History Whitewashing Itself
This week marked the first time that Sonny has spoken to Claudia with...well, it's not respect, exactly, but he dialed back the searing hatred and was no more dismissive of her than he is of anyone. Naturally, this about face was the result of Claudia proving her value to society. Well, the society of Sonny, which means that said value consists solely of being pregnant with his child, not Ric's.
As it's not uncommon to spend the first few days of a new love staring at the world through rose-colored glasses and dreamily reminiscing about the adorable way you and your new love met, it's unsurprising that Sonny has started to view his marriage in a whole new light. Just substitute "the first few days of a new love" with "the first few hours of speaking to your wife without simultaneously fantasizing about her gruesome murder" and that explains this:
Sonny: Ok. [Sighs] Uh, first of all, you know what? I just want to... I want to apologize, 'cause I know I've been hard on you and all that. Uh... whatever we've done together, it's, you know, we've made this baby. And I can see, you know, that you--how much you love our baby, and I respect the decision you made tonight. And you're thinking like a mother, and i think you're going to be a great mother [I will sum up the preceding lines with "sic" and an eyeroll--Ed.].
Claudia: Thank you, Sonny.
Sonny: You're putting yourself on the line for this baby, and, uh...when you get through this operation... we're going to give this baby a great life...together.
I'm going to ignore the "made this baby" phrase, because that sentence always gives me the heebies, and focus on the "I've been hard on you and all that". And not even the maddening vagueness of the "and all that" part (I guess love means never having to detail the myriad ways in which you demeaned and made threats against the life of another person), but the "I've been hard on you". That's an awfully sanitary way of describing his behavior. Detailing this behavior would undoubtedly take weeks, so let's just sum it up with four key quotes:
Claudia: No, but you need somebody. You're going to need an ally. You need someone who's loyal, who's not afraid to disagree with you. Someone that you respect. Someone you trust.
Sonny: ::laughs mockingly:: Okay. Okay.
Sonny: Ok, but don't take long, ok? Because I need it right now.
Claudia: Maybe if you were as possessive of me --
Sonny: Why would I be possessive when I don't trust you, and I don't really like you? So why would I be possessive?
Sonny: My wife is a miserable, lying witch, and the only reason I haven't dumped her or had her shot is because she could be carrying my baby.
I know that honestly recounting the history of Claudia and Sonny or, as I like to call them, Sociopaths on Parade, is a little too dark and depressing to do in the hospital while Claudia's life, and that of their child, is in danger, and I also know that expecting self awareness from Sonny is like expecting good writing from the GH writing staff (in other words, haha, it's never going to happen) but come on!
This, meanwhile, is just gross:
Sonny: You know what, Johnny? I'm not proud of the way I treated your sister, but she gave as good as she got. But there's one thing we agree on, and that's the baby.
Johnny: The baby, huh? Were you thinking about Claudia and the baby when you were shoving your tongue down Olivia's throat?
Sonny: No, there was other things I was thinking about, and I'm not getting into it with you.
I admit that I sort of want to know what "other things" he was thinking about (his past with Olivia? The way that it was totally her fault that he got together with Kate? Banking? Who he wants to win Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy at this year's Emmys, Neil Patrick Harris or Tracy Morgan? Was he trying valiantly to remember the name of his daughter, who I imagine he refers to as Whatsherface?), but I also want to spork out my eyeballs.
Sonny: The...the baby has my genes, your genes. So that means he's the ultimate survivor.
No, Sonny, all that means is that your child's DNA is pretty much a playground for psychopathic tendencies and, should he survive, there is no way he will go through life without being a serial killer.