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Dr. Frederick "Rick" Bauer, MD
- Albert Zungalo III (1970 to 1971)
- Gary Hannoch (1972 to 1976)
- Robbie Berridge (1976 to 1978)
- Phil MacGregor (November 1982 to May 1983)
- Michael O'Leary (June 6, 1983 to December 1986; July 1987 to February 20,
1991; March 1995 to present)
Doctor at Cedars Hospital
KIDS:Jude Cooper Bauer (with Harley)
Leah Bauer (with Mel)
Rick’s parents are Ed
and Leslie Bauer. He was one of the original ‘Musketeers’,
along with Phillip Spaulding, Mindy Lewis and Beth Raines.
Rick has a habit of falling in love, or
into bed, with some of his best friends. He fell hard for Mindy Lewis, Beth Raines and Roxie Shayne. He also
had one-night-stands with both Harley
Cooper and Blake Marler.
Rick has also been best friends with Phillip Spaulding since they were kids. He
took Phillip’s November 2004 death very hard. He ended up turning to Beth Raines
in an attempt to get over the loss.
While he was bonding with Beth, he was also growing apart from his current wife,
Mel Boudreau. She didn’t like some of the things that Phillip did while he was
alive, and he had a hard time getting over them. It took quite a while for the
two to mend the problems in their relationship.
Rick has also been close with his sister, Michelle.
Although he has never really
like his brother-in-law, Danny, he recently has had to side with him. After an accident
that left Michelle with amnesia, she was not herself. This was difficult
for everyone in her family. Eventually, she regained her
memory and left town with Danny and their child.
Rick received a heart transplant on the same day he married
his wife and co-worker, Mel Boudreau. Always a giving person, Rick actually turned his first
chance at a transplant down. When a
heart came up, he pretended to have a fever so that a man with a child would
receive the heart instead. Mel was originally furious at him, but she forgave him.
At the last minute, Richard Winslow died and
saved Rick by donating his organs, including his heart. It was difficult
for Rick, and for Richard's family, living in the same town.
Rick and Mel were
divorced. Rick married Beth briefly, when he thought she gave birth to his
child, but he later found out it was Alan's.
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