Andrew’s kidnapping

Andrew’s kidnapping is one of my favorite mini storylines. I love the densely interwoven plot, which has a geometric precision to it that I particularly admire. I wrote about this once before in a post on Sheri Anderson.

Right now I just want to marvel at how hostile Kayla is toward Steve through most of it. I really enjoy that the show did this. Here’s a taste:

Andrew’s kidnapping

What a slap!

(I also included the deliciously evil Emma in that clip. Jane Windsor and Stephen Nichols are obviously having a lot of fun as two bad guys, polar opposites in every way, trying to outsmart each other.)

I love that Steve’s first attempt to do something actively good backfires and blows up in his face so badly. I also love that Kayla is not wrong, exactly, in blaming him so severely. He did write the note, he doesn’t tell all he knows, he doesn’t rat out Emma.

What she is wrong about is his motives. Steve really does want to help Kayla — and it is about her, nobody else — he just doesn’t have it in him to cooperate with other people at this point. He’s too much of a lone wolf.

I said that the upshot of the patch removal scenes is that Kayla starts to trust Steve, a little. Now this arc is about whether Kayla can trust Steve. She seems to decide that she can’t:

Steve and Kayla after Andrew’s kidnapping

This scene is a simpler version of the confrontation they have when Kayla thinks Steve killed Britta. We see how important it is to Steve that she believe him, but ironically, the very intensity of that desire makes him more violent, more thuggish, more untrustworthy. I also think that Kayla’s own feelings of responsibility – her job with Dr. Dennison, fouling up the adoption transfer in the park, not noticing Andrew on the plane — make her blame Steve more than she otherwise would.

(And, I have to point out how Sheri Anderson was already weaving into the next story — actually, two stories from now — by having Britta witness this little scene. Great closing shot of the two women, Kayla in the foreground and Britta in the back.)

There are moments in the story that show Kayla isn’t able to completely dismiss him. First, the fact that she passes on his tip about Dr. Dennison, even though she thinks it is a sick joke. She tells Shane, after Steve is arrested, that she has doubts about his involvement. And in this scene, too, she says she was starting to believe he had some good in him – and though she puts it in past tense, it shows the seed was planted.

ETA: It’s interesting to watch this in light of the later reveal on New Year’s Eve, when Kayla finally finds out that it was Steve who scared her out of Cleveland, and that he was doing it working for Emma. There’s no doubt Steve believes in his own innocence here, but it’s also true that he did, in fact, help Emma kidnap Andrew — albeit unknowingly. It’s also interesting how shocked Kayla is on New Year’s Eve, given how certain she seems of his guilt in this scene.




4 thoughts on “Andrew’s kidnapping

  1. Isn’t it during this time that Caroline talks to Steve about Andrew and she later tells Kayla that she believed Steve when he said he didn’t have anything to do with the kidnapping. OK, he was involved, but even at this time I think Steve had his limits as to what he wouldn’t do and taking a baby from his mom is one of those things. It’s amazing when you look back at “Patch’s” introduction a year earlier and how it seemed he would do anything for an easy buck, that Steve has come so far (and still had a lloonngg way to go).

    • Yes, that scene with Caroline is very soon after this one. I agree that Steve had his limits and would never knowingly help kidnap a baby, but he could have helped Kayla and her family a lot more than he does. I’m glad he doesn’t, actually, it would make his redemption too fast if he had. I think what he does is perfect for where the character is at the time, and like I said above, I love that it all blows up in his face. No good deed goes unpunished. 🙂

  2. I have always enjoyed how well they wrote Steve as a contradicted character. I am sure that much of it was intended, but Stephen Nichols just ran with it and made it so much more. Here he is supposed to be this low life, but he is correcting Kayla about not being able to answer a statement, rather than a question. He always tried to make out that he wasn’t as smart as he was (maybe he didn’t believe it about himself) but it always would slip out. Later when they were on the run in LA and he is in the college class.

    He did always start the day with OJ and seemed to try to eat a balanced diet. He had good manners if he chose to use them. Later the advice he gave Max about how to make a PBJ sandwich and how many times to chew his food. Between Jo and the orphanage he absorbed a lot, even to make his bed and hang up his clothes. It seemed no matter how low he acted the good Steve came out. It was and is such a treat to watch this complex character development. So wonderfully layered.

    I love the symbolism in that last scene, showing Britta is now out in the cold and Kayla is in the warm light.

    • You are right that Steve was smart, much smarter than he seemed on the surface. I still haven’t seen early Steve (except bits and pieces), but I look forward to seeing the development of the character, how SN started layering stuff in and when the show started giving him more to work with. I love looking for that stuff.

      I love your point about his manners, too. I liked how he would sometimes tuck a napkin into the top of his tank top when he was eating. Very cute little character detail.

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