"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" Analysis #30
Caleb has experienced many very painful betrayals during his long existence. He was betrayed by his father and
stepmother when he was made, against his will, into a vampire. Then, shortly afterward, he was betrayed by his
first fiancée, Olivia #1, who, having learned that he was a vampire, a “monster,” tried to leave him but was
accidentally killed by him in a crime of passion. Centuries later, he was betrayed by Olivia #2 (Livvie), who
turned against him and drove a stake through his heart. Now, having stolen his ring and lied to him, Livvie has
again betrayed him. She has destroyed his trust in her, driven a wedge into the very foundation of their eternal
Caleb stands outside of the barn, thinking of Livvie’s latest betrayal. He had given her every opportunity to tell
him the truth, yet she continued her deception. He must harden his heart to her, punish her, teach her a lesson
she will, for once, never forget.
Alison, joining Caleb outside, has arrived at a disturbing realization after her wish for Rafe to return failed to bring
him back. “You know,” she abruptly announces as Caleb walks back inside the barn and she follows him,“the
only thing that I can think of is that that isn’t your real ring. Caleb, answer me,” she persists. “I was touching
your ring when I made that wish for Rafe to come home, but it didn’t work. . . . Look, that ring is supposed to
grant every single wish, no matter who is touching it. But it didn’t work because that is not your real ring, is it?
My God,” she exclaims, starting to panic. “That’s a phony. That means that Rafe isn’t coming back. So where
is it, Caleb? Where is your real ring? . . . Look, you have to get it!”
Snappies of "The
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“Ordering me to do something will get you nowhere,” he snarls. Walking towards the door, he starts to leave,
but Alison stands beside him, trying to bar his path.
"OK, you’re right, I’m sorry,” she whimpers. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it to sound that way. I really didn’t.
But if I let you leave, then Rafe . . . he might never be able to come back.”
“Then, again, you can’t keep me here either,” Caleb replies, walking back outside the door, as Alison, puppy-
like, trails behind him.
“All I’m asking is that you just do not disappear again,” she tearfully implores. “OK, please look at me. I don’t
have anything else to say to you. I can’t make any more promises to you. All that I am left with is my love for
Rafe, and I have to hope that that is going to be enough.”
“You know,” Caleb confides, “I might actually be enjoying this if it wasn’t such a bittersweet pill to swallow. I
have been betrayed by the woman I love and the woman who swore to me that she was my friend.”
“I promise. . . I promise I won’t do it again . . . ” Alison vows, so caught up in her own trauma that she only
seems to comprehend part of what Caleb is saying. She pauses, finally beginning to understand what Caleb was
telling her. “Wait, did you just say the woman that you love betrayed you? Oh, my God, Livvie has your real