|6.6 The Abyss|
1st Airdate: November 12th, 2000
Writer: James Kahn
Director: Rick Jacobson
Virgil ~ William Gregory Lee
Virgil's appetite was suppressed during the production of this episode.
|Log Line: Xena and Gabrielle are forced into a deadly confrontation with cannibals when they go in search of Virgil|
|This summary is from the Official
(Gregory Lee) and Hosep (Jason Palmer) tear through the thick forest, pursued by hunters of the Djindar tribe. As the savages close in, the two look for an escape. Suddenly, Hosep is captured and hauled off shrieking. Meanwhile, Xena (Lucy Lawless) teases a depressed Gabrielle (Renee Oš Connor) as she attempts to shoot a deer for dinner. When the deer flees, the two set out to meet Virgil, who is off spying on the Djindar settlement by the time the two women reach his abandoned campsite. Virgil shudders when he sees Hosep being barbequed over an open fire. Worried about the safety of their friends, Xena and Gabrielle paddle down the river to look for them. Xena comforts Gabrielle, who is still struggling over accidentally killing an innocent boy, Korah. In the forest, Virgil, horrified by the death of his companion, stumbles into a trap. A terrible wailing is heard as Virgil breaks free and is pursued by the Djindar Alpha Male (John Wielemaker) and his tribesmen. He is soon surrounded and carried off by the cannibals. Back on the river, Xena and Gabrielle spot fragments of Virgilšs boat. Knowing he canšt be far, they paddle on and are unexpectedly encircled by Djindars on all sides. Xena knocks three of them unconscious, allowing her and Gabrielle to jump ashore where they continue struggling with the swift-sworded hunters. With an open shot to kill her opponent, Gabrielle hesitates. The hunter seizes the opportunity to stab her in the leg and toss her in the raging water. Xena dives in and finds her friend entangled in a fishing net. As she frees Gabrielle, she realizes that the net is, in fact, a collection of human carcasses. On shore, Xena resuscitates Gabrielle and dislodges the blade from her leg while informing her that they are facing cannibals.
Xena takes off in search of a safe place where she can tend to Gabriellešs wound. Meanwhile, back at the Djindar village, Virgil unsuccessfully pleads with his captors as they beat him unconscious and throw him into a cell. Virgil comes to when hešs doused with cold water by an emaciated prisoner named Rubio (Ian Harcourt). Noticing a table overflowing with food and water, Virgil immediately heads for it. It takes him a few moments to realize that he is the Djindarsš intended dinner and the food is there to fatten him up. Meanwhile, Xena, straining to climb the cliffside, is unexpectedly bombarded with rocks and human skulls that send her crashing to the river below. Saving herself, she returns to Gabrielle whose condition has deteriorated severely. That night, Xena reaches the top of the cliff with Gabrielle strapped to her back.
In an effort to buy some time and get Gabrielle to a warm and dry place, Xena places her on the ground and lets out a war cry as she leaves. Gabrielle is almost immediately carried away by the hunters. When Gabrielle wakes up in the Djindar infirmary, she is surrounded by cannibals and cast into a cauldron. In the meantime, Xena comes face to face with the Alpha Male, whom she narrowly escapes by throwing sand in his eyes. Back in the prison cell, Virgil is stunned when Gabrielle is tossed in with him and Rubio. Later, when the hunters return to tend to Gabriellešs leg, she spits in The Fire Makeršs (Mark Williams) face. Virgil, confident that Xena will save them, instructs Gabrielle to rest. Xena, however, now surrounded by cannibals, flings her chakram, hitting three in one try while the rest of the hunters charge her. Back in their cell, Gabrielle and Virgil begin opening up to each other. When the Fire Maker enters, he hurls Hosepšs skull at Virgil and exits with Gabrielle. Back in the gorge, Xena tricks the hunters into rushing off the side of a cliff while pursuing her. She then heads to the village where Gabrielle has been suspended on a spit for roasting. Gabriellešs eyes spring open as Xenašs chakram cuts her free from the fire. She smacks the Fire Maker with the spit and then joins Xena to save Virgil. Killing two guards, Xena breaks open the jail and hands everyone swords as they flee.
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