And it all started when I saw this on Kristin's twitter:
There are a couple reasons why it could be him and why it might be a good time to meet Steve.
Just like Oliver has a type, Shane obviously has one, too.
I know I wasn't the only one who, upon seeing this photo thought, "Wow, Kristin[Shane] and Poppy[Holly] could pretty much be twins."
This wasn't an accident, as the show historically has a habit of casting such that the characters are seeing a "mirror" of themselves in the people to whom they're delivering letters. That will no doubt be the subject of a series at a later date. For right now, take this picture as proof that Oliver has a "type".
Please pay attention to their similar hair swoop, prominent, squared jaw lines, and their identical penchants for light plaid patterns:
Less Superficial Reasons Steve Could Be A Thing
We spent yesterday talking all about the National Miss Special Delivery Pageant. Did you know that pageant's have judges? What if the Postables drop in to see Rita at rehearsal and they run into Steve, who reveals he'll be one of the pageant judges? He kind of strikes me as a man with a lot of swagger that meets, or even exceeds, Ramon's, making him a perfect candidate for judge or pageant host. We never got a definitive answer about how Shane and Steve knew each other, from work or otherwise, just that they were a 'thing' for a minute.
So, Steve could be a USPS man who worked with Shane, a copycat Ramon, or even someone associated with the military or Veteran's services(more on this later). Regardless, Steve becomes part of the story, and a necessary one.
We might need Steve to push Oliver out of "the friend zone."
As you'll remember from Oliver's house rule analysis that I pondered the possibility that Oliver will have to make the extra effort to keep his momentum going in the face of his fear of entering into another relationship, especially when it's clear he'll be playing for keeps this time.
Remember, Oliver knows about Steve because he overheard Shane and Becky's conversation at the Mailbox Grille. So even if Steve doesn't make the effort to clarify his relationship to Shane if they should meet, Oliver will know and likely feel threatened, or, at the very least aware and uncomfortable until he determines how he wants to conduct himself.
I'm not saying that Steve will have his eye on Shane, or purposely attempt to get in between her and Oliver. Heck, he may be so arrogant that Oliver doesn't even register on his radar---we simply don't know!
But let's be real: Shane has changed a lot since moving to Denver---it's almost night and day. Where she was rocking blazers, zippers, pants and short hair in the beginning, she now dresses more feminine and she has grown her hair out. Shane's a bombshell---and I would be surprised if Steve didn't take notice of this evolution. We know Oliver definitely has!
What if Mark Valley isn't Steve?
Despite all the action and pageant drama that is no doubt already on tap, we still need someone to play the letter sender, likely a man in the service. Mark Valley would be a great candidate! Then again, he could also be a serviceman named "Steve," so I guess that wasn't a very good section title, was it?
Given that we know the Postables are in Washington to get information on someone who sent a letter from behind enemy lines, there is obviously a military element.
Mark Valley recently posted an article on Twitter about soldiers and PTSD, which gives me the impression that he could be playing someone from veterans services or some other veteran-related agency/organization, or even be a serviceman himself. Yes, Mark might support veteran's and the military even when it's not connected to his character, but posting it right now seems like a little more than coincidence at this point.
Then there's also this:
Given this, let's go ahead and say that Mark is probably playing someone associated with the military or veterans. Also, he's going to probably be a key player.
Honestly, at this point it doesn't matter who he plays or what he'll be doing---this movie is GOING TO BE AWESOME! Welcome to the Postables family, Mark!
But if I had to make an argument for why now would be a good time to bring Steve briefly into the picture or how he could be woven in, this is it. I felt compelled to discuss it here because I may never have another reason to do so.
And if I am wrong, then Steve can just be an inside joke among Postables, right?
Searching For Steve,