Most of last week's episodes focused on the raging war between Sonny and Jason. In a bold move, Jason took out Escobar instead of Sonny, making it clear to the rest of the mob families that his former boss was under his protection. With Ric's encouragement, Sonny repaid the favor by pointing a finger in Jason's direction. The result was Jason's arrest and later Emily leaving Sonny.
Jason and Sonny being at odds has taken characters and storylines that were once stale and monotonous and turned them into friction filled entertainment. Maybe I'm just a sucker for tension and turmoil, but the depth of emotion these two have reached is incredible.
Yes, Jason's grab for Sonny's business was childish and immature but many people act irrationally when anger blinds their usually clear vision. The action wasn't particularly out of character for Jason and neither were Sonny's reactions. Of course, for me, the highlight of this struggle so far was Emily walking out the door late in the week. I know fans of the show have been pretty evenly split on this pairing but it's one I'm happy to see end.
A not so happy result of the conflict is Sam being caught in the cross-fire at the end of Friday's episode. I look for this to step up the outrage between Jason and Sonny and to also lead to some resolution with the Sam and Alexis storyline.
Earlier in the week, Robin arrived at Patrick's door determined to prove her father wrong. Robert had accused his daughter of living a sheltered and safe life. He told her she wasn't really living at all because she was too afraid of the consequences of her illness. Patrick was all too willing to oblige Robin and her desire to take a risk by being with him. When Jr. Drake informed her he possessed what was needed to protect himself against Robin's HIV, she rethought her position, seeing the player side of the slick doctor.
Okay, so Patrick can be a sleazy little horndog, but I can't help it, I love the character and I love the up and down slow build they are giving this pairing. They make a great yin/yang couple, even though he has a soft side he hides behind a pretensious ego maniac side and she is grounding to him. He adds flavor and excitement to Robin's sheltered existence. The two also share more common ground — their troubled relationships with their fathers.