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Recap / Xena S 06 E 21 A Friend In Need Part 1

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Teleplay by RJ Stewart
Directed by Robert Tapert

Xena and Gabrielle travel to Japan to help an old friend of Xena's past.

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  • All Up to You: While Xena is still present in the sequence, it's Gabrielle who comes up with the plan to put out the fire.
  • Booze Flamethrower: Evil Xena does this in order to disperse a mob. Unfortunately, the flames spread quickly, killing 40,000 people in the resulting inferno. It is the last time that she does this trick on the show.
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  • Breath Weapon: Yodoshi uses the ice variety to freeze a poor victim solid.
  • Grand Finale: The first part of the story.
  • Honey Trap: Yodoshi forced Akemi into this position, luring unsuspecting travelers into her house for the demon to kill and eat their souls.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: When past Xena clashed swords with the blacksmith, her sword is cut in half in one blow. Xena was more impressed with the craftsmanship than anything.
  • Multi-Part Episode
  • Pressure Point: Gabrielle found out that Xena taught Akemi 'The Pinch' far earlier than she did to Gabrielle. She later shows Gabrielle how to do it.
  • Seppuku: After killing her father, Akemi does this outside the house, with Xena assisting with a decapitation.
  • Soul Eating: Yodoshi's preferred method to take souls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Gabrielle throughout the episode, from learning how to perform The Pinch to performing the superflip on her own fir the first time.
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  • Warrior Poet: Akemi. Fitting, as the setting is in Japan.
  • Youkai: Yodoshi is referred to as a 'demon', but he does look the part in being a youkai.
  • Your Soul Is Mine!: Yodoshi seized on the opportunity from Xena's blunder by stealling the 40,000 souls for himself. He continued to do so for countless other souls up to that point.

Disclaimer: Xena and Gabrielle's Flying Circus & Amateur Fire Brigade will be arriving in your town soon.
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