Shane and Kim are sometimes forgotten when the time comes to pay homage to Days’ greatest couples. I’m not sure why, though it probably has to do with the fact that neither actor ever returned to the show in the merry go round of comings-and-goings that you commonly see on soaps.
They are also the only supercouple to end in permanent dissolution rather than death (or, of course, a happy ending). Reading their character profiles is a somewhat depressing experience, seeing the ignominious slide through another WTD story, Shayla, and then a new Kimberly’s return in 1992 with multiple personalities.
All that is still in the future, however. At the moment (1990) they are just going around in another iteration of the breakup/makeup story that they did so many times on the show. Shane has been presumed dead, but of course he isn’t dead, just wandering around with amnesia. In his absence Kim seeks comfort with Cal Winters. Then Shane reappears (still with amnesia) and complications ensue.
I don’t remember this storyline as being particularly good at the time, and very likely it wasn’t. The scenario is certainly overused and familiar—back from the dead/amnesia/interloper/WTD … pretty much every soap story cliche crammed into one story.
I don’t have many Shane and Kim clips on my DVDs, only scenes that overlap with Steve and Kayla. But, for some unknown reason this scene is included:
As an example of what Days used to do well and now does so poorly, this scene is perfect. The use of history is impeccable. I love how Shane’s discovery that she used to be a prostitute—and that he used that (and her) in one of his spy operations—makes him doubt their entire love story. Thankfully, it’s not as simple as Shane thinking, “I can’t believe I’m married to a prostitute,” or “Get out of my sight, you trollop.” Rather, it’s that all those crazy obstacles and opposites-attract situations that we associate with the supercouples would, in real life, make someone say, “It would never work.” And that’s pretty much Shane’s reaction.
He accuses her of whitewashing their past and making it something that it wasn’t. That gives Kim the chance to get angry that he’s using this one small part of their past to ruin everything else. And then later to launch into a heartfelt speech about how she remembers their love, and how they got over those obstacles so they didn’t matter anymore. Shane, still skeptical, asks if she thinks their love is so strong as to get through this (the amnesia), and Kim says yes. And we see he is affected by her certainty. It’s a great way to bring the past into the present, as we see Shane react to it, and to relate it to their problems now.
All I could think, watching this, is how much I would have loved to see a scene like this when Steve and Kayla returned in 2006. I could imagine Kayla glossing over some of the more unsavory elements of their past because she doesn’t see them as relevant anymore. And I could see Steve, as he finds out about them, falling back into the old Steve Johnson-style self-loathing, but with a twist—as he begins to care more and more for Kayla, does he really want to be the guy who stalked her and put her life in danger and broke her heart?