Fallen Angel


TEASER

Joxer walks along a snowy trail on a hill in Rome. Amarice screams and knocks him down.

AMARICE
Move and you die, Roman!

JOXER
I'm not a Roman.

AMARICE
Yeah, I guess you're not.

Joxer stands.

JOXER
You an Amazon?

AMARICE
Yeah.

JOXER
Then you know Xena and Gabrielle.

AMARICE
Who wants to know?

JOXER
I'm their best friend. My name's Joxer. I've been
having nightmares that they're in some kind of
trouble, so I thought I'd better see if they needed
my help.

AMARICE
They're not in trouble, anymore.

JOXER
Then you've seen them?! Where are they?!

Amarice turns him around and Joxer sees Xena and Gabrielle hanging, crucified. He falls to his knees. Eli enters.

ELI
You loved them very much, didn't you Joxer?

JOXER
Who are you?

ELI
My name is Eli. I loved them as well.

Joxer sniffs.

JOXER
Um, I'm gonna...I'm gonna take their bodies back
to Greece because I--I know Xena wanted to
be...buried next to her brother and Gabrielle next
to her, so...

AMARICE
That could be a little difficult. The Romans wanna
keep them there as an example.

JOXER
Well, I'm gonna bring their bodies back to Greece.

He stands.

JOXER
You can help me or not.

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Xena's body is on the cross.

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Afterlife. Xena and Gabrielle are dressed in flowing white robes. They wait together on a small cliff. Angels form in the sky and move towards them. Lief holds out his hand to Gabrielle and she reaches out to him. Xena holds her back.

GABRIELLE
It's okay.

Lief takes Gabrielle's hand and she's pulled into the air by several angels. Xena holds out her hand, watching Gabrielle go. She smiles. Laura and several angels lift Xena and carry her into the air.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Xena laughs. Demons fly up from Hell.

LIEF
They're coming!

The demons toss the angels away from Gabrielle and she falls.

GABRIELLE
Xena-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!

They toss the angels away from Xena and she falls.

XENA
No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!

More demons fly up and attack the angels. Xena reaches for Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!

XENA
Gabrielle! Come on!

Their hands almost touch, when Callisto enters, now a demon and knocks Xena away from Gabrielle. Gabrielle falls into Hell.

GABRIELLE
Xena-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!

Callisto holds Xena by her neck.

CALLISTO
I promised to deliver you to my lord and that's exactly
what I'm gonna do.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Callisto holds Xena.

CALLISTO
Pretty.

Callisto hits Xena. Xena fights back and flips off of Callisto. She goes flying and grabs one of the rocks. She looks down at Hell. The rocks break and Xena falls, when Michael the Archangel grabs her. Callisto looks to see more archangels and screams. Callisto and the demons battle the archangels as Michael flies off with Xena. Callisto screams.

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Cavern. The angels wait as the archangels enter. Xena is lowered to the ground.

LAURA
Xena, you made it. I'm so sorry I lost you.

XENA
Where is Gabrielle?

MICHAEL
One of the demons escaped with her soul. My
name is Michael.

LAURA
He's an archangel. Lief and I are guardian angels.

LIEF
Some guardian I turned out to be. We have to
get her back.

XENA
Back? Back from where?

MICHAEL
Your friend has been taken to Hell.

Michael moves off and Xena runs after him.

XENA
Michael how can a soul like Gabrielle's end
up in Hell?

MICHAEL
There's a war going on between good and evil,
not only on Earth, but here in eternity as well. Once
there were only angels and then one of our number
rebelled and he and his allies were thrown down
from Heaven. They have never given up the desire
to recapture paradise and twist it into their image.

XENA
She has to be rescued.

MICHAEL
That's the responsibility of the archangels.

XENA
No, it's my responsibility.

MICHAEL
Yours? You're not even an angel. You're to be
reborn in a new body.

XENA
Well, that's gonna have to wait. Right now, I'm
going after my friend.

MICHAEL
That's impossible.

XENA
No, it's not.

Xena stands at the edge of the cliff and spreads her arms.

XENA
No, it's not.

Xena falls off. The fall is shown from three angles. She falls towards Hell, but Michael grabs her by her ankles.

XENA
Huh? Huh? Huh? Don't!

Michael puts Xena down in the cavern.

MICHAEL
Are you insane?

XENA
It depends who you talk to.

MICHAEL
If you go down to Hell voluntarily, you'll be doomed
to everlasting suffering. Gripped with an unbearable
thirst and hunger, you'll be tempted to eat the fruit
of Hell and when you do that you're well on your
way to becoming one of them.

XENA
Gabrielle and I have already been through hell
together. I didn't come all this way to lose her now.
So, either you set me up with a pair of wings or I
take another dive. Michael, Gabrielle's soul and
mine were destined to be together. I can't let
her walk through Hell alone. Please.

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Gabrielle wakes up. She coughs. There's an arm around her. She picks it up to see a clawed hand.

GABRIELLE
Xena?

CALLISTO
Morning Honey.

Gabrielle runs away from her.

CALLISTO
Aren't you the lucky girl? You get to spend eternity
with me. Let me confess something. I'm gonna
enjoy tormenting you. I'm sure the powers that be
will try to rob me of my joy. That's always the catch
down here.

GABRIELLE
Xena will not leave me down here with you.

CALLISTO
You have such faith. How cute. Of course they'll try to
rescue you and Xena will make some...self-sacrificing
gesture. But fear not...we'll be ready for them.

Gabrielle sees the food on the table.

CALLISTO
Eat up, my little dumpling. You must be famished.
Dying makes one so very hungry.

GABRIELLE
You want me to eat the fruit.

CALLISTO
Yes.

GABRIELLE
That would make me like you.

CALLISTO
(nods) Mm-hmm.

GABRIELLE
(whispers) Not a chance.

CALLISTO
Oh, but you will eat it. Believe me.

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Night. The Romans move to the fire to try to keep warm. Amarice kills them both. Joxer moves to the fire and stops.

AMARICE
Hey, we need your help if we're gonna do this.

JOXER
All right. Okay.

They set up ladders. Eli, Joxer and Amarice take down Xena and Gabrielle's bodies.

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Cavern. Michael leads Xena to a cave.

MICHAEL
If you are to enter the ranks of the archangels,
you must walk through this cave.

XENA
What's in there?

MICHAEL
A choice.

Xena enters.

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Inside the cave. There's two paths. One is fire and the other is water. Xena looks at her choices.

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Cavern.

MICHAEL
I'm concerned. Xena should have been out by now.

RAPHAEL
Well, we can't wait. We should go now. Her friend
doesn't have much time before she becomes one
of them.

Xena steps out the cave, on fire.

MICHAEL
You've walked through the fire of purification.
Now as the divine water sanctifies your existence
your cleansing is complete.

Xena steps into the divine waters. She rises, now an archangel.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Amarice cuts off a lock of Xena's hair. She ties it to a dagger.

AMARICE
Xena, they say the dead can hear the thoughts
of the living, so hear this. I'm picking up where
you left off. I may never be as good a warrior as
you and I know I'll never be as wise, but I promise,
with all my heart and soul to honor the memory
of the Warrior Princess.

JOXER
She would have liked that.

ELI
Yes.

AMARICE
What do you know about it, peacelover?

ELI
What?

AMARICE
You got them killed. You infected Gabrielle with
your peace and love talk. You made her helpless!
She never would have gotten captured if she
hadn't lost her warrior spirit.

ELI
I'm sorry you feel that way.

AMARICE
It's not a feeling. It's a fact. You slowed them down
just enough to kill them. You might as well have
driven in the nails yourself.

JOXER
Enough!

ELI
All right, Joxer. It's all right.

Eli leaves.

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Cavern. Laura arms Xena. Michael and Raphael and several archangels enter.

LIEF
I don't see why I can't come. You think you'd want
as much help as you could get. You know, I used
to be a pretty good fighter on Earth.

MICHAEL
It's not just the fighting. Hell itself would overwhelm
you. (to Xena) That's something you need to
be careful about, too.

XENA
I've dealt with evil before.

MICHAEL
But now you're an angel, purified and full of
compassion. The suffering you see in Hell will
break your heart.

RAPHAEL
You might be tempted to save Gabrielle from
her pain.

XENA
And that's a bad thing?

MICHAEL
Xena listen, there's only one way to do that. You
would have to take on her guilt and free her from
her suffering by giving her your light.

RAPHAEL
Which would release her from Hell, but would
doom you to stay there for eternity. But remember,
we can save her if we get her out of there before
she becomes a full demon.

MICHAEL
There should be no need for you to sacrifice yourself.

XENA
I'm ready.

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Hell. Gabrielle wants to eat the food, but resists.

CALLISTO
My, aren't you the brave one?

Callisto gestures with her hand. Several demons run at Gabrielle and force the food into her mouth.

EXTRA
Eat!

GABRIELLE
Ah-h-h!

CALLISTO
Eat! Eat! Eat!

GABRIELLE
No-o-o-o-o!

Callisto laughs.

GABRIELLE
No!

Gabrielle moans and then growls. She attacks the demons on her, punching a biting. She runs to the table and shoves food in her mouth. She moans and falls to the ground.

CALLISTO
O-oh, isn't this so much fun?!

Gabrielle sits up, showing signs of becoming a demon. She has little horns and the beginning of scales.

GABRIELLE
Callisto. When Xena burned your family, did you
see them on fire? Did you, did you smell their
flesh sizzling? You know what I think?

Gabrielle's voice becomes a deep, demon voice.

GABRIELLE
You wanted them to die so you'd have a reason
to be a bitch.

Callisto grabs her throat and Gabrielle grabs hers. The archangels enter and fight the demons. Xena lands and Callisto attacks her.

XENA
Michael, get Gabrielle outta here!

Michael grabs Gabrielle and flies away with her. Xena fight Callisto. Xena cuts off Callisto's wing. Callisto crawls along the ground and Xena turns her over.

CALLISTO
I will never stop hating you, Xena, do you hear
me?! Never! You killed my family! My soul! My
reason to live and love! And I will spend eternity
seeking revenge!

XENA
No.

Xena touches Callisto and a light washes over them.

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Gabrielle is thrown into the divine waters. Gabrielle floats up, no longer a demon.

LIEF
She made it.

Gabrielle stands, her dress beautiful once more.

GABRIELLE
Where's Xena?

MICHAEL
Xena gave herself up to save one of the damned.

GABRIELLE
What are you talking about? Who did she save?

MICHAEL
When you're dry and rested, then you'll be shown.

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Xena is now a demon. She sits up high and talks to the other demons.

XENA
It's time for us to launch a full-scale attack!

EXTRA
Yeah!

EXTRA
Yeah!

XENA
These hit-and-miss conflicts have done you no
good. Why should we suffer?! We didn't ask
to be created. And Heaven should belong to those
of us strong enough to take it!

EXTRA
Yeah!

EXTRA
Yeah!

XENA
Why are we groveling down here in the slime,
while they live up there in purity and grace?!
Someone up there decided that we were evil.
Well, we're not going to take that! It's time for
us to do the judging! Paradise will be ours!

The demons cheer. Xena laughs and then yells.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Michael leads Gabrielle into a room. Callisto turns, now dressed in a flowing white dress and her hair long and gold.

GABRIELLE
Are you telling me that Xena is in Hell and she's
in paradise?!

CALLISTO
Gabrielle? I know you.

GABRIELLE
Oh, you know me. You murdered my husband
and many innocent people.

Callisto is confused. She looks at Michael.

CALLISTO
No. No, I would never do something like
that. (to Michael) Would I? (to Laura) Would I?
(to Gabrielle) I'm sorry. I--I don't remember.

GABRIELLE
You stay away from me.

Callisto leaves.

GABRIELLE
This is insane. You call this justice?

MICHAEL
Xena called it justice. She chose to suffer in
Callisto's place. When you look at her now, what
you see is what she would have become if Xena
had not killed her family. Right now, we have
something far more important to worry about.

GABRIELLE
What's that?

MICHAEL
Xena is a demon. Even before she had
wings, she may have been a match for me. Now,
the balance may have shifted.

GABRIELLE
How do you mean?

MICHAEL
The next time the demons attack, we may not
be able to stop them.

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Amarice and Joxer are hiding out in a small temple. Joxer looks at Gabrielle's body.

JOXER
She looks like she's sleeping. It's like at any
minute she's gonna wake up and complain about
how no one ever lets you sleep in.

Joxer sighs and re-covers Gabrielle's face.

AMARICE
We should bury them here.

JOXER
We're not gonna make it to Greece, huh?

AMARICE
With so many Romans around, I--I think it's gonna
get us killed.

JOXER
'Kay. Okay, we'll bury them here.

AMARICE
What about Eli?

JOXER
You really think he's gonna come back?

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Cavern.

EXTRA
She won't know until-

EXTRA
Now, be sure to take care of all the swords.

GABRIELLE
I know Xena. More importantly, she knows me.
Look, I guarantee you, when the fighting starts she'll
come after me. She'll insist that I'm either with
her or against her. Maybe I can lure her into a
situation that could be useful to you.

MICHAEL
You understand there's no saving Xena. The only
way to stop her is to cut her up and let her spend
the rest of eternity in pieces.

GABRIELLE
If that's what it takes.

MICHAEL
If you're to get your wings, you'll have to undergo
a trial of purification.

GABRIELLE
All right.

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Gabrielle enters the cave to see Callisto sitting there.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing here?

CALLISTO
Michael told me to wait 'til you came.

GABRIELLE
Am I supposed to fight you?

CALLISTO
I'm not a very good fighter, but if it makes you
feel better.

Gabrielle scoffs.

GABRIELLE
Your sweetness act is disgusting. I'm not buying it.

CALLISTO
I don't blame you. I did a terrible thing. I killed
someone you loved. I must have been very evil.
I don't understand it myself. Why would Xena do
something like that for me?

GABRIELLE
Maybe it was a guilty conscience about your family.

CALLISTO
My family? My family. You know, Michael told me
I would never know love like the love of Heaven
but he's wrong. My family gave me that kind of love
all the time. My memory of so much of my life
is confused and fuzzy but that part, I remember
every detail. And Michael says, when I'm ready I'm
gonna see 'em again.

Gabrielle grabs Callisto's shoulders.

GABRIELLE
Callisto I am not buying it!

She shakes Callisto.

GABRIELLE
Callisto, stop it! I know you are in there. Yo
are evil to the core and you always will be.

Callisto touches Gabrielle's shoulders.

GABRIELLE
Don't touch me.

CALLISTO
I'm so sorry.

Gabrielle sighs.

GABRIELLE
I am, too.

A tear moves down Gabrielle's face and Callisto wipes it away. Gabrielle touches her face.

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Gabrielle is kneeled before Michael, now an archangel.

MICHAEL
Your forgiveness of Callisto has made your soul
as pure-

He places some water on Gabrielle's head.

MICHAEL
-as this water. Gabrielle, you truly are a beautiful
spirit. We know you'll do honor to these wings.

RAPHAEL
They're coming.

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The demons rise up from Hell.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

The demons fly up from Hell.

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Gabrielle stands on a cliff. Xena sees her and flies towards her. Gabrielle backs up and Xena lands before her. Archangels are hiding up in the rocks. They watch Xena and Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle? We shouldn't be fighting.

GABRIELLE
You're right Xena.

XENA
I wanna spend eternity with you. Won't you join me?

GABRIELLE
Lay down your sword Xena. If Callisto can be
redeemed, why not you?

XENA
Callisto's a trick. They deceive you Gabrielle.
Callisto can't change. You know that. Our master
is greatly pleased when a soul joins him of
its own free will. Come with me now. Whaddya say?

GABRIELLE
I can't.

XENA
Why not? Gabrielle, the love that we have, it's--it's
stronger than Heaven or Hell. It transcends good
or evil. It's an end in itself! Our souls are destined
to be together. (crying) Gabrielle, you can't let me
walk through Hell alone.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) I'm sorry.

Raphael flies at Xena. She yells and cuts off one of his wings. Michael attacks Xena.

XENA
Die!

The demons fly in. Archangels and demons fight.

GABRIELLE
I'll draw Xena off!

MICHAEL
Right!

Callisto moves in and watches the fighting. The archangels fight the demons. Gabrielle flies off and Xena follows. Callisto cries.

XENA
Gabrielle!

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Xena flies up into the clouds.

XENA
I can smell you.

Xena laughs and dives down at Gabrielle. She grabs her.

XENA
Trust me Gabrielle, there's fun to be had down there.

Gabrielle pushes Xena off. They fight.

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Night. Eli sits in the snow.

ELI
My friends are dead, because of my teachings.

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Xena and Gabrielle fight.

ELI (voice-over)
The way of love.

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Eli cries.

ELI
It wasn't the way for Gabrielle. I was too proud to see that.

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The archangels fight the demons.

ELI (voice-over)
(crying) What good is this gift if I can't at least
protect the ones I love?!

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Eli looks to the sky.

ELI
(criying) Why did you even give this to me?! What
am I supposed to do?

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Callisto watches the fighting.

ELI (voice-over)
You show me!

A light washes over Callisto.

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Eli looks down.

ELI
What am I supposed to do?

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Xena and Gabrielle fight.

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A light washes over Callisto and she disappears.

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Gabrielle comes up behind Xena and cuts her wing. They fight.

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Eli has his head in his hands.

CALLISTO
Eli.

Callisto appears, now a guardian angel.

CALLISTO
Love is the way. Go to them.

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Xena and Gabrielle fight.

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Eli enters the temple and moves to Xena and Gabrielle's bodies. He pulls back the blanket.

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Xena and Gabrielle fight.

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A feather falls. Michael watches it land. Gabrielle screams and crashes to the ground. Xena yells and lands, cracking the rock.

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Eli puts his hands on Xena and Gabrielle's heads.

ELI
(whispering) The way that I have known. Beseech
thee in this life. Bring forth these two. Beseech thee.

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Xena moves to Gabrielle's side. Michael fights his way over to them. Xena kneels next to Gabrielle and touches her face. She frowns and picks up Gabrielle.

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Eli prays silently. Callisto appears (though they don't see her) and lays her hands on Eli's.

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Xena carries Gabrielle.

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Callisto and Eli pray silently.

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Xena carries Gabrielle to the edge of the cliff. Michael stabs a demon.

MICHAEL
No-o-o-o-o-o!

Michael runs at them.

GABRIELLE
Xena, don't!

Xena smiles at her. Michael runs into them from behind and the three fall.

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Callisto disappears.

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Xena laughs as they fall.

MICHAEL
Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
Michael!

XENA
(mockingly) Michael!

She hits him.

XENA
Oh, no! We're going to He-e-e-e-e-ell!

They all disappear.

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Gabrielle gasps. Gabrielle and Xena awake, alive. They look at each other and Gabrielle reaches out and takes Xena's hand. Xena coughs and sits up. Eli moves to her. Gabrielle sits up. Eli smiles as Amarice and Joxer gather around them. Gabrielle moans. Michael and Callisto appear (unseen to the others). Michael looks at Callisto and she looks at him, questioning. He nods. Callisto moves forward and touches Xena.

MICHAEL
I think it's time.

CALLISTO
What for?

MICHAEL
To meet your family.

Callisto smiles. A light opens and Callisto's parents, Arleia and Pankos are there. Arleia holds out her arms and Callisto runs into them.

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Sun.

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The sun enters the temple. Joxer touches Gabrielle's shoulder and she looks up at him. He touches her face and smiles. Gabrielle looks at Xena who looks sick.

GABRIELLE
We're going to be together...for eternity.

XENA
Yeah.

Eli sits down and Gabrielle leans her head on Xena's shoulder.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Hudson Leick as Callisto
Ted Raimi as Joxer
Timothy Omundson as Eli
Jennifer Sky as Amarice
Charles Mesure as Michael
Tamati Rice as Raphael
David de Lautour as Lief
Angela Gribben as Laura
Lee Jane Foreman as Arleia
Jim McLarty as Pankos

Teleplay by: R.J. Stewart
Story by: Rob Tapert and R.J. Stewart
Directed by: John Fawcett

Disclaimer: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.