When bandits steal the North Star for the Goddess Aphrodite, Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer set out on a quest to restore the mystical diamond to the heavens and prevent the chaos that would ensue without it's guiding light. However, when Aphrodite casts a spell that turns Joxer into an ape-man and Gabrielle into a complete narcissist, it's up to the fish-obsessed warrior princess to pull everything together.moreless
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The landslide scene is reused from "A Necessary Evil", in which a bunch of rocks fell on Velasca.
Goof: Xena picks up a fish from Aphrodite's altar and identifies it as walleye, but it's not. Walleyes are longer, narrower, and have large, spiky dorsal fins.
While she is fishing, Xena whistles the show's theme tune to herself.
Gabrielle is one of only three characters to sing her or his own praises besides Joxer on the series, and the only one not directly connected to Joxer to do so. The other two are Annie (Joxer's future self) and Virgil (Joxer's son).
Maecanus: Tie your gem on my arrow so my shaft can bring you satisfaction.
Aphrodite: (to Maecanus' henchmen) I do believe your sweaty, smelly leader is flirting with the Goddess of Love. (she breaks the head off the arrow shaft) You don't have the thrust. Besides, my guy in Parnassus has better equipment, and he knows when to shoot.
Gabrielle: (urgently) Xena! There's something really important I need to speak with you about! Do these boots work with this skirt?
Gabrielle: She wants me to fist a fish? I can barely say it, much less do it! Xena, you just don't realise how primitive you really are. (shaking head) She just doesn't appreciate the truly great work of art that I am.
Gabrielle: (before going to sleep) I still think you need to do something about Joxer. (Joxer makes some monkey noises)
Joxer: (in his Ape Man persona) Wiggly food. (he eats a grub)
Xena: (handing Joxer her catch) Okay, you take care of these. I'm gonna start a fire.
Joxer: (grunting like a chimp) Oh ... oh!
Xena: (referring to Aphrodite's minions) They're probably headed for Parnassus. The priest there is an expert astrologer. Who knows what stupid thing Aphrodite would want him to do with it.
Aphrodite: Nice. Double-dose for you, Warrior Babe.
Xena: (admiring one of Aphrodite's offerings) A walleye.
Aphrodite: (preparing to give Xena a new obsession) Big mistake. You're never getting that smell off your hands now.
(Joxer and Gabrielle swing through the trees, Xena grabs Gabrielle and then Joxer does a "George of the Jungle" straight into a tree and slides down to the forest floor)
Joxer: (In high pitched voice) Attis glad that over!
(Arrow flys and hits Joxer between the legs)
Joxer: Attis renounce throne.
Xena: (to Gabrielle): The only reason I do any good at all in this world is because I do it with you.
Gabrielle: I was trying to kiss my reflection in the water. I couldn't resist it. I leaned over and I tried to press my lips--
Xena: And you fell in. Any fish down there?
Gabrielle: And then you... you pulled me up, and I looked into your eyes, and Xena, I finally realized, there can only be one person for me in my life.
Gabrielle: Me! (Xena looks disappointed and leaves) Hey! I let you save me!
Gabrielle:(singing) Well, listen to my story about Gabrielle, a cute little gal that's looking really swell, perfect hair, such a lovely lass, nice round breasts and a firm, young--
Xena: (claps a hand over Gabrielle's mouth) Are you out of your mind?
Gabrielle: Too loud? Are you worried we're gonna get there and the fish'll be gone?
Xena: I'm worried we're gonna get there and the fish'll be ARMED!
Xena: This is going to be the best thing of your young lives. Come on Gabrielle, let's get wet.
Xena: I've got it, I know what to do. The North Star is on the verge of extinction, the fate of the world lies in our hands. We've got no choice. We're going fishing!
Aphrodite: (tallying the day's offerings at her Temple) Need it ... got it ... hate it ... can always hock it ... Grody! Why do these mortal types always give me fish? I hate fish.
Shooting Dates: January 26 through February 4, 8 day shoot.
Kite fishing is actually something done quite regularly in New Zealand, where the show was filmed. They use kites to get their lines past the breakers for deep water fishing.
This episode is also known as 'Fish Schticks'. (This was probably the working title, changed at the request of advertiser DeBeers Diamonds to include the word 'gem').
In the original script, Gabrielle - instead of becoming obsessed with herself - becomes obsessed with Xena and sexual positions that she views in Aphrodite's temple. However, just a couple of days before the episode was due to start filming, the producers were told that this could not be filmed, and that advertisers would back out. So at the last minute, the plot was changed for Gabrielle to be obsessed with herself instead.
Josh Becker, the director of this episode, was the one who created the Theme song that Gabrielle sings to herself, well as the Joxer the Mighty song sung in several other episodes.
The origin of this story had two sources. One was Rob Tapert wanted to see Xena try to take a day off and go fishing. The other was that the De Beers diamond company agreed to pay higher advertising rates for an episode that included diamonds. So when Rob Tapert found out about the studio's promise that there would be a gem in the episode, he asked, "Will it work if Gabrielle gives Xena a wedding ring?" The studio's answer was, "NO!"
DISCLAIMER: Joxer's dignity was slightly harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, Gabrielle's pink nightie was restored to it's original condition.
Gabrielle: Gabrielle the Great, Gabrielle of Troy, Our Lady Gabrielle, Gabrielle of the Nile, Gabrielle of Olympia, Gabrielle and the Four Seasons.
Gabrielle's epithets are the same as many of the most famous and highly sought women of the ancient world. Gabrielle of Troy echoes Helen of Troy, Our Lady Gabrielle uses the title of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Gabrielle of the Nile is meant to be compared to the most seductive woman of antiquity, Cleopatra of the Nile.
When Gabrielle sees herself in the water and falls in after trying to kiss herself she is following in the footsteps of Narcissus, a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection. He refused to leave the pool showing his image, repeatedly trying to kiss himself and failing until he began to starve, so he was changed by the Gods into a flower, a daffodil(aka narcissus).
Character - Attis
Attis bears a very strong resemblance to George of the Jungle. George was a Saturday morning cartoon on ABC from 1967-1970 that parodied the heroic exploits of another jungle man, Tarzan. George was known for not seeing where he was going and slamming into trees.
Song - Gabrielle's theme
Gabrielle sings the lyrics of her song to the music/theme song of the classic television show Beverly Hillbillies.
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