Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 4 Episode 5

Stranger in a Strange World

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Oct 27, 1997 on USA



  • Trivia

    • In addition to the Strange World's Ares and Aphrodite having different roles, Hera 2 is said to be the Goddess of Music and Cupid 2 the God of War.

    • This is the only Hercules episode to feature the three major players of Xena within one installment. The characters of Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer all appear in this episode. However, they all play parallel versions of themselves. It is also the last appearance of Joxer on Hercules (though Ted Raimi did appear in a later episode).

    • The Ares God of Love outfit is a white version of Ares's original outfit (last seen in Xena's "The Furies").

    • Iolaus wears the red outfit that Iolaus 2 will be wearing in season five. Interestingly, he brings it back with him to the regular world, so Iolaus 2 must have a spare outfit.

  • Quotes

    • Iolaus: Wait, wait, wait, wait! Who's the God of War around here?
      Ares 2: Shh! No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Don't even think about him. The last thing we need around here is that maniac Cupid showing up. Mmm!
      Iolaus: Cupid? God of War? Weird.

    • Iolaus: (referring to The Sovereign and Xena 2) Their foreplay's gonna get me killed!

    • Iolaus: (referring to The Sovereign and Xena 2) Their foreplay's gonna get me killed!

    • Ares: (laughingly introducing Hercules to Iolaus 2) You lose your little buddy? Well, I found someone to take his place. (he laughs again)

    • Iolaus: Xena, you're with him?! (She kicks him in the crotch)
      Xena 2: When I want a eunuch, I'll ask for one.

    • Gabrielle: Where's the Trojan Elephant that stopped me?!

    • Hercules: Look, I don't know who you are or what you're doing, but we have to talk. Where did you come from?
      Iolaus 2: Uh, I got my start at The Comedy Cave in Hellespont. I know, it's a dive, but you gotta start somewhere, right?
      Ares: He starts to mime, he's a dead man.

    • Hercules: Oh come on. Me, a tyrant? I mean, you're joking, right?
      Iolaus 2: Oh no, you're a heartless psycho who'd kill at the drop of a mood swing!

    • The Sovereign: (after some rough foreplay with Xena) Oh, I could play like this all day! Unfortunately, I gotta get married.
      Xena: Oh, that's all right. We'll have plenty of time to play after that.

    • Iolaus: (singing to entertain the Sovereign) The Sovereign's his name, his game is fear and pain, he'll watch them die, won't even cry, he really is insane!

    • Xena: About ol' Zeus, is it true that he throws those thunderbolts because they're the only thing about him that's big and stiff? (giggles) Well is it?

    • The Sovereign: I may be a cur, but I'm the cur with the cure.

  • Notes

    • Disclaimer: No beard-wearing, love-spewing, smooth talking, Ares impersonaters were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

    • There was some disappointment expressed by the fans over the internet after this episode aired because the credits spoiled a joke. Anyone paying attention to the opening credits knew that Renee O'Connor was to appear in the show, so when the Executioner came on they knew it had to be her.

  • Allusions

    • Xena: (after her thrown shoe takes out a guard) Oo, I guess I had more skills than I thought.

      This is an allusion to Xena'stag line, "I have many skills", used frequently on her own show.

    • Ioulaus: I'm not a numeral, I'm a free man.

      This shot of an imprisoned Iolaus is a direct homage to the 1967-68 show The Prisoner. The main character stating "I'm not a number, I'm a free man" was also used in the opening credits.

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