Can you say, "the family reunion from Tartarus," and I thought mine were bad. Xena, having seen Gabrielle in a vision of the future, travels to Poteidaia in search of her lost companion. Would the real Gabrielle please stand. Xena almost gets skewered. Joxer counts sheep. And, our heroes are finally reunited.
Gabrielle: "I can't believe you're here."
Xena: "The Gods themselves couldn't keep me away."
Xena: "I thought you were dead. I thought I'd lost you forever."
Gabrielle: "You nearly did."
Gabrielle: "It was a nightmare, Xena. We just kept falling. I got knocked into a niche in the wall. But Hope ... I don't know how long I was out. When I came to, I tried to shout for your help, but I couldn't. I just laid there ... "
Xena: "You were in shock."
Gabrielle: "Yeah, it was a mess for a long time."
Gabrielle: "If you never got my messages, then how did you know I was alive?"
Xena: "It's hard to describe. But, I saw you. Not now, but some time in the future."
Gabrielle: "The future? Don't tell me you've become an oracle."
Xena: "So, how's she been?"
Herodotus: "Without you ... just fine."
Xena: "I meant after everything she's been through."
Herodotus: "You should know, seducing her away from home with your heroics, filling her head with strange ideas. ‘How's she been?' Changed forever ... because of you."
Gabrielle: "Are you giving up? Of course not. You never give up on anything no matter the odds ... the cost ... the pain. I missed you, Xena."
Xena: "Back at ya."
Xena: (to the porcupine beast) "You shouldn't play with your food."
Joxer: (referring to the prickly monster) "What was that?"
Xena: "All I know is that I cut it up pretty bad."
Gabrielle: "You did?"
Joxer: "Xena, you don't look so good. You know, whatever that thing is out there ..."
Xena: "That thing is the Dahak's grandchild, the Destroyer."
Joxer: "The Destroyer? Xena, let me go get Gabrielle. Why don't you sit down."
Xena: "That thing is the Destroyer and that means that the girl in that room is not Gabrielle ... it's Hope."
Joxer: "Xena, you're hurt worse than you know, of course that's Gabrielle."
Xena: "You shut up and you listen to me. I wanted to believe it too because she is good, but she is not Gabrielle."
Joxer: "Okay, if that's really Hope, the why didn't she kill you herself?"
Xena: "Because she enjoyed it, watching her creature try to tear me apart."
Xena: "Joxer, don't you see? As long as we pretend to play her game the family is safe and I can use her to help me kill the beast. And after that ..."
Joxer: "You can't kill Hope. Well, you can, but you can't. Don't you remember Ares deal with the Fates? You kill Hope and that's it."
Xena: "Ares released that debt when he thought Hope was dead ... not that it would stop me."
Joxer: "You're in no shape to take on a monster."
Xena: "Sure I am."
Xena: "I'm gonna need a backup plan. It's not going to be easy. I need you to scout the land calculating all the flocks. Maybe then we get a fix on where the beast will strike next."
Joxer: "Good idea ... wait ... you want me to count flocks of sheep?"
Xena: "Yeah, think you can handle it?"
Hecuba: "Blood is thicker than water."
Lila: "Where's this special place of your's, anyway? I'm getting hungry."
Hope: "You're not the only one."
Joxer: "1138 ... 1139 ... (Achoo!) ... great, lost count again ... one ... two ... three ... fou...(snore)."
Hope: "My child, Mother won't hurt you. No, no, we're to close to fulfilling my father's plan to fail now. Listen to me. Hold still, careful with Mother. Let me see if she hurt you ... careful ... good ... she was using me to get to you. Xena knows who I am ... yes ... good. Rest now, tonight I want you to enjoy every moment."
Xena: "I searched for you. I searched for you. I was afraid that ..."
Gabrielle (the real Gabrielle): "You thought I was dead. What else could you think?"
Xena: "I could have had faith. You would have. I should have known you would survive."
Gabrielle: "How could you? I didn't know that I would survive. I'm not sure I really have."
Xena: "What happened?"
Gabrielle: "I don't remember much. I remember falling ... I remember the fire ... and the rocks ... I remember Hope screaming when she died. I just blacked out. I woke up in a hospice. Apparently, I had been there for a long time and I sent word to you."
Xena: "I don't know how to tell you this ..."
Gabrielle: "Hope's alive? By the Gods, she's alive."
Hope: (to a strung up Joxer) "Are you comfortable? Good, it won't last long. When darkness comes my child will awake. He'll be hungry."
Herodotus: "Get out and don't come back...ever."
Xena: "But, Herodotus ..."
Hope: "You heard my father. Leave, Xena, before somebody else get's hurt."
Herodotus: "I'm warning you, Xena, any blood shed here and it will be on your hands."
Hope: "If you were a real friend, you wouldn't leave poor Joxer out there all alone waiting for the monster."
Lila: "You sent him out there alone?"
Hecuba: "Poor young man, he's just to brave for his own good."
Heroditus: "Or, too stupid ... well, it's true."
Gabrielle: (to Lila) "I know that thing out there looks like me, but it's not. She wants to kill us all."
Xena: (to the Destroyer) "Come and get some."
Hope: "It's turned into quite the family reunion. What is it now ... four generations? Your parents ... there's you ... me ... my pride, my joy ... your grandson, Mother ... the Destroyer."
Gabrielle: "Why aren't you dead?"
Hope: "Well, it's certainly not from your lack of trying, is it? The truth is I could say the same thing about you if I cared, which I don't."
Gabrielle: "I saw the fire. No one survives that."
Hope: "No one, but me, Dahak's flame rising up to save me. But then , I've always been Daddy's little girl, haven't I?"
Hope: "Is that why you never loved me?"
Gabrielle: "I loved you, Hope. I just had to stop you."
Hope: "For Xena?"
Gabrielle: "No, for us all."
Xena: (to the Destroyer) "Bite me."
Gabrielle: "It's over ... or is it? Xena, do you ever get the feeling that sometimes nothing is ever really over? You know, it just keeps coming back around, but it's wearing a different face. It's the same underneath. Do you know what I mean?"
Xena: "Sure, I was trapped in a cycle of violence and hatred. No matter how hard I tried to break free something always pulled me back ... until you."
Gabrielle: "Xena ..."
Xena: "No, it's true. You talk about finding your Way, but to me you are my Way."
Gabrielle: "How can I be your Way when I'm lost, myself?"
Xena: "I'm searching for answers too. But, how we look for them doesn't matter as long as we look for them together ... you and me."
DISCLAIMER: No Spike-skinned, Prickly, Incredibly hungry offspring who can't stand to run were harmed during the production of this motion picture.