As promised, here is the scene of Steve and Jo I mentioned last time. Be warned, it’s very short (but very nice):
When Jo mentions how being with Stephanie helps because of what she missed with Steve and Billy, Steve looks serious, but he doesn’t get that wounded-child look that he usually does when this comes up. Then I love what he says, that he wants what’s best for Stephanie but he doesn’t always know what’s right. It’s perfect coming on the heels of struggling to take care of Stephanie alone. He doesn’t explicitly say so, but I think that watching Kayla’s painful decision to send Stephanie home helps him see Jo’s decision in a different way. Seeing how hard it was for Kayla helps him see how hard it must have been for Jo. It’s perfect and natural that what allows Steve to fully forgive Jo is becoming a parent himself.
I love that this reaches all the way back to a storyline that was first introduced three years ago, before Joy Garrett even joined the cast. Ah, delayed payoffs are a wonderful thing.