Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Surprise

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 1/27/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Alcmene, Iphicles, Jason, Falafel and Iolaus only wanted to throw Hercules a birthday party. Instead they got poisoned by the treacherous Callisto, who was on a mission from Hera to kill Hercules. To save them, Hercules agreed to travel with Callisto to the Labyrinth of the Gods, where the Tree of Life offered a cure. When they arrived, Callisto momentarily trapped Hercules and ate from the Tree, rendering her immortal. But Hercules engaged her in a fierce battle, incapacitated and trapped her, and returned home to cure his family and friends with fruit from the Tree.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Sorbo

    Hercules

  • Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

    Iolaus

  • Alex Kurtzman

  • Oley Sassone

  • Hudson Leick

    Callisto

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Hercules has a nasty surprise for his birthday when Xena's mortal foe Callisto makes a deal with Hera to escape the afterlife and drug Herc's family, in a plot to kill the half-god in return for her freedom. One of the very best episodes of the season...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 22, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Callisto: Why can't you just die like a good boy?
      Hercules: I guess I don't know when to quit.
      Callisto: Well, let me inspire you. Even if you could find your way without me, you won't make it in time to save your friends.
      Hercules: That's where you're wrong. I know something you don't.
      Callisto: (laughing) Oh?
      Hercules: We're out of oil. (throws his torch, lighting trail of oil) That leads right back to the entrance. Surprise!

    • Callisto: If I go back to the Underworld, I won't be suffering alone. I'll find your children – Klonus, Aeson and little Ilea, is it? And I'll dedicate eternity to making them suffer. I mean, after all, I got here, didn't I? I can get to them.

    • Callisto: A pity we couldn't work out our differences. We would've made an unstoppable team.
      Hercules: I already have a partner.
      Callisto: Not for long.

    • Hercules: Hello? Anybody here? (reminding himself in an undertone) Act surprised. (he sees his friends and family all lying unconscious) Callisto: (revealing herself) Surprise.

    • Callisto: (mocking Hercules) Just because I poisoned your friends doesn't mean we can't be nice to one another. Hercules: Huh, amazing. Callisto: You have no reason to be angry at me, Hercules. After all, I'm not the one who hung the giant bullseye on your family. Hercules: You leave my family out of this! Callisto: Oh, but think about it. I mean, well, if your children weren't your children, well then they'd still be alive, now wouldn't they? Your love- it's a curse!

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    Notes (2)

    • The sculpture at the top of the entrance to the Labyrinth of the Gods is a re-use of the Megolith 2 from "Doomsday".

    • Disclaimer: Hercules' party pants were not harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    Trivia (4)

    • Before actually meeting her, Hercules apparently already knew who Callisto was and had heard she was dead, suggesting that he and Xena have kept in touch off-screen. Callisto died and was sent to the Underworld as a result of events in Xena's second season ("Return of Callisto" and "Intimate Stranger"). Her return in this episode leads to "A Necessary Evil", which premiered a couple of weeks later.

    • Nitpick: Although Hercules was going to visit his brother Iphicles a few episodes ago because he and his wife were having a baby ("Love Takes a Holiday"), there is no mention of a baby in this episode (or of Rena for that matter).

    • Nitpick: The Tree of Life catches fire extremely quickly for a living tree. Most real trees would take much longer to ignite, and would burn very slowly, with a great deal of smoke.

    • Nitpick: In the hallucination scene where Hercules is saying goodbye to Alcmene because he's crossed to The Other Side, watch the his gauntlets. In the initial scene he is wearing his gauntlets, when the camera cuts to him again, his arms are bare, then in the next cut, he is wearing the gauntlets again.

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