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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Maurice Benard Delivers Emotional Turn As Sonny Confesses At Morgan's Funeral

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On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, it was the airing of a very highly-anticipated scene as Sonny (Maurice Benard), with gun in tow, addresses family and friends in front of his son Morgan’s casket during the young man’s funeral service.

Sonny, who has left Carly (Laura Wright) a letter (which she never got thanks to the machinations of Nelle!) and who said some ominous goodbyes to his children, looks to be ready to take the blame for his son’s death and take his own life in the process.  The mobster wants to right the wrong, but first he wants to make sure everyone knows how sorry he is, especially Carly, who is overcome by Sonny’s words and actions.

Next thing you know when Jason (Billy Miller) tries to talk Sonny down, he says he has to do this.  And with that, Sonny disarms his gun and tells his son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) to handcuff and arrest him for Morgan’s death.  At this point, Sonny believes when he called off the hit meant for Julian (William deVry), which ultimately in a series of circumstances took Morgan’s life instead, that the hit was still carried out.  But Jason knows better!

Later at the PCPD, Sonny is in the interrogation room when Jason slips in and tells him that Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) is on her way.  Sonny needs to lawyer-up since he has the beginnings of evidence that show that Sonny is not responsible for the hit.  Dante and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) are outside the room in the police station, where Jordan is trying to get Dante to step away from the case against his father.

Carly is now faced with losing her husband for a prison sentence, following the death of her son.  She is devastated, but Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tells her Josslyn, Michael (Chad Duell) and Avery need her now more than ever.  Meanwhile, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) is on to Nelle, who is up to something, but what is her end game? Ava (Maura West) popped up at the church to say her goodbyes to Morgan when everyone else was gone, and Kiki and Dillon had a very touching scene portrayed on the money from Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins after the funeral when they met up.

However, it was Maurice Benard who in the first ten minutes of the episode illustrated Sonny’s sorrow and his guilt that his son is dead, but that he is still alive.  Several moments were played with quiet intensity, and when Sonny cried, we cried.  Watching Sonny break down in tears was even too much for his family as Michael and Carly watched in sadness.  Again, beautifully played by Benard, who should consider this and other performances this year for his Emmy reel.

So, what did you think of the conclusion of Morgan’s funeral?  Maurice Benard’s performance?  Who is truly responsible for Morgan’s death? What is up with Nelle? Share your thoughts to these questions in the comment section below!

 

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

Julian is responsible…he put the bomb in his own car to frame Sonny but it was suppose to go off with no one in the car!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

If that is the case, then the question will be how does Julian get himself out of this one? It is always interesting to see what they throw in to get Julian and Ava off the hook. Those birds should have been jailed and executed many times over but yet they still come up smelling like a rose.

AJ
AJ

Maurice did an amazing performance, he had me tears the entire scene in the church. I could literally feel Sonny’s heartbreaking as he said he wished he could trade places with Morgan. I know there are a lot of Sonny haters out there, and at times I dislike the things Sonny does, but I wouldn’t wish that on any parent. The thought of your child dieing because of you has to be a pain like no other, and Maurice showed that yesterday. His guilt over his sons death was simply overwhelming. If Maurice isn’t at least nominated next year for an Emmy I will be very disappointed.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Unfortunately, I did not get to see aforementioned scene , thanks to Obama’s long winded interruption of our soaps. I read the re-cap, but not the same. Iam sure Maurice Bernard did a bang up job, no pun intended, as only he can do. I know I would have been crying right along with him.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Violet Lemm…Obama’s long-winded interruption? Yeah, you’re right. GH is sooooo much more important than what’s going on now,..

Addison
Addison

Dear Violet, I am already missing the eloquence, the poetry and the dignity of our president as I prepare for the orange dawn of the future.
President Obama can interrupt my soap anytime.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Well if that was the plan it wasn’t well executed, no pun intended, by the writers since Julian knew his driver would be sitting in it. Unless the driver was disposable to Julian. I also think it would be a dumb move by Julian to hire Curtis; he’s pretty good at his job. And…Julian still wants to win back Alexis…

Maybe Paul ordered the hit from jail; he was out to get Sonny. Maybe a Zaccharia hit… Maybe something to do with Nell. I’m goin’ with a Nell connection….

Addison
Addison

Or perhaps Carlos’s brother?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Ooh! That’s a good suggestion too! In doing so, he would have gotten revenge on Julian AND Sonny! I still think it would be interesting if it was Carlos’s twin that had been killed…and Carlos is really alive but has to “play dead.”

Celia
Celia

I agree, Rebecca. I never thought Julian fid it; too obvious.
I do think your idea that Joe is really Carlos has a lot of merit. I think he came back with the intention of getting his family back, never imagining Sabrina would die in the interim. He does have his son.
If what you propose is true, would it mean that it was Joe who actually died by Julian’s hand?

Rebeccaq
Rebeccaq

Hi CeeCee…yes, that was my theory a while ago. (barely remember it now…but Joe came to Port Charles pretending to be Carlos…then was shot by Julian who thought he was Carlos.) The only hole I see is the composure Carlos maintained after hearing about Sabrina’s death. Still, workable theory, especially for a soap.

Rodd
Rodd

Jimh, I thought the same thing after watching Julian’s scene with Curtis at MC.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hopefully you are right. I hope they dont destroy Alexis or Griffen

Addison
Addison

If MB would stop playing every scene with his eye on the Emmy reel, he just might get that Emmy nod. If TPTB would stop catering to MB’s desire to win that Emmy, GH would improve.
When you stop trying too hard in arenas of acting and writing, a natural flow is achieved. MB seems to be trying way too hard and the end result is he leaves viewers like me cold and underwhelmed.
The Mourning Morgan show is dragging the show down and like a bad song you hear on the PA system of the grocery store, it’s seemingly never ending.
The Mourning Morgan show is depressing and seems to have no exit strategy.

su0000
su0000

I FF through the dreaded funeral crapola. it was not necessary and too Stupid, it was overkill lame and feed people who think crying pity and depression in their living rooms is cool ahaa!

Anyone who believed Sonny was going to kill himself, there are medications that can help you ….

Anyways, my thought of this total pity party is; taHqeq <– a really bad Klingon word.

(( I call upon the Gawds of Soaps to vanish Jean and Shelly to the depths of the volcano of horrible writer's ..
0ooh, forgot I need to offer a sacrifice.. Sam, step forward , put on this white robe.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I have to agree su0000 I was less than impressed..just as I am with Billy Miller’s Jason. I got so tired of him skulking all over the church..it annoyed me to no end. The best part of the episode was Ava and Scotty who had me laughing out loud..Scott is such a smarmy hoot. And don’t get me started on Jason just walking into the PC precinct..handing a faceless cop some money..telling him to get lost and walking into the interrogation room. I SERIOUSLY don’t get ALL these soaps with two officers in a precinct..and no one else four miles around. That’s irritating too.

davlestev1
davlestev1

For not the number four..GOD knows what wouldn’t really happen if there were FOUR cops…they’d all exit the set at once lol.

Timmm
Timmm

The character of Jason is ruined!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… then starting “roaring”

it’s like watching her for the Kool-Aid to kick in , already

Sam … what does the audience see in you and Jason….

death knell… time

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I would have FF thru your tirade , but I was trying to figure out what the hell you were saying! Do you really speak like that in real life? If so, I bet people need a translation dictionary . No, I lied. I know exactly what you said and it was all crap. Don’t need no translation for that!

Celia
Celia

WOW!!

Brian
Brian

Is there a medicine for people that write silly nonsense posts? Hey Su, if the drama of a soap opera is too much for you to handle, try Sesame Street, that’s more your speed.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Su, If you really hate GH so much at the present time, why don’t you stop watching, until the exes bring Ron back? Keep in mind, some of the viewers hated his work as well. It’s hard to please everyone

Addison
Addison

I agree with this Suooo person.

Addison
Addison

This Suooo person should be able to express his or herself about a soap opera without being insulted for doing so.
I agree with him or her.
Besides, Sonny is way too big of a narcissist to kill himself. He managed to make Morgan’s funeral all about him. “Enough about me! What do you think about me!” he seemed to be saying while rubbing his temples and while trying to cry. And that scene in which Jax and Sonny share that awkward hug, and Jax discovers that Sonny is holding? Well, that was hilarious, albeit unintentionally. I fully expected Jax to say to Sonny,”Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

Patrick
Patrick

“YES” and double agree….

@su makes me laugh… all these posts can seem interminable… of course

it’s a 365 day show… so another perspective rolls… cutting ya off ? No way

outside of that…

one tear drop… executed.. with Sonny… would have spoke volume

one tear drop falling slowly down and out of his head… would have done IT

i’m so over this – long – drawn out bubble that needs to burst

neither of them…. truly interact with any one on the show.. outside of their kids… and that’s at best… do they willingly seek their parents out ?

so now… ugh! it’s don’t say another word… lucky for us.. Diane is on.

a long drawn out “trial” the audience has to fester fall out and famished for REEL. this aint happening…

as I’ve long posted… Bryan Craig’ Morgan brought theCorninthos to life. now that he’s gone… this is only making matters so much worse… for Carly and Sonny. it’s beyond caring about either of them. where is the communication… if ever… between these two ? nothing happens between these two from I love you to looking after their kids…. what s the point?

is this where “Jason” offers validity to Sonny ? that Jason will ride in with his Robin to stud Batman ? LOL. ugh! I cant believe it… this story sucks!

ONE THING… and the only thing… Jason has going for him… is when he confronts the bad guy… he does have that intimidation factor… and machos bigger than most… it all falls so flat… thereafter.

all that keeps moving… Ta -da … ! Valentin, Nina, Charlotte . BEST STUFF

it’s got to end… to salvage any thing left … if and when Carly and Sonny move on

just not interested

Celia
Celia

I don’t think it’s crap, SuzieQ. That’s how you see it, and, believe me, I agree with much of it. So, I guess we both say a lot of crap according to some people. What happened to respecting each other’s opinion, and agree to disagree?
Later, my friend.

Lois
Lois

The performances in this story have been stellar, incredible, etc. But, I am ready for the show to move on from all of the sadness and gloom. I hope it will eventually will not be in the forefront so much.

Rose
Rose

Lois…I hope so, too re: sadness and gloom. But I’m not so sure since they brought Liz’s rapist back into the story. Maybe since Disney is part of ABC they could send a little happiness dust over to GH to,lighten the mood. 🙂

Addison
Addison

If this doesn’t stop, GH should rename itself, “Mourning Morgan.”

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I know this scene was supposed to be dramatic, but it just came off as if Sonny is narcissistic and super-selfish.

MSJ McDaniel
MSJ McDaniel

Nell is in the plans somehow, connected to Jax and his contacts

Christine
Christine

I find GH very difficult to take anymore and I rarely watch it anymore. It’s just way too dark and depressing day after day, week after week, on and on and on. Enough already! Frank Valentini and those inept female writers need to go.

Daytime soaps should ostensibly provide a fun escape from the horrors of the real world. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, there have been a ton of disturbing real life news stories recently, even just in recent days following the election with violent protests everywhere you look. Whatever happened to the high doses of adventure and romance that this show was once known for? I don’t find it fun to watch a show whose central character is constantly glorified for being a career criminal and who murdered an innocent man, beating the rap for it.

This current program is General Hospital in title only. It’s so far, far removed (down in quality) from its glory days of the early’80s or even the late ’90s that it’s hard to believe that it’s the same show.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Christine I couldn’t agree with you more. This show is a shell of its former self. I started watching again when they had the 50th anniversary show nurses ball. I wanted to see if they mentioned anyone from the glory days, and in the process got hooked on the Patrick and Sabrina storyline. And then when Billy Miller came on I kept watching because I missed him on the Young and the Restless. And then I just stopped ecause the stoies were to long and drawn out. To much death and depression as of late. To dark. Not like the glory days which I consider the late seventies to the mid to late eighties. Sonny threatening to kill himself at his sons funeral finished it for me.

Dan
Dan

Sorry, I respect your opinion, but I just don’t get the whole “show is too dark” criticism. Soaps are about drama and human emotion. They’re called daytime drama for a reason. You watch a soap opera and then get mad at it for being a soap opera.

Claire Labine just passed away last week, and she was head writer during one of the true GH glory periods. Her main stories were about a young man dying of AIDS, a little girl dying in a school bus crash and her heart being given to her cousin, a middle aged wife and mother dealing with breast cancer. No one complained about the show being too dark back then, and GH has a mantle full of Emmys to show for it.

Stories like Sonny and Carly, and all of Port Charles dealing with the death of a young and vibrant 20 something year old are the type of stories soaps have been telling for years. Of course you need a nice mixture and variety of adventure, romance, a little comedy thrown in, but at its core, any good soap is about drama and making you feel emotion. And I think GH has been doing an excellent job of that.

Timmm
Timmm

Maurice shined baby! He is not a poster boy for most beloved BUT if you are fair you got to tip your hat, he did very well. The ONE problem I have with Sonny confessing is he still has other kids that he is raising and or need their dad. Dont throw yourself away for one kid. Sonny TRIED to call off the hit. And I think it was off until Julian set Sonny up. Those Jeromes are dirtier than the Corinthos’s!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I agree, especially poor little Avery with no one but the housekeeper to care for her .Carly was only thinking of her own pain leaving the child without a mother there for comfort. I don’t know what Nell’s agenda is, but she truly seems to care for all the Corinthos kids.
Speaking of which, what’s up with Dante? He seems to have no love or compassion for his father. Is he so perfect, done no wrong, etc? We know better, right LuLu?

AJ
AJ

True Dante has always been high and mighty and that’s always annoyed me about him. He acts like he can do no wrong so I wasn’t surprised by his response to Morgan’s death ( when in doubt blame Sonny). What I was really disappointed with is Michael’s attitude, I hate the way they writers have changed him. Michael use to at least give Sonny the benefit of being innocent. It just doesn’t seem like it’s that way anymore, that’s sad because they use to be more connected like Sonny and Jason are. Jason always knows when Sonny is innocent and fights to prove it. Sonny has been there for Michael and Dante whenever they need him and they both abandoned him at the worst time of his life. At least Kristina was there for him, I was surprised but pleased by that. With Carly I understand some of her anger, after all she is a grieving mother. My money is on Julian, I believe he had someone plan that bomb.

Alan
Alan

Avery is probably better off with the invisible housekeeper.

Say what you will about Ava, she is not the parent who was actually convicted of killing an innocent man and beat the rap. I still don’t know how a court would give any form of custody to a parent with Sonny’s history.

Timmm
Timmm

If Nelle hits on Michael and kisses him, she is NOT Carly’s daughter. [I hope not!]

Dante is a stick in the mud with a hypocritical mind. Crime and murder are more serious than an affair BUT it is hurtful to Lulu and WRONG!

Celia
Celia

Nell’s agenda is clear. ( if I am wrong, I will apologize, LOL). She is ingratiating herself for her own benefit. There are many reasons for her skulking behavior. One of the reasons is probably one of entitlement.
Joss is alive because of Nell’s kidney. She wants payback—compensation for the ‘indisposed’ life she has had to live; such as depending on meds for her every breath she takes for the rest of her life.

Celia
Celia

Hey, Timmmy,
I wouldn’t put it past TPTB to go there with Michael and Nell, even if they end up bring siblings.
Dante? What a joke. He shouldn’t even be involved in his father’s case….which leads me to ask: why is Sonny not wearing prison garb? Then, there’s Griffin. Yeah, here I go again…….
I cannot believe these writers!! What the heck is wrong with them by having Griffin and Anna discuss whether he will go back to the priesthood or not? HE CANNOT!! EVER AGAIN. HE IS DONE!!
As a priest, he took a vow of celibacy. He broke his vows when he decided to lift Claudette’s skirts. The R Catholic Church has strict rules and sanctions. This is the worst of the worse.

The point of a priest is that he walks in Jesus’s shoes, I mean sandals…..(lol?). Chaste!! No sex!! A priest lives in the image of Christ. So, to me, this is making a mockery of my religion. I do not like it. It kind of makes me sick.
That is taboo….no forgiveness, no absolution. CANON LAW. Then, today, he lost his cool by punching Valentin and swearing. How priestly of him. ‘Gimme’ a break, before I break something….LOL.
BYE.

Rose
Rose

Celia…I respect your feelings for your faith. But I’m sure you don’t want to open up the controversies, weaknesses and politics can of worms that surround the Catholic Church, especially about sex. No institution or religion made up of man/women is free from them from the parishes to the Vatican.

As far as Jesus, he wasn’t Catholic or any denomination, and probably unlike Canon Law, I was taught he was forgiving…”Forgive them, they know not what they do.” And I’m sure he could find someone like Griffin in his fold who has tried to be a healer, whether as a priest or doctor.

Celia
Celia

@Rose.
Sorry to disagree with you, Rose, but I need not to be patronized, with all due respect. I have enough education on my plate in both Theology, and genersl Academics /sciences to know Jesus was of no religious denomination.
That is not my point. The point is that when a priest takes his vows ( strictly the Roman Catholic faith), he moulds himself in the image of Christ; pure, honest, with integrity.
A priest takes vows, when these vows are broken, he cannot continue being a priest, in the true sense of the word. And, I am very familiar with THE NEW TESTAMENT, Rose. As I said, I come from a huge family with scores of priests, Monseigneurs, bishops, nuns etc. do you think I write this stuff from the top of my head? I am well-infirmed.
Perhaps, Griffin can be a Lutheran, Episcopalian or Anglican priest ( remember Henry VIII?), if the calling is so strong. TPTB should reflect on his true vocation. ….a priest with ‘benefits’. Best of both worlds.
Politics never entered my mind. Strictly religious observation here. Obviously, you do not see it this way if you bring politics into it.
This has nothing to do with politics but the effect ‘fooling’ around with an old institution such as R Catholicism . We are not talkibg about Jesus or how forgiving He would be with one such as Griffin. Jesus did forgive Mary Magdalene, afterall.
You completely missed my point. This is about my religion where TPTB take liberties, change the canon law and do not do their homework.
Please try to grasp the theme and rhythm of my post.
I care not about opening a can of worms. Scandals exists in any faith. Agreed!!!!!
However, canon law is canon law…..My point? When a priest ‘steps out’, he can never go back to performing any rites, say mass or anything ‘priestly.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Addison
Addison

Rose makes a REALLY good point. I truly think the Catholic Church could obliterate many of the problems facing it if they stopped making the priests pledge the vow of chastity. They should be allowed to be married the way ministers of other faiths are. It’s time for the Catholic Church to step up to modern times which includes embracing reproductive rights, embracing same sex love/marriage and allowing women to become priests. Pope Frances has been a welcoming voice and is making strides which might help propel the Catholic Church out of Medieval times.
I am not saying this vow of chastity is the reason that child molestation has been such a huge and painful issue with Catholic priests as it begs the the chicken or egg riddle, However, I think it’s safe to say that it’s entirely unrealistic to think that a young priest can adhere to celibacy without that type of physical repression leading to disastrous results. And honestly, can someone please explain to me how sexual repression leads to a closer relationship with the almighty? It seems to be that perhaps the opposite is true.

Celia
Celia

He did for a while, Timmmy. Maurice did prove his mettle. But, somehow, somewhere along the line, Sonny gets lost in the fray.

Celia
Celia

@Addison. Hi, Addison, That is neither here nor there, with all due respect. Do you think I stand for everything the Catholic Church preaches? Obviously, both you and Rose missed my point. I am not sure why Rose was compel d to open this ‘can of worms’, as she calls it. It seems to me that she actually stirred those worms, not mine. I simply made an observation to the wrongly written dialogue and ideology of a supposed priest and his Church. The writing is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, without factual standing. You are absolutely correct….it is shameful what goes on with some of these perverts…..again, that is not my point. I am sorry for opening this up. You are not lecturing me. Rose was……I am used to it. Believe me, there are those ( people that I know) who sort of dismiss my words because they are older, and think they know better. Whether this is the intent of some posters or not; I pray to stick to the topic and point I was trying to make. The fact is, Addison, when a priest gets caught misbehaving, he cannot ever go back to the church. That is the rule. For Rose to delve deeper into that without facts, with all due respect, is completely out of the real of my discussion. Rose decided to bring politics into it, not I. So, for you to chime in only reenforces this fallacious idea of forgiveness and Jesus this, and Christ that. I was merely pointing out the rules. Sure, rules are broken, but when discovered, there is excommunication…..that is the punishment. I did not organize, nor, write canon law. That is something that many have tried to ‘change and refine’ through the Vatican. Perhaps Pope Francis will make some headway. The request of returning and regaining his ordinance after breaking his vow of celibacy has been tried and rejected many times. As per Pope John II. But, as it is….it is what it is. Now, had Griffin decided to leave the Church for other reasons ( in his case to be a doctor)….. canon law could be somewhat flexible….however, any rite he performs is illicit. As they say, once a priest, always a priest….but, with special dispensation from the Pope himself. Nonetheless, in the meantime, the rule of no sex as an ordained priest still stands. If you have the time, Addison, check out CATHOLIC EXCHANGE—-Cathy Caridi, J.C.L. “The Catholic Church teaches that when a man participates in priesthood, he participates in the priesthood of Christ Himself; they act in persona Christi Capitis, in the person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church”. PRIESTHOOD ( Catholic Church) Do I believe RC priests should marry? Yeah, if they so desire. But, until such revolutionary movement is active; stick to he rules to which said priest has sworn to adhere. All I was trying to point out was that I wish TPTB would stick to the rules of canon law. The writers… Read more »

Toni I
Toni I

It was one of Maurice Benard’s finest performances. When he broke down in front of Carly and Michael I could feel Sonnys emotion and pain. Their reaction was also very real. The look Carly gave Sonny as he left the church tore at my heart. How can they ever come back from this. I hope the writers will make it happen. I hope Carly will open her heart again. As for Sonny, he bared his soul and I think he will always take some of the blame for the death of his son just because of his violent lifestyle. He may even believe it would be better to stay away from his wife and family for their protection. I just want to know what Nell is plotting. What skin does she have in this game? I must give the Writer’s credit for this tragic but beautiful storyline.;Well written. Bravo to the entire cast , but especially Laura Wright and Maurice Benard who brought their A game to this one: Passion, pain, despair, grief ,guilt, blame and Torrment; truly Emmy winners.

Addison
Addison

OH dear God, I cannot be the only one who thinks Maurice was just phoning it in and mugging it up for the sake of an Emmy reel.
He is dragging the show down and needs to take a long vacation. Hell, I will pay for his ship fare.
Sonny just needs to do like a sheep herder and get the flock out of here.

AJ
AJ

phoning it in, I don’t know what performance you watched but it is very rare that actors leave me in tears. Maurice performance was so emotional all and raw that you would almost think he lost his own son in a such a violent way. Maurice deserves to get an Emmy nomination next year he has done some great work

Celia
Celia

Love that last sentence there.
You are so right, Addison. Why are the writers stretching Sonny’s scenes, situation, whatever one wants to call it?
I am also tired of his somnambulistic ‘limbo’; on both the threshhold of half dream and half reality.
This torture, displayed by Sonny, does not the heart move. It did at first, but now, it is passe and I find myself in deep ennui. He just does not generate patois, at this point. After all is said and done, he is still SONNY!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I think Paul is responsible. He blew the case on Julian in court because Ava was blackmailing him with knowing he was the hospital killer. Now that the information is out and he’s in prison, what perfect way to both get back at Ava, and right the wrong of destroying the case against Julian and letting him walk free, than to plant a bomb to kill him? By the time Paul was captured, he realized that his actions crossed the line and he hurt so many people. This could have been his final act to try and correct some of his misdeeds.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Paul is one of my guesses too that I posted above. But I’m also leaning toward a Nell connection…

Steve
Steve

Yes, Maurice was at his finest during these scenes. And of course we have the predictable outcome of Sonny not being directly responsible.

During the funeral and so far this week, budget cuts are showing on air. First, no day-players as seat fillers plus the absence of Lucas, Valerie and TJ from the funeral. A throwaway line from Bobbie mentioning Lucas & Valerie working might have helped. I gather Ryan C is no longer on the show and Brytni S is now recurring.

Other noticeable cost saving measures — the one table restaurant (Scott/Ava/Kiki/Dillon), lack of extras and especially the reuse of Elizabeth’s old house set for the parolee. Jeez Frank, couldn’t a different set be repurposed?

Finally, did anyone else notice Tuesday’s episode was directed by Gary Tomlin?

davlestev1
davlestev1

WHEN you don’t respect the format that changed the face of primetime forever..you get chips with no dip..dip with no chips..et.al.

davlestev1
davlestev1

On the other hand I’m not enjoying gray beard Franco..it’s creepy and makes him with Elizabeth seem cringe inducing..now Valentin..it’s like he kept all his little boy naughtiness and wrapped it up in one mesmerizing adult..he could romance anybody and make it wanna be you..Even Monica lol..

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I absolutely hate the way Franco looks. Wish Roger Howarth could see him as we do. And cringe, I do,everytime Liz has to kiss or snuggle with him . That convict guy even looked better, and speaking of, what has he got to do with Alexis?

Steve
Steve

Violet

My theory is Frank asked Roger to grow his hair and beard to differentiate Franco from Todd. I’d bet on a clean shaven/shorter hair Todd returning sometime in 2017.

Patrick
Patrick

ditto on Valentin.

it’s endangered acting… that’s come to life. watching the dramatic flair of VALENTIN.

loved the scene when he’s at Nina’s office… as he’s about to leave.. he tells her she’d be a good mother…..

and HE FLINGS OPEN the double doors; his arms wide… exits

gallant; read it… savor and tantalize is now on the menu

I’m caught he’s big

Patrick
Patrick

@Violet Lemm

finally… someone mentions Franco look.

Roger Howarth… no matter how beloved… and ( honestly ) resting on his OLTL act… is that… done.

He’s so lucky… Rebecca Herbst as Liz is on par even keel…

nevertheless is coming off as an immature childlike act… that Liz does not need in her life… AT LAST Liz is stepping outside herself.. and is seeking out this relationship

Franco !!!! get a makeover…. get a lift… cut your ideals… this is a big production that should not cater

a nice spiked updo… with the sublime enchanting stunner Liz draws… is the best

let’s get that do up and it’s that much more sexual chemistry… because she’s needing a man

Thank you Roger… easy to do

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…YOU KNOW WHAT: Sonny’s guilt, sorrow and (Boo Hoo Hoo) crying DOES NOT change the fact that Sonny is STILL a heartless, murdering, two-faced and worthless SCUMBAG!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

Later.

Celia
Celia

You said it, jay-jay!!
Bye.

Days Of Our Lives

LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! With Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith & Linda Dano

Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

Portions of the broadcast can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

Now, listen to Soap Nation Live’s all-new episode below in the player.

If you are tuning-in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime. Make sure to press the play button on the player below and enjoy the show!

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Days Of Our Lives

THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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