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50 August 2nd, 2017 GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Receives A Visit From Stone; Michael Sutton and Maurice Benard Move Us To Tears

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The highly-anticipated scenes reuniting Maurice Benard (Sonny) with Michael Sutton (Stone) aired on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital. 

Benard had mentioned publicly on his Instagram account about Sutton’s guest appearance.: “Almost 25 years ago I started on a show called General Hospital my first scene was with this man Michael Sutton it was an honor to be able to go toe to toe with him in the AIDS storyline when at times shook me to my knees.”

The brotherly love/mentorship Sonny offered Stone and their relationship in the mid 90′s on GH; helped create one of the most impactful television storylines of our time.  Now in 2017, fans who knew of their work together from the past, and new viewers witnessed the magic these two can create.

In story, trapped on the pier in the construction pit, Stone appears to Sonny within a golden light.  Sonny is trying to hold on form his dire circustances as the vision of Stone appears to him.  When they embrace, if you were an audience member, the tears began to flow. They talk about how Stone’s life was ended way too soon. Sonny questions if he is here with Stone because he’s dying and its time for him to move on.  Stone tells him it all up to him.  A sad Sonny asks Stone if he is to gos with him, if he can he take him to see his deceased son. Morgan?  Intently, Stone listens as Sonny tells him all about his beloved son, and his battle with bipolar disorder, the same illness Sonny suffers from. Sonny’s admits to Stone he has been trying to figure out how to live without Morgan, but maybe he doesn’t have to. Stone asks Sonny if that is what he  really wants. Does he want to leave his other children and his baby girl, Avery?

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When Sonny says everyone may be better off without him,  Stone says they can leave right now and he can take Sonny with him. Having his epiphany, Sonny realizes he’can’t leave his other kids and Carly (Laura Wright) behind.  That is when in a heroic moment, Stone shows Sonny that he does not have to live in fear of what Sonny’s stepfather did to him, which caused Sonny’s long-term battle with claustrophobia. Stone tells Sonny to put out his arms and feel the space and the air around him, and explains there is nothing really enclosing him. Stone shows him the way out is above, and that he knows that Sonny will do what he has to do and fight his way out.  Stone is gone in a flash, and Sonny begins his great escape.

Trying to summarize the action in the scenes does not do it justice.  It’s all in the eyes, and the heart and soul of the masterful performances by Maurice Benard (who should use these scenes come Emmy time) and Michael Sutton (who should use these scenes for the guest category come Emmy time).  From the moment these two began their short visit, we were pulled in right away.  So much love, so much history, and it was all understated and powerful within the work to put these moments together via the performances, the writing, and the producing.

We only wish there were several more scenes between the two men, before we had to say farewell to Sutton again, who has continued to leave an indelible mark in daytime history with his character of Stone, and Benard, who once again proved why he continues to be one of the finest actors this genre has every known.

What did you think of the scenes between Sonny and Stone on yesterday’s GH? Comment below

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  1. Lin Herz says:

    I wish I could have seen it. sounds fabulous. But my DVR did not record yesterday for some reason. Does anyone know how I could see it?

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    Celia replied

    You can get the ABC app., Lin. Or simply Google it by entering which episode you want.

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    Lin Herz replied

    Thanks so much!

    su0000 replied

    go to abc.com and in search but in general hoapital, and watch ..

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    Lin Herz replied

    Evidently my provider and ABC don’t have a good relationship. it says if your provider is not listed you have to wait a week. :(

    Rebecca1 replied

    Do you have Comcast OnDemand? If so…soaps are on there.

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    Celia replied

    You’re welcome, Lin.

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    Shay replied

    I’ve noticed that dailymotion.com also posts current GH episodes and, I believe, each week’s shows are available on YahooView for a limited time period—I think it’s about 6 or 7 days after the original telecast.

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  2. Jimh says:

    They should had done one of those stories where he dies but instead of a trip to Heaven, Sonny visits Hell instead and sees the Devil(also played by MB) who warns Sonny that if he doesnt change his ways, he will spend all eternity without air conditioning and hair gel-lol

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    Steve replied

    That would have been more appropriate, Jimh. As I mentioned on another thread, Sonny would likely be taking the down elevator and not be reunited with Morgan.

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    Jimh replied

    yYeah, i remember reading it now that you mentioned it, and i wish it happened!!!

    Shay replied

    That construction pit would have made a very apropos “portal to h#!!…”

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    Celia replied

    LOL, Shay…..that “pit” scene was a complete fiasco. Then, “Carbriel”, the Archangel’s counterpart, came to save him from the rubble—-another pathetically obscene-scene, Ha!!.
    Is Sonny made of rubber, or something? How does he survive a gunshot wound, and loss of blood for an infinite amount of time? Was it the makeshift tourniquet that held him together, or his strong relationship with God? Ugh, bien sur!!
    These two are super-human….
    I was looking up Lauren Holly ( have not seen her since her NCIS days), and I came across her and Maurice (AMC). I had no idea both had been on that soap.
    Well, not much to wow me, in his youth, either as Rick? Or Dick? LOL….Can’t remember.
    He was not all-that.

    Celia replied

    Perfectly stated, Shay…nothing of import, or better, I could add to ameliorate your summation of this ‘super couple’….uggghhh!!

  3. Scott5 says:

    Who is the “us” you reference when you say “Michael Sutton and Maurice Bernard move us to tears”? Sutton is a great actor but he is not enough to get me to watch any scenes of Maurice Bernard. All of this pro-Sonny commentary is part of the reason the ratings for GH continue to fall to all-time lows as Nathan Varni incorrectly believe people want Sonny!, Sonny!, SONNY! Ratings disagree. For the love of all that is holy, ABC, dump Varni and move Sonny to a background character!

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    dmr replied

    Scott5, I just came back from lunch and I watched Friday’s (8/4) episode, when Carly saved Sonny. UGH! I seriously can’t stand these two. Perhaps it’s because I follow them on social media, too, and it’s a little too much-all about me, similar to their characters (life imitating art). I’ve watched the show since 1984, and I really want to like it. Unfortunately, I haven’t watched a full episode in I don’t know how long..

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  4. Steve says:

    The only tears I shed would be for the direction this show has taken. I feel no sympathy for a character that has no sympathy for others.

    Sutton was very good. However, I’m fairly certain that the guest performance category is not open to actors/characters who were once on contract.

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    Celia replied

    Your fisrt sentence is much appreciated…too, too funny, Steve. And, I could not agree more.

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    Shay replied

    Per your above comments to me about Sonny: And here I was waiting with bated breath for him to be buried alive down in what turned out to be his miracle pit rather than his portal to h#!!…Were there any justice in Port Charles, he would have been permanently ensconced in that God-forsaken hole! I could have envisaged the elaborate cenotaph constructed in the townsquare in homage to St. Sonny….just such an incredible man and humanitarian, don’t you know???? And unveiled by his grieving spouse…oh, make me violently ill! LOL. But of course, “Super Carly” had to go and spoil it all by saving her man so they could live to together lament Morgan for another decade or two or three….Honestly, this show lays on the “Sonny love” so thick that I cannot believe even the writers buy their own hype surrounding this odious character!

  5. Timmm says:

    Maurice did very well. I was distracted by Michael Sutton, though. How in the hell is this guy not starring in a soap? The new Adam Newman?

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    Celia replied

    But, but, but, T…..Maurice did nothing to wow us…..the same thing, in a roundabout way. I doubt any one of us was surprised how that scene was going to go down. Same stuff, different place and circumstance.
    Not his fault. The writing is now stale. When the outcome is already known, the viewer becomes passive….no suspense, no excitement, no ‘be still my heart’ anticipation.
    Adam? Maybe. I have never seen Sutton act before, but he seems too nice to be Adam. He’s more like Engen, sans deviousness.
    Nonetheless, if he’s as good an actor as everyone says, then he should be able to tackle Adam. I like his presence.

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    Timmm replied

    Yes dear, Maurice seems to pad his existence with scene magic but it was a better scene then him lying to Carly or bullying Jax! Mr. Sutton is every girls dream of a husband, nice, sweet and caring. BUT, he is an actor and can bring an edge. Perhaps another layer of Adam. But you are right he does have that Chris Engen vibe. Who knows? I still dont know why GH doesnt hire Nick Stabile? Its ALL out of our hands darling.

    Rose replied

    ohhhh intriguing….

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    Celia replied

    I guess so, my Timmmy…… no violence is always preferable to anything else; even this fairytale of the helpless mobster, who does not my heartstrings stir, nor elicit any compassion.
    Point is: nothing new….same caca over and over.
    I liked Engen, too bad we did not see his portrayal of Adam develop.

    Yes, Engen’s Adam was every girl’s dream as the perfect man….definitely husband material.
    But, you know, this girl likes a little spice and a tinge of a bad boy mixed in there. Keeps a relationship interesting and then some……know what I mean?!?! LOL.

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    Celia replied

    In my opinion, T ( and I’ve said this ad nauseam), Nick Stabile is perfect as Nik, who is bound to surface sooner, or later. When he does, I’d like to think he will not be the ‘dark’, mercurial Cassadinian prince; but the valiant, worthy-of-his-title, prince.
    Also, I thought the attraction between him and Ava reached the stars—-the chemistry, the allure , the interaction—-all of it was there.
    And, speaking of Ava; he will bring her back to life. Well, after Valentin promises Ava a flawless face—no more burns, no more scars. For a price!!!!!!…..not monetary.
    Valentin will present Ava with the gift of his surgeon, the miracle worker……it’s a thought.

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    Timmm replied

    Great theory on Ava and Valentin. Lets remember this because I have a feeling you are right. Hot and smart, Jude is a lucky man!

    dmr replied

    Oh, I liked Nick Stabile, A LOT, Celia! Right on! He had amazing chemistry with Maura West!

    Celia replied

    Thanks, T. Yeah, Jude is a lucky man…..that’s why he walks the straight line, or else. LOL.

    Anyway….if we think about it, what could Valentin possibly offer Ava? Avery? I doubt he has any influence in that department. Other than her baby, what else is most paramount to Ava? Her beauty—-we women are vain. Yes, it’s a vice, a venial sin, but it is, also, human nature. LOL……women pay million upon million for the sake of “beauty” and to recapture youth, which is so fleeting……exorbitant amounts of money. ‘Tis the nature of the beast, Timmmy, albeit, I may be way off base?

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    dmr replied

    Timmm, I think Michael Sutton sort of left acting, and I think I read that he is involved in the restaurant business…? Not sure if you watched Stone in the 90′s..? If not, catch a few glimpses of him on YouTube. The 80′s and the 90′s are my favorite decades of General Hospital. The 80′s were full of adventure with Anna, Robert, Frisco, Felicia, etc., and the 90′s were full of heat with Sonny and Brenda, etc. I wasn’t alive in the 70′s to catch Luke and Laura; although, I have watched a few episodes on YouTube.

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  6. Alan says:

    I fast forwarded through everything on yesterday’s show except for two minutes see what Hayden’s ex-husband had on her (and that was a waste of two minutes). Nothing this show does will make me care one iota about Sonny Corinthos.

    And maybe it’s just me but I don’t get the whole “I died but I continued to age” thing that shows expect us to ignore when they bring dead characters back for heavenly visits.

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  7. Patrick says:

    “…It’s all in the eyes, and the heart and soul of the masterful performances by Maurice Benard ”

    W – O – A – H

    < Back Up

    am I reading this, right ?

    these words, DO NOT, apply to

    Sonny AKA Maurice Benard have come and gone.

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    Celia replied

    Got that right, Patrick, my love!!

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  8. Patrick says:

    “…The brotherly love/mentorship Sonny offer”

    I am watching thee momentous anointing show, right now

    I need a barf bag.

    I actually believe that Maurice Benard truly believes that he’s the reason so many other characters are emmy nominated.

    upchuck.

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    Shay replied

    I have a whole slew of unused ones left over from the Sabby days, Patrick. I’ll forward some to you free of charge! (I had bought them in massive quantity discount since I feared she’d never leave….)

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  9. Patrick says:

    “…Benard, who once again proved why he continues to be one of the finest actors this genre has every known. ”

    I’ll drink the kool – aid

    this is too much

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    Patrick replied

    ” this genre has ever known.”

    the finest, most masterful, has more heart and soul ….

    why go their

    it’s all in the ratings

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  10. Patrick says:

    OH MY GOD – TPTB

    at the end of Tuesdays ep’ – we have Carly doing a saintly monologue to go along with Sonny in the pit , finding his way in the dark.

    OH MY GOD… this is too much of the same thing… with no depth or care or I CAN NOT STAND Carly and Sonny any more than you can

    Naturally, the saving grace… at the start of the show… we have the great and fabulous Ava and Julian… Together… SHARING REEL . it’s just wow on how magnetic these two continue to REEL and save any person mind on just throwing in the towel.

    Thank You Maura West and William DeVry.

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    dmr replied

    I just came back from lunch, having watched Friday’s episode, of where Carly saved the Dimpled Don from underneath all of the debris and destruction at the warehouse (?)-wherever he was. My first initial thought was, maybe the Don wouldn’t have to fake being paralyzed this time, with all of that heavy paneling, etc., on top of his legs. That would serve him right! Seriously, can’t stand these two. Once again, Carly (not the inept PCPD) saved the day, and the Don!
    I love Ava and Julian, too. Ava and Valentin have some chemistry, too, IMO.

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  11. su0000 says:

    well. I saw the 40+ year old 19 year old ghost..
    if a hallucination how would Sonny know how Stone would look after 2 decades..
    ahaaa all amazingly stupid..
    funny when Sonny wanted to be taken to Morgan that Stone guy didn’t seem to know he was dead and living in ghostville with him ahaaaa! ..

    (( New Writers, Please ))

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    su0000 replied

    ohh oh !
    From the first 2 minutes after Sonny was in the hole I saw his way out..
    I can’t believe he didn’t build himself the stairway out with the barrels and boxes, I was out in no time…
    really lamebrain stuff..

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  12. Rose says:

    They were great scenes. But on a much lighter note…. Why does Stone only ever seem to show up when someone is stuck in a ditch in the ground. Last time we saw him wasn’t Robin also in a ditch. That cracked me up a bit. Can’t he make hospital visits too?

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  13. K/kay says:

    Not the proper thread but Happy 20 years for the fabulous Becky Herbert the only reason I still give a hoot about this show!! Love you BH!!!

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  14. Steve says:

    I’m just about at the tipping point to take another extended break from this show. With Wednesday’s episode having Joss extolling Somny’s praises (the writers attempt to speak for the audience) pushing me close to the edge. What’s next? Monica sharing a BLT with Sonny at Kelly’s?

    Again, It was nice to see Michael Sutton again. However, the writers want viewers to remember the “good” Sonny from 22 years ago and not the arrogant sanctimonious Sonny who murdered AJ 3 years ago.

    The last time I took a break was right after AJ was killed off. I returned for the reveal at Carly & Franco’s wedding and have stayed since. I almost left with the Denise Demuccio debacle, but then RC was let go and I was first intrigued by the character-focused stories Jelly started. Right now, I’m biding time until Steve Burton’s return to see if anything interesting becomes of that.

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    dmr replied

    I am laughing over your comment about Monica sharing a BLT with the Dimpled Don at Kelly’s. Funny how Carly, Sonny, and Monica were in attendance at Ned’s wedding, given what Carly and Sonny did to AJ-a decimated Quartermaine. TPTB completely destroyed the return of AJ Quartermaine a few years back. I love Sean Kanan, and his return had such potential. I could not stand Billy Warlock in the role, but, I loved Sean Kanan-always have, always will. I’m not too interested in Steve Burton’s return-more of the same with Monotone Sam and Jason I and II.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi dmr…

    I agree; it’s completely hideous that ANY of the Qs have anything to do with Sonny or Carly after what they did to AJ, let alone have them at the wedding. Sonny murdered him and Carly covered it up!!! But even before that, their treatment of him, every horrific act and threat, taking away Michael…if there’s anything unbelievable on this show it would be the Q family having anything to do with Sonny and Carly other than their Michael connection.

    As we AJ fans know, killing off AJ was a completely unnecessary and misguided decision. A slap in the face to fans and a huge loss to the continuity of the Quartermaine family.

  15. Charday says:

    Gross–more of The Sonny Show. Another episode I can delete off the DVR without watching.

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    dmr replied

    I haven’t watched the episode, and I loved Stone from way back when. After reading about the episode and the comments, I doubt I will watch it. More of the same, Sonny not taking any responsibility, and an extended episode of “The Moron Hour” about his beloved son that I couldn’t stand from day one.

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  16. rose says:

    This comment is going to sound strange because I am definitely not a Sonny lover going back to the days when he started his “career” running a strip club/Karen/drugs. He was pretty awful before killing AG for which I hope karma gets him eventually.

    Not so worried about the aging of Stone…it’s a soap. And was never much into Robin and Stone. Or Brenda and Sonny. But I thought Maurice did a very good acting job in the pit. Except for all of the Morgan stuff. A bit of a departure from his regular mumble or rant. And no Carly to talk to…at least for the moment.

    But I do wonder what is this fascination the writers and ABC have with making Sonny (and Carly), what seem, the core characters of GH. Is it just on MF, but many commenters don’t like it?

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  17. Nik says:

    I was not impress with this scene, it could have gone deeper.

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  18. Jamesj75 says:

    It is so refreshing to read all these anti-Sonny and anti-Benard posts! I have been in this camp since day 1, when it was apparent the character of Sonny was hijacking the show. Long ago, ABC had a customer comment phone line, and I would call in and leave a voicemail message, expressing my annoyance and disdain at the direction of the show.

    When you consider that the tunnelvision focus of GH for close to 25 years has been on Sonny, when you consider that many characters and storylines over the years have been usurped in order to maintain this misguided focus, when you consider that many great actors (including long-term veterans) have been knocked to recurring status (or fired outright), simply so that the powers that be could produce “The Sonny Show,” it’s simply nauseating.

    ABC as well as the GH producers and writers MUST know that Sonny is at best a polarizing character and at worst the main target for criticism and the singular rationale for continued lackluster ratings.

    It makes absolutely no sense that any TV show, particularly a long-running soap opera, would allow two actors playing despicable characters (Sonny and Carly) to be heralded as the show’s “stars.” Carly is not as bad as Sonny, but these two characters have ruined the franchise. As long as I live, I will NEVER understand the unrelenting focus on the Sonny character.

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