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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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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.

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! But now are we supposed to believe that Nina is now going to be a happy, satisfied mob wife?! Especially with the addition of Jennifer Smith and a new “war” brewing? Give me a break! Carly lasted 20 years because she could deal with “the life”, nobody else could and there’s a laundry list of ‘else’s’! Personally, I think Carly should move on away from “the life”, focus on her business and Sonny should be alone.

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 its repeated “mask” and “possession” stories.

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 saying the two little ones should be with their dad, while the idiot is trying to maybe electrocute them by running electricity out to their tree house. They aren’t safe around him. I also felt sorry for Drew even though he realized why Sonny was acting the way he was, it still hurt to hear all that.That leads me to Monica inquiring as to how Sonny was, sincerely interested in her son’s killer’s well being.

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 is that’s been screwing up his life for the better part of the last year, while he’s in “freakout” mode.

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 was saying “I got to know Jason a little better while we were on Cassadine Island.”
Drew already knew Jason well for 2 reasons:
A. He already has most of his memories.
B. He and Jason became cordial during Oscar’s storyline. It was one of Oscar’s dying wishes for Jason and Drew to grow closer. They had no animosity toward each other.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Along with a self-centered, delusional maternal grandmother.

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!

I don’t know who come up with the Carly and Drew plan but it’s horrible. They literally make me sick. They act like they’re in high school. I’ve been watching for over 20 years and this is one of the worst plans ever. Carly isn’t even a good actor. Neither is Drew. But, please stop the Carly Drew story line. There disgusting!

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On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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