Let’s just plunge right into it, shall we? No more pussyfooting around.
We’ve got two kisses to the talk about here. The first one is Kayla and Marcus. I think the most telling moment is when Marcus talks about family, how tonight (Stephanie’s first birthday party) he felt like he was a part of her family. I think it shows that his longing to have a family of his own, and that his feelings for Kayla are a part of that. And I also think that’s why Kayla kisses him back, maybe she feels a little what Marcus feels, the temptation to stitch a whole family together right away.
This gives fuel to what Shane says next, when he accuses her of using Marcus. It’s a great setup to what comes next.
Now: Shayla. First of all, I have to say that whatever you think of the storyline, this is well done soapy drama. The dramatic kiss, followed by the even more dramatic interruption.
But, it’s strange, isn’t it? It’s strange for Days in 1991, because it’s not supercouple soap. Shane’s intense emotion and breakthrough-scene type dialogue would fit a supercouple moment, but not with the other half of his original supercouple coming in the door. And if it’s a supercouple story the other way — with Kayla and Shane being the “wrong” couple and Kim being the sympathetic one — then the first half of the scene doesn’t fit. This leaves us trying to figure out how we are supposed to feel about it. Are we supposed to be happy or upset that Kim walks in the door?
And that’s just it, what makes this storyline different – it’s a triangle without a clear rootable couple. You don’t watch it as romance, but as family drama. We have three people, all good people trying to do the right thing. Not always succeeding, but genuinely trying to make good choices. And yet, as we’ll see, they manage to create a tangled mess.