Tortured by her memories of Hope and past misdeeds, Gabrielle visits the temple of Mnemosyne, Goddess of Memory, and must revisit her past in order to either find a way to live with her memories or erase them forever. Meanwhile, Joxer tries to reclaim his friend by reminiscing about the good times in their past.moreless
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Young Girl with Lost Memory
Priestess of Mnemosyne
Clips used in this episode are:
* Xena learning that Hope is still alive and the poisoning scene from "Maternal Instincts"
* Gabrielle being duped into killing in "The Deliverer"
* Scenes from "When In Rome..."
* Scenes from "The Debt Pt I"and "The Debt Pt II"
* The dungeon scene from "The Debt Pt II"
* The temple song and sequence from "The Bitter Suite"
* Xena leaving for Chin in "The Debt Pt I"
When explaining to Gabrielle why he is in her dreamscape, Ares reminds Gabrielle of the time when she 'stole his powers' with that 'scroll business'. This is a reference to the earlier episode "The Quill is Mightier..." in which Gabrielle accidentally turned Ares into a mortal with an enchanted scroll.
As Joxer reads Gabrielle's scrolls to her, she comments that her costume seems to get smaller in each story. This reflects how Gabrielle's costume has been shrinking in size with each incarnation.
When Gabrielle is pounding out the flames, she is nude in one brief shot.
Nitpick: Joxer was barely literate when he tried to read Gabrielle's scrolls in "The Quill is Mightier... ", but he has no problems reading them this time.
Ares: (to Gabrielle) Pain is just Nature's way of saying, 'Hey! You're alive!'
Gabrielle: (accusingly) You said you would save me.
Ares: No, what I said was: I would be HERE to save you. And I am.
Gabrielle: I can't go back, I can't go forward. I don't know what to do.
Ares: Well, seems to me the answer is obvious. Stay here for all eternity, or death. (smirking) Just trying to help.
Joxer: Are you OK?
Gabrielle: (tearfully) I can't.
Joxer: What's the matter?
Gabrielle: I can't do this."
Joxer: OK... uh? Then... we won't! We don't have to... never again. (confused) What are we talking about?
Ares: Hmm... interesting. There's an analogy here of course; the water representing our torments, the ice the thin layer of control we like to believe we have over it...
Gabrielle: (interrupts) Shut up!
Ares: (continuing) ..But it's a false confidence. If the ice should suddenly develop a... (the ice cracks)
Gabrielle: Help me!
Ares: Not my job, dear. Not yet anyway.
Ares: Believe it or not... I'm here to protect you. Remember when you stole my powers with that whole scroll business? All right, well, call me a softie... but I decided I like you after all.
Gabrielle: Maybe you're here for your own selfish reasons.
Ares: Aren't you?
Xena: I wondered how you made it to Chin ahead of me. I figured Ares had a hand in it, but what I couldn't understand was why. Nightmares can tell you a lot of things. Thank the Gods you talk in your sleep. I knew this was one journey you had to make without me. But, I'm just glad you made it back.
Gabrielle: If I didn't have the painful memories, then I wouldn't know what the good ones were like, right? I just couldn't let it go, Xena, no matter what the pain. I'm sorry.
Xena: No, no, it's over. Welcome home.
Gabrielle: If the bowl is ever empty, so go my memories.
Ares: (persuasively) And the pain, all that pain.
Gabrielle: And the memories of my youth, my parents, my loves ...
Ares: ... the betrayal, the killing, the death of your child.
Gabrielle: And Xena.
Ares: Bottom line, Gabrielle, you won't miss what you never knew.
Gabrielle: Joxer ...
Joxer: (accidentally repeating the name used by the amnesiac Gabrielle) Jerkster ...
Gabrielle: (letting him know that his white lies didn't succeed) I have never, nor will I ever, dance nude in the rain with you anywhere near me.
Joxer: How'd you know my name?
Priestess of Mnemosyne: (rubbing her head at the same spot Joxer hit his head) I have your memories ... ow.
Priestess of Mnemosyne: (referring to the amnesiac Gabrielle) She is on her journey, Joxer. That Gabrielle is just an empty shell with no realization of her past.
Gabrielle : It's very strange. In every story you tell me this thing I wear get smaller and smaller. Is it enchanted?
Joxer: I can make her forget. I'm a very forgettable person.
Gabrielle: (to the Priestess of Mnemosyne) No one can help. It's my memories. I can't shake them. I, I can't sleep. I can't eat. It's like I'm paying for something, but I don't know what it is. I have to find the answer.
Shooting Dates: January 19 to January 23 1998, 5 day shoot. This is the shortest episode of the season to be filmed.
In the original script Xena was hiding in the Temple of Mnemosyne. We were supposed to see a bit of leather and chakram from behind a pillar, but they cut that out since the producers decided that Xena would know that this was something Gabrielle had to do without her.
Sometimes things aren't as they seem. According to Renee, the River of Fire was freezing because of the dry ice and the River of Ice was actually a sauna.
DISCLAIMER: Xena and Joxer were not forgotten during production of this motion picture.
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