Since when did Archangels become vindictive and manipulative? The gals travel to Rome to save the world from tyranny yet again (don't they ever get a vacation). Aphrodite goes a bit loopy and proves she has terrible taste in men. Poor Ares, he almost gets to live out one of his fantasies.
Gabrielle: [walking through a field of carnage] … "Xena, what kind of animal would do this?"
Xena: "What do you want, Michael?"
Michael: "I sense hostility. I want you to know, I'm alright with that."
Xena: "Well, that is big of you, considering last time you saw me you tried to have me cast down into Hell."
Michael: "Desperate times warrant desperate measures. As you see, some new desperate times have arrived."
Xena: "Who did this?"
Michael: "Caligula. You know his reputation."
Xena: "He's a psycho, a sex addict, and a murderer -- your run-of-the-mill Roman emperor."
Gabrielle: "And he thinks he's a god."
Michael: "No … he is a god."
Xena: "He's immortal? How did that happen?"
Michael: "I don't know. What's important is that the god of Eli gave you the power to kill gods. You're the only one who can stop Caligula."
Michael: "He killed Tiberius in order to gain power, murdered every last member of his family. He's slain anybody who won't swear allegiance to his cult of blood. He wants to write his name into the history books as one of the great gods of the Pantheon, and he'll destroy anyone who won't submit to him."
Xena: "Including angels, no doubt."
Michael: "And followers of Eli."
Xena: "If anything's happened to Eve, Michael …"
Michael: "Not yet, but your daughter has the courage of her convictions, Xena. She's gone to confront Caligula's persecution."
Gabrielle: "Eve's in Rome?"
Xena: "If I find out you are behind any of this, Michael, I swear that I will--"
Michael: "As you well know, Xena, your daughter obeys a higher power than me."
Xena: "Michael, don't forget, if I can kill gods … I can kill angels, too."
Roman Officer: "Behold before you the supreme incarnation of immortality on earth! All hail the great God-Emperor Caligula, who fears nothing and cannot be vanquished!"
[Caligula rides into the square on a chariot pulling a few dead bodies behind him.]
Caligula: [handing a sword to a young man and pointing at his own chest] … "Do it. Come on." … [the blade cleanly passes through him without drawing a drop of blood]
Young Roman: "My lord, I pray for your mercy."
Caligula: "Praying is good. Praying could buy you your life, as long as your prayers are only for me and my eternal cult of blood."
Old Man: "Emperor … I cannot forsake my religion."
Caligula: "Then you forsake your life … Tie him up."
Eve: "Let him go."
Caligula: "Who's this? … [a guard whispers the answer to him] … Oh! Eve of the Elijans. You know, I wish I hadn't been away in the provinces when you were Livia. I'd have enjoyed meeting the Bitch of Rome."
Eve: "Now I'm the Bitch for Rome and her people though the god of Eli, whose love is an unconquerable force once it has entered the soul. As his message spreads, Caligula, your days of tyranny are over."
Caligula: "Now I remember why I love to kill Elijans. It's the only way to shut them up."
Caligula: "What was that?" … [a chariot bearing a disguised Xena approaches at break-neck speed]
Roman Officer: "She's coming too fast! Stop her!"
[Xena easily rebuffs the Romans' poor attempt to stop her progress. She hops out of the chariot and faces a very stunned Caligula.]
Gabrielle: "Eve, come with me."
Caligula: "Well, I don't know who you are, but I like your style."
Xena: "Really?" … [reaches for her dagger to attack him, but Ares jumps from the crowd and knocks her down]
Xena: "Ares, you fool! What do you think you're doing?!"
Ares: "I can't let you kill my sister."
Ares: "Aphrodite and Caligula's lives are bound together. If Caligula dies, you destroy her, too."
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