Suffering from writer's block, Gabrielle tells Aphrodite about her day in which a depressed God shrunk her and Argo and how she attempted to correct the situation before a very moody Xena caught on. Meanwhile, Xena tries to control her hormone-induced temper to win a bet with Gabrielle.moreless
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Clips used in this episode are:
Joxer being "cranky" clips:
* Xena half strangling "monkey man" Joxer, from "Fins, Femmes and Gems" (third season)
* Talking to Xena's unborn baby, from "Animal Attraction" (fifth season)
* Xena cutting down a strung up Joxer, causing him to fall on his face, from "Intimate Stranger" (second season
* Xena waking up and throwing chakram into Joxer's chest, from "Been There, Done That" (third season)
Gabrielle trying to make Lachrymose laugh:
* Gabrielle battling the bacchae bunny, from "In Sickness and In Hell" (fourth season)
* Xena tossing baby up into the air as she fights, from "Cradle of Hope" (first season)
* Baby Bliss firing Cupid's arrows at people, and causing her to fall in love with Joxer, from "A Comedy of Eros" (second season)
* Getting hit by Xena's kite, from "A Day in The Life" (second season)
* Joxer pulling a bucket off of his foot, from "Takes One to Know One" (fourth season)
* Xena wrestling an eel, from "A Day in The Life" (second season)
* Gabrielle getting hit by her would-be chakram, from "The King of Assassins" (third season)
* Being chased by flying carpet, from "The Way" (fourth season)
...Moving on to some romantic comedy:
* Gabrielle with Draco, eating cherries, from "A Comedy of Eros" (second season)
* "Suicidal" Joxer mistaking Xena for Meg, from "Warrior... Princess... Tramp" (second season)
* Monkey man Joxer and Gabrielle swinging through the trees, from "Fins, Femmes and Gems" (third season)
* Velasca kissing and then attacking Autolycus, from "The Quest" (second season)
* The three naked, dancing Gabrielles, from "The Quill Is Mightier..." (third season)
* Naked Xena rising from the lake, from "Altared States" (first season)
* Back to Autolycus, saying he paid for an hour, from "The Quest"
On how important Argo is to Xena:
* Argo launching Xena into action, in "The Execution" (second season)
* The Titans, from "The Titans" (first season)
* The blind Cyclops, from "Sins of the Past" (first season)
* Xena's kite electrocuting Gareth the giant, from "A Day in The Life" (second season)
* Dryads, from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (second season)
* Harpies, from "Mortal Beloved" (first season)
* Gabrielle transformed into a Bacchae, from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (second season)
On Joxer's role:
* Hitting his thumb with a nail while putting up a fly poster, from "The Play's The Thing" (fourth season)
* Swinging on a vine and crashing into a tree, in "Fins, Femmes and Gems" (third season)
* Getting caught up in rope and ending up hanging upside-down, from "The Play's The Thing" (fourth season)
* Crashing through a window and being caught by soldiers, from "Warrior... Priestess... Tramp" (third season)
* His first meeting with Gabrielle, when she beat him up, from "Callisto" (first season)
A collage of Xena 'in a bad mood':
* Feral Xena, from "Paradise Found" (fourth season)
* Turned into a Bacchae, from "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (second season)
* In the form of Kali, from "The Way" (fourth season)
* A flying demon, from "Fallen Angel" (fifth season)
Nitpick: In this episode Joxer mentions that he has never summoned a God before, yet how did he get Cupid to come in the ending of "A Comedy of Eros"?
This is the second time old movie footage has been added to Joxer's (or at least Ted's) stories. It also happened with Jacques S'er in "The Xena Scrolls".
Goof: When Gabrielle asks Joxer if Xena is ever cranky, he remembers various times when she was, including when she killed him with her Chakram in "Been There, Done That". The goof is that Joxer shouldn't have remembered that, as when the day started again his and Gabrielle's memories no longer remembered what had occurred.
Aphrodite: Patient is hostile and insecure, possibly masking some latent tendencies.
Gabrielle: This is stupid.
Aphrodite: No, I'm sorry. Look, no more scroll, all right?
Gabrielle: 'Latent tendencies?' Where did you learn to talk like that?
Aphrodite: Honey, don't let the blond hair fool you. Although bombastic forms of circumlocution should be generally avoided, one mustn't shy away from big words in the right context.
Aphrodite: Nothing. Please, continue.
Aphrodite: So... what did Xena do when she found out about the horse.
Gabrielle: Xena and I are best friends, there aren't any secrets between us.
Aphrodite: You stalled, huh?
Xena: Joxer, never pie a pregnant woman.
Aphrodite: So, you shrunk her horse! Big deal! Everybody shrinks as they get older. That's why old people are so short.
Joxer: Oh! Pregnant woman's hungry. There's news. Oh!
Gabrielle: And cranky.
Gabrielle: How 'bout the name, `Rochelle?'
Xena: And have her called `Roach' for short?! I don't like that.
Aphrodite: Pregnant girl needs her rest, huh? I remember when Cupid was on his way...
Gabrielle: Ah, doesn't a God of your obvious stature have anything better to do than hang out here in the middle of the night?
Aphrodite: Oweeee! What's with the attitude?! I let you sleep in my temple, I show real concern for your insomnia, and you treat me like I'm a rash where the sun don't shine.
Xena: You know, I gotta tell ya, I am feeling a whole lot better. I mean, life's pretty sweet for me right now. I've got no cooking, no cleaning and backrubs for a month.
Gabrielle: Technically, you didn't lose your temper. But Xena, I saw you throwing pies in a less than loving manner.
Joxer: Much less.
Joker: I guess she's Lachrymose intolerant!
Lachrymose is not a real Greek god, but the word itself means "mournful" or "tearful".
Renee O'Connor got a black eye from one that hit her. The pies were made of mashed potatoes and a crusty bit hit her and left a mark. They made the pies out of mashed potatoes because whipped cream doesn't wash off easily between all the many takes they needed to get the scene perfect.
DISCLAIMER: Gabrielle and Argo were Shrunk and Permanently Pressed during the production of this motion picture.
The pie fight is a nod to The Three Stooges. Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, and Bruce Campbell often include Stooges references in their various projects. There are a few direct references in this pie fight. Joxer laughs and says, "You forgot to duck!" and Gabrielle replies, "So did you!" and clobbers him with a pie. Another reference is the pie that hits Xena at the end and Xena's angry question "Who threw that pie?" There was a particular Stooges short in which a hysterically laughing (and unseen) pie-thrower was always waiting in the wings.
The footage used to illustrate Joxer's sad life was from D.W. Griffith's 1916 silent film Intolerance.
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