Nebula took Hercules and Iolaus to Sumer, where the angry Gods were leveling cities. To remedy the situation, King Gilgamesh took Hercules with him on a series of physical trials in a pyramid, where they retrieved a chalice of sacred Nectar. But Gilgamesh betrayed Hercules by drinking the Nectar and crushing the cup, becoming a disciple of the demon Dahak. Next, Gilgamesh tried to sacrifice a warrior heart -- Nebula's. But Iolaus, who was in love with Nebula, saved her by taking the dagger himself. Hercules destroyed Gilgamesh, but he was too late for Iolaus, who died in his arms.moreless
Nitpick: Odd that the emissary says Gilgamesh is the son of Ra, as Ra is an Egyptian God and was not worshiped in Sumer. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh is the son of the Goddess Ninsun. The Sumerian religion was highly varied between city-states, and there was no organized hierarchy of Gods.
This episode marks the third time Iolaus dies, though it's the first time he stays dead at the end of the episode. The previous times occurred in the TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women" and the episode "Not Fade Away". It is actually debatably the fourth time Iolaus dies, considering that in the first episode, "The Wrong Path", Iolaus is turned to stone and later revived, and tells Hercules stories about his time in the Underworld.
Goof: As Gilgamesh squashes the chalice after drinking the Nectar of the Gods, the chalice springs back to it's original shape, but when he tosses it to the ground it is crushed flat again.
Hercules: Hang in there, buddy.
Hercules: Sure you can. Come on.
Iolaus: Hercules... (he dies)
Hercules: Come on. Don't you give up on me. Come on. Come on! Don't you give up on me!
Gilgamesh: This is really gonna hurt.
Hercules: You took the words right out of my mouth.
Iolaus: Where's Hercules?
Gilgamesh: The One God has been good to him.
Gilgamesh: There's nothing you can do to stop Dahak from entering our world. It's his destiny.
Hercules: And it's my destiny to shut you up.
Hercules: Well that's it. We go down in history as the guys who ticked off all the Gods.
Iolaus: If something's worth doing, it's worth doing well, right?
Iolaus: I understand you better than you think.
Nebula: Do you now?
Iolaus: (quoting her) 'My country, my borders'. You don't like people to get too close to you. You don't want to be tied down.
Nebula: (pulling him close) I never said I didn't want to be tied down!
Gilgamesh: In a way, you're your own worst enemy.
Hercules: Wrong! Now I'm yours!
Nebula: It's not your fault, Hercules. You stopped Gilgamesh, the people are safe.
Hercules: Should have been me.
Nebula: He loved you so much, he wouldn't have wanted that.
Hercules: I know. He was... my hero.
Disclaimer: In order to protect the environment and for the benefit of all mankind, Imara's Beard was recycled and restored immediately upon completion of production of this motion picture.
Gilgamesh: In mythology, Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk, a city in Sumer. The Epic of Gilgamesh claims that his mother was the goddess Ninsun, and that he was 2/3 god, and 1/3 human. He was a harsh king until the gods sent the wild man, Enkidu, to be his friend. After the two fought the Bull of Heaven, the gods punished Enkidu and he died. Gilgamesh, distraught at losing his friend and fearful of one day dying himself, went on a quest to the underworld to try to find the secret of immortality, and succeeded. Unfortunately, on his way back to the land of men, he dropped the flower that held the key to immortality, and had to reconcile himself to remaining mortal.
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