The day goes from bad to worse when Joxer is killed, but when the day begins again... and again... Xena realizes she's the only one who knows what's happening and remembers the previous days, she has a second chance to change things.
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The day repeats, but the sign at the inn doesn't! The sign changes a number of times, generally reflecting what will happen in the forthcoming version of the day.
During this episode, Joxer, Argo, Gabrielle and Xena die at least once.
Goof: In the same scene after listening to Xena's spiel, we see Gabrielle and Joxer just sitting there tied up. It seems they stay like that the whole day, yet when we see them again in the nightfall scene, they've switched positions.
Gabrielle: I'll rise, but I refuse to shine.
Joxer: (To Xena) I knew this would happen someday! You and me on the same wavelength. Two great minds, one thought!
Gabrielle: Only half a wit.
Xena: Every day, the rooster crows, Joxer walks in, the horseshoe falls, I save the old man, stop a duel and then the whole thing starts over again.
Joxer: Maybe it's the rooster.
(Xena gets a look in her eye and quickly kills the rooster with her chakram)
Gabrielle: Xena, you're saying that I forgot everything that happened yesterday?
Xena: You didn't just forget, it never happened to you.
Gabrielle: Well, if it never happened, then what's to forget?
Gabrielle: But today hasn't happened yet.
Xena: Well, it happened it me.
Xena: No, the other today.
Gabrielle: So you're saying that today is actually yesterday for you but for us, today is today because we can't remember that yesterday was today, right?
Gabrielle: Well, I don't get it.
Xena: Joxer? Joxer, you should be dead.
Joxer: True, a man like me should have died a thousand times if not for my prodigious skill and nerves of steel.
Xena: It's not the Fates, it's not Ares, it's not something that I ate. No, I have no poison dart marks. I have no Bacchae bites.
Joxer: Is that a hickey?
Joxer: (speaking to Gabrielle & Xena). Many people have bonded in there hatred of me. Take you two for instance.
Xena: Today is going to be a very busy day tomorrow.
Gabrielle: We've repeated the day that many times!
Gabrielle: But I...
Xena: No, no, yes, no, I tried that, yes both ways, no I don't know, no again. Any more questions?
(Gabrielle and Joxer just look puzzledand exchange looks)
Xena: Good. (Xena walks off)
Gabrielle: Xena, you have to stop them!
Xena: Been there, done that, didn't work.
Xena: Look, I'm real busy here. Go play with Joxer.
Xena: The first day everything seems normal. Well, excepting that Joxer gets killed. The next day, I fix that, and then Argo gets killed. On the third day, I know that there was something I am supposed to do. And that somehow, it's tied in with this blood feud. So, I find out all about the old man getting hit by the cart, and I save him. But the fighting breaks out anyway, and Gabrielle gets killed. Uhhh, Uhhh! So, somehow, I am supposed to save the old man, stop everyone else from getting killed, and make peace between the two houses. It's too much! So, I find out every stinky little thing there is to know about these people. I save the old man, stop the fighting, and then use the information I've got to make peace between the houses And still, it isn't enough!
This episode is regarded as one of the 10 classic Xena episodes of all time.
When Lucy was told that producer Liz Friedman was gay she said, "If I`d only known! She`s the first woman I`ve worshiped! I`d crawl 40 miles through broken glass just to wank off in her shadow!" This was paraphrased in a line about Joxer in this episode as an in-joke.
Lucy Lawless ad libbed several lines and gestures in the episode that were added in the final cut. These include the line Xena said about Joxer willing to crawl 50 miles in broken glass for Gabrielle, the line of Joxer asking Xena "Is that a hickey" as well as Xena sucking her thumb when laying back down after killing Joxer and placing the turnips questionably in front of Gabrielle at the end.
In an interview, Lucy Lawless stated that she had to keep very accurate notes with this episode because they shot it out of sequence. She stated that she had a large list she would make each day about what her character knew at the time so she could act properly.
This episode's script number is 224. It was also filmed during season 2, and was originally intended to air in season 2. However the TPTB wouldn't let the producers have 24 episodes.
DISCLAIMER: The rooster was not harmed during the production of this motion picture, although his feathers were severely ruffled. However, a little gel and mousse straightened out the mess.
A reference is made to Sinbad, a legendary pirate, who had a syndicated show airing at the time of this episode (the show lasted two seasons). The Hercules episode "Yes Virginia, There is a Hercules" (from the same year) also makes a reference to the The Adventures of Sinbad series.
The second major story reference is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Like this episode, it has two young lovers from two warring families and a young girl who poisons herself at the end. It also includes a direct quote near the beginning of the episode: when the two men are about to fight, Joxer steps in and is heard to say "What's in a name?"
The repeating day is exactly what happened in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, in which the main character repeated life over and over again until he made the day right. There are several similarities in this episode. In the movie, he spends one of his lives killing the groundhog, just as Xena spends one killing the rooster. Like in the movie, the day ends when everyone who can be saved is saved. It was also done previously on the science fiction series Star Trek, where it is known as the "Star Trek Temporal Loop". This concept has also been used in popular sci-fi show Stargate SG-1.
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