Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 4

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1996 on
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When Orpheus loses the power to subdue the God Bacchus with his music, Xena and Gabrielle risk their lives to end Bacchus's reign of terror.

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  • Fun and cheesy...

    The first time I watched "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", I thought it was so cheesy but since it seems to be a favorite or appears on some 10 top lists, I just had to give it another try…

    It's a campy blend of Greek mythology, vampirism and an action adventure drama. I can overlook the distorted interpretations of myths and legends. For instance, Bacchus, the god of wine, being portrayed as a demonic vampire and the Dryads, fairy-like creatures of nature devoid of wings, depicted as flying skeletons. I thought it was a bit of genius that the storyline makes the correlation of blood and wine, one being substituting for the other, which results in one being turned into a Bacchae.

    The scenes of the headless Orpheus are swapped repeatedly between a incredibly fake replica of Orpheus' head with moving mouth and the blue screened live shots of the actor's real head. The result being so poorly done, it's hilarious.

    It would have been a better episode with Orpheus in whole form, possibly losing his head (in keeping with the Greek myth) and regaining it later at some point in the story. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" must have taken some notes from the 1985 movie "Legend". For one, the fashion in which Bacchus is killed (stabbed in the abdomen, in this case, with a Dryad bone) and the second being the laughing image of the creature (who hasn't actually been killed or defeated) as the scene ends.

    It's funny and very enjoyable and I'd watch it again if time allows although it's not one of my favs… but hey to each his own.moreless
  • That's all they really want, some fun.. When the working day is done, oh girls they want to have fun, oh girls just want to have fun...

    This is a very enjoyable episode in all respects. It is such a contrasting mesh of sets, camera angles, special effects, bizarre characters, bizarre fight scenes, that it feels like it shouldn't work. However, like many episodes of Xena, though it feels like it shouldn't work - it inevitably does, in fine style!

    From start to finish Girls Just Wanna Have Fun has a very unique feel to it. It stands out as one of a very small number of supernaturally creepy episodes (the other most noteworthy occur in Season 6) and it is such a welcome change of pace. The whole look of the episode is different and although the camera angles and shots get to be a bit much after a while, it does not detract overly from the episode itself.

    A very special Welcome Back! must go to Joxer, who is in fine form in this episode, and definitely gets ALL of the good lines! He had me giggling on a number of occasions and his presence gave the episode a great comedic feel. At no point does this episode try to take itself too seriously: it aims to be creepy, quirky and comedic and achieves these goals sensationally.

    Orpheus was very interesting, and it is a shame that more couldn't have been done to play with his character. It feels like he was underused, because he was definitely a standout, considering that he is just a head!

    I really enjoyed the whole music video/club scene feel to the episode. This could have gone very wrong and ended up feeling like it was trying way to hard, but as it is, the scenes are effective and move the story along nicely.

    Xena's "Is she, isn't she??" moments where she does her best to convince Joxer that she is a Bacchae are very funny, and Lucy does a great job, proving once again that she can be a very effective comedienne. In terms of Joxer, Ted Raimi is already demonstrating the amazing chemistry he has with both the leading ladies, which is what cemented him as one of the most enduring and loved recurring characters in the series.

    I have to agree with other reviewers that the "subtext" in this episode is anything but, and is basically slapping you in the face it is so obvious. The lesbian themes that are evident from start to finish are effective and add another fascinating layer to the episode. As a huge subtext fan (as we all know) I really enjoy the Xena-Gabrielle moments, if for no other reason than that they add another dimension to their characters.

    Overall, this episode just works. It is very memorable, even if it does not make it into my top episodes list. I think that although this episode is probably not a favourite for many fans, it is so unusual that it sticks in your mind as a Season 2 highlight.moreless
  • Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer try to help Orpheus, reduced to an animated head, the only one who has the power subdue evil power-hungry god Bacchus with his lute music. A highly enjoyable episode...moreless

    The fourth episode of the second season, and easily the best of the season thus far.

    This has all of the hallmarks of a 'Halloween episode' – blood-drinking vampires (Bacchae) wolves, an animated, body-less head, flying skeleton creatures (Dryads)... its all in there (to the point that I was surprised it didn't air until a couple of weeks later, closer to Halloween itself).

    The episode marks the return of Joxer, first introduced in the previous season's 'Callisto'. By this second appearance, I was starting to warm to him slightly more.

    This is a definite 'monster episode'. It is 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' that usually does the monsters (in the early days at least), whereas Xena often kept things more down to earth (well, slightly!), so it is a nice change to see a formidable 'monster' in Xena.

    The Cindy Lauper-inspired title and the in-episode dance music are strong examples of how the series was more and more using modern influences in its ancient settings. You really get the feeling that they had fun making this episode.

    The story is scary, but in a fun way. I like the scenes of Joxer when he becomes convinced that Xena has been bitten by a Bacchae. [Mild spoilers] Of course, it is Gabrielle who has really become a Bacchae, and is soon out to get Xena and Joxer.

    And the climatic scene of vampire Gabrielle biting Xena… subtext all over. [End of mild spoilers]

    All-in-all, a highly enjoyable tale, one of the highlights of the season.moreless
  • Bite, Suck, Taste me!!

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-When Orpheus loses the power to subdue the god Bacchus with his music, Xena and Gabrielle risk their lives to end Bacchus's reign of terror.

    One of my favorites!!! This was on fo the first ever Monster villains on Xena and Bacchus is a great one. Just the way he looks, talks and speaks is creepy and very demonic. Also, Joxer returns and brings some comic relief of course. This episode have some nice twists with Xena getting biten by a Bacchae, and wondering if she really is going to become one of them, but then Gabrielle turns out to be a Bacchae. Orpheus was funny with him only being a head, and he and Joxer made a good match with their humor. I just love the ending of this episode with Xena fighting the Bacchae and Gabrielle biting Xena. It's a really tense scene and it never gets boring. All in All, This is a great episode and one my early favorites of Xena.moreless
  • This is a humorous yet seductive episode.

    Xena and Gabrielle meet Joxer this head of a prince I think. Bacchus who is the Prince of Darkness of a sort.

    Fast Fwd: Gabrielle gets bitten by one of Bacchus's "Children" and eventually turns into a Bacchi. Gabrielle fleas off to drink and be initiated with Bacchus. Bacchus also has the harp-like instrument called a "Liar" that holds the key to getting back the prince's body with his head.

    Xena allows herself to be bitten by Gabrielle in the cave in order to trick Bacchus and destroy.

    "No Xena, the only person who can kill me is another Bacchi"

    Colored eyes and Fangs..and the common seductive medieval female wardrobe. Vampirism adds to it.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, Orpheus' wife Eurydice is mentioned as being alive and being a Bacchae (also a friend of Xena's) but, in Young Hercules, Eurydice is killed by Bacchus (accidentally). Also, she and Orpheus never got married. Perhaps Bacchus was able to persuade Hades to bring her back?

    • Chakram Count : 2
      1) To save Orpheus from the Dryad.
      2) To stop Gabrielle from drinking the blood.

    • When Gabrielle gets bitten by a bacchae it takes quite some time for her to transform into one but later when Xena gets bitten by Gabrielle, Xena transforms immediately into a bacchae. Perhaps Gabrielle's system was unconsciously fighting the change, whereas Xena embraced it and transformed more swiftly.

    • For the first time, Joxer takes off his helmet, after wearing it throughout "Callisto". Actually, Ted hated wearing it and tried to take it off at every opportunity, but they kept making him put it back on.

    • Watch Gabrielle when she and Xena walk through the woods at the beginning of the episode. As she tells Xena that she heard the Bacchae can take many forms, she stumbles on a root.

    • Goof: See if you can spot the small propane tank sitting next to a torch when Gabrielle is crossing the courtyard.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Joxer: (in an undertone to Gabrielle about Xena) Don't ask her any questions. Are you kidding me? Anything she says is going to propel her into a Bacchaean frenzy. You better give me this. (snatching her staff) I'm going to sharpen it into a point. (Gabrielle grabs it back) Okay, fine. But when she bites you head off in the middle of the night, don't come running to me!

    • Joxer: A package from Orpheus to Xena.
      Gabrielle: What is it?
      Joxer: It speaks for itself.
      (Xena pulls out Orpheus' still living head, which screams)

    • Joxer: Ummm... are you sure you know where we're going?
      Xena: It's all right Joxer, just follow me.
      Orpheus: That's right Joxer, follow Xena blindly to your death.
      Joxer: Don't worry, we know where we're going... What do you mean, death?

    • Joxer: (discussing retrieving the lyre) We'll get it back?! Wait a minute, let me get this straight: first we find the lyre, then we get someone to play it... uh, Orpheus sings, the Bacchae sleep... ah, we go in, kill Bacchus and free the girls?
      Xena: Exactly.
      Joxer: That was easy enough.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Dryads are portrayed in this episode as vicious, winged skeletons, but in mythology they were nonviolent maidens associated with trees. They were classed as supernatural beings but had no godlike powers, and died only when their tree died.

    • DISCLAIMER: No Bloodsucking Bacchae were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, a few Dryads lost their heads.


    • Orpheus: There are variations on the myth of Orpheus, but most maintain that he was a talented musician in the favor of Apollo. His wife Eurydice was killed when she stepped on a snake on her wedding day (fleeing from the son of Apollo, or dancing with naiads, depending on who you ask). After her death, Orpheus forswore the love of women. The Bacchae, angry at his rejection of them, tore him apart. In another variation, Bacchus was angry with Orpheus for worshiping Apollo instead of him, and ordered the Bacchae to tear him apart.

    • Title: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
      The title, refers to Cyndi Lauper's hit song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". It was an 80's top ten hit which defined an era. Obviously, the producers were having fun too.