This transcript is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Smith.
She's over here.
Are those men with Theodorus?
Yes, they're sure to be heading back to him.
Yeah, just anything to do with Callisto.
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?
Welcome home, Xena.
What are you doing here?
You're on your way to Amphipolis. I came out to
But, I'm not. This is dangerous. You shouldn't
But you are coming home, back where you're
loved and needed. Back where you belong.
Who are you?
What do you want?
Want? Well, I told you. I just wanted to welcome
you back into my fold.
I have no idea what you're talking about.
I'm talking about your execution of Callisto.
That's not what happened.
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, help me, please. Don't let me die. You
can't let me die. I am you.
Who are you to judge the things I've done? I can
change, Xena. I can change.
You did. I can. Please help me. Hurry, help me!
I'm scared, Xena. Please, please.
No, Ares. No!
Gabrielle, wake up. Gabrielle, wake up.
Xena, come on. You can't go on like this.
Gabrielle, do you think I executed Callisto?
No, I think that you did what you had to do.
These dreams, they're all about her. Ares taunting
me, saying that I murdered her. That I never gave
her a chance to change.
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.
What are you saying?
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.
After all, she didn't create you.
Gabrielle, do you dream?
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.
What's the matter? Are we on the right trail?
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.
Why were you following me?!
To bring you to justice! The same way Xena and
I brought Callisto to justice.
Callisto? All she could ever think about was Xena!
And it got her killed.
What do you say, boys? Shall we see what the
mighty Joxer is made of...from the inside?!
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.
And the entire Athenian army!
Regroup, into the woods, now!
Yeah, I'm really getting mad, now! That's right,
'cause you're dealing with Joxer, the Magnificent!
Don't worry I cleared the place out for you.
Are we going after him?
No, not in the darkness.
Right behind you.
They won't get far. We'll camp here.
I'll get the blankets.
Calm down, Joxer. We saw ya.
Great! Well, you think you can cut me down, without
dropping me flat on my face?
I let her die, Gabrielle. At the time, I thought it was
justice, but, I don't know now.
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
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.
This is a dream.
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.
What kind of help?
Help from a god, perhaps.
What are you doing, Ares? What's your plan?
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.
Uh-h-h-h, no. Not anymore. Funny, I never really
got to know Callisto, until after you killed her. She
I didn't kill her, Ares.
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?
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.
All right! I am guilty of murder.
I've been waiting for you to say that.
Gabrielle, wake up. I understand, now. Callisto
is free. Somehow, she's back, and she's working
What are we gonna do? If Ares-
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.
No. Joxer will only get himself killed. Gather up
Welcome back, Callisto.
Ah. I wonder how Xena's enjoying her new surroundings.
END OF ACT ONE
Come on. Come on, girl.
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.
What's the matter, girl? Something's wrong with
Argo. I think you should take her reins.
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.
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.
It's up to me? Is that what you're saying?
No, Gabrielle, but she's going to try and kill my mother.
She has to be stopped.
Well, I can do that, but, what then? I've never felt
This is ridiculous. What you're saying is impossible,
and it's exactly what I'd expect of you, Callisto.
She got to me through my dreams, Hades, through
my guilt. And Ares is helping her.
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.
I was down here with Marcus, remember?
That's no secret. You'll have to do better than that.
I stabbed Marcus in the heart because I love him.
You saw it. How many people would know that
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.
If you help me, we can defeat him.
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.
Come on, Gabrielle, focus on your enemy.
This is new for me, okay?
It is not new; it's just buried. You had that fire when
you went up against Callisto the first time, remember?
Yes, I remember! I don't want to go there, again.
I can't do this, Xena. Killing...it...the idea-
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!
Come on, Gabrielle. Brace with your back foot
and lunge with your whole body.
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.
I said, kill me, little girl! Come on, right here in
the chest. Put me out of my misery!
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.
Very good, Gabrielle!
I'm sorry I had to do that-
-but you had to face it, and, well you weren't going
to get there without it, were you?
I think I'm gonna be sick. For a moment there, I
thought you were Callisto and I--I hated you.
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.
Now, you stay here and wait, rest a while, while
I deal with the scum who's been following us.
Oh, very good, my sweet.
Oh, you're gonna be so good once I finish training
you. What are you doing with that girl?
That's my business. I have plans for her.
Stop thinking of revenge. Xena has already escaped
the Underworld. Don't you even think of taking
Don't even think of stopping me.
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
First things first, Ares. I promised you my allegiance.
I promised you an army to rule the world. You
promised me satisfaction!
I did, didn't I?
Who was following us?
Oh, just one of Theodorus' men. Don't worry, I
scared him off. We have to get moving.
Right. I'll get Argo.
No. No, Argo has to stay here. She hasn't been
herself. I don't want her getting hurt because of me.
Are you sure? I mean, she's been a little skittish.
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.
You can't figure it out, can you? I look like Xena,
I even smell like Xena. But, something tells you
Poor, dumb animal. You don't know what's going
on. You don't know whether to run or stay. Well...
...you should've run.
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.
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.
Joxer, put your sword down and I'll explain.
Over my dead body...maybe.
Okay, girl, this is gonna hurt a bit. But I have to
put this against your lung.
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.
Prove to me then that you're Xena.
Have you ever seen Callisto use pressure points?
Okay! Okay! You're Xena. Release it! Release it!
Okay, okay. Okay. You're...Xena, then. So did--did
you, I mean, Callisto...whoever, try to kill Argo?
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.
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.
No, don't give her a reason. Put the swords away.
She's no threat if we're no threat.
Is that what you think of me?
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.
Talk. I don't really feel like talking.
Then, get out of here, or just kill me in cold blood.
Yeah, Xena, kill him!
-who will you follow, now?
You, Xena, Warrior Princess.
Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena! Xena!
Enough! Take my army to Amphipolis. Capture
the town, and bring everyone here. Don't forget
a soul, understand? And don't kill anyone.
What? What is it?
I don't know. I can't tell yet in this body. But I think
-take a nap.
Ah-ah-ah-ah. I'll just catch it and throw it back.
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.
Ooh, I like that move.
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.
END OF ACT THREE
Kill her, Gabrielle, hurry!
Gabrielle, wait! Listen to me. I'm going to tell you
the impossible! I'm Xena!
She's up to something, Gabrielle. Don't trust her.
Callisto tricked me with my guilt! She's working
You killed Perdicus!
Ask her if she knows your dreams, Gabrielle!
Remember? You told me all you could dream
about since Perdicus died was what? Ask her!
What was it? What was I dreaming?
She's trying to trick you.
What was it?!
You've been dreaming of this moment, the moment
you finally get to avenge his death.
No, Callisto. Gabrielle hasn't dreamt anything
since you killed Perdicus.
Are you really Xena?
But, how could she-
I'll explain later.
I almost killed you.
Oh, ow! Ah!
It's me, Joxer.
Just a reflex. Callisto, she got away from me again,
We have to hurry. I don't have much time before
Hades calls me back to Tartarus.
Xena, Callisto has your village. She's taking them
to a--a cave.
To use 'em as hostages?
No, she wants my village to die the same way
hers did. By fire. And she wants me there to see it.
So, what's the plan?
We have to get some things first. Callisto used
my guilt to betray me. I have to turn that back on her.
Get in there!
Get in the cage!
Get in there!
Is this everyone?
Everyone we could find.
Get the torches ready and stand by. Xe - Callisto
is coming. And when she gets here, we'll burn
them all. Understand?
No, but it will be done.
Xena? Xena. What are you doing? Please, let
Look into my eyes, old woman. Xena's not home.
Who are you?
Just another loving daughter. (to Gressius) That
woman, make sure the first torch lands at her feet.
Come on, Xena. You don't have much time. Come
to me, Xena.
Oh, it's you.
What do you think you're doing? If you can just
wait, you'll have it all. In a short time-
In a short time, Xena will be back in the Underworld,
and I won't have my satisfaction.
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!
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.
This...was not my plan.
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.
You're on your own, then.
It's oil! Put out your torches!
Stand your ground! I said, stand your ground!
We'll be burned alive! Let's get out of here!
To the river!
Waste no time!
We'll all be killed!
Xena, time's not on your side. Show yourself.
It's happening, Callisto.
No, I still get my revenge. If Hades takes you down
to the Underworld, you'll still know that I killed her.
Xena, you put me to sleep. This is a dream.
You're only half right, Callisto. As you said, the
dream is the border between the real world and
It makes no difference. I can still wake up from
this nightmare. And I will have no guilt to make
my dreams restless.
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.
Are you thinking of your family now? Because
when you think of the dead-
The dead can hear you.
Mama? Look at her, Xena. You look at my mother!
She's here to remind you of your past.
No, I'm not here because of Xena. I've come
because of you.
Yes. Every time you killed, you were killing me.
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?
No. No, you can't make me feel guilty.
You're right. Only you can do that.
I've got my own past to deal with. But I'm not taking
the weight of your crimes anymore.
Look around you. These people didn't need to die.
No. No, you go away! I didn't do anything! She
did it! Not me!
You can't shut it out. It's like a crashing wave.
Once it starts, there's no stopping it.
I love you, Callisto. You'll always be my daughter,
but you have to face your crimes.
Hold it! Don't move. Who are you?
It's me, Gabrielle. Xena.
How do I know that?
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.
It's great, 'cause it's, hey, remember, thee um,
you guys? Oh, I helped.
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-
It's me, Joxer.
Right. I was just testing.
Get used to it. I'm in her body.
Right! Of course you are!
Again, I want to thank you for protecting Argo.
You were very heroic.
Well, you know? Us heroes got to stick together,
'cause, when I come in, it's two swords blazing,
and then, and-
I'm calm. See, nerves of steel.
I'm sorry it took so long. I didn't want to get out
of bed. Did you sleep?
Yeah. We better get going.
Wait. So, this is it? I mean, you're just, in there,
Looks like it. Gabrielle, this can't be easy for you.
If you don't want to come with me, I understand.
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
Try not to think of the hatred you have for this body,
for Callisto. Try and think of the love that you have
I'll try. I dreamt a wonderful story last night. Do
you want to hear it?
I'd love to.
"I sing the song of Perdicus, the boy I knew, the
man I loved."
END OF ACT FOUR
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Lucy Lawless as Callisto
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle
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.