Gabrielle's Hope
Series: Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Season: Three
Story Number: 051
Writer: R.J. Stewart
Director: Andrew Merrifield
Broadcast: 27 October 1997
Previous Story: The Deliverer
Following Story: The Debt

Synopsis Edit

The show opens with Gabrielle dreaming about killing Meridian (the woman she stabbed in THE DELIVERER). Xena holds her when she wakes and tries to calm her. They gather their things and begin walking through the woods. Gabrielle is feeling very ill and leans on Xena. Suddenly three winged women come swooping down and attack Xena. She cannot fight them off because they hit hard and then become like air. But they do not attack Gabrielle. They say they want to worship Gabrielle because she is the chosen one.

Xena and Gabrielle arrive at a village, and Xena leaves Gabrielle at a tavern while she goes to see about finding a boat to take them back to Greece. Gabrielle suddenly regains her appetite and eats chicken livers, sheep guts, etc. The villagers surround the tavern and set it on fire, calling Gabrielle a witch. Gabrielle pole-vaults out of the building. Xena, meanwhile, had found passage to Greece, but had been set upon by several knights with swords. She fought them off and then ran after Gabrielle, who by this time is fleeing through the woods with the town chasing her. Xena jumps in front of the villagers and stops them. Gabrielle disappears.

Xena follows her into the woods and finds the banshees worshiping her. They tell Gabrielle she is going to have a child. Xena gets Gabrielle away from the banshees and they flee to a castle. The banshees cannot enter the castle unless they're invited. Xena takes Gabrielle to the stable and lays her down. Her pregnancy has progressed quickly; she's in her 4th or 5th month when Xena sets out to find the knights of the castle (think Arthurian legends here). She listens as the knights argue about Gabrielle. One says she "beams innocence" while another claims that what is inside of her is evil incarnate.

Xena bursts in and asks for explanations. Gabrielle screams. She has gone into labor. Xena races to her friend, locks the knights out of the stable and delivers the baby. It is a girl. The knights bash in the door and two of them side with Xena in protecting Gabrielle and the baby. Within a day's time the child is crawling. Gabrielle names her Hope. Xena worries that the child is evil. Gabrielle warns Xena not to come between her and her daughter.

One of the two soldiers makes a deal with the banshees to let them in; Xena catches him. When she returns to a sleeping Gabrielle, the other knight, and the baby, she finds the knight dead. The baby is playing with a trinket that belonged to the knight. Xena raises her sword to kill the baby and Gabrielle wakes up. The banshees burst in and Gabrielle tells them to attack Xena. Gabrielle runs off, and Xena chases her. Xena finally catches up to her as Gabrielle climbs a rocky hill. She yells up at Gabrielle pleading with her to stop the evil by killing the baby. Then Gabrielle screams "Xena" and Xena runs up the hill. Gabrielle says the child turned on her and tried to strangle her and Gabrielle threw her over a cliff. There is a cave close by and Xena does not believe Gabrielle at first. She apologizes when she sees there is no baby hidden in the cave.

The camera cuts to a shot of a basket with a baby in it floating down the river below the hill. Gabrielle and Xena have made camp and Xena is asleep. Gabrielle leaves and talks to the winds, to her daughter, saying she knows she'll be ok and for her to be good.

Memorable quotes Edit

  • Gabrielle: Isn't she beautiful? You were right.
  • Xena: About what?
  • Gabrielle: You said that one day I would find hope again - here it is. That's what I'm going to call her: 'Hope'.

  • Gabrielle: Well you get this clear, Xena. No matter what she is, she is my daughter. Don't come between us.
  • Xena: Gabrielle, I understand how you feel you're looking at it as if this were a real baby. Gabrielle you have to coinsider what we know, You were in the temple of "Dahak the evil one", You were on his alter he planted that thing inside you. It grew so fast and it killed within hours of being born!, Gabrielle you talked about wanting to end the cycle of pain and violence by protecting that thing your only ensuring it's victory of that cycle.

  • Gabrielle: I know you're out there, somewhere. My love, my Hope. Please. Be good.

Cast Edit

  • Lucy Lawless as Xena
  • Renée O'Connor as Gabrielle
  • Summer Proben as Hope, toddler
  • David Mitchell as Tavernkeeper
  • Peter Feeney as Caswallawn
  • Mark Clare as Eochaid
  • Robert Harte as Goewin
  • Nicola Brown as Banshee #2
  • Michelle Huirama as Banshee #1
  • Hannah Carr as Hope, 10 months
  • Alyssa Carr as Hope, 10 months
  • Bert Keiller as Cadbury
  • Catherine Boniface as Meridian
  • Ronald Fryer as Old Man

Background information and notes Edit

Continuity and mistakes Edit

  • Xena's sword once again pulls the disappearing/reappearing act. She loses the sword in the fight in the castle with the banshees; a banshee kicks it and it flies across the room. Xena leaves the room without picking it up. But when she leaps outside the walls of the castle, it's back in its scabbard.

Disclaimer Edit

  • Despite witnessing the bizarre and somewhat disturbing birth of Gabrielle's Hope, no farm animals were harmed or traumatized during the production of this motion picture.