When Brenda Barrett first met Sonny Corinthos, the attraction was instant and their relationship was more complicated than both of them expected. It was filled with laughter, tears and a revolving door. Will they get another chance to make it work?
General Hospital has detailed Brenda’s (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) complicated relationship with Sonny (Maurice Bernard) since 1993 with some extended periods where one of the actors wasn’t on the show in between. The couple often found that their lives were incompatible based on timing and Sonny’s dangerous mobster lifestyle. Ultimately, Brenda left town more than seven years ago and has become a spokeswoman for a children’s charity in Rome. She has a new fiancé in a big time movie star Murphy Sinclair, but she can’t stop thinking about Sonny. Neither can Sonny because he caught himself thinking about Brenda on more than one occasion now that his life was in total disarray. He was single and estranged from his kids. A sudden legal complication forced Sonny into Brenda’s orbit now that she’s engaged to the movie star and in danger once again from a mysterious sinister force. Will Sonny be able to save Brenda in time to reunite with her?
Unfortunately, Brenda’s return hasn’t entirely been as stellar as many fans would hope. For weeks, she had been interacting with many unknown characters that the audience had no interest in watching. The writers should’ve put familiar faces in the action (Sonny, Jason, etc) a lot sooner than this week. The long awaited Sonny/Brenda reunion has finally paid off with the pair’s chemistry being off the charts. Marcil Giovinazzo’s face constantly lit up whenever he interacted with Bernard. It was clear that the costars had a genuine rapport that could even cover up a faulty storyline that hasn’t entirely played out. If only the rest of the show was as interesting as the Sonny/Brenda reunion, the mob violence and revolving love triangles have been played out for far too long. Hopefully, Brenda’s eminent return to Port Charles will iron out the kinks. It would be nice to see her in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Brenda’s ex Jax) and Steve Burton (Brenda’s ex-husband of convenience Jason).
General Hospital airs weekdays at 3 pm on ABC and also airs same day episodes at 10 p.m. on Soapnet. Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo returned to Port Charles on August 11th for an unknown period of time.
TV Score: 3 out of 5 stars (Brenda’s Return)
2 out of 5 stars (For the rest of the show)
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)