"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
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"The Gift" #26 (cont.)
“No, it wasn’t what it looked like at all,” Alison nervously explains. “Actually, I lost a charm from my bracelet,
and Caleb found it. He was just giving it back to me. That’s all.”
“Then why are you acting so guilty?” Livvie challenges. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the two of you
were hiding something.”
Snappies of "The Gift"
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“Is there a problem, Olivia?” Caleb asks, his voice a stern rebuke reminding her of promises unkept. She had
vowed to let go of her jealousy towards Alison, but here she is, again, hurling accusations.
“No problem,” Livvie quickly assures him, struggling to suppress her insecurity and anger.
“I’m really . . . I’m not trying to start anything,” Alison insists.
“There’s no need to explain, Alison,” Caleb replies in a soothing, diplomatic tone of voice as he hugs Livvie
protectively close. “Olivia understands it was all perfectly innocent.”
“Yeah, you should really think about getting that charm fixed because next time you just might not be so lucky,”
Livvie chimes in with a slight sneer, as, their “business” concluded, Caleb and Alison exchange falsely friendly
Alison returns home to Rafe, who, having completed his search of Caleb’s apartment, excitedly informs her
about the book of spells. The book, he confides, is a history of the vampire universe, including a detailed
discussion of the Morley ring. Realizing that Caleb travelled to Hell for fatherly assistance in locating the ring,
Rafe decides to retrace Caleb’s steps. Alison is appalled at Rafe’s rash decision. She reminds him of their
future plans—their wedding, their new gym, their vow to not let Caleb come between them—and urges Rafe to
stick to their original plan involving the ring. This plan, whereby she feigns friendship with Caleb and tries to
goad Livvie into stealing the ring, she says, is beginning to work. Caleb, she claims, is falling for her friendship
ploy, and she sees a “sad,” “vulnerable” side to him that makes her feel rather guilty for not being “genuine”
with him. For these reasons, as well as her grave misgivings concerning Rafe’s plan to visit Hell, she wants to
try a more honest approach with Caleb by once again urging him to relinquish the ring because of its