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Season 5 Episode 3

The End of Innocence

Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1996 on
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The last time Richie Ryan saw Duncan MacLeod, MacLeod was about to take his head. He was stopped by Dawson's bullet, but Richie's world was shattered. Now Richie's back -- kicking butt and taking heads. One of those heads belonged to Carter Wellan, and now Wellan's good friend Haresh Clay is out to avange his comrade. MacLeod has his own long-time grudge against Clay, who humiliated and destroyed one of MacLeod's finest teachers. MacLeod must try to rebuild Richie's trust while they vie to be the one to face Clay in combat.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • MacLeod's lines in the flashback where he is about to behead Richie are different than in the original scene. When Richie asks him if he kills him because he was his pupil, he answered "that's as good reason as any" in the original scene, and "There are a lot of reasons" in the new scene.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Duncan: For thousands of years, Immortals have fought, and Watchers have observed. One day, they'll only be one of us left, and someday maybe none at all. Somebody has to record that we lived. Somebody has to record the history we've seen and, the lessons we've learned. I know what I've said, but our lives, our stories have to be recorded not by some petty clerk, but by someone who feels, someone who does. Someone who has honor, like you (Joe).

      • Duncan: You can walk away, if it ends here.
        Haresh Clay: It's...what we do.

      • Duncan: If (Clay) takes me, then he'll take you too.
        Richie: Then don't let him.

      • Haresh Clay: Do you know what it's like to have a friend for 900 years, MacLeod? I've known (Carter) longer then you've been alive. He was my squire and my companion, on one hundred campaigns on five continents. Now he is gone...because of you.

      • Duncan: We fight to the death - that's what we do.

      • Hotel Guest: More of you with swords. So what are you guys, Shriners or something?
        Duncan and Richie: Yeah, yeah, that's right.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Flashbacks: Southern Europe, 1657.

      • This episode deals heavily with the repercussions of events in last season's "Something Wicked" and "One Minute to Midnight."

      • Ashe tells Duncan, "I'm good, my friend, but there are better than me out there. As the Kurgan was better than Ramirez." This is a reference to two of the original film's characters.

      • Duncan replies, "You knew Juan Sanchez Villa Lobos Ramirez? Connor's teacher?" This is a reference to Connor MacLeod, a fellow clansman and Duncan's own teacher.

      • During their playful sparring session just before Haresh Clay arrives, Ashe tells Duncan that Juan Ramirez (played by Sean Connery in Highlander and Highlander II was "one of (his) better students." Incidentally, this remark places Ashe's age at somewhere around 2800 years old (at least).

    • ALLUSIONS (0)