I was one of the last holdouts, the last remaining viewers that didn't want to see Sonny go away (jail, the island, anywhere) indefinitely mostly because I like MB so much. He's a very talented actor, but his talent & charm no longer rubs off on the character. As for the credibility factor, he has none. Either as a mob boss or a lover. I've been feeling that way for a while, but still saw possibility in the character. Today's episode blew it all. It was as if any emotional growth he'd gained over the years disappeared & his intellect with it. Never a brilliant guy to begin with, Sonny proved today that he is blatantly stupid. Diane warned him not to get involved with Claire & once he'd done it, she warned him not to mess around on her or hurt her. The irony is, despite her residual feelings for Sonny, there is still a good chance Brenda's will power is stronger than her love for him. It has been 8 years. Which leads to the next complaint. After seeing Dudley Dullard, the great Murphy Sinclaire, I can almost buy that Brenda would be excited to see Sonny again. He has a pulse. Any kind of personality is exciting after however long she was with that guy. But, once she was free of him & had spent a little time with Jason & probably reaquainted with other male friends, Sonny's pull wouldn't be that strong. She's not an impressionable, needy kid anymore.
Back to the stupidity level, earlier this same evening, Sonny told Claire he wanted to see where they could go. Then, five minutes with a reluctant Brenda & he dumps the woman who tanked her entire career & became the laughing stock of the entire law enforcement community for him & he actually believes that because he did it in a humane way, that she won't want payback. Hello? This is a woman who traumatized a 12 year old boy by trying to make him implicate his father on the witness stand & haranged a detective with a conflict of interest into dragging a barely adult kid with brain damage back from his family vacation home to ...testify against his father. Now, he'll be shocked that she wants revenge? This is the heart of the credibility factor. No real mob boss could be this stupid & not only function & last this long, but also be the bigtime boss the FBI is so passionate about putting in jail. It's got no believability at all which turns viewers away. He might as well be a house painter or a dog walker because he's not believable as the boss of a major mob family no matter how many times he blusters & rages or how many tvs he shoots & he's not believable as the irresistable lover no matter how many women are stupid enough to get into bed with him.