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  • Story Arc: Xanatos' quest for immortality
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, David Xanatos, Owen, a facsimile of Macbeth
  • Enemy(ies) : Xanatos

While the Manhattan Clan patrol the city, Macbeth accosts them; during the fight, he throws a strange powder at Hudson, but the gargoyles blow up his vehicle, seemingly killing him. The next night, Hudson does not wake up from his stone sleep. Over the next few days, Macbeth continues to harass the Manhattan Clan in search of "trophies," until finally a stray blast destroys Hudson's statue, and Goliath kills Macbeth in a fit of rage, revealing that it isn't Macbeth at all but merely a robot in his likeness.

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Meanwhile, at Castle Wyvern, Hudson is held prisoner by Xanatos, who needs a piece of his stone skin to make a potion of immortality. Hudson manages to use another shard of stone skin to defeat his Steel Clan guards and escape from Castle Wyvern. Owen volunteers to dip his hand into the cauldron for lack of another test subject; it turns to stone.

Macbeth (the real one) next appears in Avalon. Xanatos, Owen, and most of the Manhattan Clan make their next appearance in Kingdom.

The Price contains the following tropes:

  • Animation Bump: The third such case of this after "Awakening" and "The Mirror".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Hudson really gets under Xanatos's skin in this episode when points out his Mortality Phobia:
    "Growing old terrifies you, doesn't it?"

    "A friendly word of advice. True immortality isn't about living forever, man. It's about what you do with the time you have. When all your scheming's done, what will your legacy be, Xanatos?"
  • Broken Record: The Macbeth robot only ever says one of these four lines, usually in this order (a fact that Brooklyn eventually lampshades):
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    • "I've been looking for you!"
    • "Trophies!"
    • "You'll have to do better than that!"
    • "Farewell, my enemies!"
  • Continuity Nod: As Xanatos is discussing how he plans to achieve immortality with the Cauldron of Life, Hudson quickly points out that he is disappointed that he didn't learn his lesson about messing with magical artifacts in "Eye of the Beholder".
  • Didn't See That Coming: Much to Xanatos's surprise, Hudson will allow him to keep the Cauldron of Life.
    "What you choose to do with your life is your own affair, as long as it's got nothing to do with me."
  • Enemy Mine: Goliath was seriously contemplating arranging such a deal with Demona in order to help what they believed to be Hudson stuck in perpetual stone sleep. It ultimately was rendered moot by episode's end.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Assuming the potion works, Xanatos makes it clear he'll share the immortality with Fox.
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  • Exact Words: According to Xanatos, the legend says whoever bathes in the Cauldron of Life will "live as long as the mountain stones." The ending reveals they'll be petrified. note 
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "The Price," right after Owen dips his hand into the magic cauldron-brew and his hand gets turned to stone, in the last frames of the episode he grips it in a way that is totally flipping Xanatos off, the full arm-gesture equivalent of flipping someone the bird. It's not even subtle. Now, one COULD argue that this was unintentional, since it would likely be completely out-of-character for Owen... but Puck?
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The episode starts off with it seeming like Macbeth found a way to magically turn Hudson to stone at night. Later, we see the statue is a fake, while the real Hudson is being held captive by Xanatos.
  • Hope Spot: Thinking Macbeth dead and unable to find anything at his lair, Goliath thinks their last hope is finding Demona, but Elisa says they wouldn't even begin to know where to look.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Goliath states this after seemingly killing Macbeth with a pole through the chest in order to prevent having his fellow clan mates from being killed. Hudson certainly expresses understanding, especially given that his action was done in defense.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Hudson uses a sliver of his own stone skin to damage a Steel Clan robot and break free.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Played straight in "The Price" when the gargoyles see what they believe to be Macbeth explode.
  • Oh, Crap!: Elisa after Broadway turns to stone in mid-air.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Brooklyn starts to become suspicious of why Macbeth is now wanting to take them as "Trophies" and other actions out of his known character. Eventually they learn that what they have been fighting against the whole time was actually a robot designed to resemble Macbeth.
  • Out-Gambitted: Hudson manages to do this against Xanatos. Hudson hides a shard of his stone skin in his clothes to use as a knife, then stabs the robot, kicks Xanatos into a column, and wards off Owen with his reclaimed sword. Xanatos is so impressed, he lets him go.
  • Pet the Dog: Part of how Xanatos rationalizes using Hudson for this. He thought the oldest member of the Manhattan Clan would appreciate the chance for immortality.
  • Properly Paranoid: Xanatos and Owen want to test the immortality potion on someone else first because they suspect there's a catch. They're right.
  • Robotic Reveal: Macbeth.
  • Shoot the Rope: Broadway turns to stone in mid-glide, and Elisa has to break a crate full of carpets to cushion his fall. She does so by using her gun to shoot the cable from which the crate is hanging.
  • Shout-Out: To the The Bible. While trying to convince Xanatos of the folly of wanting to be immortal, Hudson refers to himself as a "stranger in a strange land". This is a quote from Exodus 2:22 that reads "And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land".
  • Title Drop: After Owen gets his arm turned to stone.
    Owen: It would appear that the cauldron's spell of immortality has a price.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    Xanatos: Relax, Hudson. Without your sword, you're helpless.
    Hudson: Swordless? Maybe. Helpless? NEVER!
  • Villain Respect: Xanatos is most impressed by Hudson using his own stone skin to escape. He lets Hudson leave on the grounds that he earned it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The running conflict between Hudson and Xanatos. The elder gargoyle speaks from some experience, but Xanatos sees the value in immortality. note 
    Hudson: Listen to me, Xanatos. What you seek demands a heavy price. I've lived 1,100 years, most of my clan is dead and dust. And I'm a stranger in a strange land. Demona and Macbeth are immortal. Has it brought them happiness?
    Xanatos: Save your breath, Hudson. Death and old age have their price as well. And it's too expensive for me.
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