Sonny Says Goodbye to Michael and Morgan
Sonny decides to give Carly full custody of the children. He tells the judge: "I want to protect my family and their mother. My first wife and child died in a car bomb, and I never, ever want to lose anyone like that again. I love my sons. I want to keep them safe. And if that means giving them up, then that's what I’m going to have to do. March 15, 2004.
Sonny: (Takes Morgan in his arms as he talks to Leticia) It's okay. Let me have Morgan, and can you do me a favor? Hey, buddy. Can you tell Michael to come down? I got to talk to him about something. Hey, hey, hey.
Leticia: Michael? Daddy's home. He wants to talk to you. Come here.
Sonny: (To Morgan) What's going on? Yeah. Yeah.
Michael: (Comes into the room) Are you done at the courthouse?
Michael: Are you done at the courthouse? Who did the judge say I'm going to live with?
Sonny: Come here, sit down. It all worked out great. (Morgan fusses)
Michael: So, Mommy didn't cry? She's happy?
Sonny: She's very happy. You and Morgan are going to live with your Mommy.
Michael: What about you?
Sonny: (Morgan fusses) I'm going to love you boys your whole life. When you get a little older, you're going to understand. Hey, I had to make this decision. Okay? I'm your poppy, right?
Sonny: And I have to do what's best for you. Come here, give me a hug.
Michael: I want to live with you and Mom.
Sonny: It can't be that way, buddy. (Morgan fusses).
Michael: I won't leave you. I don't care if they arrest me.
Sonny: Mike, it's not about that, Michael . . .
Michael: We'll get a different judge so he can tell the first judge . . .
Sonny: The judge didn't make the decision. I did. (Morgan cries) Shh. I thought about this hard. And I decided that it's best for you and Morgan to live with your Mommy.
Sonny: Because it's not fair for me to keep you here. You and Morgan living here with guards all the time? You know, you never know when you're going to go away to the island with Leticia. You've spent months away from your school, from your friends. You don't want to live like that, Michael.
Michael: I don't mind.
Sonny: I know you don't mind, and I'm so proud of you. You're such a good little boy. The way you've handled everything? But, you know, you don't know how fun life can be when you have the freedom to just be a regular boy.
Michael: This isn't fair.
Sonny: You missed your Mom, right? Well, now you get to see her all the time.
Michael: But I want to see you, too.
Sonny: You're going to see me. I'm going to see you. I mean we're going to karate classes, soccer games, right, practices, that's three times right there in a week.
Michael: What if Mommy says no?
Sonny: She's not going to say no because she's already said yes. Your Mommy and I aren't fighting anymore. She wants me to see you and Morgan as much as I can.
Sonny: Really. It's all going to be fine.
Michael: But you can still come over for dinner sometimes, right?
Sonny: I'll cook you dinner. I'll cook you dinner. You want that?
Michael: Macaroni and cheese with crusty on top?
Sonny: Whatever you want.
Michael: Last year you took me to a baseball game. Can you take me to a game with nobody else? Not even mommy and Morgan?
Sonny: Just you and me.
(Next scene. There is a montage with Sonny and Michael using the song The Things We’ve Handed Down-Marc Cohn).
Singer: Don't know much about you don't know who you are we've been doin' fine without we could only go so far don't know why you chose us were you watching from above? Is there someone there that knows us said we'd give you all our love? Will you laugh just like your mother? Will you sigh like your old man? Will something skip a generation like I've heard they often can? Are you a poet or a dancer? A devil or a clown? Or a strange new combination of the things we've handed down? The things we've handed down yeah of things we've handed down . . .
(Next scene. Carly comes to get the boys. Sonny is very upset).
Sonny: Michael should be down any second. He's missing a car from one of his train sets (pacing).
Carly: It's okay. You know, I was thinking he can leave some toys here so when he visits you . . .
Sonny: No, I want everything out. I want everything out.
Carly: All right.
Sonny: I'm going to go see what he's doing because he should be done.
Carly: Sonny, there's no rush. Listen, I know how hard this is, and if you want them to hang out, it's okay.
Sonny: No, no, I want this over with (sits down on couch and sighs).
Carly: You know, when I decided to let you adopt Michael, people thought I was crazy. But I knew what a wonderful father you already were to him, and I knew how much you loved him. Do you remember the first day he called you "Daddy"?
Sonny: I'll never forget (whispers).
Carly: Michael has always known that he can count on you, Sonny. He's always known that in his heart you would never let him down. And if you change your mind and you decide you want joint custody, just talk to me.
Sonny: No, no, no, I'm not changing my mind, Carly. The boys are better with you. The boys are better with you.
Carly: Well, if you know you can see them whenever you want, Sonny. Take Michael to school, go to play group with Morgan. You can go to the island, anywhere you want.
Sonny: Anywhere it's safe.
Michael: (Michael comes down) I'm ready.
Sonny: Did you pack your green belt?
Carly: Green belt?
Carly: You got your green belt?
Michael: I earned it last week.
Carly: Wow. That is great. I knew you could do that.
Sonny: (Talking about Morgan) He's teething. And you see this . . .
Carly: Ooh, yeah, right in there.
Sonny: His gum's hurting, so I got him some stuff at the pharmacy. Leticia's got it. Okay?
Sonny: (Talks to Morgan) Okay, champ, hey. Going to be lonely here without you. I'm even going to miss rocking you back to sleep at night. I used to rock him to sleep at 4:00 in the morning. You sleep through the night, okay, for your Mommy? I love you. (Talks to Michael). Hey, come here, buddy. Sit right here. Stay right there. Okay, listen to me, okay? You be good for your Mommy, okay? Whatever she says to you, you do it. Okay? You help her take care of Morgan. You're a terrific . . . you know how . . . sometimes you're the only one who can get him to stop crying, right? You do that, okay?
Michael: I will.
Sonny: I'm proud of you. You know that? I am so proud of you. I know I tell you that all the time. You know what? You know why I tell you that all the time?
Sonny: Because it's the truth. You're smart, you're brave, and I love you. Right? And I'll always be with you right here, okay, in your heart.
Michael: See you later, Daddy? At school, at soccer, and at a baseball game?
Sonny: I promise you.
Michael: I love you, daddy.
Sonny: I love you. I love you, too. Okay. All right.
Sonny: You guys go ahead and go, okay?
Carly: Yeah, yeah. We'll call you tomorrow.
Carly: You got everything? Can you get Mommy's coat? Yeah? Can you grab that?
Carly: Sweetheart? Are you okay, sweetheart? Yeah. It's time to go.
Michael: I don't want to go (turns and sees Sonny crying. Runs and hugs him).
Sonny: Okay, Mike, you trust me, don't you? Huh?
Michael: Yeah, you're my Dad.
Sonny: I'm your Dad, so I'm telling you, you have to do this. It's best for you and Morgan. You have to set a good example for your little brother.
Michael: But Morgan's just a baby. He doesn't care where he lives.
Sonny: Yeah, but he needs you. So do I. I want you to take care of your little brother. I want you to take care of your mom, okay?
Michael: Ok. I promise.
Sonny: And I promise you that I'll always be part of your life.
Michael: Will I always be your boy?
Sonny: Yes. Always.
Michael: I love you, daddy.
Sonny: Come on. Hold your Mommy's hand.
Carly: Come on, here. Here you go, sweetheart.
Sonny: All right (watches as his family leaves the Penthouse).