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GABRIELLE'S HOPE



"Gabrielle's Hope"  Episode 5/54

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[Gabrielle's Dream]

G:  "I had that-- that dream again." 

X:  "Yeah, I know.  Part of the same thing, Gabrielle.  Your body
and your
dreams are
just reacting to your first kill."

G:  "I'll never forgive myself."

X:  "It was instinct."

G:  "No, you're wrong.  Uh-- I made the decision to kill her.  I
went
against everything
that I stand for."

X:  "I know it's hard.  I remember my first kill.  But, you are
going to get
through this
thing.  You're gonna wake up one day and have hope again.  You'll
see,
there's so much
good to be done."

G:  "Maybe.  I just feel like I should be punished for what I've
done."

X:  "You _are_ being punished by your conscience.  For someone
like you,
there couldn't
be a worse torture."

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X:  "You finish those herbs I gave you?"

G:  "Yeah, but it's not doing any good."

X:  "And the pressure points didn't work either.  You got it bad.
On the
bright side,
seasickness'll be a romp after this."

G:  "That's right-- we're getting on a ship."

X:  "Unfortunately, it is the only way to get back to Greece."

G:  "Well, I guess I'll be glad to get off this island."

X:  "Hmmm."

G:  "Brittania didn't turn out to be my favorite place.  What was
that?"

X:  "I don't know.  It was too high-pitched to be a wolf.  Let's
get out of
these woods."

G:  "Good idea."

[Fight with Banshees]

Grey Banshee:  "Gabrielle, we honor you."

G:  "Xena!  I don't know why, but they won't attack me."

X:  "Good-- all the more for me."

G:  "Will you just stay behind me?"

X:  "I'm gonna kick these ladies' butts."

G:  "Xena, will you please?!  I don't feel good at all."

X:  "All right.  Well, this is your lucky day.  My friend's not
feeling
well.  Come on."

Frizzy Banshee:  "Gabrielle, we mean you no harm."

Grey Banshee:  "We're your friends. We love you.  We worship
you."

Frizzy Banshee:  "Let us Banshees care for you.  You are the
chosen one,
Gabrielle."

X:  "They're ranting; come on."

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[ACT I]

G:  "Banshees-- what are they?  Are they-- are they human?"

X:  "I've only heard stories, but it seems they take on mortal
features just
before they
strike.  Then they go back into shade form once they hit you.  I
was _just_
getting their
timing."

G:  "Xena, what do you think they wanted with me?"

X:  "Who knows?  It's just another reason to get out of Brittania
and back
to Greece. 
They were very strange."

G:  "Yeah, you're telling me.  And I thought the Greek immortals
were freaks."

X:  "Yeah, but they're our freaks.  You all right?"

G:  "Yeah-- my stomach's better.  It's just-- my soul.  Xena, I
thought that
Crafstar was
leading me to the salvation of the world-- through peace and
light.  And
instead I
discovered the heart of darkness.  I became a part of that.  I
think that
that's what the
Banshees were talking about-- that maybe that there's an evil in
me-- and
that they want to
worship that?"

X:  "Now, you stop that.  Gabrielle,  what you're talking now is
nonsense.  What
happened in that temple cannot destroy the core of your goodness.
It only
gave it a
greater challenge.  You're gonna rise above it.  I know you will.
Come on,
let's go eat."

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X:  "We're looking for passage back to Greece."

Innkeeper:  "The only boat I know going that far south is old
Hasdrud-al
(sp?).  He's a
Phoenecian trader."

X:  "Where can I find him?"

Innkeeper:  "In his warehouse, over by the wharf-- checking out
his cargo."

X:  "Thanks.  Look, why don't you wait here, and I'll go talk to
this
Hasdrud-al."

G:  "It sounds like a plan.  Maybe I'll get something to eat."

X:  "Yeah, that'd be great if you can manage it.  Ha-- have you
got any
chicken broth?"

Innkeeper:  "Yeah."

X:  "There you go.  That should go down pretty easy.  I'll be
back, soon."

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Villager:  "She's in there.  Get the torches."

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Innkeeper:  "OK."

G:  "Hey-- can I have some cherries too, please?"

Innkeeper:  "Yeah, yeah."

G:  "And some beef jerky."

Innkeeper:  "Uh-huh."

G:  "Mmmm-- pork liver."

Innkeeper:  "Right."

G:  "I mean, if you've got it.  Oh, and don't overcook it, 'cause
I like it
really bloody."

Innkeeper:  "Yeah."

G:  "You know-- if you melt some cheese over the top, that would
be perfect."

Innkeeper:  "Sure."

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X:  "How much for two passages to Greece?"

Hasdrud-al:  "Aah-- Greece is a long way."

X:  "Cut the [?] talk.  How much?"

Hasdrud-al:  "Maybe-- eighty Mycenean dinars."

X:  "Are you crazy?  Where am I gonna come up with that kind of
money?"

Hasdrud-al:  "I'm afraid that's your concern-- not mine."

X:  "All right, then-- let's just make it fory-- "

Hasdrud-al:  "Eighty-- nothing less."

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G:  "Hmmm.  You know-- can I have some more goat's cream,
please?"

Innkeeper:  "Mm-hmm."

G:  "Hmm.  Hey-- if you have any chicken gizzards-- you just fry
'em in some
sheep lard. 
Send 'em my way."

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G:  "Hmm.  This is so good."

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Villager:  "Burn the witch!  Burn!  Burn!"

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Innkeeper:  "Why don't you just get out of here?!  I don't
deserve this."

G:  "Hmm."

Innkeeper:  "I didn't do anything!"

G:  "What are you talking about?"

Innkeeper:  "That!"

Villager:  "Yeah!  Burn the witch!"

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X:  "All right, Hasdrud-al.  Fifteen Mycenean dinars, paid when
we've
arrived in Athens."

Hasdrud-al:  "Agreed-- your hand on it.  Payment due before we
set sail
tomorrow."

X:  "You drive a hard bargain.  Uh-- I'll see you tomorrow."

Sold:  "Aaahh."

X:  "You guys-- you're really asking for it, aren't you?"

[Fight]

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Bearded Villager:  "You witch!"

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G:  "Xena!"

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Villager's Voice:  "Get her!"

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X:  "Gabrielle!"

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Woman's Voice:  "She's heading toward the [?] bridge!"

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G:  "Uh!"

X:  "Why are you chasing my friend?"

Bearded Villager:  "The warriors."

X:  "The ones with the pierced hearts?"

Bearded Villager:  "Yes.  They said that she will-- bring in the
beginning
of the end."

X:  "The end of what?!"

Bearded Villager:  "Goodness."

X:  "And where do these warriors live?"

Bearded Villager:  "In the forest of the Banshees."

X:  "Gabr-- All right, Banshees-- time for a rematch."

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Banshee:  "Don't be afraid, Gabrielle."

G:  "Why are you doing this?  What do you want with me?"

Frizzy Banshee:  "We wanna serve you-- "

Grey Banshee:  "-- worship you--" 

Brown Banshee:  "-- nourish you."

G:  "Nourish me?  Worship me?"

Brown Banshee:  "You are the gate-- the way-- the spring."

G:  "I don't know what you're talking about.  Oh!  What is
happening to my
stomach?"

Brown Banshee:  "Don't you know?"

G:  "Know what?"

Brown Banshee:  "You carry within you the child that will bring a
new order
to the
world-- the child of darkness."

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[ACT II]

G:  "I'm carrying a child?  I don't think so.  Xena-- they're
crazy!  Now,
look-- we're--
we're going walk out of here like we did last time, OK?"

Brown Banshee:  "No!  We can't let you leave the forest again
until the baby
is born."

G:  "Xena, let's just run for it.  I-- I'm feeling much better."

X:  "Oh, we don't have to run for it.  I'm gonna slap these
bitches silly.
We're leaving this
forest.  You got a problem with that?"

[Fight]

X:  "Gabrielle-- now we run."

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X:  "Go!  Come on!"

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X:  "There it is.  Inside, quick-- legend says they can't follow
without
being asked.  I am
still a _hair_ off from my timing, but next time, they're in
trouble."

G:  "Uh.  Where are we?  Why did we come to this place?"

X:  "We should be safe, here."

G:  "How do you know?"

X:  "This is the castle of the warriors of the pierced heart.
They're
working against the
Banshees, I think.  Why don't you take this off?"

G:  "No-- Xena, what's going on?  Ahh."

X:  "I think you're pregnant.  I'd say you're in your fourth
month, I mean-- "

G:  "That's ridiculous.  Xena, I'm--I'm having a hysterical
reaction to
killing Meridian. 
Tell me who these warriors are."

X:  "They're the ones that sent the lynch-mob on you."

G:  "And they're supposed to be an improvement over the Banshees?
Xena-- "

X:  "Shh."

G:  "-- at least they seem interested in protecting me."

X:  "Not you-- it."

G:  "Stop talking like that!  I am not pregnant.  There has to be
a logical
explanation-- "

X:  "Gabrielle, what's wrong?"

G:  "It moved.  What is it?"

X:  "I don't know-- but it's growing very fast.  Come on, we
gotta find a
place for you to
lie down-- this way."

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G:  "I'm being punished."

X:  "What?!"

G:  "I'm being punished for killing Meridian."

X:  "Gabrielle, you are not the first person ever to shed blood."

G:  "Xena, you don't understand.  I-- I was gonna break the
cycle.  I mean,
all-- all that
pain and that violence was gonna stop with me."

X:  "Yeah, yeah.  Now, I want you to get some rest, all right?"

G:  "I was gonna revere life-- "

X:  "Shh."

G:  "-- bring peace-- heal-- it's the one thing that I never
doubted--
never-- my role as
peacemaker.  And then I did-- I killed and now, someone--
something-- is
making me pay. 
Ah, it's growing."

X:  "Rest now.  Go to sleep, Gabrielle.  Rest now.  Yeah.  Lie
down."

G:  "Mmm."

X:  "Everything's all right."

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Warriors' Voices:  "-- die, if that's what it takes!"  "I say
it's wrong!"
[And other
incomprehensible dialogue]

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Goen:  "You have violated-- the most sacred trust of the round
table."

Taswan [?]:  "We didn't attack the girl."

Iochid:  "You're hiding behind a technicality.  You incited the
entire
village to try and kill
her-- that's just as bad." 

Goen:  "Our oath forbids us _ever_ to bring harm to the
innocent-- and that
young girl
_beamed_ with goodness."

Taswan:  "Difficult times call for unique measures.  She is
innocent--
that's true.  But
what's inside her must die!"

X:  "Kill me, and watch him die!  It won't take long.  What is
growing
inside my friend?"

Taswan:  "Darkness!"

Iochid:  "You don't know that.  It could be child-- "

X:  "One version at a time!"

Taswan:  "Evil incarnate!  Undo whatever you did to me!  I'll
tell you
everything!  Have
you ever heard-- of Dahok?"

X:  "I've been told he's a power that can't be let into the
world."

Taswan:  "Dahok-- is the blind force behind every evil will.  If
he were to
become the
dominant power in our world-- goodness itself would be the
casualty.  When
your friend
was on the altar in the temple of Dahok, he planted his seed
within her."

Iochid:  "You can't be sure that's what it is."

Taswan:  "But, why else would the Banshees protect her like
that?!"

X:  "What are you saying?"

Taswan:  "The being, that Gabrielle carries within her, is the
window
through which
ultimate evil wishes to enter the world."

G:  [Screams off-camera]

Taswan:  "She's here in the castle!"

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[Chant]

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X:  "Gabrielle!"

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G:  "What's happening?"

X:  "OK-- you're gonna have to listen to me.  Now, breathe
deeply, all right?"

G:  [Yells]

Warriors' Voices:  "Come on!  Kick the door in!"

X:  "Come on, Gabrielle.  It's gonna be all right."

G:  [Yells]  "It hurts so much!"

X:  "This should help."

G:  [Yells]  "I'm afraid!  I'm afraid!"

X:  "Gabrielle-- don't think about that right now.  We just have
to get
through this.  Now,
push!"

Warriors' Voices:  "The baby's coming!"  "Quickly!"  "Break it
down!"

X:  "Keep breathing.  Come on."

G:  [Yells]  "What if it's a-- ?"

X:  "Push!"

G:  [Yells twice]  "It's coming!"  [Yells four more times]

X:  "It's a girl."

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Warrior's Voice:  "I've got it!"

G:  "Don't let them kill my baby."

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[ACT III]

Warrior:  "Get that baby!"

Taswan:  "Get out of the way."

X:  No one's touching that baby."

Goen:  "Taswan-- that child is innocent-- a clean slate.  We
can't punish it
for the sins of
its father."

Taswan:  "You're wrong.  It's very existence is a sin."

Iochid:  "We don't know if this is a child of the darkness or the
light.
Our beliefs say that
both will come in a similar way."

Taswan:  "You're both sentimental fools.  It dies-- now!"

[Fight]

X:  "Come on, Gabrielle.  Let's get you to someplace safe."

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X:  "OK-- here.  OK."

[Fight concludes]

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Taswan:  "That baby will not leave this castle alive!"

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G:  "Isn't she beautiful?  You were right."

X:  "About what?"

G:  "You said that one day I would have hope again.  Here it is.
That's
what I'm gonna
call her-- Hope."

X:  "Are you all right?"

G:  "I feel great.  "

X:  "Well, you weren't great a few minutes ago."

G:  "I guess being a mother must agree with me.  I feel like some
power has
just-- poured
new life into me."

X:  "Thank you for your help.  As soon as Gabrielle's strong
enough to
travel, we'll fight
our way out of here."

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Iochid:  "It's amazing how fast she's growing."

Goen:  "She's perfect."

Iochid:  "I'm sure she's the child of the light."

Goen:  "Well-- regardless of who her father is-- she's born an
innocent,
just like anyone
else."

G:  "Why is that sword stuck in the stone."

Goen :"Our last king, before the Romans came-- he struck that
sword into the
stone. 
Hmm.  No one's been able to move it since."

Iochid:  "Our tradition states, that one day, a great warrior
will be born
to our people.  He
will become our king-- and lead us in our fight against the
barbarians."

Goen:  "And we'll know who he his because, only he will be able
to pull out
the sword."

X:  "Nice blade."

Iochid:  "She-- Did-- did you-- ?"  [Dialog between the two
warriors carries
on in the
background]

G:  "Xena, isn't she just the most beautiful little gem?  How
could anybody
ever think
she's evil?"

X:  "Who do you think she is?

G:  "Well, she's my daughter."

X:  "Doesn't it bother you that she's obviously not mortal?"

G:  "She's half-mortal.  She's like Hercules.  Actually, that's
not a bad
model for her."

X:  "Gabrielle, she is the daughter of Dahok."

G:  "I have thought about that.  Xena, maybe she is.  Look, if
that's true,
then I will help
her fight against her dark side-- just like I helped you fight
against yours."

X:  "But, what if it's not possible?"

G:  "Xena-- if you were truly my friend, you will stop thinking
of her as
some symbol of
an evil god.  See her for what she truly is.  She's a beautiful,
innocent baby."

X:  "Well, all right.  But, I'll be watching her development very
carefully."

G:  "What does that mean?"

X:  "Just that I'm not so convinced of her innocence."

G:  "Well, you get this clear, Xena.  No matter what she is, she
is my
daughter.  Don't
come between us."

X:  "Get some rest.  We'll try and leave here around midnight."

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X:  "Iochid?  Iochid?  Goen."

Goen:  "What?"

X:  "Shh-- Iochid's gone."

Goen:  "Well, how is that possible?"

X:  "There must be another way out of here."

Goen:  "Well, the castle's full of secret passageways-- and
Iochid has lived
longer here
than anyone else [something incomprehensible].  I wouldn't worry,
though.
Iochid would
do nothing to hurt that child."

X:  "If you don't mind, I'll worry all right.  He moved back
here.  And then
I heard some
kind of scraping sound.  I'm gonna go see where our little friend
went.  You
stay here,
and look after Gabrielle and the baby."

Goen:  "Come here, sweetheart.  Oh!  What's the matter?  Can't
sleep?  Oh--
come here. 
Look, look.  Look up; look up; look.  Come here.  Come on."

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Iochid:  "She's here."

Brown Banshee:  "I know, and the sinner will protect her.  But
that child
will one day
bring to the Earth Dahok's dark power.  When she does, all who
helped her
will be
rewarded; and all who opposed her, in the name of what fools call
goodness--
will meet a
horrible death."

Iochid:  "When the new order comes, I get Brittania-- right?"

Brown Banshee:  "As promised."

Iochid:  "I, as a warrior of the pierced heart, give you
permission to enter."

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X:  "Goen.  Goen, we've got trouble.  Iochid's a traitor, and-- "

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[ACT IV]

G:  "What are you doing?"

X:  "Get away, Gabrielle."

G:  "What are you saying?"

X:  "That thing killed Goen.  It strangled him with his own
medallion chain."

G:  "Have you lost your mind?  Look at her.  She's a-- she's a
baby."

X:  "It is not a baby.  It is a thing in the form of a baby-- a
dark, wicked
thing that must be
destroyed."

G:  "Listen to you.  You are talking about my baby."

X:  "No-- I am talking about evil itself.  I can't let it fall
into the
hands of the Banshees."

G:  "I will _not_ let you do this.  Xena, anybody could have come
in here
and killed
Goen-- anybody."

X:  "No, you're wrong, Gabrielle.  That thing killed him."

G:  "Stop her!"

[Xena fights Banshees]

Brown Banshee:  "Take her.  Take me, [?] the warrior woman.
Ha-ha!  You're
a glutton
for punishment, aren't you?!"

X:  "I've got your number, Sweetie.  You're not used to that kind
of
treatment, are you?"

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G:  "Help me up.  Get up!  Come on!  Yah!  Yah!"

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G:  "Yah!  Yah!"

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X:  "Hey!  What are you doing with that horese?!"

Man:  "I traded for it fair and square!  I gave up a perfectly
good rowboat
for it!"

X:  "A rowboat?"

Man:  "Yep!  The young lady that took it headed down the river a
while ago!
Cutest little
toddler she had with her!"

X:  [Aside]  "You're getting pretty good at this, aren't you,
Gabrielle?"

X:  "How much do you want for that horse!"

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G:  "Shhh.  You all right?  Please, don't cry.  I'm not gonna let
her hurt
you.  I promise I
won't.  I'll die, first.  Are you tired?  Me, too.  We can't
rest.  Xena
won't.  I know her. 
Who are you?  Who are you?"

X's Voice:  "Yah!  Yah!"

G:  "You see what I mean?  She's relentless."

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X:  "Gabrielle!  Gabrielle!  That thing you're holding is a
monster!  It has
to be destroyed! 
Gabrielle!  Gabrielle-- I understand how you feel!  You're
looking at it as
if this were a
real baby!  Gabrielle!  You have to consider what we know!  You
were _in_
the temple of
Dahok, the evil one!  You were on his altar!  He planted that
thing inside
you!  It grew so
fast and it _killed_ within hours of being born!  Gabrielle!  You
talked
about wanting to
end the cycle of pain and violence!  By protecting that thing,
you're only
ensuring the
victory of that cycle!"

G:  "Xena!"

X:  "Gabrielle!"

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X:  "I'm coming.  Gabrielle-- Gabrielle, where is it?"

G:  "She turned on me."

X:  "Wha?"

G:  "She tried to choke me.  It's-- beautiful expression of
sweetness just
turned into this,
this hateful snarl and-- and it was like looking into evil
itself.  I threw
her-- down there."

X:  "Gabrielle, I know this is terrible but-- you did the right
thing."

G:  "What?  What is it?!  You don't believe me?!  Do you think
I'm lying?"

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G:  "I threw her off the cliff!  Xena, when I knew what she was,
I wanted
her dead!  Just
as much as you!  Xena, this is madness."

X:  "Get away from that rock, Gabrielle."

G:  "I can't believe you're doing this."

X:  "Move."

G:  "No."

X:  "Now!"

G:  "Are you satisfied?"

X:  "Gabrielle, I'm sorry.  I just had to be sure."

G:  "I know; I know."

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G:  "I know you're out there-- somewhere.  My-- my love; my hope.
Please--
be good."


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