DAYS: Sonny Mar­ries Leo

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■ Re­al­iz­ing there’s no way around Leo’s black­mail, Sonny tells the sleazy con man he’ll marry him. “This is the last thing that Sonny ob­vi­ously wants,” ac­knowl­edges Fred­die Smith (Sonny). “He just re­united with Will. He sees his fu­ture with him. It’s what he’s been dream­ing about. But at the end of the day, Leo has such lever­age over Sonny and Will that their hands are tied. Sonny doesn’t want to go to prison. He doesn’t want Will to get in trou­ble. He doesn’t want to leave Ari with­out a par­ent, again. He doesn’t want Ti­tan to be af­fected. Mar­ry­ing Leo is the best way for this to be re­solved. There’s no al­ter­na­tive.”

Leo takes great de­light in Sonny’s de­ci­sion. “He has a per­ma­nent smirk on his face, be­cause he’s hold­ing all the cards,” says Smith. “Leo’s get­ting ex­actly what he wants, and he has no re­morse for what he’s do­ing.”

While Leo sets out to find some­one to of­fi­ci­ate, Will tells Mar­lena about Leo’s black­mail, and Sonny con­fesses all to Justin and Adri­enne. “It’s tough,” sighs Smith. “To have to share bad news with your par­ents is never fun. Sonny feels bad that he kept this se­cret from them, es­pe­cially since his dad’s a lawyer.”

De­spite Justin and Adri­enne’s anger over the whole sit­u­a­tion, Sonny con­vinces them that he’s weighed all his op­tions, mar­ry­ing Leo is the only an­swer, and “ul­ti­mately, they have to go along with it,” notes Smith. “It’s painful for them and makes the wed­ding it­self more awk­ward, be­cause ev­ery­one knows what’s go­ing on and that it’s not truth­ful.”

Once Leo se­cures Sheila to con­duct the cer­e­mony, Sonny and Leo’s nup­tials get un­der­way, but when it comes time for any­one to ob­ject, some­one sur­pris­ing speaks up: Vic­tor. Sonny’s un­cle stops the cer­e­mony, stunned that Sonny would marry the low-life who sued Ti­tan. “Yes, it feels nice that Vic­tor is com­ing to Sonny’s aid, but at the same time it’s like, ‘Un­cle Vic, I’ve weighed all my op­tions. There’s a lot on the line and I have to do this,’ ” re­counts Smith. “So there [are] a lot of mixed emo­tions.”

The cer­e­mony pro­ceeds, and Sonny and Leo are of­fi­cially mar­ried. Af­ter, Leo ea­gerly ad­dresses the cou­ple’s wed­ding night. “Leo wants Sonny to fol­low through with his hus­band du­ties. He’s ready to go,” an­nounces Smith with a laugh. “But Sonny’s not hav­ing it. To him this is a straight busi­ness deal — that’s it. And he’s not afraid to tell Leo how he feels.”

While Leo heads off to spend his wed­ding night alone, Sonny gets a strong talk­ing-to from Vic­tor. “Un­cle Vic ends up go­ing the other way, lean­ing into Sonny and say­ing, ‘Don’t mess it up. Stay away from Will. You can’t ruin this, be­cause the reper­cus­sions will be ter­ri­ble for ev­ery­one,’ ” says Smith, whose Sonny is on the same page as Vic­tor. “Sonny is do­ing this for his fam­ily, for Will and him­self, to keep them all safe ... until he can fig­ure a way out of this.”

Put A Ring On It: Sonny (Smith, r.) re­luc­tantly ties the knot with Leo (Greg Rikaart).

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