Alex Kurtman and Roberto Orci propose Chimpules. The next episode, "Porkules", was written by the real-life writers.
Clips used in this episode are:
* The climax from 'Atlantis' (third season)
* Clips from 'Judgment Day' (third season)
* An overview of 'Surprise' (third season)
* A brief scene of Ares and Callisto
* An overview of '...And Fancy Free' (fourth season)
* An overview of 'Stranger In A Strange World' (fourth season)
* An overview of 'Two Men And A Baby' (fourth season)
* Scenes from the 'Young Hercules' two-hour pilot
* A clip from Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus
Nitpick: At the end of the episode, Strife appears with Ares. Only thing is, Strife was killed off two episodes ago in 'Armageddon Now Part 1'.
This is Ted Raimi's last appearance on Hercules, though he appeared in many more Xena episodes.
Nitpick In the credits, Johnny's last name is Pinto, but Beth (Gina Torres) always calls him "Pinko".
Xena's horse Argo has a cameo walk-on in the background.
Rob: You guys sit there like VEGETABLES for six months and the first idea you come up with is Chimpules?!
Alex: Well, we were saving it for the right time.
B.S. Hollinsfoffer: How the f*** did they get these jobs?!
Paul: Hey, Melissa? There's something I've always wanted to ask you. Do you sleep on your stomach?
Paul: Can I?
Jerry: Back in Korea, we had a saying: you never leave a man behind.
Liz: When were you in Korea?
Jerry: I was there for the Olympics, missy! It was hell.
Paul: Say, I've forgotten my phone number. Can I use yours?
Melissa: (after Paul tries out a pick-up line on her) Paul, I'm wasting my life in a dead-end job while I watch the rest of the world pass me by. Now, why would I want to make things worse by dating you?
Paul: I know you don't mean that, baby! Hey, why don't you let me take you to Vegas? I can teach you how to play roulette.
Melissa: Make it Russian Roulette, you got yourself a deal.
Beth: (looking Jerry up and down) Oo, tall, dark, and handsome. I miss you Jer. A hard man is good to find these days.
Jerry: Well, I told you Beth, relationships are for the weak.
Beth: A week, a day, I'll take an hour. Truth is, I only need a few minutes. (looking at his package) How is Captain Hap-py?
Jerry: (turning pale and hurrying away) Have mercy!
Beth: (on the phone, trying to recast Hercules) What?! Bernie, speak English! Are you telling me he'd rather do a hemorrhoids commercial?! Fine! Fine, then I'm sure he'll enjoy sticking it where the sun don't shine! (hangs up the phone) Don Knotts won't do it.
Ares: This is not over, Hercules! We'll meet again.
Hercules: (as Kevin Sorbo) Hm. Have your people call my people. We'll do lunch.
Rob: Oh no, I'm blind! (begins praying) I swear from now on I'll sing in the shower.
Rob: Is he insane, or am I crazy?
Liz: Which question would you like me to answer first?
Ares: I can't believe you have these mortals convinced that you're this 'Kevin Sorbo' character.
Hercules: Some people just aren't ready for the truth.
Producer Eric Gruendemann was the only crew member who got to choose the actor to play him. Liz Friedman was unhappy with how she was portrayed, but admitted she liked having Hudson "be" her. And of course, as lifelong friends, there was never any question whether Bruce Campbell would be playing Rob Tapert or not!
The joke is that they have to replace Kevin Sorbo, who has gone missing in an earthquake. But this actually happened, when Kevin suffered an extremely serious brain aneurysm, and almost died. They had to scramble to make the show without Kevin, or with as little of him as possible once he was recovered enough to work limited hours.
Bob (Roberto) Orci and Melissa Blake met while working for Rob at Renaissance, and later married.
Disclaimer: Any resemblance between the Hercules cast and the Renaissance staff is purely intentional.
She is referring to the hit comedy show The Wonder Years, which was the narrated reminisces of a grown man about his youth.
Millenium was a Chris Carter sci-fi/thriller show which followed an FBI profiler who could read the mind of serial killers. Cop Rock was a cop show that used a musical format to tell the stories, but only lasted one season.
Title: Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules
The title comes from the famous editorial from the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun. A girl named Virginia O'Hanlon had been told by her schoolmates that there was no Santa. Her father told her that the Sun only printed the truth, so the girl wrote to paper for an answer. Editor Francis Church answered all over the front page with the title "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus."