It’s too bad I’m not just a little bit further in my clip watching – being able to discuss the emeralds storyline/first kiss, after they showed the clip this week, would be great synchronicity. But Stockholm has so many wonderful moments, so let’s savor one of them.
The phrase “storm drain” doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? But to a Steve and Kayla fan, it’s magical:
This is the probably the first time we see Steve be this sweet and solicitous, and certainly the first time we see him act that way toward Kayla. I love how Kayla is looking at him wonderingly through all of this, even as she is responding to him. There’s a note of “Who are you and what have you done with Steve?”
I love the scene with the blanket. Steve’s “I can only see half of you,” as he gestures to his one eye, is very funny. And perhaps it’s telling that he can joke about his eye with Kayla now.
I love the moment when he is rubbing her shoulders, and he leans close and almost kisses her ear. Then, when she turns around, a real almost-kiss. I love the silence in this scene, how they are staring at each other, and moving closer and closer, for what feels like an eternity.
It killed me at the time when Helga interrupted them, but I’m glad this wasn’t their first kiss – mostly because of Steve’s orange vest. I can’t imagine that being his outfit for such an important moment!
Afterward, it’s so wonderful for Kayla to get Helga’s perspective on Steve, after everyone and his brother has warned her away from Steve these last few months. Helga’s line, “When he is your friend, he will do anything for you,” is especially good. It hints at the love-without-limits aspect of his personality, that we’ve seen glimpses of — like his rescue of Bo from the forklift — but we’ll see more and more of as time goes on.
And then the final exchange of looks at Steve pauses by the door. I swear they do this every time one of them leaves a room during this time period, and I never get tired of it. Steve looks like he has to wrench himself away, that gaze is pulling him in so strongly.