Such a great episode today (9/16). I got to watch live, too — lucky me!
So we finally got confirmation that there is more to the story of Steve’s disappearance. Steve told Joey, “Your mom thinks I left because I was bored, but that’s just not true.” That, coupled with his statement about Bo, that the ISA “has all kinds of ways of getting you in,” makes me think we’re looking at some kind of threat or blackmail.
I’m guessing that Steve didn’t tell her the truth at the time because she would have insisted on facing the threat herself, or not giving in to blackmail, or whatever. So Steve did what he always does, which is make unilateral decisions, keep secrets “for her own good,” and generally play God. (So there will still be plenty for Kayla to be angry about when the truth comes out.)
That partly explains Steve’s certainty that Bo wouldn’t just abandon his family, since Steve had a reason for leaving his. But it was a really amazing scene to see Steve facing, essentially, twin Kaylas today, listening and reacting to Bo’s letter. His apology after that was fervent and heartfelt. And of course it was lovely to hear that he still thinks of Kayla as the love of his life.
Kayla’s eyes in this picture!
We also got to see a softer side to Joey today, which was most welcome. I am liking James Lastovic a lot. He has a natural presence, a quiet confidence, that a lot of young actors don’t have. I liked his scenes with Steve, when he talked about school. But then I LOVED his scenes with Kayla when he saw the wedding picture. He made fun of Steve’s mullet and said his suit looked like he was in the Temptations. (It’s true, it’s all true!) And Kayla’s response: “Your dad never had a mullet.” Now that’s true love!
Then, Joey’s line: “Even when you had big hair, he was hot for you.” Also true. 🙂
I’m not as sure about Kayla’s lines about her reaction to Steve’s “wild streak,” saying she let her hurt feelings drive her to anger and thus taking some of the responsibility for their breakup on herself. It fits with Kayla implicitly giving Joey permission to have a relationship with his dad, or with general sense of fairness, perhaps – if they really were fighting a lot before Steve left. I think it maybe was there to show Kayla softening towards Steve already, even without knowing the full truth about why he left.
I was having 1986 tingles with John’s flashbacks. As I mentioned here when this story was first introduced, I rolled my eyes when I realized they were doing yet another backstory for John. But if they actually go back to some of the previous backstories and try to tie them in, I think I could actually get into it. So today, John remembering the “Johnny Black 1985” on the wall, and the reference to Forrest Alamain, has got me a little excited. I also think it’s funny that they keep saying John is going to find his “parents.” He was a fully grown man when he started his life as “John Black,” shouldn’t he be worried he might find a wife?
And finally, Chabby. I loved their scenes, loved the desperation from Chad when he talked about why he was running away. Such yummy angst. It’s such a great idea to have Abby suggest hypnosis to find out what happened when he was blacked out (and a nice way to bring Marlena into this story). I’m guessing the hypnosis will give us some hints, though probably not the full truth. I bet it will also help him discover that he was drugged, and show clearly that someone is setting him up. It’s so great to see Abby helping him in a concrete way, not just through her faith in him.
But, these scenes were another brick in the wall against the idea of Ben and Abby making any sense. I find it jarring that she can go from exchanging sexy banter with Ben over breakfast to running over to see Chad. There are different pieces floating around that help justify her behavior – like today she could have said that she can’t turn her back on a friend who is in trouble, that his need trumps her promise to Ben. Even better, we could have seen her get the idea about the hypnosis – they wouldn’t have to show us what the idea was, just that she had one – and feel driven to go see him to tell him about it, after he didn’t respond to her text. Little touches like that would go a long way.