Layers and Layers of Menace
Because I am a compulsive planner, I've started to look ahead to December and the Serial Drama Best and Worst of 2013 post and, specifically, the category "Worst Time People Talked About Killing Brenda And Did It With Lots of Meaningful Looks And A Humorous Tone So It Didn't SEEM Like They Were Serious About Actual Murder Except For The Part That They Totally Were" which has a shocking amount of potential honorees, like Sonny's jokey-except-not discussion of Brenda murder today.
Sonny: Don't give [Carly] too mch credit. You know why? Because she asked me to kill Brenda.
Olivia: How hard was it for you to resist?
Sonny: [Meaningful look]
Audience At Home: [Dawning horror]
Olivia, genuinely worried about the answer to her question because it's not out of the realm of possibility: You didn't kill Brenda, did you?
Sonny: No! [Beat] I mean...[Silence, in which it's heavily implied that he fantasized about gruesomely killing her because she made Carly mad, in which case baristas all over upstate New York better look into some security detail]
Olivia: So if I wouldn't have called you, you would have gone and found Brenda and, um, what?
Sonny: [Grateful for the appearance of Dante and Crew. Not because he's even a little bit interested in any of their lives, but because it at least puts off the awkward moment of having to answer Olivia with "Probably some heavy duty berating and then taking her out into the woods if you know what I mean, and I think you do, but in case you don't, I mean that I'd kill her in the woods."]
It was all profoundly unsettling, although not as unsettling as the moment I nodded my head and said "Yup, totally" at something Sonny said. IN MY DEFENSE, what he said was "When Michael told me what happened, I thought I was going to be sick"; I think fear of public vomiting was a pretty universal reaction to that particular plot twist. It's been an upsetting day for me, okay?