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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

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Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, I’m torn. I loved Cynthia Watros’ powerful, sensitive work here and I did think Sonny’s final collapse was moving. But until then, I was really panicking, wondering how long his disturbing episode would continue and then become several weeks’ worth of episodes. Too much Sonny & Carly is the root of the show’s failure to engage for me. And this new Yoga class setting has quickly become gossip central and confrontation heaven. Hard to believe Carly’s posh hotel doesn’t have its own exercise center.

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moors60

The problem for me is “been there, done that” (twice) with the bipolar disorder storyline (Sonny, Morgan). When will the writers try something new or innovative! It’s been so long that they’ve tried I don’t even remember (and I’ve watched since Genie was a teenager). I can see a change from CarSon, but Nina’s story makes NO SENSE. She fell in love with a persona, not a person; and Sonny, still the vindictive mob boss, would have been well and truly pissed at her when he got home and realized his 2 year old didn’t even know who he was!… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

I know what you mean about trying something new. I loved the storyline when Laura learned she had 2 brothers. It was great seeing her in a story that pre-dated Luke and had nothing to do with the Cassadines. It was good while it lasted. Unfortunately, here we go again throwing Laura into another Luke and Jennifer Smith story. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the LnL early days. I respect the writers for including vintage characters for those of us who love and remember them. However, be more creative please. In fairness, GH is still better than DOOL with… Read more »

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Violet Lemm

Hi Soaphound Agree with you but I don’t think we’ll ever have too much Sonny and Carly as long as they are on GH. Maurice also loves and pushes educating the Bi-Polar thing as much as possible. I’ve heard him say it on his shows. What bothered me a lot was him first throwing the glass and then the bottle of pills against the wall. There are two sets of little feet running into the kitchen. I also agree with others that Carly should have recognised his symptoms right away if she wasn’t so wrapped up in herself, and continually… Read more »

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Satan

It’s ridiculous that they’re trying to spin this into a Nina redemption storyline. Just as was the case in Tricky Dick Nixon Falls, she’s manipulating Sonny’s life & withholding the truth from his family….. and then she’ll cry about why they all hate her. This time it’s arguably worse…. When Sonny didn’t know who he was, he was living a fake life, but at least not much of a risk to anybody. Manic Sonny is potentially a danger to himself and all of those around him, which would include Nina. Probably more her than anybody, should Sonny realize who it… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

Manic episode or not, Sonny’s treatment of Drew at the Savoy annoyed me. I have not liked how the writers have written New-Drew. Sonny and Carly were fine with Drew before he went missing. Even though they basically abandoned Drew upon Jason’s return, they weren’t speaking ill of Drew. They were still cordial to Drew whenever they saw him. This re-write of how they never cared for Drew bothers me. Also, Drew has all of Jason’s memories up to a certain point. Therefore, Drew would have known right away Sonny was off his meds. Also a few months ago, Drew… Read more »

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Satan

Drew did recognize what was going on with Sonny. He said as much to Curtis… who was totally confused, having never seen Sonny in “manic” mode. I would guess that Drew didn’t try to help Sonny any further after the reaction he got from Sonny…. which was probably more Sonny – in bipolar mode – lashing out about Jason’s supposed “death” than any real animosity towards Drew himself.

Obviously Sonny will be doing an “apology” tour once he’s back on his meds & stabilized.

Sheri Piper
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Sheri Piper

You’re not paying attention to the bipolar part of the story line! That whole episode with Drew and Sonny was the bipolar talking, not the rational, on his meds Sonny. He was simply lashing out at the closest thing to him, which unfortunate was Drew.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sheri Piper
Yes, but Drew is still hurt by this tirade Sonny unleashed on him. Drew probably feels that although Sonny wouldn’t have said those things if he had been on his meds, he probably feels that way but wouldn’t have said them when he was under control.

Charday
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Charday

Nina’s storyline (with Sonny, Nelle, Carly) has kept me interested in GH the last couple of years. Keep it going!!

Kay
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Kay

CW is a powerhouse I can’t imagine Stafford in this role lord help us all with her over the top hysterics ! Saying that good luck to all of them we are about to close the door so enjoy while you can

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Kay
With her outrageous clothes and arms and legs flying all over the place. I did not like her as Nina and personally don’t care for her as Phyllis. I know a lot of people are crazy about her on Y&R.

Su000
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Su000

The whole mess is an even up–
Carly has been in love with Jason from day one–
She lived a lie through her marriage to Sonny..
Carly lived her happy dream to marry Jason.
She is still is in love with Jason.
Sonny/Mike fell in love with Nina–
Carly lived the greatest love sin..
So–
Carly was in love with Jason–
Mike fell in love with Nina,
and now as sonny struggles with it..

Angela
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Angela

Great scenes BUT the story arc is ridiculous Carly should and would have noticed Sonny’s issue from the jump. Also, ruining Carly and Carson for this story is stupid. If MB wants a change fine don’t ruin Carly to try and make Nina enjoyable. FYI: story has gone one way too long and not enjoyable.

Lincoln
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Lincoln

Please stop this story that has gone on over a year. It makes no sense; Carly has dealt with Sonny’s bipolar in the past she would more than recognize it. Dante should never his dad drink when he was taking the meds, etc Most importantly Sonny, the family guy, would never forgive Nina for keeping him from his kids. Remember what Nina did to Ava regarding Avery? This story is ugh. Keep Carly and Sonny together.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Lincoln
Sonny has been on his meds for years and it has never interfered with his drinking. Dante might have noticed his dad’s symptoms, but thought he was just drunk.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

PLEASE put this storyline to rest! It has gone on for too long. There is NO chemistry between Maurice Benard and Cynthia Watros.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Lew, I agree about burying this storyline but then I worry about the NEXT major story he’ll be monopolizing. I can’t believe how disgusting he was to Drew, who has already been betrayed by Sonny, Carly, and Michael after the disastrous Jason switchback. That whole family acts with impunity in a vile, repulsive way and I’m sick of the lot of them. Heck, I’m sick of Wiley, too.

Carrie
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Carrie

Lol Soaphound. A few years ago, my husband said he was sick of hearing about Wiley, Wiley, Wiley. Thank goodness Leo and Bailey have stolen some of Wiley’s thunder as of late.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Carrie, what’s next… T-shirts of Wiley with “HANDS OFF! HOLY GRAIL CROSSING” printed on them? The kid’s a spoiled brat who doesn’t stand a chance: a creepy, judgmental dad; a trouble-making drama queen granny; and a self-centered egomaniacal step-grandpa. And that’s just Michael’s side!

alic
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alic

Along with a self-centered, delusional maternal grandmother.

Satan
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Satan

and let’s not forget the 666% psychotic biolgical mother… who is going to show up again one of these days. Not sure where she is, but she’s not in Hell…. and we all know she didn’t go to the other place!

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Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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In addition, Knight will discuss his time as Pine Valley’s Tad Martin on All My Children.  A role that started his career, and that he played for decades, that made him a household name in daytime.  Michael will share inside stories of working with some of his favorite co-stars on the former daytime drama and much more.

To watch the livestream check out the video below, or head on over to You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

If you have any questions for Michael, you can post them here, or join us in the live chat and comment there.  We look forward to tonight’s conversation with Michael.

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