Xena: Warrior Princess

The Quill Is Mightier...

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 1/19/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Jealous of Xena's popularity, Aphrodite is tricked by Ares into putting a spell on Gabrielle's scroll, causing everything written on it to magically become real. But when Xena disappears and an army threatens the valley, Gabrielle must team up with Minya, a love-sick Joxer, and Ares and Aphrodite, who are Powerless after the scroll's spell backfires on them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Renee O'Connor


  • Hilary J. Bader

  • Andrew Merrifield

  • Ted Raimi


  • Alexandra Tydings


  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Unoriginal, Xena-Lite Filler ... but pretty fun and certainly memorable!

    By ebrazd, Aug 28, 2015

  • 3 naked Gabrielles!

    By doukakis, May 23, 2015

  • Xena went fishing, and Gabrielle awoke with a jerk...

    By la_survive, Jun 18, 2008

  • A Xena-lite tale, in which, annoyed about the attention that Gabrielle's scrolls bring Xena, Aphrodite casts a spell on Gabrielle's latest scroll that causes everything that is written on it to become true. One of the season's better comedy episodes...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Jan 24, 2008

  • In one word: Fantastic.

    By harryathouse, Jan 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Aphrodite: (to Gabrielle) Look sweetpea, just give me back my powers and I'll unzap the scroll. Ares: No! Write mine back in first. That army's waiting for a signal that Xena's gone. Aphrodite: Hmmm... not helping your cause any, Slick. Ares: Oh. (unconvincingly) I promise, if you give me my powers back, I'll call off the attack. Aphrodite: (snorts) Pigs can fly! Ares: You can.

    • Joxer: Minya, where are the barbarians? Minya: They stopped fighting and ran back to Barbaria.

    • Ares: We were starting to warm up to each other there, weren't we? Gabrielle: Yeah, we were. Ares: I didn't like it. Gabrielle: Right back at'cha.

    Notes (4)

    • The bust of Aphrodite seen in her temple appeared previously on the Hercules episode "Love Takes a Holiday", in which Hephaestus made it out of love for her.

    • This episode marks the only appearance of Paul Norell (the peddler, normally Falafel) during the 1997-1998 season.

    • The late Kevin Smith (Ares) considered this to be one of his favourite episodes.

    • DISCLAIMER: No naked Gabrielles' were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    Trivia (5)

    • It appears that Aphrodite (Ares and Minya too?) now knows about Joxer's feelings for Gabrielle- apparently Gabby herself is the only one still clueless about it.

    • Xena asked Aphrodite what charm she used to enchant Gabrielle's scroll, the exact wording. But she didn't say anything when she enchanted the scroll; she just waved her hand. Of course, she could have simply been saying it in her head as she was waving her hand.

    • Nitpick: The naked Gabrielles are clearly wearing flesh coloured outfits to hide thier nudity as seen in the cave scenes.

    • Nitpick: The way Gabrielle's staff was spinning and smoking during her fight with the barbarians, a fire should have started in the dry grass underneath her. Especially since the staff itself was too hot for Joxer to hang onto after the fight was over.

    • Goof: The faces of Renee's body doubles can be seen numerous times in the scene where the three naked Gabrielles appear and dance in the background.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: The Quill Is Mightier This is a play on the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword" which is attributed to Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

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