Armageddon Now II


This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith


TEASER

Alcmene's home.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Who are you?! What do you want?!

IOLAUS
I--I'll tell you in a moment. We--we gotta get
outta here.

Iolaus starts to leave, but Young Alcmene doesn't follow him.

IOLAUS
Come on, it's dangerous. What are you doing?
Come on, I told you, I'm a friend.

YOUNG ALCMENE
I'm not going anywhere with you.

IOLAUS
But, wait! You don't understand!

Young Alcmene turns away from Iolaus to see Callisto enter.

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Callisto.

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YOUNG ALCMENE
Hello? Can I help you?

CALLISTO
Yes.

She shoots fire at Alcmene.

IOLAUS
Alcmene, down!

He jumps and brings her to the ground. The fire
hits a cart.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Uh!

CALLISTO
Iolaus. Surprise, surprise.

IOLAUS
Come on! Run as fast as you can! Get going!

Iolaus and Alcmene run.

CALLISTO
Go on, run!

IOLAUS
Come on! Pick it up!

CALLISTO
Run as fast as you can.

Callisto goes after them.

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Young Alcmene and Iolaus run.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Who are you?! Why is that thing after you?!

IOLAUS
You! Not me!

YOUNG ALCMENE
Well, I don't know either one of you!

IOLAUS
Look! I can't explain it to you if we're both on fire!
Come on! Trust me I'm here to protect you!

Callisto appears and hits Iolaus.

CALLISTO
Alcmene, how's the baby? Let me feel him kick.

Callisto touches Young Alcemene's stomach and a fireball starts to form. Young Alcmene screams. Iolaus attacks Callisto and drops her to the ground. Callisto screams and then laughs, disappearing in a ball of fire.

IOLAUS
See? You don't know her, but she knows you.
And it's you she's after! Come on!

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Come on. Come on! Run, Iolaus, run!

The Sovereign throws a rock into the pool, making the image disappear.

HERCULES
Why don't you grow up?

SOVEREIGN
Aw, shut up!

HERCULES
I know your world is the opposite of mine. Every
person in my world has a counterpart in yours.

SOVEREIGN
I said, shut up!

HERCULES
Take us, for example. You hate, and I don't. Why
is that?

The Sovereign yawns.

HERCULES
You see, we've got these two worlds. And this
place we're in here is smack-dab in the middle.
Now, if we can understand each other, you know,
where we're from, maybe we can figure out what
makes this place tick.

SOVEREIGN
Am I gonna have to listen to this for eternity?

HERCULES
Well, I was hoping to get us out of here before then.

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Young Alcmene and Iolaus run.

YOUNG ALCMENE
No! This is all too strange! I can't deal with it.
I'm going home.

IOLAUS
No! Wait! You can't. If you do, you'll die,
and so will the child inside you.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Iolaus stops.

YOUNG ALCMENE
What is it?

IOLAUS
No!

A fireball shoots at them.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Ahh!

IOLAUS
Come on!

They run.

CALLISTO
Why are you people so afraid to die?

IOLAUS
Down!

Callisto sends out another fireball.

CALLISTO
Give it up, Iolaus! You can't save her.

YOUNG ALCMENE
She is after me.

IOLAUS
Yeah. Isn't there a water tower around here?

YOUNG ALCMENE
That way.

IOLAUS
Come on.

CALLISTO
Oh, I love a good chase.

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Hurry, Iolaus, get to the water tower.

SOVEREIGN
Hmm, I could use this Callisto. We could do
some damage.

HERCULES
Don't you get it?! If Callisto kills my mother, your
mother in your world will die at the same time,
neither of us will ever be born.

SOVEREIGN
Which means, I won't be stuck in here with you.
I'll take it.

He laughs.

SOVEREIGN
Wait a minute. You must have had a family, just
like I did.

HERCULES
I did. Hera killed them.

SOVEREIGN
So she kills your family-

He pushes him.

SOVEREIGN
-for something you did!

He pushes him.

SOVEREIGN
And when yours died-

He pushes him.

SOVEREIGN
-mine did too!

He tries to push Hercules again, but Hercules catches his hand.

HERCULES
I'm sorry that happened. I'm sure you loved your
family very much.

SOVEREIGN
You're to blame for everything that's happened
to me. You can forget about getting out of here.
You're mine.

HERCULES
I'm not responsible for what happened to you
or your family, or what you became. You're not a
victim! You are who you choose to be. We all are.

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Callisto walks along. Iolaus moves under the water tower. Callisto smells the air.

CALLISTO
I can smell you. Ah! And there you are.

Iolaus steps out from under the water tower.

CALLISTO
All right, then, where is she? I'm tired of waiting.

IOLAUS
You're gonna have to go through me.

CALLISTO
Okay.

She sends out a fireball, but Iolaus jumps out of the way and she hits the water tower, bringing the water down on her. She screams.

CALLISTO
No!

Young Alcmene steps out.

IOLAUS
I thought I told you to stay under cover.

YOUNG ALCMENE
I was afraid for you.

IOLAUS
Now I know where Hercules gets his stubborn
streak. Come on.

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The Sovereign attacks Hercules.

SOVEREIGN
She's dead by now. Your turn.

They fight as they talk.

HERCULES
I can't get the window to open if I have to keep
watching out for you.

SOVEREIGN
Tell someone who cares! So she dies! So what?!

HERCULES
So everything changes!

They stop fighting.

HERCULES
How many times do I have to tell you, if she
dies, we die.

SOVEREIGN
What's the downside?

They each punch each other and knock the other out.

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Alcmene and Iolaus stop to rest.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Why would Callisto want to kill my baby?

IOLAUS
Alcmene, your baby, your son, Hercules, he'll be
a hero. He'll fight injustice, and oppression,
helping people in need. He'll be the most famous
hero in history.

YOUNG ALCMENE
How can a son of mine be a hero? He'll grow
up with no father.

IOLAUS
The man you thought was his father, was Zeus.
Your son is the son of the King of the Gods.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Why are you telling me things like this? Impossible
things. Why?

IOLAUS
Because they're true.

They move on.

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Callisto dries herself off with fire enveloping her.

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Iolaus and Young Alcmene run into a barn.

IOLAUS
The barn!

They go inside.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Will we be safe here?

IOLAUS
No, there's no safety anywhere, as long as Callisto
knows you're alive. I've gotta stop her.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Well, how? She's a goddess.

IOLAUS
She has a pendant. It looks like jewelry, but it
contains the blood a golden hind.

YOUNG ALCMENE
I thought that was only a myth.

IOLAUS
Oh, no, it's real, all right. And hind's blood can
kill a god. I know, I've seen it. If I can get that, we
win. If I can't-

YOUNG ALCMENE
You're willing to risk your life, for me and my baby?

IOLAUS
He'd do the same for me, he has, many times.
I'd gladly die so that you and your boy could live.
I am who I am, because of him. I am one of the
people whose lives he changed, one of the
many. And I love him like a brother.

YOUNG ALCMENE
I was hoping for a girl.

They chuckle.

YOUNG ALCMENE
With a friendship like yours, my son must be very
special. He has a lot to live for, and so do I.

IOLAUS
I can't imagine a world without him.

Iolaus leaves.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Be careful, Iolaus.

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Callisto walks by and Iolaus steps out.

IOLAUS
Hey, Cupcake! Hi. Uh, look, I was wondering,
could we talk? I mean, what would it take for you
to, you know, ease up, uh, forget about Alcmene?
Because the thing is, I grew up around here. I
mean, I'm in the same boat as Hercules! You
torch all of this, you could kill me!

He grabs the pendant from her neck.

IOLAUS
Yah!

CALLISTO
I do not have time for this!

Iolaus puts blood on his dagger.

IOLAUS
Okay, Callisto, come and get it!

Callisto grabs him. Iolaus drops the dagger.

CALLISTO
Mine!

She takes the pendant back.

IOLAUS
Ah! Why, uh? What does it matter to you if Hercules
lives or dies?

CALLISTO
It doesn't, but I made a deal, and if I don't deliver,
I don't get paid. Now, where is she?

IOLAUS
Ha, you've gotta be kidding.

CALLISTO
Hmm, that's all right, 'cause I already know.

IOLAUS
Alcmene! Run! Run! Get out of there!

Iolaus attacks Callisto, but she throws him off.

CALLISTO
You think I can hit it from here?

Callisto shoots out a bolt of fire at the barn.

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Alcmene goes to the door. The bolt races at her, and she screams.

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The barn explodes.

IOLAUS
No!

Callisto disappears.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Hercules and the Sovereign wake up. Hercules looks into the pool to see Iolaus at Alcmene's grave.

IOLAUS
I'm sorry I failed you, Alcmene. Now the world
will never know Hercules.

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Young Alcmene's grave.

IOLAUS
And I've lost the best friend I...

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Mother?

SOVEREIGN
Hmm.

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Young Alcmene's grave.

IOLAUS
This will not go unanswered. I will find you, Callisto!

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World Between Worlds.

SOVEREIGN
Mom's dead. Hmm. Oh. You're not gonna cry,
are ya?

Hercules grabs him.

HERCULES
You have no idea!

He throws him back.

HERCULES
Our mothers are both dead which means we
can't leave here now, because out there, we
don't exist. All of history has been changed.

SOVEREIGN
Well, your history is just starting, Hero. And I
promise you, it will be one of pain. Hmm.
Poor Mommy.

HERCULES
Unless I can reach Iolaus.

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Time rewinds, showing different events of Xena's life.

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Iolaus arrives in Cirra.

IOLAUS
Hey! Where am I?

VILLAGE MAN
You're in the wrong place. This is Cirra.

IOLAUS
Cirra. Callisto's town. What's going on?

VILLAGE MAN
Xena what's going on, Mister. Already laid waste
to half the countryside. Now she's headed for us.

IOLAUS
So I'm still in the past. Xena destroyed Cirra. And
Callisto's come back to stop that. That was her
price for Alcmene.

VILLAGE MAN
What are you muttering about?! You better
get outta here, before you get grabbed up by
Xena's men.

IOLAUS
Listen, I have to find someone. Callisto.

VILLAGE MAN
There's only one Callisto here, Pankos and
Arleia's kid.

IOLAUS
How do I find her?

VILLAGE MAN
In this?! Hah! Fat chance!

He leaves.

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Warriors move through a row of villagers being tortured.

EXTRA
Hi, beautiful. You won't be needing this.

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King Quallus is shoved into Xena's tent.

WARRIOR
Get in there. Move along.

KING QUALLUS
I come to pay tribute.

He holds out a box.

KING QUALLUS
Take it. And save yourself the time and trouble
of coming to my pitiful country to sack and pillage.

XENA
Oh, no trouble. So good of you to come. You'll
have to work on your groveling.

Xena kicks him.

ARES
These mortals offer no opposition. They have
no spine.

WARRIOR
Get up!

ARES
You'd think they'd just get tired of it. A champion
would come forward.

XENA
That would make it more interesting. Of course,
I'd only have to kill him or her.

KING QUALLUS
Please, consider my offer, Princess Xena.

XENA
I think I will. What is it?

KING QUALLUS
A rare jewel-

He opens the box to reveal the Chronos Stone.

KING QUALLUS
-unlike any other, possessing a strange power.

Xena takes the stone.

XENA
What does it do?

KING QUALLUS
That wasn't revealed to me. But spare us, and
it's yours.

XENA
It already is.

KING QUALLUS
Then I may return to my kingdom?

XENA
Yes and no. Send his body back to his kingdom.
Stick his head out there with the others.

WARRIOR
Okay, let's go.

KING QUALLUS
But-

The warriors drag him out.

WARRIOR
You'll hardly feel a thing.

XENA
I hate uninvited guests.

She throws stone into pile of other treasures.

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World Between Worlds. Hercules watches the pool.

XENA
I'll lead the frontal assault. Go, Darphus, sound
the signal to attack. Anyone who raises a sword
against us dies.

HERCULES
The Chronos stone.

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Cirra.

ARLEIA
Callisto! Callisto!

CALLISTO
Mama.

Arleia finds Young Callisto.

ARLEIA
Stay close to me. I don't wanna lose you.

EXTRA
Hurry!

CALLISTO
Move.

Iolaus walks up. He sees Callisto, and gets his dagger ready, when another is placed at his throat.

BECKARUS
Looks like we've already been at work.

The soldier takes Iolaus' dagger.

IOLAUS
Uh, I need that.

BECKARUS
Uh-uh, maybe later. You look like a guy who can
take care of himself. How would you like to join
Xena's army?

IOLAUS
Do I have a choice?

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Elsewere. Arleia and Young Callisto join Pankos.

PANKOS
There you are! I've been worried sick!

He hugs Young Callilsto, when Callisto runs up.

CALLISTO
Daddy.

PANKOS
Go, I'll meet'cha in the barn.

CALLISTO
No! You're not safe! You have to get out of here
before it's too late!

PANKOS
Who are who?

CALLISTO
I'm somebody who wants to help you. If you don't
get out of here, you're all gonna die!

PANKOS
I've given every last dinar we have to Xena's
lieutenant. We'll be spared.

CALLISTO
Please, you have to listen to me.

ARLEIA
Just let go of me!

YOUNG CALLISTO
Mommy!

PANKOS
Hey! Leave us alone. Get Callisto out of here.

Callisto sobs as they leave.

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Xena's tent.

XENA
It's time. You know what to do.

Darphus leaves. Beckarus enters with Iolaus.

BECKARUS
All the others were too old, too fat, or too scared.
This guy liked the idea.

He gives Xena Iolaus' dagger. She looks at the blood.

XENA
Oh, a mercenary. Intent on fleecing the flocks
before I do. What makes you think you're cut
out to be in my army?

She throws the dagger over her shoulder at him. Iolaus catches it.

IOLAUS
I don't wanna join your army. I wanna talk to you.

He puts the dagger in his belt.

XENA
About what?

She unhooks her chakram.

XENA
Sparing this miserable village? Huh. Well, that's
not an option.

She throws the chakram. Iolaus uses a shield to block it. Xena catches it on its return.

XENA
Nice move. Who taught you that?

IOLAUS
You did.

XENA
Well, here's another lesson for ya.

She picks up a staff and attacks.

IOLAUS
Wait! You know me!

XENA
Yeah, that's why I'm trying to give ya such a
warm welcome!

She attacks and gets him on his back on the ground. She brings a boot down on his neck, but he catches it. She doesn't remove it.

XENA
I don't know what you thought you were doing
here, but you failed.

IOLAUS
I'm your friend.

XENA
You must be mistaken-

She throws away the staff.

XENA
-'cause I don't have any friends.

She draws her sword.

XENA
And around here, neither do you.

Xena gets ready to bring down her sword.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena holds the sword on Iolaus.

IOLAUS
Wait! I can prove I know you! I know all about you!

She stops.

XENA
A lot of people do. I'm a legend.

IOLAUS
Yeah, but most people don't know about the
birthmark on your-

XENA
Well, like I said, "I'm a legend."

Xena gets ready to attack.

IOLAUS
Your lieutenant, Darphus.

Xena brings her sword to Iolaus' neck

IOLAUS
He's gonna betray you, make you run a gauntlet.

XENA
Darphus? He hasn't got the guts for that. He
knows I'd kill him.

IOLAUS
Because of what's gonna happen here in Cirra,
a little girl, is gonna turn into a monster goddess.
So many people are gonna suffer. You can
change all that.

Xena makes him stand.

XENA
Can you see the future?

IOLAUS
No, I'm from the future, and I know your destiny.

XENA
And I'm starting to get a handle on yours. Let me
tell ya, it's not far away and it involves a great
deal of pain.

IOLAUS
There is good inside you, Xena. You're destined
for great things, as a hero.

XENA
A hero, me? Well, maybe I'll even find true love, huh?

Xena smiles.

IOLAUS
Please, what I'm telling you is the truth.

XENA
Oh, that's a good line. I bet it works great on
the yokels.

She gets ready to kill him again.

IOLAUS
I know about your son, Solan.

She stops.

XENA
Solan? Nobody knows about Solan. Who are you?

DARPHUS
Xena! We're ready!

Xena turns to look as Darphus enters. Iolaus ducks and runs off.

XENA
Where did that man go?!

DARPHUS
I didn't see anybody.

XENA
He wanted me to spare this miserable village.
Get the women and children out. We're gonna
waste this town.

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World Between Worlds.

SOVEREIGN
It's eating you up, isn't it? You can watch, but you
can't help. That's better punishment for you than
if I did kill you myself.

Thunder sounds, and Hercules moves to look.

SOVEREIGN
Does the thunder scare you?

Lightning flashes.

HERCULES
Maybe there is a way out.

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Darphus rides up to the men, Xena is not there.

DARPHUS
She said waste the place. Burn it!

The warriors cheer, and attack. Iolaus enters, and sees Callisto walking towards a barn.

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In the barn. Callisto walks in to see Arleia and young Callisto.

CALLISTO
The village is burning. You're not safe here.
Come with me.

Callisto holds out her hand, and Young Callisto reaches up to take it, but Arleia doesn't let her.

ARLEIA
Go away.

A warrior enters.

RUFFIAN
Women and children are supposed to be out
of here!

ARLEIA
No!

RUFFIAN
Come on!

CALLISTO
No!

Young Callisto screams. Callisto kills the warrior as her tries to take Arleia. Pankos enters.

PANKOS
Arleia, what's happening?!

Callisto turns and throws dagger, not realizing it's Pankos. She kills him. Young Callisto screams. Callisto watches in horror as her father moans and falls to the ground. Arleia runs to her husband.

ARLEIA
Pankos? Pankos?! Pankos?!

Arleia takes the dagger out of Pankos's chest and moves on Callisto. Callisto kills her mother with fire, silently crying. Young Callisto watches in shocked horror. Callisto turns to face Young Callisto. Young Callisto looks at Callisto. Callisto walks to Young Callisto and Young Callisto loses consciousness. Callisto catches her and cradles her head in her arms.

CALLISTO
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

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Iolaus fights outside.

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The barn.

CALLISTO
You have to die, for both of us now.

Callisto leaves Young Callisto to die in the flames.

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Iolaus moves towards the barn. Callisto comes out. Iolaus gets ready to kill Callisto with the dagger.

YOUNG CALLISTO
Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!

Iolaus runs into the barn.

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Iolaus finds Young Callisto, who sits in shock. Iolaus takes her outside.

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Iolaus runs outside.

ORONIS
Callisto! What are you doing with my niece?!
Where are the parents?

IOLAUS
They're dead. I'm sorry.

Oronis hugs Young Callisto.

ORONIS
Then I'll take care of her.

IOLAUS
You know, if you cry, it might help.

YOUNG CALLISTO
No, I will never cry.

They leave.

IOLAUS
Okay, Callisto, where are you?

Iolaus travels through time.

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Clips of Xena.

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Present, but it's not the present Iolaus knows.

IOLAUS
Corinth, but-

ONE-LEGGED MAN
Remember me to the conqueror. I fought with
you when we took Sparta.

EXTRA
Yeah!

The soldier drops coins for the One-Legged Man. Iolaus picks one up.

IOLAUS
Xena the Conqueror?

EXTRA
Move along! Go on! Hurry along! Let's go!

Iolaus looks to see people crucified.

IOLAUS
Aw, no.

A line of people move out. Two fans are moved to reveal Xena, sitting on a throne.

DARPHUS
Bring out the prisoner!

Gabrielle is brought out and thrown before Xena.

XENA
What is her crime?

GABRIELLE
I spoke.

DARPHUS
She incited the people against you, encouraged
them to revolt.

Xena walks down the stairs towards Gabrielle.

XENA
Get up!

Gabrielle gets up.

XENA
Are you guilty?

GABRIELLE
I gave voice to the people, the fearful, the starving,
the ones who disappeared in the night, never
to be seen again. (to people) Have you no dignity?!
No rights? A right to live, to be free from harm?!

XENA
I guess they don't hear your voice.

GABRIELLE
I'm not the only one. You can't break our spirit.

XENA
The cure for spirit is fear. You'll serve as an
example. Put her on the cross.

The soldiers pick up Gabrielle and tie her to a cross.

XENA
Break her legs.

A soldier comes up with a sledge hammer and breaks Gabrielle's legs. Iolaus shakes head. Gabrielle screams.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Iolaus enters Ares' temple. Ares is sitting on a throne.

IOLAUS
Ares! Ares! I'm back, but something's gone
horribly wrong. Callisto succeeded. Alcmene's
dead! Hercules doesn't exist anymore! You've
got to send me back, to make things right, please!

ARES
Two things. First, who are you? Second, who in
Tartarus is Hercules?

IOLAUS
Hercules, the only one who can stop Xena!

ARES
Xena! Xena, Xena, Xena, Xena, Xena,
Xena, Xena, the sound of her name excites me!
Cruel, heartless, merciless, Xena! Why
would you wanna stop her?

IOLAUS
Because soon she'll conquer all of Greece!

ARES
Will she?

He laughs.

ARES
She already rules the known world! The Roman
Empire, the Far East, Gaul! All roads lead here!
Everybody knows that! Are you getting enough sleep?

He disappears.

IOLAUS
Ares!

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Iolaus thinks.

HERCULES
Come on, Iolaus.

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Think. The Chronos stone.

He sighs.

HERCULES
If only he could hear me.

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Corinth.

IOLAUS
The Chronos stone. Uh, Herc?

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Xena has it.

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Corinth.

IOLAUS
You know, if I had that, I could go back in time
without Ares' help.

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
Xena has it!

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Corinth.

IOLAUS
Xena has it! That was the Chronos stone
on her scepter. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, I can't
know that. I mean, that, unless...Herc? Is that
you? Are you there?

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World Between Worlds.

HERCULES
I'm right here! Come on.

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Corinth.

IOLAUS
Yes! He's alive! He's alive!

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Hercules ties two sticks together.

SOVEREIGN
What are you doing?

HERCULES
If it's any of your business, I'm making a key.

SOVEREIGN
A key. Yeah, this place got to you, didn't it?

Hercules places the stick between some stones so it stands upright.

HERCULES
This place isn't so bad, it's the company.

SOVEREIGN
So, you get out. According to you, you'll, uh,
evaporate, you know, poof! disappear.

HERCULES
Not if Iolaus does what I think he'll do.

The Sovereign moves over to Hercules' key.

HERCULES
I, uh, I wouldn't stand too close to that.

SOVEREIGN
What like this?

The Sovereign touches it and is hit by lightning.

HERCULES
Don't say I didn't warn you. It's gonna work.

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Two gladiators fight as Iolaus sneaks towards Xena. One gladiator gets the other to the ground and holds his sword over him.

EXTRA
Xena!

Xena raises her scepter.

XENA
Yeah!

The fallen gladiator gets back up. They continue to fight.

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
Stick him!

EXTRA
Stick him!

Iolaus sneaks in. The gladiator that almost won last time now has a dagger to his throat. The other awaits the order to kill. Iolaus runs up and takes Xena's scepter.

EXTRA
Stop him! He has scepter!

XENA
Get him!

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
After him!

Darphus tries to get Iolaus with his sword, when Iolaus goes back in time.

EXTRA
What happened?!

Darphus yells.

EXTRA
I don't know!

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Iolaus appears in the barn.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Iolaus! I--I thought you were outside!

IOLAUS
I was! I am!

Iolaus looks outside to see himself fighting Callisto.

IOLAUS
Come on.

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Callisto blows up the barn.

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Iolaus leads Alcmene out of door.

IOLAUS
That was close. We made it. Well, come, come
on. It's all right. It's all right. It's all right. It's all right.

YOUNG ALCMENE
How did you manage to think so fast?

IOLAUS
Ah, it took a lot longer than you realize.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Iolaus.

IOLAUS
Yeah.

YOUNG ALCMENE
You know, there's a two year-old in the village
called Iolaus. He's always stealing pastries.

IOLAUS
That's a different guy altogether.

Young Alcmene laughs.

YOUNG ALCMENE
Thanks to you, my baby's alive. See? Feel him
kick. Yeah. Go on.

He does and they laugh.

IOLAUS
I know that kick anywhere!

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World Between Worlds. Lightning hits the stick and opens the vortex. The Sovereign is still unconscious.

HERCULES
It's, uh, it's been a pleasure.

Hercules leaves.

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Iolaus appears in present. Callisto comes out and knocks the Chronos Stone from Iolaus' hands. She punches him.

CALLISTO
Oh, no, you don't.

She melts the Chronos Stone.

CALLISTO
There's a price to pay for being a hero.

Iolaus draws his Hind's blood dagger.

CALLISTO
Are you willing to pay it?

IOLAUS
Wait, you remember me? I saved you from the
burning barn in Cirra.

CALLISTO
No, you didn't! Because you meddled and saved
Alcmene, I never got to go there. I was playing
with you last time. I'm not playing anymore.

She shoots fire at him. The vortex opens and Hercules comes out.

HERCULES
Surprise!

CALLISTO
Oh, I've been lookingforward to this.

HERCULES
So have I!

Hercules and Callisto fight.

HERCULES
Stay!

Callisto screams. Hercules throws Callisto into the vortex. The vortex closes.

HERCULES
There, that should keep her out of trouble for
a while.

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The Sovereign wakes up as vortex begins to close.

SOVEREIGN
No. No, no, no, no-no, no-no-no-no!

The vortex closes.

SOVEREIGN
Ah! Very disappointed! I really hate him.

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Iolaus runs up to Hercules.

IOLAUS
Hercules! Uh, it is so good to see you!

HERCULES
It's, uh, it's good to be seen.

IOLAUS
Hey, what do we do with this? It's got hind's
blood on it.

HERCULES
I've got an idea.

He plants it in the rail to the staircase.

HERCULES
Rock on.

IOLAUS
So, that's the end of Callisto, right?

HERCULES
Hopefully, but she's the least of my worries.
The evil that was behind all this is still out there.
It will have to be dealt with.

IOLAUS
Yeah, but you're here to do that, right? I mean,
everything's gonna be okay, right? I mean, the
two of us together.

HERCULES
The two of us together?

IOLAUS
Yeah.

HERCULES
Yeah.

Hope watches Hercules and Iolaus depart.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Kevin Sorbo as Hercules
Kevin Sorbo as the Sovereign
Michael Hurst as Iolaus

GUEST CAST
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle
Hudson Lieck as Callisto
Kevin Smith as Ares
Amy Morrison as Hope
Kim Michalis as Young Alcmene
Matthew Chamberlain as Darphus
Lee-Jane Foreman as Arleia
Jim Mclarty as Pankos
Rebecca Kopacka as Young Callisto
Geoff Clendon as Oronis
John Dybvig as King Quallus
Alex Moffit as Beckarus
Mark Sinclair as Village Man
One-Legged Man as Marcel Kalma
Crawford Thomson as Ruffians
Slade Leef as Warrior
Patrick Hale as Kevin Sorbo's Double

Teleplay by: Gene O'Neill and Noreen Tobin
Story by: Paul Robert Coyle, Gene O'Neill and Noreen Tobin
Directed by: Mark Beesley

Disclaimer: Although Alcmene's barn was blown to smithereens, remarkably she and Iolaus were not harmed during the production of this motion picture.