"The Gift": Analysis of "The Gift" Arc of ABC-TV's Port Charles
(c) Alison Armstrong
An analysis of the "The Gift" episodes of the show Port Charles, formerly of ABC-TV. This site will focus on the scenes featuring the vampire character Caleb
Morley/Stephen Clay (portrayed by actor Michael Easton). The character of Caleb Morley/Stephen Clay and any other characters relating to Port Charles are
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"The Gift" #21 (cont.)
“At this point, yes,” she replies. “Someone’s got to stop this battle between you and Rafe before everyone gets
“Well, that’s the nature of war,” he notes. “People get hurt. Are you afraid?” He touches her face, forcing her
to look at him. “Are you afraid of me, Alison?”
“No, I’m not,” she answers, a slight tremor in her voice.
“Then why do you keep glancing at the door?” he challenges. “Maybe you’d feel better if you had an escape
route.” He opens the door. “Here.”
“Come on, let’s just be reasonable OK?” she sighs. “There’s no point to this endless fighting. I mean, there’s
got to be a way to stop all of this where everybody wins.”
“Hmm,” he murmurs, shaking the 8-ball again. “You could ask your boyfriend to back off.”
Snappies of "The
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“Caleb, you could live anywhere in the entire world,” she suggests.
“Well, Port Charles does have a certain charm, doesn’t it?” he remarks with a rather condescending grin.
“Why don’t you just go back to Transylvania or wherever it is that you come from?” she urges.
“I like it here, Alison, this little corner of the world,” he comments, genuine fondness in his voice this time. “I
can be anything I want. I don’t have to hide who I am or what I am from anybody.”
“I think you feel like Port Charles is actually your home,” she responds, an expression of surprise on her face.
“Port Charles as my home, I never quite thought of it that way,” he agrees, sharing her amazement at this
“Well, it’s where you met Livvie, right?” she points out. “And where your played your first live concert. You
defeated Joshua here, and you did all of these things without the ring.”
“Back to that, are we?” he mutters, his mood darkening at the mention of the ring.
“Come on, Caleb, think about it honestly,” she says with gentle insistence. “I mean, you settled down here and
you tried to build yourself a nice home, and it was good for awhile, all up until everyone started fighting over the
“There never would have been any trouble, Alison, if they hadn’t taken it from me,” he glowers. “I owe it to my
father to protect the ring. Do you understand that?”
“I do, but was it really worth it?” she counters. “I mean, are you and Livvie any happier because of it? I think
that Jamal had the right idea when he threw it in the river.”