Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 03, 1999 on
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Gabrielle becomes Queen of the Amazons after Ephiny dies at the hand of Brutus. But things become even more complicated when she learns that Caesar's enemy Pompey has taken many of her tribe as slaves. With the help of an eager young Amazon Amarice and the initially reluctant Brutus, Xena shifts the balance of Roman power forever.


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  • After Ephiny is killed in battle by Brutus, Gabrielle resumes her place as Queen of the Amazons. She and Xena plot rescue Amazons taken as slaves by Pompey, in events that could change the course of Roman history. An exciting episode...moreless

    This review contains moderate spoilers.

    This is an exciting and well paced episode, and probably one of the best of the season.

    At the very start of this episode, Ephiny is killed off. This shocked many fans at the time as she was their favourite Amazon. So with her out of the way, Gabrielle is called upon to become Queen of the Amazons.

    As with episodes such as the second season's great 'The Price', and 'A Good Day' earlier this season, the bulk of this episode is played out very seriously. We get a light hearted scene in the teaser of Gabrielle casting her fishing net over Xena, but after that, it's a pretty much serious fare all the way.

    At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of young Amazon Amarice. She is well played by Jennifer Sky, but at first I wasn't sure if Xena and Gabrielle could trust her.

    Although Gabrielle becomes Queen of the Amazons in this story, it is very much Xena's episode, as the Warrior Princess plots to outdo Pompey.

    The action scenes are great, and definitely some of the best seen this season. It is easy to forget that they were done on a modest television budget and shooting schedule.

    I did feel that Karl Urban being credited in the opening guest cast credits gave away his appearance, as he doesn't appear until the end of the story.

    All-in-all, this is a very good episode, and one that stands up well on repeat viewings.moreless
  • Let The Game Begin...

    Endgame-Gabrielle becomes Queen of the Amazons after Ephiny dies at the hand of Brutus, and Xena must fave Caesar and Pompey and their armies while keeping an eye on a rebellious Amazon.

    Poor Ephiny, she was probably my favorite Amazon and she's gone, good this rest of the episode is so good!! Xena and Gabrielle can't mourn Ephiny yet with Pompey's army attacking the Amazons and selling them as slaves. We are introduced to Amarice, played by Jennifer Sky. I'll never for get her line:

    Amarice:"Your Xena....I'd thought you'd be taller."

    Seriously, she's almost 6' feet tall, WTF!!

    I love how Xena and Amazons ambush the Roman soldiers, the show always does a great job when it comes to surprising the enemies. David Franklin makes his first appearance as Brutus, and I love his interaction with Gabrielle. Both their acting was so on point in their scenes together. Also Jeremy Callaghan makes his last appearance on Xena, seeing how Xena gave Pompey the "HEADS UP"(Pun intended). It's also funny how Brutus can say so loyal to Ceasar when his obviously using him. I love Xena's line to Brutus at the end:

    Xena:"Crassus was once a good friend of Ceasar, so was Pompey, I was once very good friend of his...but maybe you different."

    The episode ends on a sad note with Gabrielle and Xena saying goodbye to Ephiny, which is a touching scene. All in All, A really great episode which some great acting and scenes!

Jeremy Callaghan

Jeremy Callaghan


Guest Star

David Franklin

David Franklin


Guest Star

Stephen Butterworth

Stephen Butterworth


Guest Star

Jennifer Sky

Jennifer Sky


Recurring Role

Karl Urban

Karl Urban

Julius Caesar

Recurring Role

Danielle Cormack

Danielle Cormack


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Gabrielle: This is Xena. She's my friend.
      Amarice: Xena? Wow. I thought you'd be taller.

    • Brutus: I know Caesar. He wouldn't betray a friend.
      Xena: Pompey was a friend. And Crassus, wasn't Crassus a friend, too? I was once a very good friend of his. But maybe you're special.

    • Xena: Maybe you're trying too hard. Or maybe part of you knows that Ephiny didn't die in vain. She made a difference with her life... And in her death, she became a symbol. One way or another, the Amazons will go on.

    • Xena: (after killing Pompey) It's not about balance anymore.

    • Xena: Over the last ten years, I've watched the Amazons go from mighty nation to scattered tribes, and I wondered if, what I was seeing was their greatness coming to an end. But Ephiny showed me there was hope.

    • Amarice: (Yells) What are you waiting for?! Run! I'll hold her off!
      Xena: Oh, no! I surrender before Gabrielle.

  • NOTES (5)

    • David Franklin did his own stunts for the "Brut-drag". He was a bit uneasy about the idea, but he said that everything went as planned, as he was happy in the end that he did it.

    • This is the first appearance of Amarice in Xena. She was added because the producers felt Gabrielle had outgrown her old role of being the brash, wrong character who could be foolish and get others into trouble, and they wanted to have that dimension again with Amarice.

    • This episode marks the death of Ephiny. Danielle Cormack was asked whether she wanted her character to simply be "out of town" during the events of this episode requiring Gabrielle to take over or have her character killed off. Danielle Cormack chose to have Ephiny killed off since she thought that would make a stronger story, though she obviously was willing to return to the show later in season six as a ghost.

    • This episode was originally called 'Amazon Reunion'. It is also known as 'Death of Pompey'.

    • DISCLAIMER: Pompey's reign came to a head during the production of this motion picture.


    • The Death of Pompey
      After he was defeated by Caesar at the Battle of Pharsalia he fled for the east. His advisors recomended he try to get asylum with one of the eastern empires, but instead he went to Egypt. He was tricked ashore by a soldier who once served with him and was beheaded by the young King Ptolemy, the brother and co-ruler with Cleopatra.