Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 3 Episode 10

The Quill Is Mightier...

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 1998 on



  • Trivia

    • It appears that Aphrodite (Ares and Minya too?) now knows about Joxer's feelings for Gabrielle- apparently Gabby herself is the only one still clueless about it.

    • Xena asked Aphrodite what charm she used to enchant Gabrielle's scroll, the exact wording. But she didn't say anything when she enchanted the scroll; she just waved her hand. Of course, she could have simply been saying it in her head as she was waving her hand.

    • Nitpick: The naked Gabrielles are clearly wearing flesh coloured outfits to hide thier nudity as seen in the cave scenes.

    • Nitpick: The way Gabrielle's staff was spinning and smoking during her fight with the barbarians, a fire should have started in the dry grass underneath her. Especially since the staff itself was too hot for Joxer to hang onto after the fight was over.

    • Goof: The faces of Renee's body doubles can be seen numerous times in the scene where the three naked Gabrielles appear and dance in the background.

  • Quotes

    • Aphrodite: (to Gabrielle) Look sweetpea, just give me back my powers and I'll unzap the scroll.
      Ares: No! Write mine back in first. That army's waiting for a signal that Xena's gone.
      Aphrodite: Hmmm... not helping your cause any, Slick.
      Ares: Oh. (unconvincingly) I promise, if you give me my powers back, I'll call off the attack.
      Aphrodite: (snorts) Pigs can fly!
      Ares: You can.

    • Joxer: Minya, where are the barbarians?
      Minya: They stopped fighting and ran back to Barbaria.

    • Ares: We were starting to warm up to each other there, weren't we?
      Gabrielle: Yeah, we were.
      Ares: I didn't like it.
      Gabrielle: Right back at'cha.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title: The Quill Is Mightier

      This is a play on the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword" which is attributed to Edward Bulwer-Lytton.