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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Grief-Stricken Sonny Contemplates Suicide As Robin Talks Him Down

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In a tearjerker episode of General Hospital, Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is slowly bottoming out to the depths of despair over the death of his son Morgan and his part in it, goes to the bridge in sorrow.  There, Sonny relieves the emotional events of the last several days, which included: his wife Carly (Laura Wright) blaming him for their son’s death, and Carly walking out on him.

On the bridge, Sonny talks out loud that he had such high hopes for Morgan, and to be a better father than his abusive dad was.  Sonny decides he can’t fail anyone else he loves, and with gun in hand it looks like he may be thinking of shooting himself.  Just then Robin (Kimberly McCullough) appears!  She calls out “Sonny!”  And from there the rich history of what this bridge means to these longtime friends, the memory of Stone Cates, scattering his ashes, and more, is recalled.

Sonny wants to know why Robin is in town.  She says she is come to see him.   Robin asks Sonny to hand over the gun as she fears the worst may happen in his grief over the loss of his son.  She asks if Sonny is contemplating suicide or killing Julian (William deVry)?   And she reminds Sonny that she too found herself contemplating ending her life following learning of her diagnosis of being HIV positive, and it was here that Jason stopped her from jumping to the steely waters below.  As Sonny’s grief continues to overtake him, Robin tries to convince him he has plenty to live for, and to take his own life would dishonor the memory of both Stone and Morgan.   She tells him it’s an act of cowardice and she doesn’t want to remember Sonny as weak.

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In the key heartbreaking moment, Robin says to Sonny, “I feel like Stone brought me here tonight.”  Sonny then says, “It’s getting late.  I should probably go.”  Robin quietly urges Sonny, “Come with me”.   Sonny refuses to come with her.  Robin replies, “Just you and your gun?”  Then Sonny responds, “You don’t have to worry about me.  I give you my word.”    To which a brokenhearted Robin through her tears says, “The word of Sonny Corinthos means a lot to me.  Does it still mean something to you?  And quietly with tears streaming down his face, Sonny replies, “Yeah, it does.”   The work of Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough in those moments illustrated the emotional depth of the Sonny and Robin relationship, and some of the best work by these two standout and iconic performers of GH.

While Maurice and Kimberly were ripping our hearts out in their scenes, Finola Hughes (Anna) did the same in a beautifully written monologue where she tells Griffin (Matt Cohen) how she originally gave up Robin and how she came to regret her decision.  She shared her remembrances of how Robin called her “Love” not knowing Anna was her biological mother at the time, and how it was a term that Robert always used to call Anna.   Later, when Anna sees Griffin bond with his daughter, Charlotte, it’s a heartwarming full circle moment.  Later, Anna is surprised to see her own daughter, Robin in Port Charles a day earlier than anticipated.  Hughes was perfection in all her scenes.

So, what did you think of the bridge scene between Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough?  Do you think Sonny will now go after Julian Jerome with even more of a vengeance?  What did you think Anna recalling giving up Robin?  In an episode filled with hankie-filled moments, share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Patrick
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Patrick

it’s just as… @Rose posted: where are the heartbeats of life beholden your para on the divine and excels @ every note… Finola Hughes… BRAVO Sonny: have we rung out every thing ? I don’t for one minute believe he’d kill himself… suicide.. for all that Maurice Benard acting choices lead to this ? even I don’t think so… it’d be great Carly: she is smart… yet when it’s one of her own… she nuts up… she acts out worse than any one else. no wonder all of Port Charles doesn’t give a shit… they ignore her what’s the point…… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

One word, Patrick: Bravo!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yes…your every word is en pointe. Forget Carly for a moment. Think Laura Wright!
This actress can really bring it home when faced with the challenge of “playacting”.
Anna? So happy she’s back, but, I will ll reserve my BRAVA for a later time.
Later.

Patrick
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Patrick

???? I thought that was a hoax…. did she “really” here from Nicholas

not that I want to know… unless its Mr. Tyler Christopher

is GH / ABC / Disney making amends here… or losing ground

Dylan
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Dylan

I am very impressed with the writing lately on GH. Some of it is sophisticated and downright Shakespaerean. I hope I was not the only person wishing Sonny would pull the trigger! But knowing he wouldnt….just reinforces what a petulant, immature, self centered, self pitying natcissistic monster Sonny is. He has been cutting a swath of death and violence through Port Charles for 23 years. Now his own son “dies” because of his actions…and he is just an emotional coward ready to kill himself. I am really upset that the show did not really kill Morgan because again….Sonny will get… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Ah-ha, Dylan. I don’t care much for violence; and, a suicide is violence, in my book. However, I would love to see Sonny in chains; in prison; in solitsire; in dark quarters; given no quarter ( pardon the pun). That’s worse than death. I must disagree about Morgan being Sonny’s scapegoat, albeit I understand Sonny’s pain should be magnified throughout his life, not diminished and, Morgan’s reappearance will kill the pain (Ha!!). Again, accidental pun. As a rule, children should not pay for their fathers’ sins; but as the ‘story’ goes….”the sins of the father….). Now, out of context: What… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

As Cee Cee did with Carly, I do with Sonny, I look at Maurice Bernard. I dont condone want Sonny has done and did in the past, I just like Maurice and enjoy his acting. The bridge scene, well, you are a smart guy, you know what they are doing, they are ALREADY cleansing the viewers minds of what Sonny’s involvement in Morgan’s “Death” was and asking the viewers to feel sorry for him and accept his redemption. We the viewers know that any one of our favorite actors on contract are not going to die or spend lots of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Patrick…LOL. I was being facetious. But, wouldn’t it be something if Nik called Ava? I think he is hiding at Wyndemere. But, in the same breat, Patrick, if truth be known……another possibility is that Valentin ‘has’ Nik. He has threatened the life of Spencer or Laura and thus, forcing Nik’s hand by signing the mansion over to Valentin. Now, did the Greek courts pardon Valentin? Did he escape? Is he allowed to remain in PC, or the country? What do you mean a hoax? I don’t think it was a hoax. Nik is alive and feels he can probably count… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I swear I saw… Ava answering her phone… unsure of who it was… and she blurted out… Nicholas

some one …. any one… tell me this happened.

I wont imagine this one

Patrick
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Patrick

2 tidbits about GH.

in this weeks SOD issue: Valentin… on his RUN in Port Charles… he jokes about his last visit… WITH – that – 70’s PORN Moustache.

THAT

is what got him noticed… he had sex all about him

YUM

——-

prop to mother and daughter : WHAT really cements Carly @ GH for all our weary and distaste …

Jacklyn Zeman ‘ Bobbi

I love her for this reason… Carly’ bearable… Bobbi is always a MUST

Carly and Bobbi in scenes always resonate … ta da

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Patrick. Never fret!!!!
You fid hear correctly. I heard the same thing. Ava answered her phone and said” Nikolas?”. If that ” ain’t” so, my friend; then, we are both crazy…hearing things? LOL.
I just don’t know why you say it’s a hoax? What do you mean? The PTB are pulling one? She has mistaken the voice on the other end? Could it be Valentin asking her aid? Is he threatening Ava with Nik’s life?
Anyway, ‘gotta’ run…..later.

su0000
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su0000

I had no fear..
Maurice was not leaving GH, so no bullet to the head, not going to happen..
Nonetheless— a BRAVO performance !

Now, hope the crying pity party will end and we get into
a–
*suspenseful mystery <– BWA-HA yeah sure.
or a —
*great adventure <– AHAA HA yah ok .

Terry
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Terry

Great performances by all four of them, you can feel the pain / love.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dis Laura get any grief scenes over Nik-NOOOOO!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NOOOO is right, Jimh!

Mary Jo
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Mary Jo

And did Monica get any grief scenes over AJ? NOOO, again?

Timmm
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Timmm

No. She is off trying to play doctor with Kevin Collins! Nick who?

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, Timmmy. That should go down in history as the most ‘dismissing ‘ mother next to Joan Crawford.
I love Genie; beautiful and talented actress. It was so unfair for TPTB to have written Laura’s mourning her son so shabbily. What the heck were they thinking??

Timmm
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Timmm

My message to JELLY, I tip my hat to you two. I get frustrated with stories that are not finished or acknowledged and characters who disappear for weeks on end BUT you two are putting together some great dialogue! Sonny and Robin mixing in GH history and Anna and Griffin, as well, was first class! Keep righting the write!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Head writers rarely write dialogue– they do the broad strokes, but usually it is another writer who fills in the details— in the opening credits when you see writers listed, usually for that particular episode it was one or all of them that actually wrote the scenes

Timmm
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Timmm

Then I tip my hat to them. There is a lot wrong with GH but we have had some really good dialogue inner twinned with history. I love it!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Kimbo was great in yesterday’s scenes with Sonny–reminiscent of “old times” when we had classic GH.

Timmm
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Timmm

It is always great to see Kim! Its so cool that she stuck around here and there since she was around six years old! That will never happen again! Emma would have been nice to have done the same but she isnt on much and there are so many more opportunities for the young kids to act now as opposed to when Kim and others were growing up in the 80’s.

Alan
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Alan

Another pointless episode. How can an entire show built around one character continue if that character takes his own life? It can’t. I never for a second bought into the notion that Sonny would hurt himself because he’s written as a total narcissist and Maurice Bernard’s performances do nothing for me. The Anna monologue was well done but can Griffin stop with the whining already? Dude just needs to man up already and take responsibility as Charlotte’s dad of the week (because next week Valentin will be the poppa and then it will be revealed that the kid was conceived… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t think anyone thought Sonny would pull the trigger…but it was a device to exemplify how distraught and guilt-ridden he is. Perhaps if he spirals lower he WILL hurt himself. He’s dealt with guilt before, especially Lilly’s death and Michael’s coma. But this is the first time his order created the consequence…the first time his child was killed ( although I think Lilly was pregnant???) as a direct result of his actions. Given that Sonny is bipolar it would be unrealistic to not have him suffer a mental breakdown. The fallout will spread to family, friends, enemies…and it’s emotionally… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I liked Sonny and Robin’s dialogue. They talked about Stone and GH has been missing out on its history.

Griffin had such hope! He has been watered down and needs to drop the priest stuff, send that sweet girl sadly to Valentin and go steal Liz off of Freako!

Dan
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Dan

Of course everyone knew Sonny wasn’t really gonna off himself. That didn’t take away from the emotional impact of the scenes, especially referencing Stone and that being the same bridge where Jason once talked Robin off the ledge, which was a nice tip of the hat to history for long time viewers of the show. It’s nice to see history being honored and respected, instead of trampled over and rewritten. I thought the scenes were brilliantly written both in the layout and dialogue, and excellently performed by Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough, playing off their rich and deep history together.… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I didn’t find the scenes on the bridge (or Anna’s confession to Griffin) all that moving because throwing all that expository dialogue together in the same episode just felt like a refresher course to explain the relationships to newer viewers and remind old ones of what had come before. Scenes like that can be effective when used sparingly but filling an entire hour with them (and not having it advance story in any major way) played like a filler episode to me. As for why I watch, I guess I have that old school soap mentality that eventually the stories… Read more »

Engrady Pind
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Engrady Pind

Oh Good Gravy, how many more times are we going to have to see this Sonny’s pain and guilt trope? Enough is enough. All his pain and all his guilt NEVER changes anything. Gangster with a heart of gold? I really don’t care. Let’s get this self-indulgent grief story over and done with and get on to something with a modicum of originality and creativity — and that is not Sonny Corinthos.

Mary Jo
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Mary Jo

I do agree, Engrady. Let us also not forget that Sonny shot Carly in the head just as she was giving birth to Morgan. If that wasn’t enough to wake Carly up to Sonny’s dangerous and vicious cycles then nothing will.
Sonny has no business being around children.

JK
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JK

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR………….MAURICE/SONNY…….WITHOUT A DOUBT

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah, him, Laura and Nancy have a lot of scenes to submit in 2017.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Nancy, and Laura for sure, Timmmy. Maurice’s two scenes were really effective….but, as Engrady ( missed you, Engrady) points out….enough of Sonny doing something dastardly, feeling remorse, and then turn around and do it again. The idea of perpetuating any action by a mobster, leaves a bitter taste in the salivary glands. This does not mean I do not appreciate the actor. But, Timmmy, we only get to see a one-dimensional character. What else can he do? I suppose the same could be said of Laura/Carly. But, she was exquisite. Nancy’s acting, on the other hand, was a novelty… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I wouldn’t go that far. Let’s not discount Justin Hartley. It’s all politics, if you ask me.

JK
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JK

NEVER DISCOUNT WONDERFUL JUSTIN HARTLEY…AND…YOU ARE CORRECT…IT IS ALL POLITICS…..

Patrick
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Patrick

^ ie: Alexis… I fail to see reason, for; Alexis hold your britches… fandom speaks step out of the boxed in ; strip her of all supreme justice … her moral fiber perhaps at the outset… of her spirit’ual journey.. she releases her inhibition.. why is she so uptight… ALL the time ? I just don’t get it… I learned something today… I had no idea.. that Valentin is her 1/2 brother perhaps he can speak to the church choir at this point in time… she’s 50+ , right ? cant’ teach an old dog new tricks Julian isn’t picking… Read more »

Kat
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Kat

Most definitely. Sonny & Robin in any scene together are awesome and so important to each other throughout their lives.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I thought the episode was great but it sure made me miss Robin. It was worse when Robin mentioned Brenda’s name when they talked about scattering Stone’s ashes. That storyline broke my heart a few times and to hear mention about it again after so many years has me wishing all the players in that story were still in Port Charles.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m with you, James!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Frankly, I don’t like it when soaps write scenes that are designed for one purpose– to give the actors in the scene material for their Emmy reel. The very fact that Robin of all people would just show up on the bridge at the exact moment Sonny was about to pull the trigger is a big clue this was a scene written for Emmy consideration— story wise as others have stated there was no big suspense in thinking Sonny would do it– and in some ways soaps do a disservice to whole issue of suicide, it gives the false impression… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t see it as a waste of time. They!re experiencing loss, grief, guilt, devastation, which is real for what they’re going through. It would be comparable to someone being told they have months to live and then finding a cure. Does it negate the emotions one and one’s family would experience at hearing and dealing with the bad news.,,until and if there’s a bright side in the end? The emotions and fallout are real for what they!re experiencing in the present. I think the harder challenge is to react sufficiently shocked, elated, disbelieving when ANY of these characters miraculously… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

How true, Rebecca. One can only understand what you so beautifully expressed through personal experience.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Thank you CeeCee.

Mary Jo
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Mary Jo

Good point, Mary SF. But I must admit that I was so happy that it was Robin who stopped him from committing suicide. I was afraid it was going to be Snell who seems to poking her nose in everything Corrinthos. She really irritates me.

Timmm
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Timmm

Its a drama Mary. They will play the ebb and flow of Morgan’s “Death” and move on to something else. I like what I have seen and will like how they react to Morgan reappearing. Its fun!

Patrick
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Patrick

the sensitive light portrayal… between Anna and Griffin was beautifully crafted. how is it that even ( what 30+) years after the fact… I’m crying for Anna choices… with her own daughter as she’s telling Griffin , perhaps it’s the right choice to give up your daughter. As she’s telling Griffin she lost 5 years of being with Robin. Anna telling Griffin you won’t know till you try. which ended beautifully… with Griffin and Charlotte reading a bed time story, scene fades. tears…. that actor who plays Charlotte… what a coop. FINALLY… I can go here… if this gives us… Read more »

thad bosley
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thad bosley

I feel as though I have seen endless variations of this scenario on the bridge. GH keeps mining the same material, leaving previous few gems left…..

Celia
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Celia

Or….is Valentin really Nikolas en masque, a’ la Faison?

Shay
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Shay

Oh, Lordy, Lordy….NO more masks, CeeCee!!!!! (But a returning Caesar could be quite nifty……).

Timmm
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Timmm

A star is born! Charlotte is a sweet girl who can act! GH did it again! Spencer was so good, Emma is a gem and now this little button!

Celia
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Celia

I thought that gesture of getting into bed with Griffin, whom this little, innocent child thinks is her Daddy, was soooo sweet……so natural. I felt Griffin’s somewhat awkward behavior. Awwww!! He feels inept as a father, which tells us what a caring person he is. Sadly, his heart will be broken, Timmmy. I stand by what I said as soon as Charlotte came into play. She is Valentin’s. On the plane, what did he say to Claudette? ” you have something of mine” (paraphrasing). What else could he mean? Charlotte or something much more valuable to a beast such as… Read more »

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Everyone saw Friday’s episode of General Hospital. The end of the show Sonny goes to the door and opens it and there is Morgan, his clothes all shredded up. My question to you is Morgan really alive or is it a dream Sonny is having?

Celia
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Celia

I think he is dreaming, Sue.
Too soon for Morgan to return. But, I must admit; it WAS jarring.

Patrick
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Patrick

in hindsight… retrospect

I thought that the “suicide” bridge walk was it

turns out his demon is still on

which in production value… for walk the walk… is still dry

load up the emmy panel… he’s still hurting in character

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Sadly, probably a dream. I would like to see Sonny dealing with rhis differently although the acting has been imcredible. I have said it before but it is worth repeating: Dante has amazed me the most. He is a suble but very strong actor.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Sonny’s hallucinating. As you probably know he’s bipolar…and he’s unravelling.

Alan
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Alan

It’ll turn out to be a dream…and a nightmare for the audience to watch.

Steve
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Steve

Did anyone else watch and yell at the tv: “just shoot and save us from more Sonny worship”?

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

*raising hand* Me, definitely. When I thought of all the people who could live in peace if he died, it was really a no-brainer. And, frankly, I’ve never understood how Robin, the daughter of 2 WSB agents who have worked their entire lives to put away criminals, could ever support a mobster like Sonny. Stone died nearly 2 decades ago, right? Why should she continue to be loyal to someone who continues to choose to kill people as part of his business, especially when she’s a doctor who swore an oath to do no harm. Makes no sense to me.

cooks7570
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cooks7570

I still don’t care that Morgan is dead. Can the show move on to other storyline’s now.

janet
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janet

A good reason to dislike Robin, which I have NEVER done before. Another great reason to Not watch the show. Did Helena do a lobotomy on her. Sonny did try to kill jax and shoot her trying to get to him. Not incidently while her child was in the house.
Sonny wants to kill himself why not let him. Guess I will NOT be returning to the show. I am done.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

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Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

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