Ah, the couple montage, that beloved soap staple. A chance to revisit the greatest hits of a relationship and make the case for why these two people are meant to be!
And then there’s… whatever this was:
CARLY: Sonny, we’re not some starry-eyed couple that’s going to walk away holding hands and a happily ever after. We destroy each other! We don’t work in a marriage. We have tried so many times and it doesn’t work.
I’m assuming the point of that was to make us feel sad for Carly? And it did, but only in the sense that I’m sad she’s still trapped in the same unhealthy, unhappy, borderline abusive relationship from those clips. I guess it’s honest, but there’s something disheartening about the fact that the much heralded push to bring romance back to the show is starting with a couple about whom “it wasn’t all bad” is the most ringing endorsement they could make.
Or, in Sonny’s words:
SONNY: What we have is not pretty, it’s not romantic. Half the time you can’t even call it love.
Well, my heart is sure warmed! For the record, this is what a good couple montage looks like:
Oh, look, two people who actually seem to like each other! What a novel concept.
(Although I guess we should just count ourselves lucky they left out that fun time Sonny showed up waving a gun and threatening to kill Carly in her own living room. Which was only two years ago, by the way. But what are soulmates without a few death threats, right?)
Meanwhile, Dante has really damaged his halo lately, but today’s speech did a lot to get him back into my good graces:
DANTE: You put your life on the line for what — money, power, control? Was it worth it? You’ve been given a second chance here with Avery. And you still make yourself a target. It’s unbelievable. It’s selfish! […] I know what you’d say right now, too. You’d come up with all sorts of excuses about that not being possible. You can’t give it. But you know the truth is you choose not to give it up. And now you’re lying here on what should be your wedding day. We should all be celebrating. Morgan’s out there blaming Jerome for all this, and you know what? I blame you.
And then, of course, Sonny immediately flatlined. I can’t decide is this is more hilarious meta-commentary on Sonny’s typically childish reaction to criticism, or on the thin-skinned responses of certain people behind the scenes toward any non-flattering portrayals of him. But either way, it was pretty perfect.