March 15, 2006
Three Degrees of Separation (or Fewer) From Sonny Corinthos
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Sage had some some things come up in his world (nothing bad) and asked me to take over a column he was mulling. I hope I can do the idea justice.
There is a premise that was set forth in the movie (although I am sure it likely existed prior to the movie, this is the first place I actually heard it presented) "Six Degrees of Separation" that suggests that there are six or fewer degrees of separation between any two people, meaning that everyone knows someone who knows someone else who is related to someone else who can eventually trace a line between those two people.
Some clever soul took the idea and ran with it, creating the wonderful "Oracle of Bacon." Do not go there unless you have a good bit of time to kill. It doesn't matter who you put in, movie stars from now or from the past... it will nearly always connect the name to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less, usually less. The only one I have been able to stump it with is Freddie Prinze, but he was not even a movie star. As far as I know, he did stand up comedy and TV.
With all of the changes going on in General Hospital genealogy lately, I am quite sure that there is no one on the show who we cannot connect interpersonally and most likely biologically with Sonny Corinthos in less than three steps. None of that lame stuff like "lives in Port Charles with Sonny Corinthos" or "eats at the Metro Court." These have to be hard core connections.
So I am going to cut and paste the entire character list of General Hospital and see how close we can come to hitting the "less than 3 degrees of separation" point.
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Alcazar - 2 - Stepson of Carly, who was married to Sonny
Mike Corbin - 1- father to Sonny
Michael Corinthos III - 1 - adopted son of Sonny
Sonny Corinthos - 0 - the only zero in the bunch, although Emily was a close call.
Alexis Davis - 1- had a baby with Sonny
Patrick Drake - 2 - courting Robin who is constantly defending Sonny to everyone
John Durant -1- ex-father-in-law of Sonny
Jasper "Jax" Jacks - 2 - courting Sonny's ex-wife, Carly
Georgie Jones - 2 - adopted daughter of Mac Scorpio who has arrested Sonny on numerous occasions
Maxie Jones - ditto
Ric Lansing - 1 - Sonny's half-brother
Courtney Matthews - 1- Sonny's half-sister
Samantha McCall - 1 - had a baby with Sonny
Jason Morgan - 1- was Sonny's best friend and most trusted human until Emily
Dillon Quartermaine - 2 - cousin to Emily who is banging Sonny
Tracy Quartermaine - 2- aunt to Emily who is banging Sonny
Skye Quartermaine - 2 - ex-wife of Jax who is Sonny's mortal enemy
Emily Quartermaine - 1- banging Sonny
Dr. Alan Quartermaine - 2 - father of Emily who is banging Sonny (or father of Jason who was best friends with Sonny)
Dr. Monica Quartermaine - 2 - mother to Emily who is banging Sonny (or mother of Jason who was best friends with Sonny)
Malcolm 'Mac' Scorpio - 1 - has arrested Sonny on numerous occasions
Dr. Robin Scorpio - 1 - defends Sonny at every turn
Bobbie Spencer - 1- ex-mother-in-law to Sonny
Lucky Spencer - 2- cousin of Carly who is Sonny's ex
Luke Spencer - 1 - was in business with Sonny
Lulu Spencer - 2 - cousin of Carly who is Sonny's ex
Justus Ward - 1 - was Sonny's legal counsel
Elizabeth Webber - 1 - friend of Sonny's
Dr. Lainey Winters - 2 - psychiatrist for Carly who is Sonny's ex
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Honestly, I didn't think it would be that easy.