Carly Celebrates Sonny’s Birthday

April 24, 2000. Carly has taken Sonny to the Port Charles Grille for his birthday. She’s very excited and wants to do something nice for Sonny. Instead, when the waiters bring out a cake and sing Happy Birthday to Sonny, he has a flashback of Deke. Then there’s a confrontation with the Quartermaines and Sonny again has a flashback. Later, back at the Penthouse, Sonny explains the reason that he doesn’t like to celebrate his birthday.

Carly: Go ahead. Say it.

Sonny: What?

Carly: I screwed up.

Sonny: No. I mean, how could you have known I have a thing about my birthday?

Carly: If I would have used my head for once.

Sonny: Well.

Carly: I saw how you reacted when Mike brought you that birthday gift and I just figured that you were upset because nobody else was going to remember your birthday. So, dumb Carly was going to fix it. I'm sorry.

Sonny: Forget about it. Why don't you go check on Michael?

Carly: Are you mad at me because I made a scene with the Quartermaines?

Sonny: You were handling the situation. I know that.

Carly: Well, Alan didn't have the right to go off on you like that.

Sonny: I appreciate what you said, you know. You took him on.

Carly: You do?

Sonny: Yeah. You were tough, you know. I like that.

Carly: So, it's okay as long as I’m not going off on you?

Sonny: Yeah. You got that right.

Carly: Sonny, when Alan was yelling at you, you got this look on your face like you did in the elevator that time we got stuck in there on New Year's Eve.

Sonny: Elevators and birthdays have a lot in common for me.

Carly: We don't have to talk about it if you don't want to.

Sonny: No, no . . . it’s . . . we're trying to build something here. I have, you know, a home for Michael and the baby, something different than we had when we were growing up.

Carly: We will.

Sonny: Well, not really, unless we level with each other and you did something nice for me tonight. I couldn't handle it. And you got a right to know why.

(They go and sit on the couch).

Carly: Mike wasn't around too much when you were growing up for birthdays and stuff?

Sonny: Mike wasn't into the family thing. He probably did me a favor by walking away.

Carly: Like Bobbie when she gave me up? That still hurts.

Sonny: Mike was father of the year compared to my stepfather. The cop.

Carly: You were raised by a cop?

Sonny: The strong arm of the law. He was that all right.

Carly: Was he mean?

Sonny: (getting uncomfortable, distracted) What's that?

Carly: Was he mean?

Sonny: Worse. Taggert's mentor.

Carly: So that stuff with Taggert, that's personal? Some would have to wonder the way he goes after you.

Sonny: Well, Deke was his hero. Spit and polish boots, tailored blues. My mother fell for it. But not until after he married my mother did he start playing good cop, bad cop and I was at the top of his list. I knew because I used to listen to his footsteps. And I’d play it cool, but everything was tense. My mother would cry a lot.

Carly: How old were you?

Sonny: Hmmm?

Carly: How old were you?

Sonny: Seven or eight. But not until my eighth birthday did things start getting really bad, you know? My mother would do the Happy Birthday thing . . . bake a cake . . . and I was just about to blow out the candles when Deke showed up. And he saw how great we were getting along and he lost it. So he grabbed the cake, threw it on the ground. And before he could stomp on it, my mom tried to stop him. He hit her. And then I tried to get in the way, and that's when he took out his belt and he started beating me with his belt buckle.

Carly: Oh, my God.

Sonny: "It’s time you get what you deserve," he would say.

Carly: That's exactly what Alan said, isn't it?

Sonny: All I heard was Deke. Got to tell you, if you hadn't jumped in, Alan would be in the hospital and I would be in Taggert's office handcuffed to a chair. Thank you.

Carly: Thanks for trusting me.

Sonny: I will be a good father to our children. That's a promise.

Carly: You already are. Michael adores you. He feels totally safe and loved.

Sonny: Well, that's what it's all about with children, you know? They’ve got to know they're protected.

Carly: That's right. We don't have to make a big deal about birthdays if you don't want. I mean, not even for the kids.

Sonny: No, no. You know what? I mean, not just because of what happened, you know? I want to have balloons and friends running around, the whole thing.

Carly: We could fight over who makes the cake.

Sonny: Well, I don't do dessert.

Carly: Excuse me? Do my ears deceive me? Did you just admit that there's something under the sun you can't do?

Sonny: I didn't say can't. I said I choose not to and there's a difference.

Carly: Why am I not surprised?

Sonny: You know what?

Carly: What?

Sonny: This is going to work out okay. You and I being parents. You’re a hell of a fighter and a kid needs that in a mother.

Carly: It's in the genes, Bobbie's.

Sonny: Well, be glad for that. I loved my mother, but she wasn't very strong. You seem to be somebody who will not let anybody hurt their children.

Carly: Between the two of us, I think we have that covered. You want to go up and check on Michael?

Sonny: Sure.

Carly: Okay.

Sonny: You dropped this (an envelope falls off the table).

Carly: Thank you.

Sonny: Is that for me? Because it had my name on it or something.

Carly: No. It was stupid and it's not a big deal.

Sonny: Well, you're not keeping a secret from me or anything.

Carly: No. It's a birthday present.

Sonny: Well, let me see it. Come on! Come on! I mean, really.

Carly: Yeah. It's what you get someone who has everything when you don't know what to get them and you don't have any money.

Sonny: A gift certificate? "Win one argument against Carly Benson"? What? But I never lose an argument to you.

Carly: That's because you don't ever fight with me. You walk away.

Sonny: Well, I’ll tell you what. Next birthday, why don't you give one of these to Mike to give to me. How's that?

Carly: Happy birthday, Sonny.