Mom and Dad

As promised, here is the scene of Steve and Jo I mentioned last time. Be warned, it’s very short (but very nice):

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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.

6 thoughts on “Mom and Dad

  1. Thanks MP, I never saw this scene. I love how in the past Days used to show character development and how people can change and realize why other people do what they do giving them insights not only to the other person but also themselves.

    So beautifully done between Jo and Steve. Not over the top, just a simple conversation that heals so many hurts and gives Jo her dream that she never gave up on when she showed up in Salem – for Steve to understand why she did what she did so long ago.

    Plus, no rewriting of history to serve a current sl. So much history that was built-in and used to help move the characters forward. Really nice.

  2. I love that the show was willing to use a 4 minute scene to do pretty much nothing but give closure to a long-running secondary story beat between Steve and Jo. They didn’t have to do it. It wasn’t earth shattering or so important that a hole would have been left if they didn’t do it.

    But, it’s a little thing that adds so much richness to the canvas. It pays off the pain from when Jo first arrived in town. It pays off Jo’s myriad attempts (often misguided and irritating) to try to make things up to Steve. And it brings closure to the more difficult part of Steve and Jo’s relationship and let’s them have a whole new beginning in a way.

    And I totally agree that part of what lets Steve finally forgive Jo is seeing Kayla give up Stephanie because she believed it was best for Stephanie. I think that helped him finally understand just how painful it was for Jo to give him up. As you say, it’s perfect that what allows Steve to forgive Jo is becoming a parent himself.

  3. Isn’t it amazing to see a scene that references history instead of rewriting it and hoping we’ll forget?

    Steve grew up believing that his mother chose Duke over him, that she didn’t love him enough to keep him. Even when he hears her say that that wasn’t true, that scar isn’t going to easily heal. The show really earned this conversation. Kudos go to SN as well, because we always saw from his performance, whenever this subject came up before this, that the wound still hurt a little. That kept the thread going, so they could pick it up here.

  4. I hate to be too critical, but something about the scene feels very on the nose to me. It would have been nice if there was a somewhat more oblique way to make that moment happen. But I do like that it happened, and especially that the thread was miraculously carried over two or three writing regimes.

    It is a little funny to see Steve and Jo having lunch in “one of those places with plants hanging from the ceiling,” or however it was he put it. 🙂

  5. Hmm … interesting. A little too pat, you mean? I didn’t see it that way but I see what you are getting at.

    And yes, I thought that line about the plants was cute as well. Hee!

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