“Ain’t No Sonshine When He’s Gone” (warning: spoilers)
This blog was going to be a blog about the best and worst of last year for Sonny Corinthos and his fans. The problem is, there was very little “best” and overwhelming “worst” which really is a drag. Let’s take a look at Sonny last year.
Maurice , as always, made the most of the least, and we do mean least, because while some can count up a series of one minute or less episodes and make them sound like air consuming magnificence, the fact of the matter is, Sonny’s air time was spotty, disconnected and often either totally supportive of stories for others or totally lacking in substance. Little was in the way of a Sonny driven story.
Let’s do the “best” first since it is so brief and easily described. These writers improved the demeanor and sense of controlled caring that Sonny now has. For a bit he was less isolated but now it seems he lives in a gym , never talks business, has a new friend since he lost Jason, and his kids like him when it suit’s the writers or hate him when it supports their story but other than that who on this show gives a damn about this guy really? He lost his best friend, and fellow mobster of many years, and we are told infrequently that Sonny misses him.” That doesn‘t even begin to cut who REAL Sonny is and has been for years. He, as far as we know, is still a mob boss, OR IS HE? If so, why is he not investigating, retaliating, doing SOMETHING Sonny like? But instead, he gets to fight a returning loser for a grown son, chase around after a mentally ill woman, begging, forgiving and taking every nasty thing thrown his way by Connie and her little band of nitwit helpers. If this was the best of Sonny, let‘s look at the worst..
Sonny is mentally ill and he knows Connie needs help. As one who is bipolar, he also knows that while unsuitable behavior is a part of mental illness, when it hurts others it is not forgivable simply because one is ill. There are consequences that go with the things Connie is doing to herself and others. Time to write in some tough love and give Sonny his own life back while Connie realizes she needs help. Constant loyalty, like a blind lapdog, is NOT helping Connie or Sonny or his fans.
Meanwhile last year, we saw Sonny save Dante’s life and take a bullet. We heard that ONCE when it happened. How many times though have we heard again how Sonny shot his own son. Sonny was framed and went to court over the tire shooting Johnny convinced Kate to admit to. Sonny stood by Kate all year, while Connie ruined Sonny’s parties and wedding and flirted with, slept with and blackmailed sleaze balls who got twice the air time with Connie that Sonny did.
An entire year for Sonny was made up mainly of following Connie around like a puppy, trying to get her some rejected help, AND to add insult to injury, they dumped the loser from hell on him so he could support an AJ story which did nothing to further Sonny’s presence on screen at all. An entire year was spent with Sonny losing any kind of romantic existence on screen, being insulted and humiliated by an alter of the woman he loves.
Sonny needs to be redefined NOW. Sonny fans want answers to some hard questions and they need answers now because ALL Sonny fans are not Skate fans or couples fans period. They are Sonny fans and want Sonny driven stories. They are NOT getting them.
Is Sonny still in the mob? Is it some kind of SECRET? Does Sonny care that his money was transferred. Since they allowed him no part in pursuing Jason’s killer, will he simply be told it was Faison…and “okay, time to move on?” This is how a 20 year SaSon relationship ends?
Does Sonny believe that he is disloyal if he reams Connie a good one, sets her free and tells her to come and see him when she wants help and until then she is on her own? Because this blatant rubbing other guys in Sonny’s face is grating on not only non-Skate fans but on fans of Sonny and KATE as well. It has to stop soon because Sonny fans simply are tired of going in circles with Sonny driving no story of his own.
In summary, define who and what Sonny is now and start writing for HIM.
Does Sonny care that his money was transferred. Since they allowed him no part in pursuing Jason’s killer, will he simply be told it was Faison…and “okay, time to move on?” This is how a 20 year SaSon relationship ends?
Does Sonny believe that he is disloyal if he reams Connie a good one, sets her free and tells her to come and see him when she wants help and until then she is on her own? Because this blatant rubbing other guys in Sonny’s face is grating on not non-Skate fans but on fans of Sonny and KATE as well. It has to stop soon because Sonny fans simply are tired of going in circles with Sonny driving no story of his own.
We need answers and protection of the integrity of this character.
*Maxie at first thinks she didn’t miscarry the Lante baby..
*Britt assures Maxie that this is a new baby, not Lulu and Dantes.
*Maxie realizes that she is having Spinelli’s child.
*Maxie decides to stay silent and give this baby to Lulu and Dante.
*Spinelli tells Ellie what happened on NYE with Maxie. Honesty is the only way.
*Luke is back, and Anna fills him in on what happened in Switzerland.
*Luke is there for Anna, but Duke is patient and understanding.
*Anna and Sonny share the confusion they feel over their respective love lives.
*Luke asks Anna for another chance.
*Olivia stops by to see Connie.
*Connie thinks Sonny sent her to keep an eye on Connie.
*Olivia tells Connie she is wrong, and why she is really there.
*Connie is softening toward Sonny.
*Emma sees Sabrina at Kellys, and is overjoyed.
*Patrick has to tell Emma that Sabrina won’t be watching her anymore.
*He fears he scared Sabrina off by the almost kiss.
*Emma tells Patrick she doesn’t like Britt when Patrick offers to her to lunch.
*Britt has a plan to win Emma over.
*Patrick talks to Liz about Sabrina.
*Britt gets mad when Emma refuses to befriend her.
*Sabrina tells Liz that Felix told her to find someone new.
*AJ tells Carly that he told Michael about her attempt to get him to drink.
*Maxie lets Spinelli go so he can stand by Ellie.
*The fight for ELQ heats up.
*AJ has a weapon to use against Tracy.
*Tracy goes to Sonny for help in dealing with AJ.
*Sonny takes the high road and tells Tracy no..he won’t hurt Michael like that.
*Ned tries to help Tracy..but he may be too late.
*TJ asks Connie to give Molly her book back.
*Kristina rejects Starrs offer of comfort.
*Michael goes to Johnny with questions about Tracy and the Solieto’s mob.
*Johnny has the dirt, and the proof to take Tracy down.
*Has Tracy been lying about the state of ELQ’s financial health?
*Sonny has genuine feelings and concerns for Connie.
*Epiphany is mad at Felix, and it shows.
*Carly can’t get over Todd.
*McBain gets back to work.
*Olivia has a new vision about the baby.
*Kristina is out of her mind with grief and confronts Connie.
*Things rage out of control and Kristina is arrested.
*Carly has a strange reaction when a discussion of Quartermane heirs comes up.
*Todd get to court, and does something nobody expects.
*Sam finally gets to get in Todds face.
*Carly wakes up in Todds bed and fears she slept with AJ
*AJ messes with Carlys head for a bit.
*Carly ends up crying over Todd in AJ’s arms.
*Carly still loves Todd..
*Michael hears Tracy gloat over beating AJ.
*AJ sees a way to outmaneuver Tracy and Michael offers to help him.
*Michael distracts Tracy as AJ makes his move..
*Tracy is not fooled.
*Sabrina has concerns about the Nurses Ball..Felix reassures her.
*Felix asks Carly if the MetroCourt can host the Nurses Ball.
*Hungover Carly is helped by Felix.
*Carly pulls herself together and gets ready to face Todd in court.
Maxie assumes that she didn’t miscarry when Britt reveals that Maxie is pregnant.Britt assures Maxie that the baby is not Dante and Lulu’s child. Maxie realizes that she is carrying Spinelli’s baby Maxie is desperate to keep the truth from Dante and Lulu. Spinelli wants to be open and honest with Ellie before they move ahead with their relationship. Anna tells Luke about the events that transpired in Switzerland. Luke warns Duke that he hasn’t given up on Anna. Luke asks Anna to give him another chance. Anna and Sonny commiserate with each other about their complicated love lives. Connie suspects that Sonny asked Olivia to keep an eye on her. Connie softens towards Sonny when Olivia explains the real reason that Olivia stopped by. Emma is excited when she spots Sabrina at Kelly’s. Patrick explains to Emma why Sabrina cannot continue to babysit her. Patrick fears that he scared Sabrina off. Emma makes her feelings about Britt clear when Patrick suggests an outing with Britt. Britt makes plans to get Emma to like her. Patrick talks to Elizabeth about Sabrina. Sabrina confides to Elizabeth that Felix advised Sabrina to find someone new. Britt loses her temper when Emma rejects Britt’s attempts to befriend her. A.J. and Michael decide what their next move will be. Tracy and Ned plot to outmaneuver A.J. and Michael. Michael gets Johnny to reveal damaging information about Tracy’s connection to the mob. A.J. warns Carly that he told Michael about her attempt to get him to drink. Tracy begs Sonny to help her. Todd tells Johnny about his latest plan to avoid jail time. John advises Sam to give the justice system a chance to work. Epiphany is not pleased with Felix. Kristina rejects Starr’s attempt to help her through the grief. Kristina’s anger fuels her resentment towards Connie. Maxie has a choice to make when she learns that Spinelli and Ellie are over. One of Alexis’ daughters ends up in jail. A mystery person lurks in Port Charles. Todd and Lucy might be the key to each other’s problem. John arrives at a deadly crime scene. Liz drops by to see A.J. at the right time. 1/22 Maxie considers using her pregnancy to win Spinelli back. Maxie makes a deal with Britt. Anna and Sonny discuss the state of their romantic lives. AJ has surprising plans for Duke. 1/23 Luke discovers the real Duke has returned and claims to be Duke’s rival for Anna’s affections. Connie thanks Sonny. Spinelli has a lot of explaining to do. Emma tells Patrick that she doesn’t like Britt. 1/24 Britt vows to get Emma to like her. Epiphany holds a grudge against Felix. Todd tells Johnny that although he knows he is in hot water, he knows how to get out of it. AJ and Michael scheme. 1/25 Starr offers Kristina comfort, but is pushed aside. Sonny agrees to aid Tracy in her fight against AJ. T.J. tries to help Molly out with an impassioned appeal to Connie to give her back her book. Ned warns Tracy of impending trouble, but is he too late? Michael and AJ stick it to Tracy.Connie suspects that Sonny asked Olivia to keep an eye on her.Connie softens towards Sonny when Olivia explains the real reason that Olivia stopped by(to show off her engagement ring).Spinelli wants to be open and honest with Ellie before they move ahead with their relationship.When Luke first sees Duke upon his return he is not aware that the real Duke has been rescued, so he thinks he is dealing with Faison, that should make for an interesting encounter. Anna tells Luke about the events that transpired in Switzerland. Luke warns Duke that he hasn’t given up on Anna. Luke asks Anna to give him another chance.Britt assures Maxie that the baby is not Dante and Lulu’s child.Emma is excited when she spots Sabrina at Kelly’s. Patrick explains to Emma why Sabrina cannot continue to babysit her. Sabrina confides to Elizabeth that Felix advised Sabrina to find someone new. Michael gets Johnny to reveal damaging information about Tracy’s connection to the mob. A.J. warns Carly that he told Michael about her attempt to get him to drink.John advises Sam to give the justice system a chance to work.Maxie is pregnant again, and Spinelli is the father. Will she lie or come clean? Maxie intends to have Britt implant another embryo so she doesn’t have to tell Lante about the miscarriage. When Britt tells her that she’s pregnant, Maxie assumes that she never had a miscarriage to begin with. Britt tells her that in fact, she’s become pregnant again- something Maxie thinks is impossible until she realizes that it is not. Maxie is torn, realizing that the truth would win over Spinelli’s heart but break the hearts of Lulu and Dante. According to Carlivati, in SID, old Maxie would have seen this as a way to get Spinelli back; she does flirt with the idea. But is it possible that Maxie that has grown up over the last year? It seems like Spinelli has made his choice, so it becomes, “if she’s not going to tell Spinelli, why couldn’t this be Lante’s baby that she was supposed to be carrying?. It’s a question of whether Britt will keep the secret, since Lulu is also Britt’s patient and she therefore owes confidentiality to both. Anna opens up to Sonny and they discuss their romantic lives. Things have been spiraling out of control for Anna since she learned that Robin died. They didn’t get any better when she ignored Luke and Robert’s dire warnings about Duke. According to Finola Hughes, Anna has made some bad decisions. Her guard was down and she was compromised. Losing Robin destroyed her and everything Faison did disturbed her profoundly. She wanted to believe that there was someone there for her because she was living in a world where Robin didn’t exist anymore. Hughes doubts that Anna will come back from it any time soon. She doesn’t trust herself with police work, she sees Faison when she looks at Duke. Hughes shares that when Anna [eventually] learns the truth about Robin, she doesn’t know what will happen or how she will react, it could push her over the edge. Who will be there to catch her?Who will Tracy and AJ recruit in their effort to defeat one another? Carlivati reveals that it begins when AJ and Michael dig into Tracy’s use of mob money to help finance ELQ. This leads AJ to think that Johnny might have dirt on Tracy. Michael pays a visit to Johnny in jail and asks him if Skye was right about Tracy’s mob connection, and if so, can Johnny help prove it? The answer to both questions is yes. Will Johnny’s knowledge of the Quartermaine ties to the mob prove to be the key that gets him out of his current troubles?Tracy and Ned do some scheming of their own. Although Lucy is the person they need to persuade, there is another wild card that comes into play and it involves Carly. AJ has a run-in with Heather, who makes a cryptic comment about Edward’s will and how there is something that could shift the balance of power one way or the other. Wondering what that could be, AJ mentions that they know all of the Quartermaine heirs- which causes Carly to have a reaction. Although both Ned and AJ take note of it, they don’t know what it means. Neither AJ nor Tracy will be putting all of their eggs in one basket, they are trying a variety of tactics. Tracy goes to Sonny because he hates AJ and if there’s a way he can help, she’ll take it, but will Sonny want to help? He may not be willing to risk his relationship with Michael and getting involved in this could do just that. Meanwhile, AJ enlists someone else with a history in the mob, someone who is connected to one of the most notorious men to have ever set foot in Port Charles via one degree of separation (Duke Lavery). Duke is trying to rebuild his life and gets involved with ELQ. But who will he side with, Tracy or AJ? Regarding Kevin’s relationship with Lucy Coe, Jon Lindstrom explains, They’ve had a very rocky relationship. But its only rocky because they are such polar opposites. In fact, he has some very good speeches coming up about how those opposites make them better people. But ultimately for them to live together…its really challenging.” 1/28 Patrick panics when Emma goes missing while under Britt’s care. Kristina lashes out at Connie and blames her for Trey’s death. Maxie has a decision to make about her secret when she finds out that Spinelli and Ellie broke up. 1/29 Connie cries in Tracy’s arms over Trey’s death. Alexis is devastated when her daughter goes to jail. The search for Emma continues and things get ugly when accusations start flying regarding the little girl’s disappearance. Could Lucy and Todd be the answer to each others’ prayers? Michael and Starr beg Connie to drop the charges against Kristina. 1/31 Sonny and Connie go toe-to-toe, will he finally be able to break thru her thick head? Will Lucy’s surprise visitor, who makes a surprising announcement, save the day? John receives a strange call. Patrick wants little to do with Britt after Emma’s disappearance. 2/1 Britt is poised to tell Lulu something about the baby Maxie is carrying. McBain is back in action with a homicide case for the PCPD. Spinelli brings Ellie home. AJ and Elizabeth continue to grow closer, with AJ sharing his frustration over the ELQ developments. Britt tells Lulu that there is something she must know about Maxie’s unborn baby. Michael begins to choose between Sonny and AJ. A mystery person lurks in Port Charles.