"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" Analysis #8
Their temporary transformations, though producing no lasting effects or serious trauma, have convinced Livvie
and Alison that such potent magic has the potential to cause far more dangerous results. What happened to them
was merely a mischievous sleight-of-hand trick compared to the conjured chaos that could have been
unleashed. Victims of a force they could not understand or resist, they discover how helpless they are against
the mysterious powers puppeteering their fates.
Realizing that the ring, used foolishly or maliciously, must have caused the perplexing personality changes, Caleb
and Livvie work together to find out who has possession of it. In search of leads, they head to Rafe’s new gym,
arriving there just as Alison and Rafe are in the process of getting ready for the grand opening celebration.
“Open for business?” Caleb, wearing sunglasses, inquires as he and Livvie, hand in hand, enter the newly
“Yeah, that’s right, although I didn’t figure you for the fitness type, Caleb,” Rafe remarks. “But now that you’re
here, you should think about a lifetime membership. I mean, since you do live forever, it would be quite a
Snappies of "The Gift" scenes
taken by A. Armstrong
“We’re not here to join your stupid little gym,” Livvie scowls.
“We’ve got unfinished business to discuss,” Caleb adds.
“As much as I appreciate you stopping by,” Rafe replies with a condescending smile, “I don’t have any business
with either one of you, so please get lost.”
“Oh, you don’t want to figure out what happened last night?” Caleb, refusing to be dismissed, challenges.
“You’re not curious that these two just exchanged personalities?”
“You know what—it’s over,” Rafe self-righteously proclaims. Unable to explain what took place, Rafe wishes
to forget it ever happened. Whatever he cannot control or slay, he wishes to ignore.
“Well, it’s not over for me,” Livvie grouses, glaring at Alison. “Being you is like being trapped in Candyland.”
“Well, I’m sorry. Being inside your head wasn’t exactly a party for me, either,” Alison irritably observes.
“Do you see why it was a good idea for us to keep our distance?” Rafe nags in a told-you-so tone. “Do you
understand that now?”
“I’m perfectly fine with that as soon as we figure out what happened,” Caleb says with calm resolve, the voice
of reason in a room simmering with resentment. He looks up as Elizabeth flutters manically into the fray.
“Well, if it isn’t my estranged husband and his little vampire slut,” Elizabeth exclaims. She gives Livvie a derisive
smile while meeting Caleb’s eyes with kittenish coquetry.