Adventures in the Sin Trade – Part 1

Xena: Warrior PrincessIn her grief over Gabrielle’s death, Xena seeks out Hades, god of the underworld. He tells her that Gabrielle didn’t come to him when she died and asks if she was part of a religious order. The warrior realizes that Gabrielle’s status as an Amazon meant that she went to the Amazon land of the dead. Hades says that he can’t help her there because he doesn’t even know where that is – but Xena does. Leaving Argo behind, she sets off for the Amazon Land of the Dead. On the way, she’s haunted by visions from her past, and hears Gabrielle’s voice calling for her.

Season 4 Regular Cast: Lucy Lawless (Xena), Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle)

Order the DVDsteleplay by R.J. Stewart
story by Robert Tapert & R.J. Stewart
directed by T.J. Scott
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Vicky Pratt (Cyane), Claire Stansfield (Alti), Shiri Rappaport (Otere), Marton Csoskas (Borias), Erik Thomson (Hades), Kate Elliot (Yakut), Charlotte Sanders (Anokin), Jay Sassey (Young woman)

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Adventures in the Sin Trade – Part 2

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena begins to prepare the young Amazons she has befriended for the upcoming battle with Alti. She names Yakut as the new shamaness for their tribe. Alti has plans of her own, and calls forth the spirits of those she has captured to send after Xena and the Amazons. Xena has to fight her new friends, then helps them to rid themselves of the spirits. They continue on their search for Alti, but Xena soon realizes they are headed in the wrong direction. She realizes that Alti must be in the place where the Amazon dead are sent on to Eternity.

After Xena has told the Amazons more about her past and her encounters with Alti and Cyane, the evil shamaness takes control of a spider. She first makes Xena see Gabrielle, then changes to herself demanding to know who the bard is. Xena tells her that she represents what can defeat Alti. The warrior finally manages to rid herself of the spider, before falling unconcious.

Order the DVDsteleplay by R.J. Stewart
story by Robert Tapert & R.J. Stewart
directed by T.J. Scott
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Claire Stansfield (Alti), Vicky Pratt (Cyane), Shiri Rappaport (Otere), Kate Elliot (Yakut), Marton Csokas (Borias)

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A Family Affair

Xena: Warrior PrincessAs Joxer is leaving flowers at the place where Gabrielle disappeared with Hope, Xena grabs his arm. She has been searching for evidence that Gabrielle is still alive. Joxer doesn’t believe her, but he follows her to Poteidaia.

In Poteidaia, the two friends are reunited with the bard, and then learn that a man was killed by some creature just outside the village. Xena and Gabrielle return to the bard’s family’s home to set a trap for the creature. When it appears, it ignores Gabrielle and attacks Xena. The duo manage to escape it and head for the house. The creature retreats when daylight comes. Xena tells Joxer that the creature is Dahak’s grandchild, and that the person they thought was Gabrielle is really Hope. She plans to use Hope to kill the Destroyer.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Chris Manheim
story by Liz Friedman & Chris Manheim
directed by Doug Lefler
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Renee O’Connor (Hope), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Willa O’Neill (Lila), Geoff Snell (Herodotus), Lisa Crittendon (Hecuba)

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In Sickness And In Hell

Xena: Warrior PrincessWhile trying to locate Argo, Gabrille has contracted foot rot, and Xena has lice. But that’s only the beginning. They encounter Joxer, who tells them that he was hired to protect a village. He shows Xena a knife that belonged to one of the attackers. She realizes that the attackers are Scythians. Joxer takes over the job of cooking for the trio, and ends up giving Xena and Gabrielle food poisioning. Now they have to deal with upset stomachs along with their other problems as well as trying to find a way to stop the Scythians.

Order the DVDswritten by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
directed by Josh Becker
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Campbell Cooley (Euraylus), Timothy Lee (Acestus), and Argo

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A Good Day

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle enlist help from some villagers in starting a war between Ceasar’s and Pompey’s forces, which have come to Greece, in the hopes that the resulting battle will send them back to Rome empty-handed.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven L. Sears
directed by Rick Jacobsen
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Karl Urban (Julius Ceasar), Jeremy Callaghan (Pompey), Stephen Lovatt (Phlanagus)

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A Tale of Two Muses

Xena: Warrior PrincessWhile traveling through a desert, Xena and Gabrielle stop in a village. They see that a girl is about to be whipped, and when they intervene, they’re surprised to see it’s Tara. The magistrate says that her crime is that she danced. So Xena and Gabrielle, with a little help from Autolycus and Tara, work to bring about changes in the village.

Order the DVDswritten by Gillian Horvath
directed by Michael Hurst
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Bruce Campbell (Autolycus/Philipon the Reformer), Shiri Appleby (Tara), John Givins (Istafan), Hemi Rudolph (Telamon), Michael Kupenga (Andros), Campbell Cooley (Licinus), Dennis Hally (Bootmaker), Vicky Halighton (Old Lady), and Argo

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Locked Up and Tied Down

Xena: Warrior PrincessWhile taking a break from their journey, Xena and Gabrielle are attacked by bounty hunters. They have a warrant to arrest Xena for the murder of a young woman that was committed some years before. The warrior agrees to go with them, and gives Gabrielle her chakram. During the trial, Gabrielle defends her friend, but the warrior says nothing for herself. The judge sentences Xena to life in prison on Shark Island. After Xena has been taken away, Gabrielle begins to plan a way to rescue her friend.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Hilary Bader
story by Robert Tapert and Josh Becker
directed by Rick Jacobson
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Katrina Browne (Thelassa), William Kircher (#1 Bad Guard/Prison overseer), Tanea Heke (Ursena), Natalie Dennis (Clysetone), Julie Taylor (Hanged woman), Gilbert Goldie (Town elder), Huntly Eliott (Judge), Margaret Blay (Woman in court), Patrick Smith (Healer), Chris Sherwood (Drexel), Laurie Dee (Tavern keeper)

Original title: Shark Island Prison

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Crusader

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle encounter a warrior woman, Najara, who is on a quest similar to theirs, fighting for the greater good. The bard is intrigued by Najara’s talk of the way of the light. Xena thinks that her friend might be better off staying with Najara, and plans to leave her. But when she meets the warlord that Najara has been tracking, she learns what Najara is really all about. She goes to the village where Najara plans to set up a hospice to confront her.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Kathryn Morris (Najara), David Te Rare (Marat), and Argo

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Past Imperfect

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena has finally told Gabrielle about the vision of their death, but the bard believes that it’s not necessarily going to happen. When Xena tries to leave her behind while she goes to warn the village of Actis that an army is approaching, Gabrielle insists on joining her.

At the village, they learn that many of the soldiers that defend the city are ill. As Xena is talking with the commander, the invading forces catapult firebombs over the city walls. During the attack, the commander is killed and Xena starts to remember a similar attack her army waged against Corinth. When the warrior learns that the next in command doesn’t have any battle expirence, she takes charge.

In the infirmary, she notices a nurse feeding men. Xena stops her and tests the food. And as suspected, the food is poisoned, and that is why the men are ill. The warrior realizes that whoever is leading the attack may be someone from her past who is using her strategy. Now she has to figure out who it is – and how to stop them.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven L. Sears
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Marton Csokas (Borias), Mark Ferguson (Dagnine), Catherine Boniface (Sertrina), Jeff Boyd (Kaleipus), and Argo

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Key To The Kingdom

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena’s look-a-like Meg, along with Joxer, ask Autolycus for help in locating the crown of Athena. But what she doesn’t tell the king of thieves is that she’s really after a baby.

Order the DVDswritten by Eric Morris
directed by Bruce Campbell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Lucy Lawless (Meg), Bruce Campbell (Autolycus), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Craig Parker (Cleades), Paul Willis (Ormestin), Martin Howells (Kryptos)

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Daughter of Pomira

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle are traveling through the area where Xena’s army once fought the Horde. The pair are trying to avoid running into the savages, when they spot a Horde warrior out with three teens. They notice that the girl in the group has blonde hair, and Xena seems to recognize her from somewhere. Suddenly a hatchet flies through the air, hitting the Horde warrior. A man runs to attack the kids, but Xena stops him. Gabrielle finds a Roman sling shot and Xena remembers giving it to the daughter of one of her warriors. The warrior and bard travel back to the village with Milo. There Xena tells Vanessa’s parents that she has seen their daughter. And with encouragement from Gabrielle, she promises to bring her home.

Order the DVDswritten by Linda McGibney
directed by Patrick Norris
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Beth Allen (Vanesa/Pilee), Craig Ancell (Milo), Bruce Hopkins (Rahl), Mandy Mcmullin (Adiah), Watchman Rivers (Cirvik)

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If The Shoe Fits…

Xena: Warrior PrincessAfter capturing a warlord named Zantar, Xena and Gabrielle, along with Joxer are taking him back to prison when an explosion tears a gapping hole in the temple of Aphrodite they are passing. They rush inside to find the goddess of love chastising a girl for getting into a powerful potion. The girl, Alesia, is the seven-year-old daughter of a king who is a friend of the bard and warrior. Alesia tells them that she ran away from home because she believes her stepmother hates her. Xena and Gabrielle try to reassure her that isn’t true, and the bard begins the tale of Tyrella. But the story undergoes a lot of changes when Aphrodite decides she’d like to keep Alesia around – and Zantar’s men are in pursuit.

Order the DVDswritten by Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster
directed by Josh Becker
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Lucy Lawless (Sidero/Pelia/Harmonia/Tyrella), Renee O’Connor (Tyrella/Princess/Harmonia), Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite/Pelia/Sidero), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Messenger/Tyro/Prince), Olivia Tennet (Alesia), Chris Ryan (Zantar/Evil Stepfather), Ted Clarke (Brother #1), Douglas Kamo (Brother #2), Alistair Browning (King Melos), Sally Spencer-Harris (Queen Mistria), and Argo

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Paradise Found

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle are seeking refuge from a storm in a cave, and treating a gash on the warrior’s leg, when they hear a noise. The bard goes to investigate. But when Xena calls for her, there is no answer. She goes in search of her friend and finds a large gapping hole. Believing that Gabrielle has fallen in and is in trouble, Xena jumps in after her.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Manheim
directed by Robert Tapert
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Jeremy Roberts (Aiden)

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Devi

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle are enjoying the sights and signs of a village in India when they spot a magician, Eli. They stop to watch his performance, which includes sending his assistant to the heavens. But when he brings her back, she is possessed and tries to kill him. The warrior leaps to the stage to stop the woman. She succeeds in knocking the assistant from the stage and into Eli. Suddenly she goes into convulsions and Gabrielle rushes to her side to try and calm her. When the tremors abruptly stop and a spectre flees the woman’s body, the people began to shout that the bard is a Devi.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Manheim
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Timothy Omundson (Eli), Monroe Reimers (Vikram), Alex Reekers (Maya), Renee O’Connor (Tataka)

Original title: Smoke And Mirrors

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Between The Lines

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena and Gabrielle interrupt a funeral when they realize that the widow of the deceased is about to be burned alive. They manage to get the woman to her home, but as the warrior realizes there is no escape from there, Naima summons the power of the Mehndi and sends Xena into a future life. In that lifetime, she is an elderly woman, known as the mother of peace. She finds that her enemy in that future is Alti. When Gabrielle cannot find her friend, Naima explains that she sent Xena into her future life to save her from being destroyed by a great evil. The bard insists that Naima send her there to help, and she agrees – but only after she has taught Gabrielle about the Mehndi and how it will help the warrior and bard to bring Alti back to the past.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven L. Sears
directed by Rick Jacobson
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Claire Stansfield (Alti), Tharini Mudiliar (Naima), Gabriella Larkin, Saras Govender, Colin Mathura-Jeffree (Sakti)

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The Way

Xena: Warrior PrincessAs Xena and Gabrielle are walking by a river in India, they are attacked by the minions of Indrejit. Their leader says they were sent to stop the warrior and bard from reaching the Avatar. They find Eli, surrounded by people seeking his help, and realize that he must be the Avatar. The offer to protect him from Indrejit and he relcutantly agrees. That night, an apeman, Hanuman, appears in the camp. He has been following Eli because it is his job to protect him. He tells them that they should head to the temple of Krishna and ask the god for his help.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by John Fawcett
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Timothy Omundson (Eli), Jake McKinnon (Hanuman), Rajneel Singh (Indrajit), Rajiv Varma (Krishna), George Sabbage (Man), Slade Leef (Demon)

Notes: Protests about this episode’s portrayal of Krishna led the producers to edit certain elements of the episode before it was repeated again.

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The Play’s The Thing

Xena: Warrior PrincessGabrielle returns to a village to retrieve a scroll she accidentally left behind. She meets a woman, Zera, who wants to make the story into a play. The bard agrees and begins to make plans for the play, unaware that Zera is a con artist who is making deals with warlords to finance the play in the hopes of taking all of the money made.

Order the DVDswritten by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden
directed by Christopher Graves
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Zera), Allison Wall (Minya), Mark Hadlow (Milo), Peter Muller (Dustinus Hoofmanus), Polly Baigent (Palmina)

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The Convert

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena, Gabrielle and Joxer arrive at a temple too late to prevent the warlord Cryton from murdering the priests and kidnapping the novitiates. When they find the warlord, Cryton is beating someone on the ground, while his men guard the young women from the temple. Xena steps in and fights Cryton. During the fight, the warlord runs into Joxer, who is holding a dagger in his hand. Cryton falls to the ground and dies. Gabrielle discovers that the person he had been beating is Najara. She tries to convince the bard that she’s changed and that they have a future together.

The trio take the novitiates, the warlord’s body and Najara back to the village. There the town leaders congratulate Joxer on getting rid of the warlord, then tell him that his son may take revenge on him…and Joxer plans to go tell him what happened.

Order the DVDswritten by Chris Manheim
directed by Andrew Merrifield
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Kathryn Norris (Najara), Darryl Brown (Armon), Mfundo Morrison (Cryton)

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Takes One To Know One

Xena: Warrior PrincessXena arrives in Amphipolis to find that Gabrielle’s sister Lila, and their friends, Autolycus, Minya and Joxer have gathered at her mother’s inn to surprise the bard for her birthday. Also at the inn is a strange woman, who watches the warrior.

Later that night during a storm, Xena looks out the window and spots someone in the courtyard. She then hears a crash and goes to her mother’s room, but it’s empty. She breaks open the door to the strangers room and finds her dead on the floor. Discord appears and tells the warrior that Ares appointed her Goddess of Retribution, and that she has until sunrise to find out which one of her friends killed the young woman.

Order the DVDswritten by Jeff Vlaming
directed by Christopher Graves
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Willa O’Neill (Lila), Darien Takle (Cyrene), Bruce Campbell (Autolycus), Allison Wall (Minya), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Meighan Desmond (Discord), Natalie Duggan (Ravenica), and Argo

Original title: Bar Murder Mystery

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End Game

Xena: Warrior PrincessAfter the Amazon village is attacked by Roman soldiers, Ephiny leads her warriors in a fight against them in the woods. During the fight, she is killed by a man in silver armor. Elsewhere, Xena and Gabrielle are spending the afternoon by a lake, where the bard is testing her new net which she plans to use in fights. A young Amazon, Amarice, appears. She tells them about Ephiny’s death. From the description, Xena realizes that it was Brutus who killed the Amazon Queen. When they return to the Amazon village, Gabrielle resumes her responsibilities as Amazon Queen, while Xena begans devising a plan to capture Brutus.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven L. Sears
directed by Garth Maxwell
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Danielle Cormack (Ephiny), Karl Urban (Caesar), Jeremy Callaghan (Pompey), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), David Franklin (Brutus), and Argo

Original title: Amazon Reunion

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The Ides of March

Xena: Warrior PrincessIn hell, Callisto is tormented by visions of Xena and Gabrielle. She also has an unwanted suitor, who brings her news that he has taken an interest in her obsession with Xena. He sends her on a mission – corrupt Xena and make Caesar Emperor. In Rome, Caesar awakens from a nightmare, which features the warrior princess, and finds he’s not alone. Callisto is there and she fills him in on her plan to lure Xena to them.

In Greece, Xena, Gabrielle, and Amarice are on their way to Athens to see Eli when they are attacked by bounty hunters. With a six million dinar price on her head, Xena decides to head for Rome to kill Caesar.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by Ken Girotti
music by Joseph LoDuca

Guest Cast: Hudson Leick (Callisto), Karl Urban (Caesar), Timothy Odmunson (Eli), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), David Franklin (Brutus)

Original title: Xena And Caesar

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Deja  Vu All Over Again

Xena: Warrior PrincessA young woman, Annie, in present day Los Angeles awakes from a dream of Xena fighting Callisto. Annie is convinced the dream means that she was Xena in a past life, and that she is the Xena vigilante who has been wandering the streets at night. But her boyfriend, Harry, thinks she’s just too obsessed with the series. So to prove to him that it’s real she takes him with her to see a past lives counselor, Dr. Mattie Merrill.

Order the DVDswritten by R.J. Stewart
directed by Renee O’Connor
music by Joseph LoDuca

Cast: Lucy Lawless (Xena/Annie), Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle/Dr. Mattie Merrill), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Harry), Robert Trebor (Marko), Kevin Smith (Ares)

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