Sonny and Brenda Make Love

Soap Opera Digest: April 8, 1997

When Brenda nearly died last year in a hail of bullets, it appeared the romance of General Hospital's most compelling couple, Sonny and Brenda, was a casualty. Brenda angrily swore that she'd never again be a part of Sonny's danger-filled life -- and we believed her. Brenda moved on to the dashing Jax, while Sonny loved and lost Lily.

Of course, the former lovers did find their way back to each other -- emotionally and physically -- while trapped in the catacombs. Freezing cold and with thier oxygen quickly running out, Sonny and Brenda confessed the love they had both spent the last year denying.

Sonny and Brneda's well-scripted, well-acted "death" scenes in the creepy catacombs proved to be a fitting denouement to this star-crossed love story. Using Sonny's former right hand man, Harry, as the catalyst made it completely believeable.

Harry considered Lily a surrogate daughter, and it turns out he didn't appreciate Sonny's cavalier treatment of her before she died. But no one knew the depth of Harry's malignant feelings towards Sonny and "the whore" (as he called Brenda), until he gre delusional. Harry completely lost it when his plot to kill Sonny resulted in Lily's death. He started stalking Brenda and eventually revealed himself to her while carting her off at gunpoint to the catacombs. Give Harry credit for one thing: He knew full well that Brenda's dark knight in shining armor would ride to her rescue -- and fall right into his trap.

True to form, Corinthos arrived at the catacombs to find Harry, gun in hand. Later, in a struggle for Harry's gun, Sonny shot his former friend. Before Sonny and Brenda could make their escape, the dying mobster detonated explosives and caused a cave-in. A pill-addicted Brenda and a claustophobic Sonny were trapped -- buried alive, just as Harry had envisioned.

Facing death, Sonny and Brenda turned to each other for support -- expressing their devotion in a meaningful good-bye that culminated in their making love. "Remember when I told you I didn't love you? I lied," admitted Brenda. "I know," he responded knowingly. Humbled by their respective neuroses, Sonny could express the depth of his feelings for her and discuss his childhood, and Brenda could finally reveal her secret drug addiction.

What could have been a lurid, sexual kiss-off became tender and touching in the expert hands of Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil. You could almost hear their hearts breaking at the prospect of losing one another. Son convincing were these to that when Brenda realized Jax had come to rescue her, it was almost a disappointment. And Ingo Rademacher is nothing to sneeze at.

In the end, Brenda returned to the loving arms of her once-and-futher husband, Jax, and kept mum about making love to Sonny. And Sonny went back to loving Brenda from afar. But our appetites have been whetted, and there is clearly more to come. The quality time these two spent "dying" in each other's armes was well worth it.