Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 6 Episode 10

Old Ares Had A Farm

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2001 on



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Gasgar: Can't we take this outside?! (both Xena & Gabrielle continue to fight) Okay... I'll leave!

    • Dempar: (in regards to his dog running away) That's him!
      Ares: That's not a dog! It's a horse. We breed 'em small around here!

    • Dempar: (in regards to the dog that Ares has fallen in love with) You can't miss him, he's got two different colour eyes!
      Ares: One Grey, and one blue?
      Dempar: Yes!
      Ares: I've never seen him!

    • Gabrielle: It's amazing. He's bonded with the dog.
      Xena: Well, that dog worships him. That's a relationship Ares can understand.

    • Xena: Uh, Ares my plan's working perfectly.
      Ares: You planned to drive me insane?
      Xena: No, my plan to deal with Gasgar.

    • Xena: Ares, what are you doing?
      Ares: Oh, I'm just lying here, smelling my mortality. Every muscle in my body aching. I have gray hair. And the dog has its tongue in my mouth.

    • Ares: Is there anything the two of us agree on? (Gabrielle looks at Xena) Oh yeah. Anything else?

    • Ares: (to Xena) What brings you here? Animal magnetism?

    • Gabrielle: (after acting like a slut to help fool the soldiers) I was just playing with my character. I just used the first thing that popped into my head.
      Ares: I think that says a lot about you.

    • (After putting "the pinch" on Ares, who's disguised as a farmer)
      Xena: You are going to be dead in thirty seconds, you and your little dog too, if you don't tell me have you seen Ares, the God of War?

    • (Gasgar's men ride up to the house)
      Xena: I'll be out back. Wouldn't do to find the warrior princess hanging out on a farm

    • Xena: My grandmother used to sit in this chair and rock and tell me stories of the Olympian Gods.
      Ares: Bet she didn't know you'd grow up to kill most of them.

    • Xena: Who are you?
      Siki:They call me 'Battling Siki!'
      Xena: Nobody ever called you that, you just made that up. But unless you want to be known as 'Dead Siki', you'll be moving on.

  • Notes

    • One scene was cut after Horace the dog runs from the salesman. Ares looks sad, and Gabrielle and Xena attempt to console him. Gabrielle says, "That's all right, Ares, we'll get you another puppy." Ares, lip trembling and tears forming, says, "I don't want another puppy. I want Horace."

    • Philip Tallman was nominated for the 2002 Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing in Television - Music, Episodic Live Action" for this episode.

    • Ares tells Greba that he'd like to discuss "raising root vegetables" with her. In New Zealand, "rooting" is a euphemism for sex.

    • The scene where Gabrielle rolls over and hits Ares in a very vulnerable spot had to be filmed many, many times, because Renee was trying too hard not to hurt Kevin. By the end Kevin was actively encouraging her to hit him. Kevin mentioned at a convention that they ended up with so many imperfect takes that they had to use the one where Renee was burying her face in the pillow laughing.

    • DISCLAIMER: Ares went to the dogs in the making of this motion picture.

  • Allusions

    • Title: Old Ares Had a Farm
      A play on words of the well-known kids nursery rhyme, Old McDonald Had a Farm.

    • When Gabrielle and Ares pose side by side, with Ares holding his pitchfork, is a deliberate echo of the famous painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood.

    • When Xena tells Ares "You are going to be dead in thirty seconds, you and your little dog too", this is an allusion to the famous line in The Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the West tells Dorothy "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too."