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SUCCESSION



"Succession"  Episode 96/503

[TEASER]

Ares:  "Oh, yeah!  Oh-h-h-h!"  [Laughs]

Mavican [Mav]:  "Hah!"

Ares:  "Come here!"

Mav:  [Sighs]

Ares:  "Oh, yeah!"  [Exhales]

Mav:  [Sighs]

Ares:  "Oh, yeah."

Mav:  "Well, you know, you can cut the party tricks.  You're
looking for an heir-- a mortal to carry on your name."

Ares:  "Oh, I've considered it."

Mav:  "Well, here I am-- my sword-- my life-- my heart."

Ares:  "Honey-- I hate to be the one to break this to you-- but
one action-packed roll in the sack does not make you the heir to
Ares' mantle.  No-- you're not the one."

Mav:  "I don't blame you for not seeing it.  So, come on-- test
me."

Ares:  "Mavican-- you are _way_-- outta your league.  You have no
idea what my standards are.  So why don'tcha go back to that
little gang of bandits you're leading-- and leave the world
domination to professionals-- OK?"

Mav:  "I'm serious, Ares.  I don't know what Xena had to say or
do to get the job-- but I want it."

Ares:  "First-- it is _not_ a job.  Second-- Xena never asked me
for anything.  That's how I knew she was the one.  Now-- I've got
som'in real important to deal with-- but I'll come back later.
Don't be here."

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[Fight]

G's Voice:  "Xena, that guy was mine."

X's Voice:  "I can handle it."

G's Voice:  "Yeah, well, I can help you.  Xena-- "

X's Voice:  "Stay back, Gabrielle!"

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G:  "I'm not a kid anymore.  You think that she would know that."

Ares:  "Considering all you've been through-- "

G:  "Ares-- whatever you're looking for, look somewhere else.
Mm-m!"

Ares:  "Do I _always_ have to be after something?  You've been
away awhile.  Maybe I missed you.  Maybe I'm trying to help."

G:  "You only help yourself."

Ares:  "Aw-- ultimately, that is true-- but it doesn't mean I
don't understand.  Here, let me take a shot at this.  Uh-- Xena
has been overprotective of you.  She's been treatin' you like
you're still-- "

G:  "They were five bandits-- _five_ of them.  She could have
handled four and I would have been happy with _just_ one.  But,
no-no, she had to take them all."

Ares:  "It is hard to shed your-- perceptions of a person."

G:  "I'm tired of it."

Ares:  "Hey-- I notice you're gettin' pretty good with those."

G:  "At least, someone noticed.  So, Xena doesn't appreciate that
I've been practicing this [?].  [Startles]  Who _are_ you?"

Mav:  "The name is Mavican.  I'm looking for Xena."

G:  "What do you _want_ with her?"

Mav:  "I wanna _kill_ her-- and I understand that killing you--
is the best way to meet her."

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[ACT I]

[Fight]

G:  "Xena, I _had_ her."

X:  "Yeah, yeah."

Mav:  "That was incredible.  I'd have to say, Xena, you are one
person where the hype isn't enough."

X:  "You wanted so talk to me-- so, talk."

Mav:  "Talk?  No, no, no-- I wanted to kill you-- still do,
actually.  Yah-h-h-hah-h-h-h!  Yah-h-h-hah-h-h!"

X:  "Who are you?"

Mav:  "I'm your successor.  I'm taking your place.  Ares doesn't
believe it, yet-- but we're going to convince him.
Hah-h-h-h-h-h!"

Ares:  "Hey!  Just stop it!  Stop it, right now!  What, in the
name of-- me-- didja think you were doing?"

Mav:  "Getting your attention."

Ares:  "By destroying Demeter's temple?  No.  See?  Destroying
temples in the name of other gods-- we just don't do it."

Mav:  "Who _cares_ about her?  I'll destroy a _thousand_ of her
temples if I have to.  I toldja I was good.  Tell him.  Tell him
how good I am, Xena."

X:  "Good enough to die young.  What's this all about, Ares?"

Ares:  "Oh-- she's not _my_ idea.  She's just some hothead I
picked up for a little, uh-- diversion?  Now she thinks she's my
right hand girl."

Mav:  "You know, Ares, your _problem_-- is that you don't see
potential.  See, you're still hung up on what you had and
_lost_-- Xena.  Well, I'm here to let you know-- there's better.
Huh!"

Ares:  "Well, now-- maybe, she's right.  I've been considering
your-- successor for some time.  You wanna take her on?  OK--
let's take this where we can't do any harm.  All right, listen
up!  The rules are simple!  You kill Xena-- you win!  I bring you
back here!  Xena-- it's a little more difficult!  You kill
Mavican-- you win!  You stay right where ya are!"

G:  "That's not fair!"

Ares:  "Oh?!  You're going too, Gabrielle!  Of course, if anyone
wants my help, all she's gotta do is call!"

Mav:  "Woo-hoo!  Come on, Xena!  Don't disappoint me!"  [Yells]

X:  "Ares, we're _not_ playing your little game."

Ares:  "I didn't ask if you wanted a choice.  Maybe she's got a
point.  Is there someone better than you?  Don't you think I've
waited long enough to find out?"

G:  "No!"

X:  "Hold on!"

G:  "Xena-a-a-a!"

X:  "Gabrielle, I'm coming!"  [Yells]

Ares:  "Let the game begin."

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G [Startles]:  "Xena!"

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X:  "Gabrielle?  Gabrielle?  Gabrielle?!"

Mav:  "Yah-hah!  No weapons-- no Gabrielle.  Just _you_-- and
me."

[Fight]

Mav:  "What's the matter, Xena?  Can't get in that killing blow?
Oh, wait-- Ares said you can't kill me!  Just too much on your
mind to fight straight, huh?  And the sun's going down.  What
kind of a fighter are you in the dark?"

X:  "You know what, Sweetie?  You talk too much."

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G:  "Xena?"

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X:  "I'm here, Gabrielle!  Wherever here is."

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X:  "What are you doing?  Watch it, Gabrielle."

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Mav:  "Lookin' for Xena?  See, Gabrielle-- _looking_-- is your
problem.  If you just stay still-- she'll come to ya-- and that's
what I'm counting on."

G:  "Mavican, Amazons invented the technique of fighting from
trees.  The first thing they teach you is not to let your
footprints end where you-- [?]!  Oh, no!  Ares said that Xena
couldn't kill you.  He didn't say anything about me, so don't do
anything stupid."

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X:  "Watch it!"

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Mav:  "Yah!  I'm trying to decide-- is live bait preferable to
dead bait?  Especially when the bait wants to kill me?!  No-- if
Xena sees you dead, she might do something sensible."

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X:  "It's all right, Gabrielle-- as long as it's me that she
wants, you're going to be OK.  You're gonna be OK."

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Mav:  "Did you have a nice nap?  You know?  It's strange-- I
really thought Xena would have done something during the night--
under the cover of darkness.  At least, that's what I would have
done.  So, what's it like?  I mean-- being with Xena?  It's like
a brush with eternity, isn't it?"

G:  "What are you talking about?"

Mav:  "Oh, Gabrielle, please-- you're a part of making the legend
true.  Those scrolls you write.  Yeah, I got ahold of one a while
back.  You know?  You really should write more.  I'm gonna need
someone to write me into history after I kill her."

G:  "I hate to tell you this, but history is fickle."

Mav:  "History will remember me, Gabrielle!"

G:  "Why?  Because you think you _might_ kill someone?"

Mav:  "You don't get it.  Ares doesn't get it.  People will talk
about me for ages-- the woman who stood-- toe-to-toe-- with
Xena-- "

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Mav:  "-- and win or lose?  I'll be remembered."

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G:  "You need help."

Mav [Chuckles]:  "Oh-h-h-- I _wish_ it were that simple.  I'm not
crazy, Gabrielle.  Haven't you ever been struck-- with the
difference between us and the gods?  They're immortal because we
make them that way.  Don't you think-- there was a moment-- when
Xena just did it all for-- destiny?"

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X:  "Destiny."

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Mav:  "Sun's up.  Oh, Ares!  [Laugh]  You are too rich.  Oh,
Ares, we're gonna make such a great team."  [Laughs]

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[ACT II]

Mav:  "This is too funny.  I mean, did Ares think he was evening
the odds?"

X:  "Ares put me and Gabrielle into one being."

Mav:  "You get the day shift-- she gets the night watch.
[Snickers]  Oh, come on, Xena-- you've gotta admit, it's pretty
funny.  He got her out of the way so you wouldn't get distracted.
Of course-- I kill you, I kill her-- and I was just beginning to
like her.  Oh, well-- "

X:  "Listen, Mavican-- I know Ares.  He's only concerned about
one thing, and that's himself."

Mav:  "You mean, he was planning on _using_ me?  That's strange,
Xena, 'cause, I thought I was using _him_.  It seemed like a
great arrangement."

X:  "Mavican, I've been down this road before.  I know what it's
like to chase destiny.  You can't-- win.  If we can work
together, we can defeat Ares.  This is all about us fighting one
another.  If we don't, Ares loses."

Mav:  "No-o-o!  If we don't, _I_ lose.  Xena-- I'm on a path that
I can't change.  I know it, and I accept it.  But if I don't walk
this path-- I'm nothing.  Hah-h-h!"

X:  "Uh!"

Mav's Voice:  "It's no use, Xena!  I just have to wait for
sundown-- and Gabrielle!"  [Laughs]

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X:  "What do _you_ want?"

Ares [Chuckles]:  "I swear.  Hey, Xena-- I want your honest
opinion-- objectively.  I mean, she's better than I thought."

X:  "I don't get, Ares-- all this just to see your new girlfriend
fight?"

Ares:  "No-o-o-o-- watch my _old_ girlfriend fight.  I've missed
it."

X:  "Where you been [?]?"

Ares:  "Oh, yeah-- you fight all the time.  In fact-- you did a
pretty good number on Caesar and those Romans.  Pity, really-- a
lot of potential.  Still-- Mavican has that, uh-- certain
something-- something which you seem to have lost.  And I just
wanna find out if anybody else has got it."

X:  "And what about Gabrielle?  Is she up in the dark little room
you set up?"

Ares:  "Ya like that, huh?  Yeah, I thought it might fire ya up
if you could watch the game.  And, no-- Gabrielle is there, but
she can't see us."

X:  "So, what's the point?  Why have ya joined us both together
so that we can both fight Mavican individually?"

Ares:  "Why not?  Besides-- she's gettin' pretty good at it.
She's smart, too-- even though someone doesn't want to admit it.
She's already figured out part of the riddle."

G:  "That I can't kill Mavican but Gabrielle can?  Well, you'd
like that, wouldn'tcha?  You'd like that, wouldn'tcha?"

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Mav:  "Oh, I see-- you _want_ me to find you.  That's nice-- very
nice."

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X:  "OK, Mavican, show yourself."

Mav:  "I hate to kill ya, Xena-- there's so many things I could
learn from you-- like-- how do you know when you're about to be
attacked?"

X:  "Just always assume you will be."

Mav:  "Ah-h-h-- so, it's more philosophical than a gift.  Must be
tiring on the soul.  Thanks.  [Yells]  The only thing I'm gonna
regret about this is not killing Xena directly-- but any kill is
a good one.  The game is over."

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[ACT III]

G:  "Where's Xena?"

Mav:  "You really don't know?  Ares has put the two of you in the
same body.  You get the nights, she gets the day.  Problem is--
you're stuck with me for the night-- or at least long enough for
me to kill you."

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X:  "Come on, Gabrielle, look around you.  Good girl."

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Mav:  "What?  You think you can take me on with a staff?  Please,
Gabrielle, I perfected the art."

G:  "I have nothing to lose, do I?"

Mav:  "Uh!"

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X:  "Now, run!  Get out of there!"

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Mav:  "You can't hide, Gabrielle!  I'll find you-- "

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Mav:  "-- before sunup.  You're mine."

Ares:  "You have to like her style-- the focus-- the intensity--
the ability to learn and adapt.  She is just-- incredible.  I
can't believe I took her for granted for so long."

X:  "You're just using Mavican to get to me, Ares.  It won't
work.  Why don't you give up on me?"

Ares:  "Xena-- I have given up on you.  And what makes you think
I was talkin' about Mavican?"

X:  "This is about Gabrielle.  You're not testing Mavican.
You're after Gabrielle."

Ares:  "You're not jealous?  I mean, despite what Mavican
thought, I have been thinking about your heir.  And who better--
than one you trained?"

X:  "You leave her out of this."

Ares:  "Arrogance!  There's the fire-- there's the anger you
lost."

X:  "She'll never follow you."

Ares:  "Well, she hasn't heard my offer yet.  And, anyway-- how
well do you really know her, anymore?  Well, I guess we'll find
out-- when she kills Mavican."

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X:  "Ares!  Come on, Gabrielle-- you can fight him.  You know
Ares well enough."

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G:  "Xena, where are you?"

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Mav:  "Plenty of time."

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X's Voice:  "`If you read this, you'll know that I'm here.  Ares
has merged us into the same body.  But the same way that the
world shares day and night-- never sees the same two together.
Mavican is tough, but we can defeat her.  A lot of it depends on
you, though.  You've figured out part of Ares' riddle, but you
can't kill her, Gabrielle.  It's something that Ares wants to see
and I don't know why, yet.  Together, we _can_ get out of this."

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Ares:  "Hello, Gabrielle."

G:  "What do you want?"

Ares:  "I've been watching you.  I think you've got potential."

G:  "Potential for what?  N-n-never mind.  I really don't want to
know."

Ares:  "You've also got a slanted opinion of me.  OK-- only
somewhat slanted-- but I'm serious.  You're not quite there yet,
but-- maybe I've been dismissing you too easily over the years.
Maybe-- the heir to Xena's throne has been right in front of me
all along."

G:  "Are you out of your mind?"

Ares:  "How's your wound?  OK?  Here's the deal.  I've learned a
few things from Xena-- a-a-and, perhaps-- my way of peace through
power isn't quite what I thought it was."

G:  "You are so full of-- "

Ares [Interrupts]:  "No-- now, that is Xena's problem these days.
She's so set in her ways."

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Ares' Voice:  "She won't even make an effort to see change."

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Ares:  "Now, you should know that more than anyone.  It's OK.
You don't have to answer.  It's obvious.  It's painfully
obvious."

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Ares' Voice:  "So, please, don't-- "

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Ares:  "-- do to me what Xena does to you.  Just-- just hear me
out, honestly.  OK""

G:  "OK?"

Ares:  "What I need-- what I think I've always needed, is
someone-- strong enough to lead people.  I think the key is to
find someone-- who's learned how to fight-- but has the
discretion not to.  Now, there's something Xena never had."

G:  "What about Mavican?"

Ares:  "What about her?  She's set in her ways already.  And have
you listened to her speak?  No-- the old Ares, he would have
loved her-- but not me.  I want you-- to look beyond our past.  I
know how you feel about me-- you got good reason.  But maybe,
uh-- maybe, gods can change, too."

G:  "What happens to Xena?"

Ares:  "Xena-- Xena goes home-- lives with her mother-- and
spends the rest of her years safe in the knowledge that someone
she trusts-- is in control.  Now, I wantcha to think about this,
but-- don't take too long.  Mavican is really-- "

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Ares' Voice:  "-- intent on killing Xena."

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Ares:  "Of course-- her destiny is in your hands.  With this--
you can kill Mavican.  Now, you do that-- and I'll know you're
ready."

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Mav:  "Nice place-- room for one more?"

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X's Voice:  "No, Gabrielle!"

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X [Whispers]:  "Don't do it.  Don't do it."

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[ACT IV]

G:  "Back off, Mavican, I'm warning you."

Mav:  "You're warning me?  Gabrielle-- I'll admit you've got
somethin'-- but it's over."

[Fight]

Mav:  "Come on!  Attack!  You're on the defensive.  Kill me if
you can!  You don't have the nerve."

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X [Whispers]:  "Don't do it."

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G:  "Ares wants me to kill you.  If I do that, then he wins and
we all lose!  I'm not gonna do it.  [Whispers]  Xena."

[Fight]

Mav:  "How's the wound, Xena?  It's just a little gift I gave
Gabrielle-- and now you're stuck with it.  Didn't you just know
she'd be your fatal flaw?"

X:  "Everybody's got one.  What about yours?"

Mav:  "Nice try.  I have no flaw!"

X:  "Sure, you do.  It's your misguided belief in your own
destiny."

Mav:  "My destiny is to kill you."

X:  "That's wrong.  Your destiny is to be forgotten."

Mav:  "No-o-o!  What are you doing?!  We're trapped in here!"

X:  "That's right, trapped-- where no one can hear us, and no one
will ever know what's happened to you.  Whether I kill you or you
kill me, your destiny is finished."

Mav:  "No-o-o!  Did you forget?  You can't _kill_ me!" 

X:  "Right.  [Laughs]  You see?  Even if I die, you're gonna live
on in here-- buried alive at the bottom of this pit-- 'cause
nobody knows you're here."

Mav:  "Oh!  Ares knows!"

X:  "But Ares doesn't care.  You see?  To him, you're just a
loser."

Mav:  "No!  Lemme go!  Lemme go!  Ares?!  Ares?!  Help me!  Help
me!"

Ares:  "Mavican-- are you asking for my help?"

Mav:  "Yes-- I'm asking for your help, god of war."

X:  "She's asking for your help."

Mav:  "What are you doing, Ares?!  You said I could ask!"

Ares:  "Yeah-- I said ya could.  I never said ya should."

Mav:  "Ares!  No-o-o-o!  No-o-o-o-o!  No-o-o-o-o!"

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X and G:  [Yell]

G:  "Xena-- you all right?"

X:  "Yeah.  Oh, here, this."

G:  "It-- i-it-- it'll heal."

Ares:  "No-- d-- don't say it.  Have a little respect for me,
will ya?  You won, already!"

X:  "We both won.  Gabrielle-- I'm proud of you."

Ares:  "Oh, please.  I gave her an opportunity for greatness."

X:  "Following you is not an opportunity, Ares.  It's a curse."

Ares:  "You say `Min-o-taur,' I say, `Mine-o-taur.'  Whatever."

G:  "You said anyone could ask for your help."

X:  "Years ago, Ares said to me that anyone who asked for his
help doesn't deserve it.  So, when Mavican asked-- "

G:  "-- she lost."

Ares:  "I really gotta be more careful with my riddles.  The
offer's still open.  Think about it."

X:  "You know, I'm surprised that you didn't consider it.  What
he said-- "

G:  "Xena, what he said doesn't matter.  I know you.  Sometimes,
I wonder if you really know me, but I know what's in your heart."

X:  "Then you know more than I do.  Gabrielle, I do see you.
Sometimes, I have trouble facing it, but I promise, I will."

G [Sighs]:  "You don't know how much that means.  Maybe, Ares did
some good after all, huh?"

X:  "Tell you what-- "

G:  "Ow."

X:  "-- the next bad guy we come across is all yours.  The next
seven _little_ bad guys we come across-- they're all yours."

G:  "`Little?'  Is that a crack about my height?"

X:  "No-- they're just harder for me to reach."  [Chuckles]

G:  "Yeah.  Well, I guess that makes sense."

X:  "Yeah."

G:  "Good strategy.  Yep."

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