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Guiding Light Cast Round Up 74

November 23, 2015

This is the seventy-fourth 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:

In the Halloween spirit check out costumes featured on Guiding Light and other soaps through the yearsthrough the years in the February 3, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The 10 years ago flashback of the April 6, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth focused on Sandy Foster being revealed not to be Jonathan Randall after all. :(

The 10 years ago flashback of the September 21, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth focused on Beth Raines’s efforts to save Lizzie Spaulding from making a mistake by marrying Henry “Coop” Cooper. Read more in the issue.

Richard and Edmund Winslow is featured as a series of feuding siblings feature in the September 7, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The All-Star Scrapbook for the September 21, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth features photos from the final official Guiding Light fan luncheon and a banner brought by one fan getting signed.

A feature article suggests 3 soap operas that should come back. Guiding Light makes the feature including 3 Bauer-centric photos including one of my all time favorite Manny photos. See them in the April 6, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Scribbles is a book by former All My Children Head Writer Wisner Washam. He wrote for a variety of soap operas. Winning a writing Emmy for Guiding Light in 1993. Washam’s book is somewhat autobiographical. Find it here:
Read more about it in the October 11, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) is joining the cast of Days of Our Lives.

Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister was the feature of a character history in the Ask Us section of August 31, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Chelsea was played by Kassie DePaiva. De Paiva was featured in an article about her Days of Our Lives character’s affair with her rival’s son. Read about it in the March 9, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) took part in a dual interview with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers #1 on The Young and the Restless) where he talks about their long term friendship and their new pairing on General Hospital. Read more in the July 27, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) and Jordi  Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1)  are both coming to Days of Our Lives in new roles. Read more in the October 5, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow) will be one of the soap stars appearing at Soap Star Weekend on Nov. 28-29, 2015. Read more details in the September 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) was featured in the Red Carpet Rewind (hairstyles through the years) in the March 9, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) is most likely heading towards the end of his character, check out an interview about his pairing with Hope on Days of Our Lives about their Haiden pairing in the October 13, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, part of the great Christina and Remy pairing) received a gold star in the September 7, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It was focused on her work as Maya Avant Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful as she was reduced to tears on the morning of her wedding to Rick Forrester. Mosley was also featured in the “Take Five” in the September 14, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Mosley talks about getting to pitch hit as a substitute Barker’s Beauty on The Price is Right in the April 6, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Mosley describes her first love scene with Lawrence Saint-Victor on Guiding Light as her most memorable love scene. Read about it in the May 25, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) was interviewed as part of a round up of set secrets for his role on The Bold and the Beautiful. Find it in the August 30, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Saint-Victor talks about his family connections in the October 5, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Saint-Victor talks about his becoming a script writer for The Bold and the Beautiful in the April 6, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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) after their sad news about a miscarriage news in the last post. They announced that they are once again expecting and the baby is due December 1st. Read more in the July 27, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) recently played Rose in Pittsburgh CLO Theatre’s production of Gypsy. See a photo in the September 21, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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) is now Dr. Barton Shelby on The Young and the Restless. He gave a feature article about his Y&R role plus appearances in Switched at Birth and Castle. Find it in the Nov. 2, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Brian Gaskill (Dylan Lewis #2 – the sad recast) was in a car crash. Read more about it in the Nov. 2, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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.

Final Brent Lawrence Terror Part 1

October 30, 2015

This didn’t happen on Halloween, but it really should have. The Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane storyline is one of the spookiest that Guiding Light ever did and is well remembered and often mentioned even today. So I’m taking it upon myself to share some of this spooky tale in honor of Halloween.

Although these chunks of episodes aren’t dated beyond the month and year in their descriptions, I’ve added dates. Sadly I don’t have day to day descriptions, but there was a very distinct episode that aired at Christmas last year. Starting forward from that known date and carefully comparing the calendar and known dark days, I’m 98% confident in the dates I’m assigning. See the last batch of this run here:

I’m starting the part numbers over again for this post.

Justin Deas explains why they switched Brents about halfway through this clip:

This post covers the episodes from January 9-19, 1996. The main story is the Brent Lawrence/Marian Cramer meltdown. Brent, who had some reason to complain because Lucy was really dating him while she was still hung up on Alan-Michael, took things way too far. Brent raped Lucy and was furious when Lucy told and he was fired. He attacked them and was believed killed on the docks. Instead Brent’s sister Cassie had helped him to escape. He returned to town and Spaulding Enterprises as Marian Crane. Crane befriended Lucy pretending to be a fellow rape victim and cause many problems over the months, but always leading up to his kidnapping Lucy which happened right before we pick up.

The other big story right now is that Josh found out Reva was alive by finding her in Alan Spaulding’s jet drinking champagne and planning on leaving town and never coming back (she had decided it would be better for Marah & Shayne not to disrupt their family with Josh/Annie). Josh was furious and now Jeva are in full dirty fight mode over the custody/visitation of their kids. The fight gets more vicious throughout these episodes.

This is in the middle of depressing failure of the Quola return. In these episodes we get even further assassination of Quint’s character (now he’s tossing his kids away without so much as a glance back) and Nola is depressed. Said tossed away child, Anthony James Chamberlain shows up and almost immediately starts a romance with his adopted cousin Michelle Bauer.

Connected with the Brent Lawrence story, is the Marcus Williams story because he was under arrest for having killed Detective Cutter, a crime really committed by Brent Lawrence. That also ties in with the Roger Thorpe story. He’s currently married to Dinah Marler to get her trustfund and Dinah refuses to believe the warnings she’s been given and still defends Roger. Hart has come back to town and revenge on Roger for causing his grandfather’s death (which I think Roger was totally guilty of) and part of his plan is to get close with Dinah to break up Dinah and Roger. Meanwhile Bridget hopes Hart is back for her and Peter. — He isn’t.

Abby is living at the Bauers, but is still in her Goshen clothes. Michelle encourages her to dress up to attract a man and it sort of works as she and Rick have a pretend date.

Tuesday, January 9, 1996

Lucy Held Captive by Brent/Marian

Lucy Held Captive by Brent/Marian

I’m so used to seeing Frank as a detective in a suit, it’s still kind of a shock to see Frank wearing a uniform and working with a partner. Reva with a sudden artistic talent draws an exact duplicate of Brent Lawrence. Alan-Michael realizes this means Brent is alive. Lovely fantasy dance sequence set at the ball. I wish it had been shot a little clearer, but still very lovely. Sadly it turns nightmare at the end. (Part 1)

Dinah tells Hart more about being raised in a circus. Dinah tells him that she had a dog named Beauregard and a chimp named Capone. Also, she tells him she rode animals in the parade especially a favorite lion named Majesty and was the target in a knife throwing act. Griffin tells Gilly about how Vivian was when he knew her as an activist. Lucy wakes up from her nightmare and finds Brent back in full Marian guise near her bed. (Part 2)

Josh is on the front porch of the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams when Marah comes out having been woken up by a bad dream at sunrise.  Alan rushed to get dressed to go and help Alan-Michael despite the fact he’s angry at him. It really is a shame that after all this work in the setup they had to switch Brents. Credits at the end of this part. (Part 3)

Reva tries to talk sense to Alan about Alan-Michael. It’s definitely the next morning. Reva explains that she understands because Alan is also dealing with his children and having to deal with being cut off from them when he’d never hurt his children on purpose. Alan-Michael brings the drawing of Brent to the police to convince them that it’s him. Lucy tries to figure out what’s going on with Marian. Marian has Lucy in the Springfield lighthouse. Lucy discovers that she can get out to fog shroud parapet, but not out of it. (Part 4)

Annie comes out and is pretty nice about Reva hurting them. Marah resolves to try to like asparagus and to be nice to Shayne. Annie has the stupid idea that Josh being aggressive sexually after seeing Reva meant he was over Reva. Hawk is in the hospital and is malingering. Alex is trying to get him up. Alan-Michael keeps pressing and finally causes them to consider it. We review Brent’s/Marian’s crimes. (Part 5)

Marian admits to his crimes. Buzz turns on Alan and then remembers Brent and Lucy being held for trespassing into the Country Club pool. They weren’t arrested, but Brent had his fingerprints taken. Alex tells Hawk all about what Reva did at the ball. Hawk assures Reva that Josh never stopped loving her. (Part 6)

Hawk tells Reva about Josh after her “death.” Even though it’s the day after New Year’s Eve aka New Year’s Day, Springfield is back in business with Josh and Annie going to work and Marah going to school. (Part 7)

Marian tells Lucy that she killed Nadine. They found the fingerprints that Cutter took and prove that Marian is Brent. Marian reveals herself to be Brent to Lucy. (Part 8)

Josh refutes Hawk’s claim that Josh still loves Reva. Hawk: “This whole thing with Annie Mutton…” Reva runs into Annie literally in the hospital corridor. Marian rips off her face to reveal Brent. Alan-Michael realizes Brent’s sister had to have been in on the deception. (Part 9)

Wednesday, January 10, 1996

Josh has Ross working on straightening out his martial mess. Reva shows her claws to Annie at the hospital. Alan-Michael stops by Susan’s hotel room to catch her and Nick up. (Part 10)

Brent toys with Lucy. Nice effect with the lighthouse calendar in the squad room. Annie and Reva fight in the corridor. (Part 11)

Reva and Annie escalate and Rick intervenes. Annie’s blow to Reva, hit Rick too. Rick to Annie: “All you managed to do was make her angry and with Reva that ALWAYS means trouble.” Nick actually acts like a cousin to A-M for once. Nick agrees to help dig up information and suggests contacting a specialist in criminal behavior. Lucy contemplates jumping off the catwalk rather than let Brent touch her. (Part 12)

Lucy and Brent struggle on the parapet. Buzz apologizes to Cleary and asks to help with the investigation. Reva and Josh meet in the hallway and argue. Josh reminded Reva of their history. Josh: “I want the pain to stop…….I care Reva, I care a lot more than you know.” (Part 13)

Rick talks to Annie about her conflict with Reva. Annie is in total denial. Hawk calls Rick over and talks to him about Josh, Reva, and Annie. Brent: “You don’t get to decide when you die. I DO!” Lucy tries to reach Marian in Brent, but fails. He tells her that he set her up because she lied and told people he raped her. (Part 14)

Only after A-M suggests it does the search extend to Marian’s work computer. Hawk: “Help you see the writing on the wall.” Rick: “I’ve never been that into graffiti.” Mr. O’Rourke is an assistant DA. He agrees to have (Part 15)

O’Rourke announces he’s arrest Reva instead. Lucy leans on Alan-Michael’s love from afar. Marian’s computer gives a frightening message from Brent. (Part 16)

Thursday, January 11, 1996

Nola and Bridget are in the Reardon Boarding House kitchen. Bridget is on edge hoping Hart will stop by. Hart is stopping by Roger’s to work on Dinah instead. Marah is home from school for a teacher’s conference and is moping around. (Part 17)

Reva reacts badly to being arrested. She is charged with being an accessory to bigamy before the fact. Honestly I don’t know how they managed to turn this around. I’m kind of with Alan on this. I hate how Reva and Josh blindly slash out at each other. Nola pushes Bridget to pursue Hart. Vanessa and Matt stop by to take Peter for an outing, but Bridget won’t let him go since Hart is supposed to stop by. Hart and Dinah commiserate about being ignored by their parents. (Part 18)

Vanessa, not really having much of a legal leg to stand on, is always very nervous and defensive about other people being involved in Peter’s life. Hart being back means Vanessa is worried that Hart will try to cut her out of Peter’s life. Whenever Nola isn’t happy in her own life she gets very prickily to Vanessa.  Oh come on, Vanessa, get over yourself. Hart should have the right to see Peter if he wants. Even if Bridget wants Hart (duh! she has for years) still not any of Vanessa’s business unless she knows something horrible about Hart we don’t know. Matt and Vanessa reminensce about how Matt looked up to his fun Aunt Nola. That’s ironic Matt, Nola grew up wanting to live ANYWHERE else. Nola brings up her pain over Quint. (Which still he never EVER would have done.) I really like the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams set. This friends scene between Annie and Blake makes you really sad thinking about what happens later. One of the things Jeva like to ignore later is how Annie was always a strong support for other women in the community. Alan arrives in time to ride to the rescue. (Part 19)

Josh and Reva call each other’s bluffs. Josh asks Reva what she said to Annie. Reva tells him how Annie spelled out how they had sex. Nola talks to Matt about how she loved Quint and how much it hurt when he dumped her and how it changed her. Then Matt told her to back off on Bridget, she was a grown up. Bridget holds up against Vanessa not wanting Hart around Peter. Hart talks Dinah into going out to Jessup Farm with him. (Part 20)

Blake and Annie have a friendly chat about how much Josh loves Annie. Marah overhears and is upset when she realizes what annulled means. Josh and Reva talk about where they are now. Alan rubs it into Josh that he and Reva are sleeping together. Hart tells Dinah all about the Jessup Farm and then fell through the ice. (Part 21)

Dinah gets Hart out of the pond. Vanessa and Bridget fight over Hart. Nola talks about her fantasies and her continued pain over Quint. Josh says he doesn’t care. However, Josh reacts coldly to Reva. (Part 22)

Ross needs to leave. Josh and Reva are still fighting. Marah takes Annie’s four leaf clover pin. Hart finally arrives. Bridget fantasies about Hart. After he collapses, Dinah drags Hart into the farmhouse. (Part 23)

Dinah pulls the wet clothes off of Hart. (Part 24)

Friday, January 12, 1996

Marcus is still under arrest for Cutter’s murder. His father Griffith (who was apparently so upset about his son that he attended the country club ball) drags Ross there to get Marcus sprung. Alan-Michael and Frank continue to fail at locating Brent. Lucy considers her options to escape, but Brent returns wielding a knife. (Part 25)

Dinah covers Hart with lots of layers and then climbs into bed with him to share body heat. Alan-Michael is standing there with his coffee spilled on the floor. Brent tortures Lucy bringing her lunch. Griffin drags in the press. Griffin throws a fit. Frank finds Brent’s sister, Cassie Lawrence. (Part 26)

Ross clarifies what’s going on with Levy. Marcus agrees to keep things quiet to help Lucy. Levy agrees to talk to the judge to get Marcus bail without leaking what’s going on. Marcus apologizes, but I don’t think he means it. Levy says he has three children. Cassie resists questioning. Cassie sees the video and finds out Brent is Marian who Cassie thought was his roommate. Buzz fitzes with the toaster to keep his mind off Lucy. The hooker returns to the diner and talks with Buzz. The hooker knew Nadine and reminiscences about her. Frank drags Cassie down and shows her the body from the lake. Lucy remembers Nadine giving her a locket that belonged to Buzz’s mother. (Part 27)

Lucy lashes out at Brent after he details killing Nadine. Brent flashes back on his mother degrading him. Frank ironically commiserates with the family of the killed woman (not knowing it’s Nadine). Sounds like Nadine was a better mother to this hooker girl than to her own kids. Hart declares he’s come around and now appreciates Dinah. (Part 28)

Hart starts making a move on Dinah. Dinah starts a fire. I love Dinah’s outfit. Lucy yells at Brent while he hears his mother and Cassie admits their mother abused Brent. (Part 29)

Alan-Michael rejects Cassie’s attempts to excuse Brent through the abuse he suffers. Marcus has a new bail hearing. Having gotten a fire going and implying to Hart that she wasn’t interested in him, Dinah leaves. (Part 30)

Levy follows up with the judge as he said. The judge sets a high bail. Dinah shows up in time to hear about her good friend Marcus’s release on bail. Lucy thinks she’s reached Brent, but Brent announces he’s going after Alan-Michael. Seeing the body’s personal effects Frank recognizes them as Nadine’s. (Part 31)

Nola drags a chair in off the street with David’s help. Frank explains how he knows the stuff is his mom’s. (Part 32)

Monday, January 15, 1996

Frank reacts badly and remembers Nadine’s dentist so they can check dental records. Fletcher reassures Holly and then Ben shows up and busts Holly and Fletcher’s chops over kissing in public. Quint calls Nola, but they have a bad connection. Quint is calling to warn Nola that he can’t find J. (Part 33)

Marcus and Dinah are talking and making peace as good friends. Hart comes in and he and Dinah spar. J comes in and hits on Dinah. Frank shows up crying. At first Buzz is relieved when Frank says it isn’t Lucy, but he’s devastated to realize it’s Nadine instead. (Part 34)

Michelle and Bill are also there at Company and Michelle takes an immediate interest in her adopted cousin J. Dinah calls him on the carpet correcting his Egyptology. Bridget confronts Hart that he had promised to take Peter sledding and didn’t show. Buzz breaks down thinking about Nadine. Frank reveals to Buzz that Brent murdered Nadine before they thought she left town. (Part 35)

J comes after Dinah again. J asks Dinah if she’s seen places around the world and she says she has. Frank tells Buzz how they identified the body. Buzz explodes after realizing Nadine foresaw her own death. (Part 36)

Dinah and Bridget spar over Hart. Ben, Michelle, and Little Billy are hanging out together at Company. Michelle reveals she’s learning sign language to help Abby. Then Abby shows up. Marcus, Griffin, Gilly, Fletcher, Ross, and Holly talk about who might have set up Marcus. They suggest Roger might have been behind the framing. Nola calls J on the carpet. J announces he stupidly is calling himself J not even J. or Jay. Frank breaks down again to Buzz. (Part 37)

The group decides that Roger is probably behind this. Dinah stands up for Roger and storms off when nobody listens. Nola and J continue to talk about why J has just shown up. J says he hit on Quint’s girlfriend. Buzz gives Frank a coffee. Cleary does a Hail Mary over Nadine’s body. Buzz swears they won’t rest until they bring Brent to justice and then bring Lucy home. (Part 38)

Tuesday, January 16, 1996

Nola doesn’t buy J’s story and gets out of him that he was expelled from school. Eleni shows up and Frank tells her about Lucy and Nadine. Buzz adds that Marian Crane is really Brent Lawrence. Brent is typing up a message to try to lure Alan-Michael to him. (Part 39)

Brent taunts Alan-Michael over the computer. Brent confesses to Nadine’s murder. Eleni reacts to the news about Nadine. (Part 40)

Quint’s character takes another whack when Nola calls and off screen he announces he doesn’t want his son to move back to him. Eleni continues reacting. Cassie (Brent’s sister) is shocked to hear the recording where Brent admits to killing three people and having Lucy. She messages him on this feed with Alan-Michael and tries to talk him in, but he’s enraged by this betrayal. (Part 41)

Cassie gets upset that Brent may come over her and she runs off. Lucy reaches out to Nadine’s spirit for her to reach out and help both her and Alan-Michael. Down at the docks Eleni screams out her pain to God. (Part 42)

We see a darling Marina before she moved to California and she turned into a spoiled brat. She’s much more mature here than she will be later.  Eleni thinks she has an answer. ( A bit showing a staircase upstairs behind the bar at Meals and Wheel Dinner.) (Part 43)

Nola and J set ground rules for him living with her. Nola decrees that he hast to attend Springfield High. Michelle comes back into an immediate chemistry test with J. It totally fails in my opinion. Look at this typical R.B.’s Michelle reaction. She comes across as an idiot. Oh, hear that plot point drop when they try to convince people adoption’s don’t count and first cousins sleeping together isn’t icky. They will be unsuccessful this time, but later Jammy proves unstoppable. Eleni retells seeing Nadine. After Lucy yells for help, Brent shows up and drags her back to the bed. (Part 44)

From above we look down while Buzz reaches out to Nadine. Brent gives A-M instructions to come and turn himself over to keep Lucy safe. (Part 45)

Wednesday, January 17, 1996

It’s a new day in Springfield. Alan and Reva are talking while they wait for the lawyer he hired for her. Meanwhile Josh and Annie prepare to fight Reva. Brent has lured A-M to an abandoned ranger station. Althea Templeton is the lawyer Alan hired to represent Reva in the desert. Annie very motherly discusses with Josh whether it was a good idea to let Marah stay home from school? (Part 46)

Ross comes over and Annie and Josh prepare to leave for the courthouse. They are leaving Marah with an unseen “Mary” not sure if housekeeper or babysitter. Josh talks about how they lived in Italy and how great Marah’s Italian was. Brent shows Lucy that a timer is set for a bomb where A-M is. (Part 47)

A-M doesn’t beat the clock, but it only shoots snakes not explosives. In a temper tantrum A-M destroys the room and uncover’s Brent’s surveillance camera. They are burying Nadine (with full Eastern Orthodox honors – this is back when the people in town remembered they were different religions), but apparently are doing it so quickly no one could come to the funeral. They are doing some nice, positive Nadine being happy flashbacks. (Part 48)

Josh does a great example of step 4. The hearing proceeds for Josh and Reva’s divorce. Marah takes her Annie doll and runs away while no one is watching. Brent brags to Lucy his plan is fool proof. Nadine’s funeral ends with Frank laying a single pink rose on the coffin for Harley. Lucy offers herself to Brent to keep A-M safe. (Part 49)

A-M came back and told Frank about what happened in the cabin. Frank heard the recorded card play Lucy’s cry for help. Reva’s lawyer starts wiping the floor with Ross. The judge rules in Reva’s favor with the stipulation that she can’t upset her children. (Part 50)

Reva is excited at the prospect of seeing her kids, but Alan is more concerned with making sure Ms. Templeton knows which side her bread is buttered on. Buzz has a conversation with Nadine at her grave. Brent and Lucy try to play each other. (Part 51)

Frank and Alan-Michael argue about the best way to save Lucy. Alan tells Reva’s lawyer that since he’s paying the bills she’ll do what he wants, not what Reva wants. Meanwhile Josh and Annie can’t find Marah. Marah comes into the door and sees Reva, but after a brief confrontation Marah runs. (Part 52)

Thurs., January 18, 1996

Michelle is dressing for a date with J and generally acting pathetic. This is something Alan does. He manipulates court proceedings. Marah runs away from Reva and asks Josh to make Reva go away. (Part 53)

Josh has a good father talk with Marah. So Annie is handing out antibiotics without a prescription? Reva asks Annie to let it just be her and Josh with Marah and Josh backs her. Alan is right about that. This Jeva fight is more about them than the kids. J tries to touch Bridget for his insurance payment. She smells the snowjob, but makes him a loan anyway. Nola walks in and finds them. (Part 54)

Rick walks in on Michelle trying on clothes for a date. Abby got the idea that Michelle could help her dress up to get Rick’s attention. Bridget backs up J. Reva tells Marah about being a healing woman in Goshen. Reva offers a holistic solution for Marah’s earache and gives Josh instructions for a poultice. Annie stomps down to the carousel. She sees a box of champagne left over from the marriage and is tempted to break her sobriety. Alan overheard and offers his support. (Part 55)

Alan and Annie discuss their relative positions. Alan to Annie about Jeva: “Watching them fight is like watching them make love.” Reva’s plan worked and Marah feels better. Shayne comes running in. Josh talks to Shayne who somehow miraculously has kept an unframed photo pristine in his pocket. Reva says her favorite place as a young girl was the walkway in front of the nature center which had embedded stars. Nola claims she wants to save J from turning out as entitled as Quint. (Again, honestly it doesn’t sound like Quint at all.) Bridget: “You haven’t made any mistakes, J is a great kid.” Nola: “Yes, but I want him to be a great man and there are no shortcuts to that.” Michelle and Abby are still trying on clothes in the Bauer kitchen and Michelle has left a mes. With all the false omniscience of a teenager Michelle tells Abby she needs to dress differently to catch a man’s attention. (Part 56)

Nola says she’ll pay for the insurance, but that J needs to earn the money. Michelle shows up. Alan continues to try to make a deal with Annie. Reva decides not to push for once in her life and leaves after a decent amount of time. Reva thanks Josh for helping her with the kids and for being a good father. (Part 57)

Josh tells Reva that it didn’t go as well as she thought. Reva won’t listen, even though Josh is exactly right. Marah has a nightmare that Reva forced Josh and Annie to leave and took Marah herself. (Part 58)

Michelle tries to get J’s attention. It’s kind of embarrassing especially how he only gets interested once he finds out she has a driveable car. Meanwhile Abby had been trying on one of Michelle’s outfits when Rick walks in. Reva finds Alan and tells him how well it went. (Part 59)

Friday, Jan. 19, 1996

Rick is clueless that Abby is trying to impress HIM by dressing up. Dinah is on the case to clear Marcus and to find out if Roger stole the money and framed Marcus. Brent reaches out to A-M via computer and Frank discovers him. Lucy is listening to a tape recorder. (Part 60)

Brent talks to Lucy, referring to Marian as a separate person. Brent drags Lucy in to show her what’s happening on the monitor. Brent: “You could have had a real man instead you got a wimp in wingtips.” Frank begs A-M to let him help. Hart tries to convince Dinah that Roger set up Marcus (which he did). Roger comes back and finds them together. (Part 61)

Rick talks to Abby. Does she have a boy she’s dressing up for? Abby counters what happens on a date? Michelle apologizes for being a bad tour guide when J seems bored. She brings him a beach in winter. J hands Michelle a line about his mother doesn’t understand him. Amanda comes in and wants business. She announces that she’s holding a press conference to announce Marian was embezzling. (Part 62)

Amanda announces Marian Crane was embezzling. Amanda explains how she knows. A-M brings her up to date and begs her to cancel the press conference. Rick walks Abby through a date. Roger again asks Hart to forgive him and then wants to celebrate his business success with Dinah. Roger: “What am I being blamed for now, winter?” (Part 63)

Dinah tells Roger that she just found out he was behind the register right before the money was stolen. Roger says to convince Dinah he is innocent he’ll help get Marcus off. J and Michelle talk about dating. Jay wants to go on to the lighthouse. We don’t see much of the beach and it must not be our normal one because facing the beach the lighthouse is to the left. Normally it’s to the right and the docks are to the left. Lucy is listening to Brent’s recording talking about his plan. Brent caught Lucy listening to the tape. Lucy talks her way out of it and reaches out concerned because he was abused. Brent has brought a dress for Lucy to put on. (Part 64)

Rick and Abby continue walking through the date. “Don’t be sad the movie is over. They’ll make a sequel.” Amanda cancelled the press conference. This scene is more like the real Amanda, nice and competent, not a jerk. We didn’t get many of those with Amanda #2. A-M asks Amanda to look after the country. Lucy tries to reach out to Brent with compassion, but it doesn’t work. Brent says he was punished because he was a man. J and Michelle end up at the lighthouse. He wants to explore. (Part 65)

Rick and Abby’s pretend date continues. Roger left and Hart takes another run at Dinah. Dinah throws her drink on him. Roger tries to get information out of Cleary. It works she spills everything. Roger: “A dead man returns as a cross-dressing killer. Talk about ratings!” J and Michelle talk about whether they should explore the lighthouse further or not. (Part 66)

Watch for the next part soon.

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:

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.”

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.

Guiding Light Cast Round Up 72

June 17, 2015

Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #3) was photographed at People‘s Ones To Watch Event. See the photo in the December 29, 2014. Check out this lovely smiling photo that was on Twitter.

Peter Simon (Ed Bauer #4 – Simon played Ed from the early 1980s through most of the rest of the run of the show) and  his wife Courtney Sherman (who met when they played Scott and Kathy on Search for Tomorrow) celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 15, 2015.

In the 10 year flashback of the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth is to Josh and Reva arguing over Jonathan Randall’s role in their lives.

Always great news when you get news from someone who you haven’t heard anything about for awhile. Ty Simpkins (Jude Bauer – Rick’s son with Harley part of the chain of children) is going to be in the Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World. It opens on Fri., June 12, 2015. I hope we can get some photos to create some father son pictures. :) Read more and see a photo in the June 1, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jordan Clarke (Billy Lewis) is enjoying his post-acting life as a handyman. Also it briefly mentions Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding, part of terrific LAM pairing, victim of Marian Crane). Satra is now a fitness and health guru.

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) is the subject of a feature article focused on his current role as Aiden (Hope’s current Bo replacement beau) on Days of Our Lives. Read all about it in the June 1, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) has left her brief General Hospital turn, but the door has been left for her to return with the secret that Jake is really Jason Morgan.

Lauren C. Mayhew (Marah Lewis #4 –  her recast scuttled the somewhat interesting crush on inappropriately aged Jesse Blue. Her most memorable storyline she partnered with Brittany Snow‘s Susan right before the Nursery Rhyme Stalker mass kidnapping) is in the webseries Escorts.
Mayhew released a single on iTunes called “What is Love.”

Lindsey Mckeon (Marah Lewis #6 – the Marah who did the most with Marony) did a two day spot on The Young and the Restless as a prostitute Michael Baldwin (Christian LeBlanc – Kirk McColl on As the World Turns). Sporting a striking dark red hairdo, there is a photo and article in the May 18, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Soap Fantasy Reunion Weekend in late 2014 featured many Guiding Light stars including Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry) and Darnell Williams(Griggs, who shot Dinah and help Harley and Cyrus captive in St. Michael’s church tower). See photos in the Dec. 29, 2014 of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jordi  Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) and his wife Kaitlin Riley were photographed at the Hallmark Channel’s Northpole screening. See the photo in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He shared a photo of him, his wife and daughter on Instagram.

Check out this great photo from Daytime Stars and Strikes, featuring @GuidingLight Elizabeth, Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5), and Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5 – the main Bloss one).
Also check out Kim Zimmer at the event:
Finally Elizabeth in her auction win Zimmer’s Emmy dress:

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau) was interviewed about her groundbreaking storyline about her The Bold and the Beautiful‘s character reveal as being transgendered. Mosley was also the gold star performer fo the week. Check out both in the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Check out her feature in Hydrogen magazine.
Mosley also took part in the first ever CBS Soap Mayhem minibasketball tournament as the actors of The Young and the Restless competed against the actors of The Bold and the Beautiful. Sadly The Young and the Restless won. Check out the feature in the May 18, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

A short report about Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Chamberlain Lewis) when she was on Another World in the May 1980 issue of Soap Opera Stars:
Maeve taught literature at Harvard University before deciding to pursue a career as an actress. Maeve makes her home in the artsy craftsy Soho district of Manhattan , where she loves to pop in on all the interesting shops and galleries in her free time. She says She’s looking forward to marrying and raising a family someday.

Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) attended the Oscars with her boyfriend Tyler Hoechlin. Check out a photo in the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Snow is also appearing in Pitch Perfect 2.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5) retweeted “ in Act I of the Lexington Theatre Company’s Concert with the Stars.”
Showboy BakeShop @showboybakeshopThe most unique cakes in show business!! Henderson, NV recently tweeted

Bundy will be appearing in Italy on June 27, 2015:

Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines) tweeted a photo of herself playing a round.

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) and Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow) are among the General Hospital stars who appeared April 11-12, 2015 in New York and New Jersey.
Wright is also going to be in Chicago and Cleveland in October 2015.

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) is the subject of a feature article in the May 18, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding #3)  is going to be appearing in Man of La Mancha in Pittsburgh Jun 23, 2015 – Jun 28, 2015.

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) tweeted “Picked up Chipotle on my way home while wearing my set slippers…”

Roger Howarth (Jory Andros, Eleni’s brother in 1992)has a recurring role on the CW’s The Flash. His character is a reporter named Mason Bridge. Read more about it in the November 10, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) has a feature interview about in her role as The Young and the Restless‘ Phyllis Summers in the June 23, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) has a feature interview about her new role of Eve Donovan in Days of Our Lives in the June 23, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest. DePaiva was one of the soap team who took part working at The Los Angeles Mission Celebrates Easter and The Hope for a New Life event. See a photo in the May 18, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. In the same issue DePaiva is part of an in-depth feature on Mom’s focusing on her relationship with son JQ.

Murray Bartlett (Cyrus Foley) appeared in a NoH8 photo.

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) discuss his opinions on whether he wanted his baby to be a boy or a girl in the June 23, 2014 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

During Soap Fantasy Reunion Weekend 2014 included were Guiding Light favorites Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), Vincent Irizarry (Lujack/Nick McHenry), and Darnell Williams (Griggs, who shot Dinah and help Harley and Cyrus captive in St. Michael’s church tower).

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) and his girlfriend Gretta Monahan were photographed at the premiere of Horns. See a great photo in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Goldin‘s brief role as Maya Avant’s ex-boyfriend on The Bold and the Beautiful was featured with photo in the InDepth Answers section of the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Frank Grillo (Hart Jessup) tweeted from location shooting for his latest movie. “Indonesian heat and humidity is like no other. I want my mommy.”
“Truly humbling. Ancient ruins outside Yogakarta.”
Photos of Grillo while filming as Crossbones.

Beth Ehlers (Harley Davidson Cooper) is featured in the All-Star Scrapbook of the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. It’s a flashback to her transformation into Ruth Karloff – an undercover personality she developed to get into Spaulding Enterprises to investigate Phillip. The scrapbook includes a series of photos and some quotes about the transformation process including a shout out to makeup artist Kelly Gleason.

There’s a photo of Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis), her husband AC Weary and her son Max Weary at the 23 Blast premiere in the December 29, 2014 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Zimmer also was part of a group of Wicked stars who took part in a Q&A at The Second City Hollywood Training Session. See a photo in the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Robert Bogue (A.C. Mallet #2) is staring in the new raining piranha commercial.

Matt Boomer (Ben Reade #3, who paired with Marina Cooper) pictured at Golden Globes. He won a Golden Globe for “The Normal Heart.” He also attended the Family Equity Council dinner with his husband Simon Hall. See a photo of both of them in the April 20, 2015 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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

Christmas 2008

December 25, 2014

This year’s Christmas clips are from December 24, 2008. Depressingly this is the last Springfield we will ever see for ourselves in Springfield. This episode gives a good example of how Guiding Light worked in 2008. The pacing is incredibly fast, both with how fast plot points sprint by and within individual scenes.

Reva Shayne Lewis and Jeffery O’Neill who are currently living in Cross Creek’s cabin which has been relocated to Springfield. They are hosting the Lewis family Christmas. This is during Reva’s miracle cancer, postmenopausal pregnancy. The result will be Colin, her miracle baby.  Jeffery gets out a stocking that he has glittered penned “Miracle” on for the baby. The tradition of reading “A” Christmas story, not “the” Christmas story, which one changed every year, actually comes from the Chamberlains. There are some references to H.B. reading the Christmas story from the Bible, but that wasn’t every year. In fact, a version of the A Child’s Christmas in Wales that Natalia gives Emma was even used at least one year. H.B. Lewis and Henry Chamberlain shared the duty until after Henry Chamberlain died. Vanessa even picked it up for awhile after H.B. didn’t return to Springfield for Christmas anymore, but the reading was a Christmas tradition so I’m glad they did it this year.

Billy Lewis is also worried about Bill and Lizzie, who he has grown very close to after he hired her at Lewis. He asks his friend Buzz (who has been friends with since Billy got out of jail for shooting Roger) and who is going around dressed as Santa today for some reason, to give Bill a pep talk and it works.

The last time Dinah Marler returned to town she had a plan to prove she was not less because of her brain injury. Dinah still is having trouble and hence her trouble doing the greeting.  Her plan was to take over Spaulding Enterprises for her half-brother Bill who she felt was the only family member who hadn’t abandoned her (or died). The plan worked (it’s why Bill and Billy are living in the Spaulding Mansion), but once given the reins Bill didn’t see the need to continue to listen to Dinah’s plans anymore and she felt jealous as much of Bill’s focus turned to true love Lizzie. Frustrated Dinah unfortunately had hired Daisy’s thug boyfriend Grady to do simple tasks and he decides to kidnap Lizzie. Dinah isn’t too happy about this, but doesn’t end it at once after she finds out. Once Grady realizes he’s going to take the fall for this, he frames Bill instead. Dinah was upset, but couldn’t do anything about it without outing herself. Having made friends with a returning and equally troubled Shayne, together they decide to burn the shed (?) that houses police evidence without checking to see if anybody is inside. This destroys the evidence Grady planted and if I’m following the throw away line right, injured Ashlee’s mom Doris.

At this time Dinah is back to running WSPR, but most of the station seems to have disappeared. We get a handful of studio shots like this one and one near the end where Vanessa is in an editing booth, but most of the work of WSPR is now being done by Dinah’s assistant Ashlee Wolfe including writing and editing which apparently she does on her laptop no matter where she happens to be.

Harley and Gus’s house is finally finished, but Gus is dead and, after her actress left the show to go to AMC (where anyone who is mad she left Guiding Light should know the score was evened), Harley took off to hide and protect Rafe in what apparently is now a non-extradition country, Greece. Rafe came back and Harley didn’t. It doesn’t make much sense (and honestly why didn’t they bring Haley Barr Sparks – who provided Harley pregnancy coverage twice before – to finish the storyline up in some better, sensible way I’ll never know), but that’s what they’re stuck with. You also get the feeling that they seem a little bit resentful about her leaving. I’m surprised she even got that short of a phone call in. What you mostly get is Frank calling her “My sister” and Buzz calling her “my daughter” and only on rare occasions where plot kind of forces them too. Also, they cut her off, off screen as well as on so now Daisy, the kid Harley did all this stuff to keep in her life, wants to be in it and Harley totally blows her off and won’t let Rick see his kid either. Mallet and Marina are married now and when Harley decided to sell her house, they decided to buy it, but apparently she really gouged them because two full time professionals who would otherwise be paying rent, can’t seem to scrape up the money to make the payments (hence the budget over Christmas presents talk).

Lillian and Buzz are dating and because of Lillian wanting Beth there, Alan and Peyton (recently revealed to be Alan’s bio daughter after all – when everyone thought for a long time she was Rick’s) are there too. I’m not entirely sure what Beth was doing, maybe slipping out to see Coop? That was an awfully long bathroom break, although it’s true when you’re just holding a kid, how could you get a chance to excuse yourself?

The best bits of the episode are the nice moment of friendship between Billy and Buzz and the cute Bizzie videochat, but most of all Dinah’s Christmas speech which does turn out to be good, especially on top of Buzz’s lovely Christmas toast. Also, look at the end of part 3 where they do the 2008 production model version of the classic holiday endshot.

This first bit is a highlights reel. Below that are two parts that add up to about 20 minutes of the the 37 minute episode, some of the missing part is in this highlight reel, with some stuff repeated. The third part is from a Marina and Mallet channel (who knew?) and also should be from this episode or the one right before or after.

Reva and Jeffery are getting ready to host the Lewis family for Christmas. Most of what’s added scenes have to do with Shayne bringing Dinah to the Lewis family Christmas. After everyone arrives, Billy declares it’s time to pick up H.B.’s tradition to read the Christmas story. (Note: This situation is true to life. It sometimes happens to even large families there may be a series of years where you don’t have any young kids between generations.) Billy picks up a picture book of the Christmas story to read it. During the story is a montage of everyone around Springfield that year, including Buzz in a Santa suit. (Note: That in previous years the Lewis family would have several large trees that swept the ceiling. Apparently now they are down to one sad little box whose contents they have memorized – they can tell what ornaments aren’t on the tree.)

We come across Dinah still struggling with her post shooting trauma struggling to come up with a Christmas greeting. Olivia had wanted a designer Christmas, but Natalia set up an old fashioned Christmas at the farm. It’s the Christmas Emma has always wanted, but Otalia are still are struggling with unwanted feelings. Shayne shows up and supports Dinah, but she doesn’t want to go to the Lewis Christmas with him because Jeffery will be there and she and Jeffery share a complex past. Buzz shows up to play Santa to Bill when they run into each other at the P&G convenience store after Billy asked him. (Remember Billy and Buzz are friends since when Billy got out of prison for shooting Roger.) Natalia brought a Christmas tree to the jail where Rafe is being held for shooting Jeffery because he blamed him for Gus’s death (which was kind of stupid, Jeffery did a lot of awful stuff, but not that).  Emma goes missing sparking a confrontation between Otalia. Just then Frank calls. Emma had ended up at the police station. (Part 1)

At the Lewis Christmas, Billy decides it’s time to pick up H.B.’s tradition of reading the Christmas story. There are no little ones list year, but he thinks they should still read it anyway. (Part 2)

Mallet and Marina are celebrating Christmas in their house. They each get each other the same universal TV remote. They had to Company and discover Beth, Alan, and Peyton are there at Lillian’s request. Buzz gives the Christmas toast. (Out of order with the top two, but should be in same episode or one on either side of this.) (Part 3)

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

Christmas 1995 Updated 2014

December 24, 2014

I had previously done 1995, but I only had the actual Christmas day episode and the quality of clips weren’t as good as these. Find that post here:

1995 – Memories of Christmas Past – A clip show of highlights Christmas and not

However, Bandstand Mike’s channel is offering better quality clips and a few extra days, so here we go again. Bauer Living Room Xmas 1995

The highlight of Christmas 1995 was that the episode that actually aired on Christmas day was really a clips show with just a little new story thrown in. This is probably the most complete Christmas I have, but I hope that I can change that. Keep checking back for both new years and updates.

The first story we run into is Holly and Fletcher. During Christmas 1994, Alex had set up Roger so Holly thought he had been lying to her and cheating (for probably the first time in his life Roger was doing neither and was truly heart and soul committed to her). Holly dumped him that day and Roger failed to win her back and she is now married to Fletcher and they have just discovered they are pregnant and their baby has Downs Syndrome, the future Meg Reade. Holly, of course, still has a connection to Roger, but has convinced herself how evil he is. Fletcher, Holly, and Holly’s mother Barbara (the same actress from the 1970s) are back in town struggling over what to do about it.

Hart Jesup is back in town. He left town in a bad place. He was the unknowing father of Peter Jesup whose identity has now been established and whose custody is being shared between his biological mother Bridget Reardon and his sort of adopted mom Vanessa Chamberlain. Now Hart is taking an interest in Peter and David Grant, who has been hoping his good friendship with Bridget might turn into more, isn’t too happy about it. Hart also has a score to settle with his father and has decided that Roger’s hot young wife Dinah is the best tool in his kit. Roger doesn’t care beans about Dinah, but he’s talked her into handing over her inheritance. Usually streetwise Dinah feels so rebellious and blown away by Roger’s attention that she’s not thinking.

Rick Bauer hadn’t made it back to Springfield for Christmas last year still being in Chicago. While in Chicago he’d married fellow addict, enabler, and nurse Annie Dutton, not told his family about it, and divorced her again. When she wanted to leave Chicago, he got her a job at Springfield. Ever since he came back he wanted Annie back, but she was already moving on with Josh Lewis when he came back to Springfield. He’s still mopping about her. In the meantime, he’d fought Eve’s final illness and her stubbornness and lost to both. Rick had also taken over as head of the trauma unit and met Abigail Blume when he helicoptered in to save a local injured farmer. He and Reva were both instrumental in getting Abby to stay and learn how to communicate with others. Abby has been nursing a crush on Rick, but he hasn’t figured this out or that he has feelings for her in return yet. Under the mistletoe is Rabby’s first kiss. Abby’s mother Charlotte leaves her in the care of the Bauers early in this run of episodes.

Annie and Josh were about to be married and go live in the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. Alan had been encouraging Reva to let well enough alone and leave Springfield with him. After a series of near misses with various people, Alex found out for sure that she was alive and interrupted Josh and Annie’s wedding to tell him. He found her and Alan drinking champagne on his private jet and has reacted badly. Annie who had already fought off Ghost Reva, barely, did not take this new challenge well. The kids, especially Marah, are also really upset by Reva’s return.

Meanwhile Alan-Michael and Lucy Cooper are in the middle of the Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane storyline. Marian is determined to make Lucy pay for “leading him on and then crying rape.” Really he did rape her. Brent had already been discovered by Nadine who he killed and dropped into the lake without letting her family know. That she was missing hasn’t been discovered for months because she was just getting ready to leave town on an open-ended trip. Her body has not been recovered or identified, but both those things will be happening soon. The Spauldings as a whole seem to be moving towards peace, except Alan is beyond furious at Alex and Alan-Michael is getting fed up with dealing with his family.

Santa Nick, who we first met in New York City with the Four Musketeers and seems to be the real Santa, has stopped by to throw a little magic to Alan-Michael and Lucy and to Nick McHenry and Susan. Susan is in the hospital because Brent attacked her thinking she was Lucy.

Wednesday, December 20, 1995

We start off with a missing Holly who is hanging out at a Christmas tree lot (that actually looks like a Christmas tree lot – unlike some in later years) after her Dr. Sedwick appointment when she discovers Meg has Downs Syndrome. See that touch between Roger and Holly, that’s what I mean when I talk about Rolly. Meanwhile back at the Reardon Boarding House, Bridget comes in upset. Vanessa takes Peter Jessup (whose custody is split between Vanessa and Bridget) to do something Christmasy. Good news, Hart is back in town, bad news he’s the kind of player scummy Hart. (Part 1)

Warning: A shot of the Twin Towers appears as part of the channel ad at the beginning of this one. Holly’s mother (played by the same person) is back. Fletcher seems to realize that Holly’s turning away from him now shows how weak a couple they are. Roger really does care for Holly and the baby. I’m sorry they didn’t leave both of them around (the real one). The Meg-Roger outcasts relationship would have been a great one to play. Back at the Bauers they are decorating the tree with the heirloom ornaments. Rick you had a near miss with Annie who turns crazy over Jeva, reach for the best thing that has ever happened to you instead. Abby’s right there. (Part 2)

Annie jumps from Rick’s dreams to showing up with presents, this is pre-crazy Annie when she was great. Frustrated that Annie is still with Josh, Rick doesn’t watch what he’s doing and breaks Maureen’s favorite Xmas ornament. Over at the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams, an angry and confused Marah is punishing her doll. Josh comes in and tries to help her feel better. An almost naked Dinah continues her confrontation with Hart. Holly confides in Roger who thinks this means she’ll have an abortion. (Part 3)

Abigail’s mother Charlotte Blume decides it’s safe to leave Abby with the Bauers and decides she needs to return home to Goshen for Christmas. Ed promises to keep Abby safe. While wrapping presents, Michelle announces she’s gotten an invitation to attend a party at the University Campus. Dinah tells Hart that she just signed her money over to Roger in a joint account. Roger argues a case for why Holly should abort the baby. (Not sure if he’s serious or pushing her to the other direction.) (Part 4)

Rick and Annie run into each other again. Rick reaches out to Annie and she reacts badly. Josh tries to help Marah through her reaction that Reva hid the fact that she was alive. Holly and Fletcher tell Roger to mind his own business about the baby. Holly about Roger: “Nobody makes me as mad as he does.” (Yes, because you still twistedly love him Holly and heck, he’s better longterm than Fletcher. Fletcher doesn’t do long term.) (Part 5)

Holly and Fletcher discuss their options about the baby. The future Dart spar and even crackle with the creepy Hart. Michelle and Ed argue about whether she needs to be at the Bauer Christmas. (Michelle is being a brat.) Ed apparently not sure how Amish work with phones. Charlotte leaves Abby and goes home via cab. Ed to Abby: “We have to go. I’ve got your little black hat here.” Michelle continues to be a brat. Bill commiserates with her while she insists she wants to go to this party to “hang” even though she doesn’t want to drink (the main activity there) or know a single sole. (Also, they apparently don’t know that the majority of college kids aren’t at college on Christmas day. – I live in a college town, I know these things.) Marah tells Josh what she remembers about Reva. Annie comes in at end of conversation. (Part 6)

Marah wants Josh to take her to Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Fletcher and Holly talk about whether to have child. Fletcher wants to get more information, but says it’s Holly’s decision to make. Hart tells Roger he’s planning on staying in Springfield. (Part 7)

Dinah doesn’t tell Roger that Hart saw her naked, but does try to warn Roger ,Hart isn’t being genuine. He doesn’t believe her and asks for a truce. Fletcher and Barbara (Holly’s mother) talk about what happened. Barbara goes to find Holly. Abby’s ASL class preforms “Silent Night” with Abby and Rick. Josh, Annie, and Marah end up in Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Marah scratches up the way too cheap plaque Josh had put on the storm (seriously if it was that bendy it wouldn’t have lasted this long.) (Part 8)

Thursday, December 21, 1995

Marian Crane (Brent Lawrence in disguise) arrives at the Spaulding Christmas office party just as Alan-Michael is giving out the gifts. Marian corners Lucy and asks her about Susan (Nick McHenry’s AIDs positive girlfriend) who Marian had attacked mistakenly thinking she was Lucy. They don’t know this and Susan is in the hospital from the attack. Alex has brought a Christmas tree into the hospital for Nick and Susan. Annie attends an AA meetings. Nice set with the 10 steps. Alan and Reva arrive at the Reva Shayne Park. Alan and Reva are currently together. Alan wants to marry her, Reva was willing when she thought it would protect her kids, now she’s seen Josh, she’s less willing. Josh runs into them buying a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. (Part 9)

Reva looks great! Josh and Reva argue about when she can’t see Marah and Shayne. Susan opens her eyes, but doesn’t respond. Nick and Alex decorate the tree in Susan’s room and Nick bought Susan an engagement ring. Marian gives Lucy a gift and insists she open it. It’s tickets to a retreat Marian wants them to go to together. (Part 10)

Amanda shows up at Spaulding party. She didn’t find out until this morning and Alan-Michael apologizes for not telling her himself, he assumed she knew. A-M confirms Amanda is welcome and offers her a real job at the company with responsibilities (which she didn’t have under the old regime). Lucy looks great in that outfit. Marian tries to explain her odd behavior on the rape she told Lucy she suffered. (Part 11)

Annie finally opens up about her difficulties at the AA meeting. Reva begs Josh to let her see the kids. Josh actually is making a good point about Reva, at this point, is all about herself and not the kids, although she had made a sacrifice for them. (Part 12)

Reva reacts to Marah scratching the stone. Reva takes it out on Alan which is unfair. He might have unduly influenced her to leave town, but he truly does care about her. Alan-Micheal starts handing out the company executive awards. Marian wins the best dressed award (which she actually deserves, she puts together nice professional looking outfits with style) and that makes everyone look for her and they discover her with Lucy. I understand why Marian might ignore the chanting, but why doesn’t Lucy hear it? So they only have 2 awards? Funniest and Best Dressed? They should have made up a couple more. Marian is giving LAM the most predatory look. In Susan’s hospital room, Alex urges her to wake up to see the ring. Nick talks to Susan and Santa Nick arrives. (Part 13)

CBS Daytime Holiday Ad. Nick meets Santa Nick in Susan’s hospital room. At the Spaulding party, A-M announces Amanda’s new job while Marian sets up funniest guy for a fall. (Part 14)

Santa Nick talks about Lujack with Nick. Lucy takes Marian home. Alan shows up at the company party. Alex takes pleasure in telling A-M that Alan’s friend was Reva. Reva breaks into the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams and we get a good look around. (Part 15)

Marah discovers Reva in the house. A-M is mad that Alan didn’t let him talk to Reva directly about what she knew about the man who switched Lucy’s AIDS test to positive. Why they are arguing Santa Nick arrives to warn A-M that Lucy is in danger. (Part 16)

Friday, December 22, 1995

Alan prevents A-M from leaving until A-M accepts his reason. Marah confronts Reva. Marah: “It was better when you were dead.” (Part 17)

This Marah always had the most gorgeous French braids. Reva doesn’t make much distance in trying to convince Marah to give her a chance. Really nice shot through multiple sets making it look like a real building. Marian makes Lucy uncomfortable with a predatory look. (Part 18)

Fletcher arranges to talk with a family who kept a child with Downs Syndrome. After Marian collapses, Lucy comforts her and Marian starts to tell Lucy the truth, but A-M arrives. Alan is furious Alex foiled his plan by telling Josh Reva was alive and where to find her. Alex claims it’s for Alan’s own good, Alan thinks it’s to prevent him being happy. Alan: “I don’t use the word forever often, but when I do I mean it. I’m done with you forever.” Marah points out that Reva was trying to leave when they found her. Annie and Josh come home. (Part 19)

Reva seems surprised at Marah’s bad reaction. Josh is being harsh, but he has a point. Josh: “You have to go at their [the kids’s] pace, NOT yours.” Amanda and Alan used to be close this stuff is not true, after the psychotic locked in the attic part. However, this is the Amanda attitude during this actress’ run. Holly and Fletcher talk to mother of Downs Syndrome daughter. Their daughter Samantha comes in and Fletcher is WAY over familiar and assumes the drawing a child he never laid eyes on before made was for him. (Part 20)

Alex unloaded on Nick and Susan and Nick calls her on it. Amanda and Alan have an honest, caring conversation. Alan: “This is the way I was brought up. It’s what I was taught to value.” Some very true words from Alan showing self-awareness for once. Lucy, A-M, and Marian discuss the fundraising ball to benefit Cedars they are having New Year’s Eve. Brent reasserts himself. (Part 21)

Josh takes out his frustration on the Christmas tree. When Marah says something about it, Josh calms down and talks to Marah, but makes promises he can’t keep. Holly wrongly berates where she was in her life last year (actually I think she was in a better place mentally, but others may disagree). Holly and Fletcher start their final decision about whether or not to carry Meg to term. (Part 22)

Shayne is having a great Christmas and Annie and Josh are trying as they decorate the tree, but Marah is miserable. A-M and Lucy still are shaken, but stop by Cedars to bring some cheer to Nick and Susan. A-M and Nick discuss their visits from Santa Nick. Santa Nick shows up and winks at the camera. (Part 23)

Monday, December 25, 1995 – Memories of Christmas Past (Clips Show)

Introduction (Part 24)

Mattessa at the Lewis House

Nola wears a gorgeous dress

Little Bill remembers year Billy played Santa to get to see him during Nadine mess

Reva tries to ruin the Lewis family Christmas in 1983

Little Bill is spoiled on his first Christmas in 1984

H.B. reads Christmas story montage

Nice reference to kid actually missing someone pulled out of their life with Peter and Hart (about Dinah)

Roger tries to get Holly to come back to him in 1994

Roger gives Dinah jewelry in 1995 (Part 25)

They flip through a family photo album with photos of the family over the years

Highlights of older footage with Bill and Bert and Papa Bauer

Bert stands for first time on artificial leg and then counsels Josh

Bert Montage

Bridget-David-Peter family moment (Bridget and David were just friends, but he’d have been better for her than old “Torn Between Two Lovers” Hart)

Pregnant Bridget hidden by Nadine in attic, sings a Christmas carol in 1992 (Part 26)

Lillian looks great all in red

Nick remembers Santa Nick in hospital with Susan

Santa Nick and Lujack in 1984

Beth and Lujack

Hart arrives at Lewis House

Vanessa tells Nola that Henry went to see Quint at his dig for Christmas this year

Quola montage

Nola remembers feeling Anthony James kick for first time in 1983

Quola Christmas on the train in 1984

Seven Oaks Dress (aka the Barbeque dress from Gone With the Wind) Fight (Part 27)

Four Musketeers Prom (Learn more about the dress)

Folly is together and Holly is pregnant with Meg (um, Hello Blake – did you just think your mom was getting fat and what are you wearing? It looks like a majorette’s costume)

Rabby’s 1st kiss

LAM flashback to Lucy’s New Year’s Resolution to marry A-M right after they first met

Holly and Roger reconnect flashback, followed by the hideous scene Roger made during Christmas 1994 (Roger actually is telling the truth here, Alex set him up in compromising position to make Holly think he was cheating on her when he wasn’t.)

Hart arrives at Roger and Dinah’s apartment, an unpromising first Dart Christmas together (Part 28)

Vanessa tries to make Matt a grownup

Vanessa reads part of  A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Buzz tells a Nadine Christmas story (which doesn’t really track with established backstory, but is real sweet) about Nadine trying to get a present Frank really wanted most for Christmas. He muffs a line “running around like a chicken with its feet cut off.”

Nadine won’t be calling, Brent Lawrence put her dead body in the lake and they haven’t found her yet

Flashback of Harley and Frank reminiscing during a crucial Harlet Christmas in 1992, Harley: “There’s no egg in there.” Frank: “There’s no nog in there.” Both laugh.

Frank remember making peace with Nadine and Buzz at Christmas in 1994

Maureen montage (Part 29)

Happy montage around Springfield

Family and crew Christmas credits (Part 30)

Alternative version with full credits (Part 30B)

There should be more, but this appears to be all there is on this channel.

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Christmas 1984

December 20, 2014
Bauer Living Room Xmas 1984

Bauer Living Room Xmas 1984

This is quite simply one of the happiest, nicest Christmases in Springfield I’ve covered that has clear clips. My only real critique (except for a couple of clunker on going stories) is that Mike Bauer isn’t there to sing, oh well, you can’t have everything. I hope you enjoy it too. Before we hop on board the train (literally) take a look at what I’d previously found from this year, from mid-December.

Check out this earlier episode from the holiday season that year:

Nola and Quint are now happily married. They are raising Nola’s daughter with Floyd, Stacy and their own son Anthony James. Also with them is a young computer genius that had earlier invited himself to stay with them. His name is Jonathan Brooks and they’ve been taking care of him since he showed up on their doorstep. Now they’ve learned that the parents whose deaths left him an orphan, were adopted parents and they are seeking for his biological family.

The Bauers are having a great holiday party. So many people we care about are there, Ed/Maureen, Tony/Annabelle, Bea Reardon, Floyd is singing, even Dr. Jim seems bearable for once and Claire Ramsey and Fletcher Reade are together and showing why I liked them so much.

There is a way looking at Guiding Light history that shows Mindy and Rick as a destined, but star crossed couple with unfortunate things keeping them apart. The current unfortunate thing is Roxie Shayne which is too bad because while Roxie could be fun, she was a terrible match for Rick. Kyle Sampson has just come to town and starts a lot of trouble, including putting the moves on Roxie during a business dinner which is why Rick road to the rescue and they ended up in his car during a snowstorm.

The other story going on I dislike is that Reva is pregnant with H.B.’s baby. That they’d marry platonic as a mutual care pact I can buy, that they’d have sex is just all kinds of wrong and a baby from it is worse. The other baby in the story though, Little Billy, is not only darling, he’s one of my favorites and we get to see a highpoint of the first Vanilly marriage with their son’s first Christmas.

The final story is of special interest to Manny fans. Personally I never cared for Beth and Lujack together and really didn’t care for the Lujack “disguised” as Lenny while Beth was in blind school story. It is however, almost beat for beat (except for the piano playing) the story they later do for Michelle and Jesse as part of their effort to turn Michelle-Drew-Jesse-Bill into a new version of the Four Musketeers. By the way, Phillip had been angry at Lujack and so hired someone to blow up Lujack’s club. Unfortunately like Alan, Phillip had a habit of hiring incompetent hooligans and the guy set off the explosion while Beth was inside blinding her. (Don’t worry she didn’t get a Christmas miracle restoring her site, but she’s get one soon.)

Setting it all off perfectly is a visit from Santa Nick. I rushed home from school every December to see if Nick had arrived yet. I didn’t give up hope for years after they stopped having him show. This is a great example of what a Santa Nick episode is like.

There still are special train cars, by the way, like the one Quola rides in during this episode. I don’t know of any privately owned, but Union Pacific keeps some that they set up for special occasions, including creating a “hotel” on tracks for U.S Olympics, etc.

Quola and family (their ward Jonathan, Stacy and A.J.) take a train for Christmas. They are riding in Henry’s private rail car and looking for Jonathan’s parents. Nola has the idea of having them dress up to make it a Charles Dickens-esque Christmas complete with some lovely costumes. The Bauers have really decked out the halls and are having a party for Christmas. Ed and Maureen are blissfully happy and Bert is living with them, but remains upstairs (unseen). Rick and Roxie though have just had an unpleasant run in with Kyle Sampson. Beth is spending this Christmas at the blind school when she surprises “Lenny.” (Part1)

Lujack throws a temper tantrum because Beth’s latest treatment didn’t work and she’s still blind. This causes Beth to have a meltdown herself. The Chamberlains and the Lewises are celebrating their joint family Christmas. Little Billy is just a couple of months old and VERY cute. Henry points out this is his second grandson born this year, with Quola’s son AJ being the first. Trish is there and has been helping out with both the business and the baby. H.B. and Reva arrive. Mindy is waiting for Rick who is late because he rescued an ungrateful Roxie who distracts Rick and they end up going off the road in the storm. (Part 2)

Begins with an example of bra commercials back when they were regulated to show some class. :) Check out the Scarecrow and Mrs. King promo. Roxie and Rick are continuing to argue about the state of their relationship. Tony and Annabelle are at the Bauers ♥ and so is Dr. Jim and their mother Bea. Claire thanks Maureen for inviting her and they make peace while they speculate about Claire’s relationship with Fletcher. Stacy worries that Santa won’t be able to find them, but Jonathan tells her his super computer Charlie has connected with Santa’s computer so he can find them. Jonathan and Quint chuckle until they realize that neither one of them sent that message. I love the Christmas Carol, but I hate the idea it can be read in a night. It’s more like it can be read in a month. (Part 3)

Rick and Roxie got closer. The Reardons are singing Christmas carols. There’s no Mike Bauer, but it’s nice to hear Floyd. Most of the hospital family is there too. Fletcher and Claire grow closer and you see a bright future promised in their little corner of the room, a bright future whose destruction permanently broke Claire. When I think of Michelle’s mother this is who I think of, not the broken, self-absorbed, manipulative shell she became later. It’s a great moment though. Lujack/Lenny continues to lash out over how Beth’s problem is affecting him. (Part 4)

Santa Nick has a talk with Lujack. Great snowflake analogy. I mean really great. I might use that sometime. Rick doesn’t carry a blanket in his car (which everyone should – go check your trunk now – I’ll wait…..) Rick did bring back his gym bag which Roxie is being WAY too fastidious about if she was truly cold. Rick: “There’s no such word in the Bauer vocabulary.” Roxie: “Maybe it’s time that you added it.” Roxie finds Rick’s letter sweater. He lettered in Swimming and Debate. See there’s no way anyone truly cold (as you would be in all that snow) would send someone WITHOUT a coat to cut down a tree for decoration. I’m beginning to think the story of Roxie’s mental instability started WAY earlier than I thought too. Check out those DARLING Little Billy presents a rocking horse and a teeny tiny pair of cowboy boots, awwww! Grown up Bill needs cowboy boots – get on it fanfic people. All the grown men want to play with the trains they got “for” Little Billy. Vanessa tells Reva how much she likes being a mother and warns a pregnant with H.B.’s baby Reva to be carefully (irony building). Henry’s private railcar gets another shoutout. After reading the last paragraph of A Christmas Carol, Quint pretends he’s read the whole thing. Jonathan wishes Quint had been his real father and Quint remembers finding Henry and what it meant to him. I do think soaps don’t treat adoption fairly though. An adopted father can love a child every bit as much as a real one and sometimes a lot more. That’s a bad theme on soaps and I wish they’d grow out of it. (Part 5)

The Lewis family discusses Reva’s pregnancy some more. H.B. reads the Christmas Story from the Bible. Rick returns with a tree and decorates it with stuff from his tackle box which was also in the trunk. Maureen reminds everyone that each year they make a wish on the angel at the top of the tree. They make a wish and Ed and Maureen start their quest for parenthood with a Christmas wish. Claire and Fletcher show how great they were together. The Christmas pageant starts over at the blind school due to Beth’s determination and “Lenny” returns to play for it. (Part 6) (Part 7)

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Mindy Lewis and Rusty Shayne

December 8, 2014
Rusty and Mindy

Rusty and Mindy

This post is another of my favorite couples posts for Melinda Sue “Mindy” Lewis and Russell “Rusty” Shayne. Sadly they never got much of a chance to be a couple on screen, but I was always pulling for them. Before Rusty I wanted Mindy to be with Rick Bauer and I understand why that was the endgame pairing, but the more healthy and complete relationships were Mindy and Rusty and Rick and Abby Blume Bauer.

Now a little background. Mindy was raised and went to school somewhere near Cross Creek it was seems to have been a small town, somewhat close to Tulsa. She attended school there through part of high school and was within a class year of Rusty Shayne. The Shayne and Lewis families were always closely connected although the Lewis clan had a lot more money and status.

Mindy later followed her father and uncle to Springfield and did her senior year in Springfield as part of the Four Musketeers. Mindy had romances with both Phillip Spaulding and Rick Bauer, including a marriage with Phillip and a miscarriage of Phillip’s baby. She also had a mismatched marriage, but gorgeous wedding to Kurt Corday, who left her a widow. Still Mindy emerged from this as plucky as ever.

It was only later that Rusty followed his sisters Reva and Roxie to Springfield. After a rocky patch as a teenager, H.B. Lewis helped get him back on the right track and eventually to fulfill Rusty’s dream of being a police officer. H.B. brought him to Springfield to help him ferret out a plan which H.B. suspected was being carried out against Lewis Oil which Rusty did and then decided to take a job with the Springfield Police Department and stay in town.

Once Rusty moved to Springfield, Mindy and Rusty grew closer. They both admitted part of the reason they had been antagonistic to each other in high school was that they each had a crush on the other. The romance soon got very adult, especially one special night before they were officially together, when Rusty bought Mindy a set of baby doll pjs. They had off the charts chemistry, but the best part was that they operated as equals. While being accepting of things about the other and being patience with each other. They both had a point at which they’d call each other out and stop the excesses of their character. They were in fact much better together than apart.

Then for some inexplicable reason TPTB broke them up by having Rusty get obsessed with a woman named Rose that he got involved with on a case. The only good thing about their relationship was hearing Rusty call her Rosie (his pet name for her) in that voice of his. Other than that Rose was the opposite of Mindy. Where Mindy was strong, Rose was weak; where Mindy was bubbling with personality, Rose in both person and personality were dull as dishwater, Mindy was smart and might get into trouble, but could also get herself out of it most of the time or at least know when to ask for help when she needed it, Rose got killed by Will Jefferies basically because of her overwhelming stupidity and lack of awareness of danger. There was in short absolutely nothing about Rose to make her worth Rusty breaking up with Mindy, but that’s exactly what he did. Rusty seemed inexplicably obsessed with Rose and even married her.

After Will killed Rose, Rusty’s obsession shifted to getting Will Jefferies. He and Mindy teamed up again to get vengeance on the man who had killed his wife and repeatedly hurt Mindy’s family, including basically tricking Mindy into marriage. One terrifying adventure later Rusty killed Will in self-defense and helped save Mindy.

Once they were operating as equal partners again, Mindy and Rusty once again got involved. There was some tension because how dangerous Rusty’s job was, but the main thing that broke them up was that Rusty was offered a job as chief of the Tulsa Police Department. He wanted Mindy to go with him, but she felt she needed to stay and support her family. They talked as if they would try to maintain their relationship long distance, or failing that finding each other in future, but sadly that neither happened. Instead Rusty became a returning character. Rusty returned to Springfield for various family gatherings over the years and whenever Josh and Reva found Marah and Shayne inconvenient for their latest drama or sometimes just when they thought it would be nice for them, they sent the kids to stay with Rusty “on his ranch outside of Tulsa” (whether we actually saw him on screen or not). Sadly Rusty never re-married and we don’t know what his romantic life was like in Oklahoma, but I’m sure he never met anyone as perfect for him as Mindy. They shared a connected past (see them reminiscing at the Jeva Cross Creek wedding), they were hot together, they saw each other as partners and equals, and they challenged each other to be better people. The only ways Rusty and Mindy fell short as a couple were his inexplicable obsession with Rose and the fact both times they were together they only were allowed a couple of months before it was torn apart. Rusty and Mindy are my couple example of the great one who got away.

Read more about Rusty:

Read more about Mindy:

I don’t have any right now about the original Mindy-Rusty duo, but enjoy the reconstructed duo at the Jeva Cross Creek Wedding:

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 2006

November 25, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving 2006 and things aren’t too great in Springfield. Josh and Cassie are together. Reva almost died of cancer the week before. Marah is back for her last appearance, but all she does is complain about Crash, but then so did most of us. Phillip is “dead.” Alan-Michael isn’t doing the greatest either, he was deSORASed and lost most of his personality in the process. He instead got involved in a strange Spaulding take over plot that didn’t make a lot of sense and started dating his almost daughter, Marina, which was awful. Beth and Alan are married and so are Rick and Mel, but we just discovered (sadly crammed into another Inside the Light episode) that in the wake of Phillip’s “death” they were drawn back together and had an affair. Alan also has dealt with “Phillip’s” death and the miscarriage of Beth and Alan’s baby. Alan has gone a little nuts and is obsessed with gaining control of Lizzie’s baby (the future Sarah Randall) to make up for the loss of Beth’s. He resorted to kidnapping Lizzie and she quite rightly is seeking distance from Alan to protect her baby. This is the entire episode, but there were other prep and day episodes where we see what’s going on at Cassie and Josh’s etc. This Alan centric episode was that week’s Inside the Light episode and originally aired November 22, 2006. Read more about it in a blog post from the time:

Beautiful views of preparing for Thanksgiving at the Spaulding Mansion, including the gorgeous dining room. Really I think this is one of the best features of this set ever. Alan moves around photos and talks to them. Alan hopes to repair his relationship with Lizzie. (Part 1)

Beth had miscarried Alan’s baby and they remain in a twisted relationship. Alan has a Nola worthy fantasy about his whole family gathered around including Beth’s miscarried baby, born a boy. Alexandra has a confrontation with Alan. (Alex’s outfit is just perfect today, she looks perfect for Thanksgiving.) Alan’s driver, Jeremy, finds Lizzie living with Jonathan and Reva at the Cross Creek Cabin which has been moved to Springfield. Alan had sent a present with him which contains Lizzie’s own baby blanket that Alan had sent her, even though he was in jail when she was a baby. Lizzie had thought it was lost and is thrilled to have it back.  Alan is still wandering around missing Lizzie. (Part 2)

Rick and Beth are having problems with their marriages because of their affair. Beth called Rick and he said he’ll spend most of the day working at the hospital and the clinic. Beth has donated a lot of money to the clinic and given a chance Beth sneaks out to spend some time with Rick. Lizzie, Jonathan, and Reva are going over to Cassie and Josh’s house for Thanksgiving, not the Spaulding Mansion as Alan had hoped. Everyone leaves and Alan eats with his “friends” – Spaulding, servants Hilda and Jeremy. (Part 3)

Alan tells a bear joke. Alan had promised to let them go to their own families after dinner. They take a chance to run. Jeremy’s wife’s name is Stephen. Hilda is going to her parents because she doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Left on his own, Alan goes to see them at Cross Creek. He finds Reva shoveling out front and has a conversation with her. They reference recent events. Alan had kidnapped Lizzie to keep control of her. Reva almost died from her bought with cancer. This is a great conversation between Reva and Alan they had such a complicated relationship that they played well all the way through the show until the final wedding scenes near the end. (Part 4)

Jonathan, Lizzie, and Reva and showed up at the Spaulding Mansion, after Reva understood how much Alan needed to see them. Having pizza for Thanksgiving? Who are they the Quartermaines? Alan wants to name Lizzie’s baby, Tatonya. (Part 5)

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.

Masquerade Ball

October 30, 2014

Dancers This is actually from February 1984, but it’s about wearing costumes and I didn’t find much Halloween this year so I’m counting it in. Note this is from two different channels. One is much higher quality than the other, but I’m including both to have the whole story.

They say: “This episode is the Valentine Masquerade Ball in February 1984. It is Beverly McKinsey first appearance as Alexandra Spaulding. Vanessa is engaged to Alan. Tony is hiding his illness from Annabelle. Jim hasn’t revealed his true identity yet. Nola is pregnant with A.J. It features the classic scene of Reva and Vanessa locking up Billy’s date in the bathroom. Also includes Hillary, Henry, H.B., Mindy, Rick, Beth, Philip, Bradley, Quint and Alan.” Phillip and Beth

This is actually a nice umbrella story. Vanessa organized this masquerade ball. It’s primary purpose is to introduce the new character of Alexandra Spaulding who hides from her brother Alan until the critical moment, but talks to about everyone else. Several stories come to a turning point. Hillary is fed up having to hide with her boyfriend Dr. John Stephens and at him having to talk to everyone else just in time for him to be outed as Dr. Jim Reardon, making Ed look ridiculous for thinking he was having an affair with sister Maureen. Nola is about to have Anthony James any minute, but is dealing with the fact that her daughter Anastasia has a severe hearing loss which she finally accepts tonight. Tony Reardon has a terminal if not operated on condition and the several friends who know about it are all outed when after trying to convince Annabelle he’s an alcoholic, finally Tony is confronted by Annabelle and he confesses his illness. Alan who has been trying to manipulate Vanessa into marrying him for business reasons, gets her firm refusal when after spending all night trying to make each other jealous, she marries Billy instead right on the spot. Mindy and Rick realize they love each other and Phillip and Beth announce their engagement. Top it off for a really fun scene where Vanessa and Reva team up to stick Billy’s date in a closet. I could go on, but in other words, a good time was had by all.

Rick and MindyVanessa finishes preparations for the Masquerade Ball. Alan bucks up Vanessa. The ominous figure outside the door is Bradley Raines. They just make brilliant use of the side door on the set and how they have it set up to shoot between the dance floor and out the door and vice versa. Just wonderful long shots. I really preferred Leslie Ann with Floyd Parker, but honestly I think Warren Andrews  did truly love her despite being ultimately responsible for her death. Jim aka John Stephens is coming in the back because he doesn’t want his family or friends to recognize him and he’ll spend the evening dodging them. Alan says Beth is wearing Phillip’s adoptive mother, Elizabeth’s wedding dress. It is lovely. (Part 1)

Beth and Phillip have a lovely dance. Beth had been raped by her step-father Bradley Raines. It’s great that she went to talk to a counselor. Hillary discovers she won’t actually get much time with her date tonight. Mindy and Rick look lovely dancing together. As many times as Ed’s cheated he’s certainly acting affronted when Maureen isn’t even guilty of anything. Tony thinks he’s dying and Ed knows about it. (Part 2)

That was really clever of Bradley to use Alexandra’s unexpected delay to his advantage. It’s good that Bradley gives his name. He’s been off canvas for awhile. Bradley blackmails Alan. How many times was poor Alan blackmailed. Stacy has a hearing problem. Nola is in denial. That was totally unfair of Nola, Quint did treat Stacy as his. (Part 3) Tony and Annabelle

Annabelle tries to get the truth out of Tony. Tony stubbornly keeps hiding it and claims he’s an alcoholic. Ed and Tony are brother-in-laws, but they were never particularly close. Tony is closer to his other brother-in-law Quint. Ed hasn’t been operating lately because of an injury. (Part 4)

Tony’s ailment is making him faint. Rick and Mindy declare their love for each other. It’s odd Alan wasn’t sure it was Alexandra. Also odd that they have three “no, it couldn’t be” stories going at once. Billy arrives with a hot pink harlot. (Part 5)

Vanessa is wearing a little peculiar dress because it will be her bridal gown and that is a very 1980s bridal gown form. Vanessa and Billy are in the middle of a lover’s feud. Alan had decided he wanted to marry Vanessa, basically for business reasons and is trying to sweep in and carry her off. This is a highpoint for both Rick-Mindy and Mindy-Phillip. It’s this time period that would totally made me happy with the Rick-Mindy endgame if there hadn’t been an Abby or a Rusty. Nola is wearing a terrible dress because she’s almost ready to drop her and Quint’s baby the future Anthony James Chamberlain. Tony is trying to push Annabelle away at this point and the mystery man she’s talking to is Tony’s brother Jim, but for stupid controverted reasons he’s hiding from his family. He’s also researching a cure for the Dreaming Death disease. I don’t think this is how Leslie’s answer was written. “You look, Hi Phillip.”

 (Part 6)

Stacy is short for Anastasia who is Nola and Floyd’s young daughter. Tony is dealing with a health issue. Bea Reardon is Tony, James, Nola, and Maureen’s mother. She was a long term love interest for Henry Chamberlain. Henry and H.B. are very defensive about their mutual children. Jeva are together at this party and having fun. Hillary was Jim’s best romance and the only storyline that I liked Jim in. Phillip announces that he and Beth plan on being married March 16th which is also Beth’s birthday. Sadly this wedding won’t happen. Nice shot looking from Alan-Phillip through the door to Bradley Raines. (Part 7)

Henry gives Alan good sense. Alan never listens to good sense. Nola, no fool, recognizes her brother without telling the audience who he is. Lujack is working parking in the country club lot. Ross is definitely drunk. They have a lot of masked extras here. (Part 8)

The Country Club Ladies Room always means great scenes. It’s amazing how Vanessa and Reva started out as rivals and enemies and ended up as great friends. This is an early example of their relationship along the lines of “We might do a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves, but these outside people best leave us alone.” I hate this lady calling Billy, William. Reva to Vanessa: “Go after HER!” Ladies Room Fight, love Reva grabbing feathers off her dress. This is an important beat of the Lujack-Beth story. Phillip hated Lujack, but I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t think it was classist like Lujack’s hate for him.  Vanessa and Reva were really great together here. Also a great Tony-Annabelle beat where they try to protect each other. (Part 9)

Vanessa and Reva Annabelle reacts to the news Tony is dying. Annabelle is reacting to Tony’s news he hit his head at Lake Elizabeth because he was saving her and it was her father’s fault. Reva was more comfortable with high jinks than Vanessa. Reva is bound and determined to get Billy and Vanessa together. Ed was already insisting Maureen do what he wants right now, when giving her some time might put it right. That attitude will ultimately cost Maureen her life. Apparently Lakeland Country Club isn’t walking distance from the Bauer House or Spaulding Mansion. I love how even the help have to wear masks and the guy announcing guests. They establish that Alan’s kids call her Aunt Alex right away. I love that. Like a real hospital Cedars is always adding new wings. (Part 10)

Tony tells Annabelle he’s only going to live a few more weeks. I love how Annabelle can read Tony. Tony: “I only trust Ed.” (Part 11)

Love the ceilings on these sets. It’s too bad Alan and Alex wasted 20 years when they are really so close. Alan: “Alexandra, the one thing you’ll never be is ordinary.” Wait, Alex hasn’t seen Alan in 20 years. If that’s true, how does Phillip remember Alex? Alex builds on the retcon that both the Spauldings and the Chamberlains have always lived in Springfield. Reva sure is fun tonight and she isn’t even wearing red. (Part 12)

I can’t get over how much I love the bar at the Country Club or how ugly Nola’s dress is. By this point Vanessa has gotten used to having a half-brother and they have developed a relationship. Vanessa confronts Billy over his game playing. Quint should have corrected Nola. Nice good night Gracie joke. In 1984 Princess Di rumors are that she’s having twins, not about all the affairs. In an otherwise brilliantly shot episode Tony’s eyes and the POV of Annabelle don’t line up. (Part 13)

Even when they are mad at each other, Ed always turns to Maureen when he needs someone he can depend on. Vanessa agrees to give Billy a second chance on her terms. They had been engaged and Vanessa broke it off. And Jim Reardon completely blows his secret identity to help Tony. “Gently with the head” maybe you should wait for an ambulance and back board Ed. I can see trying to keep people calm before they remove Tony, but they are really continuing afterwards???? I wonder if some of these extras are professional dancers they are THAT good. (Part 14)

Floyd is mad at Lujack because he hit Tony that is one of two possible causes for the hematoma. Nice tie in of plot, the blocked car got Lujack in to dance with Beth earlier. Alan proposes to Vanessa. Henry dances and talks with Alex. (Part 15)

Billy gets jealous watching Alan dance with Vanessa. They bring Tony into the Emergency Room. (Part 16)

Jim rushes to assist Tony. Floyd and Tony are close friends. Billy throws Vanessa over his shoulder. Bea really has been through the ringer tonight between Tony and Jim and Nola and Maureen. Bea turns to her Catholic faith. (Part 17)

I feel better Claire is on the case. She isn’t always the nicest person, but she was always a crackerjack doctor. Warren had a good side, but he could also be a jerk. Billy insists Vanessa will marry him. Ross and Billy and Trish are currently partners in LTA (Los Tres Amigos). (Part 18)

Jim Reardon was pretending to be John Stephens because there really was a John Stephens, but he died. Jim was his assistant. Warren knew, but lied about it to keep grant for hospital. Alan is disgusted by Vanessa and Billy’s marriage. I’m kind of Team Floyd here. (Part 19)

Hillary and Annabelle talk about the problems of being involved with a Reardon. Mindy is wedding planning. Hillary confronts Jim about his actions. Jim did give up his research for his family. I think he did make his choice. (Part 20)

Billy and Vanessa Wedding Billy and Josh discuss the loves of their lives. Vanessa calls Trish her best friend and talks about locking Billy’s date in the closet (she’s still in there). I think H.B.’s reaction is because Henry. “Vanessa ain’t no cow pony, Billy. She’s a high stepping filly who’ll trample you under foot if you ever let go of those reins.” (Part 21)

Mindy gives Phillip what for for him struggling with Rick.  Alan to Reva: “I paid you good money to break up [that] wedding and you failed.” Reva: “No, I broke it up once, it’s just that there’s no guarantee on the job.” That’s a “My Fair Lady” medley playing in the ballroom during this sequence. (Part 22)

Alan goes after Henry to try to stop Vanilly wedding. Actual ceremony. (Part 23)

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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