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 of "The Gift" Arc of ABC-TV's Port Charles
(c) Alison Armstrong
"The Gift" Analysis #31
Alison swoons, succumbing to an impulse as frightening as it is arousing. She clutches the man who sabotaged
her wedding to Rafe, the man they consider a dangerous menace, her heart racing with desire and fear.
Caleb embraces a woman who is the antithesis of Livvie, a woman who, like Tess, represents the virtue and
kindness he destroyed in Livvie. Alison’s innocence and devotion to his enemy intensify the lust Livvie’s
foolish, ill-timed wish has evoked within him. He hungers for Alison’s sweetness, all the more satisfying to
Livvie worries that Caleb has not returned home to share with her the night of “intense passion” she had wished.
Hearing a knock and assuming Caleb had finally arrived, she rushes to the door, but finds, instead, Jack, who
confides that his feelings towards her have suddenly and inexplicably changed.
“You look beautiful,” Jack exclaims and, handing her a rose, admits that he is “freaking out” over his resurgence
of desire for her. “I kind of wish that things were like the way they used to be between us,” he blurts out, then,
surprised by this confession, says he doesn’t know why he said that.
Livvie knows why Jack is acting strangely. She had made the wish that he would not hate her anymore, and,
now, as a consequence of that wish, Jack is beginning to re-experience his love for her. His hatred, shielding
him from unresolved feelings for Livvie, has been banished, and the love that may have been concealed,
unacknowledged and denied, re-emerges. Unable to resist the power of her wish and the dormant love it
awakened, he wants to make a quick departure after giving Livvie the rose; however, Livvie wants Jack to keep
her company while she frets about Caleb.
She realizes that the wish she made regarding Jack seems to have affected her also. No longer hating him, she
finds his presence soothing. Like a soft, familiar, childhood teddy bear, he reminds her of simpler, happier times.
Feeling comfortable around him, she decides to tell him about stealing Caleb’s ring.
Although Jack assures her that Caleb is “crazy” about her, she cannot rid herself of the fear that her wish may
have somehow backfired and Caleb may be having his night of intense passion with someone else. Desperate for
companionship, a friendly shoulder to cry upon, she begs Jack to stay with her, and he, though reluctant, is
unable to resist her pleas.
Alison, like Jack, cannot resist the spell Livvie’s wish has cast. The news that Rafe has returned from Hell
seems to act upon her as an aphrodisiac, and she finds herself grasping Caleb as if he were a tantalizing yet
poisonous forbidden fruit, yearning to taste the sinister ecstasies he alone can provide.