Xena asks Autolycus, the self-proclaimed king of thieves, to help her steal back a chest that was taken from some of her friends. The warlord, Malthus has it in his castle on an island and he plans to sell it to the highest bidder. Autolycus poses as the warrior philosopher Sinteres, and Xena poses as his assistant, Cherish. At the castle, Malthus tells the bidders that the chest is protected and that the bidding will start the next day. While Xena distracts him, Autolycus uses wax to copy the key to the chamber the chest is in. Later, when Xena and Autolycus go to steal the chest, they find Malthus has been murdered and the chest is already gone. Arkel, who worked for Malthus, has sent the boat away and started a search for the chest. Only when it’s found will the people be allowed to leave. Xena and Autolycus return to their chambers and discover that the chest was left there. They take it back to its original place in the castle. The bidders are allowed to leave the island. Arkel still wants to hold a demonstration, and he also has a couple of surprise guests, the real Sinteres and Gabrielle.
written by Steven L. Sears
directed by John Cameron
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Bruce Campbell (Autolycus), Grant Bridger (Sinteres), Arch Goodfellow (Kelton), Ian Harrop (Magmar), Patrick Khutze (Belart), Mark Raffety (Arkel), Crawford Thompson (Prognese)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell