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Amphipolis Under Siege
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Xena protects Eve from Athena
Series Xena: Warrior Princess
Season 5
Antagonist Ilainus of Mycenae
Setting Amphipolis
In-Universe Date Year 5
Production # V0919
Filming Dates 10 January to 20 January 2000
Original Air-Date 14 February 2000
Written By Chris Black
Directed By Mark Beesley
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 104 of 134
Order in Season 14 of 22
Order in Franchise 273 of 304
Previous Episode in Series "Eternal Bonds"
Next Episode in Series "Married with Fishsticks"
Previous Episode in Franchise "Eternal Bonds"
Next Episode in Franchise "Married with Fishsticks"
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Xena comes face-to-face with Athena, when she returns home to Amphipolis to show Eve to Cyrene. When the citizens of Amphipolis stand up to Athena and attempt to defend Eve against her, Ares intervenes and makes Xena an offer that is hard to refuse, given the circumstances.



Attack on the Amphipolis border.

A well-dressed gleaming woman appears from the foliage on the Amphipolis' border guards. A short banter is exchanged between the border guard and the woman, just before she signals the rest of her entourage to appear and they proceed to attack the guards. Xena's war cry sounds through the air and the Warrior Princess flips over head and lands between the beleaguered guards and the warrior women. She deflects the oncoming arrows with her chakram, saving the men.

"Mommy's working"

Gabrielle, off to the side, cuddles Eve. Xena and the lead warrior woman cross swords with Xena managing a cut to the woman's face. The woman calls her warriors back and they retreat.

Ares warns Xena about Athena's attack on Amphipolis

Xena wonders who would want to seize the road to Amphipolis, Ares appear and she instantly blames him, but he tells her that Athena, who is also afraid of the gods' demise, is the perpetrator. The head warrior woman, whose name is Ilainus, goes to Athena. She is Athena's chosen & champion. She heals Ilainus' wound. Athena swears to kill Xena's child herself.

Act One[]

Cyrene stands up to Athena.

Concerned for Amphipolis' safety, Xena and Gabrielle ride into town, unaware they are being surrounded by Athena's army. While Xena reunites with her mother Cyrene, Ares offers to assist Athena, but she declines his help.

Baby Eve being held by her grandmother Cyrene

Later, Xena and Gabrielle rally the villagers to help protect Eve. Athena arrives and demands that Xena hand over the baby. Xena refuses and the battle begins. While Gabrielle and some villagers lead a frontal attack, Xena leads another group through underground tunnels. Realizing Xena is underground, Athena sends her head warrior Ilainus to seal off the tunnels with Greek Fire.

Act Two[]

As the deathly fire races towards her, Xena uses her sword to collapse the tunnel and divert the Greek Fire out into he battlefield.

Athena With Ilainus plan the attack to the Amphipolis

Gabrielle and Xena talk, and Gabrielle says they're down to half strength. Gabrielle suggests Xena slip away with Eve. Xena says Athena will keep attacking Amphipolis even if she is gone, because she is holding Amphipolis ransom in exchange for the baby. Athena's archers attack, sending arrows all around. Xena races to catch an arrow that Ilainus sends at a small girl. She catches the arrow. Ilainus laughs.

Gabrielle during the first battle to protect Amphpolis

The archers leave. Xena visits the infirmary, looking at the wounded. Her Mom is helping nurse the men. Athena appears to Xena, no one else can see her. She says she came to talk. Xena tells Athena that of all the Olympians, Athena most deserved Xena's respect and Xena doesn't understand why Athena is doing this. Xena proposes a fair fight between the goddess and Xena. If Xena wins, Eve and Amphipolis is spared. But Athena won't do that. She says the people need their gods. She says she has poisoned the water and disappears.

Act Three[]

Xena makes a deal with Ares

Realizing they're losing the battle, Xena calls on Ares to help her defeat Athena. Ares, who had previously offered to fight with Xena if she gave him a son, is skeptical of Xena's sudden change of heart and disappears.

"Do you think, she'd really give herself to me to save Eve?"

Meanwhile, Gabrielle gives a pep talk to disgruntled villagers and explains they aren't just fighting for Xena, they're fighting for their freedom from the gods. Ares appears and Gabrielle offers herself in place of Xena, which leads him to believe Xena's offer is genuine. Gabrielle tells Ares she knows Xena made a deal with him. She says Xena will revert to her old killing ways if Ares does this to her. She says Xena will never love him. "Do you think she'll give herself to save Eve?" Ares disappears.

Xena makes good in the deal with Ares

Ares tries to reason with Athena and offers to take Xena and Eve away. He says the gods are creating their own twilight, that Hercules would never have killed Zeus if he'd just left well enough alone. But Athena says there will be no compromises. Athena rejects his offer and Ares returns to his temple to find Xena seductively waiting for him. The two begin to kiss and Xena asks for Ares' word in keeping his half of the bargain. Ares agrees, but their brief passionate interlude is interrupted when the wall of the temple explodes. Cyrene emerges from the rubble to inform Xena that Gabrielle has launched another attack on Athena's army.

Act Four[]

Xena's plan to fool Athena and Ares works.

Ares offers to take Xena away but she declines. Xena rushes to stop the battle and surrenders her daughter. Just as Athena is about to kill Eve, Ares intercedes and begins to fight Athena. Xena takes on Ilainus and kills her while Gabrielle and the villagers force Athena's army to retreat. Athena disappears with Ilainus' body.

Ares learns Xena used him

With the battle over, Ares wishes to pick up where he left off with Xena. But Xena quickly replies that she never technically asked for his help, so owes him nothing in return. Xena shows Ares that he only saved a doll. Ares says, when we were fighting side by side, it was like we were one. Tell me you didn't feel it. Xena says she felt nothing. Ares tells her it isn't over: that Eve will always be in danger. He leaves. Xena says she felt something. Frustrated, Ares vanishes.


Cyrene learns about Xena and Gabrielle planning the whole thing.

Xena and Gabrielle admit to Cyrene they had set him up from the beginning. Xena and Gabrielle tell her they planned everything, the bombing and the fighting and the trick on Ares so Xena wouldn't have to have sex with Ares. Gabrielle and Xena walk away discussing what Xena felt with Ares.


Post Production was under siege during the production of this motion picture.

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  • Gabrielle postulates the idea of the wrist-watch at the end of this episode.
  • Greek Fire was used in tunnels.

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