History of Sonny Corinthos-1996

Lily visits her father, Hernando Rivera, and asks him to get Sonny out of jail. She tells him she will reconcile with him if he helps Sonny. Rivera mysteriously pays Sonny’s bail and meets with him. He offers him a deal Sonny can’t refuse. Marry his daughter and he will be set  free.

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Sonny tells Rivera he needs time to think. He tells Luke he can live without love, but not without trust. He loves Brenda, but he trusts Lily. Sonny goes back to Rivera to tell him of his decision. Rivera tells him he has to be loyal to his daughter and can no longer see Brenda Barrett.  

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Sonny is cleaning out Stone's bedroom when he finds a letter addressed to Robin. He brings it to Robin and they read the letter together.

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Sonny goes to Luke's Club and runs into Mike playing pool by himself in the back room. Sonny brushes him off at first, but Mike asks him to join him in a quick game of pool. Sonny hesitates, but then stays. Mike tells him about the night he was born.

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One of Stone’s last wishes is that Sonny and Mike start getting along. Sonny is going to need someone when Stone is gone. Sonny is locked out of the Penthouse, due to his assets still frozen. Mike offers to let him stay in Stone’s old room (Mike is living above Luke’s Club). Sonny accepts. Sonny explains to Mike why he can’t be in prison. Deke locked him in the closet when he was a kid.

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Sonny proposes to Lily, but admits to her that he doesn’t love her. Lily says her love is enough for both of them.

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Sonny tells Brenda they can’t be together. Brenda is upset and doesn't understand why Sonny is rejecting her.

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Jason Quartermaine gets in a car crash when AJ drives drunk. He has brain damage and has lost all memory of his previous life

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Jason is on the docks when he witnesses a shootout and finds $100,000 dollars. Robin tells him to take it to Sonny. After failing at jobs at Luke’s parking cars and working on the docks, Sonny give Jason a job. He changes his name to Jason Morgan.  

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Sonny has a bachelor party, before his wedding to Lily. Luke is his best man. Brenda is devastated as she watches from the back of the church. Sonny and Lily go on a honeymoon and he tells her he will always try and be there for her. Sonny really wants to make this work and have a family.    

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Sonny finds out that Brenda is going to Ireland with Jax and sabotages her trip.

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Brenda gets a flat tire and goes to Sonny's Penthouse to use the phone. Lily comes home and tells Brenda to leave, but Sonny can’t stop thinking about her.

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Sonny goes to the hospital to be with Brenda when she is hit by a car in front of Luke’s Club. He finds out that Rivera is responsible for the accident. It turns out that Lily’s bodyguards have been telling Rivera about Sonny and Brenda still seeing each other. Rivera again warns Sonny to stay away from Brenda or her life is in danger. Sonny tells Rivera he is a man of his word and will be loyal to Lily.

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Lily and Sonny talk. She wants to know if he wants out of the marriage. She would understand if he did, given the circumstances of their marriage. Sonny, knowing that it’s not an option, says that he is going to try harder and wants to give their marriage another chance. They decide to go on a second honeymoon to Canada. Brenda and Jax follow them. There is an avalanche and Brenda is trapped in a cabin. Sonny saves Brenda.

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Back in Port Charles, Sonny can’t stop thinking about Brenda. One night, Brenda is in his car when he goes to the garage and they kiss. Sonny tells Brenda to stay away from him. But, she is his drug.

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Brenda and Sonny meet at the docks. She tells Sonny that she will be his mistress, but Sonny refuses to let her do that to herself. She deserves better. Sonny feels like he is poison and everyone that gets near him gets damaged.

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Lily sees Sonny and Brenda together and realizes her marriage is over.

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Sonny comes to the decision that he can’t stay with Lily. He knows he is breaking his word to Rivera, but he loves Brenda. He meets her on the docks and tells her his plan. They can be together, but they would have to leave Port Charles forever. Brenda understands and wants to be together with him. They start to make plans to leave town.

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Sonny starts to tell Lily that their marriage is over. But, before he can say anything, she has news of her own. She is pregnant. Sonny is stunned. He goes to the docks to think. He meets a boy who is looking for his father. He realizes that he would never be able to leave his own child. It was the one promise he had always made to himself. He tells Brenda the change of plans. She is heartbroken, but knows how much fatherhood means to Sonny. She tells him to “Make it worth it. Be a good father.”

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Sonny finds Lily gone from the Penthouse. He goes to the airport and finds her on a plane leaving for Puerto Rico. He gets down on his knees and begs Lily to get off the plane and be with him. He wants to have a family. He will do anything to make this work. Tearfully, he tells her, “Don’t leave me.”    

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Sonny and Lily go home. Sonny tells her how happy he is about fatherhood.

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Lily calls her father and tells her she is coming to Puerto Rico with some news. Harry thinks Sonny is still leaving with Brenda, and also calls Rivera. Sonny thinks they should celebrate their good news at Luke’s Club. Lily forgets to call back her father. Sonny buys everyone champagne and announces the news about Lily’s pregnancy. Mike looks on with happiness for his son. Sonny gets a little tipsy and Lily doesn’t want him to drive home. She goes to get the car. Mike stops Sonny in the parking lot and congratulates him. As they are talking, Sonny turns around to see Lily killed in a fiery car bomb explosion.

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Sonny is in shock and grief. Luke brings him home, but won’t allow him to stay with him. Robin tells Jason to stay with Sonny. Sonny doesn’t want any company. When Jason refuses to leave, he says the worst Sonny could do is fire him. Sonny responds with a cold, “Do you think that’s the worst I can do to you?”

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Sonny flies down to Puerto Rico and visits Rivera. He suffered a stroke when he found out his daughter was killed. Sonny tells him that he also murdered his grandson. Sonny hands Rivera a gun and says for honor he should finish the job. Sonny leaves the room and there is a gunshot.

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Back in Port Charles, Sonny shuts everyone out. He has a funeral service for Lily. He tells Harry to get out of town, because he knows it’s him that betrayed him and called Rivera. He also visits Lily’s son, Juan, in Puerto Rico. He tells Juan that he will always take care of him. He also gives him Lily’s cross.  

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Mike tries his best to help Sonny. He comes by and makes sure he’s eating. Sonny doesn’t want Mike around. Mike tries to provoke Sonny out of his grief  and Sonny responds by beating Mike up. After Sonny calms down, Mike helps Sonny pack some of Lily’s things. Sonny talks a little about his mother.  

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Sonny is still full of rage and Robin comes in the Penthouse to see Sonny smashing Lily's piano to pieces. She gets him to stop and patches up his injured hand. Sonny is unreachable.

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Sonny continues to mourn the death of Lily, as visitors come to the Penthouse to check up on how he is doing.

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Brenda gets back from her honeymoon with Jax. Ned and Lois tell her about Lily’s tragic death. Brenda immediately rushes to the Penthouse. Sonny is still in shock. He lets her in and the place is a mess. Sonny confides that it’s his fault this happened and he will never forgive himself. Brenda tries to comfort him as he breaks down and weeps in her arms.

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Sonny goes to Lily's grave and apologizes for what he's done to her.

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At the Nurse’s Ball, Sonny donates thirty million dollars that he inherited from Hernando Rivera’s death. He designates it for the Stone Cates Memorial AIDS Wing at General Hospital. Brenda goes to the Penthouse to check on Sonny. He says he feels like he’s dead. They share an intense kiss.

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Robin thanks Sonny for donating $30 million and establishing the Stone Cates AIDS Memorial Wing.

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Sonny needs a legitimate front for his money. Jason offers him his 12 percent share of ELQ stock, but only if Sonny agrees to always side with Ned. Sonny agrees, to the horror of the Quartermaine’s. They are furious that Sonny would take such advantage of Jason. Jason becomes Sonny’s right hand man.

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Sonny goes to a Quartermaine board meeting, where Jason announces he is giving his voting proxy to Sonny. The Quartermaines are furious with Sonny. They all proceed to lash out at Sonny. It becomes a very ugly scene and Sonny finally leaves. He goes to the docks, quite shaken by what was said to him. He is still has very raw emotions about Lily. Jason and Robin go to the docks to talk to Sonny about what happened.

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Sonny tries to be a donor for Lulu, who's very sick. But, he can’t because he has had a blood transfusion outside of the hospital. Brenda and him talk at the park. He is full of sadness.

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Mike continues to check on Sonny. He encourages him to take down Lily's portrait.

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Brenda and Jax are getting married and Sonny crashes the wedding by bringing Jax's wife, Miranda, to the ceremony. She has been presumed dead and Jax is shocked. It ruins their wedding and Brenda is furious. Sonny has also found out some dirt on the Jax family and discovers they are involved in the Australian mob.

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It’s the anniversary of Stone's death. Sonny makes a toast.