When Hercules returned to his childhood home to visit his mother, he encountered Oi-Lan on the trading block. The young woman had been taken prisoner by Belus, a notorious slave trader. Disgusted by the spectacle, Hercules bought Oi-Lan and set her free. Then Hercules and Oi-Lan joined forces to free her fiancé, Cyrus, who was being taken to Libya to be pitted in the arena against the lions. Belus was beaten in a pitched battle, and Oi-Lan and Cyrus were married at Hercules' mother's home. Hercules then invited them to settle on the land he once shared with his family.moreless
Hercules: (looking at Iolaus' pig) Oh, someone new in your life?
Iolaus: Oh, very funny. I'm just about to sell Penelope to the b-u-t-c-h-e-r.
Hercules: Oh, the butcher. (pig squeals) You know, you've got to stop naming your animals.
Nasty Mother: Hey Hercules, I've got a deal for a big, strong man like you. If you'll spend a little time with me, I'll give you everything you want for your grain. Whaddaya say, Pretty Boy? It wouldn't kill ya!
Nasty Mother: (leering at Hercules) That other two hundred dinars will be waiting for you if you change your mind...
Hercules: (muttering) Pigs will fly first.
Hercules: Those three lunkheads who tried to grab you- where'd you learn to throw people like that?
Oi-Lan: One gift my father gave me was an education in the martial arts.
Hercules: Didn't look like you missed any s.
Hercules: (rescuing Cyrus after he tried to kill him) Cyrus! I think you owe me an apology!
Cyrus: I thought you were dead!
Hercules: We'll talk about that later.
Oi-Lan: We come from far different places, Hercules. And yet we come from the same place.
Hercules: What were you doing swinging through the trees?
This episode features Lucy Liu in one of her earliest on-screen performances.
Even though this episode aired 8th (not including the 5 movies), it was actually the second episode of the series to be filmed. Iolaus' outfit is similar in appearance to "The Wrong Path" his top is blue, whereas in the previous episode it was purple.
Alcmene: It would make me the happiest woman since Venus and Adonis.
Adonis was a young man so fabled for his beauty that Aphrodite (Venus) and Persephone quarreled over him. Eventually Zeus settled their quarrel by figuratively dividing him up- he was to spend 4 months with Aphrodite, 4 months with Persephone, and 4 months to himself. Aphrodite later seduced him into spending his free months with her, but when he died he was all Persephone's since he resided from then on in the Underworld.
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