I thought Friday’s show was excellent, one of the best in quite a while.
I get so worried that Steve is going to keep a secret from Kayla, that it’s extra gratifying each time he doesn’t. I thought the scenes where he told Kayla about the baby were excellent. Before we get into them, let’s bask in the hotness:
And another one:
There were two things that made these scenes particularly good (well, three counting the extreme hotness, as noted above). One was the nod to Steve’s rotten childhood, and more importantly, to his overdeveloped sense of responsibility towards children. Think of how he felt when Jack was adopted — that he was abandoning him — when Jack was actually gaining two parents. A phrase like “the baby was sold on the black market” would cut him to the quick.
And that brought Kayla’s perfect response: Ava knows that. This is the other great thing about these scenes. Kayla was angry and skeptical — and reasonable. She pointed out that Ava knows any story about a mistreated child will push all his buttons. We don’t even know if there really is a child. (It was like Kayla was quoting the fan boards!) She said that Ava’s actions up until now have been a bait, to reel Steve in. By agreeing to look for the child, he is dancing to Ava’s tune.
But Steve’s response was reasonable too — or would be, if we didn’t already know Ava is up to no good. And if we also didn’t know soap logic, which is that you never, ever agree to do what the vixenish villainess asks you to do, no matter how innocuous it sounds.
How great was this little scene?
It wasn’t crucial to the plot, but Steve holding Thomas obviously served to make the baby in the pictures more real, more worthy of protection.
You’ll also note, in the picture above, that Thomas is shooting Steve a besotted look. When he got into Steve’s arms, that look ripened quickly into true love:
I know how you feel, kid.
As a Jack fan, I loved that Steve said Thomas looked like Jack. Given that he carried baby Billy’s picture in his pocket for years and years, one thing he knows very well is how Jack looked as a baby:
Ah, yes, a definite resemblance. Stephen was so affecting talking about how he would try to take Jack’s place, and Ben’s too. That led Steve’s delightfully deadpan reaction to Abby’s “I found out Ben isn’t Thomas’s father, it’s Chad.” When you live in Salem, you have to learn to take these things in stride.
Regarding Joey’s confession of love to Ava, it pains me to see him taken in by her, but I do think it is believable. She has played on his attraction in order to manipulate him, but she has done it with a lot of finesse. And he is a virginal 16 year old boy. It actually looks she has been trying subtly to get rid of him lately, but her attempts to push him away have only made him more desperate. That led to the scene yesterday, and Kayla walking in and catching them together.
I am so going to remember this look and use it on my kids.
It tickles me to see Ava’s plans going awry, because one of the most annoying things about soaps is how the villainess’s manipulations always seem to go perfectly according to plan. And of course it was very satisfying to hear Kayla tear her a new one, referring blisteringly to Ava’s “fictional son” and calling her out for using Joey to get to Steve. And that led to Ava quickly adapting to changing circumstances by bashing Kayla on the head (with the candlestick, in the bedroom).
And since Steve thinks Kayla is off to DC, he might not wonder about her for awhile. Let’s just hope Joey isn’t so in love with Ava that he realizes how suspicious it is he last saw his mother with her. Eek!