February 5, 2010By Joe Diliberto Posted: Feb 5, 2010
Out of the mouths of babes: GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina and Molly this week gave voice to many of the criticisms about Sonny that viewers have been screaming at their own TVs. (Or...uh, so I understand *coughcough*) The basic truth is that Sonny is a bad person, and he harms everyone around him. Even a child can see that. Among the obvious facts that these kids saw: Kristina pointed out that her father had no justification whatsoever for shooting Dante. And Molly pointed out that killing a police officer is "murder with special circumstances," which would mean life in prison without possibility of parole. Only Michael defended Sonny (and did it by impugning Dominic — how like his father!). Poor Morgan began to doubt his friendship with Dominic because of Michael's insistence that Dominic was an untrustworthy lying rat. (There is an untrustworthy person in your family, Michael — but you already want to be in his footsteps.) Luckily, Morgan was grown-up enough to realize Dante is sincere. Kristina had her own moment of doubt when she backpedaled and defended her father to Kiefer — and that wishywashiness reflected GH's ambivalence toward the mob kingpin. Is he a creep or not? Molly put it all in perspective by asking, "Does anyone doubt that Uncle Sonny is guilty?" Nobody did. And that's the problem with Sonny: Everybody knows he's a bad guy, yet they continue to hang around him at great personal cost to themselves. So why is he the hero of the show? There's a saying: "And a child shall lead them." GH would do well to follow the lead of Morgan, Molly and Kristina, who all see Sonny for what he is.
If I didn't know better, I'd almost think Jax and Ronnie were taking their cues from the kids. They actually had to argue to convince people (Carly and Olivia, respectively) that Sonny should be arrested. Olivia's recalcitrance was somewhat understandable (but only somewhat), while Carly was just in denial and repressing her memories, as usual. Liv may think guilt will chew Sonny up inside, but she hasn't seen him for 20 years. Sonny only has a passing acquaintance with guilt; he discards it like a bad one-night stand. Bottom line, ladies: Sonny hurts your children. Give him the boot. The End.