Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 4 Episode 9

Past Imperfect

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 1999 on



  • Trivia

    • This episode finally reveals the exact events leading up to Borias' death. It had been mentioned on and off throughout the series but never shown 'til now.

    • Nitpick: In the scene where Xena gives Kaleipus Solan, she wears her Evil Xena outfit, but in "Orphan of War" the flashback is still the same moment as shown in this episode, yet she is wearing a different blue coat.

  • Quotes

    • Borias: Before Alti.. before all this, we had love, Xena. Maybe we confused it with power, but it was there. Is still there. For the sake of our son, and us, I'm taking you away.

    • Xena: We're going to need a lot of wood. When I'm done here there will be a line of crucified bodies leading from Corinth to the Caspian Sea. And I will crucify them all. Crucify them!

    • Borias: We lost our love - don't make me an enemy.
      Xena: You became an enemy the moment you thought there was love.

    • Xena: What's the matter, you having trouble getting inside my head right now? Let me help you. You killed Borias, the man who could have changed everything for me if only I had let him. You killed the father of my child and if he had lived then maybe my son would... you getting inside my head now?

    • Gabrielle: A prophecy? Xena, no one said anything about a prophecy. Maybe it's just a warning, a sign, a guide. The truth is you don't know. Like Alti didn't know, because she didn't know you.
      Xena: Borias knew. He showed me the hatred I had for myself. He showed me the love that someone could have for a child.

    • Borias: (appalled by Xena's ruthlessness in killing her prisoners) Is this your sacrifice to Alti?!
      Xena: No, it's just for shock value.

    • Gabrielle: Xena, I don't believe in your vision. I can't afford to! Now, either I prove you wrong and we go on from here, or I prove you right and we die. But either way, I will not continue like this.

    • Xena: No sense in us both going. Stay here. Catch up on some rest. I'll go to Actus.
      Gabrielle: No, you won't. The threat of a battle does not mean I'm going to end up like your vision. Xena, you're expecting Medusa behind every tree! You can't look left! You can't look right! You just...
      Xena: All right!

  • Notes

    • There was at least 15 minutes that was cut from this episode to make it fit the 44 minute time constraint forced upon all episodes.

    • DISCLAIMER: Borias' goose was cooked during the production of this motion picture.

  • Allusions

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