Did you know that Amy Stock, after being on Days, went on to play Bill’s hot stepmom in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?
I think Bill and Ted might have the bonds!
Britta will drive a wedge between Steve and Kayla, but in a way that ends up deepening their relationship in the long run.
Britta’s return rips open an old wound for Steve. He hears she is back, and after finding her and getting into a screaming match with her, he immediately goes to Bo to find a way to protect her from Victor. She hurt him and, as we’ll see, will use him again, but he still wants to help her. This is key, because they may look like two dysfunctional peas in a pod on the surface, but Steve’s love for Britta is purer, more unselfish, than hers is for him. Britta tells him, “we’re the same, Steve,” but the show will prove that isn’t true.
Let’s start with one of my favorite single-episode arcs, which starts with some delightful scenes between Steve and Kayla:
The banter here is so much fun: “Then go jump mine.”/”No, I can’t get near that.” But my favorite moment is at the church, when Kayla says, “Doesn’t anything affect you?” and he looks at her, obviously thinking she affects him. But he feels awkward and out of place, especially compared to Chris in his tuxedo, and quickly leaves. And then we get the first, the very first, of Steve’s patchless fantasies about Kayla, and we see what a romantic sap he really is.
Next we have a cascade of events that leads to Steve going to bed with Britta that night. (Sorry I can’t post the clip, but the song “Somewhere Tonight” is playing again, so you’ll have to do without seeing a Steve/Britta love scene. I know you’re heartbroken. 🙂 )
Notice how skilfully this is done on the part of the show, making it clear that Steve doesn’t go to bed with Britta out of love for her, or even just for the hell of it for some sex. Britta is bent on seducing Steve to get a picture of his tattoo. She already dropped by his place a few days ago to try to rekindle old flames, but he threw her out. In this scene, Britta shows up on the pier immediately after Steve’s fantasy about Kayla, and it’s clear from his reaction that she’s the last person he wants to see. Then they find Gregory’s body, Steve’s friend from Stockholm, and Steve is very upset. Britta tries to use this to get him into bed, so they can “comfort” each other for their friend’s death. But, again, Steve throws her out.
But then, when he rushes out to find Kayla, he sees her walking with Chris along the pier. They are talking about just being friends, but that doesn’t register with Steve. What does register is that here is Kayla in her bridesmaid’s dress, walking with a man in a tuxedo. It is Steve’s fantasy come to life — only it’s Chris in the “monkey suit” with her, not Steve. That is the final straw, so when he goes home and finds Britta there once again, he lets her lead him to the bed.
Especially in light of today’s Days, where people seem to go to bed together so easily, I really appreciate the care the show takes here. Not that Steve would be cheating on Kayla, he wouldn’t. But what it does is protect the romantic Steve we saw in the fantasy. Even believing that his fantasy will never come true, he still is reluctant to accept Britta as a crummy substitute. The fact that he finally does so is because he is feeling lonely, vulnerable, and unworthy of the woman he truly wants.