While traveling to return the enchanted Helmet of Hermes to the King of Thebes, Xena and Gabrielle rescue Genia, a virgin who is about to be sacrificed willingly by religious zealots in exchange for protection from a warlord. Xena and Gabrielle think that introducing Genia to Aphrodite would convince her that throwing away her life for a God is a bad idea but it backfires on them when Genia becomes a disciple to Aphrodite, who casts a love spell on Genia, causing her to fall in love with the warlord's son. Now, Gabrielle, Xena, and Aphrodite must go to extensive measures to save the helmet from the warlord's greedy hands and save Genia from the zealots, who've teamed up with the warlord to stop Xena. Meanwhile, it's Gabrielle's birthday, which means a series of practical jokes and one-up-man-ship between Gabrielle and Xena.moreless
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In this episode Genia is angry when Xena stops the priests from sacrificing her. This scene was very similar to one that Renee O'Connor performed in the second Hercules movie, Hercules and the Lost Kingdom.
Last appearance of Alexandra Tydings as Aphrodite in the series.
There are many recycled Xena and Hercules actors in this episode. Notably, Latham Gaines (Zarat the zealot) appeared in three previous episodes ("Lyre, Lyre", "Warrior... Princess", and "Cradle of Hope"), as well as two Hercules episodes.
Listen for the line, "Ow! My eye!" when Ferragus tosses the chicken leg over his shoulder.
Watch when they go to the marketplace: there's a sword swallower, and another man is next to him attempting the same trick with a banana.
Xena goes by the pseudonym Anthrax, a name that would become less humorous six months later when anthrax began appearing in circulated mail.
Watch Aphrodite's bag when Ferragus roots through it. There's some naughty items that the warlord tosses around while he's looking for a helmet!
Gabrielle: How big is it?
Xena: It's huge!
Gabrielle: Is it so big that I can't carry it?
Xena: Nah, you can slip it in your pocket.
Gabrielle: (skinny dipping with Xena) Come on in!
Genia: (still on the shore covering her eyes from such unholy nudity) No.
Gabrielle: The water's great!
Genia: No, thank you. It's okay. I'll just stay here and... look at the bushes!
Genia: (when Xena suggests her God sent her to save her) Or maybe he sent you to test my faith! I'm going to hold my breath and sacrifice myself.
Xena: Yeah, good one.
Genia: But the Goddess of Love is an evil myth, told to rob women of their virtue and strip men of their pride!
Aphrodite: Well, you got the stripping men part right, honey.
Ferragus: You see, in exchange for the helmet I promised Zarat I'd take you out of the picture.
Gabrielle: Since when do warlords keep their promises?
Ferragus: Since I wanted to kick your butt anyway!
Gabrielle: She's planning my doom. I know it. I can feel it.
Clergyman: Stop! You are interrupting a religious ceremony!
Xena: (touches hand to head sarcastically) Forgive me, Father.
Genia: (upon being rescued by Xena) Oh Divine Presence, as You have made Yourself manifest, take Thy humble servant Genia to Thy Bosom.
Xena: Whoa! These are spoken for.
DISCLAIMER: No fish guts were harmed in the making of this motion picture.
Lucy's yelp in disbelief in the swimming scene was real, since Renee unexpectedly pinched Lucy.
Lucy played a practical joke on the crew during the filming, getting up in drag and pretending to be a fan gone amok. She had them all fooled, but eventually she clued them in to the gag.
This episode was originally titled "Two Bags Full".
Renee O'Connor announced to the cast and crew that she was pregnant during the filming of this episode.
This episode was replacement for "Last Dance", a.k.a. "The Sappho Episode", a musical episode, because production fell through right before filming was to start. It was to include a duet between Gabrielle and Xena of the Donna Summer song "Last Dance", culminating in a passionate kiss between the two heroines. It has been suggested that this episode was dropped because the Xena team didn't want to make the subtext into... text.
Gabrielle: (reading the poem by Sappho Xena gave her) There's a moment when I look at you and no speech is left in me. My tongue breaks then fire races under my skin and I tremble, and grow pale for I am dying of such love or so it seems to me.
Xena's poem for Gabrielle is an actual fragment of a poem by Sappho of Lesb*s the most famous lyric poetess of ancient Greece. Much of her poetry is interpreted as being about the love of a woman for another woman, and the words "lesbian" and "sapphic" are derived from her fame. It is unknown whether the poems were supposed to be autobiographical, or if she was writing from the perspective of a man. However, much of her work does reference other parts of her life, suggesting that these poems are from a personal standpoint.
The telescope was invented in 1608 (credited to three Dutch inventors, and improved by Galileo the following year), making it extremely odd that Xena would have one.
Aphrodite: (when accused of misusing her powers to do tricks) Well, I'm really more of a material girl.
"Material Girl" is a hit song by Madonna, and the epithet has become associated with the singer and her "blond ambition".
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