Posts Tagged ‘Rick Bauer’

Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL

June 7, 2018

McGarry, Mark. “Shocking Testimony at Michelle’s Trial on GL.” Soap Opera Weekly, vol. 11, no. 6, 8 Feb. 2000, p. 4.

It’s one step forward, two steps back for Michelle this week on Guiding Light. On Monday, Drew makes a shocking confession that helps Michelle’s case. Later in the week, however, Rick takes the stand and gives testimony that severely damages Michelle’s cause.

Drew testifies to the jury that she also had a hand in killing Mick, and that both she and Michelle, acted in self-defense. (Last week, Carmen “slipped” on the witness stand and said that Michelle killed Mick.) “Drew is doing the right thing, basically,” Tammy Blanchard (Drew Jacobs) says, “but she’s still on her little theory that it probably was Michelle who killed Ben. I will say that Drew took the stand for her friend regardless of her suspicions about Michelle, which, in a way aren’t even true – they’re just something for her to lean on without wondering who really did kill her father.”

Michelle breathes a temporary sigh of relief, while Carmen shoots Drew a look that could kill. Later, Carmen confront Drew, “and I think she almost calls her a bitch,” Blanchard says. “But then Carmen pretends to forgive her. Carmen uses Ben as the reason why she’s forgiving her, so Drew takes that to heart.”

At week’s end, the prosecusion catches Ross off-guard when they call a surprise witness — Rick. What could he possibly say to hurt Michelle’s case? A lot, which puts a big smile on Carmen’s face and a hopeless look on Michelle’s.

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Henry Chamberlain’s Funeral February March 6 1996

May 31, 2018

I started going through and breaking Bandstand Mike’s episodes into dates. This run started on December 20, 1995. Our last post in the series ended sometime in late February with Nick McHenry and Susan Bates’s wedding.

Today we say goodbye to one of the best characters Springfield ever produced, Henry Chamberlain. He was Vanessa’s father, Bill’s grandfather, and H.B. Lewis’s best friend. God bless Henry and his actor William Roerick.

Henry’s death was precipitated by Roerick’s death in real life which happened in a car crash a couple of month’s before his on screen death. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12/07/nyregion/william-roerick-stage-actor-82.html

Henry, Little Bill, and Vanessa 1992

Sadly the initial scenes of people finding out about Henry’s death were during the missing episodes on this YouTube channel. If I find them elsewhere, I’ll come back and link them in.

Probably Thursday, February 28, 1996

Henry is being buried from Woodhill Funeral Home.

Dinah finds Roger in their apartment. Dinah is furious because Roger had her credit card canceled and the clerk cut it up in front of everyone. Roger tells her (not too gently I think) that her grandfather Henry has died (I think it’s to remind people because they’ve been focusing on other stories, but now it’s time for the funeral.)

Matt to Vanessa (showing once again JUST how little he understands her): “It’s OK to cry.”

Vanessa (with determination): “I DON’T WANT TO CRY. I want to celebrate my father’s life.”

(You know who wouldn’t have tried to get Vanessa to cry at the beginning of a hard day in public, yep, Billy.) Quinton comes in mistress in tow. He acts normal, but Vanessa tears into him for degrading both their father’s memory and their family by dragging his mistress along.

Distractingly we also have the Marah took Annie’s things revelation going on in a B story. 😦

Reva finally gets around to letting other people know Marah is found.

Quint tells Vanessa that he doesn’t see how Jessica is all that different from Matt (which is kind of point Quint), but Vanessa points out that she was divorced before she started with Matt (which is point Vanessa). Matt steps in between and tells Quint to back off in defense of both Vanessa and his aunt Nola. This is sad because once upon a time it would have been Quint being that gallant, but Quint is right about Matt having a chip on his shoulder.

Nola asks where Dinah is and Vanessa says she doesn’t know where she is she hasn’t been able to tell her. Which I call foul. These are rich people with business interests all over. You can’t find someone with news like this you hire someone to hunt them down. Dinah could have easily missed the funeral.

Rick continues to talk Abby down with no luck. Josh, Annie, and Reva separately try to deal with the Marah issue.

Roger tries to comfort Dinah as she is upset about Henry (I think this is bull, but I’m not sure 100% is because Roger really does feel a lot of pain at losing people). Hart shows up at Henry’s funeral and talks to Vanessa. Hart offers to go find Dinah to tell her, but Vanessa tells him no. Hart offers instead to put in writing that he won’t try to change Peter’s custody arrangement other than getting to know the boy because it seems like it is what’s best for Peter. Vanessa is floored. We get a nice off camera Ross-Ed best friend bit.

Ed: “When Rick was a teenager he [Henry] helped Rick get his Eagle Scout rank.” Which is pretty cool and something I didn’t know about Rick.

J follows Jessica (Quint’s mistress) outside.

Rick is still trying to talk to Abby who gets so mad and hurt at what he says she yells “NO! NO, I don’t love you!”

Rick is blown away that Abby spoke. Abby must have been teased about her voice because she didn’t want anyone to hear it.  Annie and Josh talk a little about Cross Creek. He tells Annie the part that she wants to hear, but can’t bring himself to tell her the rest of it about how he’ll always love and want Reva. We get a flashback of the important part of Cross Creek which we missed during the clip gap where we lost the days.

Quint takes a quiet moment at Henry’s coffin reflecting on their relationship. Quint describes Springfield then as small, but full of hope. (Quint crosses himself so he must be still practicing Catholicism.) We then flashback to Quint and Nola’s wedding reception, mainly taking off in a hot air balloon at the end.

Coming fresh off that memory Quint says he wants to apologize to Nola, but Nola’s not having any of it she’s ready for a divorce.

[And right here they had a chance for some Emmy winning stuff a good man who got messed up with all the midlife crisis fears that led him to do some terribly hurtful things. Brought up short by his father’s death he…. but instead they went with Nola becoming obsessed by Buzz…. yes, that’s what I said Nola becoming obsessed by BUZZ. I know none of us could believe it then either.]

Dinah arrives at the church and is devastated.  Hart and Roger follows her in. Meanwhile, back in the Bauer kitchen, Abby and Rick come to a sort of truce. Annie and Josh rush into Reva’s where Annie wakes a happy Marah and Jeva share a charged moment.

Friday, March 1, 1996

We get pretty much complete redo-s of the last section of yesterday’s episode slightly expanded. Nola is telling Quint off and that she wants a divorce, Dinah faints after approaching the coffin and when Hart goes to help her, Roger goes for Hart. Annie and Josh are ecstatic to find Marah safe. Marah doesn’t realize how worried everyone was, but refuses to go home because she came here to make a deal with Reva.

Reva asks for another minute alone and tells Marah that she should go on home and the adults will figure it out. Quint asks Nola to wait until later. He claims Jessica understands him in a way Nola doesn’t anymore. Nola says she can’t deal with this anymore and walks off leaving a shaken Quint behind as Jay tells him to be happy he’s gotten what he wants. Meanwhile Roger, Hart, and Matt tussle over Dinah who asks for both Roger and Hart to be kept away because she can’t deal with either of them now. Vanessa and Dinah mourn. Vanessa confirms Henry died in his sleep. Little Billy joins in telling Roger, Hart, and Ross to back off. Now isn’t the time. Alan and Amanda arrive (which despite Blake’s snipping is fitting, Henry helped build Spaulding).

Vanessa is worrying about Henry’s bowties (he always wore one). She can’t throw them out and she doesn’t know who to give them to. Dinah realizes just how hard this is hitting her mother. Matt wants Amanda to leave, but again this is nothing to do with him. Amanda wants to pay her respects to Henry and Vanessa. It was Matt that did something Vanessa was mad about. Amanda didn’t even tell Vanessa, she just threatened to so Matt did. Alan wants to know what Amanda is in trouble for. J lays into Quint. Josh and Reva are upset because they want to be together, but Reva thinks Marah needs Annie right now.

Josh is pushing Reva to tell Annie the truth about him. Buzz shows up and Reva uses him as an excuse. Buzz figures out Josh and Reva have reconnected, but Reva says from her prospective if she takes back Josh she loses Marah. Hart and Roger have another fight.

Hart and Roger continue to fight. Ross and Amanda have a grown-ups conversation. Quint’s chippy wants to leave because she is bored. Quint tells her he has to stay. Vanessa realizes that Dinah doesn’t know Quint and introduces them. Quint charms Dinah saying how much Henry had told him about her. Quint also reveals he had a letter each for Vanessa and Dinah that Henry had written the day before he died. Dinah reads Henry’s letter which tells her to use her funds with noblis oblige. Dinah looks up and tells Roger she’s going to get her money back and do something good with it if it’s the last thing she ever does. Marah tells Annie and Josh that she wants them to stay together. Reva shares her worries with Buzz.

Reva tells Buzz that she can have him if she wants him. Annie is sure of her and Josh’s relationship, but Josh holds back.
Alan: “Ross is a good enough lawyer, but what is WRONG with all you women.”
Alan and Amanda have a conversation and then Matt and Blake do.
Dinah to Roger about his attempt to use Jenna to snatch Spaulding: “Bleed him dry, Daddy. I want you desperate and penniless, broke and alone. I want to ruin your life the way you almost ruined my grandfather’s. It’s the least I can do.”

Ross reminds Roger he needs to be in court to account for Dinah’s funds tomorrow. Hart was still outside and Alan tells him he found something to come by the house after the funeral. Reva asks Buzz to leave so she can think.

Monday, March 4, 1996

Matt ineffectually reaches out to Vanessa again. Dinah is ready to put the screws to Roger whose cooked books aren’t ready yet. Josh shows up to say a word to Henry, but is wayleighed by an angry Alan.

Reva finds the Springfield Journal on her doorstep with an article about Marah and a flower blooming on her rock wall. She’s determined to spare Marah. We get a different flashback to Cross Creek. This bit is where Reva thinks she’s helping Annie to help Marah by pretending Josh still wants Annie makes it worse. Leo shows up and tells Roger he needs to buy him a couple of days to cook the books.

Reva comes up with a desperate plan to keep Marah’s love. Buzz objects at first, but goes along. There are a few more upsets and short conversations including Ed and Rick (about him having slept with Blake) and Bill and Michelle about how Vanessa and Bill are handling grief. Bill is annoyed when Michelle ends their conversation by focusing on Jay. They begin the funeral proper with Ross starting the eulogies.

Ross’ Eulogy

Ross talks about going to Henry saying he wanted his teenage daughter (Vanessa). That was the relationship that produced Dinah. “I learned more from the man than I could ever imagine. First and foremost I learned how special a daughter is to a father.”

Quint’s Eulogy

“I didn’t know my dad growing up, but later when I did get to know him I often rejected the advice he gave me and always at my own peril. Yes, I’ve made mistakes and I’ve paid for them dearly. My father said something that I will always remember. Whenever you don’t know what to do next, always do the next right thing. Henry always knew what the next right thing was. It was his rarest of gifts. I will miss Henry, my father, and all of us who are left behind by his passing will be diminished.” – Honestly I love and respect Henry more than I can say, but he made enough bad mistakes that I can’t say he always knew the next right thing.

Dinah’s Eulogy

Dinah tells of how he was always right and she hated it. She breaks down. “I hated everything he ever said to me because he was always right. He always knew me. He understood.”

Nola’s Eulogy

“You should have seen the color of red that Henry turned when he found out that I was marrying into the family fortune. Then at some point he realized that wasn’t what I really wanted what I wanted was… So we became friends and he became like a father to me. At some point we realized that we shared something in common and that was that family was first no matter what and the rest would take care of itself. Oh, Henry you will live in my heart forever. God bless you.”

Bill’s Eulogy

Henry found me on the porch with a girl. “Young lady, when I was your age,  girls had chaperones so that character had a chance to develop before nature could extinguish all hope.”

Josh’s Eulogy in honor of H.B. who was still alive (but unable to come)

“I asked him though what he would miss the most about Henry and he said long summer nights sitting on the porch in a couple of rocking chair side by side ruminating about good liquor, a good hand of cards, and good and not so good women. My daddy, H.B. Lewis, tossing back a bourbon and branch and Henry Chamberlain sipping cognac. Telling lies to each other a 7 year old wouldn’t believe. He also said the only good thing about Henry passing on was that when it was his time to go Henry will be there waiting for him sitting on a porch, a couple of rocking chairs side by side. And he truly believes that because he said if Henry Chamberlain don’t get into heaven, ain’t nobody getting in to heaven because Henry Chamberlain is the finest man I ever wanted to punch in the nose.”

Roger goes to speak, but Vanessa stops him.

Vanessa relents and lets Roger speak.

Roger’s Eulogy

“Henry was the most worthy adversary I ever faced. He was a giant among men.” – I think Roger sincerely means that. “I never told him this, but all my life I looked up to him. I wanted to be like him. I know there are many of you in this room who would say that if that was my goal I failed miserably.” – I think that was all for Dinah. “I did learn the most valuable lesson in my life from him. I learned what really matters and it sure isn’t power or money, it’s family and friendship. At the close of the day that’s all that counts.” – I think Roger half means this. He never could make up his mind which was more important power and money or happiness and Holly. He flip flopped his whole life and I could sincerely see him taking Henry as a model for that he just doesn’t mean it in Dinah’s case.

Matt’s Eulogy

Quint’s mistress does try to say something nice to Nola who rightly cuts her down with a stare. Jessica complains about it to Quint who finally has had enough at least for now and tells her to give it a rest.

Meanwhile Reva is still trying to convince Buzz of her plan. Buzz is right it’s a terrible plan. It ends up hurting a lot of people unnecessarily and doesn’t truly help Marah like she thinks it will. However, Buzz, who after Jenna is a true romantic is confident that if she begins this plan and he agrees he’ll get her to fall in love him. Fat chance. I mean personally I like Buzz a lot more than Josh who I have strong reason to dislike and fully understand the hurt Josh has made Reva feel over the years and I STILL would say fat chance even if I didn’t know what happens.

I’m sorry storyline and her absence from the canvas meant that Jenna couldn’t be there. She and Henry really were like daughter and father. Reva continues to push Buzz to go along with her plan. Bill tells Vanessa that he’d talked to Billy (who is in jail) and Vanessa is so happy to hear news of him and even his distant support. Meanwhile Matt, ever the junior partner in their relationship, is shut down in his attempts. Nola needs help with her coat. Quint steps up and is still blown away by Nola’s announcement she will divorce him, but Nola is still determined. Back at the wake at Matt and Vanessa’s house (later Josh and Reva’s house after theirs burns down). Ed tells a story of Henry chastising a surgeon. Roger fakes an attack in front of Dinah. Annie notices that Josh is growing distant. He says he’s fine, but they should leave. The rest of the people take this as a cue. Ross leaves earlier than he would like to keep his and Dinah’s court date to demand Roger return her funds. Left alone Vanessa starts to open her letter from Henry. (Just as a side note the best letter left behind for a love one EVER was the one JR left SueEllen on the Dallas reboot. Search for it. If you knew the classic show, I defy you not to cry buckets over it. )

Reva finally convinces Buzz to go with her plan. That was a nice addition the heaven sent message to Nadine. Josh tries to call Reva, but she doesn’t answer. Vanessa reads Henry’s last letter. I love real family photos on set walls. That’s a great one with Bill and Henry. Henry tells Vanessa how much he loves her, how important she is to him, how much he wants her to make him some tapioca pudding.

“You were such a tiny one the terrible day when your mother died. I remember wondering how in the world I was going to do right by you. Somehow through God’s grace we’ve done right by each other.”

He also says that he’s glad she’s found happiness, but even though he uses Matt’s name the man he describes sounds more like Billy.

“Darling one, you know this, but I must say it again. I treasure your life. In the darkest times it has strengthened me. It has made me incalculably rich. You are my pride and my joy….” Vanessa breaks down totally.

Tuesday, March 5, 1996

In a scene I’m sure Mattessa fans will enjoy, Matt pledges eternal love. Annie is very excited to be home to the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. Josh isn’t excited by the idea to get home. Alan frantically tries to reach Reva and Hart arrives at a terrible time. However, Alan calms down enough to tell him about Roger. Meanwhile Roger arrives at Cedars and Lillian and Ed spring into action.

This segment starts with a commercial themed to match their current cross soap ad campaign which featured a 1940s detective looking man giving you all the scoop telling us that this Thursday and Friday the soaps will be off for the national basketball tournament. I never enjoyed those days taken by the tourmant, but now they soaps are cancelled I look at them as more episodes stolen from us and hate them. 😦

Alan has a source that got him Roger’s financial records which show that he started making transfers from Dinah’s account to a numbered Caymen account within 10 days of getting the power of attorney. Ed is concerned with Roger’s condition and seems to think that he might need heart surgery. Dinah is upset and when Marcus asks why she says she’d just as soon not bury anyone else today. Neither Annie nor the kids understand why Josh seems upset about Annie saying she was moving home to the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams.

Quint returns to the Reardon Boarding House. He says when he was coming in he heard a noise and really expected to see Bea at the table (which would be a good trick as the set had changed). Nola says she does too sometimes and Quint continues to talk about their wedding. Quint asks about Bea today and Nola says she calls her every Sunday. (Which is good to have news of Bea, even if it is vague apparently she’s still alive and presumably still living with Tony and Annabelle.) They continue talking about their life together. Quint apologizes for hurting her. Vanessa says she isn’t giving up on her relationship with Matt. Vanessa says she didn’t listen and just climbed back up on that pedestal.
Matt: “That’s where I wanted to keep you. Right there where you belong. You’re my Contessa.”
Again another scene I think Mattessa fans will enjoy, but I think shows exactly how wrong for each other they are. Annie asks Josh about what the status is with Reva and tells him she would be lost without him. Once again Marcus and Ross think Roger is up to something, but this time Dinah believes Roger.

Marcus and Ross bond over wanting Dinah to be OK and suspicion over Roger. Leo Flynn shows up and Ross seems to think he’s in on it too. Roger is begging Dinah to stay with him. Alan tells Hart that it’s clear Roger stole, but he has no evidence that would bust Roger’s cover story. Then he says while he is on their side he isn’t going to directly help. Quint tells Nola she can always count on him if she’s in trouble, but Nola isn’t biting. Quint tries to make some small amends, including a check which Nola rejects.

Alan shows up at Reva’s house and finds Reva gone and Josh already inside. Alan takes a couple of jabs ending with suggesting he left Annie behind to babysit while he came to Reva. No, even Josh wouldn’t do that he says, but he did. Annie and Marah and Shayne make a baking soda volcano. Josh and Alan spar about their mutual manipulation of women and who is the better man.  Alan thinks Reva will eventually pick him over Josh. Josh is equally confident he has Reva back. Dinah goes to find Ed and Leo steps into Roger’s room.

Roger: “What I won’t do for the love of a good woman.”

Leo: “Don’t you mean for the love of a good woman’s money?”

Roger: “Yea, sometimes I get those confused.”

Roger confirms he isn’t sick. Leo says he’s glad it isn’t like the car crash which he used to connect with Holly last year, but Roger laughs.

Roger: “Dinah is definitely NOT worth dying for.” Roger laughs again.

Hart shows up at the hospital and Dinah blames him for Roger’s attack. Hart tries to tell Ross about what he found out through Alan, but Dinah won’t let him talk. Ross urges Dinah to maintain her anger at Roger. Matt and Vanessa talk about her grief. Vanessa recaps Henry’s great goodbye letter. Quint and Nola talk some more. Quint wants Nola to say she isn’t angry with him anymore. Josh and Alan continue to lock horns.

Annie, Marah, and Shayne work on the rather lame baking soda volcano. Hold the phone! All the way through his growing up years Shayne was a star Lacrosse player with 0 words about baseball so it’s a shock when he suddenly wants to play professionally and he gets scouted, but right after the volcano goes off and Annie asks if he thinks he’d be a good scientist he says “I want to be a baseball player.” So I guess he had at least thought of it once. Josh finally gets tired of waiting for Reva at her house and leaves. Quint takes leave of Nola. Quint went in to kiss Nola goodbye, but she pulls away. Leo confirms that Roger is OK. Dinah goes outside to smoke and then Hart grabs her.

Wednesday, March 6, 1996

We pick up the tags from the last episode. Matt and Vanessa are hugging and declaring their eternal love. Amanda stops by Vanessa and Matt’s house. She wants something to keep her quiet. Alex is glad Hawk calls from his investigation of Amanda in California. She wants a progress report, but Hawk is living high on the hog. Hart tells Dinah that Roger has been robing her blind and he has proof.

Marcus shows up and is furious that Dinah is leaving with Hart. It would have been better for her to ask Marcus along. Ed is demanding answers as to why Roger’s heart attack appears to be drug induced. Griffin shows up and offers to help Marcus. Marcus is resistant, but finally gives Griffin a chance. Hawk continues with his LA get away while covering to Alex. Amanda wants to buy Matt and Vanessa’s silence.

Amanda lets Matt and Vanessa know if they keep quiet so will she. If not she’ll show people her ledger with proof of what Matt did. That is just cruel though Vanessa. Amanda wishes them a nice life. Vanessa: “I don’t think anybody is EVER going to love YOU.” Which knowing Amanda’s background, how he adoptive mother tortured her, that’s just cruel. Fletcher and Holly are preparing for Lamaze class. A yuppie couple comes up to Holly and tells her if she doesn’t get the baby enrolled in preschool now she’ll never make it to an Ivy League school. Roger sneaks another pill to keep his heart unsteady. He gets the pill bottle put away, but drops a pill on the floor. Griffin goes into Roger’s room. Griffin futzes around the room and then tells Roger to get back at him for setting up Griffin’s son Marcus he was going to organize the union people at WSPR and shut it down. He then turns off Roger’s heart rate monitor. A bunch of hospital staff rush in and take Roger to another room. Marcus is delighted at the chance to search Roger’s room. Hart brought Dinah to the Jessup Farm. He gets out the information packet that Alan gave him from a drawer.

Marcus finds Roger’s pill stash. Griffin recognizes the pills from his Vietnam protester days. They gave you heart fluctuations that would get you rated 4F (unfit for service). Hart shows Dinah the withdrawls from her account and deposits in his Cayman Island account. Alan had let Amanda reset the combination for the safe. Alex struggled to get inside. Amanda catches her at it.

After catching Alex trying to get into the safe, Amanda decides to go ahead and burn her ledger for her escort business in California. Fletcher tracks down Holly who is upset because the future of their Down Syndrome baby is unknown. Dinah finally realizes that Hart is right and Roger stole her money.

Fletcher suggests that they call the baby Maggie after Holly’s middle name. He thinks it reflects what a strong and resilient girl she will be. Matt is still upset by Amanda’s visit, but Vanessa turns his mind to other things and he carries her upstairs to her and Billy’s bedroom. That is a pretty cool way to get into the wall safe. It isn’t just the painting that swings out, it’s the whole panel the painting hangs on! Meanwhile Amanda makes the classic Bond villain mistake of not sticking around to make sure the job is finished and assumes the engine of destruction will complete its work. Alex sneaks out of a secret passage.?! Let’s use that some more please! And manages to save something out of the flames. She quickly calls Hawk with the alias Mandy Harper. Having heard the background to Hawk’s end of the call Alex decides to fly west herself to oversee his efforts.

After the Lamaze class Fletcher and Holly seem much happier. Vivian (Griffin calls her by her self-anointed African name she used in the movement) comes in to the class and has a supportive conversation with Folly. Then Griffin walks in and finds her alone in the room. Hart continues to feel guilt over using Dinah and is drawn to her. Roger makes up a cover story to search for his missing pill bottle – he doesn’t find it. Meanwhile across town a sunglasses wearing Dinah is looking to buy a gun.

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.

Rabby Have a Play Date

January 17, 2018

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

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

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

 

Thurs., January 18, 1996

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, Jan. 19, 1996

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

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

Rick walks Abby through a date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guiding Light Cast Roundup 79

September 20, 2017

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

The January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest published the Manny photo from Instagram.

Check out “The Guiding Light” pp 42-44 in Daytime TV Yearbook, no. 5 1974. It includes the cast at the time with individual photos and bios.

The November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest featured an article on the effect of chaos and switching TPTB behind the scenes. They tell about what’s going on behind the scenes on Guiding Light in the mid-1980s.

I’m sure I mentioned this when this first came out, but I just came across the August 1, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. In a feature on characters who get back together to characters after they really should know better, Manny get a page and a half and several photos.

The July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest flashes back to what happened on all the soaps, including Guiding Light, in 1998. As any Manny fan knows the most important event that year was that Manny got its start. Also important was Michael Zaslow (the irreplaceable Roger Thorpe) was unceremoniously fired due to his advancing illness, Fiona Hutchinson (Jenna Bradshaw Cooper, Vanessa’s sort of sister, Buzz’s true love), Jay Hammer (long time reporter Fletcher Reade), Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon Chamberlain, of the Quola pairing), all left.

Bethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz) was on the red carpet for the premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies. See a photo in the April 27, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) talks about being an introvert in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jane Elliot (Carrie Marler, Ross’ wife) has retired from her iconic soap role on General Hospital. Read more in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Find a photo of Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1 of Marony fame) is given a full page photo with a discussion of his diet in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. His character’s departure from Days of Our Lives means that there is a feature interview with Vilasuso in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Since then has done two movies. Vilasuso did a quick short spot talking about what he has learned watching Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper) and A. Martinez on Days. It’s a nice little shot of how Deas worked. Find it in the March 21, 2016 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) married TBS excecutive Thom Hinkle in Arcadia, CA at the Santa Anita Park racetrack on June 3, 2017. Read about it in the June 26, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding, part of terrific LAM pairing, victim of Marian Crane) has a featured interview about her part as Gloria Steinem in a 10 point docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Michael Tylo (Quint McCord Chamberlain) was interviewed in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest when he first came on All My Children. He talks about his time on Guiding Light and his bicoastal marriage.

Find a feature on the play Breathing Under Dirt including Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5, the adult one we know and love),  Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, adult Phillip), Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton #1), Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines), and Beth Chamberlain (Beth Raines Spaulding #2) is in the August 8, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth

Chamberlain was also the subject of a feature about her career as a fitness guru in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Find a report on the 2016 Daytime Stars and Strikes event in the July 25, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

There is a where are they now catch up feature with soap stars who’ve gone on to primetime TV success in the February 27, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It included is Frank Grillo (the last Hart Jessup) who now stars on Kingdom his real life wife and former Guiding Light love interest Wendy Moniz (Dinah Marler #3) played his love interest in Kingdom‘s second season. In the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest an Ask Us question explained that Moniz appeared in seasons 4 and 5 in House of Cards as Laura Moretti.

Krista Tersreau (Mindy Lewis #1) was quoted in the best quotes feature of April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The quote was originally published April 10, 1984. About her screen-test experience for the soap, “As soon as I got in the limo, I felt like such a big shot. I was sitting in the back seat and I rolled the windows down, thinking when people pass they’d look in and want to see who is in there.”

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) shared a photo of her family from her latest baby shower in the June 26, 2017 issue of Soap Opera DigestRylan  is having baby #3. Read all about it in the January 30, 2017 issue of Soap Opera DigestRylan and Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow) are both featured in Star Shots of the Week with their children in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) shared a photo of her summer tip to Graceland in the June 26, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) has previously played two very distinct roles on Days of Our Lives. She had returned awhile ago to her iconic role as Adrienne Johnson, but recently they’ve brought back Bonnie Lockhart. Their runs were on separate times and when Bonnie came on their resemblance was not noticed but will play a major part in current story. Find more in the July 31, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Daniel Hall who is now Scott Granger on The Young and the Restless had several short term roles on Guiding Light including Jack/Jake/Unnamed Pickpocket. Find an interview with him where he includes his time on GL in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He also discusses (and is pictured with) Saundra Santiago (Carmen Santos). They didn’t overlap on the soap, but got to know each other later.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) attended the opening night of Robert Newman (Josh Lewis)’s new production of Man of La Mancha. Check out a photo in the July 11, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) appeared on the red carpet photos in the July 11, 2016 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Back in 2011, Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper) announced becoming the host of a NJDiscover show called Earth Treasures. It’s no longer on the air, but there is a photo of him with his family including his daughter Olivia who was Maureen Reardon on the show. See it in the August 11, 2011 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When Maeve Kinkead was out of Guiding Light on maternity leave she was replaced by Anna Stuart best known as Donna Love on Another World. Read about it in the November 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) reported she was now cancer free in the February 27, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest, a fan writes in and asks about Calla Matthews. The fan wanted to know if Calla still had syphilis. She was cured of the disease, but would no longer be able to have any more kids.

A question in the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest ask if Keith Timmons on Santa Barbara‘s cat was really his actor’s Justin Deas‘s cat. It wasn’t.

In the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest has a great 2 page photo of Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, adult Phillip) with a couple of cats. It’s worth finding the issue. There’s also a photo of Kimi Packs who played Dorie who India adopted.

Roger Howarth (Jory Andros, Eleni’s brother in 1992) returned to shooting his role of Franco Baldwin on General Hospital in July after a protracted contract neogiation. Read more in the August 14, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

JoBeth Williams (Brandy ???) talks about how Guiding Light‘s TPTB were kind and let her out of her contract after she hit the big time in Kramer vs. Kramer. The quote was originally from 2002, but was quoted again in the April 15, 2013 issue of Soap Opera Digest about how nice TPTB were about letting her out of her contract.

The April 4, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest answers a fan question about Simon Hall (the illegitimate son of Alexandra’s first husband who was also the father of Lujack and Nick McHenry). His accent was Canada and was his actor’s (Shawn Thompson) real accent.

Beth Ehlers (Harley Cooper Davidson) was quoted from an interview originally published in the June 8, 1993 issue and republished in the August 7, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest: “Actors are just normal people. I think that disappoints fans more than anything else.” Ehlers was also featured in a round up of siblings paired with Frank Dicopoulos (Frank Cooper).

Check out a casual photo of Laura Wright (Cassie Winslow #1) and her current boyfriend Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s brother) in the July 31, 2017 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.

Fair Winds and Following Seas by Phyllis Chapter 3

August 23, 2017

Republisher’s Note: This is a sequel to Mob’s Cardinal, but takes the form of dropping in scene and stories that fit within the original stories.

Author’s Note: The fun part of adding the more detailed story of the Santos Clan has to be giving time to the characters, which the TV writers didn’t adequately cover. I have taken creative liberties with the characters, which I hope have made them more fun to read. I love all the comments. This chapter is long but what is new! I worked on it before Christmas but I didn’t have the time to get it up before the big day. My son arrived and it became time to play. The next chapter deals with the rest of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Santos home with the twins.

Fair Winds and Following Seas by Phyllis Chapter 3

Danny held the baby-drinking cup up to Gabby’s lips and watched his son struggling with the sips of milk. “Gabby, you can do this for your Mommy. Mommy will be proud of her big boy and you don’t want your sister to get all the glory. Bethany Joy hasn’t had a bottle in three days. This is much easier than sucking the rubber nipples.” The small hands reached up to grab the cup at his lips. Sitting on his father’s lap, Gabby’s legs were kicking in excitement of getting to taste the breast milk.

Danny smiled at his six-month-old son, “This is more fun than going over to the Childcare Center, isn’t it? You can stay home with me and we can play together with Bethany. Your Mommy is one busy lady and this helps with her schedule at the hospital.” Near his legs, Bethany Joy sat in the baby swing listening to her father’s voice. Clapping her hands when hearing her name, Bethany reached out her arms to her father. “Olga, can you hold Bethany Joy? She wants some attention until I finish with Gabby and his training cup.”

“Senor Danny, you are so patient with the babies. You are Mommy and Daddy to them.”

“Olga, you deserve an award yourself. Michelle and I are very appreciative for all that you do for all of us. We have come along way haven’t we since the last of January.”

Nodding her head and speaking more words of praise to her boss, “Senora Michelle misses out on a lot but when she is home; she spoils them more than we do in the daytime.”

Danny asked, “Is that why they have never slept through the night?”

“See, Michelle is determined to spend her time here with them when they are awake. They have adjusted to her schedule. Senor, their little faces light up when they see Michelle.”

“True, Olga.”

The noise from the porch was heard before Danny saw Meta Bauer. “Who’s there?”

“Just me, Danny I was in the neighborhood and had a few minutes. Hope I’m not interrupting you I haven’t been here as often as I would like with Abbey giving birth to Rick’s son. I’m busier than ever and loving every minute. How is Gabriel and Bethany today?” Reaching her arms to take Bethany from Olga, “They are constantly changing Michelle stopped by to see little Freddie yesterday and she said the babies have caught up with their growth charts.”

Smiling at the news, Danny raised both hands. “It is true and in the waiting room at the pediatricians office, Gabby and Bethany Joy are two of the most popular babies there. The way that they interact with each other has been noticed.”

“In other words Danny, they are Santoses genius already!”

“Meta, your niece has them learning the alphabet and counting their toes.”

Pausing for a moment and wiping a tear from her eye, “When I heard that Michelle was pregnant last summer, I want you to know that I cried and they were not tears of joy. Now I’m crying tears because her mother would have given anything to see these two bundles of joy. I never doubted what type of Mother Michelle would be because Maureen was the perfect example to copy. Now can I take Gabby and Bethany Joy out in their carriage for a ride in the backyard? They chatter in their own language at the trees, the bushes, the lake and the squirrels. The last time when I was here, Father Ray took Gabby and Bethany Joy to the birdfeeders where they watched the birds flying and landing at the feeders to eat.” Pointing her finger at each twin, “They do not miss a thing.”

“Oh Aunt Meta, you are sweet. I’ve noticed that they like being outside and the fresh air is good for them. I’ll get the stroller out of the closet.” Opening the closet door in the hallway, Danny pulled and unfolded the double stroller with one hand. “OK Gabby, you and your sister are going for a ride outside in the yard.” Next he placed Bethany in the space next to Gabby. “Aunt Meta, I’ll carry the stroller outside for you. This will give me time to catch up on some business from the office.”

“Michelle did mention that you had moved your office back home and took the twins out of the childcare center.”

Winking at Meta, “I did it to keep Gabby and Bethany out of the germ infected place.”

At the bottom of the steps, Danny watched Meta pushing the twins in the yard and stopping to pause at the rose bushes to smell the fragrance of the blooming buds. Running back up the steps, Danny immediately was on the phone to Carmen. “Hey Carmen, I got a call from Dr. Heidi Rasmussen, she got the last Pollack painting yesterday. This was easier than what I thought it would be. With Dr. Rasmussen keeping her maiden name, she hides her connection to La Familia……. Carmen, we have to be double sure that Dr. Rasmussen’s secret is kept between you and me. We need her for the remaining two years of Michelle’s medical school then she can go back to New York City.”

“Daniel, I told you that Heidi was worth the Pollack painting. The painting was one of Pollacks worst creations and must have been done when he was drunk as a bat. It was easy to pick up on the black market but it had what she wanted. It was signed and now she owns an original Pollack. Heidi got what she wanted and our family got what we needed; we have complete control of Michelle’s career here in Springfield.”

“Now how are my sweet babies doing this morning? Great, Meta is here and is giving them a buggy ride outside. I’m leaving for the downtown office. I have some business with a lawyer from Philadelphia. He has flown into town with some new contracts, which I have to sign. I’ll be back home in less than two hours. Let’s have a late lunch together at the house to celebrate. Michelle and I want eat dinner till late tonight and I’ve pushed my lunch back later in the day to compensate.”

Six hours later, Michelle raced up the porch steps entering the house that she called home. Sitting in their high chairs were the faces that she greeted first before planting a short kiss on Danny’s lips. “I know I’m late but I got caught up in a rather promising case at the hospital and the time passed quickly before I realized how late I was leaving.”

Raising his eyebrows to indicate his understanding, “I figured as much and we went ahead with our back up plan. Gabby and Bethany are almost finished dinner but they are ready for the final course and desert. Are you going to breast feed them on our bed or sofa?”

Michelle unstrapped Bethany first from the highchair while answering Danny. “Our bed is the site tonight. I’m going to feed them both using the u shaped nursing pillow. That way I can put up my feet and rest while spending time with my sweeties.” Bethany smiled when she heard the familiar voice of her Mom and started licking her tongue in the area next to Michelle’s bosom. Michelle lifted the edge of her short sleeve pink sweater and unsnapped the nursing bra where Bethany latched on to her nipple. Danny lowered Gabby down to the other side of the pillow and Gabby was soon receiving his favorite source of nourishment.

Danny knelled beside the edge of the bed and watched the three people that he loved the most. “Michelle, you amaze me more everyday. I should never have doubted that you might master the double feeding feat. This is one time when it is worth seeing to appreciate your talents. I’m going to pour a glass of Sangria for myself and a glass of caffeine free mint tea for you. Dinner is in the warming oven and after you have given the babies their baths and read to them, we can eat out on the porch.

Nodding her head in agreement, “I won’t be long honey.”

An hour and half latter, Michelle appeared in a two piece turquoise bathing suit with a large white scarf wrapped over her hips beside the swimming pool where Danny sat with his tanned legs dangling in the water.

“Did you give up on me?”

Patting the cement with his hand, “Sit with me here for a minute. No, but I wondered if you had started reading a new classic to Bethany and Gabby!”

Kneeling on her knees, Michelle reached out to hug Danny’s head next to her face. Swaying for a moment, “Only if you think The Three Little Bears is a classic. Gabby and Bethany Joy pat the pages and rub their fingers over the brown plush material and I admit to reading the story twice to them. Finally, I laid them down in the pirate bed and they fell asleep without a fuss.”

“Michelle, I want to remind you that the family vacation starts in two weeks and we will celebrate our first anniversary in Puerto Rico.”

“I can’t believe it is a year. I started my third year in medical school and have many responsibilities. I haven’t asked for the time off yet. I missed so much time last fall with the pregnancy that I don’t feel comfortable asking for a vacation. To tell you the truth, I haven’t even looked at my schedule past next week. At this moment, I am more interested in food; I missed lunch today.”

Leaning into Michelle’s face closer, Danny kissed two feather- like kisses on Michelle’s forehead. “Dinner is ready We have Olga’s Spaghetti sauce with noodles tonight, Caesar salad and homemade French bread.”

Lifting his legs out of the pool water, Danny stood up and pulled Michelle to her feet before pretending to loose his balance. The two fell in the pool with a big splash of water hitting the pool deck. Resurfacing to the edge of the pool, Danny encircled his arms around Michelle’s upper body. “I want us to be in San Juan in two weeks. All work and no play make a dull marriage. We deserve a break. We need time to be alone and have some fun. I want to give you nights of making love all night long. Gabby and Bethany have finally gotten to the stage where they can be easily cared for by others and we can go off by ourselves for a romantic rendezvous. We can take the jet and fly to Majorca for a long weekend. Stay in bed for as long as we want and make love without waiting to hear a crying noise in the background. What do you say?”

“Danny, it sounds wonderful and I promise to check my schedule soon.”

“Michelle, soon isn’t good enough, I want you to do it tomorrow.” Ending his words with a kiss where his tongue touched the wetness of Michelle’s tongue. “We can hurry and eat then spend the rest of the evening in the pool or in bed.”

Looking at the nursery monitor, “You are being pretty positive that Gabby and Bethany are going to sleep through the night.”

Danny lit the candles while Michelle gathered the food from the warming oven. Carrying the tray with two bowls of Spaghetti and the Caesar Salad, Michelle sat the tray on the wicker cart near the table. “It is so nice to hear the sound of quietness here at home. I never imagined being able to identify the sound.”

Clicking his glass of Sangria with Michelle’s tea glass, “To quietness May the Sleep Fairy sprinkle Gabby and Bethany Joy with a hefty dose tonight.”

Twirling her fork with the noodles, Michelle lifted her fork to Danny’s mouth. “Thank you for giving me the twins. My world certainly hasn’t been boring since I met you.” Looking out at the lake from her chair, “I haven’t tried to swim across the lake anytime recently.”

Throwing his head back slightly, “What made you think of that night?”

“Oh I don’t know, I think from the moment when I saw you waiting for my appearance outside the bedroom door; I knew to the depths that you would go to keep me in your world. I resented you very much then but I am beginning to understand your world. All of this abundance comes with a price. I haven’t forgotten your position in La Familia.”

“Why are we having this conversation, Michelle?”

“Tonight when I was bathing the babies, I noticed new clothes for Gabby and Bethany Joy. Do you realize that I have never shopped for my own children? Everything is done by Carmen and Abuell. This Saturday, I am going to Kids R Us and shop to my heart’s content.”

Taking Michelle’s hand in his hands, “My mother and grandmother saw what Gabby and Bethany required when you hardly had the time to check their dressers. Their clothes are washed frequently and they have out grown their 6 months size a long time ago. Michelle, do you even know what size they wear?”

“NO!”

“Baby, go shopping and spend whatever but I appreciate Carmen and Abuella taking care of the shopping for the twins; it relieves me or Mrs. Martinez from doing the task. Baby, what is really bothering you tonight?”

Choking on her words, “I almost missed feeding Gabby and Bethany tonight. I’m a horrible mother by putting my profession ahead of their care. I’m missing all the special moments with Gabby and Bethany and evidently I’m even failing on the marriage side of things.”

Wiping her tears with his napkin, “Michelle, you are far from failing. You are incredible but the human body can only accomplish so much in one day. Yes, you are going to miss special moments but there are many that you will see with your own eyes. Gabby and Bethany Joy are going to reserve the best for you.”

Danny and Michelle finished their dinner in the quietness of the summer evening. Clearing the table, Michelle carried the nursery monitor back inside to the kitchen where the music of Ricky Martin played. Danny rinsed the dishes while Michelle rechecked the nursery. Gabby slept on his back with his left hand extended out to Bethany’s right hand. Bethany had scooted close to Gabby and had fallen asleep with her knees drawn up under her body. Covering their bodies with the summer lightweight blanket, Michelle bent over and kissed both goodnight again. Feeling the presence of Danny standing behind her, “I think Bethany is trying to learn to crawl. Look how she has scooted to be near Gabby. I love to stand outside of the door before the Sandman or Sleep Fairy comes and hear then cooing and talking to each other. They make sounds that I have never heard. I don’t know if it is Spanish or a combination of Spanish and English.”

Resting his head on Michelle’s shoulder, “I bet it is a combination. They hear Spanish all day and when you get home the English classes begin. They are the combination of two nationalities and I expect them to be bi-lingual. Come on Mrs. Santos, the music of the Latino culture awaits us. Ready to dance?”

Giggling her answer, “Oh yes Mr. Santos.”

In the morning, Michelle checked her E-mail and quickly viewed what she determined important. The one from Dr. Rasmussen’s office caught her attention. Opening the e-mail, the note from her superior was short. Please stop by my office ASAP. Sighing at the thought of the pending interruption in her schedule for the day, Michelle walked the long hallway to the administration offices. Knocking on Dr. Rasmussen’s open door, Michelle entered after the doctor raised her head acknowledging her knock.

“Good morning Dr. Bauer-Santos. You must have got my message right after I posted it on the Internet. I’ve been wondering how we are going to resolve your leave of absences last year. You exceeded expectations with your class work but the hours of practice falls short. It has been brought to my attention that you volunteer at a church mission downtown and practice your medical skills. After the review of this good news, I am pleased to inform you that the Board of the Medical School has seen to credit those hours to your second year of medical school. You, Dr. Santos, are up to date and on schedule with the rest of your classmates. Matter of fact, the clinic has identified your medical talents as being exceptional in the field of Pediatrics. Have you given much thought of considering the field of pediatrics as a specialty?”

Smiling with the gift of the good news of her standing at the medical school, “Honestly the answer is no; I am interested in research and helping my father find a cure for AIDS. I will give your suggestion some consideration.”
Swallowing before asking the question, which she dreaded. “I know this is highly inappropriate, but I was wondering if I could request one week of vacation in July; I promise to continue working in the clinic to make up for the time away from the hospital.”

“Dr. Santos, I believe all the doctors get a month of leave during the year and you just have to submit the request for vacation. I suggest you check your schedule for July and then put in the request.”

“Thank you Dr. Rasmussen, I will do that and get my request signed today.”

“Good day, doctor.” Waiting for Michelle to leave her office, Dr. Heidi Rasmussen turned her chair around to admire her new painting on her wall. Pulling the cell phone from her white lab coat, she dialed Carmen Santos’s number. “The task is complete and I had the complete support of the entire Medical School. The Pollack painting is worth being in this backward city for two more years. The ground work has been laid for Michelle to continue her studies in Philadelphia; if she chooses to pursue additional studies. This is an easy assignment. My ex- husband sends his respect to the Santos matria.” And in the house on High Ridge Road, Carmen laid the headpiece of her telephone in the cradle. Silently saying to herself, “Give my regards to Miguel’s distant cousin.”

Michelle walked in the hospital cafeteria to grab a large cup of coffee. This was one item, which she still allowed herself to enjoy. Sipping the hot beverage, Michelle chose hot oatmeal with cinnamon toast for breakfast. The day was already looking better. Seeing her favorite table was empty, Michelle carried her small tray to the table. Her thoughts returned to last night and Danny’s suggestion of celebrating their first anniversary in Majorca. Last night, the trip seemed impossible but at this moment it was possible.

Rechecking her watch, Michelle called the lake house number.

“Santos residence.”

“Olga, can I speak to Danny?”

“Senora Michelle, Danny isn’t home. He is having breakfast at Carmen’s house this morning.”

“How are the twins?”

“They are with their father.”

“I guess they are having breakfast with Carmen and Maria also.”

“Oh Michelle, they always go on Wednesday to Carmen’s house.”

“Thanks Olga, I’ll call Danny on his cell phone.”

Dialing the speed dial number, Michelle sat in astonishment. Danny hadn’t shared this part of his schedule with her. She waited for the usual three rings before expecting to hear her husband’s voice.

“Santos.”

“Danny, I called home to give you some exciting news. I spoke with Dr. Rasmussen this morning and because of my volunteering at the clinic; I have received credit and am now an official third year medical student. This is the best news, it looks like we can have the first anniversary in Majorca if you are still interested. I haven’t checked my schedule but I think I can get at least a week off in July.”

“Baby, the news is the greatest! Do you want to say hello to Bethany Joy and Gabby? We are having breakfast with both Grannies.”

“Danny, I didn’t know that you did this with the twins.”

“We started doing this months ago. I used to have breakfast with Carmen and Abuella every Wednesday before I got married to a sexy doc.”

Holding the phone to their ears, Danny heard Michelle’s voice speaking to the babies. He watched the twins reaction to her voice. “Hey Michelle, I wish you could see their response. Carmen is recording Gabby and Bethany listening to the phone. You will love it.”

“Danny, I have to go, I wanted you to hear the good news. Bye sweetie.”

Closing the cell phone shut, “Michelle called to tell me about her good news. Heidi Rasmussen used your information with the clinic to our advantage.” Clicking their cups of coffee together, “Salute.”

Throwing her thick head of hair back against the dining room chair, “Daniel, I was very careful this time. The trail back to Dr. Rasmussen is impossible to trace. The doctor was once married to your father’s distant cousin. Being the professional woman that she is, Heidi Rasmussen never changed her name. There isn’t a name trail. I hit a homerun with this one Daniel, I think I did OK.”

Warning his mother again, “Be careful.”

Refocusing her attention to her two grandchildren, Carmen placed the spoon of baby cereal in Gabby’s mouth, “Sweet Gabby, you are just like your father when he was your age and Bethany, you look like Michelle but you are a Santos to the core. Danny, you are free to leave anytime. Maria and I are going to enjoy the rest of our day with Gabby and Bethany Joy. We have lots of family pictures to look at in the albums and Maria will tell the stories of the Santoses coming to settle in San Juan. Maria bought a new pirate book yesterday with lots of pull out pictures.”

Kissing Carmen on the cheek, “Mam, I trust you are telling only the colorful side of the Santos history.”

“My goodness, it is only the Santos heritage that your children are hearing. Get out of the house, I want to enjoy my grandchildren.”

“Dr. Bauer-Santos can I join you?”

Glancing up to the voice that she recognized, “Dr. Forest Richards I thought you had left Springfield.”

“I’m here to finish the last of my senior residence duties. Tying up unfinished business.”

“I can’t wait till the day comes and I can say those words.”

“Michelle, the time will go faster than you think!”

“My children will be two and a half when I graduate.”

“Michelle, are you still having doubts?”

“I have my moments. Last night wasn’t a good night and Danny was peeved.”

“Michelle, remember I told you that only other doctors that have been in the trenches understand what we give up to become a doctor. I take it that Mr. Bauer-Santos isn’t getting enough action in the bed.”

Michelle’s face turned crimson red. “You hit the hammer on the head of the nail. Truthfully, I give most of my attention to Gabby and Bethany when I am home. By the time I fall in bed, I’m asleep and they still wake up at least once during the night. In the morning, I don’t have the time to have sex before I leave home. Forest, what am I going to do without having you listen to my whoes?”

Pulling his new business card out of his jacket, “This is where I can be reached.”

“You are starting your practice in Seattle, Washington!”

“Yeah The Northwest is a good place to raise children. Oh, I almost forgot. Aussie Spencer sent a letter on my e-mail for you. This will brighten your day. The medical school is allowing me the professional courtesy of keeping my e-mail address here for one year. This is my password and user name; you can continue to communicate with Aussie without your husband ever discovering our secret. My goodbye present to you. I’ll see you before I leave but I know you have to get going for morning rounds.”

Quickly reading the letter from her friend Aussie, Michelle patted her male friend on the top of his hand. “Thank you, I wouldn’t have made it this far if you hadn’t covered for me so many times.”

Dear Michelle,
The pictures of Gabriel and Bethany Joy are so cute. They have grown since the last ones that you sent via the good old scanner. Bethany Joy is the spitting image of you and the olive skin tone shows the Santos blood runs in her veins. Gabriel sounds like a handful and very spoiled. A characteristic, which he inherited from your husband to say the least, because there is no way that a child with Bauer genes, would refuse to drink from a bottle. All Bauers love to eat.
Chelle, I like the medical school here in Australia and what Danny meant as a punishment has benefited me. It will look good on my resume. I do plan on returning to the USA in two years whether Mr. Santos likes it or not. He will surely be over his rage by then; don’t you think? He has the twins and you but we still have our friendship, which he can’t take away.
I talked with Caitlin last week. She says that you are still leading the class. The Bauer power still reigns. I’m tired most of the time myself and there is a hot senior resident here in surgery that keeps my heart pumping. We have had a couple dates but both of us are too busy to get serious. It still amazes me how you managed to find the time to meet Danny, get pregnant, have two weddings and give birth to my godchildren. By the way, when are you going to have the official baptism service? Have you told Danny that his arch enemy was granted this honor?
I miss seeing your happy smile and hearing your contagious giggle but I know others are enjoying your features. We have two more years of this terror from hell. I have to say that being in Medical School isn’t what I would encourage anyone in their right mind to pursue. We must have been crazy to commit to this torture!
Please hug and kiss my godchildren. I have their pictures in my locker at the hospital along side the picture of their mother and yours truly.
Friends Forever,
Aussie

Michelle kissed the letter and placed it inside of her white lab coat. Yes, we are friends forever.

Saturday morning came finally and Michelle was up preparing breakfast for Danny and herself. In one arm, she carried Gabby at her side. He was being extremely fussy and biting the cold teething ring. Michelle had rubbed his red and swollen gums with the topical medication. Gabby’s nose was running and the low grade temperature showed why he was being more demanding than usual. Gabby dropped the teething ring from his mouth and moved his head down to the area where he usually nursed. “Oh Gabby, you will have to wait. Your Daddy and I are hungry.”

From the baby monitor came the cooing noise of Bethany. Michelle lifted her eyes toward the ceiling. God, please give me patience. The knock at the door and the sight of her father and Aunt Meta gave Michelle the assurance of God sending angels to help her. “I’m so glad to see both of you. I can’t seem to calm Gabby down and Bethany is awake now.”

Aunt Meta saw the confusion on Michelle’s face, “Michelle, I’ll get Bethany Joy and Ed can check Gabby. By the way, where is Danny?”

Michelle pointed in the direction of the bedroom, I heard the water from the shower running a few minutes ago; he must be getting dressed.

Ed gently lifted his grandson from Michelle’s arms. “Gabby, will you allow your Grandpa to look in your mouth and see what all this fuss is about today?” Pulling a tongue blade from his coat pocket, he pried Gabby’s mouth open. “I see the problem; Gabby is cutting two bottom teeth. See and one has barely broken the skin surface.” Leaning the baby’s head down to Michelle level, “Can you see the tiny white tooth? Gabby, you win the prize because you beat your sister.”

“What’s going on here? What happened?” Danny stood in the room dressed only in his white boxer shorts.

“Danny, I panicked and called my father a few minutes ago. Gabby was acting strange and I wanted some reassurance. Aunt Meta and Dad came immediately.”

“Is Gabby OK?”

“Yes Danny, his first tooth finally broke the skin surface. Gabby is displaying the symptoms of having a good case of teething. After the first ones are in, you have a better sense of what is going to happen. The Tempra will relieve the low grade fever.”

Gabby reached his arms out for Danny. “Hey little guy! You are lucky to have a Grandfather that is a doctor. Thanks Ed for coming. Why don’t you stay for breakfast?”

“No Danny, Meta and I had breakfast earlier but a hot cup of coffee sounds nice. Meta was going shopping with Michelle this morning anyway. Ladies, is the shopping trip still on?”

Meta waited for Michelle’s reaction. “Aunt Meta, I’ve decided to cancel the trip to Kids R Us. I can go another day. I want to spend the time with Gabby and Bethany; Bethany can’t be far from experiencing the pain.”

An hour later, Meta and Ed were on their way back home. In the Santos house, Michelle had showered, dressed and was resting in her husband’s arms with Gabby and Bethany down in the crib for their morning nap.

“Do we dare think of the Majorca trip?”

Danny thought the consequences of the question over in his mind. “It isn’t fair to Bethany or Gabby. We can go another time or year but the time isn’t right. We can have fun in San Juan and slip away for day trips to have our own sexy rendezvous. Truthfully, I hadn’t considered the twins getting sick. The time is vacation for Carmen and Abuella and I do not want to rain on their parade. They both grew up on the island and they visit old friends. I want them to have the freedom to go and come as they please. Are you disappointed Michelle?”

“Never with you, Danny.”

The jet wheels burned the rubber of the tarmac as it landed in San Juan. At the gate, the tanned skin men waited for their boss and his family to arrive. Danny had increased the security detail with the growth of his family. Everyone knew the rules; the men were to be available and discreet. Low profile at all times especially when Michelle was out with the children. Inside the house, the maid and cook doubled as part of the security. Even in Puerto Rico, the South American wildcard gangsters werent above kidnapping. Danny wanted the word out on the street to be as truthfully as possible. His compound was guarded with the best men in the business. Jimmy still managed the security but his cousin had the responsibility for the Santos villa.

Jimmy emerged first from the plane. Raising his hand, the two black limousines pulled up to the bottom steps of the jet. Danny carried one twin down with a blanket over his head and Michelle came down the steps following the same procedure. The babies’ faces had been hid from the general public. The darkened windows hid their faces inside the car. Outside the gate, the head security car pulled ahead of the two cars and two other cars joined in the convoy behind the black limousines. Michelle had recently been told of Danny’s fear of the twins being kidnapped after the failed kidnapping of their famous music friend. This time Michelle had accepted the hardcore fact that her children were worth millions to those outside of the family.

With everyone settled in the villa, Gabby and Bethany Joy crawled on the marble and tile floors to search out their new surroundings. The fascination of steps occupied their time with Maria and Carmen chasing down the two speedy crawlers. One would move to a different area in the villa and the other twin followed. Any object coming within their grasp was examined and immediately went in the direction of the mouth. Their new favorite toy became their great grandmothers knitting bag where the unraveling balls of different colored yarns magically moved away from their small hands. Their double activity was a challenge to the caretakers and the placement of the twins in the playpen brought out the tears and sad faces. New toys were summoned to take on the challenge of providing a diversion to the limited space in the playpen until their babbles called for Mommy or Daddy.

Outside on the terraced garden, the swimming pool became the playground for Danny and Michelle. They swam in the pool and lounged on the plastic white recliners. Two days passed and Danny’s body was taking on the appearance of a rested man. On day three, Danny watched Michelle swimming in the pool and the twins sleeping under the blue awning. Danny walked over to the portable crib where the two babies dressed in only a diaper slept with their thumbs in their mouths. Michelle’s hand inched up Danny’s back.

“Would you think that I was crazy if I told you that I want to have another baby soon?”

Reaching for her hand on his back, “Crazy isn’t the exact choice of words that I would choose. It isn’t going to happen this year but maybe next year.”

Pressing her body closer to Danny’s chest, “I loved all the attention that I got from you when I was pregnant.”

“Baby, you are lying through your teeth. You were sick! You are not going to have another baby this year. We have two reasons in front of us.”

Tracing her finger down his chest to his belly button, “When next year?”

“Michelle, I don’t know when next year.” Lifting her up in his arms, “But we can practice the act over and over until we make another perfect baby. Speaking of perfection, Ray asked if we wanted to have the twins official baptized here at the church where we were married.”

Breaking suddenly away from Danny. “No never, I considered the baptism at the hospital to be official. If Father Ray wants to do another baptism, it will be done in Springfield where my family and friends can attend.”

Scooping up Michelle in his arms, “I love your feisty attitude. Choose the date and I will tell Ray.”

Out of the blue, the date of December 24 was flashed in her mind. “The date may be problematic but Christmas Eve at the children’s 5pm service at Father Ray’s church is my choice.”

Snuggling in the space between Michelle’s neck and shoulder, “The date is December 24 and I don’t want to hear later on how I pushed this upon you.”

“Have you any ideas of who you would like to ask to be the Godparents?” Danny placed Bill and Pilar’s names on the possible list.

With her sexiest voice, Michelle whispered the name of Aussie Spencer in Danny’s ear. “Wrong name and choice Michelle, you are going to have to come up with another friend!”

“If you have to know in my heart, Aussie Spencer is the twins’s Godmother and I’m not changing my mind.”

Smacking Michelle’s butt for added attention, “We have 5 months to agree to disagree. Aussie will never be welcomed by me to a family event.”

“I didn’t say that you had to welcome her but you can learn to be civil and lay down the hatchet for a evening.”

“After a year Michelle, you still don’t get it. The possibility of me loosing you was there and Aussie Spencer was attempting to get you far from me.”

The five months went fast and each month, Michelle hassled Danny with the Godmother decision. By early fall, Michelle detected a slight softening with Danny’s latest rendition of his refusal to her request. At Thanksgiving, Michelle dropped the news that Aussie was visiting Caitlin at Christmas and the church was a perfect neutral place for Danny and Aussie to meet. The maximum amount of time that the two would encounter each other was two hours. A week later, Michelle heard the words of compliance from Danny. Aussie Spencer was being accepted as the Godmother only because none of the Santos money was paying for her travel to Springfield.

Christmas Eve morning started with the usual activity with the added new tradition of decorating a fresh cut tree from the tree farm. Danny’s day had started with getting the large tree in the stand. Ray had chosen to check in on his cousin with a live appearance and fresh baked cinnamon buns from Sister Rock’s warm oven. “Where are my favorite Godchildren?”

At one end of the dining room table, Danny sat attempting to unwind the strands of lights and checking the bulbs. Michelle moved the boxes of new Christmas decorations from the sofa to an empty space on the kitchen counter after Bethany Joy had spotted the enchanting new toys.

When Gabby heard Father Ray’s voice, he pulled his body up from the knelling position to the standing position at the sofa. Holding onto the edge of the sofa, Gabby walked to the spot occupied by his sister. He stood and stared at Bethany. His movement temporary stalled until he dropped to his knees and crawled to the other side of Bethany. Full speed ahead, Gabby got to the dark pants leg. Ray reached down to lift the littlest male Santos in the air. “Hey buddy, you want an airplane ride? Michelle, did you see how Gabby got around Bethany? He went back to his old form of transportation. Cousin, it looks like I made it here in time to be of some use this morning. Are you two up to having a family dinner here tonight?”

Pouring another mug of coffee for Ray, “How did you know that you were our back up plan? The dinner has been taken care of since it is being catered as a family gift from my Dad. Sweet Olga has the day off. The monstrosity of a tree has to be decorated. Gabby and Bethany Joy resent the playpen with a passion. Aunt Meta is tied up with preparing food for the Bauer Christmas dinner tomorrow night. Abby has last minute shopping and my old friend Bill Lewis is unavailable. That takes care of my family. Carmen and Abuella are wrapping gifts. Yes, we need a spare set of hands to either watch the troops or decorate the tree.”

Ray kissed Michelles cheek and took a sip of coffee. Next Ray bent down and picked up Bethany in his empty arm. “This is what Christmas is all about- Family. I think Christmas Eve is my favorite time of year. Spending time with those that you love. Having strangers meet your eyes on a busy street and wish other strangers Merry Christmas Last minute decorating and singing familiar carols. The tree isn’t as challenging as these two will be. I’ll baby-sit and you two can decorate. Gabby and Bethany can go with me to refill the birdfeeders.”

Danny jumped up from his seat. “The tangled lights can wait. The blanket is the laundry room that I’ve been using to keep them warm.”

Walking from the closet, Michelle held one pink snowsuit in one hand and a dark blue suit in the other hand. “Father Ray is taking you outside to see the birds in the wheel barrel.” Sitting on the sofa, Michelle lifted one of Bethany’s legs and then the other in the snowsuit. Next the mittens tied on with yarn finally covered the two hands and the hands went into the armholes with the zipping completing the task. Kissing Bethany on both cheeks, “You are cute as you can be and you look like a fat Eskimo.”

Michelle carefully placed the white fleece hat on Bethany’s hair, “I know you hate the hat but it will keep your ears warm outside.”

Across the room on the kitchen counter, Danny repeated the same steps with Gabby.

Michelle handed the bundled Bethany to Ray, “Please watch this one. She has managed recently to remove her hat by pulling her mittens off with her teeth.”

With Bethany in Father Ray’s arms, Danny followed his cousin down the steps with Gabby. Inside the shed, Ray set the blanket over the cold plastic surface. In one corner, he placed Bethany Joy and Gabby in the other corner. Danny pulled the jar of white face cream from his coat pocket and applied the cream in generous amounts on the cheeks of his children’s faces. “OK, you are set to be outside with Ray. The peanuts are for the squirrels and the sunflowers for the red cardinals.”

“Hey cuz, where did all the large bags of birdseed come from?”

“Santa made an early delivery this morning and dropped these out of his sleigh for you. A priest is very hard to buy a Christmas present for these days and your dresser has to be full of those ugly sweaters that you wear at the parish house. It was Michelle’s idea.”

“Speaking of Michelle and today, how are you with Aussie Spencer being at the church this afternoon?”

Breathing hard before answering, “Today is Christmas Eve and I’m in the Christmas spirit. I’ll stay clear of Aussie for Michelle’s sake. Aussie will be in your territory today.”

Listening to Danny, “I may be pushing the envelope but are you inviting Aussie here for the reception following the baptism?”

“Ray, I don’t have that much spirit. You are babysitting and the troops can get restless and bored quickly. Danny, you and I have got to discuss Aussie and the reception.”

Danny held the shed door open for Ray and the wheel barrel. “Ray, the subject of Aussie is between Michelle and me. I gave Michelle what she wanted. Two hours of Aussie at the christening service.”

Jeva Custody Case 1996 Feb 12 16 1996

August 7, 2017

I started going through and breaking Bandstand Mike’s episodes into dates. This run started on December 20, 1995. Our last post in the series ended February 9 1996.

Rick confesses to Annie he still loves her and wants her back. Alan tells Reva to give up the custody fight or he’s leaving her. Reva picks her kids. With Alan out of the picture Buzz attempts to move in and ignores Hawk’s admonition that Reva and Josh will always find their way back to each other. The Jeva custody trial moves forward. LAM are back together and sorry to have missed their original wedding date and are in a hurry to arrange another. However, they aren’t as in as much of a hurry as Susan and Nick McHenry who will marry and move to Europe within the next week with little or no warning. Amanda is found locked in the construction shed and is dangerously ill. She’s rushed to the hospital meaning Alan has two children in the hospital right now. Dinah solidifies her friendship with Dinah – which is good they both could use a friend. Hart is still determined to leave town and heads for the bus station.

Monday, February 12, 1996

I think Amanda is right about Ross being furious and on her side if he would find her or find out about it, but why would he think to look for her? He thinks she left his office to go home. Rick confesses to Annie he doesn’t think she and Josh will make it and that he still loves her. Alan tells Reva give up the custody fight, make a deal, or he’s out of their relationship.

Reva tells Alan that she needs him in her life. Amanda makes a foolish decision and doesn’t ask the guard for help. That’s kind of awesome that Amanda figured how to get out.

Ross: “I waited a lifetime to find you.”

Blake: “And when you did you couldn’t get enough.”

Dinah and Amanda find each other at a bar and commiserate. Hart heads to the bus station.

 

Reva tells Alan she’s choosing her kids, she isn’t pursuing the kids just to keep a link with Josh. He still doesn’t believe her. He gives Reva the house. She says she won’t stay there, but she and Josh later live there. Ross discovers Blake left her birth control in the bathroom despite Ross specifically asking her to use it to take the stress off.

Ross is concerned about Blake. Dinah and Amanda are quickly becoming drinking buddies. Dinah: “If you can unseat the henna head more power to you!” (Henna is used for various things including red hair dye.) Ross believes Josh is devoted to Annie. He’s normally not this stupid.

Nice for Reva to have reached out to Dylan even if it’s off camera. Hawk really looked cold in that coat. Great acting job. Hawk tells Reva that he was staying with a friend and got kicked out when he burned down the coach. Hawk also confesses he blew through all of Miss Sarah’s money on gambling. Josh is supporting Miss Sarah now. Look at Reva and that handkerchief. She genuinely cared for Alan. It makes no sense considering how she treats him later. Good for Amanda not letting Dinah drive drunk.

“All the damage fear has done.” That’s a perfect song for Bloss right now. The quilt on their bed is Flying Geese pattern.

Tuesday, February 13, 1996

It’s a new day in Springfield. Buzz shows up to visit Reva and is ecstatic Reva and Alan have broken up.

Annie and Josh are concerned about the hearing today. That’s too bad that Dinah responded with snark. I think Blake is trying to be nice for once. Matt finally gets to work and finds a truly unconscious Amanda.

Marah is upset that Reva is doing something that has upset Annie and Josh. Hawk (about Jeva not reconciling immediately): “That doesn’t mean it’s open season for every Tom, Dick, or burger flipper.” Buzz and Hawk clash over Reva. Good for Reva to stand up as an independent woman.
Reva: “I’m not a little girl anymore and I’m not Snow White waiting for some prince to come save me.” Buzz is indulging in some wishful thinking here.

Hawk turns up to see Marah. He brings her a Barbie like doll with a cowgirl outfit. I agree with Hawk someone should explain things to Marah even if it really isn’t his place. Amanda is rushed to Cedars. It’s a rough day for Alan with two children in the hospital. I’d say 3 months is a couple of months. That was pretty picky. Rick is called to the witness stand. Althea brings up Annie’s alcoholism.

Ross cross examines Rick. Ed is called to the stand. He claims privileged information and refuses to answer even when threatened with a contempt of court charge. I think the counseling stuff should be covered, but having to physically take a bottle out of her hands is direct experience and I do think he should be required to tell about that. Hawk explains Reva’s side to Marah. I’m kind of sorry Dinah outed Amanda. Blake kind of deserves it. Dinah’s right it’s a bit harsh to defend Blake to Amanda when Amanda was in the hospital.

Matt warns Blake and is shocked to hear Amanda was at least telling part of the truth. Ross walks by and over hears.

Wednesday, February 14, 1996

Alex finally shows up at Cedars to see A-M to find Nick and Susan already there this morning. I know it’s not nice what they are saying about Blake who I like, but I’m enjoying Dinah and Amanda as friends. They both need some female and friendly support.

About Blake Dinah: “She’s toast.”

Amanda: “Burnt toast.”

Dinah: “Soon to be turned into crumbs.”

Amanda: “And swept away. Bye-bye Blake.”

Alan shows up very concerned about Amanda. Why do you think Amanda could easily get out, Blake? I mean she Macguyvered her way out, but it wasn’t obvious.

Reva genuinely doesn’t know what Annie is talking about. I don’t blame Ross for being appalled. That is some mustache on the cop. Roger is still playing the distressed husband role. Luckily Dinah isn’t having it.

Nick and Susan are trying to keep prying eyes away from Lucy and Alan-Michael making out. We get a reference to Valentine’s Day. They were originally supposed to get married on that day. Which considering that was VERY close to A-M and Harley’s anniversary, it’s a little tasteless. Great job building up tension about the witness.

I don’t know why Reva objected to her lawyer. I think this is perfectly fair testimony especially because she had done absolutely nothing to help this woman even since marrying big money. Alex informs Nick and Susan who were talking about an impromptu wedding that she plans Alex: “the wedding of MY dreams.” Alan comes in informing the family that he has moved back into the mansion and that Amanda is down in Emergency. Roger continues to try and save his relationship with Dinah. It was Roger’s place originally, I don’t know why Dinah thinks he should leave.

Blake is put in the cell next to Brent Lawrence who is still insisting he’s Marian Crane. Roger is still focusing on how he NEEDS Dinah in his life. Sadly it’s because he’s embezzling her money and doesn’t want it to come out. Roger has a rare gift he can make you like him and hate him within the space of a handful of episodes and then do it all over again. Amanda to Matt about how she couldn’t break out of the construction shack: “Forgive me for never having watched This Old Shack.” That’s a reference to a popular PBS home remodel show This Old House. Annie testifies about her alcoholism and does a great job. (Honestly the only time I ever liked Annie on the show was when she was fighting with Ghost Reva otherwise it always seemed like even when she was happy there was a level of frenzied crazy eye right below the surface, but she did NOT deserve the campaign against her by Jeva which has already began even though Josh doesn’t realize it yet.)

Matt gets Amanda to drop the charges against Blake and is still on her case. Alexandra overhears his threat, but doesn’t know what Matt has on Amanda. Frank is frustrated about getting through to Brent and calls A-M. Dinah tells Roger that she isn’t having any that setting up Marcus and constantly seeing the look of pity in Holly’s eyes is too much she isn’t going back. Again it was Roger’s place Dinah moved in why should he leave?

Hart shows up on Dinah’s door. Blake is released and A-M shows up at the jail to talk to Brent. The judge rules that the kids stay with Josh, but Annie has to move out. I’m pretty positive, but not 100% that this is the tag for Wednesday, but the way it’s put together both the clips and the structure this could possibly be the before the credits of the next day.

 

Thursday, February 15, 1996

Dinah makes a crack about Hart not being the Prize Patrol – she is referencing American Publishing House which sent out a prize patrol with balloons and a giant fake check announcing you won so many million dollars in their drawing which you entered by buying magazine subscriptions. Frank Cooper decides he might be able to crack Brent by bringing in Alan-Michael and Lucy. Amanda is still sick (coughing) when no one is around, but not too bad. Blake shows up at her room to tear into Amanda. I think that Blake is wrong. Sure Amanda could have gotten out, but she easily might not have been able to. It was pretty clever of Amanda to come up with taking the door off the hinges and while she did hide from the guard, a cold night, a slack guard, and he might not have checked. It was a dangerous stunt if she didn’t follow up. Everyone is upset when Annie is ordered out of the house, but I kind of love this judge and I think he’s right.

Judge: “It seems to me that Mr. Lewis has been moving JUST A BIT quickly, starting with his petition to this court two years early to have Reva Shayne Lewis declared legally dead….your client brought a new woman into the lives of his children. He encouraged them to call her Mommy. It would almost seem to this court that he wants Reva Shayne Lewis to stay dead to his children.”

I think this judge is amazingly right on. Why didn’t Manny get HIM in divorce court so he could tell them to sit down and take a breath when they were rushing to get divorced? Buzz moves in to comfort and make a move on Reva. If the construction shack was so weak what was the point of it existing? It was supposed to be protecting those tools and it’s a semi-permanent set, it wasn’t exactly made of paper. Josh: “This shouldn’t be happening. It’s not fair. We both know who’s responsible.” Actually you’re exactly right, Josh. This shouldn’t be happening and YOU and Reva are responsible. Stand up and let Annie go now cleanly and she might still have a chance. What a great Ross and Ed best friend scene near the end. I just love it when they play that.

UPDATED January 9 2018: I realized I didn’t have a summary block so I added one and moved some of the quotes down a line.

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

July 19, 2017

What You Need to Know

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

Phillip And….

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

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

And Rick Bauer

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

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

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

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

And the Four Musketeers

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

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

And Beth Raines

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

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

And Alan Spaulding

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

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

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

And Danny Santos

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

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

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

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

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

July 7, 2017

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 3

Scene 12

Back in the kitchen, a commotion sounded at the door. Rusty Shayne and Wanda Hite arrived bearing the necessities for Oklahoma BBQ. Rusty had made the trip up from his ranch near Tulsa. He barely got his load down on the kitchen table before Mindy threw her arms around his neck.

“Melinda Sue,” he said happily. “Are you doing as well as you look?”

“As fine as an Oklahoma sunrise. How are you doing?”

“Oklahoma is still less fun without you, but the ranch is doing fine.”

Rick came in a pulled a grimace. Most of Mindy’s ex-es he didn’t much mind. In fact his best friend Phillip was one of them, but Rusty was the one whose relationship went back with Mindy longer than Rick’s. They had grown up together as kids. It was her one relationship that he felt might be as strong as theirs. Rusty and Mindy had grown up together as kids. Rick was happier when he stayed down in Oklahoma where he belonged.

Rick swallowed and walked over with his hand extended. “Rusty,” he said. “Thanks for bringing the Oklahoma BBQ. I know it makes Mindy happy and people have come to expect it now.”

“Don’t mind me and Earl. We make no never mind.”

Mindy jumped in. “Wanda, now you know we see you and Earl a lot more often than we do Rusty.”

Wanda helped balance her load on the back of a chair as she paused. “Where do you want us to set up?”

Billy came in. “Rusty, what are you doing by letting Wanda stand there with a heavy load. I’ll take that.”

During this exchange and the ribbing, a woman with long, black hair pulled into a tight bun. She was dressed too formally for the party in a black suit. She quietly worked her way behind the happy group and edged into a dark corner of the patio.

 

Scene 12B

The Indian motorcycle continue to drive south. He passed a green highway sign saying, “Springfield 172 miles.” He gunned it around a black suburban and hurried on.

 

Scene 13

Beth and Phillip had the art auction entries each set up on their own easel along the edge of the patio. Each had a number that matched a description in the glossy printed guide.

Clarissa Marler and Maureen Reardon had the children’s art station all set up. They grabbed kids who arrived early and set them to work on the mural.

Mindy had come out to make sure her fashion drawing she’d donated for the auction looked right, but she had been caught by the sight of the kids playing. It yanked at her heart reminding her of the baby she’d lost and the children she and Rick never had.

Rick had caught Mindy’s expression across the patio and came up behind her. “It looks like they could use some help. Why don’t you dig in there?”

“You think so?”

“I know so. No one spreads sunshine like you do.”

Looking cheered up, Mindy dived into the kids. She started helping a girl make a dog she was painting look a little less like park bench.

The woman with the tight bun had reached the artwork going straight to the painting from the Spaulding attic. She looked the painting over very carefully. She moved back into the shadows and pulled out her cell phone. She pressed a saved number. “It’s definitely THE painting…..No, not yet. I will try to get it before the auction starts. She abruptly ended the call.

 

Scene 14

Molly Spaulding came rushing into the Bauer kitchen nearly running into Blake and then Buzz in the process. Her dad, Alan-Michael Spaulding, was hot on her heels. “God Dad, stop hovering. I go to college for heaven’s sake. I don’t need you looking over my shoulder all the time.”

“Princess, will you wait up. I wasn’t hovering I was….”

Both continued through the kitchen and out the back door to the patio.

Lucy came in a troubled expression on her face. Frank intercepted her with a hug. “What’s going on, Sis?”

Waving towards the door, “You heard. Molly thinks Alan-Michael has been overly protective and it’s smothering. You know he always was protective, but lately…”

“Did something happen?”

“Well, he went to visit Hope earlier this month…I’m afraid she’s not doing well. Alan-Michael can’t do anything to help her so he’s determined to keep up safe. He knows I can take care of myself, but he’s even been a bit hover-y with me and he’s way overboard with Molly. Then there was her boyfriend.”

“What about him?”

“Tom got a little aggressive with her, enough so she filed a police report.”

“Oh, what did you say his last name is? Does he go to Springfield U with Molly?”

“Yes, he goes to Springfield U, but don’t worry about putting the fear of God into him. Besides making it clear that him that putting hands on a woman like that was NOT acceptable, he also specifically made him aware at the might the Spauldings could bring down on his head. After Brent, Alan-Michael isn’t taking any chances.”

“None of us do,” Frank said pulling Lucy in for a big brotherly hug. He silently gave a prayer of Thanksgiving that it had turned out as well as it had. “I’m glad he’s watching out for both of you.”

“He’s watching over us all right, but it’s driving Molly nuts. When I was her age I was conning people out of jobs and almost ready to decide who I was going to marry. He’s got to give her some space before she does something crazy to assert her independence, and if there’s one thing Alan-Michael and I know about acting out and doing extreme things to get our way….I hope Molly can avoid learning about it.”

Lucy bit her lip and looked out the door in the direction that Alan-Michael and Molly had gone.

Scene 15

Bridget hurried through the Bauer living room towards the front door. Lillian and Buzz were sitting on the couch talking. “Is she here yet? Kat just texted she was almost here.”

Bridget through open the door and there stood Kat looking stark and formal. Bridget paused, and then both women broke into laughter as they hugged each other. Bridget wrapped her arm around Kat’s shoulders. “You’re looking great, Kat. It’s been way too long. What’s it been since we saw each other? Oh, at least a year since you came to visit us in Oakdale.”

“It’s been even longer since I’ve been back to Springfield.” Kat looked back at the open door. “Paul, Hamp, get in here.” Kat shared an exasperated look with her best friend. “You keep thinking it will get easier as they get older — it doesn’t.”

“Tell me about it. Peter’s out of college now and I still worry about him….and he still doesn’t pick up after himself.”

Both women were laughing together when Paul and Hamp walked in, Hamp pulling the door shut behind them.

Hamp looked rebellious. “I still don’t see why we had to come here to celebrate the fourth. The guys and I had pitched in on some fireworks and now I’m going to miss them setting them off.”

Kat walked over to Hamp. “Because the Bauer BBQ is the best time to visit Springfield. It’s the one time when the whole town is together and I want you to meet some of your Grandpa Hamp’s friends. You never got to meet him and I want them to help you get an idea of what he was like. I want you to see his club. Plus this is where I finished growing up. You’ll just have to put up with it. Besides here’s Bridget. You like Bridget don’t you?”

“Ya, Bridget is fun.”

“Thanks…I think.”

“Plus your Uncle Billy is here. He was Grandpa Hamp’s best friends. He can tell you about when they played football together.”

Paul broke in with a smile. “Billy’s here? Where?”

Bridget answered, “Right before you got here he was out watching them set up the grill. I’ll walk you back there….Oh before we do that I want you to meet Lillian and Buzz. Kat, you remember them.”

“Of course…. Boys, Buzz here makes the best non-Bauer burger in town. When I was your age, I used to hang out at his restaurant, the Fifth Street diner, all the time. And this is Lillian she’s the best nurse anywhere.”

Buzz shrugged one shoulder, “Not the greatest….”

Lillian interrupted. “That’s nice of you to say, Sweetie.”

“These are my boys Paul and Hamp.”

Lillian added, “Oh, I see their resemblance to Hamp. Now I think Bridget told me that you were married to Paul Frasier’s son. Ed Bauer has told all about your grandfather. He was one of Ed’s mentors and a great surgeon before he got promoted to administration, but you want to talk about Hamp. Have fun today.”

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 2

July 6, 2017

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 2

Scene 5 – Moved into Scene 2

Scenes 6 and 7

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

“DADDDDDEEEEEEE!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Oh no! What did Daddy do now?”

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

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

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

“Always do at the BBQ, Daddy.”

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

“Hey!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Billy let her go, shaking his head.

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

“All I did was….”

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

“Grandpa Billy!”

“There’s my Princess Sarah!”

Sarah rushed over to hug Billy.

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

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

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

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

 

Scene 8

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

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

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

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

 

Scenes 9 – 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robbie snorted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

July 5, 2017

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

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

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

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 1

Scene 1A

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

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

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

“OK troops! Let’s raise the flag.”

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

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

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

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

 

Scene 1B

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scene 2

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

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

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

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

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

“Danny, condiments!”

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

“I said condiments!”

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

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

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

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

“Michelle, desserts!”

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

“How about the ice cream?”

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

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

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

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

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

“Bert’s recipe?”

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

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

“Bridget, Dylan, lettuce salad bar!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scene 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scene 4

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

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