"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" #31 (cont.)
“You don’t,” Caleb says, softly but firmly, holding her face in his hands. “We keep it our secret. I’m trying to
help both of us. Believe what you want, but I didn’t want this, either.” He, too, is a victim, he implies, their
mutual transgression linking them in ways neither Livvie nor Rafe would understand.
Snappies of "The Gift"
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“OK,” she responds, her hysteria diminishing as she prepares to reunite with Rafe. “Just so I’m understanding
something—are you saying that you would not rub this in Rafe’s face the second you had the chance? Is that
what you’re telling me, Caleb? And can you promise me that?”
“I understand why you can’t trust me,” Caleb, without answering her question, murmurs almost apologetically.
“You know, I think I liked it a lot better when we hated each other. It was a lot less complicated,” she remarks,
not realizing that her relationship with Caleb since he returned in “Naked Eyes” was more complicated than she
would probably care to admit. Her feelings for him continually change, transforming from the hatred and fear
she had for him when he first appeared in town to the friendly affection she felt towards him in his “Stephen
Clay” guise after he rescued her from the plane crash. Even though Rafe kept trying to convince her that
Stephen Clay was just the evil Caleb with a new persona, she continued to believe in “Stephen” because she was
beginning to like him as a friend. His charm, humor, and charisma enticed her. After she discovered that
Stephen really was Caleb, the hatred resurfaced, yet she could not completely forget the traces of goodness she
sometimes sensed in him. When he briefly became human, her hatred again diminished. She even allowed
herself to form a tentative friendship with him, all the while conspiring against him to steal the ring.
“It’s just as bad for me as it is for you,” he tells her as she scoffs in disbelief. “Think about it. If Olivia
orchestrated this, how do you think that makes me feel? . . . That she used my own ring against me. I’d like to
keep this as quiet as you do.”