Locked Up and Tied Down


TEASER

Gabrielle massages Xena's shoulders.

GABRIELLE
I can't find it.

XENA
It's there.

GABRIELLE
I got it. I got it.

XENA
Gabrielle, stop searching with your eyes.

GABRIELLE
All right. No eyes.

XENA
Find it? Ahhhh. You found it.

GABRIELLE
I learned from the best.

Xena sighs as Gabrielle works the knot.

GABRIELLE
What in Tartarus have you been carrying on
these shoulders?

XENA
I wouldn't know. I try not to overanalyze my life,
like some people.

GABRIELLE
Some people say the unexamined life is not
worth living.

XENA
Those people haven't lived my life.

Xena looks around and sees six men in the bush.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

XENA
Two men to the left, two to the right, and two
behind us.

Xena ululates and she and Gabrielle fight the men. Xena pulls Draxel to his feet.

XENA
All right! Get up!

Xena sees a scroll in his belt. She takes it and gives it to Gabrielle.

XENA Ooh! Well, messenger boy, who are you
and what do you want?

DRAXEL
We've come to bring you to justice.

Gabrielle reads the scroll.

GABRIELLE
This is an arrest warrant...for you.

XENA
For what?!

GABRIELLE
Murder.

XENA
Give me that.

Xena looks at it.

DRAXEL
Does the name Thelassa, mean anything to you,
Xena? Perhaps you've killed so many people
since then, you don't remember.

XENA
I remember Thalassa.

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Flashback: Thalassa holds her cut face.

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Gabrielle faces Draxel.

GABRIELLE
Just because someone wrote that on a piece of
parchment doesn't make it true. Tell him, Xena.

XENA
I did it.

GABRIELLE
Well, she was crazed or, she was armed, right?
There was some sort of mitigating circumstance.

XENA
Gabrielle, she was innocent. She did nothing to
me and I killed her because it suited my purposes.
How's that for mitigating circumstances?

Xena gives Gabrielle her chakram.

XENA
Here.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing?

XENA
I'm going back with them. You said yourself that
I had the weight of the world on my shoulders.
Maybe it's the weight of my guilt. This is my chance
to do something about it. Take it! You know
I'm right.

Gabrielle takes it.

DRAXEL
Chain her up.

Xena is chained up, by her legs, feet and neck.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Docks.

EXTRA
Get in there.

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Court. Xena sits quietly. The villagers yell and shout.

JUDGE
Order! Order in this court! Quiet! Settle down
in this court! Silence here! Settle down in here!

The people are quiet.

WOMAN IN COURT
Thalassa was so beautiful, a smile as radiant
as her bright red hair! She meant so much to this
village. It's hard to explain exactly who she was.
She seemed to have...I can't find the word.

XENA
A light.

WOMAN IN COURT
Yes, a light. She seemed to glow with
goodness. (crying) And when she was
gone...darkness.

XENA
That's right.

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Later.

TOWN ELDER
We all expected greatness of her. Who knows
what she might have become? Might have done
for this town had she lived? Maybe we expected
too much from her, but Thalassa never
disappointed us.

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Xena's past. Xena's men push the villagers into a cave where Xena waits.

EXTRA
Hold it right there.

EXTRA
Come on, girls. Get in there!

EXTRA
Have mercy!

EXTRA
Move!

XENA
Here's the deal, nice and simple. You give us
what we want, or we kill the girls.

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Court. Gabrielle stands.

GABRIELLE
It was an empty threat. Look, as violent as Xena
was in those days, there was a line even
she wouldn't cross.

TOWN ELDER
That's what we thought.

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Xena's past.

THALASSA
Take me, and let the others go.

TOWN ELDER
Thalassa, no.

XENA
All right. Take her.

Her men move over to Thalassa.

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Xena sits in the court, listening.

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Xena's past. Thalassa is held.

THALASSA
Tell her nothing. Nothing!

Xena turns and cuts Thalassa over the eye with a dagger.

THALASSA
Uh!

Thalassa has a cut that runs down her face.

EXTRA
Ah-h-h!

EXTRA
By the gods! No!

XENA
Tie her up.

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Xena sits in the court.

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Xena's past.

TOWN ELDER
They say y--you don't kill unarmed women.

XENA
There's a first time for everything, old man.

Thalassa is tied to the ground. Xena faces her men.

XENA
Get them out of here.

The warriors start to push them out.

EXTRA
Let's go!

EXTRA
Hurry up!

TOWN ELDER
No, wait! The storage cellars are in the temple
of Demeter, under the altar.

XENA
Very good. Now, get out.

TOWN ELDER
Wait! We told you where the stores are.
Let her go!

XENA
I will. Just as soon as I know you're telling the truth.

The villagers are taken out.

TOWN ELDER
No! You can't just leave her! They're flesh-eaters!

Crabs crawl on Thalassa. Xena and her men leave. Thalassa screams.

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Court.

TOWN ELDER
When we returned, Thalassa was gone. The crabs,
smelling the blood, had torn her to pieces,
leaving the water red with her death.

The villagers yell.

JUDGE
Silence! Order in this court! Quiet! Settle down, there!

The villagers are silent.

GABRIELLE
This was a terrible waste of a life. But Xena,
Xena has changed.

JUDGE
And you believe in her conversion?

GABRIELLE
Yes.

JUDGE
And she's done nothing since you've known her
to make you question her resolve to do good.

GABRIELLE
If you're looking for perfection, we all fall short.

JUDGE
Your defense of your friend is admirable, as are
her attempts at redemption. But all this cannot
erase a crime like the one committed against
that young girl. Xena, do you accept the condemnation
of this court for your guilt in this matter?

XENA
I do.

JUDGE
Then I sentence you to life imprisonment on
Shark Island. And may the gods have mercy on
your soul.

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The docks. Xena is led along (she is dressed in a raggy dress).

EXTRA
Come on, murderer.

They push her onto a crate to wait.

EXTRA
Don't get too close. She's a killer.

Gabrielle arrives.

GABRIELLE
I'd like to say goodbye to my friend.

EXTRA
All right.

Gabrielle moves to Xena.

GABRIELLE
You could have said something in your defense.

XENA
There's no defense for what I did, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena, you could have argued the greater good.
Come on! Surely what you can do outside prison
will outweigh-

XENA
What? Outweigh what? The pain that that
young girl felt as she was being eaten alive?

GABRIELLE
Don't.

XENA
Gabrielle, she was like you. She had your kind
of spirit and I killed that. What can
outweigh that?

GABRIELLE
Xena, if you're looking for redemption, you're not
gonna find it there.

XENA
I'm not looking for redemption any more. Gabrielle,
we're always talking about your spiritual quest.
You say that you need something to make
you feel complete. Well, so do I.

EXTRA
Load the prisoners!

Xena moves to touch Gabrielle's face.

EXTRA
Time's up.

Xena is pulled away. Two men hold Gabrielle back from Xena.

GABRIELLE
Xena. Xena! Xena, listen to me! Xena, please
don't do this! Xena!

Xena is led onto the boat.

EXTRA
Keep moving!

GABRIELLE
All right! All right!

Gabrielle stops truggling and the men let her go.

EXTRA
Pick up the slack on that rope!

The boat starts to sail off.

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Gabrielle sits in a tavern, holding Xena's chakram. A Healer enters.

HEALER
A mug of your finest wine.

TAVERN KEEPER
What are you doin' here?

HEALER
Ordering a refreshment, obviously.

TAVERN KEEPER
Why aren't you on the prison ship?

HEALER
Because I have tendered my resignation as the
healer of Shark Island prison. The wine, please.

TAVERN KEEPER
Let's see the colour of your dinars.

HEALER
How rude! I have a good mind to walk out
of this establishment!

TAVERN KEEPER
Fine with me.

GABRIELLE
I'll buy him a mug of wine.

HEALER
Why, thank you, young lady.

Gabrielle tosses some dinars on the bar.

GABRIELLE
So, you were the healer of Shark Island prison.

HEALER
For five months. But not anymore. I wouldn't spend
another hour in that hideous place.

GABRIELLE
Is there a new healer?

HEALER
N--n--not yet. M--my notice was rather sudden.

GABRIELLE
(to Tavern Keeper) When's the next ship to Shark Island?

TAVERN KEEPER
Uh, a week.

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The ship sails to Shark Island.

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Xena and the other new prisoners are led in.

EXTRA
Stay on your feet!

EXTRA
Come on! Move!

EXTRA
Stay together!

They are lined up and the Captain stands before them in front of the gallows.

CAPTAIN
Everything you've heard about this place, everything
your mothers told you to frighten you into being
good little girls, is true. But keep your noses clean,
obey the guards, and you'll survive! Try to escape,
and, uh-

He claps his hands and Hanged Woman is brought out.

HANGED WOMAN
Please! Have mercy. I beg you! Give me one more
chance! Please! I beg you!

She is brought to the gallows.

CAPTAIN
This woman killed a guard in her effort to leave
us! Prison rules demand the ultimate punishment
for any attempt to escape!

She is hanged.

CAPTAIN
Welcome...to Shark Island prison!

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Guard stands watch.

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In the prison. Ersina steps up to Clysemene.

ERSINA
Hello, sweetie!

CLYSEMENE
Hello.

ERSINA
I've got good news for you. Once you tell me where
the money is, I'm not gonna kill you. Isn't
this your lucky day?

CLYSEMENE
I don't know what you're talking about.

ERSINA
I heard you killed your husband for his fortune
and stashed it before they got to you.

CLYSEMENE
That's not true.

Ersina draws a dagger.

ERSINA
Wrong answer.

Xena enters.

XENA
Maybe it's the wrong question, Ersina.

ERSINA
Well, if it isn't Xena?! Hey, girls, this is the woman
who put me behind bars. I am so glad to see
you here. Do you know what I spent the past two
years asking myself? "How can that murderin'
bitch, Xena, send people away to be punished?"
You never had to pay for your crimes.
That's always bothered me.

XENA
Then we have something in common. It's always
bothered me, too.

ERSINA
I heard you let them take you without a fight. I think
that being a good girl made you soft.

XENA
I wonder if you're not right.

ERSINA
Take her, girls!

Ersina's gang fights Xena. Xena wins. Ersina moves up to Xena.

ERSINA
Hmm. All right, I get the point. Xena some of us
aren't planning to die on Shark Island.
Time comes for us to leave, we wouldn't mind
having someone with your fighting skills
with us.

XENA
Not interested.

Xena leaves.

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The women walk in chains, and drop their tools.

EXTRA
Come on! Move it! Hurry up! You, there!

CAPTAIN
Move it faster if you wanna eat, ladies!

The Captain smells something. He looks at a guard and then the Hanged Woman.

CAPTAIN
She's getting a little ripe. Cut her down -- toss her
in the water. Let the sharks have her.

XENA
Let me bury her.

CAPTAIN
Bury her?

XENA
Please.

The Captain moves to Xena.

CAPTAIN
All right, if you'd rather do that than eat.
Move them out!

They leave.

EXTRA
Come on! Let's go!

EXTRA
You heard the captain!

EXTRA
Move!

EXTRA
Come on!

EXTRA
Come on!

Xena is left alone.

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Clouds move in and the rain starts.

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Xena buries the hanged Woman in the rain. The other prisoners watch. When she is done, she marks the grave with a large wooden marker. A cloaked figure watches her from a window. Xena kneels before the grave and lets the rain wash over her.

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Xena and another woman move to a cart.

EXTRA
Move it!

XENA
You take them in. All right?

Xena and the woman take the barrel.

EXTRA
Okay, got it.

The woman is too weak and drops her side of the barrel. Xena drops it, then helps the woman up.

XENA
Quick. Here. Get up. Okay? You all right? Are
you okay?

The Captain moves over to them.

CAPTAIN
What's going on here?

EXTRA
Don't stand around talking.

XENA
This woman's too weak. She can't lift anymore.

CAPTAIN
Oh, too weak.

A guard moves the woman away from Xena.

EXTRA
Oh-h-h.

CAPTAIN
You're a real hero, aren't you?

XENA
No.

He punches her in the face.

CAPTAIN
You just talked back to me, didn't you?

XENA
No.

He kicks her in the stomach, dropping her to her knees.

XENA
Uh!

CAPTAIN
There you go again. Heh-heh. Don't you ever
say no to me! If I say you're a hero, you're a hero!

He kicks her again.

XENA
Uh!

CAPTAIN
Heh-heh. Now, heh-heh, you're a real hero, aren't you?

XENA
I'm a...hero.

CAPTAIN
Good.

He picks her up.

CAPTAIN
Now, hero, I want you to unload that wagon
and line the supplies against the wall!

Xena picks up a barrel on her own. The woman moves to help.

CAPTAIN
No! I want the hero to do this by herself.

The woman backs off. Xena moves to the wall.

CAPTAIN
Uh-uh, uh-uh.

He points to the far wall.

CAPTAIN
That wall.

A guard laughs. Xena moves and puts the heavy barrel next to the wall. The prisoners watch.

CAPTAIN
(to a guard) You have to be firm with 'em.

Xena picks up a second barrel and struggles. Clysemene moves to help.

XENA
(whispering) Get away.

CLYSEMENE
Please?

XENA
(whispering) Get away.

CAPTAIN
Hey, you!

CLYSEMENE
Yes?

CAPTAIN
Hu! Didn't I say to let her do it by herself?

CLYSEMENE
Yes.

CAPTAIN
Three lashes for disobedience!

CLYSEMENE
Uh!

She's thrown to her knees and the guard gets the whip ready. Xena knocks him out and then fights the other guard.

CAPTAIN
Guards!

EXTRA
After her!

She gives a yell and flips onto the gallows. She takes a noose and fights the guards with it. She gives another yell as she flips back to the ground and fights the guards. The women cheer. Xena is surrounded and they all beat on her. Xena breaks free and fights them. The hooded figure watches, and then leaves her balcony. Xena fights, when the hooded figure appears on the stairs.

THALASSA
Stop this. Release the guard at once...murderer.

Xena does.

THALASSA
Chain her.

Xena is chained. Thalassa sees the wooden marker on the grace of the Hanged Woman.

THALASSA
An altar for the souls of the dead. Or is it just for
the souls of the people you've killed, Xena?

A guard breaks the marker.

THALASSA
Well, it looks like you've miscounted. You know,
it would have been far better for you and
for me if ya had killed me.

She raises a wooden hand to touch Xena's face.

THALASSA
Yeah, that's right, Xena, it's me, your victim.

She pulls back the hood.

THALASSA
Thalassa.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Thalassa looks at Xena.

THALASSA
Seeing me bring back some memories, Xena?

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The past. The crabs bite Thalassa. She screams in pain.

THALASSA
No-o-o!

She continues to scream.

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Tha past. The villagers and Xena and her men return to the cave to find the crabs.

THALASSA (voice-over)
You know? A wolf, if caught in a trap, will gnaw
off its own leg, just to get away.

Thalassa's arm lies next to the water.

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Prison.

THALASSA
I was lucky. The crabs did it for me. Bring her.

Xena is taken away.

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They enter a room.

THALASSA
Chain her like a hog ready for slaughter.

Xena is hit and falls to the ground. They chain her up, tying her arms and feet behind her back.

XENA
No!

THALASSA
I've been watching you since you came here, Xena.
At first, I couldn't figure out what you were up to.
Helping people, building that silly little shrine.
And then I realized what I heard about you was
true. You're trying to make up for all the evil
things you've done. How pathetic. As if any of
it could make up for what you did to me.

Xena is pulled up.

XENA
Ah-h-h!

A door is opened in the floor.

THALASSA
You know, Xena? The thought of you has haunted
me every moment of my life. Do you understand
what that's like?

XENA
Yes...I do.

THALASSA
Throw her into the pit.

The Captain kicks Xena who falls into the pit. She lands hard in the mud. The door is shut and locked.

XENA
Uh!

Xena looks up to see Thalassa.

THALASSA
You finally have the punishment you sought, but
it's for a murder you didn't even commit. Don't you
just love the irony?

Thalassa and the guards leave. Doors open in the pit and rats come out at Xena. They leap and crawl all over her. Xena struggles to get them off of her.

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Thalassa's office.

CAPTAIN
A healer has arrived along with the new
prisoners, Commandant.

THALASSA
Well, send him in.

Gabrielle enters and the Captain leaves.

THALASSA
A girl? Come in. Can you heal the pain, or are
you just a fraud like all the others?

GABRIELLE
Where does it hurt?

Thalassa takes off her wooden arm.

THALASSA
The fingers.

Gabrielle looks at her stump.

GABRIELLE
This wasn't removed by a healer's knife.

THALASSA
A healer's knife? No. Many knives. Many hungry,
little knives.

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The rats crawl on Xena. Xena grabs a rat in her teeth, shakes it and tosses it aside.

XENA
That's enough! Do you hear me?! That's
enough! Get off! Get off!

She grabs another rat in her teeth and shakes it.

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Gabrielle tends to Thalassa.

GABRIELLE
You'll need to put the salve on twice a day.

THALASSA
Will you do it for me?

GABRIELLE
When I come in for treatments, yes. Shall I?

Gabrielle attaches the wooden arm.

GABRIELLE
This wound is so old. It should get more attention.

THALASSA
Why do I feel like it's still there?

GABRIELLE
Maybe you haven't accepted the loss.

THALASSA
What would you know about loss?

GABRIELLE
A few things.

THALASSA
You have such warmth and beauty. I had that
once, too.

GABRIELLE
If you give yourself a chance, you may rediscover
your soul.

THALASSA
That's sentimental nonsense. Whatever beauty
I had inside me was crushed the day evil entered
my life. A tall, dark-haired evil. She took my beauty
and she mutilated my soul.

Gabrielle looks upset.

THALASSA
What's the matter?

GABRIELLE
I, um, I think that I should, I should probably visit
the--the prisoners, check to make sure that their
state of health is all right.

THALASSA
You can't wait to serve, can you? You should be
careful. Enthusiasm like that can be dangerous
for your health.

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The moon.

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Xena lies in the pit, but the rats leave her be.

XENA
Bah!
The rats jump back. Xena laughs.

XENA
I gotcha good that time.

She coughs.

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The sun.

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Gabrielle walks along, followed by the Captain.

EXTRA
All right! Try this!

GABRIELLE
Okay, do you have to follow me around, everywhere?

CAPTAIN
Commandant's orders. Wouldn't want anything
to happen to her pet healer now, would we?

GABRIELLE
No, we wouldn't want that. (to old woman) Excuse
me. May I borrow your broom?

CAPTAIN
Gonna sweep up a little dirt?

GABRIELLE
In a manner of speaking, yes.

Gabrielle beats him and a few guards up. She gives back the broom.

GABRIELLE
Thank you.

Gabrielle leaves.

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Gabrielle runs to the door of the room where the pit is.

GABRIELLE
Xena. Xena!

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Xena wakes up in the pit, hearing Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena. Xena. Are you down there?

Xena's voice is rough and quiet.

XENA
Gabrielle.

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Gabrielle looks through the bars.

GABRIELLE
Xena, can you hear me? Hang on.

EXTRA
Check the pit!

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The pit.

XENA
(quietly) Gabrielle!

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Gabrielle tosses the chakram into the room. It rolls to the door of the pit, but lands on the bars, not going through.

EXTRA
There she is!

The guards grab her.

GABRIELLE
Let go of me!

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Xena can hear the struggle from the pit, but can do nothing.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Gabrielle is held before Thalassa.

THALASSA
So? Your friend is Xena, and you must be Gabrielle.
Do you know who I am?

GABRIELLE
Thalassa.

THALASSA
What a fool I was. You know? I thought you
liked me, but you were only using me to free her.

GABRIELLE
Xena was sent her for committing a murder,
your murder. There should be a re-trial.

THALASSA
You know? For a moment, I was beginning to
believe what you said about rediscovering
the beauty of my soul.

GABRIELLE
It was happening. I could see it.

THALASSA
Uh, Gabrielle, it's over.

CAPTAIN
Correction, Commandant, it's not over yet.

Thalassa is silent.

CAPTAIN
Commandant, the rules.

THALASSA
Yeah, the rules. Do what you must.

He hits Gabrielle hard with a stick.

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A boat is brought to Shark Island.

CAPTAIN (voice-over)
Welcome, ladies-

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The new prisoners are before the Captain.

CAPTAIN
-to Shark Island prison. Everything you've heard
is true. But keep your noses clean, obey the guards
and your lives will be bearable. Short, but bearable.
Break the rules and suffer the ultimate punishment!

He claps his hands and Gabrielle is brought out.

CAPTAIN
This woman was caught trying to help a prisoner
to escape. Tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk-tsk. For this action...death!

Gabrielle is led to the gallows and a noose is fitted around her neck.

CAPTAIN
Whenever you're ready, Commandant.

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Xena picks up a dead rat in her teeth and throws it. It knocks the chakram, which flies down and breaks the chains. Xena groans in pain when her arms are freed.

XENA
Uh!

Xena reaches out her arm and takes the chakram.

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Outside. Thalassa moves up next to the Captain and looks at Gabrielle.

CAPTAIN
We're waiting.

THALASSA
I can't.

CAPTAIN
I can. Do it!

The lever is pulled and Gabrielle falls, but the chakram flies and breaks the rope, and then the gallows. Gabrielle is fine. Xena catches her chakram. She is filthy and in pain.

EXTRA
It's--it's Xena!

EXTRA
Oh!

CAPTAIN
Everyone back to your barracks! Now!

ERSINA
Not in this lifetime. Now!

The prisoners fight the guards.

XENA
Get out of my way! Gabrielle!

Xena moves to Gabrielle and unties her.

XENA
Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

ERSINA
(to prisoners) Kill the commandant and the
prison is ours!

GABRIELLE
Okay.

XENA
Get her outta here.

THALASSA
The guards, I should stay.

GABRIELLE
They're gonna tear you apart!

Gabrielle leads Thalassa to the tower. The fighting continues. Xena breaks up a few fights.

XENA
That's enough! Get back!

ERSINA
Come on! Let's go!

Ersina and her gang run up the stairs after Gabrielle and Thalassa. Xena breaks up a few more fights.

XENA
Get off! Get off! That's enough! (to Clysemene)
Where's Ersina?

CLYSEMENE
I saw her heading towards the commandant's office.

Xena runs up the stairs.

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Gabrielle and Thalassa run into her office. Gabrielle locks the door.

EXTRA
This way!

EXTRA
They went in there!

EXTRA
Break down the door!

EXTRA
The commandant's in there!

GABRIELLE
Get back!

EXTRA
Get that bitch!

Gabrielle grabs a staff and fights the women when they come in, but Ersina hits her hard and knocks her down.

GABRIELLE
Uh!

Xena comes in the window, ululating. She fights Ersina. She yells and fights. She yells and flips. They keep fighting. She yells and kicks Ersina out the window. Ersina flies over the balcony and hits the ground below. Xena ululates as she jumps down after her. Xena fights Ersina's gang and then Ersina. Finally, it's over. Xena has won.

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Later in Thalassa's office, Gabrielle has Xena wrapped in a blanket and a drink in her hand. Thalassa enters.

THALASSA
Now, I owe my life to you. The gods certainly love
playing with our fates, don't they?

XENA
Thalassa, I can't ask your forgiveness. I wronged
you terribly. But there's one thing I know. When
I met you, you were a wonderful, loving person.
And if you continue to let that love be buried under
bitterness and anger, evil wins.

THALASSA
What you say, it's true. Your friend here, she helped
me get back in touch with something these last
few days. My soul. My ability to do good had been
crippled. The evil Xena, she did that to me. Don't
let her do it to you. Thank you, Gabrielle.

Thalassa leaves with the guards.

GABRIELLE
So, how about it?

XENA
How about what?

GABRIELLE
Forgiving yourself.

XENA
Gabrielle, that's not for me. But I won't let that monster
that I used to be, the one that's sleeping so close
to my heart, destroy all the good I can do now.

GABRIELLE
Not as long as I'm around.

Gabrielle holds out Xena's chakram to her and she takes it. Gabrielle helps Xena to her feet and they leave.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Katrina Browne as Thalassa
William Kircher as Captain
Tanea Heke as Ersina
Natalie Dennis as Clysemene
Julie Taylor as Hanged Woman
Gilbert Goldie as Town Elder
Huntly Eliott as Judge
Margaret Blay as Woman In Court
Patrick Smith as Healer
Laurie Dee as Tavern Keeper
Chris Sherwood as Draxel

Teleplay by: Hilary J. Bader
Story by: Rob Tapert and Josh Becker
Directed by: Rick Jacobson

Disclaimer: No Rabid Flesh-Eating Crabs were cooked during the production of this motion picture.