And now, the second hash-it-out conversation (after “heart of my own”) I wore out my VCR watching:
This scene starts with Kayla trying to continue the moment they had over dinner. Steve is smiling but acts ultra-casual, trying to forestall her. When she persists, he tries to push her away with his (probably false?) story of the hooker who taught him to cook. Kayla doesn’t fall for that and tries to propose another toast, so Steve gets mean – when he says they aren’t “setting up housekeeping” or anything, are they? That jab doesn’t discourage Kayla entirely, but she does retreat a little, talking about being “friends” and “friendly” – when they both know that isn’t what this is about.
She also says she wants a relationship that’s honest. When Steve pushes her over to the mirror, I love that we’ve had so many “Steve in the mirror” scenes that we know Steve is being 100% honest about what he sees – sweet, perfect Kayla next to the man with a “patch over the hole in his head.”
Again, their body language is so good here. I love that when he gets done with his little harangue and steps back, his hands run over her shoulders in a kind of caress.
Kayla calls him on how he treats her — here’s someone who has a good feeling about him, “however small that feeling might be,” and look how he responds. And then she turns the tables on his tough guy act by essentially calling him chicken — when she says she expected him to be a little tougher and braver, and take the risk of being her friend.
Then I love how he turns the tables on her in return. He says she didn’t open up her heart to him at all — the implication being that she’s going on and on about being “friends” but she’s dancing around the truth too. I love that he asks her to take a risk, tell him exactly what she’s feeling. He’s right — she’s holding back a little bit too (understandably so, but holding back), hoping he’ll meet her halfway.
Bo’s entrance is perfect because it’s so acutely embarrassing, especially for Steve, to be caught in this vulnerable moment. But Kayla has had enough of these alpha males, and she lets them have it with both barrels. I love this! She’s right, both men feel like they know what’s best for her, and they’ve been trying to run her life and make decisions for her. My absolute favorite line is the way she turns to Steve and says “you treat me like some china doll who’ll shatter if you just touch me.” Mary Beth adds a little zip of longing to the way Kayla says “just touch me.”
And that’s what this is really about.