Soap Classics Release 'The Bauer Family Story' DVD Set From Guiding Light
If you’ve missed the Bauer family since Guiding Light left the air, then you are in luck! Soap Classics has released a two-DVD set The Bauer Family Story. Ranging from 1977’s surprise party for Mike Bauer (Don Stewart) to 2009’s last Bauer barbecue, the 10-episodes cover the iconic, soap family’s most memorable moments. Check out The Bauer Family Story episode list after the jump and visit SoapClassics.com to buy your DVD set!
DISC 1. MEET THE BAUERS
Episode 1. Man of the Year. November 14, 1977
By 1977, Bill Bauer’s sons, Ed and Mike, had become grown men working as a doctor and lawyer. In this episode, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce is honoring Mike Bauer with a surprise award during its annual banquet. But, unbeknownst to Mike and the attendees, another more sinister surprise is lurking in the shadows.
Episode 2. Where in the World is Santo Domingo? March 19, 1980
When Ed Bauer’s ex-wife, Holly, is kidnapped by the nefarious Roger Thorpe, Ed and Mike travel to Santo Domingo to rescue her. In this episode, which was actually shot in the real Dominican Republic capital, the brothers arrive in Santo Domingo, reunite with Ed’s step-daughter Christina, and begin searching for Holly.
Episode 3. Courage. June 27, 1984
During surgery to remove a blood clot, doctors were forced to amputate Bert Bauer’s leg below the knee. In this moving episode, Bert maintains a positive attitude, and tries using a walker for the first time. Meanwhile, Josh Lewis is in a tailspin of despair because of his own recent paralysis.
Episode 4. The Return. November 22, 1996
Meta Bauer left Springfield in the 1970s, but the writers kept her character alive by periodically referring to her. In this special episode, Meta returns to the Bauer home for the first time in over 20 years. Meta is now played by the legendary soap actress Mary Stuart, who also starred on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.
Episode 5. Married to the Mob. February 16, 1999
Ed’s daughter, Michelle, was involved in the death of Mick Santos, a member of the corrupt Santos family. To save her life, she married his sympathetic brother, Danny, in a civil ceremony. Danny’s mobster mother, however, remained suspicious of Michelle, who was now secretly working with the FBI to bring down the family. She insisted that the couple also have a formal ceremony in a church, in front of Michelle’s family friends, and God.
In this memorable episode, Michelle is torn by doubt as she prepares to walk down the aisle with a man she doesn’t love.
Bonus Episode. Death of a Patriarch. February 27, 1973
Although most GUIDING LIGHT episodes from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s were not preserved, this “lost” episode from 1973 has survived. In it, the family attends a moving memorial service for the recently deceased Papa Bauer. Ed Bauer eulogizes his beloved grandfather, and his son Mike sings one of Papa’s favorite songs. Frederick (Rick) Bauer is a toddler!
DISC 2. “THE BAUER BARBECUES”
Episode 1. Unexpected Arrival. July 2, 1987
The Bauer barbecue became an annual tradition in Springfield during the 1980s, with extended family and neighbors gathering to celebrate the fourth of July. In this special episode, which aired during the show’s 50th anniversary week, Mike Bauer’s grandson, Alan-Michael Spaulding, is reunited with his family.
Episode 2. Dueling Barbeques. July 4, 1994
In this episode, Ed Bauer’s longtime nemesis Roger Thorpe seeks to upstage the Bauers by throwing his own barbecue. Meanwhile, the now widowed Ed becomes increasingly distracted by the beautiful Dr.Eve Guthrie.
Episode 3. Party Crasher. July 4, 1997
Bauer barbecues had their share of surprise visitors, as family and friends would return to town to share in the celebration. But sometimes the visitors were not so welcome. In this episode, Rick Bauer’s bitter ex-wife, Annie Dutton, shows up at the barbecue drunk and venomous.
Episode 4. America The Beautiful. July 4, 2002
In this poignant episode, the community of Springfield comes together to reflect on a post-9/11 world. Michelle Bauer asks everyone to say something they love about America, and then the cast joins together to sing “America The Beautiful.”
Episode 5. One Last Time. July 3, 2009
Nostalgia is in the air as Michelle Bauer Santos and her husband, Danny, return to town, along with many other longtime members of the community. In this final Bauer barbecue before the series ended, the characters reminisce about Bert Bauer, and Bert’s grandson Rick makes an emotional toast.