Steve and Kayla were delightful today.
I loved the banter, when he teased her that she’s been on cloud nine since he’s been back, and she described all of his faults, winding up with how they could stage a fight and she would call him “a smug, arrogant son of a bitch.” It was a good choice by Stephen and Mary Beth to laugh all through it. It could easily have come off as too harsh.
It gave me warm fuzzies that Steve was following her as she was working. It reminded me of their dynamic at the old Emergency Center. But my absolute favorite line was when Steve told Kayla it was all right if she fell apart. That’s what I’ve been wanting to see — Steve being there for Kayla and putting her first.
It’s an interesting twist revealing Joey as the stalker, instead of Ava. That was a good fakeout. I am not sure it was all Joey (would he drug himself?), but we’ll see. Maybe he saw how the mysterious messages were bringing them closer and decided to jump on the bandwagon.
I think I might like bitchy Belle.
She was throwing shade at Sami for interrupting her conversation with a text. And surely she should be sympathizing with Sami who just lost her son? But I kind of loved it. I think it is just as logical for Belle to resent Sami for sucking up all the oxygen in the room, as it was for Sami to hate Belle (mostly Carrie, but Belle too) for being the perfect princess. And I was struck by the choice to show that Belle cheated on Shawn. They might be a sign they are picking up the “tarnished Belle” element from right before she left — when she cheated on Shawn with Phillip and was finally getting called out on her behavior.
I was on the edge of my seat with Abby and Ben, as usual, but I am more than ready for Chad to find her. Hurry, Chad!
A quick note on timing, always an amusing subject nowadays: it looked like people were wearing the same clothes as on Thanksgiving. Kayla and Steve talked about his hangover from last night. But it didn’t seem to be Thanksgiving. Rafe was at work, the Brady pub was open for business again. I’m so confused!