Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 7

Intimate Stranger (1)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1996 on



  • Trivia

    • Chakram Count: 1
      1) To prove to Gabrielle and Joxer that she's the real Xena.

    • Goof: We see Callisto in Xena's body kill Theodorus but the blood actually starts pouring from his neck before the dagger touched it.

  • Quotes

    • Gabrielle: (to Xena) This is such a mess! You wish you hadn't killed her, Joxer wishes he had killed her, and I wish she'd never been born. I guess Callisto won after all.

    • Gabrielle: Yeah. I used to have the most vivid dreams. You know, my best stories came from them. I haven't dreamt once since Perdicus died. The stories just aren't there, anymore.

    • Joxer: Great! Well, you think you can cut me down, without dropping me flat on my face?
      Xena: No.
      (Xena cuts rope, Joxer falls flat on his face)

    • Callisto: Hello, Xena. Oh, how I've missed you. Do you know how boring Tartarus can be? Same old torture every day, every day. Makes me appreciate what we had.

    • Callisto in Xena's body: (telling Gabrielle she must kill Callisto) I was wrong. You had every right to, not me. For me, it was murder. And the guilt is going to destroy me. I don't think I can do it again.

    • Xena in Callisto's body: A long time ago, you told me the cycle of hate has to end, and the only way to end it is through love. It's a hard lesson to learn. Callisto couldn't possibly know or understand that.

  • Notes

    • Hudson playing Xena was done to cover for the lack of Lucy Lawless after her riding accident while taping the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 8, 1996. The episode originally had the two switching bodies back at the end, but was adapted to incorporate the body switch at the last minute.

    • DISCLAIMER: Argo was not harmed during the prooduction of this motion picture. However, she is undergoing intensive psychotherapy to help her work through her resentment and feelings of distrust toward Xena.

    • This episode is also known as "Callisto's Nightmare".

  • Allusions