Aw, and I was worried Josh Griffith couldn’t do romance.
I enjoyed Steve’s proposal — well, duh, of course I did. But I especially enjoyed how the multiple languages nodded to Steve’s cosmopolitan past. (How I would have swooned if he had thrown some Swedish in there!) It was one of the first ways they added layers to the lower-class bad boy back when they were developing his character.
In contrast, back in 2006, when Steve was still Nick Stockton, Kayla made him a fancy dinner and he said he was more of a meat and potatoes guy. Whereas we all know that Steve is a gourmand and has a much broader palette than Kayla (remember the lobster?).
All right, so I sound like Comic Book Guy here. (Worst. Dinner party. Ever.) But it was one of the ways 2006 Days flattened these characters and showed they had just a surface understanding of their love story. On the surface, it was opposites attract – good girl/bad boy, middle class/lower class. But they played with the stereotypes in ways that defied expectations. The low class bad boy had traveled the world. The sheltered good girl was the sexual aggressor. The sexy bad boy was a mushy romantic.
Speaking of sexy and romantic:
Adorable and charming, indeed. It warms my heart to see how happy Kayla is. It shows that all she really needed to make her happy was some time with little Steve.
Ha ha! No, that’s offensive. But sex was important to their original love story, and I think it was especially important to Kayla. And Steve knew that. Remember that scene when Kayla was married to Jack, when Steve asked if she was “satisfied” and told her she had “a lot of passion” in her? Of course, he was asking because he was going out of his mind with jealousy, but what he said was true. And since we know that Silent Bob didn’t get a chance to “satisfy” her, well, let’s just say it’s been awhile.
I love that Steve is wooing her, and I love seeing how much she’s enjoying it. “It’s going to backfire on you, mister.”
I also loved the Chad and Abby scenes. Chad buying — no, preordering — a milkshake for her was just about the cutest thing ever, and this look that he was giving her while she drank it —
Well, let’s just say that it would have helped me bounce back from being held captive by a psychopathic serial killer, no problem.
But I like that they are not rushing them back together, and we get to see Abby wrestling with the events of the last few months and weeks (days?). It’s natural that her insistence on staying with Ben would make her question her judgment, but I also liked when she said she knew she was strong and Ben couldn’t take that away from her.
And finally, they did a good job walking back Rafe’s declaration of love to Hope. I thought it was too soon anyway, but I what I liked most is that Rafe realized that telling her he loves her would just add another complication to someone who desperately needs fewer complications in her life.
And Rafe questioning her priorities, reminding her that her quest for vengeance is costing Ciara — and then that cliffhanger? Yowza!