INT. DAHOK'S TEMPLE - DAY
Xena is looking down the hole where Gabrielle disappeared. Callisto lies dead on the floor. Joxer, having wet his pants, runs out of the temple so he doesn't have to appear in this sketch.
Suddenly, Ares appears next to Xena.
From out of the hole comes the sound of coughing. Xena leans way over and sees a blonde head.
Pulling herself up the rocks, Gabrielle slowly emerges from the smoke. Surreptitiously, Ares throws a rock down the hole which knocks her on the head. She loses her grip, falling back into the smoky depths of the pit.
More coughing is heard and Gabrielle emerges again, rubbing the spot on her head where the rock hit.
Xena runs to look for rope. Ares glances back, sees that Xena isn't watching and grabs a bucket of oil. He pours it down the rock wall and Gabrielle slips off, falling yet again.
Xena rushes back with rope then looks down the hole.
Xena throws the rope down the hole, anchoring one end to her waist.
Slowly, the bard -- dripping with oil, sporting a big lump on her head -- begins to climb up.
Xena braces the rope over her shoulder and walks away from the hole pulling Gabrielle up. Ares unsheathes his sword and cuts the rope. The bard falls back down. Xena runs over, grabs Ares' sword, and tosses it in a corner.
Xena frantically searches the area and finds a huge length of chain. She hefts it up and again ties one end around her waist, throwing the other down the hole.
Gabrielle appears, favoring her left arm and right toe, slicked with oil and sporting several scrapes and bumps.
Both Ares and Xena are ignoring Gabrielle who is struggling to hold onto the chain.
Quickly, Xena starts pulling the chain, raising the bard. Ares begins attacking the chain with anything he can find but nothing cuts through it. Two hands reach the lip of the hole and in desperation, Ares kicks Gabrielle in the head. She falls back down. Xena is livid.
There's a sound of a body hitting bottom and then silence. Ares and Xena both look down but can't see anything.
Ares disappears. Xena stands for a moment, then, when she's sure he's gone, she leans over the hole.
Climbing up the chain, a perfectly normal Gabrielle emerges -- no oil, no wounds, fresh as a daisy.
Gabrielle just looks at her, waiting.
They leave the temple, emerging into the daylight.
As they walk into the sunset we: