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THE RING



"The Ring"  Episode 120/608

[TEASER]

Narrator:  "Previously, on Xena."  Beowulf [Beo]:  "My name is
Beowulf."  G:  "He had this-this lock.  It had two ravens on it."
X:  "It's something I did a long time before I met you."  G:
"She wants to correct some great wrong she did-- in the past.
Her trail has taken me north-- due north-- farther north than
I've ever been."  G:  "Does your tapestry have a story behind
it?"  Old Man:  "They're called Valkyries."  G:  "She looks
different from the rest."  Brunhilda [Bru]:  "Xena."  G:  "Do you
know about this Valkyrie, Xena?"  Bru:  "Xena brought Odin out of
his depair by sharing with him her lust for life.  He, in turn,
made her a Valkyrie."  X:  "Tell me about the Rheingold."  Odin
[Odi]:  "First thing you should know-- the Rheingold is very
dangerous to someone who hasn't forsaken their love."  Bru:  "I
just hope we don't run into Grindl along the way."  G:  "Who's
Grindl?"  Bru:  "`What's Grindl?''s a better question."]]]]]]

Beo:  "We're deep in Grindl territory."

Bru:  "The chances of finding her are getting less and less."

G:  "Then we pick up the pace."

Bru:  "What I'm trying to say is, don't get your hopes up,
Gabrielle."

G:  "I'm not relying on hope.  Xena's tough to kill."

Beo:  "Xena's blood.  This is where it ended."

G:  "It's where she got away-- not long ago."

Beo:  "Gabrielle-- are you being totally honest with yourself?  I
mean, all of the evidence points to the fact that Xena-- "

G [Interrupts]:  "She got away.  She waited for her chance and
she escaped."

Bru:  "Where are her tracks?"

G:  "Xena is alive.  If we split up, we can cover more ground."

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G's Voice:  "Xena?"

G:  [Muffled cry] "Xena-- "

X [Whispers]:  "Sh-h.  There."

Beo's Voice:  "Gabrie-e-e-elle!"

G:  "Oh-h-h-h-h-- don't ever leave me again.  Look at you."

X:  "Yeah, I know.  It's all right.  Don't fuss, OK?"

Beo:  "Gabrielle!"

Bru:  "Gabrielle!  Are you all right?!"

G:  "I'm fine.  Xena needs water."

Bru:  "Xena."

Beo:  "Yeah.  Clean yourself up.  You look awful."

X:  "Thanks."

Beo:  "I'm gonna go check on our friend."

X:  "Be careful."

Bru:  "Xena, I have waited my entire life to meet you."

X:  "If I knew I had a fan coming, I would have combed my hair."

Bru:  "I never should have doubted that you'd be alive.  Only the
legendary Xena could survive against Grindl and the power of the
ring."

X:  "I would have thought the legendary Xena wouldn't be too
welcome up here."

Bru:  "Weaklings don't like you.  I have nothing but the utmost
respect for you and your philosophy.  From the very first story I
ever heard I knew I wanted to be a warrior like you-- to live for
battle-- die with valor-- "

X:  "Well, I've gotten a lot smarter since then.  I've learned to
respect life, love, and peace."

Bru:  "Why?  What happened?"

X:  "Lots of reasons."

Beo:  "It seems to be gone."

X:  "Yeah, she's out there somewhere."

Bru:  "When it heard us looking for Gabrielle, it doubled back
behind us.  With the cliffs behind us, it cut off our path of
retreat."

X:  "That's right."

G:  "Let's get you outta here."

X:  "No, Gabrielle, I can't do that.  Grindl and I have a date
with destiny.  Gabrielle, I know better than to try to talk you
into leaving, but you two should go.  Live to fight another day.
This is my battle."

G:  "_Our_ battle."

Bru:  "I won't leave Gabrielle."

Beo:  "Neither will I."

X:  "Well, I guess we're in this together, then.  This way."

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[ACT I]

X:  "This is it.  This is its lair."

G:  "Are you sure about thus?"

X:  "I'm sure."

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Beo:  "So, what's your plan?"

X:  "I'm going to lure Grindl in here.  When she's in position, I
want you bring the mountain down on her head."

G:  "Her?  What is this Grindl?"

X:  "A mistake-- from a very long time ago.  I defeated the Rhine
maidens to steal their gold-- not for the wealth it could have
brought me-- but for the power foretold by Odin's rune stones."

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[Flashback]

X's Voice [Narrates]:  "I melted down the Rheingold-- harnessing
all its power into a single ring-- a ring that could give a
mortal the power of a god."

X:  "Give me that ring.  I've thrashed you before, Grinhilda!  I
can do it again."

Grinhilda [Gri]:  "I won't let the power of the Rheingold fall
into the hands of a _monster_ like you."

X:  "It's no _use_ to you.  You know what the runes say-- unless
you have forsaken love the power of the ring will destroy what
you value most."

Gri:  "The runes also say that anyone who puts on the ring has a
surge of godlike strength before the destructive power kicks in."

X:  "You'd gamble that you can beat me before the ring destroys
your essence."

Gri:  "I'll take that chance to destroy you.  The Valkyrie had
honor once-- before they learned to prize the thirst of blood.
You taught us that, Xena."

X:  "Let's see if you took notes."

[Fight]

Gri:  [Screams, then morphs into Grindl]

X:  "It's a whole new you, Grinhilda.  Now we see what you prize
the most, Grinhilda.  You've lost what you hold dearest in your
heart-- your humanity-- your beauty."

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[The Present]

Beo:  "You mean, this monster that's been killing my people is
actually Grinhilda-- the Valkyrie?"

Bru:  "Then why didn't you just use the ring to kill her?"

X:  "Killing her would have been kind compared to what I had in
mind for her.  As fearsome as she was in her new form-- she knew
that she was no match for me with the ring.  She fled."

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[Flashback]

X's Voice [Narrates]:  "Using chains I stole from Odin and
Grinhilda's own necklace as a lock-- I transformed this mine into
her prison-- then I drove Grinhilda towards her fate.  I knew
being trapped in that hideous form would be the ultimate torture
for Grinhilda.  I wanted her to suffer with her own ugliness
forever."

X:  "Don't think you've won anything!  These chains will hold you
for eternity, and you will _never_ use the power of the ring--
never!"

X's Voice [Narrates]:  "I wasn't going in that cage without the
ring and Grinhilda wasn't about to give it to me.  It was a
stalemate."

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[The Present]

X:  "I knew that the power of the ring wouldbe useless to her
unless-- "

G:  "-- she learned to forsake love."

X:  "That's right.  35 years of imprisonment is enough to drive
love out of anyone's heart.  And once that happened-- the power
of the ring was hers.  She broke free.  Now nothing would stop
her murderous rampage.  You ready for this?"

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X:  "Come and get some.  Come on.  Come on.  What are you waiting
for, huh?  Come on.  Ha-ha!  That's it.  Come on."

Beo:  "Here they come."

G:  "Wait for Xena's signal."

X:  "You know you want it.  You remember me, don'tcha?  Huh?
Come on.  Come on.  Stay here!"

G:  "Xena, no!  Xena!"

X:  "I thought I told you not to come in here!"

G:  "I never listen!"

[Fight]

Bru:  "No!"

X:  "Beowulf, get to the other side!"

Beo:  "What about you?!"

X:  "Don't worry about me.  Go."

Beo:  "Gabrielle!  Look out!  Gabrielle-- are you hurt?"

Bru:  "Are you all right?"

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

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[ACT II]

G:  "Xena?!" 

Beo:  "She's right behind here!"

Beo:  "Xena-a-a-a-a-a!"

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

G:  "Watch out!  Help me!"

X:  "Yah!"

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

Bru:  "W-wait!  Gabrielle, wait!  Wait!"

G [Whispers]:  "Xena."

Beo:  "Gabrielle!"

Bru:  "Ah-h-h-h-h."

X [Whispers]:  "Gabrielle.  [Normal Voice]  Forgive me,
Grinhilda."

G:  "Are you all right?"

X:  "Yeah-- I'm all right."

G:  "What is it?"

X:  "Let's get out of here."

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G:  "Xena, you killed it.  It's over."

X:  "No, that monster that I locked in the mine long ago, I cut
off one of its fingers.  What I killed just now-- it had all of
its fingers."

G:  "If then wasn't Grinhilda, then what was it?"

X:  "That's Grinhilda-- and whatever it was I killed, she's not
happy about it.  We gotta get to the Rhine maidens.  I got
somethin' that belongs to them."

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Bru:  "She really is giving up the power of the ring.  She is not
the Xena of the legends."

G:  "She fights for good now."

Bru:  "I don't know.  I mean, in battle she's everything that I
imagined, yes."

G:  "There's more to being a warrior than skill.  There's
fighting for what you believe in-- for people that you love."

Bru:  "You know, before I met you, I never thought of a warrior
as having any love but the love of battle."

X:  "I'm gonna tend to this.  Brunhilda, could you scout up
ahead?  See what's over that ridge?  Thank you.  I don't like
her."

G:  "Why do you say that?"

X:  "I don't know.  She's just not who she says she is, that's
all."

G:  "Xena, she's searching.  She doesn't know what she believes
in."

X:  "No, she believes in exactly what _I_ used to believe in.  I
don't trust her."

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Odi:  "You don't like my friends, Brunhilda.  They're my eyes and
ears in the field.  So-- what went wrong, Brunhilda?  The plan
was-- once Xena had the ring-- you were to attack her in a
wakened state and take it!"

Bru:  "Yes, but there were complications."

Odi:  "Complications.  My ravens-- they tell me you've fallen in
love with her partner.  Is it possible you thought that killing
Xena would kill any chance you had with Gabrielle?"

Bru:  "Those  mangy stool pidgeons.  Odin-- I had to play up to
Gabrielle so she wouldn't suspect my true motives."

Odi:  "You failed to bring the ring to me."

Bru:  "But I j-- "

Odi:  "Silence!  I`ll deal with you later.  Xena-- has the power
to till gods.  She's also capable of taking out her share of
Valkyrie.  But she has a weakness-- her partner-- Gabrielle.
Capture her-- and the ring-- is ours."

Valkyrie [Val]:  "And if she won't trade?"

Odi:  "Oh, she'll trade-- or Gabrielle will be killed."

Val's:  "Yah!  Yah!  Hah!  Yah!"

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Beo:  "What's keeping Brunhilda?"

X:  "Somethin's going on."

Val:  "That one!  Get the blonde!"

[Fight]

Bru:  "Yah-h-h-h!  Yah!"

G:  "Xena!"

X:  "Brunhilda, stop!"

G:  "Xena!"

X:  "Gabrie-e-e-e-elle!"

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[ACT III]

G:  "Xena!"

Beo:  "Gabrie-e-e-e-elle!"

[Fight]

X:  "Beowulf!  See if you can find where they're headed!"

Odi:  "Enough!  Let's talk about this-- alone.  [Sighs]  35
years-- you look amazing, Xena-- for a mortal."

X:  "You've come for the ring."

Odi:  "And you want your friend.  May I suggest a trade?"

X:  "A trade."

Odi's Voice:  "Hm-m."

X:  "No, I saw your faces when Brunhilda carried Gabrielle off.
You were as surprised as I am.  She's acting alone."

Odi:  "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.  You killed Grinhilda's son."

X:  "Her son?"

Odi:  "Yes-- she was with child when you caged her.  She'll be
most upset when she finds out it was you killed him.  If I enlist
her help as an ally-- together, we would be formidable.  Why
don't you give me the ring, Xena?  Go back to Greece-- where you
belong."

X:  "Odin-- I'm taking the ring back to the Rhine maidens.  I owe
them that much.  Trust me-- I won't let it fall into the hands of
one who's forsaken love."

Odi:  "_Don't_ make me kill you."

X:  "You want that ring for yourself."

Odi:  "Yes-- it ensures my power against other gods-- and
god-slayers like you."

X:  "Have you forsaken love?"

Odi:  "After you-- it wasn't very hard."

X:  "Then I'd be a fool to give it to you."

Odi:  "Then you leave me no choice.  You remember-- your ability
to forsake love is long gone!  I'll give Grinhilda your regards."

Beo:  "She's taking Gabrielle to the Eastwyn Bog."

X:  "Take me there."

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G:  "What are you doing?"

Bru:  "Odin and the others were gonna kill _you_ for the ring."

G:  "We left Xena to fight them all."

Bru:  "Is Xena all you think about?"

G:  "Sh-- Xena is my family.  She's the most important thing in
my life."

Bru:  "All right, Gabrielle, listen to me.  I bring to Valhalla
the bravest warriors slain in battle-- heroes.  But your heart--
has more truth and courage than _any_ that I've seen.  The beauty
inside you burns like a star, Gabrielle.  I was supposed to
betray you and Xena-- but I couldn't-- not now.  You've changed
me.  You've opened my eyes and you've change me the way you
changed Xena."

G:  "I don't know what to say.  I'm sorry."

Bru:  "I defied my god for you, Gabrielle!"

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Odi:  "Grinhilda-- you're looking well.  I know who killed your
son-- the same woman who robbed you of your beauty-- Xena!  Yes--
come.  I'll take you to her.  Fighting together-- just like old
times.  You want your revenge, don't you?"

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G:  "Xena and I have a connection.  It's stronger than either one
of us.  We're soul mates."

Bru:  "My love is strong.  I can feel it!"

G:  "I am trying to tell you that Xena and I are meant to be
together.  We didn't-- we didn't _make- it that way.  It just
is."

X's Voice:  "Gabrie-e-e-e-e-elle!"

G:  "Xena!"

Bru:  "I can see your heart lies with Xena-- but I'll prove to
you which one of us deserves your love."

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X:  "You _do_ know your way around this place, don't you?"

Beo:  "I never had a reason to come into this foul pit.  But for
Gabrielle-- I would go through the fires of Hell."

G's Voice:  "Xena"! 

X:  "That's her."

Beo:  "Over here."

Odi:  "Give me the ring, Xena."

X:  "Step aside, or join the Olympians."

Odi:  "Very well.  I like the odds."

X:  "So do I."

[Fight]

G's Voice:  "Xena!"

Odi:  "Find her friend-- and at _my_ order-- kill her.  [Laughs]

X:  "Beowulf!"

Odi:  "Give me the ring, Xena-- and I won't kill your friend.
Look-- you can't defeat us all.  You must forsake love to gain
the ring's power.  Your feelings for Gabrielle guarantee that it
won't work for you."

X:  "The ring works for everyone at first.  Ask her."

Odi:  "Yes-- but eventually-- it kills the essence of one that
has not forsaken love.  What do you hold dearest in your heart,
Xena?  Are you ready to lose it?"

X:  "I'm out of options, Odin."

Odi [Sighs]:  "Kill her!  And kill Gabrielle!"

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[ACT IV]

[Fight]

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G:  "Brunhilda-- you can't win.  Listen to me.  This is wrong.
Can we just-- let's just talk about this!"

Bru:  "Get back."

[Fight]

G:  "Xena."

Bru:  "They're gonna kill her before I get a chance to prove my
love for you."

G:  "What are you fighting for?  You want to win my love?  You're
going to shed blood for what?  For me?  You call that love?
You're sick."

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[Fight]  G's Voice:  "Xena!"

Odi:  "Let her go!"

Val:  "But she has the ring!"

Odi:  "But right now-- it's killing what she values the most."

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Bru:  "Xena.  Odin will bring all of his forces upon Gabrielle
until you give up that ring.  You have to trust me.  It's the--
you've put the ring on your finger.  But Xena, you haven't
forsaken love.  Take it off!"

X:  "I don't know what you're talking about."

Bru:  "The curse is already working."

X:  "I don't know how I got here.  What's my name?  What's my
name?"

Bru:  "You've lost your memory, your sense or self.  What about
Gabrielle?"

X:  "I don't know her."

Bru:  "Xena, give me the ring."

X:  "Why does everybody want my ring?"

Bru:  "Xena, give me the ring and everybody will leave you alone.
Thank you."

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G's Voice:  "Xena!"

Bru:  "Gabrielle."

G:  "Brunhilda, I am going to find Xena."

Bru:  "Xena won't know you."

G:  "Won't know-- won't know me?  [Snickers]  What are you
talking about?"

Bru:  "She put on the ring."

G:  "No."

Bru:  "And she lost what she values most-- you-- the memories of
you and the woman that you helped her to become."

G:  "No."

Bru:  "Here.  This ring is too powerful to fall into undeserving
hands-- and so are you.  But I can't protect in this form-- not
from Odin-- and he and Grinhilda will stop at nothing.  They'll
kill everthing associated with Xena."

G:  "In this form?"

Bru:  "I'll become an eternal flame for you.  Only your true
soulmate will be able to pass through the fire.  You'll be safe.
[Chants in a foreign tongue]  See, Gabrielle?  You _have_ changed
me."

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Beo:  "Oh-h-h-- Xena!  Xena!"

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X:  "I can hear you-- laughin' at me.  Who am I?  Please tell me.
Who am I?!"

X's Voice:  "Who am I?!"

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