GH Review 2008-Summary of Sonny & Mike Scenes

December 12, 2008

Mike: Sonny, come here. Listen to me. Listen, Kate is angry. And I'm sure once she has a chance to think things through she'll . . .

Sonny: How can you make it better? It's what it is. All right, let's leave it at that. I don't want to talk about it.

Mike: But she's hurt because you married Claudia. That's the only reason she would have been with Jax.

Sonny: I drove her to it. Sleeping with him, Jax of all people, I mean, you know what I mean? I don't feel good about it. Makes me want to punch a wall.

Mike: Ok, ok. What do you do now?

Sonny: I'm already doing it. No one's safe around here, mike. I married Claudia for two reasons. One, to take over the Zacchara organization, right, because Jason doesn't want me involved anymore, right? Two, to find out who shot Kate.

Mike: Ok, well, you know something? Just for your information, Sonny, I'm going to have a real problem if you die in the attempt.

Sonny: I'm not going to die, mike. If I haven't died yet, ain't going to happen.

Mike: Ok, ain't going to happen. What's next? What do you do next?

Sonny: Ok, Anthony already transferred his power over to me, right? I'm getting to know his lieutenants and everybody in there. In six months, his people aren't going to remember anybody they work for, except me.

Mike: Ok, and what about Claudia? Your wife, remember her? What about her?

Sonny: Do you have to remind me? Claudia wants power, right? She says it's for her brother, but I know it's for herself. She's going to try to play me, and I'm just going to play along.

Mike: Ok, but what's that going to get you?

Sonny: I'll tell you. I need to know the Zacchara secrets, because I cannot wait to find out who shot Kate.

Mike: And even if you do find out, do you really think that's going to change things with Kate?

Sonny: I'm hoping I can change her mind, but ultimately, it's Kate's decision. But I got to find out who shot her.

November 14, 2008

[Mike groans]

Sonny: Easy, Mike.

Mike: Huh?

Sonny: You're in the hospital.

Mike: Why?

Sonny: You don't remember?

Mike: I closed the diner. Some guys came in. I'm not sure.

Sonny: They said they'd retaliate because of me.

Mike: I crawled in the alley, right? And there were flames somewhere?

Sonny: The diner was torched.

Mike: Terrific. I finally find gainful employment and look what happens.

Sonny: Don't worry about it. Kelly's can be rebuilt. I'm going to rebuild it. Make it better than before. I'll get you a kitchen, make you shine. And the Spencer’s aren't going to have to spend a dime because I'm going to take care of them, but your life cannot be replaced, and I'm grateful that you were able to save it, but on the other hand, hurts me . . .

Mike: Sonny.

Sonny: That I put you there. You know what I mean?

Mike: Yes.

Sonny: Because if I hadn't then, you know, I mean. . .

Mike: Sonny, Sonny, Sonny. I don't blame you. Come on.

Sonny: Well, it's still my fault.

Mike: Please, don't pick up the slack by blaming yourself. You did what you had to do. Hell, come on. Listen, I'm almost relieved. I thought this about some gambling debt that had fell through the cracks or something. So what's next?

Sonny: Well, what's next, I mean, somebody goes after your dad, I mean, you know, what are you going to do? You can't let that go.

Kate: Mike, I just heard.

Mike: Hey.

Kate: Oh.

Mike: Hey, Kate, come on in. Come on.

Kate: Um, okay, just for a minute. I'm here for a check-up, and Elizabeth said you had been injured.

Mike: Yeah, well, it looks worse than it is.

Kate: Well, I hope so.

Mike: Hey, come on. I'm a fast healer. I'll be as good as new in no time. For sure, I'll be good in time for the new wedding date.

Kate: I guess Sonny didn't tell you.

Sonny: No, I didn't get that far.

Mike: What's going on?

Kate: There isn't going to be a new wedding. Sonny and I are through.

Mike: Karpov knifed you and had you thrown in the the harbor. I mean, you had to strike back.

Sonny: I don't want to lose her, Mike.

Mike: I know.

Sonny: But, you know, the blowback is not just landing on me. It's landing on Jason.

Mike: On Jason? How?

Sonny: Yeah, you're not the only casualty. Karpov's people hit one of his truck yards. Just burned it to the ground with, ready to go, you know?

Mike: What kind of strategy is that? You and Jason aren't even partners anymore.

Sonny: Karpov's people are looking to get rid of any ally I might have. I think the best thing I should do is go talk to Jason. What do you think?

Mike: I think that's more than fair.

Sonny: You know what's ironic? Jason threw my friendship with him out the window for peace, all for nothing.


Mike was doing everything he could to make Sonny not take on all of his usual guilt of people getting hurt. It was great to see Mike really backing Sonny up and understanding why Sonny had to strike back at an enemy after being left for dead.

September 26, 2008

Mike: Hey. You're looking good.

Sonny: Thanks.

Mike: Any nerves?

Sonny: I was at home. I was looking at pictures of my kids, and I saw a picture of Michael. And for a second, I thought, you know, is it wrong to be this happy after what happened to my son? But I know Michael would want this for me. We should all be happy for our parents. I want that for you, Mike.

Mike: You know, a lot of water is floating under a lot of bridges for you and I to get to this point.

Sonny: I guess, sometimes you have to be a dad to recognize how imperfect fathers can be. I'm really glad you're standing up for me.

Mike: And I'm really glad you asked.

Sonny: Ooh, boy.


To have Mike as Sonny's best man at his wedding is such a huge step for this father and son. Sonny has been reaching out to Mike for months and you can just see the relief, the happiness, and the joy with Mike. A terrific scene for a father and son that have struggled for years to connect.

September 11, 2008

Sonny: Hey, what do you need?

Mike: Well, I called Kate's office to R.S.V.P. about the rehearsal dinner, and that secretary, Clarice . . .

Sonny: Yeah.

Mike: She kind of got snippy with me, and she said that the wedding was on hold?

Sonny: There's been a temporary setback.

Mike: What? Some fancy designer's upset about the gown or the caterer's feuding with the photographer, who's mad at some celebrity? What?

Sonny: Actually, it's about me and Kate.

Mike: Now I'm worried.

Sonny: Carly and I, we . . .

Mike: Now wait, wait, now wait. Say no more. Say no more.

Sonny: Well, it was just one night after we took Michael to the institute. Kate was never supposed to know.

Mike: But she found out. Sonny, didn't you tell me that Kate swore that she would leave you if you ever went back to Carly.

Sonny: That's what she always said, yes.

Mike: Then how can you consider this a temporary setback? It supports everything that everybody in this town has told Kate from the get-go, that you and Carly will always get back together.

Sonny: The night in the limo, Carly and I just left our son tied to a bed for the rest of his life. I was feeling, you know, dead inside, and Carly and I did what we did. We felt worse afterward but we both agree that it's best act like it never happened.

Mike: And did Kate buy any part of that? Listen, Sonny. All I'm saying is you are as addicted to Carly as I am to gambling. You have your good years and your bad years, but it's always in the back of your mind.

Sonny: Kate is my future. Carly and I are done.

Mike: Kate just called off the wedding.

Sonny: She's hurt, Mike. She has every right to be. But we're going to work things out. I love her, and you know, I'm going to do what I can to make it up to her.

Mike: Ok, what if the tables were turned, ok? What if . . .

Sonny: Yes?

Mike: Kate had sex with Jax that same night and waited all this time to tell you. Would it still be a temporary setback? You know, I think this is going to be a lot more difficult than you say it is.

August 15, 2008

Mike: All right. Is it about the old gambling debt?

Sonny: No.

Mike: Because I thought Jason took care of it.

Sonny: Mike, it has nothing to do with what you've done. I'm working some things through, and I just need a sounding board.

Mike: And you called me?

Sonny: Well, you know, after all this time, I figured that I could trust your opinion. I'll give you a few seconds to get over the shock.

Mike: How about the cardiac arrest? You know at my age, Sonny.

Sonny: You're going to be around for a long time, Mike.

Mike: I'm glad I hung around long enough for you to be able to trust me. So what happened?

Sonny: Anthony went to Alexis. He wants her to drop the murder charges on Johnny. He threatened Kristina.

Mike: Well, I would never make excuses for that bastard, but my opinion? Kristina's not in any real danger. It's a tactic to pressure Alexis.

Sonny: That's exactly what I thought, you know, but I went over there anyway, just to pay him a visit. And I let him know that if he threatened Kristina or anybody else in my family again, I'd blow his brains out.

Mike: Well, that's subtle.

Sonny: You know what he said? That I'm retired, I no longer have the power to back up my threats. And that I did him a favor by stepping down.

Mike: Favor? How?

Sonny: Well, the Zacchara's could do pretty much whatever they want at this point because Jason's priority is keeping the peace. He threw it in my face. He says Jason has no spine. He can't run things.

Mike: And?

Sonny: I'm just starting to think he's right.

Mike: Ok, it sounds to me like a rationalization for you, getting back in the business. Ok you wanted honest.

Sonny: I want honest.

Mike: Ok.

Sonny: I made a deal with Jason to make my family safe. That's why I got out of the organization. To stop the violence from coming down on them.

Mike: Good reason.

Sonny: But I'm starting to feel like they're in danger because i don't have the power that I used to have. And maybe made a mistake. I don't know. Who knows, at this point?

Mike: Sonny, you have to follow your own instincts.

Sonny: Yes.

Mike: Your own conscience. And from where I stand, getting out of the organization was the best decision you ever made. Now, you knew that a major power shift was not going to happen overnight without any bumps. And you're in a period of transition, with a lot of uncertainty. And Anthony Zacchara is taking advantage of that. It is up to Jason to deal with it.

Sonny: But he's not dealing with it the way he should, Mike.

Mike: All right. I know that you're angry with Jason about Michael and Morgan, about the part that he played in getting you to sign away your sons.

Sonny: It hurts, Mike. I don't want to talk about it.

Mike: Ok, then let's talk about the business end of this thing, ok? About job performance. Do you really believe, Sonny, that Jason would stand by and do nothing if Anthony Zacchara moved against you or anyone you cared about?


It is very nice having Sonny ask Mike for advice and to actually have long scenes between these two wonderful actors.

August 8, 2008

Mike: Look, guys, I can see this is a bad time.

Kate: No, no, no, Mike, not at all. Sonny was just being sweet and romantic all on his own. Now, I'm going to go home, and I'm going to contemplate this momentous choice.

Sonny: Bye.

Kate: Bye-bye.

Mike: Kate, I'm sorry.

Kate: No, stop it, Mike. As possessive as I am about Sonny, I don't mind sharing him with his father. Bye.

Mike: Good. Bye.

Sonny: You in trouble?

Mike: Not like you mean. Three very large Russian guys walked into Kelly’s about a half an hour ago.

Sonny: What happened?

Mike: They ordered some food, and they made a point of greeting me as Sonny Corinthos' father. And they said that their boss Andrei Karpov.

Sonny: Karpov, yeah.

Mike: Might want to meet with me. It felt like a threat.

Sonny: It was. Karpov is a heavy hitter in Russia. I was working with him. I just quit. Clearly, he's not happy about it. Look, I did not go looking for this, Mike. Karpov approached me.

Mike: Look, it's your life, Sonny. I make no judgments here. It's just that I'd hoped that when you signed the business over to Jason that you really were done, especially now that you're marrying Kate.

Sonny: I thought I could run interference for Jason without being pulled back in, that I could pave the way for Karpov in exchange for keeping the peace. I was going to be a consultant under the radar, right? And then, you know, I'd introduce him to some people. But just to be a facilitator.

Mike: All right. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal for Karpov.

Sonny: Well, yeah. But, you know, all the trouble it took Karpov to get me on board, you would think he wouldn't be stupid enough to deal drugs. But he did, so the deal's off. Jason's going to have to deal with him the way he deals with him.

Mike: Look, Sonny, I believe that you're honest about your motives here.

Sonny: Right.

Mike: Okay? But I'm an addict, and you're my son. And as much as you meant well, working with Karpov also gave you a taste of the way your life used to be.

Sonny: Well, that taste did more than enough to convince me I don't want to go back.


Mike is gently trying to tell Sonny that it is hard to give up the only thing you know.

August 1, 2008

Mike: Hey, Sonny. Is Kate back?

Sonny: No, she's at the office. What's up?

Mike: Yeah. She's a very generous girl, your fiancee. I got a package from Paris.

Sonny: Let me guess. Cufflinks?

Mike: With an entire tuxedo attached. I mean, it is a beaut.

Sonny: Kate likes you, Mike.

Mike: Well, she has excellent taste all around. And I won't have to rent my tuxes from Harvey's anymore.

Sonny: Well, then I guess I'm going to have to, you know, do my job and ask you to stand up for me.

Mike: Best man?

Sonny: Unless you hock those cufflinks, 'cause then all bets are off.

Mike: You know it's all good, Sonny. After Michael, I thought you'd crash and burn, but Kate brings a light to you.

Sonny: I love her, Mike. She makes me happy.

Mike: And the way you've turned your life around like this, walking away from your organization, looking for something good for yourself. What can I say, man? I am happy for you.

Sonny: I got to tell you, it hasn't been easy.

Mike: You lost your boy, Sonny.

Sonny: Yeah.

Mike: Both your boys. I mean, you did what most men couldn't when you gave them up for their own good. And then you walked away from the one thing that defines you the most, your position in the organization. Now, either that is the most self-destructive or the bravest thing a guy could do.

Sonny: Honestly . . .

Mike: Yeah.

Sonny: Sometimes I miss it.

Mike: Sonny, power to you is like gambling is to me. I mean, it is a hell of a drug. You can't put it down, and you want it so bad, you can taste it. Just one more hand of poker, I'd tell myself. One more bet. I have never been able to walk away from my addiction. I can't even try to control it. And how you did it is beyond me. I mean, unless the love of a good woman is motivation enough?

Sonny: Kate gets me and she's smart.

Mike: And she's successful, and she has other things to think about besides you. Can your ego take it, huh?

Sonny: I got to be honest with you. Sometimes it is not easy. You know? She's ambitious and she goes after what she wants. And it's fun to watch her do that, and I'm trying to be a legitimate businessman, and she keeps me in check.

Mike: She loves you, Michael.

Sonny: I'm a lucky man. You know, I got to tell you. I thought at this point in my life I'd be dead. It's nice to get a second chance. And I'm not saying it's going to be perfect, but I'm up to taking that challenge. And I'm glad you're on my side.

Mike: Me, too.



The most revealing part of this wonderful scene between Sonny and Mike is how Sonny struggled to ask his father to be his best man. He had to look away and start joking, as if he was still that little boy, always afraid of his father's rejection. But he knew Mike would be happy and honored at the request. Mike was thrilled and told Sonny how proud he is at how he turned his life around. When Mike started talking about his gambling addiction, Sonny listened with attentiveness. Because Sonny knew exactly what Mike was talking about. That Sonny can't live without the power of being in the mob, anymore than Mike can pass up a poker game. It was a revealing scene, showing that father and son do have something in common. They both struggle with something that has destroyed each of them at different times in each other's lives.

July 14, 2008

Mike: Hey, guys. You're here together, and no one's yelling. I think that's a good sign.

Kate: Oh, great. My guess is you saw the photo, too.

Mike: No, someone told me about it, but . . .

Kate: You deserve an explanation.

Mike: No, no, I don't. I just wanted to tell you that whatever that picture shows, I know that you love my son and that there's no way in hell that you'd be unfaithful to him.

Kate: Thank you, Mike.

Mike: And I owe you an apology.

Sonny: What's that? What's going on?

Mike: Well, I completely underestimated you, because I was sure you were going to be furious, so I was ready to come over and do a little damage control, assure Kate that once you cooled down, you'd remember how much you've been through together and how much you loved her. I don't know how you did it, but you got my son to be able to think before he reacts in anger.

Sonny: Well, Mike, you know, there's something about Kate. I trust her, and we're good together.

Kate: Something like that. It goes both ways.

Mike: Well, I'm happy for you both, and I will try from now on to resist the urge to meddle, ok?

Kate: Oh, no, you can meddle all you want, because it means that you care, and we both want that, don't we, Sonny?

Sonny: Yeah, we do.

June 6, 2008


Sonny: Mike. You all right?

Mike: I'm fine. I'm fine. Oh, no, I'm not fine.

Sonny: Who did this to you?

(Next scene)

Sonny: My father needs a doctor.

Mike: I'm fine. I'm ok.

Mike: Listen, it's ok. All right, I'll just go to the E.R. It's simple.

Sonny: Mike, we're in the hospital. You're going to get treated by a doctor. Just sit down right here.

Mike: I don't need . . .

Leyla: We'll get your father to the treatment room right away.

Sonny: Ok, his head . . . I don't know what happened there. You need to check that, you understand?

Leyla: Yeah, I see that. I'm going to find Dr. Behar. He's the best trauma surgeon we have.

Sonny: Ok, can you page him please?

Mike: All right, listen, would you just relax? I'm going to be ok.

Sonny: Yes, you are, Mike, because I'm going to make sure of that.


May 13, 2008


Mike: Hey. Carly told me the news, so i thought I'd look in on our little guy before he left.

Sonny: Everybody tells me it's the best place to send him.

Mike: Yeah, well, what do you think? I mean, are you ok with it?

Sonny: I haven't been there. Jax and Carly were there and, if she says it's the best place for him, then it's the best place for him.

Mike: But still, Michael, it wouldn't hurt if you checked it out yourself.

Sonny: I have been kind of thinking of going today, you know? You want to go with me?

Mike: I'm flattered. I really am, but, you know, I'm probably a pretty poor second choice. If you're looking for support, Michael, why don't you take Kate?

Sonny: Kate has her own reasons for not being with me right now. But I understand if you don't want to go to this place, because I'm having trouble myself.

Mike: Obviously, or you wouldn't have asked me to tag along.

Sonny: I mean, you know, I'm about to put my 12-year-old little boy into a room, closed in for the rest of his life. Four walls, trapped because I put him there.

Mike: The last thing that he would want you to do is to turn this in on yourself. He loved you and he still does. Now, if you need to hold onto something when you walk in that room, you hold onto that. I'm not saying it's not going to be hell, but at least you'll be able to walk out of there again.



I thought Mike was very gently and supportive of Sonny. But I was somewhat disappointed in Mike today because Sonny asked Mike for something today. He asked his father to go to Manhattan with him and visit Michael's room with him. Mike turned him down. I thought it was a great opportunity for Mike to really support Sonny. Sonny rarely reaches out to Mike, but today he did. After all these years, it seems that Mike still doesn't know when to seize a moment with Sonny and give his son the support he needs. It was a real missed opportunity.

February 28, 2008


Mike shows up in Kate's hospital room to talk to Sonny. They talk about a Bensonhurst memory. Mike doesn't realize the girl he saw Sonny with was in fact, Kate.

Mike: I know that look. It's the same one after all these years. And it says "what are you doing here?"

Sonny: What are you doing here?

Mike: Well, what I'm doing here is I came to find out if there's any news on Michael.

Sonny: How did you know about Michael?

Mike: Hey, look, I got ears on the street, too, you know. And the funny thing is you wouldn't tell Michael's grandfather that his grandson was missing. But then I'm sitting here and I'm looking at this beautiful woman, and the other word on the street finally comes to me. That you proposed to her. My son found someone to marry again. And I thought to myself, "How great is that?" But then I realized, you didn't even introduce me to her. Now, why is that?

Sonny: You don't know the whole story . . .

Mike: No, no, listen, if you're going to let me die thinking that I'm still on the outside of your life, just seal me up behind a wall or something, okay? Because it's starting to rub me raw in a few places.

Sonny: Mike? I appreciate you asking about Michael and but I don't think right now is the right time to be busting my chops.

Mike: It's never the right time. Either you're involved in something that takes your attention or messes with your moods or you get happy, or as happy as you allow yourself to get and I'm the last thing on your mind.

Sonny: Well, I mean, no real coincidences.

Mike: No, it's not that I don't have some of that coming. Now, it probably looked to you like you and your mother were the last thing on my mind all those years growing up.

Sonny: And this is where you're going to tell me otherwise, right?

Mike: I'm not going to tell you how to feel about me or anybody else. It's nice that you've found somebody.

Sonny: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Mike: Okay? I remember this one Easter. I went back to the old neighborhood and I was hoping maybe I could see you and your mother. And Deke was home alone, Adela was out someplace. He had no idea where in the hell you were, so I went down to Verve and I took a window seat. And I look out the window and there you are across the street. And you got this girl with you. Now, it was really warm out and she was dressed all in yellow and she had this hat, you know, it was an Easter hat. It had flowers all over it and this big yellow ribbon. She put it on and she did this walk. You know, it was like one of those fashion show things.

And you looked at her, and you smiled. And then you laughed. I mean, it blew me away. And it's what kept me from going out and saying anything to you because I didn't want to ruin it. I didn't want to take that smile from you. And I sat there and I thought how great it would be if you found someone to make you do that for the rest of your life.

Sonny: Yeah. Yeah, it would.

Mike: Hey, I'll leave you two alone, okay?

Sonny: No, no, wait, wait. There’s still nothing on Michael.

Mike: All right, I'll keep listening out there. Listen, by the way, do you know who I meant, the girl with the Easter hat?

Sonny: Yeah.

Mike: Whatever happened to her?

Sonny: I let her get away, yeah, but I'm not going to let that happen again.

Mike: It would be nice if we could go back.

Sonny: Well, sometimes you try and it just doesn't work out.

Mike: Look, I -- I know that we're better than we used to be . . .

Sonny: Yes.

Mike: But I also know that you still have a hard time giving people any kind of leeway. I mean, if you get it set in your mind, it's in stone.

Sonny: Mm-hmm.

Mike: And especially if you feel like somebody's done something against you. I mean, people work very hard to make sure that Sonny forgives them because there's hell to pay if they don't, I mean, I know.

Sonny: I'm not arguing, you know.

Mike: Well, everybody makes mistakes.

Sonny: Yeah.

Mike: Big ones.

Sonny: Right.

Mike: Even you, okay? And even if you don't think you've made one yet, you will. Someday, somebody is not going to forgive you even though you want them to and I don't know who that's going to be, your wife, your son, your brother, somebody even worse.

Sonny: So, what are you, a fortuneteller now?

Mike: No, just a father who wants to be around once when you smile.


This is the first scene of the year for Sonny and Mike. It's also probably the longest one they've had for a long time. It was great to see.