Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 3 Episode 10

The Quill Is Mightier...

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 1998 on

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  • A Xena-lite tale, in which, annoyed about the attention that Gabrielle's scrolls bring Xena, Aphrodite casts a spell on Gabrielle's latest scroll that causes everything that is written on it to become true. One of the season's better comedy episodes...

    Right on the heels of 'The King of Assassins' and 'Warrior... Priestess... Tramp' comes ANOTHER comedy episode. Three comedies in a row is quite a rarity for the series. Of the three, I enjoyed this one the most.

    Both the late Kevin Smith (Ares), and Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite) turn in really good performances as their godly powers are taken away from them. I particularly liked the running joke of Aphrodite's lack of body hygiene after she became mortal.
    The episode also marks the return of Minya, introduced in the fan favourite second season episode 'A Day in the Life'.

    I really like the strange sort of friendship that emerges between Ares and Gabrielle. They are bonded over their admiration of Xena, and start to find that they actually quite like each other. Scary!

    The episode also turns out to be quite a sad one for Joxer. After unintentionally messing up when using Gabrielle's scroll, he sells his beloved scabbard to buy her a necklace. However, Gabrielle hid the magical scroll in the scabbard the night before, so it's all panic panic panic to get it back, completely overlooking Joxer's kind gesture. Ol' Gabby can be quite mean to Joxer sometimes, and I actually felt quite sorry for him here.

    And then there are the three dancing, naked Gabrielles… oh boy!

    The episode starts out with a quite clever concept – everything that Gabrielle writes on her scroll becomes real, and she has to be careful how she words everything, with some nice gags on her writings being taken literally. However, later on, the clever concept pretty much goes out of the window as the episode becomes one big riot, with lots of chasing around and goofiness.

    Although not one of the series' classic comedy episodes, it is definitely one of the better comedies of the third season.
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