A Friend In Need - Teaser (p1)

Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 3 original episode

"A Friend In Need"

by

Tarl N. Telford

 

FADE IN:

EXT FOREST TRAIL

Gabrielle walks alongside Xena, who is riding argo. They seem to be in good spirits.

GABRIELLE

I'm so excited. I can hardly wait to see Thyatira.

XENA

There's really not much to see - a few houses, some pigs, and a horse or two.

GABRIELLE

That's not what you were saying yesterday. You were excited to be seeing your friends again.

XENA

I haven't seen her in over fifteen years. I don't know if she even remembers me.

GABRIELLE

Who could forget you? Xena, the Warrior Princess. Your name should be shouted from the rooftops.

XENA

It was, when I was a warlord. But that was a long time ago. It will be good to see Tara again.

GABRIELLE

What was she like? I mean, when you two were younger?

XENA

She was always competing with me. We would always have contests to see who was stronger or faster.

GABRIELLE

Who won?

Xena smiles mysteriously. She is not going to tell.

XENA

Let's just say it was a toss-up. Last I heard, she was collecting things for the poor.

CUT TO:

INT ATHENA'S TEMPLE

TARA, a striking woman, sneaks into the temple. Tara is vain and selfish. She spies the bow of athena on a pedestal.

TARA

This should bring a hefty price for poor little me.

Tara grabs the bow. Thunder booms outside the temple.

TARA

You don't scare me, Athena.

Thunder booms again, shaking the temple.

TARA

Tell it to someone who cares. I win this time.

Tara admires herself in the mirror.

TARA

You know, Tara, you look good. No, you look really good. Athena herself couldn't look better.

Thunder booms, louder than ever.

TARA

Ever. You hear me, Athena? I said I am more beautiful than you.

ATHENA (O.S.)

You have aroused my wrath, little mortal. Your vanity shall be your undoing.

Magical lighting zaps tara. Tara is engulfed in magical flame. She writhes in pain, and falls to the floor. The bow clatters to the floor. Even through her pain, Tara reaches out and grasps the bow.

CUT TO:

EXT FOREST CROSSROADS - DAY

Xena and Gabrielle look at the signs.

XENA

Thyatira is about two more miles, Gabrielle. You go ahead.

GABRIELLE

Where are you going?

XENA

I'm going to see if I can catch Tara at home. I need to speak with her in private.

GABRIELLE

So what am I supposed to do?

XENA

You'll find something. You usually do.

GABRIELLE

Where should I meet you?

XENA

I'll find you. Oh, and you might want to go to the market. I hear they have some good scrolls there.

GABRIELLE

So you think you can bribe me with scrolls?

XENA

I know it.

GABRIELLE

You're right. Don't be gone too long. I might run out of stories to tell.

XENA

That'll be the day.

CUT TO:

EXT THYATIRA - INN

Joxer stands in front of the inn, telling stories to a group of onlookers.

JOXER

So there I was, facing an army of hundreds, no, thousands. I heard someone say, "He has a face like stone. We can't scare him." They were right. I've got nerves of steel.

Gabrielle sneaks up behind joxer.

GABRIELLE

Joxer?

Joxer shrieks in terror.

JOXER

Aaah! Gabby! Um, hi. How are you? I was just...

GABRIELLE

Nerves of steel?

JOXER

Yeah. Sort of.

GABRIELLE

Xena's going to see a friend. What are you doing here?

JOXER

I heard that Thyatira needed a hero. And I thought, who better than Joxer the Magnificent?

GABRIELLE

Who indeed? Who told you that they needed a hero?

JOXER

I have a warrior's instinct. I just knew.

GABRIELLE

You ran out of money, didn't you?

JOXER

I'm shocked that you would make such an accusation.

Gabrielle cocks her eyebrow at Joxer.

JOXER

Yeah, I ran out of money. But I hear there's good jobs here in town. Why, I could slop pigs, or cut hay, or shovel-

Screams are heard up the road.

JOXER

Someone's screaming. They need our help!

Joxer trundles off toward the screams.

GABRIELLE

Joxer! No! Wait a minute!

Gabrielle runs after joxer.

Villagers are running toward Joxer and Gabrielle.

JOXER

Good people of Thyatira, I am Joxer the Magnificent. I am here to help you. I fear nothing.

Arrows fly toward the people. As the arrows strike the huts, they explode.

JOXER

I have underestimated my enemy. Time for plan two.

Joxer starts running back toward the village. He crashes into Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE

What's going on?

JOXER

Gabrielle, those arrows are exploding! We've got to get under cover.

Joxer pulls gabrielle toward a hut. An arrow whizzes by them. the nearby hut is struck. It explodes, raining debris down on them. Joxer turns around to look for their assailant.

As he sees their attacker, his eyes grow wide. He turns to stone.

Gabrielle turns to run, and tugs on Joxer's hand.

GABRIELLE

Come on, Joxer.

She notices he has turned to stone.

GABRIELLE

Joxer?

She whirls around, and sees the tail of a large snake disappear behind a hut.

Off Gabrielle's shocked expression, we:

FADE OUT:

End teaser

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