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GH's Nancy Lee Grahn on Cartini, Sexis & the final episodes of OLTL!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Daytime Emmy winner (and a pre-nominee again this year), General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn talked about the recent head writing and executive producer change at the lone ABC soap that brought One Life to Live’s dream team, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, known now to some as Cartini, to the daytime drama.

During her conversation with Nelson Branco for Soap Opera Unsensored, the outspoken Grahn revealed her thoughts on a myriad of subjects including: if she would be into revisiting an on-screen romantic entanglement with Maurice Benard’s Sonny Corinthos, heralding Garin Wolf when he first began taking over for the head writing position post-Guza, and how she felt One Life to Live went off the airwaves to soap heaven.  Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

Nancy on Sexis round two:  “I wouldn’t mind exploring that.   Clearly, Alexis is not the love of Sonny’s life. The problem with Sonny is that he has too many loves of his life!  I don’t think the chemistry between Maurice Benard and Laura Wright works; it’s not the same as it was with Mo and Tamara Braun.  He’s had so many lovers… how many times can he play Romeo? You can’t fight gravity… and I’m not talking about age… I’m talking about the gravity of life.  At some point, Sonny’s going to have to evolve and learn. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again without it destroying your life. Sonny needs something and someone different. The older you get in life, the “in love” aspect of love changes to the “quality of love.” He likes Alexis and respects her more than any other woman in his life. I think that’s important. Sonny respecting a woman has as great a meaning as him being “in love.”’

Nancy on touting Garin Wolf to her soap followers when he promised story for Alexis that never materialized:  “I had every reason to think that he was interested in writing for the character but it never happened.   I’m not saying anything other than that.  It’s just a fact.   I was touting him… and now the fans don’t trust me because I wasn’t on TV for nine months! (Laughs)  Now no one believes anything I say. (Laughs)  You can’t blame a writer all the time. Yes, Bob Guza and I didn’t get along, which is why I never had a story.  Yes, I was wrong about Garin, but my instincts about Ron Carlivati are that he really does want to write for Alexis and probably will.  And that comes from me watching the actresses and women on One Life.”

Nancy on the final episodes of One Life to Live as it bid farewell after 43-years on the air:  “I thought it was great. You could see the energy on the show.  They went out with their head held up high and with dignity.  The other day, I was talking to Michael Easton and we agreed, “When you go down, you have to go down fighting.”  And they did. And, so will we.  We’ve tapped the iceberg… now we’re hoping to steer the ship and get out of these dangerous waters. ”

So soapers, would you be interested in seeing Sonny and Alexis give romance another shot? (Oops, Shot! Watch out Alexis, you know what happened to Kate/Connie!) Let us know!

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Jules
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Jules

Sounds like a good interview. If Nelson wouldn’t charge money to read his (mostly) filth, I think I’d be curious enough to read the whole thing.

But please for the love of all that is holy, do NOT pair Sonny with Alexis again. Been there, done that. This isn’t a clothing line of women waiting for the latest shirt to get dirty before the first clean one can have its turn again. ENOUGH. Alone or dead. The only 2 options for Sonny.

Chantal
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Chantal

NOOOOOO, not Sexis!!! Give us Mac and Alexis… Oh, wait Felicia is coming back. Ok Mac and Alexis ONLY if Frisco is heading to Port Charles 🙂

KaShi
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KaShi

I would not like to see Alexis and Sonny. I would like to see Alex and Mac slowly get closer in the wake of him losing Robin. I would like to see her there for him, and for something to slowly build. (We may not have much time-…) For a while I would ilk ego see Sonny not with anyone as Kate gets help (or goes out of town to get help=I’ve had enough of multiple personalities and mob wars.)

david
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david

I agree about Alexis and Mac. Their romance would be a refreshing break from the usual violence. Alexis could stand to grow up herself and stop being attracted to bad boys that cause her pain like Sonny. It would be great to see Alexis realize Mac, the nice guy she overlooked, is the man of her dreams, and that Molly was right all along. Both Grahn and York deserve significant storylines.

lew
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lew

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe
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Joe

I have no doubt that Ron C. will FINALLY give Nancy a story. She makes a good point with ONE LIFE. There was ALWAYS story aplenty for the over-50 females on that show – Viki, Dorian, Nora, Echo, even Roxy. Here’s hoping Alexis gets out of menopausal storyline Siberia and comes back FRONT & CENTER! Today’s scenes with Carly at the hospital was a start.

Debi
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Debi

I agree. That is what kept me coming back to OLTL. They respect and use there older actors, who are very experienced.

NO I don’t want to see Alexis with Sonny at all, I would be happy just to see Alexis on a daily basis!

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

That’s what I loved about OLTL! They had mixed aged actors on the show. GH always seemed to lean towards young actors & that bugged me.

Atropos22
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Atropos22

I respectfully have to disagree with Ms. Grahn on Maurice Bernard and Laura Wright not having chemistry. I’ve never been a Sonny/Carly fan (ever) but when they had scenes during the hotel hostage crisis, Bernard and Wright’s scenes became one of the unexpected gems of the show. I always thought General Hospital missed the boat by *not* reuniting Sonny and Carly under these 2 actors. In fact, their reunion — along with that of a few other couples — are on my Wish List for General Hospital and I’ve had my fingers crossed that it’s coming down the pike under… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Me too, for a reunion of Sonny and Carly. See my post below at 11:53am. None better paired with Maurice Bernand BESIDES Venesa Marcil is 2nd, Laura Wright.

Alley
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Alley

I would love to see Alexis in a romantic relationship, but not with Sonny. NLG is one of the best actors on GH, and she deserves so much better than what she’s gotten in the past few years. I think her best pairing was with Rick Hearst. I wish they’d bring Ric back and right the wrong the writers made in breaking them up.

Jen
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Jen

I love Nancy! I think she is right on the money about Sonny having too many loves of his life. I think that happens way too much sometimes on soaps. I think if a couple is interesting enough that they can be kept together without being boring.

ricardo
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ricardo

nancy lee grahn is a wonderful actress but they dont use her enough. general hospital writers listen to me please. give her a big storyline she needs to be paired with robert scorpio they would be a hot hot couple. mac scorpio belongs with felicia i hope they reunite back together. robin is not dead. she is alive. maybe fiason or helena have her captive. decision time sometime in april for general hospital thats what my sources told me. we hope for the best regarding general hospital being renewed. if its cancelled shame on you abc. cancel the revoution because… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

No, please don’t pair her with Sonny, it’s ancient history. Alexis deserves a really meaty storyline. I wouldn’t rule out a super scorcher with John McB. While I liked the John/Natalie pairing, if she’s not migrating to GH then he needs a love interest in Port Charles, and why not Alexis? His silent brooding might be a fun compliment to her sometime hyper/over analytical personality.

Debi
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Debi

What I LOVE about NLG character, is how she thinks about life & romance. Lots of women are at a ‘crossroad’ when they hit 50! (Me for one)
She is ‘content’ with being alone, yet, there could be plenty of storyline for her which didn’t involve romance.
I just want to see this great actress more. Daily, in a storyline. Why does it have to be about a man?

However, with Felicia coming back, could she give Alexis a ‘run for her money’ with Mac?

Debi
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Debi

As far as Sonny goes, hasn’t everyone realized Sonny’s greatest love is himself?

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Yes, Sonny is the Erica of of GH. Erica’s greatest love is herself. Now, I’m going to place Erica’s name in the statement Nancy made. (Erica’s) had so many lovers… how many times can (she) play Romeo? You can’t fight gravity… and I’m not talking about age… I’m talking about the gravity of life. At some point, (Erica’s) going to have to evolve and learn. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again without it destroying your life. (Erica) needs something and someone different. The older you get in life, the “in love” aspect of love changes… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

i want to see alexis & mac in a meaningful lasting relationship – end of story…………..

heidi
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heidi

No… she can have a great story without a guy. Used to like Mac and Alexis but if Felicia is coming back would rather see Mac with her.

Emily
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Emily

Always loved Nancy. She’s rgt about Sonny, they have to re-work the loves in his lives and thensome. I liked Alexis w/Ned or Rick, Mac was good too, hope they go back there w/Mac or whomever. Just give Alexis a storyline:) She’s rgt about OLTL and how they wrote for the vets. I loved when Vicki slapped the snot out of Echo (when she caught Charlie cheating on her) and when Nora and Bo reunited. So the proof is in the pudding. They’ll do rgt by Alexis too. Sounds like the actors on GH are ready for a good fight!… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

SEXIS ? AGAIN ?? Umm no thanks. Please please please writers … use your heads … think of a storyline for Alexis … there are soooo many good stories to write for her !!! As for love for Alexis … well I still want her with Mac. They are so great together and Nancy and John J York’s chemistry is great !!

Maribeth
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Maribeth

I love NLG and Alexis, but her with Sonny? No way. They need to find someone (other than Mac) who will challenge her. She is such a strong woman, except in the man department. I hope they find someone for her soon and give her a good storyline because GH is always better when she’s on the screen. AI find it interesting what she said about the lack of chemistry between LR’s Carley and Sonny. She’s right. There is none, they are better off at odds with each other.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Translation: I want to be paired with Maurice Benard so I can have a storyline! Because from what I see it is all about Sonny again and that is their perogative!!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I love Nancy/ Alexis, but I DONOT want to see her mix back with Sonny. I don’t thimk there is enough physical chemistry to hold the viewer’s interest. As for Maurice not having any chemistry with Laura Wright, I have to respectfully disagree. At least for us the viewer’s they come across as having a great amount of chemistry. In fact, Maurice has had NO BETTER chemistry with any woman other than Venesa/ Brenda, BUT Laura Wright.

Brian
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Brian

What I would really like to see… a court case where she goes up against Nora Buchanan !!!

Emily
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Emily

Oh, that’s a good 1!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, That would be Great…! I love both of these woman. Love them, love them. No Fluff, no phony, just plane ole good acting, and enjoyment of their character’s without the fluff and phoniness.

Brian
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Brian

I have just read your comment to my second posting of the day… and i am happy that you approve of this suggestion, as I am sure many people thought this when they read Nancy’s comments.

david
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david

Great idea! Alexis can defend Sonny against the murder of Cole and Hope and Nora can prosecute (except Hillary has signed with B & B). If Nora can’t do it, what about Tea (Florencia Lozano) acting as prosecutor?

Brian
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Brian

I would welcome Tea with big open arms too. Love them both.

barbara t
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barbara t

to bad, nora is a headshrinker now,I would love to see nora and alexis or nora and diane in a courtroom battle,and what would top that off ? tia ,throwing the court room doors open, screaming ,my client has evidence that ,who ever they are arguing about is innocent,one life to live best court room dramas.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

I like Laura Wright also, so much that I am visting her winery in California for my B-Day, I went to her website and nothing but Kudos for their wine! I respect people who know this industry and venture out and do other things. To me she has made Carly tolerable.I think if they want to pair someone with Alexis bring back Rick.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I like Laura as Carly, and I agree with you, she has made Carly tolerable. I didn’t care for Sarah Brown and Tamara OPPOSITE Maurice/Sonny. Not at all…, especially Sarah. Tamara was obviously the most tempered Carly, the BEST behaved. But Laura compliments him BETTER and BEST on screne, and her acting abilities have lived up to the standards that Sarah Brown set for Carly, followed by Tamara. Yes, the pretty girl too (Laura) can act.

MK
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MK

I love NLG, but as her character had story over the last 5 yrs, Bobbie, Monica, Lesley and Audrey have been Back burnered. I will love to see more Alexis and Diane but not at the expense of the ladies that have made GH for the Last 35 plus years!

Kelly Garner
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Kelly Garner

I don’t want her with Sonny. I want her with Sam’s father!!!!! I want him to be her greatest love. I really hope they explore that storyline soon, it could also result in really nice SamLexis scenes.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Great idea? Who is Sam’s father. Wasn’t it a 1st love or some boy Alexes said?

barbara t
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barbara t

wasnt sams father some kid at the school alexis went to when she was a kid ?her father put sam up for adoption ,I heard a daddy for sam could be around the corner .it should be .give alexis a good story and a father for sam.

KMB
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KMB

The pairing I always dreamed of seeing for Alexis is the pairing that Guza would never do, and that was Jax and Alexis. Their chemistry was so strong and their love and dedication to each other was wonderful. “Jaxis” actually had many fans rooting for them and hoping that someday they would actually be paired romantically. Sadly, Guza and his team just never gave it a chance.

Christy
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Christy

Sonny & Alexis were fun to watch…. the first time! But it would not be the same, a second time around. Back then, Alexis was nervous to be around Sonny, a lot of the attraction came from not really knowing who Sonny was, more like just the idea of who he was… plus those eyes and dimples! 🙂 But now she has had her eyes opened, wide open, to who he is and what his life is like and how he treats people over time… and they have a grown child. It is completely different when they’re in a room… Read more »

1loaveabcsoaps
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1loaveabcsoaps

Nothing like those eyes and dimples, dark hair and eyebrows, SAME with Venesa Marcil. Those eyes, her dimples, dark hair and eyebrows. Those two had so much chemistry. I’m sure if Maurice wasn’t already married, he and Venesa would of hooked up. Do U remember how they use to look at one another, how Venesa would look at Maurice? Sorry, I’ve seen her in other shows with men, she didn’t look at other men like that, not even Jax. They had REAL CHEMISTRY and was/are good friends, in real life. Didn’t hurt that both of them were so beautiful and… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

Nora v. Alexis…now THAT would be a really great episode!

I’m hoping that they either bring Melissa Archer on board, or hire someone to play the part of Natalie, as well as Lliam. McBain just got his family back…they need to have them together. Plus, Easton and Archer play so well together!

Emily
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Emily

They’re using Nancy like they used Tea and Nora, a lawyer that’s present on the show, gets some air time:) I wonder who’s the prosecuting lawyer, Diane? THink NLG’s prayers have been answered.

NLG looks great, great actress. Remembered her from Santa Barbara–when i was 1st introduced to her talents:)

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I want to see the menapause storyline back,,, it can not be over with. I would love to see Alexis with Ned again or Ric

barbara t
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barbara t

with john mcbain heading to town ,alexis may be out of a job,all the crime in port charles will be over with ,ok,at least the killings wont be on for the whole hour,hey maybe she can spend more time with her kids and maybe bring christina back from college.

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

I think Alexis & Sonny would make a SUPER couple.

Deb
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Deb

Alexis needs a new man in her life as in a new character.

Debi
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Debi

ditto. I agree. Its not happening with Mac.

waybackfan
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waybackfan

i don’t think alexis needs to be with a man, at all. of the ones currently on screen or from the past array of characters, the only one i could see having a chance at all is ewan. he’s smart, caring, and it looks like he’s not related to her at this point. and she’s always needed a shrink. lol really though, alexis is too smart for men. especially soap opera men. she only gives in when her hormones are overwhelmingly drawn to someone, and (probably because of her horrible background) it’s always to a horrible person. she knows that.… Read more »

martine
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martine

love sonny and alexis

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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