General Hospital’s Missed Opportunity: The Totally Skipped Story Beat That Would Have Made Sonny’s Homecoming a Thousand Times More Explosive — and Made Fans’ Heads Explode!
At the last minute, the show chickened out.
It’s no secret that General Hospital viewers have been chomping at the bit for Sonny to come back to Port Charles and reclaim the life he left behind. So when at last the Teflon don regained his memory and returned to wife Carly, many in the audience were thrilled.
We, however, couldn’t help thinking his homecoming should have been delayed… if only a bit.
Don’t get it twisted, we aren’t advocating that this storyline should have stretched on for another month or even a week. (We aren’t, after all, looking to earn the wrath of CarSon fans who feel as if they’ve been deprived of their favorite couple long enough as it is.) But admit it: Wouldn’t the whole thing have been far more dramatic if Sonny had strolled into his bedroom the morning after the wedding to find his wife and best friend asleep in one another’s arms, having clearly made love the night before?
That’s pretty much Soap 101 right there.
Sure, the way things played out promises to be messy, what with Jason and Carly having opened their hearts to one another and admitted that theirs is not just a marriage of convenience. Something tells us the coming months will find them struggling to suppress those deeply-felt emotions.
However, had Jason and Carly slept together, the one word which most pushes Sonny’s buttons would have come into play: betrayal. Heck, he might even have reacted by drowning his sorrows and winding up in Nina’s bed! (Yes, many viewers would lose their collective ish if either of these sexual scenarios came to pass, but we’re big believers in shaking things up… #SorryNotSorry!)
As it is, of course Sonny can understand why Carly and Jason tied the knot. They were doing it to keep everyone they — and he — love safe. It was a smart business move. Heck, Sonny probably sees Jason’s actions as borderline heroic, what with having put his own life on hold in order to take care of Carly and the kids.
Things would have become much messier, however, had Jason and Carly made love on their wedding night. Sonny might still try and understand — after all, they believed him to be dead — but how could he erase the image from his mind? Even after everyone involved agreed to simply forget what had happened and move forward, Sonny would likely find himself watching Jason and Carly closely for signs of lingering feelings, longing.
Perhaps on some level a version of that story will still play out. If Jason and Carly struggle to keep their feelings under wraps, Sonny might slowly grow suspicions about what really went down in his absence. But unless Carly and Jason eventually give in to temptation — which seems unlikely, given their loyalty to and love for Sonny — we can’t help thinking the show took us right to the edge of the cliff only to slam on the brakes at the last minute.
Do you agree, General Hospital fans, that things weren’t quite as dramatic as they could have been? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, then flash back with us to some of the greatest challenges Sonny’s ever faced as we wonder how he’ll deal with everything that’s unfolded in his absence!
<p>Rarely does anyone in town mention that when first we met Sonny, he was running a strip joint and getting underage girls hooked on pills. Well, anyone but Scott, whose daughter, Karen, was one of those girls! Instead, most people — including the local police — ignore the shadier side of Sonny’s halo.</p>
<p>In Port Charles, you’re nobody until somebody’s tried to shoot you. But where Sonny’s concerned, the bullets have hit their mark as often as they’ve missed! Despite having eaten more lead than is produced by a pencil factory in a year, Sonny’s managed to avoid having his name written in that great ledger in the sky.</p>
<p>One of those aforementioned shootings took place on what was to be Sonny’s wedding day. But instead of walking down the aisle to remarry Carly, he raced to save a kidnapped T.J. and wound up taking a bullet which left him in a wheelchair. Proving you can’t keep a (questionably) good man down, he ultimately took a literal stand to protect daughter Kristina from a would-be kidnapper.</p>
<p>We don’t know exactly what illegal activities fund Sonny’s empire, but we know he’s darned good at them! For years, he’s not only kept his family in the style to which it’s become accustomed (translation: He’s rich!), but he’s prevented rivals from selling drugs or running guns in “his” town, at least until the recent arrival of Cyrus Renault. </p>
<p>Discovering that he’s bipolar was, as Dr. Phil would say, a changing day in Sonny’s life. (The same proved true for portrayer Maurice Benard, who writes about his struggle with the disorder in his memoir, <a href="https://amzn.to/2X1An5i" target="_blank"><em>Nothing General About It</em></a>.) It not only enhanced his understanding of himself and his behavior, it made him uniquely qualified to help son Morgan, who shared the same diagnosis before his tragic demise.</p>
<p>Don’t tell current wife Carly, but we suspect a big part of Sonny’s heart will always be with the one who got away, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/characters/brenda-barrett-corinthos/" target="_blank">Brenda Barrett</a>. Ironically, when their one and only attempt at marriage fell apart, Carly — who, all told, wed Sonny five times — was the one who fought to keep them from divorcing.</p>
<p>The former wives and lovers of Port Charles’ dimpled don have plenty of reason to despise him, yet somehow they don’t. Olivia forgave him for shooting their son, Dante. And clearly, Carly got over that whole shot-her-in-the-head-while-she-was-birthing-Morgan thing! Even Sonny and Ava have occasionally put aside their differences for the sake of Avery, the adorable result of their evening of hate sex.</p>
<p>There’s a poignant irony to the fact that Sonny is struggling to let go of his ailing father, given how many years they spent estranged. Long ago, Mike (then <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/actors/ron-hale/" target="_blank">Ron Hale</a>) walked away from his son without a backward glance, leading to a lifetime of regrets and recriminations. Will Sonny now be able to live with whatever decision he makes where his father’s ultimate fate is concerned?</p>
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