What better than a late-1980s holiday episode of Days of Our Lives to kick off our Vintage Suds feature? If you loved Days in its heyday, or aren't a Days viewer but want to remember what soaps were like when they weren't mind-numblingly boring/awful and you weren't ashamed to tell your friends you watched them, read on.
Steve and Kayla run down from the loft's bedroom to the living area and banter/frolick as they were always known to do. (Kayla, by the way, is in a peignoir and strappy nightgown. From watching soaps, I thought every woman had dozens of those, and wondered why my mom was so unglamorous.) Steve knows there's something Kayla wants to tell him, so she drops a mini-bomb: "I want us to have a baby." Steve looks shocked, then dubious, then happy. Over the span of three seconds. Because Stephen Nichols has never not kicked ass, you guys.
DETOUR: I know I've mentioned this before, but I spent a decent part of the 1980s coveting Mary Beth Evans' hair. Her bangs, at least as Kayla, were spectacular. In this scene they aren't that high, but they're still amazing in their improbability (since she was supposed to have just rolled out of bed).
Also, it is worth noting that I could post current screencaps of Steve and Kayla and you'd have trouble distinguishing them from these. I don't know what deity or gene pool or surgeon Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols have to thank for that, and I don't care. It's just further evidence of their awesomeness.
Enough fawning; back to the show: April is at the community center (man, I miss that set!) with her younger brother Julio when Mike arrives. Michael Weiss as Mike, to be specific. To me, even though he was Mike Horton #73, he is the Real Mike. Anyway, he greets her:
Mike: It takes your breath away: April "Boom-Boom" Ramirez, in all her resplendent glory.
I found him totally charming at the time, but now with some distance, doesn't that line sound a bit Spinelli-ish? Oh god, I can't believe I just typed that. Erase-erase-erase.
(I had forgotten that Mike ever had an acid-washed denim overcoat, but since I got past the fish ties, I suppose I can get past this too.) Mike gets progressively more charming as he convinces April to go to the Kiriakis New Year's party later that evening (although it turns out he didn't even need to turn on the charm, because contrary to what he thought, she's actually happy to go). Swoon, a big party! Why don't soaps do those as much anymore? That is a soapy staple I truly miss.
DETOUR: You'll start to get sick of this, but I was in awe of April's hair.
At some point after this Lisa Howard got a cut with layers around her face. In a fit of boredom resulting from the biology class I had to take at effing summer school to avoid having to take driver's ed at 7am in the fall semester (unnecessary additional evidence that a teenager will do anything to avoid getting up early in the morning), I tried to give myself that haircut with my mother's sewing scissors. I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that it did not turn out well.
Back to the show. Jennifer is on the pier and runs into April's brother Emilio.