Livia 5.20 Livia 
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Writer:
  Chris Manheim 
Director: 
Rick Jacobson 
Guest Appearances:

Kevin Smith ~ Ares
Ted Raimi ~ Joxer
Colin Moy ~ Augustus
Adrienne Wilkinson ~ Livia/Eve
Lucy Lawless ~ Meg
William Gregory Lee ~ Virgil
Episode Disclaimer:

Due to an over indulgence of Bean and Bard Burgers, Meg's gastro-intestinal problem intensified during the production of this motion picture. 

 

LOG LINE:  After 25 years, Xena and Gabrielle finally escape their tombs of ice and immediately go in search of Eve. 

Summary

This summary is from the Official Xena Webpage

A fearless Roman commander, Livia (Adrienne Wilkinson) has teamed up with Ares (Kevin Smith) to rid Rome of Eli's followers. Planning to name Livia his successor, the Roman Emperor Augustus (Colin Moy) visits Livia and expresses his concern over her brutal methods, which she casually dismisses. Meanwhile, Xena (Lucy Lawless) uses her chakram to chip away at her casket of ice and manages to free herself. She then breaks Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) out of her tomb of ice and the two set out to find Eve. Upon their arrival in a small village at the foot of Mt. Etna, they learn that 25 years have passed and that they are presumed dead! 

On their way to Rome to find Octavius and Eve, Xena and Gabrielle run into Joxer (Ted Raimi) and his family, who are overjoyed to see them again. As luck would have it, Joxer's son Virgil (William Gregory Lee) lives in Rome, so he and Joxer join in Xena and Gabrielle's quest. The four arrive in Rome during Livia's victory march and Xena goes to question Augustus, whom she recognizes as a grown-up Octavius. When she asks about her daughter, Augustus nervously gazes at Livia arriving aboard a towering float and Xena is horrified to realize that Livia is Eve! While Augustus defends his rearing of Livia, Xena declares that she won't allow her daughter to become Augustus' tyrannical successor. Augustus points out that to protect her from the gods, he never told Livia that Xena was her mother. 

Equally stunned by Livia's true identity, Gabrielle comforts Xena by suggesting that once Livia knows the truth, she will be able to change for the better, just as Xena did. As Xena heads off to meet her daughter, Gabrielle, Joxer and Virgil are attacked by soldiers and imprisoned when they refuse to give donations for a new temple to Ares. Meanwhile, Xena goes to the gladiatorial arena where Livia trains and finds her daughter half-naked in Ares arms! Xena tries to conceal her identity with a training helmet, but Ares senses he knows her and forcibly removes it while Livia is off getting dressed. Astonished that Xena is back, Ares pulls her into a passionate kiss and is forced to explain upon Livia's sudden return that he had to confirm Xena wasn't an imposter. Realizing Ares doesn't know that Livia is Eve, Xena proclaims that Eve is dead and leaves. 

Livia visits the prison holding Gabrielle, Joxer, Virgil and dozens of Eli's followers and demands that they pick a champion to fight her in the arena. If she wins, all the prisoners will die, but if the champion wins, they'll go free. Later, at Augustus' palace where a bacchanalia is taking place, Xena proves to Augustus that Livia is in cahoots with Ares and at the same time, shows Livia Ares' true colors. A large cage of prisoners including Gabrielle, Joxer and Virgil is wheeled into the party and Xena's attempt to free them backfires. Livia not only recaptures them, but also declares that Xena will be the one to fight her in the arena. By Augustus' order, Xena, Gabrielle, Joxer and Virgil are freed. Xena encounters Ares who figures out that Livia is Eve, and Xena rushes to tell the now-endangered Livia the truth. Livia rejects Xena's explanation and challenges her to a fight to the death. The next day in the arena, Xena immobilizes Livia but will not kill her. The crowd encourages Augustus to allow both to live, which he does. Livia vows she'll make Xena wish she'd never been born.

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