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When Remy and Christina flushed the diamonds down the toilet last week, we knew that it wasn't the last time that we'd see the valuable stones, but who knew what lengths a jewel thief like Cyrus would go to in order to save his skin?

When I watched Remy and Christina flush those diamonds down the toilet last week, we knew it wasn't the last we'd see of the valuable stones. But who knew to what lengths a jewel thief like Cyrus would go to save his skin (literally).

For someone who is a police officer, I have to admit that I find Remy a little naïve about the ways of the world. Stolen gems don't typically find themselves working alongside upstanding members of the community. Of course, Remy skirts the law when it suits him with his card games. But this is a whole new league for even him.

Cyrus, on the other hand, is used to double crosses and running from the law - and former allies as well. Since Natasha has been in Springfield, she's been after one thing: Edmund's rare diamonds. Remy walked into a quick way to solve his money woes (albeit an illegal one) which was at times preposterous.

But now, hopefully, this part of the story is over. But will Remy be able to save his job? And will Christina be able to forgive Remy for putting her in this position? I do admit I like them together and want them to succeed.

Now that the diamond mystery is solved, Cyrus should be able to turn his attention to Grady. Oh, yeah. That missing brother of his - how could he forget? Or is GL just going to hope Phillip isn't found out? Of course, Phillip has his own issues...

As I heard about this plot line twist involving Phillip, it hit me - did GL know it was being cancelled before they announced it? Phillip is told, in June, that he has three months to live - as does the show on CBS. This show was taped (if not written) AFTER the CBS cancellation. I'm usually not the conspiracy theory girl, but I do listen to all sides of such things...

Still, it was good to see Peter Simon again. It's hard to believe it's been 5 years since his last appearance in Springfield. With CBS announcing the cancellation, I hope to see TPTB really blow the budget and bring back a lot of the fan favorites. (Note: If Kevin Bacon appears, I will either a) faint or b) scream at the top of my lungs - no one ever believes me when I tell them he got his start on GL). What can they do? Cancel the show? (Take THAT CBS....) But while I loved watching Rick and Phillip (Mikey and Grant) play some hoops, it was a little far-fetched that they would both go to California at the same time (or the van Phillip rented has Illinois tags....). Can't wait to see the Bauer Bar-be-que!!

And on the other side of the world (or really, Peapack, NJ) Jeffrey and Dinah are starting their slippery scheme to bring Edmund out of hiding (providing he's really alive - which would be a great plot twist - even if we know it already). With the clock (literally) running on GL time it will be interesting to see how many of these stories the show can wrap up.

For those who haven't been reading the soap press both online and in print, there are several GL'ers who have already found other work. While I will certainly miss seeing them in their current state, I wish them all of the best. I've said it before - no more daytime for me. After having my heart broken by the network gods who keep "Big Brother" (ick) but get rid of a television legend, I don't want to get snared in by another show. But in this economy, you can't blame someone for wanting to find work quickly - everyone has bills to pay and a family to feed. Best of luck to Crystal Chappell who will return to DOOL in September and GL alum John Driscoll (Coop) who is now headed to Y&R. As I hear of other moves, I will certainly post them here for GL fans who wish to follow their favorites to other shows.

But back in Springfield it's the Bauer Barbecue this week. While I won't be able to watch it until I return from vacation (the hotels in National Parks have no TV's or radios, let alone Internet access) I will certainly be glued to these episodes. Even my husband Jack, a casual GL viewer, knows that the 4th of July means the annual Bauer family tradition. And as I said earlier, I'm glad to see GL brought back Peter Simon (Ed) so there is more than one Bauer in Springfield... (Leah doesn't count - we never see her - although she'll be there at the Bar-be-que). Now can we see him regularly? After all, even the Tivo description of GL mentions the all-but-non-existent Bauer family.

A brief programming note: I am going on vacation right now and won't return until July 8th. I will do all I can to get what spoilers I can together before I leave (there is little Internet access where I am going - Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in Wyoming and Montana). This column was written based on what I knew was going to happen via spoilers and about the Bauer Bar-be-que - my favorite GL event...

Each year, I print the official recipe for Bauer Burgers. Since this is very well the last year I can do this, I will include it here (and the next columns as well). Make mine medium - without the mushrooms - and I hope you can enjoy them this 4th.

Bauer Burgers

1. Get 2 lbs of ground sirloin, then mix in some garlic, pepper, salt and 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce.

2. Make an even number of thin hamburger patties. (Be sure to make them very thin.)

3. Chop up some onion and put it on top of the first patty. Then put a slice of American or mozzarella cheese on top. Grill some mushrooms and put them on top of the cheese. Cover the whole thing with another patty.

4. Using a fork press down the edges of the patties so they are sealed

5. Barbecue the double patties over a low flame until done. It takes more time to cook due to the thickness of the patties.

Hope you enjoy your burgers!!

Whether or not we know how this story - and this show ends, it is important for all of us to stay focused on working to promote the show in a positive light for as long as we can...

Keep the Light Shining and Happy 4th of July!

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