Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

The Wrong Path

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 1/16/95
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  • Episode Description
  • After Hercules and his friend Iolaus stopped a band of hoodlums from robbing an innkeeper, Hercules went home to his family. The horror that followed was over almost before it started. A huge ball of fire burst through his bedroom window and consumed his wife, Deianeira. In the next instant the fireball took Hercules' three young children. His step mother, Hera, was to blame. Consumed by hatred, Hercules set out on a path of destruction. But the beautiful slave girl Aegina helped Hercules overcome his grief and set him back on an honorable path, but not before he learns that his friend Iolaus is possibly dead.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Sorbo


  • Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.


  • John Schulian

  • Steve Polivka

  • Doug Lefler

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • hera burns herc's family with a fireball,hercules starts a war against hera until he realizes that his purpose to life was diferrent so he starts by helping one man who had asked his help before about a monster called she demon

    By doukakis, Jul 09, 2010

  • The snake B!tch

    By SleepTight, Jun 02, 2006

  • The regular adventures of Hercules begins with tragedy...

    By rhondaweasley, Dec 04, 2008

  • When Hercules' family is wiped out in one foul swoop, he sets swearing vengeance against Hera, while Iolaus is left to deal with a half-woman, half-snake demon that turns her victims to stone, in this uneven but enjoyable first regular episode...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Aug 27, 2007

  • Start of the series - could have been better.

    By avondster, Feb 17, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Hercules: Iolaus didn't die so you can turn tail and run.
      Lykus: The She-Demon's killed enough people.
      Hercules: Then let me end it for her here, right now.
      Lykus: How do you know you can?
      Hercules: I'm undefeated.

    • Iolaus: Well, you sound like you're not comin' home.
      Hercules: I'm not. If I'm going to accomplish anything in this life, it's in another direction. Goodbye, my friend. (he walks off)
      Iolaus: You don’t know what's down that road.
      Hercules: That's what I'm gonna find out.

    • Lykus: Where's your respect for the Gods?
      Iolaus: In a pig trough, where it belongs.

    • Lykus: How can you call this Hercules a hero? He's too busy ravaging his own home to help anybody. He must be crazy. You people think it doesn't matter 'cause the blood of Zeus runs in his veins!
      Iolaus: Hey! Why don't you pipe down till you know what you're talking about?!
      Lykus: I know what I saw with my own eyes. That's all I'm saying.
      Iolaus: You didn't look into his heart. If you did, you'd have seen it was broken.
      Lykus: You don't make any more sense than Hercules did.
      Iolaus: He lost his family. You understand that? They were swept away in a fireball sent down by his stepmother.

    • Alcmene: Hercules?
      Hercules: Mother. How did you know?
      Alcmene: Zeus told me.
      Hercules: He doesn't have the courage to talk to me, huh? My own father.
      Alcmene: No, Hercules. Not now. There's plenty of time for anger. But your grief has to come first.

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    Notes (1)

    • Using peacock feathers for symbolizing Hera was originally done to save money, but was kept because the viewers had stated that they did indeed like it.

    Trivia (6)

    • Hercules, Iolaus and Hera are the only characters to appear in both this episode and the series finale.

    • Although not overly played on in the episode, it is stated that Iolaus' wife and children are also no longer around, freeing both him and Hercules up for the series.

    • Iolaus is turned to stone and later revived with stories of the Underworld, marking his second death/revival.The first occurred in the TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women".

    • Music: In this episode can be heard the track "Disguised Demon" written for the show by Joseph LoDuca. It is available on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Original Television Soundtrack.

    • Hercules' children's names are Aeson, Klonus and Ilea.

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    Allusions (8)

    • The death of Deianira and the kids being the impetus for Hercules's legendary journeys is based upon the death of Heracles's first wife Megara. After killing Megara and their children in a fit of madness, Heracles proceeded to redeem himself by undertaking the Twelve Labors. In the myth, Hera is still the root cause, having been the one to curse him with madness in the first place.

    • Lykus: (briefing Hercules on the foe he will be facing) A She-Demon. She turns the men of my village into stone, and then steals their souls and gives them to Hecate in the Underworld.

      In Greek mythology, Hecate was the chthonic goddess of magic and the moon, as well as childbirth and crossroads.

    • Mythology: Hera

      In Greek mythology, Hera was the queen of the gods, married to Zeus, who was also her younger brother. She is said to have had much contempt for Hercules for existing because it was a constant reminder of her husband's affairs and try to diminish his life at every opportunity.

    • Mythology: Zeus In Greek mythology, Zeus was the king of the gods on Mount Olympus. He was the god of the skies and of thunder. He was married to Hera, yet was known for having affairs. One of these included Hercules' mother, Alcmene.

    • Mythology: Alcmene In Greek mythology, Alcmene was the mother of Hercules. She was married to Amphitryon. While he was away, Zeus came to her disguised as her husband and thus was the conception of Hercules.

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