"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
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"The Gift" #8 (cont.)
“Elizabeth,” he smiles beguilingly. “Should I be worried about you driving a stake through my heart?”
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“Do you think you deserve it?” she smiles back, a challenge half-seductive, half-yielding.
“Yeah, I would,” he admits, his expression charmingly contrite. “You know, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for
“That’s something,” she responds, taken by surprise by his apparent sincerity. He continues to mystify her. Is
his apology genuine or another one of his cunningly convincing lies?
“So how are you?” he asks politely.
“I’ve never been better,” she boasts, her façade of triumph unsuccessfully concealing her vulnerability to his
charismatic presence. She is still addicted to him. “Actually that’s what Georges keep saying,” she prattles,
trying to convince herself of her fairytale delusions. “You know, my European designer friend, he’s constantly
telling me that I’m exciting and creative. So I guess I’m not only surviving without you; I’m actually thriving.”
“That’s great. I’m happy for you,” he murmurs, “and I wish you luck with everything.” Softly, sensually, he
kisses Elizabeth’s hand and then walks towards Livvie.
“Rafe knows,” he whispers, nuzzling Livvie’s neck.
“About the ring? Damn,” she hisses.
“It’s all right,” he soothes, caressing her hair. “Guessing it’s the cause of what happened and finding it are two
very different things.”