If I had a plan for going through the Steve and Kayla clips this time, it was to focus more on smaller moments, the things you can only notice on repeat viewings. But how can I resist talking about the Greatest Forklift Story Ever Told?
So much good stuff: shirtless Steve! Steve to the rescue! Kayla seeing Steve’s good side for the first time! Shirtless Steve! (Did I already say that?)
On this viewing, some new things did jump out at me. One is the way Kayla is resting her hand so familiarly on Steve’s chest when he is being examined by the doctor. This feels different than the way she catches him, or cradles his head, when he faints — that is more like a nurse with a patient. This is more casual and intimate — I might almost say possessive. Their bodies knew what was going on between them before they did.
The other is the matter-of-fact way that Bo explains that Steve saved his life. Bo might be downplaying it on purpose, so Kayla won’t have any reason to think anything good about this guy who is Bad News, but I don’t think he’s there yet. I think it’s just the press of events — he’s got other things on his mind. I love it, though, because it keeps the focus on Kayla’s reaction to this information, not on Bo’s. I really, really like the fact that in these early days, neither Hope nor Bo (the two people in town who know the most about Steve) share any insights with Kayla. For example, in a later scene, Kayla tells Hope, “I just can’t figure him out.” This could be an invitation for Hope to tell more — in fact I think it is — but Hope obviously has her mind on other things. She just says, “Yeah, don’t even try,” and changes the subject. This means that Kayla’s insight into Steve is entirely her own, based on her own observations, her own interactions with him.
I had to slice off the end of my clip above, because the song “Somewhere Tonight” is playing and the record company blocked it. Grr. The end of this scene is terrific, though, the way Steve says “Bye, Kayla” (love his expression, the way the mask drops), and then he and Kayla share a long look. The beginning of a bond between them.