"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 the property of ABC and their creators. This is a fan-run site and is not an official site, nor is it affiliated in any way with ABC, Port Charles, or
the actors portraying any of the Port Charles characters. No copyright infringement is intended. The writings on this site are copyrighted by the author,
Alison Armstrong, and may not be reproduced without the author's express permission.
"The Gift" #31 (cont.)
“I can’t believe this is happening,” she murmurs, her expression a strange commingling of lust and disgust, as he
pulls her down beside him in the straw, kissing her neck and tugging off her pants. “I have to stop. I don’t . . .
I don’t know why I can’t stop.”
“I don’t know, either,” Caleb responds. “But neither can I.”
taken by A.
She turns over on her stomach, and he straddles her from behind, his seductive caresses summoning the
she-beast inside her, the feral female libido. Cat-like, he licks her palms and wrists, his long, dark hair tickling
her stomach and thighs as he brings her to realms of fierce, transfiguring ecstasy.
Their scenes of entranced passion have been compared to the hallucinogenic sex scene in the film Rosemary’s
Baby, during which Rosemary, drugged, helpless to resist, is sexually penetrated by a diabolical entity. Although,
in Port Charles, Alison is not drugged, she is similarly helpless to resist the seductive magic of Livvie’s wish as
she is possessed by her demonic lover, Caleb Morley. In Port Charles, as in Rosemary’s Baby, the female
character is ravished by a sinister supernatural being while eerily erotic music evokes a mood of sensual
delirium. The scenes in Port Charles, however, unlike those in Rosemary’s Baby, are infused with luminous,
almost ethereal, beauty. Caleb, though often evil, has an almost angelic beauty, his lush, full, exquisitely curved
lips and soulful sea-blue eyes reminiscent of Renaissance paintings depicting saints or Greek gods.