Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 3 Episode 3

Love Takes a Holiday

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 21, 1996 on USA
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Love Takes a Holiday

Hephaestus, the God of the Forge, secretly pined for Aphrodite. His devious assistant, Iagos, hatched a plan to give Hephaestus a substitute for Aphrodite in return for a powerful bronze shield. Iagos went to retrieve Leandra, a beautiful mortal who rejected Hephaestus 50 years earlier, prompting the God to place her in suspended animation. Aphrodite, who had recently decided to give up matchmaking, went with Iolaus to Leandra's rescue. Iolaus destroyed Iagos andlearned he was Leandra's grandson. Meanwhile, sparks flew between Hephaestus and Aphrodite, who resumed her duties as Goddess of Love.


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  • Aphrodite tires of being the Goddess of Love, and tries out a new image. Meanwhile, Iolaus finds a town from fifty years ago trapped in a time warp and meets his grandmother. A quite fun episode, and completely Hercules free...moreless

    This episode does not feature Kevin Sorbo as Hercules at all. Instead, the whole story is based around Iolaus. This is just fine, as Michael Hurst is more than able to carry an episode on his own. (Hercules is said to be visiting his half-brother Iphicles, whose wife has just had a baby).

    What's more, it showcases the successful pairing of Iolaus and Aphrodite. I wasn't too sure about Aphrodite in her debut episode, the second season's 'The Apple', but beyond the rather forced 'modern speak', maybe the character isn't so bad. (And I've come to re-evaluate 'The Apple' slightly since reviewing it).

    Thing set out with Aphrodite becoming bored of being the Goddess of Love, and giving it up as she searches for a new 'gig'. With no Goddess of Love, women are left fighting with their partners. However, this plot is rather awkwardly forgotten pretty much, as the plot about Hephaestus and the time warp town takes over.

    Alexandra Tydings shows her flair for comedy as Aphrodite tries out new images – and I have to say, she looks quite good in that female Hercules outfit!

    This episode is silly, but enjoyable enough in itself. The only niggle I have is that there are three plots that awkwardly collide – the aforementioned woman and men arguing, Hephaestus longing for Aphrodite's love, and the town stuck in a time warp. All three of these plot strands are interesting enough, but I felt they collided with each other a bit too much, blurring them and not making them as clear as a result.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Iolaus: (When Aphrodite says she's quitting being the Goddess of Love) Aphrodite, people depend on you! Don't you realize the enormous implications of what you've done?! This is going to have sad consequences, tragic repercussions! Besides, I got a week off!

    • Aphrodite: Sweet cheeks, call me irresponsible.
      Iolaus: You're irresponsible!
      Aphrodite: Cool.

    • Aphrodite: (After Iolaus shows her how to use a bow) That rocks! I have a personal trainer! Right on.

    • Aphrodite: (Wearing Hercules-styled hot pants with a spear and club) Pretty Herculean, huh?
      Iolaus: Uh, frankly, Herc never looked so... And he doesn't carry weapons, either.
      Aphrodite: But I love accessories! And this matches.

    • Aphrodite: Besides, beauty's not just what you look like. It's also what you are inside. (realizing what she's just said) Whoa, that's like, profound!

    • Hephaestus: You're free to go.
      Aphrodite: Actually, I'm not in any hurry.
      Hephaestus: Goodbye, Aphrodite.
      Aphrodite: That's a first!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Starting with this episode, Michael Hurst is added to the opening credits as a regular cast member. This change to the credits would only be present, though, in episodes in which he would appear in (whereas Kevin Sorbo would always be credited even if he didn't appear, as happened in this episode, which didn't include Hercules at all).

    • Disclaimer: No metal panthers were tarnished during the production of this motion picture. When polishing your metal animals, remember to use salt and lemon.

    • The necklace Michael Hurst wears as Iolaus, and plays a significant role in this episode, was something Michael owned himself, and suggested he wear as part of his costume. It's made a greenstone, a New Zealand mineral that is often made into jewelry.


    • The title of this episode references the 1934 movie Death Takes a Holiday, starring Fredric March as Death, who decides to disguise himself as a prince and live as a mortal.

    • The marriage of Hephaestus and Aphrodite was arranged by Zeus; some versions of the myth say Zeus wanted her to marry so the other gods wouldn't fight over her, and found Hephaestus to be the most unfaltering. In another version, Hephaestus was given Aphrodite in exchange for releasing Hera after capturing her in revenge. In any case, Aphrodite resented the arrangement, and she had many affairs, most notably with Ares, through which they gave birth to Eros (who followed his mother), and the twins Deimos and Phobos (who followed their father). Other love affairs were with Dionysus and Hermes. She also had a few mortal lovers, such as Adonis.

    • In the episode, Hephaestus says, "If Zeus had been my father, maybe my life would be different." There are varying versions of Hephaestus' birth in Greek mythology. Some say he is the product of Hera and Zeus, but others say he was solely a product of Hera, who chose to create him without Zeus out of jealousy of Zeus' giving birth to Athena without her.

    • In Greek Mythology, Hephaestus was the god of blacksmithing, technology, invention and metallurgy. He was the son of Hera and Zeus (or in some versions, just Hera). He was lame and disfigured, causing Hera to throw him off Mount Olympus as a baby. However, he was later brought back when his skill with metal was demonstrated. He is credited with having made much of the equipment of the gods and heroes (Hermes' helmet and sandals, Eros' bow and arrows, Aphrodite's girdle, etc.).

    • Character Name:

      The evil henchman Iagos is meant to bring to mind another evil henchman named Iago, who is a the bad guy in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello.

    • Musical Movie Ties:
      This episode is the Hercules version (sans music) of the hit musical, later made into a movie starring Gene Kelly called Brigadoon, which is about a small Scottish town that disappears into the mist and reappears every fifty years for only one day.