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.
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!