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Is There a Doctor in the House?

TEASER

Soldiers run by.

EXTRA
Kill him!

Xena and Gabrielle step out from behind a tree once they leave.

GABRIELLE
Maybe we should take the southern route.

XENA
This is the shortest way to Athens.

GABRIELLE
Yes, I know, but there's a war going on here.
It's so senseless.

XENA
This one's more senseless than most. It's a civil
war; brother against brother. That's Ares' favourite
kind of conflict.

GABRIELLE
Why would they want to fight over this area?
There doesn't seem to be much here.

XENA
Same reason we're here. This forest is the only
way between Thessaly and Mitoa. Whoever
controls it, controls-

EPHINY
Ah-h.

GABRIELLE
What was that?

EPHINY
Ah-h.

Xena draws her sword. Xena and Gabrielle discover Ephiny hidden under some leaves. She is pregnant and has a large cut on her head.

GABRIELLE
Ephiny?

EPHINY
Gabrielle.

XENA
It's a nasty gash, but it'll heal. Your baby, it's
about due.

EPHINY
I've already had some pains.

GABRIELLE
What are you doing here?

EPHINY
We were on our way to Athens. Phantes and I
wanted to have the baby born there.

XENA
Where is Phantes?

EPHINY
He was trying to find a safe way around the battle.
But he...

XENA
What happened?

EPHINY
He was captured and killed by Mitoans.

GABRIELLE
When?

EPHINY
I've been hiding here for, I don't know, two, three
days. Can't tell anymore. He died protecting me.
Some Amazon, huh?

GABRIELLE
You can't blame yourself, there's nothing you
could've done. Why would they want to kill Phantes?

XENA
He got in the way. It's a war, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
I can't bear to think of all the innocents who suffer
because of this madness. Someone has to stop
it. Come on, Xena, not even you can stop an entire
war. All right! Well look, I did not mean that as
a challenge.

XENA
Stay here with Ephiny.

GABRIELLE
What are, what are you going to do?

XENA
I'm gonna find a safe place for Ephiny to have
her baby. And then I'm gonna stop this war.

Xena leaves.

GABRIELLE
I've got to learn to keep my mouth shut.

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Xena sneaks up to the group of soldiers gathered around Marmax.

MARMAX
One giant push will destroy the Thessalians once
and for all. We'll march on into their city, free men
at last. We've been fighting long and hard for
liberation, for the right to worship our own gods
and victory is near. These Thessalian tyrants
are about to feel the hand of justice tight around
their throats. May the gods bless the Mitoans
this day! Now go! Go!

EXTRA
Get the enemy!

EXTRA
Spill their blood!

EXTRA
In the gods!

A Thessalian soldier enters.

MARMAX
Thessalian pig! Thessalian scum!

Marmax chases the soldier. Xena throws her chakram, which knocks Marmax off of his horse. The soldier nods to Xena and leaves. Xena moves over to Marmax, draws her sword and stabs him.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Gabrielle, Ephiny, Xena and Marmax move to a temple. Marmax has a cut in his shoulder.

EPHINY
Ahh.

GABRIELLE
We're nearly there.

MARMAX
Are you insane?!

XENA
You're going in.

MARMAX
I'm a Mitoan! This is a Thessalian healing temple.

XENA
Well, you need to be healed, don't you?

MARMAX
You obviously know nothing of war. The Thessalians
are enemy of the Mitoans. They'll kill me!

XENA
Nah, they'll keep you alive. You're good slave material.

MARMAX
No, you don't understand. They're going to want
to execute a man of my rank!

Xena takes his armour and tosses it aside.

XENA
What rank? You look like just another foot soldier
to me.

THESSALIAN GUARD
Who goes there?!

XENA
We found this soldier and we have a pregnant
woman.

THESSALIAN GUARD
This way.

GABRIELLE
Come on.

They all enter the temple.

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Inside.

GALEN
Almighty Aesclepius, god of healing, here lies
before you the broken body of a good Thessalian
soldier, who is worthy of your great...

EXTRA
Over here.

EXTRA
I need a hand.

XENA
Come on. How're you doing?

Xena leads Ephiny along.

EPHINY
Not good. I'm so tired and my soul feels like it's
been sliced by a razor.

XENA
Here. Ephiny, I know Phantes is gone, but what
you and he created is within you, ready to come
out into the world. You have to go on.

GABRIELLE
You're not alone. Your friends and your family are
here with you.

EPHINY
Family?

GABRIELLE
Hey, I'm you sister Amazon, remember?

EPHINY
They gave you the right of caste.

GABRIELLE
Xena and I will take care of you.

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Marmax is pushed by soldiers.

EXTRA
Get in there, Mitoan scum!

POW LEADER
General Marmax.

MARMAX
Shhh!

POW LEADER
You're wounded.

EXTRA
That's him. General!

MARMAX
The war goes well.

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A man screams.

GALEN
Oh, mighty Aesclepius, we beseech you and
trust in thy healing power to make this man whole.

Xena moves over to Hippocrates who is trying to move a man.

HIPPOCRATES
We've got to move you.

XENA
Put him down! Can't you see he's in terrible pain?

HIPPOCRATES
But we've got to put him on the altar!

XENA
What's your name?

HIPPOCRATES
I'm Hippocrates.

XENA
Well, Hippocrates, a man with a wound like this
should not be moved.

HIPPOCRATES
But Aesclepius, the God of Medicine, has to
empower Galen with the proper knowledge and
drugs on the altar! So we have to move
him! It's Galen's orders!

XENA
Is that Galen?

HIPPOCRATES
Yes.

GALEN
We beseech you and we trust to make this man-

XENA
The gods don't care if these men live of die.

GALEN
Who is this woman?

XENA
I've spent a lot of time healing on the battlefield.
And you could help a lot more people if you spent
more time with them and less with you god.

GALEN
Am I supposed to believe some harlot knows
more about healing than the priests of Aesclepius?

MITOAN WARRIOR
Help me, somebody, please! He can't breathe!
He's dying!

GALEN
Put him with the other Mitoan dirt.

XENA
No, put him down here. Come on. Okay.

The man has an arrow in his neck.

XENA
I need a hollow reed and some rags. Now!

Xena pulls out her breast dagger.

GALEN
This is our temple! We decide who will be treated!

XENA
(to Marmax) You, come here! Do you wanna see
another Mitoan die?

Marmax joins her.

GALEN
Go ahead. If you want to kill Mitoans with your
ignorance, it doesn't matter! Just don't touch a
Thessalian.

XENA
Hold him down.

MARMAX
You're killing him.

XENA
Shut up and concentrate.

Xena makes a hole in the man's neck with the breast dagger.

XENA
Give me that reed. It has to be put in at precisely
the right angle. Press down here. Harder! No,
on the vein. (to man on table) Relax and breathe.

He starts breathing.

EXTRA
Amazing.

XENA
Right. All right, now for the arrow. Get me some
cobwebs, there, off the statue.

HIPPOCRATES
Cobwebs?

XENA They help stop the bleeding. Hurry! I need
another pair of hands. Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
What do you want me to do?

XENA
Get me some compresses. Hold the arrow here.
Hold it very steady, very, very steady.

Xena breaks off the arrow head.

DEMOCRITUS
So what, you just bandage him up, now?

XENA
Not quite. Okay. Gabrielle, be ready with those
compresses. Brace yourself.

Xena pulls out the shaft.

GABRIELLE
Okay.

XENA
Keep the pressure constant, don't let go.

HIPPOCRATES
That's amazing.

DEMOCRITUS
She is beautiful.

GABRIELLE
Men.

HIPPOCRATES
Not her, the healing woman.

DEMOCRITUS
Oh, well, she's amazing too.

GALEN
There's nothing amazing about that!

HIPPOCRATES
But, we've never seen anything like this!

GALEN
It's an antiquated and impure form of healing,
not of the gods! You both should know better!

DEMOCRITUS
Yes, Galen.

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Later.

XENA
(to two men) I want all these people over there
with the walking wounded. We're clearing this area.

EXTRA
Right, let's go.

XENA
Hey, let's take a look at that. Right.

EXTRA
The bleeding won't stop.

Xena sits down to treat the man.

XENA
This is gonna sting. All right?

HIPPOCRATES
W--w--w--we'd like to observe your work.

XENA
These people need care, not another pair of eyes
gawking at them. You got a lot of customers. Get
to work. It's too late for him, but there are others
that can be saved. You need to separate out the
ones that can be saved from the ones that can't.

HIPPOCRATES
How can we be sure?

XENA
You need to choose.

HIPPOCRATES
I--I don't know if I can do that.

XENA
You have to, lives depend upon it. She could
use your help right now.

She draws her sword.

XENA
Take this. Her leg is broken. Use the sword to
brace it with before you move her. (to man) That's
the last one. Okay. Okay. There you go.

Hippocrates works on the woman who cries out.

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Later.

XENA
Gabrielle, it's Marmax. I need you to change
his bandages.

GABRIELLE
All right.

Xena leaves. Gabrielle moves to Marmax and helps him. Marmax hisses.

GABRIELLE
Oh, sorry. Medicine is not my strong suit.

MARMAX
Right. What is your strong suit?

GABRIELLE
I'm a bard.

MARMAX
A bard, huh?

GABRIELLE
Yeah.

MARMAX
Well, go ahead.

GABRIELLE
What?

MARMAX
Tell me a story.

GABRIELLE
Okay. There was once this king, his name was
Libarius. He was a brave warrior, a great hunter.

MARMAX
Hah! I like it already.

GABRIELLE
He was so proud of his hunting skills that he
decided to test them in the sacred forest, of the
great goddess Artemis.

MARMAX
That sounds like a mistake.

GABRIELLE
She was so angry with him that she turned him
into a deer.

MARMAX
He became the hunted, the worst thing that can
happen to a great hunter.

GABRIELLE
That's what he thought, at first. But then he became
so fond of the peaceful ways of the deer, that he
actually grew to love them. Of course, he still
missed his friends and family, which made him
very sad. So Artemis took pity on him, turned
him back into his human form.

MARMAX
A happy ending. But what a nightmare, a warrior
having to live the life of a deer.

GABRIELLE
Actually, it was the best thing that ever happened
to him. He became a better king after the experience.
A much happier man.

MARMAX
Why is that?

GABRIELLE
'Cause he learned the true secret of life, is to
find peace in yourself and to share it with the world.

Marmax laughs.

MARMAX
It's a pretty story. Too bad it has nothing to do
with real life.

GABRIELLE
Life is only what you make of it.

Gabrielle leaves.

EXTRA
Bring that man over here.

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Soldiers are brought in.

DEMOCRITUS
We need some help here.

XENA
Over here. Over there. Gabrielle!

GABRIELLE
Yeah?

XENA
We need to alternate between the two. Try to
stop the bleeding.

XENA
I need a hollow reed and some kind of bladder.

DEMOCRITUS
We slaughtered a pig this morning?

XENA
Perfect.

Gabrielle and Xena set to work on the men.

GABRIELLE
Can you hold this?

HIPPOCRATES
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got it.

DEMOCRITUS
Xena.

Xena uses the bladder to make a pump, to pump air into the man's lungs.

XENA
All right. Now hold the opening of the bladder
firmly on the tube. Breathe, come on, breathe.

Gabrielle and Hippocrates work on the man with the neck wound.

GABRIELLE
Press harder.

HIPPOCRATES
Yep.

GABRIELLE
Xena!

XENA
Gabrielle, switch. Keep pumping. Try to keep
the rhythm of his own breathing.

Xena moves over to the other man. Gabrielle keeps pumping.

XENA
What have we got here?

HIPPOCRATES
It's a neck wound.

EXTRA
I don't wanna die.

GALEN
Woman! What have you done to my temple?!

XENA
Is there a problem?

GALEN
She has a Mitoan on our altar! And she's murdering
our brave soldiers! She must be stopped! Throw
her out! And if she resists, kill her!

Xena moves to grab her sword, but doesn't have it.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

Xena beats the soldiers.

GABRIELLE
I need help! He's dying!

XENA
Get over there! If you want me out of here Galen,
you're gonna have to do better than that.

MARMAX
Here?

XENA
Or do you like seeing people die?

GALEN
Of course not. I've devoted my life to Aesclepius,
to stop human suffering, but you've stormed
in here with your appalling lack of respect
for the gods!

XENA
You don't heal. You sit and wait for some god to
help out when he feels like it.

GABRIELLE
I--I can't stop this blood.

XENA
Tie it off and then get a bandage on it tight.

GABRIELLE
Breathe. Come on. Come on. Breathe. Breathe.
Breathe.

XENA
Gabrielle, stop. Stop. It's over, just let him go.

GABRIELLE
Why? We tried so hard. We worked so hard. Why?

GALEN
I told you, only Aesclepius can choose
who lives and dies. Now you'll see his power.

XENA
He lost too much blood. It's as simple as that.

GALEN
You can't heal that, can you?

XENA
No, I can't.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Later.

XENA
Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE
Xena, I--I--I'm sorry. I--I--I really did try.

XENA
It wasn't your fault. Death's just part of this work.
You're gonna have to get used to it.

GABRIELLE
Okay, I will. I'll--I'll try to do whatever you need
me to do.

EXTRA
Thank the gods, you're still alive!

EXTRA
We need a healer.

XENA
I want you to help Democritus.

Gabrielle leaves.

EXTRA
Strong warrior. We need you.

MARMAX
She's a lovely young woman.

XENA
Yes, she is.

MARMAX
She shouldn't be here. Why would you bring her
into a war zone?

XENA
Since when are you concerned with people's welfare?

EXTRA
I've got it.

MARMAX
That's exactly what I'm fighting for, the welfare of
young people just like her.

XENA
And what about the Thessalians' young people?

MARMAX
You don't understand. Thessalians try to take
away our right to worship our gods! They tortured
our people to submit to their religion!

XENA
So the total annihilation of Thessaly is the only
solution.

MARMAX
We're securing our freedom from these butchers.

XENA
You're beyond securing your freedom. You crossed
that line when this became a blood-bath. We
passed a Thessalian village on our way here.

MARMAX
It was a supply base for their army. It was necessary
to neutralize it!

XENA
Neutralize it? There wasn't a living thing in sight.
Not man, nor woman, nor child. Who's the butcher
now, Marmax?

EXTRA
Your life, Commander.

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Gabrielle cares for an injured man, humming to him.

GABRIELLE
Is that better?

EXTRA
Much better. Thank you.

DEMOCRITUS
That was wonderful.

GABRIELLE
What?

DEMOCRITUS
Well, the way you relieved that man's pain.

GABRIELLE
It was the salve.

DEMOCRITUS
No, it was your voice and your smile. You gave
him a sense of peace. You have a remarkable
gift for healing.

GABRIELLE
No, that's Xena's specialty.

DEMOCRITUS
Well, when a man's in pain, his soul needs
healing, just like his body. And that's what you
did. It was a beautiful thing to watch.

GABRIELLE
Thank you.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Elsewhere.

GALEN
Oh, mighty Aesclepius, we beseech. Gangrene.

XENA
He'll die, unless you cut off that leg.

GANGRENE MAN
What?! Lose my leg?! I don't want to lose my leg!

GALEN
Can't I work in peace?

HIPPOCRATES
You can't cut off a man's leg, it's cruel.

XENA
I've seen it before, that colour is disease. If you
cut it off, the man will live. If you don't, he'll die.
What do you want? It's really up to you?

GANGRENE MAN
Do it.

XENA
(to Marmax) You, over here.

MARMAX
That is a Thessalian.

XENA
Unless you want another wound in your other
shoulder, you get over here now.

Xena uses The Pinch on the Gangrene Man.

GANGRENE MAN
I can't feel anything. My body's totally numb.

XENA
I know you'll be all right. You, bring me a shield,
a sword and a torch.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
The sword is heated.

XENA
Hold him down. He'll be more in shock than in pain.

Xena cuts off the leg and the Gangrene Man screams.

XENA
Cauterize it.

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Later. Head Wound Man, stops Gabrielle.

HEAD WOUND MAN
Miss, please, Miss. Someone has to go out there
and get Pareus.

GABRIELLE
Who's Pareus?

HEAD WOUND MAN
He's my little boy. Please. He wasn't brought
in. But I know he's still out there. Someone's
gotta go get him.

GABRIELLE
Where is he?

HEAD WOUND MAN
He's by the stand of trees, near the river. He was
hiding when they took me away.

GABRIELLE
I'll go get him.

HEAD WOUND MAN
Thank you.

DEMOCRITUS
Hey, hey. You can't go out there.

GABRIELLE
His son is out there, wounded.

Gabrielle leaves.

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Ephiny screams. Marmax joins her.

MARMAX
What's wrong?

EPHINY
The baby, I think it's coming.

MARMAX
You said before you--you were a warrior, an Amazon?

EPHINY
Yeah.

MARMAX
Why're you here in Thessaly?

EPHINY
We were on our way to Athens. My husband,
Phantes, and I wanted our baby to be born there.

MARMAX
Why Athens?

EPHINY
They're more tolerant.

MARMAX
Tolerant?

EPHINY
Nothing, never mind.

MARMAX
Where's your husband now?

EPHINY
He was killed...by a Mitoan war party.

MARMAX
I'm sorry. They must've thought he was fighting
for the Thessalians. Sometimes, my soldiers
are a little too zealous in their desire for freedom.
You don't know what tyrants these Thessalians
are. They have to be destroyed. My whole family
was thrown to a pack of starving wolves for not
bowing to their gods.

EPHINY
My husband was ripped apart by Mitoan hunting
dogs, while your men watched and laughed.

MARMAX
This can't be.

EPHINY
Phantes was once my sworn enemy. Then I
learned forgiveness and from that I learned love.
I just hope my child grows up to live in a world
free from your blind hatred.

MARMAX
You despise me for this.

EPHINY
I don't despise you. But you've got to think of the
children. Is bloodshed all you want them to know?
Oh-h-h!

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Gabrielle is brought in on a stretcher. She's cut up.

DEMOCRITUS
I need help here! Somebody, help!

XENA
Gabrielle! Set her down. Gabrielle. Relax, relax.
You're safe here. You're safe. You're safe now.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena treats Gabrielle.

XENA
You're gonna be all right. Keep that soldier awake.
If he falls asleep, he may never wake up.

GALEN
She should have hit him an inch lower. She
could have killed the monster.

XENA
She knew that, that's why he's still alive.

MARMAX
Are you telling me that she'd rather die, than take
the life of a man she doesn't even know?

XENA
Gabrielle lives by her own code. That code
doesn't include killing.

MARMAX
As I said before, a girl like that should not be
brought into a war zone.

DEMOCRITUS
It was your man that did this.

MARMAX
He didn't know who she was.

DEMOCRITUS
He didn't know she was a Mitoan and that made
her the enemy? I can't believe I let her go alone.

GABRIELLE
Ephiny.

XENA
Ephiny? Ephiny! She's not far away.

Ephiny enters.

EPHINY
I'm right here.

GABRIELLE
I want--I want you to have my right, my Right
of Caste.

EPHINY
Stop talking like that.

GABRIELLE
It's important. I won't need it.

DEMOCRITUS
What did she mean, "Right of Caste"?

EPHINY
It's a right passed on by Amazons on their death,
but I won't take it. I won't lose her, too.

DEMOCRITUS
Death? Well, she's gonna be all right, isn't she?

A Runner enters.

RUNNER
Galen, the battle is near. The Mitoans are just
over the next ridge and they're coming this way.

GALEN
I'm not leaving! They won't dare desecrate
my temple!

XENA
They'll destroy anything at this point. They smell victory.

HIPPOCRATES
I'll get the walking patients out of here.

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Outside. Democritus helps a Hysterical Woman out.

DEMOCRITUS
Please, you have to follow the rest to higher
ground. You'll be safer there.

HYSTERICAL WOMAN
We'll all be killed!

DEMOCRITUS
You won't be killed if you follow the others.

HYSTERICAL WOMAN
But my arm!

Democritus is hit with an arrow. Galen runs to him.

GALEN
Democritus! You can't die! Guards, help!

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Galen prays.

GALEN
What am I to do?

Xena enters.

GALEN
Please, you've got to help him. I--I don't know
what to do.

XENA
Move that soldier. Bring him over here, quickly!
Hippocrates?

HIPPOCRATES
Yeah, I know, ah, rags, cobwebs and a knife.

DEMOCRITUS
What about Gabrielle?

XENA
Marmax, be ready with that cloth.

GALEN
You've got to save him.

XENA
I'll try.

DEMOCRITUS
Forget about me. Help Gabrielle.

XENA
I've done all I can for her. It's up to her from now on.

DEMOCRITUS
Don't let her die.

Democritus passes out.

GALEN
Is he dead?

XENA
No, he's just passed out from the pain. He'll live.

HIPPOCRATES
Come on, Galen.

XENA
You know how to do this.

HIPPOCRATES
Yeah, sure.

Xena moves over to Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle. You know, if I could do it all over again,
I'd take the southern route. I'm so sorry.

MARMAX
She may well pull through.

XENA
You were right, I shouldn't have brought her here.

MARMAX
I guess we all make mistakes.

XENA
My pride may have killed my best friend.

Something hits the temple.

HIPPOCRATES
What was that?

XENA
Catapults.

MARMAX
We don't have catapults.

GALEN
Gods preserve us!

HIPPOCRATES
Calm down, Galen!

XENA
We're caught in the crossfire between the
Thessalian's defense and the Mitoan advance.

MARMAX
My forces are converging on this temple. If we
overrun them in the valley, we cut off the kingdom.

XENA
They're surrounded. The Thessalians will be
crushed for good.

HIPPOCRATES
Well, where can we go?

XENA
Anywhere, just out of here. This building's gonna
be demolished.

HIPPOCRATES
Yeah, but many of these patients, they can't
be moved.

XENA
I know. I'll stay with them. Marmax will get his
men to higher ground and allow you safe passage
for the rest. Won't you, Marmax?

MARMAX
Of course.

HIPPOCRATES
But, you'll die.

XENA
Cynic. Ephiny.

GALEN
My temple!

Xena moves over to Marmax.

XENA
Marmax! Stay with Ephiny. I'll get the other
patients ready.

Xena leaves.

MARMAX
We have to leave.

EPHINY
I can't! The baby is coming. Now!

MARMAX
Xena! Xena! Xena!

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Everyone flees. Ephiny is lying down.

MARMAX
Come on, push!

EPHINY
I'm pushing!

MARMAX
That was a strong kick. This is gonna be one
healthy little Centaur. Yes, I've known since you
said you wanted the baby to be born in Athens,
because they're more tolerant. Phantes was a
Centaur.

EPHINY
Yeah. You gotta problem with that?

MARMAX
No, Centaurs are very brave. I admire that. It's
not come down at all, not since the labour started.
Come on, push!

EPHINY
I said I'm pushing!

MARMAX
Okay, okay. Hang on, I'll get Xena. Xena! It's Ephiny.

XENA
What's wrong?

EPHINY
I keep pushing, but--but nothing's happening.

Xena feels Ephiny's stomach.

XENA
It's breeched. We'll have to cut it out.

MARMAX
What?

XENA
She can't deliver the baby and she may die.

EPHINY
Do it, Xena, save my baby.

XENA
Get me some hot water, clean knives and as
many clean rags as you can find.

She holds a candle in front of Ephiny.

XENA
Ephiny, Ephiny, I want you to look at this candle.
Concentrate. I want you to watch it very closely.
Think of Phantes and of how proud he'll be
of this little child. Stare at it so hard that you can
see his face in it. Ephiny, you'll feel no pain.
We're all here with you. Your baby will be healthy,
so just relax.

HIPPOCRATES
Marmax is coming with the rest.

XENA
What are you still doing here? And what are the
Mitoans still here for?

HIPPOCRATES
They aren't leaving without Marmax and I'm not
leaving without you.

XENA
And Galen?

HIPPOCRATES
He's too, ah, shocked to do anything without us.

Marmax enters.

XENA
Ready?

MARMAX
Yeah.

Xena heats the knife and then cuts Ephiny's stomach.

XENA
Ephiny, you will feel no pain. Marmax put your
hands in there. Peel back the first layers. Give
me that knife again.

HIPPOCRATES
Knife.

XENA
I'm making an incision in the womb.

Xena reaches her hand in.

MARMAX
Xena. Oh, I can see it.

XENA
Come on. Now I need you to guide the legs out
as I pull. Here we go. Come on.

She pulls out the centaur.

XENA
It's heavy. You have a son. He's heavy, all right.

A sound comes from elsewhere in the temple.

MARMAX
It's Gabrielle.

Xena moves to Gabrielle. Marmax's soldiers move into action.

POW LEADER
Now's our chance. Save the General!

They move to Xena, but Marmax stands in the way.

MARMAX
Stop! I order you to stop this instant.

POW LEADER
But, sir, you're not yourself. This woman has
you under her power.

MARMAX
I'm more myself now than I've ever been. And
I've made a decision. This war is over.

POW LEADER
No. Sir, you can't be serious!

MARMAX
Silence! The war is over and I'm ready to negotiate
with the Thessalians. We've become everything
we despised. And I'm going to put a stop to this
madness. Go out, tell our soldiers to stop fighting
and to pull back to the Midian highlands. Then
send a messenger to the Thessalians and tell
them that I'm ready to talk.

POW LEADER
But sir, we're winning!

MARMAX
Both sides have already lost. Do it! That's an order.

POW LEADER
Yes, sir. (to soldier) Listen, you, me...

Marmax moves over to Xena and Gabrielle.

XENA
Gabrielle, come on, you're gonna be fine.

Gabrielle starts convulsing.

MARMAX
What's happening?

XENA
I don't know! Gabrielle!

Gabrielle gives a gasp and then lies still.

HIPPOCRATES
She's dead.

XENA
She is not dead. I wouldn't let her. Come on,
Gabrielle, wake up.

She shakes Gabrielle and lightly taps her face.

XENA
Come on, wake up. Come on, wake up. You're
scaring me. Wake up. Wake up. Gabrielle, breathe.
Come on. Come on, breathe. Breathe.

She cradles Gabrielle.

XENA
Maybe she just needs air. I need to get some
air in her lungs.

She gives Gabrielle mouth-to-mouth.

XENA
Come on, breathe!

Xena starts to cry. Hippocrates puts his hands on Xena's shoulders.

HIPPOCRATES
Please stop it. She's dead, now. She's in a much
better place.

Xena pushes him away.

XENA
Get out of my way! You don't know anything!

She shakes Gabrielle.

XENA
Don't you listen to him. Come on, I know you're
in there, prove it. You can show him. Come on.
Wake up and breathe.

She cradles Gabrielle.

XENA
You never ran from anything in your whole life.
Come on, fight! Fight!

MARMAX
Xena.

XENA
Fight!

MARMAX
Xena! It's time to stop now. Let her cross over
peacefully.

XENA
What do you know? You've killed so many.

MARMAX
So have you. Let it go.

XENA
No. No.

She gives Gabrielle mouth-to-mouth again.

XENA
Come on, Gabrielle. Come on. Come on. Don't
leave me.

She starts hitting Gabrielle's chest.

XENA
Don't you leave me! Don't leave me! Don't leave
me! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

With the final hit, Gabrielle awakens and starts to breath. Xena holds Gabrielle in her arms.

GALEN
You're Aesclepius! You've come back to Earth!

XENA
Get up, Galen. I'm not Aesclepius, you should
know that by now. It's Gabrielle who performed
the miracle, didn't 'cha?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Later.

MARMAX
I've come to say goodbye. I must return to my
men and start negotiations with Thessaly. With
some hard work, the killing will stop.

XENA
I wish you much success.

MARMAX
Thank you, Xena. You and your friend have been
an inspiration to me. Tell Gabrielle that I did find
that peace within me and I plan to share it.

XENA
I will.

MARMAX
Oh, uh, one thing.

XENA
What's that?

He looks at his shoulder.

MARMAX
You did this, didn't you?

XENA
I'm sorry about that.

MARMAX
Don't be. I have had worse wounds, but never
one that taught me so much. Goodbye, Xena.

Marmax leaves.

XENA
Goodbye, Marmax. (to Hippocrates) What are
you doing?

HIPPOCRATES
I'm writing down everything you taught us. I want
all future generations of healers to, ah, understand
what values you feel are necessary to practice.
We must pass on your wisdom.

XENA
I'm not that wise. I've made plenty of mistakes.
There's a lot about me you shouldn't enter there.

HIPPOCRATES
Yet, so much more that we should. I hope one
day that I, too, will make a great healer.

XENA
You already are. You've got the most important
quality. You care enough about your patients to
search for the truth no matter what.

HIPPOCRATES
Thank you. I've been thinking about redesigning
the inside of the temple and starting to teach
medical technique, ethics. But most important
of all, the honour of being a healer. Maybe--maybe
I'll make them take an oath.

XENA
I'm sure you'll think of something.

Xena and Hippocrates move off-screen.

DEMOCRITUS
Gabrielle. Gabrielle, good morning.

GABRIELLE
Good morning.

DEMOCRITUS
Look.

GALEN
Come on, sit up.

Gabrielle looks to see Ephiny playing with Xenan.

GABRIELLE
I'm an aunt.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Outside. Gabrielle uses her staff as a walking stick.

GABRIELLE
Xena.

XENA
Yeah?

GABRIELLE
I wanted to thank you for saving my life, again.
You always seem to be doing that.

XENA
It was your decision to come back.

GABRIELLE
Well, how could I leave you? We have so many
wars to stop and despots to foil. You're gonna
need my help.

XENA
I couldn't do it without you. But you're gonna have
to rest up for a while.

GABRIELLE
You know, you're not gonna believe this, but, I
had the most amazing dream while I was on the
other side. There was this green, peaceful pasture,
with the most beautiful trees. And I saw
my Grandmother and my Uncle Morose and - you
wanna hear about it?

XENA
I can't wait.

GABRIELLE
And Talus was there. Oh, he says hello, by the
way. You know, we had a beautiful...

END OF ACT FOUR

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