Though I love the character of Ric now, it’s mostly because I’ve blocked the storylines in 2003, particularly when he tricked Carly into thinking they had slept together, and then the show continued to pair rape survivor Elizabeth with him, even after she knew the truth. So I rewrote the story.
So, in 2003, Sonny kissed Brenda and Carly saw him. The opening of her club was that night (Valentine’s Day), and that’s where this story picks up. I get rid of Courtney almost immediately, because everything she does after August 2002 is pretty much insufferable, which is a shame, because she made my beloved AJ so happy once.