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or weeks, GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Sonny has been do­ing ev­ery­thing in his power to help his fa­ther. So what is it about Mike’s most re­cent mem­o­ries that have Sonny re­act­ing so strongly?

Sonny’s Big­gest Chal­lenge

Over the years, Sonny has de­feated many a ri­val for his ter­ri­tory. But now, in deal­ing with his fa­ther’s Alzheimer’s, Sonny is fac­ing the most dif­fi­cult chal­lenge of his life… and sadly, it is a nowin sit­u­a­tion. “Mike is not get­ting any bet­ter,” sighs co-head­writer Chris Van Et­ten. “This doesn’t mean that he is in a state of de­men­tia 24/7. He con­tin­ues to have pe­ri­ods of lu­cid­ity, but the pe­ri­ods that are char­ac­ter­ized by de­grees of con­fu­sion are get­ting more se­vere, and it’s tak­ing a real toll on Sonny.”

That is no doubt why he has re­mained some­what blind to what’s go­ing on with others in his life, in­clud­ing Carly, who is be­ing tor­mented by Nelle. (On the plus side, af­ter what hap­pens this week, Ja­son will no longer be the only per­son clued into Carly’s un­rav­el­ing!) “Sonny is do­ing his level best to do ev­ery­thing he can for his fa­ther, de­spite their frac­tious his­tory,” says co-head­writer Shelly Alt­man. “Not only for him­self but for the rest of the fam­ily as well. He knows how much peo­ple like Carly, Michael and Dante value their re­la­tion­ship with Mike. It’s been tough on all of them.”

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