A Soft Place to Land- Supporting Characters

For the most part the supporting cast will be comprised of those found in I Believe in the Mystery and What Matters Most .  The minor addition to my cast of characters include:

Dr. Richard Salas

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The new Neurologist at Cedars Hospital.  Originally from New York and though brilliant in his field, he’s not exactly known for his great bedside manner.  Little is known about his background or why he left his previous practice.  I picture him as resembling Danny Pinto.



Tristan Daniels


Neo-natal nurse at Cedars.  Though appearing sweet and caring her association with the Santos family may spell doom for one couple. Picture her as resembling Alyssa Milano.


The Many Faces of Shayne Lewis

Shayne Lewis was a character who had a good heart and who always tried to do the right thing.  There is no better way to describe him than to say he was simply a good kid.  He loved his family dearly was fiercely protective of his older sister Marah, likely due to her being the one person so present in his life growing up.  His mother was considered dead and his father was chasing for clues to if she lived while chasing the nanny.  So Marah and Shayne had a close sibling bond that would remain intact until Marah left town in 2004 (with Shayne leaving months later).

As for storylines, following the Annie story, Shayne didn’t seem to be phased by Reva and Josh’s turbulent love life.  Unlike his sister he generally accepted the new partners in his parent’s lives quite easily (perhaps he knew what we all knew, Jeva was forever).  Though he would conspire with his sister against Olivia it was mainly a Marah plot with Shayne just along for the ride.  Afterall, Shayne was simply a good kid.

During his years on the show Joshua Shayne Lewis was portrayed by several actors, some more remember than most.  And here are the Many Faces of Shayne Lewis:

3ik5d3tspavqvat1. Travis Cartier.  From Shayne’s birth in February 1990 to April 1991.  Shayne was the much-anticipated Jeva baby.  20090908_GuidingLight_HarleyNanny_650x498_0Unlike his sister there was none of the chaos surrounding his birth, his parents were together and happy.  No that drama would come later when Reva dealt with postpartum depression.  Following her presumed death his sister and him were largely cared for by their nanny Harley Cooper.  In true Josh Lewis form, he began to fall for Harley and even proposed in New York City.  However, Billy Lewis spotted what appeared to be Reva on a travel show about Italy.  Though Josh denied the possibility that Reva was alive Harley caught him watching the video repeatedly and broke off their engagement.  Josh Lewis later uprooted Marah and Shayne, and their Grandmother Sarah, and moved to Italy early in 1991 to search for Reva.

SL72. Brett Cooper.  From December 1993 to April 1997.  In 1995 Josh Lewis fell in love with nurse Annie Dutton, who became the only real mother figure young Shayne had ever known.  Both Marah and Shayne were in fact happy at this turn of events, they both loved Annie and accepted her as a mother figure in their lives.  And in true soap opera fashion, this would also be when Reva would return to Springfield.  Unlike his sister, Shayne had no real memories of his mother and thus folloShayne1995wed her lead on whether or not to trust Reva…and his sister was full of anger and distrust.   All of this contributed to Reva giving Josh custody so they could be a family without her.  In 1996, Shayne would be injured in a demolition accident on Fifth Street and be saved by Alan Spaulding.  Though it was Alan whose plans to develop Fifth Street (and demolish Buzz’s diner) is what put Shayne in danger in the first place.  It wasn’t until 1997 that Shayne finally allowed himself to trust Reva and accept her into his life.  Brett Cooper was a great young Shayne.  He and Kimberly J. Brown were a great sibling pair who were particularly close to their father and yes, Annie Dutton.  This was a good time in Springfield history, before the Reva Clone. 

Garrett3. Garrett Stevens. From July 1997-May 1999.  When Josh left Annie (because he was still in love with Reva) Shayne was understandably upset.  Unlike his sister he was not happy about his father’s upcoming divorce from Annie.  Yes, he now trusted Reva but he loved Annie as well.  Until Reva’s return Annie had been the only mother young Shayne had known and he accused his father of not keeping his promises.  He even had nightmares about Annie begging him to let her out of jail.   In 1998 the Lewis’s were led to believe that Reva had died yet again.  Unbeknownst to Shayne and his sister Josh had Reva cloned in one of the worst storylines in Guiding Light history.  By 1999 Shayne had grown close to Reva and Marah and he watched happily as their parents remarried.MarahandShayne1999

Shayne Kidnapped4. Tony Michael Donnelly.  From October 1999 to December 1999.  He was a short-lived Shayne whose biggest contribution includes being kidnapped by Holly Norris Reade during the “Nursery Rhyme Stalker” storyline.  Since most fans try to block out that horrible blip in Guiding Light history it is no wonder that I tend to forget this Shayne even existed.  His other story was comforting his mother when it was discovered that she had another child from her years missing in San Cristobel.  Unlike his father and sister, Shayne supported Reva.  The discovery of this child would eventually lead to yet another divorce between Josh and Reva in 2000.  Like I noted, this Shayne lasted a whopping two months and I don’t really remember his time in Springfield. 

shane4205. Billy Kay.  February 8, 2000 to January 24, 2003.  In the midst of divorcing Reva Josh became involved with a woman named Olivia Spencer.  Marah and Shayne conspired together to try to get their parents back together, to no avail.  And in the process Shayne grew to actually like Olivia.  Also around this time Shayne also began to notice the growing romance between Marah and mobster Tony Santos.  Shayne was the protective little brother and informed Josh in concern.   Shayne was also involved in Reva’s Time-Travel story as well as when Reva stood trial for turning off Richard’s life support.  Shayne stood by his mother then and later on when his mother was being harrassed by a stalker.  Shayne had a big crush on Marina Cooper, and helped her to get her grades up, but Marina never saw Shayne as more than just a friend (which was sad because other than Ben I thought Marina was best with Billy Kay’s Shayne).  Another great aspect of this Shayne was his protectiveness of his sister Marah.  Shayne may have been the younger brother but he stood up to Tony a number of times and when Tony physically attacked Marah he was his sister’s source of comfort and support.  I really loved Billy Kay’s Shayne!  He was the perfect teenage blend of Josh and Reva and had great brother/sister chemistry with Lindsey McKeon (Marah).  He was funny and caring, but tough when he needed to be.  Sadly they really underused Billy Kay in the role and they decided to recast the role with someone with more “sex appeal”.  While yes Billy Kay did have a baby face, he was a genuinely good actor and in my opinion they did the show, and the character, a disservice by getting rid of him.

Marty West (Shayne)6. Marty West. February 14, 2003 to August 16, 2004.  Marty West took over the role of Shayne towards the end of the Stalker story.  But his big storylines included him working towards a baseball scholarship and his growing relationship with Marina who was dating Ben Reade, future serial killer.  Just when it seemed as if he and Marina were getting closer, Shayne found himself with a dilemma—he could go to Stanford on a baseball scholarship or skip college and play professionally.  Josh took Shayne at his word and secretly mailed in the draft contract and was picked up by the Chicago Cubs.  Shayne invited Marina to a concert on the same night West; Lewishe was to meet with the manager of the Cubs and on the way home got in a car accident and was paralyzed.  The biggest part? The other driver of the car was Josh!  Towards the end of 2004 Shayne decided to do something meaningful with his life and volunteered with the peace corps in Bosnia.  Marty West was new to acting, and it showed in his scenes.   Any joking or teasing Shayne didn’t come across as joking and it seemed…mean in nature.  Where I felt Josh and Billy Kay’s Shayne joking was genuine any joking with Marty West’s Shayne felt forced.  There was no mutual brother/sister support, it was all about Shayne.  Though he had more of the “sex appeal” the show was looking for he lacked the warmth that was the hallmark of the Shayne character.

images (61)7. Jeff Branson. December 1, 2008 to September 18, 2009.  We first see this Shayne in a wheelchair and angry at the world.  Turns out that Shayne had been working to deactivate land mines and was injured in one. Touched that he confided in her, Dinah told him all about her problems, and during her rant, mentioned that her ex-husband was marrying Marina Cooper. Intrigued, Shayne left Germany for Springfield.  Shayne continued to push everyone away and was uncomfortable with people labeling him a hero.  The one person he confided in was Dinah and on New Year’s Eve, Dinah told Shayne that she wanted to ring in the New Year with him. When Shayne rejected her, she relentlessly pulled him into a kiss.  Dinah and Shayne continued to grow closer andimages (50) when Shayne contemplated suicide Dinah was the one who talked him down.  Shayne proposed to Dinah and they were married—when she mysteriously left town.  It didn’t take long for Shayne to learn the reason—Dinah had killed the man believed to be Edmund. Dinah’s departure left Shayne reeling. Deeply hurt and angry, Shayne gave the wedding rings to Vanessa and said nothing as Josh secured an annulment on Shayne’s behalf. Shayne continued to act angry at the world until Marina convinced him that Dinah should be applauded for what she’d done since she did it in defense of Henry (Shayne’s son).  In the finale episode we are led to believe that Shayne and Marina are raising Henry together.  I really loved Jeff Branson’s Shayne.  If Billy Kay was my favorite younger Shayne than Jeff Branson would be the adult equivalent.  He had the tortured soul down, and I adored his romance with Dinah.  As for the Marina thing? I think I fixed that in….

The Return of Eden August

She’s backkkk!!!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Angela Coleman is none other than Eden August herself, and she is once again slinking around Springfield.

Eden never was a popular character (For two years she was voted Least Favorite Character in the Guiding Light section of the Soap Opera Central Awards). But she had that quality about her, you loved to hate her. And as she insinuated herself into Marah and Tony’s lives again and again I wanted to scream in frustration that she could not be trusted. Her relationship with brother Gus Aitoro was perhaps her only redeeming feature and it served to humanize her, at least marginally.

So why bring back such an unpopular character? It is because of that history with Marah and Tony that made me bring back Eden August as a threat to Marony’s future.

The Faces of Eden:

There were two actresses to portray Eden August (Augustino) from the time she arrived in Springfield in 2002 until her eventual departure in 2004. Teresa Hill was the first Eden from August 2002 until September 2003. She was the main Eden during the Marony story and for that purpose she will be the Eden that I am essentially bringing back to cause havoc in Marah and Tony’s lives.

The second Eden was Deborah Zoe, and though hard to be believe she was even more disliked than the first. She showed up September of 2003 and was gone May 2004. I found a poll over Eden’s final exit and 54% of viewers responded with “It’s about time. Eden was one of my least favorite characters.” Deborah Zoe was brought in to take the Eden character in a “new direction” but the only direction viewers wanted to see Eden move was off-screen.

Character Background:

Eden August came to Springfield in 2002 because of a custody battle with Harley Cooper (who was dating Eden’s brother Gus). Gus admitted that he had a juvenile record because as a teenager he was arrested for murder. Turns out he was covering for his sister Eden who had pushed the man off the roof, and Gus had covered for her at the request of their father.

Coming to Springfield Eden eventually got a job at Infierno and even started up a flirtation with Tony Santos. But Eden had ulterior motives, she was getting paid to spy on him by his Aunt Carmen. Though Gus thought Eden was trying to get revenge on the Santos family for the death of their father (much like Gus had when he first arrived in town) she really was trying to stop Carmen from revealing the truth, that she was the one who had killed Tony and Ray’s father.

Danny wasn’t blind. He was on to Eden and knew she was after Tony and in 2002 he urged Tony to, “go to Marah. Marah loves you. you can trust Marah.” before being shot by Carmen. The fact that Tony didn’t listen to Danny and was with Eden (as orchestrated by Carmen) when Danny was shot ruined any chance Eden had with Tony. And if that didn’t do the trick, learning that Eden was the one who killed his father….well that was the biggest revelation of all. Eden was sure Tony was going to retaliate but Tony had decided he was better than that and moved forward in his life with Marah by his side.

After that big reveal Eden left town for a few months before returning in 2003 and opening her own escort service, Garden of Eden. She wanted Tony to join partners with her but he turned her down because, like Danny, he wanted to make the Santos name something to be proud of for a change. She convinced Ben Reade that he could make easy money as an escort….until he started to get blackmailed by one of his clients. Soon some of Eden’s customers started turning up murdered and she worried that people would connect her business with murder. She began dating Bill Lewis but her obsession with Tony Santos was still obvious.Eden Crazy

She staged a hit and run so he would think her life was in danger and offer her protection. She moved in to the Museum and one night when they were gone went into their bedroom and smelled Tony’s shirts (Creepy). Under the guise of friendship with Marah she helped further her fashion career, which was a source of tension between Marah and Tony. She went as far as planting seeds of doubt in Marah’s head about Tony’s support of Marah’s growing fashion career.

Throughout the summer tension remained high until it was revealed that Ben Reade was the one who had murdered Eden’s clients. Still Eden remained obsessed with Tony. She kept a photo scrapbook (of which Tony had a page) and would even mark out the faces of those who angered her, as well as Marah’s face. (Another Creeper moment.)


After trying, and failing, to get Tony interested in her all summer she heard Bill defend her to his father and finally threw Tony’s picture away.

Next Eden received pictures of Tony attacking a woman. Eden suspected Salerno was setting Tony up but before she could warn Tony about it Marah saw the photos. Marah, who had once been on the receiving end of Tony’s violent side broke up with him because she couldn’t trust that angry Tony wouldn’t return. Hurt Tony accepted Eden’s help in confronting Salerno. After getting Salerno to admit that he had doctored the photos and angry and bitter Tony turned to Eden and they slept together. Tony immediately regretted it, and though Eden agreed she also said she would never forget it. Eden didn’t want to hurt Bill and Tony was still very much in love with Marah. Tony decided to leave for a few weeks and upon his return (the role re-casted) he began flirting with Eden making her uncomfortable.

And After Marony….

In 2004, Eden found herself thrown together with Tony, when they were both summoned by a mysterious, disguised, figure who warned them that Lewis Construction was in league with the mob. Not believing it, Tony and Eden investigated the matter by gaining illegal access to Bill’s office. As Eden kept watch, she allowed Tony to enter Bill’s office and copy his files. Although, they were almost caught when Bill arrived at the office, Eden was able to sufficiently distract Bill and convince him to leave while Tony copied the files. With the files, the pair learned that men connected to a gangster named Angelo Bruzzi were in fact on the Lewis payroll.

Eden was involved in another scam that was really convoluted and pointless. Let’s just say that in the end she was forced to enter the Witness Protection Program. Bill offered to leave with her, Eden couldn’t let him sacrifice his life in Springfield and, in an effort to drive him away, she cruelly confessed her affair with Tony and told him that she wasn’t the decent girl she pretended to be; that she liked being bad and she’d only hurt him in the end. The last mention of Eden was in 2008 when Jeffery contacted her to inform her of Gus’s death.

Eden VS. Marony

When Eden first blew into town she could have been a legitimate rival for Marah. Tony was in a bad place after he unleashed his anger on Marah, and Eden had none of Marah’s inherit goodness, which would have been perfect for him at that time. Tony didn’t WANT any goodness in his life because he was sure that he was destined to be bad. And just like in the situation with Catalina, without Marah being his light Tony is lost in the darkness of his past. But as Tony explained to Marah afterwards, “I mean, we both had dads who were killed when we were kids, and sometimes that got to me. But it… it never was at the place where you and I were. And nothing happened.” And that was BEFORE he learned that she was the reason he grew up without his father.

And the idea that Tony would ever give Eden the time of day, not to mention have sex with her, is ridiculous. Tony may not have sought revenge for Eden for killing his father but the idea that he would just forget was very out of character. Because of her Tony and Ray grew up without any male guidance. As Ray explained to Marah, Ray turned to the church and Tony turned to what they grew up around…violence. And the anger that Tony harbored for this was the cornerstone of the character up until the end of 2002. So even if Marah HAD broken up with him and he was bitter over the doctored photos Tony still wouldn’t have slept with her. The only reason why Tony slept with Eden was to effectively ruin any chance of Marah and Tony reconciling. Marah wanted Tony back, but would she want him back if she knew he had sex with someone she considered her friend? She had already been betrayed by Catalina in that manner and Eden was still trying to be friends with her. Tony’s uncharacteristic actions would send Tony out of town….and upon return was the recast Tony Stephen Martines.

The Return…

Thankfully Eden wasn’t a fan favorite because I have taken quite the liberty with the character. Eden certainly hurried back to Springfield once the threat of Salerno was removed so what brings her back in such a hurry? Is she out for revenge? Does she still want what she can’t have? And what is her connection to the mysterious Carlos Riviera? Well, you will just have to keep reading to find out….

What Matters Most ~ Supporting Characters

In addition to the previous supporting characters from “I Believe in the Mystery“, this story has a few more to add to the list.

Shayne Lewis

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Marah’s younger brother.  Son of Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne.  He and Marah had a close sibling relationship growing up but the writers did not mention any of that when Jeff Branson took over the role.  In a separate, but related, story I have him in Europe  retrieving his wayward ex-wife (though they are working on changing that) Dinah Marler.  His return to Springfield will be an interesting change in dynamic for Marah and Tony.  Will still be seen as portrayed by Jeff Branson.

Dinah Marler







Daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain and Ross Marler and current ex-wife of Shayne Lewis.  Ran off to Europe after killing Edmund’s look-alike to defend Marina and Mallet’s child.  Though Marah and Dinah never really interacted in the past they are linked through Shayne and through Bill.  Since I loved the Shayne and Dinah pairing featuring Gina Tognoni, Gina Tognoni will be the Dinah in the story.

Carlos Riviera

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A businessman based out of Bay City, he owns a company called Black Fox Distributing.  When I picture Carlos I picture Cuban Model and actor Caleb Casas.  Like the Santos Cousins he is of Cuban decent and there is a lot more to him than what meets the eye.

Angela Coleman








A woman with a mysterious past who returns to Springfield with a hidden agenda.  Her link to Marah and Tony will be revealed in time…

David Anderson

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Bartender at Towers who also moonlights as an intern at the Springfield Police Department.  Classically handsome but with something more beyond the surface.  When I picture David I picture actor Peter Porte.

Joshua Lewis VS. Tony Santos

There is no doubt that Tony Santos was definitely not the man Joshua Lewis envisioned for his daughter.   The danger and violence surrounding Tony wasn’t just because he was a member of the local mobster family, it was a part of the man himself.  And though Tony tried repeatedly to fit inside Marah’s world and impress her family Josh’s opinion that Tony was too dangerous for his daughter never truly wavered.  It had thawed considerably towards the end of 2003 but by then Marony was over and the damage was done.

But I have always wondered if there was a deeper reason to why Josh felt so much animosity towards Tony.  Besides the one instance when Tony attacked Marah it could have been said that Tony was simply misunderstood.  With all the pressure to impress the Lewis family Tony was bound to fail.  But does it go deeper than simply a father protecting his daughter?  Could it be that Josh saw a lot of himself in Tony Santos?  Because looking beyond the surface Marony and Jeva have some clear similarities…

The Early Days Of Jeva:

Josh Lewis was the “black sheep” of the Lewis family.  He had an often unpredictable relationship with wild Reva Shayne that ended when he left to attend college.  To get revenge on him Reva married his brother Billy.  Upset that Reva married Billy instead of him, Josh in turn dropped out of school.

In 1984, Reva and Josh rekindled their passion and a return to Cross Creek where they had made love for the first time.  They planned to wed but before they could make it official, Josh learned from Anita, Reva’s maid that Alan bribed her to come to town to break up Billy and Vanessa Chamberlain. H.B. was relieved when Josh bitterly called off the wedding. His father, H.B. was relieved at first, and decided to further drive Reva away from Josh by bribing Reva into marrying him. When Josh (who had gone to see Reva to patch things up) learned about the marriage, he was so disgusted that he went for a wild drive and crashed his car into a telephone pole that left him paralyzed from the waist down. While at a party at the Country Club, a drunken Phillip Spaulding was coming on to Reva. Josh thought the worst of Reva and accused her of making a play for another man. It was then, while he was wheelchair-bound, that he and Reva had the showdown to end all showdowns … culminating in her stripping off her clothes, diving into a fountain, and baptizing herself “The slut of Springfield.”

The Couple Comparison:

As you can see things weren’t always hearts and flowers between Josh and Reva.  In fact, the early days of their relationship was a series of ups and downs.  And yes, sometimes Josh and Reva toed the line at being violent with one another.

Like the Jeva hot tub scene.  Josh was trying to get Reva to stay away from him but Reva being Reva would not listen.  Pushed to his limit Josh flipped Reva into the hot tub with him then proceeded to shake her.

Reva’s face is one of shock, surprise,  and even a little bit of fear.  Which makes sense, she thought the man she loved was trying to drown her.

And though I wasn’t around for the legendary “Slut of Springfield” scene it is one of those scenes that has been passed down through time almost as if it was a treasured family memory.  As such I almost feel as if I watched it live.  But it’s the dialog that is the real importance when comparing the two.

Reva: “I think that I am tired of this. I have given you everything. I have groveled. I have taken your orders. I’ve given you love and understanding. I’ve given you the best doctors money could buy. And none of it satisfied you. None of it! I think that there’s only one thing that’s gonna make you happy. One thing you want more than anything else in this world. And that’s to catch me being unfaithful to your daddy. Well, that’s just fine with me Bud. You want me to be a slut. Oh, I’ll be a slut. Reva ain’t nothing if she ain’t obliging.”

Reva stripping herself down, both literally and figuratively, and you can tell Reva is just done being Josh’s whipping post.  He is taking his anger and frustrations out on her and looks at her as if she is the “slut” she baptizes herself to be.  The scene was emotional, raw and the vulnerability Reva was able to convey remains a favorite among Guiding Light fans.

But doesn’t it sound like a scene from another couple we know and love?

When Tony attacked Marah it was a turning point for their relationship and the character of Tony.  He was angry with Romeo, angry with Marah, and most of all angry with himself.  Tony felt that by not having sex with Marah he was finally doing something right, that he was not tarnishing something beautiful and pure.  By Marah giving herself to Romeo his vision of Marah was destroyed.

When Marah strips herself in the office at Infierno and offers herself to Tony…it is uncomfortable and raw.  And in retrospect, similar in feel to the Slut of Springfield scene.  In fact, Marah even refers to herself as a “slut”.

Marah: “Yeah! This is what I wanted! It’s what I wanted! Can’t you tell, Tony? Can’t you tell? So do it, do it! Just take whatever you want! Take it! Huh, you think I’m a slut? You think all I want is sex? Then treat me like a slut, Tony. Come on, come on, show me, show me! (Sobbing)”

Unlike the Slut of Springfield clip that scene would NOT go down as one of Guiding Light’s most legendary scenes.  Except maybe as one of the more controversial.  Though as a Marony fan I have looked at it objectively as Tony’s decent into darkness before Marah brings him back into the light.  Doesn’t make the scene any less uncomfortable but it does show that there are some parallels between Jeva and Marony, even if Josh would have liked to have ignored that fact.

Tony VS Josh:

Josh and Tony were both men whose emotions bubbled to the surface easily.  Both men tended to react first then think about the consequence.  This was especially true if they were angry.  What I found ironic was that Josh always accused Tony of putting Marah in danger when Marah had been abducted multiple times before Tony even came to town!  And as for dangerous people Josh introduce several stepmothers into Marah’s life that can only be described as “mentally unstable”.  So in my opinion Tony Santos didn’t so much introduce Marah to danger but remind Josh about the many times he himself failed to keep Marah safe.

What About Reva?

Reva wasn’t always thrilled with Marah’s choice of soul mates but Reva was different from Josh in that she knew that you couldn’t help who you loved, but when the bust cleared Reva could admit that there was good in Tony.  Reva was a wild child, the vixen of Guiding Light, and I like to think she knew what it was like to be judged like Tony was for being a Santos.

When Tony attacked Marah Reva was of course in full mother mode.  But afterwards, when Reva was sent to prison for turning off Richard’s ventilator, Tony put the word out that Reva was to be treated good.  When one of the other inmates was giving Reva trouble the guards moved her to the library to keep her safe per Tony’s orders.  When Danny was thought to be dead Tony gave a speech about how Danny was a hero because he was willing to sacrifice his life for his family, for love.  Moved by this Reva told Josh, “There is good in the boy”.  Which he would again prove during Reva’s stalker storyline when he acted as Reva’s personal bodyguard.

And towards the end of the Marah and Tony relationship it was Reva who tried to tell Tony that he was more than just the violence that people associated with the Santos family.  Because she was Reva Shayne, daughter of the Lewis family housekeeper and not expected to succeed.  But she did by marrying IN to the Lewis family.  But her great love was always Joshua Lewis, even if she did marry his father and his brother first.

And Reva knew it was the same for her daughter.  Tony was Marah’s constant, her one true love.  As she explained to him, “I’d be lying if I said the violence didn’t bother me.  But the young man I see sitting here, I think, is above all that.”

The Fanfics:

I kept some aspects of the Josh VS Tony in “I Believe in the Mystery“, at least in the initial reveal.  Josh had to see Tony beyond those Santos colored glasses he always viewed him behind.  But I finally had Josh accept Tony as his son-in-law, faults and all.  Because as history showed Josh and Tony were not too different.  They both reacted in anger, and it never ended well.  But now that Josh has finally moved beyond a simple truce and finally accepted Tony he might just prove a much needed ally when the drama in “What Matters Most” takes off.

What happened to Shayne?

When I started I Believe in the Mystery it was to give Marah and Tony the happy ending they deserved.  To do that I had to rewrite a lot of history on Guiding Light.  So I figured, why stop now?  There are a few things I would have changed about the final episodes and this medium gives me the perfect opportunity to make those changes.  When Guiding Light ended it was implied that Shayne and Marina were a couple, something I did NOT like.  This also addresses something I should have addressed in I Believe in the Mystery, where Shayne Lewis has been hiding.  Shayne and Marah always had a great sibling relationship.  So while I built up Marah and Jonathan’s relationship it’s time to being Shayne into the fold.  It’s time to reunite the Lewis family.

As a result of this What Matters Most will reunite one of my favorite last minute couples, Dinah and Shayne.  Everyone knows how much I loved this couple.  Their ending even made my list of Guiding Light blunders.   Shayne is no longer Henry’s father, the child that connected him to weak Marina.  In my slice of daytime fiction Edmund changed the DNA results to re-establish contact with the Lewis family.  Edmund’s hate for Reva was a big part of his character makeup.  To find out that Josh and Reva’s grandchild wasn’t their grandchild afterall?  Well that would cause pain throughout the ENTIRE Lewis family.  So now we have Shayne Lewis and Marina realizing that they were together for the sake of the child and splitting up.  Shayne is following his heart, he’s going after Dinah in Europe and will soon be arriving in Springfield….

The Supporting Characters…

Danny and Michelle


Tony’s Cousin and his wife (Referred to by their fans as Manny).   Danny is essentially Tony’s mentor and voice of reason and Tony regards Michelle as a sister.  Michelle and Marah are close as well as they both love Santos men (which oftentimes proves difficult).  Danny and Michelle have a long, colorful history that made them one of Guiding Light’s most beloved couples and, in my opinion, another Guiding Light supercouple.  Their story is best told by friend and fellow Guiding Light fan GLManny’s blog (  Have a son named Robbie and a daughter named Hope.  In my story Michelle is pregnant with child number 3.  Shown here by portrayers Paul Anthony Stewart and Nancy St. Alban.

Josh and Reva

Marah’s parents.  Their relationship would take years to write but suffice to say they had many ups and downs, many breakups and marriages.  Josh grew up wealthy and Reva was poor so they were an opposites attract pairing from day one.  Of course Reva marrying Josh’s father didn’t help matters.  But no matter what Josh and Reva were soulmates and when Guiding Light ended they rode off in search of adventure accompanied by Reva’s young son Collin.  Reva and Josh have always been portrayed by Zim Zimmer and Robert Newman.


 Romeo Jones

 Romeo was Tony’s friend from his days in Chicago.  Although he acted like Tony’s righthand man underneath the exterior lurked an evil side.  He was jealous of Tony and wanted the power Tony and his family refused to give him.  He was ruthless, cunning, and completely devoid of conscience.  Was last seen in 2002 heading to jail…or so we thought.  Portrayed by Oliver Macready.



 “The Replacement”

 The Tony recast.  Sometimes called “tattoo Tony” in my story he is simply referred to as “the replacement”.  When Tony returned in 2003 he was a much darker and unsympathetic character.  Not only did he betray Danny repeatedly he also began a “romance” with Michelle while she had amnesia.  Considering he knew how much Danny and Michelle loved each other, not to mention Tony’s un-ending love for Marah, this was impossible to comprehend.  I have my own theory why this character changed so drastically.  Portrayed by Stephen Martines.

Rafael Santiago

Rafael Santiago is a character I created and when I picture him in my mind I see a Charles Bronson look-alike.  He is a native of Carlotta, California.  Had a wife named Maria who is now deceased.   He is a mystery in itself with seems to have a few secrets of his own…

Jonathan Randall

 Marah’s half-brother.  Son of Reva and Prince Richard of San Cristobel while she was suffering amnesia.  Later when he arrived in Springfield he was filled with hatred for his mother.  He and Marah were never close but I think they would have made a good sibling pair.  Both had been hurt by their parents in some way or other and both were rebellious.  Has a daughter named Sarah.  Portrayed by Tom Pelphray.

Father Ray

Father Ray is Tony’s brother and is a Catholic priest.  He is not involved in the family business but has always been close to his cousin Danny, offering support during Danny and Michelle’s frequent relationship woes.  Became Tony’s confidant during his relationship with Marah. Shown here portrayed by George Alvarez.