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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Maurice Benard's Performance Tugs At The Heart As Sonny Learns Jason Is Alive!

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For those who ever wonder why Maurice Benard has endured as General Hospital’s central character, look no further than his performance during Wednesday’s episode of the daytime drama series.

It’s been over a year that fans have waited for Sonny to know that his beloved enforcer and best friend Jason (Billy Miller) is alive!  On Wednesday, that moment finally happened.  And even though it’s not a full fledged reunion of sorts, becasue Jason doesn’t remember his past life, it still was quite memorable played brilliantly, and emotionally by Benard.

After losing custody of his baby daughter Avery and while confined to a wheeelchair, Sonny could definitely learn some good news.  Carly (Laura Wright) begs Jason to come with her to help Sonny and to confirm that he is indeed Jason.

In touching scenes, Carly explains to Sonny how she figured out that “Jake” was their dear friend Jason.   Sonny believes eventually that it is true.  He asks Jason to come over to him and holds his hands.  Jason wants to pull away, but Sonny does not want him to let go.   He says in tears, “My God, you came back.”

Billy Miller and Laura Wright also were excellent in the scenes, supporting Benard and Sonny’s reaction to the news through their characters different viewpoints.  Watch the moment where Sonny and Jason come together after the jump.  Then, let us know what you thought of the performance of Maurice Benard …  and the key scenes?

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Sissy
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Sissy

Wow!! Maurice’s performance was riveting! Billy and Laura were outstanding as well!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

All three are emmy winning performances!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I can proudly say that these 3 actors have delivered on their scenes throughout the reveal. Definitely a November sweeps to remember!!!

Harry
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Harry

They were good for sure but I was more moved by Monica’s reaction.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I would not go as far as riveting, Sissy. But, that’s just my opinion. I have doffed my hat to Sonny/Maurice. His performance was more than good. But, in retrospect, I believe my reaction; my compassion had a lot to do with Billy/Jason and the effortless control he showed amidst all this confusion. Plus, because I am so used to seeing Maurice not give a decent performance,( do not slam me, people….my opinion only) I was not only impressed, but moved by his superior, out of the ordinary-kind of emotionally charged rendition. I do hope Maurice keeps it up, but… Read more »

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

Jason Morgan-Sonny loves him more than the four(including the miscast one) Carlys combined…stupid custody hearing-where is social services-they would never allow either Sonny or Carly to have custody of Avery but maybe they fear finding a horse head in their bed and staying away…lol

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

Wow…i see Monica….or am i hallucinating after drinking too much geritol…lol…she and Jason will have their Hallmark moment before she goes on her year-long medical convention and returns for sweeps in Nov. 2016 when we learn he isnt Jason who is still in a coma-he is really A.J. Quartamaine…can you imagine Sonny and his skangster moll Carly shock reaction to that…lol

Harry
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Harry

Monica, what a sight for sore eyes! I loved her simply asking Jason asking for a hug, and I loved her telling Lizzy to “back off” even more.

Patrick
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Patrick

“… her simply asking Jason for a hug ” Wow! what a scene full of warmth (love) tender , and understanding beautifully played out yeah, the hallmark trademark Quartermaine scenes should come Billy Miller! insist that your character not be all consumed by Sonny and Carly! i’m so against this because if Billy Miller does not act…. with the intelligence he has shared with the audience…. (ala Y&R) he’s a riveting talent…. god I miss Amelia Heinle had to go their Rebecca Herbst is a dream ! no matter how her charcter plays out… the camera just loves her she… Read more »

madluv4ya
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madluv4ya

Maurice just seemss to phone his performances in. Recast and give this character some life. I always fast forward through his scenes unless he’s against Ava, who always delivers.

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

I think we’re in the minority here, madluv4ya, but what a great storyline for the May sweeps: “Who Killed Sonny Corinthos?!”

Shay
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Shay

Ooooh….I like the way you think, RichInIowa!!!! As long as it’s “for reals!” (Meaning no miraculous resurrections for “Dimples!”)

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Maurice used to be incredibly good. I agree he has lost it somewhere over the years…. but I think it is largely the result of the writers having turned Sonny into a cartoon character. He didn’t used to be so self-absorbed, he didn’t used to be so childishly temperamental every minute of every day. He used to keep his cool, his nuance and only really blow it when the situation was unacceptable. The entire essence of and around the mob just has morphed into absurdity and Sonny along with it. Not saying that is the case with the scene above,… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

I’ve been FFing all Sonny scenes since his admit to the hospital. I only watched the custody case scenes due to Ava and Maura West nailed it, as always.

I love gh
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I love gh

I don’t think he’s lost it at all. Even on a bad day he’s better than most! Love his character.

Timmm
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Timmm

Recast Sonny? You are cold!

Fanny
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Fanny

Recasting Sonny is absolutely preposterous ❗️❗️❗️

Harry
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Harry

Marc Rubio could play Sonny.

clh
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clh

Ok writers, I do have a problem with this part of the story!! How do you have the Jason/Sonny reunite before his mother!!!!!

I could understand the initial story with the 4 currently involved, but his FAMILY should have been next!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

It’s actually true to the characters. Self-absorbed Carly, thinking only of her needs & the fact that Sonny holds her responsible for losing custody of Avery, assumes it’s fine to knock on Elizabeth’s door at the crack of dawn. She has no qualms asking Jason to get her out of hot water – which she could easily do herself – & explain to her *husband* why she had to go to the wedding. OTOH, Elizabeth (who has some manners & is still emotionally exhausted) probably waited until after 9am to call Monica & tell her on the phone what happened.… Read more »

carol
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carol

Monica should have been told before Sonny. However, it’s not Jason’s fault that Carly showed up at his place before breakfast the following day and dragged him over to Sonny’s house. He hadn’t even had a minute to process the reveal for himself. I hope Monica isn’t the last to find out.

I love gh
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I love gh

Well, the writers are forgetting human nature & text messaging. She would have known immediately.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wasn’t watching when SB was Jason so I don’t have the history of their relationship to give this scene context. However, I found it moving and creepy all at the same time, which is how I think Jake- Jason was feeling too. It was touching on some levels, icky on others like watching siblings kissing on the lips icky— I think I am glad I missed the Sonny Jason saga and hoping new Jason will not go back to that life— if GH needs more doctors let Jason saves lives by being a doctor instead of taking lives for… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It really was quite touching for many if us who have watched: GH for years and know the history between Sonny abd Jason. They were friends, father and son, brothers…bonded. Sonny loved him…quite a moving moment and acted brilliantly by Maurice.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Meant no disrespect to long time fans, but honestly if someone just starting watching that day the only vibe they would pick up on is how uncomfortable the character Jason was–not how much Sonny loved him. I guess in some ways fans of the show are living what the characters are living– fans like you who knew the old Jason would be like Carly and Sonny and fans like me who only known Jason as Jake would be like Jake who can’t remember being that Jason. I think that is kinda cool we get to experience this story line from… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Mary SF, how gracious of you to preface your statement with “no disrespect to long time fans.” If only short term viewers were that respectful (looking at Suooo).
Now, I am a long time viewer like Rebecca but unlike Rebecca that scene left me cold. Yes, it was uncomfortable to watch for me too.
I do agree that Maurice Benard’s acting performance was really good but I was never a fan of the Jason/Sonny bromance.
Sonny ruined Jason’s life and Carly treated him like her own personal rescuer.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi MarySF. Please…no disrespect taken! Not at all. I was just giving.g you my perspective which was very different from yours. Thank you for hearing an opinion different from your own without defensiveness. It’s fun posting when people can hear each other even if they don’t agree. While I agree with Harry about Sonny ruining Jason’s life..and Carly acting like she owns him…the way she’s acting even NOW…thinking she comes before Sam…and even Liz (I’m not on Liz’s side AT ALL in this but still, at this point Carly believes Liz was as shocked as everyone else). So, instead of… Read more »

Mr. X
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Mr. X

I thought the Sonny and Jason reunion was well done. I’ve only been watching GH since right after SB left and it made me wish i’d seen some of their history together so it would have meant more to me. I learned the details about it from Sonny just like Jake did.

Diane Cera
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Diane Cera

Maurice,

Your scenes in the show on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, were just incredible. Some of the very best I have ever seen! You are a great actor always, but those scenes were incredible! Have watched and loved you for many years–awesome performance!!

Mateo
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Mateo

Sometimes the character of Sonny gets a little one dimensional. I have to admit, however, that his scenes with Billy Miller were so heart tugging that I had to remind myself that this was just a show. The emotions that Maurice Benard conveyed on the screen were so brutally real that it was hard to hold back the tears. Billy Miller’s pain also ripped through my screen as he tried to convey that he remembered nothing of their past. I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with this story. It has gone beyond the Earth in showing sincerity… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Great post, Mateo. And, right on the mark about Sonny. I do not consider him much of an actor, but, he won me over just for that one scene…LOL. He did get a positive reaction from me. I guess pigs do fly; well, sometimes.

Nikki
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Nikki

well in reality Carly, Sam and Sonny have been more of a family to Jason than the Q’s so I can see why they were first above his other family.

I loved the scene between Jason and Sonny you could tell how without any words spoken Sonny said all he needed to say with a look and a touch. I am glad Jason remember something from the past at the end. Sonny is going to be the one to make Jason remember. MB nailed it out of the park.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

How poetic, Nikki!! Sometimes, a look and a touch is all one needs to convey what’s in the heart. Later.

debra ramiez
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debra ramiez

what can you say all you can do is cry our jason is home like sonny said you came back great work by all .

dmr
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dmr

I have said this many, many times-even while Steve Burton was still cast in the role as Jason. I would like Jason to remember his Quartermaine heritage. Remember medical school-become the patriarch of the Quartermaine family. I want Jake to remain Jake-continue to be kind, friendly, sweet-a little funny, and not be involved in organized crime. I would love to see Jake tell Carly and Sonny where the dog died and is buried! Two narcissists that need to be put down for good!

Timmm
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Timmm

Maurice was great. He has all these emotions floating around about his wheelchair and losing Avery and then this happens. Him and Billy Miller were just great. I’m on the Jason Q bandwagon BUT if Jason is Jason Morgan again we just saw a preview of what magic to expect between Maurice and Billy. What a scene!

su0000
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su0000

Maurice/Sonny has always been one of my favorites!! ”luv Sonny!
I was not surprised over his performance, it is not the first time Maurice has brought it all the way home.
It’s just that the Sonny haters were FF or too hating to notice the power acting of Maurice..

Fanny
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Fanny

Given their history…I was moved to tears…

Harry
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Harry

His acting was great but I still hate Sonny.
He killed AJ in cold blood and continues to not pay for his crimes. He ruined Jason’s life and ultimately was the cause of his near death. Both he and Carly are like Tom and Daisy Buchannon from the The Great Gatsby.
They just use people up and walk away.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, susu.
I am a Sonny passionate disliker….not hater, babes. I despise what the character represents. He is a bad guy, su. No matter how much ‘fluff’ with which the writers surround him; the fact remains, Sonny is a hardened criminal. I will give Maurice a round of applause, and a BRAVO! Actually, he and Billy both deserve accolades. BRAVI to both. Let’s not forget Carly. BRAVA! Bye.

Shay
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Shay

MB may be a prince of a man in real life and even display an occasional glimpse of humanity in his Sonny character, but enough is enough. “El Corinthos” is no role model, hero or pillar of the Port Charles community, and it’s time he stops being treated as such. If I had my druthers, both Carly and he would roll outta town tout de suite! (No pun intended there…..) They’ve spread their particular brand of poison for far too long, and I most definitely want to see this newly-reborn Jason avoid them like the soul-destroying plague that they are.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hello, Shay, Who is behind this last jaunt of Robin’s? I don’t know what else to call it, at this point. It could be anyone. Dishonest John? Evidently everything to do with Jason is linked to Robin’s captivity….it’s same old, same old. It even looks like the same little office/lab where she was held before. Paul actually came to mind besides the usual malandrini. To be honest, Shay? I do not think TPTB have a plan yet. They are throwing bones, hints and innuendos until they come up with a plausible story. It would not surprise me. Poor little Jake,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I’m totally with you on the notion that so much of GH is still being made up as the (new) writers go along, CeeCeeGirl!….However, at this point that is not necessarily their fault due to the fact they were left high and dry when they stepped in for Ron C….he certainly didn’t provide any sort of cogent blueprint for the future that they could follow…..all that remained were a sky-high stack of his red herrings, dropped storylines, flights of fancy and loose ends to tie up…. Whatta mess!!!! Whilst I do commend their efforts thus far, I wish that they… Read more »

Candy
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Candy

Great performance, but nothing will change when Sonny & Carly make it all about what they have lost, and forget what Jason can’t remember, but who cares they got Jason back and screw everything & everyone elses feelings as long Carson gets all they want, nothing changes

Harry
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Harry

All I heard was “Me, me, me, me, me!” And unless Sonny is taking voice lessons he has made Jason’s return all about him. He tells Jason that hiring him as his right hand man was the best decision he ever made with nary a mention how it was the worst decision he could have made for Jason. He ruined Jason’s life and recruited him into a life of violence when he was most vulnerable. It was that life which ultimately led to Jason’s near death experience. If Sonny truly loves Jason he will let him go and lead a… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I recall Jason wanting to work for Sonny after he changed his name to Morgan. I also dont remember the Q’s doing much to help Jason remember who he was after he hit that tree? Sonny isnt running a cult where Jason was brainwashed, he chose to work for the mob. Sonny can be hypocritical but I dont remember Sonny being at fault here?

Harry
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Harry

Jason has sustained brain damage which rendered him unable to remember his identity and the memories attached to his identity.
Sonny took advantage of Jason when he was his most vulnerable and did not respect him in the morning.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right, Timmm. I think Jason will make his own decisions. He’s hell-bent on finding out who shanghaied him, showing no interest in Sonny or Sam, at this point. I only wish he will not fall prey to Lizzie’s wiles and machinations. I do not know of this great fraternal love between him and Sonny; however, I can only believe that there must be some truth in what Harry is saying. Considering Jason was not himself, Sonny, whom I equate to a vampire, was more concerned about reeling him in, and not so worried about Jason’s mental health? Harry does have… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Here, here, Harry! Between fulfilling his roles as slimy, sleazy Sonny’s “go-to-guy” for all things violent and the cloying, clutching Carly’s “manservant” for well, every one of her needs, emotional and otherwise, there was precious little left of any kind of life that I would want to see this “Jason” resume. Other than his love for Sam and son Danny, there is nothing I’d wish to see him reprise this time around….and whilst I can appreciate him with his other “family,” aka, the lovely Liz and creepy automaton offspring, MiniJake, I cannot help but feel that after the duplicity of… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Buonasera, Shay. As you indubitably know, we share the same ‘KILL BILL’ instincts towards Sonny. But, just this one time, I saw something I had never seen before. I do not know from where Maurice drew all the emotion and anguish so visible on his face. My eyes actually welled up. I was, nonetheless, abhorred by Sonny’s and Carly’s feeding frenzy at the sight of Jason. Mamma mia! By the by, belle amie, I did reply to your lovely paragraph, telling me your comment was pulverized. But, my answer to you bit the dust, as well. It was mostly about… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Glad they did the reveal to Sonny so that it got the character to stop his ridiculous whining about how Carly’s absence cost him custody of his daughter. Maybe his threat to murder Ava accomplished that?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL, Paul. I don’t know what’s worse; a whiny Sonny or a murderous Brutus.

BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get
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BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get

I am usually hard on Maurice because he falls back on certain (trademark?)facial expressions or gestures, e.g..sardonic grin with flash of dimples after saying something threatening, grazing face and /or mouth with his fingers ( study of Marlon Brando as the godfather who only grazed his face with fingers once) or putting his hand on his forehead. (SB, VM etal who claimed to be gratefully under MB’s acting coach wing, all used the sames gestures as MB for awhile). As far as I’m concerned the character of Sonny represents the part of G.H. I’d like to see diminished in it’s… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Great post. BeBop. Sonny definitely feels the pull towards Jason; no doubt. However, I also think his being stuck in that wheelchair, makes Sonny very vulnerable….almost as if Jason has the power to make him walk again. That’s the feeling I got from that gesture. I think Sonny drew strength from Jason’s presence, ergo…not too eager to release Jason’s hand. It was almost , as if he let go, Sonny would lose himself.

BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get
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BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get

CeeCee, an astute observation. When you think about it, just knowing Jason is alive and well is so healing mentally for Sonny, that it will indeed accelerate his quest and ability to walk again. Or we may come to find out that Jason has healing power, vis a vis laying on of hands. Who knows CeeCee, maybe that hand clutch, will have Sonny up and about in a few days. Jason could have a new calling. Who knew.. LOL

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Mais, oui, vis a vis; oeil a oeil may work. If the hand clutch fails, Jason should try the feet…LOL

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