Series Five Episode Guide

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1. Fallen Angel
story: Robert Tapert and RJ Stewart
writer: RJ Stewart
director: John Fawcettt

Guest stars: Charles Mesure (Michael), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Timothy Ormundsen (Eli), Ted Raimi (Joxer)

Ides of March had such a shocking ending that this was always going to be a big episode. How do you get round the fact that S4 ended with Xena and Gabrielle dying on the cross? Well here we have a heavenly battle for Xena and Gabrielle while Joxer, Amarice and Eli are trying to look after their bodies. Lots of special effects in this one with angels and devils, Callisto, and quite a few surprises too.
DISCLAIMER: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

2. Chakram
writer: Chris Manheim
director: Doug Lefler

Guest stars: Kevin Smith (Ares), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Timothy Ormundsen (Eli), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Antonio Te Maioho (Kal)

With Xena and Gabrielle back among the living, things should be fine, but Xena has somehow forgotten her dark past. Ares and local war god Kal and the broken chakram are all involved in this story, which sees a new outfit and weapons for Gabrielle and a new chakram for Xena!
DISCLAIMER: Xena's dark and violent past was restored during the production of this motion picture.

3. Succession
writer: Steven L Sears
director: Rick Jacobson

Guest stars: Kevin Smith (Ares), Jenya Lano (Mavican)

Xena and Gabrielle come up against a new female warrior, Mavican. She wants to take Xena's place with Ares, and so the god of war arranges a little test for them, however there is a catch - if Mavican kills Xena, she takes her place by Ares' side, if Xena kills Mavican, Xena dies!
DISCLAIMER: Ares' libido was not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

4. Animal Attraction
writer: Chris Manheim
director: Rick Jacobson

Guest star: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Alison Bruce (Talia), Mfundo Morrison (Armand), David Te Rare (Darkon)

A comedy episode, where Xena's little secret is out, Gabrielle falls for a horse. Xena, Gabrielle, Joxer and Amarice also meet up with a few old friends.
DISCLAIMER: Although the rabbis died, no other animals were harmed in the production of this motion picture.

5. Them Bones, Them Bones
writer: Buddy Williers (Steven L Sears)
director: John Fawcett

Guest stars : Claire Stansfield (Alti), Jennifer Sky (Amarice), Kate Elliot (Yakut)

Alti is back, as are some of the Amazons for Sin Trade part 3! More spiritual battles, deerskins and some impressive CGI skeltons as Alti tries to steal Xena's baby's soul.
DISCLAIMER: Xena and Alti were bad to the bone during the production of this motion picture.

6. Purity
writer: Jeff Vlaming
director: Mark Beesley

Guest stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Marie Matiko (Pao Ssu/K'ao Hsin).

Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer go to Chin once again and come up against Lao Ma's twin daughters in The Debt part 3! Quite a few flashback clips of The Debt, as Xena must work out which daughter is the true successor to Lao Ma.
DISCLAIMER: To obtain a copy of Joxer's recipe for Moo Suu sauce and other Chinese delicacies, visit your local bookstore or look for it at the tavern.

7. Back in the Bottle
writer:Rob Tapert and Steven Sears
teleplay: Buddy Williers (Steven L Sears)
director: Rick Jacobson

Guest stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Marie Matiko (Pao Ssu/K'ao Hsin), Daniel Sing (Ming Tien), George Kee Chung (Khan), Anthony Wong (Lin Chi).

Another great Chin episode sees the evil Green Dragon return to help the warlord Khan(Ghengis?) try to take over the world! Gabrielle gets an admirer for the first time in ages, while Xena works on her super powers.DISCLAIMER: Pao Ssu's split personality was not harmed during the production of this motion picture

8. Little Problems
writer: Gregg Ostrin
director: Allison Liddi

Guest stars: Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Colin Moy (Galantis), Rose McIvre (Daphne), Tharon (Peter Feeney)

Sounds like a fanfic story, but is another in the "Lucy is pregnant, what shall we do!" storylines...Aphrodite causes Xena and a young girl named Daphne to swap bodies, only doesn't get it quite right. A fun episode, although a bit close to the knuckle at times Gabrielle and Aphrodite dress up as twins Brun and Hilde and go oil wrestling!
DISCLAIMER: No pie tins were harmed in the making of Tharon's mask.

9. Seeds of Faith
writer: George Strayton & Tom O'Neil
story: Rob Tapert & RJ Stewart
director: Garth Maxwell

Guest stars: Timothy Omundson (Eli), Kevin Smith (Ares), Hudson Leick (Callisto)

The 100th episode to be made, although it is the 99th to be broadcast, this is the one where we find out who the father of Xena's baby is! A dramatic episode featuring the death of a character and the twilight of the Greek Gods approaching, and more heartache and soul searching for Gabrielle.

10. Lyre Lyre Hearts on Fire
writer: Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
director: Mark Beesley

Guest stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer/Jace), Jay Laga'aia (Draco), Darien Tackle (Cyrene)

A remarkable musical episode, quite different from The Bitter Suite! Xena and Gabrielle organise a musical contest to see who will win Terpsicord's lyre. Contestants include Draco, still smitten by Gabrielle and a bunch of Amazons. Joxer's brother Jace is a camp disco queen who is a real hoot, and the musical numbers are mainly well known songs rather than originals. Takes some getting used to, but a huge heap of fun!
DISCLAIMER: No Lyres were strung out during the production of this motion picture

11. Punchlines
writer: Chris Manheim
director: Andrew Merrifield

Guest stars: Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Ted Raimi (Joxer), Chris Gadsby (Lachrymose), Chris Ryan (Blutos), Tony Forster (Solemnus)

A clip show that sees Gabrielle and Argo shrunk into mini versions of themselves after an encounter with Lacrymose, the god of despair. Pie fights galore in this frothy, fun comedy.

12. God Fearing Child
writer: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
story: Chris Manheim
director: Phil Sgricca

Guest stars: Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Kevin Smith (Ares), Charles Keating (Zeus), Meg Foster (Hera).

Xena gives birth in this one that is also notable for the return of Kevin Sorbo to the Xenaverse! However, all is not plain sailing as the gods are on the lookout for Xena's child who is said to bring about the twilight...not sure quite how.
DISCLAIMER: Zeus cashed in his chips during the production of this motion picture.

13. Eternal Bonds
writer: Chris Manheim
director: Mark Beesley

Guest stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Kevin Smith (Ares)

Joxer gets struck by a poisoned arrow when trying to help Xena and her child escape from more attackers out to kill the baby. While Gabrielle tries to get him to the antidote, Xena has some dream like encounters with Ares who makes her an interesting offer.
DISCLAIMER: Ares' virility was harmed during the production of this motion picture.

14. Amphipolis Under Seige
writer: Chris Black
director: Mark Beesley

Guest Stars: Kevin Smith (Ares), Darien Tackle (Cyrene) Paris Jefferson (Athena)

The goddess Athena try to destroy Xena's baby, and when they take shelter in Amphipolis, she builds an army determined to kill the child. Xena is forced to consider an alliance with Ares while Gabrielle marshalls the troops of villagers. A very dramatic and action packed episode.
DISCLAIMER: Post Production was under siege during the production of this motion picture.

15. Married With Fishsticks
writer: Kevin Maynard
director: Paul Grinder

Guest Stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite), Meighan Desmond (Discord)

Gabrielle is hit on the head and falls into the sea. She somehow enters a strange parallel universe under the sea where she appears to be married to Hagar - who looks exactly like Joxer - and Gabrielle is a mermaid with three half fish children! Loosely based on the Goldie Hawn movie Overboard, this comedy features very little Lucy Lawless.

16. Lifeblood
writer: RJ Stewart and George Strayton & Tom O'Neill
story: Rob Tapert and RJ Stewart
director: Paul Grinder

Guest stars: Kate Eliot (Yakut), Shelley Edwards (Cyane)

Xena's daughter Eve is to be an Amazon Princess! This episode is runoured to use footage from the unseen pilot show, Amazon High.

17. Kindred Spirits
writer: George Strayton and Tom O'Neill
director: Josh Becker

Guest stars: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Paris Jefferson (Athena)

Xena and Gabrielle think about settling down with the Amazons, and Joxer gets into trouble for spying on them!

Lots more to come....soon.

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