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TO HELICON AND BACK



"To Helicon And Back"  Episode 127/615

[TEASER]

Varia [Var]:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

G:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

Var:  "How's the eye?"

G:  "How's the hand?"

Var:  "Fine.  Why?"

G:  "I thought maybe you sprained it on my face."

[Chuckling]

Var:  "Xena [Chuckles]-- hope you don't mind if we borrow her for a while, but, um-- the ceremony is-- "

X:  "-- Amazon only-- like the other ones.  Yeah, that's OK.  I, um-- I'd rather sleep rough out in the forest [Chuckling]  Well-- have a good time at the party.  Don't do anything I wouldn't do."

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Var:  "Ah-h-h!"

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X:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

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Amazons:  [Cheer]

Amazon's Voice:  "Hail Varia!  The new queen of the Amazons!"

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Bellerophon [Bel]:  "Death to the Amazons!"

[Fight]

Amazon's Voice:  "Varia!  They got Varia!"

Gwyn-Teir [G-T]:  [Yells]

Bel:  "Retreat!  Let them come to us!"

Cyane [Cya]:  "They've kidnapped our queen."

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[ACT I]

X:  "It's from Helicon."

G:  "That's the fortress on the coast."

Mawu-Ka [M-K]:  "Our best warriors will leave immediately-- to rescue her."

Cya:  "We need a commander who's familiar with the terrain of Greece."

G:  "It should be Xena."

G-T:  "No-- the Amazon nation can only go to war under an Amazon queen."

X:  "That means you, Gabrielle."

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G:  "The fortress is on an outcrop.  The mountain pass is the best route to attack from."

X:  "Therefore, it's the best-defended."

G:  "Exactly.  We attack by water."

X:  "Good call."

G:  "Good teacher."

X:  "All right-- so tonight, I'll sneak through the pass-- knock off the leader, and try to create a diversion, while you and the other Amazons come off the water and-- take 'em from behind."

G:  "Xena, are you sure about going after their leader on your own?"

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X's Voice:  "I can handle him.  Let's hope Varia can."

Bel:  "So-- the great Varia.  I'm guesssing this is not how you planned on spending your first day-- as queen of the Amazons."

Var:  "In the name of all the Amazons-- I demand that-- uh!"

Bel:  "Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-- you are in no position to demand anything."

Var:  "What kind of madman are you?  You invite the wrath of the Amazon nation on your head-- by kidnapping me?"

Bel:  "Actually-- I had intended just to kill you-- but-- plans change."

Var:  "Whoever you are-- whatever your grudge is against me-- my sisters won't stand for this.  They'll come after you."

Bel:  "I know."

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[Amazon Funeral Rite]

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G:  "Not long now.  Are you all right?"

Amazons:  [Gasp alarmingly]

G's Voice:  "Stay there."

Cya:  "Lend me some coins?"

G-T:  "What for?  We don't even use the same money."

Cya:  "I know-- but knowing my luck-- if I owe you money, I'll survive."

G-T:  [Laughs]

Cya:  "No, I'm-I'm serious."

G:  "Are you OK?"

Tyro [Tyr]:  "Mm-hm-m.  Yeah.  Mm.  Some warrior, huh?  I'm worse than Joxer facing the Dryads."

G:  "Everybody's afraid.  Some people are just better at hiding it.  You'll do fine."

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X:  "Hello."

Bel:  "Xena.  I was surprised to see you at the Amazon camp."

X:  "Likewise."

Bel:  "Oh, I'm sorry.  Bellerophon."

X:  "It's not nice to meet you, Bellerophon."

[Fight]

X:  "I've been hit like that before-- but never by a mortal."

Bel:  "I was born of Artemis-- the greatest of all the Olympians."

X:  "That's why you hate the Amazons."

Bel:  "She watched over them-- taught them everything they needed to survive, yet they abandoned her."

X:  "That was _not_ the Amazons' fault."

Bel:  "No-- it was yours."

X:  "You're a good enough fighter-- so what?  Does that make you a god?"

Bel:  "Oh, what does it matter, Xena?  Everyone knows you've lost the power to kill gods.  You murdered my mother.  Now you're gonna pay.  Guards!  First you-- then every one of those bitches, until there's not a single Amazon left to draw a breath-- starting with those fools bobbing out there in the water."

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G:  "When we hit the shore, disembark in silence.  The element of surprise is our greatest weapon."

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Bel:  "Fire the catapults!"

Soldier's Voice:  "Fire!"

X:  "No-o-o-o-o-o!"

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Tyr's Voice:  "What's that noise?"

G:  "Get down!"

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[ACT II]

X:  "Gabrielle."

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Cya:  "We can't stay here much longer!"

G-T:  "What'll we do, Gabrielle?!

G:  "Stay calm!  We're taking the gates!"

Bame:  "But they've got catapults!"

G:  "We're taking the gates!  Go!"

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G:  "Run!"

Bame:  "Ah-h!"

Amazons' Voices:  "Gabrielle!  We've gotta move!"  "Where is she?!"

Cya:  "Tyro!  Come on!"

Amazon:  "Come on!  Get up!  We gotta get out!"

Tyr:  "This is gonna be our graveyard!"

G:  "We are _not_ dying here!"

Soldier's Voice:  "Fire!"

G:  "There's cover if we make the sand dunes.  We need a diversion to draw out their fire."

An Amazon's Voice [In Background]:  "Incoming!"

G's Voice:  "Trudis, can you do it?"

Trudis [Tru]:  "I'll go."

G:  "For us."

Tru:  "I'll do it."

Tyr:  "She's never gonna make it."

G:  "We don't have any other choice."

G:  "Now!  Go!  Go!  Move!  Run!  Don't stop!  Move!  Move!  Go!  Go!"

Amazon:  "Help!  Don't leave us!"

G:  "Come on!  Get down!  Stay low!  Get down!"

Cya:  "Someone's coming out of the water!"

Amazons:  "Huh?"

X:  "Gabrielle!  Gabrielle!"

G:  "Xena-- what happened?"

Bame:  "Why didn't you do something?!  Why didn't you stop them?!  They've got catapults!  We are going to die.  We are _all_ going to die!"

X:  "You listen to me.  Yes, they've got catapults, and yes, we _are_ going to die, if you don't pull yourself together!  Ya hear me?  All of you, keep calm!  Get back.  Get back."

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Bel:  "You Amazons deserted Artemis-- when she needed your worship the most.  For that-- I will kill each and every one of you."

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X:  "They're being led by Bellerophon.  That's the son of Artemis.  Do you understand?"

G:  "He's gonna destroy us."

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Amazons:  [Yell]

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G:  "Xena-- you should take command.  Take it."

X:  "The Amazons aren't going to listen to me, Gabrielle.  You're it.  _You're_ it."

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Bel:  "But, maybe-- we can come to some kind of understanding."

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Bame:  "They've stopped.  Let's get out of here!"

X:  "Stay put."

Tyr:  "Shouldn't we make a run for it?"

G:  "That's what they expect."

Tyr:  "Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ame!"

Bame:  "Come on"

Tyr:  "No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!  No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!"

X:  "Gabrielle-- I've got an idea."

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Soldier:  "Ready the catapult!"

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X:  "It won't buy us much time-- only seconds, but it's the only chance we've got."

G:  "Come on."

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Soldier:  "Fire!"

Soldiers:  [Scream]

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X:  "Go-o-o-o-o-o-o!"

G:  "Run fast!  Move!  Go!  Go!"

X:  "Ru-u-u-u-u-un!"

X:  "Gwyn-Teir!  No-o-o-o-o-o!  Gwyn-Teir."

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Soldier:  "Fire!"

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G:  "Gwyn-Teir."

X [Whispers]:  "No."

G:  "At least we're out of the line of fire."

Cya:  "Varia!"

Tyr:  "Wh-why aren't-- aren't they firing?"

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Var:  "Bellerophon said a queen should die with her tribe."

G:  "It's good to have you back, Varia.  The troops are waiting for their orders."

Var:  "We'll wait for nightfall.  Then we'll retreat."

G:  "Retreat?"

Var:  "I have got to get my troops home to safety."

G:  "Varia, Bellerophon will come after us.  He will not rest until the entire Amazon race is annihilated."

X:  "We have to stop him, Varia."

Var:  "How?"

X:  "If we go by water, we can take up a flanking position on the other side of the fortress."

G:  "I think the wounded will be better off here."

X:  "They'll be completely defenseless against Bellerophon's men, Gabrielle."

Var:  "I am not leaving any of my soldiers."

G:  "Xena, carrying the wounded will slow us down.  More of us will be injured-- or die.  You're right.  I'll tell the others."

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Var:  "I was blindfolded-- but there was definitely a track they brought me down on.  And if I came down-- "

G:  "-- then we can go up."

Var:  "Then we won't have to go through the water."

G:  [Sighs]

Var:  "We'll need a volunteer to find the path."

G:  "I'll go."

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X:  "Gabrielle?"

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[ACT III]

X:  "Gabrielle!"

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G:  "You-- "

X's Voice:  "Gabrielle-- "

G:  "You tried to kill me!"

X:  "Let me handle this.  Bellerophon promised to spare you all-- if Varia killed Gabrielle.  Well, that's it, isn't it?  Your tribe for my suffering?  He wouldn't have made good on his promise, Varia."

Var:  "He swore on Artemis' grave.  I'm so-- sorry."

G:  "The Amazons are a sisterhood, Varia.  You broke those sacred bonds."

Tyr:  "She's a traitor to the tribe."

Cya:  "Such treason should be punished by death!"

G [Interrupts]:  "I will not have that kind of justice!  But she's _not_ coming with us.  I can't worry about the enemy _and_ you."

Var [Sniffs]:  "As an Amazon queen-- I give you my word, I will _not_ harm you."

X:  "We can't leave her here, Gabrielle."

G:  "I'll take your word, Varia-- but you are no longer queen."

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G:  "You're thinking of giving yourself up to Bellerophon, aren't you?"

X:  "It _would_ settle things."

G:  "Only for a moment.  Then he would turn around and come after us again."

X:  "That's the thing about vengeance-- you're never really satisfied.  You did the right thing about Varia.  She doesn't deserve to be condemned."

G:  "She was desperate to save her tribe.  I know that."

X:  "It made her do something she never thought she'd do-- just like you're going to have to rally your troops to fight again-- maybe die, Gabrielle."

G:  "If that's what I have to do.  Why are you looking at me like that?"

X:  "Just doesn't seem like the Gabrielle I know."

G:  "It's not me, Xena-- but it is the queen of the Amazons.  That's who I am, whether I like it or not."

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Tyr:  "A shark!  I saw a shark!"

Cya:  "Something brushed my leg!  Something big!"

X:  "Keep still, everyone!  They're drawn to movement."

G:  "Travel safely, Sister.  Was that honorable?  I don't think so."

X:  "Would you have given yourself for her?  You sent her spirit in peace, Gabrielle.  Forward.  Come on."

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G:  "Queen Mawu-Ka-- Queen Gwyn-Teir-- your friend-- Bame-- their blood-- on the shores of this land.  Our sisters have died-- but death-- is not an end to their spirits.  Death-- it's a pathway-- to an afterlife.  And when it is my time to join them-- I want to know-- that I can grasp them by the hands-- I can look them-- all in the eyes-- and tell them-- that their blood-- was not shed without purpose-- that we finished the job that they began.  More of us may die today-- but the Amazon nation-- it will live on-- forever.  That is the duty that we carry-- and the everlasting honor-- that we will hold."

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[ACT IV]

X:  "You OK?"

G:  "Yeah-- yeah, I did what I had to do.  I rallied the troops."

X:  "Gabrielle, I can see that you're in pain."

G [Whispers]:  "Xena, don't-- don't say that.  [Normal Voice]  Don't try to make me feel better about this.  Half of my tribe-- lies dead on the beach.  Now, I have to be as cold-- and ruthless as I _can_ be.  I'll do whatever I have to to keep these women alive."

X:  "Let's end this now, then.  You know what you have to do."

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X:  "Bellerophon!"

Bel:  "Xena-- when will you learn?  I've already beaten you twice."

X:  "It's once-- but who's counting?"

[Fight]

Bel:  "Is that fear I see in your eyes, Warrior Princess?"

X:  "Yah-h-h-h-h-h-h!"

Bel:  "So disappointing when a warrior falls short of your expectations.  A horse.  A horse!"

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Soldiers:  "Yah!"  "Yah!"

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Bel:  "Xena-- what's the matter?  Confronting your reputation?"

X:  "No, confronting _yours_-- and that wasn't fear you saw in my eyes before-- it was disgust."  [Whistles]

[Fight]

X:  "I killed your mother to save my daughter-- and you killed the Amazons to avenge your mother-- so the Amazons killed your soldiers.  Why add _one_ more name to the ranks of the dead?  End it here, Bellerophon.  Make the decision to walk away from the cycle of killing."

Bel:  "Or?"

X:  "Or, I'll make the decision for ya."

Bel:  "Oh, you forget, Xena-- you can't kill me-- 'cause I'm a half-god!"

X:  "You forget-- you're half mortal, too.  It didn't have to end this way."

Bel:  "Oh, yes-- it did."

G:  "Come on!  Get up!"

A Soldier:  "Oh!"

G:  [Yells]

X:  "Gabrielle!  It's over."

Soldier's Voice:  "Come on!  Let's get out of here!"

X:  "You won."

G:  "I don't think I did.  With each battle-- I lose more of myself."

X:  "War's tough on us all, Gabrielle."

G:  "Yeah."

Cya:  "Queen Gabrielle-- "

X:  "Your people need ya."

G:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

Amazons:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

X:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

Var:  "To a strong Amazon nation."

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