"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" #30 (cont.)
The reason for Rafe’s return is unclear, but maybe the demonic host addressing him merely wants to detain Rafe
long enough to let the “wheels of fate” run their course, thereby punishing Rafe by jeopardizing his relationship
with Alison. Although Rafe eventually realizes that he was wrong to focus on fighting vampires and devising
ways to “beat” Caleb when he should, instead, have been focusing on his life with Alison, his realization comes
too late. The demon has kept imprisoned long enough for fate’s tragic irony to take charge so that by the time
Rafe is freed to “meet” the future he has inadvertently helped to shape he can no longer change what is about to
As Rafe arrives back to Earth, Livvie is making her wish and Alison is bonding with Caleb. “This is going to be
so amazing,” Livvie purrs, clutching the ring and using it to cast her spell.
“I wish for this to be the most romantic evening that Caleb has ever known,” she whispers, her voice filled with
hope and desire. “I wish for Caleb to feel the kind of passion he’s only dreamed of. I want this to be a night of
intense love that Caleb will never forget. And I want him to always know that I am the one who made it
Snappies of "The Gift"
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In the barn with Alison, Caleb senses Livvie’s wish, hears her voice. “Don’t worry. I know,” he responds,
well aware that she is “the one who made it happen.” His eyes glaze, as if envisioning faraway future vistas,
and he seems transfixed as he glances at the straw-filled barn and the straw-colored hair of the woman next to
“And out of this intense passion,” Livvie’s voice murmurs, “I will get my greatest wish of all. At the end of the
night, I wish that . . . ”
Her voice fades, her “greatest” wish unrevealed, but Caleb hears this secret, most desired, wish. He looks at
Alison and, grabbing her hair, pulls her into a kiss. This is to be a night of passion he will never forget, a night
Livvie will forever regret.