Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 5 Episode 18

Love on the Rocks

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Mar 01, 1999 on USA
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Love on the Rocks
Nautica, a mermaid, wanted to see the world. But her father, Triton, had arranged a marriage for her. Nautica found a way out when Discord gave her legs. When she met Iolaus 2, they both fell immediately in love. Unfortunately, if Nautica did not return to the sea by sunset, the waters of Greece would turn to ice. When Brutus took her hostage, Iolaus found the strength in his love and handily defeated Nautica's captor. The lovers returned to the beach and after one last kiss, the mermaid swam out to sea.moreless

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  • A Hercules-lite episode. With Hercules away on a mission, Iolaus II admits to Aphrodite that he longs to experience love. Meanwhile, Discord turns Nautica the mermaid into a beautiful woman, and soon she and Iolaus fall in love. A silly but likable tale..moreless

    After being introduced as a recurring character a few episodes before (in 'Stranger and Stranger'), Iolaus II finally gets some character development that sets him up as a regular and makes him more identifiable to the audience.

    Michael Hurst puts in a very good performance in this episode, making Iolaus II very likable and sympathetic. I really like his paring with Aphrodite (which was used in several episodes with the original Iolaus). Sometimes I like Aphrodite more than others, but I really enjoyed her appearance here, and probably regard it as one of her best appearances in the series.

    In fact, there are good performances all round in this episode. Angela Marie Dotchin makes mermaid Nautica, eager to see the big wide world, very likable and a perfect match for Iolaus II.

    Brutus, Discord's warlord of the episode, is a real mental case, and one of the most insane villains seen in the series – this guy is nuts!

    Even thought this is an almost Hercules-free episode, it is a good one, with Michael Hurst really bringing Iolaus II to life.

    The story of the episode is a bit silly, but with the winning performances, it's hard not to like.moreless
Angela Dotchin

Angela Dotchin


Guest Star

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins


Guest Star

Jim McLarty

Jim McLarty

Fish Merchant

Guest Star

Alexandra Tydings

Alexandra Tydings


Recurring Role

Meighan Desmond

Meighan Desmond


Recurring Role

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Michael Hurst O.N.Z.M.

Iolaus 2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kevin Sorbo only appears at the very beginning and very end of this episode.

    • Nitpicks: Much of the publicity for this episode stated Nautica to be the daughter of Poseidon, but she is in fact the daugher of Triton, who is the brother of Poseidon. But even though she's just Poseidon's neice, it seems very strange that she hasn't even heard of her cousins Aphrodite or Discord!

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Aphrodite: Cheer up, Curly. They think you're a hero.
      Iolaus 2: Yeah? Too bad I know I'm not.

    • Goon: He was terrible, like a human tornado!
      Discord: One man did this to you all? Hercules.
      Goon: No, no! The other one

    • Nautica: Iolaus, when you left your world, how did you know it was the right thing to do?
      Iolaus 2: Well, um... When it comes down to it, I guess I, I couldn't think of anybody back there that I'd miss. Although, I, I think about it occasionally. Do you?
      Nautica: Well, what's to miss? Like I said, I, I felt like a slave. I mean, what kind of father won't let his own daughter see the world for herself?
      Iolaus 2: The kind that loves her so much he's afraid to let her go.
      Nautica: You know what? You're the first man I've ever met who talked to me and not at me.

    • (after seeing Iolaus 2 beat up some bad guys with Aphrodite's help)
      Nautica: Who is that?
      Man: His name's Iolaus.
      Nautica: Iolaus, huh? What a catch.

    • Hercules: Um, could you do me a favor? Iolaus isn't really adjusting well to this world.
      Aphrodite: Say no more! Let me take him under my wing, show him the ropes.
      Hercules: Actually, I want you to leave him completely alone.

    • Iolaus 2: (as a be-spelled woman kisses him passionately) Aphrodite, get her off!
      Aphrodite: Ah, that's your job.

    • Discord: Well, if it isn't the multi-talentless and easily inflatable Aphrodite.
      Aphrodite: What do you know, it's the Goddess of Skank. Here to defend your title at the kielbasa swallowing contest?

    • Aphrodite: You want a piece of me, Elvira?!
      Discord: What are you going to do to me, Love Girl, shower me with hearts?

    • Aphrodite: Fashion victim!
      Discord: Blonde!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Greek Mythology:
      The episode states that Triton is the brother of Poseidon. Actually, Greek myths say that Triton was Poseidon's son, the messenger of the deep. He is usually represented as a merman, though the episode shows him with legs.

    • Aphrodite: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and honey I'm the sweetest.

      Aphrodite's line paraphrases the famous soliloquy by Juliet in the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.

    • The Little Mermaid
      The plot is a slightly altered retelling of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid, which was later made into a Disney movie. It also incorporates elements from the Tom Hanks movie Splash.