he’s really supportive of her goals. James: “I’m rich. I’ll come visit you.” [Minute 34]

Frank and Blake are still working on a name for the baby without much success. [Minute 7] While he is busy ignoring Rick’s order, Frank tells him he’s asking a girl of his dating website out. Rick teases him about it, but is pleased for his friend when she (unknowingly Blake) says yes. [Minute 24]

Remember when I pointed out that Remy and Christina didn’t have the legal papers when they got married after Bizzie’s wedding. Well, the insurance company just figured that out, too. It takes Remy (THE COP) a little while longer and Olivia had to help explain it to him. (Rolls eyes – Hey I said almost perfect.) [Minute 10] Remy tells Christina, they aren’t officially married. Christina tells Remy she’s pregnant. It takes Remy a minute to get her clue about this too. (Are we sure Remy is cut out for the police force? I’m really starting to think he was a better EMT.)[Minute 16]

Reva looks the best she has in ages. She and Jonathan are bickering a little bit and he announces he and Sarah better start looking for their own place. [Minute 3] Apparently Billy and Vanessa didn’t plan a honeymoon. Billy is back at work. Josh finds him there and tells him he plans to steal Billy’s idea and kidnap Reva to marry her, like Billy did Vanessa. Billy refuses to help. He basically says with everything going on, he’s pretty sure she isn’t ready right now. Josh is right. He should have done this a year ago. Billy refuses to help. [Minute 4] Josh’s kidnap plan goes awry when he finds Reva in the midst of the family picnic that he hadn’t checked his voicemail to get his invitation to yet. [Minute 8] Josh tells Billy, he’s back to plan A and he’ll leave town for awhile. [Minute 11] Billy tells him not now, doesn’t mean not ever, and not to give up hope. [Minute 12] Josh stops by Marina’s house to say goodbye to Shayne, Marina, and his brand new grandson. [Minute 25] Reva remembers that Cassie’s wedding present for Tammy was supposed to be a cottage. Cassie had actually bought it and she never could find it in her heart to sell it or rent it, so it’s been sitting empty. She calls Cassie to check and she wants Jonathan and Sarah to have it. [Minute 26] Josh tells Billy he’s going to Tulsa first to build a new wing on H.B.’s hospital and will take it from there. Billy wants to spend the last couple of hours together. [Minute 35] Jonathan talks to Tammy about moving into what should have been their house. [Minute 36]

Cyrus has baked some cookies to repay Mel for the ones she brought on his birthday when they broke his bed. (No, they literally broke his bed and they only had gotten as far as kissing and it scared Mel off.) [Minute 7] Cyrus gives Mel his cookies and they end up in bed and this time, no distractions. OK, I’ll give her that I don’t think I ever saw get that excited that quickly with Rick, except when they were fighting. [Minute 17, Minute 24]

Meanwhile, back in the adventure story, Richard, I mean Jeffery, it’s so hard to tell in his CLEVER disguise (I guess he never took my advice to look up the old Roger Thorpe footage for disguise ideas), thinks he has a chance at getting a clean shot at Edmund and calls Jonathan and tells him so. [Minute 10] Jeffery is up on a very industrial looking rooftop watching Edmund’s limo pull in the warehouse next door. [Minute 12] That’s it, I definitely want my tax money back for whatever government training Jeffery has had. Jeffery is supposedly setting up an ambush. He’s wearing street clothes, not a gilly suit AND using a handgun. Rifle, Jeffery, for long distance shooting you use a R-I-F-L-E. Surprise, Surprise, he’s spotted by one of Edmund’s men who struggles with him for awhile and makes him drop his handgun to an inaccessible ledge. He has no back up piece (this is the guy that boxed DANNY into a corner, REALLY?) and doesn’t check Edmund’s now unconscious henchmen to see if he was carrying. Edmund watches with undisguised glee. Thankfully the Edmund we know is back, his bad James Bond impression forgotten. He tells Jeffery they are too much alike and that Jeffery will never complete or abandon his hunt and deep down he doesn’t want to. [Minute 27]

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Lightfandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to findGuiding 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 onBlog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Venice the Series Fan Event August 2014

July 13, 2014

After Guiding Light ended among the projects of its various stars was a webseries created and organized by Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer). Venice: The Series has gone on to win two Daytime Emmys and uses several of the cast of Guiding Light. They are hosting an event through Open Door Productions that will have several of these Guiding Light stars on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Las Angelos. Besides ChappellTina Sloan (Lillian Raines), Jessica Leccia (Natalia Aitoro), and Judi Evans (Beth Raines Spaulding #1).

Learn the rest of the details here:
http://www.crystal-chappell.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2786&p=20622

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

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 65

April 17, 2014

This is the sixty-fifth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/faq-back-issues

Nico and Marina’s storyline was featured as March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth’s 10 years ago column.

Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop) and Justin Klosky (ex-Joey Lupo, part of Alan’s Spaulding intern contest [he re-invented a device he hadn’t bothered to check was already on the market] and the apex of the Tammy-Joey-Lizzie triangle that Phillip threatened out of town during Phillip’s temporary decent into madness) are featured in the All-Star Scrapbook feature in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos) has been filming SongByrd. We have photos.
http://bjldailygallery.sosugary.com/thumbnails.php?album=107&page=5
Also from  50th Annual CAS Awards From The Cinema Audio Society [22-02-14]
http://bjldailygallery.sosugary.com/thumbnails.php?album=112

Paula Garces (Pilar Santos) has posted another blog post: “Mam Oral Care Rabbit – Everything you need for your baby’s first teeth | ¿Qué Más?”
http://quemas.mamaslatinas.com/parenting/123658/everything_you_need_for_your
Garces tweeted “Mar 15 Come see me Tonight @PurlieuNYC for my Birthday celebration! Hope to see you soon Xo pic.twitter.com/vLv9DhKJiF ”

Denise Pence (Katie Parker, Floyd’s sister and Hillary Bauer’s best friend)  shared her first blog post.
http://denisepence.blogspot.com/2014/02/katie-grows-up.html

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) returned to his General Hospital role of Sonny’s brother, Ric. Read all about it in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Paul Wesley (Max Nickerson #2, Drew Jacob’s foster brother) attended Paleyfest.
@paleycenterPaul Wesley has arrived at #Paleyfest! #TVD pic.twitter.com/u2ehmB9eKf

Kevin Bacon (T.J. Werner #2) did a special opening for The Tonight Show in honor of the 30th anniversary of his movie Footloose.
http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/kevin-bacons-footloose-entrance/2764458
Bacon was photographed at the Golden Globes with his wife Kyra Sedgwick and his daughter Sosie Bacon. See the photo in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, with Remy, one of the last really good new couples in the final years of Guiding Light) was photographed at The Secret Room Events Hosts Red Carpet Style Lounge in honor of the Golden Globe. She was checking out dog toys. Find her photo in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Mosley tweeted a photo. “Best picture in the history of pictures. W/ @aynsleybubbico & Reginald VelJohnson. #HartOfDixie ”
https://twitter.com/karlamosley/status/447424489287340032/photo/1
Mosley and Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau) were nominated for NAACP Image Awards. See photos and read more in the March 24, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.
Mosley was the subject of “This or That” in the March 24, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She also reported that what she regrets Tweeting are typos. We all feel her pain. Read about it in the January 27, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) shared on Twitter. “Guiding Light great writer has book coming out April 1 People Magazine loves it I love it as well” She’s referring to Dorothy Must Die by former Guiding Light writer Danielle Page.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5 who started Marony) recently tweeted: “@LauraBellBundy To all the people who didn’t think I actually cut/highlighted my hair at @Supercuts#proven pic.twitter.com/MpdzxgJdSC ”

Robert Newman ‏@RobertNewmanGL (Josh Lewis) tweeted “Mar 15 Evidently, I’m in a play. Through March 30… pic.twitter.com/JA2KtztfYM ”
 Mar 16 Nice to see @crystalchappell and @hillarybsmith tonight in NYC. Love both of these wonderful, smart, talented ladies. Have fun girls!”

Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) is the subject of a feature interview in the the January 27, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Cynthia Wartos (Annie Dutton #1) has to vacate her role on The Young and the Restless since her MTV series Finding Carter has been picked up.

Matt Bomer (Ben Reade #3)’s current USA Network series White Collar is coming back for a short series to create a finale.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/usa-white-collar-six-episode-final-season/#more-702478

Emme Rylan (previously credited as Marcy Rylan) (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) recently tweeted a set photo from the General Hospital set with her current co-star.
@EmmeRylan  Mar 20 Lets get this party started! RT@domzfan: LOVE this ‘Wish Upon a Shooting Star’camera shot!!! @dom_zamprogna #GH pic.twitter.com/0hTNGVthnr ”
Rylan shared a photo of her playing with her son Jackson at Christmas time in the Jan. 27, 2014 Soap Opera Digest.

Michelle Forbes (Sonni/Solita Lewis), Kevin Bacon (T.J. Werner #2)  and Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie Spaulding #2)  attended the Golden Globes. Find photos in the March 10, 2014  and March 24, 2014 issues of CBS Soaps in Depth. Bacon is pictured with his wife Kyra Sedgwick and daughter Sosie Bacon.

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) and Ian Ziering (Cameron Stewart, one of the original Dinah, Alan-Michael, and Harley quad) attended the People’s Choice Awards. See photos in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall) is starring in the movie Junction. See photos of him at the premiere in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Frances Fisher (Suzette Saxon #2, Fisher took over the role for 6 months in early 1980s) talks about her soap experience on Guiding Light and The Edge of Night and her new show Resurrection in the March 10, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Zach Conroy (James Spaulding #2, part of the lovely Jaisy pairing) was part of a round up in the March 24, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He says Rescuers Down Under was the first movie he ever saw in the theater. Conroy was featured in a two page spread in a roundup on supporting characters for his The Bold and the Beautiful role in the January 27, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne #1) shared a photo of her and her daughter Lauren in the Jan. 27, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

MisGuiding Light Update

October 25, 2013

I have several times referred back to MisGuiding Light and I decided my original post on in it 2009 didn’t do it justice, also the focus on costumes and characters seems like a good Halloween fit, so I hope you enjoy this as part of the Halloween Week festivities. I remember hearing about this when it was shot in 2002, but back then I was on dial up, so I only saw it when I found it on on YouTube around 2009. It’s on a channel for the actor who played Floyd Boyd and I’m very glad he has them there.  Just in case some of the rest of you haven’t seen this tiny bit of an alternative Manny, Misguiding Light was a take-off, which as the theme song explains tells the story of a fan and wannabe Guiding Light writer who is struck down by Reva’s wardrobe cart (referred to as Reva’s rack) and finds himself stuck in the fictional town with the ability to change what happens by writing. Manny shows up on screen only in episode 6 where Carmen (who also got a single scene in episode 5) has demanded a Reva story so the writer, Floyd Boyd, gives her the 1995 Reva story where Reva went Amish. Carmen, Ray, Danny, and Michelle all go Amish. PAS is a hoot and a half with some of the best lines in the whole thing. Ever since I first watched it, I’ve found myself randomly saying “Somebody took our butter churn” and laughing. The lines about the barn raising and his obsession with electricity are worth watching the whole thing.

Manny are mentioned again in episode 8 where Floyd’s forgotten to write Cassie an amnesia story to forget her stripper past, so she starts stripping again and Danny is watching (a Loving shout out) which directly sets up the other great line of the series by Billy “Since when do the Amish like strippers?” in perfect deadpan delivery. There is also some great Tony/Marah Marony stuff through the series as Marah plays a major role introducing Floyd to the town and getting him to help restore Reva. “Tony in a towel” sums up one of my favorite scenes and later “You’ve made me Olivia’s daughter and now I’m acting just like her, stealing other people’s husbands and designing Harbor Projects!”

Even if you don’t like the idea of the series, it’s a great way to get a closer look at some of the classic sets from 2002 and how the backstage was set up, when they still had sets. See a list of all the episodes (each one is about 5 minutes) and their descriptions at the link below:

http://tinyurl.com/misguidinglight

If you watch the episodes back to back you realize besides the obvious comedy it does have an overarching plot where poor Floyd gives everyone Reva stories (he flat out says he does with Manny, but basically every character gets a Reva story). Without her unique history Reva ceases to exist which causes havoc around Springfield. Watch carefully for lots of Reva past plots, some of which I missed the first couple of times I was so busy laughing at individual scenes which the actors clearly took on with relish.

Part 1 – Writer Floyd Boyd tries to get a job writing Guiding Light but is disappointed when the executive producer Paul Rauch turns him down.

Boyd’s plot involves Reva falling in love with him and leaving Josh. Executive Producer Paul Rauch tells him he isn’t the first man to make the mistake that Reva might love him instead of Josh. I really like the bit where the “Marah” and “Catalina” tell Boyd that they are actresses. Nice job switching back and forth between their characters and their fictionalized selves. I also really love that it was all set off by Reva’s wardrobe cart. All of this is really on the set and gives us the best views of behind the scenes.

Part 2 -Holly and Sam explain how things work for a writer in Springfield.

I love the character of Holly and Sam being desperate for more storyline. “You can always rewrite history, you writers re-write it all the time.”

Part 3 – Edmund asks Floyd to deal with Loreli.

Boyd discovers he can control characters with his writing with Edmund and Loreli.

Episode 4 – Marah corners Floyd and convinces him to write her a reunion with Tony.

I appreciate the summary recap of the theme song, but it gets a little old by this point if you watch in a row. This is one of my favorite bits watch for “Tony in a Towel” “Better not try time travel just yet.” Marah Lewis: “Anybody who can bring me Tony in a towel, is a friend of mine.”

Episode 5 – Floyd finally meets Reva who challenges him to write the ultimate Reva story.

Boyd finally gets to meet his heart’s desire. Reva: “I was only written into 260 episodes last year. That’s not right.” Reva argues that it’s story not dialogue or young men in towel that makes a soap opera. Some really great Jeva stuff. Watch for a great Carmen tag at the end.

* Episode 6* – Floyd is struggling with writer’s block when Carmen shows up. This is the one with MANNY.

This is the Manny episode which is of course the best.

Episode 7 – Floyd tries to help Phillip by using another one of Reva’s stories–cloning!

Rassie point out they needed a storyline in Springfield. I wish they’d show the fencing=fencing reference. I love Phillip’s recital of his problems. I love how they keep putting other characters in former Reva stories. Love this Phillip clone. Floyd you should put Phillip with Carmen I could see that. “I forgot to give Cassie an amnesia story.”

Episode 8 – Olivia kidnaps Floyd and once again he turns to Reva’s old storylines for help.

Olivia: “Always Bud” Josh: “Always Slut of Springfield.” Billy: “This must be one of those very special episodes like April Fool’s Day.” Manny shout out. I’ll take it, but keep him away from Cassie in any reality. Boyd tried the Annie/Terri line “Sit down Josh.” But forgot to say Jawrsh.

Episode 9 – Floyd is arrested by Frank, Gus and Harley for bad writing

This cop bit is hilarious. Harley: “You have a right to Ross the only attorney in Springfield.” ” No more vendettas.” Poor Frank joking about his lack of storyline.

Episode 10 – Marah’s upset that Floyd erased Reva from the show by giving away her history.

I love this. They are on the Carriage House set because there wasn’t room for the Lewis house set today. Reva: “There’s a witch with a doll…” Marah: “That’s not hell. That’s NBC.”

Episode 11 – Floyd tries to channel Irna Phillips to save Guiding Light but ends up with Beth instead.

I like this Irna Phillips seance bit. Nice effort of Loreli to get story. Pretty funny too. Beth: “It’s a little crowded in here as it is.”

Episode 12 – Floyd is trapped in Reva’s body and can’t convince Blake and Tory that he’s not Reva!

I really love Reva as Floyd, great comedic turn.

Episode 13 – Floyd finally finds a way back to the real world where his dream comes true!

Reva: “Imprisoned by your husband’s ex-lover, that’s my story line.”


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