Note: my mother is coming for a visit today, and she’ll be here all next week. She’s a Days watcher too, so I’ll still be watching, but I won’t have access to my computer. I have a Shayla post all ready to go, but I decided to leave you with this instead. 🙂
I loved Drake as Roman. He had such great sibling chemistry with Mary Beth, Patsy, and Peter. Here he is giving Kayla a warning talk about Steve, after Kayla and Steve have stayed out all night together:
When Roman says, “I’ve seen the way he looks at you — and the way you look at him,” it’s clear it is her feelings that worry him. And then we get another reference to the stray dogs Kayla was always taking in. That obviously made a big impression on both her brothers! When Kayla protests “that is not why I care about Steve,” she breaks off, not having intended to admit that. Mary Beth is great showing Kayla collecting herself after that admission, and saying calmly that Steve is her friend. And, she doesn’t let her embarrassment make her back down. She is very mature and direct as she says that she is an adult and she can make her own decisions.
(I can’t say how much I appreciate that Roman says his piece, and then doesn’t interfere beyond that. No interrupting kisses or derailing first dates for him — yes, I’m looking at you, Bo!)
Interestingly, when Kayla tells Roman, “I am not in love with him,” I believe her. I don’t think she’s in love with Steve yet (but, as Roman immediately points out, she’s headed in that direction). I do think Steve is already in love with her. I think the moment when she arrived in Stockholm, in that white sweater, is the moment when his feelings all crystallized into love. Given the way their story unfolds, with Kayla pursuing and him pushing her away, I like to think that he is the one who falls, first.
Meanwhile, Steve is the opposite of mature and direct, when he turns on his sleazy guy-act and needles her about Roman’s disapproval. We know he actually shares Roman’s low opinion of him, so it’s interesting to see how much it rankles. Kayla understands that, so she wants to let him know she won’t let Roman’s objections stop her:
Her declaration falls a bit flat. I don’t think she was expecting Steve to take her in his arms and say how glad he is she won’t let Roman change her mind about him, but I think she was hoping for something. Again we see the awkwardness from Kayla. She’s decided to pursue him, but how?
Steve is affected, of course. I love the way he says “Night, Sweet –” and his voice breaks just the tiniest bit and he can’t quite get the word out fully. It’s only after she’s gone that he says, huskily, “Night, Sweetness.”