When Hercules saw the Amazons waiting tables and dancing in a chorus line, he knew they had to be under a spell cast by Aphrodite. Sure enough, the Goddess of Love was responsible. She had broken up with Hephaestus, which threw her powers out of whack. Meanwhile, Deimos put the Amazons to work in a mine, digging for the Cronus Stone. Finding it, he turned the Amazons against Hercules and Iolaus. But Aphrodite finally confessed her love for Hephaestus, breaking the spell. Deimos vanished, and the Amazons returned to normal.moreless
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Although Julian Garner originated the role of Hephaestus in the third season episode "Love Takes a Holiday", here he is played by Jason Hoyte, who played Hephaestus for several episodes in the spin-off Young Hercules. Hoyte's Hephaestus is missing the scarred face and limp. He also played Hephaestus later in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Looking Death in the Eye" (now looking much like the character first portrayed by Garner), though Garner would return for the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Motherhood."
Simone Kessell, who plays Kayla in this episode, is no stranger to the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys/Xena: Warrior Princess world. She has appeared in four episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (two as Rena, one as Kayla and one as Havisha), along with one episode on Xena: Warrior Princess (in which she played Miss Messini). She also had small roles in three out of the five Hercules movies, "Hercules and the Amazon Women" (playing Jana), "Hercules and the Circle of Fire" (playing Girl/Hag), and "Hercules in the Underworld" (playing a Worshipper).
The Cronus Stone of this episode is not the time-traveling Chronos stone of "End of the Beginning" and "Armageddon Now Part 2". It is actually the Cronus Stone featured in the Young Hercules episode "The Prize", which can increase the powers of a God, or give a half-God like Hercules Godlike powers.
Iolaus: You know, Hephaestus has a point. You can't just break a schedule at the drop of a hat.
Hercules: It takes two people to make a relationship, Iolaus.
Iolaus: Oh, here we go again.
Hercules: I mean, come on, it's just give and take and give and take...
Hercules: Aphrodite! Hephaestus! Hey, you guys made up!
Aphrodite: Not exactly. I tried, but somebody had to be stubborn.
Hephaestus: Oh, pl— tell your royal highness if she thinks that's makin' up, she's nuts!
Iolaus: I don't think he thinks you gave it a fair shot.
Aphrodite: Ha! Well, tell that overgrown excuse for a god that it wasn't my fault we started fighting in the first place!
Hercules: She says it was your fault to begin with.
Hephaestus: The Tartarus it was! Maybe if she took an interest in what I do!
Iolaus: She's not interested in his work.
Aphrodite: Maybe if he did something else every once in a while.
Hercules: He works too much.
Iolaus: Yeah, but, Hercules, it's a big job! He's gotta take it seriously.
Hercules: That doesn't mean he should be neglecting his girlfriend.
Iolaus: Oh, please! If she wasn't so needy-
Hercules: Well, if he wasn't so selfish-
Aphrodite and Hephaestus: (in unison) Hey! Stop fighting!
Hercules: You're right. This is getting us nowhere.
Vargus: Hey, Deimos, aren't you worried that he's gonna mess up your plans?
Deimos: What, Hercules? Aw, don't make me chuckle! Once I get these Amazons to do what I want, I'll squish him like a bug!
Vargus: You could do that?
Deimos: Yes, my trusty, dimwitted companion. What we're after will make all the Gods tremble in fear. Zeus will bow down before me! (he laughs maniacally)
Vargus: What's so funny?
Deimos: Shut up and laugh!
Deimos: Here's an idea. You and me, sandy beaches, frolicking in the surf au natural...
Aphrodite: Feeling sleepy, Deimos? 'Cause you're already dreaming. Rather lick frogs. (she pops out, and Deimos falls on his face)
Deimos: Ribbet, ribbet, ribbet!
Iolaus: Look, not all men are trying to hurt you, all right? Some of us are decent, caring people.
Kayla: Okay, you've made your point. You're not a pig. So after this curse is lifted and I cut off your head, I'll feel real bad about it.
Iolaus: I'm sensing a little hostility here.
Iolaus: Deimos, why can't you be more like your cousin?
Deimos: (looking confused) Strife? He's dead.
Iolaus: Catch on quick, don't you.
Hercules: Uhhhh, hi Sis? You're looking kind of, ummm...
Aphrodite: Bummed, I know. I've got a case of the total blahs, and somebody told me that bareback riding would lighten my aura.
Iolaus: Ummmm, Aphrodite, when they said `bareback,' they meant... The horse.
Aphrodite: Duh! Why would I feel better if he were naked?!
Iolaus: Can't argue with that.
Hercules: Iolaus, we have enough food.
Iolaus: No, we have enough nuts and berries. Tonight, we're gonna have man food. Rabbit stew!
Hercules: Huh?! I think you've caught every rabbit in this forest. I'd be surprised if there's anything left.
Iolaus: Yeah, I am kind of public enemy number one to the rabbit community, aren't I?
The line about Salmoneus being in prison for tax fraud was ad-libbed by the cast. It was put in because they realized that Sal wouldn't be brought back for the show's final episodes, and they just wanted to mention him in some way.
Disclaimer: No Conniving Mischievous, Over-The-Top Deities formerly and presently known as Deimos were harmed during the production of this motion picture.
Aphrodite calls her horse 'Secretarius'. This is a reference to the famous race horse, Secretariat, who won the 1973 Triple Crown.
Cyrano de Bergerac
When Herc helps Heph by coaching him from the shadows as he talks to Aphrodite, it's following the story of Edmond Rostand's classic play, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Title: "Love, Amazon Style"
The title of this episode is derived from Love, American /a>, a comedy anthology series that ran from 1969 to 1974. No Amazons fall in love in the episode, however.
In the opening scene, Aphrodite is riding on a white horse, nude. This could be a reference to Lady Godiva (whose real name was Lady Godgifu), who is well known for her horse ride nude to protest her husband's (Leofric III of Mercia) taxes on the people of Mercia and Coventry.
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