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Guiding Light opinion columns from 2005
Love a storyline? Want to throw the remote at the screen during others? Our Two Scoops columnists feel the same way. Each week, they provided their own commentary on the action in the Two Scoops column.
Every week, our Two Scoops columnists share their thoughts and opinions in the Two Scoops commentary columns. Those columns are archived to allow fans a chance to make sure that they've read every opinion for every week. This archive features columns written about Guiding Light in the 2005 calendar year.


To access columns from other years or to review columns for other soaps, please see the Related Information links at the bottom of this page to access a specific year. Or to view a listing of all years for which news stories are available, simply click here.

Guiding Light
January 3, 2005
As a new year begins, let's take a look back at some of the most memorable moments of 2004 in Springfield.
Tom Pelphrey
January 10, 2005
Cassie should have learned how vengeful Jonathan can be when he set out to seduce the virginal Tammy. Shouldn't she be concentrating on getting married, rather than outsmarting a guy whose only friend is a snake, literally?
Kim Zimmer
January 17, 2005
Reva has been fiercely loyal, always there to protect her family from nearly two decades of troubles. What will happen when Jonathan has alienated every member of her family? Will Reva discover how huge of a cost this relationship will bear?
Tom Pelphrey
January 24, 2005
After what seemed like forever, there was finally a little romance last week. Sandy and Tammy are so cute together, and it was a delight to see Jonathan get a dose of his own medicine. That young man needs a serious time out!
Beth Ehlers
January 31, 2005
Desperate times call for desperate measures
The Phillip Spaulding murder trial is about to begin. Harley and Gus are fighting for her life, but is she innocent? What do Beth, Alan, and Lizzie really know? And once the dust settles, what will the cost be for all of those involved?
Bradley Cole
February 7, 2005
Chances are...
Harley is taking a huge chance with her life as she heads to trial for Phillip's murder. If she takes the plea bargain that Jeffrey offered her last week, she will probably get a lesser sentence, but she won't find out if she really killed him.
Crystal Hunt
February 14, 2005
Nothing without love
Lizzie's family loyalty is really as twisted as her father's. Pouring hot coffee all over herself is just the latest in a long string of cries for help. Maybe she can get together with evil, self-centered Jonathan.
Gina Tognoni
February 21, 2005
Master manipulator
Dinah certainly has sparked up Springfield with her trouble-making ways. Her hatred of all things Cassie certainly gives her lots of ammo these days.
Guiding Light
February 28, 2005
Springfield is no Daytona!
It is impossible to show every character every week, but some characters seem to disappear for weeks on end. How can a fan get used to the whole show when they see only parts of it?
Tina Sloan
March 7, 2005
Spring break!
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy a look back at what was happening in Springfield during the week of August 9, 2004.
Ron Raines
March 14, 2005
It's good to be home!
Poor Harley is STILL on trial; it seems that Olivia has shown her true colors (again) and will sell Harley down the river in an effort to get Alan off of her case with Emma. Alan would sell out his own flesh and blood, so why would she trust him?
Gina Tognoni
March 21, 2005
Air ball!
Edmund jumped from the frying pan into the fire last week. What is he thinking, letting Cassie's biggest nemesis carry their child? How can he ever believe that Dinah would actually give up the child when it is born?
Laura Wright
March 28, 2005
Possession is nine-tenths of the law
Dinah's history is littered with her desire to have a child. Dinah poked holes in a condom to trap Jeffrey into paternity, but her plan failed. Now she has allowed herself to carry a child for her mortal enemy.
Ricky Paull Goldin
April 4, 2005
Changes ahead
Harley is about to learn her fate, which will change the course of many lives. Gus is determined to save her, but what will that mean to his fairly new relationship with the Spaudlings, who he sided with before?
Kim Zimmer
April 11, 2005
Emotional appeal
Last week, there was an interesting twist to Reva's menopause storyline. She and sister Cassie were both contemplating another shot at motherhood, but neither one imagined what would happen instead.
Beth Ehlers
April 18, 2005
Familiar faces
Last week, we saw an old character with a new face -- A.C. Mallet, Harley's ex-husband and the warden of her prison. Harley's marriage to Mallet certainly has had a strong impact on her life since their divorce.
Crystal Hunt
April 25, 2005
That warm and cozy feeling
Lizzie's tortured relationship with the Cooper clan has left them nearly jobless and homeless, yet she sees herself falling for Coop. Can this possibly lead to anything other than heartbreak? Just ask Harley how a Spaulding/Cooper relationship works...it doesn't.
Laura Wright
May 2, 2005
Death and rebirth
For some reason, even though Edmund locked her in a tower and tried to kill her, Cassie still fell in love with him. Now the ink is barely dry on their marriage license, and he's up to his old tricks again.
Kim Zimmer
May 9, 2005
A mother's love
Reva is having a pretty bad month, and her whole year has been pretty rough. Marah and Shayne left town, Jonathan showed up (twice), and now she's tackling menopause, has lost her job, and is looking to kick up her heels.
Gina Tognoni
May 16, 2005
Family secrets
Dinah has made herself part of Cassie's family, at least for the next few months. But this surrogate is carrying more than Cassie and Edmund's child; she carries the secret that Edmund is playing both sides, where Will is concerned.
Guiding Light
May 23, 2005
A 'perfect' shutout
In this day and age where people are busier than ever, trying to do too much in too little time, we don't really have time to communicate how we feel to the show itself.
Ron Raines
May 30, 2005
Good vs. evil
How will Gus react when he learns that Alan let Harley take the fall for Phillip's shooting? Alan will have lost not one, but two sons (Phillip and Gus), and will certainly be a dangerous man.
Beth Ehlers
June 6, 2005
Running scared
Alan has gone around the bend and is scaring off the only family members he hasn't killed (yet). Harley and Gus are on the run...in an ice cream truck, of all things. There is a bounty on Harley's head, and Frank wants to be her white knight.
Ricky Paull Goldin
June 13, 2005
An alternate universe
While the story of Gus and Harley on the run is more than a little far-fetched, it did give fans a glimpse of the city that Guiding Light calls home last week.
Gina Tognoni
June 20, 2005
Fatherly love
Ross has four children to spend the day with, but we know that he'll be thinking a lot about darling daughter Dinah. Even though he has only known her since she was a teenager, she's definitely been giving him a lot of gray hairs.
Crystal Hunt
June 27, 2005
Twisting your words
Tired of being bullied by her grandfather, Lizzie used words to hurt Alan last week, standing up for herself in the process. It was interesting to see that Lizzie, a character we have all watched grow up, could use Phillip's paternity against Alan.
Tom Pelphrey
July 4, 2005
State your independence
Last week, Jonathan decided that he was better off without a parent who loves him (but not the abusive monster who controls his life), lopping his hair off in the process. The angst and emotion that poured out of him during those scenes was fabulous!
Bradley Cole
July 11, 2005
A trip down memory lane
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy a look back at what was happening in Springfield during the week of July 12, 2004.
Beth Ehlers
July 18, 2005
Shot full of holes
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy a look back at what was happening in Springfield during the week of November 8, 2004.
Tina Sloan
July 25, 2005
One big, happy family!
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy a look back at what was happening in Springfield during the week of July 26, 2004.
Gina Tognoni
August 1, 2005
Missing the Light
What will happen to Dinah when she finally spills the beans about Edmund and Cassie? Will Ross wash his hands of his little girl? Maybe Cassie will see Edmund's handwriting on this scheme, and end up on friendly terms with her rival.
Crystal Chappell
August 8, 2005
Coming out of the closet
You can tell a lot about a person by looking into their closet. Bill had better do some cleaning, before Olivia (or Danny) discovers what he's hiding!
Tom Pelphrey
August 15, 2005
Tough choices
Since Jonathan came to town, he has been part pain in the butt, part vulnerable teen, and it's all coming to a head this summer with Nate/Alfred in town.
Guiding Light
August 22, 2005
Rewriting history
We have so many characters who don't have any ties to anyone else in Springfield, and they're just taking up air time and budget dollars. Why not just put everyone on recurring to save money, but keep the cast intact?
Nancy St. Alban
August 29, 2005
Questionable decisions
Michelle, alone and pregnant, is due to give birth at any time. Why would she trust Edmund with her life, and the life of her unborn child? How can this end well for Michelle?
Guiding Light
September 5, 2005
Daily drama
In the grand scheme of things, Guiding Light is just a story written for our entertainment, and real life drama packs more of a punch than any writer could dream up.
Gina Tognoni
September 12, 2005
That's NOT entertainment
Try to picture your favorite Guiding Light actor going into the studio one day and just going up in front of the camera and doing whatever they felt like doing. No script, no preparation, just utter chaos.
Ron Raines
September 19, 2005
An eerie premonition
Alan-Michael Spaulding is returning to a Springfield that he will barely recognize. His father reportedly killed his brother, and has also married the love of that same brother's life. His niece is dating the brother of two of his ex-wives.
Tom Pelphrey
September 26, 2005
The end is near
After a long, hot summer of manipulating those around him, Edmund's game is nearly up. With his departure, will Alan be the only bad boy left in Springfield? At least until Jonathan does something new and evil, that is.
Ron Raines
October 3, 2005
Is there hope?
Edmund's misdeeds have gone relatively unpunished for years, but now he's finally going to get payback for hurting so many people. Unfortunately, his departure leaves us with only an incarcerated Alan as a villain.
Gina Tognoni
October 10, 2005
Things are heating up!
Just when you think that Edmund can't get any crazier, he sets fire to the farmhouse, thinking that he can destroy all of the evidence of his evil plans. What he doesn't know (or does he even care at this point?) is that Dinah is still inside.
Tom Pelphrey
October 17, 2005
Power outage
What happens when the person you think you know tries to change? Dinah and Jonathan both seem to be showing some better sides of their personalities, but will fans buy it?
Crystal Chappell
October 24, 2005
Emotional rescue
The often confused Olivia, who is so unlucky in love, makes fans want to scream. How many times have we seen her go headlong into some crazy plot to gain power, only to lose everything? Her plan to switch Billy's drink last week was so like her.
Crystal Hunt
October 31, 2005
Tricks and treats
Lizzie and Coop have been absent so much lately, it was a surprise to see them last week. Will Coop bail her out of her latest jam? If Beth focused a little more on Lizzie, and less on Alan and his revenge on Harley, perhaps she wouldn't have ended up in this jam.
Beth Ehlers
November 7, 2005
Moving from darkness into light
After being back in Springfield for a year, it was nice to see Harley and Dinah get together and talk about the past last week. Of course, that was just due to the fact that Alan-Michael is returning to Springfield.
Bradley Cole
November 14, 2005
Surprising plot twists?
Last week, we learned that Jonathan and Tammy are in love with each other. The fans weren't really shocked, but Reva sure was! A slightly more surprising revelation was that Jeffrey is really Richard.
Nancy St. Alban
November 21, 2005
Goin' to the chapel...then what?
Last week, we saw a wedding of sorts, as Danny and Michelle actually tied the knot. Poor Marina; how hard would it be to see your ex with HIS ex just days after your breakup?
Tom Pelphrey
November 28, 2005
Forsaking all others
You always hope to start a marriage with the best intentions, but when you can't even walk down the aisle without thinking of another man, you should realize that the marriage is doomed from the get-go.
Beth Chamberlin
December 5, 2005
Flashback!
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy a look back at what was happening in Springfield during the week of December 6, 2004.
Bradley Cole
December 12, 2005
Walk the line
What if Jonathan and Tammy are only cousins, and not related (even by adoption) to Richard? Suppose that Jonathan is Jeffrey's son and not Richard's? Of course, Cassie and Reva are still half-sisters, but it might be less gross.
Kim Zimmer
December 19, 2005
Ho, ho, ho!
Reva certainly hit the nail on the head with her reaction to Josh and Olivia last week. It wasn't a good idea for Josh to bring his ex-wife to a party where his current wife, and his brother Billy, would be in attendance.
Guiding Light
December 26, 2005
Best Of 2005
Part one of a two-part look back at the events of the past year in Springfield. This week, our columnist discusses the best that Guiding Light had to offer in 2005.

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