Douglas Kamo (Sullus)
Ranald Hendricks (Elysha)
Ann Baxter (Old Woman)
Matthew Jeffs (Head Guard)
Patrick Kuhtze (Other Guard)
Dean Stewart (Executioner)
Colin Francis (Hurried Villager)
Alvin Fitisemanu (Hawker)
Jonathon Acorn (Slim Man)
Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Edited by Robert Field
Directed by Garth Maxwell
ON THE NEXT XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
(Xena chasing and fighting Meleager)
Gabrielle: This is a terrible misunderstanding!
WHEN GABRIELLE'S CHILDHOOD HERO OF CHARGES WITH A COLD-BLOODED CRIME,
Judge: The sentence is death.
HER LOYALTY IS PUT TO THE TEST
Gabrielle: He is NOT guilty!
Xena: You don't know that!
Gabrielle: You're going to have to go through me to get to him.
NOW, ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE
(Meleager with noose around his neck)
(Xena catching arrows near Meleager's head)
Judge: A man is going to die here today!
(Gabrielle crying in cell)
IS XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS
TV GUIDE PROMO
Gabrielle is torn between her beleaguered hero Meleager, who's accused of a murder she's certain he didn't commit, and Xena, who's not so sure.
Gabrielle fights to stop the execution of an old friend accused of murder.
One of Xena and Gabrielle's mates gets done for a murder. But has he been fitted up? The Guardian (London)
AIRING AND RATING INFORMATION
1st RELEASE: 04-07-97
An AA average of 6.0
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) XENA 7th at 6.0
(2) STAR TREK DS9 11th at 5.3
(3) HERCULES 12th at 4.9
(4) BAYWATCH 19th at 4.2
2nd RELEASE: 08-04-97
An AA average of 4.9
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) XENA 9th at 4.9
(2) BAYWATCH 12th at 4.3
(3) HERCULES 14th at 4.0
(4) STAR TREK DS9 17th at 3.8
This synopsis is by Bluesong.
The show opens with Xena and Gabrielle astride Argo, heading for a small village. Meleager the Mighty had sent for Gabrielle. The town was empty for the most part when they arrived. Gabrielle mentioned Meleager and suddenly several men came after Xena and Gabrielle.
Meleager was on trial for "cold blooded murder." He was found guilty. Gabrielle made a plea for his life, to no avail. He told Gabrielle that he was not guilty and that he had a witness who could attest to that. So she set him free, and he ran. Xena went after him -- she and Gabrielle, actually, on Argo, with Gabrielle screaming "Run Meleager" while Xena was trying to catch him. She did catch him, of course.
On the return trip someone ambushed the three of them, and Xena decided not to take Meleager back right away. Meleager then confessed he might have killed the man; he had been drunk and did not know if he had killed him or not. Gabrielle was mad at Meleager for lying to her; he apologized. Then Xena realized that SHE had killed the man in question, while Gabrielle was at the Athens Academy, because he was an assassin; apparently he'd just stumbled to the bar and no one realized he'd fallen on his own sword. So Xena went in search of the man the assassin was trying to kill.
The judge's men came and took Meleager and Gabrielle away; Meleager was hanged. The judge, it turned out, was crooked and had set this trial and others. Xena had actually saved Meleager, but Gabrielle didn't know this. She was crying in the dungeon when Xena and Meleager went to get her. All was forgiven.
This commentary is by Beth Gaynor.
WHIMPERS, MURMURS, AND A LOVE GONE TOO FAR
10-09-01. Rob Tappert, executive porducer, quoted in Dan Scapperotti's "Producing Xena: Warrior Princess: Rob Tapert on Censorship, Lesbian Ambiguity & Violence" in Femme Fatales, October 22 2001, Volume 8, Number 6, Page 20: "Sometimes you try things that don't exactly work. Some of them just weren't appealing to me. Jeez, I'm going to get myself in trouble with the writers. We did a couple that I wasn't all that fond of. We did one the second season called "The Execution" that I didn't like, and another - "Vanishing Act - just wasn't funny enough. We did another comedy, "Thims, Thims and Jims" [Fins Femmes and Gems] that made me laugh because it was so stupid".
12-26-00. Robert Tapert, in an interview with WHOOSH to be released January 1, 2001 (#52), stated the original airing order of the episodes after DESTINY (36/212) were to be EXECUTION (41/217), BLIND FAITH (42/218), and then A DAY IN THE LIFE (39/215). Because of Lucy Lawless' accident on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the producers retooled or recast some shows in the can and wrote a couple more shows to cover for Ms. Lawless' incapacity. The resultant airing order was INTIMATE STRANGER (31/207) [retooled to keep Xena in Callisto's body], TEN LITTLE WARLORDS (32/208) [retooled and re-cast Xena with Hudson Leick], SOLSTICE CAROL (33/209) [not changed], THE XENA SCROLLS (34/210) [not changed], HERE SHE COMES...MIS AMPHIPOLIS (35/211) [not changed], DESTINY (36/212) [retooled to have Xena remain dead], THE QUEST (37/213) [new show], A NECESSARY EVIL (38/214) [new show], A DAY IN THE LIFE (39/215) [not changed], FOR HIM THE BELL TOLLS (40/216) [new show], EXECUTION (41/217) [no change], and BLIND FAITH (42/218) [no change].
Highlights by Beth Gaynor.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
01-10-98. In the scene with Meleager in the cave, watch carefully as the dialogue switches back and forth. In particular, watch what Meleager does with his hands, and how in going back and forth from cut to cut, what was in his left hand magically appears in his right, then back to left, etc.
The statute of Themis (goddess of justice and law) which first appeared in THE EXECUTION (#41), also appears in BLIND FAITH (#42).
Click here to read a transcript of THE EXECUTION.
By popular demand "The Executioner" will bring back his comfortable lightweight cotton-flax blend robe in a variety of spring colors.
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