GH Review 2004-Summary of Sonny & Mike Scenes

December 24, 2004

Mike attends Kristina's baptism.

Sonny: Thanks for coming and thanks for bringing her.


Mike: Well, I'm Kristina's grandfather. You knew I'd be here.


Sonny: Yeah, well, it's funny, you know. I mean, the longer I'm a father, the more I realize nobody's perfect, you know. And nobody has the right to judge another parent's choices. You did what you had to do. You tried to fix what you broke. I'm grateful.

Comments:   It was so incredible to see Kristina baptized. Sonny was so happy and it was great to see Mike sitting in the front row with Michael and Morgan. 


November 17,  2004

Mike attends the memorial service for Sonny's daughter.

There is a memorial service for Sonny's daughter. Mike is at the service. Although he doesn't speak to Sonny, he does tell John Durant he isn't welcome at the church.

Comments:   Sonny's child dies and Mike doesn't get to have a scene with his son? Would it hurt the writers to allow Sonny to have a scene with his father when he's grieving? Help me understand this. Sonny and Mike had six scenes in 2004 and I'm counting the one's where they have no dialogue. So disappointing. 

On a positive note, Mike stopped by to give Kristina a birthday present. Even though Alexis snubbed him, I am hoping that Mike will get some scenes with his granddaughter.  


November 2,  2004

Mike finds out Kristina is his daughter.

Sonny is finally told that he is Kristina's daughter. However she is very ill and needs a bone marrow transplant. At the hospital, Mike meets with Sonny and is told the news. 

Mike: Kelly's.

Sonny: Meet me at the hospital right away.

Mike: What's going on?

Sonny: I'll tell you when you get here.

Mike: All right, I'm on my way. Diego?

Diego: What?

Mike: Listen, keep an eye on the place until I get back. I got to go to the hospital. My son's in trouble.

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Mike: You're Kristina's father?

Sonny: You and Courtney need to be tested for donor compatibility.

Mike: Yeah. Yeah, of course. Whatever Kristina needs. Her nanny brings her into Kelly's all the time. She's, whew, she's a sweet girl. She's happy, she's well-mannered, cute as a button. All this time she's been my granddaughter. 

Comments:   It was great to see Mike rush to the hospital after Sonny's phone call. Every once in a while, we are reminded that Sonny does indeed have a father. Mike has not been a part of Morgan's life for the past year. I would love for him to be a part of Kristina's life. 


 September 22,  2004

Sonny: Carly wants to know her father. I can't stop her from meeting him.  

Mike: So you came up here to make sure that she's ok. 

Sonny: You know what I feel like doing? I feel like going downstairs and yanking her out of the place.

Mike: Look, Carly is smart. If Durant is working her, she's going to know it.  

Sonny: Yeah, but maybe not. I mean, look, she's never had a father. She's completely vulnerable. He can see that, Mike.  

Mike: So you're afraid that Carly's going to let her guard down and say something that compromises you?  

Sonny: It could happen, Mike. Durant's a federal prosecutor with a hate on, you know, for people in my business.

Mike: All right, then just tell Carly it's too dangerous. You're sorry that things worked out the way they did.  

Sonny: Right.  

Mike: But for the good of the family, you can't . . .  

Sonny: He is her family now. Whether I like it or not, Durant, you know, is her father.

Mike: Like I’m yours.  

Sonny: Yeah.  

Mike: Well, you and Carly have that in common now . . . an inconvenient father that won't go away.  

Sonny: Oh, come on, mike. It's different. When you were coming to me, I was rejecting you. . . the whole thing. Now, you know, I'm grateful now. All right? So maybe I should just give Carly a chance. 

Mike: It's not that simple, Michael. If Carly's father is a threat to you, then he's a threat to her happiness, as well.

Comments:   A Sonny and Mike scene! This was a pleasant surprise. Although their scene was too short, it was a welcome site to see Sonny and Mike having a civil conversation. Though the conversation was about Carly, the scene did recall the very first time Mike arrived in Port Charles to seek out his son. Here is the first scene that established Sonny and Mike as a powerhouse father and son story:


June 1,  2004

Sonny visits Mike in the hospital.

Sonny: Why didn't you let me know when you got in over your head, Mike?

Mike: Look, I just needed a little more time.

Sonny: Well, you should have let me take care of it.

Mike: Truthfully, I didn't want to listen to you call me a worthless bum. It may be accurate, but it's still hard to take.

Sonny: So you let yourself go through this?

Mike: What'd I tell you? I just thought I could get an extension.

Sonny: Well, next time, come to me. I mean, you know, I'll quit the name-calling, you know? It doesn't do anybody any good.

Mike: No, no, wait a minute. Is it my painkillers or is my son starting to mellow?

Sonny: I'm not saying it's ok to gamble, Mike, but we both know you're not going to quit anyway. But if you get yourself in debt again, just . . . if you don't want to call me, that's fine. Call Meyer, he's my accountant. He'll take care of you.

Mike: It sounds like you're being a little less angry with me.

Sonny: Well, you know what? You weren't there when I needed you growing up, but one lesson you did teach me and that is that if you give your word, you keep it. When you love somebody, you don't let them down. Now, when you have a child, you protect that child no matter what else you have to give up.

Mike: So, in other words, you're trying to be the kind of father that I wasn't.

Sonny: I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm understanding a little more of what it takes being a father. You know, trying to keep a family together . . . it's not so easy. I'm not saying that I would leave like you did, but I'm understanding a little more what you were going through, at least a little more than I did. 

Comments: A Sonny and Mike scene that was a very welcome sight. A little humor, humility, and love all mixed in to the dialogue. Sonny and Mike need some more scenes like this, where we see them simply talking together. 


May  16, 2004

Commentary: Sonny and Mike: Where is their story?

Lost opportunities

I am thrilled that we are seeing more of Mike on the Port Charles canvas. Now that he works at Kelly’s Diner, we’ve probably seen more of Mike Corbin in the last few months than in the past year. Mike gets to interact with all of the characters that make their way to the diner. He gets to offer advice and listen to everyone’s problems. Courtney makes weekly visits there, sitting at the barstool and having heart to heart talks with her father.

But there is something missing in all of this. Sonny and Mike scenes have become virtually non-existent on the show. Except for the occasional short scene when Sonny and Mike have some terse and angry exchange, this powerful father and son combination has ended.

When Mike first arrived in Port Charles, he was desperate to establish a relationship with his estranged son. He reached out to Sonny and, as a result, we learned about their history: how Mike abandoned his family, how Mike gambled away money, and how Sonny ended up being raised by his drunken, abusive stepfather. Mike learned why Sonny was so angry and so did the audience. It took a long time, but eventually Sonny started to trust his father again and they both attempted to move past their mistakes and be civil to each other. A simple scene such as Mike giving Sonny a birthday present became powerful, emotional, and heartfelt. The incredible talent of Maurice Benard and Ron Hale made small scenes mean something. The audience wanted this father and son to make a connection: for Sonny to drop his guard a little bit and confide in his father or for Mike to recognize that Sonny wasn’t the cold, distant son that he seemed to always encounter. Their issues were important: guilt, trust, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love.

Nowadays, Sonny is a struggling father of his own. Everything that has happened to Sonny as a child, he is determined not to repeat with his own children. Sonny has made his two sons his lifeblood. He wants to do the right thing and he wants to be a strong part of his children’s lives. Now is the time for Mike to be in Sonny’s life: to support his son, to be proud of his son as a father, and to establish relationships with his grandsons.

Unfortunately, it looks like the viewers are never going to see the continuation of the Sonny and Mike saga. There are so many stories to be told, so many powerhouse scenes that we are missing out on, and so much promise of a father and son relationship evolving into new territory. I don’t think the show is ever going to revisit Sonny and Mike as a storyline and it’s a huge disappointment. They remain a beautiful story to be told.


April 27, 2004

Sonny is at the hospital visiting Michael. Mike and Courtney stop by to visit. 

Courtney: Hey. 

Mike: Hey, honey. Listen, how's Michael?

Courtney: He is on his way to a full recovery, yeah. I was just with him a little while ago. He's asleep. 

Mike: Well, that's great news. Can he have visitors yet?

Courtney: Oh, the doctors will let you in. Sonny might not.

Mike: Listen, Sonny can be as angry or as unreasonable as he wants, but little Michael needs his family around him.

Courtney: Not when we're fighting.

Mike: But that is Sonny's problem, not ours. You need to see that kid and so do I. We're on our way to see Michael.

Sonny: You asking my permission?

Mike: Not in this life.

Sonny: So what are you doing? You going to pick a fight with me here, too, in the hospital?

Courtney: Come on, guys. Sonny, look, we're Michael’s family, too. Shouldn't he know that he's been in our thoughts and prayers?

Sonny: I guess it might do him some good.

Courtney: Thank you.

Sonny: He's awake right now. You can go see him.

Comments: Umm. Okay. Sonny and Mike are now reduced to one or two lines every six months? Really not a lot to say about the state of Sonny and Mike. They are non-existent and that is very unfortunate. 


April  16, 2004

Mike lays into Sonny.

Courtney betrays Sonny by calling the cops on him and siding with his enemy. Mike is angry at Sonny and attacks him for how he is treating his sister.  

Comments:

The first Sonny and Mike scene of the year. Good acting as usual, but these father and son scenes are very rare nowadays. I would like to see Mike support his son for once in his life. I really hated how Mike and Courtney treated Sonny.


February  23, 2004

Courtney pays off Mike's debts.

(Mike whistles)

Man: Corbin.

Mike: Hey. Mickey Five Hands. I almost didn't see you.

Mickey: Sure, you did. But you got no reason to run today.

Mike: Now, look, I know I'm a little behind on my payments.

Mickey: Actually, you're in the clear. All your markers have been paid off.

Mike: By whom?

Courtney: Your favorite daughter.

(Next scene)

Courtney: So, you doing ok?

Mike: Oh . . .

Courtney: You want some more potatoes or something?

Mike: No. What are you trying to do, spend the whole 10 million on dinner?

Courtney: Well, you know, actually, it's not just the money.

Mike: Well, what is it? I mean, how much more?

Courtney: I don't know. I'm afraid to talk about it right now.

Mike: Ah, I never pegged you for the superstitious type.

Courtney: Well, I'm not. I just, do you think that maybe we could keep my good luck between just the two of us right now? 

Comments: It looks like Mike is going to be involved in Courtney's new story. Can we dare hope for a Sonny and Mike scene?