Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Season 1 Episode 6

The Wrong Path

Aired Monday 5:00 PM Jan 16, 1995 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Hercules, Iolaus and Hera are the only characters to appear in both this episode and the series finale.

    • Although not overly played on in the episode, it is stated that Iolaus' wife and children are also no longer around, freeing both him and Hercules up for the series.

    • Iolaus is turned to stone and later revived with stories of the Underworld, marking his second death/revival.The first occurred in the TV movie "Hercules and the Amazon Women".

    • Music: In this episode can be heard the track "Disguised Demon" written for the show by Joseph LoDuca. It is available on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Original Television Soundtrack.

    • Hercules' children's names are Aeson, Klonus and Ilea.

    • Goof: When Hercules has Aegina in his arms, her hands are tied together. Watch when he tosses her in the air. Her arms swing wide then, when she lands back in his arms, Aegina's hands are tied again.

  • Quotes

    • Hercules: Iolaus didn't die so you can turn tail and run.
      Lykus: The She-Demon's killed enough people.
      Hercules: Then let me end it for her here, right now.
      Lykus: How do you know you can?
      Hercules: I'm undefeated.

    • Iolaus: Well, you sound like you're not comin' home.
      Hercules: I'm not. If I'm going to accomplish anything in this life, it's in another direction. Goodbye, my friend. (he walks off)
      Iolaus: You don't know what's down that road.
      Hercules: That's what I'm gonna find out.

    • Lykus: Where's your respect for the Gods?
      Iolaus: In a pig trough, where it belongs.

    • Lykus: How can you call this Hercules a hero? He's too busy ravaging his own home to help anybody. He must be crazy. You people think it doesn't matter 'cause the blood of Zeus runs in his veins!
      Iolaus: Hey! Why don't you pipe down till you know what you're talking about?!
      Lykus: I know what I saw with my own eyes. That's all I'm saying.
      Iolaus: You didn't look into his heart. If you did, you'd have seen it was broken.
      Lykus: You don't make any more sense than Hercules did.
      Iolaus: He lost his family. You understand that? They were swept away in a fireball sent down by his stepmother.

    • Alcmene: Hercules?
      Hercules: Mother. How did you know?
      Alcmene: Zeus told me.
      Hercules: He doesn't have the courage to talk to me, huh? My own father.
      Alcmene: No, Hercules. Not now. There's plenty of time for anger. But your grief has to come first.

    • Iolaus: Don't doubt me, Lykus. I've fried bigger fish than your She-Demon, you know? When Hercules and I were battling the Titans, we were up against bearded behemoths, eight feet tall. No, ten. Even twelve! We still managed to beat back two waves of those ugly brutes. I tell ya, my head was echoing with the clang of swords for weeks after that... Oh, yeah.
      Lykus: I thought Hercules always fought his battles by himself.
      Iolaus: Yeah, well not when I'm around, he doesn't. We're a team, Hercules and me.
      Lykus: Not what the stories say.
      Iolaus: Stories?! What stories?!

    • Deianeira: That's who you are. People call for help, and you are.
      Hercules: And I always go, I know.
      Deianeira: Yes.
      Hercules: But I can't stand to see the Gods play with people's lives, you know... Anybody's lives.
      Deianeira: I know that. And I love that about you. You're Hercules. Don't try to change that. Not for me... Not for the kids. You'd only be lying to yourself. Who's the mighty Hercules going to help next?

    • Hercules: Pay attention for a moment, would you? The people in my life get killed. That's the price they pay for my friendship and my love.

    • Iolaus: What are you doing here?
      Hercules: I heard you were in trouble.
      Iolaus: Yeah, I guess I was. I was trying to help you.
      Hercules: You did, Iolaus. You taught me what a friend really is.

    • Iolaus: Death is the only cure, but they don't want you to die. They know how much good you have left to do. Hold them in your heart... 'til it's time.

    • Iolaus: Revenge is all that's left, Hercules. We wage a war against Hera, you and me. We'll turn everything she ever touched into rubble.

    • Hercules: Damn you, Hera! You'll pay for this till the day I die!

    • Aegina: I really was right, you know.
      Hercules: About what?
      Aegina: About how you should forget about that witch you have for a stepmother. About how no amount of revenge will ever bring your family back.
      Hercules: Nothing is, that's the trouble.
      Aegina: I'm sorry. I mean, I don't think I've said that. You really do have my sympathy. But you can't let it turn you into something you're not.

    • She-Demon: Don't you wanna touch me, too?
      Hercules: I had something else in mind.
      She-Demon: You're scaring me, Hercules. I don't like being scared. I like being loved. Don't you like being loved, too?
      Hercules: Not by somebody with scales on her rear end.

    • She-Demon: Don't hang back in the shadows, Hercules. Step out where I can see every wonderful inch of you. I know you can see me.

  • Notes

    • Using peacock feathers for symbolizing Hera was originally done to save money, but was kept because the viewers had stated that they did indeed like it.

  • Allusions

    • The death of Deianira and the kids being the impetus for Hercules's legendary journeys is based upon the death of Heracles's first wife Megara. After killing Megara and their children in a fit of madness, Heracles proceeded to redeem himself by undertaking the Twelve Labors. In the myth, Hera is still the root cause, having been the one to curse him with madness in the first place.

    • Lykus: (briefing Hercules on the foe he will be facing) A She-Demon. She turns the men of my village into stone, and then steals their souls and gives them to Hecate in the Underworld.

      In Greek mythology, Hecate was the chthonic goddess of magic and the moon, as well as childbirth and crossroads.

    • Mythology: Hera

      In Greek mythology, Hera was the queen of the gods, married to Zeus, who was also her younger brother. She is said to have had much contempt for Hercules for existing because it was a constant reminder of her husband's affairs and try to diminish his life at every opportunity.

    • Mythology: Zeus

      In Greek mythology, Zeus was the king of the gods on Mount Olympus. He was the god of the skies and of thunder. He was married to Hera, yet was known for having affairs. One of these included Hercules' mother, Alcmene.

    • Mythology: Alcmene

      In Greek mythology, Alcmene was the mother of Hercules. She was married to Amphitryon. While he was away, Zeus came to her disguised as her husband and thus was the conception of Hercules.

    • Mythology: Turning men into stone.

      The She-Demon was not the known character in Greek mythology who turned men into stone. The best known character to do this is Medusa. She was said to have had snakes for hair and turned men into stone by them looking at her.

    • Mythology: Deianeira

      In Greek mythology, Deianeira was the third wife of Hercules. She was the daughter of Althaea and the king of Calydon, Oeneus.

    • Mythology: Hercules is the Roman name for this half-God; set in Greece, they should be calling him Heracles, which means "the glory of Hera". In mythology Alcmene, Hercules' mother was devoted to Hera, and some stories say she was her priestess.

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