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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Takes the Stand and Winds Up Torching His Marriage to Carly

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, the moment finally came and in dramatic fashion where Carly (Laura Wright) has found out about Sonny aka “Mike” (Maurice Benard) relationship with Nina (Cynthia Watros) while he was in Nixon Falls; all thanks to a duped Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), or so Michael (Chad Duell) thinks.

While on the stand during Nina’s trial, Willow admits to Scott (Kin Shriner), who is Nina’s defense attorney, that she overheard Nina and Sonny talking where Nina said their love was the purest.  However, it ended when his memories of Sonny returned.  While in the courtroom, Carly is beginning to have the realization that more went on between her husband and Nina than she initially thought.

The judge in the case decides he wants to hear from Sonny and he is called to the witness stand. When the judge asks Sonny if he had a personal relationship with Ms. Reeves while in Nixon Falls, Sonny admits that he and Nina did fall in love.  When the judge pointedly asks Sonny if he sees himself as a victim of a crime, he answers “no’.

After he exits the stand, Sonny tries to approach Carly, but she runs out in tears.  Nina gets upset with Scott for what he did to Willow on the stand, but he says his job is to win the case for her.  Following the closing arguments, the judge says after all was said and done, he needs time to deliberate.   When Sonny tracks down Carly, things look bad for CarSon!

Elsewhere, Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) learn from the doctor, that Leo does indeed have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The doctor informs the parents that they can get Leo into programs that will help him and promises that Leo will live a happy, and fulfilling life.  Ned and Olivia are emotional, but try to soldier on, knowing that they will be there for Leo every step of the way.

So, what did you think of yesterday’s GH? Are you glad that Carly finally knows about Nina and Sonny? What do you hope happens next? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Sonny didn’t really do anything wrong here. Whatever “feelings” he thought he had for Nina back in Tricky Dick Nixon Falls were a result of her lying to him about who he was, and the fact that he had a wife & kids back home, believing he was dead.

Of course Sonny – who has been known to feel a little of that good old “Catholic guilt” from time to time, blames himself for this more than Nina. Which (as they say on the planet Vulcan) would be “extremely illogical”.

Should he have told Carly about it? Maybe, but he knew what her reaction would be. And as the prosecutor said, Sonny’s feelings really don’t change the fact that Nina did, in fact, commit a crime against him. If they had ever actually had sex, she could have also arguably been charged with rape.

Seems like the writers are just getting bored… and want to throw in some new angst for Sonny & Carly, probably Mikey & Willow (since she was the one who dropped this bomb in the courtroom) and are likely going to throw in some ridiculous custody battle for Wiley…. which will probably include Psycho Nelle showing up right around February sweeps time.

Meanwhile…. nobody’s sent Whiny Heiny back to Hell yet??? Come on people, priorities here, damn it!!

Ah but Nina dud not commit a crime. She may be guilty of a moral crime but she is certainly not guilty of legal crime. I realize it’s a soap but the stupidity of this storyline is off the charts. The writers should show some semblance of legal precedence.

Sony had said more than once–
He was happy and he did Not want to know who he was– He did Not want to know who he was—
He lived his life as Mike and Mike fell in love with Nina..
Even if Mike were told he was Sonny a Crime Boss/mobster he wouldn’t have wanted that life.
I don’t think Mike could have lived with that knowledge.
Nina let Sonny live in peace and happiness as Mike–
‘Mike as a very happy man, yup—

SuOOO,
Just reading your post and you hit the nail right on the head. He liked being Mike, helping out other people, playing poker and taking down the bad guys to help Phyllis, et al and falling for Nina along the way. In fact, he probably misses the life he had there because he sure has not looked at all happy since he’s been back.I can’t believe he had Nina take him to his old place rather than one of his “safe” houses. I’d like to see him explain that decision to Carly. Many Happy New Year wishes to you my dear. Stay well and safe.

Violet 🙂
good to hear from you, that lets me know
you are doing well 🙂
Yes, Mike was living a different life a different time.
I also believe Sonny would love to be Mike, again.
It was the best life he ever lived, happy, carefree, at peace, yet he carried his edge.
I think Sonny would chose to be Mike over being Sonny–but-he does have a family, even tho they are all Mob type crooks too LOL
Anyways– Mike now lives in Sonny and Mike will never leave him nor will his love for Nina-
And- remember- Nina hinted to Sonny about him knowing who he was and Sonny always said- he did not want to know who/what he was..
He wanted and loved his life as Mike.

Violet– stay healthy and be well–live carefully be happy..
Wish you a great new year with all your wants and needs at hand 🙂

SuOOO
Thank you for the well wishes you sent my way. Im doing pretty good,doing my time. Not much choice at 89, huh? Still loving my soaps and all the wonderful people I’ve gotten to meet, like you, whether it’s to agree or disagree . My daughter has been gone for two years and I still miss our daily phone calls, doing the same thing.
Thanks again Su, Soapfully, we’ll meet up here soon.

I agree, Satan. And yet obnoxiously self-righteous, clumping Carly will get on her high horse… meanwhile SHE falls in/back in love with Jason WITHOUT the excuse of memory loss! And her insufferable, obnoxious son pouts that Nina will most likely not receive the death penalty. Such hypocrisy. And don’t get me started on Peter Puke. Can’t SOMEONE in that town ice this jerk? Heck, I’d settle for Esme or Epiphany doing the deed!

hi Soaphound–
I luvs Peter and now they should be calling Hinrick (sp)
He gets peoples blood pressure up–lol
He has emotions bubbling–
yah gotta luv hating him–waiting for his fall-
Everyone is on edge waiting for his death-
and that is a helluva character to create those emotions..
All soaps need their evil one to hype the waiting for his demise..
I will miss him when he’s gone–
I like yelling at him LOL 🙂

Nina never “lied to him about who he was; she just didn’t tell him she knew who he was. Big difference. Sonny wasn’t some lost, clueless soul. He was aware he had amnesia, aware he had a past, aware he was wearing a wedding ring, aware he was dreaming about a woman he couldn’t place. He CHOSE over and over to not find out who he was. That’s on him; not Nina. He was there for two months before Nina even got to Nixon Falls; he’d already made up his mind not to find out who he was. Nina actually encouraged him to; several times.

Right… and that’s why she made sure that nobody from Port Charles who just happen to pass through Tricky Dick Nixon Falls ever saw him. Jax actually DID see him, but he conveniently got shot (minor shoulder wound) at the time, so Nina was able to convince him that he was “seeing things”. But there was also Trina, and Joss, and Maxie, and even Whiny Heiny who had to show up two or three times before he saw Sonny… and then realized the game Nina was playing with him. And Nina keeping the lie alive at that point is what got her Auntie Liesel kidnapped, got the Tano torched, and almost got her & Phyllis killed.

Sata…it’s not like Nina HID Sonny. He conveniently wasn’t around when anyone came by other than appearing when Jax was shot and when Peter showed up. Nina STILL didn’t lie to him as in try to convince him he was someone else, nor did she tell him he had no one to go back to…she withheld what she knew. So, in essence, he would have been in the same position if she really didn’t know. Or if she had never been there. He chose not to find out his past. He made no effort; he was happy where he was. And whatever was holding him back from wanting to find out his past? He should have gone to therapy to find out what it was, lol…

This might be splitting hairs, and in the real world I wouldn’t defend Nina. Heck, if she did this and Lila Q was Sonny’s wife I’d be pissed! But Carly is the wife. Carly; the woman who withheld the “truth” from Nina that Nelle was her daughter; Wiley her grandson. THAT information was in no way less important than Sonny’s identity. And, unlike Carly, Nina’s first instinct was to tell her in spite of what Carly did. As for Sonny? I agree with what Su wrote; he was definitely happier and more relaxed as “Mike.”

Mike or Sonny; no difference in that he’s a grown man. Nina had no control over what he chose to do or not do. She didn’t “keep him” from his family. He was free to make his own choice, to find out his past. He chose not to; that’s on him.

Rebecca- Happy New Year!!!!
I just wanted to mention;
Carly has always been in love with Jason.
She confessed her lifelong love to Jason when they got married.
Carly was living her dream when she married Jason.
Carly deceived Sonny throughout their marriage being in love with Jason, too.

Hi, Su! Thank you; Happy New Year to you, too! 😉

I agree; Carly was in love with Jason from the time she hit Port Charles 25 years ago (if I recall, way before your time). She tried to come between every relationship he had. On the other hand, she did love Sonny, too. I think it’s possible to love two people at the same time, which is why I think Sonny loves both Carly and Nina. Given that the Carly/Sonny fans are going rabid over Nina…they’re all up in arms, lol, Sonny will probably go back to Carly and Nina will be a fond ex….

I think the better story would be if he went with Nina, left the mob, and “Mikey” went full psycho mob boss. If my AJ can’t come back and I can’t have Michael be the Quartermaine he was meant to be, including dumping Sonny’s arse…then he might as well be the next Don.

I read your other thoughts above about Nina/”Mike”/Sonny. I agree with all you wrote.

The acting today was incredible. Willow looked like she was going to pass out on the stand recounting everything while Carly, Sonny and Michael were listening. I’m just glad the secret is out and this story can finally wrap up! I just can’t help but feel it would be that much better if Jason were still around, because Carly would run right to him which would create more drama for her and Sonny.

Oh Jimmy, KM was AWESOME today on that stand. Great, original acting choices; she was a real find for GH. Carly? She’s gonna milk this for every tear and clump of the heels she can muster. It’s Michael I can’t stand.. just a two-faced, womanizing, self-righteous jerk badly in need of shampoo.

Jimmy
I was with Nina today with her arguing with Willow about spilling her guts on the stand. I was trying to coax her from the sidelines but she wouldn’t listen. I kept telling her to lie,who would know or say any different. Sure, we know it’s a sin and against the law to lie on the stand but sometimes it’s necessary. She claims she was trying to save Carly and Sonny, but all she did was make it way worse. Of course, most of us wanted this to happen and it did, in a very unsatisfying way, Carly telling Sonny what she wanted to know in so many words and he just evading every thing by repeating ” I just don’t know what you want me to say”, after she had just told him . He looked and sounded like an idiot.

I know, Violet. For weeks, Sonny has said he has no lingering romantic feelings for Nina. He claimed to just feel sorry for this “lonely, unhappy woman.” Then today, he takes a STUPID PILL and clams up. It just didn’t track with me. How about Michael punching Scottie in a maniacal fit of rage. Provoked or not, he’s a sick, obsessed time bomb full of hatred and hypocrisy. Though I did get a chuckle when his stupid hair flew all over the place after the punch. I wish I could edit it into a repeat run for an anytime laugh! Happy 2022, Violet!

Not going to say Scotty didn’t deserve it, but it’s not really a good idea to punch a lawyer in the face in the middle of a courthouse. Bad move, Mikey!

Michael is all about the sucker punch because he’s a coward and knows he could never win a fair fight. He did the same thing to the saintly Chase, who really didn’t deserve it.

Willow used to be an amazing character- strong willed, working to overcome her tragic past. But they have her foolishly choose the superior Chase over the inferior Michael, and in so doing, Willow forfeits her character and becomes a Stepford wife. This writing would be acceptable only IF Willow confronted her propensity to be a cult follower. She’s gone from one cult to another. And now, along with Michael, she’s become a pearl clutcher, a hypocrite, and a member of the Port Charles Young Republican Club. And she used to be contender. Michael has always been a whiny, little bitch but now he’s become a bully who retreats to the corner of victimhood when
he doesn’t get his own way.

Yes, Harry! I can’t stand the sight of Michael anymore! Always trashing wonderful Chase, targeting Nina, hiding behind Wiley’s “safety”, imagining he’s Michael Corleone, not Corinthos. Willow should reexamine her choices before her soul is totally lost.

I agree Soaphound! Are the writers deliberately trying to make us hate Michael? Michael cold-cocking Scotty was reminiscent of when he cold-cocked Chase in the locker room. It’s a cowardly act, and the act of a bully. Chase didn’t see it coming and he certainly didn’t have it coming. I’m waiting for Brooklyn to channel Pretty Woman and say to Willow,”You made a BIG mistake! HUGE!” And how ridiculous did he look when he tried to act like a bad ass to Mrs Wu. I could see her smirking and wanted her to smirk and sarcastically say,” Oh shudder.”

They seem to be developing Michael into the next generation Corinthos. Shame he didn’t use the wrath he has toward Nina and Scott and turn it against Carly & Sonny for taking him from his real father, hurting his father through the years and ultimately killing him. Had Michael hung on to that wrath and the Quartermaine name we would have had a much more interesting story going forward. Michael taking on the man who killed his dad; turning the mother away who kept him from his Quartermaine roots. Resentment that lasted more than a few weeks…

Rebecca1, AMEN to everything you’ve said. As I’ve thought before, he seems to think he’s Michael Corleone, not Corinthos. He forsakes the good qualities of A.J. and/or Sonny (or even Jason) and just acts on all their worst tendencies: impatience, narcissism, tunnel vision, and petty revenge. He seems to have also forsaken a decent hairdresser and quality shampoo. Just saying.

LOL! I did get a good laugh out of that hair comment, Soaphound, and I know you’re not alone in that thought but I actually like Chad’s hair longer. Very European…Not to say I didn’t like it short, but I think he looks good with it as is.

I DO think he’s behaving like Sonny, and that’s the problem. Sonny, for me, doesn’t have many redeeming qualities, and Michael’s sudden fire about protecting what’s his is very reminiscent of early Sonny up to present day. Out for revenge; big on threats to anyone who hurts his family. Trouble is he doesn’t care what his “parents” did to AJ. They took him from AJ; killed AJ. Covered up his murder…

What I would have liked; always wanted for decades, was for AJ to finally get the win over Carly and Sonny. They took his son from him for life. When Carlivati brought Sean Kanan back it looked like AJ and Michael would finally bond and have the father/son relationship that was stolen from them. Many interesting stories could have evolved from that if Michael really switched to AJ’s side, which he did at first until Carlivati and Kanan had a falling out and they killed AJ off. Since that horrific decision, I think they could have evolved THAT into Michael staying the angry guy he’s becoming, but using that anger against Sonny; revenge for his real father, AJ. Not to the extent of murder, but to at least the behave accordingly.

The Quartermaines could/should, FINALLY act like Carly and Sonny destroyed their family; they took Jason, took Michael, killed AJ. Instead of the “cordial” shared family, Michael could have caused a rift between the two families, not the current welcoming of Sonny & Carly into his father’s home…Two families against each other instead of Carly and Sonny being accepted by Monica and Ned, adored by Brook Lynn. The utter betrayal of them kissing up to AJ’s killer who took his son is maddening to me…

Michael going against Sonny and Carly FOR AJ would have been something I would have liked to watch; the show needs someone to go against Sonny & Carly. It’s forever having everyone forgive them for whatever they do even if they kill a parent, a child. It’s revolting. But by all means, let’s instead jail Nina for withholding what she knew… UGH

Rebecca1
Iam with everyone on this Michael thing. We can’t all be wrong, right? To me he’s feeling his Cheereos, like they say and flexing his muscles because of who his daddy is. He’s forgetting though, he doesn’t have Jason there to protect him. I can’t wait until he really offends someone and they throw him on his sorry ass. Maybe Willow will come to his defense. I wish she had stood up for her mom more when she brought the toy train to Wylie. Boy that kid is growing fast, almost bigger than Avery.

AJ is only Michael’s biological father, since Michael was shot, AJ made a CHOICE to protect himself and play dad rather than be there when Michael needed him (killing Claudia, trial, jail rape, family deaths…) that had nothing to do with Carly and AJ. What those two did was waaaayyyy wrong, but over the years AJ got his own back. What the writers should have done when AJ decided to reappear is have him and Carly become a couple again (they did ‘hook-up’ and Laura and Sean were hot!), putting a giant wedge between Carly and Sonny and giving Michael a real chance to know AJ under normal (for soaps and Quartermaines) circumstances.

Moors60; AJ was “only Michael’s biological father” because Sonny & Carly prevented him from being more. They wouldn’t let him visit or talk to him. AJ had to kidnap Michael just to get a moment with him. You sound as if AJ could have just stepped in; he couldn’t. It’s just as maddening to me that the current writers are doing something similar with Ava and Avery. There’s no way Ava (when we met her) would have let Sonny keep sole custody and let Carly parade around and raise Avery to call her “mommy.” The writers never even have scenes with Ava and Avery; never include her name in Ava’s dialogue. Even when Ava took her back we got zero scenes, and then she was returned back to Carly. It’s crazy and not enjoyable to watch.

I agree; Carly and AJ always had great chemistry (especially with Sean Kanan). A hateful lust… lol

Hello Rebecca1! Interloper alert! But in a good way… I just want to commend you for providing further context of Sonny and Carly’s misdeeds pertaining to the snuffed-out relationship between AJ and Michael. And, of course, Sonny later snuffed out AJ’s life (with no consequences) — so there’s that…

[Check out the YouTube video where Carly and AJ have hate sex and Monica catches Carly the next day. It is hilarious!]

On to the show…

Carly had AJ were involved before she was involved with Sonny. And all this animosity between these characters started because the Q”s, once AJ and Carly got divorced, threatened to take Michael from Carly permanently because she was seeing Sonny. The beginning of astonishing hypocrisy and unjustified self-righteousness on the Q’s part!

The Q’s are not some lovely, loving, welcoming family like the Webbers or Hardys. They are more Cassadine-like. Edward used mob money and did business with Frank Smith (Sonny’s boss before he was murdered) to save ELQ, and all of Tracy’s husbands were mobsters. Edward, Monica and Alan have all been on trial for murder and Edward was a suspect in Frank Smith’s murder. Edward was a philandering, Machiavellian, manipulating, egomaniacal but charming tyrant who pitted his children and grandchildren against one another like pawns in an evil chess game. He threw them to the wolves and if you couldn’t fight to the top, he didn’t care about you. This is why Jason let everyone believe Michael was his, and partially why AJ drank, because he couldn’t rise to the top and grab attention.

If the Q’s had treated Jason like a person after the accident that a drunk AJ caused, instead of acting like he was a five-year old who needed constant supervision; if they had supported him and helped him, as an adult, find a new self, then he never would have gone to work for Luke or met Sonny!. And Jason made a CHOICE to work for Sonny. Sonny didn’t force him. Sonny flat out told him he shouldn’t do it and warned him “once you get in, you can’t get out”. But Jason decided to work for him anyway (probably as his own defiance to the Q’s) and Sonny accepted that decision because he saw Jason as an adult who could decide his own future. The Q’s with the exception of Emily, Ned and Lila (who Jason maintained relationships with and why he chose Morgan, Lila’s maiden name), treated Jason as “damaged goods” because he could no longer be the future doctor they were so proud of, but they never looked or acknowledged who he was afterwards or tried to see what positive skills he could use.

And my point about AJ this is this: after Michael got shot, Carly and Jason admitted they made a mistake and that Michael would have been better of with Q’s from the beginning. This is after he let everyone believe Michael was dead for over a year, kidnapped Sonny’s kids, married Courtney in revenge and drunkenly crashed his car in a bar forcing her into prostitution, tried to kill Jason but shot Alan). The shooting was why Carly had Sonny give up parental rights to Morgan (karma) and had Jax adopt him — though the writers forgot this when they SORAS’d Morgan). AJ, instead of taking the punishment for shooting Alan and trying to kill Jason, went on the run. At that point, Michael was 11 and AJ purposely CHOSE not to be a part of Michael’s life from then on! And that has nothing to do with the mob trio because there were no objections or threats by then. AJ placed his life and his freedom ahead of his child’s, even though, throughout the following decade, Monica kept him abreast of everything Michael went through, and he CHOSE, again, to continue hiding, instead of helping or supporting his son, who, by then, was regularly seeing the Q’s with no problem. By contrast, Jason, a known mob assassin, and more Michael’s father than either AJ or Sonny, put his freedom and his life on the line by voluntarily going to jail to protect him. If AJ loved and wanted a relationship with his son, he would have done the same.

I love how people compare Carly and Ava and Carly usually comes up short. They act as though Ava was a good mother and a better person. Carly, for all her misdeeds and hypocrisy, loves her kids unconditionally and has always tried to be there for them. In fact, she’s too into their lives. And while she is, at times, a scheming, lying manipulating bitch, she is not a murderer or a cold-blooded killer. Ava is. She purposely and with pre-meditation murdered a totally innocent woman to protect her brother’s lie, which came out anyway. Then she stood by and let another person be arrested for it. She always put herself before Kiki which is why they were estranged when Kiki was killed. Ava is also indirectly responsible for the deaths of Morgan and AJ (because if Sonny hadn’t walked in on AJ strangling Ava, still thinking he was Connie’s killer, Sonny wouldn’t have killed him), and she was willing to kill her own brother to keep another secret and protect herself.

Ava lost custody of Avery because of Connie’s murder and her own mob background. Sonny alone wouldn’t have gotten custody for the same reasons as Ava, but the law saw he was married to a successful businesswoman with harmonious relationships with their children and they were awarded custody. Avery calls Carly “Mama Carly” because she’s the one Avery sees everyday, she’s who Avery’s lived with since she was 6 months old. But, in the last two years or so, there have been plenty of scenes with Ava and Avery, even with Ava, Avery and Carly. You don’t want to get on either woman’s bad side, but Ava’s more likely to kill you if you do.

I’m not saying the mob trio are right or heroes, but there is a perspective. I like these characters, including Ava, but don’t see Carly any more hypocritical than anyone else in the show. I mean Monica hated Carly (before AJ’s death) even though she’s not much better. AJ spent the first year of his life with another name and another father, Rick Webber, because that was the man Monica always wanted, so she lied. She and Alan slept with absolutely EVERYBODY and were never home. Another reason why AJ drank. They even admitted they were terrible parents! Jason was probably Monica’s favorite because he was more self-sufficient and less “needy” than AJ (he was more like Susan, AJ was more like Alan), so didn’t mind them not being there.

But all that said, I’m long tired of the fake, not remotely realistic mobsters. Not a favor of most of the GH regimes after Wendy. GH should give the mob trio characters new stories, or just leave them as is but don’t have mob storylines. Give Mo and Laura a break and focus on expanding other characters. Stop the stunt casting and dropping storylines without resolution. Put some realism in the characters — like how does Michael have the qualifications to be CEO of ELQ without a high school diploma or GED, let alone college. Stop SORAS’ing kids for no reason — Rocco and Danny are creeping up on Josslyn, and Jake, who should be 3-4 years older than Joss is younger and MIA, even though his Pops just died…again. Give us new romances that aren’t tragic or repeats of the past, e.g. if CarSon breaks up, leave it that way and move on. Stop wasting talent: give Kristina a love interest (maybe the trans doc if she’s gay), ditto Britt and Austin. Keep Molly but make her less perfect. If there’s going to be a Cassadine war, please bring Helena back in the flesh! And please, please, PLEASE, KILL F’ING PETER! For good, forever. Hasta la vista, adios, permanently, no redos, no resurrections (no offense to Wes!)

Moors 60; I have to disagree with most of what you wrote.

The Quartermaines are not a mob family. By the time Michael was born, aside from their in-house squabbling and ELQ dealings, they were not the direct threat to a child’s well-being; Sonny was. He was an active mob boss; Michael got shot in the head with a bullet meant for him. Was comatose for a year. Had to kill Claudia Zaccharia to protect his mother because SONNY brought Claudia into their lives…

Carly the better mother than Ava? No. It’s CARLY who chose a life of crime for her kids. She put her love for Sonny over their safety. She raised Michael with bodyguards who had to accompany him everywhere he went. He had to be whisked to the island several times because of a target on their backs. He was shuffled back and forth because of the constant Sonny/Carly breakups. Michael went to jail and was raped, because he was raised as Sonny’s son and the life choices that were to follow. And STILL Carly went back to Sonny. That’s a good mother? A mother who goes back and brings her kids with her to a life of crime? After her son gets shot in the head and is comatose for a year? Jailed? Raped? Then brings Joss into it,too? No.

By contrast, Ava wasn’t in the mob when Kiki was growing up. She owned the gallery in NY. She, as a single mother, gave Kiki a good life. They were close, and anyone who seemed like a threat Ava dropped. She had been dating Franco in NY…and he was a good guy. As soon as his behavior turned erratic and he started painting death scenes Ava broke up with him; she wouldn’t put Kiki in his life.

It was Ava who was willing to sacrifice her own life for Avery’s when Silas told her the only way he could save her (Ava) from her leukemia would be to take bone marrow (stem cells?) from infant Avery. He assured Ava that Avery would be safe. Ava was too worried that something could go wrong and hurt Avery; she chose instead to make Silas promise not to save her via Avery; to just let her (Ave) die.

AJ had a drinking problem Like Alexis. Like Finn had a drug problem. Difference is AJ was treated like crap from his family. Condescended to, compared with Jason, made to feel less than. Jason jumping in the car to stop him from driving wasn’t AJ’s fault. And when AJ finally found out he was the one responsible he was devastated; crushed. He even went on air to confess because Ned had insisted on taking the blame for the company (something like that; vague memory). Point is AJ cared; no one cared that he cared other than Lila and Monica. When he tried to get sober Carly sabataged him; drugged him. Adn the Qs wanting to take Michael from Carly? She wanted to keep him from them and let a mobster raise their kin (so to speak). Her actions were unstable.

Sonny and Carly had zero right to take Michael from AJ; Avery from Ava. Just as Valentin and Lulu, (even though Lulu believed Valentin had killed Nicolas, her brother), worked it out for the sake of their daughter, so should have Carly and Sonny with AJ and Ava. But in their delusions of grandeur and vindictive, hideous natures, they “refused.” They wouldn’t “allow” two other parents to raise their own children. They “granted” Ava some visits; AJ was “forbidden” to even talk to his own son.

I couldn’t despise Sonny and Carly more. Two of the most hard-to-stomach characters in my soap-watching history.

Oh Harry, thanks for that reminder! Mrs. Wu could squash Michael with a fingernail. He looked so ludicrous, like a schoolyard punk who’s only brave when his posse is surrounding him. So childish! And I still feel Chase should have filed assault charges. That particular, cowardly action can cause lasting damage in real life. Michael needs a major wake-up call, hopefully courtesy of Mrs. Wu.

In response to all of the above…whether it’s the Q or mob/ Corrinthos//Carly histories I have to question why I even bother to watch. Isn’t there enough bad stuff in real life. Why watch GH for “entertainment?” And probably why I liked the Dixon Falls story. Something I will consider for the new year.

Unfortunately, you are so right! It’s been almost decades since GH was must-see-tv! I totally agree with the fact they’ve got the best cast, talent-wise, but don’t understand why the writers keep winning Emmys! Ditto, the show and the directors. The only outstanding episode I can remember in the last decade was the Luke’s past episode where we found out about his father, the abuse etc. Laura was sublime as his mother as was Chloe Lanier as Pat. TG definitely deserved that Emmy.

And while I can understand the decision to keep Maurice when he came on as Sonny, even they should have realized you can’t keep a mobster storyline going for 20+ years. Yes, mob bosses are usually married with kids, but they also either get shot to death or go to prison for life; they’re the ones the underlings snitch on! The writers should have gotten Sonny and Jason out long ago! Now these characters and their families are so entrenched into the fabric of the show, they keep multiplying like tribbles.

moors60…I agree with you on all counts. Hoping Felicia coming back to partner up with Anna is a bit of a throwback to both women’s fun “crime” solving. I also really enjoyed “Luke’s past episode” as well as the “ right to women to vote” ones. The last two show what great writing and acting look like.

Harry…Seems like there is a shakeup in characters as we thought we knew them at GH. So I want them to keep Willow the strong teacher she was when up against Valentin, Nina and Charlotte. I never disliked Michael until his Mr. Hyde changed to Dr. Jekyll the last few weeks. I must admit an additional negative bias towards him since the real life Sally Spectre split up. Then Ms. Wu putting him in his place. Even though she’s a crook, I like her. She’s a tough. Also want to see Chase toughen up again. Get tired of Brook Lynn gumming up the works. “No,” to Brook Lynn and Chase. Try Willow and Chase together again.

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I’ve never warmed up to Brook Lynn. Funny, I like her best with the kids, Leo, etc.

Team Nina/Sonny

The fact that Sonny returned to his bedroom on Carly and Jason’s wedding night, almost to consummate their vows with having told each other they were in love with each other… I can’t even! Mike had no idea who he was. Nina, well, she had a very good understanding of who “Mike” was, but the two of them only danced and kissed and slowly developed a relationship. I don’t know. I think that GH had to quickly switch gears with this storyline per ABC vaccine mandate (rightfully as a private enterprise to implement in order to protect the cast and crew) and Jason and Jax both lost their long-standing roles in Port Charles. The acting was well done but the writing definitely was patchy. Carly telling Sonny he can’t go home, yet she was going to have sex with Jason in their bedroom – that is all just gross. Hopefully the next few months will repair this situation, one way or another. I’m so tired of the hypocrisy.

Carly and Jason have loved each other for almost 30 years, not been “in love”. If they had been in love all this time, they would have gotten together before when they were both free, or had an affair. To save Sonny’s business and save their families lives, they got married. Then they decided not to be sexless marriage forever and that love evolved into more. This does not compare to what a man feels who doesn’t even know who he is. Mike isn’t real, not to mention a figment of very, very bad writing! He’s not a whole person nor was he trying to be. To write that an amnesia patient would have absolutely no desire to find out who he is — especially when they have no money, no job, no home, family, friends, nothing — is not only asinine, it’s insulting to every viewer. And he was like that from the jump. For the amnesiac to be Sonny, a renowned mobster just missing from the commission of a crime, just makes it worse. Especially when a hospital AND a police station didn’t bother to take the amnesiac’s fingerprints. But then his love for a new woman (who knows his identity) is supposed to surpass his relationship with Carly is silly. It might have worked if Sonny and Carly had been having problems when he “died”, but they weren’t, so it doesn’t wash.

And if Sonny was happy as “Mike”, he could have stayed as Mike once he found out the truth. He could have let Jason, Carly and Selina run the mob while he built an quiet life with new love Nina. But, not only did he run straight to Carly, he jumped right back into mob business first chance he got. And he certainly didn’t look hesitant or ashamed when he threatened Novak or told Peter he’d pay. He relished it, just like always.

Carly telling Sonny not to come home in this case is not hypocrisy. She had just asked him if he had feelings for Nina not 24 hours before and he couldn’t answer, and that was before the hearing! Jason and Carly did not skirt around the truth when Sonny asked them point blank about their marriage, nor did Carly try to lie and say she didn’t have feelings for Jason. Carly’s problem is she knows Sonny, and since he didn’t tell her about Nina right away, she knows he has feelings for her…just like he told Dante,

At some point, though, you want off the merry-go-round! Nothing about GH’s storylines is remotely new. TPTB had to shut down Nixon Falls not because of COVID but because the show took a huge dip in ratings, but the writing botched it, like always. Even CarSon fans could have stomached Nixon Falls it it was coherently written; if there were logical reasons why Mike didn’t was to look into his past (like dreams and flashbacks of violence and abuse), and had no fingerprints because his hands were injured or something. I’m 60 and I’ve watched the show since I was 15. I’m the only one I know who watches the show sometimes. Most gave up years and years ago. Predictability (like Jason NOT being dead…again…it’s coming!), revolving cast members, and way, way too many characters, makes me think that even with the best acting cast in daytime, it might be that time.

Ya know, what bugs the hell out of me is how Maxie & Ubrecht try to justify what Nina did! She lied for almost a year and didn’t give a damn about Sonny’s family! Carly and Olivia should get a hold of her for an hour!

Really, Lew, Carly has a right to be angry but not to pass judgement since she was ready to jump into bed with Jason, no memory loss involved. They’re all wrong, especially sicko Michael. I say call it a draw and move on.

Sonny was living as “Mike” for three months before Nina found him. So, it was a matter of six months, not nine months. I’m not condoning what Nina did, it was morally wrong. But she did not steal his identity or commit fraud. That was just a ridiculous storyline.

Carly’s hypocrisy and audacity really turn me upside-down. Isn’t she in love with Jason? Hasn’t she been so for decades? If Jason were to re-incarnate, would Carly be able to keep her “gambe” together?. She should be thankful Nina and “Mike” had no sex……I don’t see the attraction anyway. Nina must be desperate. Go figure these writers. I mean, they offer a Super-Sexy-Sonny who supposedly exudes sex appeal from every yucky pore? Give the woman a modicum of pride and self-preservation.
Sonny should be removed from the “stud” list—-if he ever was on one. I guess he must be kept relevant.
Does he crave Nina? If so, take him out of his misery, please!!!!!!!!!
Let this monotony stop. Most of all, it would be such a kick in Michael’s arse, and hopefully in his “full of hot air”, brainless head. Lordy Lord, he rubs me the wrong way!!

Sonny was DEFINITELY on the super stud list when he first came on! Check out the YouTube vids of him during the Stone and Robin days and when he was with Brenda. He was never supposed to be on but a month or two, but women flocked to the show because MB was FINE!

Waaay before my time—-Plus, be that as it may, he is no stud any longer. Besides, he’s too short to have ever been all that!! And, not my type.
His time has come and gone, gone, gone. He’s no Sean Connery who was a hunk even in his 80’s!!
Therefore, storylines should be written accordingly. Audiences change on a daily basis. It’s 2022. Sonny is presently not your typical hottie hearthrob.. …so, fighting over this not-so-lavishly sexy guy, is ridiculous. My opinion .

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You are so right. There is stature and there is stature. Sonny’s was not in height, and then those dimples that he now keeps covered with all that grizzly grey hair. I think they got the ladies attention big time. I always felt they were trying to fashion him after John Gotti, who wasn’t all that good looking, but a very colorful figure nonetheless.

I’m with you, Celia. Never got the appeal of Sonny as a heartthrob. I like other aspects of him at times but not that. Now Chase, HE’S a heartthrob! Different tastes, I guess.

Yeah, Soaphound—-Chase = Yum!! Besides, when you have the best, nothing and no one else will do. LOL.
Happy New Year!!

For what it’s worth—I’d rather see Sonny and Nina together. I think she has that je ne sais quoi, soft aura about her soooo lacking in Carly. Plus, I loved their easy banter and camaraderie—-too bad we didn’t get to see the relationshim blossom –Yet, it seems we soon shall.
The spark is there.
Sonny has never been a favorite of mine, but with Nina? Well, he’s a completely different, likable character.

Nina’s actions were questionable, yes—-but what she did cannot compare to some of the stunts Carly pulled. I think Nina was aware that what she was doing was wrong, but she psychologically removed herself from reality—-why? To battle the pain of losing a daughter with whom she never had an opportunity to develop a relationship as mother and child—-In her mind, Carly truncated all hope of that.
As I said, Sonny is no heartthrob, so I still don’t get it!! Exactly what does she see in him? Obviously, the writers do.
Again, subconsciously, Nina was “sticking” it to Carly—-and everyone else be damned; including Wiley, her own grandchild.
I am glad Sonny and Carly are over; at least, I hope they are. I could never understand how any man, especially a man such as one of Sonny’s reputation, could love or be married to a woman whose heart was only half his. Jason’s presence would always be looming over that supposed married bliss.
I guess each of us has her/his own way of defining or deciphering love for one’s mate.

All true, Celia. And let’s not forget Nina’s initial phone call, and instinct, to phone Carly and tell her Sonny was alive. The response: typically nasty, retributive nonsense from The Clumping Clods before Nina could even get a word in. Nina has issues but Carly is toxic. So is her son.

Having the best laugh—The Clumping Clods—how apropos!! Love it, Soaphound.
And, yes—-toxic is THE word. I guess I’m not the only one who cannot stomach Michael and his puppy-eyes. His hair still needs a good, honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned scrubbing.
…..Which brings Willow to question. I used to truly like her. Now, thev fakeness of ready tears has become part of the scenery—Better a rich, monotonous Quartermaine than a hot, scrumptious, “I wanna kiss you all over”, “lowly” cop.

I don’t really get the “pain of losing her daughter with whom she never had a chance to develop a relationship”…what has that got to do with Carly? Nina lost her daughter because of the actions of her mother over 20 years ago, not because of anything Carly did or intended! Carly didn’t even know about Nelle being Nina’s daughter until AFTER Nelle was already dead, so Nina wouldn’t have had a chance to have a relationship with her anyway. Nina, post-revelation, has made up this version of Nelle as just a troubled soul who only needed a mother’s love, and not the vicious psychopath she really was; you know, the one Nina testified against in the custody hearing.

If the writers are going to gun for Carly, have it be for something she actually did (there’s plenty)’ not for something mistakenly inside someone’s head.

That’s your issue—-not mine—are you not a long-time watcher? You should know that both Jax and Carly knew Nelle was Nina’s daughter—yet, they kept it from her.
I truly do not need your preaching. Nina never got the chance to know her daughter. Even after death would have made a big difference; as Nina would have mourned her as a mother should.
Have you ever lost a child? Do not question that of which you have no clue.
Furthermore, my viscera tell me Nelle is alive. If not Nelle, then her twin. Lanier is one of the most authentically natural thespian around—-En par with Alison Sweeney, Maura West and Michelle Stafford. Can’t say the same for Wright. My opinion.
You love Carly. Well, good for you. Can’t stand her…
Gotta run—have a class.

The acting is saving this miserable story. It’s hard to buy into this story because of the handling of the Nixon Falls story and rushed the Jason/Carly stuff. Nina is morally wrong on a lot of levels, whether “Mike” wanted to know or not, she should have told him she knew who he was & that he had children. This is where story loses me, that and Sonny was “Mike” (nothing like Sonny with no memory), he & Nina barely knew each other at the Tan-0. Most importantly, Sonny is a family man who would never forgive Nina for keeping him from his children. Just like writers have Ava & Nina as friends, which is stupid after what Nina did with Avery. Maybe if the women “Mike” fell in love with at the Tan-0 was Brenda or a Brenda look alike, it would be more believable.

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Cameron Mathison Takes You Behind the Scenes of Photo Shoot as Host of New Game Show ‘Beat the Bridge’

General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison (Drew Cain) will soon step into his new role as game show host when Beat the Bridge bows on June 10th and will be seen weeknights at 6 pm on the Game Show Network. As previously reported, Cameron is also staying put in Port Charles.

Ahead of the summer series premiere, Mathison took part in a photo shoot for the game show and as the face of the game. Looks like Cam is about to become a 2024-version of classic game show host, Wink Martindale!

Taking to his Instagram, Cameron shared some moments and images from the photo shoot and how they came to be. Many will be used as publicity photos for the show as it ramps-up its tune-in over the next several weeks.

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Along with the behind the scenes images and video, Mathison wrote, “Making me look good🙃 Take a look behind the scenes at a photoshoot we did for Beat The Bridge📸 (Especially the massive hangtime I get at the end lol) It’s all coming your way very soon! Beat The Bridge premieres June 10 at 6p only on Game Show Network👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼”

Several of Cameron’s friends, and former or current co-stars, also commented on the photos and the BTS view, such as soap icon Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, All My Children) with whom Cameron worked closely with as his Pine Valley alter-ego, Ryan Lavery.  In fact, as AMC fans know, at one point Ryan and Erica were an item. Lucci wrote, “SOooo handsome, talented, charming, and kind—that’s Cameron🥰👏👏👏”

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Meanwhile, Cameron’s current castmate, Kate Mansi (Kristina, GH) commented on his athletic moves in the shoot, sharing, “Woooaaa Gene Kelly over there 🔥”

While in the middle of his busy work schedule at GH and for Beat the Bride, Cameron took time to appear in last week’s Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up For Cancer – We All Have a Story.  During his segment, Mathison appeared with Y&R’s Colleen Zenk (Jordan) and both spoke on their battles with cancer. For Cameron, surviving kidney cancer, plus the star spoke on the loss of their mothers, both to cancer.

If you missed the daytime star-studded event for a good cause, which featured Cameron, you can watch in full below.

Now let us know, will you be checking out Cameron beginning June 10th on Beat the Bridge? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out how Cameron fares with GSN game show trivia in a promotional segment below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Learns Gregory Died from Cody; Finn and Chase Share Their Grief

Friday’s May 24th episode of General Hospital featured some very touching scenes.

First, when Tracy (Jane Elliot) returned to the stables for a ride, she is met by Cody (Josh Kelly). He tells her she is needed in the house. Tracy doesn’t think anyone needs her there.

Tracy relates how Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) are on a plane to Florence. Cody tells her that they couldn’t get on that plane. Cody can only say, “He’s sorry.” It’s at that moment Tracy is hit with the realization that Gregory passed away.

Cody tells her what he knows of Gregory’s passing, but Tracy says that she knew this was eventually going to happen, but this feels so sudden. Cody is sorry she had to hear the news from him.  Tracy says, she’s not. She poignantly thinks Gregory must have been a lot like Cody when he was younger. Tracy goes on to say they both have an open way about them as he doesn’t miss a thing, doesn’t talk much, doesn’t push people around, and that he gives people a lot of grace. Cody is moved. Tracy decides she needs to head out.

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Next, Tracy comes to the hospital and meets with Stella. Knowing Stella (Vernee Watson) is a patient advocate, Tracy tells her if anything comes up for Gregory’s death regarding bills or anything she can handle with her hands or her checkbook, to let her know. Tracy reveals that she doesn’t want Gregory’s family to worry about anything right now. She goes on to say to keep her name out of it.

Stella tells Tracy this is her loss to and its OK for her to grieve. Tracy shared that Gregory changed her, and she doesn’t want to let him down, at least not so soon.

At Finn’s, Chase tries to console his brother. Finn tells Chase he also lost his dad, but Chase can see how hard finding Gregory dead has hit Finn; given he has been drinking. Finn tells Chase that the person he found in that bed didn’t look their dad.  He cries that he didn’t want this to happen and Chase hugs his brother tight and says neither did he.

Sitting down together, the two brothers have a heart-to-heart. Finn realizes he handled the entire situation the wrong way and even pushed Elizabeth away.  Chase says there is no correct way to grieve. Finn feels such guilt over how many times in their lives he hurt their father, and now he threw his sobriety away, which Gregory was proud of him for.

Chase says he rebuilt his relationship with their dad, and he can do the same now with his sobriety. Finn asks Chase to get rid of the liquor bottle and so Chase takes care of it.  When Violet (Jophielle Love) and Brook Lynn return, Finn tells Brook Lynn he is so sorry that she and Chase had to miss their honeymoon. Brook Lynn assures him she is here for him for whatever he needs. Next, Finn says he needs a meeting and Chase says he thinks that is a good idea.

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Meanwhile, in Albany, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is having all sorts of trouble in her attempt to get her law license reinstated during her her hearing vs. Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies). The judges will render their decision within 30 days and notify the parties. Will she head back to Port Charles, find out about Gregory, and wind up at an AA meeting with Finn?

In this episode, the always fabulous Jane Elliot touched out hearts in her scenes as well as Josh Kelly, Michael Easton and Josh Swickard.

So, what did you think about Tracy’s reaction to Gregory’s death? The scenes between Finn and Chase and what will happen to Alexis next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episode for Memorial Day

Coming up on Monday, May 27th, ABC’s General Hospital is the only daytime drama slated to air an encore presentation of a previously aired episode. The episode that is said to have originally aired on October 5, 2023.

The episode features the following storypoints: Spencer and Trina return from a private tour of the MET’s archives. They make love again and lament that this is their last day in New York. Trina thanks their hotel room before leaving with Spencer.

Cody, having kicked open the door, stops Montague from hurting Sasha. Dante arrives with Mac and other cops. Montague is placed under arrest and charged with attempted murder. Cody and Sasha leave Ferncliff together.

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Sonny confronts Gladys for her lies as Sam witnesses. Sonny accuses Gladys of using Mike, then Brando, then Sasha. After Sam goes, Sonny tells Gladys she’s leaving town and returning to Bridgeport. Sonny implies Gladys will die if she ever leaves Bridgeport. Sonny has Frank escort Gladys away without a single bag.

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Charlotte listens from a hiding spot as Val explains to Anna he bought this house after Anna’s place burned down so he, Charlotte, and Anna could live in it. Val kept it from Anna because he didn’t want to get her hopes up. Val explains Charlotte needs his attention, so Anna can’t move in yet. Charlotte thinks back to reading Victor’s letter that says she must defeat Anna.

So, are you looking forward to seeing this encore presentation of GH on Memorial Day? Let us know via the comment section below.

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