Steve’s awesome tour of Salem continued yesterday (though it still didn’t include a visit to Adrienne!). I have no idea why Victor would be having Steve followed, but I kind of loved it. And loved that Steve was able to lose the tail. That exact scenario happened back in 1986, I believe after Steve refused to follow Kayla around anymore. Steve went to go see Victor for the express purpose of telling him he’d shaken off the tail. Hilarious.
I love the idea of Victor and Steve teaming up to track down Bo. Bring it on!
Kayla looked gorgeous today. I recognized the outfit from a photo shoot Mary Beth did with Stephen and James. I thought the scenes of Julie, Maggie, Caroline, Hope, and Kayla were great. I liked how they talked in a believable way about all the different stories going on, mentioning Jennifer, Aiden’s proposal, and Steve’s return. This is exactly the kind of scene that is bread and butter for soaps (and exactly what a bunch of friends would do when they get together). I liked how they sowed a little conflict in there, too, with Caroline’s reaction to the proposal – and Kayla’s, at least from Mary Beth’s facial expression. That was very realistic too. People don’t always have to agree.
The only think I didn’t like was Hope – or I should say Kristian? – saying “Team Aiden, Haiden …” What the hell was that? I don’t mind an occasional in-joke and nod to the audience, but a wink at a fanbase war? … no.
I loved the conversation Hope and Kayla had afterward, when Hope explained that Steve had lunch with Aiden and “Steve and Bo will always have each other’s backs.” And apparently, now that Steve is back in town, it is now permissible to ask Kayla how she’s doing, which Hope did. Kayla’s line, that she will never give Steve the chance to hurt her like that again, is exactly what we need to hear, so we know where she is emotionally. I’m still waiting to hear what Steve’s “good reason” was for being away. I hope we get some allusion to it soon, even if we don’t hear the reason itself.
Now, I do have to complain about one thing. What hell kind of use of Eric was that? He comes into the police station, and this is what we get? At least question him about his involvement with Serena. Hello, ex-boyfriend from a relationship that didn’t end well? Shouldn’t he be a suspect? Isn’t that, like, policing 101? And you know they were just torturing us by showing Eric Serena’s things and NOT have one of them be the damn recording!
And then, Eric confronted Chad, for the sole purpose of having Abby overhear so she could express her faith in him. And exited stage left, his job complete.
I’m all for setting up Nicole and Eric in new stories, which it looks like they are doing — at least, they are for Nicole. I understand going on the backburner for a while. But shouldn’t we get at least one scene of Eric talking about Serena, their relationship, how it ended, his realization that he loves Nicole and how he feels about that, in light of Serena’s death? This was a story that was on three or four days a week all summer. It feels wrong to me to just have it disappear.