Crossing the path of a fierce war, Xena and Gabrielle end up inside a healing temple, where Xena uses her skills to aid the wounded and tend to pregnant Amazon Ephiny, whilst trying to put an end to the battle that is costing lives on both sides.moreless
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1) To take out Marmax.
Nitpick: Near the end when Gabrielle starts to flip out, when she stops you can see she's breathing. Yet two seconds later the guy says she's dead and Xena is yelling at her to breathe.
The operation performed on Ephiny is known as a Caesarian section because Julius Caesar was the first to make it a law that a child could be surgically removed from the mother in order to save the life of the child.
Gabrielle has her first close encounter with dying, only to be revived by CPR from Xena.
Goof: Spot the thin gold chain around Xena's wrist that slips from under her gauntlet during the revival scene with Gabrielle!
Gabrielle: I wanted to thank you for saving my life again. You always seem to be doing that.
Xena: It was your decision to come back.
Gabrielle: Well, how could I leave you. We have so many wars to stop and despots to foil. You're gonna need my help.
Xena: I couldn't do it without you.
Gabrielle: I can't bear to think of all the innocents who suffer because of this madness. Someone has to stop it. Come on Xena, not even you can stop an entire war. (Xena gets a determined look) All right, well look, I did not mean that as a challenge!
Gabrielle: Life is only what you make of it.
Gabrielle: You know, you're not gonna believe this, but, I had the most amazing dream when I was on the other side. There was this green, peaceful pasture, with the most beautiful trees. And I saw my Grandmother and my Uncle Morose, and... you wanna hear about it?
Xena: I can't wait.
Gabrielle: And Talus was there. Oh, he says hello by the way.
Hippocrates: Xena, stop it. She's dead now. She's in a much better place.
Xena: Get out of my way! You don't know anything! Don't you listen to him, Gabrielle ... C'mon, I know you're in there, prove it ... you can show them ... C'mon, wake up and breath ... you never ran from anything in your whole life ... C'mon, fight!
Xena: No. No! Come on, Gabrielle. Come on. Come on. Don't leave me. (pounding on Gabrielle's chest) Don't you leave me! Don't leave me! Don't leave me! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! (Gabrielle comes back to life)
One odd bit of trivia about this episode is that prosthetic umbilical cord used for Xenan was reused by Danielle Cormack a short time after she filmed the episode when she was doing another birth scene in the critically acclaimed movie Topless Women Talk About Their Lives.
This episode is Lucy's personal favorite.
According to the Charkram Newsletter, when being briefed by Rob Tapert on what he needed for this episode, he told writer Patricia Manney, "4 1/2 days shooting, one location, ER, and kill Gabrielle." She says he left it up in the air how (or whether) they would bring Gabrielle back at the end.
Danielle Cormack was really pregnant during the filming of this episode, but she was only a few months along.
This episode's script number is 124.
This episode marks the return of Danielle Cormack (Ephiny) who gave birth to her Centaur son Xenan in this episode. She would later return in Season 2's "The Quest". Xenan would return in "Maternal Instincts".
The original cut for this episode didn't pass sensors, deeming it too bloody for airing (like the leg amputation scene). Rob Tapert, Lucy Lawless and Eric Gruendemann fought for the episode, proving that most of the gore is off-screen. In the end, only about 60 seconds was cut from the episode. Thisis why it aired in July.
DISCLAIMER: Being that war is hell, lots of people were harmed during the production of this motion picture. But since television is a dramatic medium of make believe, all casualties removed their prosthetic make-up and went home unscathed.
The revival scene bears a close similarity to the revival scene in the film The Abyss (1989) where the Ed Harris character revives his wife who has "died" from asphyxiation. Several of the lines, actions and the reactions from the other characters who are watching are almost identical.
Democritus was a famous philosopher, and developed the atomic theory.
Galen was also a famous ancient physician. He was one of the first to use cadavers to explore the human internal systems and wrote a manual that was used throughout the ages by physicians. His writings were based on the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and above all Hippocrates (who lived about 500 years before him).
Hippocrates (c. 460-377 BC) was a Greek physician, whose name became associated with a number of medical writings (the Hippocratic Collection). The Hippocratic Oath, a code of ethics defining a physician's relationship with his patient, survives to this day.
Asclepius was the half God son of Apollo, and after the death of his mortal half, he became the Greek God of Medicine.
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