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    It's Terminal.

    Wednesday, June 24 2009
    Phillip gets bad news, Beth worries about James and Rick goes to see his father.


    James is picking up trash as part of his community service. Alan pulls up and announces he is there to rescue him. He's hired someone to finish his sentence for him. After putting in the ringer and buying off the witnesses, they leave. Alan explains that the Spaulding men always bail each other out and announces that he is taking him out to play basketball.



    Beth is at the mansion looking for her son. Alex is drinking and laughing. She tells her that Alan just left to buy James out of his situation. Beth sits down to join her in a drink, complaining about how well her son was doing before Phillip came back, while things seem better than ever for Lizzie. She can only hope that this doesn't lead to the same pattern that Alan has had with his son.



    Ed is surprised to see Phillip in his office. They sit down and talk about Rick and the barbecue, but Ed is sure that he isn't there to talk about this. Phillip admits that something is wrong with him and it could be serious. He explains that he developed different symptoms when he was living in seclusion. A doctor told him he may have been infected while living in the woods. Ed gets some more details and takes blood. He shows him pictures of Danny and Michelle and their kids. They catch up some more and then Ed tells Phillip to get some air while he waits for the test results.



    Phillip wanders outside and suddenly bumps into Rick. "What in the world are you doing here?" the doctor asks him. He claims that he's only there to convince Ed to come to the barbecue. Rick says they'll have to go in together and talk him into it. They go in and start nagging Ed to come. Phillip walks out to take a call from Beth. She tells him what Alan did and worries that history is repeating itself. He's quiet. When he looks back inside, he watches Ed and Rick reminiscing.



    Rick and Phillip walk the grounds and talk about the barbecue. The topic turns to when Rick married Beth. Phillip doesn't want to talk about it, but Rick continues and tells him that he needs to learn to forgive everyone else like they've forgiven him. They argue and Rick wonders why he's really there. Phillip walks away.



    When Phillip wanders onto a basketball court, Rick follows and begins mocking him to the two young men there. Rick and Phillip taunt each other into a game. As the four of them play, the old friends continue to mock each other and bicker. Phillip has trouble breathing and has to take a break. Rick soon follows him. They're kicking themselves for taking on people half their age. Rick says it feels like a hundred years since he thought anything was possible. Phillip tells him that their friendship hasn't changed. When the boys call them 'geriatric' they decide to teach them a lesson. They go back, beat them and laugh. A call comes in for Phillip from Ed.



    Beth tracks down Alan and James in Company. She confronts Alan and James wanders off. Beth accuses Alan of trying to anger Phillip and keep control of the family. James watches from the bar and tries to sneak a beer. Buzz catches him and hands him a root beer. James is tired of all the rules. Buzz warns him that it only gets worse. Beth and Alan continue to argue. She's afraid her son will never learn there are consequences to his actions. He thinks she's having a hard time with the fact that Phillip hasn't made her the center of his world since he got back. When he mocks her relationship with Coop, she threatens him and storms off. Alan walks over to the bar to collect his grandson.



    Lillian finds her daughter sitting on the bench. Beth tells her that Lizzie is finally happy because she found a way to separate herself from the family. Now James is stuck in the middle and she doesn't know what to do. Lillian tells her daughter that she can learn to be independent too. She guesses that her daughter is upset about more than James though. Beth admits that there is still something between her and Phillip. Lillian already knew that. "I'm not very lucky in love," Beth sobs. Her mother tells her that they have plenty of time to let things happen.



    When Phillip returns to Ed's office, Ed tells him the results are not good. "What you have is untreatable and, I'm sorry, it's terminal," he says. Phillip leaps up and walks out.



    James and Alan return to the mansion to play chess. Alan tells him how much his father loves him and that their relationship will get easier in time. James wishes they were more normal. Alan tells him they aren't normal – they battle, that's part of their heritage. It's what brings them together and makes them stronger.



    Next on Guiding Light:

    Bill offers to help Lizzie.

    Phillip doesn't want to tell his family about what's wrong with him.

    Natasha badgers Cyrus.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by GLfan85 at Wednesday, June 24 2009 01:25 PM

    I just can't believe they are going to kill of Phillip...

    Are they TRYING to make the viewers hate GL so that when it goes off the air it wont be a big deal????

    Posted by Julien at Wednesday, June 24 2009 01:27 PM

    Well that stinks Philip is dying.Too bad it is not a crappy charector.

    Hello 3Puppies,GLandWT,gosspiqueen75,Vanillahere,mom6,Sunflower and everyone

    Posted by 3Puppies at Wednesday, June 24 2009 01:29 PM

    Wow, wonderful to see Dr. Ed back in the saddle again. Sure hope he stays until the end. He was always one of my favorites. Phillip having a terminal disease is not right. He just came back and now they want to kill him off. That would ruin any chance of him coming back to GL if they find a home for GL. That is totally stupid. It was fun to watch Rick and Phillip together like the old days. Too bad the writers didn't know how to write like the old writers. Those were the good days for GL. It sure looks like it is going to be the demise of GL. What a shame.

    Hi: GLandWT, mom6, Julien, Gossipqueen75, Vanillahere, and Sunflower23.

    Posted by kiala-jaray at Wednesday, June 24 2009 01:55 PM

    Honestly, I think that they are running Guiding Light into the ground on purpose. Even before it was announced that it was being cancelled you could tell that the writers didn't care. I put this on another summary but GL now is missing the action and cliffhangers. the best episode recently has been the one where Reva fights Edmund for Colin. And that was because of the action and drama. Not the boring conversation that makes up every episode now.

    Why can't we have chacarters back like Ben Warren or Annie Dutton? They keep trying to give Blake a role, why not have Ross's stalker come back and blame her for Ross's death and try to kill her and Ben being behind the whole thing?

    Jonathan is coming back and Lizzie is pregnant. Why not say that Sarah is sick like Lizzie was and they need a full blood sibling?

    Guiding Light has become so tame and boring, I can understand why CBS doesn't want it any more. They need to hire back the writers that they had 10 years ago. They also need to get rid of the useless chacters like Christina and Ashley.

    This show is saveable if someone really wanted to save it.

    Posted by coco50257 at Wednesday, June 24 2009 02:10 PM

    They don't want to save it!!! Obviously! At least they good give us a good ending to it!!Instead they are going to make it lame to the very end. Not only that tease us with a few episodes with old time favorite & subject them with dump s/l's!!! They just keep making matter's worse.Obviously they couldn't afford better writers. Geesh! We could all write better s/l's then these writers are. I just hate that they are boring us to the bitter end. No station will pick this show up & if it moves. Not sure I would watch it now. Not with the current writers they have. It sucks!!! The only happy ending that they have been boring us to death with is Olivia & Nat. Who cares by now!!! Olivia still would of been better paired with Doris!!! I hate what they have done to the long time loyal viewers of this soap!!!!

    Posted by 12312 at Wednesday, June 24 2009 02:21 PM

    I disagree, I think it was a great show today... it showed realy life interaction. It was great light humor, just what I need at the end of my work day. The wedding humor was great yesterday too...what do you want full time drama, cry, cheat and die? Gosh I am going to miss the show, as for the naysayers... becareful ABC and NBC... they will be negative to you when GL goes off the air.

    Posted by grangran at Wednesday, June 24 2009 02:38 PM

    12312 I have to agree with you it is nice to see a few shows without all the drama. I have heard that Philip wanted his character killed off so if the show was picked up they couldn't use his character. Don't know if that is true or not.

    Posted by 3Puppies at Wednesday, June 24 2009 02:43 PM

    12312,
    I totally disagree with you. Yes, a lot of us get discouraged by certain s/l's but we continue and will continue to watch G/L until the bitter end. As far as being negative to ABC and NBC I doubt that most of us don't even watch their soaps. It is always fun to read what other people say, good or bad. It is our comments. We do enjoy reading everyone's opinion. So, lighten up on the naysayers.

    Posted by Julien at Wednesday, June 24 2009 03:08 PM

    The only thing about today memorable is Philip and Ed and Rick.What would of made todays show great if when it is over would say dang its over I cant wait that long. Well folks I have not had that feeling in a long time and that is the writers and the producers fault.You can tell the people who have not been watching GL very long.

    Posted by Julien at Wednesday, June 24 2009 03:17 PM

    Oh and I do watch other soaps Days on Nbc and Sin Senos No Hay Paraíso on mudos and yes the novella is subtitled and I have no complaints why because the writing is good and stays true to thier fans which GL HASNT DONE IN A LONG TIME.

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