||Sarah Snook, Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Matthew MacFadyen, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun
After a rollicking roll in the sack, Mavican tells Ares that she wants to be his right-hand woman, just as Xena once was. Ares says no, Mavican isn't good enough. Mavican throws a sword at Ares as he starts to walk away. Mavican pouts a little and asks what Xena did to get the job. Ares says Xena never asked for the job. Ares dismisses the idea and disappears. Xena beats up an awful lot of guys while telling Gabrielle to stay back and out of the way but Gabrielle keeps insisting she can take care of herself. Later at Demeter's Temple, Gabrielle gets some water while complains to herself that Xena is still overprotective of her. Ares appears to Gabrielle. Gabrielle says Xena took on five bandits; she could have at least let Gabrielle have one of them. Gabrielle is upset because Xena is over protective and doesn't notice her new weapon skill. Ares speaks as he is sympathetic, and then he disappears. Suddenly, Mavican appears and throws a javelin towards Gabrielle's head. Xena arrives just in time to deflect the javelin and takes over the fight, which greatly upsets Gabrielle. Mavican, eager to prove to Ares that she can be Xena's successor, makes no secret of the fact that she intends to kill Xena. Xena throws her Super Chakram, which splits in two, and whirls around and bounces and flies all over the place, with Mavican doing lots of dancing and flipping to avoid it. Mavican and Xena cross swords, knocking over a statue and pillar.