Even though I dearly wanted Steve to tell Kayla the truth about what happened, I was not surprised that he didn’t. I’m not really happy about it, but that’s where I have been expecting the story to go.
I can’t imagine he will be able to keep the secret for long … right? If Kayla herself already suspects that Steve isn’t telling her something, and Joey already practically knows the truth (and is really bad at keeping secrets), then this has to come out soon. Right??
Their conversation today was surprisingly nuanced, and Stephen and Mary Beth made the most of the dialogue. I loved that Kayla was questioning him right off the bat, coming very close to putting two and two together. At the same time, Stephen played Steve’s bitterness and self-loathing really well, and it was gratifying to hear him blame himself for believing Ava had changed, and tell Kayla she was right. It’s good to see his eyes have been opened. I also really liked their exchange about the baby, that he feels a sense of loss even though he doesn’t know the baby was even his. It’s a smart move to have Joey blaming Steve (and being kind of an audience surrogate), and yet still keeping his secret. That gave James some interesting beats to play as well. All in all, there were actual layers to these scenes, and I’ll take that any day of the week.
Oh, that moment when she was pressing him to tell her everything, not hold anything back, and he responded with “I’ll always protect you.” If I were Kayla, that sentence would set off sirens and flashing lights in my brain. STEVE JOHNSON PLAYING GOD ALERT.
In other neews, I’m sure you’ve all heard: Days was renewed for one more year! Hurray! I wish it were for the full two years but I’ll take it. Now, let’s find out the specifics of the deal, if it involves more budget cuts, or if they insist Days halt this crazy production schedule.