Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 3 Episode 8

The King of Assassins

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 1997 on
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It's double trouble when Gabrielle, Autolycus and Joxer plot to stop Joxer's look-alike brother, Jett, a deadly assassin, from killing his next target - Queen Cleopatra.

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  • Gabrielle,Autolycus and joxer are trying to save Kleopatra from jet(brother of joxer) who was planing to kill her.

    That could be a good irritating thing of that episode was the choice of the actor who plays Cleopatra,Cleopatra sure wasnt looked like Gina Tores and why exactly they must put the Cleopatra's character to make the episode?They could find another name to make the forgeting this the episode was quiete good,the time passes nice watching thing that caught my attention and made me like more the episode was that as i was watching the episode i observed that Renee was looking very beautiful more than before,maybe she did some change or she was in a good day when they were filming the Raimi's acting was great and gave to the episode a a good episode,it could be better without the cleopatra thing and if you forget that the double characters like Xena's and Iolau's have already overused ok Jet was a fine character.

    I wrote this in September 12 of 2010, almost 5 years ago, i accidentally re-submit it, eh my thoughts on this episode havent changed really, time pass so quickly ....

  • Saving Cleo...

    After various episodes of Xena's doubles, it is now Joxer's turn to have a look-a-like and for this episode, it is his brother Jett. For some reason or other, Xena appears only in the beginning and returns during the latter half of the story as she has done in a few other episodes. In Xena's absence, the story revolves around Gabrielle, Autolycus & Joxer. Gabrielle is philosophical and questions, "What would Xena do?" when the situation warrants a resolution.

    The chemistry is remarkable between Joxer and Autolycus as the characters play well off of each other especially when quipping those one-liners. I especially liked Jett's rendition of Joxer's theme song, "Joxer the Mighty".moreless
  • Autolycus, Joxer and Gabrielle are all that stands between Queen Cleopatra and a deadly assassin... scared yet?

    This episode generally gets pretty bad reviews from fans. You have to feel sorry for it really - after the tragic and devastating events of "The Deliverer" and "Gabrielle's Hope" and the absolute series classics "The Debt I and II", anything that followed was going to look like they were scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    However, I think that this episode deserves its due: it is funny, cleverly scripted, and while the story may leave something to be desired, the plot moves quickly and keeps you smiling.

    Autolycus is always a guaranteed laugh. Even though his character has basically the same lines each episode, and plays the exact same kind of story, the episodes are spaced apart enough that you have forgotten about the last one by the time the next one comes round! In this episode he is spot on: his one-liners are delivered perfectly, he is cool and suave and an absolute barrel of fun!

    I have good and bad moments with Joxer, mostly bad ones. But this episode is one of the better ones, and he pulls off the double act surprisingly well! It is definitely not the most original concept, but it is not overdone and works effectively for the most part.

    Gabrielle gets to play the comedy role a bit here also. Renee is quite an accomplished comedienne, and does a really great job trying to work solo. You really have to just forget about what has been happening for the last 4 episodes here; realistically, this is not how a woman who has: committed her first murder, given birth to the child of darkness, put her baby into the river, and betrayed her best friend, would be acting. But this is a filler episode, and designed to give us some comic relief, which it does.

    Gina Torres is lovely as Cleopatra, if severely under-used. She is an outstanding actress who has done some brilliant work, but is really just eye-candy in this episode.

    I liked the fact that Xena returns for the finale here, normally we would not see any Xena-action until the last scene, and she arrives at just the right moment to break the monotony!

    Overall, this is not one of the best episodes ever. But the point is that it is not trying to be. Our girls, and ourselves, have been through an incredibly traumatic time recently, and have earned ourselves a break! This episode (and the two that follow this one) provides that break, and give us all some recuperation time, in order to prepare for the next big emotional hit which arrives in 2 episodes time in the form of "Maternal Instincts". For the time being, just go with the flow and relax!moreless
  • Gabrielle, Joxer and Autolycus must infiltrate a palace to stop Joxer's bad apple twin brother Jett, a deadly assassin, from killing Cleopatra. A rather flat comedy episode, low on any real laughs...moreless

    After the giddying heights of 'The Debt', we plunge back to earth with this silly comedy.

    'Identical twin' stories can go two ways. Some, such as the popular first season episode 'Warrior... Princess' and its second season sequel 'Warrior... Princess... Tramp', and 'Hercules: The Legendary Journey''s second season episode 'King for a Day', can turn out to be really good comedies. On the other hand, others can turn out to have a really lazy feel to them, and this is such a case.

    I'm in middle ground on Joxer – sometimes I like him more than others, but I just couldn't care at all that he had a conveniently identical brother. It just seemed like a lazy plot device, and the episode didn't really hold up.

    I found this story to be dull and uninteresting, and it dragged out for way too long. With three lead characters involved, they could at least given one of them a b-plot to liven things up a little.

    The only few really amusing episodes come as Gabrielle tries to break out of the palace prison, but these are only brief and could have been expanded on more.

    Bruce Campbell (who also directs the episode) is always good value as King of Thieves Autolycus, but even he cannot save this lame story.

    Xena herself only appears in the first scene and late on in the story, but is present for most of the final act, unlike most Xena-lite episodes.

    Watching sharp series comedies such as 'A Day in the Life' and 'Been There, Done That', the weakness of an episode such as this really stands out.

    Probably one of my least favourite comedy episodes.moreless
  • The Dynamic Duo!!!

    The King of Assassins-It's double trouble when Gabrielle, Autolycus and Joxer plot to stop Joxer's look-alike brother, Jett, a deadly assassin, from killing his next target - Queen Cleopatra.

    Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell have been friends since they were young kids, how ironic they end up on the same show as grown ups!! Both Autolycus and Joxer are hilarious and both their comedic talents match well!!! Also Ted gets to play his brother Jace, whose an assassin who wants to kill Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. I love Gina Torres, she's such an amazing actress and went on to do very successful shows and movies. She's a great Cleopatra, and it's a shame she couldn't return later in the series. Some funny scenes in this episode are Gabrielle throwing a blow, then it hitiing her in the face. Jace choking Autolycus, and Joxer being bulled by Jace. I also like how Xena re-appears, then fights Jace...such a funny fight, LOL!! All in All, a pretty good episode with some great comedic acting!!!moreless
Gina Torres

Gina Torres


Guest Star

Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi


Guest Star

Jeremy Birchall

Jeremy Birchall

The Other Joxer/Jett

Guest Star

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell


Recurring Role

Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Joxer and Jett mentions their other brother, Jace, who will appear in Season 5's "Lyre Lyre, Heart on Fire".

    • This episode features the first variation on Joxer's song. There have been five different versions (not counting Annie's) altogether. This version is sung by Jett to taunt Joxer. Joxer's response is "Well at least Mom sang to me!" implying that she is the origin of the song. The lyrics: Joxer the Tidy / He always plays inside-y / Never hurts the other boys / Even when they steal his toys...

    • The knife Cleopatra uses is the same style weapon as the Dagger of Helios from an earlier episode featuring Autolycus, "The Quest".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Joxer: It's me! Joxer!
      Autolycus: How can I be sure?
      Joxer: I'm hanging from the wall by my underwear!
      Autolycus: Good point.

    • Joxer: (smugly) Well! I guess you're all going to be lookin' at me a little bit differently now! (falls over a vase)
      Gabrielle: Nope.
      Autolycus: I think not.
      Xena: (shaking head) Same old, same old.

    • Autolycus: (playing along) Let me get this straight: you want me to sneak the sword into a castle, to stop his lunatic brother from assassinating someone who we don't even know, for no gain whatsoever?
      Gabrielle: Exactly!
      Autolycus: I don't think so. (points at Joxer) I'm not as dumb as he looks.

    • Joxer: Yeah! As a matter of fact, danger's my middle name! D-A-N-J-oowwwww!!!
      Gabrielle: (furiously)Three hours, Joxer! I waited for you for 3 HOURS with a bunch of drunken, horny halfwits! I've been grabbed more times than the golden fleece!
      Joxer: (whining) I was just out getting new clothes... (brightly) Do ya like 'em?!

    • Joxer: Xena, it's only a matter of time. These hands are lethal weapons and there's no telling what they might do!
      Xena: Joxer, you can barely kill time - it's just not you.

    • Joxer: My whole life has been 'Jett stole some horses,' 'Jett torched a village,' 'Jett killed the neighbors.' My parents were so proud.

  • NOTES (3)