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FRIEND IN NEED II


“A Friend in Need, Part II”  Episode 134/622

[TEASER]

[[[[[[Narrator:  “Previously, on Xena:”  X:  “You saw Akemi.”  Kenji [Ken]:  “Xena, you must save Higuchi from destruction.”  Yodoshi [Yod]:  Yodoshi [Yod]:  [Roars]  [Blows out]  Ken:  “Who was that demon?!”  Akemi [Ake]:  “The lord of the dark land.”  Ake’s Voice:  “He’s preparing an army to wage war on Higuchi-- and slaughter the populace.”  X:  “At least 3 armies are gathering.”  Harukata [Har]:  “Only-- another ghost-- can trap-- a spirit as mighty as Yodoshi.”  X:  “I just wanted you to know everything I know.”  X:  “Let’s go.  We got a battle to win.”]]]]]]

[Sound of drums]

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G:  “It’s too quiet out here.”

[[[[[[X:  “Gabrielle, what would you do?  What would you do?”  X:  “Listen not just to the sounds-- but to what’s behind the sounds.  What’s behind the sounds.”  X:  “Always remember, I love you.  I love you.  [Echoes]”]]]]]]

G:  “Xena!”

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G:  “Uh!”

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X:  “All right.  Now you asked for it.  Gabrie-e-e-e-elle!”

[[[[[[X’s Voice:  “ -- if I only had 30 seconds to live-- ”  G’s Voice:  “We’re going to be together.”  G:  “You brought out the best in me.”]]]]]]

X:  “Gabriee-e-e-e-elle!”

[[[[[[“X’s Voice:  “-- this is how I’d want to live them-- looking into your eyes.”]]]]]]

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[ACT I]

G:  “Xena-a-a-a!”

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Ake:  “You came to me in my dreams-- and I thought it was reality.  Now you come to me in reality.  It feels like it’s a dream.  Either way, I’m filled with joy.”

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G:  “The ghost killer.  What’s he doing?”

Ken:  “His job-- speeding wandering souls on their way-- before they can be devoured by Yodoshi.  Perhaps he sees Xena.”

G:  “Xena is alive!  Do you understand?  She is alive.”

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Ake:  “I want to write a verse to express how I feel-- but there’s no poetry of sufficient beauty.”

X:  “Akemi-- I’ve been in the underworld before, but it never felt like this.  What’s goin’ on?”

Ake:  “Our bodies?  They’re an illusion-- projected by Yodoshi.  While we are under his power-- we must obey his will.”

X:  “Funny, you’re just the way I remember you.”

Yod:  [Laughs]

X:  [Yells]

X:  “I am at your service, Lord Yodoshi.”

Yod:  “You most certainly are.  An eternity-- of playing the whore to service my appetite for souls.”

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Ake:  “Xena-- I was so worried that you wouldn’t show Yodoshi respect.  He’s very dangerous.”

X:  “It wasn’t respect I was showing him.  I’m going to destroy Yodoshi.”

Ake:  “It will be very dangerous.  You know you are being watched.”

X:  “She’ll try to follow me.  Let her.”

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G:  “Xena.”

X:  “Gabrielle.  What are you doing here?”

G:  “I was so worried about you.  I found your chakram.  There’s so much blood.”

X:  “I’m all right.”

G:  “What’s with the robes?”

X:  “Gabrielle, I’m going to kill the lord of the dark land.”

G [Sighs]:  “You’ll need this.”

X:  “I can’t take that.  It’s difficult to explain.”

G:  “You’re dead.”

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[ACT II]

G:  “You’re dead.  How could you let yourself be killed?”

X:  “I’m sorry, Gabrielle.  I couldn’t tell you.  You’d have tried to stop me, and then we’d both be dead.”

G:  “Is that supposed to make me feel better?”

X:  “We’ve overcome death before.  We will find a way to bring me back.  But only by becoming a spirit can I kill Yodoshi and free those souls that I condemned to torment.  Don’t you see that?”

G:  “You’re my whole life, Xena.  I won’t lose you.”

X:  “You won’t lose me.”

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G:  “Harukata, don’t you come near her.”

X:  “Put down your weapons, Gabrielle.  He’s working with me.”

X:  “The anklet!”

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X:  “With this, we can bring Yodoshi to us when we’re ready.  This is my soul mate.  She’s a poet like you, Akemi.”

Har:  “I have one question.  Would you risk-- your life-- for the return of hers?”

G:  “Without hesitation.”

Ken:  “There is a way, Gabrielle.  You must take her body-- burn it-- then sprinkle the ashes into the Fountain of Strength on Mt. Fuji.  You must find the fountain before the second sunset after death.”

G:  “That’s tomorrow.”

Ken:  “Harukata will say the incantations necessary-- to give the sacred Katana power against malicious spirits.”

X:  “Gabrielle-- this is Akemi.”

Ake:  “It is an honor to meet you at last.”

G:  “And you, Akemi.”

Ken:  “Gabrielle can’t help with our work in the tea house.  She knows what she must do.  And she should leave soon.”

X:  “Thank you.”

Ake:  “Wait.  I would like to give you something-- to protect you on your journey.”

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X:  “Good luck, old friend.”

G:  “I am getting your body back, Xena-- no matter where they have hidden it.  Before sunset tomorrow, we _will_ meet again-- on the side of Mt. Fujisan.”

X:  “See you there.”

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G:  “Give me her head!”

Samurai [Sam]:  “I’ve been expecting you.  Your friend was a fine opponent.  She provided me with one of the greatest trophies an honorable samurai could ever claim.”

G:  “You call yourself honorable?  You outnumbered her a thousand to 1.  You’re not a samurai.  You’re a fraud.  You couldn’t have killed Xena unless she wanted you to.”

Sam:  “I think it’s _you_ with a death wish!”

G:  “I accept the challenge.”

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[ACT III]

X’s Voice:  “Listen not just to the sounds-- to what’s behind the sounds-- behind the sounds.”

[Fight]

Sam:  “It was the greatest honor-- of my life-- to send Xena to an early grave.  If I cannot do the same to you-- then I ask you-- to grant me a noble defeat.  Please, remove my head in one stroke.”

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Har:  [Chants]

Yod:  “Good.  Huh?  Where is Miyuki?!”  [Yells]

[Fight]

X:  “Where is he?”

X:  “Du-u-u-u-uck!”

Yod:  “We finally meet-- ghosk killer!”  [Yells]

X [Whispers]:  “Akemi.  [Normal Voice]  Akemi.  Akemi-- are you all right?”

Yod’s Voice:  [Yells]

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G’s Voice [Whispers]:  “I can’t let you die”

X’s Voiceover:  “If I only had 30 seconds to live-- this is how I’d want to live them-- looking into your eyes.  Even in death, Gabrielle-- I will never leave you.”

G:  “You will return to me, my friend.  [Sniffles]

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X:  “Harukata, what went wrong?”

Har:  “He’s drinking-- from the fountain of strength on Mt. Fuji.  If you drink-- from the fountain-- and use-- the sword I blessed-- it will be the final destruction-- for any spirit.  Xena-- you must finish a job-- and release us all.”

X:  “I will not rest till it is done.”

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 [Yells]:  “I will not allow you to find a fountain-- and revive your friend.”

[Fight]

G:  “No-o-o-o-o!  No-o-o-o!  No!”

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[ACT IV]

G:  “Oh.”

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X:  “Come on.  Come on!  Uh!”  [Yells]

G:  “Xena.”

Yod:  “What?!  My own daughter?!”

Ake:  [Yells]

G:  “Xena?  Xena.”

G:  “Xena-- what happened?”

Yod:  [Inhales]

X [Weakly]:  “Told you I’d see you here.”

X [Weakly]:  “The fountain of strength-- get water.  Fountain-- water.”

Yod:  [Inhales]

X:  “Gabrielle.”

X:  “Gabrielle, I need the sacred Katana to finish the job.  [Whispers]  Thank you.”

G:  “The sun is setting, Xena.  I have to find your ashes.”

X [Whispers]:  “Gabrielle-- ”

Yod’s Voice:  “Come on!”

X:  “Gab-- ”

Yod:  “Enough of this!”

[Fight]

Yod:  “You are about to join the 40,000 souls you condemned, Xena.  And the first thing I’ll do-- is take the head off your little friend with the tatoo.”

X:  “You won’t live that long.”

Sam:  “I deserve the dignity of a warrior.”

G:  “Dignity, huh?  Like you showed my friend?”

Ake’s Spirit:  “Xena.”

X:  “Akemi.”

Ake’s Spirit:  “You’ve redeemed me.  You’ve redeemed them!  You’ve redeemed yourself!”

X:  “Go in peace, Akemi.  We’ll meet again-- one day.”

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X:  “No, Gabrielle.”

G [Whispers]:  “Xena.”

X:  “No.”

G:  “Xena-- the sun is setting.  I have to bring you back to life.”

X:  “No-- not if it means condemning the souls of the 40,000 who burned at Higuchi.”

G:  “The souls are free?”

X:  “They’re free from Yodoshi’s grasp.  Akemi didn’t wanna tell me this in case I wouldn’t come back to help-- but for those souls to be released into a state of grace-- they must be avenged.  I must stay dead.”

G:  “But if I bring you back to life-- ”

X:  “Those souls will be lost forever.”

G:  “But, Xena-- that is not _right_.  [Cries]  I don’t care.  You’re all that matters to me.”

X:  “Don’t you know how much I wanna let you do this?  But if there is a reason for our travels together-- it’s because _I_ had to learn from you-- enough to know the final, the good, the right thing to do.  I can’t come back.  I can’t.”

G:  “I love you, Xena.  How am I supposed to go on without you?”

X:  “I’ll always be with you, Gabrielle.  Always.”

G [Whispers]:  “Xena.”

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G:  “A life of journeying has brought you to the farthest lands-- to the very edges of the Earth.”

X:  “And to the place where I’ll always remain-- your heart.  So, where to, now?”

G:  “I think we should go south-- to the land of the Pharaohs.  I hear they need a girl with a chakram.”

X:  “Where you go-- I’m at your side.”

G:  “I knew you’d say that.”

X:  [Chuckles]

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