History of Sonny Corinthos-1997

Taggert arrives in Port Charles. He immediately starts harassing Sonny.

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Sonny gets a mysterious call that Brenda was in an accident and is in the hospital. It’s a set up. When he arrives at the hospital he is attacked and brought back to his Penthouse. He is given a large dose of heroin. There is a funeral for Laura Spencer, who is actually in hiding. Brenda worries when Sonny doesn’t show up. She has a feeling that something is wrong and goes to the Penthouse to check on him. She finds him unconscious on the couch. She calls 911. She helps Sonny sit up on the couch and tries to keep him awake. Sonny tells her it was a set up. He rambles that Deke killed his dog. Brenda keeps Sonny conscious until help arrives. Brenda keeps a vigil at the hospital. Sonny tells her he loves her.  

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Sonny recovers from his heroin overdose. As he's hanging out at Luke's Club, Mike tries to have a heart to heart talk with Sonny. Mike is relieved that Sonny is okay.

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Sonny starts to investigate who set him up. Brenda tries to help. They get stuck in a closet and Sonny has an anxiety attack. He tells her about his claustrophobia. Sonny was locked in a closet by his stepfather. He would have to listen to his mother being beaten and then his stepfather would come and get Sonny and beat him. Sonny's stepfather was a cop, Deke Woods.

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Jason has looked into Taggert’s background. He finds out why he has such a vendetta out on Sonny. Deke Woods was his mentor. Sonny demands that he meet Taggert on the docks alone. When they meet, Taggert believes that Sonny was the one that abused him mother and that Deke was a good cop. Sonny is furious and he now understands why Taggert wants revenge.

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Brenda, who’s been helping Sonny out, tells him she can’t be with him anymore. She’s still married to Jax and she only did this to make her husband jealous. Sonny tells her he loves her. Brenda asks Sonny to let her go, but Sonny thinks she is not telling the truth.

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Sonny goes to visit Lily’s grave. He buries his wedding ring in the snow. He tells Lily that he loves Brenda and he needs to move on. When Sonny leaves, we see someone take Sonny's wedding ring from the snow. It is Harry Silver, Sonny's right hand man who left town after he betrayed Sonny to Rivera and got Lily killed.

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Brenda starts to receive mysterious gifts. Sonny is worried about her and stays with her when the power goes out and Jax is out of town. Brenda thinks he’s overreacting. Sonny tells her he saw his wife explode in front of his face and he is not going to let that happen again. Brenda allows Sonny to stay when she sees how upset he is.

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Sonny has arrange for transportation for the Spencer family to get out of town. Tom Hardy is involved and Taggert follows him to the safe house. Taggert arrests Sonny and Tom and puts them in lock up. He thinks they’re involved in Laura Spencer’s fake death. Sonny has a claustrophobic attack and Tom guesses it stems from a childhood trauma.  Brenda finally arrives and gets Sonny bailed out of jail. Sonny and Brenda take a walk in the park and are being stalked by someone.

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Taggert hauls Sonny down to the PCPD again. He is convinced Sonny is hooked on heroin. In the interrogation room, Sonny keeps getting demands from Harry Silver, who has kidnapped Brenda.

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Harry Silver, Sonny’s former right hand man, has been the one sending Brenda the gifts. He kidnaps her and takes her to the catacombs. Harry calls Sonny and tells him he has Brenda. Sonny rushes to the catacombs. Harry tells him he wants both of them to die as revenge for Lily’s death. Sonny realizes Harry is the one bringing the drugs into Port Charles and the one that set him up. Sonny and Harry have some heated exchanges. 

Sonny: "You murdered my wife and my child."  

Sonny: "You desecrated her grave? After killing her? You're gonna go to hell old man. I'm going to send you there."  

Harry: "You'll be there before me with her at your side. Very touching."

There is a scuffle and Harry is killed. But, he sets off an explosion that traps Sonny and Brenda in the catacombs. Sonny is claustrophobic and Brenda is addicted to drugs. They help each other through it. Thinking they are going to die, they admit their feelings to each other and make love. With the help of Jason and Jax, they are found and rescued from the catacombs. Sonny promises Brenda he won’t tell anyone what happened in the caves.

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Brenda tells Sonny she needs some time to be alone. She writes Sonny a letter, telling him she needs time and his patience to overcome her drug addiction. Sonny says he'll wait for her.

 

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Brenda finally tells Jax that she and Sonny made love in the cave. They break up and Brenda goes to Sonny, who is on the docks, and they reunite.  They want to try and make it work this time.

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Sonny and Brenda go to the farm and have a picnic. Sonny tells Brenda that he had visited the farm when he was eight and was going to camp. After the catacombs, he decided to buy the property. Sonny and Brenda express their love to each other and make love.

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Sonny and Brenda go to the Nurse’s Ball. Brenda sits with Sonny and a lot of bodyguards.

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A hit man known as the “Tin Man” murders Pierce Dorman.

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Sonny and Brenda are at her hotel. Sonny has blueprints for Brenda’s dream house. Detective’s Taggert and Garcia want a hair sample from Sonny. Brenda gives her sample instead. Brenda is set up as the murderer by the Tin Man. Sonny and Jason break her out of jail and Sonny and Brenda go on the run. They go to Tiger Key, Florida.

 

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The Tin Man shoots up Mac’s house and Jason is injured. He is okay, but Robin begs Sonny to fire him, so Jason will be out of danger. Sonny agrees when Robin brings up Stone’s name, saying Sonny promised Stone he’d protect and take care of her. Jason knows Robin is behind Sonny’s actions and Robin and Jason break up. Robin goes to Paris to study.

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The man behind all of the influx of drugs turns out to be Hernando Rivera. He didn’t kill himself in Puerto Rico after all, but he is ill and wheelchair bound. He blames Sonny and Brenda for the death of Lily and wants revenge. He is the one that sent the Tin Man to Port Charles. Sonny confronts Rivera and ends up killing him. Brenda is cleared of Pierce Dorman’s murder when the evidence points to Rivera.

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When Sonny and Brenda return to Port Charles, Mike comes by and gives Sonny Adela’s engagement ring. He tells Sonny the story behind the ring and that it is a "sure thing." Sonny is touched by Mike's gesture.

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Sonny proposes marriage to Brenda and she accepts.

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The Tin Man returns to Port Charles. There in a confrontation on the docks with Sonny and the Tin Man. Sonny kills him, but Joseph the bodyguard is also killed. Sonny and Jason drop the body of the Tin Man in the river. Then they go tell Joseph’s wife the sad news.

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Mike gives Sonny a wedding present. It is a Thanksgiving platter. Mike goes on and on about how excited he is about Sonny getting married to Brenda and finally being happy. Sonny admits to Mike that he loves him and he always has. Mike is moved by Sonny's words. However, Mike doesn't know that Sonny is really saying goodbye and is planning on leaving the country to get out of the mob and keep Brenda safe. Sonny and Mike have an emotional hug. 

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Sonny and Brenda continue to make plans for their wedding. Sonny starts having dreams about Brenda in danger. There is still a contract out on them and one of Rivera’s men warns Sonny that it doesn’t matter where he is, they will track him down. Sonny realizes he could never keep Brenda safe. Sonny tells Brenda they are going to leave the country together, but the night before the wedding Sonny confides in Jason that he is leaving without Brenda. He thinks it’s the only way to keep her alive. He wants Brenda to hate him. Sonny leaves Brenda at the altar on their wedding day. Sonny leaves Port Charles for a whole year. He goes to his secret island and runs a casino. Jason takes control over Sonny’s empire.

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Jason names Carly’s son Michael, after his best friend, Sonny Corinthos.