So all the planets in relationship with Saturn have something to do with the skipped step.
Yes, they all have something to do with it, just what depends on their particular relatonship with Saturn, and the nodes themselves.
I really know this already, but needed to check again. I was thinking about the planets opposed by Saturn. They are in square to the north node, whereas Saturn is square the south node. Clearly they all are intertwined and do not function incognito. I think I was trying to understand whether/how the planets square the north node helped support the skipped step issue, somehow different from Saturn directly. I'm sure why I needed to separate them out?
The whole phenomenon of skipped step(s) involves the Moon's nodes, planets squaring those nodes, and planets aspecting the skipped step planet(s), and aspecting the nodes themselves (but possibly in a more indirect role). Remember that a planet squaring one node is always squaring the other node too, so it's not a case here of Saturn just squaring the south node, with the planets opposing Saturn squaring the north node. Saturn and the planets opposing it are all squaring both the south and north nodes simultaneously.
To determine the significance of each node in the skipped step situation you need to see what node each skipped step planet (Saturn and the planet conjunct it, and the planets opposing Saturn) are "applying" to. In this case Saturn and conjuncting planet will be applying to one of the nodes, and the planets opposing Saturn will be applying to the other node. It's the node that each planet is applying to that must be embraced to "support" the resolution of the skipped steps. In this scenario, both nodes will need to be fully embraced for the resolution to fully occur, but for different reasons. The reasons for embracing a node will be related to the particular planets applying to that node only. This is important because that node will actually be detrimental to planets applying to the opposite node.
With many planets involved in a skipped step situation such as this each one will be contributing in it's own way to the whole situation ... it has become "compounded", and implies usually that the person has been avoiding something very essential over a long period of time (many lives) and that now the whole thing has got really out of hand.
To determine which node a planet is applying to, imagine the chart is a big circle on the floor, stand on the skipped step planet and face into the centre of the circle (chart). Then turn your head to the left and the node you see 90 degrees away (on your left) is the node that particular planet is applying to.
I hope this clarifies things ...