Soul Possession

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (14)

  • Ares: I'm just worried you're still holding out hope... guess that was a poor choice of words. (grins)

  • Joxer: You know, Xena, denial ain't just a river in Europe. Xena: The Nile's in Africa. Joxer: It's that long?

  • Joxer/Harry: (bowels suddenly churning) Oh! Dear God! What did you eat?! Oh! Out of the way!

  • Gabrielle: Xena. No matter how hard Ares has tried, he has never been able to break us up. Xena: And he never will, I promise... You know, I liked you better blonde, but I can go with this.

  • Ares: (upon meeting Gabrielle and Anne at the C.H.A.K.R.A.M. meeting) Oh. The sidekick and the comic relief. This ought to be good.
    Gabrielle: I don't appreciate being called 'the sidekick'.

  • (As Ares throws fireballs at "Modern Day" Xena in the C.H.A.K.R.A.M. meeting hall) Fan #1: What's wrong with the special effects? Fan #2: Yeah, they're really cheesy.

  • Whoosh Reporter: Did you schedule any celebrity appearances? Dr. Delaney: Well, we contacted Bruce Campbell, but he was too much money.

  • Xena: I despise you. You've been tormenting me for years. Ares: That? That was just foreplay.

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Notes (6)

  • Although Barb Binder is a made-up character, Whoosh! is a real Xena fansite (the line about how "Xena would never subscribe to the subjugating regime of marriage" probably made a lot of Whoosh! fans smile). The role was played by well-known NZ singer Carly Binding.

  • Josh Becker said on his website, "The atmosphere on the set was great; I believe that a good time was had by all. There were a few teary celebrations: Renee had her birthday, it was Kevin Smith's last ep, Ted Raimi's last ep, George Lyle, the 1st assistant director's, last ep, as well as Simon Riera, the D.P. and my last ep, too. Nevertheless, I think all concerned did very humorous work and it ought to be a rather funny episode."

  • Kevin Smith (Ares) died approximately nine months after this episode aired, a week after suffering injuries in a fall on a movie set.

  • Dr Frederick Delaney was modeled on the Xena fanclub president Sharon Delaney. Rob Tapert gave her a call and asked her permission to a), use her name, b), make her male and c), portray her as a geek.

  • The ditty that Meg sings for Ares is a nonsense song that Lucy made up to sing for her son Julius.

  • DISCLAIMER: Joxer's natural process of elimination was harmed during the making of this motion picture.

Trivia (15)

  • These are the last appearances of Kevin Smith (Ares) and Ted Raimi (Joxer) on the series.

  • When Meg sings her song to Ares she misspells his name as ARSE.

  • This is the fourth and final episode to take place in modern times. The first was Season Two's "The Xena Scrolls"; Season Four's "Deja Vu All Over Again"; and Season Six's "Send in the Clones", and lastly "Soul Possession."

  • Jennifer Rucker (Fan #2) also appeared in "Send In The Clones" as Police Officer #1 and "Here She Comes... Miss Amphipolis" as Miss Parnassus.

  • Michael Saccente (Dr. Delaney) also appeared on three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: "One Foul Day" (Barnabus); "Heedless Hearts" (Grovelus) and "The Sword of Veracity" (Talius).

  • This is the final appearance of Meg. She has appeared once per season since her introduction in season 2 ("Warrior... Princess... Tramp", "Warrior... Priestess... Tramp", "The Key to the Kingdom", "Livia", and this episode.)

  • When Harry and Mattie enter the press conference, the doctor is explaining about verifying that the scroll is genuine. Droning in the background is: "Of course, we at C.H.A.K.R.A.M. were immediately concerned about the authenticity. We weren't interested in promoting a hoax like the Hitler diaries or the fan fiction which pretends to be based on legitimate scrolls. We consulted the world's foremost experts..." (the rest is difficult to make out, but he mentions RJ Stewart)

  • Nitpick: The doctor's presentation has some major flaws: If the scroll explains that Xena didn't go through with the wedding, why does he announce at the beginning that she and Ares married? Also, if the scroll he is reading from was written by Joxer, he should have had Joxer's "steely buttocks" interpretation of events.

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