Bailing out

We’re starting a period for Steve and Kayla where the story itself basically sucks: Kayla’s trial and conviction. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s just too much suffering piled on for Kayla, and way too many legal travesties during the trial.

Still, there are moments worth watching, like some of these scenes around Kayla’s arraignment. There’s a good twist when the judge sets Kayla’s bail abnormally high (2 million dollars), not because of Kayla, but because of Steve. Steve is presented as a shady character and a bad influence who might induce the law-abiding Kayla to skip bail. It’s a callback to Steve’s bad guy-days, which I always like. And Steve’s intense guilt about the whole thing is a way for the whole Marina thing to come back to haunt him. (Not as much as it’s haunting Kayla, of course—but that’s pretty much a given during this whole section.)

Steve has been staying admirably calm, for Kayla’s sake, but when Neil tells him that Kayla’s pregnancy could be endangered unless he finds a way to remove all stress, he freaks out:

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I like seeing Steve break down here, seeing his desperation and anger over his helplessness to do anything to remove Kayla’s stress when she’s been arrested for murder. And I love that Kayla seems to understand that. Steve’s emotional outburst doesn’t seem to be stressing her out, instead she’s looking at him with almost a ghost of a smile, like, “this is the Steve I know and love.”

The high bail also allows for an interesting subplot with Victor and Caroline, when Victor offers to help Caroline out by posting the bail. (Caroline doesn’t know that Victor was largely responsible for Kayla’s arrest to begin with.)

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This scene is feels a little bit off, because it seems like Caroline should be more preoccupied with Kayla than taking a walk down memory lane with Victor. Also, it kills me that Caroline is worrying about Victor’s feelings and thanking him so sincerely, when he’s the one who caused all this to begin with. But despite all this, I kind of love it anyway. I love the reference to “We’ve kept secrets before,” and the look they share after that. John Aniston and Peggy McKay really make me feel that these two have had a past relationship.

And for a tiny moment of happiness, here’s Steve and Kayla finding out her bail was posted. Steve and Roman persist in looking a gift horse in the mouth, but at least Kayla is happy for a minute:

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7 thoughts on “Bailing out

  1. Nice scenes. Thanks for including the ones of Victor and Caroline. I have always loved the complicated dynamic between the two of them (and agree much of credit goes to the actors). Caroline has always been Victor’s weakness that keeps him human (even when he’s trying to manipulate the situation). He is a her constant source of guilt and temptation. Even today, with so few vets still around, these two lend a sense of history to the show through their complicated lifelong relationship and a storyline introduced nearly 25 years ago!

  2. I agree Mel, 25 years is jsut astounding! It just doesn’t make sense how back then the show could write for a wide group of characters not just those under 30, and make it interesting and compelling. Victor and Caroline were and still are a great s/l. Their interaction had direct impact on so many characters that it gave the show depth.

    I love how suspicious Steve is in the last clip. There was always such great continuity of character (for the most part) with SN and MBE as Steve and Kayla. You could really get into the couple and root for them. I have to admit when EJ first showed up on the scene I had high hopes for a great s/l between him and Sami, so much potential for a pseudo-Romeo and Juliette s/l. Now the way EJ has been written and rewritten I really don’t care about the character at all. I haven’t watched the show in a long time, I find the s/l’s in the 80s to be much more interesting and well written.

    Sorry for the long post. Thanks MP for these recaps. I’m currently viewing S&K on the run s/l after Harper’s shooting and having a lot of fun with it. Dreading the Marina and jail s/l but if you can get through it then I guess I can too! 🙂

  3. I love the summer on the run story. I’ll be back there, someday. 🙂 And yeah, this stuff I’m watching now isn’t the best. There are always moments, though—plus I have Jack and Jen and Roman and Isabella to leaven the nonstop angst that Steve and Kayla are getting.

    The Victor and Caroline affair, with the reveal of Bo’s parentage, was soapy genius. So many great repercussions that went on for years.

  4. As much as I hate that all this is being piled on Kayla, I do love certain bits of the arraignment/bail scenes. The DA focusing on Steve’s history as reasons for giving Kayla a higher bail is soapily delicious. Victor ultimately bailing her out when he’s the one who framed her is also soapily wonderful (particularly because of Caroline’s involvement). The continued use of that history is never a bad thing. And, as Mel said, it keeps Victor human when he could so easily become a cartoon villain (and he comes close to that during portions of this storyline).

    And I love the bit at the hospital with Neil telling Steve that Kayla needs less stress, while Steve proceeds to go nuts. Like MP says, it works because MBE does a good job of showing that Steve going nuts isn’t particularly stressful for her (even if Neil doesn’t see it that way).

    But, mostly, I love how happy Kayla is when she finds out she gets to go home and how eager she is to get home with Steve (too bad there is a big group of people waiting). It’s nice to see her genuinely happy for even a small moment in this storyline.

  5. Good point that all this keeps Victor from being too much the cartoon villain. He definitely rides that line in this section, with the way he so gleefully frames Kayla. It’s a bit of a contradiction from the way he acted when she was kidnapped, when he seemed to regret using a pregnant woman in his schemes (of course that wasn’t enough to stop him, but that’s what makes him a villain), and tried his hardest to minimize the danger to her.

    I like Neil Gallison a lot in the scene with Steve (which I should have mentioned above). I always liked him as an actor (used to ship him and Liz!). Even in his later years on the show, when he was mostly Mr. Doctor, he always made the most of it when he was given something interesting to do.

    • Thanks for the shout-out to Dr. Neil. He was another good example of the complex characters the writers used to develop (great doctor, friend, and dad; but total screw-up in his own love life, gambling addict sometimes bordering on alcoholic, etc). As this example shows, he always tried to look out for his patients (though I never quite figured out Neil’s specialty: ob-gyn who also covered emergency surgeries, eye diseases and whatever else came along-perhaps the world’s most well-rounded primary care physician?? LOVE those University Hospital staffing choices). 🙂

      • Yeah, those University doctors are pretty amazing, huh? Hee!

        I didn’t see much of the era when Neil was a womanizer and a gambler (though I would love to), but I LOVED him with Liz.

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