TOTAL DARKNESS - UNKNOWN PLACE
Melinda slowly wakes up feeling very groggy. A hint of chloroform still permiates the air. She is laying on her side with her hands and feet bound by ropes. She has the sensation of movement. Suddenly, there is a jolt and her body lurches forward. Melinda hears a rattle and then a blinding light hits her eyes.
I see you're up from your nap.
I know that the trunk is know place for
a lady, but I had to get you out of Athens unseen.
Melinda flutters her eyes until they become used to the light.
Leonardo, help me lift her out.
Whatever you say boss.
Leonardo is a man of medium build with short, dark hair and narrow eyes. His
marnnerisms are rough and he has a deceitful look about him.
They take Melinda out of the car and stand her up against the rear bumper. Leonardo unties the ropes on her feet.
Now if you would be so kind
as to put her in the car.
Leonardo manhandles Melinda into the back seat.
Don't worry Honey, I'll take good care of you.
Leonardo then takes the driver's seat while Ethan gets in the passenger's side.
Okay, now drive north until I tell you to stop.
The car tires squeal and leave a patch of rubber as Leonardo pulls away.
INSIDE ETHAN'S CAR - NORTHBOUND
You'll never get away with this
Mr. Ford. Janis will stop you.
Ethan turns around an looks Melinda in the eye, then strokes his mustache.
Melinda please, call me Ethan.
Not to worry. Since I own most of the Athens
police force, Dr. Covington will find no help there.
Plus I have a couple of suprises waiting for her.
Melinda falls back onto the seat, feeling defeated.
OLD SHACK - MID DAY
Janis, Xena and Gabrielle arrive at the shack where Janis has supplies and transportation waiting. She goes into the car and removes two packages wrapped
in brown paper, tied with string.
Here, I brought you some
clothes so you'll blend in.
You mean breastplates and
gauntlets ar no longer in style?
You two go get changed
while I get the car started.
INSIDE THE SHACK - CURRENT
Xena and Gabrielle open the packages and begin to get dressed. As Gabrielle pulls on her jodhpurs, a confused look comes over her face.
Xena, what is this?
She points to the zipper fly.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Xena bends down to examine it closer. Then she takes the tab and pulls it up, zipping it closed.
No, cool would have been if
we didn't figure out what it did.
They both laugh as they continue to get dressed.
Xena eyes Gabrielle from head to toe, just as she finishes lacing up her boots.
If you didn't have short hair, you
could pass for Janis in that get up.
Got a cigar?
Janis enters the shack just as Xena is holstering her bullwhip and chakram.
Are you ready?
What's the plan?
We'll go back to my apartment in Athens.
That's where Ethan took Melinda from.
Maybe there's something I missed and
we'll get a clue as to where he's taking her.
As Janis, Xena and Gabrielle exit the shack, they see five thugs standing by the car.
Which one of you is Dr. Covington?
Janis steps off the porch.
Who wants to know?
We're the welcoming committee.
What do you want?
Just a few moments of your time.
As the men move toward Janis, Xena comes off the porch and stands in front of her.
I don't think you really want to do this.
So Dr. Covington, who's
your Amazon friend?
Gabrielle steps off the porch and stands next to Xena.
Sir, you must be mistaken. I'm the Amazon.
In fact, an Amazon Queen.
The head thug runs out of patience.
The thugs storm Janis, Xena and Gabrielle, who immediately take defensive postures. Xena grabs two of the thugs and cracks their heads together, sending
them to the ground. Gabrielle executes a back spin, round house kick, which
sends another thug sailing through the air. Janis unholsters her bullwhip, cocks
it and lets it fly, wrapping it around the neck of one of the thugs. She recoils it,
which sends the man twirling and crashing into the head thug.
The men regroup for round two. As they come back for more, Xena's eyes light up with fire and a sinister grin comes over her face.
Come on boys, that was just a warm up.
She let's out a war cry, unholsters her chakram and throws it toward the group of thugs. It ricochets of each one of their foreheads, sending them all to the ground.
Let's get out of here. She's crazy.
Four of the thugs turn tail and run leaving the head thug still on the ground trying to regain his falculties. Xena kneels down next to him and thrusts the first two fingers of each hand into the left side of the thug's neck.
I've just cut off the flow of blood to your brain.
Talk or you'll be dead in seconds.
Blood starts to trickle from the thug's nose.
Janis and Gabrielle stand in the distance and observe.
(to Gabrielle as Xena questions the thug)
What is she doing?
She's using pressure points to get him
to talk. I call it a "pinch interrogation".
What do you want to know?
Who sent you?
He told us to stop Dr. Covington
from following him.
Xena motions for Janis to come over.
Anything you want to ask?
Janis leans down and gets right in the thug's face.
Where has he taken Melinda Pappas?
I don't know.
Janis steps back and Xena releases the pinch. Then she knocks the thug out.
Right behind you.
When they get to the car, Xena circles it cautiously. She kicks the tires and rocks it.
Where do you hitch the horses?
Janis tries not to smile.
This is called an automobile or car
for short. You don't need horses
to move it. It runs on a liquid called
gasoline, which is similar to greek
fire. Now just trust me and get in.
Janis opens the door on the passenger's side. Xena gets in the front seat while Gabrielle crawls in the back. Janis takes the driver's position. She puts the car in gear and pulls away, heading for Athens.
INSIDE THE CAR - ONE HOUR LATER
As she turns around to say something, Xena observes that Gabrielle is a sickening shade of green.
What's wrong Gabrielle?
I haven't seen you look like that
since our sea voyage with
Uylsses to Ithaca.
Janis looks at Gabrielle in the rear view mirror.
It's called motion sickness.
Some people get it when
traveling by boat, car or plane.
What's a plane?
A plane is machine that fl...
Janis stops in mid sentence.
Maybe we'd better explore
that one another day.
Xena takes Gabrielle's forearm and squeezes hard on the tendons at the under side of her wrist, then she cups Gabrielle's cheek in an attempt to comfort her.
There you go.
That'll make you feel better soon.
Janis looks over to Xena.
Pressure points again?
Xena looks puzzled.
How do you know about pressure points?
Gabrielle told me about them while
you were putting the pinch on that thug.
"The Pinch" aay.
Xena turns around and eyes Gabrielle. Gabrielle schrugs her shoulders and smiles innocently.
JANIS' ATHENS APARTMENT BUILDING - LATE EVENING
Janis stops the car at the front of her apartment building and everyone gets out. They walk inside and up three flights of stairs. When they get to Janis' door, they find it ajar. Janis slowly pushes it open. As they start to enter, they hear something moving towards the back.
Someone's in here.
END OF ACT 3
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner