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“Ain’t No Sonshine When He’s Gone” (warning: spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by ghblowhard

Sonnysmilegif“Ain’t  No Sunshine when Sonny is Gone”

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.

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Sonny Corinthos (Photo credit: victoriabernal)

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.

Stay Fabulous!

*****************************************************Spoilers*********************************************************

*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.
*Emma disappears!
*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.

Be true to your Goom-ba

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Polls, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on January 13, 2012 by ghblowhard


There’s all kinds of Sonny fans out there, the ones we will concentrate on in this blog are the hardcore, long time, loyal Sonny/Maurice fans.  They watch regularly when they love a story line, watch regularly when a pairing is not to their liking, and most of all, they STICK it out when , like this fall,  and during the Dante shooting and car bombing, the Sonny character heads south for months of constant on show bashing.  Still these fans do not stop watching even if during exceptionally hard to watch segments, they watch clips only.  They have earned the right to CARE.  They have earned the right to praise WHATEVER it is they like and to complain about WHATEVER it is they hate.  They have been in the trenches for years never giving less than l00% support to Maurice.  This blog is not being written to bash, criticize or put down any other fan base, so we won’t.  We want to remain as positive as we can in our support for Maurice.

We would like to discuss what we are seeing and hearing from SFF/MFF’s whose only concern is Maurice not pairings,  story lines, personal wants. Whether this show is cancelled or not, these fans want the very best writing for Maurice/Sonny.  Their first priority is NOT which woman ends up with Sonny, how well SHE will be written, and how it must be THEIR favorite couple.  Many S&B fans experienced first hand this summer that even a very popular couple cannot save horrid writing.  What the SFF/MFF’s want is some enhanced growth in the Sonny character, not one small step forward and ten giant steps backwards.  There well may be no  time for such nonsense if Sonny is to be written as a layered character treated with the same respect Jason gets as a mobster, and allowed to enjoy his family, some friends and  utilize the many assets Maurice personally has that are constantly squelched because of the one dimensional writing for Sonny.

I am getting the feeling that Sonny fans will fight hard for the integrity of their character over any pairing or story line.  They want  a strong

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Sonny in command, with family  ties that mean something, and something other than just being a mob boss.  Get that restaurant up.  Show that home for children going up and representing  some growth for Sonny.  If there is a woman, let it be on even ground…no saves, no constant lectures and put downs and a give and take relationship that WORKS.  It is far too late to continue to sing the tired old song about Sonny being a mobster and thereby deserving nothing in this life.  Before the show goes off, bring this mobster into the modern world of mobsters…the ones with homes, family, friends, strong ties to modern society and get rid of this archaic view that we have lived with for far too many years.

Right now there is very little buzz supporting any current spoilers because everything is subject to change pending a cancellation announcement…or not…and what the new regime wants for the show in general.  One thing is apparent.  Maurice has saved the Sonny character time and again with his sensitive portrayals and now it is time to give this character some upbeat decent writing.  We are NOT seeing it right now as we digress back to the same old  repetitious recital of Sonny wrong doings.  There are break through scenes off and on with Nancy and Kelly but not near enough.  The rest is the same old  gloom and doom.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  Sonny needs more than fighting the Z’s over and over and listening to Carly lectures and Michael rantings.  The scenes with Kate have been well done, but will they last?  A lot depends on these writers.

This week we got some interesting news as four members of the now defunct soap OLTL are crossing over to GH for a story line all centered around Sonny. That’s a start in the right direction IF Sonny is written well and layered and is not used as one big punching bag for everyone on the canvass to crap on.

Also this week we were given a hint that GH may be cancelled.  If that is true then GH better give the character of Sonny Corinthos and Maurice Benard their due.  Maurice has been on the show 19 years and let’s face facts he carried the show for a good many of those years and STILL is popular and considered one of the stars of the show.  He was part of TWO super couples who defined the show in the 90s and the first decade of the 2000s: Sonny and Brenda and Sonny and Carly.  The fact that Sonny is a character still standing is due largely to Maurice because the writing since about 2007 on sure has done him NO FAVORS. Sonny’s staying power is due to Maurice who managed to evoke sympathy from the viewers during some of the most horrendous and stilted writing for his character.  If GH is to end then tptb better give Maurice and the character of Sonny the respect and honor they deserve.  That means give the man what he wants!  Give us the old Sonny back, not the Sonny used as a foil  and not the Sonny where unsavory story lines are piggy backed off him to prop other characters. In the 90s Sonny as a character stood quite well on his own. He didn’t need to be propped. He didn’t need Jax, Jason, AJ, Ric, Johnny,  Alcazar, or Trevor–they needed HIM. So GIVE him his due and acknowledge his loyalty and staying power on this show. Give him him respect and dignity.  If that means Maurice wants to end the show with Sonny and Brenda (we don’t know that for sure but both Maurice and VMG have said in interviews that’s what they would like) then make that happen.  If he wants Sonny to end up with SKate so be it.  If he wants Michael Sutton back for a scene give him that! Bring back Mike Corbin!

Give Sonny’s long suffering and loyal fans something too.  Give us OUR due for supporting Maurice and the show all these years even if we didn’t like what we saw happening to the character. Fix things between Sonny and Robin! Make Sonny a root for character again! Give him an adventure and a story line where we can see all aspects of Sonny’s character.  Make his friends treat him with some loyalty and respect. Give him some light stuff! And most of all: Get him a freaking LOCK for his door!

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

1/13 Sam hopes and prays for a miracle.
Robin calls Patrick but Patrick suspects that she’s not where she says she is.
Elizabeth and Patrick have a heart-to-heart.
Michael becomes more like his father.
Sam shares her pregnancy test results with Jason!

Week of January 16th1/16 Patrick has some straight up questions for Robin.
After an intense verbal sparring match with Johnny, Sonny is found by Shawn.
Lulu and Ethan clash; she has no idea what’s going through Ethan’s head.
Maxie has a proposition for Matt.1/17 Robin and Patrick discuss her health and the new drug protocol.
Ewen focuses his attention upon Liz, much to Matt’s displeasure.
Carly and Johnny make plans.
Tracy grows more upset by recent events.
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny.
Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.1/18 A jealous and displeased Maxie confronts Liz.1/19 Johnny comes across something truly shocking;
Johnny sees Michael with a gun.
Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20 While Sonny is paying Johnny a visit,
someone steps into his shoes by taking on a father-figure role with Michael.
Luke delivers Sonny some startling information.
Robin returns home.1/23 Jax has an offer for Kate; Jax departs town (Ingo’s last day).
Jason and Sam look to Dr. Lee for answers.1/16/2012
General Hospital
(The Crush)
Lulu questions Ethan about the object of his affections; Maxie has a proposition for Matt.
1/17/2012
General Hospital
(The Plans)
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny; Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.
1/19/2012
General Hospital
(The Gun)
Johnny sees Michael with a gun; Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20/2012
General Hospital
(News)Luke delivers Sonny some startling information; Robin returns home.

Sonny has big news.Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.Michael challenges Dante and Delores.Jason pulls Sam into his arms.

Anthony makes an ultimatum.

Edward has a moment with Luke.

Maxie calls out Lulu.

Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

Spinelli gets unsettling news about a fire.

Someone is following the women of Port Charles.

Alexis suspects that Helena had something to do with Molly’s disappearance.

Ethan seeks out Spinelli for help in uncovering Cassandra’s past.

Jason and Alexis warn Helena to stay away from Sam.

**Alexis is afraid Helena took Molly**Spinelli works on the mystery of Cassandra’s past.**Jax and Kate have a talk and he makes an offer.**Meet TJ, son of the man Shawn killed by mistake in Iraq**Jax gives Michael advice

**Luke’s back in Port Charles

**Ewan does a psychological profile for the PCPD on the Stripper Killer.

**Michael buys a gun and wants to find the Stripper Killer himself

**Carly and Johnny work together–and MORE!?

**Franco and Jason: bang, bang

**Kate has a visitor she knows TJ

**Tracy is trapped

**Molly and TJ connect

**Ewan warns Cassandra to stay away from Ethan

**Robin comes clean with Patrick

**The wedding starts but has a major interruption.

**Helena is waiting in the wings

**Maxie and Spinelli do the “woman behind the man” photo shoot

**Molly starts wondering about her Cassadine side of the family

**Matt loses a patient.

**Lulu drinks and gets depressed about her lack of career aims

Revenge and runaways.

Shawn finds Sonny struggling to survive while Jax flees the scene with a gun. Michael is also running around with a gun that he wants to get rid of. While his mother continues looking for leverage on the Zaccharas, she also makes plans to spend the night with Johnny.

The turmoil continues for Jason and Sam over their latest run-in with Franco. Spinelli finds more information about the artist while Sam has nightmares about him. Jason is off dealing with Sonny and his plan to get revenge on the Zaccharas. Things could go in a different direction after Luke tips his old friend off with some shocking news. Sonny runs off to see Johnny, who is in the middle of slapping skin with Carly.

Shawn runs into TJ, the son of the man he accidentally killed. He takes him under his wing and TJ instantly finds a friend in Molly but he’s less friendly to Shawn after learning that he works for Sonny. Over at the hospital, Patrick goes into shock when Robin is gone. He refuses to believe what Liz tells him. When Robin returns to town, her husband demands the truth. And Jax manages to corner Michael and attempts to give him some advice before it’s too late.

Ewen attempts to get Cassandra to open up about her past. Ethan shows up to try and romance her, which doesn’t sit well with her doctor. Across town, Maxie asks Matt to move in with her but he seems far more concerned about Liz and Ewen getting close. Meanwhile, Tracy gets trapped on a boat with Anthony and has to finally decide if she will actually marry him. As they head down the aisle, the wedding hits a snag.

NE week of Jan 23
Sonny has big news.
Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.
Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.
Michael challenges Dante and Delores.
Jason pulls Sam into his arms.
Anthony makes an ultimatum.
Edward has a moment with Luke.
Maxie calls out Lulu.
Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

SPUMORS
RC’s dream goal is for one last adventure umbrella story impacting the Spencers, Scorpios, Cassadines, and Corinthos clans.

ABC Press Release on OLTL/GH crossover

ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Howarth, DePaiva, Easton & Alderson To Cross Over To GENERAL HOSPITAL
Frank Valentini, executive producer of GENERAL HOSPITAL, announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.

“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.'”

With many television, film and stage credits to her name, DePaiva played the role of beautiful Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since December 1993. In addition, she played good-girl Chelsea Reardon on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Horwath returned to portray Todd Manning on “One Life to Live” in 2011, a role he originated from a day-player to a compelling long-term character. Performing at many prestigious regional theater centers, he has many theater credits to his name, and in addition appeared in the television series “Prey” and in the primetime teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”

Easton joined the cast of ABC’s long-running “One Life to Live” in 2003 as John McBain.
A published poet, he also played vampire Caleb Morley on the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” among many other television and film credits. As for Alderson, she continuously played the role of Starr Manning on multi award-winning “One Life to Live” since March 1998, the precocious young daughter of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning.

Garnering eight Daytime Emmys in 2011, “General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 49 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2012, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired close to 12,500 episodes. The show is produced by Time Square Studios for ABC Daytime.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following its air on the network for users to watch online.

Destruction better result in Reconstruction (warning spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on August 22, 2011 by ghblowhard

Soap  fans have favorites.  That’s how it is always.  Favorites they REALLY  love, favorites they love to hate, and favorite they REALLY hate.    Every one else pretty much falls into  that daily routine of mild /  moderate interest to  downright indifference.  But  one thing is clear during “hard times” for favorites,  the fans watching suffer every bit as much as their favorite character.  Right  now on General Hospital Sonny fans are hanging on by a  thin thread, biting finger nails, closing eyes, skipping scenes and counting weeks to see when their favorite can return to some normalcy and start turning things around.  It is painful to watch a character you love fall apart a little more every day, do some horrid things and know that it will be a long road back.

GW is spinning a tight tale here, interspersing a bipolar disorder  theme with a visit inside of a mobster’s mind, slowly being twisted more each day due to the lack of chemical balance caused by stopped medication and the natural violent disposition and thought process of a mobster.  They overlap more each day as the stoppage of  badly needed medication takes it toll, clouding for viewers  the issue of where the stopped medication ends and the self destructive natural violence of the mobster begins.  Clearly, Sonny is on a violent bipolar spiral which clouds his judgment and intensifies his violent side.

It is clear that fans will choose sides according to agenda, but in all fairness, the blame game if it must be played at all starts with the  patient who refuses his medication.  After that it is a  frightening spiral into hell for viewer and patient as the results of that action cloud common sense and intensify violent reactions.

Haters will use this story line to spin the blame game and hide behind terms like “free pass” but the fact is that nobody riding out a bipolar breakdown is a winner nor is he getting a free pass.  He has by his own bad choice put himself inside the gates of his own private hell.    The other side of the coin is the tendency for fans to want to excuse ALL of Sonny’s choices and blame it on his disease.  That is just as bad because the whole purpose of this trip to hell and back is to educate people about the disease not to excuse it’s character for making bad choices.  Those must be separated and dealt with along with the bad decision to stop medication.  GW has his hands full but he has one ace in the hole and he knows it….a multi-talented, courageous, knowledgeable actor who happens to have experienced this himself and is doing an amazing job of showing a truly torn,  self destructive, confused, frightened man whose tough façade erodes more daily as he falls deeper into the emotional destruction his disease and his choices have resulted in.

One only hopes that viewers stop worrying about winners and losers and see what is the real story here.  Sonny we are told will lose everything and believe in nothing, he will be stripped of his dignity, humiliated publicly and his character will start to find ways to heal.  That is the real challenge here.  Fans have been mesmerized by Maurice’s performance, his ability to show a vulnerability beneath the horrendous decisions and actions of Sonny as his mental health crumbles.  He shows how cleverly one minute Sonny can still hide  his mental state and then within moments fall deeply into a state that is clearly disturbed and confused.

Maurice once again put himself out there to show this side of the disease.  He and his fans deserve to see a light at the end of the tunnel, hope and layering for a character that has been extremely hard to watch if one loves that character as his many, many fans do.  Please, GW,  reconstruct and improve when this is over because the journey has been a very, very hard one for many Sonny fans who love this character.

When the healing starts, please allows us to see CHANGE and layering, to enjoy more of Maurice in the Sonny character, a man who combines charm, humor, romance and family love so appealingly.  Give us hope for making this long ugly journey.

Stay Fabulous!

Spoilers

Tuesday, August 23
*Sonny seeks solace in the General Hospital chapel & stews in his greatest regrets.
*Sonny is able to get Michael to see his point of view.
*Kristina lashes out at Sonny, but he sees something is wrong.

Wednesday,August 24
*Abby calls Michael out on his irresponsible support of Sonny over Jax.
*Abby and Johnny learn they have a lot in common.
*Things get ugly between Sonny & Abby!
*Sonny & Abby don’t hold back the verbal punches.
*Dante arrives to find Sonny & Carly fighting over Jax.

Thursday, August 25
*Mac comforts Alexis as she morns Jax.

Friday, August 26
*Things come to a head when Michael annoys his mom by taking Sonny’s side.

Monday, August 29
*Michael sides with Sonny!

Thursday, September 1
*Something is “off” with Kristina!
Kristina gets ill.

Friday, September 2
The hospital has 2 medical issues it has to deal with!

COMING SOON THE WEEK OF AUGUST 29TH

*Kristina is upset with Sonny.

*Lulu eavesdrops on Lucky and Dante

*Carly and Alexis discuss Jax and Sonny.

*Shawn and Carly get closer.

*Something is wrong with Kristina.

*Lucky and Lulu argue.

The following spoilers may have come from GHH

Siobhan manages to leave a note in the aftermath of Anthony’s attack.
Elizabeth fears Lucky will blame her for what has transpired.
Lucky doesn’t see Siobhan’s note.
Lucky later battles the urge to succumb to his addiction.
Matt helps Elizabeth cover when Steve confronts them about the missing drugs that Elizabeth used to help Lucky while he was going through withdrawal.
Matt finds the message (on a pillow?)

Lucky and Elizabeth go down a familiar path in the wake of the murder.

Maxie attempts to bring back “Spinelli”, by bringing The Jackal, P.I. to Georgie’s grave.
“There’s a lot more going on with him than meets the eye, ” says Bradford Anderson in SOD.
For a brief moment, Maxie’s plan works, and an emotional glimmer of Spinelli shines through but it doesn’t last, and Spinelli’s condition is about to get a whole lot worse.

Bradford Anderson explains in SOW that he’s thrilled with the dramatic shift in tone for Spinelli. “He’s losing himself in many ways, and that’s what I’m really interested in playing. Garin said it’s going to go to a dark place. Spinelli’s got a long and winding road ahead of him, and it’s not necessarily good. It’s very clear that he’s headed in a direction that is very dark. There is something really wrong with him, and the possibilities can be really interesting. ”

The Jackal, P.I., decides to take up residence in a dumpster for 24 hour surveillance of the bakery.
The Jackal suspects that the bakery’s name is a clue.
He could actually be on to something at Luzetta’s Bakery.

Diane breaks up with Max with Spinelli sitting between them, while on a stakeout.

Anthony and Skye continue to plot against Tracy.
Johnny arrives in time to overhear Skye and Anthony scheming.Unaware of Jax’s hidden retreat, Carly faces off with Sonny for being a murderer.
Carly prevents Sonny from seeing Morgan, and threatens to put Morgan in military school.
Dante happens upon Sonny and Carly fighting about Jax.Alexis confronts Sonny over Jax.Abby and Michael have had a solid relationship, but this week, cracks begin to show. Andrea Bogart previews in SOW, “The difference in their age is being played out now. Abby is really in love. She cares for somebody and wants to stay in that world, but she’s fearful now of what Michael may or may not do. He’s in a place of soul-searching and figuring out what he likes, what he doesn’t like, where he’s supposed to be. Abby made a lot of mistakes and went down some bad roads that she’s trying to get herself out of. And, it’s that nurturing thing that women often have. They want to save someone else from making the same mistakes they made, and I think that’s what’s playing out, which is ironic because it’s the same thing they connected on – that they both have been through so much. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, to see if he comes into his own and realizes that he doesn’t have to follow in any footsteps. He can make his own path.”Later, a dejected Abby crosses paths with Johnny, and the two discover that they have more in common than they had previously realized. “Brandon and I were just talking about this. We were laughing: He and I are from the same parts of the world. We both grew up in the Midwest. We followed the Cardinals and all that kind of stuff. It was interesting taping that day. It was like, ‘Hmmm, I wonder what they’re doing right now.’ Every time I get a script, it’s exciting to see who I’m working with and what kind of underlying tones there are to it. I love working with Brandon, so we’ll see what happens. They’ve laid some potential possibilities there.”Despite his recent seizures, Jason begins to conduct business from his hospital bed. Sam puts her foot down, and the two share a romantic moment as they plan their wedding.Robin shocks Jason when she explains the cause of his seizures.
Apparently when Jason was in the car accident (the one with AJ years ago), something flew up his nose and lodged into his brain and has been floating around ever since!
“Robin explains that a particle from the dashboard of AJ’s car went through my nose and migrated to my brain. It’s now trying to force its way out. They have to operate to get it out of its going to get worse.”, explains Burton in SID.Maxie brings Sam’s engagement ring to the hospital as everyone waits on Jason’s outcome.

Jason is quite the womanizer in some of the upcoming dreams.
Carly’s dream takes place inside Jake’s Bar and involves “take charge” Jason and jukebox “action”!
Liz dreams that she’s an artist and Jason’s an architect who is free-spirited and likes to travel and dream.
Sam’s involves Hawaii, bad guys and Jason to the rescue.
Monica dreams that Jason is a doctor who just became Chief of Staff and that Alan is alive.Steve Burton shares in SOW, “We do a whole thing from their perspective of what their fantasies are of how I wake up and who I am. In Monica’s dream fantasy, I’m who she thinks she wants me to be, and it’s the same thing for Carly, Sam and Elizabeth. It’s going to he so cool because I get to play basically four different characters, besides my own.”In SID, Burton says, “I pictured the way Jason Quartermaine would be. He’s almost a combination of Jason Quarteraine and AJ.”Leslie Charleson speaks of her delight to see Burton reprise the role of Jason Quartermaine, who was on the fast track to becoming a doctor before a car crash at the end of 1995 changed his life path. “It was wonderful to see Steve have more words than me for the fist time since I’ve known him. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working with him in that capacity. You couldn’t get the smile off my face.”Charleson is also thrilled with Stuart Damon’s re-appearance. “It brought back so many memories for us,” LC smiles. “We got a glimmer of those days gone by, with all the fighting and all the craziness, which was such a gift … You’ll see that Jason’s wearing a stethoscope in those scenes. Well, they first suggested a doctor’s coat and they grabbed Stuart’s old coat, but between Steve’s shoulders and Stuart being taller, it didn’t quite work out.”Liz and Jason fans will also get a glimpse of what might have been had Jason and Lz gotten together. “All I can say is, be careful what you wish for,” teases SB.Matt helps Liz out in a tough situation by replacing the medication.Carly and Alexis discuss Jax and Sonny.Kristina is upset with Sonny.Johnny asks Ethan to get info on Skye for him.

Kristina reacts with tears and takes off after overhearing Ethan flirt with Skye
while downplaying Kristina.

Kristina collapses after running out of the Haunted Star!
Worse yet, Anthony Z. is the first one to find her!

After overhearing Dante and Lucky talking, Lulu is hurt that Dante kept the truth from her regarding Lucky having been drugged.
Lucky and Lulu have an emotional argument.

Carly and Shawn grow closer.

Michael and Edward bond as they wait for news about Jason

Spinelli makes an emotional visit to Jason’s bedside as Sam sits vigil.

Sonny and Anthony cross when Anthony tries to visit Jason.
Patrick interferes and in doing so, makes a big mistake.

“Steve Webber has some secrets of his own…he is not as “perfect” as he seems.Ethan will have a really fun adventure and Lulu ends up involved since she’s always wanted to be like her parents.”Sonny gets in so deep, he can’t pull himself out. It will remind him of his childhood, when he had no power at all.” The key to Sonny getting out of his dark place is in his own hands; Kate will play a big part. She’ll open some old doors and some new ones.According to Garin Wolf, Regarding Sam and Jason’s wedding. “It’s nothing the audience expects, and its nothing that Sam and Jason expected, either. It’s romantic, fun…but there’s always someone who might just drop in. Before [Franco] is through, he’ll throw in the whole toolbox!” As for a baby, there will always be baby talk between them and there will be important baby talk.There’s heartache, redemption and learning ahead for Liz and Lucky.
Siobhan will have a profound effect, but not how you might expect.Luke returns to see the damage he caused. “Luke thinks he knows how to fix [the damage he’s done]. He’s going to get one of the biggest curve balls of all.”There’s a hush-hush secret happening with the Cassadines–even the other writers are being kept in the dark until its “need to know”, as determined by Garin Wolf.Something triggers Spinelli to return and he will try to change, which will throw Maxie for a loop. She’s caught between him and Matt and will have to make an interesting choice.Michael will surprise everyone and then the story goes in another direction. Abby has a big decision to make.

Regarding Patrick and Robin, “Love never dies.”

“Sonny gets in so deep, he can’t pull himself out. It will remind him of his childhood, when he had no power at all.” The key to Sonny getting out of his dark place is in his own hands; Kate will play a big part. She’ll open some old doors and some new ones.

GH gets a new Kate

Tthe role of Kate Howard has been recast.  Kelly Sullivan will take over for Megan Ward as Sonny’s fashionista ex. Kelly has reportedly had small parts on “One Life to Live” and “As the World Turns,” as well as guest starred on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Word is nuKate will begin airing in the fall.

“You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.”

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , on July 18, 2011 by ghblowhard

Writing soaps is  tough.  One viewer’s dream is another viewer’s nightmare.   People watch soaps for a number of  varied reasons…habit,  entertainment, boredom,  romance, adventure.  They root for good guys and for bad guys .  The viewers all think their favorites are the best and find fault with those they hate.  That’s good.  That’s as it should be.  Interest breeds discontent and disagreement and that is the stuff soaps are made of.  Now let’s take a look at  what General Hospital  is serving up to its viewers right now  as the last of Bob Guza’s writing plays out on our screens.  We think for now change should be simple, subtle and exhibit some much needed character growth.  This would work better than some jarring “insta” plot changes or story lines (we got that with Guza remember? He promised HUGE changes and we got them: bombs, shoot outs, mob wars out the wazoo, lots of loose ends, etc ) Stories should be character not plot driven

For starters we will concentrate on the big three, the most popular on the show and unmistakably  recognized as the leads. There is no point in explaining all the wrongs Guza put out there  because he insisted on writing characters the way HE saw them instead of  the way fans wanted to see them.

Guza saw Sonny Corinthos  as the eternal bad boy and because he was a lead, he chose never to punish him legally and write believable stories, but instead  to use his mental illness and kids to punish him for years, thus depriving the character of the layering and story line that could have been so much more entertaining.  The man portraying Sonny is gorgeous.  He is sexy.  He is funny.  He is immensely capable of giving us a well rounded Sonny combining his dark side with his light side and he needs to be written that way.  Stop using kids to punish the man.  Allow him to find a way to combine the mob with family life and bring GH’s mob into the  2lst century or find a way to get him out because mobs do not even remotely resemble this “dangerous daddy mobster can’t be with kids” stuff and haven’t for years.  Give it a rest once and for all.  Let this man deal with mob related problems while including meaningful family interaction.

Knock the Jason Morgan shrine down and keep it down.  The man in Guza’s eyes was supposed to be brain damaged yet he could cure anyone, save anyone, counsel anyone, kill anyone, and still be God’s right hand man up there, miles and miles above all other characters on the Guza worship altar.   When  Jax is given dialog that curses the evils of Sonny while saying “Jason is a nice guy” it darn well is time for Guza to leave.    Jason is a killer.  Sonny is a mob boss.  Both have good sides.  We need to see the balance and to stop feeling sorry for Jason for every hangnail while punishing Sonny for doing the same things.

Under Guza Carly Roberts Bensen Quartermaine Corinthos Alkazar Corinthos Jacks

Sonny Corinthos

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has been a runaway train.  Nobody really wants to be in her way or even watch where the train is going, yet she has been so obnoxiously written that often one can’t turn away simply because it is so ugly to watch, so annoying to watch, or because when you least expect it, a small watchable side appears.  Carly needs to give up the bull in a China Shop approach and  once and for all just plain grow up.  Stop the cutesy entitlement act and show some character development.

These are the three that Guza boxed into their own little corners giving them little room for growth or entertainment…just way too much one dimensional stereotype writing.    It would seem now that a new writer is coming that some think an invasion like red ants of endless Quartermaines on the attack will “save” the show.  Will it?  Or will it turn off as many as it turns on?  GW says he wants more romance, fun,  secrets, triangles,  and balance.  Will he want to reunite old couples and try again?  Will he continue to bring back the old golden oldie bunch and hope nostalgia can turn this show around?  Will we just keep bringing in more and more old characters while dumping present ones?

Here’s a suggestion…go easy on trying to please the grumblers who have NOT watched throughout this mess…who did NOT stick it out but chose to leave while the brave stayed and put up with Guza.  Don’t mess too much with the present characters, just give them some breathing room and some believable writing for a change.  Sonny is not completely evil, unstable and unlovable….ask the  huge fan base of men and women who love their bittersweet mobster. They believe in him.  It is not necessary to canonize  Jason weekly and tell us how great he is constantly.  Carly can be Carly without the sneers, screaming and constant annoying meddling.  The rest of the cast needs believable writing as well,  not contrived ups and downs that do nothing but break up every couple on screen endlessly.

If there is  a possibility of ANY couple actually being happy together, stop breaking them up immediately .  Pushing triangles will do just that and this viewing audience is sick of broken relationships complicated mainly by third parties.  Spread some happiness  and believability around for a change please.

Stay Fabulous!

Spoilers

Monday, July 18
*Brenda tells Sonny she is leaving him.
*Dante rescues Lulu from Javier’s violent actions.
*Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the missing Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.

Tuesday, July 19
*Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn!

Thursday, July 21
*Brenda leaves town!!!!!!

/18 Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the missing Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.
Lulu struggles against Javier as things get totally out of control.
Brenda tells Sonny she is leaving him.
Dante rescues Lulu from Javier’s violent actions.

7/19 It’s a guessing game as to who will show up for Aiden’s first birthday party.
A decision is reached in Josslyn’s custody.
Jason and Sam grow closer.
Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn.

7/20 Maxie helps Jason make a special purchase.
Lucky tries to stop the drama between Liz and Siobhan.

7/21 Brenda leaves town with her son, Alec. (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’s last airdate)
She leaves on a much happier note than two others who stay behind in PC: Sonny and Carly.
Jason and Maxie make preparations on the roof top.
Jason proposes to Sam.

7/22 Sam makes a heartfelt decision.
Liz tries to help Lucky with a case.
Anthony surprises Abby with flowers.

Monday, July 18
*Brenda tells Sonny she is leaving him because of JAX!
**Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the missing Morgan, Molly and Josslyn.
*Kristina remains set to accompany Ethan to Vegas.
*Lulu struggles against Javier as things get totally out of control.
*Dante rescues Lulu from Javier’s violent actions.
*Lulu takes care of the Bordello in true Spencer fashion

Tuesday, July 19
*Sonny is determined not to lose Brenda!
*Sonny, Brenda, Carly & Jax face off as they await the judge’s verdict.
*Carly wins sole custody of Josslyn due to Jax’s arrest.

Wednesday, July 20
*Jax plans to leave town.

Thursday, July 21
*Brenda leaves town!!!!!!
*Brenda catches Sonny & Carly in a situation!
*Brenda gives Sonny make the rings!
*Sonny is heartbroken as Brenda makes it clear just how over their relationship is.
*Sonny goes to see Robin & Carly!
*Devastated & heartbroken Sonny receives little comfort form Robin & Carly!
*Jax says goodbye to Michael, Morgan * Joss.
*Having proven losers in love, Jax and Brenda leave Port Charles together.
*We see Brenda on board a plane with two surprising passengers.

Friday, July 22
*Dante and Lulu leave Florida and find themselves in a cave on Cassadine Island & their NOT alone!!!
*Asher continues his efforts to cause problems for Michael.

The following may have come from GHH

Spinelli and Maxie experience a bit of deja vu when they find themselves once again hunting for a dropped engagement ring.

Sonny takes off after Brenda leaves Port Charles.

Sam accepts Jason’s proposal, and Jason DOES put a ring on it!

Jason and Sam are interrupted by Monica after she learns about Jake.

Jason and Sam consider the impact their engagement may have on the other people in their lives.

Siobhan begins experiencing headaches and may have other symptoms…but of what?

Lucky and Siobhan continue to argue.

With Lucky preoccupied with Siobhan, Liz seeks out Jason after another flashback of Jake;
Sam is there.

Liz and Monica discuss Jake.Lucky and Liz have a close moment.Lucky is beaten while pursuing the prescription drug case.It looks like Asher is the one stealing medication from the hospital.Carly learns about Jason and Sam’s engagement from Liz.Robin and Patrick disagree about Carly.Robin and Patrick make full use of the hospital’s facilities. (Love in the afternoon!)

Helena gets flirtatious with Dante.

Helena knows where Luke is!

Michael and Abby try to locate Sonny.

More romance ahead for Steve and Olivia.

Expect to see more interactions between Anthony Z. and Tracy Q.

Lulu and Dante will join others (including Johnny, Sonny, Olivia, Steven and Kate) in Bensonhurst.

Anthony will try to draw Sonny back to Port Charles.

Siobhan gains a new confidant.

Look for shades of very early Luke and Laura (no, not the infamous rape) with Ethan and Kristina.

Robin Christopher (Skye) returns to Port Charles the week of August 1.

Although not yet officially confirmed, all signs point to Stuart Damon reprising his role as the late, great, Alan Quartermaine when the character returns as a “presence” who will be seen now and again.

Expect to see a lot of Tracy, Helena, Robin and Patrick, with some Monica thrown in, during the first few days of the new head writer’s material (which begins on July 26th). We should see more of the Quartermaines and more of Patrick and Robin (dealing with their professional differences/natural competitiveness).

Look for important character development in the relationship between Sam and Alexis.

Kristina ask Johnny to fire Ethan

Sonny  leaves town after Brenda leaves him, not sure if they will show him on screen or now, but he is missing for the whole week

Tomorrow never knows (spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ghblowhard

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What’s next for Sonny?

Speculation is running high that Vanessa will be leaving in the not too distant future.  Will it be June?  July? August?  Nobody is sure at this point probably not even Vanessa.  Or was it something everyone knew all along?  Is that a red herring Vanessa lays out there in interviews not only to keep folks guessing but to use as a bargaining point to obtain desired off time and obtain desired story line or exit story?  There are far more questions than answers right now.

Scenarios vary and what is important to Sonny fans in all this is the fact that the negotiations, the direction of story line and the exit timing all affect the Sonny story line.  The fact that the characters drew a lot of attention by actually getting married factors heavily.  Also factored in prominently is the deep love Sonny has expressed for Brenda.

For the first time in years, this writing has not tossed Sonny in the dumpster stripping him of all ability to have friends, a point of view , family ties..  Instead it has allowed him to reconnect with his children,  renew friendships with Luke and Robin, and last but not least,  be written to have a  true love connection with a woman who returns his unconditional love with one of her own,.  Considering the horrendous writing for one solid year that Sonny got the the moment he pulled that trigger and shot his son, and  for the remainder of the year following that disaster, the writing for the last few months has been a Godsend to the character and his fans.

We have real Sonny back, a combination of mob boss, father, friend and husband.  But Guza has proven in the past as he totally destroyed original Sonny, stripping him of true love, friends and family, that his idea of Sonny is NOT what fans want to see, it is what Guza wants to see.  Can he resist that temptation this time and continue to allow a more mature Sonny to evolve, layered,  and allowed to combine family,  romance, humor and love with his continued mob boss demands?  Maurice can pull that off easily, but can Guza?  That’s the problem.

And that brings us to problem #2.…what if Vanessa leaves?  If it is on short Geary like periods, how will that be written?  Will Guza be tempted to box Sonny back into one dimensional hell during these absences reverting to a Sonny that gets blamed for everything, makes all the mistakes and gets all the lectures from all in PC again?  That would be a total step backward for the character and his fans.  OR will Vanessa leave completely leaving a heart broken Sonny totally at Guza’s mercy where  the writer could embrace to the max that tiresome dark dark dark side of Sonny and toss Carly back in there with her “I told you so’s?”  One can only shudder and run if that ever happens.  OR will Sonny be so angry, hurt, frustrated that we get a quick fix woman, maybe Claire, shot back at him too quickly making Sonny look ridiculous and needy.

Here’s a thought, Mr. Guza.  Don’t hang this mess on Sonny if Vanessa leaves.  Let him shock himself and his viewers and emerge stronger and in control, leave him single for a while or throw him some uncommitted goodies to keep him amused, but do NOT regress this character who has been a delight to his fans by reappearing as the Sonny we love and enjoy.

Scenario #3 which could still very much be in play, is that this is all a ploy and Vanessa wants to stay, and she, Maurice and GH are working to obtain a story line that allows her ample time off and allows the type of relationship that both Maurice and Vanessa would like to see….Sonny and Brenda loving each other and working through problems together.  THAT would be a nice change on this show but this is Guza so good luck with that one.

In summary, Sonny fans, S&B fans, and Brenda fans are all watching carefully to see what unfolds and since this is GH and Guza is doing the writing,   the whole scenario strikes fear in to all fan bases as they wait and wonder.

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

Monday, March 21
*Kristina makes trouble for Abby.
*Dante and Sam work together to find who perpetrated Jake’s hit and run.
*JAKE DIES!
*Carly asks Jason to save her Daughter.

Tuesday, MARCH 22
*On his honeymoon, Sonny cannot stop trying to track Theo!
*Sam realizes that both she and Carly could have been the ones to hit Jake.

Wednesday, March 23
*Suzanne unwillingly reveals the location of Brenda’s child to Theo!

Thursday, March 24
*Both Carly and Sam think they may have hit Jake.
Carly confesses to Jason she might have hit Jake.
*Sam tells the PCPD that she fears she might have hit Jake.
*Michael decides to protect his mother, even if it means destroying evidence.
*Patrick threatens Johnny.

Friday, March 25
*Sonny & Brenda return home from their honeymoon to comfort Jason. (DVR ALERTS)
*Michael and Abby console each other.
*Carly receives a message from Franco threatening Josslyn.

Monday, March 28
*Michael & Abby make love.
*Sam “makes a confession” to Josslyn.
*Sam recalls her heartbreak over her lost daughter, as well as her daughters’ gift of life to Kristina years ago.

Tuesday, March 29
*Brenda & Sonny return home. (CGS)
*Brenda attempts to visit Carly & Joss in the hospital.
*Lulu tries to rationalize Luke’s drinking habits.
*Michael and Abby will run into Brandon(Abby’s ex boyfriend).

Wednesday, March 30
*Sonny shares a “heartbreaking” conversation with Luke!
*Dante & LuLu agree to put family first while simultaneously upholding the law.

Thursday, March 31
*Michael vows to protect Abby.
*Abby decides to drop the charges against Brandon.
*Theo gets closer to finding his grandchild.

Friday, April 1
*Sonny surprises Brenda by remembering her birthday!
*Brenda confides in Sonny that she longs to be a mother.

Monday, April 4
*Jason stops Michael from pulling the trigger (on Brandon, Abby’s ex).

Tuesday, April 5
*Suzanne arrives with a surprise!
*Who killed Brandon?

Wednesday, April 6
*Lisa tries to get friendly with Kristina after learning she will be babysitting Emma.

Thursday, April 7
*Luke looses control.

The following may have come from GHH

Terrell prescribes chemotherapy for Josslyn’s cancer, but Jax balks in hopes they can find an organ donor.Dante and Sam learn the identities of all the drivers who were on that road around the time Jake was hit, seven in total.

Michael decides to protect his mother even if it means destroying evidence.
With Kristina’s help, Michael distracts Ronnie at the PCPD to get access to the list of suspects in Jake’s hit and run.

Kristina manages to keep Abby away from Michael as he watches over Josslyn.

Maxie finds solace in Matt.

Jason watches the efforts to save Jake. Robin tellls Jason he did not make it.
Jason informs Lucky that Jake has died.
Ultimately, Liz learns the heartbreaking news from Lucky, who finds her in the chapel.
Lucky and Liz share a powerful moment in the chapel.

Patrick loses it, but Robin is by his side with loving support.

Liz accuses Carly and Sam of wanting Jake to die.Heartbroken and in denial about Jake’s hopeless condition, Liz calls out Jason.

Jason and Carly emotionally discuss the terrible circumstances involving Jake and Josslyn.

Jason agrees to speak with Lucky and Liz on Carly’s behalf to save Josslyn who needs a kidney.
Liz is enraged, but ultimately she agrees to the kidney donation.

Lucky and Liz say good bye to Jake.Lucky wishes he had Aiden to help fill the void of losing Jake.

Lucky and Liz break the news to Cameron.

Steve mourns for the loss of Jake as he comforts his sister.
He worries she is on the verge of another breakdown.

Carly thanks Liz for donating Jake’s kidney and is sorry for her loss.

Jason breaks down over the loss of Jake; only Sam can comfort him.

Sam shares her feelings of guilt as she recalls a time she wished that Jake never existed.

Alexis is there for Jax.

Jason and Edward share a close moment.

The Spencer family gather at the hospital to support Liz and Lucky.
Lulu shares her worries over how Jake’s death will affect her family, with Dante.

Niklas admits he doesn’t know what he would do if he lost Spencer or Aiden.

Shawn guards Carly and Josslyn at the hospital.

Robin gets the syringe and throws down with Lisa. Lisa gets violent with a scalpel.
Lisa manages to steal back the incriminating syringe and destroys it.

Sonny and Brenda return to Port Charles after learning of Jake’s death.

Dante tells Jason he found out “who is responsible” for Jake’s hit and run.

“Evidence” points to Robin; she goes to the police to turn herself in.

Abby’s ex-boyfriend is back in town and causes trouble.
Brandon beats Abby.Michael and Abby fight over Michael having a gun.

Patrick and Robin flirt in front of Lisa.

Nikolas says good-bye to Brook Lynn.

Luke loses control.

Spinelli tells Maxie she was the inspiration behind his memoirs.

Sonny visits Josslyn.

Carly asks Jason not to go after Franco.

Sonny and Luke have a heartbreaking conversation.

Suzanne disposes of Theo just as he is about to meet his grandson!

Abby will drop the charges against Brandon in order to protect Michael.Michael is determined to protect Abby no matter the cost.

Jason discusses with Sam whether he should have given up Jake;
they come to the realization that all a parent can really do is to love their child.

Dear Bob: Let. It. Be. (spoilers)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by ghblowhard

This past week we watched the re-emergence of a Sonny many Sonny fans loved watching because he encompassed every side of Sonny over the period of one week. The writing for Sonny was a total opposite of what Sonny fans have hated for months. During the weeks leading up to the wedding, we began to recognize layered Sonny again, the mobster with a heart who was able to show a Sonny who actually possesses humor, hope and tenderness. Sonny, as played correctly by Maurice, is not going to suddenly transform his character from ruthless mob boss to angelic St. Sonny. That would never fly and it shouldn’t.

But with a delicate balance, Maurice managed to deliver a Sonny who bared his soul and poured his heart out, admitting how much he hurt Brenda while reminding her that it is time to take chances and try to be happy. His poignant profession of love demonstrated the softness, dedication and deep love Sonny is capable of showing. We watched two people reunite in happiness and hope, showering each other with a tender display of love and affection. Sonny gave us more smiles in three days than we saw in a year. Maurice, during the past two months, showed us a Sonny that his fans remembered and loved all over again….whole Sonny, someone we have been looking for and missed for a LONG time. But Maurice wasn’t finished demonstrating the complexities of this character. After all, he is still mob boss, Sonny Corinthos, and until he no longer runs the mob, he must remain in character and react as a mob boss would. Devastated by Brenda’s “near death” experience and her kidnapping, within moments we watched a transformation from happy tender new husband, to ruthless, angry, frightened mob boss willing to do anything to find his missing bride. That is as it should be and we see a Sonny, almost out of control, determined to rescue Brenda.

What we fans would like to point out to Mr. Guza, is that the character of Sonny becomes far more interesting and acceptable when Maurice is allowed to play Sonny realistically, the way mobsters live and react NOW not in the Capone days.   Sonny, after he finds Brenda, should be written to have a life, a family if desired, a wife who loves him and can deal with his profession, the capability like most mobsters to help others even though he is a mobster. This is how it is in real life.  A mob BOSS is not banished to a small dark office where processions of angry townspeople take turns bad mouthing him constantly to his face and behind his back. Nobody is saying he must be praised for wrong doing, but the one-sided preaching by Jax, finger-pointing and lecturing by Diane and Edward, the whispered “Sonny is evil” stuff needs to be cut down. You can’t have a saintly hit man excused constantly by the very same people who hate his boss.

If Sonny and Brenda are to stay married, and please Mr. Guza don’t mess this up and bring out that nasty couple breaking hatchet you love to use, write them as a married couple who are capable of finding a way to work through problems, cope with his profession. Give them angst and problems of their own without inflicting second and third parties again to recycle old worn out complications. Many have waited years for this couple and they have the chemistry, professional ability and charisma to provide good solid entertainment if written with the right combination of passion, fire, humor and tenderness.

Give us all a break and restore Sonny’s layering so we can see Maurice peeking through laughing and flashing those dimples periodically along with Vanessa’s giggling, Brenda’s close touches, and devastating eye contact. This can be a fun couple to watch if you don’t send dark, always brooding and guilt ridden Sonny back to us. The chemistry between Maurice and Vanessa is awesome. Please, Let. It.  Be . Surprise us and entertain us…don’t send Sonny back down to the depths of hell again for a long time. He just clawed his way out of there. Please let this couple grow and evolve together.

And Furthermore

Guza’s preoccupation with organized crime limits GH to mob morality tales and prevents GH from exploring other kinds of crime (white-collar) and business ethics in general.   Edward is a robber baron.   Sure GLQ has factories in places like Jacarta.  That way they can hire children to work 10 hour days for low pay in horrible working conditions while at the same time pollute the air and water.   Gotta keep those profits up!  What? It’s legal!

Jax is a corporate raider.  He doesn’t create, he destroys. Through hostile takeovers he just buys companies and then dismantles them.  People like Jax prey on the weak and vulnerable and leave their lives in tatters.  Victims of corporate raiders are robbed of their livelihood and left without the businesses they spent their lives building.  But what goes up must come down, right Jax?  What? It’s legal!

I’m not saying white-collar crime excuses organized crime. I’m just questioning the moral authority of Sonny’s chief finger pointers.  What Edward and Jax do may be legal (they skate on thin ice) but is it ethical?  At least with Sonny we know what we get.  He doesn’t dress himself up in platitudes and fake morality.  I get that  Michael or Morgan should not look to Sonny as a role model but should they be looking at robber baron Edward or corporate raider Jax  as role models? Seriously? Really?

Wouldn’t a story juxtaposing Sonny’s criminal activities with ELQ being cited for toxic waste dumping resulting in something along the likes of the Love Canal or oil spills be interesting?  Bring on a sexy environmentalist or hot states attorney to look into insider trading, subprime loans or another type of business fraud (hello, recession of 2009).  Such a story line would be timely and more interesting than another mob related bombing or putting a child in harm’s way.

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

Wednesday, March 2
*Sam takes a turn for the worse, which Kristina witnesses.

Thursday, March 3
*Dante gives Sonny some serious advice about abstaining from mobster tactics in his search for Brenda.
*Brenda realizes her baby might be alive!!!
*Robin tries to reassure Kristina and Molly.
*Michael confides in Abby that it’s a difficult choice between upholding the law or following in the footsteps of his father.
*Michael struggles with his desire to be just Sonny!
*Molly recognizes Shawn’s hospital attacker.

Friday, March 4
*Dante finds a clever way to cooperate with Sonny after taking the Balkan into custody.
*Dante & Jason warn Michael not get involved in the criminal world.
*Brenda runs into the woods!
*Carly affirms to Jax that he is the preferred role model for her sons.

Thursday, March 10
*Sonny finds Brenda in a deadly state!!!

Thursday, March 10th
Patrick & Robin break into Johnny’s, determined to bring down Lisa. Matt & Maxie grow closer as they troubleshoot Patrick & Robin’s marriage troubles. 

Friday, March 11th
Sonny rushes Brenda to General Hospital under Patrick and Robin’s care. It is not clear they will be able to save her. Johnny & Lisa catch Patrick & Robin in the act of trespassing. Lisa wonders why Johnny did not give her up.

Monday, March 14th
Even as the antidote starts to work, Brenda’s survival is not clear. Family members and friends converge upon the hospital to support Sonny and Brenda.

Tuesday, March 15th
Johnny urges Lisa to let Patrick go, but she is resolved with her obsession. Johnny sets a plan in motion, inviting both Lisa and Robin to his penthouse.

Wednesday, March 16th
Robin and Lisa find themselves in a face-off treasure hunt race to find the syringe with only clues Johnny has left in the most inopportune places. Steve discovers Lisa rifling through his office as Robin confronts Carly for access to the Jax home to find a syringe clue.

Thursday, March 17th
Robin and Lisa continue to search for the syringe via Johnny’s clues. Robin has the proof in her hands and takes off on the road with Lisa in hot pursuit.

Friday, March 18th
Jake has been severely injured in a hit and run. Elizabeth, Lucky, Siobhan, Luke and Jason rush to the hospital as Patrick and Robin work together to save the child’s life. Patrick and Robin put aside proving Lisa’s guilt when an injured Jake arrives at the hospital from a hit and run car accident.

Tuesday, March 22nd
Robin asks Patrick to come home as her husband and father to Emma.Thursday, March 24
Patrick threatens Johnny.

The following may have come from GHH

Sonny and Dante team up to get information from the Balkan’s assassin on Brenda’s whereabouts.
Maxie is on a mission to nail Lisa.
Spinelli uncovers valuable information about Brenda.Patrick and Robin take action against Lisa.

Should Sonny and Brenda have a baby together? Surprisingly, Maurice Benard’s response was:
“I didn’t think I’d say this again, with anybody, but I’d like to see that. I think it’d be beautiful to see that.” (from 2/24 online chat) 

Steve Burton (Jason) hints: he has some good scenes coming up with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in March…”It’ll be extra good for Jason and Sam once Brenda gets out of the penthouse…The story that’s coming up in the next few weeks is a big, big one. So I’m curious to see how this will affect Jason going forward”. (from 2/23 online chat)

Ingo Rademacher (Jax) tweeted, “Don’t expect to see me much on GH. Once a week seems to be the norm for me, if that…I’ll be on the air for the next week or two a bit. But after that a lot less. Sorry guys. I don’t know what to tell you. Its not my call.”Jason is unhappy with some aspects of Spinelli’s book.

Jason and Sam make very good use of the hospital facilities. 😉
Later, Jason brings Sam home.

Sam confides in Abby her desire for a baby.

Theo questions Brenda about his grandson. Brenda tells Theo the baby was stillborn and Suzanne was a witness…Theo mourns for the loss of his grandchild, while Brenda then wonders if the baby might be alive. Brenda flees from the Balkan, only to be caught again.

Sonny finds Brenda after Theo injects Brenda with a deadly concoction.

Dante and Jason attempt to corner Theo.

Robin and Patrick attempt to save Brenda’s life after she is rushed to the hospital.

Sonny realizes one of Theo’s goals is to take him down.

Dante has questions for Suzanne regarding Brenda’s baby.

Dante arrives as Michael encounters Shawn’s assailant.

Jason and Dante warn Michael to stay out of it.

Carly nurses Shawn.

A furious Jax wants sole custody of Josslyn after discovering Carly covered for Shawn.

Uncle Luke wants to give his niece a helping hand.

Siobhan gets a phone call from immigration. Liz learns of Lucky and Siobhan’s plans to wed.

Lucky confides in Luke, who offers him an alternative, but the couple decides to marry.

Lisa and Johnny catch Robin and Patrick at Johnny’s searching for the syringe.Kristina attempts to meddle in another relationship… Michael and Abby’s.

Michael freezes with the first hint of intimacy with Abby.

A child is being aged.

March madness from SOS

IT’S MARCH MADNESS ON GENERAL HOSPITAL

On the heels of a fantastic February, General Hospital will continue to deliver in the month of March. From what we’re hearing, the usual lull between February and May sweeps may be a thing of the past as things are about to heat up in Port Charles. This month, look for the residents to be rocked with anger, betrayal, danger, reveals and regrets.

As stated our GH Previews for this week, it’s revealed that Brenda’s baby may be alive after all! Turns out Brenda may not be the only deceptive dame in Port Charles. It’s a race against time to find Brenda, as Theo seeks the truth and Sonny seeks to rescue his wife. The task won’t be easy, as uneasy alliances are forged in an effort to rescue the new Mrs. Corinthos from the clutches of a madman hellbent on revenge. When Brenda’s life hangs in the balance, it’s Doctors Scorpio & Drake who rush to the rescue. Will Sonny and Robin’s love be enough to save Brenda, or will it be too late?

Once again Dante is torn between loyalty to the badge and loyalty to his family. Will he be able to walk the fine line between loyal brother and honest officer? Or will Dante’s beliefs yet again cause someone he loves to be hurt?

Last year she was torn between two men, this year she has none. When faced with the harsh reality of the decisions she’s made, Elizabeth begins to voyage down a reckless road. With the news that Rebecca Herbst will stay at General Hospital, it seems like Elizabeth’s storyline is about to get interesting after months of being on the back-burner. Lucky’s new found happiness is short-lived when he gets news that will change his life forever, and it’s not what you’re thinking!

Sam finds herself on the other side of a familiar situation.

Cliches abound, here’s what to expect in March: Love will persevere for one couple; love will blossom for another. A couple on the verge of war find themselves sidetracked by a more pressing issue. Shocking news could lead to devastation. A family divided becomes a family united. Long-time enemies will find common ground. Through all of this, the hospital is at the center of attention this month. But will GH discharge as many patients as they admit?

You know the players. You know the scenarios. It’s March Madness. Time to place your bets
Family members converge upon the hospital to support Sonny and Brenda.
Carly enlists Luke and Ethan to blackmail Jax.
Liz walks in on Nik and Brook Lynn about to do the deed.
Sonny is hell bent on revenge.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: MARCH PREVIEW 

The battle between Patrick & Robin and Lisa comes to a head.

Suzanne holds the answers to Theo & Brenda’s burning questions. Who will she reveal the truth to?Elizabeth learns the results of Aiden’s latest paternity test. Will the truth be revealed or has Helena struck again?

The lives of two children hang in the balance. Is a devastating event in Port Charles history set to repeat itself?

Everybody is suspect as a new mystery unravels in Port Charles in 2011.

A beleaguered couple finds their way back to each other.

A Cloudy Crystal Ball: a Tongue in cheek look at the current state of GH

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Soap Media, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on January 24, 2011 by ghblowhard

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We are now in a new year with a whole new list of Guza ideas being put out there.  Knowing Guza, how many of these will actually happen the way they are described?  How many will actually happen period?

Let’s look at Sonny and Brenda.  Whoopee, talk about ALL the time these two get to spend with each other…usually two minutes or less and than off to five other scenes so that a total disconnect can occur that demolishes any continuity of story between them.  Sonny is having nightmares about the wedding but none worse than his fans are having….being well acquainted with the weddings and after glow that Guza has served up for Sonny lately.  Instead of a horrified Sonny watching his wife- to -be get  shot at the altar, will Guza instead try to  kidnap her or blow her up after the wedding?  But is that the only danger to the upcoming nuptials?

What , you ask, could be more lethal, more annoying and frightening, more disgusting and unwatchable….well that would be the she beast from hell, the sneering, teeth baring, lip curling never ending  screamer, Carly, who plans her own nasty wedding ruining surprise.  Here’s a nice switch Guza should consider….get those cars mixed up if there is to be a kidnapping and swipe the mouth that roars instead.  If the car should blow up, so much the better for all who value their sight and their hearing.    Jax knows how to protect his health… because he apparently is on the run or taking a nice long break from the loud vindictive blond that roars and hasn’t been seen in days.  Maybe he and Morgan are on a celebrity tour where Jax is lining up important folks to sign Morgan’s cast!!!!  As long as he has THAT PHONE, the man has connections!!!

Enter the wedding planner  brought on by the village simpleton, Spinmaster, who thought that it would be helpful to Brenda to bring in the one person who can be more obnoxious than Diane and Suzanne combined.  Sure needed that on this show.  They should pair her with Milo.  Maybe his  Campbell heart healthy soup would calm this woman down and she could inherit Milo’s marshmallow personality.

Onward we go to Liz.  Volumes have already been explored about Rebecca’s departure so we need not go there  yet again.  Now we can look forward to Guza turning a relatively sweet but not always nice Liz into  either a raving vindictive scorned woman, alone and ready to turn lovely finger nails into sharp thorns, or he could toss her in Fernwood, drooling, hyperventilating,  slowly losing touch with reality so that Guza can  pull the old pumpkin  headed dummy out of the attic and call her Liz instead of Laura.

Fast forward now to Dante who had thousands either cheering or worried because he missed his first day off the show in months.  Where was Dante…he’s never off our screens.  But wait, Theo alias the Balkan, has joined Diane’s staff along with fair Claire.  Theo, while juggling three different dialects,  has set out to prove that there is someone who can gossip more than Alexis, Claire and Diane  combined.  In just a few days he has managed to blab to all who will listen, especially gullible Lulu, that Dante and Brenda also killed and covered up Alexander’s death.  What ever happened to being protected by one’s lawyer.  Nobody has caught on yet, that with this guy as Brenda’s lawyer, an axe murderer at her side is less lethal .  Little Lulu found out “the secret, well part of the secret, and now Dante temporarily will have to settle for just Michael as his roommate.

Ah yes, Michael and Abby.  What a mess.   With the mother from hell interfering, scheming and threatening, there is just NOBODY to root for in this one.  Does Abby mean well?  Seems she does.  Bring on the ex-boyfriend to complicate things and set up a big story for whom????  Of course, it is Daddy in waiting, mighty Jase who still thinks of himself apparently as Michael’s daddy.  While  Sam is running around nursing baby thoughts, Jason will be all things to all people while stroking his notorious box of pain.  He will be  so darn busy,  protector of Brenda, friend of Sonny, “real” father to Michael, father to be material for Sam., and let’s not forget little Jake who is lives in that box of pain and may be “outed” when Liz is ousted.

There are so many other “exciting side plots”  Dr. Steve, his guitar, and Mother Olivia.  Oh wait, we said exciting.   Well, there is the new Dr. Evil who is busy befriending Robin, lusting after psycho Lisa while sleazy Johnny blackmails, sneers, lurks and whatever else is required of him now that he has entered the world of nasty Lisa.  This whole mess has gotten so ugly, that quicksand seems more appealing because it brings a faster end to those caught in a trap  like this one.

All in all, things seems to be moving along just as Guza always plans them…long suffering for many, short periods of happiness followed by long periods of nastiness and suffering.  Writing is like one long bowling game for Guza……set all those pins up so they can repeatedly be knocked down.

Let’s hope there are a few pins left standing for fans who prefer watching something happy once in awhile on this show.  Sonny fans are on red alert already and know that the roller coaster is making its way to the top before all hell breaks loose and it starts this year’s journey.

Stay Fabulous!

Spoilers

~*~2011 SONNY & BRENDA PREVIEW~*~

Brenda’s secrets come out and Carly thinks she has reasons to expose them. Then it says: Even the past can’t keep Sonny & Brenda apart. Sonny & Brenda are working to make their relationship work now & in the future…….”Amidst these difficult situations romance blooms from Sonny & Brenda! Sonny & Brenda are going to have a great romance to come”
“We’re going to see Sonny and Brenda finally have happiness as they prepare for a February wedding.”

“The flip side to the coin of unconditional love is revenge – and certainly, that is what both Carly and the Balkan have in mind. As a parent who has lost his son, the Balkan will stop at nothing to get what he thinks is justice for his family. Similarly, Carly will not be thwarted until she sees Brenda and Dante pay.”
“There will be tremendous obstacles for Sonny & Brenda! They will come under the fire of a grieving yet violent father and a grizzly mother.”

There will be a wedding on Feb 18th. Will Brenda actually get married though?
At the end of the wedding there will be a resurrection of something from the past event….

The wedding will be lovely!!!.BUT…The threat is two-fold at the wedding is Hurricane Carly and her information and the Balkan who is targeting the wedding for more sinister reasons.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~DAILY SPOILERS~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Monday, January 24
*Lulu is unable to forgive Dante for his lies.
*Brandon becomes aggressive with Abby.
*Michael and Kristina discuss the horrors of the bus accident.
*Shawn helps Molly through a panic attack.
*A haunted Michael has an extreme reaction to Dante’s greeting.

Tuesday, January 25
*Alexis convinces Molly to get help for her problem.
*The Balkan welcomes a mercenary to Port Charles.
(Heiko Obermoller returns as Dimitri, the Balkan’s lead henchman.)
*Lulu mourns the loss of her relationship.
*Dante hopes to reconcile and shows up to take LuLu to the opera & she refuses him.
*Spinelli begs Carly not to reveal damning evidence.
*Lucky, Lulu and Ethan discuss their bad luck when it comes to love.

Thursday, January 27
*Lulu helps Johnny.
*Michael tries to locate Abby.
*Dante and Theo argue over the civil suit.

Friday, January 28
*Michael has flashbacks of his time in prison. (Josh Wingate returns as Carter.)
*LuLu is threaten by the Balkan.
*Brenda & Sam will form a special bond after Brenda ask about baby Lila.
*Sam, Spinelli and Brenda discuss pregnancy which brings up feelings of loss for both Sam and Brenda.
*Sam and Jason agree why they shouldn’t be parents in light of what is happening to Michael.
*Carly and Jax enjoy temporary bliss.
*Brandon decides to teach Abby a lesson after seeing her with Michael.
*Michael is overcome with memories of Carter as he fights Brandon off of Abby.

Monday, January 31
*Michael breaks down & tells Jason the truth about his time in prison.
*Carly asks Jax for divorce after she learns he went to London to protect Brenda from Jerry.
*Robin supports Brenda in overcoming Carly’s threats to ruin her wedding.

Tuesday, February 1
*LuLu finds Brenda in Dante’s arms.
*Michael decides it’s time to seek therapy.

Wednesday, February 2
*Brenda reveals the truth to Sonny!
*Carly seeks revenge on Dante.

Thursday, February 3
*Brenda and Sonny make love.
*Sonny has another nightmare.
*Sonny reassures Brenda that their wedding will go as planned!

Friday, February 4
*Carly tells Sonny the truth about Michael.
*Brenda finds her wedding dress torn to shreds!!!

Tuesday, February 8
*Sonny suggest he & Brenda elope.

Thursday, February 10
*Lulu has a surprise for Dante for Valentine’s Day.

Friday, February 11
GH REPEAT EPISODE FEATURING ROBIN & PATRICK’S WEDDING! (12/29/08)

Friday, February 25
Franco Appears

Monday, February 28
Franco Appears

These spoilers may have come from GHH

Lucky demands that Siobhan be honest about her feelings for him.Tracy encourages Brook Lynn not to give up on Nikolas.

Edward shares his concerns with Tracy.

Sam claims that she does not want to have a baby.

The Balkan’s mercenary will cause mass chaos in Port Charles.

Maxie provides a listening ear and some words of wisdom for Lulu.

Liz attempts to manipulate Nikolas.
Brook shows up and cramps her style.

What plan does the Balkan have that involves Shawn?

Johnny is badly beaten up by the Balkan’s mercenary.

Lulu tends to Johnny after finding him badly injured.
Lisa stops by.

Ethan accuses Maya of sabotage (this has to do with their apartment vs staying at the Q’s).

Carly and Jax share a brief and loving reunion.

Lulu is threatened by the Balkan.

Carly and Theo cross paths.

Shawn flirts with Carly.

Brenda and Sam have a talk.

Dante tries to get back in Lulu’s good graces with an invitation to the opera…she turns him down.

Dr. Lee informs Sam that the fertility procedure only has a 50% success rate.
Sam flashes back to the loss of her baby girl (who was stillborn)

The issue of the fertility procedure opens a door once thought closed and causes both Sam and Jason to reconsider the possibilities.. “It’s mixed emotions, because he has a son [Jake] that he doesn’t see, and the reason he doesn’t have that little guy is because of [his lifestlye/mob association]. How can he justify having another baby? He loves Sam, obviously, and he wants to support her and do what he can do for her, so he’s in a catch-22. He gets to thinking of things like when Michael was shot… he has to look at his life and say, ‘This isn’t set up for anybody.hen Michael got shot, that [made Jason think], ‘What am I doing?’ This is like my son, and everything bad that’s happened to this kid is because of us.’” says Steve Burton in SOW.

Sam basically says the same thing, “No, my life’s not really set up for kids, either, with my job and what I do. She says, ‘I’m just looking into it right now’. She’s nonchalantly looking into it. There’s no decision at this point; there’s no, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ It’s just, ‘I’m going to see if it’s possible, and what the odds are.'”

Michael begins to open up to Jason about what happened in prison.

Instead of going to therapy, Molly puts on her matchmaker hat and attempts to get Abby and Michael back together.

Michael experiences a flashback and mistakenly (and briefly) attacks Dante
when he is startled.

Jason intervenes between Abby and Brandon when he comes upon Brandon getting a little rough with her. Brandon pulls a gun, but Jason, naturally, manages to get it away from Brandon.

Jason once again tries to convince Abby to come clean with Michael about why she really broke things off with him, but she is unwilling to risk Michael’s future. Jason later tries to get Michael to back off and respect Abby’s wishes.

Brandon catches up to Abby again, and assaults her when he spots her with Michael. Abby’s scream brings on Michael’s flashback of Carter. Naturally, he flies into a rage and attacks Brandon. Jason hears the commotion in the ally and pulls Michael off of Brandon.

Jason’s first instinct is to cover up Michael’s beating of Brandon. However, Dante believes that Michael is a hero and has nothing to be ashamed of or to hide.
This is what will lead into Michael’s confession that he was sexually assaulted in prison.

Abby examines her bruises.Sam visits with Abby at GH.

Michael has a surprise for Abby after bringing her home from GH.

Nik shows a flash of jealousy when Brooke gets attention from a business partner.

Brenda accuses Carly of destroying her wedding dress.

Lucky plans to entrap the Balkan by ensnaring his mole.
Unfortunately, Siobhan falls right into the trap and Lucky has no choice but to arrest her.

Lucky breaks out Siobhan.

Brenda has some truths for Dante.

Carly points a gun at Dante!

Carly tells Sonny about what really happened to Michael while he was in prison.

Dante contemplates his future with the PCPD.

Brenda and Carly throw down.

Siobhan seeks comfort from Lucky.Shawn knocks out Lucky.

During her online investigation of what is troubling her, Molly befriends Shawn, who may be actually suffering from PTSD. The two form an unlikely friendship. However, there is more him than is initially apparent.
In SID, Guza previews that Matt and Maxie will “play a big part, among other things, in the resolution of Patrick’s story”. Expect their romance to go to the next level.

The story involving Lisa, Patrick and Robin, will, “come to a head during Sweeps and will climax shortly after. Lisa will go to dramatic lengths and it will explode” , declares Guza in SID. Johnny, “plays a big part as a bearer of the truth that Robin needs in order to put Lisa away!”.

Liz sees her past romantic interests move on with other women. The more that happens, the more desperate she becomes. She does another paternity test, one that Helena knows nothing about.

Meanwhile, Lucky and Siobhan’s relationship turns out to be the real deal.

Ethan and Maya struggle to define their relationship. Complications will arise, will they remain faithful?

At the end of Brenda and Sonny’s wedding on Feb. 18th, there will be a resurrection of something from the past event. In SOD, Guza declares, “There will be a wedding. It will be lovely and it will blow your socks off. There is a two fold threat. You’ve got Hurricane Carly with information that could blow this whole thing out of the water, and then you’ve got The Balkan, who is targeting the wedding for something much more sinister.”

Dante could lose it all when Brenda’s secret comes out, and we finally learn what happened to Brenda’s baby. Several couples will be left in shambles.

Sam and Jason await big news.
How will the couple deal with the danger that has prevented Jason from being a Daddy to Jake?
Guza in SID, “That’s the issue. It’s not Sam fighting with Jason about it. Not at all. They are in this completely together. But how do they both get to the place where they could feel comfortable doing what both of them desperately would like, which is to have a child together? How do they get past the danger? What has to happen? And something huge will happen that will get them past this impasse!”

Liz makes her exit from Port Charles and General Hospital.
Expect to see more of Matt and Maxie.

Look for Valentine’s Day to be acknowledged on GH.

Robin serves as Brenda’s matron of honor.

When Sonny and Brenda’s wedding date arrives, Lulu will be at Dante’s side.

Lucky offers to marry Siobhan so she can stay in the U.S.A..

Franco shows up briefly for two episodes, on February 25th and February 28th.