Sonny With a Chance (Of Over-the-Top Propping)
Today, Brenda and Sonny had a (seemingly endless) conversation about how it's OKAY that Sonny has done all of the horrible things he has because...well, because he loves his kids.
It's not that I am surprised.
Revolted and hate-filled? Yes. I am both of those things.
Sadly resigned to Brenda's new role on the show? Yes, that too. I should have seen it unfolding exactly this way, really, and I am kicking myself for not predicting this! Bob Guza has been saying for quite some time now that Brenda would play a big role in redeeming Sonny, and I'm not foolish enough to think that said redemption would happen organically and soapily, because this is Bob Guza's General Hospital, where good things go to die after a long period of back-burnering. I should have known that his idea of redemption is to have Brenda pretty much say, "How can I redeem you when you didn't do anything wrong in the first place?".
But surprised? No.
Well, okay, maybe a little surprised at just how OUT OF CONTROL it was.
Sonny: I hate this man, and I've openly threatened to kill him on many occasions. Even to a federal prosecutor who, bless her little heart, was wearing a wire.
You know me and my fondness for adorable phrases! "Holy cannoli", "Isn't that just a kick in the pants"...if the words "bless her little heart" were spoken by anybody but Sonny, I would have been completely delighted! But from Sonny, it was more bizarre than wonderful.
And Brenda had zero reaction to hearing that someone wore a wire, which makes sense, because it's not like a wire was a huge part of their history or anything....
Sonny: I know, I know. I'm stupid.
Brenda: What are you talking about? You're not stupid. You're not stupid!
This is the part of the show where I would have started to shout "HOLD THE PHONE, BRENDA" if I hadn't stopped talking to my TV during this show ages ago, opting instead for heavy sighs and the occasional cross between a yelp and a groan. I mean, really. One thing all of Port Charles can agree on is the basic fact that Sonny is an idiot; it's probably part of the kindergarten curriculum! To tell him that he's not, well...that's a whole new level of ego-stroking.
Brenda: I remember the first time I saw you after Lily died. You were drunk, you were in so much pain. You were just destroyed. I saw what it cost you. How much everything cost you. There's no way, Sonny, that you'd ever be involved with a car bomb ever again unless you had to be, unless you were desperate. Unless you were a desperate father trying to protect his daughter.
If you were planning to use a car bomb in order to exact revenge on someone for a petty reason, that is completely unjustifiable. But if you were using it because you were DESPERATE, that's pretty much the very definition of "Oh, it's totally no big and it definitely doesn't merit further discussion".
Brenda: You would never shoot someone who had no chance of fighting back ever.
Sonny: I wish you hadn't said that. I did that.
Sonny: Listen, I shot my son. He's a cop.
Brenda: What do you mean, your son's a cop?
Sonny: I got his mother pregnant when she was in high school. She never told me and she never told him. Years later, he's assigned to take me down. It's a small world.
Brenda: And you shot him?
Sonny: I shot him the day he was going to arrest me. I liked him. I was impressed with him. But when I found out he was an undercover cop and he was playing with my kids, working my family...I had--I had to get rid of him and I did what you said I would never do, which is shoot a man who has no chance to fight back. The door opens, I hear his mother screaming, "You shot your own son".
Brenda: I'm so sorry. It must have been awful.
Yes, SONNY is the one that this was awful for. Forget whether this is in character for Brenda are not: this is not the kind of reaction ANY human being would have! "I'm so sorry that you shot your unarmed son in the chest, Guy Who Shot His Unarmed Son In The Chest. It must have been awful for you to shoot your unarmed son in the chest."
Sonny: You're the first person who hasn't called me a monster after I told them I shot a cop.
Brenda: You're not a monster. Don't ever call yourself a monster.
Sonny: You know I never would have done it if I knew he was my son. The truth is, I never should have done it at all, which is what I just realized.
He JUST REALIZED you shouldn't shoot people in the chest. JUST REALIZED. And yet Brenda did not shudder and then immediately revise her "You're not stupid" statement.
This effing show.