The Grief That Keeps On Grieving
The Michael "Sonny" Corinthos Tour of Angst and Anger continued today and there was angst and anger aplenty. To refresh your memory, because he lives in a constant state of enraged hysteria and it's getting increasingly difficult to keep track of what has caused him to scream loudly and scrunch his face up like a particularly expressive emoji ("My girlfriend's been murdered. Grrrr!" "The newspaper came late this morning. ARGH!"), this particular downward spiral was caused by Connie's murder, because Connie was obviously the great love of his life (I mean, he loved her so much he wasn't intent on banging her cousin like, minutes before she died!) and now she's dead and that just makes Sonny so sad and also rage-y and suicidal.
It makes him have whiny outbursts.
Sonny: You don't underSTAND!
Sonny: He begged me not to kill AJ. And because I'm his father, I didn't. But this is what I gotta do...[uncomfortable pause] ["I gotta do this, but when? When?!"]...now.
Olivia: To use the gun on yourself? No, Sonny. Look at me. Look at me!
Sonny, in a crabby tone one would expect of an overtired toddler: Whaaat?
And prone to violent hyperbole.
Sonny: AJ should be wiped OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH!!!!
I should note that Sonny then became ALL CAPS ENRAGED at the very mention of AJ's name later in this (painfully long and painfully loud. Dear god, can you imagine the amount of throat lozenges Lisa LoCicero must have needed after filming these scenes?! The screeching!) conversation, as though he hadn't been the person to bring him up in the first place.
Sonny: I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT AJ!!!!!! I'm tired. I'm tired! I don't want to do this anymore.
Sonny's grief also made him marry a ghost and tell Olivia about it. She was aghast (not because of the figment marriage, because who is a semi-psychic to judge, but because he's still talking about killing himself and apparently that would be a real drag for other people).
Sonny: I have to keep my word.
Olivia: Not like this.
Sonny: Yeah, yeah I do! I gotta go to her! We're husband and wife. I can't let her be alone.
It caused him to do some pretty spot-on, albeit unintentional, impressions of iconic movie characters.
Sonny, throaty and growly like Christian Bale's Batman: My children are grown.
Sonny, all hoarse like Vito Corleone: We were finally in a great plac. We were gonna be together! We were finally gonna get the shot we always wanted.
He had some moments of absolute clarity, punctuated by some pretty hilarious gestures and vocal inflections.
Sonny, with his hand resting casually on his face: You're not being FAIR. It's my CHOICE.
Sonny: I always...[...][...]you know what? I try to do the right thing. Bodyguards, bullet proof vests, bullet proof windows. I say to myself that I...uh...[...]that I'm doing the best I can to protect my family [hits himself in the chest repeatedly as if to remind Olivia that he's referring to his own family, as if that were ever in question because when the hell does Sonny ever concern himself with anything not directly related to him?]
Sonny: That's a lie! The truth is, I don't protect spit! I am what I am, I do what I do and people I care about pay the price [...][...][after, like, six full minutes of silence, Sonny finally unleashes and demolishes every glass and liquor bottle within reach]
Sonny: Olivia. Olivi--[the last syllable was, like, sung almost gleefully. It was mesmerizing and weird]--aaaaaaa. [Jazz hands] I'm not going to ask you again. [In a sing song voice] You need to get out of here now.
As grief-y as Sonny's grief is, it isn't quite SO bad that he'd kill himself and his sons all gave him some terrible pep talk about how family sticks together and he banged the counter angrily a few times during their heartwarming (every letter in that word is dripping with sarcasm by the way) and he put his gun down and it was anti-climactic and seems to be just a way to put a little bit of distance between Connie's murder and his eventual tryst with Olivia, but I have to admit that I could not stop watching it. I fast-forwarded through most of the show just to get back to the Sonny/Olivia scenes because they were so horrifying and poorly done. It was hypnotic!