Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 18

My Fair Cupcake

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Apr 13, 1998 on USA
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My Fair Cupcake
Autolycus convinced his former girlfriend, Cupcake, that he wanted to fix her up with Prince Alexandros at a royal ball. In truth, Autolycus wanted to steal the sapphire of Antioch from the prince. Introduced to Alexandros as Hermia, princess of Carpathia, Cupcake inadvertently delayed a war from breaking out between Carpathia and Antioch. But the traitor, prime minister of Antioch, stabbed Prince Alexandros. Finally King Georgas of Carpathia arrived and established peace, while the wounded Prince proposed marriage to Cupcake -- even though he knew her true identity. Too late Autolycus realized he was still in love with her.moreless

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  • When Autolycus plans to steal a priceless sapphire, he dupes naïve would-be girlfriend Cupcake into posing as a princess to gain entry, but walks into the middle of a feud between opposing kingdoms. Not a classic, but a step up from recent episodes...moreless

    I wasn't looking forward to this episode. Cupcake (introduced in 'Men In Pink') is not one of my favourite characters, and after the terrible previous episodes, 'Porkules' and 'One Fowl Day', my hopes were not very high.

    But to my surprise, whilst hardly back in classic territory, this turned out to be a watchable and semi-decent episode.

    One again, the 'two feuding kingdoms' plot device is used, but it doesn't dominate the story instead things concentrate on Autolycus and Cupcake.

    We've seen quite a lot of Iolaus and Autolycus being paired up of late, and here it happens once again. And with a semi-decent story behind them, they do well.

    Hercules' few scenes are notably separate from the bulk of the story, which Kevin Sorbo still recovering from his health problems and only filming for limited hours.

    Watch out for the trouble-maker who starts the fight in town – I know some actors hide their native New Zealand tones better than others in the series, but this guy doesn't sound like he's even trying!

    Hardly a classic, but a definite step up from 'Porkules' and 'One Fowl Day'!moreless
Lacey Kohl

Lacey Kohl


Guest Star

Mark Raffety

Mark Raffety

King Alexandros

Guest Star

Angela Shirley

Angela Shirley

Princess Hippolyta

Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Cupcake: I've only felt this way once before.
      Autolycus: That's funny. The same here. It just didn't work out.
      Cupcake: Well, as somebody once told me, the person for you is out there.
      Autolycus: Sure. All the best to you, Cupcake.
      Cupcake: You know? I truly thought that you'd be the one for me.
      Autolycus: Yeah, I thought so, too. (Cupcake leaves) I love you, Cupcake.

    • Autolycus: Uh, listen, I think I can offer a complete, yet brief explanation. This is all my fault.

    • Cupcake: (when Autolycus tries to talk her into helping him) No! No! A thousand times, no!
      Autolycus: That's only three, unless my abacus is off.

    • Cupcake: But princesses have tutors, private schooling... silk underwear.
      Autolycus: Oh, Cupcake, you don't have to be intelligent, just act like it. (pauses) And I'll work on the underwear.

    • Princess Hippolyta: (referring to Cupcake) Now I remember! My brother has a poster of the showgirls of the Panathenaicon, and she looks exactly like one of them. Oh, what is her name... Twinkie... Ding Dong... Ho Ho! Ah, something like that!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Disclaimer: No Bakeries were harmed during the production of this motion picture, although many pastries were burned to a crisp.


    • Electra and Lysistrata
      Alexandros and Cupcake share a love for two famous Greek Plays, Euripides' tragedy Electra and Aristophanes' comedy Lysistrata.

      Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and when her mother kills her father Electra vows revenge, but cannot carry it out for many years, until her brother Orestes returns from abroad to help her. The psychological condition "The Electra Complex", the female version of "The Oedipus Complex", is named after her.

      The comic play Lysistrata is set in Athens during the height of the city's war with Sparta. One of the city's women decides she's going to stop the war with the help of all the women of Athens and Sparta. Lysistrata gets all the women to agree to refuse to have sex with their men until the war is over. After many comic scenes of men alternately being teased and then pushed away, the men declare peace, and everyone enjoys that peace to the utmost.

    • Title: My Fair Cupcake

      The musical, later made into a movie called My Fair Lady is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The story is about an arrogant phonetics professor named Henry Higgins, who bets he can train any woman to be passed off as a duchess. The chosen woman is Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower seller who has a strong cockney accent.