A Friend in Need
Part 1

Yet another deed from Xena's past comes back to haunt her. Xena & Gabrielle sail to the island of Japan to right wrongs, perform a new acrobatic routine and save 40,000 souls.

NOTE: "Director's Cut Exclusive" scenes in blue text.

'Looking out at the cosmos makes you think'
Gabrielle: "Looking out at the cosmos makes you think about where we are, where we've been, where we're going now."
Xena: "Yeah, and like the bigger now. I mean, Gabrielle, what are we gonna do? Wander around Greece our whole lives looking for trouble? Why don't we go away? Far away? What do ya say?"

'I can't believe you're awake, much less listening to me'
Gabrielle: "I can't believe you're awake, much less listening to me."
Xena: "Let's go south to the land of the Pharaohs. I hear they're in need of a girl with a chakram."

Gabrielle: "You know that there's somebody out there."
Xena: "Yeah, he's been trying to find us the past half-hour."

[A young man stumbles out of the woods into the gals' campsite.]

Gabrielle: "Are you alright?"
Kenji: "Ah, yes. Thank you."
Gabrielle: [almost getting knocked over by the new arrival] "Whoa!"
Kenji: "Are you Xena?"
Xena: "Who's asking?"
Kenji: "A messenger, sent by Akemi."
Xena: "Akemi? You saw Akemi?"
Kenji: "Several weeks ago. I was journeying with another monk through a forest near the town of Higuchi. It started to rain. And we sought shelter at a teahouse "

[The two monks enter the teahouse. Three beautiful, young women kneel in the center of the room.]

Monk: "Kenji, not even you could be frightened of this."

[Kenji's companion shares an intimate bath with two geishas.]

Kenji: [reading Akemi's poem while she plays a stringed instrument] "Your shuji has great dignity and beauty."

Kenji: "I am blessed with a certainty about what it means to be a monk, but my companion was not as steadfast in his resolve "
[As Kenji's companion bathes with the two women, thunder begins to sound. A being begins to rapidly move through the woods towards the teahouse.]

Akemi: [sensing the danger] "You must leave now."

[As Kenji flees, a large head bursts through the wall of the teahouse, followed by the body of a man. He freezes Kenji's companion and then inhales his soul.]

Akemi: "I know you're a good man. In the teahouse, I felt the compassion in your heart. Don't fear me."
Kenji: "Who who was that demon?"
Akemi: "The Lord of the Dark Land. He's preparing an army to wage war in Higuchi and slowly, the populace. Honorable monk ... [hands him a samurai sword] ... I beg you to do what must be done to stop him enslaving the souls of that city."
Kenji: "But I'm no swordsman."
Akemi: "There's one in the west, far beyond the setting sun."
Kenji: "A samurai? A priest? A god?"
Akemi: "No, a warrior princess."

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