More on Anjelica

I uploaded a couple of clips that I think highlight what made Anjelica such a great character. These take place after Jack has raped Kayla, Jack has fallen off the roof, and Steve has donated his kidney to Jack and gone into a coma. In this first clip, Anjelica doesn’t know about the rape yet, and is scolding Kayla for spending so much time at Steve’s bedside.

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You can see her trademark sarcasm on display—“Your husband—remember him? Kind of a cute guy, a politician, fall off a roof recently?” All this is infuriating for us viewers who are rooting for Kayla—after the rape, this truly adds insult to injury. And yet we can see that Anjelica is motivated by her love and protectiveness for Jack, especially when she drops the sarcasm and says, “I knew from the very beginning that you and Jack weren’t Romeo and Juliet, but, Kayla, there was a time when you cared for Jack.” That is very human and honest, and given that she doesn’t know about the rape, very well justified. But when that doesn’t work, she goes straight back into threatening-Deveraux mode, as Kayla points out.

This next clip has fewer layers. Now the truth of the rape has come out (which Anjelica doesn’t believe), and the fact that Kayla is leaving Jack. She is all sarcasm and snobbery, and treats Kayla as the enemy. Still there’s that vein of protectiveness for Jack running through it all, and you can see a little of the sly humor than Elliot brought to the role—even when the scene wasn’t particularly comic:

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This last one is my favorite. It takes place after Jack has decided to fight Kayla over the divorce:

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Anjelica does her damnedest to condescend to Kayla and dominate the conversation, but Kayla is able to turn the tables on her. I love the way Mary Beth Evans says, “You couldn’t really be so stupid …” with such a strong emphasis on the word “stupid.” Kayla is turning the condescension right back onto her, something Anjelica would hate more than anything. And then Kayla says, “You’ve never been in love … I guess that’s why I always pitied you.” We know that Kayla has scored a direct hit from the way Jane Elliot’s face changes. This scene is very important for showing Kayla coming back into her own after the rape. Without that reaction shot showing that Kayla has hit a nerve, the moment wouldn’t have nearly the same impact.


31 thoughts on “More on Anjelica

  1. I love how Anjelica always expected Kayla to be for Jack exactly what she had always been for Harper. Harper was never Anjelica’s “Romeo” either, but she did care for him and put him first when it came down to it. There was a genuine affection between the two, as was evidenced when Anjelica waited so diligently by Harper’s bedside after the shooting.

    She knew a woman could have a decent life with a man she didn’t love. She viewed Kayla as weak for not being able to deal with being married to Jack, a man who loved her more than Anjelica’s own husband ever could have. Not to mention that Kayla broke the cardinal rule: Never air your dirty laundry to the public. Discretion was the key.

  2. I loved how they made the connection between Anjelica/Harper and Kayla/Jack. There’s the scene when Anjelica is trying to convince Kayla to marry Jack, where she talks about how she has a marriage based on respect rather than true love, and it has worked out for her. She obviously has an ulterior motive because she’s trying to pressure Kayla to marry jack, but it’s also clear she really believes what she’s saying.

    And you make a great point about discretion. All the public humiliation Kayla brought on the Deverauxs was a large part of Anjelica’s problem with her.

  3. And that was a really fair assessment by Angelica. Kayla wasn’t forced to marry Jack, she chose to marry him. And while he had been a bit manipulative and demanding, he wasn’t evil yet. She could have ended the marriage without all the scandal instead of feeling she had the right to be with Steve and to hell with the consequences.

  4. I agree with all the comments. Anjelica presented a rare point of view for a soap character. It would be interesting to see such a character presented today in the post-Clinton era. I could envision a scenario in which the scorned Anjelica ran for office herself instead of chasing after some younger guy.
    I also agree with the comments about Anjelica’s attitude towards Kayla’s indiscretion. Granted, Kayla wanted to leave Jack as soon as she recovered from her poisoning, but, as MaryPickford pointed out so well in her story summary, she and Steve barely tried to conceal their affair. It’s hardly surprising a reporter was the one to reveal it to Jack.
    I always got the sense with Anjelica and Harper that each accepted the other had affairs, but neither cared as long as they were discreet and such diversions made the other happy. In their partnership, sexual affairs had little bearing on their relationship with one another.

  5. I don’t think it’s quite as simple as Kayla feeling she had a right to be with Steve and to hell with the consequences. She wanted to end the marriage and tell Jack the truth and she knew that staying was the wrong thing to do.

    But, like most things with S&K it wasn’t that simple. Steve couldn’t stand the though of building his happiness and Jack’s destruction and Kayla reluctantly went along with it. I’m not saying S&K were right, because I think they were wrong even if the motivations were understandable. But, I don’t think Kayla was blind to the consequences — even if she didn’t foresee just how bad they would be.

  6. Yes, that’s true. It was mostly Steve’s wrong-headed idea. But she was an intelligent woman capable of independent thought, she did marry into a family of politicians, she either owed them some discretion or she needed to stay away from Steve until she was free. I understand that’s not the way soaps work. But if Kayla was someone you know, you might reasonably expect rational behavior.

  7. I’m imagining a scene where Anjelica tries to convince Kayla that rather than leaving Jack for Steve, she should just keep Steve as her boy on the side. Hee.

    In the scenes I posted above, Anjelica is pretty much the only one from that time articulating the conventional point of view—that Kayla owed something to Jack as her husband and she was being selfish and irresponsible in leaving him in such a public fashion. I always loved the fact that Kayla and Steve made mistakes and weren’t always right and fair in their actions. I think Steve really believed that he could somehow engineer the situation so that Jack wouldn’t be hurt. At one point during their affair, Steve tells Kayla, “We can’t hurt him anymore,” as if that were possible. They both hurt Jack and betrayed him, and ironically they hurt him worse by trying to spare him.

    I love the complexity of the affair. Even though Kayla was a grown-up and didn’t have to stay with Jack, it was clear that she was trying to respect Steve’s feelings. She knew it would be very hard for Steve to be happy with her if he felt they didn’t do everything they possibly could to make things easier for Jack. Given Steve’s overdeveloped protectiveness toward little Billy, she was absolutely right.

    And of course, she should have stayed away from Steve, and he should have stayed away from her. But I love that she wasn’t able to. There’s a scene where Steve says “we need to stop meeting like this,” and Kayla gets this look of almost desperation. It’s like her meetings with Steve were the only thing keeping her going through all this, and if she couldn’t have them, she couldn’t cope. Like so much of this storyline, it’s very human and real.

  8. Sure, Kayla should have stayed away from Steve until she was free, and Steve should have stayed away from her. But, what I love about S&K throughout their story is that they aren’t perfect people who always do the right thing. They screw up and make bad decisions and end up hurting each other and other people. And they pay for those mistakes, sometimes very dearly.

    And, good decisions or bad, the motivations were almost always understandable and came from love or at least a desire not to hurt, not from indifference or a lack of caring. That doesn’t turn bad decisions into good ones or make wrongs suddenly right. But it means everything in keeping a character in character and rootable.

  9. I’ve been revisiting some of this storyline with an eye to the dates, and I think it’s also easy to forget how compressed it was. Steve and Kayla only slept together once, and a day or two later she was back with Jack. The NYE “hayride” (props to 2006 Steve for that coinage!) was only a week later. It’s true that if S&K were serious about not continuing their affair, they were setting themselves up to fail by spending so much time together. But they also didn’t know who had been poisoning Kayla, so it wouldn’t have been prudent for them to keep entirely apart, either. It wasn’t simply a matter of discretion, it was also life and death for Kayla.

    Melaraus, the Anjelica-as-Hillary idea tickles me! LOL.

  10. lska, good point about the poisoning. It’s something that it’s easy to forget about because the show doesn’t deal with it very much during this time.

    You made me curious about the timeline, so I checked Beth’s Days Page, where she has daily summaries for most days (but not all). It looks like they slept together in the safehouse for the first time on December 18. Kayla was back with Jack around December 22/23. The New Year’s Eve hayride (hee!) was New Year’s Eve, go figure. 🙂 The rape took place on January 22. So it looks like the affair went on for about a month.

    And don’t forget that it is strongly implied (though not shown) that they sleep together when Jack is on his train trip with Harper. So it’s not just the safehouse.

  11. Oh, that’s a good point about the train trip. Although Kayla tells someone later (Mickey? her rape counselor?) that she and Steve were only together the one time… but only because of lack of opportunity. So I’m not sure what to make of the train trip. Maybe they were together, or maybe Jo’s morality got in the way?

    BTW, I just realized that those scenes are now old enough to buy us a drink! 😀

  12. Well, I have to think that the scene with Mickey was just the writers being forgetful. I just can’t see how that rooftop scene after Jack leaves—where Kayla runs up to Steve and says, “Now we can be together,” and starts kissing him passionately—could end any other way. 🙂

    And eek! about the scenes being 21 now. That makes me feel old!

  13. I definitely had the feeling that they were together more than once at the safehouse. Depending on how you count those things, I suppose.

    And from a husband’s point of view, I’m not sure passionate necking is really all that much better.

  14. Re: the safehouse. That’s my feeling, too, Flaco. Another reason why it’s strange that Kayla tells Mickey it was only once.

    At any rate, you’re right. Passionate necking is no better. Going back to your earlier comment about Kayla being a grown-up—there is a certain passivity in Kayla around this time. She doesn’t even seem to think of her marriage to Jack as being hers, which might help explain why she was able to betray him. In her mind, it was already over.

    At any rate, all this passivity has a great payoff when Kayla tells Steve after the rape, when she decides to press charges against Jack: “We’ve been doing things your way until now, and it hasn’t worked out so well for me.” That’s a very painful moment, but also true, and a great growth moment for Kayla the character.

  15. It was a relief to see Kayla take control of her life again!

    I am not saying that they should have stayed apart or that I wanted them to (anything but that!) I was just saying that Angelica had a right to be a bit annoyed with Kayla over her behavior. I actually think it was nice to see Kayla abandon the ministering angel bit. It was a pretty lame choice from the beginning. It just ended up being kind of awkward for the Devereuxs(sp?)

  16. The thing that I love about the whole Steve/Kayla/Jack storyline is that it is amazingly complex. On the surface, Kayla’s decision to marry Jack just seems like an out of character plot maneuver. But, when you really see how devastated she was by not just Steve’s break-up, but by everything else he was doing — lying on the stand about Ed Daniels, appearing to move on with some waitress, and the his deliberate cruelty towards her, you can begin to see how the whole thing really destroyed Kayla’s faith in herself because she was so convinced that everybody was wrong about Steve, yet everything he does seems to show they were all right and she was wrong.

    Then on the heels of that, she has a whole bunch of people telling her how good she is for Jack and how much he needs her and how much difference she makes in his condition.

    When all of that comes together, it makes a very out of character decision actually seem understandable. So many of her basic beliefs about herself and love have been shaken to the core, so maybe everybody else does know best after all. Throw in a pinch of wanting to hurt Steve back and a dash of never really believing he’d let her marry someone else and it all feels, to me anyway, much more realistic for Kayla.

    And yeah, the whole thing did turn out rather awkwardly for the Deverauxs. But, I can never feel too sorry for them because they pushed a marriage when they knew Kayla didn’t love Jack. Maybe they had a right to believe that it didn’t matter, but they helped create the situation too. Again, that’s one of the complexities that makes this such a great storyline.

  17. ^I’ve also always loved that in some ways, one of the things that drew Kayla to Steve also drew her to Jack. She thrived on being needed, and there was enough of a hint of psychological darkness in it that kept her from being a Mary Sue-type character.

    I think Kayla was being delicate when she was talking to Mickey — no need to go into detail there, lol. All of the times at the safe house were on the same day, or maybe that day and the next morning, before Jack walked in, so I could see her thinking of that as one occasion.

    But I do agree, they were cheating, whether or not they managed to get together again.

  18. What’s always gotten me about this story was the inevitability of it all. This particular combination of characters and circumstances could have produced no other outcome.

    One comment was made in (I believe) the recaps of S&K’s story that I completely agree with: Even after all these years, it’s still hard to watch the whole Jack/Kayla/Steve triangle because, even though I know how everything turns out, I cannot stop myself from hoping and praying certain things (the break-up, the wedding, the rape) can be stopped!

    I watch the whole storyline with my fingers over my eyes, yet somehow it’s the one I keep coming back to. Every character (including Anjelica) plays their part to the point that you can’t help but feel for them all.

  19. To esp: I’ve always thought that one reason she let herself get into the marriage with Jack was because she never really believed Steve would let her marry him and when he intervened, it would prove he needed her. Then, there she is, the ceremony is about to begin and there’s no rescue in sight so she goes through with it. But even after she’s married, she’s still pushing Steve, looking for the reaction she wants from him.

    When you talk about the complexity of the storyline, I think part of the complexity is that neither Steve nor Kayla really gave each other up. Steve pretended he did, but he really didn’t want her to love Jack — she was supposed to save Jack and still love him. The actual physical infidelity was just the final step. She had always been emotionally unfaithful to Jack and so was Steve.

  20. I’m always struck by how close the surface their feelings for each other are during this whole section. Kayla could always sense how Steve felt for her and see *why* he was pushing her away before. But when he pushed her away this time and did all these crazy things she had no explanation for his behavior. I think that led to a crisis of sorts where she was totally at sea about everything and didn’t trust her own judgment anymore. But in the end, after she was married and things settled down, she knew he still loved her. And I will always love the moment when Steve receives the letter (the one where Kayla tells him how happy she is with Jack), and he says it’s a lie. They both know.

    RileyKay, I love the inevitability of it all as well. This is something that it’s hard for me to put into words, but one thing I love about soaps is the particular logic of soap plotting. When it’s good, it has the relentless logic and dramatic inevitability of a good tragedy. Film noir and the “fatal flaw” Greek tragedies can have that same logic. You put Steve’s unique traits and Kayla’s unique traits, and as you say, all the supporting players—Jo, Anjelica, Harper, and (eventually) Jack—in this particular situation and everything follows with the logic of a chain reaction.

    But like you say, you can see that dramatic inevitability coming (the rape, the wedding), and yet somehow you can always see the potential outs along with the way—where Steve could relent, where Kayla could see through him, where Kayla convinces Steve they can’t protect Jack—that keep you hoping for it not to happen this time.

  21. “When you talk about the complexity of the storyline, I think part of the complexity is that neither Steve nor Kayla really gave each other up. Steve pretended he did, but he really didn’t want her to love Jack — she was supposed to save Jack and still love him. The actual physical infidelity was just the final step. She had always been emotionally unfaithful to Jack and so was Steve.”

    You’re absolutely right and the kicker in the whole thing is that Jack knows it the whole time. He knows that Steve has never stopped loving Kayla and he knows that Kayla has never stopped loving Steve. He just doesn’t care, or more precisely, thinks he is the better man and will eventually win Kayla over. But, it’s that knowledge that keeps Jack from being too much of a victim. He’s an active participant in his own downfall and that adds so much to the story.

    And I totally agree with RileyKay about the inevitability about everything. You can see the seeds being sowed from the moment Jack shows up in Salem. I’ve always wanted to ask Leah Lehman how far out all of this was planned because it doesn’t feel like anything is changed along the way. One thing leads inevitably to the next all the way down the line. And, even now, I’m one of those still hoping that somehow something different happens this time around.

  22. In many ways, as Mary Pickford pointed out in her S&K summary, the seeds were sowed long before they met — when Steve decided he was unworthy of love. He’s always been waiting for Kayla to realize that and leave him. For the sake of Billy, he makes it happen. But he always believed it would inevitably happen.

  23. I really wished they’d played with his sense of being unworthy of love when he returned in 2006. He really had so little time with Kayla–about 5 years, and two of those were spent fighting her love for him–compared to 40+ years of being an outcast, a thug, unwanted, unloveable, etc. That’s the story we could have had upon the return, even after his memory came back.

    If you’re Steve Johnson, who lived most of your life expecting the worst to happen, wouldn’t the sixteen years apart from your wife and daughter seem to verify that fact? That he couldn’t hold onto the best thing that ever happened to him, however their separation had come about, and maybe it would be better for everyone involved if they stopped pretending they could have a life together?

    It would have been a much better story than what we got.

  24. Steve’s “unworthiness” makes a stark contrast with Jack’s sense of entitlement (leading back to our original topic of Anjelica). Jack was raised with the expectation that he would follow in his father’s footsteps completely. He was also raised with the belief that he could obtain (and deserved) anything he wanted (as he stated several times during his pursuit of Kayla). I think he fully expected to pattern his marriage after that of Harper and Anjelica, which had led to great political success. But whereas Harper often consulted with Anjelica about his political career, Jack sometimes acted like he expected Kayla to be just a trophy wife, rather than a partner or even an individual with her own goals. She even quit her nursing career after marrying him!

    Jack never even consulted Kayla about running for state assembly. He rather informed her he was running after his father had already set up a press conference to announce it. Jack expected Kayla to always put his and his family’s goals above any desires of her own because that was the model he had witnessed, though, as a successful business woman, Anjelica was more independent than Jack ever expected Kayla to be. I get the sense Camille (Jack’s deceased adoptive mom) was more docile. [Nice contrast that, after she left Jack, Kayla and Steve worked together at the community center; They were totally in sync personally and professionally.]

    In looking back at the clips of the S/K/J triangle, it is telling that, although Jack knew full well that Kayla didn’t love him and that she loved Steve, the only thing that prevented Jack from expecting sex with her immediately after the wedding was his health. It never crossed his mind that she might not be turned on since she didn’t love him. While some might argue that’s a universal “guy” attitude, it provides another contrast with Steve, who waited until long after they were in love before jumping into bed with Kayla (the longest year of sexual frustration in soap history!)

    Despite his claims, I don’t think Jack cared whether Kayla ever grew to love him. He just wanted her to be the perfect political wife he envisioned because that’s what he wanted. He was raised to believe that as long as Jack got what he wanted, all was right with the universe. Too bad his biological family reinforced this fantasy as much as his adoptive family did.

  25. Paula, you’re so right. The trauma of those missing years, leaving Kayla alone and hurting her, being absent from his child’s life—even if those things were unintentional, it’s still exactly what he was afraid of. That should have called up some demons.

    Melaurus, I like the way you contrast Steve’s feelings of unworthiness with Jack’s sense of entitlement. It’s a great contrast, and plays into this same dramatic inevitability.

    I’m one of those who thinks that Jack really did love Kayla and wanted her to love him, and in fact naively believed that if he could get her to the altar everything would magically work out after that. I think he just couldn’t conceive of someone preferring Steve to him, at least not for long. But it was a very selfish love, all about what she could do for him. I also think he didn’t know her very well. And the “professional” marriage he saw with Harper and Anjelica probably did factor into his calculations.

    I always wanted a scene where Kayla threw it in Jack’s face that he knew she still loved Steve when they got married. He threw the affair in her face many times, and it would have been a great layer to reintroduce. And it would have been very satisfying as a viewer. 🙂

    Regarding sex, I think Jack being more aware of Kayla’s reluctance would have been a great layer to add. He and Kayla could have had a conversation early on, where he said he wanted to wait until she was ready. That would put their marriage on a slightly firmer foundation, a more friendly one, that would give greater weight to Steve’s jealousy at that time. Plus, it would have made Kayla going back to Jack, and Steve being willing for her to go back to him—why Steve didn’t seem to think it would be a problem—make more sense. It would also give greater weight to the tension around the affair, when Jack suddenly starts stepping up the pressure, and his later statements about how he waited, and waited for her.

  26. I join the chorus of wailing for what could have been when Steve returned from the dead. It could have been such a great storyline. It just…wasn’t.

    As for Jack’s real feelings, I always felt that Jack #1 loved Kayla. He seemed like a rich guy that had always had things go his way until the cancer thing laid him low. He was trying to be normal in spite of his family and his illness. Jack #2 was incapable of so many things (including acting) that I really don’t know what his motivations were. When Matthew Ashford took over the role, the character of Jack really changed. It became so much more complicated. Yes, he had a sense of entitlement, but he also began to exude the Johnson family trait of believing that deep down inside, he was worthless. He was both arrogant and needy.

    Jack #1 might have been able to believe that Kayla could choose Steve, although he would think it was an insane choice to make. Jacks 2 and 3 could never understand it. It was just impossible. And Jack #3 also seemed to have a neurotic need for her to choose him, even before he knew that Steve was his brother. He had to win and prove he was the better man.

    As far as the sex issue goes, Mary, you pointed out that he found Steve and Kayla in a pretty equivocal situation. I think he knew that they had been together. When you find your wife lounging on a bed with a half-dressed man whose pants are unbuttoned, you would need to be much stupider or more naive than Jack to think it was all innocent. I think that was one reason he became more urgent in his demands — he needed to mark his territory and prove he could break their connection by outsexing Steve (Good luck with that!)

  27. Yeah, there was definitely a “marking his territory” thing going on there. At some point, it seemed to become more important for Jack that he beat Steve than that he keep Kayla.

    All the recasts make it difficult to really analyze Jack’s motivations. I think the writing definitely shifts with the recasts, with the second Jack suffering from both the writing and the acting. But putting him aside, the first Jack really is a different guy. As you point out, he was saner, less complicated, and less arrogant. He really seemed to like Steve at first, and wasn’t pushy with Kayla. He was perfect for what Jack was at that time—a rich, nice, uncomplicated guy who could serve as Steve’s opposite—and I always wish the actor had stuck around through the wedding and the early part of their marriage.

    But I can’t regret getting Matt Ashford, and the greater depth we got with dark Jack. I love your characterization of him as both arrogant and needy, and how part of the reason for that might be how he was an uneasy mix of Johnson and Deveraux.

  28. Don’t get me wrong — I loved Matt Ashford. But you’re right in saying that the first Jack was the anti-Steve. Matt Ashford’s Jack seemed as complicated, troubled and difficult to love as Steve was.

  29. Ditto on Jack’s motivations after “rescuing” Kayla. It seemed much clearer that Jack knew she was at least having an emotional affair with Steve, even if he was in denial about the physical affair. In addition to their compromising position at the safehouse and Jack’s suddenly increased pressure to “mark his territory,” he alluded to rumors about his marriage and the Kayla/Steve relationship.

    The scenes when Max was in the hospital illustrated this point very well. Kayla and Steve were side by side throughout that whole ordeal (they were afraid Max might lose his eye, like Steve). At one point, Jack sees them through a window hugging in Max’s room and notably pauses a moment before entering (he was lucky he just caught them hugging, as they made out numerous times in that room while little Max was supposed to be sleeping. Lucky for them the kid was on their side!).

    Then, Jack asks Steve to speak at a campaign rally on the Riverfront, noting that he is losing support there amid rumors that he “can’t hold onto his wife.” He implies that by having Steve support him, it will quell suspicions about an affair and “show the marriage is strong.” Here we really see Jack’s insecurities showing through.

    The incriminating photos were just the last straw in ending Jack’s bubble of denial. If a reporter knew and had publishable evidence of the affair, there was no way Jack could continue to pretend it wasn’t happening. Part of his anger at Kayla seemed to be him saying, “Look, I was willing to ignore this and pretend it wasn’t happening, but you threw it in my face!” Again, Kayla didn’t follow the Devereaux code of discretion. He just couldn’t accept that she wasn’t willing to play the game properly.

    Another observation regarding the difference between the Bradys and the Devereaux: I liked how, during the poisoning and affair story, the writers showed Kayla’s parents, especially Caroline, coming around to supporting her relationship with Steve. They never liked Steve before and, even though they knew Kayla didn’t love Jack, they were much like Anjelica in the beginning in believing that because Jack was such a great guy he and Kayla could still have a good marriage. Caroline was unduly influenced by her own experience, incorrectly comparing Kayla’s situation to her struggle to choose between Victor and Shawn. While I think Caroline loved Shawn romantically more than Anjelica loved Harper, both chose men they thought would make good husbands. It was always clear that Victor was the more passionate love of Caroline’s life, but she knew Shawn was the better mate for life.

    It was during the poisoning storyline that Caroline came to appreciate how she had misjudged Steve. Her warning flags went up when the Devereauxs wouldn’t let the Bradys see Kayla. Whom did Caroline turn to? Steve. She knew in her heart that he would make sure Kayla was safe. I loved the “silent accomplice” mode Caroline took on during the safehouse period, trusting Steve’s vague assurances that Kayla was okay. She knew who was the real protector of her daughter.

    Then Caroline called Steve immediately after Max was injured. I think both because she knew how much he loved Max and also because it just seemed like he should be there for Kayla. As they surrounded Max during his recovery they treated Steve like an accepted member of the family. Contrast with Jack’s self-centered attempt to bring in reporters and turn the kid’s recovery into a campaign op. You can read the queasiness in Caroline’s eyes as she observes Jack’s behavior.

    Then there’s the wonderful scene in which Caroline visits Steve in the hospital after he has given Jack his kidney. She apologizes for how wrong she was about him and gives her blessing to his relationship with Kayla. She even supported the two of them living together before Kayla was divorced!! Quite a turnaround for the traditional Catholic mother, but perfectly understandable within the context.

    It’s important to note that Caroline embraced Steve before she learned of the rape, while I don’t think Shawn was totally won over until the rape trial. Of course, Shawn was the more stubborn personality, so it was harder for him to admit he was wrong. He didn’t finally say it until the 40th anniversary party weeks later.

    Oh, such wonderful characters!

  30. I loved when Caroline was depending on Steve to take care of Kayla, though he wouldn’t give her any specific info on where Kayla was. Then, when he lost Kayla for a while and he had to let Caroline know that he didn’t know Kayla was all right, that was another good scene.

    Steve had an interesting dynamic with Kayla’s parents. There’s a scene early on where Caroline is trying to find out if Steve is behind Andrew’s kidnapping where Steve is really affected by the idea of a mother caring for her children. And there were those shots of him standing outside the Brady’s, eavesdropping on their happy family life with such longing.

    What I liked about Sean and Steve’s relationship was while Sean didn’t want Steve around Kayla, he had more understanding of Steve on some level. They had both grown up on the streets and knew how rough it could be.

    You’re right, esp — they were great characters. So many layers.

  31. Melaurus, I love the way you put it all together about Caroline and Shawn. Yes, we could really see the development in Caroline’s gradual acceptance of Steve. I loved the way they had Caroline thinking of Steve as being Kayla’s “Victor” and how she (maybe unconsciously) wanted Kayla to make the same choice she did. I remember the way she said to Kayla that there was more to a successful relationship than “feeling weak at the knees.” That revealed a lot about how Caroline saw Kayla’s attraction to Steve.

    I always wished that Shawn’s acceptance of Steve had taken a little longer. He was much less privy to all the ins and outs and much less reason to believe in their relationship. I think a little reluctance on his part would be a nice wrinkle to deal with after the wedding. Maybe they could have worked that in to the fishmarket story.

    That’s a nice moment early on, Flaco, when Steve assures Caroline that he had nothing to do with Andrew’s disappearance (not strictly true but whatever) and he’s so distressed about the idea of separating a mother from her child. I like how Caroline tells Kayla, “The strange thing is I believed him.”

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