So I’ve been enjoying tremendously watching the beginnings of RoJohn and IzzyB (sounds like sitcom!).
Contrary to the complicated beginnings of some couples, the show has brought them together very simply. They are working together to bring down Victor, who they are sure is guilty of Marina’s murder. Of course, this will later get very complicated, when it becomes clear that Isabella is the one who killed her sister, but that’s still in the future.
I love the spark that Staci Greason brings out in Drake. I don’t think he sparked with anyone as well as he did with her. He was always so self-serious with Dierdre, and he was great with Genie Francis but this is even better. Their banter in the first part of this scene is wonderful, as Isabella is insisting on helping with the investigation, proposing breaking into Victor’s house, and Roman is trying vainly to dissuade her.
Then, after Isabella takes a header into the river, Roman takes her back to his place to “get out of her wet clothes.” (A soap classic.) Then we get the first major UST moment from them. Staci and Drake are both wonderful conveying the attraction they both feel, while at the same time continuing the lovely playful banter. I just love that combination.
Of course Days has to add a little wrinkle, as we get Isabella deceiving Roman in order to get the blueprints to the Kiriakis house, so she can search it by herself. You can’t have a step forward without sowing the seeds of tension and doubt. I love the way the show does this so seamlessly, getting us to root for this couple with these scenes of growing attraction, and then making us wonder what Roman is going to do when he finds out about Isabella’s ulterior motive.