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61 October 27th, 2016 GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Grief-Stricken Sonny Contemplates Suicide As Robin Talks Him Down

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In a tearjerker episode of General Hospital, Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is slowly bottoming out to the depths of despair over the death of his son Morgan and his part in it, goes to the bridge in sorrow.  There, Sonny relieves the emotional events of the last several days, which included: his wife Carly (Laura Wright) blaming him for their son’s death, and Carly walking out on him.

On the bridge, Sonny talks out loud that he had such high hopes for Morgan, and to be a better father than his abusive dad was.  Sonny decides he can’t fail anyone else he loves, and with gun in hand it looks like he may be thinking of shooting himself.  Just then Robin (Kimberly McCullough) appears!  She calls out “Sonny!”  And from there the rich history of what this bridge means to these longtime friends, the memory of Stone Cates, scattering his ashes, and more, is recalled.

Sonny wants to know why Robin is in town.  She says she is come to see him.   Robin asks Sonny to hand over the gun as she fears the worst may happen in his grief over the loss of his son.  She asks if Sonny is contemplating suicide or killing Julian (William deVry)?   And she reminds Sonny that she too found herself contemplating ending her life following learning of her diagnosis of being HIV positive, and it was here that Jason stopped her from jumping to the steely waters below.  As Sonny’s grief continues to overtake him, Robin tries to convince him he has plenty to live for, and to take his own life would dishonor the memory of both Stone and Morgan.   She tells him it’s an act of cowardice and she doesn’t want to remember Sonny as weak.

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In the key heartbreaking moment, Robin says to Sonny, “I feel like Stone brought me here tonight.”  Sonny then says, “It’s getting late.  I should probably go.”  Robin quietly urges Sonny, “Come with me”.   Sonny refuses to come with her.  Robin replies, “Just you and your gun?”  Then Sonny responds, “You don’t have to worry about me.  I give you my word.”    To which a brokenhearted Robin through her tears says, “The word of Sonny Corinthos means a lot to me.  Does it still mean something to you?  And quietly with tears streaming down his face, Sonny replies, “Yeah, it does.”   The work of Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough in those moments illustrated the emotional depth of the Sonny and Robin relationship, and some of the best work by these two standout and iconic performers of GH.

While Maurice and Kimberly were ripping our hearts out in their scenes, Finola Hughes (Anna) did the same in a beautifully written monologue where she tells Griffin (Matt Cohen) how she originally gave up Robin and how she came to regret her decision.  She shared her remembrances of how Robin called her “Love” not knowing Anna was her biological mother at the time, and how it was a term that Robert always used to call Anna.   Later, when Anna sees Griffin bond with his daughter, Charlotte, it’s a heartwarming full circle moment.  Later, Anna is surprised to see her own daughter, Robin in Port Charles a day earlier than anticipated.  Hughes was perfection in all her scenes.

So, what did you think of the bridge scene between Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough?  Do you think Sonny will now go after Julian Jerome with even more of a vengeance?  What did you think Anna recalling giving up Robin?  In an episode filled with hankie-filled moments, share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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  1. Patrick says:

    it’s just as… @Rose posted: where are the heartbeats of life beholden

    your para on the divine and excels @ every note… Finola Hughes… BRAVO

    Sonny: have we rung out every thing ? I don’t for one minute believe he’d kill himself… suicide.. for all that Maurice Benard acting choices lead to this ? even I don’t think so… it’d be great

    Carly: she is smart… yet when it’s one of her own… she nuts up… she acts out worse than any one else. no wonder all of Port Charles doesn’t give a shit… they ignore her

    what’s the point… award her selfishness… it’s all about what she wants.. she playacts and cavorts with an upperhand…

    remember she told Nelle.. had it not been for her marriage to Sonny and ownership of Metro.. no one would give a damn about her

    here here

    she’s out for blood… ooh how newsworthy… how laud.

    she better wring out her panty

    air out her dirty laundry

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    Jamesj75 replied

    One word, Patrick: Bravo!

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    Celia replied

    Oh, yes…your every word is en pointe. Forget Carly for a moment. Think Laura Wright!
    This actress can really bring it home when faced with the challenge of “playacting”.
    Anna? So happy she’s back, but, I will ll reserve my BRAVA for a later time.
    Later.

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    Patrick replied

    ???? I thought that was a hoax…. did she “really” here from Nicholas

    not that I want to know… unless its Mr. Tyler Christopher

    is GH / ABC / Disney making amends here… or losing ground

    Dylan replied

    I am very impressed with the writing lately on GH. Some of it is sophisticated and downright Shakespaerean. I hope I was not the only person wishing Sonny would pull the trigger! But knowing he wouldnt….just reinforces what a petulant, immature, self centered, self pitying natcissistic monster Sonny is. He has been cutting a swath of death and violence through Port Charles for 23 years. Now his own son “dies” because of his actions…and he is just an emotional coward ready to kill himself. I am really upset that the show did not really kill Morgan because again….Sonny will get to have the joy of having his son back down the road…and there will have been no consequences for him AGAIN.

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    Celia replied

    Ah-ha, Dylan. I don’t care much for violence; and, a suicide is violence, in my book.
    However, I would love to see Sonny in chains; in prison; in solitsire; in dark quarters; given no quarter ( pardon the pun). That’s worse than death.
    I must disagree about Morgan being Sonny’s scapegoat, albeit I understand Sonny’s pain should be magnified throughout his life, not diminished and, Morgan’s reappearance will kill the pain (Ha!!). Again, accidental pun.
    As a rule, children should not pay for their fathers’ sins; but as the ‘story’ goes….”the sins of the father….).

    Now, out of context: What are the chances that Ava will buy Wyndemere for Nikolas?

    Timmm replied

    As Cee Cee did with Carly, I do with Sonny, I look at Maurice Bernard. I dont condone want Sonny has done and did in the past, I just like Maurice and enjoy his acting. The bridge scene, well, you are a smart guy, you know what they are doing, they are ALREADY cleansing the viewers minds of what Sonny’s involvement in Morgan’s “Death” was and asking the viewers to feel sorry for him and accept his redemption. We the viewers know that any one of our favorite actors on contract are not going to die or spend lots of time in jail. Killing A.J. was horrific. Michael should have NEVER walked back into Sonny’s world. And now, his brother is gone and he along with Carly are suppose to worry about Sonny’s actions and his mood swings. Oh boy!

    Celia replied

    Patrick…LOL. I was being facetious. But, wouldn’t it be something if Nik called Ava? I think he is hiding at Wyndemere.
    But, in the same breat, Patrick, if truth be known……another possibility is that Valentin ‘has’ Nik. He has threatened the life of Spencer or Laura and thus, forcing Nik’s hand by signing the mansion over to Valentin.
    Now, did the Greek courts pardon Valentin? Did he escape? Is he allowed to remain in PC, or the country?
    What do you mean a hoax? I don’t think it was a hoax. Nik is alive and feels he can probably count on Ava. Her mind is just as devious, afterall. LOL.

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    Patrick replied

    I swear I saw… Ava answering her phone… unsure of who it was… and she blurted out… Nicholas

    some one …. any one… tell me this happened.

    I wont imagine this one

    Patrick replied

    2 tidbits about GH.

    in this weeks SOD issue: Valentin… on his RUN in Port Charles… he jokes about his last visit… WITH – that – 70′s PORN Moustache.

    THAT

    is what got him noticed… he had sex all about him

    YUM

    ——-

    prop to mother and daughter : WHAT really cements Carly @ GH for all our weary and distaste …

    Jacklyn Zeman ‘ Bobbi

    I love her for this reason… Carly’ bearable… Bobbi is always a MUST

    Carly and Bobbi in scenes always resonate … ta da

    Celia replied

    Yes, Patrick. Never fret!!!!
    You fid hear correctly. I heard the same thing. Ava answered her phone and said” Nikolas?”. If that ” ain’t” so, my friend; then, we are both crazy…hearing things? LOL.
    I just don’t know why you say it’s a hoax? What do you mean? The PTB are pulling one? She has mistaken the voice on the other end? Could it be Valentin asking her aid? Is he threatening Ava with Nik’s life?
    Anyway, ‘gotta’ run…..later.

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  2. su0000 says:

    I had no fear..
    Maurice was not leaving GH, so no bullet to the head, not going to happen..
    Nonetheless— a BRAVO performance !

    Now, hope the crying pity party will end and we get into
    a–
    *suspenseful mystery <– BWA-HA yeah sure.
    or a –
    *great adventure <– AHAA HA yah ok .

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  3. Terry says:

    Great performances by all four of them, you can feel the pain / love.

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  4. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Dis Laura get any grief scenes over Nik-NOOOOO!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    NOOOO is right, Jimh!

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    Mary Jo replied

    And did Monica get any grief scenes over AJ? NOOO, again?

    Timmm replied

    No. She is off trying to play doctor with Kevin Collins! Nick who?

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    Celia replied

    Yeah, Timmmy. That should go down in history as the most ‘dismissing ‘ mother next to Joan Crawford.
    I love Genie; beautiful and talented actress. It was so unfair for TPTB to have written Laura’s mourning her son so shabbily. What the heck were they thinking??

  5. Timmm says:

    My message to JELLY, I tip my hat to you two. I get frustrated with stories that are not finished or acknowledged and characters who disappear for weeks on end BUT you two are putting together some great dialogue! Sonny and Robin mixing in GH history and Anna and Griffin, as well, was first class! Keep righting the write!

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    Mary SF replied

    Head writers rarely write dialogue– they do the broad strokes, but usually it is another writer who fills in the details— in the opening credits when you see writers listed, usually for that particular episode it was one or all of them that actually wrote the scenes

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    Timmm replied

    Then I tip my hat to them. There is a lot wrong with GH but we have had some really good dialogue inner twinned with history. I love it!

  6. nancy dillingham says:

    Kimbo was great in yesterday’s scenes with Sonny–reminiscent of “old times” when we had classic GH.

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    Timmm replied

    It is always great to see Kim! Its so cool that she stuck around here and there since she was around six years old! That will never happen again! Emma would have been nice to have done the same but she isnt on much and there are so many more opportunities for the young kids to act now as opposed to when Kim and others were growing up in the 80′s.

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  7. Alan says:

    Another pointless episode. How can an entire show built around one character continue if that character takes his own life? It can’t. I never for a second bought into the notion that Sonny would hurt himself because he’s written as a total narcissist and Maurice Bernard’s performances do nothing for me.

    The Anna monologue was well done but can Griffin stop with the whining already? Dude just needs to man up already and take responsibility as Charlotte’s dad of the week (because next week Valentin will be the poppa and then it will be revealed that the kid was conceived with Lulu’s egg from the Crichton Clark labs).

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I don’t think anyone thought Sonny would pull the trigger…but it was a device to exemplify how distraught and guilt-ridden he is. Perhaps if he spirals lower he WILL hurt himself. He’s dealt with guilt before, especially Lilly’s death and Michael’s coma. But this is the first time his order created the consequence…the first time his child was killed ( although I think Lilly was pregnant???) as a direct result of his actions. Given that Sonny is bipolar it would be unrealistic to not have him suffer a mental breakdown. The fallout will spread to family, friends, enemies…and it’s emotionally impactful. At the same time, gotta give the writers credit for Simultaneously upping the story of Valentin. They’re managing to encompass both stories and Valentin!s involves vets, history…I think GH is being written quite well these days.

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    Timmm replied

    I liked Sonny and Robin’s dialogue. They talked about Stone and GH has been missing out on its history.

    Griffin had such hope! He has been watered down and needs to drop the priest stuff, send that sweet girl sadly to Valentin and go steal Liz off of Freako!

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    Dan replied

    Of course everyone knew Sonny wasn’t really gonna off himself. That didn’t take away from the emotional impact of the scenes, especially referencing Stone and that being the same bridge where Jason once talked Robin off the ledge, which was a nice tip of the hat to history for long time viewers of the show. It’s nice to see history being honored and respected, instead of trampled over and rewritten.

    I thought the scenes were brilliantly written both in the layout and dialogue, and excellently performed by Maurice Benard and Kimberly McCullough, playing off their rich and deep history together.

    If you can’t enjoy moments like that for what they are, then I ask, why bother watching?

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    Alan replied

    I didn’t find the scenes on the bridge (or Anna’s confession to Griffin) all that moving because throwing all that expository dialogue together in the same episode just felt like a refresher course to explain the relationships to newer viewers and remind old ones of what had come before. Scenes like that can be effective when used sparingly but filling an entire hour with them (and not having it advance story in any major way) played like a filler episode to me.

    As for why I watch, I guess I have that old school soap mentality that eventually the stories will improve but it doesn’t look like they are going to with the current writers.

  8. Engrady Pind says:

    Oh Good Gravy, how many more times are we going to have to see this Sonny’s pain and guilt trope? Enough is enough. All his pain and all his guilt NEVER changes anything. Gangster with a heart of gold? I really don’t care. Let’s get this self-indulgent grief story over and done with and get on to something with a modicum of originality and creativity — and that is not Sonny Corinthos.

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    Mary Jo replied

    I do agree, Engrady. Let us also not forget that Sonny shot Carly in the head just as she was giving birth to Morgan. If that wasn’t enough to wake Carly up to Sonny’s dangerous and vicious cycles then nothing will.
    Sonny has no business being around children.

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  9. JK says:

    OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR………….MAURICE/SONNY…….WITHOUT A DOUBT

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    Timmm replied

    Yeah, him, Laura and Nancy have a lot of scenes to submit in 2017.

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    Celia replied

    Yes, Nancy, and Laura for sure, Timmmy. Maurice’s two scenes were really effective….but, as Engrady ( missed you, Engrady) points out….enough of Sonny doing something dastardly, feeling remorse, and then turn around and do it again. The idea of perpetuating any action by a mobster, leaves a bitter taste in the salivary glands.
    This does not mean I do not appreciate the actor. But, Timmmy, we only get to see a one-dimensional character. What else can he do?
    I suppose the same could be said of Laura/Carly. But, she was exquisite.
    Nancy’s acting, on the other hand, was a novelty to me…..she is showing multi-faceted acting chops and characteristics. She really gave me a one-two punch. Actually, Alexis is at her best without Julian.
    Later, love.

    Celia replied

    I wouldn’t go that far. Let’s not discount Justin Hartley. It’s all politics, if you ask me.

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    JK replied

    NEVER DISCOUNT WONDERFUL JUSTIN HARTLEY…AND…YOU ARE CORRECT…IT IS ALL POLITICS…..

    Patrick replied

    ^ ie: Alexis… I fail to see reason, for; Alexis

    hold your britches… fandom speaks

    step out of the boxed in ; strip her of all supreme justice … her moral fiber

    perhaps at the outset… of her spirit’ual journey.. she releases her inhibition.. why is she so uptight… ALL the time ?

    I just don’t get it…

    I learned something today… I had no idea.. that Valentin is her 1/2 brother
    perhaps he can speak to the church choir

    at this point in time… she’s 50+ , right ? cant’ teach an old dog new tricks

    Julian isn’t picking up her scent

    you know… she’s so lauded the actress… move something

    Kat replied

    Most definitely. Sonny & Robin in any scene together are awesome and so important to each other throughout their lives.

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  10. James R. Poissant says:

    I thought the episode was great but it sure made me miss Robin. It was worse when Robin mentioned Brenda’s name when they talked about scattering Stone’s ashes. That storyline broke my heart a few times and to hear mention about it again after so many years has me wishing all the players in that story were still in Port Charles.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I’m with you, James!

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  11. Mary SF says:

    Frankly, I don’t like it when soaps write scenes that are designed for one purpose– to give the actors in the scene material for their Emmy reel. The very fact that Robin of all people would just show up on the bridge at the exact moment Sonny was about to pull the trigger is a big clue this was a scene written for Emmy consideration— story wise as others have stated there was no big suspense in thinking Sonny would do it– and in some ways soaps do a disservice to whole issue of suicide, it gives the false impression that everyone can be talked out of it or that the issue isn’t as complex as it is.

    And as I stated right from the start it is difficult for me as a viewer to invest in all this grief and guilt when I am almost certain Morgan will be recast or else we will find out Sonny was not at fault for the bomb– so all of this feels like a waste of time,– and frankly if they write scenes specifically for Emmy reels– in my opinion that is bit like cheating– stacking the deck— but since all four soaps do it, I guess in the end it all evens out.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I don’t see it as a waste of time. They!re experiencing loss, grief, guilt, devastation, which is real for what they’re going through. It would be comparable to someone being told they have months to live and then finding a cure. Does it negate the emotions one and one’s family would experience at hearing and dealing with the bad news.,,until and if there’s a bright side in the end? The emotions and fallout are real for what they!re experiencing in the present. I think the harder challenge is to react sufficiently shocked, elated, disbelieving when ANY of these characters miraculously come back. There’s a moment of shock and then they just carry on like it!s a normal occurrence. (And I’m not talking normal for GH…I mean normal in their fictional lives.) for now it’s a tragedy which we roll with…life is ever-changing.

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    Celia replied

    How true, Rebecca. One can only understand what you so beautifully expressed through personal experience.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Thank you CeeCee.

    Mary Jo replied

    Good point, Mary SF. But I must admit that I was so happy that it was Robin who stopped him from committing suicide. I was afraid it was going to be Snell who seems to poking her nose in everything Corrinthos. She really irritates me.

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    Timmm replied

    Its a drama Mary. They will play the ebb and flow of Morgan’s “Death” and move on to something else. I like what I have seen and will like how they react to Morgan reappearing. Its fun!

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  12. Patrick says:

    the sensitive light portrayal… between Anna and Griffin was beautifully crafted.

    how is it that even ( what 30+) years after the fact… I’m crying for Anna choices… with her own daughter

    as she’s telling Griffin , perhaps it’s the right choice to give up your daughter. As she’s telling Griffin she lost 5 years of being with Robin. Anna telling Griffin you won’t know till you try.

    which ended beautifully… with Griffin and Charlotte reading a bed time story, scene fades.

    tears…. that actor who plays Charlotte… what a coop.

    FINALLY… I can go here… if this gives us Griffin focus and purpose… well alright

    A family reborn…. Anna , Griffin, Charlotte ……………………………..Duke.

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  13. thad bosley says:

    I feel as though I have seen endless variations of this scenario on the bridge. GH keeps mining the same material, leaving previous few gems left…..

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  14. Celia says:

    Or….is Valentin really Nikolas en masque, a’ la Faison?

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    Shay replied

    Oh, Lordy, Lordy….NO more masks, CeeCee!!!!! (But a returning Caesar could be quite nifty……).

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  15. Timmm says:

    A star is born! Charlotte is a sweet girl who can act! GH did it again! Spencer was so good, Emma is a gem and now this little button!

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    Celia replied

    I thought that gesture of getting into bed with Griffin, whom this little, innocent child thinks is her Daddy, was soooo sweet……so natural.
    I felt Griffin’s somewhat awkward behavior. Awwww!! He feels inept as a father, which tells us what a caring person he is.
    Sadly, his heart will be broken, Timmmy. I stand by what I said as soon as Charlotte came into play. She is Valentin’s.
    On the plane, what did he say to Claudette? ” you have something of mine” (paraphrasing). What else could he mean? Charlotte or something much more valuable to a beast such as Valentin? Gold? The Weeping Nyad (LOL?).

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  16. Sue M. says:

    Everyone saw Friday’s episode of General Hospital. The end of the show Sonny goes to the door and opens it and there is Morgan, his clothes all shredded up. My question to you is Morgan really alive or is it a dream Sonny is having?

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    Celia replied

    I think he is dreaming, Sue.
    Too soon for Morgan to return. But, I must admit; it WAS jarring.

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    Patrick replied

    in hindsight… retrospect

    I thought that the “suicide” bridge walk was it

    turns out his demon is still on

    which in production value… for walk the walk… is still dry

    load up the emmy panel… he’s still hurting in character

    Ghlover replied

    Sadly, probably a dream. I would like to see Sonny dealing with rhis differently although the acting has been imcredible. I have said it before but it is worth repeating: Dante has amazed me the most. He is a suble but very strong actor.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Sonny’s hallucinating. As you probably know he’s bipolar…and he’s unravelling.

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  17. Alan says:

    It’ll turn out to be a dream…and a nightmare for the audience to watch.

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  18. Steve says:

    Did anyone else watch and yell at the tv: “just shoot and save us from more Sonny worship”?

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    KansasGuest replied

    *raising hand* Me, definitely. When I thought of all the people who could live in peace if he died, it was really a no-brainer. And, frankly, I’ve never understood how Robin, the daughter of 2 WSB agents who have worked their entire lives to put away criminals, could ever support a mobster like Sonny. Stone died nearly 2 decades ago, right? Why should she continue to be loyal to someone who continues to choose to kill people as part of his business, especially when she’s a doctor who swore an oath to do no harm. Makes no sense to me.

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  19. cooks7570 says:

    I still don’t care that Morgan is dead. Can the show move on to other storyline’s now.

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  20. janet says:

    A good reason to dislike Robin, which I have NEVER done before. Another great reason to Not watch the show. Did Helena do a lobotomy on her. Sonny did try to kill jax and shoot her trying to get to him. Not incidently while her child was in the house.
    Sonny wants to kill himself why not let him. Guess I will NOT be returning to the show. I am done.

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