The Abyss


TEASER

Virgil and Hosep are running through the wood.

VIRGIL
Faster! We gotta go faster!

They keep running. There is the sound of growls. They are being cased by men sized creatures with bones on their clothes and boar heads. Hosep falls.

VIRGIL
Hosep!

HOSEP
Virgil!

Virgil goes back and helps him up.

VIRGIL
We gotta keep movin'!

They keep running. Hosep screams when his foot is caught in a leg trap made of bone.

HOSEP
Aah! Ah! Ahh!

The creatures pounce on him as Virgil hides in some bushes nearby.

HOSEP
No! Virgil! No! No! Ah-h-h-h! Help me! Help me!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

He is lifted up and carried away.

HOSEP
Virgi-i-i-i-i-i-i-il! Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h! Help me,
Virgil! Help me! No! Virgi-i-i-i-i-i-i-il!

Virgil follows behind.

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Gabrielle is hunting a deer. She shoots and hits the tree behind it. The deer leaves. Xena enters.

XENA
Nice shot. Just don't know what kind of wine goes
with bark.

GABRIELLE
So we'll have fish. That's what people do when
they're on a river.

XENA
Fish is all right with me. You're the one who said
she wanted venison.

Gabrielle sighs.

GABRIELLE
I'm having a bad day.

XENA
Nah, he's havin' a good one. It's all in how you
look at it.

GABRIELLE
I think I'll get the boat ready. Virgil and Hosep
will be waiting.

Gabrielle moves off. Xena follows.

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Xena and Gabrielle paddle down the river.

GABRIELLE
This river's so calm.

XENA
I was hoping it would have an effect on you.

She chuckles.

XENA
Up there on the right.

There is smoke.

XENA
Looks like their campsite.

GABRIELLE
Finally.

They paddle to land.

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Xena moves to the dead fire. Everything has been left behind, including Joxer's sword.

XENA
Four hours old.

Gabrielle picks up a piece of cloth.

GABRIELLE
There's blood on this. There's blood everywhere.
Thieves?

Xena sees something, stands and moves over to it. She picks up a spear that has a human skull covered in blood on it.

XENA
No. They escaped in their canoe. They were running
for their lives.

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Virgil is hiding in the woods. He looks over at the creatures that attacked him and Hosep. They are fitting amoung themselves. Some are fighting over meat. Virgil can see that the boar heads where masks. These are men. Then he looks up to see Hosep covered in clay, a reed in his mouth. He is dead and is being roasted over a fire.

VIRGIL
Hosep.

A tear rolls down Virgil's horrified face.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Xena and Gabrielle are rowing.

GABRIELLE
Virgil! Virgil!

XENA
If they made it this far, they'd most likely keep to
the river.

GABRIELLE
That's if they made it, Xena.

XENA
Gabrielle...

GABRIELLE
Virgil! I don't know what's wrong with me.

XENA
You're still condemning yourself for killing that
boy in the desert.

GABRIELLE
I condemn myself for his father's sake.

XENA
Korah's father forgave you. So would anyone with
enough wisdom and experience to-

GABRIELLE
To know what - these things happen?

XENA
Unfortunately, they do.

GABRIELLE
My reflexes are those of a warrior. I'm afraid my
judgment's not. I think that's a bad combination.
Virgil! Virgi-i-il!

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The cannibals' camp. Hosep is roasting. Virgil runs off.

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Virgil runs. He trips on a vine that is tied between two trees and falls.

VIRGIL
Ugh!

He looks up to see a cage rocking back and forth in the trees. A crow is inside and caws.

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Cannibals' camp. The Alpha Man stands when he hears the caw of the crow. He shouts orders in an unknown language.

ALPHA MALE
Kee ror ra!

He runs and a few cannibals on horseback follow.

ALPHA MALE
Ror ra! Ror ra!

The Fire Starter throws something on the fire that makes it burn higher.

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Virgil stands. He can hear the cannibals.

ALPHA MALE
Kee'a! Kee'a forshit!

Virgil runs. There is the sound of grunts from the cannibals chasing Virgil.

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Clouds. Thunder rumbles.

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Xena and Gabrielle are looking at the remains of Virgil and Hosep's boat. Xena picks up a piece and breaks it.

XENA
This broke up no more than a few hours ago.

GABRIELLE
How could it break up?

There is the sound of movement in the bush. A bird calls. Xena searches the shore. There is a human sounding hoot.

GABRIELLE
What?

XENA
We're being watched.

GABRIELLE
By who?

XENA
Let's just keep going.

They move on.

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Xena and Gabrielle row.

XENA
There's a waterfall up ahead. We'll have to travel
by land.

A hand of a cannibal is seen.

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Virgil stumbles but quickly gets back to his feet and keeps running. The cannibals are close behind him. He runs and a mounted cannibal is suddenly before him with a net.

EXTRA
Ra-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Virgil turns and runs the other way, but another horseman is in front of him. He turns again and a third horseman enters.

EXTRA
Ra-a-a-ah!

The third horseman throws a net over Virgil. The cannibals surround him.

VIRGIL
No! No!

The net is pulled off and he's punched in the face. Virgil is carried away.

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Xena and Gabrielle paddle.

GABRIELLE
Xena, if I had listened to my heart, do you think
that boy would still be alive?

XENA
You did listen to your heart. You thought he was
going to kill me. Your heart said to protect me.

Cannibals move along the bank.

XENA
Anyway, a trained warrior would never have ridden
up behind me knowing it could have been perceived
as an attack.

GABRIELLE
Are you saying that he sent a boy to do a man's job?

XENA
I'm saying I'm glad I can trust you with my life...

She looks at the water.

XENA
...especially right now.

Spears are thrust into the boat from underneath it. Two cannibals pop out from under the water. Xena and Gabrielle fight them off.

XENA
Head for shore!

They paddle to shore.

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Xena and Gabrielle walk onto shore.

XENA
What was that?

Cannibals run at them, growling. Xena draws her sword.

EXTRA
Raaah!

XENA
Ye-a-a-ah!

Xena fights the attacking cannibals. Gabrielle draws her sais and fights as she is attacked as well. Three cannibals attack Xena. The one behind her bites her neck. Xena fights them off. Gabrielle battles.

GABRIELLE
Yah!

Gabrielle knocks a cannibal to the ground and his boar head falls off.

GABRIELLE
Ha!

Gabrielle sees the cannibal's face and she sees the face of Korah.

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Clip from "Legacy."

GABRIELLE
Korah?

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The cannibal takes the moment to draw a dagger and plunge it into Gabrielle's side. Gabrielle yells out in pain.

XENA
Gabrie-e-e-e-e-e-elle!

Xena tries to move to save Gabrielle, but there are too many cannibals attacking her. She battles them. Gabrielle falls, but knocks back the cannibal that attacked her. Gabrielle gets on her feet, clutching her side, but a cannibal knocks her down from behind. Gabrielle falls and a cannibal grabs her leg and then bites it. Gabrielle calls out in pain then kicks him off and gets to her feet. Another cannibal runs at her and lifts her off the ground, carrying her off.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Xena battles the cannibals.

XENA
Hi-yah!

The cannibal throws Gabrielle into the river.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Ya-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Xena comes running down the bank, shoves the cannibal out of the way and dives into the river. Gabrielle can't seem to swim. Xena comes up for air and gasps. Xena sees the waterfall.

XENA
Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle! Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
Xena!

One of Gabrielle's feet get caught on some branches beneath her and she is pulled under. Xena takes a breath and dives in search for Gabrielle. She surfaces again.

XENA
Gabrielle!

Gabrielle is unconscious under the water, still trapped by the branches.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena searches for Gabrielle above water. She dives again and sees a human skull in the branches. She then sees Gabrielle and pulls her to the surface. Xena swims into a cave with Gabrielle.

XENA
Hang on, Gabrielle!

Xena grunts as she lifts up Gabrielle. Xena looks at Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle? Come on, Gabrielle!

Xena lightly slaps Gabrielle's face and comes to, choking and spitting water. Xena kisses her head.

GABRIELLE
My side...

XENA
Come on! Get up and let me take a look at that.

Xena helps her up onto a rock that is just below the surface of the water. Gabrielle turns so Xena can see the wound.

XENA
Take it easy. Take it easy.

GABRIELLE
Ugh!

Xena looks at the wound.

GABRIELLE
Those things b-bit us, like-like they wanted t-to eat us.

XENA
They were cannibals, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Cannibals? We have to tell Virgil.

XENA
First things first. Got a bit of blade stuck in your side. We need to get that out.

Xena draws a dagger from her boot.

XENA
All right, you ready?

GABRIELLE
Uh-huh.

Xena uses the dagger to get the blade out of Gabrielle's wound. Gabrielle calls out in pain as Xena works.

GABRIELLE
Aah! Aaah!

XENA
I'm not going to let you get yourself killed because
of your guilt, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Just stop the lecture!

XENA
You can't keep seeing that boy's face every time
you raise a weapon! (whispering) You can't!

Xena pulls out a piece of the blade.

GABRIELLE
Aah-uh!

Xena looks at the piece of blade and then tosses it.

GABRIELLE
If I--if I ha-hadn't hadn't hesitated, then-

Xena puts the dagger to Gabrielle's wound again.

GABRIELLE
M-m-m!

Xena removes another small piece of blade.

XENA
Don't think about it any more. You're gonna have
to conserve energy. I want you to get back into the
cave as far as you can. Try to keep warm. I'll be
right back.

Gabrielle moves further into the cave. Xena dives into the water.

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Xena swims along the rock wall. She finds a vine and starts to climb. The cannibals start to throw rocks and bones on Xena.

XENA
Ugh.

A rock knocks her hand from the ledge.

XENA
Ugh.

She tries to fight off the rest of the rocks and bones with that hand when one hits her in the back.

XENA
Ugh!

She nearly falls except for her other hand holding on, but when a rock hits that she falls back down into the water.

XENA
A-a-a-a-a-ah!

She's swept away by the current.

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Xena enters the cave and moves over to Gabrielle who is clutched in a ball, freezing. Xena holds her.

XENA
Your wound's getting worse.

GABRIELLE
We're in a tough spot, huh?

XENA
We've been in worse scrapes. We're gonna get
you out of here. Count on it.

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Cannibal village. The Fire Starter moves to met with the Alpha Male and his hunters.

ALPHA MALE
Yu da!

The cannibals are grunting. Virgil is dropped and falls into the hands of the Fire Starter who smells him.

VIRGIL
Look. Look. I-I-I-I don't know what it is you want
from me, but whatever it is, you can have it. Look,
see-see-see, I'm meet-I'm meeting this great
warrior named Xena. I-I'm sure you've heard the
name. I'm sure you've heard the name. And if I
don't show up, she's gonna come lookin' for me.
She's gonna come looking. She-she-she's gonna
come looking for me.

He sees the cannibals eating from the bones of Hosep.

VIRGIL
No! No!

He shoves the Fire Starter away and tries to run but the cannibals grab him, grunts ensuing.

VIRGIL
No! No! No-o-o! No! No! No-o-o-o-o-o!

He's hit hard in the back with a bone weapon with spikes and falls. Blood is pouring down from his forehead as he is taken away.

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Clouds. Thunder growls.

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Cave. Xena holds Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Hope?

XENA
Did you say something?

Gabrielleing sighs.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) My baby. My baby.

She reaches up with her hand and Xena takes it.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Is that you?

XENA
(whispering) Yeah, it's me.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) I love you. I would never hurt you.
You know that, don't you?

XENA
I know.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) You're my child.

Xena has a sad look on her face.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) You have to go. She'll hurt you.
She'll take you away from me.

XENA
You have to rest. (nearly crying) You don't have
to go anywhere.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) You don't understand.

XENA
I do understand.

Xena is nearly in tears. She hugs Gabrielle and cradles her.

XENA
I understand everything.

She kisses Gabrielle's forehead.

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It rains and the river starts to run faster.

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Water is poured on Virgil head and he wakes up with a gasp. He puts his hand on a skull and gasps. He looks up to see Rubio.

RUBIO
Hello!

Virgil touches the gash on his head.

RUBIO
Oh, don't tell me they've cut out your tongue already.
I am so tired of talking to myself.

Virgil points to the pitcher of water Rubio is holding.

VIRGIL
Is there more? I'm really thirsty.

RUBIO
Oh, there's quite a bit more than merely more.
There's plenty!

He points to a table covered in fruit and other food. Virgil quickly jumps to his feet and gets a drink.

VIRGIL
What kind of savages feed their captives like kings?

He takes a bite of watermelon and then a bite of bread. Rubio walks slowly around him.

VIRGIL
Maybe they did understand me. Now that they
know that I'm a friend of Xena.

Rubio pinches Virgil's butt. Virgil jumps and turns to face him, knocking the pitcher from his hand.

RUBIO
Oh!

VIRGIL
What are you doing?!

RUBIO
Breathing a sigh of relief.

VIRGIL
About what?

RUBIO
Your youthful zest for food and drink.

VIRGIL
Oh, I get it. I'm the catch of the day.

RUBIO
You were a little slow on the uptake, my friend,
thinking all these goodies were because you knew
some warrior named Zebra.

Rubio snickers.

VIRGIL
Xena! Her name is Xena, and she will come for me,
you watch.
RUBIO
The reason I haven't been the main course yet
is diet and exercise.

VIRGIL
So what you're sayin' is from their perspective,
I'm a tasty morsel?

RUBIO
Oh, a downright delicacy. I think you're on tomorrow's
menu, unless, of course, you can come up with
a morsel tastier than yourself, like this - Zebra,
perhaps, or some of her friends.

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The rain continues. Thunder claps and lightning flashes.

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Gabrielle is alone in the cave. The water has risen. Xena enters with some vines.

XENA
(whispering) Gabrielle? Gabrielle.

Xena helps her up. Gabrielle is still freezing.

XENA
Here Here. The time's come. We're getting you
out of here, all right?

GABRIELLE
Oh.

XENA
All right.

Xena starts to tie the vines onto Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I have a--a last wish.

XENA
I don't want to hear of it.

GABRIELLE
No - I'm serious. You don't want to know?

XENA
What is it, then?

GABRIELLE
I don't want to be buried--with the Amazons.

XENA
All right. Well, in fifty years, when the time comes.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I wanna lie with you, with your family? In
Amphipolis.

XENA
What about your family?

Gabrielle is shaking.

GABRIELLE
I love them...but I'm a part of you. I want it to be
like that forever.

Xena holds Gabrielle's hand.

GABRIELLE
(whispers) I love you.

XENA
(whisper) Okay.

Xena carries on with the vines.

GABRIELLE
This is all my fault.

Xena takes Gabrielle's face in her hands.

XENA
This is not your fault. This is not your fault. It's
mine for setting you on a path you were never
meant to walk.

Xena carries on with the vines.

GABRIELLE
Any path is okay, Xena, as long as it's with you.

XENA
I'm setting you on a path to somewhere warm
and dry.

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Thunder claps and lightning flashes.

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Xena is climbing the rock wall with Gabrielle tied to her back. It's still pouring rain.

XENA
Ugggh.

Xena climbs.

XENA
Hang on, Gabrielle.

Xena grunts as she puts her hand over the top.

XENA
A-a-a-a-a-a-ah!

Xena pulls them over the rim. Xena lays Gabrielle down.

GABRIELLE
It's cold. It's cold. Cold.

Xena takes off the vines. There are torches in the woods.

XENA
Gabrielle. Gabrielle. Listen. Don't be afraid. Trust me.

Xena stands.

XENA
A-la-la-la-la-la-la-seee-yah!

The torches move towards them as the cannibals grunt. Xena runs off and hides in the bush.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Xena? Xena. Xena. Xena.

The cannibals surround Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
No. No.

The cannibals pick her up.

GABRIELLE
Xena! Ugh, ugh. Xena!

Gabrielle moans. Xena comes out of hiding and watches Gabrielle being taken away.

GABRIELLE
Xena-a-a-a-a!

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Moon. Wolf howls.

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Gabrielle is carried by the cannibals.

EXTRA
Hoy, ya du! Kee do.

Xena is behind a tree, sword drawn. She watches them, then waits until they move past to follow. Two cannibals drop from the trees and Xena quickly defeats them. She takes a boar head.

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Virgil and Rubio wait. The door is open and Gabrielle is tossed in.

VIRGIL
Gabrielle!

Virgil catches her and holds her. The cannibals leave.

VIRGIL
You're freezing. Give me that rug!

Rubio does so. He moves to touch Gabrielle and Virgil hits his hand away.

RUBIO
Ow! You just gained more time. Women always
retain more.

GABRIELLE
Who is that?

RUBIO
"That" is Rubio. You may call me-

VIRGIL
Shut up! (to Gabrielle) Where's Xena?

GABRIELLE
I don't know.

Several cannibals enter with the Fire Starter.

VIRGIL
Don't hurt her. Take me. Take me.

He is shoved back by one of the cannibals. Two of them pick Gabrielle up. The table is cleared and Gabrielle laid upon it. She is held down. The Fire Starter touches Gabrielle's wound and she screams. Virgil moves to help, but it held back by Rubio. The Fire Starter forces Gabrielle to drink some watery, red liquid he pours from the skull of a dear. He then sprinkles some seeds onto her and moves a staff with an animal skull on it over her.

FIRE STARTER
Glor-se nal-l-l na. Nee sey gal-no. Hors say ne
ha. Klas-s-s-na.

He sighs and the cannibals leave. Virgil moves to Gabrielle.

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The cannibals chant. Xena moves by, hidden beneath a boar head. She moves into a dark corner and takes off the head.

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Virgil holds Gabrielle.

VIRGIL
They were trying to treat your wound.

RUBIO
These boys will do anything to save meat from
going bad. No offense.

VIRGIL
Maybe you should rest, Gabrielle, because if given
half the chance, I promise you, I'm gonna get us
out of here.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Be ready when Xena comes.

VIRGIL
I will.

Gabrielle passes out.

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Xena looks around at the cannibals.

ALPHA MALE
Kay-va! Kay no! Kay! La! Doe!

He shoves another cannibal. A cannibal is crewing on what remains on the bones of an animal. Fire Starter chants and then tosses something into the fire which makes it burn higher.

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Day.

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Xena is standing in front of the waterfall. An idea forms. She draws her chakram and throws it. It cuts down two trees and moves some boulders.

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Xena cuts a large tree with her sword. She kicks it and it falls.

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Another tree falls. Xena plants her sword into it.

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Logs move down the river.

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Xena uses a stick as a level under a boulder and sets it moving down the hill.

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Boulders move down the hill.

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Xena ties the logs with vines.

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Xena ties a vine to a large rock and then pulls it into a tree. She leads the vine to another tree and ties it tight. Xena has created a dam. The waterfall has stopped.

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Virgil tends to Gabrielle.

VIRGIL
Yeah.

Gabrielle moans as he holds her gently and wipes her neck with a damp cloth.

VIRGIL
Hey.

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Hey.

Gabrielle fully wakes up and gasps.

VIRGIL
Your fever's broken, but you're still weak.

GABRIELLE
Virgil, I'm so sorry.

VIRGIL
For what?

GABRIELLE
I lost my nerve. That's how I got hurt. If I had just
killed that cannibal who attacked me, then Xena
and I would have saved you by now.

VIRGIL
Never apologize for having compassion, Gabrielle.
That's one of the most beautiful things about you.

They hug. The cannibals enter. Virgil stands.

VIRGIL
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! Wait! Wait!
Don't hurt her! Do not hurt her! Don't hurt her!
Take me instead! Take. Me. Instead!

Gabrielle is taken.

GABRIELLE
Virgil!

VIRGIL
Wait! Wait! Wait!

Gabrielle is taken and the door closed behind her.

VIRGIL
Where are they taking her?! Where are they taking her?!

Virgil grabs the bars on the door and looks out after Gabrielle.

VIRGIL
No! Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle! Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle!

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Xena hears Virgil shouting from afar.

VIRGIL
Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle! Gabrie-e-e-e-e-e-elle!

Xena runs. Cannibals comes out and attack her. Xena fights them.

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Gabrielle is dragged forward. The Fire Starter pulls one last piece of meat from the roasting stick then glares at Gabrielle.

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Xena fights some cannibals.

XENA
Yah!

Xena battles.

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The cannibals chant as Gabrielle is tied to a stick. The Fire Starter issues orders as he mixes something in a blow.

FIRE STARTER
Go da. Whoosh-na. Go oda-do. Un na-ooh. Bosh
na. Go-ughg.

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Xena fights. A cannibal bites her foot.

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The paste is smeared over Gabrielle.

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Xena battles the cannibals. She kills them all and runs.

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The paste is smeared over Gabrielle. Virgil watches.

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

A hollow reed is shoved in Gabrielle's mouth.

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

The cannibals cheer.

XENA
A-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-le!

Virgil smiles. The chakram hits the hand of the Alpha Male and he drops his weapon. The chakram then breaks the vines holding Gabrielle. Xena flips into the camp.

XENA
Ye-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yi!

Gabrielle removes the reed from her mouth and fights off the cannibals with the stick she was tied to. Xena and Gabrielle battle the cannibals. Xena moves to Gabrielle.

XENA
Get Virgil! Get to the horses!

Gabrielle moves off. Xena holds a torch. She spits liquor onto the flame and it hits a cannibal who falls to the ground rolling around. The Alpha Male beats the flame on his arm. Xena knocks over the liquor and sets it on fire. It explodes and cannibals go flying. She then throws the chakram with a yell and it whooshes through the camp knocking out cannibals. She draws her sword and battles.

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Gabrielle moves to rescue Virgil and Rubio.

VIRGIL
Hurry! Hurry!

She kicks the door open and then starts to run, followed by Virgil and Rubio.

GABRIELLE
Come on!

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Xena battles the cannibals. Virgil joins the battle. The Fire Starter grabs a cannibal and shouts out muttered orders. Xena battles. She hits a cannibal.

EXTRA
O-o-w-w-w-w.

Xena and Virgil battle. Gabrielle leads Rubio along. Xena smiles at the cannibals.

XENA
Ha-a-a-ah!

She kicks a cannibal into another.

ALPHA MALE
Ga roo! Doy gal ya!

Xena fights. Gabrielle, Virgil and Rubio mount the horses.

VIRGIL
Let's go!

GABRIELLE
Xena!

Xena runs over to them and mounts another horse.

XENA
Yah!

GABRIELLE
Hyah! Hyah!

The four ride out of the camp.

FIRE STARTER
Goo ro do go ga. Moo gad a!

The cannibals follow.

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Xena stops her horse and the others do the same.

XENA
Whoa. Stand up.

Gabrielle sees the dam.

RUBIO
Why are we stopping? We must keep moving!

GABRIELLE
It looks like the cannibals weren't the only ones
cooking something up.

VIRGIL
So, what's the plan?

XENA
I'm going back.

Xena dismounts.

RUBIO
Going back?

XENA
I'm going back to lead the cannibals around below
the dam. Gabrielle and Virgil, I want you to stay
here. When you see them in position, cut the vine.

Gabrielle and Virgil look and see the vine.

RUBIO
What about me?

XENA
You take the horses and get outta here.

RUBIO
Ooh. Yeah.

Virgil and Gabrielle dismount. Rubio leaves.

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The cannibals run.

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Xena runs. The cannibals can be heard grunting.

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Gabrielle and Virgil hear grunting and see cannibals moving around. They hide. Cannibals enter the clearing.

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Xena jumps behind the cannibals.

XENA
She-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-yah!

The cannibals turn to face her. Alpha Male and Fire Starter are leading them. Xena runs and they follow.

XENA
Yeee-yah!

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Clearing. Cannibals look around.

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Xena is chased.

XENA
Come on! Ye-e-e-e-eyah!

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Gabrielle draws a sai.

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Clip from "Legacy."

GABRIELLE
Korah?

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Gabrielle looks up from her weapon.

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The cannibals follow Xena into the dry riverbed.

XENA
(to herself) Come on, piggies.

She keeps running.

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Gabrielle watches the cannibals find the vine holding the rock.

GABRIELLE
Oh, no.

Gabrielle stands and moves quietly. A cannibal looks at the vine.

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Xena is chased.

XENA
Come and get it! Dinner's calling.

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The cannibal looks at the vine, then turns to leave. Gabrielle attacks and stabs him. Virgil attacks.

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Xena arrives at the bottom of the waterfall and draws her sword. She faces the herd of cannibals before her.

XENA
Gabrielle, now! Gabrielle!

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Gabrielle battles.

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Xena holds off the cannibals.

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Gabrielle and Virgil battle.

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Xena stabs the Alpha Male.

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Gabrielle battles. Xena can be heard shouting.

XENA
Gabrielle!

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Virgil battles.

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Xena battles.

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Gabrielle battles.

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Xena battles.

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Virgil battles.

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Xena battles.

XENA
Gabrie-e-e-elle!

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Gabrielle battles. Virgil battles. Gabrielle stands.

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Xena battles.

XENA
Gabrielle!

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Gabrielle battles. Xena can be heard yelling.

XENA
Do it now!

Gabrielle kills a cannibal. Gabrielle cuts the vine.

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The rock falls.

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The dam breaks.

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Xena fights. Water starts to pour down.

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The dam breaks.

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Xena jumps out of the river bed.

XENA
H-i-i-i-i-i-yah!

She grabs a rock wall.

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The water hits the Cannibals.

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Gabrielle watches.

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The water hits the cannibals.

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Virgil smiles.

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The water hits the cannibals and washes them away. Xena holds onto the wall.

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Gabrielle watches.

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Xena holds onto the wall. The cannibals are washed away.

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Virgil moves to Gabrielle.

VIRGIL
You okay?

GABRIELLE
(whispering) Yeah.

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Xena climbs.

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Virgil and Gabrielle move off.

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Rubio eats a banana and a watermelon. Xena sharpens her sword. Gabrielle joins her, now clean.

XENA
This sword's looking a little worse for wear. How
you feeling?

GABRIELLE
I feel better.

XENA
I mean upstairs.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I did what I had to do. I will learn to live with
my mistakes...no matter how terrible they may
be, but that's the way.

RUBIO
What way?

XENA
Who are you, anyway?

Rubio stands.

RUBIO
I am Rubio, but you may call me-

Virgil puts a hand on his shoulder.

VIRGIL
We know.

He sits.

RUBIO
Rubio.

Xena looks at Gabrielle and smiles.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
William Gregory Lee as Virgil
Ian Harcourt as Rubio
John Wielemaker as Alpha Male
Mark Williams as Fire Maker
Jason Palmer as Hosep
Owen Black as Korah [uncredited]
Steve Tate as Djindar #1

Written by: James Kahn
Directed by: Rick Jacobson

Disclaimer: Virgil's appetite was suppressed during the making of this motion picture.