The best kind of adventure storyline: Kayla is kidnapped, and it makes all kinds of feelings bubble to the surface.
Steve and Roman are working together to try to trap Orpheus, their adversary in this Stockholm mystery. But Orpheus turns the tables on them and grabs Kayla instead. Here, Steve has just gotten the call from Orpheus that he has Kayla, when Roman comes over:
It’s clear Steve is not planning to tell Roman at all, when he says, “I’ve got other things on my mind right now.” But he’s so distraught he’s almost crying. His feelings are so close to the surface that he can’t lie effectively, and Roman knows immediately something is wrong. And I do love watching my alpha males grabbing each other and screaming about their women.
I also love the montage that closes this episode, and the use of the picture Max drew. It is so poignant to me that this is the only picture Steve has of Kayla.
Then the adventure continues:
Just as we saw Steve’s feelings for Kayla earlier, we see Kayla’s for Steve when she thinks he is dead. (It also cracks me up a little that Orpheus tells her, “I don’t know what you see in the guy.” Even trapped with a criminal mastermind she’s never seen before, she can’t get away from people giving her advice about Steve!)
I love the expression on Steve’s face when he walks in to rescue Kayla. He looks uncertain, almost apologetic, like he’s sorry Kayla doesn’t have a better man to rescue her. And then she runs and throws her arms around him. What a moment!
But the best, best part of this storyline is when they are back at Shane’s:
This has to be the sexiest kiss on the cheek ever.
First, Kayla and Steve get in a little argument about the clues they find at the yacht. Again this touches on the most important issue between them – trust. I like that Kayla doesn’t insist, and respects Steve’s point of view. (Though I never feel like Steve got enough credit for being suspicious of the ISA – he was right all along!)
And then that kiss on the cheek. Stephen puts so much into Steve’s expression and body language here, the way he turns his face slightly, closes his eye, and cups his hand over hers — but doesn’t quite grasp. So much longing and vulnerability in his expression. And when Kayla turns at the door and looks back at him, wow! The air fairly crackles.