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A FISTFUL OF DINARS
aka Three For Godhood, The Hard Way


EPISODE NO. 14
Season 1, episode 14
Series 114
1st release: 01-29-96
2nd release: 05-20-96
3rd release: 01-06-97
1st strip release: 08-24-98
2nd strip release: 11-18-98
Production number: 76918
Script number:
Approximate shooting dates: November 1995
Last update: 02-12-99


GUEST STARS, CAST & CREDITS
PROMO TRANSCRIPTION
TV GUIDE PROMO
AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
SYNOPSIS
COMMENTARY
WHIMPERS, MURMURS, AND A LOVE GONE TOO FAR
HIGHLIGHTS
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
MORE THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
TRANSCRIPT
DISCLAIMER
WHOOSH! ARTICLES
LINKS


GUEST STARS
Jeremy Roberts (Thersites)
Peter Daube (Petracles)

CAST
Richard Foulkes Jr. (Lycus)
Huntly Eliott (Calicus)
Merv Smith (Head Villager)
John Smith (Marleus)
Lawrence Wharerau (Klonig)

CREDITS
Written by Steven L. Sears and R.J. Stewart
Edited by Robert Field
Directed by Josh Becker


PROMO TRANSCRIPTION
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TV GUIDE PROMO
Xena is drawn into a treacherous treasure hunt that forces her to team up with a desperate assassin and a ruthless warlord -- who happens to be her former fiance.

A hidden key to a chamber containing Ambrosia, which turns mortals into gods, will fall into the wrong hands if Xena does not find it first.

Xena joins a party of adventurers searching for a hidden treasure rumored to hold the key to immortality.

Xena searches for the lost treasure of the Sumerians to keep ambrosia from falling into the wrong hands.


AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
1st RELEASE: 01-29-96
An AA average of 5.7
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) STAR TREK: DS9 7th with 7.0
(2) HERCULES 9th with 6.5
(3) XENA 14th with 5.7
(4) BAYWATCH 16th with 5.2

2nd RELEASE: 05-20-96
An AA average of 4.4
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) STAR TREK: DS9 9th with 5.7
(2) HERCULES 15th with 5.0
(3) XENA 18th with 4.4

3rd RELEASE: 01-06-97
An AA average of 5.0
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) STAR TREK: DS9 9th with 6.0
(2) HERCULES 14th with 5.3
(3) XENA 16th with 5.0





SYNOPSIS:

This synopsis is by Kym Taborn.

Xena has the 2nd clue ("neither east nor west"), Thersites the assassin has two clues ("the teacher's" and "student"), and Petracles, Xena's ex-fiance, has a clue ("is not incorrect"). They are the only clues to the whereabouts of the mythic Summarian (or is it Cimmarian) Treasure. Therefore, a fragile partnership is made to recover the treasure. Gabrielle suspects that Xena is in for more than the treasure, and it is true. Xena is after the Titan's key which allows access to ambrosia, the food of the gods. A mortal who eats ambrosia is made into a god.

Xena tries to warn Gabrielle about Petracles, but Gabrielle doesn't listen. Gabrielle doesn't take it seriously until Petracles kisses her. Petracles later accuses Xena of being jealous.

Arriving at the hidden entrance of the treasure, the partners figure out the clue and find the treasure. Thersites finds the Titan's key first and kidnaps Gabrielle. Xena and Petracles take a shortcut and meet Thersites in the ambrosia room. Thersites stabs Petracles. Xena skewers Thersites. Petracles before dying, shows Xena that he had always carried her wedding bracelet on his person. Xena disposes of the ambrosia.



COMMENTARY:

Commentary Kym Taborn.

This show is a weird fusion of Indiana Jones adventure with spaghetti western sensibilities. The writers must have been up watching TV too late one night.

It also was one of the strong friendship episodes. An example of how complex Xena and Gabrielle's friendship had become by "Dinars" was illustrated by Petracles comment about Xena's jealousy. Was Petracles saying Xena was jealous because (1) he was attentive to Gabrielle and Xena still liked him; (2) he was attentive to Gabrielle and Xena didn't like him; (3) he was attentive to Gabrielle and Gabrielle liked him; (4) he was attentive to Gabrielle and Xena liked Gabrielle; (5) Gabrielle was attentive to him and Xena liked him; (6) Gabrielle was attentive to him and Xena didn't like him; (7) Gabrielle was attentive to him and he liked her; (8) Gabrielle was attentive to him and Xena liked her; or (9) any two or more from the above. Talk about double, triple, etc. entendres!



WHIMPERS, MURMURS, AND A LOVE GONE TOO FAR

12-21-98. From R.J. Stewart's (the executive producer of XWP) RealHollywood 12-15-98 chat:



Nail asks "it often seems that you and Steven Sears are having an on-screen conversation. How closely do you collaborate on your scripts?"

R.J.Stewart says "You know, on our scripts .. the writing of the scripts not at all .. he writes his and I write mine. In the overall plan, ALL the stories .. we all talk about the characters in general story sessions where we're really aware of what the other person's doing. There's relatively little collaboration in the actual writing of the scripts except in a positive way of notes and such. But, the overall planning of the season is a very collaborative thing with us all .. so, yes and no."




HIGHLIGHTS:

Highlights by Kym Taborn.

(1) The interaction between Gabrielle and Thersites, especially after the bridge incident. Ignore the Xena and Petracles conversation and watch Gabrielle and Thersites in the background as they duke it out.

(2) The Gabrielle and Petracles discussion about who was the smoothest talker.

(3) Xena's singlemindedness in rescuing Gabrielle from the falling bridge.



THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR

These things are by Beth Gaynor.

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MORE THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR

12-25-98. From CR. The assassin Thersites, dragging Gabby off to get the ambrosia which will make him a god: "Wait'll they get a load of me!" is lifted from The Joker in the movie "Batman".

From Nick Nayko. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the recycled prop in "Armageddon Now 1" from "Fistful of Dinars". The Eye of Hephaestus is in the niche with the bow and arrows. I guess Ares stole it too.

The statute of Demeter (the goddess of hearth and home) which first appeared in A FISTFUL OF DINARS (#14), appears also in ALTARED STATES (#19), A DAY IN THE LIFE (#39), and BLIND FAITH (#42).

Keep your eyes on Xena's fingers between scenes when she pulls the Sumerian coin out of the bag (along with the map) toward the beginning of the episode.



TRANSCRIPT

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DISCLAIMER:

No Ambrosia was Spilled, Spoiled or in any way harmed during the production of this motion picture. (Thanks to the indefinite shelf life of marshmallows.)



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