Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 14, 1995 on ABC Family
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Episode Summary

Xanatos and Fox are getting married, and the groom asks Goliath to be his best man. Unsurprisingly, it turns out to be another of Xanatos's schemes, this time to obtain an piece of an artifact Goliath has - the Phoenix Gate, capable of opening doorways trough time.moreless

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  • Xanatos asks Goliath to attend his marriage with Fox, revealing that Demona will take part in this, too. Hoping to reach his former love he decides to accept Xanatos's offer. Yet his meeting turns out to be a a further trap of Demona, this time to alter tmoreless

    This episode has all what I love about this show.

    For once we learn of Xanatos's father Petros, a poor fisher out of Maine who isn't happy with the way his son is living, which doesn't change when he and the viewer learn how he got his fortune.

    Then the relationship between Demona and Goliath, being a topic since the very first episode, is further explained. In a time travel we see their younger versions in the night when they declare to each other to be one. At this time Demona intervenes, trying to change time by convincing her younger selfe of her twisted hatred on humanity. This and the intervention of Goliath seeking to heal the damage done by Demona lead to some of the best dialouges written in this series.

    This episde shows both, the beginning as the seemingly ultimate end of their love.moreless
David Warner

David Warner


Guest Star

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

Prince Malcolm

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Recurring Role

W. Morgan Sheppard

W. Morgan Sheppard

Petros Xanatos

Recurring Role

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Princess Elena

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Demona: You may have prevented me from altering the past. But you failed, too. You see, I have clear memories of your little inspirational about keeping my vows of love. I never forgot it, and it changed nothing. Obviously, history is immutable.
      Goliath: More's the pity.

    • Goliath: If I didn't fear the damage you would do to the time stream, I'd gladly leave you here.
      Xanatos: But you won't because you didn't. Time travel's funny that way.

    • Demona: You must know I'm right. Can't you see? I am what you will become.
      Past-Demona: I will never be like you!
      Demona: I do not wish to hurt you.
      Past-Demona: And I do not wish to be you!

    • Xanatos: That's how I knew how to set this all up. I received instructions from myself last week. So you see, Pop, I am indeed a self-made man.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Although Brooklyn has a line at the end of this episode, Jeff Bennett is only credited for voicing Owen.

    • The ending with Goliath and Demona embracing at the Clock Tower was used on the DVD Version of "Vows" by mistake.

    • Though it is not considered canon, Petros Xanatos makes his first appearance in Marvel Comic's shortlived Gargoyles comic series. His appearance is #7, in which he is seen in Xanato's dream sequence.

    • Broadway and Lexington appear briefly at the beginning of this episode, when the Gargoyles are all turning to stone for the day. However, neither of them speak.

    • Greg says: "The ending of this episode is a mistake that we couldn't get corrected in time for its first airing. That scene was supposed to be a flashback of Goliath and Demona embracing at the castle, and not at the Clock Tower."

    • Shakespeare's influence: Xanatos's line "Oh, reason not the need" is a quote from the play King Lear.


    • Eye in the Pyramid

      The "Eye in the Pyramid" design on Xanatos's Illuminati pin is the symbol of the Ancient Illuminated Seers of Bavaria. This one-eyed pyramid shows up on the Great Seal of the United States and the back of the one-dollar bill.