EXT. GABRIELLE'S HOUSE - DAY
Xena and Gabrielle stand outside the bard's childhood home in Poteidaia. Gabrielle looks nervous.
Gabrielle takes a big breath and opens the front door.
INT. GABRIELLE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
Her parents, her sister Lila and half the neighbors are there. They're all beaming a welcome and a big banner says "WELCOME HOME, GABRIELLE" in large letters. Everyone cheers then they begin to speak in unison in the fine tradition of Greek choruses.
Gabrielle's mom rushes forward, giving her daughter a bear hug.
Gabrielle glares at Xena as her Mom's hug deepens, squeezing the breath out of the tiny bard.
Xena rolls her eyes and walks toward Gabrielle's father, who is vacillating between beaming at his little girl and glaring at the warrior.
Gabrielle walks over to her father, dragging her mother who is still clinging to her.
The villagers, all aligned in a neat row sing as a Greek chorus.
Mom is still clinging to Gabrielle and smiles mistily.
Mom starts toward the kitchen, dragging Gabrielle.
Reluctantly, Mom lets go and exits. Gabrielle takes a deep breath, though her stomach still appears as though she is sucking it in to show off her abs.
Gabrielle gets a hug from Dad.
Suddenly, Gabrielle notices that the corner of the room houses a huge drawing of Perdicus, surrounded by candles, fresh fruit and various shiny objects.
Xena readies to throw her chakram.
For long moments, Dad just stares at Gabrielle. He glances over at Xena who looks ready to slice anyone in two who'd even dare to hurt Gabrielle. Slowly, he walks over to the warrior. They stare eye to eye, sizing each other up.
Dad hugs Xena, warmly. Gabrielle heaves a sigh of relief.
Gabrielle runs over and joins the hug.
Gabrielle glares at Xena.
Mom enters with the fatted lamb and some fatted mint jelly.
Mom smothers Gabrielle in another hug.
Gabrielle extricates herself from Mom and stands before Xena, her eyes wide.
Lila is in the corner punching holes in the Perdicus drawing, Xena and Gabrielle continue to hug each other and Mom and Dad look on proudly.
Xena unsheathes her sword, twirls it several times, then begins slicing the lamb.
Xena takes a long drink from her wine then picks up a candle, about to blow fire.
Off Xena and Gabrielle's pained expressions we: