Low Fidelity: Carly’s Affair Drives Story and Provokes Thought On General Hospital

Carly (Laura Wright) struggles to cover her tracks when Franco (Roger Howarth) becomes suspicious. Photo courtesy of ABC Production.
Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) reignite old feelings. Photo courtesy of ABC Production.
Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) reignite old feelings. Photo courtesy of ABC Production.

Though I know there are plenty that would argue otherwise, Carly and Sonny’s bedroom romp does not feel like a love story to me. A bad habit perhaps but the motivation behind it lacks romantic desire. Maybe this is a pacing issue. Sonny has gone from being 110% committed to Connie, to Connie’s cousin Olivia, to cryptsex with Ava, and now to Carly’s bed with no time in between. It’s hard for me to see a character who is so fickle in love as a viable romantic option.

Of course Sonny isn’t the only one with a fair-weather heart. Ever since Carly tore into town in the ‘90s determined to steal her mother’s husband, she has had boundary issues when it comes to relationships.

Why does Carly always cheat? Is her latest fling just a result of Sonny’s irresistible dimples? I hope the reason is a bit deeper than that. Carly has always been a bit destructive and Sonny has a way of enabling that. It’s possible Carly and Sonny are on just an endless loop of falling in and out of love but I wonder if a bulk of their attraction is based on familiarity.

Carly and Sonny have a long volatile history together. Both characters are their own worse enemy and their relationship matches this with its self-destructive nature. These two have done a lot to each other including lying, cheating, and even a shot to the head. All good reasons why they should avoid each other like the plague.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) delivers dimples and a pizza. Photo courtesy of ABC Productions.
Sonny (Maurice Benard) delivers dimples and a pizza. Photo courtesy of ABC Productions.

This latest reconciliation of sorts has originated from Sonny’s murder of long time foe AJ Quartermaine and Carly’s willingness to help cover up the crime. Sonny has murdered their son’s biological father, had sex on his grave, let an innocent man take the fall for the crime, imprisoned his other son’s pregnant girlfriend who may or may not be pregnant with his child, etc. Carly is not only okay with Sonny’s recent activity but she never misses the opportunity to tell her children that Sonny is a great father. I may get on board as the story continues to played out but at the moment this affair just seems rather callous.

It will be interesting to see how much regret (if any) Carly will eventually feel for her latest act of adultery. If she loses enough as a result of her recklessness then perhaps she’ll finally get the push she needs to change her ways once and for all. Or maybe she’ll finally embrace the fact that she prefers to have a guy on the side. Right now she has the potential to either grow or stay the same. It will be interesting to see which road she takes.




  1. Carson belong together! They are each others soulmates, they understand each other like no one else could! They are kind of dark & twisty, and that makes them AMAZING because that makes them instresting. I hate “boring” couples and couples that don’t make sense. Franco & Carly NEVER made sense, they only got put together because of LW and RH’s chemistry. But I have to admit this story makes me kind of Franco & Carly at least tolerable because it makes Carson even more HOTER with their sneaking around. I so hope we’re heading for a Carson reunion!

  2. I wish CarSon was a default choice to the writers but i think the pairing is here to stay this time and it isn’t their usual ONS. On april 1st a whole episode was dedicated to them with two previous (popular) Carlys coming back for it. Then in june or july they had that one episode at teh park with Spencer where they talked about people being meant to be together and all that. I believe they’re the lovestory being told right now, the start is messy as usual with them but i would bet on it ending with a 5th wedding.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Emily! I have seen others say that CarSon is the “lesser of two evils.” It sort of makes them seem like a default when looked at that way. It will be interesting to see what the writers have planned.

  4. Carly and Franco never made any sense on her part, so i’m not surprised that they’re now telling us (via Bobby and Olivia dialogue) that she only got with him because she was a mess over Jason’s death. They were only put together because the actors have chemistry and now they’re giving Carly this silly excuse to get her out of it.

    At least character-wise having an affair with Sonny makes more sense for Carly than dating the guy who send a rapist after her son, strapped her cousin to a bomb and had a weird pedo obsession with her daughter. This relationship made Carly intolerable to a lot people, myself included. I’m not fond of “CarSon” but it’s the lesser of two evils and is rooted in history.

  5. Thank you for commenting Kramer! Wouldn’t it be awesome if after everything blows up Jax returns to town again to help Carly put her life back together? I think that would be a great story for down the road.

  6. My mom started watching General Hospital in 1981 with Laura and Luke’s wedding than she stop watching GH until I started watching it I forgot what it was called but I called it the monkey disease I think it was in 2006 I was only 12 years old than.

    So moving on with… I started liking Carly with Jaxs (I didn’t know that he was the brother of Jerry Jaxs) than I like Carly with Franco than Sonny (I never seen the other two actresses who played Carly) because I started watching GH in 2006.

    I wish Carly could have stay with Jaxs because he was the only good guy not bad guy plain and simple.

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