These are the last appearances of Kevin Smith (Ares) and Ted Raimi (Joxer) on the series.
When Meg sings her song to Ares she misspells his name as ARSE.
This is the fourth and final episode to take place in modern times. The first was Season Two's "The Xena Scrolls"; Season Four's "Deja Vu All Over Again"; and Season Six's "Send in the Clones", and lastly "Soul Possession."
This is the final appearance of Meg. She has appeared once per season since her introduction in season 2 ("Warrior... Princess... Tramp", "Warrior... Priestess... Tramp", "The Key to the Kingdom", "Livia", and this episode.)
When Harry and Mattie enter the press conference, the doctor is explaining about verifying that the scroll is genuine. Droning in the background is: "Of course, we at C.H.A.K.R.A.M. were immediately concerned about the authenticity. We weren't interested in promoting a hoax like the Hitler diaries or the fan fiction which pretends to be based on legitimate scrolls. We consulted the world's foremost experts..." (the rest is difficult to make out, but he mentions RJ Stewart)
Nitpick: The doctor's presentation has some major flaws: If the scroll explains that Xena didn't go through with the wedding, why does he announce at the beginning that she and Ares married? Also, if the scroll he is reading from was written by Joxer, he should have had Joxer's "steely buttocks" interpretation of events.
When the fans demand that Rob give them a seventh season, they mispronounce his name as Tape-ert, and not Tap-ert as it should be.
Goof: When Joxer was at the lava pit in "A Family Affair", it was inactive. In this episode, it's still active. Also, in this episode, Joxer learns that Gabrielle is still alive from Xena at a bar. However, in "A Family Affair", he learns this from Xena while mourning at the lava pit.
C.H.A.K.R.A.M. stands for Centre for Historical Accuracy of Key Research in Ancient Mythology.
Goof: In the flashbacks, Joxer's helmet and some of his chainmail is a yellowish gold color instead of the usual metallic color.
Annie Day's press pass reads "Joxer the Mighty Quarterly".
Goof: While Xena and Joxer are walking along the river, Xena mysteriously has the new chakram from about a season into the future.
Ares: I'm just worried you're still holding out hope... guess that was a poor choice of words. (grins)
Joxer: You know, Xena, denial ain't just a river in Europe.
Xena: The Nile's in Africa.
Joxer: It's that long?
Joxer/Harry: (bowels suddenly churning) Oh! Dear God! What did you eat?! Oh! Out of the way!
Gabrielle: Xena. No matter how hard Ares has tried, he has never been able to break us up.
Xena: And he never will, I promise... You know, I liked you better blonde, but I can go with this.
Ares: (upon meeting Gabrielle and Anne at the C.H.A.K.R.A.M. meeting) Oh. The sidekick and the comic relief. This ought to be good.
Gabrielle: I don't appreciate being called 'the sidekick'.
(As Ares throws fireballs at "Modern Day" Xena in the C.H.A.K.R.A.M. meeting hall)
Fan #1: What's wrong with the special effects?
Fan #2: Yeah, they're really cheesy.
Whoosh Reporter: Did you schedule any celebrity appearances?
Dr. Delaney: Well, we contacted Bruce Campbell, but he was too much money.
Xena: I despise you. You've been tormenting me for years.
Ares: That? That was just foreplay.
Fred: Good afternoon, colleagues and members of the press. It is with great excitement that I address you this afternoon. A most revolutionary discovery has just recently been made. I hold in my hand a newly uncovered scroll of the life of Xena, Warrior Princess.
Xena Fan #1: (barging in) New scrolls mean new episodes!
Xena Fan #2: Yeah! Season 7!
Xena Fan #1: Season 7...! (being dragged out by security) Rob Tapert, give us what we want! Deliver us a new season, a 7th season of Xena!
Joxer: Ares, show yourself! Ares, I, Joxer the Mighty, command you to show yourself! Hey, Jelly-Butt, get down here!
Ares: (appears) So tell me why I shouldn't kill you.
Joxer: Did I say Jelly-Butt? I meant, uh-- Buns of Steel!
Meg: Give me an A! A! Give me an R! R! Give me an S! S! Give me an E! E! Whaddaya got? Gooooo Ares!
Ares: You are absolutely breathtaking.
Xena: Then how come you're still breathing?
Joxer: Look, I know this is a marriage made in Hades, but I figure we don't have to abandon every tradition, so here, something old (hands Xena a braided lock of hair), it's a lock of Gabrielle's hair, it's weird, I know, I, I got it when she got a haircut last time, and I want you to have it.
Xena: I don't know what to say.
Joxer: And, um, something new (hands her a flower), I picked it this morning, first bloom of the season. Something borrowed, something borrowed, oh I know, my lucky rabbit's foot (pulls it out from under his breastplate and hands it to Xena) I'm sure it will bring you more luck than the rabbit I --chopped it off of.
Xena: I guess we need something blue now, huh?
Joxer: Oh that's easy. That's me.
Joxer: Oh, hi.
Xena: Turn that frown upside down, Mister. It's a beautiful morning.
Joxer: Well, Xena, in case you didn't notice, I'm in a different kind of mourning.
Although Barb Binder is a made-up character, Whoosh! is a real Xena fansite (the line about how "Xena would never subscribe to the subjugating regime of marriage" probably made a lot of Whoosh! fans smile). The role was played by well-known NZ singer Carly Binding.
Josh Becker said on his website, "The atmosphere on the set was great; I believe that a good time was had by all. There were a few teary celebrations: Renee had her birthday, it was Kevin Smith's last ep, Ted Raimi's last ep, George Lyle, the 1st assistant director's, last ep, as well as Simon Riera, the D.P. and my last ep, too. Nevertheless, I think all concerned did very humorous work and it ought to be a rather funny episode."
Kevin Smith (Ares) died approximately nine months after this episode aired, a week after suffering injuries in a fall on a movie set.
Dr Frederick Delaney was modeled on the Xena fanclub president Sharon Delaney. Rob Tapert gave her a call and asked her permission to a), use her name, b), make her male and c), portray her as a geek.
The ditty that Meg sings for Ares is a nonsense song that Lucy made up to sing for her son Julius.
DISCLAIMER: Joxer's natural process of elimination was harmed during the making of this motion picture.
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