SEASON 5 (1996-1997)

"He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander. Born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland and he is still alive. He is Immortal. For 400
years he's been a warrior, a lover, a wanderer, constantly facing other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head and with it, his power. I'm a watcher, part of the secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere. We know the truth about Immortals. In the end there can be only one. May it be Duncan MacLeod." (Joe Dawson)

Adrian Paul (Duncan MacLeod)
Stan Kirsch (Richie Ryan)
Jim Byrnes (Joe Dawson)

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Dennis Berry
Guest Cast: Tracy Scoggins (Cassandra), Gerard Plunkett (Roland Kantos) Jeremy Beck (Young Duncan MacLeod), Matthew Walker
(Ian MacLeod)

When Duncan MacLeod was but a wee lad in the Highlands, he thought Cassandra, the Witch of Donan Woods, was a fairy story told by crazy old men to scare the children — until the night she found him alone in Donan Woods. Now, four hundred years later, Cassandra has found MacLeod again in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy — that only Duncan MacLeod can challenge and defeat the voice of darkness.

Written by: Morrie Ruvinsky
Directed by: Gerard Hameline
Guest Cast: Real Andrews (Haresh Clay), Chris Humphreys (Graham Ashe), Chris Martin (Carter Wellan), Rachel Hayward (Delila)

The last time Richie Ryan saw Duncan MacLeod, MacLeod was about to take his head. He was stopped by Dawson's bullet, but Richie's world was shattered. Now Richie's back — kicking butt and taking heads. One of those heads belonged to Carter Wellan, and now Wellan's good friend Haresh Clay is out to avange his comrade. MacLeod has his own long-time grudge against Clay, who humiliated and destroyed one of MacLeod's finest teachers. MacLeod must try to rebuild Richie's trust while they vie to be the one to face Clay in combat.

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Peter Ellis
Guest Cast: Bruce A. Young (Carl Robinson), (Matthew McCormick), (Trey Franks)

Carl Robinson, the former slave turned baseball player (from the second season episode "Run For Your Life"), has finally found the good life as a Major Leagues star — but when Carl is challenged by another Immortal and witnesses find him standing over the decapitated body, Carl is forced to go on the run from the cops. He turns to MacLeod for help when he is pursued by lawman Matthew McCormick, who has more than just a professional interest in taking Carl into custody.

Written by: Nancy Heiken
Directed by: Gerard Hameline
Guest Cast: (Johnny Kelly), (Betsy Fields)

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Dawson's high school sweetheart Betsy walks into his. Meanwhile, MacLeod's got his
hands full with Johnny K, a teenaged mobster wannabe when MacLeod knew him during Phrohibition who's now a cold-blooded assassin. The only rules Johnny K knows are the rules of the street, and MacLeod's going to have to play by them if he wants to keep his head.

Written by: Michael O'Mahoney and Sasha Reins
Directed by: Peter Ellis
Guest Cast: Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda), Sandra Bernhard (Carolyn Marsh), Alistair Duncan (Terence Coventry)

Carolyn Marsh's latest best-seller is a hot and sexy romance novel featuring a smoky-eyed swashbuckling Highland hero named Duncan
MacLeod. Both MacLeod and Terence Coventry, the Immortal depicted as the borish villain of the novel, are out to find the author — MacLeod to find out how much she really knows about him, and Coventry to kill her.

Written by: James Thorpe
Directed by: Rafal Zielinski
Guest Cast: Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda), Nicholas Lea (Cory Raines)

MacLeod and Amanda are reunited with Cory Raines, the charming, smooth-talking "Clyde" to Amanda's "Bonnie" during their five state crime spree in the 1920s. Amanda, always ready for a little larceny, is tempted by the carefree and adventurous lifestyle Cory offers her and takes him up on the offer when she realizes MacLeod won't beg her to stay with him. But MacLeod rides to rides to the rescue when one of Cory's schemes goes astray.

Written by: Scott Peters
Directed by: James Bruce
Guest Cast: Kathy Evison (Jennifer Hill), Kevin Conway

Jennifer Hill believes the spirit of her dead husband Alec, an Immortal, is still with her. She comes to Alec's old friend MacLeod and begs him to appease Alec's spirit by whacking the son-of-a-bitch who took Alec Hill's head. Richie finds himself strangely attracted to the grieving young widow — until he realizes he's the son-of-a-bitch who took Alec Hill's head.

Written by: Richard Gilbert Hill
Directed by: Rafal Zielinski
Guest Cast: (Derek Worth), (Gavriel Larca)

Derek's faith in God helped save him from a violent life on the urban streets. When the young gospel singer is killed in a drive-by shooting, he awakens in the arms of God and is given the gift of eternal life. But what's he to do when that God recruits him as a warrior in the Holy War against Satan — and Satan turns up to be Duncan MacLeod?

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: James Bruce
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Ron Perlman (Methos 2), Robert Wisden (William Culbraith)

Richie encounters an Immortal that tells him what if there was a way to end the fighting forever and live in eternal peace. This Immortal tells Richie his name is Methos. Richie takes this advice to heart and stops MacLeod before he takes the head of a Confederate soldier that he has hated for over 130 years. Even after MacLeod introduces him to Adam Pierson, the real Methos, he gives MacLeod his sword and tells him that he will never fight again. But, will he live to keep his vow?

Written by: James Thorpe
Directed by: Richard Martin
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Musetta Vander (Ingrid Henning), Jan Triska (Nicolae Breslaw)

In 1944, Ingrid Henning had the chance to kill Adolf Hitler and failed. She's been atoning for that failure ever since by killing dictators, tyrants, racists, and fascists who might have the potential to become as dangerous. MacLeod has a chance to stop her before she kills more mortals, but by stopping her, does MacLeod commit the same evil for which he's judged her guilty?

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Gerard Hameline
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Tracy Scoggins (Cassandra), Valentine Pelka (Kronos)

MacLeod knew him as Melvin Koren, a desperado who left a trail of death and fire across the Old West, but Cassandra remembers him as an evil far older. He is Kronos, leader of the Four Horsemen, mounted Bronze Age raiders who murdered, raped, and pillaged their way across two continents. Never was a band of Immortals more cruel or more feared. He destroyed Cassandra's people and she's been hunting him across the millenia. But Kronos has a different target now — Methos, who was one of the Four Horsemen.

Written by: Tony DiFranco
Directed by: Adrian Paul
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Valentine Pelka (Kronos), Richard Ridings (Silas), Marcus Testory (Caspian)

One by one, Kronos is putting the Four Horsemen back together. Once they struck fear in the hearts of men with sword and axe. Today, their weapons of destruction are different, but their goal is the same: to bring mankind what it fears most, the Apocalypse. Only Duncan MacLeod stands between them and the end of the world. Well, Methos gives a help, too.

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Gerard Hameline
Guest Cast: Sonia Codhant (Marina LeMartin), Tom Russell (Edward Cervain), Gary Hetherington (Carlo Capodimonte)

The Chateau LeMartin has been in Marina's family for generations, but now the slimy Carlo Caposimonte threatens to foreclose on an old
loan and take the chateau for himself. Desperate to save the family heritage, Marina kidnaps an American millionaire in order to pay off the loan. Unfortunately for Marina, the rich and charming "Richard Redstone" she has tied up in the cellar is none other than Richie Ryan.

Written by: Jan Hartman
Directed by: Richard Martin
Guest Cast: Anthony DeLongis (Otavio Consone), Carmen DuSautoy (Anna Hidalgo), Deborah Epstein (Luisa Hidalgo), Dolores Chaplin (Theresa)

Spanish swordplay, like Spanish dancing, is equal parts passion, skill, and strict discipline. The Immortal Otavio Consone is a master of both. An arrogant Spaniard who 150 years ago tried to teach MacLeod the sword art called "The Mysterious Circle", Consone vied with MacLeod for the hand of a beautiful señorita, with tragic results. Now MacLeod must protect a Flamenco artist and her daughter from Consone's revenge.

Written by: Michael O'Mahony & Sasha Reins
Directed by: Richard Martin
Guest Cast: Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda), Roger Daltrey (Hugh Fitzcairn), Michael Culkin (Bernie Crimmins)

According to official statements by the British government, the theft of the Stone of Scone, the legendary royal throne of Scotland, from Westminster Abbey in 1950 was simply a rowdy schoolboy prank. But was it? Or was it actually the bungled work of three rather hapless Immortals, attempting to fulfill a promise made centuries before?

Written by: Dom Tordjmann
Directed by: Paolo Barzman
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Elizabeth Gracen (Amanda), Chris Larkin (Steven Keane), Michael J. Jackson (Sean Burns),
Barbara Keogh (grandmother)

After the Scottish massacre at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, Duncan MacLeod was a man possessed, obsessed, with killing the English
bastards who had destroyed his people. Now Immortal Steven Keane has come to make MacLeod pay for his murderous crimes. Amanda urges MacLeod to take Keane's head and be done with it, but in his heart MacLeod knows that Keane is right — he is a murderer —
and that Keane is judging him just like MacLeod has judged so many others.

Written by: James Thorpe
Directed by: Adrian Paul
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Jonathan Firth (Lord Byron), Tracy Keating (Mary Shelley), Michel Modo (Maurice), Katie Can (Claire), Cristopher Staines (Percy Shelley), F. Braun McAsh (Hans Kershner), Jeffrey Ribier (Mike) Don Foran (Jerry), Michel Modo (Maurice)

Lord Byron, the brilliant Romantic poet, is alive and well and living the decadent life of a rock star. He lives life way over the edge and has taken some promising young musicians over the edge with him. When following in Byron's footsteps tragically ends the life of Dawson's protégé, MacLeod is faced with a decision — is the beauty and genius that is Byron worth the cost?

Written by: David Tynan
Directed by: Dennis Berry
Guest Cast: Peter Wingfield (Methos), Edward Jewesbury (Jason Landry), Valentine Pelka (Kronos), Peter Hudson (James Horton)

The millennium is almost up and the demons are awakening. An archaeologist comes to warn MacLeod that he is the chosen one to do battle with the forces of evil. MacLeod is skeptical until he begins to see people he killed, alive and well, such as Horton and Kronos. Methos and Joe think he is losing his mind after Richie tells them about the way MacLeod has been acting. Only Richie believes MacLeod's story and he is willing to sacrifice everything to help MacLeod defeat the demon.


*Synopses by Rysher Entertainment