Steve Bassett




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Identity   Interpreter
Year of death : 1985

Father : Willard  Bassett

  Sisters : Mary DuVall (step-sister), Christie DuVall (step-sister)

Profession : Assistant of the district attorney


Ashby Adams :
June 27 1985 (# 236) to September 03 1985 (# 282)


Last member of the DuVall-Bassett clan to settle down in Santa Barbara, Steve is certainly the most monstrous of it. Guided by a profound feeling of inferiority to the opposite sex, Steve, in spite of his post of assistant district attorney, turns to be no more and no less that a real monster. Contrary to the other nasty characters of the show, nothing in his past can manage to justify his behavior excesses. Because of each of his actions (motivated by an insatiable thirst of vengeance to women), we can suppose that his parents are dead or divorced very early and that, afterward, the young Steve was raised only by Theda. Steve will then grow embittered to be the only man of this family consisted only of women.

To realize this, it only needs to look at his behavior within this family. Proud to have arrived at the post of assistant district attorney, he struts about in the middle of his relatives, then trying to take the control of the clan. It is moreover for this that he lets Theda drink, that he lets Mary find refuge in religion. Only Christie represents something in his eyes. And since the day he realized it, he sexually abused her (Christie was then 15 year-old). In fact, Steve falls back on the youngest having suffered a setback with Mary.

In every of his conversations with women, Steve tries to show himself superior to them : Maggie Gillis, during Ted Capwell's arrest, will undergo his remarks (as well as Santana Andrade while meeting him). But it is at first in the management of the file of charge against Sophia Armonti Capwell he is in charge of, that he shows his aggressiveness against women, symbolized here by Sophia. He urges her to take a new lawyer after the departure of Jack Stanfield Lee; he harasses her so that she pleads culprit; he goes as far as inventing a surprising theory : if Sophia pleads culprit, she will not incur any prison sentence !

He is all the more eager of vengeance against the Capwells as Christie gains her independence, with the help of the young Ted Capwell. At first she finds a job, then a support. And worse than everything at Steve's eyes, she eventually falls in love with the heir of the family. While he finds Christie at the beach bar, in an excess of violence and fury, Steve rapes her and abandons her unconscious behind a jukebox. Steve then finds a new weapon of vengeance against the Capwell family and against Ted, because Christie, at first, declares that Ted is the author of the rape. Pushed on this way by Steve’s threat, Christie is compelled to go until the trial. It is the moment of glory awaited for long by the new district attorney : he takes Christie back under his authority, he destroys the reputation of his rival and becomes an important man at the eyes of the city inhabitants.

The end will be quite other. Steve realizes it when Christie acquits Ted. From then on, Steve's imaginary world collapses. And during his last confrontation with Christie where he physically threatens her again, Steve is shot down in situation of self-defence. He could not accept the affront : to lose everything in cause not of a woman, but a girl ! Monstrous character towards his relatives, towards the Capwells, Steve Bassett could not find another end.

Portrait written for this site by Lilian

The photos of Steve
Ashby Adams

Steve and his family

Steve and the others