I usually organize my storyline comments by groups or duos, but the un-medicated edition of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Bernard) caused so much entertaining damage this month, he gets a section all to himself. The death of his on-again, off-again love, Connie Falconeri, was the icing on the loss cake for Sonny. After interrupting his suicide attempt at the Haunted Star, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) tried to get him to take the lithium prescribed for his bi-polar disorder, but Sonny emphasized he wanted to feel the guilt (he was at odds with Connie before she died) and pain and refused to take it. Let’s talk about the suicide scene. Any opportunities for a Maurice Bernard monologue or soliloquy should be taken, okay? The writers bypassed what could have been one of the most popular moments in Sonny’s history when they had his sons, Morgan, Dante` and Michael (Bryan Craig, Dominic Zampronga & Chad Duell) show up to help Olivia talk him down.
Sonny has 20 years of demons, guilt, loss and anguish that we really haven’t seen him unload in this decade. Incident after incident, he’s emotionally packed it away, never making the changes required to improve his life for himself or for the ones he supposedly loves. His obsession with power and control and his connections to organized crime lead to the death of his 1st wife, Lily, and the unborn child she was carrying, Connie’s rape and subsequent multiple personality disorder, his son’s (Michael) coma-inducing gunshot wound to the head and his daughter Kristina’s near death from a car bomb, just name a few. He took in an impressionable young man suffering from a brain injury (Jason (Quartermaine) Morgan) and pulled him into the mob, which lead to bloodshed and suffering in his own family and ultimately cost him his life, leaving behind a widow (Samantha) and a fatherless infant. Sonny has a lot of blood on his hands and just as he seemed to be ready to smear himself in every drop instead of washing it away, the Corinthos 3 halt the show. After that missed boat, I thought I’d catch the next ferry when a formerly disheveled Sonny was dragged to Connie’s funeral and he charged at her portrait, but no; only the processional was televised (which I thought was very strange). Maybe we’ll get our beautiful, Emmy-friendly monologue when Michael, his most worshipped and beloved child (we’ll get to that prick), dies.
Only Carly (Laura Wright) could do what Olivia couldn’t, finally getting Sonny to pop a pill (9/24). Why aren’t Sonny & Carly back together, again (more on pairings shortly)? I have to say, I’m kind of going to miss Sonny being off of his rocker. He was heartbreaking and hilarious with tears, random sly grins, inappropriate flirting and sudden jubilance. Did I mention what a brilliant actor Bernard is? I agree with the person who tweeted: “Maurice Bernard says more with just one look than other actors do with 500 pages worth of dialogue.”