1st Airdate: November 14th, 1999
Writer: Jeff Vlaming
Director: Mark Beesley
Ted Raimi ~ Joxer)
Marie Matiko ~ Pao Tsu/K'ao Hsin
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|• It is early in the morning at Xena and Gabby's campsite. The campfire has
burnt out and the sun has risen. Xena suddenly awakes. She begins to look
around the landscape. Gabby sits up from her slumber and notices Xena. Off
in the distance they notice a man approaching, dressed in the clothes of a
monk. The two women go to meet him and as they get closer they notice he is
in pain and having trouble walking. The man finally collapses in Xena's arms. He tries to talk but is unable to. Xena notices that his tongue has
been cut out. With the last of his strength he pulls out a piece of paper
from his robe. As Xena takes the paper the man dies. Gabby comments on how
she hopes the message is worth dying for and Xena points out that it was
worth killing for. The note reads; "The hawk and the dove must be made one
with the wisdom." Xena realizes the note is from Lao Ma and understands that
the wisdom is Loa Ma's book of secrets.
• Xena, Gabby, and Joxer travel to Chin, to the Zo Monastery, where Xena left the book. Xena tells Gabby that she intends to get Lao Ma's power and use it. Gabby mentions that Xena had the power before. Xena confirms this but states that she let it slip through her hands like sand but this time she
will keep it. After a long journey they arrive at a decimated village. Joxer discovers a large crater in the center of the village and Xena ponder what kind of weapon was used to make it. They see the monastery in the distance and begin to make their way to it, but the are too late; an attack has already begun. The attacking army uses an ancient form of a rocket or missile to blow an opening in the monastery's wall. The army rushes in attacking the villagers and monks. Xena and Gabby arrive and begin battling the army.
A mysterious woman joins them in their effort. Soon after the attack begins, the solders pull back and retreat. Once the solders are gone, the woman introduces herself as Pau Tsu, the daughter of Lao Ma. Joxer then arrives, excited about the hole that the army blasted in the wall. He comments that the army must have some powerful Greek fire to make a hole that big. Pau Tsu corrects Joxer by stating it was Black Powder. She tells them that the powder was banned some time ago but the leader of the army has disregarded the law and is using it. Xena leads Gabby Pau Tsu, and Joxer into the temple to retrieve Loa Ma's book.
Once inside the temple they discover that the book has been taken. Xena announces that it has been taken recently and they decide to go after the thief. Gabby and Pau Tsu head back outside while Xena grabs another book and asks Joxer to hide it in her saddle bag. Joxer takes the book and agrees to hide it for Xena. After a few moments Xena and Joxer join Gabby and Pau Tsu outside. Xena sends Gabby and Joxer on a mission to collect spices in the village so they can try to determine what the black powder is made of. As they leave to carry out the mission, Xena and Pau Tsu head out to track down
the person who took the book.
While in the village Joxer and Gabby decide to dress like locals to blend in. Gabby collects the spices as Joxer tries to get a merchant to tell him what the powder is made of. He shows the merchant the piece of the rocket asking him if he can tell him what is in it. The merchant recognizes the black powder and begins to panic; yelling out to the crowd that Joxer has the forbidden black powder. The villagers gather around Joxer and Gabby containing them until the authorities arrive. Meanwhile, Xena and Pau Tsu are hot on the trail of the person who took Lao Ma's book. The two have a brief conversation about Lao Ma and why she gave up her daughter. Pau Tsu comments on how she will never understand why her mother gave her up only to become a surrogate mother to Xena. As the conversation fades Xena informs Pau Tsu that they are being followed. The two women try to lose their follower by setting their horses free to travel in the other direction.
After a long journey Xena and her companion arrive at a cave where they discover a young woman with the book. As the woman turns around Xena is surprised to see that the woman looks just like Pau Tsu. She is Pau Tsu's twin sister, Kau Tsu. The two sisters confront each other and an argument begins over their mother's book. Xena intervenes and convinces Kau Tsu that if she wants the book safe then she should give it to her. Kau Tsu hands the book to Xena. With a slight smile, Xena conveys to Kau Tsu that she knows Pau Tsu is the evil sister. A battle breaks out between Xena and Pau Tsu over the book. Pau Tsu uses a black powder explosion to knock Xena off her feet and she takes the book. Xena watches her run out of the cave but does not pursue her. Kau Tsu questions why Xena has not went after the book but soon she realizes the book is a fake. Xena had switched it with the book Joxer hid in her saddlebag.
Gabby and Joxer are locked up for having the black powder. They argue with
each other sarcastically as Gabby is upset with Joxer for getting them imprisoned. Joxer reveals that he still has some of the powder in his pants.
Gabby realizes she can use the powder to free them and uses her foot to retrieve the pouch from Joxer. Much to Joxer's pleasure, it takes a bit to
get the powder out of his pants. Once she has it, Gabby uses the powder and
a rock to cause a small explosion, which frees her. She then frees Joxer and
they both head back to find Xena. Meanwhile, Kau Tsu and Xena begin hiking
through the woods towards Loa Ma's temple. As they walk Xena recognizes the
area as the place where she first met Loa Ma. She tells Kau Tsu the story
and they talk about Loa Ma and the legacy she has left behind. As Kau Tsu
and Xena arrive at the temple and begin to study the book, Joxer and Gabby
find Pau Tsu who offers to take them to Xena. Unaware that Pau Tsu is the
enemy, they agree and follow her right it to a trap.
by Todd Allen Hamilton
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