I was watching this clip, getting ready to do a post on the dinner when Steve makes the omelet for Kayla, and I was struck by how good the first two scenes are here, between Steve/Hope and Bo/Kayla/Roman.
Since Hope has been on my last nerve lately, this is a good reminder of how much I can like her. Her eyebrows are in overdrive in this scene! This is right after Steve has figured out she’s pregnant:
I love when she tells Steve “you aren’t pregnant,” and then he says, “But you are.” Hee! Such great interplay.
And then he’s so sweet offering to be there for her in raising her baby (Shawn Douglas, who we’ll be seeing again soon!) Saying his babysitting rates are competitive, and offering to put together the baby’s train sets — the mention of trains is great foreshadowing of Steve’s toy train, which will be featured in the upcoming Adrienne story. His own past is obviously on his mind here, when he says it’s hard to grow up without a father (and a mother, too, in Steve’s case).
Then, finally, we have our Steve and Kayla scene — the first half of the omelet dinner.
When he first arrives at Helga’s and sees that Kayla is upset, I love how Steve is trying to be comforting while still keeping some defenses up. There’s a definite contrast to how he was with Hope, where he was much more relaxed and natural. Not that his lines aren’t funny here, like when he says “nothing worse than a finicky woman.” I also love Kayla’s “Don’t be so egotistical, it’s not about you,” when he first sees her tears.
When they sit down to eat, he can’t resist wooing her a little when he takes the lid off of her plate with a flourish, and pours her wine. And he also can’t help responding to her toast, “to us,” before he visibly shakes off the moment. Kayla is obviously reading a lot into this, and Steve sees that and is responding to it and trying to ward her off at the same time. It’s a fine line he’s walking, and Stephen plays it perfectly.
This is also the introduction of one of my favorite little character details — that Steve can cook, that he is more of gourmand than Kayla.
Next time: the awesome hash-it-out scene that follows. 🙂