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“The Price”  Episode 44/220

[TEASER]

X:  “He’s moving to your right!”

G:  “I see him!  Let me take him!”

X:  “Let me take it!”

G:  “No, no, no!  This one’s mine.  He’s mine!  Well fought,
friend fish.  Know that I don’t do this for pleasure-- only to
live.”

X:  “Don’t talk to your breakfast.”

G:  “You’ll go to a far, far better place.  Isn’t it beautiful?”

X:  “Mm-hmm.”

G:  “You think we’re the first people here”

X:  “The fish certainly seem to think so.  They’re practically
jumping on shore.”

G:  “I have a theory about fish.”

X:  “Oh, the one where they’re cold, wet, and slimy?  Yeah, I
heard that.”

G:  “No, that’s not it.  I think we all came from the ocean.
Fish are just people waiting for that magic moment to reach out
and touch-- [Screams]”

Athenian Sold:  “The garrison-- surrounded.  Waiting for help.
The Horde!”

G:  “Wha-- what does-- what does he mean by ‘the Horde’?”

X:  “Go, get your things-- hurry.”

G:  “What-- What--”

X:  “Now!  Don’t argue with me!”

G:  “Xena-- Can we help them?”

X:  “No.”

G:  “What is going on?”  

X:  “We’re surrounded.  That’s the way they work.  Those men
were Athenian infantry.  They must’ve been ambushed.”

G:  “Surrounded by what?  Your sword!”

X:  “My sword can’t help us now.  Run.”

G:  “What?”

X:  “Run!  This way Gabrielle!  Follow me!”

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X:  “Quick!”

[Fight]

G:  “Xena!  Xena!”

X:  “The canoe!  Get to the river!”

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X:  “Pull harder.  Dig in!”

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X:  “Pull, Gabrielle.”

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G:  “Xena.”

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[ACT I]

X:  “The first time my army went west, my army ran into the
Horde.  I had a scouting party out looking for a pass through
the mountains.  They were below us in a ravine when they
attacked.  I could only watch helplessly as my men tried to hold
them back, but they kept coming.  I can still remember that
howling of the Horde-- the screaming of my men.  It took most of
the day to get the rest of my army into that ravine, but, by
then, the Horde was gone.  My men-- they were nothing but
bones-- stripped of their flesh and-- and tortured as they were
skinned.”

G:  “What are they?  They must want something.”

X:  “Nobody knows.  Fighting one or two would be difficult
enough.  But-- but, they hunt like a pack of dogs-- surrounding
their prey until they attack.  We gotta get out of here.”

G:  “What if we follow the river?  It’ll take us somewhere.”

X:  “Yeah, somewhere, but we don’t know where they are.
Gabrielle.”

G:  “What?”

X:  “Things are gonna get worse-- especially with what I have to
do to get us out of here.”

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G:  “Xena.”

X:  “Shh.”

Sold:  “Athena, have mercy on us!”

G:  “We have to save them!”

X:  “No!  Be quiet!”

Sold:  “Athena.”

G:  “But they’re crying for Athena!  They want someone to help
them!”

X:  “Well, it’s not going to be us!”

G:  “We have to try!”

X:  “Those men are dead.”

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G:  “Xena!  We have to save him!  He’s trying to escape!”

X:  “Keep paddling.  All right!  All right.”

G:  “Here!  Take my hand!”

X:  “Grab hold of him, and hold on tight!”

G:  “They’re catching up!”

X:  “I know!”

General:  “They’ll catch us all!  Let me go!”
  
X:  “No!  No, we’ve got you now!  We’re keeping you.  Now, we
really got trouble-- up ahead.  Gabrielle, when we get close to
shore-- I want you to jump.”

G:  “I’m not leaving you!”

X:  “I can’t fight them if I’m worrying about you!  Now do what
I say!”

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Ath. Sold:  “Let’s go!”

Mercer [Mer]:  “Attack!”  

[Athenians fight the Horde]

Ath. Sold:  “I’ve got him!”

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Ath. Sold:  “Get him!”

G:  “He’s hurt!”

Ath. Sold:  “Hurry up!  Get his arm!  

G:  “Be careful with him!  Wait!”

X:  “Gabrielle, duck!”

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Ath. Sold:  “Keep together.  Watch for an ambush.  Flag ‘em.
We’ve got injured!  Move the wagon-- quickly!  Get everyone in!”

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Mer:  “Man the battlements!  Watch for attack!”

General:  “Mercer!  Mercer!  They have to be stopped!  They have
to be--”

Mercer:  “Take him away.  Put his body in the pit with the
others.”

Ath. Sold:  “Give him a hand!”

Mer:  “I said, man the walls!  They could attack at any moment!”

Ath. Sold:  “Who cares?!  We’re dead, anyway!”

Mer:  “You get to your post!”

Ath. Sold:  “Yeah, what’s the difference?!  We’re gonna die,
Mercer.  Those things out there-- They’re gonna kill us all.”

Mer:  “You get to your feet-- and get to the wall-- Now!”

G:  “What is going on?  Are these men just so scared, they won’t
listen to reason?”

X:  “You can’t reason with dead men, Gabrielle.  And these are
as dead as those men on the river bank.”

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[ACT II]

Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka!  Kaltaka!  Kaltaka!”

Ath. Sold:  “How can we kill them-- if we can’t see them?”

G:  “Who’s Kaltaka?”

Ath. Sold:  “Probably their god of war.  Even when they-- die,
they call for him-- Kaltaka.  Kaltaka!  It drives you crazy!”

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G:  “Xena-- you were right.  These men have given up.”

X:  “Mmm.”

G:  “They don’t care whether they live or die.  Is that what’s
gonna happen?”

X:  “Not without taking some of the Horde with us.  If I’m gonna
die, I’m gonna die as I am-- a warrior with a sword in my hand.
You taking a break, soldier?”

Ath. Sold:  “Yeah-- from reality?”

X:  “You think you can grab your sword and get placed before
they come over the wall.”

Ath. Sold:  “Lady-- It just doesn’t matter anymore.  We’re
running out of food; we’re running out of men; and we’re running
out of time.  Those things out there-- have us.  Today,
tomorrow-- What’s the difference?”

X:  “Now, take this sword, get back on that wall, and do your
job.  ‘Cause what they might do to you is nothing compared to
what I’ll do.”

Ath. Sold:  ”Who are you?”

X:  “My name is Xena.”

Ath. Sold:  “Xena?  Xena of Corinth?  The Warrior Princess of
Kalmae?  The one who defeated Callisto?”

X:  “You’ve heard of me.”

Ath. Sold:  “What do you think we should do?”

X:  “Well, first, keep your weapons where you can get at them.
And stand _at_ the wall, not under it or near it!  Every fourth
man, take a rest!  The man either side of him will cover for
him!  And if anything moves between here and the trees-- kill
it!”

G:  “But wait.  What if it’s a friend?”

X:  “We don’t have any friends, right now.  Get used to it.
We’re not gonna let these bastards defeat the elite of the
Athenian army, are we?!”

Soldiers:  “No!”

Ath. Sold:  “Tell us what to do, Xena!”

X:  “Do?  “We’re gonna kill ‘em all!”

[Athenian soldiers cheer]

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Menticles [Men]:  “What in the world?”

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G:  “Where are the doctors?”

Ath. Sold:  “Back in the burial pit.  We lost them in the first
attack.”

G:  “You mean, there’s no one?”

Ath. Sold:  “No one but the goddess of mercy.”

G:  “There is no goddess of mercy.”

Ath:  “You got it.”

G:  “Here we go, again.  OK.  You-- you, become a nurse.  You--
you’re a nurse.  Now we have to separate the walking wounded
from the people who can’t move.  Now I want this area cleaned of
all the dirty bandages.  We’ll boil them later.  We need some
wood.  Come on, let’s get moving!”

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X:  “Set sharpened spikes along the walls.  We’ll hang ‘em from
the battlements.”

Mer:  “Amazing.”

Men:  “What the Hades do you think you’re doing?!”

X:  “Taking command!  Someone has to.”

Ath. Sold:  “Isn’t it great, commander?  Xena’s fighting with
us.  We’ll teach those barbarians a lesson, now”

Mer:  “Xena.”

X:  “Yeah, let’s not make a big deal about it.  I wanna talk to
you two-- inside.”

Men:  “Mercer-- she’s giving orders to us.”

Mer:  “Yeah-- she is.”

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X:  “I didn’t wanna talk out there, but the situation is next to
hopeless.  You know that.”

Mer:  “We figure we got three days of supplies, two days of
arrows.  If we’re lucky, we can stretch the water to six days.”

X:  “The Horde will stay there until we come out looking for
food.  We’ve got to wear them down.  If we can force their hand,
they’ll waste men trying to get in.”

Men:  “Out of the question!”

X:  “You have maybe one more day before there are mass
desertions.  The men are demoralized and beaten.  They need to
do something-- anything to make them feel as though they have a
chance!  And until reinforcements arrive, we need that.”

Mer:  “There are no reinforcements.  General Gallipan sent out a
force to try and break through.”

X:  “The soldiers we found along the riverbank.”

Mer:  “Yeah.”

X:  “Where is Gallipan?  I almost fought against him in Corinth.
I’d like to see him.”

Men:  “You already did.  You brought him in.  He’s dead.  That
means you’re in command.  I’m not stupid.  I saw the men out
there.  Xena’s the only chance we’ve got.”

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Ath. Soldiers:  “Make sure the--”  “We need more men!”  “Make
sure to keep down!”

X:  “Make sure half those bodies go to the south wall.  If we’re
gonna fool them, we’ll have to make them think we have
reinforcements.”

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G:  “Xena!  Over here.  Now, it took awhile, but I think I have
it all sorted.”

X:  “Which ones are going to die?”

G:  “Hopefully, none of them.  Now, I have the serious cases
over here.  The walking wounded have all become nurses.”

X:  “Ah, if they can do that, they can carry a weapon.  Those of
you who can walk, report to Mercer outside.”

G:  “Wait a minute.  Xena, I need these people.  Someone has to
feed them.  I need them to get water for the men that--”

X:  “Yeah, get a waterbag for yourself, Gabrielle.  But no food
and water for the seriously wounded-- only for the men who can
fight.”

G:  “But, these men will die without water.”

X:  “It won’t matter if we can’t defend the compound.”

G:  “You expect me to decide who lives and --”

X:  “I want men outside, Gabrielle.  You figure it out.  And let
Menticles know when they die.  We need them out on the wall.”

G:  “I can’t.  I can’t.”

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Horde Sold:  “[Attack!]”

[Fight]

Men:  “Retreat!”

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Ath. Sold:  “It worked!”

[More fighting]

X:  “Everybody, down!  Now!”

[Xena fight song]

Horde Sold:  “Ahh!”  [Running away]

G:  “No!”

Horde Sold:  [Axed in back]  “Ahh!”

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Ath. Soldiers:  “Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!
Xena!  Xena!  Xena! Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!  Xena!
Xena!  Xena!  Xena!” 

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[ACT III]

Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka.”

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Mer:  “There’s nothing-- absolutely nothing.  It’s as if they
just left.”

X:  “No, no-- they’re out there.  We just gave them a bloody
nose.  They won’t be stupid enough to enter the camp again.”

Mer:  “We can’t stay like this forever.”

X:  “No, we can’t.  We need reinforcements.  Make your rounds,
and meet me back at the command hut.”

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Ath. Sold:  “Grab his legs.”

G:  “Wait a minute.”

Ath. Sold:  “Orders from Xena.”

G:  “I don’t care.  As long as this man still breathes, he’s in
my-- care.”

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X:  “You-- Can you walk?”

Ath. Sold:  “Yes.  It’s just my arm.”

X:  “Good, then you can hold a sword in the other.  Get to the
wall.”

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X:  “I told you to ration the food to the men outside.”

G:  “What is going on with you?”

X:  “I’m trying to save our skins.  Those things outside will
kill us all.”

G:  “This is insane!  You are letting these men die!  You axed
that man in the back!”

X:  “He was inside our battlements.  He saw our defenses!  I
couldn’t risk it.”

G:  “I can’t believe this, Xena.  You’re scaring me.”

X:  “This is war!  What did you expect-- glamor?!  There are no
good choices-- only lesser degrees of evil.”

G:  “There is a choice-- to stop fighting!”

X:  “They aren’t like us.  There is nothing about them that we
can or should understand.”

G:  “But, have you even tried?”

X:  “I know them-- there’s nothing!  You make sure that those
rations get to the men on the wall.”

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Men:  “We made these the way you said.  I don’t know what good
they’re gonna do.  If  they can’t see, we can’t see.”

X:  “Trying to get out of this valley without reinforcements
would be suicide.  We’re gonna do something about that.”

Mer:  “You plan to swim down the river and climb the cliffs.”

Men:  “Hold on.  You can’t leave.  The men’d lose hope if you
disappeared.”

X:  “He’s right.  As much as I hate to admit it, I have to stay
here.  Mercer will go-- Get ready.”

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Ath.  Soldiers:  “Every man take one.”  “Here, take this.”

X:  “Are you ready?”

Mer:  “Yeah-- I’ll be in the water in seconds.”

X:  “No, go north through the forest.  Don’t head for the river
till you’re out of the trees.”

Mer:  “It’ll take too long.”

X:  “It won’t matter if you get yourself killed.  Go north.
Ready?”

Ath. Sold:  “We’re ready!  Hold it still.  Light it-- quickly!”

X:  “Go!”

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X:  “Open the gate!”

Ath. Sold:  “You, help me with this!”

Ath. Sold:  “Xena!  Here they come!”

[Fight]

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Men:  “Cease fire!  Cease fire!  Save your arrows!”

Ath. Soldiers:  [Cheer]

G:  “Wait!  Where’s Xena?!”

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Ath. Sold:  “Open the gate!  It’s Xena!”

X:  “Give me a hand!  Take him to the hut.  It’ll be dark, soon.
Post double guards, and make sure the torches stay lit.”

G:  “Are you all right?  You know, you go out of your way to
tell me this is war, and then you rescue one of them.  He’s not
even hurt badly.”

X:  “Gabrielle, I didn’t rescue him.  We need information.  He’s
gonna give it to us-- one way or another.”

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X:  “Let’s make this simple.  I know you don’t understand me,
but I wanna make some things clear.  We are here.”

G:  “Xena.”

X:  “We are here.  You-- where?”

Men:  “Look-- the animal understands.  But, he’s not gonna help
us.  Let me try!”

X:  “Gabrielle, go outside.”

G:  “No.  By the gods, Xena!”

Men:  “What have you done?”

X:  “I’ve shut off the flow of blood to his brain.  He’ll be
dead in moments-- and he knows it.  He can feel his life
draining away.”

G:  “Don’t do this.  It’s murder!”

X:  “I’ve told you, Gabrielle, this is war!  Go back to the
hospital!”

G:  “So I can pick and choose who lives and who dies?!  So, I
can be a murderer, too?!”

X:  “Take him to the supply room-- chain him up.”

Men:  “You mean, kill him.”

X:  “I mean, chain him up.”

G:  “Thank you.”

X:  “Don’t you ever question my authority or methods in front of
my troops.  I told you I’d do whatever it takes, and if that
means killing him later-- I’ll do it.”

G:  “Your troops?  I don’t understand.”

X:  “We didn’t ask for this.  If they want a fight to the death,
they’re gonna get it.  What part of that didn’t you understand?”

G:  “You!  Who are you, Xena?  What happened to the Xena that I
know?”

X:  “That Xena can’t help us now.  If losing her is the price
for saving us all, I’ll pay it.  It’s just a part of me I didn’t
think I’d need anymore.  Get back to work.”

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Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka?  Kaltaka.  Kaltaka.”

G:  “Kaltaka is water?”

Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka.”

G:  “It’s not a god.  The dying men just want water.  It’s such
a mess.  It’s you, it’s them, it’s-- it’s Xena.  What’s become
of her?  It’s just not-- it’s not human.  It’s-- Quite a
surprise, isn’t it?  Losing your humanity.  Yeah-- Well, you
were right, Xena.  If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die my way.”

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Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka.”

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X:  “You let her out?!”

Ath. Sold:  “Well, she said it was your order.  She sounded
pretty convincing!”

X:  “Get the smoke bombs.  And tell all soldiers on the wall to
prepare for battle.  Go!”

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Horde Sold:  “Kaltaka.  Kal--”

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Men:  “They’ve got her.”

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[ACT IV]

Men:  “Prepare to fire!”

Ath. Sold:  “Yes, sir.”

X:  “No, wait.”

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X:  “Wait, they’re retrieving their wounded.”

Men:  “That’s impossible.  They must be trying to kill our
wounded.”

X:  “No, no, they saw Gabrielle, and they must’ve thought it was
a truce.  I want some unarmed volunteers to come out with me and
get them.”

Men:  “That’s suicide!”

X:  “Do it.  Come here.  Keep an eye on Gabrielle.  If I give
you the word, kill anything near her.”

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X:  “Gabrielle!  Get down!  What do you think you’re playing
with?!  Come on!”

G:  “No!  Mercer!  Mercer!”

Mer:  “Gabrielle!  Xena-- you were right.  I-- I should’ve gone
north.”

X:  “We’ve gotta get him inside.  There’s no telling how long
the truce will hold.”

G:  “Looks like you’ve got your battle to the death.”

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Ath. Sold:  “Xena told me to report to you.”

G:  “Aren’t you needed on the wall?”

Ath. Sold:  “She ordered me to help with the wounded.  And she
wanted this food to get in here.”

G:  “Put it over there.  Start feeding these men.  And, uh--
grab some rags and start boiling some water.”

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X:  “Menticles, cut him loose.”

Men:  “Are you out of your mind?”

X:  “Do it!  Give me his weapon.  Stand back.”

Men:  “What are you trying to prove?”

X:  “That we have something in common.  He doesn’t want to fight
me.  He wants to fight you-- or anyone else.”

Ath. Sold:  “Is it any wonder?  I’v seen you fight.”

X:  “No, he’s not afraid to die.  It’s because he thinks that
I’m in charge, and he’s not worthy of my sword.  Watch.”

Men:  “Amazing.”

X:  “Yes, I understand.  Take him to the gates, and then release
him.  It might not make sense to us, Menticles-- but he has a
code.  And understanding that, we might just have a chance.”

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X:  “Kaltaka turned out to be the key.  When you went out there,
they thought it was a truce to retrieve the wounded.  I let my
fear and hatred blind me to everything.”

G:  “Sometimes the past can do that.  Xena, if I had been
through what you’ve been through--”

X:  “No.  No.  You understand hatred, but you have never given
into it.  You don’t know how much I love-- that.  Here.  Here.”

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Men:  “Xena!  Here he comes!”

G:  “Maybe we can talk to them.”

X:  “He’s gonna understand and don’t happen overnight,
Gabrielle.  This is the only communication we both understand--
a warrior’s code of honor.  If I defeat their leader, I defeat
their army.  Gabrielle-- If this doesn’t work, I want you to go
to the river--”

G:  “No.  You do what you have to do, but, we’ll walk down that
road together.”

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[Fight between Xena and Horde leader]

G:  “Xena!  Watch out!”

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G:  “You knew?”

X:  “I knew one one of us had to die.  You can send out a
patrol-- you won’t find them.”

Men:  “I don’t want to find them.  We move now.  Thank you.”

X:  “They’ll be back.  Maybe not this year, but some day.”

G:  “Can anyone stop them?”

X:  “Yeah.  It won’t be warriors.  It’ll be someone like you.  I
just hope that wherever the Horde is from, they have a
Gabrielle.”

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