Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 4

Genies and Grecians and Geeks, Oh My

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Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 19, 1998 on USA
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Genies and Grecians and Geeks, Oh My
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Salmoneus and Autolycus obtained a Sultan's lamp and released Jinni the genie, who gave them three wishes to share. Autolycus asked to be invisible. Instead Jinni made him intangible, so he couldn't grab anything. Salmoneus, meanwhile couldn't decide whether to ask for more sensitivity or more ruthless energy, so Jinni gave him both in the form of two clones -- Cry Baby Sal and Tough Guy Sal. Forfeiting their third wish, they were returned to normal and imprisoned inside Jinni's lamp. But they escaped, and Autolycus used the third wish to give the lonely genie a roomful of clones.moreless

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  • Salmoneus and Autolycus wind up in possession of a Sultan's lamp, and release a genie who grants them three wishes. But they soon learn to be careful what they wish for, and meanwhile, the Sultan wants his lamp back. An average comedy...moreless

    7.4
    After the excellent first three episodes of this season, we are back in Greece and back in more humorous territory.



    Kevin Sorbo does not appear at all in this story, and with that in mind and the pairing of Salmoneus and Autolycus, it has a distinct feel of a latter fourth season episode.



    I was very disappointed to read that this is Salmoneus' last appearance in the series. He's a really funny and likeable character, and I always enjoy when he pops up. In the early episodes, after Hercules first met him in the second regular episode, 'Eye of the Beholder', he made regular appearances, but as the seasons have passed, these appearances have become less regular.



    Robert Trebor and Bruce Campbell work well together, and their pairing (already seen the previous season in 'Men In Pink') is probably the best thing about this episode.

    The genie is an interesting character, although I didn't feel she was perfectly cast.



    The story itself isn't bad, and starts off with some potential, but – as with many 'Hercules' and 'Xena' comedies of the period, it does get a bit silly later on, with lots of running around and misunderstandings, and little real plot.

    It is a reasonable episode, but I feel would have fared better tucked further down the season.moreless
Hilary McMillan

Hilary McMillan

Genie

Guest Star

John Givins

John Givins

Sultan

Guest Star

Inia Maxwell

Inia Maxwell

Head Guard

Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

Autolycus

Recurring Role

Robert Trebor

Robert Trebor

Salmoneus

Recurring Role

Paul Norell

Paul Norell

Falafel

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