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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 2008 calendar year.

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Guiding Light
January 7, 2008
Part two of a two-part look back at the events of the past year in Springfield. This week, our columnist discusses the worst that Guiding Light had to offer in 2007.
Marcy Rylan
January 14, 2008
Lizzie, that shy little girl who killed her mother's abusive boyfriend and beat cancer, really took to her Spaulding life and became the poor little rich girl for awhile. Like Grandpa Alan, she really didn't have close relationships.
Crystal Chappell
January 21, 2008
It seems that Olivia is going full force to get Gus all to herself. Does she really love Gus, or does she just want to have someone who will be there for her when the chips are down?
Tom Pelphrey
January 28, 2008
Jonathan should have tried to lie low during his visit, instead of skulking around the cemetery or church. But Jonathan being Jonathan, and Reva's son to boot, he had to fly in the face of danger and was found out by a not-so-blind Bill Lewis.
Beth Chamberlin
February 4, 2008
When Beth learns that Cassie altered the paternity results, and that Rick, Josh, and Reva all know the truth, how will she react?
Beth Ehlers
February 11, 2008
The Coopers couldn't even have a family poker game without fighting. Now, sure, every family quarrels over things, but not quite like this. Springfield's most congenial family has Aunt Harley sleeping with Marina's fiancé.
Ron Raines
February 18, 2008
When Cassie decided to punish Alan by changing the DNA results for Beth's child (and taking away his child, as he did with Tammy), everyone knew that eventually Alan would learn the truth, and that there would be hell to pay.
Beth Chamberlin
February 25, 2008
If Beth doesn't give Alan his daughter to mold, spoil, and smother with his obsessive kind of love, Sarah becomes even more important. Emma is still close by, and Alan can finally see a shot at having her all to himself with Olivia on her deathbed.
Guiding Light
March 3, 2008
Just when you think you know what direction life is taking you in, there is a surprise that makes you realize that you aren't as in control, or as informed, as you'd like.
Ron Raines
March 10, 2008
It was obvious that Alan's new and improved self wouldn't last long. Alan needs to be put in his place, but is there anyone left in Springfield who is strong enough to do it?
Beth Chamberlin
March 17, 2008
Alan has hardly been the sanest billionaire in America, but even he is acting loonier than ever. Are the calls from Phillip real, or imagined? Beth and Rick have received messages, so he's out there somewhere...but in what condition?
Beth Ehlers
March 24, 2008
It's so hard to like Harley lately. Where is the Harley who fights for her family, doing anything that she can for the Cooper clan?
Bradley Cole
March 31, 2008
Jeffrey is a character cast adrift in Springfield. Until the whole Olivia/Jeffrey back story in San Cristobel , he had no ties to Springfield. Sure, he had flings with most of the eligible women in town, but he had no family.
Ricky Paull Goldin
April 7, 2008
Saying goodbye is never easy, not even in daytime, and last week was no exception. While Gus's death was no surprise, it was painful to watch how reality and Springfield blend on-screen.
Guiding Light
April 14, 2008
With Gus's death and the subsequent fallout, and Dinah's takeover of all things Spaulding, there are plenty of times when the dialogue should be softer. Secrets are shared, hearts are in anguish, and you don't want to have dialogue spoken too loudly.
Ron Raines
April 21, 2008
Alan has shown himself to be less than honorable and worthy of having his family stand by him. He's destroyed everyone in his family at one time or another, so he should have a little time-out to rethink the way his life has gone thus far.
Tina Sloan
April 28, 2008
It seems that many Springfield residents have been acting strange lately. Rick has tried to buy Peyton from Alan to keep him out of her life...which makes Beth want to choose a powerless and broke Alan over her oldest friend? Lillian should have her committed.
Beth Ehlers
May 5, 2008
Just when you thought that Harley would be able to get her head back on straight after throwing Cyrus out, they slept together again last week. The whole situation is pretty awful, making Harley a weak woman in need of a man who will only break her heart.
Crystal Chappell
May 12, 2008
Alan and Olivia have always been pretty powerful people, not always caring about anyone else's feelings, but it's always interesting to see how a person reacts to what life throws at them. Alan seems to have softened some, which is a welcomed change.
Ricky Paull Goldin
May 19, 2008
Painting Gus as a dirty cop could be an interesting story, but it could also make the fans who are angry about his departure even angrier.
Guiding Light
May 26, 2008
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy some highlights from the past few years of Two Scoops columns.
Beth Chamberlin
June 2, 2008
There was not a new column this week, so instead, please enjoy some of the feedback that has been received from other fans of Guiding Light.
Bradley Cole
June 9, 2008
Rafe's spiral out of control was well done. He had been through so much in his short time in Springfield; his troubled youth, finding his father, moving, falling in love, losing a baby, then losing Gus, who could be a dirty cop.
Gina Tognoni
June 16, 2008
With Dinah and Bill's takeover of all things Spaulding, fans are rooting for them to find their footing as a real family. Without the trappings of success, Alan seems to be taking a less desperate (and illegal) approach with keeping his family together.
Marcy Rylan
June 23, 2008
Alan and Lizzie working together to take back Spaulding could be interesting, though Alan could be back in jail soon. If so, will the writers remember that he's claustrophobic?
Gina Tognoni
June 30, 2008
Bill grew up in Springfield; we all witnessed that. He's had his ups and downs, but he's becoming as out of control as Dinah. A little happiness would be appreciated, because his life is starting to be a bit of a downer.
Guiding Light
July 7, 2008
Has Guiding Light lost its focus? There are few families who are still speaking to one another on a regular basis, and there is not one single happy marriage in town.
Kim Zimmer
July 14, 2008
There really aren't that many women left for Josh, if he and Cassie break up. Perhaps if the writers would stop having the characters switch partners so often, they could actually have some happy couples in town for awhile.
Beth Chamberlin
July 21, 2008
Beth wants Lizzie to be happy, and Dinah wants Bill to be happy. Both were girls who were outsiders when they first appeared in Springfield, and they want to protect their loved ones.
Bradley Cole
July 28, 2008
For once in her life, Reva made the right choice. Jeffrey is a partner that is as strong as she is and can stand up to her crazy antics like Josh never could.
Guiding Light
August 4, 2008
Families are an interesting dynamic to watch. There are families that are tied by biology, and then there are families that are chosen. Both showed a wide range of emotional ties last week.
Gina Tognoni
August 11, 2008
Not only has Bill hurt Lizzie, but last week he also lashed out at Dinah, whose own fragile emotional make-up might not be able to survive. Since she was a child, Dinah has searched for love and stability, but she also has a feisty streak when she's cornered.
Guiding Light
August 18, 2008
They say blood is thicker than water, but it seems that isn't true in Springfield! While the town's families have certainly had their share of troubles, last week things took a deliberately ugly turn for many of them.
Ron Raines
August 25, 2008
Alan used to be the meanest man in Springfield. He's run off every member of his family, shot his son, done terrible, despicable things to most of the town...and now he's having warm, fuzzy conversations with his dead son Gus. Huh?
Bradley Cole
September 1, 2008
Reva and Jeffrey are set to tie the knot, but who will go to the wedding? With all of the food that Reva ordered, you'd think that they were feeding an army!
Kim Zimmer
September 8, 2008
Reva and Jeffrey's on-again, off-again wedding finally happened, with some laughs, and perhaps a bit too much odd-ball humor. The sad state of the Springfield families made the day less memorable.
Gina Tognoni
September 15, 2008
Even though Bill and Lizzie have been getting plenty of face time, he is still bound and determined to push both Lizzie and Dinah away when he really needs them. Dinah and Bill are so vulnerable, and they really need one another.
Marcy Rylan
September 22, 2008
Bill and Lizzie need a serious time-out. Constantly switching sides and fighting with each other is starting to get old. Bill and Lizzie have great chemistry, and they need to have some happiness to keep fans clamoring for more.
Bradley Cole
September 29, 2008
Rafe will have more answers to his future plans soon, as he is set to stand trial...without Vince. Will he be able to get out of jail with Jeffrey on his side? And will Daisy's crazy scheme to help him really work?
Beth Ehlers
October 6, 2008
As much as Natalia lacks familial ties in Springfield, it is nice to see the Coopers sort of adopt the woman who ruined Harley's marriage and caused her to fall for Marina's fiancé and then leave town.
Marcy Rylan
October 13, 2008
Bill and Lizzie have grown up in Springfield, and are both working to overcome some interesting challenges. Both children of high-powered, big-money families, they want to make it on their own, but want to have better relationships than their parents had.
Gina Tognoni
October 20, 2008
Once again, Dinah has made some impulsive moves that will undoubtedly cost her in the end. She wants so desperately to fit in and find acceptance, but the problem is that she goes about it all the wrong way.
Marcy Rylan
October 27, 2008
Grady's moves always seem to be pretty desperate. Even in this bad economy, he only sees illegal ways to make a million or two. Granted, the stock market isn't the safe bet that it used to be, but a good, honest day's work might do him some good.
Kim Zimmer
November 3, 2008
It seems that Josh needs a job and a little romance. Reva is getting into the swing of things to get the ball rolling, but his choices are getting slimmer, unless he reconciles with an ex.
Ron Raines
November 10, 2008
Not that Alan is full of warmth and fuzziness, but to side with a man who kidnapped his beloved granddaughter over the man she loves is pretty low, even for him.
Marcy Rylan
November 17, 2008
Alan's back to his old tricks, trying to frame a comatose Bill for Lizzie's kidnapping. Grady has to have rocks in his head for trusting the man who has already shown he can't be trusted for any reason, but will Cyrus be able to bail his brother out of this one?
Bradley Cole
November 24, 2008
Reva and Jeffrey are celebrating their first Thanksgiving as a married couple, with a baby on board! However, Reva's cancer threatens both mother and child. They have some difficult decisions to make, without the usual sounding boards in Reva's life.
Ron Raines
December 1, 2008
After weeks of boring us to tears, Bill has finally opened his eyes. Once he learns that sister Dinah's thug Grady was behind Lizzie's kidnapping, and that her grandfather Alan framed him, will he be all that thankful about waking up to see his family?
Marcy Rylan
December 8, 2008
The scene has been set. Alan and Grady are framing Bill for Lizzie's kidnapping; even his own parents doubt him. So on a painful day in Lizzie's life, one where she celebrates the birth of her wayward daughter, Bill opens his eyes...to a future behind bars?
Gina Tognoni
December 15, 2008
Like Jonathan, Shayne has returned to Springfield as a very angry man. It's too soon to tell where the story is going, but hopefully Shayne will have a softer side; his anger is hard to bear. If he's paired with Dinah, perhaps they'll be able to heal each other.
Bradley Cole
December 22, 2008
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 2008.
Tina Sloan
December 29, 2008
Part two of a two-part look back at the events of the past year in Springfield. This week, our columnist discusses the worst that Guiding Light had to offer in 2008.

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