Steven Carrington attracts many people – both men and women – with his intelligence, charm, and good looks. He is a true gentleman. But because Steven is always so insecure about is sexuality, people often get hurt. One such person was Claire Prentice, Danny’s preschool teacher. She came into Steven’s life when trying to make him aware of how Steven’s and Sammy Jo's entangled lives were affecting Danny. A friendship developed between teacher and parent. One night, Claire helped an intoxicated Steven to bed – and helped herself to Steven. When Steven woke up, he was embarrassed and certainly did not feel the same way Claire did. When Claire discovered Steven’s true feelings – he was more interested in men than women – she was heartbroken and humiliated. She quietly slipped out of Steven’s life.