Pride and arrogance are ugly traits ill befitting an honorable warrior. Yet Iolaus succumbed to pride as he and Hercules made their way to Thrace. First Iolaus fought a taunting bunch of thugs and had to be rescued by Hercules. Then he took his own path toward Thrace, determined to beat his friend to the city. On the way he met Lydia and escapedmany dangers, but Hera sent Nemesis to kill Iolaus for the sin of pride. Only when Iolaus committed a selfless act of friendship toward Hercules did he earn his own reprieve.moreless
Iolaus references fighting the Hydra in "Hercules and the Amazon Women".
Nemesis is the only God this season to appear in her own human form. Ares does take human form later this season in "The Vanishing Dead", but it's own one.
Iolaus explains that he used "an old hunters trick" for the first time in this episode. He would give the same explanation for various things in many future episodes.
Goof: After Iolaus falls down the rise, when he gets up he has a leaf caught in his hair. The leaf disappears as the shot changes to another angle.
Nitpick: The rope that Iolaus has taken from the pit disappears and then reappears several times in this episode: It goes into the lake, suddenly reappears, only to disappear again and then it finally reappears so that Iolaus can use it to set traps for his pursuers.
Rankor: (to Iolaus and Lydia) Run, rabbits! You're going where your tricks won't do any good!
Iolaus: (Referring to Hercules in annoyance) It so happens I'm his best friend.
Lydia: No you're not!
Iolaus: I am too!
Lydia: You can't be.
Iolaus: Why not?
Lydia: Nobody talks about their best friend that way.
Iolaus: (after telling Lydia to roll in the mud to cover their scent) Trust me!
Lydia: (mournfully) That's what all the boys say.
Hercules: Iolaus needs my help!
Nemesis: No Hercules, don't you see? Your help is the last thing he needs!
Hercules: (hearing a woman scream) Iolaus!
Iolaus: Take off your dress.
Lydia: Couldn't that wait until after you rescue us?!
The design of the Lake Serpent that Iolaus and Lydia encounter is a recycled version of the Blue Serpent in "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom".
Eric Gruendemann, one of the producers, has a short cameo in this episode. He is the fisherman who spies Hercules seemingly hugging the air. Hercules is hugging Nemesis who is invisible to everyone but Hercules.
Disclaimer: No hydras were harmed during the production of this motion picture.
Nemesis is the Greek spirit of divine retribution against those who committed acts of hubris, or excessive pride. Hubris was viewed as a major sin by the Greeks.
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