Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 9

If I Had A Hammer...

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Jan 12, 1998 on USA
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Episode Summary

If I Had A Hammer...

Hercules reluctantly agreed to pose nude for King Armand's new museum centerpiece in exchange for the King's donation to the war orphans' fund. Meanwhile, the blacksmith, Atalanta, feeling lonely and frustrated, turned a pile of scrap metal into the towering, magnificent man of her dreams- Hercules. But she didn't expect Hephaestus to bring the sculpture to life as a newborn Hercules. The evil Goddess Discord prompted the impressionable "Herc" to commit murder, thus framing Hercules. In a final confrontation, Herc turned over a new leaf, helping Hercules save Atalanta's life. Herc was crushed in the process, his body reverting to scrap.


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  • Lonely Atlanta creates a metal statue of Hercules, only for it to magically come to life. As Hercules tries to keep his child-like twin under control, Discord manipulates the situation, in this enjoyable story...moreless

    This is an enjoyable fourth season offering.

    This is the first time this season – in fact, for quite a while – that we have seen Salmoneus. As great as Michael Hurst is as Iolaus, I always like when Salmoneus pops up on the series. Robert Trebor plays him perfectly, and the character is usually really funny.

    Here, Salmoneus' latest scheme is an art class – full of characters such as Xerox, Picassus, El Grecus and Warholocles!

    Cory Everson returns as Atlanta, and this may arguably be her best of her three performances in the series (the other two being the first season's 'Ares' and the second season's 'Let The Games Begin'. She is a good character who works well with Hercules, and I'm surprised that they didn't bring her back more.

    Kevin Sorbo plays the fake Hercules well, being a good sport for some of the gags, and giving him a child-like persona.

    One thing I did feel - as we have already seen a doppelganger Hercules this season in 'Stranger in a Strange World', this episode might have fared better being aired before it.

    And surely a favourite moment for many female fans comes as (the real) Hercules reluctantly poses for Salmoneus' art class, with his dignity covered only by a bunch of grapes.

    This episode has more of a feel of many of the first and season stories in that it is not strictly a comedy not a drama, more a mixture of both. I generally like that kind of story, and felt that it worked very well here.

    The episode is in some ways an average one, but the good performances really help it.moreless
Corinna Everson

Corinna Everson


Guest Star

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane


Guest Star

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker


Guest Star

Robert Trebor

Robert Trebor


Recurring Role

Meighan Desmond

Meighan Desmond


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (1)


    • The sketches that Xerox is copying before the contest begins are those of a flying machine invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

    • The artists competing include Picassus, who uses the cubist style of Pablo Picasso, Davincian, whose Mona Lisa with Hercules' head is quite reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci, Xerox, who simply copies various work, Rodanna (his name is given in the credits, but not in the episode), whose "The Ponderer" is quite obviously meant to invoke Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker", and lastly Warholius, who's pop art style reflects that of Andy Warhol.

    • This episode is a retelling of the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was a sculptor, and he created a statue of a woman so beautiful that he fell in love with it. Aphrodite took pity on him and brought the statue to life and Pygmalion and Galatea(the statue's new name) lived happily ever after.