After all that Steve and Kayla have been through—Marina, Kayla’s arrest and conviction, giving up her baby—it seems like adding insult to injury (or rather, injury to injury) that Stephanie gets kidnapped on top of all that. Plus, there’s a feeling of “Kidnapping, really? That’s all you could come up with?”
Perhaps because of these low expectations, I actually have found the whole storyline really quite enjoyable. Especially given all the heavy angst that precedes it, I really appreciate that they play the whole kidnapping with a very light touch. One of the best sequences, which sets the tone for the whole thing, is right at the beginning, when Kayla hears about the kidnapping and busts out of prison. She enlists the help of one of her guards, pulls a gun on the other one, walks to Salem, sees the kidnapper at the airport, finds out where she’s going, sends a note to Steve and buys two tickets to follow the kidnapper to Australia. After that, she scolds Steve about not telling her Stephanie was kidnapped. He says “I knew you couldn’t do anything.” Uh, I think she just did everything, Steve.
A kidnapping story is never going to be a barrel of laughs, but the whole thing does end up feeling like fairly straightforward, fun adventure. They go to Australia, run into Bo (Steve does, anyway), and Marcus and Grace come along to help. It feels like they always have a lead to pursue, and the show wraps the whole thing up in a month or two. All I have to do is remember baby Andrew’s kidnapping to know how angstful and drawn out a baby kidnapping story can be. (I loved the umbrella stories that bookended Andrew’s kidnapping, but in between there were about five million false leads and ten million scenes of Patsy Pease crying on Shane’s shoulder and saying “my baby!”)
As is sometimes the price you pay for lightness, it is all fairly plot heavy, so there isn’t really a scene that jumps out at me to post from this storyline. But, this is just great:
Lovely happy ending.