So that was it...?!
How depressing was it to see one of the most popular couples in DAYS history evah, Steve and Kayla, go out with such a whimper instead of a bang? Not even a quickie ‘bang’ of the bedroom variety just for shits and giggles. Nope, poor Kayla never even got to go home from the hospital.
Oh, but Kayla did get to do her last good deed, testifying for friend Hope at the courtroom hearing...in a Celeste and Hope...oops, sorry...Eugene Bradford and Hope...oh, nope, that’s not it either...Bo and Hope...that’s right...Bo and Hope storyline that is so badly written that it makes me yearn for the Good Ole’ Princess Gina days. And Steve was able to support his Sweetness and listen to “Baby Girl” Stephanie cry and whine about Philip for a while before fading off into the Salem back alleys forever.
And that’s the end of that. Not one fucking flashback. Not one goodbye kiss...and as this Diva predicted, not even one freakin’ lyric of “The Rose” in the background. Guess TPTB figure that if they sneak Steve and Kayla out the back door, no one will miss them. Or that they might be able to bring them back once the economy picks up.
Well, for any viewers who think that Stephen or Mary Beth will come crawling back to do a few recurring appearances around the holidays a la Doug and Julie, the Diva’s advice is this...don’t hold your breath. For years, DAYS had begged on their collective hands and knees for these two actors to come back. For years, Stephen and Mary Beth held out, waiting for the right time and the right paycheck. And finally, once Corday got those contracts signed in 2006, he did the only thing he does well. He had a golden opportunity handed to him and he pissed it away.
I don’t blame Stephen and Mary Beth for their failed return. They did the best they could with the schlock they were given to work with. JERk the Genius got them off to a great start with that oh-so-exciting never-done-before storyline of amnesia...and then it all went downhill from there. Hogan Sheffer put Steve away in the loony bin when he wasn’t going ballistic in Tindo Lau. It seemed like there was some hope for Steve and Kayla during the airplane crash scenes at the beginning of 2008...but then it all became about Ava Vitali. There looked like there might be a possibility of a moving story with little Joe, Jr., but that got shelved. And now, courtesy of Corday, Higley and Tomlin (the evil triumvirate), greater minds have prevailed. Heaven forbid that we should miss one moment of the Melanie Layton Story...or the Dan and Chloe PornFest...or the E.J. BabypaloozaFest...to waste any time watching two veteran actors that are part of the heart and soul of DAYS. Well, back when DAYS had a heart and soul...
The Diva knew that S&K were in trouble when they were declared still legally married 16 years after Steve "died." Why did the show pass up an opportunity to give them a wedding? That would have brought in ratings. I guess the show isn't interested in supercouples getting married when Tanna didn't get one either. The S&K yacht wedding was one of the most memorable in DOOL history. Who could forget Kayla speaking again during the ceremony? The sheer number of guests was amazing. Now a days, we get 3 or 4 cast members and twice as many extras. The one thing about their wedding that bugged me was Jack standing in the background almost the entire time. He distracted the hell out of me.
For now, dear readers, DAYS OF OUR LIVES...or whatever this tasteless mindless tripe with the hourglass logo on it is these days...has completely lost all of its heart and soul. Corday, in his panic and infinite wisdom, has gutted it all out...along with the loyal veteran actors who had given fans years of wonderful performances, only to be rewarded with a kick out of the door.
The only winners in this situation are whatever viewers who must be enjoying this nuDAYS clone version of a show...the ones that Corday and Co. are obviously trying to cater to in order to survive. Someone must be enjoying this soulless drek enough to keep it on the air, right? How else to explain that the show hasn’t tanked yet? At least, these viewers of nuDAYS don’t know or remember what DAYS used to be like...so watching this show being sucked dry of all of its warmth won’t be so damned depressing.
And with that, the Diva shall now settle down with a bottle of vodka and some Prozac...and watch old Steve and Kayla clips from YouTube. "Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose..."