Forget Me Not

Gabrielle battles her inner demons which threaten to destroy her. Joxer is ... well ... Joxer. And, audiences finally get see a vindictive, jealous, bitchy Gabrielle (Hooray!).

Joxer: "Look, I don't know what's up, but I know something's wrong. Maybe I can help you."
Gabrielle: "No one can help. It's my memories. I can't shake them. I can't sleep. I can't eat. It's like I'm paying for something, but I don't know what it is."

In the temple
Temple Guard: "You have questions that need to be answered."
Gabrielle: "Yes, yes. I have pain, terrible pain. I want it to end."
Temple Guard: "Erasing the pain comes with a price. Are you prepared to lose everything you've ever known?
Gabrielle: "Yes, I'm prepared."

Priestess of Mnemosyne: "She is on her journey, Joxer. That Gabrielle is just an empty shell with no realization of her past."

Joxer: "How'd you know my name?"
Priestess of Mnemosyne: "I have your memories ... ow."

I'm here to protect you ... yeah, right!
Ares: Believe it or not, I'm here to protect you. Remember when you stole my powers with that whole scroll business? I don't know, call me a big softy, but I decided I like you after all."
Gabrielle: "Maybe you're here for your own selfish reasons."
Ares: "Aren't you."

Back on the Outside ...
Gabrielle: "Nothing seems familiar. In fact, I don't know what familiar feels like."
Joxer: "The High Priestess was right, the gate's open, but no one's storming the castle."

Joxer: "I am going to give you your memories back, but only the good ones."

Joxer: "'It was a warm day in Poteidaia when the bard awoke. As she moved ...'"
Gabrielle: "Excuse me ... what's a ‘Poteidaia'?"

Back on the Inside ...
Gabrielle: "If I can just stay above the water, it can't hurt me."
Ares: "Interesting. There's an analogy here, of course. The water representing our torments. The ice representing the thin layer of control we'd like to think we have over it."
Gabrielle: "Shut up!"
Ares: "But, it's a false confidence. Should the ice suddenly develop a ... (crack!)"

The Troubled Past ...
Gabrielle: "You owe someone so much that you would just throw away these last few years?"
Xena: "Yes."

Still on the Inside ...
Ares: "Pain is just nature's way of saying, "Hey! You're alive."

Ares: "Don't worry, if anything happens I'll be here to save you, that is, if you don't mind owing a favor to the God of War."

Is it enchanted?
Back on the Outside ...
Gabrielle: "It's very strange. In every story you tell me, this thing I'm wearing gets smaller. Is it enchanted?"
Joxer: "Uh ... yeah ... they are ... it is."

Back on the Inside ...
Ares: "Is it worth it? Is the quest for knowledge worth all this pain?"
Gabrielle: "It has to be. Otherwise, what's the point of living."
Ares: "Point? There is no point to living. Don't you get it, Gabrielle? Maybe that's the source of all your pain. All you've been through with Xena. All she's put you through. Maybe you figured out that it all adds up to a big, fat zero."

The Troubled Past ...
Gabrielle: "You owe someone so much that you would just throw away these last few years?"
Xena: "Yes."

Still on the Inside ...
Gabrielle: "You aren't Ares. You're not a god. You're from within me. You're that part of me who wants to hide the truth."
Ares: "Call me what you will ... guilt ... denial. You can't defeat me. You'll only die trying."

The Troubled Past ...
Ares: "Well, there she goes without you. Kind of makes you feel second best, doesn't it?"
Gabrielle: "Leave me alone, Ares. Xena has her own decisions to make."
Ares: "Really, sounds more like an obligation to me. Yep, Lao Ma must be important, all right. Xena would never do anything like this for you. Funny, isn't it? You give up your family, your home, your blood innocence, you daughter, all because of Xena. And yet, it's like nothing compared to the debt she owes this woman. Of course, you could always stop her."
Gabrielle: "I could never get to Chin fast enough. Xena's sure to take the fastest route."
Ares: "That is true. You're only mortal, after all."
Gabrielle: "You could do it. You could get me there ahead of her."
Ares: "Is that what you want? ‘Cause you have to ask me. That is, if it doesn't bother you owing a favor to the God of War."
Gabrielle: "Send me there. I'm asking."
Ares: "To prevent a murder...for the sake of friendship."
Gabrielle: "Yeah, for the sake of friendship."

Still on the Inside ...
Gabrielle: "I wanted to get there before Xena so that I could betray her. I wanted to betray her. I gave her everything and it had meant nothing to her. I hated her for loving someone else. I wanted her to hurt. I wanted her to be punished. And, I almost got her killed. My hatred and jealousy almost destroyed my best friend."

Ares: "So, now you have the answer. The question is can you live with it?"

Gabrielle: "If the bowl is ever empty, so go my memories."
Ares: "And the pain, all that pain."
Gabrielle: "And the memories of my youth, my parents, my loves ..."
Ares: "... the betrayal, the killing, the death of your child."
Gabrielle: "And Xena."
Ares: "Bottom line, Gabrielle, you won't miss what you never knew."

Back on the Outside ...
Gabrielle: "By the Gods, I am so incredibly in love with you. I wish I could feel that again."
Joxer: "So do I"
Gabrielle: "Take me, Joxer, now, like the time just before you saved Ulysses."
Joxer: "Okay ... wait."
Gabrielle: "I want to remember."
Joxer: "Okay ... so do I ... so do I ... but, not like this."
Gabrielle: "Is this that Centurion-Gladiator game we used to play?"

The good old Gabrielle
Joxer: "Look, I just want the old Gabrielle back. You know, the one who used to smack me on the forehead and gouge out my eyes. Just forget everything I've told you. It's not who you are. Except the part about dancing in the rain nude, that is you."
Gabrielle: "Joxer ..."
Joxer: "Jerkster ..."
Gabrielle: "I have never, nor will I ever, dance nude in the rain with you anywhere near me."

Gabrielle: "Xena, you knew all along. That's why you wanted me to wait at the Temple of Mnemosyne, right?"
Xena: "I wondered how you made it to Chin ahead of me. I figured Ares had a hand in it, but what I couldn't understand was why. Nightmares can tell you a lot of things. Thank the Gods you talk in your sleep. I knew this was one journey you had to make without me. But, I'm just glad you made it back."
Gabrielle: "If I didn't have the painful memories, then I wouldn't know what the good ones were like, right? I just couldn't let it go, Xena, no matter what the pain. I'm sorry."
Xena: "No, no, it's over. Welcome home."

Don't forget aout me.
Joxer: "Hey, aren't you forgetting about me?"
Xena: "No, Joxer, not even Mnemosyne could help her with that."

DISCLAIMER: Xena and Joxer were not forgotten during the production of this motion picture.

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