Since we just saw Steve and John working together on Friday, getting ready to look for Bo, I thought it was quite appropriate that this is where I am in my Steve and Kayla rewatch:
After a sweet fantasy sequence for Kayla — re-imagining this conversation — we start out on the plane to Stockholm. Steve is starting to thaw a little bit toward Roman. He sounds like he wants to comfort him about Marlena, though he doesn’t quite.
Then Steve sees Kayla on the plane. Surprise! He’s so incensed, and we get another one of those arguments about it being too dangerous for Kayla to be there. These are great (if repetitive) because it’s a way for them to be in conflict, but also for us to see the undercurrents. Kayla is there because she cares about Steve, but Steve doesn’t want her there because he cares about her. Steve is so grabby in this clip! Modern day Steve seems to have mellowed in that regard.
I love his sarcasm when he hears Hope is there too.”Is she flying the plane?” Hee.
At the hotel, Roman goes to old town Stockholm and Hope sneaks off to see Bo, leaving Steve and Kayla to continue their argument, ending with Steve dragging her off to show her Stockholm to prove that it isn’t hard for him to be here. This is what I love about early Steve and Kayla. Kayla challenges him about his feelings, any feelings, not just for her. And Steve latches onto any excuse to keep Kayla near him.
In the final scene of this clip, Kayla is upset and Steve is quizzing her about why. When she finally says that she’s worried, but for everyone but him, he says “I thought you were the one who never hid her feelings.” I love the role reversal there. And it ends with him saying he’s going to protect her and “stick real close.” Love it.
These scenes are all mostly moving the plot along. But they are an example of the show skillfully weaving together the plot elements with emotional elements. That’s one of the most encouraging signs since the new team has started, that they seem to be able to do this too. Steve wants to look for Bo, but it’s really about him proving himself to Kayla. Kayla doesn’t want him to look for Bo, but it’s because she’s afraid it will raise false hopes — and also that he won’t come back again. Chad being a suspect in these killings touches on his own fear of becoming his father, and Abby’s continued love for and belief in him. And I suspect that this Basic Black story will bring up emotional elements for Theresa and Nicole in having something to prove to the good people of Salem, and Eric finding a new purpose and new beginning.