They Also Serve

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 2/11/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Recent Immortal Michael Christian has been on an incredible string of luck, taking a number of heads from unarmed and vulnerable opponents, including May-Ling Shen, who taught MacLeod the martial arts in 1780's Mongolia. Christian's Watcher, Rita Luce, has been doing more than just watching, supplying Christian with classified information on the other Immortals and their weaknesses. MacLeod, unaware of Christian, goes on a vision quest to his cabin on Holy Ground -- deliberately leaving his sword behind. The race is on for Joe Dawson to figure out Rita's secret before Christian sets his sights on MacLeod.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adrian Paul

    Duncan MacLeod

  • Stan Kirsch

    Richie Ryan

  • Jim Byrnes (I)

    Joe Dawson

  • Lawrence Shore

  • Paolo Barzman

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • May-Ling: You have to be a reed in the wind--neither opposing nor giving way. Duncan: I thought I had to feel the weight of the mountain? May-Ling: The weight of the mountain must pass through you, not anchor you.

    • May-Ling: I believe the teacher has taught you all she can. Duncan: It is time, then? For the pupil to leave? May-Ling: Yes. But perhaps the man will remain. Duncan: Are you regarding me as more than a student? May-Ling: I'm inviting you to be.

    • Joe: Rule number one--a Watcher and an Immortal can't be friends.
      Duncan: Come on, Joe, you don't have to choose.
      Joe: Don't I? I took an oath and I broke it. The Watchers have been around for a long time. What gives me the right to say, "We'll do this my way"?
      Duncan: Because you're a man, and part of life is deciding, making your own judgment calls. Like choosing who your friends are.

    • Duncan: Unfinished business is always hard. If you didn't believe Ian was right yesterday, dying doesn't make him right today. Follow your instincts. That's all you can do. Joe: What if you're wrong? Duncan: Then you're wrong. You know, the life I live, sometimes you fight, you kill. It never leaves you untouched.

    • Duncan: (holding out his sword) Keep an eye on this for me. Richie: Mac, that's one of the first things you taught me--make it part of you. Keep it with you. Duncan: Yeah, I know. It is part of me. But it's not my life. For twenty-four hours, I'm walking away from it.

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    Notes (2)

    • When broadcast on TV, Duncan doesn't first appear in person until almost 15 minutes into the episode, and Richie until more than 35 minutes into the episode (both counting commercials).

    • Flashback: Outer Mongolia, 1780

    Allusions (1)

    • They Also Serve The episode title comes from a John Milton poem, On His Blindness: "They also serve who only stand and wait."

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