By Michele Dargan

I love Claire Walsh as the tough-as-nails prosecutor on General Hospital for many reasons.

Steve Burton (Jason) and Dahlia Salem (Claire) on GH. (ABC/Patrick Wymore)

For one, Dahlia Salem as Walsh brings a great deal of realism to the role.

She has the mannerisms and presence of a prosecutor down better than many real-life prosecutors.

I know this because is my real job as a news reporter, I cover courts and spend lots of time sitting in courtrooms and watching prosecutors on a daily basis.

Salem, as Walsh, is the real deal.

She’s tough. She’ll do just about anything to win a case – except lie which is taboo – and she has a conscience.

She also has a soft side – as evidenced by her talk with Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) about her biological clock ticking.

I love her paired with Lucky, btw, and I hope that’s where the writers go with her.

Of course, these days, Walsh is making a deal with the devil – namely Sonny -in order to arrest Johnny.

Now, that part, I don’t really like, because – up to now – everything about her character was pretty much real.

But, seriously, this would never happen in reality!

At least not with any ethical prosecutor – and that’s exactly what Claire is.

Remember how incensed she was when she discovered that Jax lied to her and knew it was Michael who killed Claudia all along?

That was real!

But I really liked Monday’s eppy when Claire told Sonny (Maurice Benard) what he was really about.

And she nailed it!

“You’re really good at justifying yourself,” Claire said. “And what’s fascinating to me is that everything that people say, is true. You are ruthless and you’re manipulative. I wouldn’t call you brilliant, but you’re certainly cunning.

“You’re your own biggest fan and you think the world owes you a favor because your stepdad slapped you around. And you use your bad experiences to justify the violence you cause. You’re an emotional bully!”

But then Sonny comes back with telling her that HE knows what she’s all about – her career! And that’s why she doensn’t have a husband or children.

He goes on to tell her that if she arrests him instead of Johnny, it would be much better for her career, because he’s a much bigger fish to fry and Johnny’s a nobody.

“You’re ego never fails to astound me,” Claire says. “Where I’m headed, people like you are somebody else’s problem and, where I’m headed, you’re not a thought on anybody’s mind. You’re just something they scrape off the bottom of their shoes. You’re a stepping stone…just another way to get where I’m going.”

Well said, Claire!

Dahlia Salem (Claire) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) on GH. (ABC/Ron Tom)

However, I’m really afraid of the path they’re going down….

You see, for some reason which I fail to understand, Sonny attracts some strong, smart women.

Case in point: Alexis.

Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) was Sonny’s attorney when she slept with him. Can you say Conflict of Interest?

One Time and BINGO -she’s pregnant!

I DON’T – and I Mean DON’T want to see Claire go down that road.

I cannot stomach Sonny seducing one more intelligent woman and make her into a driveling, Sonny defender.

Not this one!

Run Claire, Run!!!

14 Responses to “GH’s Claire and Sonny: Don’t Go There!”

  1. I like your analysis. First of all, Dahlia is a breath of fresh air to GH. And the character is tailored to her abilities. I hope this is a long term role.

    Insofar as Sonny and Claire, i think there’s an obvious attraction. Claire is the direct opposite of Sonny when it comes to career choices. But their drive is equal in that they’re passionate about their respective vision quests. Claire wants a family; Sonny has one. Sonny lives in a world of deceit which serves as his brand of justice; while Claire’s world of justice has been branded by deceit. It’s all a very interesting exploration and wouldn’t happen in the real world.

    What I love most about the exchange between the two is that they know each other so well and are not intimidated by that knowledge. Claire Walsh is the first woman in Sonny’s life who actually sees his soul and how it evolved. That knowledge is Claire’s most powerful weapon and intimidates Sonny in a whole new way. I don’t think they’ll end up together — but I do think that she will be the catalyst to a reinvention of Sonny Corinthos.

  2. I didn’t particularly care for Claire when she first came on the show. However, I’m really liking her now and I’ve always been a fan of Dahia Salem. I, too, am worried that the awful hacks that write this show will put her with Sonny. That would be ridiculous because she DOES know and understand him so well and he’s the total opposite of the type of man she would get involved with. Sonny is morally bankrupt and I just don’t think Claire would go there.

  3. You’re right on the morally bankrupt part. Since Sonny shot Dante my view of the character has substantially changed. For years it was always the brooding, victimized Sonny. And with that single gun shot at point blank range the sympathy for Sonny’s evolution vanished. There is just no justification for what he did. The writers have painted themselves into a corner on this one and the character of Claire Walsh may be the only mechanism to turn things around. Forget Carly. I’m so over Brenda coming back. Olivia has her own dark issues. So the redemption of Sonny may fall upon Claire’s shoulders — not by romance — but by a sheer battle of wills.

    Meanwhile, there’s such potential with Michael in the post-prison phase of his adolescence. Chad is proving daily that replacing Drew was a wise decision. With Claire sitting upon Sonny’s right shoulder, Michael may be sitting on the left. Sonny is faced with seeing the fruits of his fatherhood. Deep down Sonny sees himself in Dante and Michael for entirely different reasons. With Claire’s input, Sonny may see the light of day and admit that he is not only flawed but the decisions of Olivia and Carly are logical when it comes to Dante and Morgan.

    I keep wondering how long it will be before writers remind us that Michael is AJ’s biological son. Micheal’s genetics could very well come in to play once he is free.

  4. I love Dahlia Salem and Claire.

    However, I have no interest in a Sonny/Claire pairing. If they want to do rehash #4 of Sonny/Alexis (see: Jordan, Reese, Kate…), go with the original. Dahlia also has much more chemistry with Jonathan Jackson and Dom Zamprogna than with Maurice Benard.

  5. Agreed. And I have to wonder if Maurice himself is comfortable with the way this story line has progressed. In the past his eyes have always told the story and what I see these days is a vacant look and a subtle discomfort with the character of Sonny. I’m not a big Jonathan Jackson fan and actually think Claire is too strong for a character like Lucky.

    I like her interactions with Dante but don’t see them as a long term thing. Dante is an Italian boy from Bensenhurst who likes strong women in the mold of Olivia. But that strength has to be tempered by a tenderness and an almost blind regard for the family values of Italians who grew up in a close-knit neighborhood. Lulu’s history, coupled with the personality traits of Luke, make her a temporary relationship. I honestly don’t know of a character in Port Charles who can stir up those feelings which run deep inside Dante.

    If Claire remains on the GH canvas, I am interested in seeing a whole new approach. Take Claire out of the mob vs. prosecutor element and have her get attracted to a continental type of guy who grew up not knowing the pratfalls of middle class life. That’s right. I said it. What about Claire and Nikolas? Tyler Christopher is a good actor who’s been saddled by bad writing and character development. He’s always the rescuer. Claire is very much like Helena — only Claire’s views aren’t as warped. There could be a lot of explosive chemistry between the two.

  6. SabrinaD18
    19:11, 18.06.2010

    I loved the exchange Monday as well. Although, I’m one of the ones who doesn’t mind the mob influence on GH, I AM getting tired of Saint Sonny. Claire calling himself self absorbed was great. I too do not want Claire to become another of Sonny’s apologists. Keep them away in the romance dept! With Brenda returning they’ll already be one too many apologists. It’s time Sonny doesn’t get the girls.

  7. Well, Michele, looks like you may have opened up a can of worms which leads to some fun debate. Well done.

  8. Hey Guys!

    LOVE the discussion and there are so many great points you all bring out!

    I’ll be back later to jump in….I’m kinda in the middle of something now, but just wanted to thank everyone for such astute commentary and analyzation! 🙂

    Michele

  9. Hi Michele!

    I agree, I like Dahlia and her character Claire. And I am also afraid of the Sonny/Claire thing and the possibility that they will end up having a child together. I hope that’s not the case. We know MB has chemistry with almost every actress they stick him with, but that doesn’t mean the show should make their characters fall in bed with each other every time. It makes the women look stupid when they are against Sonny one minute, then sleeping with him the next. Of course Alexis is a whole other story because she’s drawn to every criminal within a 3 mile radius.

    Paula

  10. Hi Silas!

    All I can say is WOW! You really have some great insights and depth of understanding of the GH characters.

    I love the possibilities that you present…..OK, all but one….I wouldn’t like to see Claire paired with Nikolas…but that’s just me!

    I love the comments about Dante needing a strong woman like Olivia and the whole Bensonhurst thing…That is so true about Italian families and Italian roots.

    Having said that, I think – and hope – that Lulu is his perfect match because there are so many possibilities. I like them together…

    After all, since Dante is such a great cook he doesn’t need someone who can cook – LOL!!

    You and I are TOTALLY on the same page about Sonny! After shooting Dante – that took the character to a whole new level for me – and not in a good way!

    Thanks so much for keeping the convo going here!

    Your postings are so great!

    Michele

  11. Hi Paula!

    ITA with you!!

    We are ALL AFRAID of Claire and Sonny ending up in bed together….

    So True: “It makes the women look stupid when they are against Sonny one minute, then sleeping with him the next.”

    And I love this quote from you: “Of course Alexis is a whole other story because she’s drawn to every criminal within a 3 mile radius.” — LOL and TRUE!!

    Thanks for posting!
    Michele

  12. Hi Sally, Kellye and Sabrina!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this hot topic, which appears to be of concern to many.

    Sally – ITA – and fear they’re gonna go there….ITA that Sonny IS morally bankrupt (great description!) and Claire is too smart for that!

    Kellye – ITA with you on ALL points! I really like Dahlia with Jonathan and Dominic.

    Sabrina – Another good description of Sonny’s past relationships – “apologists.” It seems like ALL his ex’s are apologists for him – Even Alexis – which goes against her character…I mean she kept Kristina from him for years!

    Thanks to all of you for joining in on the convo and contributing your opinions!

    Michele

  13. If there is a redeeming aspect to this story line between Sonny and Dominic it may be in how Sonny perceives himself when it’s over. The abuse Sonny experienced as a kid has always been the genie in the bottle. Even the strong women fall when the see the vulnerabilities which lie beneath the surface. Once they hear the sad story of what his mother went through and how he hated his stepfather, they melt. Perhaps the only woman in Port Charles who cannot be moved is Helena.

    What’s been exposed in the aftermath of Dante’s shooting is how Sonny places a hard, clear line of delineation between his form of abuse and that of Deke’s. If there is no physical injury, it ain’t abuse. In every relationship Sonny maintains there is a level of emotional abuse. He doesn’t see it — but those around him do. When we look at Alexis’ role in Sonny’s life, we can’t forget that Sonny and Alexis coupled at a very troubling period for her. When Kristina was born, Alexis was still in mourning over her own sister. Her middle daughter is her connection to that sister and were it not for Sonny she would not have it.

    Kristina is the first woman in Sonny’s life to call him out. She doesn’t give him a break or a pass. All his life he’s ignored what others have attempted to make him see. He’s never hit a woman. But he sure has inflicted a lot of pain. Kristina’s relationship with Kiefer is a metaphor for all the relationships Sonny has had. Deep down, he knows it and in his fight to suppress that knowledge, he’s losing the woman in his life he loves above himself — Kristina. This young woman is coming in to her own. She has Alexis’ sense of justice and Sonny’s blind determination. Let’s not forget that in Kristina’s genetics is a bit of Cassadine blood. Need I say more?

    I’m still not happy with the character and fear that the writers are going to lose yet another opportunity to tell a compelling story. In order for them to restore some credibility to Sonny, they’re going to have to give us a story which makes Sonny open his closet door and confront his demons. He needs to recognize once and for all that he has been abusive all along. Sonny needs to grow up. He also need to deal with the guilt he continues to feel for not rescuing his own mother — which is something not yet explored. There is very little the writers can do to justify Sonny’s cold blooded shooting of Dante except to present a sequence of events which forces Sonny to confront his reality. Up until now, Sonny reacts to every situation through the mind of a young teenage boy who suffered horrific physical and emotional abuse. What Sonny shares with his children is that they are all going through adolescence. Now is the time for Sonny to become an adult.

  14. Robert Corozza
    16:08, 25.06.2010

    I absolutely love Claire and Lucky….I love them separately and kept askign myself, why don’t they have scenes together, they are both in law enforcement? Boom!!! Whne they did they were very unique and had electric chemistry…Lucky is the only character on the show to fluster Claire, on a personal level, not professional…he’s the only one to get her out of that driven mode and talk about herself, and actually laugh…smile…that episode in his apt. where she asked for his help and she said, “if I go all capt. Ahab, I trust you’ll reign me in”…..that was amazing..the laugh, the smile…ohhhh..love these two