Well, that was pretty damn amazing.
I loved that she gave him a key to her house, I loved that he proposed (though I think she’s going to say no — or “not yet”), and of course I loved that they did it. (Hee! I feel like a teenbopper again.) But, in the end, what I appreciate most is their conversation. How incredible was the dialogue? And most of all, how much did Stephen and Mary Beth take that dialogue and run with it?
When Steve said, “Do you know how much I love you?” and Kayla got such a vulnerable look, and shook her head — that set the tone for the whole scene. She’s starting to believe he loves her, but she still doesn’t trust it to last. She doesn’t think she can count on it, yet.
I liked that Steve actually asked about how she was during their time apart, and acknowledged he hasn’t asked her enough. I also liked that Kayla was reluctant to admit how much she missed him, and she put on a brave front. It was really smart to use her forays into internet dating, which we saw on the show, to give Steve a moment of jealousy. It’s not nearly as much as I want, but it was something. Hope’s had three men in love with her, but at least Kayla got Silent Bob!
My heart broke for her when she finally said it was a lie that she wasn’t pining. And that was the only man for her and always has been. I loved her rueful laugh: “Are you happy now?” And his response: “Am I happy?” The expression on his face!
No joke, it makes me want to cry, feeling that Josh Griffith (I’m not giving Dena any credit here, sorry) actually gets these characters — especially Kayla, who hasn’t been written well in decades.
(And God, I hope Steve is telling the truth about there not being a woman while they were apart! Or at the very least, it wasn’t Ava!)
In other news, we saw the new Phillip today. I’ve been reading pessimistic predictions for months about John Paul Lavoisier, but I thought he did fine — and he definitely has the right look. (Get a haircut, though.) He was an asshole, but we need a young asshole on the show, and I think a foil for Brady is a great idea (what’s the over/under on Phillip trying to seduce Theresa?). And of course his interest in this serum will connect his story to Hope and her search for Bo’s captors. So all in all, I’m feeling good about all of this.