Steve takes a gamble. He allows Kayla to persuade him to come back to Salem to try to clear his name. At first, her assurances, and his trust, seem to be fully justified. Roman says he knows that Britta’s death is “bigger than any lover’s quarrel.” He declines to arrest Steve.
But then the system kicks in and Steve is held anyway — based largely on the testimony Kayla already gave to police. This is the first time, not the last, that Steve will trust Kayla, feel like he gets burned by it, and bitterly blame her.
In addition to believing in his innocence, Kayla knows that their bond, the fragile bond of trust they established in the barn, is at risk. She harangues Roman so much about the case that he notices something is up. He asks her why she is taking such a strong interest in this. “I just don’t want to see injustice done,” she says (stammering a little). “That’s a very noble cause,” he says, eying her skeptically.
But even though Kayla is ready to put herself on the line for Steve, and she understands Steve’s anger at her, she will only be pushed so far.
When she goes to see him in jail to apologize again, he’s too mad to listen. He mocks her, and himself, for trusting her. Finally, she gets mad: “We’ll just let all your other friends worry about you.”
Steve does get out (with a little help from Bo asking Victor for a favor). Kayla comes to give him a ride home, but before she can, she runs into Bo and gets another lecture.
Bo tells Kayla about the stray dogs she used to take in, get cleaned up and find a nice home for. But Steve can’t be fixed, he says. If he’s any kind of dog, he’s one with rabies. Kayla fires back, “Oh, so we just shoot him? Put him out of his misery?” I love how all these warnings just make her more stubborn.
That stubbornness is on full display when she offers Steve that ride, saying defiantly that she’s not “lots of people” — the ones saying he’s dangerous — and is he coming or not? But then when he presses her again, “Are you sure you’re sure?” she looks at him and doesn’t have an answer.
That’s the end of the episode, and that’s a perfect way to end this arc. What are we supposed to make of it all? Who was right? Was Kayla right to persuade him to come back? Was he right to trust her? Her faith in Roman was justified, but not her faith in the system. She couldn’t make it right for him (it took Bo, and Victor, to do that), but she never stopped trying. Steve blamed her and tried to shut her out, but then relents (a little) in the end. The show doesn’t provide a clear answer. It’s ambiguous, and messy, and I love that.