In this month's Busted to Blissful, Soapdom's Lesleyann Coker is fed up with the Young and the Restless, but she couldn't be more delighted with General Hospital. What is it about the goings on in Genoa City that busted her bubble and what's so wonderful in Port Charles that has put her in bubblicious bubble bliss? Read on!
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Sharon’s a Hypocrite on Y&R
When The Young and the Restless’ Nick first began an affair with Phyllis, I felt sorry for his wife, Sharon. Even though Sharon and Nick have each cheated on the other in the past, they rationalized it as just sex, and somehow always managed to get through it and remember their love. This time however, the circumstances weren’t forgivable.
When Sharon and Nick’s teenage daughter Cassie was killed in a car accident last year, the tragedy drove them apart. In the aftermath of the accident, Nick blamed Phyllis’ son Daniel, whom he believed had been driving the car Cassie was in, but instead it was later proven that an underage Cassie was driving, and thus indirectly responsible for her own death. At first Nick hated Phyllis, but as in most soap operas, what began as hate ultimately ignited into passion.
Nick and Phyllis developed a real friendship, which eventually led to a night of steamy sex when Sharon was out of town. Even though Nick and Phyllis vowed it would never happen again, they continued their illicit trysts, and soon found themselves falling in love. Nick even canceled his ten year wedding anniversary plans with Sharon when he found himself stranded in a motel with Phyllis. Sharon remained blissfully oblivious and even confided to Phyllis that her marriage to Nick was back on track. When Sharon inevitably discovered her husband’s betrayal, all hell broke lose, and Sharon’s role as a spurned wife, who was still mourning her deceased daughter, increased her sympathy factor.
All of that has changed, due to the fact Sharon just slept with Brad, who married Sharon’s sister-in-law Victoria a few weeks ago. Sharon has spent months raging at Phyllis for breaking up her marriage, in addition to constantly railing at Nick that not everyone cheats, when he became suspicious of her close friendship with Brad. Sharon even accused Phyllis of behaving like a dog in heat, and now Sharon has become her own words.
Sharon and Brad can justify their affair as a one time thing all they want, but that’s exactly what happened to Nick and Phyllis. And for all of Sharon’s complaining about how trampy Phyllis is for sleeping with a married man, she has now done the exact same thing.
It’s a shame Y&R felt the need to ruin the character of Sharon. Sharon Case, who plays Sharon, has perfected playing Sharon as a tragic figure, even allowing viewers to forget Sharon’s own less than perfect marital fidelity record. In every scene following the revelation of Nick’s affair, Case’s eyes welled with broken hearted tears, and Sharon’s pain was achingly etched across her face. Case made it clear all Sharon wanted was the reassuring comfort of a friend and a hug.
The show’s mistake was in allowing Sharon’s friendship with Brad to go beyond that point. They have turned a likable, compassionate character into a hypocrite, and for what purpose? Brad is a newlywed who claims to love his wife, so there isn’t a future for Sharon with Brad. If Sharon was just looking for revenge sex to make herself feel better or to make Nick jealous, she could have slept with an unmarried man -- not her brother-in-law. This gives a whole new definition to keeping it in the family, and unfortunately trashes any credibility and sympathy Sharon had accrued. It makes her no better than her husband’s former mistress.
If there’s any good to come out of Sharon’s actions, it’s that I no longer feel guilty about liking Nick with Phyllis. Maybe there was a point to this storyline after all? Fans can now root for Nick and Phyllis to be together, and for it to be his baby she’s carrying. And what if Sharon became pregnant with Brad’s baby? Both scenarios serve Sharon right.
Sonny’s Descent Into Manic Depression on GH
Since Maurice Benard first began playing the character of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, he has made no secret of his real life struggle with manic depression. Benard has also been outspoken about his desire to see Sonny battle the same mental illness, and finally after a 13 year wait, the time has come.
Ever since Sonny’s mob business was stolen out from underneath him by his trusted best friend and right hand man, Jason, Sonny has started acting out of character. The usually serious and private Sonny has been walking around with a dopey grin on his face and taking chances, like wanting to make love to his girlfriend Emily in the back of a brand new Maserati he purchased, when he doesn’t even drive. The dopey grin can be replaced in an instant with a scowl however, and Benard has made Sonny turning on a dime into an art form. Viewers scarcely have time to adjust to one mood, before Benard has Sonny swinging on to the next, usually while nonchalantly chomping on a piece of gum.
Sonny recently cracked a wine bottle over a former rival’s head; almost broke another bottle over Emily’s ex-husband Nikolas’ head; and threatened to make Alexis -- the DA and the mother of one of his children-- “disappear.” Yet, in spite of his chilling actions, Sonny still comes across as vulnerable, like a naughty little puppy who needs to be reminded where the newspaper is.
The most terrifying moment so far came when Sonny decided in the middle of the night to finish his garden, by thrusting an ax back and forth through his dirt bed. When Emily approached him to inquire as to what he was doing, one held their breath wondering if Sonny might inadvertently hit Emily with the ax, thus having Emily meet the fate her brother Jason always feared.
Luckily, Emily didn’t get hurt that night, but it’s easy to assume if Sonny’s behavior keeps up, it’s only a matter of time. In addition to not acting like himself, and having rapid mood swings, Sonny is having memory problems. He can’t recall his conversation with Alexis where he threatened her life. He had to rely on people who overheard it, to piece it together for him. Sonny also has lapsed and called Emily by his dead wife Lily’s name.
At this rate, it won’t be long until Sonny’s symptoms catch up with him, and he either has a complete break with reality, or he realizes he needs help and decides to take medication to regulate his condition, as Benard does in real life. Whatever way Sonny’s story plays out, Benard will make it mesmerizing.
The talented Benard has always been a joy to watch as he consistently puts his heart and soul into his performances. This time however, viewers almost feel like they’re spying on Sonny’s most intimate moments, and we get the sense that Benard isn’t acting at all. For him, it’s personal, and one can’t help but wonder exactly where Sonny stops and Benard begins.
Lesleyann Coker is a contributing columnist for Soapdom.com, and co-author of Boob Tube, a satiric novel that examines what really goes on behind the scenes of the soap opera industry. She is a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly magazine, and has interviewed over 200 daytime and primetime actors during her career.
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