Intimate Stranger


This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith


TEASER

Warriors move through the wood. Xena jumps from a tree and is joined by Gabrielle.

EXTRA
She's over here.

GABRIELLE
Are those men with Theodorus?

XENA
Yes, they're sure to be heading back to him.
You okay?

GABRIELLE
Yeah, just anything to do with Callisto.

XENA
I understand. That's why he has to be brought
to justice, all of Callisto's men. Think you can find
your way back to Argo in the dark?

GABRIELLE
Yeah.

Gabrielle leaves. Xena draws her sword.

CYRENE
Daughter.

Xena turns to see Cyrene.

XENA
Mother.

CYRENE
Welcome home, Xena.

XENA
What are you doing here?

CYRENE
You're on your way to Amphipolis. I came out to
meet you.

XENA
But, I'm not. This is dangerous. You shouldn't
be here.

CYRENE
But you are coming home, back where you're
loved and needed. Back where you belong.

Xena holds her sword on Cyrene.

XENA
Who are you?

Cyrene laughs.

XENA
Ares.

Cyrene changes into Ares.

XENA
What do you want?

ARES
Want? Well, I told you. I just wanted to welcome
you back into my fold.

XENA
I have no idea what you're talking about.

ARES
I'm talking about your execution of Callisto.

XENA
That's not what happened.

ARES
No? Didn't you serve as judge, jury, and executioner?
Or am I missing something? A young girl was
before you. She had committed...unspeakable
crimes...but, just like you. You were given a chance
to reform...a chance you never gave Callisto.

Xena turns to see Callisto sinking into the sand.

CALLISTO
Xena, help me, please. Don't let me die. You
can't let me die. I am you.

XENA
No.

CALLISTO
Who are you to judge the things I've done? I can
change, Xena. I can change.

Ares makes Xena raise her sword.

CALLISTO
You did. I can. Please help me. Hurry, help me!
I'm scared, Xena. Please, please.

XENA
No, Ares. No!

CALLISTO
Help me.

Ares makes Xena plunge her sword into Callisto.

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Xena wakes up and jumps to her feet, sword ready for battle. She walks over to Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle, wake up. Gabrielle, wake up.

She turns Gabrielle over, and Gabrielle becomes Callisto. Xena jumps back with a gasp, hands covered in blood.

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Xena is awakened by Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena, come on. You can't go on like this.

XENA
Gabrielle, do you think I executed Callisto?

GABRIELLE
No, I think that you did what you had to do.

XENA
These dreams, they're all about her. Ares taunting
me, saying that I murdered her. That I never gave
her a chance to change.

GABRIELLE
Callisto chose her own path, not you. I'm sure
that, maybe, there was some goodness that could
be mined, but, it wasn't your responsibility. Just
because you didn't try to change her, just because
you didn't show her the mercy that other people
have shown you, doesn't make you a murderer.

XENA
What are you saying?

GABRIELLE
I'm saying that if Hercules had treated you, the
way that you treated Callisto, you'd be dead now.
And you deserve it more than her.

Gabrielle speaks with Callisto's voice.

GABRIELLE
After all, she didn't create you.

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Xena wakes up. She moves over to Gabrielle and finds the bard asleep. She has finally woken up. She leans against a rock, head in her hands, tortured by her conscience.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Xena and Gabrielle walk through the woods.

XENA
Gabrielle, do you dream?

GABRIELLE
Yeah. I used to have the most vivid dreams. You
know, my best stories came from them. I haven't
dreamt once since Perdicus died. The stories
just aren't there, anymore.

Xena sees footprints.

GABRIELLE
What's the matter? Are we on the right trail?

XENA
Yes. Looks like they're headed toward that deserted
village over the river. But someone else is following
Theodorus, and that someone's gonna get himself killed.

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Joxer is raised on a rope, the warrior's hitting him.

THEODORUS
Why were you following me?!

JOXER
To bring you to justice! The same way Xena and
I brought Callisto to justice.

THEODORUS
Callisto? All she could ever think about was Xena!
And it got her killed.

JOXER
Oh.

He laughs.

THEODORUS
What do you say, boys? Shall we see what the
mighty Joxer is made of...from the inside?!

JOXER
Oh, no, no! No, wait--wait--wait a minute! You
don't, you don't want to kill me! You're gonna need
a hostage for the Athenian army.

They hit him some more, when Xena's yell is heard.

THEODORUS
That's Xena!

JOXER
And the entire Athenian army!

THEODORUS
Regroup, into the woods, now!

They flee the room.

JOXER
Yeah, I'm really getting mad, now! That's right,
'cause you're dealing with Joxer, the Magnificent!

Xena crashes into the room, sword drawn.

JOXER
Don't worry I cleared the place out for you.

XENA
They're gone.

GABRIELLE
Are we going after him?

XENA
No, not in the darkness.

JOXER
Right behind you.

XENA
They won't get far. We'll camp here.

GABRIELLE
I'll get the blankets.

XENA
Mmm.

JOXER
Hello. Hello!

XENA
Calm down, Joxer. We saw ya.

JOXER
Great! Well, you think you can cut me down, without
dropping me flat on my face?

XENA
No.

She cuts him down and he lands flat on his face.

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Xena looks out into the woods. Gabrielle joins her and puts a blanket on her shoulders.

XENA
I let her die, Gabrielle. At the time, I thought it was
justice, but, I don't know now.

GABRIELLE
This is such a mess. You wish you hadn't killed
her, Joxer wishes he had killed her, and I wish
she had never been born. I guess Callisto won
after all.

Xena gives Gabrielle a surprised look. Gabrielle leaves. Xena closes her eyes.

CALLISTO
Xena.

Xena opens her eyes to see Callisto. Callisto motions for Xena to follow her, and Xena does.

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Xena travels into the Underworld.

CALLISTO
Hello, Xena. Oh, how I've missed you. Do you
know how boring Tartarus can be? Same old
torture every day, every day. Makes me appreciate
what we had.

XENA
This is a dream.

CALLISTO
Oh, you're only half right. Dreams are the fine line
between the real world and the Underworld. And
with a little help...well, that line can just disappear.

XENA
What kind of help?

ARES
Help from a god, perhaps.

Ares enters.

XENA
What are you doing, Ares? What's your plan?

ARES
My plan? My plan is what it's always been. To find
that one special warrior who'll lead the world into
peace and prosperity.

XENA
Me.

ARES
Uh-h-h-h, no. Not anymore. Funny, I never really
got to know Callisto, until after you killed her. She
has potential.

XENA
I didn't kill her, Ares.

CALLISTO
Oh, keep telling yourself that, dear, and maybe,
someday, you'll believe it. See, you let me sink
into the quicksand. What's the difference?

ARES
Personally, I always preferred an up-front,
face-to-face killing, worthy of a warrior. Simply
allowing someone to die doesn't soften it. You
murdered her, and it's time you admitted it.

XENA
All right! I am guilty of murder.

CALLISTO
I've been waiting for you to say that.

Callisto grabs Xena and throws her against a rock.

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Xena wakes up, but she is no longer Xena. It's Callisto in Xena's body.

CALLISTO
Gabrielle, wake up. I understand, now. Callisto
is free. Somehow, she's back, and she's working
with Ares.

GABRIELLE
What are we gonna do? If Ares-

CALLISTO
We have to go to Amphipolis. I can't explain it,
but that's where she's headed. She wants revenge.
I think she's going to kill my mother.

Gabrielle moves to wake up Joxer.

CALLISTO
No. Joxer will only get himself killed. Gather up
our things.

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Callisto moves into the woods. Ares is waiting. They kiss.

ARES
Welcome back, Callisto.

CALLISTO
Ah. I wonder how Xena's enjoying her new surroundings.

Callisto laughs.

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Xena stands in the Underworld, now in the body of Callisto.

XENA
Callisto!

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Callisto and Gabrielle move through the woods, Argo whinnying furiously, and tugging at the reins that Gabrielle is holding her by.

GABRIELLE
Come on. Come on, girl.

CALLISTO
Callisto's going back to get her army. But I'm
going to beat her to it. If I can remove Theodorus
from power, then, maybe they'll be just stupid
enough to follow me.

Argo continues to whinny.

GABRIELLE
What's the matter, girl? Something's wrong with
Argo. I think you should take her reins.

CALLISTO
No, no, you hold her. She's picking up on my
feelings. She was like this the last time I went up
against Callisto. Gabrielle, I have something
important to tell you. You should've killed Callisto.

GABRIELLE
What?

CALLISTO
I was wrong. You had every right to, not me. For
me, it was murder. And the guilt is going to destroy
me. I don't think I can do it again.

GABRIELLE
It's up to me? Is that what you're saying?

CALLISTO
No, Gabrielle, but she's going to try and kill my mother.

GABRIELLE
She has to be stopped.

CALLISTO
Well, I can do that, but, what then? I've never felt
so...helpless.

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The Underworld.

HADES
This is ridiculous. What you're saying is impossible,
and it's exactly what I'd expect of you, Callisto.

XENA
She got to me through my dreams, Hades, through
my guilt. And Ares is helping her.

HADES
Guilt. That is possible. The dead can invade the
dreams of the guilty. Oh, you're smart, so smart.
No wonder Xena had to kill you. No, Callisto,
Tartarus is your eternity.

XENA
I was down here with Marcus, remember?

HADES
That's no secret. You'll have to do better than that.

XENA
I stabbed Marcus in the heart because I love him.
You saw it. How many people would know that
but you?

HADES
No one, except Marcus, and he wouldn't tell anyone.
I can't believe Ares would do this. He's really
overstepped the bounds this time.

XENA
If you help me, we can defeat him.

HADES
You? Your guilt allowed her to escape, Xena.
You're not totally innocent here. I will give you
one full day. After that, someone goes back to
Tartarus. Take it or leave it.

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Callisto works with Gabrielle.

CALLISTO
Again! Again!

Gabrielle attacks a tree with her staff.

CALLISTO
Come on, Gabrielle, focus on your enemy.

GABRIELLE
This is new for me, okay?

CALLISTO
It is not new; it's just buried. You had that fire when
you went up against Callisto the first time, remember?

GABRIELLE
Yes, I remember! I don't want to go there, again.
I can't do this, Xena. Killing...it...the idea-

CALLISTO
That is not what we're talking about. Callisto is
already dead. We need to send her back to Tartarus.
Now, come on. This is your weapon, and this is
your enemy. Now strike!

Gabrielle hits the tree.

CALLISTO
Come on, Gabrielle. Brace with your back foot
and lunge with your whole body.

Callisto moves Gabrielle to hit the tree.

CALLISTO
All right, Gabrielle. I'm Callisto, right here in front
of you. I just look like Xena, but really, I'm Callisto.
So, kill me.

Gabrielle attacks with no effort and Callisto blocks it.

CALLISTO
I said, kill me, little girl! Come on, right here in
the chest. Put me out of my misery!

Gabrielle again tries with little effort and Callisto blocks it.

CALLISTO
You are pathetic! Remember, I killed your love.
I took my sword and stuck it through him, and I
felt his warm blood on my hand. You can't even
avenge his death.

Gabrielle cries out and hits Callisto with enough force to drop her to her knees. Callisto coughs.

CALLISTO
Very good, Gabrielle!

She takes her staff and Gabrielle leans against a tree.

CALLISTO
I'm sorry I had to do that-

She takes out the breast dagger.

CALLISTO
-but you had to face it, and, well you weren't going
to get there without it, were you?

GABRIELLE
I think I'm gonna be sick. For a moment there, I
thought you were Callisto and I--I hated you.

Callisto ties the breast dagger onto Gabrielle's staff.

CALLISTO
Well, hatred's not something to be feared. It's a
part of all of us. And for some of us, it's all we
ever really know. I know that was hard, and I'm
very proud of you.

She plants the staff into the dirt before Gabrielle.

CALLISTO
Now, you stay here and wait, rest a while, while
I deal with the scum who's been following us.

Gabrielle looks at the dagger on the staff as Callisto leaves.

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Callisto draws her sword and turns to meet Ares' blow.

ARES
Oh, very good, my sweet.

They fight.

ARES
Oh, you're gonna be so good once I finish training
you. What are you doing with that girl?

CALLISTO
That's my business. I have plans for her.

ARES
Stop thinking of revenge. Xena has already escaped
the Underworld. Don't you even think of taking
her on.

They fight.

CALLISTO
Don't even think of stopping me.

They fight some more.

ARES
Oh. Hades has given Xena one day. After that,
she'll take your place in Tartarus for eternity. You're
only to avoid her until then. Now, kill the girl, and
move on.

CALLISTO
First things first, Ares. I promised you my allegiance.
I promised you an army to rule the world. You
promised me satisfaction!

They fight some more, until Ares disarms Callisto.

ARES
I did, didn't I?

They fall to the ground kissing.

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Gabrielle practices with the staff, and Callisto enters, straightening out her armour. She takes the water skin and takes a drink as she walks by a nervous Argo.

GABRIELLE
Who was following us?

CALLISTO
Oh, just one of Theodorus' men. Don't worry, I
scared him off. We have to get moving.

GABRIELLE
Right. I'll get Argo.

CALLISTO
No. No, Argo has to stay here. She hasn't been
herself. I don't want her getting hurt because of me.

GABRIELLE
Are you sure? I mean, she's been a little skittish.
I just-

CALLISTO
Gabrielle, let's get moving along. I have to get
Argo's bridle off and, and hide the saddle. You
go on. I'll catch up.

Gabrielle leaves. Callisto turns to Argo. Argo whinnies.

CALLISTO
You can't figure it out, can you? I look like Xena,
I even smell like Xena. But, something tells you
I'm not.

She splashes Argo in the eye with water. Argo continues to whinny.

CALLISTO
Poor, dumb animal. You don't know what's going
on. You don't know whether to run or stay. Well...

She draws her sword.

CALLISTO
...you should've run.

Callisto brings the sword down.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena walks through the wood, sword drawn. Hears Argo whinny.

XENA
Argo.

Xena runs to Argo, and see the wound in her side.

XENA
It's gonna be okay, girl, it is. I'm so sorry. What
did she do to you? Hold still, hold still. Easy, girl.
Okay. It's okay. I know what she was trying to do.
But, it's not gonna work.

Xena chops a branch off a tree, and a white ooze pours out. She tastes it, and then grabs some leaves. She holds them under the white ooze and collects some. She turns to see Joxer.

XENA
Joxer.

JOXER
Stay back. I mean it. That's Xena's horse and I
don't know what you did to her, but I'm not gonna
give you the chance to finish the job.

XENA
Joxer, put your sword down and I'll explain.

JOXER
Over my dead body...maybe.

Xena moves and Joxer attacks. Xena knocks him down.

XENA
Okay, girl, this is gonna hurt a bit. But I have to
put this against your lung.

Xena does so. Joxer comes up behind her, but she kicks him in the crotch.

JOXER
Oooh!

XENA
Joxer, listen to me, and listen good! I am not Callisto!
It's me, Xena. Callisto's working with Ares. I only
have one day. Less now.

JOXER
Prove to me then that you're Xena.

XENA
Have you ever seen Callisto use pressure points?

JOXER
No.

Xena puts The Pinch on Joxer.

JOXER
Okay! Okay! You're Xena. Release it! Release it!

She does, and then goes back to tending Argo.

JOXER
Okay, okay. Okay. You're...Xena, then. So did--did
you, I mean, Callisto...whoever, try to kill Argo?

XENA
No, she knew it would be more painful if I had
to put Argo down. But I know a few things she
doesn't. Argo won't die. Thank you...for trying to
protect her. Only someone with a brave heart
would stand up to Callisto for a horse.

JOXER
Well, um, it's okay, 'cause, you know, I do have a
brave heart, and I'm, you know, um, a pretty big
guy, and everything, and, you're welcome.

Xena pets Argo.

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Theodorus' camp in a cave. The guard enters, holding a bloody chest. He walks over to Theodorus.

EXTRA
It's Xena!

Callisto enters. The warriors draw their weapons.

THEODORUS
No, don't give her a reason. Put the swords away.
She's no threat if we're no threat.

They all put down their swords.

CALLISTO
Is that what you think of me?

THEODORUS
Oh, yes, Xena. You only kill when threatened.
Some sort of code you have. Callisto gave you
an excuse to kill her, but not me. So we talk.

CALLISTO
Talk. I don't really feel like talking.

THEODORUS
Then, get out of here, or just kill me in cold blood.

They all laugh.

EXTRA
Yeah, Xena, kill him!

Callisto runs a dagger over Theodorus' throat. She enjoys it.

CALLISTO
Oops! Gressius-

She wipes the blood off as an "X" on Gressius' collarbone.

CALLISTO
-who will you follow, now?

GRESSIUS
You, Xena, Warrior Princess.

CALLISTO
Well?

EXTRAS
Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena!

CALLISTO
Enough! Take my army to Amphipolis. Capture
the town, and bring everyone here. Don't forget
a soul, understand? And don't kill anyone.

GRESSIUS
Yes, Xena.

They leave. Callisto looks to see Ares, who disappears.

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Joxer and Xena walk along.

JOXER
What? What is it?

XENA
I don't know. I can't tell yet in this body. But I think
someone's-

The chakram flies through the trees.

XENA
Joxer-

She hits him as she catches the chakram.

XENA
-take a nap.

Callisto jumps in. Xena holds up the chakram. Callisto shakes her finger.

CALLISTO
Ah-ah-ah-ah. I'll just catch it and throw it back.

Xena throws it into tree. She draws her sword.

XENA
Where's Gabrielle?

Callisto draws her sword.

CALLISTO
Gabrielle? Gabrielle? Oh, well, I'm Xena now,
so she's my little friend. Of course, if anything
ever happened to Gabrielle, pretty Xena would be
crushed, wouldn't I? Maybe something has already
happened to Gabrielle. Maybe I've already killed
her, and hung her up from that tree.

Xena looks and Callisto attacks. They fight begins. Xena gives her yell and runs up Callisto's body and kicks her in the face.

CALLISTO
Ooh, I like that move.

Callisto repeats the move. They continue to fight, their skills equal. They land in a heap, Xena on top of Callisto, and Callisto draws a dagger. They fight for control of it.

GABRIELLE
Callisto!

Gabrielle runs up and holds her staff with the dagger at Xena's head. Callisto puts the dagger at her throat.

CALLISTO
Go on. You can take her out with the dagger, or
you can let her kill you. Looks like someone's
going to die, and either way, I win.

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ACT FOUR

Xena holds the dagger on Callisto, and Gabrielle holds her dagger-headed staff on Xena.

CALLISTO
Kill her, Gabrielle, hurry!

XENA
Gabrielle, wait! Listen to me. I'm going to tell you
the impossible! I'm Xena!

CALLISTO
She's up to something, Gabrielle. Don't trust her.

XENA
Callisto tricked me with my guilt! She's working
with Ares.

CALLISTO
Remember Perdicus.

GABRIELLE
You killed Perdicus!

XENA
Ask her if she knows your dreams, Gabrielle!
Remember? You told me all you could dream
about since Perdicus died was what? Ask her!

GABRIELLE
What was it? What was I dreaming?

CALLISTO
She's trying to trick you.

GABRIELLE
What was it?!

CALLISTO
You've been dreaming of this moment, the moment
you finally get to avenge his death.

XENA
No, Callisto. Gabrielle hasn't dreamt anything
since you killed Perdicus.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

Gabrielle drops her staff, and Xena turns to look at her. Callisto uses that moment to escape from under Xena. She mounts a horse.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

Callisto throws a dagger at Gabrielle, but Xena catches it. Callisto rides off, and grabs the chakram. Gabrielle holds the staff with the dagger at Xena's throat.

GABRIELLE
Are you really Xena?

Xena puts a hand on Gabrielle's shoulder.

XENA
Yeah.

GABRIELLE
But, how could she-

XENA
I'll explain later.

GABRIELLE
I almost killed you.

Gabrielle breaks the dagger off of the staff. Joxer wakes up groaning.

JOXER
Oh, ow! Ah!

Sees Xena and jumps back.

XENA
It's me, Joxer.

JOXER
Just a reflex. Callisto, she got away from me again,
didn't she?

XENA
We have to hurry. I don't have much time before
Hades calls me back to Tartarus.

GABRIELLE
Xena, Callisto has your village. She's taking them
to a--a cave.

JOXER
To use 'em as hostages?

XENA
No, she wants my village to die the same way
hers did. By fire. And she wants me there to see it.

JOXER
So, what's the plan?

XENA
We have to get some things first. Callisto used
my guilt to betray me. I have to turn that back on her.

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The warriors push the villagers of Amphipolis into a cage.

EXTRA
Get in there!

EXTRA
Get in the cage!

EXTRA
Get in there!

EXTRA
Get going!

CALLISTO
Is this everyone?

GRESSIUS
Everyone we could find.

CALLISTO
Get the torches ready and stand by. Xe - Callisto
is coming. And when she gets here, we'll burn
them all. Understand?

GRESSIUS
No, but it will be done.

CYRENE
Xena? Xena. What are you doing? Please, let
us go.

CALLISTO
Look into my eyes, old woman. Xena's not home.

CYRENE
Who are you?

Callisto grabs Cyrene's face.

CALLISTO
Just another loving daughter. (to Gressius) That
woman, make sure the first torch lands at her feet.

He walks off.

CALLISTO
Come on, Xena. You don't have much time. Come
to me, Xena.

Ares appears.

CALLISTO
Oh, it's you.

ARES
What do you think you're doing? If you can just
wait, you'll have it all. In a short time-

CALLISTO
In a short time, Xena will be back in the Underworld,
and I won't have my satisfaction.

ARES
You think you know her, but you don't. I do, and
you are giving her ever opportunity to beat you!
Now I forbid this!

CALLISTO
You?! Forbid me?! No one, god or man, forbids
me from doing anything. All my anger, all my
hatred, it's for Xena alone. When I'm done with
her, you can have what's left. I won't care.

ARES
This...was not my plan.

CALLISTO
Funny, it was always mine. Yes, I used you. But
you can still claim victory if you let me finish what
I came here for.

ARES
You're on your own, then.

Pots are thrown and hit the warriors.

GRESSIUS
It's oil! Put out your torches!

They put out their torches and run away.

CALLISTO
Stand your ground! I said, stand your ground!

GRESSIUS
We'll be burned alive! Let's get out of here!

EXTRA
Where?

EXTRA
To the river!

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
Run!

EXTRA
Waste no time!

EXTRA
We'll all be killed!

EXTRA
Away!

EXTRA
All right!

CALLISTO
Xena, time's not on your side. Show yourself.

Xena gives her yell and flips in. She draws her sword. Xena and Callisto fight. Callisto kicks Xena, who starts to fade.

XENA
It's happening, Callisto.

CALLISTO
No, I still get my revenge. If Hades takes you down
to the Underworld, you'll still know that I killed her.

Xena throws a dart in Callisto's neck and disappears. Callisto pulls it out and moves to Cyrene, but she falls asleep before making it.

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The Underworld.

CALLISTO
Xena, you put me to sleep. This is a dream.

Xena enters.

XENA
You're only half right, Callisto. As you said, the
dream is the border between the real world and
the Underworld.

CALLISTO
It makes no difference. I can still wake up from
this nightmare. And I will have no guilt to make
my dreams restless.

XENA
Don't you?

Callisto shakes her head.

CALLISTO
Mm-um. However evil you think I am, Xena, my
soul is clean, because it's all...on...you. You
started this when you killed my family.

XENA
Are you thinking of your family now? Because
when you think of the dead-

ARLEIA
The dead can hear you.

Arleia enters.

CALLISTO
Mama? Look at her, Xena. You look at my mother!
She's here to remind you of your past.

ARLEIA
No, I'm not here because of Xena. I've come
because of you.

CALLISTO
Me?

ARLEIA
Yes. Every time you killed, you were killing me.

XENA
How many of your victims had faces, Callisto?
How many had families? Sons and daughters
who loved their parents. How many were just like
your mother when they died at your hand?

CALLISTO
No. No, you can't make me feel guilty.

XENA
You're right. Only you can do that.

Callisto's victims flood in.

XENA
I've got my own past to deal with. But I'm not taking
the weight of your crimes anymore.

ARLEIA
Look around you. These people didn't need to die.

CALLISTO
No. No, you go away! I didn't do anything! She
did it! Not me!

They move in on her.

XENA
You can't shut it out. It's like a crashing wave.
Once it starts, there's no stopping it.

ARLEIA
I love you, Callisto. You'll always be my daughter,
but you have to face your crimes.

CALLISTO
No! No!

Callisto spins and crashes into the rock.

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Xena falls to the ground, but she is still in Callisto's body.

GABRIELLE
Hold it! Don't move. Who are you?

XENA
It's me, Gabrielle. Xena.

GABRIELLE
How do I know that?

XENA
A long time ago, you told me the cycle of hate
has to end, and the only way to end it is through
love. It's a hard lesson to learn. Callisto couldn't
possibly know or understand that.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

Xena smiles. Gabrielle hugs her. The villagers circle her and Cyrene and Xena hold hands.

JOXER
It's great, 'cause it's, hey, remember, thee um,
you guys? Oh, I helped.

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Later.

JOXER
You'll be okay, Argo. No, no, don't bother thanking
me. I was just risking my life for you, is all. You
know, when Xena was Callisto. I mean, when
Callisto was Xena. And-

XENA
Joxer.

JOXER
Yeah? Ah!

XENA
It's me, Joxer.

JOXER
Right. I was just testing.

XENA
Get used to it. I'm in her body.

JOXER
Right! Of course you are!

He holds up his thumbs.

XENA
Again, I want to thank you for protecting Argo.
You were very heroic.

JOXER
Well, you know? Us heroes got to stick together,
'cause, when I come in, it's two swords blazing,
and then, and-

Gabrielle touches his shoulder.

JOXER
Yeah? Ah!

GABRIELLE
Calm down.

JOXER
I'm calm. See, nerves of steel.

His hand is trembling. He leaves.

GABRIELLE
I'm sorry it took so long. I didn't want to get out
of bed. Did you sleep?

XENA
Yeah. We better get going.

GABRIELLE
Wait. So, this is it? I mean, you're just, in there,
to stay?

XENA
Looks like it. Gabrielle, this can't be easy for you.
If you don't want to come with me, I understand.

GABRIELLE
No, it-it's gonna take some getting used to. I mean
of all the bodies to be stuck in, why did it have to
be Callisto?

XENA
Try not to think of the hatred you have for this body,
for Callisto. Try and think of the love that you have
for Perdicus.

GABRIELLE
I'll try. I dreamt a wonderful story last night. Do
you want to hear it?

XENA
I'd love to.

They start to walk off.

GABRIELLE
"I sing the song of Perdicus, the boy I knew, the
man I loved."

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Lucy Lawless as Callisto
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Hudson Leick as Callisto
Hudson Leick as Xena
Kevin Smith as Ares
Ted Raimi as Joxer
Darien Takle as Cyrene
Erik Thomson as Hades
David Te Rare as Theodorus
Lee-Jane Foreman as Arleia
Michael Cooper as Gressius

Written by: Steven L. Sears
Directed by: Gary Jones

Disclaimer: Argo was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, she is undergoing intensive psychotherapy to help her work through her resentment and feelings of distrust toward Xena.