Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2000 on



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Gabrielle: Do you even know where we're going?
      Xena: Do we ever know where we're going?

    • Gabrielle: You saved me today, Xena, against the Greater Good. Why? Isn't that what we've been fighting for?
      Xena: Gabrielle, in everyone's life there's something that goes beyond the Greater Good. That's what you are in my life. I wasn't about to let you die out there if there was something I could do about it.
      Gabrielle: What if it was my choice?
      Xena: Especially if it was your choice.

    • Gabrielle: (referring to their disguises) For once, Xena, I'd like to be the Roman noble and you be the slave.

  • Notes

    • Writer Melissa Good had included one line in the script that said "Xena and Gabrielle rinse the sand off themselves", but was surprised at how Robert Tapert interpreted that on the screen.

    • In some areas, when this episode was first aired in syndication, Xena and Gabrielle's bodies were blurred as they came out of the spring. One other channels, they cut the few seconds when they emerged.

    • Their location for this episode were the sand hills near Dargaville, two hours north of Auckland. The remoteness of the spot made the days even longer than usual, since it took 1 1/2 hours to reach the site each day from their temporary base in Dargaville.

    • Missy wrote Gabrielle fighting with a staff for two reasons. First, because Gabrielle was having a reaction to killing Korah and wanted to use a weapon that wouldn't kill anyone by mistake. Second, and more importantly to her, she loved the way Renee fought with a staff and knew she wouldn't get to see more of it if she didn't write it herself.

    • Originally Gabrielle was supposed to be pulled apart by four horses. But Rob Tapert said they couldn't do that for safety reasons, so he suggested "Death by Polo" instead.

    • In an earlier version of the script Gabrielle kills Korah in the teaser, not knowing who he is, as he tries to kidnap her from a Roman City in North Africa. It was changed to make it's impact greater when Gabrielle kills a youth she knows idolizes her by mistake.

    • On the beat sheets Missy Good jokingly titled this episode "Two Women in Search of a Chariot Race" because Rob Tapert told her he envisioned the episode as having a chariot race. That didn't work out, so they did the race in "The God You Know" later in the season.

    • DISCLAIMER: Despite severe air turbulence, no sand fleas were harmed during the making of this motion picture, although some experienced periodic bouts of motion sickness.

  • Allusions

    • Scipio
      In her Roman disguise, Xena says she's the wife of Scipio the third. The Scipios were famous generals in the late Roman republic. One of them, Scipio Africanus, defeated Hannibal's invasion of Italy, and followed him back to North Africa, where he won the Second Punic War at the Battle of Zama. He's recognized as one of the greatest generals in history for his defeat of the Carthiginians.

    • Kahina
      Kahina was a real war leader of the North African Berbers. She united the tribes to fight against the invading Arabs of the Caliphate around 680 AD.