Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 6 Episode 5

Hercules, Tramps & Thieves

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Nov 01, 1999 on USA
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Hercules, Tramps & Thieves
Autolycus joined Hercules on his way to the First Bank of Greece and promised not to rob it. Once in town, they found Autolycus' ex-wife Luscious starring in a show at Club Nymph-O-Mania. The next day, the bank was robbed and Autolycus' grappling hook was found at the scene of the crime. Luscious was to blame, but Autolycus took the fall and went to jail. To save his friend, Hercules set a trap for Luscious, recovered the loot and freed Autolycus without having to implicate his ex-wife. The events rekindled Autolycus' and Luscious' feelings for each other.moreless

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  • Hercules is joined by Autolycus as he makes his way to protect the First Bank of Greece. But once there, Autolycus finds his ex-wife working as a showgirl nearby and not happy for Auto leaving her to take the rap for a robbery years before. Lower average.moreless

    This review contains moderate spoilers.

    Although there are several episodes broadcast after it, this was in fact the last ever episode of the series to be filmed.

    We find that Autolycus was once married to a showgirl (he must have a thing about showgirls), a fellow thief with whom he had an agreement never to let the other take the rap if one of them was caught in the act. However, ex-wife Luscious is not happy about him sticking to this agreement and leaving her to do time for a robbery years before.

    Luscious is played by former adult film star Tracy Elizabeth Lords. She plays the role with zest, and is probably the best thing about the episode.

    Meanwhile, Hercules has a new would-be sidekick (Iolaus does not appear in this episode), a clumsy and naïve young man called Klunter. This leads for a couple of scenes as Klunter tries to convince Herc to let him join him, but these few scenes never go anywhere and pretty much feel like episode padding.

    Hercules mentions to Autolycus that Salmoneus was caught in a massage parlour raid. It is not clear if this was connected to him going to prison for tax fraud (as mentioned in 'Love, Amazon Style'), or has just had a very bad run of luck!

    When Luscious robs the new local bank, leaving Autolycus to take the rap, there are no twists or suchlike; it is obvious that it was her straight away. This makes for a pretty straightforward and unsurprising story. It also has very little real action.

    I'd place this episode at the lower end of the 'average' spectrum, with a good performance by Lords the only really good thing about it.

    The final scene of the episode was the final scene filmed, as Autolycus seems to have found happiness and Herc says goodbye to him. For an 'unofficial' ending, this makes a nice end to the series.moreless
Traci Lords

Traci Lords


Guest Star

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall

Posse Member

Guest Star

John Palino

John Palino


Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Hercules mentions that Salmoneus was caught in a massage parlor raid. It is not clear if this was connected to him going to prison for tax fraud (as mentioned in "Love, Amazon /a>") or has just had a very bad run of luck!

    • This is the last time that Autolycus is seen both in this series, and Xena: Warrior Princess (though he would go on to direct the series finale of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys). At the end, he seems to have finally found happiness with ex-wife Luscious, and is considering getting a job in lending, calling it 'highway robbery'.

    • Patrick Kake, who plays Linc, was one of Kevin Sorbo's main body and stunt doubles.

    • Goof: While rehearsing, Linc gets confused and asks Luscious, "My left, or your left?" But they're both facing the same way, so it would actually be both of their lefts! Later, when Luscious dismisses her men to have a talk with Auto, she turns in Kuff's direction and says "Linc", and in Linc's direction and says "Kuff", so apparently Linc wasn't the only one who was unsure of their directions.

    • We can see in retrospect what attracted Autolycus to Cupcake (from "Men in Pink" and "My Fair Cupcake"), since both Cupcake and Luscious are blonde showgirls.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Autolycus: Unhand me, you swine! If I'm to face death, I'll do so bravely. (he looks at the noose and starts to sob)

    • Autolycus: Let me get this right; the bank gives you money?
      Hercules: Sure, with a viable co-signer and a clean credit rating, you'll get a fixed term loan amortized over thirty seasons, which is really preferable to an ARM because it protects you from fluctuating interest rates.
      Autolycus: What are the rates now?
      Hercules: Eight-and-a-half percent.
      Autolycus: Eight-and-a-half? That's highway robbery! Say, I gotta get into this bank racket.
      Hercules: Autolycus, I think you may have found your calling.

    • Hercules: Oh, hi. Did I come at a bad time?
      Luscious: When you're with me, Sugar, it's never a bad time to come. Take a load out... I mean, off.

    • Hercules: Well, it's good to see chivalry is not dead.
      Autolycus: Who's that? A friend of yours?

    • Luscious: (introducing herself to Hercules) My name's Luscious. But don't take my word for it. Stop by my boudoir later and I'll prove it to you. Twice.

    • Autolycus: We were a couple of crooked kids, crazy in love. Oh, ho ho, life with Luscious was full of booty. We stole a lot of stuff, too.
      Hercules: So how'd you... screw it up?
      Autolycus: Our passion was just too great to be contained! It blew us apart, I tell you! Well, that and I let her rot in prison for a crime I committed.

    • Autolycus: Say, toots, how about a horizontal mambo on the rocks.
      Waitress: Gee Mr, I never heard of that one before. What's in it?
      Autolycus: Me and you and not a whole lot else!
      Hercules: (sneaking up behind Auto and giving him a wedgie) You'll have to pardon my friend, he's in a lot of pain. (shaking his head in disgust) 'Horizontal mambo?'

  • NOTES (3)