It's especially exciting to have found the 1977 episode, which we did not know existed before. Bridget and Jerome Dobson introduced the Spaulding family when GUIDING LIGHT expanded to an hour on November 7, 1977. The story was so well crafted, the secret of Phillip's birth played out over the next six years. You can watch the powerful episode in which Phillip reacts to the truth on the very first GUIDING LIGHT Classics DVD.
Below you will find the complete episode listing for the new disc.
Episode 1. Meet the Spauldings. November 23, 1977
In this episode, Alan Spaulding has just arrived in Springfield with his wife, Elizabeth, and 7-year-old son, Phillip. They are staying with Elizabeth's friend, Jackie Marler. Jackie is actually Phillip's biological mother, a secret that will not be revealed to Phillip for many years.
Principal Cast: Christopher Bernau, Lezlie Dalton, Cindy Pickett, Thomas O'Rourke, Don Stewart, Charita Bauer, Maureen Garrett, Millette Alexander, Barbara Berjer and Jarrod Ross.
Episode 2. On the Run. December 19, 1983
The show's writers took the dramatic liberty of "aging" Phillip rapidly. After only six years, the seven year old became a young man. In this episode, Philip is already in college. He has recently learned that Alan and Elizabeth are not his true biological parents. He has also met the woman who will be the love of his life, the beautiful but troubled Beth Raines. Beth's young life has already been touched by tragedy, as she was recently raped by her evil stepfather, Bradley. In this pivotal episode, Phillip is forced to take startling action to keep Beth safe.
Principal Cast: Grant Aleksander, Judi Evans, Tina Sloan, Harley Kozak, Michael O'Leary, Krista Tesreau, James Rebhorn, Kim Zimmer, Don Stewart and Robert Newman.
Episode 3. The Wedding. February 14, 1991
In 1986, Beth was presumed dead after a boating accident, leaving Phillip devastated. Beth turned up alive three years later, but she was mute, and had amnesia. Eventually, Beth regained her memory, and the mystery of her disappearance was solved. In this special episode, Phillip and Beth are finally married, surrounded by their family and friends.
Principal Cast: Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Tina Sloan, Beverlee McKinsey, Kimberly Simms, Michael O'Leary, Jerry verDorn, Ellen Parker, Christopher Pennock and Michael Zaslow.
Episode 4. The Confession. June 1, 1998
Phillip and Beth's love was severely tested by a series of events which unfolded after they married. They eventually were divorced, and Beth left Springfield with their daughter Lizzie. Now, years later, Beth and LIzzie have returned to Springfield, accompanied by Beth's abusive lover, Carl Stevens. In this shocking episode, Lizzie makes a confession to Phillip that changes everything.
Principal Cast: Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Hayden Panettierre, Beth Ehlers, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, Wendy Moniz, Frank Grillo, Cynthia Watros and Ron Raines.
Episode 5. Making Peace. September 15, 2009
Phillip, long estranged from his father and family, eventually returned to Springfield, dying of a mysterious disease. Despite the animosity between them, Alan saved Phillip's life with a bone marrow donation, setting the stage for a reconciliation. In this poignant episode, Phillip makes peace with Alan, reunites with Beth, and then makes a shocking discovery. Three days later, Guiding Light aired for the last time.
Principal Cast: Grant Aleksander, Beth Chamberlin, Ron Raines, Tina Sloan, Robert Newman, Kim Zimmer, Jordan Clarke, Zack Conroy, Marcy Rylan and Tom Pelphrey.
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SoapClassics will also be offering a free episode for a short time, the famous 1983 Four Musketeers prom which is one of the most requested by fans. Watch it here.