Steve and Kayla are back — hurray!
In a nice use of cross-pollination of stories, they used Stefano’s heart attack to give Steve and Kayla an interesting moment. First, I loved the moment when Steve walked up to see Chad and Kayla talking. Stephen gave a hint of something – protectiveness, jealousy – in his pause before he approached. The framing of the shot added to the effect.
Then, Steve complimented her on making sure Stefano gets the best care even though he’s the enemy of her family. That’s very Kayla, so I appreciate the show depicting that. When Kayla talked about what Stefano has done to people she loves, Steve said, “Does that include me?”
Great moment. And a reference to “Steve as Dimera pawn” which was underdeveloped in their last run.
I liked the scene where they were looking at Joey’s schedule together, and Steve said Joey should stick with his chemistry class, because how can he say he doesn’t like something he hasn’t tried? And Kayla told him begrudgingly that it made more sense than a lot of the things Steve has been saying. I’ve really been enjoying the scenes where they are forced to cooperate about Joey, because it breaks down — a little — the wall Kayla has put up.
I have to say, the whole “But Hope never heard back about the divorce, that proves he abandoned her!” is starting to wear very thin. Steve has only to say, “Couldn’t that also mean that he’s dead or in trouble?” and there is no possible response. I know Higriff were stuck with this by TomSell, but it feels like they are emphasizing the most illogical assumption everyone made. It would be much better to focus on Bo’s meeting with John, because at least that came straight from Bo’s mouth.
Joey’s introduction to Aiden in the square cracked me up. James Lastovic has a great stone face, which he used to great affect – as you can see above – when Aiden tried to shake his hand. Hee!
Finally, they did a good job faking me out with Abby and Ben on Tuesday’s show. I didn’t think, story-wise, that Abby and Ben would break up at this stage, but I genuinely thought it was a possibility when Ben admitted he put the tracker on her phone and asked if she was still in love with Chad. How would they get past that?
Today was interesting. I wouldn’t say it was good soap, because I didn’t think Robert Wilson was quite equal to the material, and Kate Mansi isn’t as good with him as she is with Billy Flynn (or Mary Beth Evans). But it was clever how Ben implied, without saying it, that he put the tracker on her phone very recently, because he was afraid for her safety after Serena’s murder. That gave Abby a reason to give him another chance, despite what I would consider a huge betrayal of trust. Maybe her own betrayal was on her mind. What else could explain her agreement, after making a stand about trust and his jealousy, that she wouldn’t see Chad? That is giving in to controlling, abusive behavior. And does anyone else think that maybe he didn’t really take the app off her phone?
I have to admit that it is getting harder to see the reasons for Abby to stay with Ben. I’m willing to accept it on the basis of “it’s a soap, so of course she does,” but it would be nice if there was more to it. She seems very aware of her feelings for Chad – she evaded answering Ben’s question about whether she was in love with him. Today, Ben proved he is not the “safe” choice at all for her or the baby — at least I don’t think so. (Granted, Chad has become an even more dangerous choice.) I’m starting to feel that it comes down to the fact that she thinks Ben is the father of her baby, and that’s not enough for me. Let’s get Will or Kayla back as a sounding board so we can hear her thought process.
And finally, I just have to say: I’m calling about the cat.