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:
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.)
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: