The History of Harley and Mallet

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The history of Harley & Mallet starts with Harley Davidson Cooper deciding yet another career move, police woman.   Working at Spaulding Harley set up a password that only Alan-Michael would know.  Unfortunately she was drugged by John Davis, a friend of Roger Thorpe, and she revealed the password, enabling Roger to embezzle money from Spaulding.  Though Alan-Michael and Blake accused her of corporate espionage, Harley couldn’t remember anything and was soon able to prove that she’d been drugged and had Davies arrested. A few days later, Harley met friends in a bar on 5th Street and discovered  corrupt cops Hutchins and Murry  demanding protection money from the barkeeper and threatened her friend, Tracey, a hooker.  When she was arrested for prostitution in an attempt to buy her silence she decided she’d rather be on the other side of the bars and enrolled in the Springfield Police Academy where she came upon her hard-nosed instructor, A.C. Mallet (aka Anthony Camaletti).

Mallet, as he came to be called had been in Springfield for a while but hadn’t discovered Harley as of yet. He came to Springfield from NYC where he was a successful Detective. Unfortunately, a romance with a mobster’s daughter, Francesca ended his reign there and sent him running with a new name and straight into the arms of Melinda Sue Lewis. Mindy and Mallet became quick friends and she was the first person he knew in Springfield. Mindy helped her friend Mallet move on after he realized he’d never be with the woman he loved again.

Mallet was a strict teacher. He resented being made to teach rookies and took it out on them as much as possible, especially a rookie who thought she deserved to be more, Rookie Cooper. Harley desperately wanted to be in some cases already and somehow always found herself where she wasn’t supposed to and surprisingly right next to Mallet.

Finally, while chasing after Dr. Daniel St. John in the cold stretch of woods it happened: Harley was kidnapped and Mallet came to rescue. When Mallet found her she was freezing and delirious. While trying to warm up his rookie Harley made an oh-so-cute comment about her instructor’s lips. Mallet took it as delirium, but Harley meant more. She confessed her feelings to her big brother Frank, who also had become a close pal to Mall

She left Springfield unhappy with wanting Mallet but not having him want her back, so she headed for Cross Creek. But Mallet had no idea that Harley wanted him, because secretly he had fallen for her too.

When Harley disappeared Mallet begged Frank to tell him where Harley had gone, but Frank promised Harley he wouldn’t. That is until Frank realized Mallet shared Harley’s feelings.

Mallet went to Dylan and finally got him to tell him that Harley was at Cross Creek. Mindy also got involved when Harley called her and she covered for Dylan so Harley wouldn’t know Mallet was on his way there.

When Mallet showed up at the Cross Creek cabin only one thing could follow: passion. Harley and Mallet made love for the first time there in what many remember as Harley and Mallet’s best moment. When the couple returned to Springfield, Harley took her police test and passed, but their romance was still a secret since Mallet was still her instructor.

But happiness can never last for long on a soap opera. Harley and Mallet then began to work on their first case together much to the dismay of their captain, who wanted Harley as a rookie, but now she had to help. Jenna Bradshaw, international jewel thief had set her sights on the jewels of the Springfield, but Mallet knew her. Or at least recognized her as what she was, a thief; but that wasn’t enough to arrest her. Mallet had to catch her in the act.

So they set up a plan. Jenna had already become interested in Mallet and he used that against her, but he needed someone on the inside so Harley became Jenna’s assistant. But while the sting went on Harley & Mallet couldn’t be seen together so once again their romance became secret and was confined to a small hotel. After awhile Jenna found out she had been set up, but the couple already had enough to get her. Jenna was caught but in true soap fashion the beautiful temptress got away and reformed herself

Just when Harley & Mallet thought the rough times were behind them, the worst moment of their romance took place. All at the hands of Harley’s former husband and now friend, Alan Michael Spaulding.  A-M wanted Eleni Andros, but Eleni wanted Frank Cooper, Harley trustworthy big brother. Eleni had been shipped from Greece to marry Frank, but he wanted no part in it, because he didn’t love her. But soon the two really fell for each other but before their passion could be sealed Frank was called away to France. While there A-M set it up so a prostitute named Mussette would sneak into Frank’s bed just as Eleni, who A-M sent there to “surprise” her love would find them. When she did Frank was out like a light from a “Mickey” Mussette slipped him. Eleni was devastated and headed back for the states with A-M. But when she tried to get back into the states she was stopped and called an illegal alien.

Blake Thorpe, A-M’s ex-wife, who was jealous of her ex’s lust for the Grecian beauty called the authorities on her. But her plan backfired when on the spot, A-M offered to marry Eleni to keep her in the country. Eleni only believed in marrying someone she loved, but A-M confessed his true feelings and Eleni felt she could grow to love one of her closest friends.

When Frank found out A-M’s deception and Eleni’s marriage he was extremely hurt. Harley & Mallet were upset at A-M for marrying Eleni when he knew how she felt toward Frank. But Eleni grew to deeply love A-M, but his past was coming back to haunt him.

Mussette, the woman A-M had hired to deceive Eleni was back. She wanted more money for she’d done once she found out what it did for A-M. But A-M wanted no more to do with her and hired a man to stop her, Pierre. But Pierre wasn’t the best of hitmen/spies. His big plan for getting rid of Mussette, who recently showed up in Springfield and even befriended Eleni was to blow her up.

Pierre put a bomb in Mussette’s car. But some complications came along the way, like the fact that Eleni’s car was in the same parking garage and when A-M found this out he freaked. Mallet had also stumbled upon what was going on and went to try to stop Mussette from opening her car door and exploding herself to pieces. But something worse happened. Even though Eleni got away before the bomb went off, Mallet got there right as Mussette opened her door. The bomb went off right in front of Mussette and Mallet.

Mallet was rushed to the hospital … in grave condition. Mussette was dead. Harley was a wreck, and so was A-M, because all he knew was a dark-haired woman had been hurt as well, but it wasn’t his precious Eleni. A tough time was ahead: Mallet couldn’t walk and he couldn’t hear. His only communication with Harley was him seeing her lips move.

His paralysis might be permanent and if not he maybe be sterile. He was give a hearing ear dog (Xyla) to assist him in every day living.

Mallet was crushed and decided the best thing to do was to break it off with Harley, for her own good. Harley was crushed, she had no idea why Mallet would cut her off when he needed her the most. But soon Mallet and Harley were back together and decided to move in together. Mallet who was now confined to a wheelchair tried to be his old self but couldn’t. Soon his hearing returned.

Then all of A-M secrets were unleashed. Pierre was back ready to destroy A-M and anybody in his way. In a daring shoot-out at the airport: Harley, A-M, Mallet and Nick Spaulding stop Pierre. The police arrive and ask what’s going on, Nick wants to turn A-M in for the explosion that killed Mussette and hurt Mallet, but Mallet stops him. A-M had saved Harley’s life and took a bullet for her. Mallet and Harley kept quiet.

On Xmas day Mallet’s present to Harley was the fact that he could take a few steps, and now he was on his way to walking on his own.  Then Mallet did something he never thought he would: he proposed and Harley gladly accepted .

By January 1993, Mallet had almost fully recovered and since he had to give Xyla back to his owner in Washington, he and Harley traveled there and decided to visit the Vietnam Memorial to find Harley’s father’s name.  To her surprise his name wasn’t there.  An Army official confessed that her father had not died in Vietnam.  All those years Frank and Harley believed their father Frank Buzz Cooper Sr. had died in Vietnam were lies.  When Harley couldn’t find his name anywhere on the wall she had to find out from her mother Nadine. Buzz had been MIA and she didn’t want to give them any false hope so she said he died.

When Nadine’s cousin Rex showed up in town no one thought anything of it, except Mallet. Rex was strange, but really Rex was none other than Buzz, who had been back in the States since ’77. With slight reconstructive surgery he was almost unrecognizable to Nadine, but she knew who he was.

When Harley & Frank finally found out who Rex was they were hurt, but soon accepted Buzz into their lives. Harley & Mallet soon became second fiddle as Frank & Eleni who had once again found each other were getting married. Even as Eleni was expecting their child any day.

Harley & Mallet were the maid of honor and best man and were also named god parents of Marina, Frank & Eleni’s daughter born just hours after they exchanged vows.

David Grant, who worked at Harley’s family’s diner: Meals & Wheels was on the run for murdering a neighborhood racist. But David was only defending himself. Though Harley & Mallet believed in his innocence they had to do their job, at David’s trial it was revealed that he was innocent and he was released. Upon this good news, Buzz had some more good news. He wanted to throw his daughter a surprise wedding.

So finally after Eleni gave Harley her wedding dress, the guests assembled, and Harley wearing her big clunky police shoes, the couple married in what was the most romantic wedding ever. Some may have called it tacky, but it never lacked emotion and love. Soon afterward Harley and Mallet boarded a plane for Florida to begin their honeymoon, where they stayed and joined the police force.

In 1997, Harley returned to Springfield after discovering that Mallet had an affair with his partner. Months later, Mallet called Harley requesting a divorce.

 

The Many Faces of Susan (Daisy) Lemay

Susan Lemay was born Daisy Cooper in September of 1987 to teenage parents Harley Cooper and Dylan Lewis.  Her birth, and subsequent adoption, would impact Harley for the rest of her life.  Susan Lemay did not have the easiest early life, in fact her childhood could be described as somewhat “traumatic”.  She had a life threatening illness, she was kidnapped (twice), the only mother she had ever known died of cancer, and then her father died in a fire.

harleydylandaisy1. Brittany Slatterly : (August 1989-October 1989;  March-April 1995) Daisy made her way into the world on the side of the highway when her mother Harley was involved in a car accident on the way to Cedars hospital.  Harley named the baby Daisy after the flower Dylan used to bring her.  A teenager, Harley was unable to take care of young Daisy and put her up for adoption.  Daisy’s adoptive parents JimDylanHarleySusan and Connie Lemay would rename her Susan.  In 1989 Susan’s biological father Dylan learned he had a daughter and convinced Harley to reclaim their child.  Dylan and Samantha Marler worked as Susan’s nannies unbeknownst to the Lemays, which granted Harley access to her daughter.   Harley’s then-husband Alan-Michael attempted to buy Susan from the Lemays but was refused.  Alan-Michael retaliated by revealing the true identity of Dylan to the Lemays.  As a result Harley’s only connection to her child was severed and placed a great strain on her marriage to Alan-Michael.  In an attempt to hold on to Harley Alan-Michael kidnapped young Susan and made plans for them to leave the country.  Harley refused and returned Susan to her adoptive parents who then moved away from Springfield.  In 1994, Connie Lemay revealed to Dylan that an eight-year old Susan had contracted a rare form of diabetes.  She convinced Dylan to donate part of his pancreas to Susan in a life-threatening surgery.  The procedure was a success and young Susan recovered yet the Lemays barred Dylan from seeing his daughter. Harley gives up Daisy for Adoption , Mrs. Lemay informs Dylan that Daisy is sick Guiding Light-August 19, 1989 (Dylan and Daisy montage)

 

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Brittany Snow2. Brittany Snow (December 1998 to March 2001; May  2001) In 1998 Connie Lemay died of cancer and a distraught Susan ran away from home in order to find Harley.  Susan begged Harley and her then-husband Phillip Spaulding to not return her to her father.  When Jim Lemay arrived to collect his daughter Harley convinced him to let Susan stay in Springfield for the holidays.   Susan plotted to get Harley’s full attention and faked an illness in January 1999 in order to prolong her stay in Springfield.  Susan’s real plan was to bring Harley and her father Jim together, however her matchmaking plans failed.  Phillip urged his wife to let Susan and Jim live their own lives.  When Harley became pregnant a hurt Susan left town.  However Susan later reached out to Harley and mother and daughter continued to keep in contact without Phillip and Jim’s knowledge.   In February 1999, Susan called Harley from the bus station after being accused of shoplifting.  When Phillip and Jim arrived they argued about Harley’s intervention in Susan’s life.  Because Harley and Susan refused to part Phillip suggested Jim love to Springfield and even offered him a position at Spaulding Enterprises.  Not long after, the Nursery Rhyme Stalker, Holly Reade, kidnapped Susan along with other Springfield children.   Susan and the children escaped but were caught again by Holly.  They would eventually be rescued by Susan’s grandmother Reva Lewis.  Susan tried to play on Harley’s jealousy by getting close to Phillip’s ex-wife, Beth Raines.  Phillip overheard Susan asking questions about miscarriages and he warned a pregnant Harley that Susan could be dangerous.  Jim threatened to leave town over Phillip’s accusations, but Harley and Beth persuaded Phillip to convince Jim to stay in Springfield.  In the spring on 1999 Susan befriended a boy named Max Nickerson.  Susan and Max sneaked into Buzz’s new restaurant to make dinner. Max dropped a cigarette on the floor, setting the diner ablaze. Though both were rescued the restaurant was destroyed.  When Susan learned that Jim and Beth were going on a business trip to the Bahamas, Susan hoped that lacing Beth’s drink would cause Beth to miss her flight. However Susan drank it herself and in daze jumped into the lake.  A Jim and Harley planned to send Susan to a camp for trouble teens, Susan and Max attempted to run away together.  Susan and Max reconciled their friendship when they both wound up in the camp for troubled teens. Later, Jim and Susan talked their problems through, and Jim took her home.   Susan apologized to Beth, but continued bfa6555da70bc1e5ac070a22ad35d0bato disapprove of Beth’s relationship with Jim. Susan traveled to San Cristobel with Beth, Jim, Phillip, and Harley for Thanksgiving with Cassie and Prince Richard Winslow.  Phillip and Beth needed to return home for business, and Jim agreed to fly them in a private jet. The jet crashed, but the three were eventually rescued.   In January 2000, Susan and Max found Beth’s prenatal vitamins, and realized that Beth was pregnant.  Soon after, it was revealed that Phillip, not Jim, was the baby’s father however Jim and Beth married despite Susan’s suspicions.  Susan began to act out, even getting involved in Sam Spencer’s pirating CDs.  Then tragedy struck for Susan once again when her father Jim Lemay died in a fire saving Lizzie gl3and James Spaulding. Susan grew more distant from Harley and became increasingly close to Beth.  Feeling out-of-place in Springfield Susan eventually went away to boarding school.  Brittany Snow was great at portraying a teenage Susan Lemay.  Susan Lemay had faced numerous heart breaks in  her young life but there was a “realness” to the character.  She was very much a teenager for she would dance and sing along to songs on the radio and her room was cluttered with Backstreet Boy posters.  And Brittany Snow was fabulous at portraying those pesky teenage emotions, like Susan’s crush on Max to her jealousy over her father’s relationship with Beth as well as her overwhelming grief at losing her father.  And though she had a tendency to be manipulative it was very “Harleyesque” for when Harley was a teenager she was a bit of a wild child herself.  Susan and Max’s House Party. Christmas 1999.  How to Live (Classic GL clips after Jim’s death). 

 

 

BonnieDennison33. Bonnie Dennison (January 2007-September 2009) : In 2007, Harley and her husband Gus Aitoro were seeking to adopt an abandoned baby they had found.   Needing a statement from Harley’s firstborn, they visited Susan’s school and learned that Susan, who now went by Daisy, was not the innocent girl that Harley remembered.  Daisy’s boyfriend Mark Gillespie, A.K.A. “G,” burglarized Harley and Gus’ house then struck Daisy’s cousin Tammy Winslow with his car before fleeing the scene.  Gus discovered Daisy passed out in the back of the car and attempted to get her to see “G” for the criminal he was.  Gus locked her in a room at Towers in the hopes of sobering her up.   While giving testimony at Harley and Gus’ adoption hearing Daisy broke down and confessed that she was in the car that hit Tammy.  The judge denied Harley and Gus custody of Sydney, and expressed concerns that Harley’s absentee parenting had adversely affected Daisy. Harley realized that her daughter needed structure.  She enrolled Daisy in public school and set her up as a candy striper at Cedars.  Daisy would rebel against the structure Harley attempted to put in place while Gus stood up for the teenager and tried to mend the mother-daughter rift.  Gus’ support and understanding resulted in Daisy developing a crush on her stepfather.  After she was nearly raped by a boy at school she called Gus and Harley, but Harley believed Bobby over Daisy, and put Daisy in jail overnight to teach her a lesson.  Harley and Daisy’s relationship reached an all-time low when Harley slapped Daisy for claiming that her mother would’ve screwed up Sydney more than she already did Daisy.  Harley told Daisy that she was sending her to boot camp.  Though Daisy tried to hide at Reva’s Harley was adamant that Daisy go to boot camp.  Gus offered to drive her there and during a rest stop Daisy confessed her love for him.  When he didn’t reciprocate her feelings Daisy drugged him and slipped into his bed.  The candles caught fire, and a panicked Daisy called the paramedics when she couldn’t revive Gus to make an escape. Gus kept Daisy’s secret and claimed that the fire was his fault claiming he had taken painkillers when he woke up.   A bitter Daisy found the mysterious Natalia in Chicago, and upon learning that Natalia still had feelings for Gus, Daisy hinted to Natalia that Harley and Gus were having marital problems.   A traffic ticket from Chicago proved that Daisy had violated her parole by leaving Springfield.  Seeing that she was out of control, her mother decided it would be best if she was sent away to juvenile detention. Once there, she befriended Ashlee Wolfe who protected her from a fight.  She also began speaking to another guy she called “vent boy” since they communicated through the vents.  Daisy refused to see or speak to Harley, but she allowed Gus to visit, though he expressed his anger that Daisy had lured Natalia to Springfield. Dylan took Harley to see Daisy, and he confessed that boot camp had been his idea. Daisy softened toward Harley, even hugging her. When Daisy arrived home from detention, she was shocked to see that Rafe was “vent boy.”  Rafe and Daisy pretended that they’d never met, so that they could carry on their relationship under the same roof. Their secret caused Rafe and Harley to butt heads until Daisy finally revealed the truth about her relationship with Rafe.  Daisy moved in with Dylan yet their parents still forbade them from seeing each other. They snuck around behind their parents’ backs but were found out when Rafe went into insulin shock during their secret date at the Spaulding lake house.  Daisy tried to strike an allegiance with Natalia, in which Daisy would help Natalia win Gus in exchange for time with Rafe.  Weeks later, Daisy and Rafe declared their love for each other, and made love at the Spaulding lake house. More time passed, and Daisy Harley and Daisyseemingly pulled herself together. However, around the time she won vice president of the student council, she also discovered that she was pregnant.   Daisy had an abortion which angered Rafe since it went against his Catholic beliefs though Dylan and Harley supported her though this time. Things drew to a head when an angry-at-the-world Rafe got drunk, and disrupted Thanksgiving at Harley’s house. Daisy went to Rafe, and confided in him that she’d felt empty inside ever since the abortion.  Daisy turned on divorcee Harley after catching her kissing Marina’s fiancé, Cyrus Foley. Disgusted by her mother’s actions, Daisy moved out of the house, and suggested to Rafe that they find a place of their own.  Daisy told Harley she needed money for school but was upset when Harley didn’t have any money to spare.  After Gus’s sudden death in a motorcycle crash, Rafe nixed plans to move in with Daisy to be there for Natalia. In his grief, Rafe turned cold to Daisy and on graduation day, Rafe shot Jeffrey, and went on the run.  Not long after, G returned to town, despite still being wanted in connection with Tammy’s murder.  Daisy hid G from the police, and when Cyrus discovered them, he shockingly revealed that G was his younger brother, Grady Foley.  When Daisy learned that Grady was the mysterious man who’d been flirting with Ashlee, Daisy spitefully called the police on him. Though confused about her feelings for Grady she Unable to send him to prison, Daisy lied on the stand, testifying that Tammy’s death had been an accident.  In 2009, Daisy encouraged Bill not to give up when Lizzie suspected that he was her kidnapper. When Coop died in a terrible car accident, a distraught Buzz sought revenge on Alan. Buzz urged Grady to testify that Alan had hired Grady to kill Jonathan. Grady reluctantly agreed to do it when he saw how important it was to Daisy, but he never showed up at the hearing.  Daisy took a gun and went to confront Alan, convinced he had something to do with Grady’s disappearance.  Daisy fired at Alan, but missed. Buzz arrived, and convinced her to let it go.  Towards the end of the show Daisy grew more mature.  She began dating James Spaulding (the young boy her father Jim died saving), and helped her family by babysitting for Marina and Reva.  Daisy applied to Berkley and was eventually accepted.  Her and Ashlee went to California together with James and Daisy exchanging “I love yous”.  The most interesting aspect of Bonnie Dennison’s character on Guiding Light was that the character of Susan Lemay was completely erased in favor of this new entity named Daisy.  As a young girl Susan had sought out her birth mother and they had a rather amicable relationship.  Daisy was a bitter teenager who dated lowlife Grady and even lied for him to spare him prison time for killing her cousin.  For a lot of viewers the Daisy character was very polarizing.  I felt Dennison did a good job of playing a teenager, but I disliked Daisy for a multitude of reasons.  But that tends to happen when writers ignore the character history in order to play the conflict.  But the biggest problem with the Daisy character is that towards the end of the show the writing began to focus on the teen scene.  As a legendary soap came to a close I wanted to see the legendary characters get their final hurrah, I didn’t want to see Daisy sucking face with that greasy Grady character.  But I digress. Bonnie Dennison’s Daisy, A very polarizing character.  Though I would have rather seen a little less Daisy and a lot more Susan I think the best part of Daisy was her friendship with Ashlee (even if it was more one-sided).  But that’s just me.  Some Daisy clips: Taking Back (Dylan tells Daisy that Harley wanted her baby back), When she was Good , Choices (The Daisy abortion storyline), March 2009-A Daring Confrontation  (Daisy VS Alan…please!)

Soap Operas and Romance Novels: The Feminist Debate

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Recently on Twitter I saw two things that really made me stop and take a second look.  The first was a comment that said that “Soap opera is the most feminist of genres, by nature of ongoing narrative” and the second being “Feminism and the writing of romantic novels are a contradiction in terms. ” Why did these statements make me take pause?  Simply said, I am a fan of both.

I have watched soap operas since I was a little girl who was too young to recognize the true complexities that were taking place on my television screen.  One of my first ever “ships” was between Alan-Michael Spaulding and Lucy Cooper.  I simply loved everything about them.  The contrast between their social classes, how Alan-Michael fought his feelings for Lucy, and how hard they had to strive to get their happily ever after.  I simply loved them.  The same can be said for my love of romance novels.  I have always loved to read, and one day I picked up my mom’s Sandra Brown novel and from then on I have been a big fan of the genre.  So yes, these broad sweeping statements made me take pause.

Feminism: (n) the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 

Early romance novels were classified as “bodice rippers”.  The hero was typically older rogue who is assertive of his dominance over the younger, often virginal, heroine.  A woman’s wants and needs were secondary to the hero’s.  Indeed, romance novels in the early 70’s were very patriarchal in nature, even as the feminist movement was simultaneously taking place in America.  Modern romance novels feature stronger heroines who are successful in their careers, and the heroes are men that see them as equals.  Why the shift?  Because the women writing romance novels today grew up during and after the feminist era.  They take feminist ideas that were seen as revolutionary as a given.   The heroines are no longer pushed into making changes in their life but take the proverbial bull by the horns and choose their own destiny.  In other words, they can maintain their personal relationships without sacrificing their careers.

Romance novels are a billion dollar industry.  Yes you read that right, a BILLION dollar industry, with the majority of the writers being women.  In my opinion that is impressive in that women have carved out an industry that is highly lucrative, though this “for women written by women” mentality has also led to the stigma attached with reading romance novels.   Like all things romance novels can be as feminist or not depending on the writer.  But in my opinion romance novels give readers a chance to read about and examine their own desires.

Soap Operas emerged from detergent companies sponsoring radio shows aimed at the housewife.  But while the soap opera may be a female genre, it has a strong patriarchal ideology that remains to this day.    The women can be smart, sexy, and successful but that the end of the day the men will more than likely triumph.  A powerful female character will often time become more sensitive and thus lose her edge, or will be destined for a life of loneliness.  That while female characters will often time use their sexuality in order to influence men, that realization is never full achieved.    In fact, most female characters in soaps are likely to fall into these trends.

dn6504qp9lad5x_oTake for instance, Alexandra Spaulding from Guiding Light.  She was a cutthroat businesswoman who was out to prove that she was just as good as her brother Alan at running Spaulding Enterprises.  She was however, always unlucky in love.  When she was desperate to retain power at Spaulding she resorted to drugging her brother to drive him crazy.  She got into the illegal trading of the drug Antimonius and of course, her brother Alan tried to save her.

70518ae37663b3551235bd809a0265cbLucinda Walsh on As the World Turns was another savvy businesswoman but none of her marriages lasted very long and towards the end of the show’s run the writers even had her marry a gay man.  Stephanie Forrester on the Bold and the Beautiful manipulated Eric Forrester into marrying her, and it was her driving force that helped make Forrester Creations a success.  She was rewarded by her husband Eric having countless affairs with younger women, divorcing her repeatedly, and ultimately ending her reign as matriarch by suffering from lung cancer.  Victoria Newman on the Young and the Restless is a middle-aged billionaire yet everyone knows Victor is the one in charge, and that Victoria kowtows to “daddy”.  She left Newman Enterprises to write and illustrate children’s books, which didn’t pan out.  This is the same woman who constantly put Newman over her so-called “miracle baby” Reed, as if motherhood and career was too much to balance.  However, the very fact she still refers to Victor as “daddy” doesn’t exactly scream feminist.

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So what was the point of this article?  Well I will tell you.  1. Soap Operas are FEMININE by nature of the ongoing narrative but in my opinion they are not exactly FEMINIST in nature.  The males on soap operas will always be the ones that come out on top while women on soaps will always have to balance family and careers, with one side always losing.  Some may be strong successful businesswomen but there is almost always a man to either be their downfall or their savior.  And 2.  Feminism does exist in modern-day romance novels.  Many romance novels today contain feminist ideas while also retaining traditional notions of love and family and these relationships are based on equality.

Marony ~ Bauer BBQ 2003

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I was going to upload just the Marony scenes from the Bauer BBQ from 2003 but then decided to upload the entire episodes from July4-9, 2003.  There is a lot going on in Springfield this week, all centered around the annual Bauer BBQ.  Marah and Tony have taken it upon themselves to throw a surprise wedding for Danny and Michelle but as Ed says “Something always happens at the Bauer BBQ” and this year is no exception.

I love the 2003 Bauer BBQ because it is one of the few final happy moments between Marah and Tony before their final break up.

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July 4, 2003 (Part One) : Things are still tense between Josh and Reva. Ed thanks Marah and Tony for forcing him to having the BBQ. Ed hands over the reigns of Grill Master to Ross. Marah and Tony’s Justice of the Peace isn’t blending. Tony and Marah’s…

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Lindsey McKeon answers your questions

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There is this nifty little site called http://www.starsqa.com/ that allows you to ask questions to a list of stars, who then answer them.  When I saw Lindsey McKeon was a part of that site I HAD to ask about Guiding Light and some of her best memories.

Q: I loved you on Guiding Light as Marah Lewis.  Your chemistry with Jordi Vilasuso was amazing.  What is your favorite memory on Guiding Light?

A: Thank You.  There were so many fun times, we were a big family and I was young and living it up in NYC.  I had great times with Kim, Jordi, and Matt Bomer but some of my favorite times were spent having slumber parties, sushi, and girl bonding all around silliness with Jessica Jimenez [Catalina].

 

It’s a fun site and hopefully it continues to grow as more stars are added.  Currently the only star from Guiding Light is Beth Chamberlain, but you can request stars to join.

Not Goodbye

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Well it is official, I have uploaded my final Marah and Tony clip.   Thank you everyone for the positive comments and messages I received during this “journey”.    But this is not the end of Marah and Tony.  Far from it.  There is a lot of story to be told about these two.  So while one journey may be ending it is not goodbye.  Marah and Tony are here to stay.

Note: All three playlists can also be found in the Blogroll section of the site

Marah and Tony: Part One

Marah and Tony: Part Two

Marah and Tony: Part Three

 

Josh and Reva-2006 Reunion

Jo59sh: All I’ve ever wanted my whole life is to be with you! Don’t you understand that?

Reva: In our house?

Josh: Yes

Reva: In our big BEAUTIFUL HOUSE! You don’t want to split our assets?

Josh: No

Reva: You don’t want to leave with that God awful leather recliner that you love so much? Huh?

Josh: Wait, wait, wait. *Josh reaches into his pocket and pulls out his handkerchief*

Reva: What?

Josh: Look, at that. *Starts to open the handkerchief revealing his wedding ring* It’s a sign, it’s a genuine sign. How about you, huh?

Reva: *reaching into her purse* It’s in here somewhere.

Josh: It’s okay, take your time. *Reva pulls her wedding ring out of her purse. They take each other’s rings* Okay, I promise, Reva I promise to always be there with you no matter how impossible you may become. You are stuck with me! *Josh puts Reva’s ring on her finger*

Reva: And I promise, I really promise that I will be grateful for you always and that my problems are exactly that, they’re my problems. And I got a big problem right now and they have nothing to do with you, they don’t!

Josh: You will let me help you work through your problems, okay? Say, I will.

Reva: I will! *Reva puts Josh’s ring on his finger*

Josh: Now we’re at the best part

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Josh: How you doing Mrs. Lewis?

Reva: How you doing Mr. Lewis?

Josh: Okay

Reva: I wish we had that bouquet, you know, that Cassie left for us and the rice, we could just throw it over the side

Josh: How about confetti?

Reva: We don’t have any confetti.

Josh:*pulls out his divorce papers* Yes we do

Reva: *reaches into her purse and pulls out her divorces papers* Really? You’re sure?

*Both tear up the divorce papers and throws the shredded paper into the air*

Reva: Fly away! Fly! Go! Goodbye and fly! Fly, fly, fly… *Reva realizes she has a plan to catch to go see Marah in Paris*

Josh: What? *He realizes the same thing* Oh, your flight to see Marah!

Reva: I can cancel. I can just call, I can cancel!

Josh: No, no, no

Reva: I will, no, I want to cancel!

Josh: I would love it if you would do that but now we have all the time in the world so I want you to go visit our daughter and make her happy, okay?

Reva: I can make her happy!

Josh: Yes you can and when you get back I’ll be here. I’ll be right here waiting for you, I promise!

Reva: Always!

Josh: Always! Always!