Well, I’m delighted that Steve finally got a job.
Of course, it would have been nice to see Steve and Kayla talking this over. He could be shown struggling with this decision, and we could have seen some of his old insecurities about being a good provider and a worthy husband of his professional wife. But then, they had a whole storyline devoted to this back in the 80’s, which was generally well done and realistic … but it was the beginning of the domestication of Steve (and Kayla) which I’ve always had mixed feelings about.
One of the things Steve told Kayla over and over again, when she was determined pursuing him, was that she deserved a nice big house and a 9 to 5 husband—a typical middle class life—and how he couldn’t give those things to her. Part of their falling in love story is Steve realizing that she didn’t want those things, she wanted him. But a year later that conventional middle class life was exactly what they got. In some ways, that fit Steve’s character, because although Kayla was less conventional than she appeared, Steve was more so—something only Kayla was able to recognize. But, I wish the show had taken into account what we viewers (at least this viewer) loved about Steve, and tried to preserve his rough edges and go-it-alone mentality. Instead they pretty much threw most of that out the window and made Steve a cop. Patch working for The Man. It’s so wrong.
A private eye is better. I really liked the lines Steve had on Thursday (8/28) that “All I’m good at is getting into trouble, and getting out of it.” It sums up so much. And I’ll be delighted if this brings Steve (and Kayla, please!) into some of the other stories on the show. In the scenes where Trent hired Steve, Stephen Nichols and Roscoe Burn (Trent) played very well off of each other. I particularly liked Steve’s stone cold look, that gave nothing away, when Trent mentioned Stephanie.