‘General Hospital‘ wants viewers to know that next week, on November 22nd, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) are going to kiss for the first time since she returned to the show this past summer. To that end, the show has released a clip of the big moment.
Appropriately enough – given the multiple occasions that Sonny has abandoned or reunited with Brenda in the rain – it is during a downpour that they kiss. What leads up to the pair’s lip-lock, given that they are currently attempting to keep their distance? Stay tuned.
ABC’s publicity department invites viewers to compare the kiss to those of some of the greatest couples in television history: “Ross and Rachel ‘Friends,’ Maddy and David ‘Moonlighting,‘ Sam and Diane ‘Cheers,‘ Derek and Meredith ‘Grey’s Anatomy,‘ Spike and Buffy ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,‘ Kevin and Winnie ‘The Wonder Years.’”
I applaud ‘GH’ for boldly stating that Sonny and Brenda are one of the greatest couples in television history because overall, when their entire history is taken into consideration, they are. Also, in case you ever wondered, ABC Daytime is pro-Spuffy, not Buffy/Angel. It’s still a controversial stance.
However, this much hype for a kiss between a couple that we’ve seen kiss hundreds of times before is a little odd. Given how poorly constructed Brenda’s return storyline has been, Sonny and Brenda’s best kisses may have been in the 1990s.
Upon further reflection, not all of the primetime couples evoked in the press release had long-awaited kisses. Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss happened at the end of the ‘Wonder Years’ pilot. Meredith and Derek had nameless, drunken sex at the beginning of the very first episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ The Seattle Grace docs may actually be the best analogy for Sonny and Brenda: They were amazing at first, then they broke up and got back together a couple dozen times. They started to get annoying. They never got the wedding fans were dying to see — thankfully no one in daytime has ripped off the Post-It marriage — and now everyone complains that their show is a shadow of its former self. Yet I still root for them and believe that they are meant to be. So I look forward to seeing Sonny and Brenda k-i-s-s-i-n-g under an umbrella-brella-brella.