Episode: Kindred Spirits
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I love Josh Becker.
Have I mentioned that? Yes he's an egomaniac who thinks he's a
real Steven Speilburg
(and far from it) but the man's got a handle on X and G's
relationship. And as
for the comment of subtext being 'played for laughs' I didn't
see it as a
slap to subtext at all. But keep in mind that my love for
Becker doesn't come close to
my love for Gabby but he's gaining momentum (G). As for the
writers - George Strayton
and Tom Oneil penned this ep. Looks like the Herc brothers are
official out now
and RJ is at the helm.
Our tale opens with
bathing amazons and someone watching from the bushes. They are
talking about how they
want Gabby, Xena and Eve to stay. We then switch to Gabby
and Xena. Xena's
making a swing for Eve. As Eve tries it out Gabby talks to
Xena about settling
down there. Gabby suggests that the kids in the village need
her as queen and she and Xena should consider it.
Back to the bathing
amazons. They get the intruder by beating the tar out of 'em.
Back to Xena and
Gabby. Gabby says, "It makes sense. We've never really
had our own home.
So I see this place as our domestic bliss all we have to do is
fix it up a little bit."
Xena looks unsure
but says it's worth considering. Gabby says thanks. (Ahhhhh
The amazons then
bring the culprit to Gabby and Xena for judgement. Joxer says
he knows them.
Xena bends down and asked if he got the note from Cleopatra
but Joxer says
he forgot. Xena rises and she says she never saw him before in
her life. (LOL)
They take Joxer
away until the ruling and Gabby takes Xena by the waist
showing her the
house, suggesting they could build a porch where she, Xena and
Eve could relax. I love
Josh Becker. Have I mentioned that? (VBG)
Joxer is in the
stocks where some amazons girls are taunting him. Back at the
royal hut, one
of the amazons gives Eve a dolly and she talks about how she
wants a daughter
but getting close to a man is the hard part. Joxer stops an
amazon and says he
has to use the little warrior room. He tells her that she can
take him to the bushes over
there or help him by dropping his pants right here. That earns
him a slap on the face
and no solution to his problem. She says if he'll tell her
what Xena looks for in a sidekick
she'll help. Lots of flips and a good war cry her tells her.
But she doesn't give him
a hand - she leaves.
We then cut to the
steam hut where the girls are gossiping about sex. Some girl
going to stay a virgin forever. Xena says forever is a long
time and Gabby chokes on
her drink and they exchange grins (LOL). One girl asks what
it's like being with a man.
Xena tells her the good news is it's never the same and the
bad news is it's never the
same. Sometimes you expect Greek fire but you get diddly. (LOL)
Gabby adds that Xena's
studied the subject more than she has but she thinks Xena
trying to say that some
people are better lovers than others. Gabby and Xena stop
grinning and start smiling
at each other. Oh my god! (LOL). (Sidenote: Even my hubby who
is subtext deprived
caught that one. Sidenote: number two, hubby also added this
wasn't the greatest
Xena ep but 'It's better than the crap we've been given most
of the season' - that's a direct quote BTW.)
The amazon asks
then what makes a good lover - someone gentle and kind? Xena
says no and
Gabby says yes (LOL), everyone looks at each other since they
gave different answers.
Gabby says it's complicated. The conversation then turns to X
and G considering
staying with the tribe. Xena looks a little miffed when Gabby
says they might
not leave. But Gabby adds nothing is certain.
A loud noise wakes
Xena and Gabby. Gabby asks if it was Xena at first and Xena
laughs at the
noise. Gabby realizes it's the queen's horn and she has to
meet the tribe. She suggests
that Xena clean up the house, play with Eve or if that's not
good go hunt and kill
something. After Gabby leaves Xena takes Eve outside to her
swing and tells her that
one day all of this would be hers. Xena runs down the list of
pros of staying and figures
it might not be too bad but in doing so she realizes someone
is behind her.
It's an amazonette
who wants to be Xena's new side kick since Gabby's busy being
queen. The amazonette
does some kicks and pushups to prove her worth but Xena
asks if she knows how
to clean. The amazonette isn't sure what to make of it but
they walk off.
Meanwhile Gabby is
nodding off at her throne. Cyan says 'Queen Gabrielle!' waking
her up. Gabby
whines, 'Not tonight' but realizes she's at the tribal
meeting. (LOL) I wonder how many times Xena has heard a
sleepy, "Not tonight," too? Gabby planned
to let Joxer go but Cyan points out the punishment for looking
on an amazon is losing
finishing cleaning and running down the list of all the things
they're doing to
the hut saying what more could any amazon want. After she
leaves Xena says aloud to
Eve, "if I was an amazon." Gabby walks up and tells
Xena that Joxer is going to be blinded.
Xena said that's just a myth, guys really don't go blind by
doing that (LOL).
Gabby points out
that no she's talking about the law, but she's going to find a
way around it.
Gabby noticed that Xena cleaned the place and says that she's
glad to see that
Xena is really trying to make it work. Xena doesn't confess -
she just lets Gabby believe
The 'dolly' amazon
goes to Joxer and says she wants to make a baby. Joxer says
there's more to it
then just but she leaves to see Cyan. She says she knows Cyan
wanted the throne but
she also knows she'll do right by supporting Gabby.
goes to Xena and says she wants to help with the dance for
of queenhood. Reluctantly Xena agrees. Gabby goes to see Joxer
and tells him she's
trying to find a loophole in the scroll. Xena is giving a
halfhearted effort to the dance
and Gabby comes up. Xena says she's done for the day and
sidekick amazon makes
a crack about Xena being old. They all leave and Gabby and
Xena talk about Xena's
lack of enthusiasm.
Gabby thinks Xena
doesn't think she (Gabby) can make a difference to the tribe.
Xena argues at
first then agrees. Xena says she's tried but Gabby calls her
on it saying she could
dance better than what Xena was doing. Xena says she's sick of
Gabby calls her on
it saying Xena never intending to stay in the first place.
that she and Eve should go away for awhile and do some
fishing. Gabby said it's
probably a good idea. Xena says, "It is?" Gabby
said, "You really think so, don't you?"
Xena says, "yeah I do. I'll head back and get some
things. After the queen ceremony
me and Eve we're out of here."
Xena goes back home
while Gabby goes to the throne room and then to Joxer. She
found that if Joxer
pledges his allegiance to her then she could pardon him for a
Some amazons come to take Gabby to another ritual. She has to
get a mud bath
and howl at the moon until dawn. Gabby is far from pleased but
she does it anyway
The next morning,
sidekick amazon comes back and tells Xena that since,
"You and Gabrielle broke up, you need a new traveling
partner." Xena points out that
"Me and Gabrielle have only separated for a few weeks so
we can work things out."
The amazon who
wants a child frees Joxer. They go to a shed where they
Cyan wants to argue with Gabby over freeing Joxer but Gabby
points out that she
has that right. Joxer ends up telling the amazon that she's
too young and he won't take
advantage of her. But the amazon won't give up. Cyan goes to
release him and finds
him with the amazon. Now he's been kissing amazon's 'out of
season'. Since he's got
two offenses now he has to fight to the death with the queen
of the amazons.
points out that she packed some things for the trip - a couple
of weeks is
okay and who knows what might develop. Xena apologizes and
says she's not looking
for a sidekick. The amazon says she took out some of the
scrolls from the saddlebag
to make room for her stuff. Xena takes the scrolls inside. She
starts to read Eve
a story, "The Return of Callisto".
Gabby is in the
steam hut thinking when Xena comes in. Xena tells her that she
scrolls. Gabby was shocked (as was I (LOL)). Xena says that if
anyone like Gabby can find
grace and meaning in everything that happens it's worth
sticking around to see her as queen.
She wants to stay with Gabby. Gabby tells Xena about the fight
to the death.
Xena says she
doesn't have to worry. She'll kill him.
Joxer and the
amazon are both now in stocks and talking. Joxer tells her to
wait - she's got
time. He's also convinced that Xena will figure something out.
Cyan is giving an announcement
of the coming battle. Gabby says Xena will be her champion.
Cyan says that's only if the queen is hurt but Gabby says,
"No. It's at the queen's discretion." and she picks
Now comes the WWF
scene. I have to admit it was rather funny because I think the
WWF is pretty
ridiculous anyway. (LOL). Since Xena wanted to give the
amazons a good
show they toss each other around. But at one point of being
insulted Joxer really punches
Xena three times in the face. And he starts to cower,
"I'm sorry!" But Xena lays him out and puts the
pinch on him. She asks
what constitutes death, but he's still moving as Cyan points
Sidekick can still
see him breathing after Xena knuckles his chest. However,
after she twists his nipples
he dies (LOL). Cyan declares him dead, but Xena undoes
everything and Joxer comes
back to life.
Cyan argues that
doesn't count, but everyone disagrees and tells her that some
of the old customs are outdated, like being banished for
kissing. She asks to leave the tribe, but
Gabby says no. Someone who loves the tribe should be leading
it. She's going to be
going with Xena.
Xena and Gabby
share a tender heart to heart talk at the end with Eve between
them. Xena asks
if she'll miss it. Gabby says yes and no - the rituals were a
bit much. Gabby asks
where they are going next and Xena suggests a trip on the
Nile. Gabby suggests camel
racing in Alexander. Xena says I know of someplace we could
Fade to black.
I have to admit I
liked this ep a whole lot. If the rest of the season is as
good as this I'll
stick around for season six but we've got a few more to go so
we'll she how it works out.
Xena and Gabby actually related to each other. They each were
willing to change their
lives for each other in the end. That's the warrior princess
and the amazon bard I've
come to know. (VBG)