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HERCULES ON TRIAL


“Hercules on Trial”  Episode 69/410

[TEASER]

Female Voice:  “My brother is-- .”

Male Voice:  “Greetings.  Good day.”

Old Man:  “Ladies.”

Woman:  “Hello.”

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Man:  “So, you’re Hercules.”

Kazankas:  “That I am.”

Man:  “I thought Hercules didn’t drink.”

Man with stick:  “Now two of my regulars saw him-- lift a rock
off a woman.  He’s Hercules, all right.”

Man:  “Yeah-- I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Man with stick:  “Nobody wants to believe in heroes anymore.
[?]”

Woman:  “I need help!  I heard Hercules was here!”

Kazankas:  “At your service.”

Woman:  “It’s my children.  They were playing in the old mine.
It just caved in.”

Kazankas:  “Say no more.”

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Woman:  “This way-- hurry.”

Girl:  “Daddy!”

Woman:  “In here.  The other villagers wouldn’t even come inside!
You’re a brave man.”

Kazankas:  “I’m Hercules.  What did you expect?”

Woman:  “I found Hercules!  He’ll help!”

Kazankas:  “Here-- let me do that.  You go dig them out.”

Girl:  “Daddy, help us!”

Kazankas:  “Go!  Go!”

Daddy:  “All right.”

Kazankas:  “Stay back!  It’s not safe!”

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I:  “And he was running through the street naked, going, ‘Eureka!
Eureka!’”  [Laughs]

H:  “Well, what did he find?”

I:  “Well-- he was sitting in the bath-- and he realized that any
object-- will displace its own mass in water!”

H:  “Oh.”

I:  “Hey-- hey, what’s going on here?”

Man:  “Mine collapsed.  A couple of children got caught inside.”

I:  “So, how come nobody’s helping?”

Man:  “No need-- Hercules is already inside.”

I:  “I thought you were with me.  Look out!  Gang way!”

Man:  “Hey!  I wouldn’t go in there!  It’s dangerous!”

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Woman:  “Hurry!  Oh, oh!  Please, please!  Do something!  Help
them!”

Girl:  “Daddy!”

H:  “Come on!  Hang on!”

Girl:  “Daddy!”  [Screams]

H:  “I got this one!  Come on!”

I:  “Come on!  Go!  Go!  Go!  Go!  Go!”

H:  “Get them out of here!”

I:  “Herk-- ”

H:  “Go!”

I:  “It’s OK-- come on!”

H:  “Hang in there-- I’m coming.”

“H”:  “I can’t hold it!”

Girl:  “Mommy!”

I:  “Come on; come on.”

H:  “OK-- now-- ”

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Male Voice:  “Do you think they’ll make it?”

Female Voice:  “Let’s go.”

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Male Voice:  “Hey, where’s, uh-- Hercules?”

Daddy:  “Dead.  Hercules is dead.  He died saving our lives.  If
it weren’t for this stranger, we’d be on the other side with
him.”

I:  “Um, folks.  This-- stranger-- is Hercules.”

Man:  “He’s Hercules?  Then who was the other guy?”

Turgeus:  “His name was Kazankas.”

H:  “Turgeus.”

Turgeus:  “Hello, Hercules.  It’s been awhile.  I wish it was
under better circumstances.  I’m afraid you’re under arrest.”

H:  “Arrest?  For what?”

Spensius:  “You are responsible-- for the death of Kazankas.”

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[ACT I]

I:  “Wait a minute.  Who are you guys?”

Turgeus:  “I’m the Provincial Magistrate.  This village is in my
district.  This gentleman is Spensius.”

Spensius:  “I’m the government prosecutor.  I’m here to ensure
that you pay for your crimes.”

H:  “There-- must be some mistake.”

Spensius:  “Mistake?  A citizen is dead.  There’s no mistake
about that.  And you are charged.”

Turgeus:  “Will you come peacefully?”

H:  “Yeah.”

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I:  “This is crazy.  You could just bust outta here.”

H:  “I can’t do that.  It would look like I have no faith in the
system.”

I:  “You didn’t kill Kazankas.”

H:  “Of course not.  That’s why I won’t run like a guilty man.”

I:  “Yeah-- but, I, I-- ”

H:  “It’ll be all right.”

I:  “Needs-- curtains.”

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Turgeus:  “I heard what he said.  This isn’t easy for me,
Hercules.  But the prosecutor laid a complaint.  I have no
choice.”

H:  “So, this is-- what’s become of your justice system, huh?”

Turgeus:  “I’m sorry.  Will you abide by the law?  Stay in jail
until the trial’s over and the jury’s verdict comes out?”

H:  “You have my word.  I won’t break out.”

Turgeus:  “Thank you.”

H:  “Yeah.”

Ares:  “Nice-- you could use a decorator.”

H:  “Ares-- why do I get the feeling you’re behind this?”

Ares:  “Oh, I wish.  The irony is delicious.  You in the pokey--
put here by the same [?] mortals you insist on protecting.  I’m
sorry-- I just find that-- priceless.”

H:  “Hmm.  So, you’re-- here.  Why?”

Ares:  “Ah, little brother.  You look at me with petty eyes.  I
see a far greater picture than your-- temporary inconvenience--
although I-- do find it funny.”

H:  “Well, enjoy it while you can, because it won’t last for
long.”

Ares:  “Perhaps long enough for you to see the reality-- that
you’ve refused far too long.  We’ll talk again.”

H:  “That’s-- what I live for.”

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I:  “You people are crazy!  You can’t arrest the world’s greatest
hero!”

Spensius:  “Let me assure you, this was no hasty, frivolous
decision.  I’ve been building this case for months.”

I:  “But he saved those children!”

Spensius:  “What about the man he let die?!”

I:  “He didn’t let anybody die!  He just couldn’t save them all!
And this is Hercules we’re talking about!”

Spensius:  “That’s _exactly_ the kind of attitude that’s brought
us here today.  Would there be this sense of outrage-- this rush
to acquittal-- if _anyone_ but the son of Zeus were in jail?”

Male Voice:  “You know, he’s got a point.”

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Turgeus:  “Silence!”

H:  “All I’m asking is that you listen to me.”

Turgeus:  “This is a preliminary hearing.  It’s for the
prosecutor to state his case.”

H:  “I can save us all a lot of time.”

Turgeus:  “Please-- help us out here.”

Spensius:  “Thank you, Magistrate.  Hercules is accused of the
following crimes-- involuntary manslaughter, undermining the
authority of the gods, and sedition; denying the authority of our
government, encouraging rebellion.  How do you plead?”

H:  “I don’t plead.  I didn’t kill Kazankas.  I’ve never condoned
rebellion against a just government in my life.”

Spensius:  “And who decides if a government is just?”

H:  “We all do.  It’s called freedom.”

Spensius:  “Interesting.  You tell men to go out and follow their
hearts-- to do what’s right-- whatever the cost!”

H:  “I tell men to follow their hearts-- that’s all.”

Spensius:  “And what if their hearts tell them to-- ignore a law,
or that it’s wrong?”

H:  “I don’t tell people to ignore the law.  I do tell them to
speak up if they disagree with it.”

Spensius:  “It’s that flippant attitude to the law that’s brought
us here, today!”

H:  “Why am I here, Spensius?  I mean, why am I really here?”

Spensius:  “Because you encourage people-- to act like you-- to
try to be like you-- even to pretend they are you!”

H:  “You’re twisting-- !”

Spensius:  “By your actions-- you are as responsible for poor
Kazankas’ death-- as if you had shoved that beam down on him, and
crushed him yourself!  I call the widow, Galea, to the witness
circle.”

Galea:  “Stay right here, OK?  Mommy’ll be right back.”

Spensius:  “Kazankas was your husband.”

Galea:  “Yes.  He, he was.”

Spensius:  “He was a farmer.  What happened?”

Galea:  “He met Hercules.  There was a whole family that was
trapped by this spring flood-- and no one could get to ‘em--
except Hercules.  And he saved them all.  Kazankas was there.
And he saw it happen.  He said that, once he’d met Hercules, his
whole life had changed.”

Spensius:  “And did it?”

Galea:  “Unfortunately, yes.  He started-- spending less and less
time at the farm, and then, um-- one day, he just took off.”

Spensius:  “Tell me, who’s tending the farm?  Harvesting the
crops?”

Galea:  “There are no crops.  Kazankas didn’t plant any.”

Male Voice:  “No crops?”

Spensius:  “You have two small children.  How will you eat?  How
will you survive?”

Galea:  “I don’t know.”

Spensius:  “So, your husband meets Hercules-- is inspired to go
out and do good-- and he leaves you and your children-- to
starve.  That says it all; I have no further questions.  We don’t
know if Hercules is immortal.  We do know Kazankas wasn’t.  He
went into that mine saying he was Hercules.  And he never came
out.”

Ares:  [Laughs]  “How sweet it is.”

Turgeus:  “Hercules-- the court finds-- that the charges stand--
and you are bound over.  Your trial will begin in Athens one week
from today.”

Girl:  “Are you really Hercules?”

H:  “Yes-- I am.”

Girl:  “Why did you kill my daddy?”

Ares:  [Laughs]

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[ACT II]

[Athens]

Man:  “That’s what I heard.”

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I:  “Hercules.  They say the food here is really bad-- even for
prison food.”

H:  “Thanks.  I, uh-- feel better already.”

I:  “You know?  I don’t know you insist on going through with
this charade.”

H:  “I gave my word.  Besides, this isn’t just about Kazankas
anymore.”

I:  “I know.  Hey-- I heard this guy Spensius never lost a case.”

H:  “Great.  Now I really feel better.”

I:  “Hercules-- it’b be so easy for you to just-- bust out of
this place.”

H:  “And do what?  Iolaus, I have to clear my name.  If they can
do this to me, they can-- do it to anyone.”

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Judge:  “Order, order!”

Spensius:  “Your farm was being ravaged by a wild boar-- and you
were waiting for Hercules to take care of the problem.”

Farmer:  “Yes, sir-- but he was too busy.  War broke out in
Arlis-- a Hydra problem in [Eubola?].”

Spensius:  “So, what you’re saying is that he raised false
hopes.”

Farmer:  “Right.  He-- he couldn’t get to us in time-- and that
big pig tore up all my crops and me, and destroyed my farm.”

H:  “This is ridiculous.  I’ve never seen this man before.”

Spensius:  “My point exactly.  You influence people you’ve never
even met.  That’s why you’re so dangerous.”

H:  “Dangerous?  To whom?”

Judge:  “Could we have a little order here, please?  Don’t
interrupt, Hercules.  This is Athens, and you’ll do things our
way.  You’ll get a chance to be heard.  Proceed.”

Spensius:  “Is there any, uh-- lesson that you’ve, uh-- learned
from this?”

Farmer:  “Y-y-- you can’t count on him.  I should’ve found a way
to deal with that boar myself, instead of waiting for-- Hercules
to show up.”

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Spensius:  “How many of your sons went to war?”

Old Man:  “All four of them.”

Spensius:  “How many came home?”

Old Man:  “None-- they all died in battle.  They heard the story
of-- Hercules’ rescue of Ajax and his soldiers at Mt.
Pentelikos-- how he risked-- all odds-- to--to save those
soldiers.  They thought it was what they wanted-- to be heroes--
like Hercules-- but-- ”

Spensius:  “So-- now-- without a son-- your family name dies with
you.”

Old Man:  “Yes, that’s right, but that’s not important.  I miss
my boys.”

Spensius:  “They wanted to be heroes-- just like Hercules.”

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I:  “Come on, Hercules.  You can’t let these stories-- get you
down.”

H:  “I never realized-- what I do-- can affect people I’ve never
even met.”

I:  “You’re a good influence on people.”

H:  “Even when they die.”

I:  “It is not your fault-- if people hear about your adventures,
and then risk their lives trying to be like you.”  [Sighs]

Dirce’s Voice:  “I wanna see Hercules.”

Guard’s Voice:  “Lady, you can’t go in there.”

I:  “Hey, I got some good news-- I think.  You, um-- have a
visitor.”

Dirce:  “No.  You don’t understand.  I’m his lawyer.”

H:  “Dirce.”

Guards’ Voice:  “You don’t understand.”

Dirce:  “I came as soon as I heard-- that you need someone in
your corner, Hercules-- someone that knows the law.  That would
be me.”

H:  “That would be you.  I don’t think so.”

Dirce:  “I’ll have you out of this inside a week.”

H:  “Yeah.”

Dirce:  “I represented Iolaus, didn’t I, in his trouble with King
Menelaus.”

I:  “Hi.”

H:  “King Menelaus is your father-- and you still almost got
Iolaus killed.”

Dirce:  “I’ve learned a lot of the law since then.  Now!  What we
need to do-- is put someone up there, who knows you personally--
somebody that Spensius can’t twist around.”

I:  “Well, that’d be me.”

Dirce:  “No, it wouldn’t.”

I:  “It wouldn’t?”

Dirce:  “You’re his partner.  They expect you to stand up for
him.  No, what we need are people that Hercules has helped.”

I:  “Well, piece of cake, I mean, they’re all over the place!”

Dirce:  “Well then, show me!”

I:  “You know, Dirce, we can go and find some right now!”

Dirce:  “Great!  Now, what we need are people that are
trustworthy-- ”

H:  “Hey, you know, you, you-- dropped your-- see ya.”

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Girl’s Voice:  “Bye, Daddy.”

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Cassandra:  “It was horrible  The ground was shaking, and it was
tearing open, and-- builings falling, people screaming.  But-- I
wasn’t afraid.”

Dirce:  “How could you not be afraid?  I, I mean, how could
anyone not be terrified?”

Cassandra:  “Because I knew that Hercules was going to save me--
just as he did in my dreams.”

Dirce:  “The flying machine you told us about-- uh-- built for
two people?”

Cassandra:  “No, they carried one soldier, the operator.”

Dirce:  “So Hercules took a great personal risk, knowing that the
machine might not fly with the two of you on board.”

Cassandra:  “I don’t think it entered his mind.  He was going to
save my life.  We both knew it.”

Dirce:  “That’ll be all.  Your witness.”

Spensius:  “Atlantis.  Imaginary city of mortals.”

Cassandra:  “It wasn’t imaginary.”

Spensius:  “Mm-hm.  Tell me-- this dream you mentioned where
Hercules saves your life-- would you call this-- a vision?”

Cassandra:  “You could call it that.”

Spensius:  “Visions of the future; imaginary cities; machines
that fly!  You made it all up, didn’t you?!”

Dirce:  “Objection!”

Judge:  “Mm-hmm.  Proceed.”

Cassandra:  “No.  Hercules saved my life.”

Spensius:  “OK, say he did.  What about all the other people who
lived there-- what, he just-- let them die?!”

Cassandra:  “He tried to help them, but they wouldn’t listen.”

Spensius:  “You see, that’s the problem with heroes, isn’t it,
hmm?  They have to make decisions-- who lives, who dies.  It
doesn’t seem fair-- does it?”

Cassandra:  “No.  This-- is what isn’t fair.”

Spensius:  “Hmm.  I have no further need of this witness.”

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Dirce:  “Look on the bright side.  They can’t fine you.  You
don’t have a dinar to your name.”

H:  “This isn’t about money.  What if Spensius convinces the jury
that I’m guilty of-- whatever-- and I end up going to prison.
How can I help people if I’m in prison?”

Dirce:  “Things are always darkest before the dawn.  This
afternoon, all we have to do is-- choose better witnesses.”

H:  “No.”

Dirce:  “No?  No what?  What are you thinking?”

H:  “I want to go into that witness circle, and speak for
myself.”

Dirce:  [Laugs]  “Amateurs!  Read my lips-- no way.  No
self-respecting lawyer would ever let a client do a thing like
that.”

H:  “It’s not your call.”

Dirce:  “That is not how the game is played.”

H:  “This isn’t a game.  It’s not about-- winners or losers.
This is about truth and justice, and I’m doing it.”

Dirce:  “I’m on your case.  As long as I am-- we do things _my_
way.”

H:  “Dirce!”

Dirce:  “That’s final.”

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H:  “I’m hearing a lot about the choices I’ve made-- but nothing
about the choice Kazankas made, and-- that does the man a grave
disservice.  I wish-- more than anything, I could have saved his
life-- but trying to make me responsible for his actions, it-- it
takes away from the greatest, most-- selfless act a human is
capable of-- sacrificing one’s life-- for another. You can try to
discredit me-- at least, I’m here to defend myself.  But,
Kazankas isn’t.  So don’t take away from his death-- his
self-sacrifice-- by making it my responsibility.  He made that
heroic choice himself.  And he deserves our honor-- and respect
for doing so.”

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Dirce:  “That was a nice speech.  There’s a good chance they
might drop the involuntary manslaughter charges.”

H:  “OK.  Now we’re getting somewhere-- well this is good,
right?”

Dirce:  “Kinda not.  I don’t think Spensius is interested in
manslaughter.  He wants you on the sedition charge.  If the--
jury convicts you of that, then-- you’ll be banished from all of
Greece-- forever.”

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[ACT III]

Spensius:  “Your husband, Derk, was a hired killer.  He killed
people for money.”

Derk’s Wife:  “But they were bad men-- all of them.”

Spensius:  “None of these executions were government-sanctioned,
correct?”

Derk’s Wife:  “That’s true, but-- ”

Spensius:  “So, Hercules brought your husband back to justice,
but-- when he didn’t like the court’s verdict, he helped him
escape.  Is that right?”

Derk’s Wilfe:  “Derk became a good man.”

Spensius:  “He was a killer!  Hercules-- half-god-- and hero--
put himself above the law!   That-- is seditious behavior by my
standards!”

Dirce:  “Ob-- jection!”

Spensius:  “I have no-- further questions.”

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Dirce:  “I call Daedalus, the world’s greatest inventor.  Thank
you, Kara.  Daedalus, tell us about Hercules.”

Daedalus:  “He’s the best friend a man could have.  He is there
when you need him.  Early on, I  had trouble convincing people
that my inventions were useful.  Hercules persuaded me to follow
my dreams, as long as I felt I was right.”

Dirce:  “And we’re glad he did.”

Daedalus:  “And after my boy, Icarus, died, I-- I lost my way for
awhile.  I was inventing weapons-- helping an evil man to-- to
destroy innocent lives.”

Dirce:  “What part did Hercules have in all this?”

Daedalus:  “He opened my eyes. He helped me see that I was
blinded by my grief-- that what I was doing was hurting people.
Next to my boy, Hercules is the best friend I’ve ever had.”

Dirce:  “Thank you, Daedalus.  He’s been that kind of friend to
many of us.”

Spensius:  “Objection!”

Dirce:  “No further questions.  Your witness.”

Spensius:  “Hercules knew your son, Icarus.  Did he encourage him
also to follow a dream?”

Daedalus:  “Icarus wanted to fly like a bird.  Hercules told him
that-- anything was possible-- as long as he wanted it badly
enough.”

Spensius:  “So, Hercules-- immortal, for all we know-- encourages
an impressionable young man to be just like him-- and to risk
everything-- to follow his dream.  And that risk is what killed
him!”

Dirce:  “Objection!”

H:  “How can you say something like that?!”

Judge:  “Hercules!”

Spensius:  “A friend for life.  Is that what you said?  He
shattered your world!  What kind of a friend would do that?!”

H:  “Leave him alone, Spensius!”

Judge:  “Hercules, I’m warning you!  You’re out of order!  This
trial can proceed without you here, you know.  Proceed.”

Spensius:  “This half-god would like us all to follow our
hearts-- to do what’s right-- to ignore the law!  To rebel
against order and defy the state!  Sedition!”

Dirce:  “Objection!”

Judge:  “Overruled!”

Spensius:  “Had Icarus lived-- he could’ve been an even greater
inventor than his father.  But, we’ll never know-- because
Hercules told him to go for it!  Chase your dream!  Lose your
life.  No further questions.”

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Dirce:  “Look-- I, I know you’re upset because things don’t seem
to be going our way.  I can read a jury.  We’re not so badly
off.”

H:  “That is _not_-- what’s bothering me.  Maybe I am-- somehow
responsible for the death of Kazankas, for-- for Icarus.  How
many others have died trying to live up to my standards?”

Dirce:  “Look.  Tomorrow’s another day.”

H:  “What?”

Dirce:  “Don’t start to doubt yourself.  We’re in the right here.
Hang on.”

H:  “Right.”

Dirce:  “Right.  Hmm.  Hmm.  There you go.  You just gotta think
positive.”

Ares:  “I knew this’d happen sooner or later.  You beat yourself
bloody to help these people-- and how do they show their loyalty?
Like this.”

H:  “What do you want now, Ares?”
 
Ares:  “I’m trying to understand.  You see, you puzzle me.  Where
is your anger, man?  They shouldn’t treat you like this.  You are
my brother.”

H:  “Half-brother.  Don’t make it worse than it already is.”

Ares:  “You could have a much easier life, you know.”

H:  “How?  What, by being like you?  Huh, I don’t think so.”

Ares:  “We’ve had our differences-- but it’s because you refuse
to look past what you think you see in me.  We want the same
things for this world.”

H:  “Really?”

Ares:  “Yeah.  Order-- perfect order.  It could be a place
without crime, without vice.  Think how happy that’d make your
beloved mortals.  And wouldn’t it set Zeus back a step or two?
You and me?  Think about it.”

H:  “You and me.”

Ares:  “Yeah.”

H:  “A team.  What-- color-- is the sky in your world?”

Ares:  “See, that’s your weakness.  You don’t have the stomach
for it.”

H:  “No, it’s just that, whenever you’re around,  I lose my
appetite.”

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Melissa:  “So, without Hercules’ help, our kingdom would’ve
fallen into the hands of my evil sister.”

Dirce:  “You know?  You’re an uncommonly beautiful woman, Queen
Melissa.”

Melissa:  “You know?  I was just about to say the same thing!”

Dirce:  “Oh.”

Melissa:  [Laughs]

Dirce:  “But, let’s keep to the business at hand.  You said that
Hercules’ compassionate treatment of wounded soldiers inspired
you.”

Melissa:  “He was an inspiration to us all.”

Woman’s Voice:  “Jason.”

[Audience erupts in murmurs.]

Judge:  “Order!  Order!”

Dirce:  “That will be all, Queen Melissa.  I call Jason as a
witness for the defense.  Jason.  Well-- everybody knows who you
are-- a former king of Corinth, former Argonaut.  How would you
describe your relationship with Hercules?”

Jason:  “Why, he’s my stepson, and-- my best friend.  We fought
together on the first expedition for the golden fleece.  And in a
darker time-- he helped me turn my life around.  I’d-- I’d become
a hopeless drunk-- because of-- well, personal problems.”

Dirce:  “Well, thank you, thank you.  That’ll be all.”

Spensius:  “The second expedition for the fleece.  Your idea-- or
Hercules?”

Jason:  “Hercules.’  It was a matter of honor.”

Spensius:  “How many died?”

Jason:  “Two men-- Otis and Valerus.” 

Spensius:  “How many died on the first?”

Jason:  “Four-- what’s your point?”

Spensius:  “My point-- [that’s how you rogues think?].  The end--
their glory-- their honor justifies the means.  No matter how
many lives are lost or how many families are ruined.”

Jason:  “Hold it-- that’s not right, that’s not the way it was.”

Dirce:  “Objection!”

Judge:  “Order!  Order!”

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H:  “Mother.”

Alcmene:  “Hercules.  This is awful.”

H:  “Oh, yeah.”

Alcmene:  “How could they do this to you?”

H:  “Uh-- I’m just-- trying to cooperate with the system.”

Alcmene:  “I was the one who taught you to do that.”

H:  “You taught me exactly as you should have.”

Alcmene:  “Are you getting enough to eat?”

H:  “It’s not your cooking, but-- I’ll survive.”

Guard’s Voice:  “Time to go.”

Alcmene:  “I love you, Hercules.”

H:  “I love you, Mother.  It’ll be all right.  Believe me.  Come
here.”

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Dirce:  “You know, these scrolls are so outdated, it’s not
funny.”

I:  “Dirce, there’s something I have to tell you.”

Dirce:  “Look, I know things look bad, but you know?  It’s not
over till it’s over.  There’s no way I’m gonna let that
fast-talking chariot-chaser beat me in a court of law.”

I:  “Would you listen to me?”

Dirce:  “I’ll show him.  If I can’t find something in [?], then
I’ll find in ‘The people of Athens versus Deaphones.’”

I:  “Would you stop?!”

Dirce:  “By the way, I’ve changed my mind.  I think things might
go better for Hercules if I put you in the witness circle before
closing arguments.”

I:  “That is exactly-- what I want to talk to you about.”

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Dirce:  “I have some-- news.”

H:  “Well?”

Dirce:  “Iolaus is going to testify tomorrow.”

H:  “Great!”

Dirce:  “For the prosecution.”

H:  “Prosecution?”

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[ACT IV]

Spensius:  “The list is long.  Good men dead before their time--
trying to live up to Hercules’ impossibly-high standards.”
 
I:  “What about the lives he saved.  I mean-- I can’t begin to
count the number of times he saved mine.”

Spensius:  “Which brings us to another question.  Didn’t you,
uh-- didn’t you die once, yourself?”

I:  “Well-- yeah.”

Spensius:  “Yeah, and-- and Hercules, using his godly contacts,
managed to bring you back from the other side.”

I:  “Yes, he did, but-- ”

Spensius:  “Too bad for Kazankas and the others, that they didn’t
know him as well as you.”

H:  “This has nothing to do with sedition.  You have a problem
with one man trying to make a difference.”

Spensius:  “That one man being you, a hero?  Yes, I do.  There’s
no place for it in the modern world.  Maybe in the past, but
now-- we’re civilized.”

H:  “Civilized.  Since when?”

Spensius:  “We have courts and laws.  You-- you upset the order
of things.”

H:  “The government is supposed to serve the people-- not the
other way around.”

Spensius:  “You refuse to accept the truth.  Men like you are a
danger to all around them.  The death of your own family is a
good example.”

H:  “This trial is not about the death of my family!”

Spensius:  “You refused to ask the other gods for help in your
war with Hera.  You didn’t even ask your own father Zeus for
help!”

H:  “I did ask Zeus!  I pleaded with him!”

Spensius:  “It wasn’t Zeus’ fault.  It’s your heroic behavior--
that cost your wife and children their lives!”

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I:  “He’s such a liar-- it gives lawyers a bad name.”

H:  “He, uh-- he’s turned everything around.  But some of what he
says could be true.”

I:  “Come on, you can’t believe that.”

H:  “I try to do what I think is right.  I do it my own way,
alone.  If I-- if I wasn’t so independent, you know, maybe my
family would still be alive.”

I:  “Hercules-- that was not your fault.  That was Hera.”

H:  “Yeah-- maybe.”

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Woman:  “Yes, Iolaus!  Iolaus!  Mong’s on a rampage!  We need
Hercules’ help!”

I:  “Mong?  You mean, Mong?”

Woman:  “Yes-- he’s destroying our village.”

I:  “Hercules is in jail, friend.  But you’re right.  He’s the
only one that can deal with Mong.  Come on.”

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H:  “I can’t do that.”

I:  “What do you mean?”

H:  “I told Turgeus I wouldn’t break out.”

I:  “Yeah, but-- Hercules-- ”

Woman:  “With Mong, anything can happen.”

H:  “Iolaus.  I made a promise to stay in custody until a verdict
is reached.”

I:  “Yeah, I-- I understand.  Well, I guess I’ll, uh-- try and--
think of something.  Mong, like-- big Mong?”

Ares:  “I’m impressed.  Knowing you, it’s not an easy promise to
make, when piddly mortal lives could be at stake.  I think you’ve
reached a turning point.”

H:  “I have-- but not in your direction.”

Ares:  “That jury-- wants to bring the hammer down on you.
Banishment from the whole of Greece.  My, my-- think what that’ll
do to your reputation.  And think of the fun I’ll have.  My
warlords will-- rampage, loot, and burn.  They may even burn your
mother’s house-- maybe even with her inside-- and there’s nothing
you can do to stop it.”

[H tries to attack Ares.]

Ares:  “See?  Even as we speak, war breaks out in Plathos-- a
nice bloody one.”  [Laughs]

H:  “So, that’s your perfect world, huh?”

Ares:  “Mm-hmm.”

H:  “This court-- will set me free.  And I will see you in
Plathos.”

Ares:  [Laughs]

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Villager:  “Yeah!  Come on!”

I:  “Mong!  Stop this.  You have to go back to your cave.  OK.
You asked for this.”

H:  “Mong!  What?  What, what, wait-- I can’t understand what
you’re saying.”

I:  “What’s he doing?”

Mong:  “Hercules, will you help me?  My tooth is killing me!”

H:  “Oh-- yeah.  Uh-- this is gonna hurt you more than it-- hurts
me.  Ah-- I’d like to rephrase that.  Oh-- ”

Mong:  “It was incredible.”

H:  “-- it was a bad tooth.  He just-- wanted someone to help.”

I:  “Ah-- toothache.  Huh?”

H:  “Now, Mong, you gotta help these people clean this place up.
OK?  Good.  I gotta go.”

I:  “Hey, HerK, wait!  What about the trial?!  HerK!”

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Spensius:  “The guards confirm he’s not in his cell.  Hercules
has obviously fled Athens.”

H:  “Sorry I’m late.  There was-- something I had to do.  Shall
we get on with this?”

Spensius:  “Hercules means well.  But we can’t ignore the facts.
Around him-- because of what he does-- people die a lot.  He
causes others to-- reach beyond their abilities.  He admits his
dislike of the gods, and-- encourages us all to ignore their
edicts.  He disrupts our order-- our perfect order.  Think of the
effect on future generations.  Heroism.  Follow your heart.  Do
what you think is best.  It corrupts our youth.  It puts the
future of our great city-state in peril.  It’s treason!  I just
want to make it right.  We can’t bring back Kazankas, Icarus, or
any of the other victims-- but we can make sure that what
happened to them can never happen again!”

H:  “Enough!  Spensius is right.  There’s no need for him to
continue.  I have resisted the gods.  Because, instead of helping
us-- they interfere with us.  And I’ve bent the law, when my
heart tells me it’s unjust.  ‘Cause justice is not about the
letter of the law-- but its spirit.  And I do try to inspire
others-- to be everything that they’re capable of being.  If this
is sedition-- then I am guilty.  But there’s something more on
trial here.  A hero.  A hero is a person who’s not afraid to risk
his life for another.  And sometimes-- like Kazankas, it means
losing that life.  It’s what-- it’s what separates us from the
animals and from the gods who would like us to believe that we
are less than we are.  And that is why we all need heroes-- to
set a higher standard that others can aspire to.  If I’m guilty
of this, well, then-- then I’m proud of it.  If this is sedition,
then I’m proud of that too, and you might as well sentence me--
‘cause I won’t stop trying to do what’s right.  No, my-- my heart
won’t allow it.  And if this is wrong-- then you, uh-- take me
now.”

I:  “No!  Take me.  I’m Hercules.  I think like him.  I try to be
like him.  If you think what he’s doing is wrong, you’ll have to
banish me, too.

Jason:  “No, take me.  I am Hercules.”

Cassandra:  “No, I am Hercules.”

Derk’s Wife:  “Take me.  I am Hercules.”

Daedalus:  “And me.”

Galea:  “I am Hercules.”

Judge:  “Don’t say it.  If we proceed, I shall have to banish
myself, also.  I am Hercules.  Case dismissed.”

I:  “Congratulations, Hercules.”

H:  “I’m, uh-- sorry about Kazankas.”

Galea:  “And I’m sorry about all of this.  I should’ve never
listened to Spensius.”

H:  “You did what you thought was right.”

Galea:  “No.  You and your friends are right.  The world needs
heroes.  Before he met you, my husband’s life was, um-- lost and
misguided-- and he changed because of you.”

H:  “It cost him his life.”

Galea:  “He died a hero.  Now my children have-- two heroes to
look up to-- you-- and their father.”

I:  “I’m-- I’m sorry to rush you, but, uh-- we got a war to stop
in Plathos.”

H:  “Yeah.  I have to go.”

Galea:  “You know-- this trial did prove one thing.  There aren’t
enough of you to go around.”

H:  “Be safe.”

Galea:  “And you too.”

Girl:  “Goodbye, Hercules”.

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