Xena and Gabrielle have only one day to determine what really happened when Gabrielle's friend, Meleager, is sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit. Unfortunately, Meleager himself isn't certain that he didn't do it, because he was drunk when it happened.
Meleager the Mighty
Tim Thomerson first appeared as Meleager the Mighty in the season 1 episode "The Prodigal", when Gabrielle returned to Potidaea to confront her fears and instead helped Meleager defend her village, thus becoming friends in the process. This is Thomerson's final appearance on Xena as Meleager.
Goof: Gabrielle is watching Meleager's execution from the window of the cell. Notice her hand gripping the bar of the window. When she cannot bear to watch anymore and turns to leave, the bar moves as she take her hand away.
Nitpick: The old lady's knitting needles are modern ones.
Goof: During the opening fight, a man swipes his sword at Gabrielle's legs. You see that she doesn't jump until after the sword has passed 'through' her legs.
Meleager: Xena, will you tell Gabrielle I'm sorry?
Xena: You should tell her yourself.
Meleager: I tried, but she never wants to hear from me again. Can't blame her. I really screwed up when I lied to her.
Xena: Which lie? The one about the drinking or the one about the killing?
Meleager: Gabrielle, when the time comes, don't look outside.
Gabrielle: I have to. I want you to look at me. I want the last face that you see in the world to be a friend.
Executioner: I believe someone here sent for me?
Arbus: Ah, the executioner. Welcome, welcome. There's been a slight delay, so there's no point in getting ready just yet. Why don't you go change into some comfortable clothes, I'll send for you when we're ready?
Executioner: These are my comfortable clothes.
Meleager: Excuse me if I have mixed feelings at the moment, but you just saved me from an execution, to take me back to my execution?!
Arbus: Sometimes the truth can be a heavy burden.
Xena: Yes, it can.
Gabrielle: It couldn't have been a fair trial, if there had been any discussion...
Meleager: (interrupts) There was only one real discussion: whether to hang me, behead me or tear me limb from limb in the public square. They didn't have a blade big enough, the square wasn't wide enough, so hanging wins. Lucky me!
Gabrielle: (telling a story) ...and hope was lost. And that's when Meleager appeared and crushed Damon's troops. Did I mention the part where...
Xena: (interrupts) ...Meleager single-handedly hauls a war wagon full of Spartan spears over 20 leagues of rocky roads? Yeah! The way you build him up his head must be in the clouds!
Xena: You put people on a pedestal, sooner or later they're going to fall and your expectations with them.
Gabrielle: I put put people on a pedestal!
Gabrielle: So, what have you been up to?
Meleager: Oh, this and that: saving villagers, defending the helpless, getting convicted of murder.
DISCLAIMER: By popular demand "The Executioner" will bring back his comfortable lightweight cotton-flax blend robe in a variety of spring colors.
When Xena realizes that she was the one who actually committed the murder, she mentions that it happened while Gabrielle was away in Athens. This is a reference to the episode "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards", where Gabrielle leaves Xena to pursue her dreams of becoming a bard. We never found out what Xena got up to while Gabrielle was away until this episode.
The old woman knitting while they are getting ready to hang Meleager is based on a real woman during the French Revolution. She is in Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities".
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