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The Debt I

Director: Oley Sassone
Writer: R.J. Stewart

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Marton Csokas (Borias)
Jaqueline Kim (Lao Ma)
Daniel Sing (Ming Tien)
Grant McFarland (Ming Tsu)

Story by Rob Tapert and RJ Stewart

Xena goes to China(or Chin) to repay a debt to an old friend, however, Gabrielle is uneasy as it is to kill someone! As they travel, Xena remembers the time when she met a remarkable Chinese woman named Lao Ma(Jaquline Kim) and how she helped Xena after Xena kidnapped a young prince. In a flashback to the time straight after the episode Destiny, when she was starting out on her path of destruction, we meet a bitter and twisted Xena and her partner in crime, Borias as they try their luck in Chin.

Yet more of the rift between Xena and Gabrielle here, as Gabrielle realises she cannot go with Xena on a mission to murder someone - and a killer cliffhanger that will have people wondering about Gabrielle`s loyalties. Brilliant visuals, great photography, set designs and more of Joe LoDuca`s wonderful music.

There was talk of a Xena movie before S3 started filming, and if there had been, The Debt would have been it. This was an episode producer, Robert Tapert, was to direct, but he wasn't able to, so Oley Sassone took over. This story and The Bitter Suite took up half of the entire season`s budget apparently.

A frock tart is Kiwi slang for the costume designers.

Disclaimer : -
No frock tarts were harmed during the production of this motion picture, although they wish they had been.

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