Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 4 Episode 6

A Tale of Two Muses

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 02, 1998 on



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: A toilet is heard flushing after Xena uses the bathroom, but flush toilets don`t exist yet. There was indoor plumbing during Roman times, but the waste was dropped directly into a flowing steam of water in subterranean sewers.

    • When Gabrielle gives her boots to the repairman, she complains about having to go barefoot for a few days. Ironically, she'll go most of the India arc barefoot.

    • Goof: At the end of Xena's first 'war' lesson as Gabrielle finishes her dance, a shot of her feet shows that Gabrielle's staff is on the ground. In the next shot Xena is shown holding the staff.

    • Nitpick: In this episode Calliope is refered to as the Muse of dance, but in the real mythology she was the Muse of epic poetry and eloquence.

    • Watch as Xena fills in Autolycus on what's going on - between their heads and behind them, you can see Gabrielle filling in Tara at the same time.

  • Quotes

    • Gabrielle: Ever since I heard that it's not allowed, oh, I've never wanted to dance so badly all my life. Just feels so good.
      Xena: Let's just try and get some sleep, huh?
      Gabrielle: Ay-yi-yi... Is the plan underway?
      Xena: (falling asleep, mumbles) Ahh.
      Gabrielle: 'Ahh?' I gotta dance.
      (Gabrielle tries to get up but Xena pushes her back down)
      Xena: Go to sleep.

    • Autolycus:(disguised as Philepon the Reformer) I'm telling you Istafan I see signs of decadence everywhere I go in this town. Do you realize on my way here I saw two people holding hands! You know where that can lead!

    • Istafan:The King of Thieves! That degenerate blowhard!
      Autolycus: (disguised as Philepon the Reformer) Beg your pardon?!
      Istafan: Sinners like him never have the courage to be really successful. I'm sure he's just a fraud, and an idiot.
      Autolycus: Haha, no doubt. Will you excuse me? (whispering to Xena) This plan of yours, does it involve humiliating that horse's ass?
      Xena: Yup.
      Autolycus: Then I'm in.

    • Autolycus: (as Gabrielle's "happy feet" makes her dance uncontrollably) Gabrielle, I sense there's some pent up energy, some frustration eating at you, some... unresolved desire. Ha, I can tell, you need to get...
      Gabrielle: Get dancing! I just wanna dance...
      Autolycus: Ah, well, actually I was on another track.

  • Notes

    • This episode marks the second and last appearence of Tara in Xena. The character was rumored to return in season 5, but by that time Shiri Appleby was starring on her own show Roswell.

    • Blooper: When talking about the elections, Renee accidentally said to the actor playing Istafan "I guess you'll have a real erection tomorrow." Istafan gave a cheer and two thumbs up at the prospect.

    • Renee O'Connor was raised Baptist but doesn't practice- they forbid drinking and dancing!

    • DISCLAIMER: No Self-Righteous Magistrates intent on surpressing the basic human right of freedom of expression were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

  • Allusions

    • Title: A Tale Of Two Muses
      this is a reference to the famous novel by Charles Dickens, "A Tale Of Two Cities", written in 1859.

    • This episode is a take-off on the movie Footloose, which has rebels in a small rural town dancing in spite of the local minister's strict denunciation of their evilness.

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